Less than four months remain until the start of the FIS Tour de Ski 2006/2007 on December 29th, 2006. During the past week and a half, a team of Tour Board members led by FIS Race Director Cross-Country JÃ¼rg Capol visited all the future Tour sites to discuss the status of the preparations with the local organizing committees and to iron out the final logistical details.
â€œI was pleased to see how well the inaugural FIS Tour de Ski is coming together. While we still have some hard work ahead of us, each Tour venue has an enthusiastic organizational team that fully stands behind the concept and is making solid progress towards our common objectives,â€ noted Capol. Compared to regular Viessmann FIS World Cup Cross-Country races, the Tour poses new organizational challenges, starting from a single entry process to a shared Tour accreditation and to a single prize money pot that will only be awarded after the last Stage. Logistically, especially the last Stage — the Final Climb in Val di Fiemme — where the winners will reach the Tour’s summit requires highly detailed planning.