Vikersund will host a women's ski flying event next season ©Getty Images

An International Ski Federation (FIS) Sub-Committee has unanimously approved allowing women to compete on the Vikersund Ski Flying Hill in the upcoming season.

The governing body said a long discussion was held on the topic of women’s ski flying, prior to a vote.

All 14 votes were cast in favour of allowing women to compete at Vikersund in Norway.

"We all agreed to open this door for the women," an FIS statement read.

"There are still many concerns and fears regarding safety and so on, but the time is right and we want the women to start on a ski flying hill."

The Committee has proposed the event will not serve as a World Cup event, due to the expected number of participants being lower than a typical World Cup competition.

The best 15 athletes from the Raw Air overall ranking are expected to be given the opportunity to compete at the event.

Competition is expected to be held on the Monsterbakken in Vikersund, which will serve as the final event of the Raw Air series.

Participants will have to be a minimum of 18 years old.

The proposal should be confirmed at the Ski Jumping Committee on May 9.

Norway have been key supporters of women’s ski flying.

Norwegian Ski Federation President Erik Røste was a supporter of women's ski flying being approved ©Getty Images
Norwegian Ski Federation President Erik Røste was a supporter of women's ski flying being approved ©Getty Images

The Norwegian Ski Federation had made the proposal to the World Cup committee last year, but was unable to secure the votes required.

The proposal was defeated 9-7.

Norwegian Ski Federation President Erik Røste expressed confidence earlier this month that a renewed motion would be accepted.

Maren Lundby, Norway's Pyeongchang 2018 ski jumping gold medallist, has been among the athletes most vocal over the introduction of women's ski flying.

Lundby described last year's decision as "unbelievable".

Ski flying takes place on hills larger than ski jumping, with men's ski jumpers regularly recording distances well in excess of 200 metres.

While women have taken part in ski flying, with the world record of 200m being set in 2003 by Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, they have continued to be excluded from official FIS competition on safety grounds.

Austria's Stefan Kraft has the current men's world record of 253.5m, which he set in Vikersund in 2017.

Ski flying is not on the Olympic programme, but the FIS Ski Flying World Championships have been held biennially since 1972.

Ski flying is more popular in Norway and Slovenia, where the most-recent world records over the past three decades have been set in front of audiences numbering between 30,000 and 60,000.