FIS MEDIA INFO: Alpine Skiing - Decisions of the FIS Council at the 45th International Ski Congress
Vilamoura, May 25th, 2006 - The 45th International Ski Congress is currently underway in Vilamoura (POR). The following items related to Alpine Skiing have been approved by the FIS Council at its meeting today:
Starting order for the downhill, super-G and super combined will be based on the best thirty (30) competitors starting in the reversed order of the corresponding WCSL points (Article 9.4). In competitions held in two runs (downhill, super combined, slalom and giant slalom) the best 30 competitors qualified for the second run shall start in reversed order of the times achieved in the first run (new Article 9.5).
Definition of the technical data of slalom courses will be based on the number of direction changes, rather than on the number of gates. The required number of direction changes in the Olympic Winter Games, FIS World Ski Championships, World Cup, FIS and Continental Cup slalom competitions is 30%-35% of the vertical drop, +/- 3 direction changes (Article 801.2.4.1).
Increase of the maximum vertical drop for the Ladies’ slalom courses in the Olympic Winter Games, FIS World Ski Championships and FIS World Cup from 200m to 220m, which is equal to that of the men (Article 801.1.2).
Decrease of the minimum vertical drop for the men’s super-G events from 500m to 400m (Article 1001.1.1)
Making crash helmets compulsory in all FIS Alpine Skiing events.
Please also note that according to the ICR art. 219.1, the prize money for the coming 2006-2007 season has been confirmed by the FIS Council in its November 2005 meeting. For Alpine events the amounts will be the following:
Minimum cash prize per World Cup event: CHF 100,000,- (divided between 1-10)
Minimum cash prize for European Cup events: CHF 2,300,- (divided between 1-10)