Here is How it is Going to Happen—Day-By-Day

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
You can come any way you want to Moena. In the late evening, we will all get to know each other over cocktails and snacks. Daniel Sandoz will explain everything to you so you won’t be in the dark about the racing conditions or the race itself.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
This day is going to start with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Then Daniel will take you to discover parts of the course. Then he will take you to have a small lunch in one of the numerous restaurants in the village before we go back to our hotel. At the end of the afternoon, you can either go to the wellness center or take your time exploring Moena village. Finally, dinner that evening followed by a meeting during which Daniel will explain what is going to happen the following few days.

Friday, January 6, 2017
A hardy breakfast, then today we will ski and discover the valley and its surroundings.  There are two Nordic ski areas in San Pelegrino and there is the Lavazze Col that is situated only 20-30 minutes away by car.  These areas are groomed for both classic and skate skiing.  While you are exploring these areas, you will have the comfort and excellent cuisine of the hotel awaiting your return.

Saturday, January 7, 2017
You won’t be skiing today, but you will be able to watch world champions in their next-to-last event on the Tour de Ski in the stadium of the world championships of Val di Fiemme of 2013 now called the Lago di Tesero. There is a mass start for a classic-style race for the 10 km race for the women and the 15 km race for the men.  Because of Daniel Sandoz’s good relationship with the race organizers you will probably be able to spend some time with the racers, the ones you see on television.  You will probably be able to visit the waxing trucks for the different countries’ Nordic ski teams.  In the afternoon you return to Moena in order to prepare your equipment for the race on Suday, and you will do this before dinner and our last meeting together.

Sunday, January 8, 2017—At Last Race Day
This is the big day!  Two hours before the elite Nordic skiers start their race, it is your turn when you begin this incomparable race.  After the first kilometer loop, you come back through the stadium where your fans can cheer you on right in front of the stands, just before you go to the next 4 km of the race which are on the original part of the Marcialonga until you get to the start of the famous l’Alpe Cermis climb.  To be sure, this is a mythical climb that you might have seen on TV, but now you are doing it!  During the Tour de Ski, some of the greatest have been humbled by this climb.  Make sure you take a good breath before you start because you won’t get another chance to breath easily until you arrive at the finish line.  Fortunately, the public will be there waiting for you to encourage you to use every last bit of energy.  That is how you will know that you have done one of the most remarkable races of the year.

Then you go have lunch, and spend time watching the world’s best do the same race in the manner of Tour de France bicyclists getting to the top of a mountain pass.  You will return to the stadium in a gondela.  Once you are back at the hotel, you will be able to take a shower in the wellness center and then you are on your own.