Often overlooked in favour of the classic downhill races at Kitzbuhel and Wengen, Schladming has made a name for itself as one of the must-see events, not just in skiing, but in the sporting world, and not just for the spectacle of the skiers battling it out through the slalom gates, but also because of the spectators who line the side of the hill and generate the sort of atmosphere that is rare to see at any sporting event in the world.
The Austrians have been dominating the race in recent years, and have even come close to a 1-2-3 during a couple of seasons. Britain's best performance at the race came in 2001 when Alain Baxter finished 9th.
There was no official race in 2013 because Schladming was hosting the Alpine Skiiing World Championships, although interestingly they did hold the slalom event at night,
Anyway, the list of winners of the Slalom since the event was first run at night in 1997 are as follows:
|Year||Winner||Nationality||2nd Place||Nationality||3rd Place||Nationality|
|2015||Alexander Khoroshilov||Russia||Stefano Gross||Italy||Felix Neureuther||Germany|
|2014||Henrik Kristoffersen||Norway||Marcel Hirscher||Austria||Felix Neureuther||Germany|
|2012||Marcel Hirscher||Austria||Stefano Gross||Italy||Mario Matt||Austria|
|2011||Jean-Baptiste Grange||France||Andre Myhrer||Sweden||Mattias Hargin||Sweden|
|2010||Reinfried Herbst||Austria||Silvan Zurbriggen||Switzerland||Manfred Pranger||Austria|
|2009||Reinfried Herbst||Austria||Manfred Pranger||Austria||Ivica Kostelic||Croatia|
|2008||Mario Matt||Austria||Jean-Baptiste Grange||France||Manfred Moelgg||Italy|
|2007||Benjamin Raich||Austria||Jens Byggmark||Sweden||Mario Matt||Austria|
|2006||Kalle Palander||Finland||Akira Sasaki||Japan||Benjamin Raich||Austria|
|2005||Manfred Pranger||Austria||Benjamin Raich||Austria||Andre Myhrer||Sweden|
|2004||Benjamin Raich||Austria||Manfred Moelgg||Italy||Kalle Palander||Finland|
|2003||Kalle Palander||Finland||Benjamin Raich||Austria||Hans-Petter Buraas||Norway|
|2002||Bode Miller||USA||Jean-Pierre Vidal||France||Ivica Kostelic||Croatia|
|2001||Benjamin Raich||Austria||Hans-Petter Buraas||Norway||Mitja Kunc||Slovenia|
|2000||Mario Matt||Austria||Ole-Christian Furuseth||Norway||Thomas Stangassinger||Austria|
|1999||Benjamin Raich||Austria||Pierrick Bourgeat||France||Kjetil Andre Aamodt||Norway|
|1998||Alberto Tomba||Italy||Thomas Sykora||Austria||Hans-Petter Buraas||Norway|
|1997||Alberto Tomba||Italy||Thomas Stangassinger||Austria||Sebastien Amiez||France|
Local legend Benjamin Raich is the man for the night slalom, having won it 4 times between 1999 and 2007. And don't discount him winning it a few more times yet. It's a relatively modern event so it;s good to see one of the all-time greats Alberto Tomba 2nd in the list, having won the first two events back in 1997 and 1998.
|Number of Titles||Name||Nationality||Years|
|4||Benjamin Raich||Austria||1999 2001 2004 2007|
|2||Alberto Tomba||Italy||1997 1998|
|2||Kalle Palander||Finland||2003 2006|
|2||Mario Matt||Austria||2000 2008|
|2||Reinfried Herbst||Austria||2009 2010|
The home nation has dominated this, winning more than two-thirds of the races by 2010. Their big rivals Switzerland have yet to win the event, whilst Bode Miller's victory back in 2002 for the USA is the only time a non-European nation has claimed victory.
|Number of Titles||Nation||Years|
|10||Austria||1999 2000 2001 2004 2005 2007 2008 2009 2010 2012|