Johan Eliasch said that their biggest challenge was the uncertainty created by the warm weather ©Getty Images

International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) President Johan Eliasch has spoken of the "tough times" caused by unsuitable weather in 2022-2023 in an end of season message.

Five of the first six events on the men's Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit were cancelled due to reasons including a lack of snow and unseasonable warmth.

None of the first four races on the women's circuit could take place.

"There have been tough times - most notably the uncertainty caused by warm weather early in the season," said Eliasch.

"But, with typical resilience and determination, the snow sports family pulled together and found a way through.

"We are deeply grateful to all those who made this season happen, on the slopes as well as off. 

"Without your planning, your passion and your dedication none of this would be possible. 

"Together we're showing that ours is the greatest sport in the world. 

"We can't wait until the 2023-2024 season, which promises a lot more thrills and excitement."

Mikaela Shiffrin broke the record for most wins in Åre last month ©Getty Images
Mikaela Shiffrin broke the record for most wins in Åre last month ©Getty Images

The FIS season came to a close following a ski flying competition in Planica.

"We saw 'unbeatable' records broken, new stars born, athletes showing a level of skill and courage that left spectators on the edge of their seats," said Eliasch.

"We enjoyed brilliant conditions across the FIS World Cups and World Ski Championships, as well as unforgettable camaraderie.

"From Soelden, Chur and Ruka to Oestersund, Courchevel/Méribel, Planica, Bakuriani and La Molina, local organisers did us proud by putting on a spectacular show. 

"This was reflected in the viewing figures."

This historic season saw American star Mikaela Shiffrin break the record for most wins in FIS Alpine World Cup history with 88, eclipsing the record set by former Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark, who had 86.

"We can feel proud about what happened off the slopes, too, as organisers worked hard to make these events as sustainable as possible," said Eliasch.

"Our World Ski Championships were an excellent example, showing that international sporting events don't have to sacrifice style or scale in the name of sustainability."