FIS Race Director, Hannes Trinkl confirmed the Hahnenkamm Races during the FIS snow control this morning. Trinkl gave the “green light” for the legendary races at Hahnenkamm.
The FIS Race Director was out on the Streif in the morning with HKR Race Director, Axel Naglich, OC Chief, Michael Huber and Streif Chief of Course, Herbert Hauser, to inspect the course with a fine tooth comb. The responsible parties also cast an eye over the Super-G start hill. The course inspection was followed by a test run down the Ganslernhang, where Slalom Chief of Course, Stefan Lindner, joined the group.
The decision as to whether the race will be held on the original Streif course on Hausberg, or down the Hinterganslern will be made at the last minute. „It may well be that one training is held on the substitue track and the next on the original course “, were the words of Axel Naglich.
Special thanks go to the Bergbahn AG (Cable Car Co.), who have done a great job in recent weeks. Everyone has pulled together”, said Michael Huber. “There are currently 73 snow canons positioned on the racecourse, with 25 in the area around the Hausberg”, reported Josef Burger, from the Executive Board of the Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel (Cable Car Co) and continued: “The Parallel Streif has been open to the public for skiing since 28th
November. Conditions for skiing are excellent in the entire area”.
According to weather forecasts, temperatures will drop in the coming week. Together with the cable car operators, the Piste Teams are prepared for the cold nights. Overall, it is positive that the “green light” has been given for the races in Kitzbühel. The decision as to whether the racecourse on the Hausberg can be used will be made at last minute, but the Hahnenkamm Team are optimistic, given the current weather forecast.
“We look forward to the Hahnenkamm Race Week”, said the OC Chief at the press conference later, “incidentally, 29 nations have registered to compete thus far!”