Two French resorts, Courchevel and Méribel, have been chosen to host the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The French bid was chosen over the competing bid from Saalbach, Austria at the FIS international congress in Costa Navarino, Greece. Following a convincing presentation that demonstrated their meticulous preparation and ability to work together, the Council voted nine to six in favor of France.
The event began in 1931, occuring every two years, and the last time this event was held in France was in 2009, at Val d’Isere. Courchevel and Méribel have regularly hosted World Cup races in the past, and the organization sees this win as an opportunity to use skiing to bring the entire country together and hold true to their bid slogan, “Together for 2023”.
Mikaela Shiffrin in a race at Courchevel. Image: The Durango Herald
FIS Alpine World Ski Championship hosts have included and will include:
2009 – Val d’Isere, France
2011 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
2013 – Schladming, Austria
2015 – Vail/ Beaver Creek, USA
2017 – Piz Nair, Switzerland
2019 – Are, Sweden
2021 – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
2023 – Courchevel/ Méribel, France