In 2.5 weeks, the FIS Cross-Country World Cup family will meet for the second time this season – in the Norwegian village of Beitostoelen at the foot of the Jothunheimer Mountains. Beitostoelen has invested a lot since its last FIS World Cup events in November 2005. A total of 1.5 Million Norwegian Crowns were needed to update the infrastructure in the stadium including a rebuilt stadium building, extended service area and many small details. The tracks were redesigned, too, and a 2.5 km loop was newly-made with the possibility to prepare it completely with artificial snow.
At the moment, 2 km are ready – prepared with artificial snow - and colder weather is expected in the next several days.
The OC in Beitostoelen is likely to soon be ready for the Norwegian national opening in Cross-Country and Biathlon planned on 16th -18th November. 13 hours of live coverage by NRK are scheduled from this event. The 2nd Viessmann FIS World Cup Cross-Country races of the season are set for 24th-25th November with individual start races in the free technique and relay competitions.