FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Norway: Lillehammer Triple
Last year, the FIS Cross-Country World Cup returned to Lillehammer (NOR) after an 11-year break. This season the world’s best Cross-Country skiers will be back for a stage-event – the Lillehammer Triple. The three-day stage event has the same format as Ruka Triple, which took place in Finland the previous four seasons.
The programme starts on Friday, 5th December with sprint free. Stage 2 will be Ladies 5 km F and Men 10 km F individual start. Winners of the Lillehammer stage-event will be determined on Sunday after the classic pursuit competitions.
Challenging snow conditions
The Organizing Committee has had challenging snow conditions, which is similar to last year. The OC started to produce snow at the Birkebeiner ski stadium on Saturday. With the temperature is around 0 °C, the snow production in the arena has been temporarily stopped. Additionally the OC has produced snow in the mountains in Nordseter and has snow storage from the last winter. “We start putting the stored snow on the courses today. We have a compressed snow base layer on the stadium and courses and we are sure to have to very good snow conditions for the World Cup,” head of the OC Eiliv Furuli says.
The FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Lillehammer is not going to be only about great sporting performances. Organizers have prepared a World Cup party that starts in downtown Lillehammer on Thursday evening, with an opening show.
“We have improved the programme and spectators services,” Furuli reveals. The OC has prepared big new spectators tents, free shuttle services from downtown Lillehammer to the venues during all three competition days. “When the audience comes down from the Birkebeiner stadium, the ski jumping competition on the large hill will start.
Spectators will have a chance to experience great entertainment and activities both at the Cross-Country venue and at the hill,” Furuli explains. The day will be concluded with a torchlight World Cup path to the city center where the Cultural Night will continue with a with different music elements, entertainment, food, campfire and other activities.
Friday, 5th December
11:00 LOC Qualification L/M Sprint Free
13:30 LOC Finals L/M Sprint Free
Saturday, 6th December
10:15 LOC Ladies 5 km Free
13:00 LOC Men 10 km Free
Sunday, 7th December
10:15 LOC Ladies 10 km Pursuit Classic
12:00 LOC Men 15 km Pursuit Classic