The International Ski Federation has launched World Cup Ski Racing ©FIS

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has released an official esports game called World Cup Ski Racing.

Available to download and play for free, the game is accessible via the App Store and Google Play.

It has been developed by Session Games, a company based in Vancouver.

The Alpine disciplines of downhill, slalom, super-G and giant slalom are all included in the game.

"Fans of skiing and racing games play in head-to-head competitions against friends and players around the world," the FIS said. 

"Racing is done with a single finger, so it's easy to learn. 

"Players are matched up against racers of equal ability across 12 divisions, so everyone has a shot at the medals.

"Players can work their way up from local races to competing for World Cup points on legendary real-life World Cup slopes."

The FIS and Session have partnered with equipment manufacturers including official clothing outfitter Halti, HEAD, Atomic, Rossignol, Fischer, Völkl, Stöckli, Leki and Helly Hansen, with the game including their gear.

Real-life World Cup skiers who play the game will be verified with an authentic account check mark.

One of the founders of Session is former Alpine racer and coach Ian Verchere.

"I retired from ski racing to get into games over 30 years ago," he said.

"It's an honour to share two big passions in one great game experience. 

"Session, along with our partners at FIS, and many of the national ski associations such as Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Canada, share a mutual desire to grow interest in snow sports. 

"Games are a proven way to build interest and engagement in real-world sports."

Jürg Capol, the FIS marketing director, added: "The World Cup ski racing mobile game opens up new possibilities for us.

"We can introduce the FIS World Cup to new fans, and our existing audience can be more directly engaged through the game. 

"The increased engagement will also be maintained year-round. 

"We're really excited about the game and how the launch will be received."