Last week, the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced that all Alpine World Cup tour events in North America would be canceled for the 2020/21 season. The decision ultimately and unsurprisingly comes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In lieu of the North American events which normally take place in Lake Louise, Canada, Beaver Creek, Colorado, and Killington, Vermont, FIS stated that these events would be rescheduled to take place at resorts in France and Switzerland.
In an interview on a radio station with U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association president, Tiger Shaw, he stated: “Our U.S. and North American stops are very important, but at the same time, there were so many complications with coming and going to North America with Canada having quarantine restrictions, Vermont having quarantine restrictions… it just made sense to really work strategically with the FIS and forgo our events this year.”
Despite the cancellations for the Alpine World Cup, the FIS Freestyle World Cup events are still scheduled to take place. These events will occur both in North America and the rest of the world. However, in regards to the North American freestyle events, Shaw noted “Again, it’s fluid. Like most are saying, ask me what I’m doing in a couple of weeks and I can tell you,” he said. “Ask me what we’re doing in two months, I’ll have to get back to you.”
The Alpine World Cup season is currently scheduled to commence on October 17 and 18 with giant slalom races in Soelden, Austria.