Welcome to the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre 2019

We hope that you will enjoy our service and hospitality while in Åre. We will be at your disposal both before and during the event. This page provides general information about the Championships and Åre as the venue, as well as detailed information about the services available on site. Remember to check back frequently as the information here will be continuously updated. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or mail (see below for our contact information). 

Media information

Media hotel

The official Åre 2019 media hotel is Tott Hotel which is located at Tottvägen 111 and boasts a magnificent view over the town and lake of Åre. There is some limited parking at the hotel but you can also take the funicular up and down from Åre Square (approximately 10 minutes walk). Tott Hotel facilities include a spa with a pool, fitness center, jacuzzi, sauna and relaxing area. For booking and more information about media accommodation, please contact us at accommodation@are2019.com.

Contact details
For more information about Tott Hotel, go to their website.

Tott Hotell, Åre
Tottvägen 111, 837 52 Åre
+46 771-42 50 00

Media center

During the World Championships from 4-17 February 2019, the Media Center will be located at the National Arena at Årevägen 180. That is where you will have access to everything you need to get your work done, including WiFi, power, snacks, beverages as well as a media restaurant.

Opening Hours Media Center: 07.00 – 22.00 daily

Media service

Besides starting lists, results and anything competition related you will have access to up-to-date information on what is going on in the Arena or Åre during the Championships. This information will be distributed mostly digitally. More details about distribution of media service documents and photos will follow shortly.

Press Conferences and interviews

Accredited media will have access to the athletes and officials both at request and during the official press conferences. All post-event press conferences will be held at the Media Center at the National Arena, approximately 40 minutes after the event.

Press conference rooms are available for booking at Tott Hotel and at Holiday Club Hotel. Please contact Karin Stolt Halvarsson at karin.halvarsson@are2019.com for more information about booking rooms.


In addition to medal competitions, qualification races and medal ceremonies, Åre 2019 will provide opportunities for media to visits interesting sights and locations in and around Åre during the event. These opportunities will be arranged in cooperation with the Åre tourism office and the regional Jämtland/Härjedalen tourism service. More information will follow.


An accreditation will be required to access the media zones within the Arena. Please collect your personal accreditation which requires a photograph at the Welcome Center located at Holiday Clubon your arrival in Åre and wear it at all times when accessing restricted media zones.

To request an accreditation please complete the online form below.

Infront Sports are the owner of all media rights related to FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Åre 2019. The representatives of international TV and radio companies, production firms and Internet media must submit their accreditation request to Infront. All use of filming and recording equipment is strictly forbidden without a valid media accreditation and clearance of rights to do so. Click below to read the video & audio footage policy and complete the required clearance form. For more information, contact Infront Sports below.

Download Infront Video-Audio Footage Policy 


Photographing during the competitions requires an approved photo accreditation which must be worn at all times while in the Arena. You are also required to participate in the photographers’ meetings organized by our photo coordinator to receive any supplementary accreditations required to access photo positions within the field of play. Maps illustrating the designated photo positions outside of the field of play will also be accessible before competitions. Check back here for additional information about photographing before the event.

Photo coordinator

Photo coordinators Nisse Schmidt and Francis Bompard are responsible for servicing and informing photographers on site. To contact Nisse, email info@sportbild.se or call +46 70-367 07 70.

Photo Service

Accredited photographers will have access to professional technical service during the event. More information on available services and opening hours will be published here shortly.

Media gallery

The media gallery contains press images from the respective competitions and will be available after each race. Images are published together with the respective photo byline.

Open gallery »

Åre 2019 communication channels

To keep up-to-date with all the latest on the Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, please follow the following:

Homepage - our homepage is our main communication channel so make sure that you visit it regularly. 

The Åre 2019 app (available for iPhone and Android)


Find Åre 2019 in our social media channels:



Åre 2019 Media

Karin Stolt Halvarsson, Media and Broadcasting Director
+46 76-828 20 07

Nisse Schmidt, Photo Coordinator
+46 70-367 07 77

For general questions, please contact us at info@are2019.com

Infront Sports

TV & Media Rights Infront Italy S.r.l
Via Deruta 20 20132 Milano, Italy

Phone + 39. 02. 77 11 21

Fax + 39. 02. 28 900 439

Roberta Lumina roberta.lumina@infrontsports.com

The World Ski Championships in figures


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


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

Getting here – and leaving

Please note that there are no Åre 2019 shuttles to and from the airports. Book your travel to and from the airport in advance to make sure that you have transportation. To book your transportation, see below under the respective airport descriptions.

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. Go to the Travel & Stay page in our main menu to receive a discount.

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. Book your shuttle via www.flygtaxi.se.

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. Book your shuttle via www.flygtaxi.no.

If you wish to rent a car to get to and/or from Trondheim or Åre/Östersund airport, our official supplier Europcar is available at both airports and offers a discount. 

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. If you wish to rent a car you can do so via our official supplier Europcar.

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.

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.

Photo by Jamtli fotosamlingar.

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 Åre Destination or go to About Åre in our main menu.

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

Find out more about the 100 Alpine Skiing World Cup events hosted by Åre and check out the winners below:

100 World Cups in Åre
Karin Stolt Halvarsson

Karin Stolt Halvarsson

Media & Broadcasting Director

+46 76 828 20 07

Contact Karin for information about broadcasting, broadcasting rights, media center and volunteers.

Lisa Johansson

Lisa Johansson

Communications Coordinator

+46 73 040 12 90

Contact Lisa for questions concerning communication, websites and newsletters.

Nisse Schmidt

Nisse Schmidt

Photo Coordinator

+46 70-367 0777

Contact Nisse if you have questions about photo accreditation, photo meetings and other questions related to photo coordination.