The FIS Freeski World Cup season is set to restart in a big way this week in Austria, where the first slopestyle World Cup of the winter will take to the world famous Stubai Zoo for the seventh time, with action slated to go down from Thursday to Friday, 23-24 November.
With some inclement weather in the forecast for Friday and Saturday up on the Stubai glacier the situation is a bit of a fluid one at the moment, and officials and organisers have already made the decision to move qualifications from their scheduled Friday time slot up to Thursday where it’s looking like there’s a promising window for competition.
From there we’ll keep our eyes on the forecast, likely aiming for a Friday finals while keeping open the possibility to push that back to the originally planned Saturday start time should Friday prove to be too snowy, windy, foggy, or all of the above.
As it stands right now, the finals will go down on Friday tomorrow, starting at 09:30am CET followed by the men at 09:48am CET. The same panel of six judges will judge both men’s heat one and men’s heat two, while the women’s qualifications will be judged by a separate panel.
Just about everybody who’s anybody on the freeski competition circuit is on hand here in Stubai and hoping that the weather provides a chance to show their best. However, with last year’s Stubai women’s winner and 2022/23 double crystal globe winner Johanne Killi (NOR) announcing her retirement from competition a couple months ago, it’ll be up to one of the other rippers on hand to step up and throw down to take the Stubai win for this season.