(CNN)Snow is falling. Mountains are transforming into winter playgrounds. And the world’s best ski racers are gearing up for the thrills and spills of a new World Cup season.
The World Cup circuit begins in Solden, Austria on October 27 and takes in 34 resorts in 15 countries across Europe and North America before finishing with the finals week at Soldeu, Andorra in March.
Throw in Classic races such as Wengen, Kitzbuehel and Schladming’s crazy night slalom, plus February’s World Championships in Are, Sweden, and you have a white winter’s worth of cow-bell clanging action.