The Alpine Ski World Cup is still a long way from the crowds of people that were known before Corona, but at least a touch of atmosphere will return in the coming winter – and with it a trace of normality. If the new season opens with two giant slalom runs in one week in Sölden, 5,000 visitors will be admitted per race day.
The athletes long for the fans and the background noise. “I want to finally show my emotions again, I want to scream it out,” says Stephanie Brunner, and the Zillertal woman speaks on behalf of the entire ski family. “It’s nicer when there’s a bit of a hype. Last year it was really spooky ”, adds Ramona Siebenhofer.