the world's highest governing body for international winter sports
FIS is the world's highest governing body for international winter sports and it is responsible for the Olympic disciplines of Alpine skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic combined, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding. The FIS is also responsible for setting the international competition rules. The organization now has a membership of 132 national ski associations and is based in Oberhofen am Thunersee, Switzerland.
FIS was founded on the 18th of February in 1910 when 22 delegates from 10 countries joined together to form in the International Skiing Commission in Christiania (NOR) and served from 1910 to 1924. The group became formally known as the International Ski Federation on 2nd February 1924 during the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix, France with 14 member nations.
FIS x FWT MERGER
In December 2022, the FWT announced that it is marking an historic moment by merging with the FIS, who is acquiring all FWT properties. The two organizations will join forces starting from the FWT23 season. By acquiring the FWT, FIS will further unite all disciplines in skiing and snowboarding, giving them more strength and power to develop on the global stage.
ABOUT the merger
What it means for the future
The FWT will continue to run the daily operations of the Tour, remaining committed to its core values of safety, performance, responsibility, inclusivity and fun. Moreover, the competition format, offering a fair path to every athlete, from grassroots to elite events, and the judging system, remain unchanged. FIS will place its focus on the marketing and governance of the FWT, instilling a structure that follows the guidelines of recognized Olympic sports.
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