Alpensia will host two key Pyeongchang 2018 test events from tomorrow ©Getty Images

Two key test events for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics will begin tomorrow with International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup action taking place in cross-country and Nordic combined at the South Korean resort.

Both competitions at the Alpensia Sports Park will be vital for organisers hoping to fine-tune preparations, with the one-year-to-go milestone looming large on February 9.

"We are very much looking forward to holding our test events in Korea," said the FIS cross-country race director Pierre Mignerey. 

"This is a big chance for our World Cup athletes to preview the course and see what day-to-day life will be like during the Olympics next year."

Lasse Ottesen, the Nordic combined race director, added: "Our athletes are very eager to get to Korea and get a feel for both the cross-country course and naturally to take their first jumps on the hill.

"It is a critical preparation not only for the Organising Committee, but also for the athletes to get familiar with the facilities."

Magnus Kim will provide home South Korean interest in the cross-country ©Getty Images
Magnus Kim will provide home South Korean interest in the cross-country ©Getty Images

Cross-country action will begin tomorrow with men's and women's sprint races, before skiathlon events take centre stage on Saturday (February 4).

Action will conclude on Sunday (February 5) with team sprints, but many of the world's top skiers have opted not to make the long journey to Asia, preferring instead to focus on the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships which begin in Lahti in Finland on February 22.

South Korean interest will come in the form of Magnus Kim, a double Winter Youth Olympic champion from Lillehammer 2016.

Eighteen-year-old Kim has a Norwegian father and a South Korean mother.

The Nordic Combined World Cup will begin tomorrow with a provisional ski jumping round, before two Gundersen competitions on Saturday and Sunday. 

Unlike the cross-country, the world's best athletes will compete, including Germany's World Cup leader Eric Frenzel.

Athletes from the country have won all 15 World Cup events this season with Johannes Rydzek and Fabian Rießle, the only two men other than Frenzel to have won a competition, both competing in Pyeongchang.