The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Åre 2019 will be carried out at the Swedish National Arena which is the country’s leading alpine competition and training venue. Thanks to a well-constructed ski system, the Championships will have limited impact on the regular slope operations and most slopes will be open for leisure skiers while the world’s top ski racers compete for the season’s biggest prizes.
Åre 2019 seeks to ‘Inspire the World to Ski’ and that is why we also want to make sure that anyone interested in skiing can do so even during the Championships. Those wanting to take a few turns can enjoy most of the ski system and even watch the races while on skis. All valid ski passes will be valid as entry tickets to the Arena in order to provide as many as possible the opportunity to combine skiing with seeing the world elite compete from the front row!
All slopes not being used for racing will be open and groomed regularly. It will be possible to transition from a slope to another around the ski system. The slopes used for racing and hence closed are Gästrappet, Lundsrappet, and the ladies and men’s downhill courses.
In addition, the Hamrebacken in Duved will be used as a training and qualification race slope. For more information about exact timing of the various races, visit www.are2019.com/program.
Festival Area and Medals Plaza
The area around Åre Square will be the festival area and an obvious meeting point during the World Championships. The park next to the Square will serve as Medal Plaza where most of the medal ceremonies will take place. That’s where the winners of the races will be honored and the large stage will naturally become a huge draw for the visitors and locals alike. The large parking lot next to the train station will become the ‘village in a village’ where our sponsors and partners invite everyone to get a taste of their products and services. Traffic restrictions in town will resemble those during the annual Fall Market at the end of September.
Traffic and parking
Availability and accessibility of parking will be limited in the center of Åre during the World Championships. Instead, two large Park & Ride lots will be made available in Duved and Björnänge. Both of these will be serviced with regular shuttle buses to and from the center of Åre and the Arena to ensure ample parking space outside of the center and to limit traffic in town. The Park & Ride parking fees will be based on the number of travelers in a vehicle: the more are ride-sharing, the cheaper the parking per vehicle. What’s more: fossil-fuel free vehicles will park for free!
The SkiStar ski buses will continue to run regularly and will be supplemented with additional buses to ensure easy connections around town and to Björnen, Tegefjäll and Duved. The regular parking areas near the Arena will not be available but there will be very regular buses and all the Championships venues are also easily accessible on foot thanks to the compact set-up of Åre.
Visitors arriving in Åre by car to stay for a few days are encouraged to confirm that their accommodation includes parking before traveling. The parking lots next to the Cable Car, Rödkullen and Björnen will be open normally as will a half of the parking lot at Holiday Club.