Zagreb Preview

On January 3rd and 6th, the World’s top male and female skiers will gather in Zagreb (Croatia) for the "Snow Queen Trophy" 2021 races in the Sljeme's "Crveni spust" Slalom course.

Zagreb Program:

Slalom. Women. Sunday, January 3rd. 1st run 12:30, 2nd run 16:00 (CET)

Slalom. Men. Wednesday, January 6th. 1st run 12:15, 2nd run 15:30 (CET)

The Snow Queen Trophy races have been taking place since 2005. That year the Croatian Ski Association (HSS) organized the first ladies World Cup slalom race, turning Zagreb into an unavoidable stop on the World Cup calendar. In 2008, a men’s slalom race was introduced and since then the Snow Queen Trophy races have been among the most-watched World Cup races. Snow Queen Trophy races are special in many respects: only at the Sljeme races are the winners of the men’s and ladies’ races crowned Snow King and Queen, and the atmosphere surrounding the races is praised by not only the world’s best slalom skiers but also all the visitors. Consequently, in 2013, the Snow Queen Trophy races were admitted to the Club5 Ski Classics, which gathers traditional organizers of the FIS Ski World Cup races. Zagreb has thus joined the company of the leading organizers of the FIS Ski World Cup races, including Val Gardena, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Kitzbühel, Wengen, and Val d’Isere.

The Croatian capital Zagreb Ski Area is only twenty minutes away from the city center. The ski slopes are situated on the northern slopes of Medvednica, beginning at the Sljeme peak and using the varied configuration of the terrain, thus providing slopes of different levels of difficulties.

Until last Slalom in Semmering, won by Michelle Gisin, the last 28 women's World Cup Slalom races were either won by Shiffrin (19) or Petra Vlhová (9), since Frida Hansdotter won in Flachau on 10 January 2017. It was Gisin's First World Cup Win and ten podium.

Only 0.11 sec behind Gisin, Katharina Liensberger finished in second place. She delivered a solid second run, climbing one step to the second spot of the podium. Mikaela Shiffrin finished in third place, 0.57 sec. behind the winner.

Michelle Gisin joined Mikaela Shiffrin, Petra Vlhová, and Erin Mielzynski as the only active skiers to have won a women's slalom event in the World Cup.

The current leader of the overall World Cup standings and bearer of the red bib in Slalom Petra Vlhova (SVK) finished just out of podium range in fourth place.

Petra Vlhova finished on the podium in 15 of the last 18 World Cup slalom events. The only exceptions were a fifth place in Maribor on 2 February 2019, a DNF in Levi on 23 November 2019, and a fourth place in Semmering last Tuesday.

Mikaela Shiffrin finished on the podium 43 times (34 wins) in her last 46 slalom participation in the World Cup.

Katharina Liensberger has finished in the top 7 in each of the last 10 women's World Cup slalom events, including a third place in both events in Levi this season and a second place in Semmering last week. Liensberger is the only skier to finish on the podium in all three women's slalom events in the World Cup this season.

Last season Petra Vlhova started the new year in the best way possible, taking her first slalom win in Zagreb, thanks to two perfect runs. Vlhova was leading already after the first run - 1.16 seconds ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) - and pushed even more in the second run, finishing 1.31 seconds in front of the American superstar.

Katharina Liensberger finished third (+3.49s).

Petra Vlhova recorded a podium in three of her six World Cup slalom races in Zagreb.

In 2019 Mikaela Shiffrin was in a league of her own as she clocked the fastest time in Zagreb and won the race by 1.25 seconds ahead of Petra Vlhova (second after skiing the fastest second run). In third place ended Wendy Holdener by finishing 1.75 seconds behind the winner Shiffrin.

Mikaela Shiffrin was almost unbeatable in 2019. Her confidence was so big at that mom