Ladies' Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in Austria. Semmering will host two races, a Giant Slalom on December 28 and a Slalom on December 29. Making its World Cup in 1995, the compact Austrian Spa Resort is the preserve of the queens of the snow, having never held a FIS Men's event. The world-renowned Hirschenkogel course on the Zauberberg (Magic Mountain) is home to both the Giant Slalom and Slalom races, and as Europe's largest night skiing area the events are given a further magical aura under flood lights. This year everything seems ready for the World Cup entourage of the Ladies as was confirmed by the delegation of the International Ski Federation (FIS) including Goracd Bedrac who was excited by the conditions on the "Magic Mountain" at the border of Lower Austria and Styria. The conditions are said to be the "best in 15 years". There is a 60 cm thick and compact layer on the piste where the Giant slalom and night-Slalom will be held on 28 and 29 December. The race slope has been closed off since Monday to allow enough time for preparation.
The Semmering ski resort is located in the Eastern Northern Limestone Alps at the pass connecting Lower Austria and Styria and extends on to the Hirschenkogel mountain. It is mainly used by skiers from Vienna, from where it can be reached within one hour, but increasingly also by people from Hungary and Slovakia. The Semmering-Hirschenkogel ski resort offers 24 kilometres of ski slopes of varying degrees of difficulties.