Only four weeks remain until the start of Argentina’s 42-kilometer Ushuaia Loppet, the first-ever Worldloppet competition on the continent of South America. Local snow conditions are good if not excellent. FIS skiers in the Ushuaia Loppet, set for Aug. 8, can now have their finishing points count towards their international ranking as well.
Worldloppet membership for the Ushuaia Loppet is a big step forward for cross-country skiing in South America. Membership raises the profile of the event. It also drives more Fuegian skiers to the sport and, thus, strengthens the structure of nordic skiing in the Southern Patagonian region.
Ushuaia Loppet CEO Pablo Valcheff says “the existence of these events represents the accumulation of decades of hard work in this region. We’re thrilled to be hosting the event. Equally important is the standard that Worldloppet membership holds us to, the chance it gives us to develop, and the ability to show the potential that exists for skiing here, around the Earth’s southernmost city.”
The Ushuaia Loppet is capped at 120 skiers in 2015, partly to control its growth and partly due to the relatively remote location of the event. Registration is currently 75% full. Skiers from 18 countries have registered for the event.
The Ushuaia Loppet’s accompanying event, the traditional Marchablanca, will be held in classic technique this year and measure the typical 21 KM. The Marchablanca will take place on Sunday, Aug. 16.
The Race Organization is overseen by the local nonprofit Club Andino Ushuaia. Over 50 years old, the CAU is proud to be taking the next step in developing cross-country skiing in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and South America.
There’s still room to join, registration is available at www.ushuaialoppet.com.