Lake Louise Removed from FIS Alpine World Cup Calendar for 2023-24 Season
Calgary, AB. (July 14, 2023) – Alpine Canada announced today that the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) has removed Lake Louise from the upcoming season’s 2023-24 FIS Alpine World Cup calendar. The men’s speed races scheduled for November 25-26, 2023 were indicated as ‘to be confirmed’ when the FIS calendar was released in May.
“Unfortunately, the economic model for the Lake Louise World Cup has been challenging the past few years,” said Therese Brisson, President & CEO for Alpine Canada. “We’ve been working with various stakeholders since last season to try to find solutions and despite some progress, we have run out of time to confirm the funding early enough to execute the event for the upcoming 2023-24 season.”
“We share in the disappointment of the race stakeholders, our fans, and specifically our athletes, sponsors, and volunteers. We want to thank all our sport and funding partners, including the governments of Alberta and Canada, as well as the incredible volunteers who have supported this event for so many years”, added Brisson. “We remain committed to a men’s speed event in Western Canada and will turn our attention to identifying solutions for the 2024-25 season and beyond.”
“Alpine Canada, together with our partners and stakeholders are committed to producing a race event that excites Canadians, grows the sport and fan base, delivers an amazing experience for athletes and fans, is commercially and environmentally sustainable, and supports a strong legacy for the sport and community today and into the future.”
We know this has been a difficult time for our friends at Lake Louise. Alpine Canada was shocked and saddened to learn of the fire that destroyed the Charleston Residence. We are relieved that all the staff are safe, and our thoughts and best wishes are with all of those impacted.
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Alpine Canada is the governing body for alpine, para-alpine, and ski cross racing in Canada, as well as for Canadian ski coaches, providing education, certification, insurance, and compliance with the coaching code of conduct. With the support of valued corporate partners and donors, along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Coaching Association of Canada, Alpine Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup athletes to stimulate visibility, inspiration, and growth in the ski community. In 2020/21, Alpine Canada celebrated 100 years of rich tradition in competitive skiing in Canada.