Stealing a glance on the new FIS calendar, there is no way to whitewash the upcoming events: It is definitely going to be a long, exhausting, and stressful season for all pro skiers. The traditional season opening in Sölden will take place at the end of October of this year. After another event in Levi, the skiers are crossing the pond, heading towards North America. After the World Cup races in Beaver Creek and Lake Louise had been cancelled last year due to lack of snow, making this the first time in years that the resorts could not host World Cup events, both ski resorts are set to host alpine World Cup races for the 2017/2018 season.
City Event on New Year’s Day in Oslo
At the beginning of December, all competitors will be flying back to Europe, attending one event after another. There are barely any changes affecting the men’s calendar. Merely Santa Catarina is being replaced by Bormio after three years serving as a venue for Downhill and Alpine Combined. Highlights such as the Downhill discipline in Kitzbühel, Gröden, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, or Wengen, as well as the technical disciplines in Val d’Isère, Madonna di Campiglio, Schladming, and Alta Badia and its Parallel Giant Slalom are not to be missed in this year’s season 2017/2018. Moreover, there will be a new City Event on New Year’s Day taking place in Oslo, Norway for both ladies and men.
Ofterschwang’s back in the game
It has been four years since Ofterschwang last served as one of numerous winter sports venues for the Alpine Skiing World Cup, but changes were being made in this season’s ladies’ calendar. Ofterschwang, located in Bavaria, is back in the game - and thus back as a venue. Aside from that, the following venues are also back at play: Bad Kleinkirchheim, Lenzerheide, and Lienz. Flachau, Killington, Maribor, Cortina d'Ampezzo and Crans Montana have been tried and tested, hence all four are part of the upcoming Alpine Skiing World Cup, whereas Semmering, Sestriere or Zauchensee will not be hosting any disciplines.
World Cup Final in Sweden
In mid-March, Åre will host the Alpine Skiing World Cup Final, where the winners, both ladies and men, of the individual disciplines are determined and awarded the coveted crystal globes. The venue will serve as some kind of rehearsal, as the Alpine World Ski Championships 2019 are scheduled to take place from February 5, 2019 to February 17, 2019 in Åre, Sweden.