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2019 – The Big Ski Races

Find out all the upcoming big races for 2019:

January

12–13 – Ladies Downhill World Cup, St Anton, Austria; arlbergkandaharrennen.com

Four weeks after the annual Criterium de Neige competition in Val d’Isere, the world’s fastest women are back in action, hopefully none the worse for Christmas and New Year excesses, at yet another world-famous resort.

19  – 79th Lauberhorn Men’s World Cup Downhill, Wengen, Switzerland; lauberhorn.ch

The men’s tour ramps up with the Wengen classic, the Lauberhorn, known among other things for seeing the highest speeds achieved on the circuit (up to 163kph) and being the longest at 4.4km.

19 – Ladies Downhill World Cup, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy; cortinaclassic.com

After the Arlberg, there’s no rest for the speed queens as they head to the iconic “Queen of the Dolomites”, which will itself be hosting the World Championships (in Åre in Feb) in two years’ time.

26 – 79th Hahnenkamm Men’s World Cup Downhill and Slalom, Kitzbühel, Austria; hahnenkamm.com

The Grand National of the ski racing world, the Hahnenkamm is the race everyone wants to win as much as, or perhaps more than, Olympic gold. Dave Ryding will be hoping to better his silver in the slalom race two years ago.

 

February

1–10 – Freestyle, Freeski and Snowboard World Championships, Utah, USA; 2019worldchamps.com

Britain will be hoping to bring home some medals in the 2019 World Championships, which cover some of our strongest disciplines, including slopestyle and big air, staged across three resorts.

2 – Garmisch Men’s World Cup Downhill, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; skiweltcup-garmisch.com

Perhaps a little overshadowed by the mighty Lauberhorn and Hahnenkamm, the annual Garmisch race on the famed Kandahar course is the final test for the world’s fastest men ahead of the biannual World Championships.

5–17 – The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019, Åre, Sweden; are2019.com

The biggest event in the alpine racing calendar besides the Olympics, this time they’re back in Sweden, only 12 years after they were last at Åre. Britain will want to build momentum after Pyeongchang.

 

March

2 – Men’s World Cup Downhill, Kvitfjell, Norway; worldcup.kvitfjell.no

The last speed competition for the men before the finals in Soldeu. No doubt some will be wanting to prove themselves after failing to perform as hoped in Åre, while those who did do well in Sweden will want to build on their success.

13–17 – World Cup Finals, Soldeu, Andorra; grandvalira.com/en/fis-ski-world-cup-finals-andorra-2019

Staged for the first time in Andorra, the finals see the 25 best men and women skiers in slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill compete in the World Cup for the title in each discipline.