Friday, February 3, 2017

2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz

The moment has arrived! With the Opening Ceremony in Kulm Park at 6pm on 6 February,
 Many highlights await the visitors to the Opening Ceremony of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships St. Moritz 2017. The show called "Magic Snow – The Birth of a Passion" created by Freddy Burger Management in Zurich, is all about snow and winter sports.
TV spectators in Switzerland and Austria will be there “live” when Nicole Bernegger, the “Voice of Switzerland”, intones the Swiss Anthem in her soulful voice, when a local school choir carries the music further, and state-of-the-art 3D-mapping as well as a vertical ballet at dizzying height provide spectacle.
Ski legends such as Vreni Schneider and Marco Büchel, Hanni Wenzel and Bernhard Russi, Dominique Gisin and Nicole Hosp, Giorgio Rocca and Michael Walchhofer will reminisce about unforgettable sporting moments, when their present-day successors march in and get in the mood to do battle for the medals.
After a fabulous performance with lights and dance, music and voices, the FIS President Gian-Franco Kasper will declare the World Ski Championships 2017 open in his hometown of St. Moritz
The 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz are scheduled from February 6-19. The event is expected to showcase 589 athletes, from 76 different countries, along with an onsite media and broadcast entourage of approximately 1,500 members. An international television audience approaching 750 million people will watch the two weeks of racing and festivities.
The Alpine World Ski Championships is the most important event in alpine ski racing and are held every two years. For Engadiners St. Moritz 2017 is already the fifth major event of its kind.
St Moritz has hosted the Championships on four previous occasions since first staging them in 1934. 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 in 2017 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.

St. Moritz is more than just a holiday resort. It was also the birthplace of Alpine winter holidays in 1864. Nevertheless, St. Moritz first became famous thanks to its mineral springs, which were discovered 3,000 years ago and established the town as a summer spa resort early on.
St. Moritz, lies on the south side of the Alps, in the Upper Engadine Valley, at an elevation of 1,856 m, boasts plenty of sunny days. It was exactly this sun that was legally protected as the emblem of St. Moritz in 1930. St. Moritz was often ahead of the times - for example, the first electric light went on at Christmastime in 1878, the first golf tournament in the Alps took place here, in 1889 and one of the first ski lifts in Switzerland began running in 1935.

St Moritz is Switzerland's most famous exclusive winter resort: glitzy, expensive, and fashionable. Few ski destinations can claim even one five-star hotel, but this sunny Swiss lakeside resort boasts five, including the all-suites Carlton, located in Tsar Nicolai II’s former vacation house. St. Moritz Dorf in the hillside over the lake includes Via Serlas’s jet-set shooping "luxury mile", with boutiques like Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Chanel or jewelleries like Bucherer, Cartier or Chopard. St. Moritz Bad, at the lake’s foot, hides local gems among its shops, restaurants and hotels.
The valley offers nine ski areas accessed with a single ski pass. Several of them are connected by lifts; the rest are connected by bus. The Engadine Ski Paradise: St. Moritz-Corviglia, Corvatsch, Diavolezza are synonymous with breathtaking and unforgettable skiing experiences. 60 modern transportation facilities open up on 350 km of snow covered runs at altitudes from 1,800 to 3,300 metres above sea level of slopes in nine different skiing areas with 37 mountain restaurants.

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