The Alpine Skiing discipline is going through an “evolution, but not a revolution”, adjusting several rules and regulations to make the sport more attractive and increase its impact.
From a regulation perspective, a few adjustments were made for course setting, basic quota, online entries and team and service personnel accommodation rules for World Cup level.
The most important change includes the starting order for downhill training runs. Following the successful introduction of the new starting order for the speed events last season, an adjustment to the regulation for downhill training was made, whereby the best ten competitors present will be drawn with the odd numbers between 1 and 19.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup calendars for the 2017/18 season, as well as future calendar drafts until 2019/20 were approved.
For the 2017/18 winter, some of the novelties include:
- A new city event to be held in Oslo (NOR) on 1st January 2018
- A parallel slalom is planned in Courchevel (FRA) in addition to the traditional ladies’ giant slalom
- A two-run downhill for the ladies will be staged in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) on 3rd February
- Bormio (ITA) has returned to the men’s World Cup calendar for downhill and combined races
FIS Continental Cup series sees positive trend
The FIS Continental Cup series have seen more World Cup Organisers including Wengen (SUI), Lake Louise (CAN), Kitzbuehel (AUT) and as of next season Kvitfjell (NOR) hosting Continental Cup races to better prepare up-and-coming young athletes for competitions held at World Cup level. A number of Continental Cup events including Val d’Isère (FRA) and Kitzbuehel were streamed live last season.