Holmenkollen Ski Festival, Most Popular Ski Race On This Planet

Holmenkollen Ski Festival, Most Popular Ski Race On This Planet

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Holmenkollen Ski Festival is one totally unique event in international xcski calendar. For starters, it's the only 30/50k race on the World Cup calendar and has been so for years. So if you a true fan of long distance skiing - you'd have to come to Oslo - or wait for the World Championships or the Olympics. Holmenkollen competition trail is the longest, over 5k - everywhere else they typically use something around 3 kilometres. It used to be 25k (!) - but times have changed, clearly. It's the only race truly located in the city ( Big Oslo is home to over a million people). For a visitor it means you could be on the trail and waving flag within 1.5 hours of your plane landing at Oslo airport.…
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China Opens Asia-First XCSki Tunnel

China Opens Asia-First XCSki Tunnel

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While we were busy watching the events in Seefeld, at Vasaloppet etc., Chinese comrades have fairly quietly opened a cross country ski tunnel "....An all-weather cross-country ski resort, believed to be Asia's first of its kind, was put into use in northeast China's Jilin Province..." What's immediately striking, is the amount of investment - 990 million yuan translates into some 130 million euros at the current exchange rate. Or about four times the amount the Oberhof ski tunnel in Germany, widely considered the most expensive of them all, cost to build Somehow, none of that staggering amount of money was spent on promotion & advertisement - hard as we tried, we couldn't find a single photo of the new facility. What's not in doubt, however, is a massive commitment China…
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Here Is What Are You Missing By Not Coming To Seefeld – But It Is Not Too Late!

Here Is What Are You Missing By Not Coming To Seefeld – But It Is Not Too Late!

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You should have totally gone to Seefeld-2019. And if you contemplated and chose not to - your loss, really. Luckily you still have a chance - the upcoming weekend is full of great races and there's a lot more to do than just to watch the world's most fittest women & men compete ( as if it were not enough on its own!) Here are the reasons you need to convince yourself, your best half & a bunch of friends to go: - Getting there is not easy - it's very easy. And for most part cheap. closest airport, period, is Innsbruck - it's just a half an hour away. Closest big airport is Munich and it's 3,5 hours on a train ( going through the mountains, good for sightseeing…
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Seefeld-2019. Behind Scenes

Seefeld-2019. Behind Scenes

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..what you don't typically get to see in your television broadcast... [caption id="attachment_10347" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Mountain sun, warm weather - and thawing ski tracks. Seefeld 2019 is going to be fun for spectators...[/caption][caption id="attachment_10337" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] ... and royal pain in the butt for ski waxers & techs[/caption][caption id="attachment_10344" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] monster wax truck where 8 or more waxers can work side-by-side is not only the single most expensive item aound - it's the most needed one too [/caption][caption id="attachment_10341" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Some skiers brought their life partners along - others left them at home and brought just a smile [/caption][caption id="attachment_10338" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] rules for " moving pictures" a.k.a video filming have been tightened drastically - so non-rights holding media i.e. those who did not pay a ton of…
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Seefeld-2019. Curtain-Raiser. In Pictures

Seefeld-2019. Curtain-Raiser. In Pictures

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We have made an effort to convince you using stats & figures, that Seefeld-2019 has a promise of becoming the best world championship ever. Here's a glimpse of how the Tirolian resort looks on the eve of the tournament kick-off [caption id="attachment_10281" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Nour Keirouz, Lebanon xcski champ, will compete in sprint at Seefeld[/caption] Focal point - the newly built Seefeld Ski Stadium https://www.instagram.com/p/BuE1oCFhi5D/ ...where swarms of waxers and technicians are busy selecting the winning wax formulas [caption id="attachment_10282" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] "dude, did you bring enough planks along?" [/caption] https://www.instagram.com/p/BuE3Tkfhl27/ ...Total "my wax truck is bigger than your wax truck!". Or, at least, my flag is higher https://www.instagram.com/p/BuEkQGPhhVK/ ...These guys look like they also care about chemicals - but of entirely different type. Just a guess - police forces…
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