The upcoming Alpine Ski World Cup season will start earlier than planned.
The 2020-2021 Audi FIS Ski World Cup season is just around the corner. After 7 months of waiting, the Alpine Ski World Cup will be back in 15 days. Sölden (Tirol, Austria) again will host the first FIS Ski World Cup Races of the season. As every year, the Women's Giant Slalom opens the new World Cup season.
Since the 2000/2001 season, the women's and men's ski world cup has traditionally been held on the Rettenbach Glacier in Sölden.
With the aim of creating the best possible safety precautions at the World Cup Opening event in Sölden, the Austrian Ski Federation and its Organizing Committee have applied for earlier scheduling of the World Cup Opening. After successful talks with the host broadcaster ORF and all media rights holders, coupled with the active support of Bergbahnen Sölden and Ötztal Tourismus, there was also approved for the project from the International Ski Association. The competitions as part of the AUDI FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Sölden will therefore be held on 17 and 18 October - one week earlier than originally planned.
By earlier scheduling of the Opening, it will be possible to use the entire Rettenbach Glacier area exclusively for the Alpine Ski World Cup competitions, to separate the participants, officials, and employees from tourists, and to arrange accommodation for the teams according to needs and official regulations. The ultimate aim for the organizer and his partners in Sölden is to ensure that everyone involved in the Alpine Ski World Cup has the best possible and safest conditions at the opening event.
According to the current situation, we assume that the races will be carried out without a large number of spectators as a precautionary measure with a view to optimum COVID-19 prevention. Further details about the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Opening in Sölden and corresponding event guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, will follow in the coming weeks.