Hans Pieren retires
With the FIS Alpine World Cup season finals this week in Lenzerheide, it is also signifies the conclusion of Hans Pieren’s tenure as the FIS Race Director for giant slalom and slalom on the men’s circuit. Pieren, the soft-spoken Adelboden (SUI) resident, started with FIS on the ladies’ World Cup tour in 2004 and two years later moved to work with the men’s circuit, where he has served ever since.
His “speciality” is preparing slalom and giant slalom courses so they will remain hard from the first to the last athlete using whatever means he can, thanks to his deep technical knowledge of snow conditions. During the last decade as FIS Race Director, Pieren has overseen countless competitions, under an entire spectrum of challenging conditions.
This season alone, he pulled off a race in his hometown Adelboden in near 20-degree conditions, when few thought the race would be able to take place. And then there was Sochi, with exceptionally warm temperatures that caused the snow conditions to require significant specialist preparation. In addition to getting the men’s Alpine Skiing technical courses ready, Pieren, a former two-time Swiss Alpine Olympian (1988, 1992) was on hand to support colleagues with the halfpipe at the Extreme Park, the cross-country course at Gorki for Nordic Combined at just 500 meters altitude and the courses for the specialist Cross-Country skiers at Laura. His advice and hands-on support throughout the Games certainly led to better conditions for their events too.
When the last slalom race is finished on Sunday in Lenzerheide, Pieren will start a new chapter in his career. He will of course continue to serve as the chief of race of the Adelboden World Cup race, and he has already been snapped by a number of Organisers to support their slalom and giant slalom course preparations. Additionally Pieren will now be able to take a more hands-on role with his business that sells top-end winter sports specialising in race materials through www.hanspieren.ch
Pieren still has the capacity in his schedule, as well as the endorsement of FIS, to be able to work with additional Organisers in all the FIS disciplines.
Thank you Hans for all your “hard slopes” from your colleagues and friends at FIS!