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World’s top skiers come to Davos for the FIS Cross Country World Cup

On 14 December 2019, the world’s best cross‐country skiers will commence their battle for world cup points in Davos on the challenging run through the Flüela Valley for the FIS Cross Country World Cup.

This sporting event is internationally recognised as one of the highlights ofthe winter sporting calendar and will showcase cross country skiing excellence from around the world. Both men and women will have the chance to line up at the starting line in Davos, for what is set to be an unmissable occasion.

The competition promises to bring excitement and an incredible atmosphere in the stadium on Bünda in Davos Dorf. Expect to see many famous faces in town for this fantastic event including Björn Daehlie – the most celebrated and successful cross country skier of all time – whowill be making a special guest appearance. The event brings huge media interest to Davos and offers a unique spectacle of the breath-taking Graubünden mountain landscapes.

On Friday 13 December, the FIS Cross Country World Cup will hold a ceremony in the Christmas Market in Davos Dorf to announce the top athletes of the World Cup. This event gives all the athletes the chance to celebrate their achievements with family and friends. The next day will focus on the FIS World Cup Ladies and Men sprint finals, and there will be another presentation of the top athletes in the evening.

On Sunday, 15 December, the Ladies 10km run will take place prior to the Daehlie Kids Event, which gives the kids the chance to be a part of the event and meet successful athletes including Björn Daehlie, one of the most successful winter sport athletes of all times. Together, they will complete the long ski course with a variety of barriers to make thecourse more challenging. Towards the end of the day, prices will be given out to the first three winners. The day will end with the FIS World Cup Men 15km run – an event which is bound to draw in the crowds.

History – how did skiing start in Davos

Davos was first known as a summer mountain health resort before becoming the most popular holiday destination for winter sports. Until 1865, many individuals went to Davos to benefit from the fresh Alpine air.

The first pair of skiers from Norway arrived in Davos in 1883 and races took place. The first distance (over 12km) ran through the Mattawald forest and the race was won by a Davos local, an Englishman and a Norwegian taking second and third place.