While the world best Ladies alpine skiers hurtle down the Mont Lachaux piste during the Ladies World Cup races in Crans-Montana, on 3 and 4 March 2018, other women and men, who are just as intrepid, will climb the piste a week later on Saturday 10 March, with their skis on. Perhaps you too…who knows ? This original race, the Matinale des Dames, will test your courage and fitness over a distance of 2,640 metres, with a climb of 722 metres. And the icing on the cake : a portage section from the ‘Trou du Renard’ area to the top of « La Face » !
The event will kick off at the Nationale finish area stadium, at 08.15 for the open category and 10.15 for the elite. The finish line will be perched just a few steps away from the Cry-d'Er restaurant. After the exertion, comfort : the prizegiving will take place at 14.30 and will be followed by concerts and various entertainment !
All you have to do is take up the challenge! And no matter which direction you choose, you too will be able to say that you’ve take on the "Streif des Dames". The Organisation Committee for the Crans-Montana Ladies World Cup supports this congenial sporting event.
Without them, it wouldn’t be possible to hold any sporting event - and that applies for the Alpine skiing races in Crans-Montana too. Through their commitment at all times in the different organisational sectors, both before and during the races, volunteers play a valuable role. They deserve acknowledgement and thanks. And this is what Marius Robyr, President of the Organisation Committee, did with great warmth at the traditional volunteers’ evening at La Bergerie du Cervin restaurant in Vermala. At the same time, in his typically enthusiastic way, he motivated young and not-so-young to get involved in the Ladies’ European Cup (26 – 28 February 2018) and the Ladies’ World Cup (3/4 March). A great evening, thanks to the official Crans-Montana Alpine ski races orchestra, « Les Amis de Sonville » (Nendaz) too.
The "Bénéclub" volunteer club for the Crans-Montana skiing races is always delighted to welcome new members. If you’re over 18, have some freetime, and if you want to experience these important international sporting events from the inside (for 2018, ideally on the following dates : European Cup, 24 to 28 February – including two training days, and World Cup, from 2 to 4 March – including one preparation day), then don’t hesitate to sign up via the following link : /en/volunteers/
The Organisation Committee thanks you in advance.
Some incredible statistics that perfectly illustrate the importance of volunteers in Swiss sport: some 735,000 people offer their time every year at small, medium and large events, as well as in clubs and federations, totalling an astounding 73 million hours of work ! Their time is given entirely free of charge, but its value is priceless. There are no other words : HATS OFF TO YOU and THANK YOU !
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The new Ski World Cup Crans-Montana 2018 cap is now available! Each year of a new colour and this until the targeted FIS World Championships 2025. Grey and orange, "in" and luminous.
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It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we learned of Hubert Bonvin’s death. This man of character, a federator and an enthusiastic communicator, knew how to captivate audiences with his speeches. A lover of Alpine skiing, he lent great support to the development of races on the Haut-Plateau. Hubert was delighted to welcome the ‘White Circus’ back to Crans-Montana in 2008. He was very proud of the Ladies Classic that now takes place here every year.
Vice-President for the unforgettable World Championships in 1987, he was wholeheartedly behind Crans-Montana/Valais’ new bid as candidate for the organisation of the 2025 World Championships, and he made this clear during the 2017 World Cup races (our photo).
Although he was suffering serious health problems, Hubert, with his dear wife Gaby, once again demonstrated his unconditional support on Saturday 21 October when he attended the raclette evening organised for the FRIENDS OF THE CRANS-MONTANA WORLD CUP.
We offer our most sincere condolences to Gaby, and all his family.
The steering Committe of the Crans-Montana World Cup races
For the second time, FRIENDS OF THE CRANS-MONTANA WORLD CUP met for a delicious raclette served at « La Bergerie du Cervin » restaurant in Vermala. This very pleasant get together was a perfect success, and a chance to get into the mood, ready for the start of the 2017/8 World Cup in a few days. It will be stopping off in the Valais Haut-Plateau region for a Super-G and an Alpine Combined on 3 and 4 March 2018, a rematch after the PyeongChang/South Korea 2018 Olympic Games.
There were no long speeches ! But Marius Robyr, the charismatic President of the Crans-Montana World Cup Organisation Committee, addressed the FRIENDS with plenty of humour and imagination, and presented to those gathered the 2018 edition of «our» annual (since 2016) Ladies Classic. For the first time, it will be expanded this year to include a proper World Cup celebration, which will take place on Saturday 3 March in the tennis centre at Le Régent Congress Centre. Speaking about the candidature of Crans-Montana/Valais for the FIS World Championships in 2025, Marius Robyr briefly focused on the plan for a new multifunctional finish stadium, which will be presented to the authorities very soon.
A woodfire raclette without the sound of an accordian is unimaginable ! Adrien and Grégory, two talented musicians who form THE MAG’S, did a great job of entertaining at this friendly event. The « FRIENDS » present had the honour of being the first to receive and wear the 2018 Crans-Montana World Cup hat, which true to tradition, has changed colour again this year. The orange is radiant on a grey background, and the words stand out wonderfully. Our photos confirm it. The proud « models » on the News launch day, from left: Jean-Marie Viaccoz, District of Sierre, Marius Robyr, President of the Crans-Montana World Cup Organisation Committee, Laurent Bagnoud, communal councillor and « Sports Minister» for the Crans-Montana commune, and also Hugo Steinegger, Vice-President of the World Cup Organisation Committee .
The official hat will be on sale from 1st December 2017 at the Crans-Montana Tourism and Congress offices. Would you like to join the FRIENDS OF THE CRANS-MONTANA WORLD CUP, which already numbers some 200 people ? It’s very simple, all information on our website, in the « Spectators » section. The World Cup committee welcomes all new members with great pleasure.
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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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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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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.