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Åre 2019

A record number of nations at Åre 2019 

Austria, France and Switzerland are countries with strong Alpine traditions. Brazil, Ghana, Jordan and Nepal are less well-known, but also play an important role in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre (SWE). “Any nation wanting to compete is welcome to Åre 2019”, said Niklas Carlsson, CEO of Åre 2019.

Entering a team for slalom and giant slalom firstly involves participation in the qualification races that will take place in Duved, neighbouring Åre, for those athletes who do not directly qualify based on their FIS points.  The successful athletes will qualify for the medal event in the Åre National Arena. To race for the medals in the downhill and super-G, there is no qualification race, but instead a defined FIS points level is required to start. 

“The requirement for a certain FIS point level is based on safety considerations. To race in the World Championships speed races, a certain technical ability is required, and FIS points are the measure we use for that”, said Åke Moänge, Race Office Manager at Åre 2019. 

It is important to have many participating nations. Having a broad-based and culturally diverse Alpine Skiing family where everyone feels welcome is a prerequisite for the sport’s future growth. Having a record number of participating nations also fits well with the vision of Åre 2019 which is “to inspire the world to ski”.

Among the nations that have submitted their application are Jordan, Thailand and Tajikistan, none of which has participated in a World Ski Championships previously. 

Facts and Figures – Qualification Races and FIS Points

In the technical events for ladies and men, all athletes who not qualified based on their FIS points or World Cup results must compete in the qualification race to participate in the medal event. 

A total of 100 racers will be at the start in finals in the National Arena. The best 50 will qualify based on their results in the World Cup or FIS points. The remaining 50 will be based on the results of the qualification race. In the medal events in Åre, the best 60 racers from the first race will qualify for the second run. 

In the speed events, a racer is required to have less than 80 FIS points in each respective event. To start in the alpine combined, a maximum of 140 FIS points in the alpine combined rankings are allowed in addition to a maximum of 80 FIS points in the downhill.

The FIS Points are calculated so that the lower the points, the better the racer. 0.00 equates to the highest ranking. As of 10thJanuary 2019, the male with 80 FIS Points in downhill is ranked 511in the world.

Final Reminder: Utah 2019 World Champs Media Accreditation

This February the world's best Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski athletes will come be intoUtah for the 2019 FIS World Championships. Over 1,400 athletes from 40 nations are expected to take part in 25 medal events at four venues across three Utah resorts. 

Media accreditation for the World Championships is still open and all interested media representatives can apply for accreditation by clicking on the link below to register.

Online Media Accreditation 

Media Accreditation Key Points

  • One media accreditation will be used for all venues.
  • Initial accreditation pickup can be made at any venue media centre. 
  • A venue media centre is located at each of the four competition sites (Canyons Village, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain, Solitude Mountain Resort). There will be no main media centre
  • Two forms of accreditation are available: media and photographer. Media will receive access to mixed zone location in finish as well as media centre. Photographers will have the same access plus designated photo areas. Photographers with special additional access needs may submit a request for consideration.
  • A lodging reservation tool is available for media. Click on the Media Information page and scroll down to lodging. Use code FISMEDIA for a 10% discount at selected hotels. Inquire if you have specific questions on lodging.
  • A complete competition schedule is available. Press room hours are listed on the Media Information page.

Live stream available at FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships 2019, Lahti (FIN)

The FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships 2019 in Lahti will be shown via a live stream. All events, except the qualifications, will be streamed from 20th-27th January.

The production of the live stream from the Junior World Championships is an important part of the mission of Finnish Ski Association and the Event Organisers: creating visibility for young, talented athletes and presenting high-quality sport events to a global audience. 

”One of the goals of Finnish Ski Association is to increase the visibility of young athletes. With the production company Videpe, we can offer a high-quality live stream, which is also financially reasonable”, says the Managing Director of Finnish Ski Association, Mika Kulmala.

Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, Secretary General of the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships, also sees the importance of the live stream. ”It is very important, that we can offer the live stream. The FIS Junior World Championships are an early goal for young athletes in their careers and we are proud to show the events to a wide audience as well.”

The live stream will be produced by Videpe Oy and it is shown via the website The event pass (8 days) costs 29,99 euros and day pass 8,99 euros.  Live stream available