There were three. In the end, there will only be two candidates vying to host the first edition of the FIS Games in 2028. The International Ski and Snowboard Federation made it official at the end of last week: the race will pit a Swiss bid, led by Saint-Moritz and the Engadine valley in the canton of Graubünden, against a Norwegian project based around Lillehammer and Hafjell. Slovenia, which has been mentioned as a third candidate, does not appear on the list unveiled by the international body. The two candidates will have to submit their final dossiers by 31 March 2024. The FIS will announce its decision at its annual congress in June 2024. As a reminder, the FIS Games will be held every four years from 2028, at the halfway point of the Olympic Games. For 16 days, they will bring together all the Olympic skiing disciplines – alpine, freestyle, cross-country, Nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboarding – plus a number of non-Olympic events such as telemark, speed skiing and freeride. Paralympic competitions will also be on the programme.