The Swiss ski resort of Crans-Montana has been named as the host of the 2027 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships following the FIS council elections and award ceremony in Milan on Wednesday May 25, 2022.
The resort previously hosted the biennial competition in 1987.
Held over two weeks in February, it will see the very best men and women Alpine ski racers compete across disciplines including Downhill, Slalom, Super G and Giant Slalom.
Held in Milan, the International Ski Federation (FIS) ceremony was hosted by former British ski racer and Eurosport commentator, Nick Fellows and he was joined by FIS president Johan Eliasch.
Eliasch said: “We had four excellent bids to host the 2027 Alpine World Championships and it certainly was not an easy decision. Crans-Montana brought a passion to its bid that you could feel. Bringing the Alpine World Ski Championships to the heart of Alpine Skiing in 2027 will be an unbelievable opportunity.”
Crans-Montana won 11 of the 18 votes against Narvik (Norway), Soldeu (Andorra) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany).
Urs Lehmann, president of Swiss-Ski and vice-president of the Candidature Committee, said: "Obtaining the 2027 World Championships is the reward for the excellent work of the whole team over the last few years. If our project was the most convincing, it is because everyone, from the Commune to the Canton, pulled together. We also benefited from a large support from the ski lift company and the community."
The expected 200,000 visitors to the event will enjoy a new state-of-the-art, multifunctional finish stadium and have been promised ‘breath-taking Swiss performances on the snow’.
Crans-Montana is a chic and stylish all-year-round mountain resort located in the Valais canton of Switzerland (French speaking), around two hours by train from Geneva Airport. The resort is part of the Best of the Alps group (bestofthealps.com)
Sitting on a high plateau above the Rhone Valley and facing south, the views from Crans-Montana are spectacular, especially from higher altitudes where it’s possible to see Mont Blanc in the west, through to the Matterhorn and way beyond to the east. During the winter, the skiing is well suited for intermediates, with a wide range of blue and red runs, but there’s excellent beginners areas as well as some more challenging slopes for experts, including some interesting off-piste and ski touring terrain. During summer, the resort is a haven for both road cyclists and mountain bikers as well as hikers and adventure seekers. Accommodation is varied, with a strong luxury element including several 5* hotels and a spread of 3* and 4* options as well as self-catering apartments and B&B’s.
Announcements were also made for 2026 and 2027 World Championship events in Freestyle ski and Snowboard, Ski Flying and Nordic.
Oberstdorf (GER) was unanimously elected as host of the 2026 FIS Ski Flying World Championships. It will be the seventh time that the German venue has hosted the Ski Flying World Championships.
“After hosting the highly successful FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 2021, Oberstdorf will bring both a wealth of organizational experience to the table together with very high interest from the community,” said FIS President Johan Eliasch.
Also unanimously elected was Montafon (AUT) for the FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships 2027. It marks the second time that Austria has hosted the joint World Championships, which features more than 30 medal events.
“In 2015, Austria was the first host to take on these massive joint World Championships when Kreischberg hosted. We are happy to go back to the roots with an Austrian resort hosting and are even more pleased to put these World Championships in the very capable hands of Montafon,” said Eliasch
The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2027 were unanimously awarded to Falun (SWE). The central Swedish community hosted the Nordic World Championships in 2015, putting on a spectacular show with tens of thousands of passionate fans.
“Falun already gave the world an unforgettable World Championship in 2015 and I am pleased that we can return there so quickly, just 12 years later, which will allow them to build on their experience and deliver another fantastic two weeks of Nordic action,” said Eliasch.
Overview of the votes
- 2026 FIS Ski Flying World Championships: Oberstdorf (GER) – unanimous
- 2027 FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships: Montafon (AUT) – unanimous
- 2027 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships: Falun (SWE) - unanimous
2027 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships:
- Crans Montana (SUI) – 11 votes
- Narvik (NOR) – 3 votes
- Soldeu (AND) – 3 vote
- Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) – 1 vote