Meet the new FIS Council Members: Eduardo Valenzuela (ESP)

At the recently concluded Congress in Costa Navarino (GRE), the General Assembly elected the FIS Council for the term 2018-2020. Joining the Council are five new members, three elected representatives and two Athlete’s Commission members. FIS Newsflash will introduce its readers to the new FIS Council Members in the upcoming weeks, starting with Eduardo Valenzuela (ESP).

Eduardo Valenzuela’s (*1955) election as a member of the FIS Council at the 2018 Congress in Costa Navarino (GRE) ensures continuity of representation for Spain after Eduardo Roldan stepped down from his post.

Valenzuela is currently the Mountain Manager of Sierra Nevada ski resort, a company for which he started working in 1987 and has extensive experience in the organisation of FIS World Cups in Alpine skiing, Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing.

Most recently, Valenzuela was the head of the Local Organising Committee of the FIS Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard World Championships 2017 in Sierra Nevada and was also a key member of the Organising Committee of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1996 also in Sierra Nevada (ESP). He was also the technical manager of the Snowboard Junior World Championships 2012 and the FISU Universiade2015.

Valenzuela is an active member of the Spanish Ski Areas Association where he has been working on the Spanish Rule for Ski-resorts and the environmental policy for this organisation.

"I am very happy to be elected to the FIS Council, especially because it was a highly competitive election. My objectives will be aligned with my background on the snow beginning with climate change and demographic changes that point to a decline in youth participation in snow sports. We need to work with all stakeholders to make snow sports more attractive for the new generations and ensure that they do not leave the mountain in favour of other pursuits.”