"After the positive experiences at the 2007 slalom, we will again use a joint finish in Kitzbühel. This solution allows for a modernized infrastructure and a new character for the Hahnenkamm slalom," said Michael Huber, Chief Executive of the Organisation Committee. "The Hahnenkamm slalom shall no longer be the little brother of the downhill, but an equal partner. The large Hahnenkamm stadium offers better views and perfect surroundings not only for the sports program but also for the side events."

Former ski racer Marc Girardelli agrees: "Last year, the atmosphere during the slalom race was perfect. Given increased course terrain as well as higher speeds, the new course offers enhanced excitement. With the increased altitude drop (approx. 17 meters compared to the old Ganslern piste) and run times of more than 50 seconds, the course is perfectly adapted to the requirements of the competition."
"More than five terrain changes make the new slalom course extremely selective," adds Hahnenkamm Race Director Peter Obernauer.

Huber emphasizes that both courses are in a good condition:"The large snowfalls in December and the low temperatures have created an ideal base for the race courses. Considering that the slalom, downhill and super-G will have a joint finish, preparation in this last part have to fulfil the standards of all three events." FIS snow inspector Peter Krogoll gladly gave his approval for the races in Kitzbühel, set for 18th - 20th January 2008.

Former Hahnenkamm winner Stefan Eberharter along with Fritz Strobl and the British ski racer Chemmy Alcott also took a look at the snow conditions of the race course and agreed that it will be another spectacular Kitzbühel weekend.

Again this year, Kitzbuhel is setting new records and will offer a total of €550'000 in prize money over the weekend. Both the downhill and slalom will have prize money purses of €175'000, the super-G €130'000 while the classical combined will award €70'000.