From a return to the White Circus to candidature for the 2025 World Championships

From 1977, the date of the first World Cup races on the Valais Haut-Plateau, to 1998, the resort of Crans-Montana has held an important place on the International Ski Federation (FIS) calendar. The highlight during this period was the organisation of the unforgettable World Skiing Championships in 1987. Thereafter, for various reasons, Crans-Montana unfortunately had to resign itself to withdrawing from the circuit.

The resort’s return to the World Cup scene in 2008 was thanks to the dynamic ex- commanding officer of the “Patrouille des Glaciers“, Brigadier Marius Robyr. The Chermignon native managed to convince the political and tourist authorities how vitally important the World Cup races were for a prominent ski destination such as Crans-Montana.

Marius Robyr and his ever-more successful Organisation Committee were delighted to reunite the congregation at the last meet to celebrate ten years (2008 – 2018) since Crans-Montana’s return to the White Circus. During this period, Crans-Montana has hosted no less than 14 FIS World Cup races (including the forthcoming races on 3/4 March), 17 European Cup races (including those on 26 and 28 February) and 5 FIS races, not forgetting the 2009 European Cup finals and the Junior World Championships in 2011.

This convincing record has paid off. The International Ski Federation (FIS) has guaranteed that from 2016 onwards, Crans-Montana would have a permanent place on the World Cup calendar. As for the Swiss-Ski delegates, they have appointed the Valais resort official Swiss candidate for the organisation of the World Championships in 2025. Should this first attempt fail, Crans-Montana will once again be a candidate for the Worlds in 2027 or 2029. And that’s not all: if in September 2019 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selects Switzerland to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, appointing the Valais candidate"SION2026", Crans-Montana will be the setting for all the men’s and ladies’ Alpine ski races.

Some great challenges lie ahead for Crans-Montana. With, as one of the key points, the transformation of a somewhat outdated finish stadium into a multifunctional arena where major events could be held in summer as well as winter. The plans that have already been drawn up reflect all the FIS demands.  This new stadium could play a major role in the World Championships planned for 2025 (or in 2027, or even 2029) and as a possible Alpine site for the „Sion2026“ Winter Olympics. The plans for this multifunctional arena have been met with enthusiasm, and have received the approval of the council and other authorities, as well as the members of the Organisation Committee for Alpine Ski Races in Crans-Montana.

DEPREZphoto SA, Crans-Montana