4 Bids to Host 2027 Alpine World Ski Championships
6th May 2021
Last modified on May 17th, 2021
The International Ski Federation has confirmed it has had four applications to host the Championships in six years’ time.
We reported on the candidacy of the Pyrenean principality, Andorra, which put itself forward in April.
Now, FIS has named the four candidates as Soldeu in Andorra, Narvik in Norway, Crans Montana in Switzerland and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany.
No other candidates can enter the race as bids closed on 1st May.
FIS has also had just one application for the 2027 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, from Falun in Sweden and one for the 2026 FIS Ski Flying World Championship submitted by Oberstdorf, Germany.
“FIS is very pleased with the diversity and quality of the Candidates to host our flagship events in 2026 and 2027,” said FIS President, Gian Franco Kasper.
“Each Candidate brings its own set of strengths and experience to their bids and we know that whomever is elected will do an excellent job organising the World Championships.”
Crans Montana in Switzerland and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany both held World Cup races last season. They had both bid unsuccessfully for the 2025 Championships.
Soldeu had the World Cup Finals in 2019.
Narvik, which is in the Arctic Circle, is being seen as a relative outsider.
It last hosted World Cup races 25 years ago though it regularly hosts a leg of the FIS Cup.
Observers may see it as a relative outsider but the resort does not.
“We are delighted that Narvik has been recognised as the best destination in Norway to offer the 2027 World Cup,” said the CEO of Norway – Home of Skiing, Trevor de Villiers.
” I know the team in Narvik have put in a mountainous effort to secure Narvik as the host city and its clear the work has paid off.
“Hosting the event up in the Norwegian Arctic will be one of the most special WC events ever held in my opinion, and both guests and TV audiences will have the chance to enjoy the spectacular North Sea setting of this unique ski destination – we have all the confidence that Narvik will prevail as the winning host city for WC’’27”.
There has also been reaction from Andorra.
The UK Specialist, Absolutely Snow, offers ski holidays to Andorra.
The bid for the 2027 World Championships by Andorra is pretty unique – rather than using just 1 ski area for the competition Andorra are proposing using the whole country,” said Duncan Gilroy from Absolutely Snow.
“This will highlight the great skiing to be found not only in the Grandvalira but in Vallnord and also Arcalis, which we liken to the Grand Montets of the Pyrenees!
“With the medals ceremonies taking place in the capital of Andorra – Andorra la Vella we hope our clients will understand how close the capital is to the ski areas and how easy it is to access each of the 3 ski areas from Andorra la Vella.”
Each candidate has to submit a detailed concept by 1st September.
The final decision will be taken at the FIS Congress, held in May 2022 in Portugal.
The Alpine World Ski Championships are held every two years.
The next two will be in Courchevel-Méribel in France in 2021 and Saalbach in Austria in 2025.