By Paul Osborne

The FIS has announced the hosts of a number of its World Championships for 2018 and 2019 ©Getty ImagesThe International Skiing Federation (FIS) has today announced the hosts for several of its key World Championship events in 2018 and 2019.

The FIS Council awarded the hosting rights for the 2018 FIS Ski Flying World Championships to Oberstdorf in Germany, while Park City in Utah, United States will host the joint 2019 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships.

Both cities, as the sole candidates for the Championships, were voted unanimously by the Council during the FIS' International Ski Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The event in Park City will be the first time the United States has hosted the Snowboard World Championships.

It will also be just the third time the World Championships for freestyle skiing and snowboarding will be held at the same site, with the 2015 Championships in Kreischberg, Austria, set to be the first, followed by the Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain in 2017.

"The US has a rich tradition in freestyle skiing and snowboarding and it seems only fitting that we go to Park City, Utah for the FIS 2019 Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding World Championships," said FIS President Gian Franco Kasper.

"I am certain US and Utah will do an excellent job welcoming the athletes, teams, media and fans to what is sure to be an exciting event with an electric atmosphere."

Park City in America has previously hosted the FIS Freestyle World Championships in 2011 as well as the 2002 Olympic ski and snowboard events ©Getty ImagesPark City in America has previously hosted the FIS Freestyle World Championships in 2011 as well as the 2002 Olympic ski and snowboard events ©Getty Images

Seefeld in Austria was voted ahead of Oberstdorf to host the FIS 2019 Nordic World Ski Championships, gaining eight votes, one more than the German city.

The final vote saw the Swedish ski resort Åre chosen to host the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, as it achieved nine votes to beat Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy.

Upon the announcement, Mats Arjes, President of the Swedish Ski Association, said: "I would like to express my thanks to FIS and the FIS council.  

"We are really honored to become the hosts of the Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre in 2019.

"We are very, very proud, and we are looking forward to welcoming you all to Åre in 2019.

"I would also like to thank Cortina for a very challenging competition, and I really hope that we will come to Cortina and see the World Championships in Italy in the future."

Upon its announcement of these flagship skiing world championships, the FIS expressed its thanks to "all of the candidates for their excellent bids", adding that it "looks forward to working with the four appointed hosts in the lead up to 2018-2019".

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