The finish stadium in Crans Montana must meet the requirements of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup and the 2027 FIS World Championships, as well as the new hotel planned near the Violettes Express gondola departure station and Crans-Montana and its inhabitants - sustainability and multifunctionality are at the heart of the project.
The stadium project was approved in September 2022 by delegates from the Association des Communes ACCM. It is an integral part of an overall sports project for the Barzettes area, which includes construction of a hotel, housing and shops. Unfortunately, the implementation of the entire project has been delayed.
Decisions must therefore be made so that planning can progress, as this kind of construction entails a variety of authorisation procedures which take a long time.
The decisive factor in the construction of fixed infrastructure is a sustainable, ecological and economical solution, which will ensure that the annual World Cup races on the Haut Plateau are guaranteed in the long term. At the same, it has to provide a base for successful World Championship races in 2027.
The World Championships Organising Committee is currently in constructive discussion with the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS), the municipalities, the canton, the tourism authorities and the annual World Cup Organising Committee, in order to examine sensible variants on the basis of this new situation, in order to make the best possible decision. Fixed infrastructure in the finish area is necessary, but its dimensions must be reviewed due to the delay in the extension of the Barzettes area.
The unique infrastructure needs specific to the World Championships will be met by the existing buildings alongside additional temporary buildings.
One of the main priorities is the underground extension below the finish area as part of the stadium project. This car park will go ahead as planned. This kind of construction is of great value to local residents, event organisers (access for TV lorries) and the municipalities.
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