Launching of the 2017 European and Ski World Cups Ladies in Crans-Montana

A few months before the launching of the winter season, the race Directors of the International Ski Federation (FIS) carried out detailed inspections of each site for organizers of Ski World Cup races. For the 2017 races in Crans-Montana, inspection took place on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July 2016.The convention established afterwards have to be strictly adhered to by organizers concerned.

The programme for the 2017 races in Crans-Montana is as follow: European Cup Ladies on 19 February (Alpine Combined with Downhill/Slalom) and 20 February (one Downhill; two training runs on 17/18 February) and World Cup Ladies on 25 February (Super-G) and 26 February (Alpine Combined with Super-G/Slalom). 

Those who were present for the FIS inspection included: Atle Skaardal, Chief Race Director World Cup Ladies, Jean-Philippe Vulliet, Race Director World Cup Ladies Speed Events, Markus Mayr, Race Director World Cup Ladies Technical Events and Andreas Krönner, Technical Operations Manager, Alpine Ladies. The FIS European Cup was represented by Janez Fleré, Alpine Technical and Administration Coordinator. Representing Swiss-Ski : Stéphane Cattin, Director Alpine Skiing, and Franz Hofer, Coordinator for races organisation. Thierry Overney, Sports Technical Head Swiss French-speaking Television RTS, « Official Broadcaster » for the Crans-Montana Ski World Cup, was also there. The Managing Committee of Crans-Montana was represented by Marius Robyr, President, Markus Murmann, Race Director, Patrice Morisod, Head of slopes, Hugo Steinegger, Head of Promotion/Communication/Media, and Sophie Genoud, Head of Secretariat.

Particular attention was paid to the visit of the Piste Mont Lachaux and its key locations, positions for TV cameras and the organization of start and finish areas. Other important points were covered including the preparation of the course, the number of machines on-site 24/24, emergency services, location of "Spectator" zones, Media services (Main Media Centre at « Le Régent » and Sub-Media Centre on the roof of the finish area building), positioning for photographers, team lodging, public draws and prize awardings. FIS representatives gave some good tips to further improve the general organisation of the event. This to constantly enhance the quality and attractivity of this annual Ladies Classic.

During this visit, the organizers got a very good news: the FIS will add an additional Alpine Combined race for them in the 2017/2018 calendar. New programme 2018: Friday 2 March > Alpine Combined, Saturday 3 March > Downhill and Sunday 4 March > Super-G. And analogue to next season, the European Cup Ladies (from 23 to 26 February 2018, including two Downhill training runs) will precede « The Event ». Crans-Montana underscores its firm intention to support this so important promotion for the Ladies Alpine ski racing.