Davos fighting hard to secure the FIS Cross-Country World Cup competitions
It’s a green light for the upcoming Davos World Cup weekend. Everything will get underway this Friday at 18:30 with official bib hand-out to the Top-Three FIS World Cup distance World Cup leaders along with the Swiss Ski team members competing this weekend.
Mother Nature has not been kind to the Davos World Cup organizers, keeping temperatures too warm in the valley to produce snow. However, a massive effort from the local organizing committee (OC) has seen many truckloads of snow brought down from the nearby Fluela pass.
The OC has produced snow high up on the pass where temperatures been low enough to be able to make snow. Pisten Bully’s have also been pushing natural snow down the surrounding mountainsides to be collected on the pass and transported down. As of Tuesday night, it was estimated that over 70 hours had already been spent bringing snow down for the competition tracks.
“After two tough weeks with many difficult decisions, we are very happy to present the athletes our tracks. Even if we were able to produce snow only for one night on the competition area, we made the impossible possible. Many thanks to all the helpers up in the mountain and out in the tracks who have been working day and night,” Adriano Iseppi, head of the LOC said.
In addition to the local OC, Swiss Alpine legend Paul Accola - now the owner of a Forest Company - has donated his time and equipment for three days to help the OC transport snow onto the competition courses.
“We really appreciate the effort of Davos Nordic. They did an amazing job working all day and all night long to make sure that the cross-country track in Davos will be ready. We are convinced that athletes alike visitors can expect stunning competitions,” Hippolyt Kempf, head of Swiss Cross-Country said.
Due to the lack of snow there have been changes to the competition format with the 15/30 km interval start classic event being reduced to 10/15 km. The OC will prepare a 5 km course for Saturday’s distance competition. The start time for the men’s 15 km classic competition has been changed from 14:30 to 13:30 on Saturday.
Sunday’s free technique sprint competition will go as planned.
Saturday 13 December 2014
11:15 CET Ladies 10 km classic technique
13:30 CET Men 15 km classic technique
Sunday 14 December 2014
12:30 CET Ladies & Men – sprint free prologue
14:30 CET Ladies & Men – sprint free - Finals