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World Cup 24-25 Calendar Has Less Travel & More Snowsure Venue Choices

World Cup 24-25 Calendar Has Less Travel & More Snowsure Venue Choices

Published : 09-May-2024 01:02

After several seasons of mass race cancellations due to the changing climate as well as athlete concern about cutting unnecessary travel to try to minimise climate impact, the FIS has agreed tweaks to the 24-25 World Cup calendar which should make race cancellations a little less likely and mean a little less travel.

The traditional season start with GS races on the glacier at Sölden remains as before but starts a week later than previously, on the last weekend in October.

The troubled start to the speed skiing season, with usually snow-sure Lake Louise no longer able to host races in late-November and attempts to launch a new cross-border race from Zermatt to Cervinia in early November abandoned, will now not happen until November.

More races are planned for usually snow-sure Scandinavia with Finland's Levi, which opens in early October each year, hosting both Men's and women's slalom racers in November, as will normally snow sure Obergurgl in Austria.

There's also be seven racers at, again usually snowsure, Lillehammer Winter Olympic venues of Hafjell and Kvitfjell in Norway.

The traditional classics in the Alpine circus are retained, but with some adjustments in date. In February, the highlight of the 24-25 season will be the World Championships in Saalbach.
"This is a step in the right direction, and we must be satisfied with the changes we have achieved in a short time. Going forward, we will work for even more changes in terms of climate, possible damage and future cancellations," said the Norwegian Ski Association's Alpine Sports Manager, Claus Johan Ryste.

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