Alpine Skiing in 2020 | Races and Schedule

Looking forward to the alpine races in 2020? The thrilling downhill in Kitzbuhel, the FIS World Cup debut in China and the finals in Cortina are expected to be some of the highlights of the season.

In 2020 there are no major events in alpine skiing, meaning no world championships or Winter Olympics races this year.

Nonetheless, the sport's schedule looks quite busy: that includes World Cup events and the Youth Winter Olympics races at Lausanne 2020 for the skiers aged 16-18.

The World Cup calendar includes traditional ski locations like Wengen, Kitzbuhel and Garmisch-Partenkirchen with Italian resorts La Thuile and Sestriere returning to the women's programme.

For the first time in its 53-year-old history, the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup will visit China, two years ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

The season will come to an end in March (15-22) with the finals in Cortina, Italy, which will host next year's World Championships.

The FIS World Cup is held annually and is considered the premier competition for alpine racing, featuring the world's top athletes.

Lower competitive circuits include the Europa Cup in Europe and the NorAm Cup in North America.

The World Cup schedule for the 2020/2021 season starting in October will be released by the International Ski Federation (FIS) over the summer.

What's the FIS World Cup men's alpine skiing schedule in 2020?

5 January Zagreb (Croatia) - Slalom (14:15/17:40 CET)

8 January Madonna di Campiglio (Italy) - Slalom (17:45/20:45)

11 January Adelboden (Switzerland) - Giant Slalom (10:30/13:30)

12 January Adelboden (Switzerland) - Slalom (10:30-13:30

17 January Wengen (Switzerland) - Alpine Combined (10:30/14:00)

18 January Wengen (Switzerland) - Downhill (12:30)

19 January Wengen (Switzerland) - Slalom (10:15/13:15)

24 January Kitzbuhel (Austria) - Super-G (11:30)

25 January Kitzbuhel (Austria) - Downhill (11:30)

26 January Kitzbuhel (Austria) - Slalom (10:30/13:30)

28 January Schladming (Austria) - Slalom (17:45/20:45)

1 February Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) - Downhill (11:30)

2 February Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) - Giant Slalom (10:30/13:30)

8 February Chamonix (France) - Slalom (10:00/13:00)

9 February Chamonix (France) - Parallel Giant Slalom (9:30.13:15)

15 February Yanqing (China) - Downhill (4:00)

16 February Yanqing (China) - Super-G (4:00)

22 February Yuzawa Naeba (Japan) - Giant Slalom (2:00/5:00)

23 February Yuzawa Naeba (Japan) - Slalom (2:00/5:00)

29 February Hinterstoder (Austria) - Super-G (12:30)

1 March Hinterstoder (Austria) - Alpine Combined (9:45/12:45)

7 March Kvitfjell (Norway) - Downhill (11:00)

8 March Kvitfjell (Norway) - Super-G (10:30)

14 March Kranjska Gora (Slovenia) - Giant Slalom (9:30/12:30)

15 March Kranjska Gora (Slovenia) - Slalom (9:30/12:30)

18 March Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy) - Downhill (9:30)

19 March Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy) - Super-G (11:00)

20 March Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy) - Team Parallel (11:45)

21 March Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy) - Giant Slalom (9:00/12:15)

22 March Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy) - Slalom (10:00/13:15)

What's the FIS World Cup women's alpine skiing schedule in 2020?

4 January Zagreb (Croatia) - Slalom (13:00/16:15 CET)

11 January Zauchensee (Austria) - Downhill (11:45)

12 January Zauchensee (Austria) - Alpine Combined (9:20/12:00)

14 January Flachau (Austria) - Slalom (18:00/20:45)

18 January Sestriere (Italy) - Giant Slalom (11:00/14:05)

19 January Sestriere (Italy) - Parallel Slalom (9:15/11:45)

25 January Bansko (Bulgaria) - Downhill (9:45)

26 January Bansko (Bulgaria) - Super-G (9:15)

1 February Rosa Khutor (Russia) - Downhill (9:30)

2 February Rosa Khutor (Russia) - Super-G (9:00)

8 February Garmisch Partenkirchen (Germany) - Downnhill (11:30)

9 February Garmisch Partenkirchen (Germany) - Super-G (11:15)

15 February Maribor (Slovenia) - Giant Slalom (10:00/13:00)

16 February Maribor (Slovenia) - Slalom (10:15/13:45)

22 February Crans Montana (Switzerland) - Downhill (10:30)

23 February Crans Montana (Switzerland) - Alpine Combined (10:30/13:30)

29 February La Thuile (Italy) - Super-G (10:30)

1 March La Thuile (Italy) - Alpine Combined (11:15/14:45)

7 March Ofterschwang (Germany) - Giant Slalom (9:30/12:30)

8 March Ofterschwang (Germany) - Slalom (9:30/12:30)

10 March Are (Sweden) - Parallel Slalom (14:00)

13 March Are (Sweden) - Giant Sallom (14:00/17:00)

14 March Are (Sweden) - Slalom (10:30/13:30)

18 March Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy) - Downhill (11:00)

19 March Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy) - Super-G (10:00)

20 March Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy) - Parallel Team (11:45)

21 March Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy) - Slalom (10:00/13:15)

22 March Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy) - Giant Slalom (9:00/12:15)

What's the alpine skiing schedule at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Winter Olympics?

Friday, January 10

10:15 - 11:30 - Women's Super G
13:30 - 15:00 - Men's Super G

Saturday, January 11

10:30 - 11:30 - Men's Alpine Combined
12:30 - 13:30 - Women's Alpine Combined

Sunday, January 12

10:00 - 11:30 - Run 1 Women's Giant Slalom
12:45 - 14:15 - Run 2 Women's Giant Slalom

Monday, January 13

10:00 - 11:30 - Run 1 Men's Giant Slalom
12:45 - 14:15 - Run 2 Men's Giant Slalom

Tuesday, January 14

09:30 - 11:00 - Run 1 Women's Slalom
11:00 - 12:30 - Run 1 Men's Slalom
13:45 - 15:00 - Run 2 Women's Slalom
15:00 - 16:15 - Run 2 Men's Slalom

Wednesday, January 15

11:00 - 12:30 - Parallel Mixed Team Event

Who are the men to watch in the FIS World Cup during 2020?

Alexis Pinturault and Henrik Kristoffersen are the main candidates to take over Marcel Hirscher's throne.

The Austrian announced his retirement at the age of 30 after a record eight consecutive World Cup overall titles.

Pinturault has clinched two wins in the new season, one in giant slalom (Soelden) and one in slalom (Val d'Isere).

The Frenchman was second overall last season and has cemented his claim to be the best all-rounder on the circuit with alpine combined gold at the World Championships.

Kristoffersen has been Hirscher's main rival in the technical disciplines in recent years, finishing second twice and third in the overall season standings.

Originally a slalom specialist, the Norwegian has recently established himself as one of the strongest skiers in giant slalom and claimed his first global title in that discipline in Are.

Kristoffersen has claimed his first World Cup victory this season last November in Levi.

Speed skiers like Dominik Paris of Italy, Vincent Kriechmayr and Matthias Mayer of Austria and Norway's 'Attacking Vikings' Kjetil Jansrud and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde also showed they are contenders for the overall title.

Two other men to look out for in 2020 are France's Clement Noel and Swiss sensation Marco Odermatt, who took his maiden World Cup win in the Beaver Creek Super G.

Who are the women to watch in the FIS World Cup during 2020?

Mikaela Shiffrin has shown again she's the woman to beat.

The double Olympic champion is in pursuit of her fourth overall title and she ended 2019 firmly at the top of the general standings.

On 1 December in Killington, the American joined Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell at the second place on the all-time women's list with 62 World Cup career wins. Only Lindsey Vonn with 82 is in front of her.

With three podiums (including one win in Courchevel), Italy's Federica Brignone has been Shiffrin's main challenger in the first part of the season.

Other contenders include Olympic gold medallists Viktoria Rebensburg, Sofia Goggia, Wendy Holdener, as well as Petra Vlhova, who last year made history for Slovakia by winning three World Championship individual medals.

Alice Robinson, the surprise winner of the opening-season event in Soelden, and Norway's Mina Fuerst Holtmann, second in Courchevel, are the up-and-coming talents to keep under the radar.