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Last weekend the technology races took place in Saalbach. The speed races are now in danger. © APA / EXPA/JOHANN GRODER

Big question mark behind the World Cup final

High temperatures and repeated rain are affecting the slopes at the final of the Ski World Cup in Saalbach-Hinterglemm.

This week is reserved for the speed competitions; the training runs are scheduled to take place on Wednesday and Thursday. The last Super-G and downhill runs of the season are on the program for both genders on Friday and at the weekend. It is not yet certain whether this will happen. A route change had already been made in advance.


Since the lower part of the Ulli Maier route was no longer suitable for racing due to the intensive treatment with salt and precipitation, according to FIS race director Markus Waldner, the downhill runs and Super-G competitions below the Ochsenritt passage switch to the lines of the Schneekristall course. Route for men. Originally, all speed races should have used the Ulli Maier track so that it could be tested before the 2025 World Cup.

It's supposed to rain again

The program for the next day would still be difficult to get through because the weather forecasts are “anything but promising,” said men’s race director Waldner. It's expected to rain again on Thursday and the weekend, and there could even be some fresh snow on Sunday. The temperatures initially remain mild, at ten to 15 degrees in the valley. The big hope is a clear night from Tuesday to Wednesday because it could cool down to almost freezing point.

A possible variant is just one training day to protect the slopes. Basically, we now have to look from day to day, said Bartl Gensbichler, chairman of the Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski club and president of the Salzburg Ski Association.

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