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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25 Jan

Crans-Montana/Valais 2025 looks forward to it's meeting point in Åre !

The Swiss-Ski « House of Switzerland » is for the first time a modular house which has been made in Switzerland, in the Emmental region, and transported on three large lorries to Åre, the site of the upcoming Alpine Ski World Championships (4-17.02).

This wonderful chalet is 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. The Crans-Montana/Valais bid to organise the 2025 World Championships is proud to be this extremely popular meeting place’s main partner. The Valais culinary specialities and wines on offer are sure to delight guests’ palates.

When it’s time to celebrate Swiss medals, which we are fervently hoping will be the case, the « House of Switzerland » will offer an ideal setting. At the moment, construction work (see photos) by the dynamic Swiss company woopdesign is gradually coming to an end. It’s now time for the finishing touches  before the big moment.

 

5 Oct

2019 Ski World Championships in Åre: Crans-Montana/Valais a prominent presence

In the centre of Sweden, in Åre, preparations for the next Alpine Ski World Championships are in full swing. They’ll be celebrating an astonishing new feature: in the centre of this friendly ski resort, Swiss Ski’s traditional « House of Switzerland » will once again be built, but for the first time, it will be a large mobile wooden chalet designed and constructed in Switzerland, and transported to Sweden in three large trucks, for all the ski world to meet in. This is also the place where Swiss medal winners will be celebrated. An additional very positive point for the House of Switzerland: the HofS will only be three minutes on foot from the location for the prizegiving ceremonies.

The 2025 Crans-Montana/Valais FIS World Championships bid will be the main partner in this challenge. During the site inspection, Hugo Steinegger, executive vice-director of the bid committee, took the opportunity to send wishes for good luck and great success to Niklas Carlsson, CEO for the World Championships and chairman of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup committee, on behalf of the Crans-Montana/Valais bid committee.

Christof Stalder, whose business Woopdesign (Bern/Berthoud) made the 20-tonne wooden chalet, discussed the last technical details with Stefan Dohrn, head of construction in Åre, and proudly presented a model of the interior layout of the restaurant, to which will be added a large bar and a stage, and where Valais specialities (wine, raclette and air-dried meat) in particular will be highlighted throughout the whole period of the 2019 World Championships (4-17 February). Here will also be the place where Swiss Medallist will be celebrated.

  1. From left: Hugo Steinegger and Niklas Carlsson

    Hugo Steinegger and Niklas Carlsson

  2. Main square in Åre

    Center of Åre: magnificent location for the House of Switzerland.

  3. From left: Stefan Dohrn and Christof Stalder

    Stefan Dohrn and Christof Stalder

  4. Model of the interior layout of the restaurant.

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3 Oct

A dynamic and persuasive image for the Crans-Montana/Valais bid for the 2025 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

Alpine ski races in Crans-Montana have always been a great success. They started in 1911, with the first downhill in skiing history. Then came the first FIS World Cup race in 1977, the unforgettable

1987 World Championships,  and since 2016, the annual World Cup ladies’ classic. Now an important new chapter is on the horizon, the return of the Alpine World Ski Championships to the Haut-Plateau region.

The Crans-Montana/Valais 2025 bid has to be conducted with energy, emotion and confidence.

On Wednesday 3 October 2018, Marius Robyr, executive director of the Crans-Montana/Valais bid for the organisation of the 2025 Alpine World Ski Championships, had the great pleasure of unveiling the logo for the bid. This took place in the presence of representatives of local authorities, the media and other guests. The logo is a judicious union of the canton of Valais, the destination of Crans-Montana and the FIS International Ski Federation Alpine World Ski Championships. Marius Robyr describes it as dynamic, modern and convincing, a logo which creates strong links and ties.

  • The red star represents Valais. It features in the centre of the 2025 figure positioned so that its base represents a stylised mountain. This clearly positions the logo as an Alpine sport logo.
  • The sky-blue curve symbolises the energy of alpine ski disciplines. It is a central dynamic element, and features in other colours too, in all Corporate Design use related to the bid.
  • The Crans-Montana logo flanked by the Swiss flag clearly marks the centre of the logo. In white on a blue background for maximum impact and contrast. Just below, the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships text in the centre adds the necessary balance.

The design of the new SMC bus– the first model –displays the main elements of the new image for the bid. The common theme; competence, and a passion for competition alpine skiing, uniting the past, present and future.  

The bus sports :

  • The impressive panorama of the mountains in Crans-Montana, which is used as a background, symbolising the arena in which the World Championship races take place.
  • The logo on a dark blue background,as presented above, referring to the destination of Crans-Montana and to Valais, with the presence of the red star that crowns the logo.
  • Commitment, passion and energy for competition skiing are highlighted by red curves which run along the sides of the bus,
  • And, alongside the picture of the skier Michelle Gisin, also remind us of ski tracks in the different disciplines in the FIS Ski World Championships – from the downhill to the Super-G, to the technical disciplines.

All of these elements combined lend to the bid the desired character, strength and modernity.

This  friendly meeting about the bid took place at the CMA cable car « Barzettes » car park. In brief addresses, Martial Kamerzin, president of the ACCM (Crans-Montana Association of Communes), Philippe P. Magistretti, director of the CMA cable cars, and Patrick Cretton, director of the SMC (Compagnie de Chemin de Fer et d’Autobus) transport company, declared that they were united in fully supporting the « challenge » of the Crans-Montana/Valais bid for the organisation of the 2025 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

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  1. Martial Kamerzin

    Martial Kamerzin

  2. Philippe P. Magistretti

    Philippe P. Magistretti

  3. Patrick Cretton

    Patrick Cretton

  4. Bruno Huggler

    Bruno Huggler

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