Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lenzerheide Ski Resort to Host 2013 FIS Alpine World Cup Finals

At its meeting last week in the host city for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the International Ski Federation (FIS) Council decided by a large majority to support the decision of its Alpine Committee to award the 2013 FIS Alpine World Cup Finals to the Swiss ski resort of Lenzerheide. Lenzerheide is a mountain resort in the canton of Graubünden. The village lies at the foot of the Parpaner Rothorn in a broadened section of the valley between the cantonal capital Chur to the north and Tiefencastel, beyond which are the Julier Pass and St Moritz.
Lenzerheide is popular as skiing resort. The skiing area, managed by the Lenzerheide Bergbahnen AG, includes two sides of a valley with 34 modern ski lifts and 155 km (74 Blue, 62 Red and 19 Black pistes) of prepared slopes at a snow-reliable 1230 m to 2865 m above sea level .
The decision to award the 2013 Alpine Finals to Lenzerheide was accompanied by other scheduling decisions reached by the Council. At its meeting in Levi, Finland last November, the Council approved the FIS World Cup calendars for the 2009-10 ski racing season. In Vancouver, the Council approved some adjustments proposed by the respective Technical Committees and confirmed the final versions of the schedule.The Council also approved the Alpine Ladies World Cup calendars for 2010-11 and 2012-13 that were rejected by the Council at its meeting in Levi, following their revision by the Sub-Committee for the Alpine World Cup and the Alpine Committee in Croatia.On proposal of the Hungarian Ski Association to change the rules for the qualification races at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, the Council approved the proposal of the Alpine Committee to establish a working group to study the matter and to find a solution for the benefit of global interest of alpine skiing.