The Austrian resort town of Saalbach has defeated rival bidders from Germany and Switzerland to land the 2025 Alpine World Ski Championships, while the Norwegian city of Trondheim has been rubber-stamped as the venue for the same year’s Nordic World Ski Championships.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) Council on Saturday received final presentations from four candidates for the hosting rights to the two events. For the Alpine Worlds, Saalbach faced competition from Crans-Montana (Switzerland) and Garmisch Partenkirchen (Germany).
Earning 12 votes, Saalbach won the election ahead of its two rival bidders, who each finished with one vote. In May 2018, Saalbach said it would target the 2025 Worlds after missing out on the contract for the 2023 edition.
The contest for the 2023 Alpine World Championships saw the joint bid from the French resorts of Meribel-Courchevel edge out Saalbach by a Council vote of nine to six. Both organisers put forward first-time bids, with the Alpine World Championships returning to France after Val d’Isere staged the event in 2009.
The next edition of the Alpine World Championships will take place as originally scheduled in Cortina, Italy, from February 9-21, 2021 after the sport of skiing in July rallied around the Covid-19-afflicted region to help it deliver the event as planned.
Saalbach’s securing of the 2025 rights will see the Alpine Worlds return to Austria for the first time since Schladming’s staging of the 2013 event. FIS president Gian-Franco Kasper said: “Much like with our Nordic World Championships, with Saalbach and Austria, we are going to the heartland of Alpine skiing.
“Every time FIS has staged the FIS Alpine World Ski Championship in Austria, it is a special occasion with massive crowds and very professional organisation. There is not a doubt in my mind Saalbach will live up to this strong tradition.”
Trondheim was unanimously appointed as host of the 2025 Nordic World Championship as the sole candidate. The event was last held in Norway as Oslo hosted in 2011, with the next two editions set to take place in Oberstdorf (Germany) and Planica (Slovenia) in 2021 and 2023, respectively, before heading to Trondheim.
Kasper added: “In confirming Trondheim as the host of the 2025 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, we will bring our Nordic disciplines to the heart of the sport. Already in 1997 Trondheim staged an unforgettable World Championships with record crowds and an amazing atmosphere. I am certain what they will bring the world in 2025 will exceed all expectations.”