With one month to go until the FIS Cross-Country World Cup opener in Gällivare on November 24th - 25th the organisers have opened first courses.
"The cold weather we've had allowed us to produce snow and open the courses earliest ever. Gälivare truly has optimal conditions for Cross-Country Skiing," secretary general Tommy Niva said.
Snow guns at the Hellner stadium have been working full speed and high pressure in the last days and yesterday afternoon first loop was completed.
"We have opened one kilometre of World Cup tracks and now continue to produce snow and prepare the rest of the track system," Jonny Mosesson, responsible for snow production reveals.
"As of today we have the longest snow loop in Sweden. The weather forecast is positive with cold temperatures and natural snow expected in next days," Tommy Niva concludes.
FIS Cross-Country World Cup season 2012/13 kicks off in Gällivare on November 24 - 25. Individual competitions over 10 km for ladies and 15 km for men in the free technique are scheduled for Saturday. Sunday's program will be featuring 4x5 km relay ladies and 4x7,5 km relay men.