A few months before the launch of the winter season, directors of the International Ski Federation (FIS) are carrying out a detailed inspection of each site for the organisers of the Alpine Ski World Cup. An agreement to be made after this inspection will be strictly respected by the organisers involved.
For the Ladies World Cup races (Downhill and Combined Alpine with Downhill and Slalom) which will take place on 13th and 14th February 2016 in Crans-Montana, the inspection took place 25/26 April. Those present from the FIS: Atle Skaardal, Chief Race Director World Cup Ladies, Jean-Philippe Vulliet, Race Director World Cup Ladies Speed Events, and Andreas Krönner, Technical Operations Manager, Alpine Ladies. The Organising Committee from Crans-Montana was represented by: Marius Robyr, President, Markus Murmann, Director of races, Hugo Steinegger, Head of Promotion/Media, Dominique Morard, Head of Construction and Sophie Clivaz, Head of the Secretariat and Race office. French-speaking Swiss television in its role as “Hostbroadcaster” was represented by the delegates Marc Bueler, Producer and Thierry Overney, Technical Manager.
During this inspection, particular care was taken on the visit of the Mont Lachaux slope and its key areas, the positions for cameras and the organisation of the finish area. Other important points were looked over, such as the preparation of the slopes, mechanical motors, evacuation/safety services, the definition of “Spectator” areas, Media services (Main Press Centre and Press Subcentre in the arrival building), team lodging, public bibs draws and prize giving ceremonies, prize money and administration. A perfect harmony amongst all participants was present during this week-end. Very satisfied in terms of the work done, Atle Skaardal encouraged the Organising Committee to continue on the same path.
Stéphane Pont, President of Mollens and the Association des Communes de Crans-Montana/ACCM, as well as Yves-Roger Rey, General Secretary of the ACCM, joined the key protagonists for dinner. Stéphane Pont joyfully thanked the FIS and its representatives for their trust to the World Cup site Crans-Montana and also the Organising Committee for its enormous commitment since the return in 2008 of Crans-Montana in the White Circus. The obtaining of a “Classic” Ladies World Cup race, which henceforth (as of 2016), will take place every year, is the deserved award for the wholeheartedly motivated team of Marius Robyr.
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