10th FIS Tour de Ski – much more than Cross-Country Skiing

30 December 2015 17:49
Fans in Val di Fiemme
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The highly-anticipated 10th anniversary edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft sportswear gets underway on 1st January 2016 with a sprint prologue in Lenzerheide (SUI).

The Tour not only features breathtaking and unforgettable sports moments, but also many side events.

Here is a short overview of what the fans and spectators on site can look forward to:

On New Year’s Eve in Lenzerheide, fans will get the chance to meet and greet the athletes at the official FIS Tour de Ski team presentation at 17:30 CET at the Cross-Country stadium.

For further information and registration, visit here.

On New Year’s Day, the sprint free quarterfinals begin at 15:55 CET. Right afterwards, spectators can jump on a shuttle to the village where the famous annual New Year’s Day fireworks start at 18:00 at Lenzerheide Lake.

In Oberstdorf (GER), children and families should visit the Skitty World Nordic, which is part of the FIS SnowKidz programme. The "Kids Corner" at the Cross-Country stadium is open to kids of all ages and a fun obstacle course with many exciting elements will be waiting for the kids. Well experienced staff from the German Ski Association and the Allgäu region will provide kids valuable tips.

Furthermore, a special designated area close to the race course will be reserved just for kids to let the young fans cheer on their idols on the course.

In Val di Fiemme (ITA) both active and culinary fans will find something to their liking. Already for the sixth time, amateur Cross-Country skiers will have a unique chance to experience the emotional Final Climb of Tour de Ski in front of more than 20,000 spectators, a few minutes before the World Cup athletes – that is the “Rampa con i Campioni”. Entries are still open until 4th January 2016 with a limited number of 200 participants.

Visit herefor further information.

Meanwhile, a perfect combination of Cross-Country Skiing and Italian food offers the Tour del Gusto 2016, a great party that will animate the Final Climb. There will be six Tour del Gusto stations along the famous Olimpia track accompanied by folklore music.

For an overview of landmarks and natural beauties to visit at each of the FIS Tour de Ski sites, click here.

For dining tips, visit here.

Starting times

For those who cannot cheer for their favourites on site, here is an overview of the starting times including recent changes for Lenzerheide Stage Three and Oberstdorf. Please note that starting times are subject to change.


Starting times CET

#1 Lenzerheide, SUI, 1st January 2016

Ladies/Men Sprint Free


15:55 - quarterfinals

# 2 Lenzerheide, SUI, 2nd January 2016

Ladies 15 km Mass Start Classic

Men 30 km Mass Start Classic




#3 Lenzerheide, SUI, 3rd January 2016

Ladies 5 km Pursuit Free

Men 10 km Pursuit Free




# 4 Oberstdorf, GER, 5th January 2016

Ladies/Men Sprint Classic


Quarterfinals: 14:30 (Qualification at 12:00)

#5 Oberstdorf, GER, 6th January

Ladies 10 km Mass Start Classic

Men 15 km Mass StartClassic





#6 Toblach, ITA, 8th January 2016

Ladies 5 km Free

Men 10 km Free




#7 Val di Fiemme, ITA, 9th January 2016

Ladies 10 km Mass Start Classic

Men 15 km Mass Start Classic




#8 Val di Fiemme, ITA, 10th January 2016

Ladies 9 km Final Climb

Men 9 km Final Climb