This past May the FIS Council held their annual meeting to discuss all things that affect FIS racing worldwide. You can read all of the details of the meeting in the FIS post Decisions of the FIS Council at the Spring Meeting 2017. Here is a summary of the decisions from that meeting that affect FIS Alpine ski racing.
FIS World Cup calendar for 2017-18
Of course, the highlight of the season will be the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang China. But, two exciting additions to the World Cup calendar for 2017-18 are a new city event in Oslo, Norway on New Year’s Day and a 2-run Downhill race at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany on February 3. Both of these events are focused on increasing fan engagement.
FIS World Championships
The FIS Council confirmed the candidates for the FIS World Championships in 2023 as well as the procedure for their election. The 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championship candidates are Courchevel-Meribel (FRA) and Saalbach-Hinterglemm (AUT).
The competition programs for the 2019 FIS Alpine World Championship in Are, Sweden was also approved.
FIS Alpine International Competition Rules
The key decision that effects alpine skiing follows the success of the introduction of the new starting order for speed events last season. As a result, an adjustment to the regulation for downhill training was made. The best ten competitors present will be drawn between 1 and 19, odd numbers. A detailed summary of all International Competition Rules for each discipline will be published by the FIS in the next edition of the FIS Newsflash.
Other FIS news
The members of the 2017-19 Athletes Commission were confirmed. Former chair, Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, SWE (Alpine Skiing) will remain as an Athletes’ Commission representative in the FIS Council until the Congress 2018 when the next election of the FIS Council will take place.
The 52nd FIS Congress in 2020 will take place in Marrakesh (MAR).
The 7th annual FIS World Snow Day will take place on January 21, 2018. World Snow Day seeks to motivate children age 4 – 14 to enjoy the snow. It encourages all to celebrate all things snow around the world simultaneously. More than half a million participants took part in the 6th annual event in 2017.