Saalbach To Take Over World Cup Canceled Races in Kvitfjell and Wengen

Vincent Kriechmayr. Saalbach World Cup 2020. Picture: © Erich Spiess

Saalbach Hinterglemm has stepped in for the third time in a row as an alternative venue for canceled ski races. On this occasion for Kvitfjell and Wengen. From the 5th to the 7th of March, two Downhill races and a Super-G will be held at the venue of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2025.

Saalbach Hinterglemm has shown great determination in recent years to take up the challenge if there are last-minute gaps in the race calendar: As a spontaneous replacement venue for the canceled World Cup races in Sölden and Val d'Isere 2018, with only six weeks of preparation time, or as a replacement venue for the canceled World Cup races in China 2020 with less than two weeks preparation.

This time the current regulations make the organization exciting: "Without a supporting program for spectators, traffic and catering concepts, we will naturally lose a large portion of our organizational workload. However, we will take care of the strict implementation of the COVID-19 prevention concept of the ÖSV in all areas", Alois Hasenauer, Mayor, and Head of the Organising Committee said.

A significant challenge, however, is the World Cup team's accommodation. In previous years, a high occupancy rate caused difficulties in finding accommodation. This extraordinary winter sees closed hotels without staff. Wolfgang Breitfuß, Director of the Saalbach Hinterglemm Tourism Board: "We have made inquiries with our accommodation partners to secure beds. The situation is not a particularly easy one, as to get a tourist business up and running, a lot of prepara