The 47th FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2023 will be held in the Savoyard resorts of Courchevel and Meribel from February 6 to February 19, 2023.
The event will be hosted in the French Alps for the fourth time in history, following 1937, 1962 (both in Chamonix), and 2009 (in Val d’Isere). During the Albertville 1992 Olympic Winter Games, the two neighbouring towns also staged Alpine (Meribel) and ski jumping/Nordic combined (Courchevel) disciplines.
Olympic champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Marco Odermatt will headline the event, which will feature 600 competitors from 75 countries competing in six disciplines (Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom, Combined, Parallel Slalom) for a total of 13 sets of medals.
The next Alpine World Championships will be held in Saalbach, Austria, in 2025, and in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, in 2027.
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Skiers to watch at FIS Alpine Ski World Championships 2023
Women to watch
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA): The American is the first skier to have won gold medals at five straight World Championships, and she is now tied for second all-time in the women’s medal tally (11, including six golds) with Marielle Goitschel of France and Anja Parson of Sweden. The 27-year-old, who finished fourth in four events at Cortina 2021, has a chance to equal or surpass Germany’s Christl Cranz’s record of 15 medals won between 1934 and 1939.
Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI): The 31-year-old Swiss is the competition’s second-most successful active skier, trailing only Shiffrin, with eight medals. In France, she plans to defend her Giant Slalom and Super G crowns.
Petra Vlhova (SVK): The Slovak has five World Championship individual medals and will be one to watch in the slalom and combined events, albeit her only title came in the giant slalom in 2019.
Sofia Goggia (ITA): The Italian, who was injured and missed Cortina 2021, has two World Championship medals (a bronze in giant slalom and a silver in Super G), but no gold. She will compete for her first world title in downhill, a discipline she has dominated over the last two seasons, winning two World Cup titles and an Olympic silver medal.
Raghnild Mowinckel: The two-time Olympic medalist from PyeongChang 2018 just rediscovered her greatest form after recovering from two significant knee injuries, and she now leads the Super G standings. Last season, she won one of the speed events at the World Cup finals on the Roc the Fer.
Men to watch
Marco Odermatt: The Swiss, who leads the overall World Cup standings, came away empty-handed from Cortina 2021 and will try to capture his first senior Worlds title after six junior golds.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde: The Norwegian sprinter won his first major medals in Beijing 2022. In 2017, he finished fourth in both Super G and combined, narrowly missing out on a medal.
Vincent Kriechmayr: The Austrian, who won the first Kitzbuhel downhill earlier this season, is another name to keep an eye on in the speed events. The 31-year-old is the reigning Super G and downhill champion.
Henrik Kristoffersen: The Norwegian, who has teamed with Marcel Hirscher’s ski firm since this season, earned giant slalom gold in 2019 and slalom bronze in 2021. During this season, the technical specialist had seven podiums, including two slalom triumphs.
Lucas Braathen: The 22-year-old is a rising alpine star who will be anxious to earn his first senior major event medal after missing the 2021 Worlds due to injury. This season, he has been the most consistent slalom skier (5 podiums, 2 World Cup wins) and has also won the Alta Badia giant slalom.
Where are the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2023?
For the first time in World Championships history, contests will be held at two separate venues.
The women’s events and parallel slalom medal races will take place on Meribel’s Roc de Fer piste (team and individual). The men will compete on Courchevel’s L’Eclipse course.
Meribel hosted women’s alpine competitions in Albertville in 1992, and it will host World Cup events in 2013, 2015, and 2022.
Courchevel’s L’Eclipse made its formal debut at the World Cup Finals last year and is recognized for its challenging runs (3.2km long, 30% average gradient).
Meribel and Courchevel are connected by a 10-kilometre route.
Schedule FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2023:
|Date||Medal events (Times local – CET)|
|Monday 6 February||Women’s Combined (11:00/14:30 in Meribel)|
|Tuesday 7 February||Men’s Combined (11:00/14:30 in Courchevel)|
|Wednesday 8 February||Women’s Super G (11:30 in Meribel)|
|Thursday 9 February||Men’s Super G (11:30 in Courchevel)|
|Saturday 11 February||Women’s Downhill (11:00 in Meribel)|
|Sunday 12 February||Men’s Downhill (11:00 in Courchevel)|
|Tuesday 14 February||Team Parallel (12:15 in Meribel)|
|Wednesday 15 February||Individual Parallel (1200 in Meribel)|
|Thursday 16 February||Women’s Giant Slalom (10:00/13:30 in Meribel)|
|Friday 17 February||Men’s Giant Slalom (10:00/13:30 in Courchevel)|
|Saturday 18 February||Women’s Slalom (10:00/13:30 in Meribel)|
|Sunday 19 February||Men’s Slalom (10:00/13:30 in Courchevel)|
|Downhill||Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT)||Corinne Suter (SUI)|
|Super G||Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT)||Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI)|
|Giant Slalom||Mathieu Faivre (FRA)||Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI)|
|Slalom||Sebastian Foss-Solevag (NOR)||Katharina Liensberger (AUT)|
|Alpine combined||Marco Schwarz (AUT)||Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)|
|Parallel Giant Slalom||Mathieu Faivre (FRA)||Marta Bassino (ITA) – Katharina Liensberger (AUT)|