Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New Pan-European Ski Federation Launched

A new international ski body, the European Ski Federation (ESF), will stage its first event this autumn on the indoor snow slope of Amneville in Northern France.
The European Ski Federation has been established by the Austrian, French, Italian, and Swiss ski federations but they say they do not intend to compete with the International Ski Federation. "The four presidents of the founding governing bodies visited Monday" said Sarah Lewis, Secretary General of the FIS. "They explained their goal was to help each other deal with the financial crisis". She went on to say that the group expressed their desire to cooperate with the international governing body.
The newly formed European Ski Federation (ESF) was fashioned to have a "single voice in the interests of European skiing". According to Klaus Leistner, Secretary General of the Austrian Ski Federation, the European Union has funding available to launch the effort. The Alpine nations of central Europe planned to stand together in the face of the current economic crisis. The organisation intends to monitor and promote the development of European ski and snowboard sport and to organize and implement international ski and snowboard competitions at all levels.
Peter Schröcksnadel, President of the Austrian Federation who will head the upstart organization, said that the current economic situation dictated that the European central alpine nations stand together to help the ailing ski industry.
The ESF will deal with all aspects of skiing (alpine, nordic and snowboard). As stated the ESF mission includes the following points:
  • ESF will ensure that the needs of interested groups (associations, athletes, support staff, equipment) will be addressed
  • It will represent the European “ski family” companies
  • It will retain and foster cooperation with the FIS, the SRS (Ski Racing Suppliers), ski areas and sport organizers
  • ESF will monitor and promote the development of European ski and snowboard sport
  • ESF will organize and implement international ski and snowboard competitions at all levels

The European Ski Federation’s first event, at the Amneville Snow Hall, is being portrayed as a promotional event for snow sports in general.