Preview, schedule and stars to watch

The 57th edition of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup season begins on October 22 and 23 with the traditional opening races of the giant slalom in Sölden, Austria, and will end in mid-March with the finals of the competition in Soldeu, Andorra.

Olympic gold medalists Mikaela Shiffrin and Marco Odermatt are the defending champions ahead of a 2022/23 campaign that features 42 events for women and men at 20 and 21 venues, respectively.

The women’s calendar includes 11 downhills, 9 super Gs, 10 giant slaloms, 11 slaloms and 1 parallel race. The men’s program includes 14 downhills, 7 super Gs, 10 giant slaloms, 10 slaloms and 1 parallel event. For the third consecutive season there will be no combined events, a race which is under review and may not feature on the Olympic program for Milano Cortina 2026.

The World Cup will take a two-week break with the World Championships in Courchevel-MéribelFrance, from February 6 to 19.

One of the novelties of the next campaign will be the speed season opener from Zermatt, Switzerland, to Cervinia, Italy: the event, the first to cross a border in the history of the World Cup, includes four downhill races split between the men’s (October 29-30) and women’s (November 5-6) tour.

After 20 years of absence, the Norwegian Kvitfjell will return to the women’s program, while the German resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen will host three men’s races (a Slalom on January 4, and a Downhill-Giant Slalom on January 28-29).

From this season there will be two other North American stops in addition to the traditional events of Lake Louise and beaver stream as the World Cup returns to US resorts from Tahoe Palisades and aspen early 2023.

Here’s a guide to things you need to know ahead of the new season.

Women’s alpine skiing 2022/23 season: Shiffrin aims for fifth overall title

Shiffrin is in the hunt for her fifth overall title, which will put her in second place on the all-time winners list, just behind Austria. Annemarie Moser-Proell with six crowns: the American is one of the four active skiers to have won the big globe with Switzerland Lara Gut-Behrami (2016), Italy Federica Brignone (2020) and Slovakia Petra Vlhova (2021).

Last season the Beijing 2022 Olympic champion in slalom gave Shiffrin a run for her money, but this year other potential suitors include the versatile Swiss Michelle Gisinitalian “queen of speed” Sophie Goggia and Norwegian ace Raghnild Mowinkel.

Other women to watch in the battle for the small globes are Corinne Suter and Ester Ledecka (Downhill), Elena Curtoni (Super G), Lena Duerr and Katharina Liensberger (Slalom), and Tessa Worley and Sara Hector (Giant Slalom).

Mikaela Shiffrin in action in Courchevel, France, during the women’s GS in March 2022.

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Men’s alpine skiing season 2022/23: Odermatt seeks to emulate Hirscher

Odermatt starts the new season as the man to beat after topping last year’s overall standings with 1,639 points, almost 500 more than second place. Alexander Aamodt Kilde (1,172).

The Norwegian won the overall title two years ago and in 2022 he came back from a serious injury to win both speed globes (Downhill and Super G). Another skier to watch will be Kilde’s compatriot Henrik Kristoffersen: the 28-year-old, who finished last season in the top 3 of the general classification for the sixth time in seven years, started a technical collaboration this summer with a new ski brand owned by his former rival Marcel Hircher.

Since the Austrian legend retired in 2019, no male skier has managed to retain the title from the previous season.

The new calendar, with a number of runs twice as high as that of Super G (14 against 7), could favor pure “speedsters” like Beat Feuz, Dominik Paris and the Austrian duo Matthias Mayer and Vincent Kriechmayr.

Marco Odermatt celebrates his gold medal in GS at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games

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The rising stars of skiing

In a sport where experience is the key to success, over the past two seasons some exciting new talent has emerged.

The future looks bright for winter Olympic powerhouse Norway: At 22 Lucas Braathen and Atle Lie McGrath have already collected five World Cup podiums and two victories.

Alice Robinson had a season marked by several DNFs, but the 20-year-old Kiwi is eager to regain the form that has earned her three wins and 11 top ten finishes on the top-flight circuit since 2019.

At 21, Giovanni Franzoni of Italy is set to make an impact at World Cup level after winning the 2022 European Cup and two titles at last year’s World Junior Championships in Panorama, Canada.

Expectations are also high for 18 year olds Zrinka Ljuticthe reigning junior world champion in slalom: the Croatian, who seeks to follow in the footsteps of her idol Janica Kostelichas already made his Olympic debut in Beijing and finished fifth in the last slalom World Cup of the season in Courchevel/Méribel.

One more name to watch is the 15-year-old Lara Colturi: the daughter of the Italian Olympic champion Daniela Cecarelli this season represents Albania and is expected to be the youngest skier to make a World Cup appearance since Mikaela Shiffrin.

Zrinka Ljutic of Croatia competing at Beijing 2022

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FIS Alpine World Cup Calendar 2022/23 – Women

Information subject to change. Correct as of October 14, 2022, according to the FIS World Cup schedule.

October 22, 2022

Sölden (Austria): Giant Slalom

November 5-6, 2022

Zermatt/Cervinia (Switzerland/Italy): Downhill (x2)

November 12, 2022

Lech/Zuers (Austria): Parallel

November 19-20, 2022

Levi (Finland): Slalom (x2)

November 26-27, 2022

Killington (USA): Giant Slalom, Slalom

December 2-3-4, 2022

Lake Louise (Canada): Downhill (x2), Super G

December 10-11, 2022

Sestriere (Italy): Slalom, Giant Slalom

December 16-17-18, 2022

St. Moritz (Switzerland): Downhill (x2), Super G

December 28-29, 2022

Semmering (Austria): Giant Slalom, Slalom

January 4-5, 2023

Zagreb (Croatia): Slalom (x2)

January 7-8, 2023

Kranjska Gora (Slovenia): Giant Slalom (x2)

January 10, 2023

Flachau (Austria): Slalom

January 14-15, 2023

St. Anton (Austria): Downhill, Super G

January 20-21-22, 2023

Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy): Super G, Downhill, Super G

January 24, 2023

Kronplatz/Plan de Corones (Italy): Giant Slalom

January 28-29, 2023

Spindleruv Mlyn (Czech Republic): Giant Slalom, Slalom

February 25-26, 2023

Crans-Montana (Switzerland): Downhill, Super G

March 4-5, 2023

Kvitfjell (Norway): Downhill, Super G

March 10-11, 2023

Are (Sweden): Giant Slalom, Slalom

March 15-16-17-18-19, 2023

Soldeu (Andorra): Downhill, Super G, Team Parallel, Slalom, Giant Slalom

Total number of individual events: 41

Speed: 19 – Descent: 11; Super-G: 8;

Technique 22 – Giant Slalom: 10; Slalom: 11; 1 Parallel

Team event: 1

FIS Alpine World Cup Calendar 2022/23 – Men

Information subject to change. Correct as of October 14, 2022, according to the FIS World Cup calendar.

October 23, 2022

Sölden (Austria): Giant Slalom

October 29-30, 2022

Zermatt/Cervinia (Switzerland/Italy): Downhill (x2)

November 13, 2022

Lech/Zuers (Austria): Parallel

November 25-26-27, 2022

Lake Louise (Canada): Downhill, Super G (x2)

December 2-3-4, 2022

Beaver Creek (USA): Downhill (x2), Super G

December 10-11, 2022

Val d’Isère (FRA): Giant Slalom, Slalom

December 16-17, 2022

Val Gardena (Italy): Super G, Downhill

December 18-19, 2022

Alta Badia (Italy): Giant Slalom (x2)

December 22, 2022

Madonna di Campiglio (Italy): Slalom

December 28-29, 2022

Bormio (Italy): Downhill, Super G

January 4, 2023

Garmisch Partenkirchen (Germany): Slalom

January 7-8, 2023

Adelboden (Switzerland): Giant Slalom, Slalom

January 13-14-15, 2023

Wengen (Switzerland): Super G, Downhill, Slalom

January 20-21-22, 2023

Kitzbuhel (Austria): Downhill (x2), Slalom

January 24, 2023

Schladming (Austria): Slalom

January 28-29, 2023

Garmisch Partenkirchen: downhill, giant slalom

February 4, 2023

Chamonix (France): Slalom

February 25-26, 2023

Palisades Tahoe (USA): Giant Slalom, Slalom

March 3-4-5, 2023

Aspen (USA): Downhill (x2), Super G

March 11-12, 2023

Kranjska Gora (Slovenia): Giant Slalom (x2)

March 15-16-17-18-19, 2023

Soldeu (Andorra): Downhill, Super G, Team Parallel, Giant Slalom, Slalom

Total number of events: 42

Speed: 19 – Descent: 14; Super-G: 8;

Technique: 21 – Giant slalom: 10; Slalom: 10; 1 Parallel

Team event: 1

2023 FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships in Courchevel-Méribel, France – Medal Schedule

February 6: Women’s Alpine Combined

February 7: Men’s alpine combined

February 8: Women’s Super G

February 9: Men’s Super G

February 11th : women’s downhill

12 February : Men’s Downhill

February 14th : Parallel men and women

February 15: Team parallel

February 16: Women’s Giant Slalom

February 17: Men’s Giant Slalom

February 18: Women’s Slalom

February 19: men’s slalom

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