The International Ski Federation (FIS) has selected the resorts of Courchevel and Méribel in France to host the 2023 Alpine World Ski Championships.
At their international congress in Costa Navarino, Greece, the FIS chose the French bid ahead of a competing bid entered by Saalbach Hinterglemm in Austria, winning the vote 9-6.
The Championships will be the first in France for 14 years, since Val d'Isère hosted the 2009 competition.
"Courchevel Méribel 2023's success is the fruit of meticulous preparation by the French Ski Federation and the Olympic resorts of Courchevel and Meribel, and recognition of their ability to work together effectively to achieve a shared goal. As a result, we are confident the 2023 Alpine World Ski Championships will be a great sporting and popular success that embodies in every way the bid's slogan: "Together for 2023," a Courchevel Méribel 2023 statement reads, continuing,
"Hosting the 2023 Alpine World Ski Championships is an opportunity to unite an entire country around skiing, to offer the public a unique event capable of generating a passion for skiing, especially among the younger generations, and to promote France's mountain areas and mountain resorts."
The next Alpine World Ski Championships will be staged in Are, Sweden, next winter with Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy due to stage the 2021 competition.
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Picture: The victorious France's candidacy team Courchevel Méribel 2023 gathered around Michel VION, the President of the FRENCH SKI FEDERATION with the Mayors of both resorts hosting the World ski Championships: Thierry MONIN (Méribel) and Philippe MUGNIER (Courchevel). Photo : Agence ZOOM