Alpine experts inspect Méribel, host of 2015 season finals

03 July 2014 07:14
The slopes of Méribel in summer
The slopes of Méribel in summer -
FIS

Méribel (FRA) was confirmed by the FIS Council in Portoroz (SLO) in spring 2011 as host of the the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals in 2015 from 18th-22th March.

After the decision, the resort hosted very successful ladies’ downhill and super combined World Cup races, providing Organisers with experience and giving the worldwide audience its first taste of what to expect in 2015.

The Savoyard resort sees these World Cup Finals as a great opportunity for a comeback on the international skiing scene. In recent years, Méribel has successfully organised stages of the Freestyle Skiing and Telemark World Cups.

Last Wednesday, 25th June, the FIS technical teams, Infront Sports & Media and staff of the Organising Committees met on the slopes of Méribel for an official inspection. The traditional meeting held during the summer at the World Cup venues allows all parties to address how to best prepare the races. The meeting and venue tour proved very successful for all parties as it allowed them to finalise details such as starting positions, finish line placement, team hospitality locations, safety installations, camera positions and other logistic aspects of season-end event.

FIS Chief Race Directors Atle Skaardal and Markus Waldner are confident that this year’s Finals will be a great success.

“Méribel has a very wide, steep and long finish area which allows fans to see the entire slalom hill from the arena. It will also be great for the Nations Team Event and to have the slalom and giant slalom races set next to each other. I believe the atmosphere and the whole event will be great, and we have seen a very motivated team. Overall during the inspections, no big issues came up and I am very confident we are in for a real treat to end the season”, Skaardal said after the inspection.

These will be the first Finals for Waldner in his new role as Chief Race Director and he worked closely with Skaardal to find solutions for effectively using the hill for both ladies’ and men without compromising the sport aspects of the competitions.

“The Meribel OC is very well prepared and motivated; they have experience from running the ladies’ World Cup two years ago and want to show they are capable of delivering an even bigger event and possibly earn a more consistent spot in the World Cup calendar. The Finals are certainly the second biggest FIS event after the World Championships, a week of high intensity racing and I have no doubt that they will do a great job,” Waldner concluded.

For additional info about the Meribel Finals, visit here - www.meribelworldcup.com