It’s been decided: The FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships 2023 will take place at the legendary French ski resorts of Courchevel and Méribel, in Les Trois Vallées. The decision was announced at the 51st FIS International Ski Congress in Costa Navarino, Greece, after months of lobbying from Courchevel-Méribel and their worthy opponent, the Austrian ski resort of Saalbach-Hinterglemm, which was also shortlisted as a possible venue for the 2023 FIS World Championships. Courchevel-Méribel will be the first French ski resort to host the FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships since Val d’Isère hosted back in 2009.
The decision for Courchevel-Méribel to host the FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships was not taken lightly. Both Saalbach-Hinterglemm and Courchevel-Méribel presented compelling cases – both are internationally renowned and both have hosted FIS events in the past. The final decision was made by around 1000 delegates representing 80 nations during the FIS International Ski Congress in Greece.
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Courchevel-Méribel is part of Les Trois Vallées, the largest linked ski area in the world. Together with Val Thorens and several other smaller ski resorts, Les Trois Vallées offers 600km of slopes for all levels of skier and snowboarder. Popular with the jetset, Courchevel is known for its world-class infrastructure, with neighbouring Méribel reputed for its advanced skiing terrain.
Although Saalbach-Hinterglemm was unsuccessful in its bid for the 2023 World Championships, we can expect them to submit a bid for the FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships 2025, just two years later. They have already invested significant time and money for this bid and will be able to build on the steps they have already taken. However, victory cannot be assumed: Saalbach-Hinterglemm will be competing against Switzerland’s Crans Montana as well as America’s Vail/Beaver Creek. We might also see the first Chinese World Championships candidate. Stay tuned for more information!
Most of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships over the last decade have taken place in Europe: St. Moritz, Switzerland (2017); Schladming, Austria (2013); Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (2011) and Val d'Isère, France (2009). The one notable exception is American powerhouse Vail/Beaver Creek, which hosted the World Championships in 2015 and will submit another bid for 2025. Next year’s FIS World Championships will be held in Åre, Sweden, followed by Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy in 2021.
Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!
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