Friday, May 18, 2018

Courchevel-Méribel To Host FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2023


Following a vote at the 51st FIS Congress in Costa Navarino (GRE), the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships were awarded to the organizers from Courchevel-Méribel (FRA). In a highly anticipated presentation on Thursday evening, the joint bid from the French resorts slighted edged out Saalbach (AUT) by a Council vote of nine to six.
Both organizers put forth first-time bids, and it is the first time since 2009 that France will host the FIS Alpine World Championships, last held in Val d’Isere. Courchevel and Méribel are Olympic sites that regularly host men’s and ladies’ Audi FIS World Cup races.
"The bid of Courchevel-Méribel was very appealing with two top-level resorts offering essentially men’s and ladies’ venues, which is sure to facilitate scheduling and logistics. The French Organizers are sure to put on an excellent show for the athletes, media, and fans", said FIS President Gian Franco Kasper of the French success.
The battle between the two venues was on a very high level, and even if tonight they are disappointed, the Austrians are already looking ahead to 2025. "Lots of work and passion went into that bid, but with Courchevel-Meribel we had a very strong contender. We are now supporting our friends from France and cross fingers for great events in Courchevel-Méribel in 2023. On our side, we are not giving up: we will be candidate for the 2025 FIS World Ski Championships and hope to bring the event to Saalbach", said Bartl Gensbichler, president of the Salzburger Ski Association.

The French Ski Federation and the linked Olympic ski resorts of Courchevel and Méribel are working together to make the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships a great sporting and cultural success that will leave a lasting legacy for all skiers.
Courchevel and Méribel’s long tradition of competitive skiing and hosting major international events has given them vast experience in welcoming spectators and VIPs. As a result, they already have the top-quality facilities and expertise needed to stage the prestigious FIS World Championships.
Easily accessible, both resorts are part of the “3 Vallées”, one of the world’s largest ski areas. They offer a wide range of accommodation, with 130,000 beds covering all budget categories. In addition to Olympic competitions, both resorts have already hosted several FIS Ski World Cups.
Courchevel Méribel 2023 will place the athletes at the heart of the event by providing two top-class international competition slopes.
Courchevel Méribel 2023’s aim is to offer the world an outstandingly friendly Event that brings together people from all horizons. As part of this concept, the organizers will provide free access to all the competitions and a great Alpine Ski Festival.
Courchevel Méribel 2023 will make its slogan, "Together for 2023", come true by showcasing the joys of skiing and the excitement of ski racing, especially to young people.
Given the need to organize an environmentally responsible event, the Courchevel Méribel 2023 Bid Committee has signed a "Charter of Environmentally Responsible Commitments for Organisers of Major Sports Events", drawn up in conjunction with the WWF.

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