Atle Skaardal thinks city events could become a highlight of World Cup seasons ©Getty Images

International Ski Federation (FIS) race director Atle Skaardal believes city races could become "highlights" during Alpine seasons.

The governing body has experimented by taking legs of its World Cup campaign away from traditional slopes and into more urban areas, and could look to expand the initiative in future.

During the 2015-16 campaign, men's and women's parallel slalom races were held in Swedish capital Stockholm, on a course on Hammarby hill overlooking the city.

The FIS has also visited German city Munich and another event is now planned for Norwegian capital Oslo in 2018.

"It’s of course great for us as a World Cup circuit to be able to go to big cities, to be in the metropolitan areas around the world," said Skaardal, a double world champion for Norway, in an interview at Forum Alpinum published on the FIS website.

"We’ve been in Munich, we’ve been in Stockholm, we now plan to go to Oslo, and maybe at some point we’ll find a possibility in North America in one of the big cities there.

A parallel slalom competition was held as part of the FIS World Cup in Stockholm last season ©Getty Images
A parallel slalom competition was held as part of the FIS World Cup in Stockholm last season ©Getty Images

"I think that in the beginning of the season, in the middle of the season, and towards the end of the season, these could be highlights that will give us the attraction that we are looking for in these very populated areas of the world."

The parallel slalom format would likely be used for future city events, with the discipline seeing two skiers race each other down the course.

Whoever wins then progresses to the next round of the competition, with the format praised for being exciting, easy to understand and attractive for TV audiences.

There will be no women's parallel races during the 2016-17 World Cup season, but the men will contest the discipline in Alta Badia in Italy on December 19.

It is not currently on the Olympic programme.

A snowboard World Cup entirely devoted to the discipline is in operation, but parallel snowboard racing has been removed from the programme for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.