SkiStar, which runs most of Scandinavia’s biggest ski areas including the very biggest, Åre in Sweden, says that there are still seats on direct Easyjet flights to the resort’s local airport from Bristol and Gatwick available during the upcoming FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, which kick off next week, and accommodation available in the resort too.
The Alpine World Ski Championships which take place every two years are the next biggest event in Alpine skiing after the winter Olympics and this year run from 4th – 17th February in Åre. SkiStar say they have planned a festival of skiing for fans descending on the resort during the World Championships, with many slopes staying open to the public and SkiStar passes doubling as free entry tickets for the events. An ingenious tunnel system under the championship slopes will allow skiers to continue their runs as skiing’s top stars soar above.
The challenge for Åre will be the numbers descending, turning this already busy resort into a worldwide sporting hub. Six hundred competitors from over 70 nations will be taking part, 1,500 international media have been accredited to report on 11 World Champions being crowned and 120,000 visitors are expected over the championship fortnight.
EasyJet flies non-stop return to Åre Östersund on Thursdays and Sundays from Gatwick and on Sundays from Bristol throughout the season and flights and accommodation are still available for the duration of the World Cup. SkiStar has a one-stop-shop – www.skistar.com – where it’s possible to book accommodation, rental, passes, lessons and even childcare if required.
For those not in Sweden for the event 600 television hours are scheduled for 700 million viewers.