Weekend Viewing Guide for December 17–18: Davos World Cup


Welcome back to the fourth Nordic Insights weekend viewing guide, the final one of Period 1. This period of World Cup racing, for the athletes contesting it and those supporting it or reporting on it, has broadly felt a lot longer than the calendar says. It is frankly difficult to believe that Ruka was just three weeks ago yesterday. But the athletes will press on, and you can too. (This reporter will, full disclosure, largely be taking the weekend off while following and supporting local racing; more on coverage specifics below.)

Course profile, Davos 5km course (photo: screenshot from FIS homologation certificate)

This week brings two days of World Cup racing, starting in Davos tomorrow. On the one hand, the Davos course profile, shown above, is state of the art ca. 1982, just one long uphill and one long working downhill per lap (summon Jessie Diggins). On the other hand, this is an all-skate weekend, so maybe set your clock forward to at least 1987.

Long poles, short skis, high boots: The skating explosion. (photo: Gavin Kentch, from the wall of my father-in-law’s cabin outhouse earlier this year)

Anyway, here is when the races are this weekend:

World Cup, Davos, Switzerland (local time at venue: GMT +1, six hours ahead of East Coast Time)

dateracetime (AK)time (EST)results
Saturday, Dec. 17skate sprint qual12:45 a.m.4:45
skate sprint heats3:15 a.m.7:15
Sunday, Dec. 18W 20km skate12:45 a.m.4:45
M 20km skate3:15 a.m.7:15

Need help viewing the races from the U.S.? Here’s our full article on how to watch.

There is no more SuperTour-level racing happening in this country until U.S. Nationals, which begin in Houghton, Michigan, in early January. Here is our most recent piece on the current SuperTour standings.

High-level racing will be happening across the country this weekend, with JNQ (Junior Nationals qualifier) races in Anchorage, Houghton, and Lake Placid, among others. This site will see a break from extensive World Cup coverage this weekend, then will recap JNQ races early next week.

— Gavin Kentch

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