World Ski Cup resorts announced
The FIS today announced the resorts for the 2021 FIS Freestyle & Snowboard, Nordic and Alpine events and for the 2020 FIS Ski Flying World Championships.
Planica in Slovenia was unanimously elected to host the 2020 FIS Ski Flying World Championships.
“With its new state-of-the-art facilities, Planica will put on another unforgettable Ski Flying World Championships with great fan support and high-level facilities,” said FIS President Gian Franco Kasper.
Zhangjiakou/Genting Resort in China was also unanimously chosen to stage the FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships in 2021, as well as the 2022 Olympic Winter Games Freestyle and Snowboarding competitions.
Kasper continued: “I can’t think of a more appropriate host for the 2021 Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding World Championships. Ideally, the World Championships will serve as the final test event for the Olympics, giving the Organisers the best possible experience to prepare for the Games. It is also one of the key developing regions for Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard, making it a perfect fit to develop and promote the sports strongly over the next five years.”
Another unanimous decision was to pick Cortina d’Ampezzo to host the 2021 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships. The Italian resort, at the heart of the Dolomites, is already a regular host of the ladies’ Audi FIS Ski World Cup, as Kasper pointed out: “Cortina and the Italian Ski Federation (FISI) have shown a real commitment to hosting the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. They have outlined a series of detailed plans to develop the resort for the marquee event with a strong legacy for the future and we look forward to going there in 2021.”
Finally, the Nordic World Ski Championships will be hosted by Oberstdorf. The German town won with 11 ballots over its competitors Trondheim (4) and Planica (2). It was the fifth time that the resort has bid to host the World Championships.
“Oberstdorf has put its heart into securing the 2021 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships,” said Kasper. “We have an Organiser with massive experience hosting both annual World Cup events and previous editions of the World Championships and there is not a doubt in my mind that they will do an excellent job in 2021.”