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.
Swiss-Ski and the SSR have extended their long-established partnership for winter sports for six seasons (2021/22); and its success is much awaited. Channels and platforms of the SSR will continue to guarantee high quality for snow sports coverage. In collaboration with Swiss-Ski and the Organisers of the Ski World Cup, the SSR will produce, worldwide and with its usual quality, TV coverage of all FIS Alpine skiing, cross country skiing and ski jumping events in Switzerland. The competitions, amongst which include the Ladies World Cup competition in Crans-Montana, henceforth held annually, will be covered on its channels and platforms.
The SSR has made an agreement with the Swiss ski Federation,Swiss-Ski, for all events organised by the FIS in Switzerland, and notably Alpine skiing competitions, ski jumping competitions, cross country and ski Tour competitions, snowboard and freestyle/skicross competitions. The contract included the production of the TV coverage that the SSR will continue to produce with the quality it is known for. In addition, the SSR has pledged to include all coverage on Swiss territory and will offer in-depth coverage, on its channels and its platforms (television, radio, on-line/mobile), for events that take place in Switzerland. The agreement is applicable until the 2021/22 season.
The president of Swiss-Ski, Urs Lehmann, explains: «The SSR is an important and trustworthy partner for many years. We are very happy that this good collaboration will continue for six seasons more. Thanks to the SSR, we can count on the great quality coverage, worldwide, for World Cup events that will take place in Switzerland. This coverage is strengthened publicity for Swiss-Ski and organisers with whom it has worked with for many years, and presents Switzerland as a true winter sports country.» Marius Robyr, President of the Organising Committee of annual Alpine skiing World Cup competitions in Crans-Montana, wishes to congratulate Swiss-Ski and the SSR for the renewal of their partnership and underscores:"Crans-Montana and the Valais take enormous advantage of the high quality of live coverage throughout the world. The value of the competitions, the unique Ski World Cup event in French-speaking Switzerland, is enormous. We recognise and highlight the great commitment of an outstanding savoir faire of the RTS, the official broadcaster for our competitions."
|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|
|10.00 am||1st Downhill, Piste Mont Lachaux|
|13.00 pm||2nd Downhill, Piste Mont Lachaux|