Zipflbob at Schladming

7th December 2005, by Chris Gill

Schladming in Austria is to host its first night skiing festival between 8-11 December.

A long weekend of festival fun is ready to kick off tomorrow on Schladming’s Planai and Hochwurzen mountains. Floodlit slopes will host a number of night skiing events and races, including the famous zipflbob.

Zipflbob? Since the 1970’s the former children’s toy, better known as a ‘mini-bob’, has been associating itself with winter sports. The small plastic red sled with a distinctive ‘gear shift lever’, used to control the bob, has become a popular toboggan racer. Two years ago, zipflbob enthusiasts began to hold regular races in the Austrian resort of Kitzbühel. This developed into the Austrian Zipflbob Association, and now regular competitions are held throughout the Alps.  Racers will compete in several events at Schladming during Friday 9 December.

Night skiing and tobogganing will be accompanied by sound and light shows, fireworks and various Austrian hoedowns. All day live music and DJ’s are planned at mountain huts on the Planai and Hochwurzen, with meal deals and cheap ski rental available on Saturday. Round off the weekend with a touch of jazz at the summit station on Planai.

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