The Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) Alpine World Cup will kick off at an altitude of 3,700 meters in the European Alps today in Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn in southern Switzerland. The race, which will be the men’s downhill event of the 2023-2024 FIS Alpine World Cup season, will start in Zermatt, Switzerland, cross the Italian border and finish in Cervinia. This is the first time the FIS Alpine World Cup has been held in two countries. The course on the Matterhorn reaches an altitude of 3,700 meters at the start and 2,835 meters at the finish, a difference of about one kilometer. The course is known for its year-round skiing, but last year’s event was not held due to a lack of snow.
The course was originally scheduled to host the first FIS World Cup event in October 2022, but the event was canceled due to a lack of snow due to global warming. In response, the organizers rescheduled this year’s event from October to November. The men’s downhill will take place on the 11th, followed by the women’s the following week, but “the event is seen as problematic by environmentalists,” according to the Associated Press .In the aftermath of last year’s cancellation, organizers dug up ice from a nearby glacier to ensure the event would take place this year, a move that Greenpeace objected to. “The FIS hopes the World Cup will boost interest in alpine skiing, benefit local tourism and extend the duration of the World Cup season,” said the Associated Press. The first practice race was held on Monday, followed by a second practice on Tuesday 바카라사이트 and the men’s downhill on Wednesday.