We need a champion for every position
More than 120 000 visitors are expected to come to Åre during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, 5-17 February 2019. Volunteers, sponsors, media and many others will also be on site during the championships and our aim is to give each and every person an experience they will never forget. To be able to do that, we need your help. The most important thing is to make everyone who comes to Åre feel welcome, and that every person is greeted with warmth, friendly smiles and professionality. Competent and qualified volunteers make all the difference between a good and a fantastic event and we want volunteers who want to contribute to deliver the latter. Sign up to be a volunteer and become a world champion too!
Find out more about the working areas below.
We need the help of 1500 skilled and engaged volunteers before, during and after the championships. Most of our volunteers will be working in the Course Crew so we are looking for skilled alpine skiers. But we also want you who want to work closely with the teams and the athletes or with communication or other tasks. You don’t have to be an alpine expert to be a volunteer at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships!
To work as a volunteer can be hard work and the days can grow long, but it is also an experience for life. It might be tough at times but ask anyone who was a volunteer at the 2007 championships and they will tell you that you will only remember the good times!
You will be able to go behind the backdrop of the largest winter sport event of 2019 and experience world class skiing up close. And you will meet new people and find friends and create relations that will last long after the nets have been dismantled.
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019
Åre has had the privilege to host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships twice: in 1954 and in 2007. After two fantastic events it is now time again in 2019. It is estimated that more than 120 000 people will come to Åre, which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see, during the race days to watch when the best skiers in the world compete for the medals. The championships take place from 5 to 17 February 2019 and kicks off with the opening ceremony on 4 February.
The championships in numbers
14 Race days
11 Medal Events
18 500 m safety nets
69% - grade at the steepest point
120 000 visitors
600 hours of TV broadcasting
700 million TV viewers worldwide
1300 media representatives
Events: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-g, Downhill, Alpine Combined and Alpine Team Event. Find the race program under The Competitions in our main menu.
Description of the volunteer jobs
When you work as a volunteer for the World Championships in Åre2019, you’ll be an ambassador not just for the event but also for the village. Go to the link below to read about what the different working areas are and what they involve.
We look forward to having you as a part of our team!
If you have questions about volunteering, accommodation or transportation, please contact us at email@example.com.
The volunteer team
Karin Stolt Halvarsson
Head of Volunteers & Broadcast Manager
+ 46 76 828 20 07
+46 72 545 02 99
Read more about us here.
Your volunteer application is submitted to our online registration system Eventbuilder. You create a profile by entering the requested information, saving your profile and submitting your application to the 2019 championship. You can change any information that you have specified in your profile at any time. This also where you specify which work area you want to work in. Click on the link to get to Eventbuilder.
Follow Åre 2019 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. As a volunteer, it is also beneficial to follow our volunteer page on Facebookwhere you will get information and where you can communicate with other volunteers. Maybe you might find a travel companion? To engage in Åre 2019 on social media, use our official hashtag #are2019.
To be fully staffed during the championship period, including before and after the event, all volunteers will get a personal schedule For the Åre 2019 crew to be fully staffed during the championship period, including before and after the event, all volunteers will get a personal schedule based on your requests made in the application. Your schedule will be available in your profile at Eventbuilder when all scheduling is complete. See the time periods below.
Period 1: 3-10 February
Official arrival date for all who work during this period is 3 February, 2019.
Period 2: 10-17 February
Official arrival date for all who work during this period is 10 Febuary.
Construction: 28 January – 3 February
Official arrival date for all who work during the construction period is 28 January.
Dismantling: 18-24 February
As a volunteer you may apply for accommodation via Åre 2019, if you don't already have accommodation. If your accommodation is booked via Åre 2019 you will be staying with other volunteers in cottages or hostels. The size and the form of the the rooms and housing vary and 4-6 volunteers share rooms or accommodation depending on what type of housing is provided. More information about your accommodation will be sent to you via email.
To get into the race arena and areas that are closed for visitors and unauthorized personnel you will need to get your accreditation before you start working. You need to carry your accreditation, which is a plastic badge that you can carry around your neck, at all times while you work. Your accreditation states which areas you are allowed to get into. Pick up your accreditation at the Welcome Center at Schibstedt Arena at the Holiday Club Hotel which is located right next to Åre Station in the village center.
More information about volunteer clothing will be available here in autumn/winter of 2018/2019.
FAQ for volunteers
Volunteers - Accommodation
Ja! We will provide accommodation for all the days that you work as volunteer, if you do not have access to accommodation in Åre or near-by.
Should you have any special requests regarding who you would like to live with, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer accommodation will be located outside of the center of Åre. It will be an approximately 10-minute bus ride to and from your accommodation and we will provide shuttle buses for you to take. The exact location of your accommodation will be communicated in due course.
Depending on the time period(s) you will work, the check-out days are either 10 February or 17 February 2019.
Åre 2019 provides all volunteers with accommodation. If you choose to live somewhere other than the assigned accommodation, you are welcome to arrange your own place to stay, or swap your accommodation with another volunteer working the same time period / days as you.
The main days of arrival is 3 February or 10 February 2019. Detailed information about your place of accommodation, such as its check-in procedures will be provided in due course.
There will be regular shuttle buses especially in the morning and the afternoon that you can ride to get to your accommodation. The shuttles will also be running in the evening so that you can participate in the activities that are taking place at Åre Square and the near-by park. You can also ride the Åre ski busses with your accreditation. For their timetable, see here: www.skistar.com/skidbuss.
The general standard will be hostel level.
Yes, you will have to share the room with other volunteers. Most accommodation have 2-6 beds/room.
In some cases, the bathroom will be in the room (en suite). In other cases, the bathroom will be in the corridor.
Availability of parking will depend on each accommodation. See detailed information provided in due course.
Volunteers - Food / allergies
Yes, if you are working over lunch you are served lunch. If you are working during dinner time, you are served dinner.
Everyone will have sufficient time to have a meal during their shifts. Make sure to communicate with your team and team leaders so that you coordinate breaks and mealtimes.
Please let us know in advance of any allergies or dietary restrictions so that we have sufficient time to arrange for alternative meals for you. When you register as a volunteer, you have the opportunity to share your allergies or other dietary restrictions with us.
Volunteers will be served home-cooked warm meals as well as fruit, chocolate and other warm beverages during the day. All volunteer meals will be served at the Volunteer Center on the days you are working, i.e. lunch or dinner, depending on the daily competition schedule.
All volunteer meals will be served at the Volunteer Center.
Volunteers - Miscellaneous
You can pick up your accreditation at the Welcome Center in Holiday Club (behind the Åre railway station) on arrival.
You will always need to wear your accreditation when you are in the National Arena or any other areas that are not open for public. You will also need to wear your accreditation when you are working. Your accreditation is your identity and access card in all the accredited areas as well as on the shuttle and ski buses.
First go to the Welcome Center in Holiday Club, behind the Åre railway station, to pick up your accreditation. Then go to the Volunteer Center next to the Arena (located at Årevägen 180). Then you can take the shuttle bus to your accommodation.
You will be invited to a Slack group with your team leader and team members. Slack is the communication tool that we are going to use before and during the event. It is IMPORTANT that you download the Slack app available here and get familiar with its features before you travel to Åre. We provide instructions for Slack use both in the volunteer newsletter and in our vlogs.
Volunteers - Tasks and working hours
Your team leader will contact you with information on where and when you will meet.
Information about your tasks during your scheduled period of work is included in your profile in our volunteer management system called My Eventbuilder. You will also receive information through our communication tool called Slack.
You will receive specific details about your team via Slack and through your profile in My Eventbuilder.
Contact your team leader who will facilitate contact with someone who can re-assign you to better suitable tasks for you.
Contact your team leader to inform them that you are sick / injured.
You will receive information on your team leader and their contact details via Slack and your profile in My Eventbuilder.
Your shifts will be available via My Eventbuilder.
You can swap with someone in your team and let your team leader know about the exchange.
Volunteers - Transport and shuttles
You can hop on any of the ski buses that circle the town and also service Duved, Tegefjäll, Rödkullen and Björnen. You can ride them free of charge with a valid ski pass and/or your accreditation.
No, there will be no parking at the Arena. In general, it will be difficult to drive and park in the center of Åre during the Championships. There will be various public transport options in town and for travel to and from your accommodation. Only limited groups of volunteers will have the ability to part at Rödkullen or other assigned places given their specific tasks or roles.
The shuttle buses will circulate between the Arena and your accommodation all day long. There will also be buses in operation at night so that you can participate in the night activities at Åre Square and around town. You can also use the regular ski buses free of with your accreditation or ski pass.
The shuttle buses will start their service early enough for you to get to the Arena in time and continue circulating all day long.
You can take the airport bus to the center of Åre but please make sure you book your space when you book your flights so that your transfers are confirmed. You can also take the bus to Östersund and take the train or bus from there. It is recommended to pre-book your tickets. We encourage ride-sharing and there is a special Facebook channel for that (Volunteer Crew Åre 2019). When you have been accepted as a volunteer you will get an invitation to that channel.
You can take the airport bus or train from the airport in Trondheim. Book your transfer on the airport’s homepage or train at www.sj.se .
If you are flying to the Arlanda airport, you can book a connecting flight to the Åre/Östersund Airport (OSD), which is located some 100km from Åre. From there, you can ride the airport bus or taxi to Åre. You can also take a train directly from Arlanda all the way to Åre. Please note that you need to pre-book the train.
The closest airport is the Åre/Östersund Airport (OSD) which is about an hour from Åre by car. Vaernes or the Trondheim Airport (TRD) is located about two hours from Åre by car. You can arrange transfers with the airport bus or taxi from either airport. From the Trondheim Airport it is also possible to take the train to Åre.
Yes! The Åre railway station is located right in the middle of town and you can take the train from Stockholm, Sundsvall, Östersund, Storlien, Trondheim and many other places. There are a number of operating companies but you can book all train connections at www.sj.se or at Snälltåget.
For train, book at the homepage of SJ, the Swedish national rail company. Most large airlines fly to Stockholm and you can check which airlines fly to the Trondheim Airport here. Remember to book the entire journey from your home town to Åre, including transfers from the airport if you are flying.
Volunteers - Uniforms
Yes, provided you commit to volunteer a minimum of six days during the Championships. If you work less than the required number of days, you can borrow a uniform or pay for the difference.
The volunteer uniform package will include a ski suit that includes pants, a jacket, a soft shell, a shirt, gloves and a beanie. We recommend that you also read the information put together for “Staying warm” at www.are2019.com/volunteers.
No, not if you have worked the required six days.
You may swap your clothing with other volunteers. We will have an information board in the Volunteer Center and a Facebook group for uniform swapping. Stay tuned for more information!
Contact the Volunteer Center and come by with the defect piece(s).
Warm! No ankle shoes, cotton socks or thin mittens if you want to stay warm. Make sure you have a woolen base layer, warm wool socks and shoes / boots with a thick, insulating base. Also make sure that your boots are not tight. Wool socks are thicker than normal ones and tight shoes make your toes freeze much faster. Wool is material that keeps warmth even if wet as opposed to other garments such as cotton. A down jacket (natural or synthetic, such as primaloft) that you can wear under your uniform jacket is also recommended. Do not forget to cover your face and fingers! It might also help to buy liners which you can wear under your gloves. Wearing tape or a ski mask o/r buff is also a good way to protect your face. Click here for more tips for “Staying warm.”