Tomorrow 11th of January the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup once again comes to Flachau (Austria). Flachau is well known as a proven venue of numerous important ski events. Since 1993, World Cup and Europa Cup races the World Cup Finale 2002 as well as the junior WM 2007 (together with Zauchensee) were successfully staged Thousands of spectators celebrated each time a great ski celebration.
Flachau is hoping to exceed last year’s crowd of more than 10,000 fans for Tuesday’s women’s World Cup Night Slalom. Marlies Schild was named 2010 Snow Space Princess when she won Flachau’s inaugural ladies night slalom as Maria Riesch took second place and Kathrin Zettel third. This year’s race is once again set on Hermann Maier’s World Cup piste under a new, expensive, high-tech lighting system and should prove more technically difficult than last year’s race due to a series of rolls built into the hill. Flachau is Maier’s hometown and located in a stunning Styrian valley, surrounded by milk barns and corrals.
"I really like the hill in Flachau. The atmosphere is really good, too", said Riesch after Sunday’s super G, held just up the road in Zauchensee. Riesch pointed out that after her four second places in slaloms (and one DNF in Courchevel) so far this season, she is ready to win. "It’s been four times in second. I think I’m ready", she said. "I like night races and it would be great to win in Flachau".
Monday night’s bib draw ceremony in Flachau features a rock climbing wall and like last year, the top 15 contenders will be delivered to the stage through the crowd on the back of a motorbike. Temperatures in Flachau are going to stay warm (between -2 and 2 C) and the forecast is calling for snow showers Today and Tuesday.
Flachau is located in the Salzburger Sportwelt (skiing from 1.000 up to 2.200 m height). With its 9 ski resorts (Flachau, St.Johann/Alpendorf, Wagrain, Zauchensee-Flachauwinkl, Flachauwinkl/Kleinarl, Radstadt/Altenmarkt, Eben, Filzmoos, Goldegg), 99 lifts and 350 kilometres of pistes (140 blue, 170 red, 40 black), the Salzburger Sportwelt surpasses all your skiing expectations. Salzburger Sportwelt is the home of Hermann Maier, Andreas Schifferer, the successful snowboarding Riegler sisters and the ski legend Annemarie Moser-Pröll.
Flachau is a member of the Ski Amadé, Austria’s biggest ski alliance: one ski ticket for 5 ski regions (Salzburger Sportwelt, Schladming-Dachstein, Gastein, Grossarltal and Hochkönig) with 860 km of slopes (280 blue, 483 red, 97 black) and 270 lifts. 80 percent of slopes (equal to about 690 kilometres) are serviceable by snowmaking equipment. The area is named in honour of the city of Salzburg´s most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.