A dream weekend in the Valais sunshine

The duo Marius Robyr (president) and Hugo Steinegger (vice-president) have put their stamp on a magnificent new era of 18 years of World Cup skiing in Crans-Montana, culminating in the 2027 World Championships.

Even the warm temperatures, which were well above zero, couldn’t stop the organisers in Crans-Montana. The three races held in Switzerland offered a breathtaking spectacle in this latest edition of the Classic.

The weather in Crans-Montana this year was good, but above all it was warm, very warm, during this stage of the women's World Cup. Thanks however to the organisers’ hard work, the three programmed races took place without a hitch on the legendary - and perfectly prepared - Mont Lachaux piste. The public turned out in force (37,000 spectators, including the ceremonies at the Ycoor ice rink) to enjoy impressive performances by the world's best speed specialists.

In the first downhill on Friday, Swiss spectators were thrilled by their protégés, as Lara Gut-Behrami, who is on course for the Crystal Globe, took first place ahead of her compatriot, and world champion, Jasmine Flury and Austria’s Cornelia Hütter, who tied for 2nd place. Italy reigned for the rest of the weekend. The following day, in the second downhill, it was Marta Bassino who created a surprise by beating her compatriot Federica Brignone and - once again - Lara Gut-Behrami. Finally, in Sunday's super-G, Austria's Stephanie Venier put in an excellent performance to win ahead of Federica Brignone and Marta Bassino.

With just three years to go until the World Championships, this edition of the World Cup proved once again that Crans-Montana is ready to host this huge event, and in any conditions.The Organising Committee, expertly run by Marius Robyr and Hugo Steinegger for the past 18 years, will now make way for the future World Championships Committee. These two legends were honoured on the sidelines of the races.

Next season, the Men’s World Cup will be in Valais for two races, including a downhill on the famous Nationale piste, which has been modernised.