Vasaloppet's Winter Week 2016 takes place February 26–March 6, with the 92nd Vasaloppet on March 6 as the obvious highlight. But already there are finished ski tracks drawn between Sälen and Mora. After snowfall, persistent cold and intensive work, the Vasaloppet course was, this past weekend, groomed and ready for exercising skiers.
Approximately 64,000 participants are, right now, registered for Vasaloppet's Winter Week 2016, making this the fifth year in a row that the Vasaloppet Winter Week has over 60,000 registered participants. Three races (Vasaloppet, Öppet Spår Sunday and Stafettvasan) are fully booked while Tjejvasan has only about 500 start positions remaining, and Öppet Spår Monday about 1,400. Kortvasan, Halvvasan and Ungdomsvasan are also open for registration.
Regarding the Vasaloppet course, the Sälen–Vasslan section has been packed and prepared using sledges while the rest of the trail was prepared with snowcats this past Friday night. The last 12 kilometres to Mora has a foundation of artificial snow while the rest consists of natural snow. There are, though, currently no tracks laid on the very final stretch between Mora Parken and the Zorn Museum. Vasaloppet's snow factory in Oxberg has so far this winter produced over 80,000 cubic metres of artificial snow, which is used continuously to strengthen the course as required.
The Halvvasan course around the Oxberg lake is also groomed and ready and, were it not for the severe cold, the seeding race Moraloppet (44 km) could have taken place as planned this past Saturday. The temperature of minus 28 degrees Celsius made the competition jury decide to cancel the race.
Read more about the Vasaloppet course, ski tracks status and follow Vasaloppet's snowcats live.
Go skiing on the course!
Services in Hökberg, Eldris and Norra Garberg are open to all skiers on every Saturday and Sunday during the winter, 10:00–15:00. Bergsgården in Evertsberg is open Saturdays 09:30–17:00 and Sundays 11:00–17:00, serving food, coffee, sandwiches, and more. This Sunday was also the season premiere of "Bus into Vasaloppet's course" for those who want to take the bus from Mora and then ski back. Departure from Mora Parken is at 09:00 and you may pick any distance 13–43 km. Read more at www.aktivsport.se
Upcoming events in the Vasaloppet Arena
Vasaloppet Winter Week 2016
Fri 26 Feb: Kortvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 27 Feb: Tjejvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sun 28 Feb: Ungdomsvasan. 3, 5, 7 or 9 km. Start Mora Ski Stadium.
Sun 28 Feb: Öppet Spår Sunday. 90 km. Start Sälen. (10,000 entries. FULL 26/9/2015)
Mon 29 Feb: Öppet Spår Monday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Tue 1 Mar: Halvvasan. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 4 Mar: Stafettvasan. 9–24 km. Five-person teams. Start Sälen. (10,000 entries. FULL 25/11/2015)
Sun 6 Mar: Vasaloppet. 90 km. Start Sälen. (15,800 entries. FULL 22/3/2015.)
Vasaloppet Summer Week 2016
Fri 12 aug: Cykelvasan 30. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 12 aug: Ungdomscykelvasan. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 12 aug: Cykelvasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 12 aug: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår. 94 km. Start Sälen.
Sat 13 aug: Cykelvasan 90. 94 km. Start Sälen. (13,000 entries. FULL 18/12/2015)
Sat 20 aug: Ultravasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 20 aug: Ultravasan 90. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Sat 20 aug: Vasastafetten. 4.5–15 km. Running relay race for ten-person teams. Start Sälen.
New winter pictures of the Vasaloppet course
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For more information
Ola Granfeldt, PR Manager
Phone: +46 (0)250-392 77
Mobile: +46 (0)733-550 620
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Vasaloppet is the world's biggest organizer of recreational races, all year round and a part of En Svensk Klassiker. Vasaloppet's Winter Week with its cross-country skiing and the Summer Week with mountain bike cycling and running attract a total of almost 100,000 registered participants every year. Since the beginning in 1922 over one million participants have passed under the classic finish portal in Mora. Vasaloppet is a non-profit making organization owned by IFK Mora and Sälens IF. An engine for public health and organizational activities, in the footsteps of our forefathers for the victories of tomorrow!