Beaver Creek is set to host four races on the men's World Cup circuit ©Getty Images

Beaver Creek will host the opening super-G events of the men’s International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Ski World Cup with four races taking place this weekend.

The United States resort had been due to host three World Cup races, but the schedule was bolstered when a downhill event in Lake Louise was moved due to heavy snowfall.

Amendments to the schedule mean two super-G competitions will open the event in Beaver Creek, with action beginning today.

Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr begins as the reigning World Cup champion in the discipline, after winning two races last season.

He topped the standings ahead of Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt, who also recorded two wins in the six super-G races contested.

Matthias Mayer will be among the contenders in the downhill races ©Getty Images
Matthias Mayer will be among the contenders in the downhill races ©Getty Images

Both skiers have enjoyed strong starts to the new season as Odermatt earned giant slalom victory at the season-opening event at Solden in Austria.

Odermatt has retained the overall World Cup lead through three events.

Kriechmayr secured his first podium of the season when he placed second in the downhill in Lake Louise, ending behind compatriot Matthias Mayer.

The two Austrian skiers will be among the contenders in the two downhill events on the Birds of Prey slope at Beaver Creek.

The first downhill event will take place on Saturday (December 4), with the second held the following day.