This is an effort to summarize impressions from the inaugural Ski Tour 2020. At least we hope it’s inaugural and not a one-off event in the “gap year ” when there are no Olympics or the world championships.
We deliberately post this before the Tour’s end as there is enough info to convey and the most novel races have happened already.
Bad or needs improvement:
– Only a lazy reporter (and us here) did not write about logistical issues e.g. odd choice for waxing space in the same Åre. Annoying as they are, those are teething problems. Any new location for such a complex machine as the FIS World Cup on tour is bound to have them.
– The nation most consider to be essential for the future of xcskiing, wasn’t there. We are talking Germany, of course. Peter Schlikenrider, boss of the German team told the Daily Skier that the decision was made to prioritize training/ competing in the national championships. Sounds odd? Not really: the nationals are being held at exact time / place as the next year world championships , on Oberstdorf. Understandable yet still a big miss.
Very promising event with a future, most definitely.