Starting today, some 300 of the world’s best junior ski racers from 45 nations will gather in Åre for the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships. The event marks an important milestone in the development of the young skiers into the next generation of FIS World Cup stars.

The young skiers born between 1996-2000 will compete in ten individual medal events, along with the nations’ team event, from 6-14 March 2017. The program starts today, Monday, 6 March with the first downhill training runs.

The Åre 2017 Junior Worlds is a key test event en route to the Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in two years’ time, and will help the Organizing Committee inaugurate the newly refurbished Swedish National Arena, test the Championships courses and train its staff and volunteers.

“The Organizing Committee has done a fantastic job in preparation for the event, with a completely renewed finish area providing new facilities which will also be in place for the FIS World Cup Finals 2018 and the Championships in 2019,” said FIS Continental Cup Coordinator Peter Gerdol.

“Everything is now set to welcome the best junior athletes from all over the world. Many of the athletes already compete at World Cup level and numerous are ready to make the next step in their skiing careers,” added FIS Alpine Technical Coordinator Janez Flere.

Åre has hosted more than 100 FIS Ski World Cup events, as well as numerous FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup competitions, in addition to the 2016 FIS Freestyle Junior World Ski Championships in moguls and dual moguls, and two editions of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2007 and 1954.

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