Zagreb Slalom Races Preview
Updated: Dec 31, 2022
On January 4th and 5th, the World’s top female skiers will gather in Zagreb (Croatia) for the "Snow Queen Trophy" 2023 races in the Sljeme's "Crveni spust" Slalom course.
Zagreb / Sljeme (CRO)
January 4th Slalom / Women. 1st run 12:30 - 2nd run 16:30 CET
January 5th Slalom / Women. 1st run 15:00 - 2nd run 18:00 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 difficulty.
Last season, in difficult slope conditions, for the third year in a row, Petra Vlhová won the "Snow Queen Trophy" in the Sljeme's "Crveni spust" Slalom course.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished in second place +0.50 seconds behind the Slovakian.
Katharina Liensberger rounded out the podium in third place +2.11 off the pace of Vlhova