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Over the weekend the International Ski Federation (FIS) released details of the 2022-’23 World Cup schedule and it includes two additional stops in the U.S.: Palisades Tahoe, Calif., and Aspen Snowmass, Colo. The two events have been added to the men’s World Cup Tour and slated for after the World Championships, which will be held in Meribel/Courchevel, France from Feb. 6-19.
The World Cup has not held an event in either place since 2017, and the men’s World Cup has not raced in Palisades Tahoe since 1969. The 2022-’23 Tour will also still include the women’s tech events in Killington, Vt., and the men’s races in Beaver Creek, Colo., bringing the total races on U.S. snow to four—the most in 26 years.
The announcement is good news for American ski racing fans wanting to attend competitions or be able to watch them live in their time zones without having to wake before dawn. No doubt American racers like Bryce Bennett and Travis Ganong, who call Palisades Tahoe home, will also be thrilled at the opportunity to race on familiar grounds in front of home fans. But the new schedule does mean more hopping back and forth over the Atlantic for the men.
If all goes according to plan, the 2022-’23 World Cup will kick off for both the men and women with the traditional season-opener in Sölden, Austria on October 22 and 23. After that, the Tour will head to the Matterhorn region of Zermatt/Cervinia, another new venue for the coming season, for the inaugural men’s and women’s speed races.
From there, the World Cup moves to North America for the traditional stops in Killington, Lake Louise, and Beaver Creek in late November and early December. Then it’s back to Europe until the men’s circuit returns to the U.S. for the races in Palisades Tahoe and Aspen after the World Championships. The 2022-’23 season will then wrap up with the World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Andorra from March 13-19.