Sweden’s Åre chosen to host 2019 ski worlds

Sweden's Åre chosen to host 2019 ski worlds
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The International Ski Federation (FIS) announced Thursday that the Swedish resort of Åre will host the 2019 World Alpine Ski Championships.

With nine votes at the FIS Council meeting of the International Ski Congress, Are achieved the majority in the first ballot against its sole competitor, the Italian resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

The 2019 Nordic World Ski Championships will be hosted by Seefeld in Austria, which beat out Oberstdorf, Germany, in the third ballot.

Oberstdorf and Park City, USA, were unanimously elected as hosts of the 2018 FIS Ski Flying World Championships and joint 2019 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships respectively.

Åre is one of Sweden's largest ski resorts and is located in Jämtland near the border with Norway. It is home to around 1,500 people and derives some 25 percent of its income from tourism.

The resort, which is operated by stock market listed Skistar, has previously hosted the Alpine World Championships in 1954 and 2007.

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