Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR), Heidi Weng (NOR), Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN), left to right, dominated the World Cup podium at the mini tour in Lillehammer this weekend. Photo: Nordic Focus

All eyes are on these girls as the 11th Tour de Ski gets underway on December 31: Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR), Heidi Weng (NOR), Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN), left to right, dominated the World Cup podium at the mini tour in Lillehammer this weekend. Photo: Nordic Focus

The 2017 FIS Tour de Ski starts on New Years Eve: Get ready for nine days of racing excitement.

The Tour opens with skate sprint races for men and women in Val Mustair (SUI), and concludes on January 8 with the 9-kilometer skate pursuit up Alpe Cermis in Val di Fiemme (ITA), also known as “the monster hill.”

Going into the 11th FIS Tour de Ski, Madshus athletes are dominating the list of top contenders in the women’s field. Heidi Weng (NOR) is leading the overall World Cup with 654 points, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) sits in second place with 621 points and Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) in third place with 453 points.

At the 2016 Tour de Ski, Østberg was second overall, 53 seconds ahead of Weng in third place. Pärmäkoski was eighth overall.

Weng has one Tour de Ski stage victory, as well as eight second-place finishes and seven third-place finishes for a total of 16 Tour de Ski podiums. Krista Pärmäkoski won (had the fastest time) in the pursuit both in the 2016 Ski Tour Canada and in the 3-day mini-tour in Lillehammer on December 7.

2017 Tour de Ski Schedule
Dec 31: Sprint, Free Technique, Val Mustair (SUI)
Jan 1: 5/10km mass start, Classic Technique, Val Mustair (SUI)
Jan 3: 5/5km and 10/10km skiathlon, Oberstdorf (GER)
Jan 4: 10/15km pursuit, Free Technique, Oberstdorf (GER)
Jan 6: 5/10km interval start, Free Technique, Toblach (ITA)
Jan 7: 10/15km mass start, Classic Technique, Val di Fiemme (ITA)
Jan 8: 9km pursuit, Free Technique, Val di Fiemme (ITA)

Heidi Weng (NOR), Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) and Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) swept the podium on the 7th stage of Ski Tour Canada. Photo: FIS

Heidi Weng (NOR), Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) and Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) swept the podium on the 7th stage of Ski Tour Canada in March 2016. Photo: FIS