See ATTA's COVID-19 Guide for the Adventure Travel Industry

The Austrian Tirol Welcomes the World: 2017 Biathlon World Championships and 2019 Nordic World Ski Championships

3 Minute Read

Photo © OK Hochfilzen / C. Einecke

Photo © OK Hochfilzen / C. Einecke

While the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, will showcase the world’s best Alpine skiers in February 2017, the world’s best biathletes will compete for their chance at glory at the Biathlon World Championships in Hochfilzen, Tirol, Austria. Two years later, the global winter events continue in the Austrian Tirol, when the Olympic sites at Seefeld Olympia Region will play host to the 2019 Nordic World Ski Championships, representing the largest and most impressive collection of ski jumping and cross country ski racing talent in the world. Whether you’re an elite athlete or a first timer just having fun, Tirol’s Nordic Ski centers have what it takes to challenge and excite all.

2017 Biathlon World Championships in Hochfilzen

From February 08 to 19, 2017, Hochfilzen officially welcomes the world back to the IBU Biathlon World Championships. After 1978 and 2005, 2017 will mark the third time that Tirol’s Pillerseetal Valley will host this momentous international event. No expense has been spared in a series of investment projects that have seen the creation of a brand-new sporting venue and the upgrade of existing biathlon infrastructure, including an indoor shooting range, paved roller ski trails, and new spectator stands. Tickets are available here.

As the World Alpine Ski Championships unfold in the Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz over two weeks (February 06 – 19, 2017), a TirolBerg will open its doors at the heart of town to showcase Tirol’s best attributes. Another TirolBerg will be erected at the same time in Hochfilzen, serving as a gathering place and networking platform for sports, media and businesses alike. Located at the heart of Hochfilzen on the Medal Plaza, the venue will be the base for the Biathlon World Championships in Hochfilzen and provide media representatives a vital base for the duration of the Championships. With large doses of Tirolean hospitality, the TirolBerg offers a lounge with open fireside, two TV studios with control room and office space.

2019 Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld

© OK Hochfilzen / C. Einecke

© OK Hochfilzen / C. Einecke

Seefeld hosted Nordic competitions for the 1964 and 1976 Olympic Winter Games and for the Inaugural Youth Olympic Winter Games in 2012. Moreover, Seefeld was the venue of the 1985 Nordic World Ski Championships and has been regularly hosting Nordic Combined World Cup events.  In 2019, Seefeld will welcome the world back to the Olympia Region for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.

Two stadiums with large spectator stands will be erected at the base of the Toni Seelos Olympic Ski Jumps. The large hill ski jump competitions will be held at Bergisel Ski Jump in Innsbruck. As well in Seefeld, the TirolBerg will once again be the gathering place for sports, media and businesses between February 19 and March 03, 2017.

A Great Nordic Ski Experience

The top-notch Nordic Centers at Pillerseetal Valley and Seefeld have held its place as renowned destinations in Nordic Sports. It is no wonder that these venues host the Biathlon and the Nordic Ski World Championships, as these are places that bring the best out of world-class athletes. Tirol delivers on the promise of a great Nordic ski experience at all levels, no matter how you choose to define it…readily accessible, a most spectacular and varied cross country ski terrain, lots of lodging options and a high level of services for Nordic skiers. Add the excitement of international and national events such as the annual International Koasalauf XC Ski Race in St. Johann in Tirol, the Nordic Combined Triple in Seefeld and Biathlon World Cup events in Hochfilzen and you’ve got some of the greatest Nordic skiing in the world.

Click into a pair of skinny skis and glide through Tirol’s woods at your own pace, or head to the rifle range and sharpen your aim with Be a Biathlete programs, offered at the Biathlon Center Hochfilzen and at the Cross Country Academy in Seefeld. One of the largest cross country skiing networks in Tirol with 262 kilometers of tracks, varied terrain and generally ample snow make Seefeld one of the best places to go cross country skiing in the country. Seven tracks are especially designated for adaptive cross country skiing and they even have a pet-friendly dog track.

Nordic skiing is as well one of the best ways to experience winter in East Tirol. Enjoy over 400 kilometers of set track and wide skate lanes on an immaculately groomed and waymarked trail system. The Nordic Ski & Biathlon Center in Obertilliach is another training facility designed for both elite and recreational biathletes. Catch a glimpse of professional biathlon athletes or try your hand at shooting a real rifle at the biathlon range.

Contributing members are responsible for the accuracy of content contributed to the Member News section of AdventureTravelNews.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *