A relatively small resort located in the Styria region of Austria, Kreischberg lays claim to having one of the largest halfpipes in Europe, and its slopes are reknowned as a haven for freestylers of both the ski and snowboard persuasions.
The resort has a history of hosting World Cup events dating back to 1997. From boardercross and ski cross, to halfpipe, to big air, to aerials, and even parallel slalom, the resort has shown itself capable of putting on a show in a diverse range of disciplines - a distinction that will no-doubt be proven once again in 2015 when Kreischberg will play host to both the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships and the FIS Snowboard World Championships.
In the two weeks leading up to the start of the 2014/15 FIS Freestyle World Cup we will be running season previews for all five Freestyle events, continuing today with the halfpipe preview.
Ophelie David (FRA) and Alex Fiva (SUI) have won the last pre-Olympic ski cross race of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour, which took place in Kreischberg today. It was the first race since two years on Austrian turf, the first one in the Murau region since 2008.
More than 110 skiers from 21 nations will start at the test event for the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships, with the deep field led by Kreischberg specialist Tomas Kraus - winner of all three past events at the Marau-region resort.