One week after the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, which proved a great success for our Swiss athletes, Crans-Montana is hosting the FIS Ladies World Cup for a promising rematch of the Olympic Games, on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March. A Super-G and an Alpine Combined – including a Super-G and a Slalom heat – are on the programme. As for the Combined, the Globe for the discipline will be awarded after the Crans-Montana race.
The Haut-Plateau is delighted to see the best female skiers in the world return once again !
The presence of the Swiss Olympic medallists Michelle Gisin, Wendy Holdener and Denise Feierabend will attract thousands of fans to the finish line, and to the crowds celebrating at Barzettes, as well as the Ycoor Ice Rink, where the draw for bibs and official ceremonies will take place, plus a wide range of additional entertainment. Suspense and a great show is on the cards on the demanding Mont Lachaux piste.
At the time of writing, the European Cup races were still taking place (see EUROPEAN CUP section). Once again, the Crans-Montana Alpine Ski Races Organisation Committee has made a huge contribution which is vitally important for their continuity, particularly in the speed disciplines.
In addition to its annual World Cup races, Crans-Montana is aiming even higher, with as a medium-term objective
candidature for the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in 2025
in close collaboration with Swiss-Ski and the canton of Valais. In the event that it is not selected, candidature will be launched again for 2027 or 2029. One of the main points is the complete transformation of the somewhat outdated finish area stadium into a multifunctional arena, for both winter and summer events. The plans are already well underway, and meet the demands of the International Ski Federation (FIS), and it could play yet another role. If the International Olympic Committee award the organisation of the Winter Games to Switzerland – to be precise, to « Sion2026 » - in September 2019, Crans-Montana will become the theatre for all Alpine Ski races for both men and women. After this overview of some of the important sporting challenges that await Crans-Montana and Valais, here are the main
highlights of the entertainment programme for this World Cup
The Ycoor Ice Rink will be transformed to in order to host a huge celebration of skiing on Friday and Saturday evening (2 and 3 March, from 17.30 onwards). Entertainment and food stands are planned, as well as prizegiving ceremonies, and the draws for bib numbers. A special mention for the most famous Swiss folk music group, Oesch’s die Dritten, who will be performing on Saturday 3 March from 18h30 until 19h00. Their show promises to be incredibly exciting. No other group manages to spread their good humour in quite the same way, and they also have the wonderful voice of Melanie Oesch, a true yodelling virtuoso. Tickets for the concert afterwards in Le Régent Congress Centre tennis hall sold out very quickly.
You shouldn’t miss the torchlit descent for young and old alike, which is planned for Thursday 1st March at 18.00, from Cry d'Er down to Crans (CMA are offering the cable car trip up the mountain to all participants!). It will be followed by the World Cup races opening night in the Crans-Cry d'Er car park/Bar Zerodix.
The Swiss Army PC-7 TEAM air show will once again take place on the day of the races ( Saturday 3 at 09.50 and Sunday 4 March at 12.50), offering a show above the Haut-Plateau that is as fascinating as ever.
On both race days, admission (except to the finish area grandstands, see the Spectators/Tickets section) , and also public transport (bus and funicular from Sierre to Crans-Montana and return) are free.
The Alpine Ski Races Organisation Committee, under its president Marius Robyr, and the resort of Crans-Montana wish a very warm welcome to the skiers, their teams, to guests, sponsors and media representatives, as well as to all ski fans from here and elsewhere. Crans-Montana is now one of the FIS World Cup women’s classics, and is thrilled about this annual appointment with the "White Circus".