Cross-country skiing with Sven

It's Nordic time!

Hi, if you didn't know, I'm Sven Johansen, a true cross-country expert from Norway. A living legend and star of the Nordic skiing scene. Having retired from active professional sport, I am now an ambassador for cross-country skiing and biathlon in Lenzerheide, a disciplined consultant and coach. I know every trick and make everyone fit - whether beginner, amateur, joker or professional athlete. My ice-cold nature and strict principles are part of the secret of my success. But don't worry: I never miss out on fun either. Are you ready to make the cross-country ski runs unsafe with me? It's Nordic time!

Svens Cross-country challenge

Just collecting kilometres on the cross-country trail is too boring for you? My cross-country challenge offers you the perfect alternative. In the whole cross-country network between Parpan and Lantsch/Lenz there are ten stations, which bring variety to cross-country skiing. Whether big or small, beginner or professional, my cross-country challenge offers fun for everyone.

How does it work?
Quite simple. On the cross-country panorama map you can see where the posts are. You can find out what each post contains directly on the spot. It's supposed to be a little surprise, at least the first time. You can recognize the guards by the fact that a plaque with my face is placed on it, on which it says what to do.

Small tip: Bring your mobile phone with you.

Svens Nordic challenge

21 March 2020 - CANCELLED

Due to the instructions of the cantonal authorities that public events with less than 1000 participants of supra-regional character and/or international participation are prohibited, Svens Nordic Challenge will be cancelled from 21 March 2020 in the Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide. Although the event will take place after the current ban date of 15 March, the organisers have already had to make the decision today for organisational reasons. It is no longer possible to postpone the event due to the advanced season. The Organising Committee very much regrets that the event cannot be held in the Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide as planned. Nevertheless, we wish everyone a good rest of the winter. Thank you very much for your understanding.


Friday, 20 March 2020

Time Activity
From 06.00 pm  Pasta dinner at Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide

Costs: Pasta dinner only CHF 20.00; package CHF 50.00 (incl. accommodation FRI-SAT, breakfast and pasta dinner)

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Time Activity
08.30 am Warm-up kids categories
09.00 am Mass start obstacle course kids categories
09.30 am Warm-up adults
10.00 am Mass start obstacle course adults
11.30 am - 01.00 pm Lunch break
01.00 pm Start biathlon kids
02.00 pm Start biathlon adults
04.30 pm- open end Price-giving ceremony and after party

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Time Activity
From 10.00 am Sven's hangover brunch at Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide

Costs : Brunch only CHF 20.00; package CHF 35.00 (incl. accommodation SAT-SUN and brunch)

Further information

Adults (from 16 years):
Teams of two up to four
Men/ Women / Mix (at least one of each)

Kids I (6 – 10 years):
Start only as a team of four
Composition doesn't matter

Kids II (11 – 15 years):
Start only as a team of four
Composition doesn't matter

Competition rules
Svens Nordic Challenge consists of two sections

  • Obstacle course
  • Biathlon relay

To determine the final score, the scores of both sections above will be added. The best score wins.

  • Adults: CHF 99.00 per person 
  • Kids I: CHF 55.00 per person
  • Kids II: CHF 66.00 per person
    * The price includes starting fee, number and time measurement, rifle, ammunition, member's gift and lunch (pasta) at the day of the race.

One lap is about 2.5 - 3 kilometres long. There are eight to ten obstacles located on each lap that have to be completed. The adult category has to complete three, the Kids II category two laps and the Kids I category one lap. 

Rules obstacle course: 
•    Ski and ski poles must not be taken off – they have to be worn correctly at all times.
•    Adult category: The average score of the team counts. (So teams of two three and four will have the same chances.) 
•    Leaving the course is prohibited.
•    All stations on the course have to be completed – there is no chicken line (Svens request!).
•    Everybody is allowed to start,  «chickens» too.
•    If you step on your teammates ski, it is your fault.
•    No clawing, no pulling hair, no foul play.

Biathlon sprint relay on the stadium lap (400 metres). Each team member has to complete three rounds and shoot twice, first lying down, afterwards standing. The handover is executed by touching gloves.

Rules Biathlon:
•    Normal biathlon rules including penalty rounds
•    Teams of two will run twice
•    Teams of three determine one person to run twice
•    Kids will use an air rifle
•    Rifle and ammunition will be provided

The types of obstacles used in the race will be announced shortly before the race. But Sven is as kind as to give you some advice. 
Complete svens cross-country challenge as often as possible and test your precision and accuracy. If you do so, you will be well-prepared. If you want to be absolutely sure, take a course at the Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide.

Wisdom with Sven Johansen

«Sweat is the fat that screams! It’s Nordic Time!»

«Sweat flows when muscles cry! It's Nordic Time!»

 «Could have! Should have! Would have! Get on the slope! It’s Nordic Time!»

«Success has two letters: DO! It's Nordic Time!»

«If you pant after every staircase, training would be good for sure. It’s Nordic Time!»

«He who has a drink after training has learned nothing but has lived. It’s Nordic Time!»

«If the back aches, the pole is not long enough. It’s Nordic Time!»

«If your face is decorated with snow, you probably kissed it. It’s Nordic Time!»

«If you ski over pavement, the winter wasn't very cold. It's Nordic Time!»

 «Whoever pushes skis over meadows, missed the season end. It’s Nordic Time!»

«Focus, Willpower, Strength. It’s Nordic Time!»

«It's not the pack of chips that's keeping you alive. It's your body! Get your finger out!»

«You want to get better and faster? We are not at «make a wish» here. Every shot moose moves faster than you. Get your finger out!»

«Mulled wine doesn't count as an isotonic drink! Get your finger out!»

«Vaskeklut is Norwegian for washcloth! Get your finger out!»

«There are 7-year-old girls in Norway who are stronger than you! Get your finger out!»

«Motivation is the key to success! Get your finger out!»

«Without diligence no price - out with your finger! Get your finger out!»

«Be focused, concentrated and trust your abilities. If you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything. It's Nordic Time!»

«Only if you go to your limit can you become something. Success begins in your head. It’s Nordic Time!»

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