Wednesday, September 3, 2008

St Moritz To Bid For 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

Together with Switzerland's skiing federation, Swiss Ski, St. Moritz will be bidding to host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships of 2015.
Hugo Wetzel, President of the association "Alpine Sport Events St. Moritz/Engadin" (ASESE), that was founded for this purpose, sees the St. Moritz bid as a logical sequel to the successful and widely praised FIS Alpine World Ski Championships of 2003. Wetzel further refers to St. Moritz' long-standing tradition and event strategy that tops its regular seasonal events with a major sports happening every 10 to 20 years. After two Olympic Winter Games – the only ones ever held in Switzerland – and four Alpine World Ski Championships (1934, 1948, 1974 and 2003), St. Moritz is looking to run the World Ski Championships for a fifth time – a feat that knows no equal elsewhere in the world, and which but serves to confirm the Engadiners' standing at the forefront of international winter tourism.With its renewed bid, St. Moritz is targeting three main goals – to consolidate its image and reputation as a world leader among alpine resorts, to take advantage of and continuously upgrade its mountain infrastructure, and to further develop its regional resources in volunteers and leading staff at regularly run World Cup events.