Final inspections for 2015 FIS World Championships ahead
The highlight and key focus of the season ahead will be the FIS World Championships. But before fans and athletes descend upon Kreischberg (AUT), Falun (SWE) and Vail-Beaver Creek (USA), there are final preparations to be made as the Organising Committees and FIS get ready for the Final Inspections of the three World Championship sites.
First up on the agenda, is the Final Inspection for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, which will be held in Vail Beaver Creek ‘Colorful Colorado’ from 2nd-15th February 2015. The Technical Inspection of the men’s Birds of Prey course, together with the Ladies’ Raptor course will be conducted on Tuesday, 2nd September. The next day the Organising Committee and the United States Ski and Snowboard Association will sit down with representatives from Tridem, EBU and FIS to go carefully through status reports and the upcoming final preparations.
Both Vail and Beaver Creek are already dressed up with the look and feel of the Championships as everything from the public transportation system to local signage sports the World Championships feel, as the Rocky Mountain community is truly rallying behind the massive event.
Vail-Beaver Creek will also have the opportunity to host one final test event as the annual men’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour race will be held there in early December.
Also on the horizon is the Final Inspection for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, which will combine the disciplines of Cross-Country, Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping, making for a large project in the host city of Falun (SWE) from 18th February to 1st March 2015.
From the beginning, Falun has used the motto ‘Beyond Expectations’ and in its planning it is living up to its tagline. Through close cooperation with local communities and an extended Scandinavian marketing campaign, the Falun 2015 Organisers have generated massive support and interested for the World Championships. In addition, the Organisers, in cooperation with Ericsson, plan to introduce the ‘Virtual Arena’ for spectators, which is sure to raise the bar for in-stadium experiences for fans.
The Final Inspection for Falun 2015 will be held on 13th and 14th October with both technical inspections and administrative meetings taking place.
If the Nordic Ski Championships are large, then the upcoming, first-ever combined Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships will be massive. Only an extremely experienced Organiser could handle hosting 23 medal events in a 14-day span. And FIS needed to look no further than Kreischberg (AUT), which is no stranger to both Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding events and has worked tirelessly to ensure that all competitions can be staged with high-quality courses and facilities in such a short amount of time.
The Final Inspection in Kreischberg, which will be held the week of 20th October, will be the last official meeting with a group of technical and administrative officials that have spent countless time in the last five years hammering out schedules, course and organizational details.
For more details on the three upcoming FIS World Championships, please visit the websites: