FIS Cross-Country World Cup returns to Lillehammer

26 November 2013 13:33
Lillehammer -

After an 11-year break, the FIS Cross-Country World Cup will return to Lillehammer. The famous Birkebeineren stadium is going to welcome the best Cross-Country skiers for the first time since 2002.

The venue served as the Olympic arena for Cross-Country Skiing and biathlon during the Olympic events in the Lillehammer Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games in 1994. The stadium is also finish of the well-known competition, Birkebeiner.

The stadium and course system was upgraded in the recent months and offers a great variety of competition courses with marvelous views from the highest points of the tracks.

Very good snow conditions

Organizers in Lillehammer report great snow conditions. Snow canons have been working full speed and the courses are now under snow, as well as the Jumping Hill. “Lillehammer is looking forward to welcoming the best Cross-Country, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined athletes at the beginning of December. The conditions are at their best, and the staff is doing everything to organize a true ski-party in Lillehammer,” Eiliv Furuli, Head of Lillehammer OC, said.

Ski festival

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.

In a collaboration with the annual Culture Night, Birkebeineren (CC) and Lysgårdsbakken (SJ) a World Cup path will be prepared, which will follow the same way which was used during the Olympics in ’94, with different music elements, entertainment, food, campfire and other activities. “The main goal is to create a unique winter and skiing atmosphere and to guide spectators from the Cross-Country venue to the Jumping hill,” Eiliv Furuli revealed.


 Competition program   Starting Time 
 Saturday, 7th December 10 km Classic Ladies
15 km Classic Men
10:00 CET
15:00 CET
 Sunday, 8th December Ladies’ 4x5 km Relay
Men’s 4x5 km Relay
10:30 CET
12:00 CET