Exciting skiing and a varied, highly entertaining events programme. This combination has really proved itself and made the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Ladies night slalom in Flachau what it is today, the Austrian highlight in the Alpine Ladies Ski World Cup. On 8th of January 2019 this floodlit spectacle will be held for the 9th time and the fastest slalom ladies in the world will again compete on the Hermann Maier FIS World Cup run for the coveted title “Snow Space Salzburg Princess”.
The Audi FIS Ladies Night Slalom will be accompanied by lots of interesting side events. The Star Challenge 2019 “Sports & Society meets talented skiers” will be held on the evening before the Ladies night slalom.
Ski fans can also again experience the ski stars close up and get their own personal autograph as part of the autograph session just before the start numbers are allocated in public in the open-air arena.
This time the weather demanded total dedication from the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Flachau team. After the excellent snow conditions at the end of December with wintry temperatures below zero a warm weather period followed at the beginning of January with double digits above zero. And just as if that wasn’t enough then on the day of the event it started to rain heavily which, luckily, stopped just before the start of the 1st run.
The slope team braved the freak weather conditions and conjured up a more than acceptable course in the snow with their hard work and made this spectacular race possible.
Once again the US superstar Mikaela Shiffrin showed her more than unbelievable dominance and beat the Austrian Bernadette Schild, who was actually leading after the first run. Mikaela Shiffrin was awarded the Snow Space Salzburg Princess 2018 and collected the highest prize money there is to be won on the Ladies Ski World Cup circuit. The Swede Frida Hansdotter came in in third place who recently was able to ski in a top result on her favourite course here in Flachau.
15,000 enthusiastic ski fans transformed the World Cup stadium on the Hermann Maier FIS World Cup run into a true witch’s cauldron. A huge crowd also gathered for the concert by Christina Stürmer and band, who raised the roof between the 1st and 2nd run in the open air arena in the centre of Flachau.