Swiss parties to boost ski host bid

Swiss ski resort St Moritz has said it will throw a party for every medal the country wins at the Winter Olympics to boost its campaign to host the 2015 Alpine Skiing World Championships. Bid leaders think twin US resorts Vail-Beaver Creek are the International Ski Federation favourites to win the hosting race, after they came second to the Austrian village of Schladming in the 2013 contest. St Moritz hopes to gain support for its own bid by sponsoring House of Switzerland cultural centres in Vancouver and Whistler during the winter Games, which run from February 12 to 28. Spokesman Claudio Duschletta said: "Whenever there is a Swiss medal in any sport there will be a party - and we're sure there's going to be a couple of parties. "Everybody that comes inside the House of Switzerland will know about our bid." Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy is also competing to host the 2015 event, after picking up one out of 16 votes to host the Championships 18 months ago. St Moritz also secured one vote, but Vail-Beaver Creek received four. "Vail absolutely starts as the favourite," said Duschletta, "But then you never know, these decisions are sometimes very hard to judge."

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