Less than five months separate us from the start of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in alpine skiing in the Jasná resort, but the organisers have been fully working on its preparations for a long time. This top event will be hosted by the Low Tatras during the weekend of March 6 and 7, 2021. Tatra organizers believe that in difficult times marked by a pandemic, they will welcome the world leaders led by Slovak Petra Vlhová or American Mikaela Shiffrin. The International Ski Federation (FIS) confirmed Jasná in October as the site of the penultimate stop before the World Cup final, which will take place in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in the second half of March 2021.
The Low Tatras Jasná resort will host the World Cup event after five years, and the women's elite presented themselves there also in 2016. As then, the slalom and giant slalom are scheduled for the slopes in Jasná at the end of the next winter. In addition to the traditional tasks related to the organisation of such an important event, the organisers from Liptov must also deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
"We would like to welcome fans without restrictions, but we also have contingency plans that we will apply according to the current situation with the coronavirus," said Jana Palovičová, sports director of the race. She added: "We anticipate that if the situation requires it, the individual organisational units, the racing teams and the media will operate in separate corridors in a similar way as in Sölden."
As the mentioned pandemic situation does not currently allow the organising team to make a final decision towards the tickets sale, the organisers in Jasná are preparing for several possible alternatives. "In December, we would like to inform the fans about how it will be with the tickets. Unfortunately, the possibility that 15,000 people would meet in Jasná one day at the race, as it was in 2016, seems unlikely. We count with the possibility that the number of spectators will be limited and also with the variant which was applied now in Sölden, without spectators. Of course, we would love to have crowded stands and a fantastic atmosphere in Jasná, but we are aware that the pandemic has significantly changed the world of sports. We are grateful for the opportunity to organise the event at all,” said Matej Hulej. If the competitions in Low Tatra slopes in Jasná stay without fans backdrop, Slovak Petra Vlhová would be very sorry, but she will try in spite of everything and will focus on her performances. "For the situation we live in, when it is very difficult to plan anything, I try to focus especially on the next closest races. However, it does not change the fact that it will be great to compete on the home mountain again," says the winner of the fourteen World Cups. The event in Jasná should be broadcast live by several television companies, in Slovakia it will traditionally be RTVS.