Many topics were on the table during the Online Meeting of the Alpine Committee on Friday, 2nd October, but the main focus was on the newly proposed calendars for the upcoming season and the necessary measures to deliver a safe and fair competition season.
The proposals for the men’s and women’s 2020/21 World Cup calendars were presented and will be officially approved by the Council on October 3rd.
These new calendars aim to provide a safe environment for athletes to compete and are based on the requirements to reduce numbers and costs for teams, organisers and stakeholders. To limit interaction as much as possible, a number of events were separated to have only womens’ or mens’ races. Speed and technical events were also split where possible.
The new calendar features a double weekend in Val d’Isère (FRA), with first two Giant Slaloms, followed by a speed block (Super-g and Downhill). In late December, along with Sunday’s traditional Giant Slalom, Alta Badia (ITA) will host a Slalom on Monday. In January, Swiss venue Adelboden will host a long weekend with a double Giant Slalom and a Slalom. Finally, only the speed athletes will be racing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with a Super-g and a Downhill on the menu.
As far as the women's calendar is concerned, there will be two Slalom races in Levi (FIN) and two Giant Slalom events in Courchevel (FRA). One of the most awaited stages will certainly be the Chinese speed weekend in late February, which will also act as an Olympic test event. In the final phase of the season, the World Cup will be back in Jasna (SVK) after 4 years.
Overall the calendars feature 39 races for the men and 35 for the women, spread over 18 different venues. The highlight of the season will be the 2021 World Ski Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA) from 8 to 21 February. The season will wrap up with the finals in Lenzerheide (SUI) from 17 to 21 March 2021.
Minimum requirements to validate a World Cup event
A standardized approach was proposed to evaluate ahead of time whether a World Cup event can take place. If at the time of the preliminary entry deadline (5 weeks prior to the event) at least 7 out of the top 10 nations from the Nations' Cup 2019/20 are allowed to travel to the organising nation, the event can be valid for the World Cup. In exceptional cases, the FIS Event Task Force Group will make the final decision.
Additionally, a set of rules' adaptations have been presented, to protect athletes who are not able to participate fully or partly in World Cup competitions during the 2020/21 season due to travel and/or immigration restrictions.
Finally, on Saturday, 3rd October, the FIS Council will elect the Organisers of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2025. Will it be Crans-Montana (SUI), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) or Saalbach (AUT)?
All the proposals mentioned above are subject to the approval of the FIS Council on 9th October.