With almost 400 slides and a thorough review of everything from risk analysis to bus transport and hospitality services, the representatives of the International Ski Federation (FIS), SkiStar, Swedish Ski Association and others received a comprehensive summary of the plans for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019 in Åre. The second day of the FIS Final Inspection was long and dense, and the local organization committee received praise from Sarah Lewis, Secretary General of the International Ski Federation.
– We received a very comprehensive status report of the preparations to date and plans moving forward. It was very thorough. I thought it was very, very good and provided everyone involved in the project with an overview of what to really expect in February.
More than 100 people were on hand to hear the update on the work by Åre 2019 and to meet and discuss what still needs to be done before the official opening ceremony on 4 February 2019. Many in attendance have limited chance to meet regularly and the FIS Final Inspection provided an opportunity to do just that.
– This is an important milestone for everyone working on the Championships. What are the important next steps, what is essential, what is nice-to-have but not urgent and what challenges are there now? It is clear that Åre 2019 has come a long way and is ready, commented Lewis.
Much of the infrastructure was put in place for the previous Championships in 2007, has been upgraded and did not require major changes. That has given Åre an advantage compared to a lot of other organizers. The local organizing committee includes many that also worked on the 2007 event and know what needs to be improved. The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships can leave a legacy for the development of the village, added Lewis who felt that she feels the great team spirit.
– You can feel super-enthusiasm, there is good spirit in the group. There are many extremely dedicated persons who see this as a lifetime project, a unique opportunity, and who are working with heart and soul to make the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre the best that they can possibly be.
Is there anything that you worry about?
– The uncontrollables are of course always a concern. The weather is the number one on that list. It is important to have contingency plans so that you can handle the unexpected and that has been carefully managed in this organization.