FIS Alpine TV Workshop: Saslong Classic Club to host the event
The 2022/23 Alpine ski season may be history, but in the coming weeks and months, the course is already being set for the year ahead. Thus, from Wednesday, 26 April to Friday, 28 April, stakeholders responsible for the international TV production of the Ski World Cup met in South Tyrol.
The organizers of the FIS Alpine TV Workshop, held for the seventh time, were the international ski and snowboard federation FIS and rights holder Infront. The workshop, held at the Biohotel Theiner's in Gargazon, was attended by representatives of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as well as national TV broadcasters such as ARD or ORF, including production managers and directors.
The focus of the workshop was on the further development of the Alpine Ski World Cup product in the area of television broadcasting, where not only the sport should be presented in the best possible way, but also the interests of the sponsors should be realized as well. During the workshop, numerous proposals and ideas were discussed, which may already be visible on TV screens next winter.
The Saslong Classic Club hosted the three-day event, which also offered an interesting supporting program to the participants. The Val Gardena/Gröden World Cup Committee was supported by Autoindustriale, which provided two electrically powered Mercedes mini-buses, as well as by the Castelfeder Winery and the special beer brewery FORST.
World Cup races have been held in Val Gardena/Gröden since 1969 and are organized by the Saslong Classic Club. Next winter, the Saslong will again be the venue for two men's World Cup races, namely on Friday, 15 December (super-G) and Saturday, 16 December (downhill). Val Gardena/Gröden is also an official candidate to host the Alpine World Ski Championships in 2029. The decision as to who will organize the championships in six years' time will be made at the FIS Congress in Reykjavik in May 2024. In 1970, skiing title competitions were held in Val Gardena and thus in South Tyrol for the first and only time so far.