Thursday, January 8, 2009

The 45th World Cup Golden Fox in Maribor

The Ladies Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Giant Slalom and Slalom races will take place on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 in Mariborsko Pohorje (Slovenia) a low mountain range whose highest peak reaches 1347 metres close to the city of Maribor, Slovenia’s second largest city. You can reach the gondola that runs from the valley to the ski slopes by city bus. The ski resort offers three ski areas: Snow Stadium, Bolfenk and Areh with 40 kilometres of pistes connected by 21 lifts (1 gondola, 4 chairlifts and 16 drag lifts) with a transport capacity of 19,200 persons/hour. Snow making facilities and careful grooming guarantee 100 days of skiing, and when temperatures remain low enough, the trails are snow-covered all the way to the valley. The area is lit for night skiing, and its illuminated five kilometer ski run is the longest in Europe.
Slovenian best known ski centers world-wide are Kranjska Gora and Maribor. After the Golden Fox Trophy will have been finished on Sunday, the world's top alpine snowboarders will gather at 18.00. Next to the world champion Rok Flander also Sigi Grabner (Austria), Benjamin Karl (Austria), Jasey Jay Anderson (Canada), Matiew Morison (Canada), Gilles Jacquet (Switzerland, the former world champion and Slovenian team coach). The spectacle of the best snowboarders in the world will be spiced by the performers Murat & Jose. The snowboard show will be free of charge for the spectators. The monetary fund of the show will be as high as 7.000 Euros provided by the sponsor Raiffeisen bank.