Ramsau am Dachstein is located on an elevated plateau between the Dachstein range and the Enns valley in the state of Styria, Austria. The town with its 2.700 inhabitants is famous for its excellent winter sports facilities, a fact that the FIS recognized with awarding the 1999 FIS Nordic Ski World Championships to the region. In the course of the 20th century, several ski jumps were erected in Ramsau. In addition to that, Ramsau also hosts the base station of a cable car which goes up to the Dachstein glacier, which offers a year-round resort for Alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing.
Ramsau am Dachstein is a traditional Nordic Combined venue, the HS 98 hill, which was constructed in 1995, is currently not used for World Cups of the ski jumpers. Since 1995/96, Ramsau has been an annual fixed point on the Nordic Combined calendar. The cross-country track leads through stadium, which is located only several hundred metres next to the hill, thrice in the course of a race.
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Only small changes occurred in head coach Christoph Eugen’s squad for their home World Cup in Ramsau am Dachstein. Next to the regulars like Bernhard Gruber, Christoph Bieler, Willi Denifl and Lukas Klapfer, fellow veteran Mario Stecher is back and will fight for a regular spot on the team in the new year.
Right before the holiday cheer is taking over the Nordic Combined world, too, there is one last exciting, action-packed World Cup weekend lying in wait for fans and athletes alike: Ramsau am Dachstein will ring in Christmas 2014.
After the lack of snow in middle Europe is making it difficult for organisers everywhere to prepare the jumping hills and tracks for competition use, there was a little doubt also about the World Cup in Ramsau am Dachstein which is scheduled to the next weekend.
The French Ski Federation has also named their team for the first three World Cups in Ruka, Lillehammer and Ramsau am Dachstein.
Only five days to go until the first competition of the 2014/15 winter and then the Nordic Combined athletes will be back to battling out who the toughest man on skis, who the ultimate winter athlete is. Two big season highlights are waiting for all participants, promising close fights and radiant winners: the second edition of the Nordic Combined TRIPLE in Seefeld and the World Championships in Falun.
Ramsau am Dachstein's Individual Gundersen competition went to Eric Frenzel! The German claimed his third win this season 5,3 seconds ahead of second-placed Haavard Klemetsen from Norway. The podium was completed by Mr. Ramsau: fellow Norwegian Mikko Kokslien.