The two-and-a-half-day FIS Final Inspection of Åre 2019 preparations and plans for the season’s highlight event concluded Wednesday, 17 October, with 110 days remaining until the World Ski Championships in February 2019.
– We have had two-and-a-half constructive days with a lot of good dialogue and discussion, summarized Niklas Carlsson, CEO of Åre 2019.
– There are ten thousand details to deal with when it comes to organizing the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. We have had a long planning and preparation period and have taken care of 9’900 of those. Now we have 110 days left to manage the last one hundred details before it’s showtime. Luckily, our entire team is very motivated and ready to hit the ground running, added Carlsson.
The FIS top management including President Gian Franco Kasper and Secretary General Sarah Lewis attended the review meeting which included slope and finish area inspections, a plenary session with a whopping 398-slide presentation as well as various working group sessions.
– After all that we have seen and heard we can say that this is a competent, well trained, motivated team working to deliver a successful Championships. Still months to go but everything is on track and the status is positive, said Sarah Lewis.
– It’s two thumbs up from us at FIS!
With the planning now close to completion, work will continue with important tasks such as snow making, slope preparation and construction of all temporary infrastructure by mid-January. Indeed, it will be full speed ahead for the remaining 15 weeks as the Organizing Committee transitions from planning to operations and execution. The team will also grow from about two dozen staff to more than 1’500 when all 1’100 volunteers and several hundred suppliers are added.
– Of course, this continues to be work in progress. The next important moment will arrive when the snow comes and it is cold enough for snow-making. It will be important to prepare the base to withstand two weeks of heavy circulation and 11 medal competitions on the slopes. Everything is in place and FIS will continue to support in any way required until the end of the Championships, continued Sarah Lewis.
Everything is on course for a great event. A key factor for the success of the Championships will be the atmosphere on site and that will depend on the size of the crowds making their way to Åre.
– Our greatest remaining challenge is to attract a large number of visitors to Åre. With everything else on course, we now have the possibility to focus on that. We have put together a great offer with world-class ski racing and diverse side events from concerts to other fun activities and experiences. Many people in the region still have their positive memories from 2007 and I am convinced that we will be able to deliver on our goal of 120’000 visitors coming to Åre in February, concluded Niklas Carlsson.
The FIS Final Inspection took place from 15-17 October 2018. The meeting among FIS, Åre 2019, the Swedish Ski Association, SkiStar, marketing and TV rights holder Infront and the municipality of Åre, among other stakeholders, represents the final official check before the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Åre 2019 in February.