FIS Tour de Ski preparations
With only 16 days left until the start of the 8th edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft Sportswear, preparations at all Tour venues are in full swing.
The Local Organizing Committee has been working hard to prepare the competition tracks for the two opening Tour stages on 28th and 29th December 2013. Temperatures were below 0 until last Saturday and the LOC could use snow cannons, additionally 10 cm natural snow have arrived lately and the trails are covered with a compact 20-cm thick layer. The FIS Tour de Ski will officially kick off already on 27th December with the traditional opening press conference and the team presentation downtown Oberhof.
After the successful Tour stage last winter in Val Müstair Switzerland is going to host two stages in Lenzerheide. Lenzerheide is well known for Alpine and Biathlon. On 31st December and 1st January it will be time for Cross-Country Skiing. Last weekend the Lenzerheide arena hosted the first competition of the season. The competition courses are covered with a mixture of artificial and natural snow and the LOC will start setting up the venue for the arrival of the FIS Tour de Ski. Spectators’ grand stands will be built and athletes and visitors tents will be set up in the next weeks.
Toblach/Cortina d’Ampezzo, ITA
Already for the fifth time, Toblach/Dobbiaco will host a stage of the Tour de Ski in the Nordic Arena. The Nordic Arena in Toblach is open and the tracks are already skiable thanks to cold and sunny weather.
Val di Fiemme, ITA
In the next days the Cross Country Stadium in Lago di Tesero is going to host the 2013 Winter Universiade. The Cross-Country and Nordic Combined courses are already covered with snow. As the Final Climb on Alpe Cermis has a good layer of artificial snow and low temperatures allow to use the maximum capacity of snow guns.
Val di Fiemme is the only FIS Tour de Ski stage that has been on board since the first Tour in 2006/2007. “I’m very proud to host again the final stages of the FIS Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme. We’ll be hosting the World Cup competitions until 2018 and we’ll surely do our best to increase media and spectators attention of our competitions year after year,” OC President Pietro De Godenz said to FIS Cross-Country News.
No entry fee both on Saturday and Sunday
Spectators will not have to pay any entry fee neither on Saturday nor on the day of the Final Climb on Sunday. Along with the competitions, several side events are going to take place on 4th and 5th January 2014. Famous Fiemme Arena, Fiemme Folk and Tour del Gusto will be on the program.
Special offers for the New Year
For those who will be visiting Val di Fiemme at the beginning of the New Year, the local Tourism Board has already planned holiday packages and deals named ‘Magic Tour de Ski’. The package includes 4 nights in b&b accommodation (2-6 Jan) in Val di Fiemme plus a two-days ski-pass, free tickets to the main swimming pool and the ice stadium in Cavalese (2 days) and the Tour del Gusto access during the Final Climb day. For further information, check both websites www.visitfiemme.it and www.fiemmeworldcup.com.