Winter has arrived and has the 58th edition of the Ski World Cup with the Giant Slalom on the Austrian Rettenbach glacier, Soelden. Best skiers in the world will compete in 90 events and 600 live races, comprising 1,100 hours across four disciplines in one of the most significant and buzzed-about competitions in the world.
The long season will continue until March 24, 2024, culminating in the finals in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, the site of the 2025 World Championships.
However, with the excitement getting real, alpine skiing enthusiasts are looking for streaming options that will broadcast the Audi FIS Ski World Cup this season. Let’s dive deep into the season and the broadcast information.
Alpine Ski 2023-24 World Cup: Preview
The season will pick up in November with the long-awaited downhills in Zermatt-Cervinia, marking the first-ever cross-border races in World Cup history. Last year, the event was canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions, but it is expected to go ahead this time.
Notably, the parallel events and individual combined have been excluded from the World Cup program. Also, the team’s debut combined, initially set for Kitzbuehel and Crans Montana, has been postponed.
There will be many first times fans will be witnessing this season. The Canadian resort of Mont-Tremblant in Quebec will debut on the tour, hosting two women’s giant slaloms in December. The historic venue of Lake Louise was removed from the calendar after being a feature since 1993 (except 2020).
This year, there will be no breaks for the Games or the World Championships, and for the first time, the season finale will take place over two weekends instead of a single week.
Athletes to Watch at this year Alpine Ski 2023-24 World Cup
The most successful alpine skier in World Cup history, Mikaela Shiffrin, is headlining this season, too. She is stepping foot to clinch her sixth giant crystal globe. Training under Norwegian coach Karin Harjo, the 28-year-old had broken Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 wins.
Currently, she stands with 88 points, and the fans wouldn’t be surprised by her prowess this season, too. Also, she can become the first woman to win 100 World Cup races.
She starts the season on the Austrian resort, which hasn’t proved suitable for the 28-year-old who has raced nine times and failed to make the podium only on three occasions (2012, 2013, and 2017). Last year’s event was canceled due to bad weather, but things are expected to go ahead this time.
Thirteen victories (record-tying) plus nine podium finishes across three different disciplines, along with three globes (overall, GS and Super-G), and a new record of points (2,042) in a single campaign, these were the astonishing stats of the five-gold winner of the 2018 Junior World Championships from 2022-23 season.
With these stats, he broke the men’s overall points record of 2000, set by the Austrian skier Herman Maer, who set an overall 2000-point record between 1999 and 2000. If the Swiss skier wins this season, this will be his third consecutive World Title.
The athletes mentioned above are great but not the only ones fans will be looking for.
Having finished the season in second place behind Odermatt, Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway is Odermatt’s fiercest competitor.
Italian Federica Brignone and Lara Gut-Behrami always pose a threat in GS and Super-G. In the downhill discipline, Olympic champion Sofia Goggia is looking for her fifth title, a sport she has dominated for the last three seasons.
Young Stars to take note of;
Among the stars mentioned above, there are some noteworthy young budding stars. Croatia’s teenage Zrinka Ljutic secured her first career World Cup podium last season at the age of just 20. Hanna Aronsson Elfman of Sweden has drawn comparisons with her illustrious compatriot, Anja Parson, consistently finishing in the top 10 in Slalom.
Daughter of Olympic champion Daniela Ceccarelli, Lala Colturi of Albania, has recovered from a knee injury and is expected to have an impressive debut in the senior circuit. The 16-year-old sensation was the youngest athlete in the field during the Junior World Championships in St. Anton in January, where she clinched the gold in Super-G and bronze in Giant Slalom.
Livio Hiltbrand is another junior world champion to watch this season. 20-year-old Swiss skier made his world debut at the finals in Soldeu and finished at an impressive 17th in the Super-G just weeks after winning gold in St. Anton.
Alpine Ski 2023-24 World Cup Opener: Essential Details
- Dates: Saturday, October 28, 2023 to Sunday, October 29, 2023
- Location: Soelden, Austria
How to Watch
- Europe and Asia (except Nordic countries and Japan): Eurosport | Discovery+
- Europe: Sky Sport
- United States: NBC Sports | Peacock Premium
- Canada: CBC Sports
- Germany: ZDF
- Switzerland: SRF
- Italy: Rete
- Australia: Snow Australia
Saturday, October 28
- Women’s Giant Slalom
- Run 1: 4:00 am ET
- Run 2: 7:00 am ET
Sunday, October 29
- Men’s Giant Slalom
- Run 1: 5:00 am ET
- Run 2: 8:00 am ET
Alpine Ski 2023-24 World Cup Schedule:
|28 Oct 2023||GS||Sölden, Austria|
|11-12 Nov 2023||SL||Levi, Finland|
|18-19 Nov 2023||DH||Zermatt, Switzerland|
|25-26 Nov 2023||GS / SL||Killington, USA|
|02-03 Dec 2023||GS / GH||Tremblant, Canada|
|08-10 Dec 2023||DH / SG||St. Moritz, Switzerland|
|16-17 Dec 2023||DH / SG||Val d’Isere, France|
|21 Dec 2023||SG||Courchevel, France|
|28-29 Dec 2023||GS / SL||Lienz, Austria|
|06-07 Jan 2024||GS / SL||Kranjska Gora, Slovenia|
|13-14 Jan 2024||DH / SG||Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria|
|16 Jan 2024||SL||Flachau, Austria|
|20-21 Jan 2024||GS / SL||Jasna, Slovakia|
|26-28 Jan 2024||DH / SG||Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy|
|30 Jan 2024||GS||Kronplatz, Italy|
|03-04 Feb 2024||DH / SG||Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany|
|10-11 Feb 2024||GS / Slalom||Soldeu, Andorra|
|16-18 Feb 2024||DH / SG||Crans Montana, Switzerland|
|24-25 Feb 2024||SG||Val di Fassa, Italy|
|02-03 Mar 2024||DH / SG||Kvitfjell, Norway|
|09-10 Mar 2024||GS / SL||Are, Sweden|
|16-17 & 22-24 Mar 2024||Finals||Saalbach, Austria|
|29 Oct 2023||GS||Sölden, Austria|
|11-12 Nov 2023||DH||Zermatt, Switzerland|
|18 Nov 2023||Slalom||Gurgl, Austria|
|02-03 Dec 2023||DH/SG||Beaver Creek, USA|
|09-10 Dec 2023||SL/GS||Val d’Isere, France|
|15-16 Dec 2023||SG, DH||Val Gardena, Italy|
|17-18 Dec 2023||GS||Alta Badia, Italy|
|22 Dec 2023||Slalom||Madonna di Campiglio, Italy|
|28-29 Dec 2023||DH/SG||Bormio, Italy|
|06-07 Jan 2024||GS/SL||Adelboden, Switzerland|
|12-14 Jan 2024||SG||Wengen, Switzerland|
|19-21 Jan 2024||DH/SL||Kitzbuehel, Austria|
|23-24 Jan 2024||GS/SL||Schladming, Austria|
|27-28 Jan 2024||SG||Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany|
|02-04 Feb 2024||DH/SL||Chamonix, France|
|17-18 Feb 2024||DH/SG||Kvitfjell, Norway|
|24-25 Feb 2024||GS, SL||Palisades Tahoe, USA|
|02-03 Mar 2024||GS, SL||Aspen, USA|
|09-10 Mar 2024||GS/SL||Kranjska Gora, Slovenia|
|16-17 & 22-24 Mar 2024||Finals||Austria|