LAUNCH: 2019 UIAA ICE CLIMBING SEASON CALENDAR

The UIAA is delighted to confirm the calendar for the 2019 Ice Climbing World Tour.

Comprising a comprehensive and impressive programme of events, the 2019 calendar is the biggest to date and includes six World Cup events, four European Cups, a World Championships, a World Combined Championships and a World Youth Championships. The World Tour will visit ten different countries on three continents and features two events taking place in major cities – Moscow and Denver.

“The 2019 season promises to be the biggest and best yet with a diverse and exciting array of competitions and events which will provide athletes with even greater opportunities to showcase their talents. Not only is this the biggest season to date it is also the earliest we have published the seasonal calendar – something of great benefit to the athletes and thanks to the hard work of the UIAA Ice Climbing Commission and UIAA Office,” explains UIAA Executive Board Member and Head of Sports, Thomas Kahr.

“It has been great working with the local organisers to put together an amazing calendar for the 2018/19 season, with an exciting blend of world class venues. From the mountain resorts of Saas-Fee, Rabenstein and Champagny-en-Vanoise to some great new city centre locations in Moscow and Denver which should hopefully bring some big crowds on the livestream and on location! Saas-Fee will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their event this year, so this World Cup will be very special too,” explains UIAA Sport Events Coordinator Rob Adie.

As confirmed in a communication in April 2018, YoungOne Corporation will continue to partner the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour until 2024. The brand(s) visible during the season will be confirmed in due course.

THE CALENDAR

World Championships: The biennial UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships is the showcase event and closes the season from 8-10 March. It will be held in Kirov, Russia. The annual UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships will be held on the previous weekend in Oulu, Finland, successful organisers of a 2018 European Cup event. The city of Moscow will host the first ever World Combined Championships on the weekend of 15-16 December, 2018.
The defending World Champions are Woonseon Shin (South Korea) and HeeYong Park (South Korea) in lead and Vladimir Kartashev (Russia) and Maria Tolokonina (Russia) in speed.

Kirov, Russia will host the biennial UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships. Photo: UIAA/Iena Tem

World Cups: Six events, six countries over a seven-week period. The middle of the season is dedicated to an uninterrupted run of World Cup events starting in South Korea’s apple county of Cheongsong from 11-13 January, closing with the World Cup finale on the competiton’s return to the United States. The event in the city of Denver, Colorado from 22-24 February is a first. Another new entry is Hengshui City in the Hebei province of China, south of Beijing, and host to the second World Cup. Well-established and popular World Cup venues Saas-Fee (Switzerland), Rabenstein (Italy) and Champagny-en-Vanoise (France) complete the World Cup season.
The defending World Cup champions are Woonseon Shin (South Korea) and Maxim Tomilov (Russia) in lead and Nikolai Kuzovlev (Russia) and Ekaterina Koshcheeva (Russia) in speed.

European Cups: Four European Cup events will be held with three venues confirmed from last year’s calendar – Domžale (Slovenia), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Oulu (Finland), whose event will take place immediately following the conclusion of the World Youth Championships. A new entry is the city of Bern, Switzerland, home of the UIAA, and host of the World Tour season opener on Saturday 24 November, 2018. Three of the European Cup events take place before the start of the World Cup season, providing athletes with an ideal opportunity to enjoy competitive ice climbing before the main events start.

The provisional calendar can also be downloaded here.

Further details:

2019 UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD TOUR*

UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

8-10 March, 2019, Kirov, Russia

UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD CUPS 2019

11-13 January, 2019 Cheongsong, South Korea
18-20 January, 2019, Hengshui City, Hebei Province, China
24-26 January, 2019, Saas-Fee, Switzerland
1-3 February, 2019, Rabenstein, Italy
7-9 February, 2019, Champagny-en-Vanoise, France
22-24 February, 2019, Denver, USA (World Cup Finals)

UIAA ICE CLIMBING EUROPEAN CUPS 2018/19

24 November 2018, Bern, Switzerland
1 December 2018, Domžale, Slovenia
8 December, 2018, Žilina, Slovakia
3 March, 2019, Oulu, Finland (European Cup Finals)

UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD COMBINED CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

15-16 December 2018, Moscow, Russia

UIAA ICE CLIMBING WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

28 February-2 March, 2019, Oulu, Finland

(*) Please note the calendar may be subject to some changes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
2019 Athlete rules and regulations, and a summary of key amendments, will be available soon.

The UIAA will provide livestreaming from all World Cup and World Championship events. Details will be provided very soon.

Athlete registration will open on 1 November.

Main Photo: 2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup, Rabenstein (Italy). UIAA/Patrick Schwienbacher