The Arctic way
Narvik and Narvikfjellet has been the venue of several top-level alpine sports events throughout history, with the World Cup, European Cup, JR AWSC and national championships as the most prestigious events.
Now it’s time to take a step forward after the organizational success of the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in Narvik 2020.
For the first time in history, Norway and Narvik have been given the opportunity and necessary guarantees to hold one of the most prestigious sport events in the world. This commitment is a result of organizational success and recognition achieved over several years with magnificent Norwegian results in the slopes, development of world-class Norwegian skiers and a rock solid organizational competence in holding prestigious sporting events in Norway.
A common and unanimous will, both nationally and regionally, represents a strong desire to take the next step. FIS Alpine World Ski Championship – We welcome you to the Arctic!
10 reasons to choose Narvik
1. The most spectacular alpine skiing championships ever
The Alpine Skiing World Championships is the world’s second largest winter sports event, only the Winter Olympic Games is larger. Most ski destinations are located by small villages in traditional mountain areas. The town of Narvik can, in addition to having world class alpine skiing slopes, offer an extra dimension with its proximity to the sea. Mountains, sea and town make up a unique trinity and a spectacular venue for visitors and the millions who follow the world championship on screens.
2. A project that puts necessary focus on the Arctic
Northern Norway is the center of the Arctic. The Arctic is already a topic at many conferences and discussions today on the climate changes in the world. Our World Championships must not only be the most spectacular skiing event ever. We will also use the momentum created by the championships to put even more focus on the challenges the Arctic is facing and – even more importantly – set an example as regards solutions. The World Championships will create inspiration for forward thinking on the goal of creating a sustainable and climate-friendly society. This is a unique opportunity to increase focus on the Arctic, not least through reaching out to target groups that are not as well informed on the research and information-driven information that characterize the current perspective.
3. A exceptionally compact championship
In alpine skiing terms, Narvik is a large town. However, for all other purposes it is small and all the necessary facilities are close to the slopes. Most visitors will be able to walk from the town center to the World Championships venue; if you are on skis, you can ski right down into the town. Many of the guests will be able to stay in large, modern cruise ships, moored in Narvik Harbor, which is approx. 30 minutes’ walk from the venue. This is both environmentally friendly and attractive.
4. An event with strong regional support
All North Norway – the political environments, organizations, businesses, and the people who live here, stand together and are enthusiastically behind the plans for the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Narvik. There can hardly be another event that has had such unifying broad support. Those who live in North Norway are patriots of our fantastic region. We rarely have major worldwide events here, so when the opportunity comes, and particularly when everything that is required falls so easily into place as in this case, we stand firmly together behind it.
5. A project with considerable social spin-off effects; locally, regionally, and nationally
As a town, Narvik has big ambitions. The goal is to be the leading winter sports destination in the arctic areas of the Scandinavian countries, and thereby, a natural destination for winter tourists. At the same time, the town will be attractive by ensuring a good and inclusive urban environment that is financially, environmentally, and socially sustainable. Narvik’s ambitions are independent of whether we are awarded the World Championships. However, for the town and the surrounding region, the Alpine Skiing World Championships will be decisive for the pace of the development.
For people who live in North Norway, the pride of jointly fulfilling the promise involved in a world class event will strengthen the feeling of identity, patriotism, and desire to live in the region. For businesses in the region, and nationwide, the Alpine Skiing World Championships will be an exhibition window for important industries such as tourism, energy, seafood, and aquaculture.
In a region that is otherwise often divided over discussions on location and regional tugs-of-war, the Alpine Skiing World Championships will be unifying and will create a good basis for cooperation in several other areas.
6. A catalyst for the development of alpine skiing in Norway, both before and after the championship
The world championships on home ground will always be a strong motivation factor for athletes. The closer to home, the stronger this motivation will normally be. For Norway, as one of the world’s leading alpine skiing nations, the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Narvik could be the catalyst that otherwise good development environments need to recruit and motivate their athletes. It is a long time since alpine skiing in North Norway and the arctic areas of Scandinavia have fostered athletes at the top level. The newly started recruitment project NAT – Narvik Alpine Top sports – will be an important factor in promoting a new generation of top athletes.
The spectacular Narvikfjellet, which after its development, will be one of the world’s most spectacular alpine skiing venues, can be a center of power in future and continual development of Norwegian alpine skiing talents. Major and attractive races will also be held here after the Alpine Skiing World Championships.
7. An ideal event as regards sustainability and environmental gains
There is increasing emphasis on the environment and sustainability. There will be requirements and solutions in the future that are not obvious today. The Alpine Skiing World Championships will be the most sustainable winter sports event that has ever been held. We will establish a standard for how such sports events must be held in order to keep the impact on nature and the environment to a minimum. We want to inspire the whole world in this regard and show how to participate in and form a sustainable future.
8. A huge folk festival
Northern Norway has shown on repeated occasions that those who live here enthusiastically take part when a party is put on. We will have a huge folk festival for all visitors through several events before and during the championships. We will create expectations and implement a uniform concept that captures the experience for all guests and inhabitants. The Alpine Skiing World Championships in Narvik will be felt physically – and enjoyed visually. Events at the arena will be full of action, the town will be decorated, and ceremonies filled with enthusiasm in the compact Narvik square, which will be at the core of the town festival.
9. A world class project, also when it comes to the media
The Alpine Skiing World Championships attract a lot of international media interest. Approx. 30 countries show the championships live on TV, and journalists from all the major skiing countries will come to Narvik. In the coming years social media will, to a greater degree, take over as the primary platform for showing major events. New generations of media consumers expect new broadcasting formats and options for interaction. We must be innovative and relevant for modern media users at the same time that we satisfy groups of viewers who are used to traditional TV broadcasts.
10. An economically robust project
The size of the Alpine Skiing World Championships makes the event costly, both as regards the implementation and, not least, site investments. It is therefore necessary to have a realistic finance model. The event subsidy from FIS is decisive and an important basic prerequisite. Narvikfjellet’s owners have a solid economy and have expressed a willingness and ability to continue to invest in the venue. The Norwegian government also has a tradition of granting subsidies to major, international sports championships. Based on these three basic sources of finance, the provisional budgets for the Alpine Skiing World Championships show that the championships can be held with a comfortable profit.
What motivates the candidacy?Open/close
To bring FIS AWSC to Norway
It is time for Norway as one of the leading alpine nations to host the FIS AWSC and underlines that the spectacular Narvik scenery with sea and mountain view as an impressive backdrop would add an x-factor and more interest to the championship.
Recruitment to alpine ski sport is another key element to support the candidature. The event will be a showcase for arctic experiences as well as contribute to the tourist industry and state of the art renewable society.
The region has launched a year-around tourist development program where a FIS AWSC will accelerate the progress. Due to cruise-traffic, the summer season will likely be equally busy or even busier than the winter season.
Is it enough daylight?Open/close
Is there enough daylight in Narvik to arrange this championship during the Polar Nights?
Yes, it is!
Narvik has approximately 6-8 hours of daylight during the championship period in early February, which is considered to be enough to complete the races with necessary flexibility. In addition to the natural daylight, it will be built a permanent light system in all courses to offer stable conditions for course preparation, inspection and racing.
Hrs of day light:
1st of Feb Narvik: 5.44
15th of Feb Narvik: 7.48
When is the final decision made?Open/close
When do we know if Narvik get the honor of hosting the FIS Alpine World Ski Championship 2027?
The decision is made by the International Ski Federation, FIS.
What arena improvements are required?Open/close
Existing courses and infrastructure will partly be integrated in new venue/mountain design as proposed by course designer Didier Defago.
Major mountain investments, both tourist and sports related, are planned to handle FIS AWSC. The concept is one venue with all courses merging into one finish area – 1 km from city center. Access finish area is by road or city gondola. All race courses will have new profiles and meet the vertical FIS requirements.
• Mountain Gondola: (new 2018)
• Snow production in some sections of Ladies` and Men`s courses
• Lights in parts of Ladies` courses
• Sections of Ladies` and Men`s courses are ok regarding terrain and profile
Installations to be renovated:
• Chairlift to access start area all speed events
• New light in sections of Ladies` and Men`s courses
• Some leveling in section of Ladies` course
• Increase capacity in pump station for snow production
• T-bar from finish area to base station Mountain Gondola
• T-bar to reach start area Men`s downhill
• Finish area
• Terrain work lower section of Ladies` course
• Terrain work upper section of Men`s course
• Ski tunnels
• Snowproduction in sections of Ladies` and Men`s courses
• Light in Men`s course – 3250 meters and Women`s course -1690 meter
What are Narvik's unique advantages?Open/close
The spectacular sea and mountain backdrop will offer unique experiences and pictures that are beyond expectations and which has never been shown in this context before. Mountains and fjords, arctic light and steep courses down into the ice blue ocean. These pictures will give goosebumps and a world championship no one has experienced before.
One venue and one finish area
Course- and venue design for Narvik displays excellent profiles and efficient transport solutions. It is considered an advantage that all race courses are located within one arena.
Compact and accessible
The Narvik festival is concentrated around the city center where medal plaza, sponsor area, hotels and restaurants are located. The short distance from finish area and the accommodation sites facilitates easy access to ceremonies, night shows and side events.
United Northern Norway
The noticeable regional enthusiasm and support will create a lively and unique setting for the event. The united Northern Norway are motivated to arrange the event in Norway, and put a lot of pride and honor in being allowed to host the championship. An AWSC in Narvik will not only be a great competition, but also a considerable folk festival that both athletes, TV viewers and spectators in attendance will never forget.
Why Narvik became the Norwegian applicant
Conclusion of the Norwegian Ski Association Committee
«Narvik has presented a concept that meets FIS` demands for alpine world ski championship. The Evaluation Committee strongly believes this candidate can win the international competition and bring the event to Norway. All race courses have excellent profiles in a very compact race arena in Narvikfjellet close to the city center. This compactness is – for FIS ASWC– a considerable advantage related to transportation, accommodation, sport organization, athletes, sponsors, media and TV-production, as well as the overall ski festival including the ceremonies.
The spectacular sea and mountain backdrop and the noticeable regional enthusiasm and support are x-factors we trust will offer unique experiences and pictures that are beyond expectations. Narvik has provided a solid financing plan, showing regional financing will and ability, making it possible to choose Narvik as candidate despite high investment needs.»
AWSC in Narvik
Strengths of the candidacy
Unique location above the Arctic Circle
Polar Night and northern lights, but still enough daylight to carry out the event with required flexibility. Steep mountains and deep ice blue fjords, silence and crisp winter air. Slopes that dive into the sea, with views of wild north-Norwegian nature that takes your breath away. An untouched landscape, created for great alpine experiences. An AWSC in Narvik will provide memories for life, both for the athletes, the spectators and everyone who will contribute during the event.
Sustainable and environmentally friendly
Rapid changes on green solutions indicate that it is hard to predict exact solutions for years ahead. Nevertheless, Narvik will stage the most sustainable world class winter sport event ever. Our goal is to establish a standard and inspire the world to endeavor to a sustainable future. Narvik will implement several actions belonging to the respective phases of planning, construction and organizing the event. Some examples:
Narvik will take lead in transmission from fossil to renewable society, and establish an education program for environmentally friendly operation of mountain resorts. Cruise ships as floating hotels legitimizes a sustainable solution regarding accommodation during the event. The compact concept will reduce internal transport and the city gondola will additionally reduce car traffic and make it a city of pedestrians. All courses and lifts will be put into commercial use after FIS AWSC, and Gondolas will be the artery also for summer traffic in the mountain. New snow guns will predominate the snow system and ensure energy efficient snow production in the future.
Hosting the event in arctic surroundings emphasizes the need to minimize the environmental impact.
Compact and easily accessible
An AWSC in Narvik will require minimal transport of both athletes, support system, spectators, media and the organization of the championship. A common finish area, within walking distance of the festival area and the medal ceremonies in the city center of Narvik, makes the event both compact and easy accessible. All events during the championship are centered around the city center of Narvik, with accommodation and restaurant in the immediate vicinity.
Narvik is located as a transport hub in northern Norway, with 1 hour drive from the nearest major airport and easy access by car, train, bus and ship.
Like all three other candidates, Narvik will arrange an event that meets all FIS’ requirements for the implementation of an AWSC. The difference is that we will do it as a united Norway, with pride, humility, cutting-edge expertise, and a common feasibility that will give the event an extra dimension. The whole country, with an extra strong commitment in northern Norway, is ready to host a first-class world championship in Narvik!
A wild thought turned into a wild idea during a sosial gathering of local friends. It’s time for Norway to host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championship, and why not Narvik? Let the work begin.
A united Northern Norway, with Narvik as the host city, sent the national application to the Norwegian Ski Association, and had a magnificent delivery party with 10,000 enthusiastic attendees!
Narvik was officially nominated as the Norwegian applicant for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championship 2027. A great milestone!
FIS announced a total of four Candidates to host the 2027 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships submitted by Crans Montana (Switzerland), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany), Narvik (Norway), and Soldeu (Andorra).
The Norwegian government gave Narvik a state guarantee of NOK 280 million for the development of Navikfjellet Ski Resort if Narvik is awarded the championships in 2027, which meant that the funding of the championship was complete.
A detailed concept for each Candidates’ bid is due by 1st September 2021 based on a specific FIS Questionnaire.
After the questionnaire has been submitted, a formal meeting with each of the Candidates will take place during the FIS Technical Committee Meetings in early October, after which each Candidate will finalise its concept for its bid.
In April 2022, the Candidate Questionnaire and FIS Inspection Group report will be published and distributed to the National Ski Associations, Technical Committee chairs and the FIS Council
Election by FIS Council May 2022. The FIS Council will elect the Organisers of the FIS World Championships 2026 and 2027 at the 53rd International Ski Congress to be held in late Spring 2022.
AWSC in numbers
14 days of competition
965 m vertical drop
200 camera positions
1.000 accredited communication professionals
100.000 live spectators
1.000.000 moments of excitement
Surrounded by blue Atlantic fjords and pointy mountain peaks, Narvikfjellet Ski Resort offers some of the most amazing views in the world. With its 1200 available altitude meters, and the extraordinarily long ski season from November to June, Narvikfjellet is described as one of the most unique ski resorts in Scandinavia. Some refer to the mountain as a powder paradise, others as a dreaded competition arena with hard-core choir velvet.
The Urban Coastal Ski Resort
The artic landscape combining sea and mountain makes Narvikfjellet Ski Resort a unique facility. The ski resort’s alpine history dates back to the 19th century, and has through several generations served as an arena for both organized alpine sports and a playground for locals and visiting skiers. The facility’s location in the middle of Narvik city is another x-factor. The location makes the skiing experience in Narvik compact, with all the city life’s facilities in immediate access.
Narvikfjellet is considered a small ski resort compared to the major ski destinations in the world, but has far more unique factors that give skiing a new dimension. Prior to the development of a possible championship, the facility has 6 lifts and 16 slopes with a total of 14 kilometers of track network. The drop for lift-based skiing is 850 meters, and the highest point is 1003 meters above sea level.
The lift system consists of a new modern 10-seater cable car (2019), one chair lift, three T-bar lifts and one conveyor belt. The resort offers slopes for all skill levels and all the necessary facilities for a complete skiing holiday in Narvik.
The facility serves as a training arena for both regional and national alpine clubs throughout the ski season.
During the summer and autumn, Narvikfjellet functions as an activity center for cycling, hiking, running and arctic nature experiences. The new cable car and the Mountain Restaurant 656 masl are one of the most visited attractions in northern Norway. The midnight sun creates a unique setting, and is an Arctic phenomenon that easily can be seen from the top of Narvikfjellet.
Where several cruise ships will be located and function as accommodation during the championship.
Start of the men's downhill skiing 1160 masl.
A new ski lift will be built to make this area accessible for the championship.
The finish area
All race courses are located within one arena and with one common finish area close to the city center.
Narvik is the alpine capital in Northern Norway and the arctic areas of Scandinavia. Narvik is an alpine town with a mountain in its midst and urban qualities within walking distance. Few, if any other destinations, can offer TV pictures of athletes skiing from 1200 m above sea level and straight down towards the town and sea. In Narvik you will find all the facilities expected in a city, such as restaurants, hospital, department stores, cinema, museums and hotels.
Narvik is a logistics centre in the region. It is easy to move around by several means of transport, with the railway to Sweden, the E6 road from south to north, the E10 road from east to west, several airports in an acceptable proximity, and an ice-free deep water harbour adapted to large ships.
Narvik, and the entire arctic region, offers a natural diversity from mountains to fjords, midnight sun to northern lights. The nature in Narvik is characterized by mountains, fjords, water, lakes and rivers. The mountains rise straight up from the beach surface which forms a fringe of lowlands along the coast.
Narvik was established in the early 1900s as a shipment harbour for iron ore from Norrbotten and Lappland in Sweden. The iron ore is still transported by train from Kiruna, Gällivare and Malmberget. The 42 km long Ofot Railway on the Norwegian side transports more than 20 million tonnes of iron ore a year. The Swedish state-owned LKAB is one of the largest industrial companies in the arctic areas of Scandinavia, with 4200 employees, and is a cornerstone company in both Norrbotten and the Narvik region. The Ofot Railway and its geographical location has contributed to Narvik becoming and growing into a traffic intersection for the northern areas.
In addition to many iron ore trains, the Ofot Railway has daily passenger trains to and from Sweden and two daily fast goods trains from Alnabru/Oslo – Narvik. An increasing amount of fish is exported via the railway to markets in south of Norway and Europe. This large increase of traffic on the railway has led to the Swedish and Norwegian railway owners reviewing a double track from Narvik to Kiruna.
Meet the people
Chairman of the board
Deputy chairman of the board
Ingvild Bretten Berg
Tove Moe Dyrhaug
Rolf Michael Lossius
Eva Tine Riis Johannessen
The organization chart below presents the organization of the applicant phase until the international award May 2022.
In the application process, the main focus is to provide the organization with the necessary professional competence in relation to certain chapters in the questionnaire.
When Narvik and Norway have been awarded the AWSC, a new event company will be established with a staff that takes care of all essential functions. Examples of such functions are economics and finance, environment and sustainability, security, marketing, arena, sports, information and media.
Alpin VM 2027 AS
Knut-Eirik Dybdal, chairman
Eirik Frantzen, deputy chairman
Ingvild Bretten Berg
Rolf Michael Lossius
Eva Tine Riis Johannessen
Tove Moe Dyrhaug