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The speed drivers around Dominik Paris & Co. are unlikely to be satisfied. © APA / EXPA/JOHANN GRODER

The new ski calendar is causing discussions again

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has published the provisional calendar for the 2024/25 World Cup season. An imbalance becomes clear again.

It has been said for years that speed riders have less chance of winning the overall World Cup than the technical specialists. For the men, Dominik Paris & Co. are unlikely to be satisfied with the provisional calendar. A total of 21 technical races and 17 speed competitions are on the list. Say: 9 giant slaloms, 12 slaloms or 9 downhill runs and 8 super-Gs. This opens up opportunities for many slalom riders such as returnee Lucas Braathen.

Although the provisional calendar must first be approved by the FIS Council, the rough plan should be in place. It starts again for men and women on the last weekend in October with the giant slalom in Sölden. As is well known, the November races in Zermatt-Cervinia, which have only resulted in cancellations in recent years, have been taken off the calendar.

Slalom in Alta Badia back

The Super-G and the downhill run from Val Gardena (December 20th and 21st) are close to the Christmas holidays this year. It continues as usual that weekend with the giant slalom in Alta Badia. On Monday, a slalom will take place on the Gran Risa for the first time in several years - basically the day before Christmas Eve. After Christmas, the tradition continues in Bormio.

There is a slalom in Alta Badia on Monday this year.

The night slalom in Madonna di Campiglio will only take place at the beginning of January this year - and not before Christmas as usual. In January the big classics in Wengen and Kitzbühel will be the focus again. The World Cup will take place in Saalbach-Hinterglemm in February. The technology races in March in Hafjell, Norway are new.

In the coming season, the World Cup final will again be held on a weekend, as before. The controversial FIS President Johan Eliasch is considered a big fan of the USA because he wants to open up new markets for skiing there. The final will therefore take place in Sun Valley this year.

More balance for women

For women, the provisional calendar is at least a little more balanced. There are 36 races in total – two fewer than the men’s races. These were divided into 9 giant slaloms, 10 slaloms, 8 downhills and 9 super-Gs.

Italy often appears in the calendar. In mid/late January, after the speed weekend in Cortina, the giant slalom at Kronplatz traditionally continues on Tuesday. At the end of February there will be a technical weekend in Sestriere before the speed races take place in La Thuile (Aosta Valley) before the finale.

The men's provisional calendar

27. 10 Sölden/AUT (giant slalom)
November 17.11th Levi/FIN (slalom)
23.11/XNUMX Gurgl/AUT (Slalom)
06.-08.11.Beaver Creek/USA (Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom)
14th-15th Val d'Isere/FRA (giant slalom/slalom)
20.-21.12. Val Gardena/South Tyrol (Super-G, downhill)
22.-23.12. Alta Badia/South Tyrol (giant slalom/slalom)
28.-29.12 Bormio/ITA (Downhill, Super-G)
08.01 Madonna di Campiglio/ITA (Slalom)
11.-12.01. Adelboden/SUI (giant slalom/slalom)
17.-18.01 Wengen/SUI (Super-G, Downhill, Slalom)
24.-26.01 Kitzbühel/AUT (Super-G, downhill, slalom)
28.-29.01 Schladming/AUT (giant slalom/slalom)
02.02 Garmisch/GER (departure)
04.-16.02. World Cup in Saalbach
22.-23.02 Crans Montana/SUI (Downhill, Super-G)
01.-02.03 Kranjska Gora/SLO (giant slalom/slalom)
08.09.03 Kvitfjell/NOR (Downhill, Super-G)
15.-16.03 Hafjell/NOR (giant slalom/slalom)
22.-27.03 final in Sun Valley/USA

The ladies' provisional calendar

26. 10 Sölden/AUT (giant slalom)
November 16.11th Levi/FIN (slalom)
23.11/XNUMX Gurgl/AUT (Slalom)
30.11.-01.12 Killington/USA (giant slalom, slalom)
07.-08.12 Mont Tremblant/CAN (giant slalom)
14.-15.12 Beaver Creek/USA (Downhill, Super-G)
21.-22.12 St. Moritz/SUI (Downhill, Super-G)
28.-29.12 Semmering/AUT (giant slalom, slalom)
04.-05.01 Kranjska Gora/SLO (giant slalom, slalom)
11.-12.01 St. Anton/AUT (Downhill, Super-G)
14.01 Flachau/AUT (Slalom)
18.-19.01 Cortina/ITA (Downhill, Super-G)
21.01/XNUMX Kronplatz/South Tyrol (giant slalom)
25.-26.01 Garmisch (Downhill, Super-G)
January 30.01th Courchevel (slalom)
04.-16.02. World Cup in Saalbach
22.-23.02 Sestriere (giant slalom, slalom)
28.02-01.03 Kvitfjell/NOR (2 runs, Super-G)
08.03-09.03 Aare/SWE (giant slalom, slalom)
15.-16.03. La Thuile/ITA (Downhill, Super-G)
22.-27.03 final in Sun Valley/USA

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