Introducing World Championship candidates – Seefeld, Austria
Seefeld is one of four candidates bidding to host the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Its profile is presented below:
Expertise in Nordic sports and tourism, an excellent infrastructure and internationally renowned Tyrolean hospitality - these key words describe Seefeld and what it has to offer.
”We know that Almaty, Oberstdorf and Planica are good and strong competitors but we are ready and raring to go. We are backed by the population of the Olympic region of Seefeld, our partners and the Austrian Ski Association. We are highly motivated and enthusiastic and will try our hardest to win the bid for the 2019 World Championships” Seefeld Mayor Werner Friesser said.
The tourist resort is situated on a high plateau at an altitude of 1200m with guaranteed snow and good transportation links by airplane, train and car. It has an impressive list of top-class accommodation with 8,400 guest beds, featuring 15,000 guest beds in total, and an additional 44,000 beds within a radius of 25km.
Seefeld has a long tradition in Nordic Skiing and has become a real Nordic mecca thanks to the two Olympic Games in Innsbruck/Seefeld in 1964 and 1976, the 1985 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and the first Youth Olympic Games in 2012. The modern Centre of Expertise consisting of two jumping hills, 280 km of cross-country tracks, a roller ski track and a World Cup approved biathlon facility reinforces Seefeld’s Nordic competence in hosting major sporting events.
Top international athletes travel to Seefeld for a variety of competitions including the annual FIS Nordic Combined World Cup, FIS Cross-Country races, the Alpencup and Continental Cup. They also visit to take advantage of the fabulous training conditions both in summer and winter. The excellent infrastructure in Seefeld combined with the Bergisel Arena in Innsbruck, one of the famous Four-Hills Tournament sites, will guarantee an unrivalled setting for the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.