Good timing for the candidature of Crans-Montana/Valais for the FIS alpine Ski World Championships

Perhaps you were also surprised to see that the Delegate Assembly of Swiss-Ski gave its support to Crans-Montana/Valais on 28 June 2014 for its proposal for the Ski World Championships.  There are now two and one-half years before the Ski World Championships in St. Moritz, which is a first step.  It is therefore early to be in the starting blocks: several years will pass by before Valais can eventually see itself being attributed the organisation of Ski World Championships.  In spite of this, the timing is carefully calculated.

There was no vote against the proposal.  The Delegate Assembly had a united front supporting the proposal from Crans-Montana/Valais for the World Championships, despite the fact that only one proposal can be submitted two years after an initial organisation of World Championships in country.  It is therefore a long-term problem, as the proposal cannot be submitted to the International Ski Federation (FIS) before 2019.  Yet this early decision from Swiss-Ski delegates in favour of Crans-Montana/Valais is a security safeguard in terms of planning.

In Valais, we now know that our ambitions go beyond those for the organisation of European or World Cup races.  The necessary investments such as the implementation of lighting on the slalom slope (the last part of the Mont Lachaux slope) or the enlargement of the infrastructure at the arrival areas can also be carried out in an entirely different context.  Crans-Montana now has enough time to create a competent proposal committee and to bring together the necessary funding to create a rigorous and promising proposal.

If the new Swiss proposal is submitted at the FIS two years after the Ski World Championships in St. Moritz, the decision concerning Crans-Montana/Valais will take place at the earliest one year afterwards, in 2020.  Even if the Valaisans were selected as of their first try, a hypothesis that one should be wise not to count on, it would be for the World Championships in 2025.  At the second try, it would be for the World Championships in 2027.  Many years will therefore pass by before the “Haut Plateau“ would host the World Championships, in the case it would happen.  Effectively, there is no guarantee that the International Ski Federation chooses Crans-Montana.

In Valais, people nevertheless are sure of one thing: if the organisation of the Ski World Championships is attributed again to Switzerland, if it is eight, ten, or twelve years after St. Moritz, they will take place in Crans-Montana.  To know this is already something special.  Having this certainty in mind, we can plan, invest and continue to show our strengths during numerous ski events.  Let’s  now hope that we will see this project come to life, which has surprisingly already received support at the Delegate Assembly: the World Championships in Crans-Montana/Valais, for the second time after the unforgettable World Championships in 1987 during which Swiss athletes won 14 medals!