Ski-European Orienteering Championships 2016 Obertilliach
The European Championships of Ski Orienteering will start in 6 months in Obertilliach, Austria.
About 20 nations will be competing in March in various disciplines. The favourites are from Russia and Scandinavia, yet there are medal chances for local athletes as well.
On February 29th 2016 the European Ski-Orienteering Championship will start in Obertilliach/ Austria. There will be competing about 200 European athletes in five different competitions for more than six days. „We have found the perfect location for a European Championship here in Obertilliach. The infrastructure is equipped ideally for such an event“, says director Hans-Georg Gratzer. The championship takes place from February 29th until March 7th and will be held jointly with the Ski-Orienteering World Junior championship and the Ski-Orienteering Youth championship.
Obertilliach is located at 1450 meters above sea level and is inhabited by 700 residents. The congregation in Alta Pusteria is guaranteed to have snow and has a modern biathlon centre. Up to five kilometres of trail can be covered with artificial snow. The athletes and fans are going to be taken with a shuttle bus to the competition courses.
The competition area is located in the Tyrolean Gailtal between Kartitsch and Obertilliach. The championship is hosted as a Green Event, various sustainability measures have already been set. The shuttle bus reduces the traffic to a minimum in order to protect nature and wildlife.
Ski-Orienteering combines cross-country skiing, orienteering and nature experience. The athletes must pass selected control points (so called items) in a predetermined order by using a map. The map shows information on terrain, slope and quality of the trails. The sport is practiced in a dense net of tracks. In addition to the wide tracks, smaller tracks and so called Ski-Doo-tracks are prepared. The combination of map reading and endurance features Ski-Orienteering as an exciting, fast and challenging sports. The competitions will be held in free technique (Skating).
Three individual decisions on different distances (sprint, middle and long) and two team competitions (mixed sprint relay, classical relay) are run at the European championships in Obertilliach.
The favourites are from Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Switzerland. The medal hopes for Austria are Tobias Habenicht and Simon Kugler. “Of course we hope that the two young cross country skiing athletes can take part at the European Championships in their own country”, says Gratzer.