The ski lift tray in Vikersund has received the final written approval from the International Ski Federation (FIS).
Thus, it is formally decided that Vikersund will arrange the closing of the jumping tournament Raw Air, as was signaled in November.
Since then, ground inspectors from FIS have verified and approved the world’s largest ski jump. During the autumn and winter, work has been done intensely in Vikersund with both papers and excavators, says Terje Bråthen, chairman of the Vikersund Hoppsenter Foundation.
– We must thank both FIS and the Norwegian Ski Federation for having received the result we have hoped and believed in, says Bråthen.
Last fall, there was trouble when FIS ‘ground committee put down the foot and stroked the ski lift tray from the winter’s deadline. The reason was that Vikersund did not meet the international union’s requirements.
While physical adjustments have been made to the ground, located in Modum municipality in Buskerud, the Vikersund organizer has prepared the actual Raw Air event.
“We have been working on this all the last year, and we are ready to give thousands of audiences a great experience on March 15-17,” says President Wenche Backe of the Vikersund Organizing Committee.
The winter’s Raw Air tournament starts in Oslo on 8 March and then moves to Lillehammer and Trondheim before it is to jump into the ski-lift hill in Vikersund.