Since 2008, Crans-Montana has organised, with success, no fewer than eleven FIS World Cups, twelve European Cups and five FIS competitions, in addition to the 2009 European final Cup and the 2011 Junior World Championships.
An impressive result in only nine years, and one that is paying off now! The International Ski Federation FIS via Swiss-Ski has guaranteed on a yearly basis, as from the season 2015/16, Ladies World Cup races at the Crans-Montana Alpine Skiing Organising Committee. These competitions will all take place on the Mont Lachaux slope, completely remodeled in 2013. Based on the experiences from Ladies World Cup competitions which took place in 2014, certain sectors of this selective and highly spectacular run have recently undergone modifications.
Upcoming Ladies World Cup races in Crans-Montana will be held:
Crans-Montana, in its heralded tradition for organizing Alpine ski competitions and above all its new regular presence in the World Cup, deserves the title of being a Classic. For the big mid-term objective, the Organisation of the FIS Ski World Championships, a first important step was reached on 28 June 2014. Effectively, the 2014 Assembly of delegates of Swiss-Ski designated Crans-Montana as the only official Swiss candidate after the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz.
We are looking forward to the next World Cup ski races in 2017 and to welcoming you in Crans-Montana, with great pleasure.
President of the Organisation Committee
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. The convention established afterwards have to be strictly adhered to by organizers concerned.
For the 2017 races in Crans-Montana, European Cup Ladies from 17 to 20 February (two Downhill training runs, then an Alpine Combined and Downhill) and World Cup Ladies 25/26 February (Super-G and Alpine Combined with Downhill and Slalom), inspection took place on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July.
Those who were present for the FIS 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.
|10.30 am||Super-G, Piste Mont Lachaux|
|10.30 am||Super-G Alpine Combined, Piste Mont Lachaux|
|13.30 pm||Slalom Alpine Combined, Piste Mont-Lachaux|
|10.30 am||Downhill Alpine Combined, Piste Mont Lachaux|
|13.30 pm||Slalom Alpine Combined, Piste Mont Lachaux|
|10.30 am||Downhill, Piste Mont Lachaux|