The 5th FIS Coordination Group meeting saw 60 participants from the local Åre 2019 organizing committee, the International Ski Federation (FIS) and their many stakeholders gather in Åre for three days at the end of September. The inspection showed that Åre 2019 has made great headway towards successful Championships in February 2019.
The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships involve much more than two weeks of ski racing. Making sure that the event is perfectly executed takes years of preparation and hundreds of details carefully laid out. The biannual FIS Coordination Group meetings among Åre 2019, FIS, the TV and marketing rights holder Infront Sports & Media, the Swedish Ski Association, ski resort owner Skistar and representatives of the Åre Municipality and Åre Destination are a way to keep track of the work over the years of planning and preparation. As an open forum for feedback and discussion, they are also of great help for the organizing committee.
Since the spring, preparations for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals 2018 in March have been the focal point of efforts. That’s why the visit of the FIS professionals began with a course inspection on Monday which found that the preparations are progressing well.
As FIS ladies’ Chief Race Director Atle Skaardal put it:
”It was a beautiful day on the hill, a great experience. We’ve come a long way forward.”
The meetings on the second day gave fine reviews of Monday’s inspection followed by a presentation of ongoing work by Åre 2019. The FIS representatives were content with headway made since the last meeting in April and demonstrated great faith in the team’s ability to organize both the February 2019 championships and the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals, the dress rehearsal for the World Championships. The Coordination Group meetings ended on Wednesday with smaller working groups focused on TV broadcasting, marketing, sport and finish area lay-out related questions.
Before the next meeting in April 2018, the Åre 2019 team will also have the experience of the third edition of the World Cup Stockholm parallel slalom event under their belts.
“The goal is to gradually build on the experience and excitement from the FIS Junior World Championships to Hammarbybacken in January and the Season Finals in March, in order to ultimately bring it all together for the World Championships in February 2019,” said Niklas Carlsson, CEO of Åre 2019.
The 2017/2018 season promises to be a great one. To read more about the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in March 2018, visit the event website here.