6 Oct

A committed and motivated Crans-Montana/Valais 2025 Alpine FIS World Ski Championships bid committee

Step by step, stage after stage, and working very closely with Swiss-Ski, the committed and highly motivated bid committee for the Crans-Montana/ Valais 2025 Alpine FIS World Ski Championships is heading towards the final decision, which will be made by the FIS council on 21 May during the International Ski Federation congress at Royal Cliff in Thailand. 

The 180 page bid book, which includes a number of illustrations of technical plans (for exemple, photo), was submitted to the FIS by the deadline at the beginning of September. The FIS then convened the three candidates for the 2025 WC, Saalbach-Hinterglemm/Austria, Garmisch-Partenkirchen/Germany and Crans-Montana, as well as other candidates, namely Trondheim/Norway (WC 2025 nordic ski), Harrachov/Czech Republic (WC 2024 ski flying) and Krasnoyarsk/Russia (WC 2025 freestyle ski and snowboard), to a coordination meeting lasting several days. Then, all candidates were required to make a test presentation at the traditional FIS autumn session which took place the first week of October in Zurich. Each candidate had an hour to present and explain the main themes of their bid to a group of FIS experts, led by the secretary general, Sarah Lewis. 

The Crans-Montana/Valais delegation was very well prepared, and was well received thanks to an animated presentation by the following representatives (photo from left) : Bruno Huggler, director of Crans-Montana Tourism and Congress; Nicolas Féraud, president of Crans-Montana commune and president of the bid strategic committee; Dr. Urs Lehmann, Swiss-Ski president and vice-president of the bid strategic committee; Marius Robyr, director of the bid committee; Sophie Genoud, secretary; Hugo Steinegger, vice-director; Markus Murmann, sport manager.

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29 Aug

Another major step forwards : submission of the candidature dossier for the World Championships Crans-Montana/Valais 2025 to the FIS

It’s an important day for Marius Robyr and Hugo Steinegger (photo): the director and vice-director of the Crans-Montana/Valais bid to organise the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2025 have submitted the candidature dossier to the FIS International Ski Federation within the required time frame.  In this « Bid Book », which consists of 20 subjects, the FIS have asked a huge amount of mostly very detailed questions. These include questions regarding support for the World Championships that is being bid for, the organisation structure, budget, accommodation, transport, media, promotion, accreditation, sustainable development and ceremonies, as well as the vast subject of the pistes, the finish stadium, ski lifts, artificial snow making and race infrastructure.

Thanks to the experts who played a part in compiling it, a 180 page dossier, including 10 A3 plans, was put together. The accompanying letters of support from the Confederation, the canton of Valais, the Association of Communes of Crans-Montana ACCM, the CMA cable car company, the Association of Hoteliers of Crans-Montana are also extremely important. This dossier has been submitted to the FIS, and will now be studied in detail by the FIS. A site inspection by FIS experts will also take place before winter. If this and the dossier, with any further additions or changes, receive their support, the candidature will be presented to the FIS council.

The election, following a presentation of the candidates, will take place on 20 May 2020, at the FIS congress. The competition Crans-Montana/Valais 2025 is up against is stiff, as it will be competing against great candidates such as Saalbach-Hinterglemm/Austria and Garmisch-Partenkirchen/Germany. Marius Robyr is in fighting spirit : « The Crans-Montana/Valais bid is closely linked to Swiss-Ski, and has strong support from the political and tourist world. We are presenting an interesting concept, orientated towards the future, with a new multi-functional finish stadium and significant enhancement of the « Barzettes » site, including a new cable car installation (and also expansion of the Violettes car park) and construction of a hotel. The various necessities required by the FIS for organising such a meeting have of course been integrated in the planning.

The aim is not only to organise the World Championships in the heart of the Alps with infrastructure designed for durability, but also to motivate young people to take part in snow sports, and to mobilize all political, economic and touristic stakeholders to work together on a project which promises to be strong and meaningful, and which will convey healthy values and images of the resort.

Passion and Emotion are key words for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Crans-Montana/Valais 2025.

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4 Jun

The 2025 Alpine World Ski Championships Crans-Montana/Valais bid enters the concrete phase of the process

The first information session for candidates, in all disciplines, for the organisation of the 2025 World Championships took place recently at the scheduled International Ski Federation meeting in Dubrovnik-Cavtat/CRO. In Alpine skiing, the candidates already disclosed to the general public are Garmisch-Partenkirchen/GER, Saalbach-Hinterglemm/AUT and Crans-Montana/Valais. The latter’s  Bid Committee was represented by Dr. Urs Lehmann, Swiss-Ski president, and by the two executive officials, Marius Robyr and Hugo Steinegger (photo from right to left).

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Each Bid Committee has received an 80 page questionnaire from the FIS, addressing some 20 topics such as, for example, financial support for the bid, infrastructure on site, accommodation capacity, transport, marketing, TV/Media operations, human resources, security and sustainable development. The deadline to submit this very detailed document to the FIS is 1st September 2019. After examining it, a review board from the FIS will visit the candidates, who will have the whole winter to make any improvements they might wish to make to their dossier. Then on 20 May next year, the FIS committee will elect the host site for the 2025 World Championships at the FIS congress (17-23 May 2020) held in Pattaya, Thailand.

In order to process the questionnaire, the Crans-Montana/Valais 2025 Bid Committee has called upon a range of experts. A first meeting with them, led by Marius Robyr, managing director of the bid committee, took place in the finish stadium. The bid for this great « Crans-Montana/Valais World Ski Championships » challenge has now entered the concrete phase of the process.

Viedo (in french only): Johan Tachet, SkiActu

 

1 May

FIS 2025 World Championships: Crans-Montana/Valais, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Saalbach-Hinterglemm are the three official candidates

The deadline for bids for the organisation of the 2025 Ski World Championships to reach the FIS International Ski Federation was yesterday, Wednesday, at midnight. Crans-Montana/Valais, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) and Saalbach-Hinterglemm (Austria) are the three well-known resorts in the running. One of them will follow on from Cortina d’Ampezzo 2021 and Courchevel-Méribel 2023.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen has already organised the prestigious World Championships twice before (1978 and 2011), while Crans-Montana (1987) and Saalbach-Hinterglemm (1991) have both organised the competition once. Marius Robyr (photo), Managing Director of the Crans-Montana/Valais bid, insists on the fact that Switzerland is one of the Alpine countries with some of the richest traditions, and reminds us that Crans-Montana has confirmed its position and made a name for itself thanks to the highly successful organisation of many races at all levels. « Regardless of the fact that when attributing the World Championships there are indeed political elements, and a rotation of countries and continents must be taken into consideration, Crans-Montana will be doing everything in its power to obtain this great event again, after the  inspiring and unforgettable 1987 World Championships. This is with the support of Swiss-Ski, the Confederation, the canton of Valais, the Association des Communes ACCM and the CMA Ski Lift Company », comments the dynamic brigadier from Chermignon, not forgetting to mention the bid slogan: On the way to the World Ski Championships, EVERYONE on board !  

Next year, the FIS council will announce the hosts of the 48th Alpine Ski Worlds at the FIS Congress (17-23 May) in Pattaya, Thailand. On 21 May at around 18.00 (local time), the President of the FIS, Gian Franco Kasper, will utter the crucial words: ‘and the winner is…’

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8 Apr

Crans-Montana/Valais is now officially a candidate for the 2025 Ski World Championships

On Tuesday afternoon, a delegation of Swiss-Ski, Crans-Montana and Valais submitted the Valais resort’s bid for the 2025 World Championships at the headquarters of the International Ski Federation (FIS) in Oberhofen.

The entry fee definitively validated the Swiss-Ski bid for the 2025 Alpine Ski World Championships, with Crans-Montana/Valais as organisers.  The procedure was sealed by an agreement to sponsor 200 days of training in the Haut-Plateau region for smaller nations during the 2019/20 season, and also by presenting letters of support and backing from the Confederation, the canton of Valais, the Association des Communes de Crans-Montana ACCM and the CMA Crans-Montana Ski Lift Company.

Alongside Frédéric Favre, Counsellor of the State of Valais, in the Bernese Oberland were Matthias Remund, Director of the Federal Office of Sports, representing the Confederation and Yves-Roger Rey, Secretary-General of the ACCM. Swiss-Ski, Crans-Montana’s partner, was represented by Dr. Urs Lehmann, President, and Markus Wolf, CEO.

"Switzerland is an Alpine country that has some of the richest traditions, and we are fighting to attract the World Championships here again in 2025", declared Dr. Urs Lehmann, Vice-President of the Bid Committee, whose Managing Director Marius Robyr and Deputy Managing Director Hugo Steinegger, were also present. As for the FIS, the President Gian Franco Kasper and the Secretary General Sarah Lewis were delighted to welcome the delegation, and validated the application.

The authors of the Valais bid now have three months to return a questionnaire to the FIS  that covers over 20 topics. In autumn, a FIS evaluation committee will examine and check the information on site in Crans-Montana. Then just a few months will remain for Marius Robyr and his team to clarify any outstanding questions. Finally, at the begininning of 2020, a voting recommendation will be sent by the committee to the decision-making body, the FIS Council, which is made up of 17 members.

"We’ve acquired an excellent reputation"

Obtaining the World Championships for Crans-Montana in 2025 – just eight years after the last edition in Switzerland, in Saint-Moritz – is a major challenge. The 48th Alpine Ski Worlds will be awarded during the FIS congress in Pattaya, Thailand, on the 21st of May 2020. The other candidate announced today is Saalbach-Hinterglemm. It is the second time that this candidature, by the resort in the Salzburg region, is in the running, having lost to Courchevel-Méribel/France in the competition for the 2023 World Championships. Like Crans-Montana, which organised an incredible celebration of Swiss skiing for the 1987 Worlds, Saalbach-Hinterglemm hosted a memorable event in 1991. It is also worth noting that the last Alpine Ski World Championships to take place in Austria was in 2013, in Schladming.

« Regarding the attribution, of course there is a political component », explains Dr. Urs Lehmann. « Alternating countries and continents has to be taken into consideration. » However Marius Robyr, Managing Director, remains optimistic : « We’ve acquired an excellent reputation with the FIS, and we are doing everything in our power to organise this big event. If it doesn’t happen in 2025, we’ll aim for 2027.»

The Valaisan can draw on his resorts’ vast experience, from organising the World Cup and European Cup races, to the excellent organisation for the finals of the European Cup (2009) and the Junior World Championships (2011). The Nationale and Mont Lachaux pistes have been redesigned in recent years, and certified to host these races. Yet to be finalised is the creation of the finish stadium. - Photos: Keystone-sda/SkiActu

The bid slogan:
On the way to the World Ski Championships, EVERYONE on board !  

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Dr. Urs Lehmann, Swiss-Ski president, officially handed over the Swiss Crans-Montana/Valais bid for the organisation of the  2025 World Championships to Gian Franco Kasper, president of the International Ski Federation FIS.
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From left: Yves-Roger Rey, Secretary-General of the ACCM, Matthias Remund, Director of the Federal Office of Sports, Frédréric Favre, Counsellor of the State of Valais, Gian Fanco Kasper, President FIS, Sarah Lewis, Secretary-General FIS, Dr. Urs Lehmann, President Swiss-Ski, Markus Wolf, CEO Swiss-Ski, Marius Robyr, bid's Managing Director, and Hugo Steinegger, Deputy Managing Director.

 

Video (only in French): Johan Tachet, SkiActu

 

 

 

11 Feb

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The Valais State Counsellor Frédéric Favre and the Crans-Montana president Nicolas Féraud spent the weekend in Are. The two politicians made the most of their trip to Sweden to promote the Crans-Montana/Valais 2025 bid, and to meet the Swiss and World ski governing bodies.

Video (in french): Johan Tachet, SkiActu

 

 

 

 

9 Feb

State Councillor Frédéric Favre and President of the commune Nicolas Féraud pay tribute to Wendy Holdener

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The packed « House of Switzerland » literally shook when Wendy Holdener walked in after the rounds of interviews and the medal ceremony.  The sports minister from the canton of Valais was there, ready to greet her with an immense bouquet of flowers, which was a personal initiative. In fact once  the race was over, this big ski fan set off to look for a flower shop in Åre. And he found one. He didn’t buy just one bouquet, but… 10 ! The thrilled florist didn’t say anything whilst he carefully wrapped them, arranging them in a most professional way into a magnificent basket.

Nicolas Féraud, president of the commune, wasn’t to be outdone. Confident of Wendy Holdener’s skills, he had already thought ahead and brought a magnificent box of chocolate creations from the highly renowned 2013 Swiss champion, David Pasquier, whose « David, L’Instant chocolat » brand is extremely popular in Crans-Montana, Sion and Vevey. State Councillor Favre and the president of the commune Féraud are not visiting Åre as tourists however, they are there to lead discussions and cement important relationships with influential figures in the world of skiing in relation to the Crans-Montana/Valais bid to organise the 2025 FIS World Championships. The deputy director, Hugo Steinegger, led them on a visit to every nook and cranny of the enormous infrastructure that this type of event demands today. A few figures illustrate this : 70 countries taking part, 600 athletes, 1,400 media representatives, 600 hours of television broadcasts and some 700 million tv viewers all over the world !

Crans-Montana is delighted to be able to welcome the best female skiers in the world very soon, as part of the World Cup races on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February. The Valais Haut-Plateau resort knows how to welcome the medal-winners in style. We promise, whether it’s in the finish stadium, at the Crans-Cry d’Er car park/Bar Xerodix, at the celebration headquarters in the Violettes car park, at the Ycoor ice rink or in Le Régent tennis centre, THIS CELEBRATION OF SKIING WILL BE A GREAT ONE !  

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6 Feb

Committed to Crans-Montana/Valais 2025: Dr. Urs Lehmann, Marius Robyr and Hugo Steinegger

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As candidate for the organisation of the 2025 World Championships, Crans-Montana/Valais has a strong presence during the race days for medals in Åre. In Sweden, the location for these global tournaments, the  Valais Haut-Plateau resort is Swiss-Ski’s main partner at the « House of Switzerland », and the Swiss-Ski president Dr. Urs Lehmann is also vice-president of the bid’s strategic committee. Marius Robyr, the Valais bid’s executive director, and Hugo Steinegger, deputy director (photo at the top of the section) see him as a highly respected advisor, and a valuable individual in international ski politics. « The 1987 World Championships in Crans-Montana were extraordinary, unforgettable. We want to experience that again ! » says Marius Robyr, who is also president of the annual World Cup races in Crans-Montana that take place in two weeks’ time, and who is more motivated than ever.

Video : Keystone-SDA/Interview in french

 

3 Feb

The « House of Switzerland », with Crans-Montana/Valais 2025, has opened its doors in Åre

Swiss-Ski’s traditional « House of Switzerland », the 12th of its kind, opened its doors this weekend for the duration of the World Ski Championships in Åre (4-17 February), and was immediately the venue for three different visits. The first was from the Swiss women’s team, who became the first to « test » the wines and delicacies from Valais on offer. Members of the Swedish Organising Committee, and House of Switzerland neighbours, were next to grace the house for Sunday morning brunch, and then at fondue and raclette time, it was the turn of the SRG/SSR TV and radio staff to enjoy a warm welcome.

As already mentioned several times, the Crans-Montana/Valais 2025 bid is the main partner of the « House of Switzerland », a much-appreciated public meeting place in the ski world. Its representatives in Åre, Marius Robyr (executive director) and Hugo Steinegger (deputy executive director) take their role as hosts very seriously. They would like to take this opportunity to wish Niklas Carlsson, CEO of the World Alpine Ski Championships in Åre, great success and the very best of luck for this huge event, which will hold its opening ceremony on Monday 4 February in the centre of the village (see photo of the square).  Of course Marius Robyr didn’t forget to share his very best wishes with the Swiss women’s team too, represented by Wendy Holdener and Corinne Suter. Two key characters in the House of Switzerland require little introduction; the dynamic Annalisa Gerber from Swiss-Ski, who is managing the house for the 12th time, and Daniel Lehmann, the well-known chef who has sealed his reputation at his Hotel/Restaurant Moosegg in the Emmental region. Two raclette servers from Valais, Chris and Romuald, have travelled to complete the squad in the Far North. One thing is certain : Swiss-Ski, the Crans-Montana/Valais 2025 bid and the group of sponsors present, led by Helvetia, will be making every effort to ensure that this little corner of Switzerland will be a memorable success story.

 

28 Jan

THE meeting place in Åre: the Swiss-Ski «House of Switzerland», with Crans-Montana/Valais 2025

Since the FIS 1997 World Championships in Sestrière/ITA, Swiss-Ski has run the « House of Switzerland » at every World Championships. This will also be the case, for the 12th time, in Åre (4-17.02.). This traditional international meeting place for sponsors and partners, athletes and their entourage, media representatives and ski fans is much appreciated, and very busy.

For these reasons, the Crans-Montana/Valais bid to organise the 2025 (or 2027, or 2029) World Championships has become the main partner of the « House of Switzerland » in Sweden. CLICK ON THE PHOTO and you will find some interesting information (in French or German only) about this modular chalet located in the middle of Åre, and made up of three parts: a restaurant which holds 80 people, a bar with a stage that can welcome up to 300 people, and a kitchen with a storage area. As for the menu, created by the famous chef Daniel Lehmann, who has sealed his reputation at the Hotel Moosegg in the Emmental region and its renowned restaurant with 16 Gault Millau points, there will be no lack of delicacies and wine from the Valais.

« Varmt välkommen i Are!» - A warm welcome to Are !

PS: still missing on the front of the"House of Switzerland": the name of it and the partner's and sponsor's logos.

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