Plans for FIS Games Gather Pace

It would take place every 4 years and would be the biggest event of its kind outside the Winter Olympics. The International Ski & Snowboard Federation is already asking potential host areas to submit bids.

The FIS Games will see multiple snowsports disciplines being staged during a two-week period during the non-Olympic and non-World Championship season.

It would be 16-day competition for Olympic and Paralympic snow sports with around 100 medal events.

It is aiming to have its first edition in 2028.

Events will be held in:

  • Alpine skiing,
  • Cross-country skiing,
  • Freestyle skiing,
  • Ski jumping
  • Snowboarding

There would be disciplines that aren’t on the Olympic program:

  • Speed skiing,
  • Freeriding
  • Telemark.

Para Alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing events are also on the preliminary schedule.

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“The FIS Games will be the greatest of all snow sport events; a landmark celebration bringing the FIS family together as never before,” said a statement from the International Ski and Snowboard Federation.

“The world’s greatest athletes will showcase their talents in front of a global audience.”

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The ambition for the FIS Games is huge.

It would have a grand opening ceremony with a goal to “create an exhilarating experience for spectators and athletes on site and an exciting and rich visitor’s event programme.”

The Games claims it will lead the way on sustainability and inclusivity, projecting an inspiring message about the positive impact that major sporting events can have.

The FIS Games will use existing facilities with sustainability and legacy at their core.

FIS has recently appointed a Sustainability Director saying that sustainability is central to the federation’s mission.

The official application deadline 1st November 2023 and will be followed by an inspection group phase.

The FIS Games may be hosted by one region or by multiple hosts across a variety of locations and even across borders.

The host of the first FIS Games 2028 will be elected by the FIS Council in spring 2024.

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