It was a lovely warm evening in Barcelona in early June 2014 when FIS President Gian-Franco Kasper announced that Åre had been selected as the host of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019.
Now, 4.5 years and a series of test events later, including three editions of the World Cup Stockholm City Event, the Junior Alpine World Ski Championships 2017 and the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals 2018, it is time for the final check before the real deal in February 2019: The FIS Final Inspection.
The FIS Final Inspection will see the local team at Åre 2019 welcome key representatives of the FIS top management and sport technical experts along with the rights holder Infront and host broadcaster SVT in Åre for a two-and-a-half-day event on 15-17 October. Also participating will be the main national and local stakeholders the Swedish Ski Association and SkiStar, the joint owners of Åre 2019 AB or the entity tasked with the organization of the championships, the municipality of Åre, Åre Destination and the World Championships Region 2019.
– We are of course thrilled that it is finally time for the Åre 2019 Final Inspection. It’s exciting because this is the type of examination that you spend years preparing for; the last check before you receive your final mark, said Lars Lindqvist, Chairman of the Board of Åre 2019 AB.
– We are on schedule with our preparations. We have a good and professional management team and a competent and hard-working organizing committee so we can look forward to the Final Inspection with confidence and delight.
The Final Inspection includes both on-piste and in-office reviews of the state of preparations with just under four months remaining until the season’s highlight event. The on-piste inspection will cover plans for safety, snow-making and slope logistics in addition to everything else that concerns the racers, team officials and their service crews.
The detailed review of event preparations will cover all main areas of organization, but will specifically focus on the plans for making the Championships a ski festival for everyone. Visitor services, activities, logistics, transport and promotional plans will be of keen interest to the International Ski Federation. The plenary session will be followed by a number of workshops with an even more detailed appraisal of selected aspects such as media and broadcasting, marketing and sponsoring, sport and others.