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Skiing: Golden Fox Course Receiving Finishing Touches

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"The weather forecast is good, although it will be warm during daytime. It's important that nights will be clear, which means that we will maintain the thickness of the snow cover, which will remain solid," head of the event Gorazd Bedra─Ź told the press on Tuesday.

Under the supervision of an Austrian expert, the organisers managed to increase the density of snow in the lower half of the piste by means of a special water-pumping method. The same will be done in the upper part today.

The course for the women's giant slalom on Saturday and slalom on Sunday is expected to be solid, but not icy, which will enable competitors with higher bib numbers to ski in almost equal conditions as those starting early.

The organisers were forced to do some extra work after unknown vandals damaged the piste last Wednesday by literally ploughing through it with snowmobiles. The course was nevertheless given preliminary approval by officials from the International Ski Federation (FIS) last week.

The biggest annual women's Alpine skiing event in the country will feature Slovenia's own Tina Maze, the double champion from the recent World Championships and the double Olympic champion from Sochi in 2014.

Maze is currently the overall leader in the Alpine Skiing World Cup with 985 points, ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria (801) and Lindsey Vonn of the US (646).

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