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).
During the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships accredited media and volunteers may use the town shuttles and assigned shuttles as well as SkiStar's ski buses. Designated media shuttles will be available from Monday 4 February. Click the bar below to find the time tables. In Getting Around in our main menu you will find other town shuttle time tables as well as a link to the ski bus time table. Click the image to enlarge it.
Please note that there are no specific Åre 2019 transfers from the airports in Östersund and Trondheim. See Getting here - and leaving below for more information on how to book your transfer.
Press photos are available for free downloading in our galleries. Photo credit must always be added when a photo is published. Photos usage and downloading is only allowed for editorial purposes.
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 the hotel, please contact Tott Hotel. Contact information below.
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Accommodation via our presenting sponsor SkiStar is available to book from Saturday to Saturday, Sunday to Sunday, Thursday to Sunday and Sunday to Thursday during both Championships weeks.
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During the World Championships from 4-17 February 2019, the Media Center will be located at the National Arena at Årevägen 180. At the Media Center 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
Besides starting lists, results and anything event-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. Access to our information channels will be provided to accredited media representatives.
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 via Åre 2019 at Holiday Club Hotel. Please contact our Welcome Center at firstname.lastname@example.org for booking rooms at Holiday Club Hotel.
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 Club on 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.
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 coordinators Nisse Schmidt and Francis Bompard are responsible for servicing and informing photographers on site. To contact Nisse, email email@example.com or call +46 70-367 07 77.
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.
Airspace restrictions in effect during Åre 2019
The airspace over Åre and its surroundings will be restricted during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019 from Monday, 4 February at 09:00 CET until Sunday, 17 February at 22:00 CET. This restriction applies to all types of aircraft, including model airplanes, paragliding and flying any unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), such as drones. Exceptions during the restricted period are only allowed for the Police, Swedish Armed Forces, ambulance flights and Rescue Service.
The restricted area applies to 5000ft (1524m) above the ground (AMSL, above mean sea level).
For more information concerning the restricted area, please consult Swedish Civil Aviation Administration’s (LFV) website at https://aro.lfv.se/
For general questions regarding airspace restrictions, please contact the Police at 114 14. See map below for a view of the area.
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.
Damernas störtlopp/Ladies' Downhill
Herrarnas störtlopp/Men's Downhill
Damernas storslalom/Ladies' Giant Slalom
Herrarnas storslalom/Men's Giant Slalom
Damernas super G/Ladies' Super G
Herrarnas super G/Men's Super G
Alpin kombination dam/Ladies' Alpine Combined
Alpin kombination herr/Men's Alpine Combined
Damernas slalom/Ladies' Slalom
Herrarnas slalom/Men's Slalom
Nationstävling/Alpine Team Event
Åre 2019 communication channels
Keep up-to-date with all the latest on the Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships! Our website is our main communication channel so make sure that you visit it regularly.
All accredited media representatives will be invited to our WhatsApp group where we will publish entries, results, flash quotes and much more. Make sure to download WhatsApp to your mobile device as well as your computer and click the logo to get access to the group.
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Åre 2019 on Social Media
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Arena and event information
The Race Arena
All events at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019 will be performed at the Swedish Alpine National Arena with exception for the qualification races. The Race Arena is located at Årevägen 180 in Åre, circa 1 kilometer from the town center.
The National Arena has seen World Cup events and World Championships since the beginning of the 80's. The Olympia ski lift was built in 1984 and in 1986 the first World Cup Downhill race was hosted at the "new" arena. Before the championships in 2007 a permanent grandstand and a new arena house were built. The finish area was broadened as a tunnel replaced the old bridge that used to transport skiers over the E14 which cuts through the race arena.
Many of the investments that were made pre 2007 still holds today while flood lighting and the snow making system has been updated regularly. The arena house has been extended and is now home not only to the Local Organizing Committee Åre 2019 but also to the Swedish Ski Association and Åre Slalom Club.
The arena holds circa 17 000 people. Two grandstands will be added to the scenery and a large three-floor tent will be constructed to house media, VIP and a foodcourt.
The main lifts for transportation of skiers, athletes and staff will be the VM8:an, located right next to the arena. VM8:an, with a capacity of transporting up to 3400 skier/hour, replaced the old Olympialiften before the event in 2007. From Olympiaplatån, or VM-platån, the Gondola provides easy access to the top of Mount Åreskutan.
Below you find the slope profiles for the men's and ladies' speed and technical events. Each section name is marked in the slope profile maps below. The name of each section has its own story - read more about who Bring was and why one of the sections was named after him, and what Varggropen is below.
Rules for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019
Read the International Ski Association's rules for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships here.
Qualification Races and Regulations
Qualification Race for Technical Events
Qualification races will take place for ladies and men’s giant slalom and slalom in Hamrebacken, Duved.
- First 50 competitors qualified:
The first 50 competitors present on the board for the respective competition in the technical events, will qualify directly to the final race. The enrolment for the qualification race is done according to World Cup rules. For the Final race replacement of injured or ill competitors verified by the Medical Supervisor of the first 50 present competitors may only be made by competitors with at least the same or better WCSL / FIS points than the 50th competitor on the board. Only the WCSL / FIS points of the originally entered 50th competitor count. There is no moving up.
- First 25 qualifiers:
All other competitors not included in the group of the first 50 present competitors must compete in a qualification race for the respective event from which the 25 best ranked will qualify to the final race. There is in any case no replacement of the first 25 qualifiers for the Final race or moving up.
- Next 25 qualifiers:
Thereafter the first 25 nations on the board represented by a competitor with his/her valid FIS points in the event concerned, which are not already represented by the 75 (50+25) qualified competitors (as described above Modus a. and b.), may each enter one competitor. The competitor may only be entered if he/she started in the qualification race. Competitors from these 25 nations can only be replaced by other competitors from the same nation that participated in the qualification race.
All competitors participating in the qualification race will be included one official results list of the respective race of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, which includes both the qualification and final races. The regulations concerning Specifications for Competition Equipment are also applicable for the qualification races.
Based on the qualification modus above, a maximum of 100 competitors are allowed to participate at the 1st run.
For the 2nd run of the final race
The first 60 competitors from the 1st run are qualified to participate.
For more information on qualification races, go to Program.
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
Over 70 participating nations
11 World Champions celebrated
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We recommend that you consider which way you choose to travel to and from Åre. There are plenty of public transport alternatives and we recommend the train as it is a comfortable and sustainable way of traveling! If you do need to travel by car, try to find traveling mates. It will be cheaper - and more fun. Book your rental car via our official supplier Europcar - use this link to get a discount!
Please note that parking in and around Åre by is scarce at best. It will be a good idea to check in advance if your accommodation also provides parking.
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 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: