2023 FIS World Cup at Tremblant Achieves Key Milestones and Moves to Final Phase of Preparations
Event projected to deliver significant sport, economic and tourism benefits
Mont-Tremblant, QC (May 18, 2023) – After meeting key milestones set by the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS), Alpine Canada and Station Mont Tremblant are excited to be moving to the final phase of preparations for the FIS Women’s Alpine World Cup in Tremblant December 2 and 3, 2023. The FIS requirements included upgrades to the Flying Mile trail to meet World Cup safety standards, and the successful hosting of a Nor-Am Cup race in February 2023.
“The result of the significant and successful work carried out by Alpine Canada and Station Mont Tremblant over the last few months allows us to confirm that two women’s World Cup giant slalom races will be on the calendar for the next season, beginning of December,” confirmed Peter Gerdol, FIS Chief Race Director, Women’s World Cup. “I have every confidence the Local Organizing Committee will do an outstanding job organizing the World Cup at Tremblant.”
"We are thrilled to welcome athletes, coaches, and fans from around the world to Tremblant for the 2023 FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup," said Patrice Malo, President and Chief Operating Officer, Station Mont Tremblant. "Our teams have been working diligently to ensure that all necessary conditions were met and exceeded. We are proud and more committed than ever to hosting a World Cup next season."
Women’s ski racing has long figured prominently at Tremblant with the hill hosting the first FIS Ski World Cup on Canadian soil in 1983. And now, 40 years later, the women’s World Cup is coming back home to its roots. The event will celebrate Tremblant’s rich history and tradition of ski racing while carving a new era that is fast and female. The women on the Canadian Alpine Ski Team had a breakthrough season last year with podium performances on the World Cup circuit and at the 2023 World Ski Championships in Courchevel/Méribel. The timing couldn’t be better for the regions large and enthusiastic fan base and engaged ski community.
“To race on Canadian snow, on my home hill, is going to be amazing”, said a pleased Valérie Grenier, Canadian Alpine Ski Team member. “We did some training here in April and the team had the opportunity to get used to the terrain and the venue. It’s going to be a great event and I’m excited to race against the best in the world in front of family, friends and all the Canadian fans.”
Tremblant is expected to be a favourite on the World Cup calendar for athletes, families & friends, fans, volunteers, media, and sponsors given its location at a world class resort, located a 75-minute drive from Montreal, and it’s timing on the heels of the World Cup race in Killington, Vermont. Organizers are planning for 80 athletes, 150 team staff, 250 volunteers, 75 broadcast production crew, 80-100 media and 15,000 fans to attend the races and festival activities over the weekend.
The event will build community and be a key driver of economic development and tourism in the region. The Tremblant World Cup race is projected to annually generate $14.3MM in economic impact, with $12MM staying in Quebec, and $4.5MM in wages for Quebecers. It will reach a global audience of over 80 million people with over 600 hours of broadcast time on 40 different networks internationally and domestically on the CBC/SRC. It will deliver over $1MM in broadcast media and advertising benefit to the resort and region.
“The women’s World Cup will be a highlight of the winter season,” stated Isabelle Charest, Quebec Minister Responsible for Sports, Recreation and the Outdoors. “The opportunity to cheer on the best women ski racers in the world right here in Quebec is one that we will support with great pride and encourage everyone to come out and enjoy. These women are truly inspiring and seeing them compete in person will be very special.”
"It’s wonderful that 2023 FIS World Cup will be in Mont-Tremblant. An event of this scale and reach promotes the long-term economic development of Quebec," said the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. "Most importantly, women ski racers are important role models for everyone, and especially for young Canadians. They have inspired our youth to stay active, showing that physical activity can be fun and beneficial to our health”.
“We are pleased to have a partner in Tremblant that shares our commitment to producing a race event that excites Canadians, one that grows the sport and fans, delivers an amazing experience for athletes and fans, is commercially and environmentally sustainable, and provides a strong legacy for the sport and community” said Therese Brisson, President & CEO of Alpine Canada. “We had very positive discussions with FIS at the spring technical meetings last week that will strengthen our plans. We are looking forward to upcoming discussions with potential sponsors and stakeholders who share our excitement about this unique opportunity to engage with a large and attractive fan base around a distinctly Canadian, but also a global platform, that unites audiences around their shared passions.”
Fans can look forward to a captivating event with festivities all weekend long, stirring strong emotions, and showcasing amazing athletic performances and celebrations that will mark history while winning over a large audience and inspiring the next generation. More information on ticket sales, VIP packages, and accommodations packages will be shared towards the end of June.
The official FIS calendar for the 2023-24 season will be finalized at the FIS Council meeting later in May.
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About Alpine Canada
Alpine Canada is the governing body for alpine, para-alpine, and ski cross racing in Canada, as well as for Canadian ski coaches, providing education, certification, insurance, and compliance with the coaching code of conduct. With the support of valued corporate partners and donors, along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Coaching Association of Canada, Alpine Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup athletes to stimulate visibility, inspiration, and growth in the ski community.
About Station Mont Tremblant
Station Mount Tremblant is part of Alterra Mountain Company's family of 15 iconic year-round destinations, including the world's largest heli-ski operation, offering the Ikon Pass, the new standard in season passes. It is a top four-season resort destination owing to its guest experience both on-mountain, and in its pedestrian village. Its view of the Laurentians, the diversity of its offer and highly acclaimed major events – including Tremblant's 24 h and the Tremblant International Blues Festival – place Tremblant among the Best Ski Resorts in North America by Condé Nast Traveler readers in 2020, in addition to being voted #1 Ski Resort in Eastern North America 20 times by SKI magazine readers. With your family, sweetheart, friends or group, Tremblant welcomes vacationers on direct flights from Toronto, to enjoy 1,900 lodging units fanned out across 13 hotel establishments, over 75 restaurants, boutiques and a casino, all at nature's doorstep.