North American Alpine World Cup Races Canceled
2020-21 FIS Alpine World Cup To Remain In Europe
After much discussion between FIS, the national ski associations and the local organizing committees in the USA and Canada, it has been decided that the Alpine Skiing World Cup tour will remain in Europe in late November due to ongoing concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Cancelled Races Include:
- GS and Slalom events at HomeLight Killington Cup in Killington, Vt. Nov. 28-29
- Speed week in Lake Louise, Alberta (CAN) on Dec. 1-6
- Speed weekend in Lake Louise on Nov. 25-29th
- Speed and technical events at the Xfinity Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, Colorado on Dec. 1-6
The FIS Alpine World Cup plans to return to these sites for the 2021-22 winter season.
Will These Races Be Rescheduled?
The objective of FIS is to carry out a full World Cup competition program, protecting the health and welfare of all participants to the best extent possible. The temporary realignment of the FIS Alpine World Cup Calendar in 2020-21 caters to this goal by focusing on athlete safety, reducing travel, and providing competitors with a detailed competition calendar.
If approved, races will be rescheduled for December, with Val d’Isere (FRA) adding two events for the men. The planned giant slalom races will be moved up one weekend to Dec. 5-6, making room for an added downhill and super-G on Dec. 12-13.
The women’s tour will add a downhill to its traditional weekend in St. Moritz (SUI) on Dec. 5-7. Additionally, Courchevel (FRA) will host a two-race technical weekend in December.
Any Other Schedule Changes On The Horizon?
Decisions for all other FIS World Cup events will be made independently and based on an assessment of each unique set of circumstances, including the risks and travel requirements related to each event and host country, as well as time needed between competitions to accommodate for COVID-19 protocols.
So for now, mark your calendars. The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season will kick off in Soelden (AUT) on Oct. 17-18 for the traditional giant slaloms on the Rettenbach Glacier.
What Are Your Thoughts?
We are super bummed we won’t see our U.S. Ski Team athletes compete here at home.
How do you feel about these North American mainstays relocating to Europe this year? Shoot us an email and let us know.