The Long Distance Ski Championship


November 26 at CET 10:00 the Visma Ski Classics season VIII starts with the Prologue-Pro Team tempo in Pontresina!

Pontresina is situated at 1,805 meters above sea level in a side valley, very close to the Bernina Range that includes the two most famous peaks of the Engadine: Piz Palü and Piz Bernina. The latter, at 4,049 meters, is the highest peak in the Eastern Alps.

This mountain village, steeped in history, excites from the moment you set foot in it, with the beauty of the traditional Engadine houses and the elegance of large hotels of the Belle Époque immediately transporting you back to a time of olde-worlde charm.

Pro Team Tempo

The Pro Teams start individually, and the time of each team's third best male skier giving each team a total male time. Then, the female skiers of the teams will start in a pursuit based on that total male time. If a team has more than one female skier, they can race together. The first female skier to cross the finish line is the winner along with her team. The remaining places are determined by the order of the finishes by female skiers. The teams get their respective points according to the VSC point-table (

If a Pro team does not have three male athletes on the start line, their pro team female skiers will start 30 seconds after the last female in the pursuit. If no female is starting in the pursuit, the pro team will be placed after the last female skier finishing the pursuit according to the male Pro Team time.

All Pro Team athletes starting and finishing within 20% of the winning time in the Pro Team Tempo will get 50 individual bonus points in the Champion competition.

Basic info:

Date & starting times: November 26, 2017, Men at 10:00 CET, Women at 12:00 CET

Active years: 2 (in Pontresina)

Record number of participants: Pro Teams only

Distance: 11 km

Number of VSC sprints/climbing points: none

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