The Canadian Alpine Skiing Federation said no decision had been made on the future of its annual World Cup stop in Lake Louise, Alta., after Austrian media reported it would no longer do part of the circuit after this season.
“We have not confirmed anything beyond the November 2022 event,” an Alpine Canada spokesperson said in an email Monday. “I’m sure you can understand, there are several factors and moving elements, and we are not yet in a position to comment on the future of the event. What we are sure to say is that Alpine Canada will work hard with all communities and host organizations to ensure World Cup action stays in Canada.
Austrian media have reported that Lake Louise, the longest Alpine Skiing World Cup stop in North America, will be pulled from the circuit after the upcoming season. A quoted point of sale International Ski Federation (FIS) Men’s Racing Director Marcus Waldner. another city Patron of the Austrian Alpine Federation Herbert Mandel.
“We were surprised and disappointed to see reports on overseas websites promoting rumors and speculation,” Alpine Canada said in a statement. “There are several resorts in Canada, including Lake Louise, that are keen to host WC events and we are working with them to develop the right long-term strategy in partnership with FIS for next season and beyond.
The FIS has deferred questions about World Cup venues beyond next season to local ski officials.
Lake Louise has hosted at least one Alpine World Cup race every year from 1993 until last season, except 2020-21 when the tour did not visit North America due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In recent years, it has held men’s sprints on the last weekend of November and women’s sprints on the first weekend of December. It is expected to do so again this season.
“The World Cup contract is signed annually, so there have been no discussions for years beyond 2022 at this time,” a statement from the Lake Louise Ski Resort said Tuesday. “The Lake Louise Ski Resort is and will continue to be a strong supporter of this event.
… We believe we will continue to be the best option for hosting World Cup sprint events in Canada.
In 2018, the resort announced that its downhill run would be renamed “Lake Lindsey Way” after Lindsey Vonnwho has won 18 of his 82 World Cup victories at Lake Louise in 44 career starts there.
Vonn was so successful there that in the middle of his career the place began to be called informally Lake Lindsey.
Mikaela Shiffrin and Bode Miller earned their first downhill and super-G World Cup victories in Lake Louise. Picabo StreetThe first downhill World Cup victory also came there.
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