The world's elite men and women cross-country skiers line up on the start line every year for the Davos Nordic. The Bünda district of Davos village is transformed into a cross-country stadium and offers spectators a unique spectacle amidst the breathtaking Grisons mountain landscape. Some 250 men and women athletes from around 30 countries compete, watched by over 18,000 spectators on the ground.
The origins of Davos Nordic go back to 1972, when the Flüela track was created, tailored to the needs of racing sport, as part of the expansion of the cross-country network of tracks. The responsible officials within the Swiss Cross-Country Ski Association soon recognised the quality of the tracks and held a training week for the Swiss national team the following year in Davos. Over the years, an international invitation race developed from this, which was conferred the status of an official World Cup race in 1980.
Davos Nordic has now established itself as a top internationally renowned event and it is hard to image the Davos events diary without this event. The fantastic TV images, thrilling competitions, media echo and throngs of spectators bring so much to the cross-country region. And even visitors to Davos Klosters can take advantage of it: as shown by the extensive and immaculately prepared network of cross-country tracks in the region, numbering over 100 km of traditional cross-country tracks and 46 km of skating tracks.
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