FIS Ski Tour Canada 2016 Quebec site inspections

FIS Ski Tour Canada 2016 Quebec site inspections

PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release

Québec City, Tuesday, August 18, 2015 – Members from the Fédération internationale de Ski (FIS) were in Canada from August 13 to 18 to inspect the venues that are set to host Ski Tour Canada 2016 events in Gatineau, Montréal, Québec City, and Canmore March 1 to 12, 2016. “We had a very full schedule, but everything went well from start to finish. We are going to work closely with the organisers of the Ski Tour Canada 2016 in the next months and will follow the final preparations. We look forward to 2016,” said FIS race director Pierre Mignerey.

At the various inspections carried out over the past few days, FIS representatives, accompanied by Cross Country Ski Canada members and local organizing committees, took a close look at the planned courses and facilities available in each of the host cities for athletes, teams, media, volunteers, technical teams, spectators, etc. “We took the time to analyze everything in order to prioritize the work that remains to be done before the March start of the Tour,” explained Dave Dyer, event director at Cross Country Ski Canada. Over the next few weeks and months, the organizing committees will continue working on course plans, presenting partners, and the lineup of events for each stage of the Tour.

Visits to Québec City and Montréal
Québec City and Montréal were the first two stops for the FIS representatives before they continued on to Gatineau and western Canada. “In Québec City, we visited a venue that looks a lot like the site for Sprint Québec in 2012 outside the National Assembly,” explained Gestev president Patrice Drouin, accompanied by Martial De Rome, president of the Québec Winter Events Corporation. “FIS was very happy with all we had to show them.”

Montréal, meanwhile, has an all-new World Cup site in Mount Royal Park—an outdoor playground in the heart of the city, right on the very spot where skiing was first practiced as a sport in Canada in 1879, 25 years before the Montreal Ski Club was founded. Athletes will stop in Montréal on Wednesday, March 2, before going on to Québec City for races on March 4 and 5. Both venues promise to produce plenty of drama for the thousands set to cheer on the world’s best cross country skiers from over 25 countries. With no Olympic Games or World Championships on the international calendar, Ski Tour Canada 2016 looks set to be one of the highlights of next season.

About FIS
FIS, founded in 1924, is the governing body for international skiing and snowboarding. Recognized by the International Olympic Committee, FIS manages the Olympic disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing, and Snowboarding, and sets the international competition rules. Through its 119 national federations, more than 7,000 FIS ski and snowboard competitions are staged annually. Specific initiatives are undertaken by FIS to promote winter sports, particularly for the young.

About Cross Country Ski Canada
Cross Country Canada is the governing body of cross country skiing in Canada, which is the nation’s optimal winter sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually. Its 58,000 members include athletes, coaches, officials, and skiers of all ages and abilities, including those on Canada’s National Ski Teams and Para-Nordic Ski Teams. With the support of its valued corporate partners—Haywood Securities Inc., AltaGas, and Mackenzie—along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium, and B2dix, Cross Country Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, and world champions.

About the National Organizing Committee (NOC)
The NOC has been established by Cross Country Canada (CCC) to assist in managing and coordinating Ski Tour Canada 2016. By facilitating communication between CCC and the Local Organizing Committees (LOCs) including ÉVÈNEMENTS NORDIQUES GATINEAU (Gatineau), QUÉBEC WINTER EVENTS CORPORATION (Montréal and Québec City), and the ALBERTA WORLD CUP SOCIETY (Canmore & Lake Louise), the NOC plans to deliver a seamless Tour in both eastern and western Canada.

About Corporation Événements d’hiver de Québec
The mission of Corporation Événements d’hiver de Québec (CEHQ) is to promote winter sports through international events such as the FIS Snowboard World Cup – Snowboard Jamboree. While attracting the world’s top winter sport athletes, CEHQ is working hard for the development of amateur sport in each of its events.

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