World Premiere in St. Moritz
A first in the history of the World Cup Tour: a parallel slalom is to be staged with points counting towards the individual World Cup. It will take place in St. Moritz as part of the Ladies’ Slalom World Cup.
This winter the International Ski Federation (FIS) will be introducing a new format for ski races. The first parallel slalom will be held in St. Moritz and is certain to generate a lot of action-packed thrills for the spectators on site as well as for TV viewers at home.
The way the parallel slalom is organised closely resembles arrangements for the parallel giant slalom which fans will know from the World Ski Championships 2017. The race course consists of 30 gates from the “Rominger Sprung”, and the starting order in accordance with the Slalom World Cup ratings. The expected field of about 60 athletes will have to compete in a qualifying race to establish the 32 skiers who will take part in the final. The winner of the qualifying race is ranked as number one. The finalists then compete against one another in a knock-out system of two races each.
The parallel slalom counts towards the World Cup Slalom overall standing and is therefore rated as a fully-fledged World Cup race. The new format will be truly spectacular: the racers start at one-minute intervals, thus ensuring a massive concentration of high-calibre ski sport on show.
In addition to the parallel slalom, a Super G will take place on the traditional, challenging World Championship slope on Saturday.