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The 2019 Nordic World Ski Championships come to Innsbruck & Seefeld!

In my opinion, Tyrol is the unofficial HOME for world championships – this year we’ve already had several and there’s no signs of stopping! One of the big championships coming up soon is the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2019!

Ski jumping is one event at the Nordic Skiing World Championships

Enjoy the winter wonderland of Tyrol, as athletes battle it out. Photo by Stephan Elsler

This world championship will take place from the 19th of February to the 3rd of March, primarily in Seefeld, with some events (like ski jumping) in Innsbruck. The opening ceremony will take place on the 20th of February at 6pm to kick the event off, before more than 700 athletes from 60 different nations participate in 21 competitions over two weeks to battle for the number one spot.

I suggest picking Innsbruck as your ‘home base’ during the championships, and make the short journey up to Seefeld for the various events you want to see. There are many reasons why, so let’s have a look at the event, shall we?

Nordic Skiing Competitions in Tyrol

This is only the second time that Tyrol will host the Nordic World Ski Championships (the first time was in 1985), but having hosted the Winter Olympics three times the region is no stranger to Nordic ski competitions! Tyrol and Innsbruck are simply ideal for Nordic Skiing competitions, combining the cross-country skiing in Seefeld and the ski jumping at Innsbruck’s famous Bergisel ski jump [1], icon of the city!

Ski jumper

There are many events to take in over two weeks, don’t miss out on the spectacular ski jump. Photo by Stephan Elsler

Which disciplines do athletes compete in at the Nordic Skiing World Championships?

The Nordic World Championships have a lot to take in. Click here [2] to see the full schedule, but in the meantime let’s take a look at the various disciplines.

Cross Country Skiing Races

Practising the skating discipline of crosscountry skiing at Mieminger Plateau

Practising the skating discipline of crosscountry skiing at Mieminger Plateau

Ski Jumping

Ski jumping at the Bergisel Ski Jump in Innsbruck

Ski jumping at the Bergisel Ski Jump in Innsbruck

Nordic Combined

Seefeld is a stunning location for the 2019 Nordic Ski World Championships

Just check out that view! Photo by Stephan Elsler

Innsbruck as Home Base during the Nordic World Championships

Seefeld is on a sunny plateau above Innsbruck, while Innsbruck is the ‘big city’ in the valley. It’s really a matter of taste where you set up camp, but in my opinion you should make Innsbruck your home base while heading up to Seefeld for the various competitions.

Innsbruck is centrally located and easy to get to, an ideal jumping point for anything else you want to do [5] and see while you enjoy the championships, and with a range of accomodation [6] offers great bang for your buck at all levels of budget.

Innsbruck makes a great 'big city' base for the 2019 Nordic Skiing World Championships

Innsbruck makes a great ‘big city’ base for the 2019 Nordic Skiing World Championships

Nordic World Championship Tickets INCLUDE train tickets to/from Innsbruck

There are a few different ticket options over different timeframes, so you can enjoy the World Championships without it costing an arm and a leg, and without paying to see events you’re not interested in. Check out the link HERE [7] to get your tickets.

One major perk is that a ticket to the World Championships also doubles as a train ticket – so from Innsbruck you can just hop on the train and head up to Seefeld without any extra cost. That means that you can enjoy the best of both worlds: explore the city and its nightlife during the downtime, and cheer on the athletes during the events.

The train is only a 36min ride with several departures each day, and the view out the window as you go up the mountain is mesmerizing. It is one of the few times I prefer a window seat.

Seefeld Station

The train ride through the breathtaking nature from Innsbruck up to Seefeld is an experience you don’t want to miss. Photo by: David Johansson

Volunteering at the Seefeld 2019 Nordic World Championships 

Maybe simply watching is not enough for you; maybe you want to be a part of this spectacular event? You could always become a volunteer!

It’s really easy to apply and it comes with some pretty big perks: you not only get a full kit from Löffler, decking you out in jackets, pants and shirts, but you also get a free ride to the events, free meals, a certificate, and it all culminates with a huge party!

There are tons of great jobs to be filled, from supporting the international teams during their stay, to supporting journalists in the media center, to assisting along the trails. Find out more about the volunteering opportunties Here [8].

Athletes compete

Get caught up in the excitement of a World Championship in Tyrol! Photo by Stephan Elsler

Here’s hoping for gorgeous sunny winter weather to add the icing on the cake of a spectacular 2-week event!