The executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recommended ski mountaineering for inclusion in the sport program of the Milano Cortina 2026 Olympic Winter Games. The proposal will be discussed and finalized at the IOC Session in Tokyo on July 20-21, 2021. The determination of the full event program and athlete quota will then take place in June 2022. The Organising Committee of Milano Cortina 2026 had officially proposed the inclusion of ski mountaineering as an additional sport to the program of this specific edition of the Games. More specifically, the proposal consists of: five new medal events, including two men’s events (Sprint/Individual), two women’s events (Sprint/Individual) and one mixed-gender relay event. It also calls for a quota of 48 athletes (24 men/24 women) out of a total of 2,900 participating athletes. In its decision, the IOC executive board has highlighted a series of key features of ski mountaineering that supported its potential inclusion to the program of Milano Cortina 2026, including the high popularity and “deep historical and sporting roots” of the sport in the Italian region where Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo are located.