The national Canadian governing body for alpine, para and ski cross, ‘Alpine Canada Alpin’, or short ACA, and Station Mont Tremblant announced this week that the Canadian resort will host two early season women’s Giant-Slalom events from 23/24. This adds another exciting technical race to the women’s tech program for next year. The event is set to be held December 2-3, 2023, and will be on the calendar for the next three seasons.
Currently, Canada only hosts two speed events; Downhill and Super-G at Lake Louise in early December in the FIS Alpine World Cup season. Canada is also host to a Men’s and Women’s FIS SkiCross World Cup event in Craigleith, Ontario. The addition of two Giant-Slalom events in North America is an exciting move for both spectators and skiers. Typically, most of the competitions of the FIS World Cup series are held in Europe, but the International Ski Federation ‘FIS’ is trying to move to more global venues in order to attract more global spectators.
”Given the strength of our Canadian Women’s Alpine Ski team in technical events we are keen to host a Women’s World Cup with these disciplines in Canada for our fans. We are excited to give women’s ski racing the spotlight it deserves by hosting the best women skiers in the world at Mount Tremblant with all the ingredients for success. The region provides an enthusiastic fan base, and a highly engaged community of ski racing enthusiasts and volunteers.”
– Therese Brisson, President and CEO of Alpine Canada
The Canadian World Cup Advisory Committee, which is headed by Therese Brisson and Mathieu Lapointe, VP of Commercial Operations at Station Mont Tremblant, will provide assistance to the Local Organizing Committee ‘LOC’, which is headed by Nick Cogger, senior event management professional with extensive experience organizing FIS Alpine World Cups and Ironman events at Tremblant. More experts still need to be recruited for the race and track improvements that need to be made to the course at Tremblant before the test event, the NorAms, from February 27 to March 2, 2023.
ACA is also looking to host a men’s speed event in the World Cup series and is looking for a venue on the west coast for this purpose. Lake Louise is an experienced host venue, currently hosting the Women’s FIS World Cup Downhill and Super-G in early December, so would be a natural choice for the Men’s event.
“With our plans for a women’s tech event in the East now firming up, we look forward to finalizing our long-term strategy for a World Cup Men’s Speed event in the West. We are fortunate in that there are several resorts in Canada, including Lake Louise, who are keen to host Alpine World Cup events and we are working with them to develop the right long- term strategy in partnership with FIS for next season and beyond.”
– Therese Brisson
Along with the US hosting a record amount of World Cup events this year, it is great to see more events in North America. Hopefully, this will help garner more support and funding for all the athletes competing.