The Long Distance Ski Championship

Season VIII calendar revealed!

The long distance ski championship, Visma Ski Classics, present it´s new calendar for the upcoming 2017/2018 season, The Season VIII. The tour consist of 25 Pro Teams, with 10 athletes each, that competes in the world´s 11 most prestigious cross country ski events all around Europe. 

The upcoming season starts off with a prologue week beginning with a Pro Tempo in Pontresina, Switzerland. The Pro Team Tempo will have an interesting new updated look, where the female Pro Team athletes will start in a pursuit after the male athletes pro team tempo. The weekend after it is time for the 35km mass start in Livigno, Italy the Sgambeda. The first two events are both on high altitude of about 2000 asl making the Prologue week extra challenging. Sgambeda is a perfect first race of the season also for the recreational skiers.

After checking off their shape in the Prologue week the Pro Teams gets a training period in front of the demanding four weeks long Alp Tour. The Alp Tour starts off on January 13th with 60km Kaiser Maximilian Lauf in Seefeld, Austria, then heads to 65km long La Diagonela in Switzerland on the 20th of January. The weekend after it is time for the legendary Marcialonga over 70km before the last event of the tour, the 50km Toblach Cortina, Italy on the 3rd of February.

The Pro Teams and their athletes gets then a well-needed weekend off, and an important training period before reaching Central Europe and the 50km Jizerska in Bedrichov, Czech Republic on the 18th of February.

After the folkfest in Bedrichov Vilma Ski Classics heads towards Scandinavia for the final four events, the Nordic Tour. The Scandinavian part starts off in a crescendo with the 90km masterpiece Vasaloppet. Then after a weekend off it continues with Norway´s most famous ski race 54km Birkebeinerrennet, going over two mountains the event is real challenge despite the distance. The Pro Teams then get two weekends off in connection with Eastern holidays before reaching the final two event, both real success events from last season, 50km Reistadlopet in northern Norway and the Ski Classics Final over 67km in Ylläs-Levi, Finland.

- The Season VIII has the best balanced calendar so far, travelling to magnificant winter destinations all around Europe. The calendar consist of four phases, first the Prologue week which get the season started off. Then the beautiful Alp Tour, before Czech Jizerska which is a step towards the final Nordic Tour. When launching a new season the calendar makes the platform to stand on, but as important is the development of the competitions inside the tour in which the skiers compete. There are many exciting news that we will present from now to the season start... " , says David Nilsson CEO Visma Ski Classics he continues:

Visma Ski Classics VIII (2017/2018):

Event 1: 26th November, Prologue Pontresina Switzerland 10 km
Event 2: 2nd December, La Sgambeda Livigno Italy 35km
Event 3: 13th January, Kaiser Maximilian Lauf Seefeld Austria 60km
Event 4: 20th January, La Diagonela St Moritz Switzerland 65km
Event 5: 28st January, Marcialonga Trentino Italy 70km
Event 6: 3rd February, Toblach-Cortina Italy 50km
Event 7: 18th February, Jizerska Padesatka Czech Republic 50km
Event 8: 4th March, Vasaloppet Sweden 90km
Event 9: 17th March, Birkebeinerrennet Norway 54km
Event 10: 7th April, Reistadløpet Bardufoss Norway 50km
Event 11: 14th April, Ylläs-Levi Finland 67km