World Cup opener moved to Sjusjoen
The cross-country skiing World Cup opener in Norway on November 19-20 will take place, but has been moved from Beitostoelen to Sjusjoen due to the lack of snow.
The FIS had said venues outside the country were not an option and has now announced that the event - which was under threat due to high temperatures - will be contested in Sjusjoen, 20km north-east of Lillehammer on a high plateau.
Sjusjoen has formerly hosted two FIS Nordic Combined World Cups together with Lillehammer and is use by athletes to train for cross-country events.
"It was not an easy decision," said Jurg Capol, FIS race director for cross-country.
"Compared to Beitostoelen, the weather is a bit colder in Sjusjoen and they will be able to produce snow during the next few nights. The preparations will be a bit easier and less snow is needed as the base is paved."
Terje Lund, head of the race's organising committee, said: "We are ready to tackle the challenge of organising the World Cup cross-country competition in just a few days. It will be the first cross-country World Cup event in Sjusjoen.
"Cold weather and 10 snow canons will help us to produce the snow for a course of 3.75km."
The World Cup programme remains unchanged, with an interval start on Saturday and the relay competition on Sunday.
Start times (UK):
Saturday, 19th November
Distance free technique 10km ladies 10.30
Distance free technique 15km men 12.15
Sunday, 20st November
Relay 4 x 5km ladies 10.30
Relay 4 x 10km men 12.15