Click here to download the 2005-2006 alpine World Cup schedule

Click here to download the 2005-2006 alpine World Cup scheduleThe calendar for the 2005-2006 alpine World Cup calendar was discussed at the International Ski Federation’s annual spring meetings last month in Amsterdam. The latest provisional calendars consist of 40 competitions for the men, and 37 for the women.

The schedules, which are unlikely to change before the World Cup season gets underway in October, include few surprises, but there are a few interesting points (keep in mind these calendars are marked with the word “provisional”).

Click here for the men’s schedule; Click here for the women’s schedule.

On the men’s side, the departures from last season’s lineup are a post-Olympic Asian tour (a first since 2002-2003) and new Super Combis at Val d’Isere and Chamonix (Benni Raich won the inaugural event Wengen this past season). These new events are on their way to becoming a permanent part of the FIS racing, complete with World Cup discipline globes and FIS-point rankings.

Listed on these Amsterdam calendars is a men’s giant slalom scheduled for Lake Louise, but only weeks after the approval of these calendars Alpine Canada announced that they would be unable to host the event (which was supposed to be the first alpine men’s tech event in Canada since 1993).

On the women’s side, Aspen is slated to host SG-GS-SL instead of the GS-SL-SL combination they had in November 2004, and the SG-SL pairing in November 2002. Spindleruv Mlyn is back; the Czech resort, known informally to some racers as “the Spindler, was supposed to host a race in 2003-2004, but it got rained out (the Czech Republic had its first-ever alpine world championship medal this last season).

Also of note on the women’s calendar, Bad Kleinkircheim is planning to host women’s speed events in mid-January. The Austrian resort is near and dear to the heart of Franz Klammer, and he personally congratulates winners of the Europa Cups that are periodically held there. World Cup races have been held there periodically in the last three decades (Steve Mahre won a GS there in 1992).

The women also will have a pair of Super Combi events, one in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and another in Hafjell, Norway.

The season takes a break in mid-February for the Olympics in Italy. The first event there is the men’s downhill on February 12, and the last one is the men’s slalom on February 25 (as late as early April, Miller expressed ambivalance about competing in those Games, but in late May he grudgingly acknowledged that he planned to compete.

The last stop before the Olympics is Chamonix for the men and Ofterschwang, Germany, for the women.

World Cup Finals will take place Are, Sweden, which will be warming up to host the next alpine world championships, in 2007. The men will arrive there after their east Asian tour, and the women will be zigzagging across Scandinavia and Finland for two weeks.



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