Welcome to the 2007 World Cup

Dear Skiers,
Welcome to the 2007 World Cup.

This will be the first information bulletin.
Unfortunately, all of the final details are not completely set, but I 
want to send out as much information as I can as early as possible to help 
your planning.

I intend this bulletin to be as comprehensive as possible so it can be
used as reference.

Here we go:

The schedule is shown on the IWSF calendar:

Jul 26-28	World Cup Dubna (Note: Prelims - Friday, Finals- Saturday)	Dubna	Russia

Aug 10-12	World Cup China	TBD	China

Sep 7-9	World Cup Enniskillen/Northern Ireland	Enniskillen	Northern Ireland

There are 2 other possibilities that may work out or may be pushed to 2008

Here is the prize money information (in US dollars):
TBD in Bejing
$100,000 in Dubna
$100,000 in Enniskillen
Minimum $80,000 Overall Bonus

As in past World Cups lodging, meals, and transportation to and from the airport is

The prize money is the same as has been standard for the $100,000 tournaments, $20,000
for the men's events and $13,500 for the women's.

Here is the prize money pay-out.

    Men's Events


   1. 5000
   2. 3500
   3. 2750
   4. 2250
   5. 2000
   6. 1500
   7. 1000
   8. 600
   9. 500
  10. 400
  11. 300
  12. 200 
Total    20000

    Women's Events

   1. 5000
   2. 3000
   3. 2000
   4. 1500
   5. 1000
   6. 500
   7. 300
   8. 200 

Total    13500

As noted there will be a final bonus as well as shown here:
    Men's Bonus

1    7000
2    4500
3    3000
4    1500

Total    16000

    Women's bonus

1    4600
2    3000
3    2000
4    1000

Total    10600


The following are the qualifying criteria:
2007 World Cup Selection
1. Current World Champion (2005)
2. World Record holder
3. Top 4 2006 World Cup
4. Top 4 October 2006 IWSF Ranking for Men Slalom, Top 3 all other Events
5. Top 4 2006 Elite Ranking for Men Slalom, Top 3 all other Events
6. World Championships 2nd and 3rd place (2005)
7. Fill in with qualification list 05+06 Rank+ Elite using the following algorithm
(lowest number of 06 Rank, 1.25*05 Rank, 06 Elite, 1.25*05 Elite, ties
broken by 2nd lowest of the set of numbers, and then 3rd)

All of these criteria have been completed.  Based on the criteria,  the list
of qualified skiers has been published at:

In an attempt to make the process more streamlined, we are instituting
some new procedures:

The basic process will be this:  We are asking all skiers who 
want to be considered for entry in the World Cup to register 
at the following web page:

We are accepting the same number of skiers in each event as in 2006, namely 
Slalom 15 men/11 women
Tricks, Jump 12 men/8 women

For Dubna, the visa issue is always of great concern. This year we are trying to get the earliest 
start possible so that this issue can be addressed and we can get invitations so that we can proceed
 with the visa process. After the Registration deadline, we will request the invitations from the orgainzer.

However as an alternate procedure, you can investigate getting a tourist visa now before 
the start of the season. This was done by several skiers last year. 

The entry will be done as in past years.  There will be automated forms
on the World Cup web site that must be filled in by a certain deadline.
For Dubna, the registration form also is the entry.
Once the entries are complete, the final list of entrants and a waiting list
will be prepared as in past years.  

The initial selection of skiers will be limited to the following:
MS 15
WS 11
MT 12
WT 8
MJ 12
WJ 8

If skiers withdraw,  then replacement skiers will
be taken in qualification order from the waiting listup to two weeks
before the tournament.  At that point the entry will be closed.

A potential major issue is the problem of late skier cancellations without an acceptable excuse.
This is a serious concern and is not acceptable.
If a skier cancels after the tournament is filled (15MS/11WS/12MT/8WT/12MJ/8WJ) and is deemed by the World
Cup Committee not to have an acceptable excuse, the skier will be penalized by having their highest season
elite tournament score reduced by 20% in each event that the skier entered in the World Cup tournament.

What is an acceptable excuse and how do you prove it?
Certainly examples of acceptable excuses are injury and personal family emergency.
Showing a purchased airline ticket and visa would be considered good indications
that the skier intended to compete in the tournament.
Injuries must be certified by a doctor as well.

The finals are 6 and 4

The seeding for all tournaments will be based on the Elite Ranking List.

In the preliminary round, ties will be broken by a one round run-off.

The detailed specific World Cup Rules are at:


There will be travel forms that will need to be filled in.
There will be a deadline on
when you can fill in the travel form.  The form must be completed
14 days prior to the tournament If the travel form is not submitted, 
you may be responsible
for your own airport transport and lodging.

World Cup tournaments are Elite tournaments and will use the Elite points for
World Cup placement.  
The 2007 Elite Points system description is available at:

Since all of the World Cup Stops (so far) have the same prize amounts, there are only two charts
and it should be quite simple to calculate your points and placement.

Prize Money	13,500  (Women's Events)

Place	Points
1	270.00
2	215.97
3	172.72
4	138.02
5	110.16
6	87.75
7	69.71
8	55.16
9	43.44
10	33.97
11	26.33
12	20.20
13	15.26
14	11.29
15	8.13

Prize Money	20,000  (Men's Events)

Place	Points
1	400.00
2	319.96
3	255.88
4	204.48
5	163.20
6	130.00
7	103.28
8	81.72
9	64.36
10	50.32
11	39.00
12	29.92
13	22.60
14	16.72
15	12.04
16	8.32
17	5.40
18	3.08
19	1.32
20	0.00

Many of the aspects of skier participation in the World Cup rely on electronic
means of communication, mainly, e-mail.  However, as we have seen in the past,
some skiers do not have reliable access to email.  Sometimes the email sent is
marked as SPAM by some mail programs because it is sent out in bulk.  The IWSF has
no control over these mechanisms.
All of the information
emailed out will also be posted in the elite skier mail archive.  All emails will
be archived and available through a web interface.  As a potential participant,
it is your responsibility to be sure you get this information.  The best 
practice is to check the web site at least once per week to be sure that 
you have received all of the information.  Also, if you are not getting these
communications by email, please be sure to send me a correct email address
so I can add you to the list.  I am sending out all of the information
to the Elite Mail List which will be the only list used this year.

There will be a new World Cup web site this year and the address will be published
when it is available.  Also, skiers will be given accounts and passwords to
be able to update their own media pages so that the most accurate and up to
date information si available to the World Press.

Good Luck in 2007,

Bob Corson