30 Sep

Launching of the 2018 European and Ski World Cups Ladies in Crans-Montana

Before the launching of the winter season, the International Ski Federation FIS carried out detailed inspections of each site for organizers of Ski World Cup races. For the 2018 races in Crans-Montana, inspection took place on Thursday, 28 September 2017.

The programme for the 2018 races in Crans-Montana is as follow: European Cup Ladies, from 26 to 28 February (two Downhills and one Super-G, plus two Downhill training runs) and World Cup Ladies, on Saturday, 3 March (Super-G) and Sunday, 4 (Alpine Combined with Super-G/Slalom).

Those who were present for the FIS inspection included: Jean-Philippe Vuillet, Race Director World Cup Ladies Speed Events, and Andreas Krönner, Technical Operations Manager, Alpine Ladies (Photo: both surrounding Marius Robyr). Representing Swiss-Ski : Stéphane Cattin, Director Alpine Skiing, Diego Züger, Head of Marketing Swiss World Cup races, and Franz Hofer, Coordinator for races organisation. Swiss French-speaking Television RTS, « Official Broadcaster » for the Crans-Montana Ski World Cup was represented by Julien Baszanger, Sport Producer, Dave Léchenne, Head of Sport Projects, Yannick Krijnen, Director, and Julien Ecuyer. Also present, Lorenz Liechti, International Coordinator European Broadcasting Union EBU. The Managing Committee of Crans-Montana was represented by Marius Robyr, President, Markus Murmann, Race Director, Patrice Morisod, Head of slopes, Nicolas Barras and Daniel Constantin,  Head of Electricity-related matters, Dominique Morard, Head of Constructions/Ceremonies, as well as Sophie Genoud, Head of Secretariat.

Particular attention was paid to the visit of the Piste Mont Lachaux and its key locations, positions for TV cameras and the organization of start and finish areas. Other important points were covered including the preparation of the course, the number of machines on-site 24/24, emergency services, location of "Spectator" zones, Media services (Main Media Centre at « Le Régent » and Sub-Media Centre on the roof of the finish area building), positioning for photographers, team lodging, public draws and prize awardings. FIS representatives gave some good tips to further improve the general organisation of the event. This to constantly enhance the quality and attractivity of this annual Ladies Classic.

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9 Sep

Politics and sport: meeting at the Omega European Masters

An informal meeting between the political and ski competition representatives at the Omega European Masters, held on the Valais Haut-Plateau, about Crans-Montana/Valais’ candidacy for the organization of the 2025 Alpine Ski World Championships and also the Sion 2026 bid for the Olympic Games, for which Crans-Montana would host all the Alpine Ski disciplines. Our photo (from left): Claude-Alain Schmidhalter, Swiss-Ski vice-president; Nicolas Féraud, president of the Crans-Montana commune; Frédéric Favre, State Councillor and «minister of sport» for the canton of Valais; Marius Robyr, president of the World Cup races committee in Crans-Montana; Stéphane Cattin, Swiss-Ski Alpine Ski director ; Hugo Steinegger, vice-president of the World Cup races committee in Crans-Montana, and Beat Tschuor, head of young talent at Swiss-Ski.

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24 Jun

Crans-Montana defends itself against St-Moritz

Crans-Montana is not going to let the organisation of the Ski  World Championships go. At the Swiss-Ski assembly of delegates in Losone on Saturday, the Valaisans confirmed their desire to stand as candidates for the 2025 and 2027 events, and then 2029, in the event that they are not successful.

If Crans-Montana had to reiterate its ambitions at Losone, it is because St-Moritz has appeared on the horizon wanting to take its place, in a request that was accepted by Swiss-Ski representatives on Saturday. The Grisons resort, which has just organised the Worlds in February, says it is ready to replace Crans-Montana, arguing that the Haut-Plateau was likely to be hosting two major events in a short period of time if the 2026 Olympic Games were also awarded to Sion. 

 For the organisers in Valais on the other hand, obtaining the Games would not harm their candidacy for the Alpine Ski Worlds. "On the contrary, it would enable us to create synergies between the two projects", says Marius Robyr, president of the Crans-MontanaSki World Cup organisation committee, at the end of the assembly of delegates. "Whatever the fate of the Sion project for the Games, we are going to organise the World Championships. I was very firm about this", he added.

Also present in Losone was Nicolas Féraud, president of the commune of Crans-Montana and representative of the ACCM, and he reminded Swiss-Ski delegates that in their 2014 assembly, they had designated the Valais resort representatives of Switzerland at the future Worlds in Switzerland. And that since that time, Crans-Montana had thrown itself fully into this challenge, with the support of the canton of Valais, the Haut-Plateau communes, the skilifts CMA and the touristic entities. 

Crans-Montana, which has not hosted the Worlds since 1987, has to forward its candidature bid to the International Ski Federation (FIS) by 1st May 2019, whereas the host for the 2025 event would be announced during summer 2020. As for the town selected for the 2026 Winter Olympics, this would be revealed one year earlier, at the IOC session planned for the summer (or autumn) of 2019.  

 

 

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26 Feb

Crans-Montana/Valais: heading towards the FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships with Swiss-Ski

After announcing Crans-Montana/Valais would be a candidate for the FIS 2025 Alpine Skiing World Championships at the 1987 World Championship 30 year jubilee evening, the public announcement  took place on Sunday afternoon, at the arrival stadium of the World Cup races in Crans-Montana. The show was full of atmosphere, with paragliders and lots of children from local ski clubs, and in the middle of them all, Urs Lehmann, Swiss-Ski President, and Marius Robyr, president of the Organising Committee for the World Cup races in Crans-Montana. With kind words, the two heads of sport together declared the launch of the « 2025 World Ski Championships Challenge » and their intent to succed, before a cloud of balloons dotted the blue skies with their many different colours. The letter of intent has to be delivered to the FIS before 1st May 2019. The FIS Council will reveal the name of the selected resort at an FIS conference in 2020.

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26 Feb

First Alpin Combined for Shiffrin, crystal globe for Stuhec

Mikaela Shiffrin won the 2nd combined race in Crans-Montana, beating the Italian Federica Brignone by 0''70, and the Slovenenian Ilka Stuhec, who takes the globe for the discipline, by 0''85. The best Swiss result belonged to world champion Wendy Holdener, who had to settle for 6th place.

A brilliant seventh at the end of the Super-G, only 1''30 behind Sofia Goggia, it was a walk in the park for the best Slalom skier in the world, and there weren’t many challengers between the poles. Apart from Federica Brignone, with her surprising second place in the slalom leg, she left Wendy Holdener 0''81 behind.

Shiffrin sets the record straight

For her second combined, after her eighth place in Soldeu a year ago, Mikaela Shiffrin showed that she was indeed a world class skier by gaining momentum all weekend. Although awkward with her words on Friday at the first combined,  she was 13th on Saturday in the Super-G, and the triple world slalom champion proved that she learns quickly. Skiing on soft snow due to the bright Valais sunshine, Mikaela Shiffrin mastered the piste from beginning to end. As is often the case, it was at the end of the course that the American marked the difference.

This 29th World Cup victory also means that the American keeps Ilka Stuhec at a distance, as if Shiffrin hadn’t taken part in this combined, she would have allowed the Slovenian to eat away at the points between them. However today, Shiffrin took back a 298 point lead overall in the World Cup. This means that even if the Slovenian performs well in the two speed events in Jeongseon, South Korea next weekend, she will still be almost a hundred points behind the youngster from Vail. «This race was important for the overall rankings», said the day’s winner. « I can now go back to the States with a certain peace of mind.»

The globe for Ilka Stuhec

As for the Swiss, Wendy Holdener from Schwyz managed to shave off some of the time difference in the slalom, but she couldn’t manage better than 6th place, 1''54 behind Shiffrin. Michelle Gisin from Obwalden took 11th place. «I didn’t ski well in the morning. I had no strength in my legs.I’ve still been a bit ill the past few days and I’ve lost a few kilos. I tried to ski a good slalom, but it was clear that I had almost no chance of getting back into the top 5. I gained a few points, and that’s good. If I could have finished the combined on Friday, I might have managed to be a bit more stable today, and managed a better result. But it’s not that great to ski on snow this soft, where you have to do everything yourself. »

Two other Swiss competitors gained points, Rahel Kopp finished 16th and Jasmina Suter 19th.

The globe for this speciality went to Ilka Stuhec. The Slovenian, in 3rd place in this third and final combined, takes home her first crystal trophy. At the end of the three races, she was twenty points ahead of Federica Brignone (240 to 220 pts). She might have to make some extra space on the mantlepiece, as she has a strong chance of taking the downhill and the Super-G too. 

DEPREZphoto SA, Crans-Montana/Agence Zoom

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25 Feb

Crans-Montana/Valais hopes to host the FIS Ski World Championships 2025

Eight years after the St-Moritz World Championships, Switzerland could once again host the FSI Ski World Championships. Crans-Montana/Valais is the Swiss candidate for the 2025 Worlds, with the firm support of Swiss-Ski.

38 years after the most prolific World Championships in the history of Swiss skiing, Crans-Montana hopes it will be able to welcome the best skiers in the world on the Nationale and Mont Lachaux pistes. Swiss-Ski president Urs Lehmann and Marius Robyr president of the O.C. for World Cup Races have officially launched Crans-Montana/Valais as candidate.

The letter of intent has to be delivered to the FIS before 1st May 2019. Crans-Montana/Valais is supported by the canton, the local councils and Swiss-Ski. Urs Lehmann is also part of the candidature committee which aims to involve the Federation in the project.

Once Crans-Montana’s candidature is officially registered with the FIS, Crans-Montana/Valais will be able to prepare its dossier. The name of the town that will host the 2025 Worlds will be revealed in 2020 at an FIS congress.

Crans-Montana/Valais is expecting competition from France (Courchevel-Méribel) or Austria (Saalbach-Hinterglemm). In the event that the Worlds event is awarded to the resort, the arrival stadium will be completely redesigned with a project that includes a permanent arena where other events can also be held.

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Ready for the Crans-Montana/Valais candidacy bid for the FIS 2025 World Championships, from left: Martial Kamerzin, Association des Communes de Crans-Montana President/Urs Lehmann, Swiss-Ski President/Marius Robyr, Crans-Montana World Cup races Organising Committee President and Nicolas Féraud,  Crans-Montana Commune President.

 

25 Feb

Big ski party for Ilka, Elena, Stephanie, Wendy and Luca at the ice rink Ycoor

The Super-G prize-giving and draw for starting numbers for the Alpine Combined on Sunday (26.02) and the celebration for the Alpine Combined World Champion Luca Aerni, fired up the Place Montana in Ycoor. An enthusiastic crowd meant that the evening's celebration of skiing was once again a great one!  

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25 Feb

Favourite Ilka Stuhec celebrates her sixth win of the season

In the absence of the injured triple winner this season Lara Gut, Ilka Stuhec is celebrating her fifth win in the Super-G this Winter, well ahead of the runners up. The Slovenian World Downhill Champion triumphed in a great atmosphere and in bright sunny conditions, leaving Elena Curtoni (ITA) and Stephanie Venier (AUT) behind, by 0.50 and 1.09 seconds respectively. It is only the third podium place in her career for the 26 year old Italian, after two third places in 2016 (St. Moritz Downhill and Val d’Isère Super-G). Stephanie Venier, the 23 year old Downhill Silver Medal winner, has only previously finished on a World Cup podium once in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Tina Weirather from Lichtenstein just missed a podium place, coming in 1.26 seconds behind Stuhec, followed in 5th place by Friday’s Alpine Combined winner, Federica Brignone. Tina’s 4th place meant that she was able to take her training partner Lara Gut’s place in the lead for the discipline. She is 6 points ahead of the Swiss athlete, and 16 points ahead of Stuhec. The end of season promises some suspense in the last two races of the season in South Korea and Aspen.

With another amazing performance, Stuhec has increased her prize money from 45,000 to 65,000 Francs, and she edges closer to the top of the overall World Cup rankings. She is now 256 points behind the leader Mikaela Shiffrin, who despite the advantageous number 2 start bib, had to settle for 13th place today.  Despite withdrawing from the race the day before, she didn’t have too many difficulties getting to the finish line. This wasn’t the case for Victoria Rebensburg, Sofia Goggia and Lindsey Vonn, and around a third of the 61 participants. Athletes with higher start numbers had it a bit tougher on the Mont Lachaux piste, which proved to be not only very selective, but also in spring-like, “soft” condition today . Tiffany Gauthier (FRA/No. 38) and Marie-Michele Gagnon (CAN/42) however finished in 10th and 12th places respectively, showing that the task was still achievable.

Amongst those who were eliminated, two Swiss, Fabienne Suter and Jasmine Flury, who would have placed in the Top 10 right until the final seconds. Corinne Suter was the highest placed Swiss competitor, in 14th place.

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24 Feb

Great atmosphere for the ceremonies in the centre of Crans-Montana

On Friday, the first of two prize-giving ceremonies and the draw for starting numbers for the World Cup events took place at the Place Montana, on the platform at the new Ycoor ice rink . The atmosphere was great at the prize-giving for Friday's Alpine Combined winners, and the draw for starting numbers for the Super-G on Saturday 25 February (10.30).

Interviews with various athletes – for example, Maria Walliser-Anesini, double World Champion in ’87 in Crans-Montana – were greeted positively by the large crowd. The festivities at the Ice Rink on Saturday 25th will start at 17h30 with a welcome and celebration in honour of Luca Aerni,  Alpine Combined World Champion. Come and join us!

DEPREZphoto SA, Crans-Montana