Granåsen is a dream
Published: 11. October 2023
By: Ingvil Snøfugl
FIS recently inspected the brand-new ski jumping hills in Granåsen. They used words like “fantastic” and “dream” to describe the facility in Trondheim.
“It has been a fantastic day. I am very impressed by the quality of the facility in Trondheim. This was a dream, not only for Trondheim and Norway but also for FIS, to have such a top-notch facility built,” said FIS Ski Jumping Race Director Sandro Pertile.
Several representatives from FIS, Infront, NRK, The Norwegian Ski Federation and the World Championship organization were participating in the inspection in Granåsen on Wednesday, October 11, to find reasonable solutions for the World Cups for the winter but primarily for the World Championship.
He is also not concerned about the Ski World Championships, which are still a year and a half away, set to kick off in February 2025.
“I am certain we will have a fantastic World Championship in Trondheim. I believe it will be even better than in ’97 when we also had fantastic experiences here in Granåsen,” he said.
He is supported by the FIS Race Director for Nordic Combined, Lasse Ottesen. He would like to see as many people around the ski jumping arena as around the cross-country stadium.
“There’s room for 30,000 at the cross-country stadium. It would be great if they could walk over to the ski jumping hill,” he smiled.
Like his FIS colleague, he is highly impressed with the facility.
“This is the most compact World Championship venue we’ve been to. The athletes in Trondheim have a luxurious training environment,” said Ottesen.
“The shooting hall will be used as a changing area for the athletes, for ski preparation, and as a warm-up area during the World Championship. There are no other facilities with such possibilities. We’ve been talking to NRK and want to get them on board to film ‘behind the scenes’ from the athletes’ warm-up. That would be great,” said the Norwegian Race Director.