World Cup opener moved to Sjusjoen

Thu, 10 Nov 10:58:00 2011

The cross-country skiing World Cup opener in Norway on November 19-20 will take place, but has been moved from Beitostoelen to Sjusjoen due to the lack of snow.

2009 Remo Fischer of Switzerland skis during the men's World Cup cross-country 15 km in Beitostoelen - 0

The FIS had said venues outside the country were not an option and has now announced that the event - which was under threat due to high temperatures - will be contested in Sjusjoen, 20km north-east of Lillehammer on a high plateau.

Sjusjoen has formerly hosted two FIS Nordic Combined World Cups together with Lillehammer and is use by athletes to train for cross-country events.

"It was not an easy decision," said Jurg Capol, FIS race director for cross-country.

"Compared to Beitostoelen, the weather is a bit colder in Sjusjoen and they will be able to produce snow during the next few nights. The preparations will be a bit easier and less snow is needed as the base is paved."

Terje Lund, head of the race's organising committee, said: "We are ready to tackle the challenge of organising the World Cup cross-country competition in just a few days. It will be the first cross-country World Cup event in Sjusjoen.

"Cold weather and 10 snow canons will help us to produce the snow for a course of 3.75km."

The World Cup programme remains unchanged, with an interval start on Saturday and the relay competition on Sunday.

Start times (UK):

Saturday, 19th November

Distance free technique 10km ladies 10.30

Distance free technique 15km men 12.15

Sunday, 20st November

Relay 4 x 5km ladies 10.30

Relay 4 x 10km men 12.15

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