FIS performs regular inspections in all resorts that are about to organise a World Cup race in the following season. Jasná is getting ready according to the plan, which was appreciated by the FIS representatives as well. “Jasná is a very interesting ski resort with a big potential. It is a big challenge for us. As for the geographical point of view, the World Cup needs to be spread from the west to the east. We consider the slopes where the races of Jasná shall be held to be very good, the efforts to make the best possible event are visible. We are completely satisfied with how the preparations are proceeding. A few details need to be solved and that is why we are counting on the quality of the organising committee. We are here mainly to offer a helping hand and advice. As far as the slopes are concerned, it is difficult to compare them with others. Every course is specific and this applies to Jasná as well. The resort is of high quality and meets all preconditions for hosting a World Cup race. Everything depends on how the courses will be prepared and how the organising committee will handle everything. Today we are here as advisers. Jasná has made progress which is visible and so is the development of the whole organising team. We need to adjust a few more details in the finish area so that we can meet the needs of the spectators who should enjoy an unforgettable sports experience,“ said Atle Skaardal, Women´s Alpine Chief Race Director of the FIS SKI WORLD CUP JASNA 2016, about the ongoing preparations of the World Cup.
“The FIS inspection team has extensive experience in the World Cup and that is why every impulse and piece of advice related to specific things are important to us. This is not the first inspection of ours, Jasná has been visited by FIS representatives regularly. The rules that were set one year ago specified what must be arranged. This time, it is rather about “fine tuning“, i.e. discussing what could be done more, which details could be improved. Jasná is a modern and new resort. We want this race to be a big ski event but will be trying to present femininity in alpine skiing as well. We are fully aware that our resort will be visited by a big number of people, hopefully from all Slovakia, whom we will try to take care of well during the whole weekend. As the inspection has already suggested, they plan to find new places to the east of the Alps where World Cup races should be held regularly in the future. Many skiers come from this part of Europe and they want to feel they are competong in their home resorts. We wish this race in Jasná to be not the first and last one at the same time. Everything depends on its success and the number of spectators, which will be considered a signal for FIS that people from Slovakia are interested in this type of race. The organising committee of Jasná 2016 started working three months ago. The World Junior Alpine Skiing Championships of 2014 and various European cups held on Mt. Chopok served as “rehearsals” before such a significant event. They were actually proofs that the Slovaks can organise a big world-class event as well. Two weeks of the Junior Championships in 2014 showed it and we managed them very well. Organising an ´adult´ World Cup race is more demanding as for the spectators, TV broadcasting and all the background as everything needs to be tip-top,“ said Bohuš Hlavatý, the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the World Cup Jasná 2016.
On Thursday 11th June, the Organising Committee of the World Cup in Jasná showed courses for the Women´s World Cup giant slalom (GS) and slalom (SL) races to the FIS inspection team, made them acquainted how the preparations are going on, introduced the conditions for journalists, the infrastructure, technical details and various additional events including a non-traditional public bib draw. The Women´s World Cup is going to be held on Mt. Chopok on 5th and 6th March 2016. World Cup races have been organised in the resort of Jasná three times already. They were part of Grand Prix of Demänovské Caves. Men were competing to win points for the all-season series in 1979 and 1982, women in 1984. As for Slovakia, the last World Cup race was held in the High Tatras, in the area of Hrebienok, in 1986 as part of Grand Prix Slovakia. The last world-class “rehearsal” took place on Mt. Chopok in February 2014, during the World Junior Alpine Skiing Championships of Jasná.
Tatry mountain resorts, a.s. (TMR) is a top subject in the field of tourism in Central and Eastern Europe, which owns and operates attractive ski resorts and hotels. These include the resort Jasná Low Tatras and the following hotels in the Low Tatras: Wellness hotel Grand Jasná, Boutique Hotel Tri studničky, Chalets Jasná De Luxe, Mountain Hotel Srdiečko and Rotunda Hotel. TMR also owns Aquapark Tatralandia, the largest Slovak water park with all-year operation, which offers a lot of water and other entertainment, a Tropical Paradise – a special tropical hall with sea water, a Fun Park and accommodation in bungalows and suites of Holiday Village Tatralandia. In the High Tatras, TMR owns and operates resorts of Tatranská Lomnica, Starý Smokovec and cooperates the resort of Štrbské Pleso. It also owns the following hotels: Grandhotel Praha Tatranská Lomnica, Grandhotel Starý Smokovec and Hotel FIS Štrbské Pleso. TMR owns 19% of the Melida, a.s. company, which leases and operates the mountain resort Špindlerův Mlýn in the Czech Republic. In Poland, TMR owns the resort of Szczyrk. The company also owns and rents hotels Slovakia, Kosodrevina, Liptov and Ski&Fun Záhradky and Bungalows. Almost 200 million Euros were invested by the end of 2014 in the above mentioned resorts, to support development and modernisation. The TMR shares are traded on three European stock exchanges – in Bratislava, Prague and Warsaw.