Winter sports – today's trends
The 2009/2010 winter sports season enjoyed a particularly full schedule of events. This is also reflected in the increased number of spectators at the FIS World Championship races. Athletes from the six disciplines (ski jumping, snowboarding, and alpine, cross country, Nordic combined and freestyle skiing) provided an exciting time for more than 2,000,000 spectators – significantly more than last year. The efforts made by the FIS and 108 organizers for the World Championship have been rewarded.
For the Viessmann Cross-Country Skiing World Championship, 48 races were held in 11 different countries. In this case, the number of spectators rose by 25%, to more than 600,000. Nordic combined skiing races were watched by 100,000 enthusiasts.
The Bauhaus Ski-jumping World Championship, that saw the Swiss jumping ace Simon Ammann as overall winner, in turn attracted 600,000 spectators to an exciting competition.
In alpine skiing, athletes competed in 66 races in 12 countries. 520,000 spectators supported the champions Benjamin Raich, Aksel Lund Svindal and Maria Riesch, and the overall World Championship winners, Lindsey Vonn and Carlo Janka.
17 events were scheduled in 14 different countries for the 60 athletes of the FIS Freestyle World Championships. The spectacular jumps were enjoyed by 50,000 spectators.
The number of snowboard fans increased significantly in the 2009/2010 season. 150,000 spectators, 25% more than last year, followed the events of the LG Snowboard World Championship.
Overall, 279 competitions were held in 15 different countries during the 2009/2010 winter sports season. In a great many places, TechnoAlpin was able to guarantee the snow needed for the events, such as at Val di Fiemme (ITA), in Levi (FIN) at the Centro Biathlon di Anterselva (ITA), in Kitzbühel (AUT), Sölden (AUT), Holmenkollen (NOR), Are (SWE), Lauberhorn (SUI), Kranjska Gora (SLO) and many others.