World Championship cross-country skiing in PillerseeTal
From 8th to 19th February 2017 the IBU Biathlon World Championships are set to take place in Hochfilzen in Tirol. Cross-country skiers will find real world championship conditions in the winter sports region of PillerseeTal.
The Tirol town of Hochfilzen has been writing biathlon history since 1978, when it all started. At the first Biathlon World Championships in 1978 a handful of spectators travelled to Hochfilzen. Even in the 90s when Uschi Disl in Germany generated the first major biathlon hype, Hochfilzen felt comparatively little of the euphoria. With the Biathlon World Championships in 2005 a change came. In the past 10 years the Biathlon World Cup in Hochfilzen has been an incomparable success story; every year well over 30,000 fans celebrate the big biathlon festival.
Brilliant for cross-country skiers
In the wake of the Biathlon World Cup, in particular in Hochfilzen, St. Ulrich am Pillersee and St. Jakob in Haus, a strong Nordic hub came about; one which is among the top ten in Austria. With the FIS Continental Cup, the highest ranking cross-country race in Austria, St. Ulrich am Pillersee has also set up an annual event and with the Masters Cross-country World cup 2014 the region impressively demonstrated its cross-country expertise. Biathlon World Champion and Olympic medal winner Dominik Landertinger have keenly followed the developments – ‘It is not just our local world cup, the entire cross-country area in the region has developed enormously. I always look forward to getting on to the slopes here.’ says the man from Hochfilzen. The Nordic range has been clearly expanded upon. More than 100 kilometres of slopes, in classic, as well as skating style will be prepared every day in the winter. Thanks to snow-assuredness in the most snow-rich region in Tirol, the slopes are open from December to April. Service facilities such as the Nordic Academy, Sinus cross-country school, hire stations and cross-country shops are also available for cross-country skiers. Those of you who would like to hike in the tracks of a biathlon world champion, will be delighted with the guest biathlon held weekly in Hochfilzen.
The main aim for 2017
In 2017 Hochfilzen once again plays host to the Biathlon World Championships and until then there are plenty of activities planned in the stadium and in the region. There will be more services for athletes from across the globe and, in the interests of the tourist sector, for cross-country skiing guests too. A slope bridge in Hochfilzen, slope crossing sections, signposting, GPS data and much more are on the region’s ‘to-do’ list. ‘An extensive package is being planned for the Biathlon World Championships 2017 to make the Nordic sector stronger still and to provide cross-country guests with the best possible service.’, says tourism manager Florian Phleps. Since last October a new infrastructure has been set up in the stadium in Hochfilzen. A total of 20 million Euro is being poured into a new functional building, a state-of-the-art indoor shooting facility, new spectator stands, extended roller routes and much more. ‘Our aim was always to provide the best for the sport, and also for the athletes, the media and the fans too of course, who will find a unique ambience here.’ said Franz Berger of the OK Biathlon. The World Cup event from 10th to 13th December will be a test run for many of the new infrastructure facilities.
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