Andorra aspires to be chosen to organize the first ski world championships in the Pyrenees

It is not an easy challenge and the opponents, especially two out of three, have extensive experience in testing the world Cup and of Alpine Ski World Championships, but the Principality of Andorra hopes to bring the first world championships of the specialty to the Pyrenees in February 2027, which according to the candidacy will serve to reinforce the options of an Olympic Games for the Pyrenees in 2030.

Everything will be known on Thursday May 26, 2022 in the town of Vilamoura, in the Algarve. There, in Portugal, closer to the sea than to the snows, the International Ski Federation (FIS) meets to organize the Alpine Ski World Cup in 2027. Two expert candidates aspire and with the skis spent in top-level events : Crans Montana (Switzerland) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Bavaria, Germany), in front of two novice applicants, the Norwegian station of Narvik, with the challenge of bringing the World Cups to the Arctic despite the winter cold, and Grand Valira, in Andorra, with a whole program of sustainability, accessibility, culture, leisure and sport. “It will not be easy because it would be the second time in history that a candidacy achieves the first appointment. However, we are a solid project and if we do not achieve it the first time, we are here to continue aspiring to the World Cups,” he said. David hidalgo, head of the Andorran candidacy, during the international presentation of the project, this Tuesday in Barcelona.

The Ski World Cups would take place between the February 1 and 14, 2027. In total, they would attend 750 skiers representing 70 countries, with an estimated average on the slopes of 4,000 viewers on weekdays and 10,000 on the two affected weekends and a budget of around 40 million euros that would be recovered in television and marketing rights. A one hundred television channels and more than a thousand journalists would cover the event in Andorra. There would be 13 races between male and female categories. The technical tests, with the slalom in the lead, would take place on the track Aliga de Soldeu and those of speed, with the descent as the queen race, on the track Fir tree in the El Tarter sector. During the World Cup, mobility in Andorra would be limited to public transport, in an effort to achieve a sustainable championship, with all races accessible to anyone with a disability and with the commitment of the entire Principality. The delivery of medals, for example, would take place in the center of Andorra la Vella.

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The Ski World Cups have been held since 1931. In 1982 the FIS decided to organize them every two odd years, so that they did not coincide with the Olympic Games. In 2027 the 49th edition will take place. Grandvalira he hopes to be the relay of the Austrian station of Saalbach.

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