St Anton Ski Race Fans – With a Difference

St. Anton am Arlberg hosts the international elite of women’s skiing for the downhill and super-G races on 09 and 10 January 2021.

The races are being held without a live audience because of the Corona virus. However, the skiing spectacle will not take place entirely without “fans”.

A crowd of snowmen will create an atmospheric ambience during the competitions in the Karl Schranz stadium at the finish line. Built by local children and some adult helpers, the frosty fellows will also serve as “godchildren” for a CARITAS aid campaign – raising money for a sustainable water project in Africa.

The crowd of snowmen at the St Anton race line
The crowd of snowmen at the St Anton race line
© TVB St. Anton am Arlberg | Patrick Bätz

“Due to the current circumstances, the Arlberg Kandahar races will have to go ‘over the piste’ without a live audience at the beginning of January. However, we want to make the best of the situation and not start in front of an empty crowd. At the same time, it is our concern to set an example with a gesture of helpfulness,” says the head of the organising committee, Peter Mall.

“The snowmen are intended to spur the athletes on to top performances in the two speed races, the downhill on 9 January and the super-G on 10 January, and they also serve a very specific purpose. For 100 euros you can buy a snowman sponsorship. The entire donation will then go to a sustainable water project in Africa,” says Martin Ebster, managing director of the St. Anton am Arlberg tourist office.

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