22 Feb

Olympic gold for Michelle Gisin, bronze for Wendy Holdener!

One hour after the Haut-Valaisan Ramon Zenhäusern’s silver medal in the Olympic Slalom, Michelle Gisin won the PyeongChang Alpine Combined. An extraordinary triumph for the fantastic 24 year old skier from Engelberg, leaving the American Mikaela Shiffrin 0.97 seconds behind her. Although she was only 0.77 seconds behind Lindsey Vonn in the Downhill, she managed the 3rd best time in the Slalom heat, adding to the Gisin family’s Olympic medal collection, four years after her sister Dominique won gold in the Downhill at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. 

The bronze went to the silver medallist in the Slalom… Wendy Holdener (24 years old). From her 10th place at the end of the Downhill, the skier from Schwytz finally crept up into 3rd place. Thanks to these two brilliant athletes, Switzerland holds 11 Olympic medals today.  

Beaming in the finish area, Michelle Gisin declared: «During my run, I thought I was going to have to prepare myself for it not being enough again. I’d hoped so much that today would be the day I’d be able to deliver a run like this ». Her sister also seemed really happy: «She so deserves this medal».

Despite climbing up the rankings in the Slalom (8 places), Denise Feierabend, third Swiss in the line-up, finished in 9th place at this Alpine Combined, just missing out on the Olympic diploma.  

The Organisation Committee for the Crans-Montana Ladies World Cup congratulates Michelle and Wendy for their wonderful success. The Valais Haut-Plateau is absolutely delighted to be welcoming all these ladies from the White Circus very soon. In a few days, the Mont Lachaux piste will host the three European Cup races (26-28.02.), which will prove a real test before the Olympic Game rematch takes place in the form of a Super-G (Saturday 3 March) and an Alpine Combined (Sunday 4 March.) 

Join us to witness these great moments. «Grandstand» tickets are on sale on this site, under the SPECTATORS section. Access to all other areas is free.  

DEPREZphoto SA, Crans-Montana

17 Feb

Crans-Montana awaits the rematch, after Hitchcock-worthy suspense in the PyeongChang Super-G

Let’s look back at the PyeongChang South Korean Olympic Games, and in particular Saturday 17 February 2018:

Lara Gut hurtled down the piste in the number 5 bib, with the best finish time.  She didn’t look that happy. Then comes Tina Weirather from Liechtenstein, knocking her into second place by a miniscule hundredth of a second. Lara, in tears, seeks comfort in her Dad Pauli’s arms. Has she lost out on the Olympic title by a measly hundredth of a second ? No ! The intensity of the drama builds. Number 13, Sofia Goggia, is on her way with an amazing time, but finally her wild style costs her the lead. Now it’s the turn of the title-holder, the Austrian Anna Veith, bib number 15. She’s in the lead. A little later, Michelle Gisin, number 16, completes an amazing descent, but loses all her hopes of bronze in the last few metres. The fans are convinced ; gold for Veith, silver for Weirather and bronze for Gut. But it’s not over, the suspense is at its peak as number 26 is on the piste. Czech Ester Ledecka, double snowboard champion (!), is charging down, and knocks Anna Veith from her place by….a hundredth of a second. She’s Olympic champion and simply can’t believe it. One of the best stories in the history of Alpine skiing has just been written. So Anna Veith finds herself with silver, and Tina Weirather with bronze. And Lara Gut? She misses out on the bronze by a hundredth of a second, and Michelle Gisin (9th) on Olympic credentials by a place. It’s just not possible ! Amazing. Overwhelming, even. – As for the other Swiss skiers : 17th Corine Suter. 27th Jasmine Flury.

Rendez-vous on Saturday 3 March, 10.30am, to experience a promising Olympic revenge on the demanding Mont Lachaux piste in Crans-Montana. The Valais Haut-Plateau valaisan is delighted to be seeing the White Circus and its athletes again very soon.

16 Feb

Crans-Montana is delighted to be seeing Wendy Holdener again

The Swiss skier just missed out on a gold medal in the Olympic Slalom in Yongpyong/ PyeongChang. During this technical race, the competition was stiff. Wearing the number 1 bib, the 24-year-old from Schwyz had the best time in the first round. After a wild final, she lost to the queen of the day, Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter. In the end, just 0.05 seconds deprived her of the gold. The bronze went to the surprising Austrian Katharina Gallhuber (+ 0.32) who managed the best time in the 2nd run, and therefore moved up from 9th to 3rd place.

The overwhelming favourite, America’s Mikaela Shiffrin, had to make do with nothing more than a chocolate medal, as she was .08 seconds away from a podium place. Thanks to a second run that showed more flair than her first in this Olympic Slalom event, Denise Feierabend leapt ten places to finally finish 14th. Michelle Gisin ended up in 16th position.

After a fantastic first run, Wendy found herself under extraordinary pressure. In the finish area, she looked delighted, and showed no sign of being annoyed about missing the gold medal by so little. « Of course it’s a shame to miss an Olympic win by 0.05 seconds, but my aim was a medal, and I succeeded in winning one. It’s so wonderful.», said Wendy. « As far as I’m concerned, the second run didn’t go as well as it could have done, the wind also played a part. I struggled.», she declared. With a nod in the direction of Switzerland, she added « At least my fans won’t regret getting up so early ! ».

It’s worth noting, going back in time, that the new Swiss Olympic slalom medallist, crowned World Champion in Alpine Combined and World Vice-Champion in Slalom in 2017 in St. Moritz, had already shown her colours and launched her career in Crans-Montana. In fact, at the Junior World Championships which took place in 2011, Wendy took gold in the Alpine Combined, silver in the Downhill and bronze in the Giant Slalom.

The Organisation Committee of the World Cup races on 3 and 4 March in Crans-Montana can’t wait to see Wendy Holdener again, as well as the Swiss team and all the other athletes, just a week after the closing ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Last year, after the St. Moritz World Championships, Wendy returned to the 2017 World Cup races with two medals under her belt (gold in the Alpine Combined and silver in the Slalom). This time, she already has a silver in the Slalom. Next, on Friday 23 February, Wendy Holdener will be one of the overall favourites for the Olympic Alpine Combined. So, who knows… !

A few tips for World Cup race spectators in Crans-Montana :

  • « Grandstand » ticket sales online : /fr/spectateurs/billets-18/
  •  ‘Passeport valaisan’ holders enjoy a special discount on day tickets : buy one « Grandstand » ticket, receive another « Grandstand » ticket  for free. Details at : /fr/spectateurs/billets-18
  • /On both race days, we strongly recommend you use the free public transport (bus and funicular) from Sierre.
14 Feb

From a return to the White Circus to candidature for the 2025 World Championships

From 1977, the date of the first World Cup races on the Valais Haut-Plateau, to 1998, the resort of Crans-Montana has held an important place on the International Ski Federation (FIS) calendar. The highlight during this period was the organisation of the unforgettable World Skiing Championships in 1987. Thereafter, for various reasons, Crans-Montana unfortunately had to resign itself to withdrawing from the circuit.

The resort’s return to the World Cup scene in 2008 was thanks to the dynamic ex- commanding officer of the “Patrouille des Glaciers“, Brigadier Marius Robyr. The Chermignon native managed to convince the political and tourist authorities how vitally important the World Cup races were for a prominent ski destination such as Crans-Montana.

Marius Robyr and his ever-more successful Organisation Committee were delighted to reunite the congregation at the last meet to celebrate ten years (2008 – 2018) since Crans-Montana’s return to the White Circus. During this period, Crans-Montana has hosted no less than 14 FIS World Cup races (including the forthcoming races on 3/4 March), 17 European Cup races (including those on 26 and 28 February) and 5 FIS races, not forgetting the 2009 European Cup finals and the Junior World Championships in 2011.

This convincing record has paid off. The International Ski Federation (FIS) has guaranteed that from 2016 onwards, Crans-Montana would have a permanent place on the World Cup calendar. As for the Swiss-Ski delegates, they have appointed the Valais resort official Swiss candidate for the organisation of the World Championships in 2025. Should this first attempt fail, Crans-Montana will once again be a candidate for the Worlds in 2027 or 2029. And that’s not all: if in September 2019 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selects Switzerland to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, appointing the Valais candidate"SION2026", Crans-Montana will be the setting for all the men’s and ladies’ Alpine ski races.

Some great challenges lie ahead for Crans-Montana. With, as one of the key points, the transformation of a somewhat outdated finish stadium into a multifunctional arena where major events could be held in summer as well as winter. The plans that have already been drawn up reflect all the FIS demands.  This new stadium could play a major role in the World Championships planned for 2025 (or in 2027, or even 2029) and as a possible Alpine site for the „Sion2026“ Winter Olympics. The plans for this multifunctional arena have been met with enthusiasm, and have received the approval of the council and other authorities, as well as the members of the Organisation Committee for Alpine Ski Races in Crans-Montana.

DEPREZphoto SA, Crans-Montana

 

 

21 Dec

The Ski World Cup Crans-Montana O.C. wishes you Happy Holidays!

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 Congratulations advertisement "Le Nouvelliste" only in French.

20 Dec

Reconnaissance in Courchevel for the Parallel Slalom

Following the modernisation process of competition Alpine skiing undertaken by the International Ski Federation (FIS), the Ladies Parallel Slalom which has taken place in Courcheval/FRA constitutes a test for this new competition formula. A delegation of the Organisation Committee for the World Cup races in Crans-Montana, made up of President Marius Robyr, Secretary Sophie Genoud, and Race Director Markus Murmann (photo left to right), travelled to the Tarentaise region. This is because the FIS considers that the final part of the Mont Lachaux piste is ideal for this kind of discipline. Moreover, the FIS have already awarded a Ladies Parallel Slalom to the Valais Haut Plateau, scheduled for 28 February 2021. Depending on the feedback from the public and viewers, the FIS is planning to introduce this  discipline in the World Cup, World Championships and Olympic Games.

 

19 Dec

See you soon in Crans-Montana!

Oesch’s die Dritten – the best-known popular music group in Switzerland – is absolutely delighted to be playing during the FIS Ladies World Cup in Crans-Montana. These lovely people from the Bernese Oberland send their best wishes to you via an autographed map that they sent from their tour in Germany. During their stay in the Haut-Plateau region – besides their show, (a two hour concert) on Saturday evening 3 March at Le Régent Congress Centre tennis hall, the Oesch’s die Dritten, who are all excellent skiers, will be checking out the ski pistes in our wonderful ski area. They can’t wait. Tickets have been on sale for a week now, and over 300 tickets have already been sold.This energetic show, with its irresistible atmosphere, promises to be a fabulous evening. Will you be there too ? The World Cup race committee and the Oesch’s die Dritten will be delighted if so. You’ll find all the relevant information (including ticket sales) on our website www.skicm-cransmontana.ch

 

11 Dec

The new flyer just came out: Ski World Cup with Oesch's die Dritten

To read the flyer (sorry, only in french), clic on the picture.

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2 Dec

The Mont Lachaux piste from the bottom to the top!

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.

Enrol at : http://www.matinaledesdames.ch/Espace_Coureurs.html

23 Nov

Volunteering : a fascinating way to experience the ski races up close

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 !

DEPREZphotos SA, Crans-Montana