The Candidature Process 2026 comprises two stages.


The first phase is a new, one-year noncommittal Dialogue Stage that will provide interested Cities and NOCs with an opportunity to engage with the IOC to assess the benefits and requirements related to hosting the Olympic Winter Games 2026.


The second phase is the Candidature Stage to which the IOC will invite certain Cities. These Candidate Cities will then work closely with the IOC to increase the value proposition of their Games delivery plan.