Quebec City and Montréal unveil Ski Tour Canada courses

Quebec City and Montréal unveil Ski Tour Canada courses

Québec City, Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – With less than five months to go until the world’s biggest Cross-Country Skiing event of the 2015-2016 season, the Ski Tour Canada 2016 courses for Montréal and Québec City have now been unveiled!

Organizing committees are working flat out to put on the event that will decide the winners of the prestigious FIS (Fédération internationale de Ski) crystal globes from March 1 to 12, 2016. With four countries officially signed up to date, more than 25 nations will come to Canada to showcase over 150 of the world’s top athletes.

A first for Montréal
The second Ski Tour Canada stage—the Montréal event—will be held on March 2 on Mont-Royal with a 13-22 km race. It promises to be quite the event: the classical technique mass start will be the first classical style event on the tour and the only one of its kind in Québec. “It’s vital that skiers position themselves well in the peloton because the course becomes quite narrow in places and passing will require a great deal of strategy,” explains Patrice Drouin, president of Gestev, which is producing the Montréal and Québec City stages. “The crowds gathered along the course are in for a treat!”

Québec City: Make mine a double
After a well-deserved rest day, Québec City sees the Cross Country World Cup return downtown with two events featuring two separate courses, both of which start on the Plains of Abraham: the sprint free on March 4 and the 10-15 km pursuit free technique on March 5. The two courses overlap and will treat the audience to spectacular views as local athletes aim for a podium finish. There’s one key difference from 2012: the sprint 2016 course will be even more physically demanding… with more climbs, more distance to cover, an impressive hill 400 m from the finish line along the city walls, a start on the Plains, and a stretch that takes in Québec’s National Assembly, Fontaine de Tourny, and Porte Saint-Louis!

Full details on each of the Ski Tour Canada courses are now available at skitourcanada.com

About FIS
FIS, founded in 1924, is the governing body for international skiing and snowboarding. Recognized by the International Olympic Committee, FIS manages the Olympic disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing, and Snowboarding, and sets the international competition rules. Through its 119 national federations, more than 7,000 FIS ski and snowboard competitions are staged annually. Specific initiatives are undertaken by FIS to promote winter sports, particularly for the young.

About Cross Country Ski Canada
Cross Country Canada is the governing body of cross country skiing in Canada, which is the nation’s optimal winter sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually. Its 58,000 members include athletes, coaches, officials, and skiers of all ages and abilities, including those on Canada’s National Ski Teams and Para-Nordic Ski Teams. With the support of its valued corporate partners—Haywood Securities Inc., AltaGas, and Mackenzie—along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium, and B2dix, Cross Country Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, and world champions.

About the National Organizing Committee (NOC)
The NOC has been established by Cross Country Canada (CCC) to assist in managing and coordinating Ski Tour Canada 2016. By facilitating communication between CCC and the Local Organizing Committees (LOCs) including ÉVÈNEMENTS NORDIQUES GATINEAU (Gatineau), QUÉBEC WINTER EVENTS CORPORATION (Montréal and Québec City), and the ALBERTA WORLD CUP SOCIETY (Canmore & Lake Louise), the NOC plans to deliver a seamless Tour in both eastern and western Canada.

About the Québec Winter Events Corporation
The mission of Québec Winter Events Corporation is to promote winter sports through international events such as the FIS Snowboard World Cup – Jamboree. While attracting the world’s top winter sport athletes, Québec Winter Events Corporation is working hard for the development of amateur sport in each of its events.

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