Fédération Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski (FIPS) is the international organization representing ski patrol and associated ski safety organisations with membership from throughout the world.
FIPS will hold its biennial World Congress from Jan. 20-27, 2018, at Rosa Khutor, Russia, which was the site of the ski events at the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi. This location is 50 kilometers from Sochi. The theme of the World Congress this year is "The world working together to improve safety and enjoyment in the mountains." Early bird registration ends Oct. 31, 2017, and standard registration is open from Nov. 1-Dec. 18, 2017.
Accommodations are in the Rosa Springs Hotel, a four-star hotel. The cost for early bird registration for a twin share is 1,150 euros (approximately $1,377). The cost for a single room during early bird registration is 1350 euros (approximately $1,617). The cost for a shared twin room during standard registration goes up to 1350 euros, and a sinlge room during standard registration is 1550 euros (approximately $1,856). The registration includes seven nights of lodging and eight days of lift tickets; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; a cocktail hour at the end of each day; transportation from Sochi International Airport to the ski area; a Government Letter of Invitation to expedite the visa proess; and a three-week visa to any area in Russia before or after the Congress.
All information, including the registration instructions and the Rosa Khutor Fact Sheet, are available on the official FIPS World Congress website.
U.S. patrollers who have questions or problems may direct them to Ed Gassman or Ann Gassman.