"Kick-off" for the 2019 Ladies’ World Cup and European Cup races in Crans-Montana

Before the launch of the winter season, the FIS International Ski Federation carries out an annual inspection of every site that organises World Cup races. For the 2019 races in Crans-Montana, this took place on Wednesday 12 September.

On the programme for this 2019 edition in the Haut-Plateau region, Ladies’ European Cup races on 16 and 17 February (two Downhills, preceeded by two training sessions on 14/15.02) and the Ladies’ World Cup on Saturday 23 February (Downhill) and Sunday 24 (Alpine Combined with Downhill/Slalom) as well as two Downhill training sessions on 21 and 22.02.

The inspection was led by the duo (title photo) Atle Skaardal, FIS chief race director Ladies’ World Cup, and Marius Robyr, president of the Crans-Montana Organisation Committee. They were joined by their closest collaborators and representatives from the RTS (Télévision Suisse Romande), the official broadcasters for the Crans-Montana World Cup, the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and Swiss-Ski.

Particularly careful attention was paid during the visit to the Mont Lachaux piste and its key places, to the position of TV cameras and organisation of the departure and finish zones. Other important points were also addressed, such as piste preparation, the number of machines on site 24h/24, the emergency services, demarcation of "Spectator" zones, the Media services (Main Media Centre at « Le Régent » and the Media Sub-Centre on the roof of the finish area building), photographers’ positions, team accommodation, draws for bibs and public prizegiving, fees and administration. The European Cup races were also on the agenda, in the presence of their new FIS coordinator, Wim Rossel. The meeting was characterised by the close working relationship between all participants throughout an intense yet magnificent day’s work. The FIS representatives provided a few pointers to once again continue to improve the general organisation of this extremely attractive annual Ladies’ Classic.

DEPREZphotos Sa, Crans-Montana