While the Alpine season opener was held more than a month ago in Soelden, last weekend and this upcoming weekend saw all FIS disciplines jump into the 2020-21 season.
On the agenda last weekend were two women’s slalom races in Levi (FIN), which saw Slovakian Petra Vlhova pick up right where she left off, extending her streak of slalom victories to five after claiming both victories in Levi. She named the traditional reindeer prize, Igor, after her father.
Men’s Ski Jumping made its debut in Wisla (POL) with the Austrians and Germans showed they are already in top form. In the opening competition, the Austrians took home bragging rights with Germans just behind them. The following day, the Germans went 1-2 in the individual competition with Markus Eisenbichler and Karl Geiger in the top positions. They were followed by Austrian Daniel Huber.
Meanwhile in Stubai (AUT), the famed Stubai Zoo was good to France’s Tess Ledeux and Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli, who each picked up the season-opening slopestyle victories under bluebird skies.
This weekend all eyes will turn to Ruka (FIN) where the entire Nordic family will gather for a full weekend of action. Cross Country and Nordic Combined will stage their season openers near the Arctic Circle, while the men’s Ski Jumpers will have their second weekend of action.
Lech/Zurs will make its debut as a host of the Audi FIS World Cup as the men’s and women’s tours descend on the Austrian resort for parallel races on Thursday and Friday.