The FIS is moving to develop a formal Nordic Combined program for women, eventually working it into the FIS World Cup and the Olympics. Photo: Nordic Focus.

The FIS is moving to develop a formal Nordic Combined program for women, eventually working it into the FIS World Cup and the Olympics. Photo: Nordic Focus.

The FIS is establishing a women’s continental cup in Nordic Combined starting next season, with formal World Championships to follow the next year.

At the 2016 International Ski Federation fall meeting, the FIS determined to establish a FIS ladies’ Continental Cup starting in the 2017/18 season, allowing women to participate in Nordic Combined at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in 2019, a proposal to the IOC for its inclusion to the program of the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020 in Lausanne (SUI), a first FIS ladies’ World Cup series in 2020/21 and the ambition to include ladies’ Nordic Combined at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing (CHN).

A draft of Continental Cup rules for ladies will be drawn up prior to the 2017 FIS spring meetings and the FIS Calendar Conference in Portoroz (SLO) next May. Furthermore, a mixed gender event will be considered for the FIS Youth Cup Finals 2017 in Trondheim (NOR). The proposal for women’s Nordic Combined program is still subject to approval by the FIS Council.