As part of the Crans-Montana/Valais bid for the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in 2025, Marius Robyr, Executive Director of the bid committee introduced the project to the population of Valais. Over 300 people accepted the invitation to hear details of the Crans-Montana/Valais 2025 candidature project, which will be presented to FIS at the FIS Congress 2020 in Royal Cliff (THA) in May.
The objectives of the evening was to inform and inspire the population of Valais. Several themes that are important to the bid committee were central in the speech: authenticity, youth, sustainability, emotion and passion. Crans-Montana has a long tradition of alpine racing dating back to 1911 and organised the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 1987 on its Mont Lachaux and Nationale pistes.
To host the World Championship once again, the budget for organisation will be 77 million francs. For the event, the Haut-Plateau resort will build a completely modernised multi-purpose finish stadium, as well as offering more hotel infrastructure and increasing the capacity of parking and also the Violettes ski lift.
Due to the size of the project, the bid committee can count on support from the Haut-Plateau communes, the Canton of Valais, the Confederation and Swiss-Ski, via President Urs Lehmann, who is also Vice-President of the bid committee. Philippe P. Magistretti, President of the CMA Board of Directors, the Valais state councillor Frédéric Favre, Sandra Felix, Vice Director of the Federal Office of Sport, and Nicolas Féraud, President of the Crans Montana community and also the bid itself, also spoke in support of Crans-Montana/Valais 2025.
Despite the enthusiasm, Robyr pointed out that the path towards election of the host resort at the FIS Congress 2020 is still a long one and the delegation that will be travelling to the FIS Congress will do their utmost to ensure that the Valais presentation will be a memorable one.