The traditional season opener at Park City and a return to the site of the 1994 Winter Olympics highlights the 1994-95 World Cup ski schedules announced Saturday by the International Ski Federation.
The women's tour visits Park City for a slalom and giant slalom on Nov. 26-27, then moves to Vail, Colo., the newly announced site of the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships, for a downhill and super-G on Dec. 3-4. A day later, the women are to contest a giant slalom at nearby Breckenridge, Colo.In a statement issued Saturday, Vail said television requirements may force the Vail-Breckenridge races to be moved back a day to allow for Friday-Saturday-Sunday coverage.
The men's schedule, which opens at Sestriere, Italy, with a slalom and giant slalom Nov. 26-27, features a visit to Kvitfjell, Norway, site of the Alpine speed events in the 1994 Winter Olympics.
The men will contest a downhill and super-G March 11-12 on the mountain where American Tommy Moe won the Olympic downhill title and claimed a silver in the super-G. American women also excelled at Kvitfjell, with Diann Roffe-Steinrotter winning the super-G gold and Picabo Street the downhill silver.
The only American stop for the men will be March 4-5 at Aspen, Colo., for a downhill and super-G. That means that, if he sticks to his previous statements, Italian superstar Alberto Tomba has made his last visit to North America. Tomba, whose silver in the slalom in the 1994 Games gave him a record haul of three golds and two silvers for his Olympic career, has said he will retire after this season. He specializes in slalom and giant slalom and refuses to compete in downhill and super-G.