Allegra is →Romansh for →Grüezi
For your convenience we recommend to travel by own or rented car. There is also public transport by train and bus from Zurich airport to →Lenzerheide, see www.rail.ch. On request, we can provide transport in groups from Zurich airport.
From Lenzerheide Post to the competition and event centres in Lantsch/Lenz there is a public bus (yellow Postauto) twice an hour. One way tickets (CHF 3.60) or cards for 6 one way rides (CHF 18) are sold in the busses (Postauto) and at the main bus station in Lenzerheide. The driver sells tickets, you are advised to get on the bus at the front door and buy your tickets. There are frequent ticket controls and riding without a ticket is very expensive!
Transport in Lenzerheide (but not to the competition and event centres in →Lenz/Lantsch) is free with the Sportbus, see www.lenzerheide.com.
Chur is the capital of →Grisons and reputedly the oldest city of Switzerland.
The temperature is normally from 0 to minus 12 degree Celsius with an average of 6 days with snowfall in January.
The competition centre for all competitions but the Swiss sprint championships (17th January, →Valbella) will be at the →Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide, see overview map.
Competition items will only be handed out after settling any open payment (→cash, no credit cards). They have to be collected in person or by a representative of the group at the →office. These items include Bulletin 4, SIAC (→SPORTident Active Card) and a local map.
For ESOC teams, the items have to be collected by a team official.
For the Masters, the package will also include →number bibs and start lists.
|Sprint distance||6 + 6 (+1, +2)||Individual|
|Long distance||6 + 6 (+1, +2)||One-man relay|
|Mixed sprint relay||3 relays||Relay, 6 legs (3 per competitor)|
|Middle distance||6 + 6 (+1, +2)||Individual|
|Relay||2 + 2 relays||Relay, 3 legs|
* 6 + 6 (+1, +2) means: at most 6 women and 6 men per team. Additional place for the current European champion and two additional places for the host nation
|Middle distance||2 individual competitions, result based on the sum of the two times|
Doping controls may be carried out any time and for any competitor (ESOC and WMSOC) during the competition period. We suggest that athletes are prepared at all events to take along some dry clothes to change into after their race. Athletes who are selected for the doping tests must bring an official identification (with photo) to the doping test area. The athlete should also bring along their therapeutic use exemption (TUE) if applicable.
Electronic punching system
The touch free SPORTident Air+ from Foot-O (valid punch 0.3 to 0.6 m) will be used as electronic punching system. See →SPORTident Active Card.
Grisons is the larges canton of Switzerland by area. It lies in the southeastern part of the country, fully within the alps. Here you find the sources of the Rhine and Inn rivers.
Grisons is the only canton with 3 official languages: German, →Romansh and Italian.
The canton is internationally well known for its winter tourism destinations like St. Moritz (Winter olympics 1928 and 1948, alpine skiing world championships 2003 and 2017), Davos (annual cross country skiing world cup), Flims/Laax or →Lenzerheide (alpine skiing world cup finals, venue of Tour de Ski 2014 and 2016).
Grüezi is →Swiss German for hello
There are 48 mountains higher than 4000 meters in Switzerland, one of them in the canton of Grisons: Piz Bernina (4049 m).
Competitors participate at their own risk. Insurance against accidents is the responsibility of their federation or themselves, according to national regulations.
Lantsch/Lenz (German Lenz, →Romansh Lantsch) is a municipality in the canton of →Grisons, the majority of its population is →Romansh speaking. Lantsch/Lenz is the southern neighbour to →Lenzerheide/Lai.
The event centre (→office) and the location for the team officials' meetings are in Lantsch/Lenz and even the →competition centre (though named "Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide") is located in Lantsch/Lenz (see overview map).
Lenzerheide/Lai (German Lenzerheide, →Romansh Lai) is a town in the canton of →Grisons, it lies on 1450 - 1600 m a.s.l. The alpine skiing world cup finals often take place in Lenzerheide and Lenzerheide is a stage of Tour the Ski 2014 and 2016. Politically, Lenzerheide/Lai is a fraction of the municipality of Vaz/Obervaz (German Obervaz, →Romansh Vaz).
The opening ceremony and the banquets for ESOC and WMSOC will take place in Lenzerheide/Lai (see overview map).
We have prepared the following live services:
- GPS tracking (LED screen in the arena and online)
- Live results with radio controls (presented by the arena speaker and online)
- Live video (LED screen in the arena and online)
- Live chat (online)
Organiser will provide warm lunch in heated tents at the competition centre every racing day. Price CHF 16.- per day. ESOC teams can order lunch together with the final entry (online entry form), WMSOC and open race participants can buy lunch vouchers at the office.
New Ski-Orienteering maps 2015. There are no old maps of the area, but you can download an auto-generated map here.
- ESOC sprint and sprint relay: 1:5'000, 2.5 m contour intervals
- ESOC long and middle distance, relay: 1:10'000, 5 m contour intervals
- WMSOC, open competitions: 1:10'000, 5 m contour intervals
Map holders are an important item for every Ski-O competitor. The organiser has a stock of rental map holders for those without an own one.
The office is located at the school in →Lantsch/Lenz (see overview map). An info desk at the competition centre (→Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide) will offer all services on competition days (→opening hours):
- trainig maps
- entry for open classes until the day before the competition
- hand over of →competition items
- lunch vouchers for the following day
- return of used maps
- general information
The →office is open as specified in Bulletin 3 and Bulletin 4. For collecting your →competition items the →office is open as follows:
- Mon, 19th, 10am to 7:30pm (10:00 to 19:30): at the school in →Lantsch/Lenz
- Tue, 20st, 9am to 3pm (9:00 to 15:00): at the →competition centre (→Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide)
The Spar supermarket in →Lenzerheide is opened as follows:
- Mon - Fri: 7am - 6:30pm (07:00 - 18:30)
- Sat: 7am - 6pm (07:00 - 18:00)
- Sun: 9am - 12pm (09:00 - 12:00) and 2pm - 6pm (14:00 - 18:00)
For the individual ESOC competitions, each federation may enter 6 participants per class (host nation: 8 participants). The current European champion owns a personal place which is not counted for the entries of his federation (i.e. the federation of the current champion may enter 7 participants, provided that the champion is entered for the discipline).
In the mixed sprint relay each federation can enter a maximum of three relays of two (at least one women per relay), for the relay the maximum is two relays per class (relays of three). Only the best team per nation counts for the championship result.
There are no restrictions on the number of participants in WMSOC. The classes are restricted by age, minimum ages between 35 and 85 years (in steps of five years).
Romansh is one of 3 official languages in →Grisons (besides German and Italian), it is only spoken in this canton (about 40.000 persons consider Romansh to be their main language). Romansh splits into 5 pretty different groups (called idioms), the local idiom in →Lenzerheide/Lai is Surmiran.
SPORTident Active Card (SIAC)
Competitors get a SIAC (→SPORTident Active Card) from the organiser (no additional costs) together with the other →competition items.
The procedure is very similar to normal SI-Cards: It's the runners responsibility to clear and check the SIAC before the start, to correctly "punch" at each control (visual and acoustic signal) and to download the data immediately after finishing the race. As opposed to normal SI-Cards, the SIAC is touch free and registers the control in a radius of 30 centimeters. The touch free ability of the SIAC is activated with the check station and is deactivated when crossing the finish line. Notice: crossing the finish line during the competition will deactivate the SIAC!
If a SIAC is lost, the competitor has to pay CHF 80.-.
Start allocation methods
ESOC start order will be allocated according the corresponding IOF rules. Allocation to the red group will always consider the latest WRE standings, including earlier ESOC results. The current European champion of the corresponding distance will be given a wild card for the red group.
WMSOC start orders for the first middle distance and for the long distance competitions will be drawn at random. The start order for the second middle distance race will be the reversed start order of the first middle distance competition.
Swiss German is the language spoken by 65% of the Swiss, the vast majority of →Romansh speaking persons also speak Swiss German perfectly. Swiss German is separated into many local groups (dialects) and is not a written language. For writing and as one of the four official languages Swiss Standard German is used. Swiss Standard German is tought at schools and is the first foreign language for native Swiss German speaking kids (for →Romansh kids things get even more complicated: Swiss German is their first foreign language and Swiss Standard German the second). Swiss Standard German is very close to Standard German with only a few differences.
A Ski-O race (open Swiss championships sprint distance) will take place 17th January at the cross-country skiing centre →Valbella/Canols. After the race, the area is open for training. You will also find good possibilities for cross-country skiing training in Lenzerheide/Valbella.
Valbella is a fraction of the municipality of Vaz/Obervaz (German Obervaz, →Romansh Vaz) and the northern neighbour of →Lenzerheide/Lai.
The model event and the open Swiss championships (sprint distance) will take place in Valbella (see overview map). The tracks in Valbella are outside the →forbidden area and can be used for →training.
Limited possibility for indoor waxing at the accommodation (depending on accommodation).