The 2017-18 World Cup season is just around the corner – check out the race schedules and mark your calendar.

National season openers are already well underway. Both Sweden and Finland hosted FIS-sanctioned cross-country races this weekend, and Norway is next up with the Beitostølen season opener on November 17 to 19.

Marte Olsbu (NOR) raced the opening leg in the mixed team relay at the IBU World Cup opener in Östersund (SWE). Photo: NordicFocus

Marte Olsbu (NOR) raced the opening leg in the mixed team relay at the 2016-17 IBU World Cup opener in Östersund (SWE). Photo: NordicFocus

Both the International Ski Federation and the International Biathlon Union kick off the World Cup season in the end of November, and as usual. The first Nordic events take place in Finland, while Sweden hosts the first biathlon World Cup events.

Take a peek at some of the athletes to watch this season 

2017/18 IBU World Cup
November 24-December 2: Östersund, Sweden
December 5-10: Hochfilzen, Austria
December 12-17: Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, France
January 2-7: Oberhof, Germany
January 9-14: Rupholding, Germany
January 16-21: Antholz-Anterselva, Italy
February 9-25: Olympic Winter Games, South Korea
March 6-11: Kontiolahti, Finland
March 13-18: Holmenkollen, Norway
March 20-25: Tyumen, Russia

See the full IBU Schedule

How do the racers prepare for the season? Find out more 

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Madshus racers plastered the 2017 FIS Overall World Cup podium: Heidi Weng (NOR) won, Krista Parmakoski (FIN) was 2nd, and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) was 3rd. Photo: Nordic Focus

Madshus racers plastered the 2017 FIS Overall World Cup podium: Heidi Weng (NOR) won, Krista Parmakoski (FIN) was 2nd, and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) was 3rd. Photo: Nordic Focus

2017/18 FIS Cross-Country World Cup
November 24-26: Ruka, Finland
December 2-3: Lillehammer, Norway
December 9: Davos, Switzerland
December 16-17: Toblach, Italy

Tour de Ski
December 30: Lenzerheide, Switzerland
December 31: Lenzerheide, Switzerland
January 1: Lenzerheide, Switzerland
January 3: Oberstdorf, Germany
January 4: Oberstdorf, Germany
January 6: Val di Fiemme, Italy
January 7: Val di Fiemme, Italy

January 13-14: Dresden, Germany
January 20-21: Planica, Czech Republic
January 26-28: Seefeld, Austria
February 9-25: Olympic Winter Games, South Korea
March 3-4: Lahti, Finland
March 7: Drammen, Norway
March 10-11: Oslo, Norway
March 16-18: Falun, Sweden

See the full FIS Cross-Country World Cup schedule 

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Paal Golberg (NOR) won the sprint race at the FIS World Cup cross-country opener in Ruka (FIN) last year. Photo: Nordic Focus

Pål Golberg (NOR) won the sprint at the FIS World Cup opener in Ruka (FIN) last year. Photo: Nordic Focus

2017/18 FIS Nordic Combined World Cup
November 24-26: Ruka, Finland
December 2-3: Lillehammer, Norway
December 16-17: Ramsau, Austria
January 6-7: Otepää, Estonia
January 12-14: Val di Fiemme, Italy
January 20-21: Chaux-Neuve, France
January 26-28: Seefeld, Austria
February 3-4: Hakuba, Japan
February 14, 20, 22: Olympic Winter Games, South Korea
March 3-4: Lahti, Finland
March 10: Oslo, Norway
March 13-14: Trondheim, Norway
March 17-18; Klingenthal, Germany
March 24-25: Schonach, Germany

See the full FIS Nordic Combined Schedule