The 51st FIS International Ski Congress has just taken place in Costa Navarino, Greece from 13 to 19 May 2018. It takes place every two years, bringing together some 1,100 delegates from 80 nations. The Crans-Montana World Cup Races Organisation Committee was represented by the president, Marius Robyr, and the two vice-presidents, Markus Murmann and Hugo Steinegger (photo).
From 2021 onwards, the annual World Cup races will take place in January
In regards to Alpine Skiing, the FIS revealed the new World Cup calendar for the next four years, 2018/19 - 2021/22. Crans-Montana is delighted. As of the 2020/21 season, the Valais resort will see see its events take place in the third week of January, as it had hoped (and not anymore in February/March, after the World Championships or Winter Olympics).
Crans-Montana, a key site for speed events
The FIS appreciates the demands and attractiveness of the famous Mont Lachaux piste, and wants to focus now on speed events. Therefore Crans-Montana is very much becoming a « Ladies Classic », which bodes well for the future World Championships.
The Ladies World Cup calendar in Crans-Montana, from 2018/19 until 2021/22:
23/24 February 2019 Downhill and Alpine Combined (Downhill/Slalom)
22/23 February 2020 Downhill and Super-G
23/24 January 2021 Downhill and Super-G
22/23 January 2022 Downhill and Super-G
Crans-Montana continues the important backing of the next generation, in particular in the domain of women’s speed events, by organising the European Cup races just a few days before the World Cup. In 2019 : two downhill events are on the programme (16/17 February).
There was great interest during the Congress in the election by the FIS Council of the host site for the 2023 FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships. Two candidates were in the running. Courchevel-Méribel/France (9 votes) won, ahead of Saalbach-Hinterglemm/Austria (6 votes). The next Alpine Ski World Championships will therefore take place in: Åre/SWE (5-17.02.2019), Cortina d’Ampezzo/ITA (9-21.02.2021) and Courchevel-Méribel (6-19 February 2023).
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