Welcome to the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre 2019

We will be available to help you throughout the World Championships, as well as before and after, providing the services you require. This webpage has information about the races, about Åre as host organizer, and detailed information about the services that will be
available on site. The page is updated continually, but if you have any questions you are welcome to contact us via email or phone (contact information below). We hope that you
will enjoy your time in Åre!

Media information

Media hotels

Our official hotels for the media are Tott hotell at Tottvägen 111, Åre. For booking and more information about media accommodation, please contact Jenny Lang: jenny.lang@are2019.com.

Media centre

The Media Centre is located at the National Arena, Årevägen 180 in Åre. It is to the right of the finish area (skiers’ left), above the stands, about 100 meters from the arena building, which is at the bottom of the slope. All the services you need to work are provided here, including Wi-Fi and power, snacks and drinks, as well as a restaurant for the media.

Media service

We will provide opportunities for journalistic excursions in and around Åre during the World Championships, in cooperation with Åre tourist office and Jämtland/Härjedalen Turism. More information about this will be available here.

Photo


Photo coordinator Nisse Schmidt is responsible for organizing and providing information to photographers on site. Maps of where photography is permitted will be available well in advance of the races. The Photo coordinator will call photo meetings at which the relevant accreditation will be handed out. More information about this will be available here.

Photo service

During the races, photo service will be available in the bottom floor of the arena building, which is furthest down in the competition area. Information about opening hours will be available on this page. 

Accreditation

Applications for accreditation will be made online, where photographer and press ID will be required for an application to be approved. Links to the application will be on this page.

This page is continually updated with more information.

 

 

The World Ski Championships in figures

2007

1500 media representatives on site
600 television hours were cabled out
65 nations participated
10 World Champions were celebrated
100,000 visitors are estimated to have seen the races on site

2019

1500 media representatives on site
600 television hours
700 million television viewers
65 participating nations
11 World Champions celebrated
600 competitors
Åre 2019 is estimating 120,000 visitors

 

Getting here – and leaving

By train

Several different companies traffic the rails to Åre from Sundsvall, Östersund or Trondheim and more or less directly from a number of other Swedish and Norwegian towns and cities. Whatever the company, journeys can be booked via SJ’s website.

By plane

Åre/Östersund Airport

Åre/Östersund Airport is the closest airport to Åre, 11 kilometers from central Östersund and 86 kilometers from Åre. Visit Swedavia’s website for more information about which destinations fly to the airport, departures and arrivals, etc. The website also has a number of options for transport between the airport and Åre.

Trondheim Airport/Vaernes (Norge)

Trondheim Airport, or Vaernes as it is also called, is 135 kilometers from Åre. The estimated driving time from Åre is two hours.

Visit Avinor’s website for more information about baggage, arrivals and departures, destinations, etc.

By coach

For timetabled traffic, please visit www.ltr.se to book your trip. 

More information about how to book coach journey will be available here soon.

By car

The E14 goes through Åre and Östersund. The E14 starts in Trondheim and ends in Sundsvall, it links up with the E4 and E45.

The shortest route from Stockholm to Åre is E4 via Bollnäs (roads 84 and 296), to the E45 and then the E14. The fastest route from Stockholm is the E4 via Sundsvall, where the E4 links up with the E14. 

The E45 runs from Gela on Sicily to Karesuando in northern Sweden. It runs through the Swedish inland to Östersund via Mora, linking up with the E14 in Östersund, or via Svenstavik to road 321 and then on the E14. The E45 is trafficked by some heavy vehicles and, even though it is the most scenic option, there may be delays. 

More information will be available here soon.

Contact

Photo Coordinator: Nisse Schmidt +46 70-367 0777  info@sportbild.se
For general questions about Åre and the Alpine World Ski Championships and requests for interviews relating to the event’s organization: Lisa Johansson,

 

Karin Stolt Halvarsson

Karin Stolt Halvarsson

Media and Broadcasting Director

+46 76 828 20 07
karin.halvarsson@are2019.com

After a career in alpine racing and moguls and several years of working as a teacher, Karin became  CEO of the Åre World Cup. She was in charge of staging numerous FIS Ski World Cup events and with that experience, she is a natural part of Åre 2019 AB. In her role as Media & Broadcasting Director, she makes all media as well as volunteers feel welcome and well taken care of.

Lisa Johansson

Lisa Johansson

Communications & PR Coordinator

+46 73 040 12 90
lisa.johansson@are2019.com

Our most junior associate is a former sports journalist, who moved back to Jämtland in 2014 after living in Gothenburg, Oslo, Paris and Malmö. Lisa started working with Åre 2019 AB in December 2016. Her love for all kinds of skiing comes from growing up in the mountains of Jämtland. She is now in charge of the management and publication of content on our social media channels and the website as well as being the spokesperson and contact for any media inquiries.

Nisse Schmidt

Nisse Schmidt

Photo Coordinator

+46 70-367 0777
info@sportbild.se

 

 

Åre village

Åre – Scandinavia’s alpine capital

The village of Åre and its surroundings have a long alpine tradition and the tourist industry has been an important source of income for the village since the mid-1800s. But guests have been travelling to Åre from distant places for many hundreds of years. When Nidaros Cathedral was built in Trondheim, Åre, with Åre Church at its heart, became a stop on the way for the thousands of pilgrims who travelled from Europe to see this new marvel on the other side of the border.

In the early 1800s, in the early stages of industrialization, people travelled to Åre to escape the polluted air of the cities. They were called “air guests” and were pioneers who, even if it was originally on a small scale, paved the way to Åre becoming a tourist destination. 


When the first hotel was built by Kristina Hansson in 1895, most visitors still travelled to Åre in the summer. But interest in winters in Åre increased in the 1900s and construction of the funicular, Bergbanan, in 1910 was Åre’s start as a winter resort. The Second World War temporarily stopped development, but during 1950s and 60s Åre, just like much of the rest of Europe, started to recover. Åre’s true golden years began at the end of the 1970s and, thanks to Ingemar Stenmark and the “Åre Project”, which facilitated huge investment in Åre, interest boomed in the ski resort.
The village of Åre now has 1400 permanent residents but up to 800,000 visitors every year, both winter and summer. It has one of the highest levels in Sweden of entrepreneurs per inhabitant, and the village is expanding every year.

Hiking, downhill biking, paragliding, amazing scenery and, of course, skiing, combined with the village’s metropolitan feel, attract both international and Swedish guests to this great little village.

Read more about Åre below “Åre’s history” and “Welcome to Åre” in the main menu. For more information about what Åre has to offer, please visit www.are360.com or contact us.

For more information about the lift system, visit www.skistar.com/are.

The Alpine World Ski Championships

Åre first hosted the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1954. It was the 13th championships ever and world champions in Downhill, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Alpine Combined were crowned between 1 and 7 March. The championships’ strongman was Norway’s Stein Eriksen, who was on top of the podium in three disciplines, but Sweden also had medalists, with Sarah Thomasson from Åre, and Stig Sollander, Frösön, who each took bronze, in the Slalom and Alpine Combined respectively. 

In 2007, it once again was time for Åre put on its world championships’ suit. The contrast with the previous world championships was stark: in 1954, the Men’s Downhill started at the “Cognac Stone” above Mörvikshummeln and the racers had to get up there under their own steam. Many of those who were there in 1954 would not have recognized it 53 years later. 

The 2007 Alpine World Ski Championships made a permanent impression on Åre’s ski system and the village, as a new Ladies’ Downhill was built, commercial space doubled and a 130-meter-long tunnel replaced the bridge that once led the world championship slopes across the E14. The 39th Alpine World Ski Championships was a success for both the host and the Swedish team. Sweden won three golds and one bronze thanks to Anja Pärson, Maria Pietilä-Holmner took silver in the Giant Slalom and Patrik Järbyn took bronze in the Downhill. The team also finished second in the Nations Event and Sweden left the championships with seven medals. Only Austria, with nine, had more. 

The Alpine Skiing World Cup

Åre is not only hosting the Alpine World Ski Championships for the third time, as the village also has great experience of organizing Alpine World Cup races. Åre Slalomklubb and Världscupbolaget have organized more than 100 World Cup races over the years, with great success. 

Thanks to the now legendary Åre son Bibbo Nordenskiöld’s initiative, an Alpine World Cup was first held in Åre in 1969. Back then there were just just men’s races, which were dominated by France with Jean-Noël Augert winning gold in the Giant Slalom and silver in the Slalom, which was won by his compatriot Patrick Russel. Alain Penz took bronze in the Slalom behind silver medalist Jakob Tischhauser, Switzerland. Alfred Matt won bronze in the Slalom.  

The third World Cup was held in Åre on 21 March 1977, and Sweden had a public magnet like no other in the shape of Ingemar Stenmark; 29,000 people visited Åre to watch him win the World Cup on home snow, ahead of Austria’s Klaus Heidegger and Czechoslovakia’s Miloslav Sochor. 

The last time Åre hosted a planned World Cup race was in March 2015, but the organizers had to flex the muscles early that season, in December 2014, when Åre took over a world cup event at one week’s notice, due to a lack of snow in Val d’Isere and Courchevel.

Stay updated on the Alpine Skiing World Cup on www.fis-ski.com