With the scheduled nine competitions in five days, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals meant long days for the Åre 2019 organizing committee and its hard-working team of volunteers.
Unfortunately, inclement weather wrought havoc with the schedule, including the snowfall during the early part of the week, which led to two cancelled downhill training runs and heavy winds which forced the cancellation of the men’s slalom and ladies’ giant slalom competitions on Sunday.
In general, most everything worked according to plan and the organizing committee appears well-prepared for next year’s Championships.
— It has been a great learning experience and a successful dress rehearsal; we are both happy and glad. Much has gone exactly as planned but there are also some areas where we can still improve. Our team has worked really well together and is motivated to deliver excellent World Ski Championships in February 2019, said Niklas Carlsson, CEO of Åre 2019.
Estimated 9’000 visitors attended the competitions in the Arena and the two evening events at Åre Square during the week from 12-18 March 2018. This falls slightly short of the goal of 10’000 visitors mostly due to the cancellation of Sunday’s two competitions.
A number of campaigns are already in the planning to promote the Åre 2019 Championships and the organizers hope that the Swedish public will come in great numbers to see the Championships from 5-17 February 2019.
Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals Åre 2018: Facts and Figures
The prize money distributed to the winners of the seven World Cup Finals competitions carried out amounted to 840’000 Swiss francs (7.2 millions Swedish crowns). A total of 15 crystal globes were presented during the week, including those for the overall World Cup and Nations Cup winners.
6245 meals were served to volunteers, VIP and media by Åre 2018’s
own food and beverage team. Overall, an estimated 25’000 meals were served to the accredited participants during the week, either by the Åre 2018 Finals team or hotels in town.
Visitors: 9000 Accredited participants: 2455 Volunteers: 550 Accredited media on site: 379 Participating Nations: 15 Team members on site: 870 Athletes on site: 150
These figures are expected to multiply for the Åre 2019 World Ski Championships where 120’000 visitors and 12’000 accredited participants are expected, including 1500 volunteers.
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