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2018/2019 FIS World Cup Calendar

Note: This article has been corrected to reflect that Planica, Slovenia, will be hosting 2023 Ski World Championships.

On Friday, the International Ski Federation released its calendar for the upcoming 2018/2019 Cross-Country World Cup season. The schedule, which begins Nov. 24 with two days of racing in Kuusamo (Ruka), Finland, and ends March 23 with World Cup Finals in Quebec, includes a few notable stops.

After the regular early season stops in Finland (Nov. 24-25) and Lillehammer, Norway (Nov. 30-Dec. 2), the World Cup visits Beitostølen, Norway, for distance (15/30 k freestyle) and relay races Dec. 8-9. Racers then head south to Davos, Switzerland (Dec. 15-16), to close out Period 1.

The 13th annual Tour de Ski will start and end in Italy, with the first two stages in Toblach and the last two (of seven total stages) in Val di Fiemme. In between, a skate sprint will take place in Val Müstair, Switzerland, followed by two distance races (10/15 k classic mass start + 10/15 k freestyle pursuit) in Oberstdorf, Germany.

That’s Period 2.

Period 3 of racing takes place over three weekends in January and includes the return of the World Cup to Dresden, Germany, for the second-straight year for an all skate-sprint weekend (individual followed by team sprint) Jan. 12-13. Then it’s off to Otepää, Estonia, followed by the second relays of the season in Ulricehamn, Sweden.

Racers return to a perennial staple, Lahti, Finland, for the start of Period 4, Feb. 9-10. Then they’ll head to a new World Cup stop in Cogne, Italy (Feb. 16-17), for skate sprints and 10/15 k classic races.

2019 World Championships are set to kick off just two days later Feb. 19-March 3 in Seefeld, Austria. (In related news, 2023 World Championships were recently awarded to Planica, Slovenia.)

Period 5 includes the regular stops in Oslo (Holmenkollen) and Drammen, Norway, and Falun, Sweden, in March. The season concludes in Quebec City, with the three-day World Cup Finals mini tour March 22-24.

Complete schedule