The traditional "Friends of the Crans-Montana World Cup" raclette, which was held for the 7th time at the “Bergerie du Cervin" restaurant in Vermala, was once again a success, providing a convivial prelude to the forthcoming 2023/24 World Cup season. The weekend of the annual women's classic in Crans-Montana on the Mont Lachaux piste will be a busy one, with three interesting speed races programmed: two downhills on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February, and a super-G on Sunday 18 February.
Marius Robyr, president of the Crans-Montana Ski World Cup Race Organising Committee, presented the event to the many 'Friends' present with his usual enthusiasm and humour, detailing the programme of entertainment which includes a promising World Cup Party as a highlight, featuring Oesch's die Dritten and Die Fetzig'n from Zillertal/Austria. This will take place on Saturday evening in Le Régent Congress Centre sports centre. Ticket sales for both the races (grandstands in the finish area) and the concert will open on November 1 online via this site.
And of course there was a little folk music to accompany the delicious wood-fired raclette. The musicians ‘Les Amis de Sonville’ from Nendaz, added a special touch to the event. ‘Les Amis’ were once again the first to wear the latest Crans-Montana Ski World Cup hat. The 2024 version is multicoloured, featuring different colours that have featured in recent years.
The "Friends of the Crans-Montana World Cup" group currently has 385 members, and provides a united force to back the Organising Committee’s measures and initiatives, but it is also totally independent from it. Anyone wishing to join can register here.
Photos: Louis Coubès Production