19 Feb

It was a great ski party! !

A big thank you to all those who contributed in any way to the success of the Audi FIS World Cup ski races 2023 in Crans-Montana, despite the postponement of the downhill on Saturday. Congratulations to you girls, you were fantastic!

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18 Feb

A dream weekend at the end of an era

As Austria’s Stephanie Venier wins the Super-G on Sunday, the World Cup weekend in Crans-Montana came to a perfect close, in glorious weather once again.

The last dance was a most dignified one for Organising Committee president Marius Robyr and vice president Hugo Steinegger. It was another emotional day for the pair, so deserving of the races in Crans-Montana.

The organisers welcomed some 37,000 spectators to Crans-Montana over the three days of racing, including the Friday and Saturday evening ceremonies at the Ycoor ice rink, which were very well attended too. Once again, Valais proved that it really is a canton with a huge number of sports fans.

Lara Gut-Behrami, a superstar on home soil

Although her fatigue was visible as the races progressed, Lara Gut-Behrami was the top Swiss competitor in all three races. From a Swiss point of view, the highlight was the first downhill on Friday, when Lara Gut-Behrami took first place ahead of Jasmine Flury, for a phenomenal Swiss one-two finish.

It was an Italian win for Marta Bassino in Saturday's downhill,with Federica Brignone, who is always excellent in Crans-Montana, just behind her, followed by Lara Gut-Behrami in third place, by now clearly in the lead in the overall World Cup rankings.

Finally, on Sunday it was Stephanie Venier who put on the show, this time beating the Italian duo Federica Brignone and Marta Bassino.

Now it’s the men’s turn

For once, it's the men and not the women who will be coming to Crans-Montana in the 2024-2025 World Cup season, led by the talented Marco Odermatt. A downhill and a Giant are planned on the Nationale piste. We're already looking forward to the next festival of skiing in Crans-Montana!

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18 Feb

Stephanie Venier beats an Italian duo in the Super-G

Austria's Stephanie Venier finished on the top step of the podium in the Super-G at Crans-Montana. She beat Italy's Federica Brignone and Marta Bassino by a narrow margin. Lara Gut-Behrami, the top Swiss, finished in 6th place.

It's (almost) the same story all over again. Italy's Federica Brignone and Marta Bassino once again finished on the podium in the Crans-Montana Super-G on Sunday. However they were relegated to 2nd and 3rd places, by 0.04 and 0.15 respectively, by Stephanie Venier.This was the Austrian's second win of the season, and the third of her career. The 30-year-old managed to find the key to the Mont Lachaux piste, which has really suffered with the weather over the last few days.

The Italians once again proved that they feel at home in Crans-Montana. Federica Brignone took second place on the podium for the second time in two days. In doing so, she consolidated her third place in the rankings for the discipline. Marta Bassino confirmed that she is at ease in Valais, after winning Saturday's downhill.

As for the Swiss, Lara Gut-Behrami gave the best performance, finishing in 6th place. Jasmina Suter, Michelle Gisin and Priska Nufer finished a little further down the rankings, in 21st, 22nd and 25th places. The other Swiss, including Noémie Kolly, were all eliminated.

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The Brignone family, united by skiing

One family that loves coming back to Crans-Montana year after year is the Brignone family. This weekend, Mum Maria-Rosa 'Ninna' Quario was in Crans-Montana to cheer on her daughter Federica, who finished on the podium twice, much to the delight of her brother – and coach – Davide.

Skiing has always been a family affair for the Brignone family, which has generations of champions in the family. Ninna finished on the World Cup podium fifteen times in the 1980s, before embarking on a career as a ski journalist. Davide skied in the European Cup, before becoming official coach for his older sister Federica, one of the greatest Italian skiers of all time.

Skiing is a passion that binds the family from the Aosta Valley together, and they enjoy meeting up on snowy slopes. Let’s meet the family.

 

Lara Gut-Behrami: "It was a very intense weekend".

Lara Gut-Behrami rounded off the races in Crans-Montana with a 6th place in the Super-G, and said she was happy that the weekend was over.

The Super-G was complicated for Lara Gut-Behrami. She couldn't find solutions on the Valais course, not least because of the very soft snow at the top of the Mont Lachaux piste. "I didn't interpret the snow very well. It was a little softer than I expected, and I should have been a bit more flexible on my skis", she added.

Despite her result falling short of her expectations in Sunday's Super-G, Lara Gut-Behrami felt it was a successful weekend overall in the three races, which included a 1st and 2nd place in the two downhill races. However she was a little relieved too that the weekend, and those three races, are now behind her . "It was a very intense weekend, it was very hard for everyone. I'll take the good results and the skiing, but I can't hide the fact that I'm relieved it's over."

Valuable points for the overall standings

Lara Gut-Behrami managed to secure the essential in Crans-Montana by scoring 200 points in three races, enough to extend her lead over Mikaela Shiffrin at the top of the overall World Cup standings, but for the moment it’s not on her mind. “The only thing I'm thinking about is skiing. I'm looking at what I did today and what I can improve for next time, as well as the next races.”

After this gruelling weekend, Lara Gut-Behrami is going to make the most of being at home for a few days to try and recover as much as possible. Her next races, two Super-Gs, will be at Val di Fassa, in a week's time.

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18 Feb

Immersion behind the scenes of the World Cup

During the Women's World Cupaces in Crans-Montana, a young Ski CValais athlete was able to take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the White Circus.

Nolan Meyer, an U16 athlete from the Anzère Crans-Montana CRP, was able to explore the roles of the different people who work around the world's best athletes, From the preparation of the slope to the Swiss team's ski room, to one of Le Nouvelliste newspaper's sport journalist, relive Nolan's day on the Mont lachaux piste in pictures.

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18 Feb

World Cup Party: Oesch's die Dritten on fire in Crans-Montana

There was a phenomenal atmosphere for the Oesch's die Dritten concert in Crans-Montana on Saturday at the sold-out World Cup Party.

Almost 1,000 people came to enjoy the legendary Swiss-German group’s music, and their singer Mélanie’s yodelling, and they were treated to a wonderful show

Another musical treat, ‘Die Fetzig’n aus dem Zillertal’, the famous Austrian trio, where there to warm up the audience at the beginning of the evening.  

It was an emotional evening full of music that will go down as one of the highlights of the World Cup weekend in Crans-Montana.

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17 Feb

The Italians out in full force, Lara Gut-Behrami on the podium

Marta Bassino skied a fine race to win the second downhill in Crans-Montana, in an exuberant atmosphere on Saturday. The Italian beat her compatriot Federica Brignone,andalso Lara Gut-Behrami, who finished on her 13th podium this winter.

The Swiss flags were out in force in Crans-Montana on Saturday, but the Italians were not to be outdone…and their flags were needed to celebrate an outstanding performance by the Italians on the Mont Lachaux piste. Marta Bassino dominated the second downhill in the Valais resort with a near-perfect run. Starting with the number 3 bib, the 27-year-old put her technical skills to good use in order to claim her first victory in the discipline.

Marta Bassino from Val d’Aosta finished 0.54 in front of her compatriot Federica Brignone, who despite starting with bib number 13, managed to add a new chapter to the story of her love affair with Crans-Montana by claiming her 8th podium finish in the resort. Since 2017, the 33-year-old has always finished on the podium here (with just one exception, in 2022). With this result, she also strengthens her third place in the overall World Cup rankings.

Lara Gut-Behrami is still in the lead in the overall classification, although she was tired on Saturday and showed a few flaws. She nevertheless claimed her 13th podium this winter, finishing 1.11 behind the winner, and she also takes the lead in the World Cup downhill rankings ahead of Sofia Goggia, who has been forced to end her season. The skier from Ticino could well walk away with four Globes at the end of the winter (!): the overall, downhill, Super-G and the Giant.

There were surprises from a few competitors on Saturday, including a fourth place for the astonishing Bosnian Elvedina Muzaferija, who just missed the podium by 0.11, sealing her first ever World Cup top 10 on her favourite piste, as well as Laura Pirovano, who ensured that three Italians finished in the top 5.

The day after her fantastic 2nd place, Jasmine Flury didn’t manage to repeat her feat. The world champion only managed 19th place this time. Stephanie Jenal (24th), Noémie Kolly (25th) and Delia Durrer (29th) finished further back. Priska Nufer (38th), Jasmina Suter (39th) and Michelle Gisin (40th) also lagged behind.

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16 Feb

Support from the army remains essential

The Swiss Army's commitment to the World Cup and European Cup events in Crans-Montana has been unwavering since 2006.

This year, some 220 military personnel are once again working around the clock to set up the infrastructure and prepare and maintain the Mont-Lachaux piste.

Long-serving soldiers involved

In 2024, a battalion made up of long-serving soldiers was called up. Many of these soldiers have already been deployed over the past few weeks for Ski World Cup events in Adelboden and Wengen, as well as the WEF in Davos. Colonel Roger Haupt, cantonal chief of staff for the Valais Territorial Liaison, and Major Quentin Berthouzoz are responsible for deploying the troops.

Colonel Sébastien Neuhaus, Disaster Relief Commander of Intervention Battalion 204, is in charge in Crans-Montana itself, while Captain Ulrich Nyffeler is in charge of the company. The "Piste" division (120 soldiers) is led by First Lieutenant Curdin Berther.

The best possible reward

Working with the "highly motivated military" has as usual been excellent and problem-free, says Edgar Gillioz, who has been in charge of contact with the army for the Organising Committee since 2011.

The president of the Organising Committee, Marius Robyr, also emphasises the role played by the army in the races at Crans-Montana: "Their commitment and support is essential for us, and is very much appreciated.” In the first downhill on Friday, brilliant performances by Lara Gut-Behrami and Jasmine Flury were, from a local point of view, the best possible reward for the tremendous commitment of everyone involved.

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16 Feb

The Gisins, a truly golden family

Skiing is a family affair for the Gisins. For once, Michelle, Dominique and Marc were all in Crans-Montana at the same time. It's not often that the trio are together in the same resort.
 
It was a rare opportunity to look at a few memories shared by the three siblings, all of whom have raced - and enjoyed success - in the World Cup.
 
Who is the most successful skier in the Gisin family? Everyone has their own opinion...but for our ambassador Michelle Gisin, Marc and Dominique have always been - and are still - her idols.

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16 Feb

Swiss double in the Valais sunshine

There was Swiss success in the first race on the Mont Lachaux piste, as well as a great atmosphere. Lara Gut-Behrami came first, ahead of Jasmine Flury, who tied in second place with Austria’s Cornelia Hütter.

It was quite a spectacle in Crans-Montana on Friday! Lara Gut-Behrami put in a top-class performance on the Mont Lachaux piste in a fantastic atmosphere, thanks in particular to quite a few schoolchildren being present. In spring-like conditions, the skier from Comano in Ticino claimed her 44th World Cup win.

Despite the fact that the snow had softened slightly due to the warm temperatures, Lara Gut-Behrami managed a clean run, picking up a lot of speed thanks to daring trajectories, to finish 0.21 ahead of her teammate Jasmine Flury and Austria’s Cornelia Hütter, who tied in 2nd place. With this win, Lara Gut-Behrami extends her lead over Mikaela Shiffrin in the overall World Cup rankings. The American is now more than 100 points behind.

 A fine performance for Jasmine Flury

After her victory in the downhill at Val d’Isère at the start of the season, Jasmine Flury was looking for another sound result in the discipline. With this, the World Champion secured her fourth World Cup podium. Despite a slightly sluggish upper section, she made up for it on the lower section of the Mont Lachaux piste, to finish in a second place tie with Cornelia Hütter.

Priska Nufer took a nice 7th place, while the rest of the Swiss team finished a little further behind. Noémie Kolly finished in an excellent 24th place, ahead of Michelle Gisin (26th) and Delia Durrer (28th). Janine Schmitt finished 35th, followed by Stephanie Jenal (41st) and Jasmina Suter (43rd).

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