Crans-Montana : a keen and positive glance towards the 2019 Ladies’ Classic and the 2025 Candidature

Marius Robyr, the charismatic president of the Crans-Montana FIS World Cup Organisation Committee is omnipresent, keeping an eye on everything and paying great attention to details. He also values attendance at meetings, setting the example himself. This was the case on Thursday 21 November for the first big meeting of managers and their deputies for the 2019 races. With attendance at 93%, the brigadier said that he was very happy. And it showed.

The fact that the FIS International Ski Federation has added the Ladies’ Alpine Skiing races in Crans-Montana as a fixture on its annual calendar since 2016 is a huge plus for the organisers. This avoids having to start from zero each time in a multitude of different sectors, as was the case when the races were two-yearly, this in contrast allows for constant improvement. The FIS believes that the very demanding Mont Lachaux piste means that Crans-Montana is a site pre-destined for the Ladies’ speed races. On the programme next year, there will be a Downhill (Saturday 23 February/10:15) and a last Alpine Combined on Sunday 24 (Downhill 10:30/Slalom 13:30). Then for 2020 until 2022, speed races, as already announced by the FIS. It should be noted that from 2021 onwards, the races will move to the month of January, a change that was ardently desired.

23 February Downhill (2 training sessions 21/22.02.)
24 February Alpine Combined (Downhill/Slalom)

22 February Downhill
23 February Super-G

23 January Downhill
24 January Super-G

22 January Downhill
23 January Super-G

There were no long speeches, just succint and precise sentences to present the 2019 races and his team. In addition, and with his usual  enthusiasm, Marius Robyr delivered a positive and motivating message. Alongside other details, his presentation illustrated the work that has been carried out this autumn on the ground; work which aims to further improve the Super-G departure area, as well as levelling and extension of the area where the two VIP tents will be erected, right next to the finish stadium.

As is the case every year, the entertainment programme organised for the World Cup races will be  extremely attractive. We’ll be meeting of course at the Ycoor Ice Rink for the draw for start numbers (on Friday 22 for the Downhill and Saturday 23 February for the Alpine Combined) and for the Downhill prizegiving (on Saturday 23rd). On race days, just before the start of the race, eyes will be turned to the skies to watch a spectacular air show by the Swiss Air Force PC-7 TEAM. And on the Saturday evening, 23.02, in Le Régent Congress Centre tennis hall, there will, for the second time, be a huge World Cup celebration with the sensational group Die Jungen Zillertaler, and the Genderbüebu, the best accordian quartet around. As an aperitif before the World Cup races, the Organisation Committee will bring its tribe to the up and coming athletes by organising two European Cup downhills on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February. These races will be preceded by two training days on 15.02 and 16.02.  

The Organisation Committee, strengthened by their excellent team spirit, is ready once again to take on the « Ski World Cup challenge » with of course the much appreciated help of the CMA cable car company, the army (206 people on average per day on training days/racedays) and the civil protection service (26 people). The positive and profitable relationships with Swiss-Ski and the FIS are also of course a precious contribution.

In his presentation, Marius Robyr also outlines a positive interim report on the different tasks carried out so far for the Crans-Montana/Valais bid to organise the 2025 Alpine Skiing World Championships. Different important documents which will help form the bid dossier have been prepared by selected specialists. The branding is 80% complete, it inspires vibrancy, thrill and confidence. The logo, an integral part of this, is a convincing link between the canton of Valais, the destination of Crans-Montana and the FIS World Championships. All of the key branding elements for the bid adorn a new SMC bus, which was proudly unveiled by Marius Robyr, executive chairman of the bid committee, on 3 October to a group of invited figures from the political and tourist authorities, media representatives and other guests. As it has become the main partner of Swiss-Ski’s « House of Switzerland » – a large mobile chalet – at the next World Championships in 2019 (4-17 February) in Åre/SWE, Crans-Montana, in close collaboration with Valais and Swiss-Ski, marks an important first step. The deadline for submitting the 2025 bid is 1st May 2019.  The FIS Council will assign the 2025 World Cup by vote at the FIS congress in 2020 in Marrakech (24-30 May).