1996: 6th and 7th January: The first Mens World Cup races were held where ths signs were looking good for the Italian ski start Alberto Tomba. In the GS he took second place behind the Swiss man Urs Kaelin before winning the slalom himself on the following day. In this Wolrd Cup race a new star appeared on the world cup horizon. A local skier from Flachau called Hermann Maier achieved great times as a forerunner in both runs in the GS. Which opened the door for him to the ÖSV European Cup Team and shorty afterwards into the ÖSV World Cup team.
1999, 10th January: Mens GS and the first Austrian win for the men, Benjamin Reich beat the Swiss skier Michael von Grünigen. There was space for the local fighter Hermann Maier who also managed to get onto the podium in third place and ensured a festive mood for the numerous local fans. In that year there was also the World Cup arena with a large tent village and an external event by the super star DJ Bobo
2002, 9th and 10th March: World Cup final together with Altenmarkt / Zauchensee. The absolute highlight: 4 races were held in 2 days, both the Mens and Ladies GS and slalom. Die Speedbewerbe gingen die Tage vorher bereits in Zauchensee über die Bühne. The warm weather with rain and temperatures up to 18°C were a special challenge for the Flachau race committee but with phenomenal commitment all competitions could be mastered successfully. The World Cup overall victory went to Austria both in the Mens and the Womens, Michaela Dorfmeister and Stephan Eberharter won the big crystal ball. Off piste: Victoria Beckham and DJ Ötzi provided get the crowd in the mood.
2004, 21st and 22nd December: Flachau was again the venue for the FIS alpine ski world cup. The good technical snowmaking as well as the natural snow enabled gorgeous pictures of Flachau to be broadcast to the world. The Canadian Thomas Grandi won the GS, the Italian Girgio Rocca won the slalom. Due to the date, the accompanying events were also designed in a festive mood. A concert by the Nockalm quintet set the mood.
2010, 10th January: For the first time a night-race was held with floodlights in Flachau. A new challenge for the experienced world-cup team was the lighting for the Hermann Maier World Cup run. A partially mobile floodlight system was especially erected for this. The supporting events were an autograph hour by the ski stars in the BBF-centre as well as a spectacular motocross show. Marlies Schild won the event and received the first "snow space princess" award. Flachau was awarded the "most press-friendly world cup location" as part of the OC Award.
2011, 11th January: The Flachau snow space Ladies Ski night was held for the second time. The new HD ready floodlit system ensured the best conditions for skiers, spectators and TV teams alike. Perfect pictures of Flachau were broadcast to the whole world at prime time. With the same overal time the German Maria Riesch and the Finn Tanja Poutiainen won - so this time there were two "snow space princesses". Flachau was awarded the "most athletic friendly world cup venue" by the OC Award in 2011.
2011, 20th and 21st December: Flachau was awarded the two world cup competitions which were cancelled in Levi (Finland) at short notice. Thus Flachau could hold both the Ladies and Mens competition for the first time again since the World Cup final. Just like in 2010 the Salzburgerin Marlies Schild won again. In the Mens Ivica Kostelic won for the second time in Flachau since 2002.
2013, 15th January: The Audi FIS Ski World Cup Ladies Night Slalom in Flachau was s great skiing festival yet again. The worlds best slalom ladies offered extremely exciting ski racing on the Hermann Maier World Cup run which was exclusively designed with lots of transitions and crests. In front of 11,500 enthusiastic ski fans the young American Mikaela Shiffrin won from Frida Hansdotter (SWE) and Tanja Poutiainen (FIN). The previous evening the jubilee race for 20 years of Ski World Cup a charity event took place to promote upcoming and talented young skiers from Salzburg with a top-class starting field.
2014, 14th January: The Audi FIS Ski World Cup Ladies Night Slalom presented itself as a true floodlit spectacular. 14,300 enthusiastic spectators, 2,300 of those on the newly-equipped stage with its own sound system ensured a fantastic atmosphere. The winner on the podest was Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), Frida Hansdotter (SWE) was in second place, and 3rd place went to Maria Pietilae-Holmer (SWE). The winner of the Star Challenge 2014 went to the team Alex Maier.
2015, 13th January: Magnificent sunshine and with 14,800 skiing fans a new spectator record. The Swedish lady Frida Hansdotter, who was already on the podium the previous two years, used the excellent conditions to beat Tina Maze (SLO) and Mikaela Shiffrin (USA). Winner of the Star Challenge 2015 and 17 teams from the famous and talented skiers was the team Walter Schachner and Philip Lackner.
2016, 12th, 15th and 17th of January: 3 Races full of exiting sports and emotions within 6 days. Veronika Velez Zuzulova (SVK) won the Night Slalom on Tuesday, 12th of January. Since the ladies's races from Ofterschwang (GER) had to be rescheduled in Flachau, there was another ladies' Slalom on 15th of January and a Giant Slalom on 17th of January on the Hermann-Maier-World Cup track. Veronika Velez Zuzulova also won the 2nd Slalom and Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) the Giant Slalom, which was the first ladies' GS in Flachau since 2002.
2017, 10th of January: A dreamlike winter evening. 12.500 fans saw an exiting Audi FIS Ski World Cup Night Race in Flachau. After 2015 Frida Hansdotter (SWE) could once again win this fantastic race and so she has been crowned to "snow space princess 2017. 2nd place Nina Loeseth (NOR) in front of the two 3rd placed Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) and Wendy Holdener (SUI). Michael Walchhofer and his partner Felix Sagmeister won the "Star Challenge 2017", which has been the day before.
2018, 9th of January: 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.
2019, 8th of January: Despite the extremely wintry conditions which brought more than two metres of new snow in the days before the great floodlit spectacle, the dedicated slope team was still able to transport the new snow away in time for the start of the Night Slalom on the Hermann Maier FIS World Cup run, so that the race course could be prepared to a nearly perfect state despite the conditions. The team spirit and lots of special shifts from the piste team made it really worthwhile.
Once again the US superstar Mikaela Shiffrin was in top form in the first run and secured a lead of 0:46 seconds over the Slovakian Petra Vlhova at half time. But in the second run Vlhova kept her nerves and finally was crowned the Snow Space Salzburg Princess with only a 0:15 second lead over Shiffrin. This lead earned her the highest prize money (€ 69,859.38 Euros) in the Ladies Skiing World Cup. Third place on the podium went to the young Austrian Katharina Liensberger with a sensational run, who achieved her best World Cup result to-date in Flachau, her home territory.
13,400 spectators didn’t want to miss out on one of the greatest highlights in the Ladies skiing World Cup calendar despite the extremely wintry conditions and turned the World Cup stadium into a real witch’s cauldron. In the break between the runs the Austrian musician Julian Le Play performed his hits on the Krone open air stage .
For the tenth time, the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Ladies Night Slalom was held on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 in Flachau in Snow Space Salzburg. For the anniversary race, the Ski World Cup team proved its snow competence once again and prepared a first-class race slope on the Hermann Maier FIS World Cup run. Not least, thanks to the optimal weather conditions the days before the night event, the Ladies' World Cup elite were offered a rock-hard race slope that is unequalled on the World Cup circus.
On race day itself, 14,800 ski fans flocked to Flachau to be there live at the 10th anniversary of the night classic. Just like in previous years, they transformed the finishing stadium in Snow Space Salzburg into a true witch's cauldron and cheered the athletes on to give it everything. Last year's winner Petra VLHOVA lived up to her current top form. neither World Cup leader Mikaela SHIFFRIN nor the Swede Anna SWENN LARSSON with the fastest time in the second run, were able to become dangerous for the Ski star from Slowakia.