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Back in 2003 Natives www.natives.co.uk reported:
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World Championships 2009
In case you haven’t already heard, Val d’Isère is bidding to host the 2009 FIS World Championships. After 150 World Cups & of course the Olympic Games in 1992, the resort definitely has the experience & the expertise, plus we also have the unique advantage of being able to hold the events on facing slopes less than 50 metres away. Val is up against Chamonix, St Moritz & Garmisch, so lets hope that it is third time lucky after the unsuccessful 2005 & 2007 bids.

The resort proposed Bellevarde and Solaise instead of the Ok - giving easy public access.

The FIS meeting in Miami yesterday came down in favour of Val d'Isère. more on the official site (down at the moment) .... http://www.valdisere2009.org/

And this in a US report in the Vail Daily .....

So it's finally back in France, first time since Chamonix in 1962......
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Sorry PG, I root for St. Moritzs,which with about 2 hrs drive, it's closer to where I live, and I wish to go and see a World Championship at last.
Can you beleive, never gone to see one live. Not even a single race.
But then I live near Monza, and I have never gone there during the F1 race days.
I hate the crowds...
More, some of my friends living in Monza, use to come out of the town during those days, because it's nearly impossible to stay there and have a "normal" life.
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Not quite on the same scale, but we're currently looking for houses and had spotted one in a village in saddleworth - we asked for an appointment to see it his weekend but were told that it wasn;t advisable as this weekend is the annual brassbadn festival and you won;t be able to drive anywhere in the area because of the sheer amount of people

hmmmm, formula 1 racing, FIS ski world cup or the Oldham & Saddleworth Whit Friday Brass Band Contests....
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Thanks for that, PG, and congratulations to Val d'Isere. Will there be more British spectators in town than French?

How did they clinch it? I've a memory that Killy - who had some influence in winning the 1992 Winter Olympics for Annecy - had some role in this.

Legend has it that Killy trained as a boy by racing the Solaise cablecar from its top station to the village. By current speed standards that might not be such a great challenge, but I guess in the days of relatively unpisted snow it was quite a rough ride.
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David Goldsmith wrote:
Thanks for that, PG, and congratulations to Val d'Isere. Will there be more British spectators in town than French?



I read in Le Monde that Killy was involved too. He was brought in after the bid for the 2007 WC failed.

Lets hope they have some snow, especially after the huge expense of having their world cup race cancelled this winter.

Of couse La Face is the 1992 Olympic mens downhill piste so makes sense for an event as prestigous as the world championships. The start is from the funicular terminus if anyone wants to give it a go.
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davidof, Out here in Vail everyone was obviously disappointed, as the 01, 03, 05, and 07 Worlds were all given to resorts in Europe, and a lot of people felt it should have been N. America's "turn" again. Also, much was made of the fact that Beaver Creek stepped in at the last minute to host Val d'Isere's race, which was cancelled due to a lack of snow.
But the revival of the Face downhill (I would say the most technical Dh I ever raced) is a good thing, and yes, there certainly will be great support for the Brits, judging by the times I used to race at Val d'Isere.
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