Swix Ski Classics moves to Vasaloppet!
The long-distance cross-country ski championship Swix Ski Classics moves this weekend to its 7th event of the season and its first event this season in Scandinavia: Vasaloppet!
The 90km Vasaloppet, is the most classical long distance cross-country ski race in the world, start is now 8 a.m. Central European time on Sunday the 8th of March, in the beautiful and historically important region of Dalarna in Sweden.
This year’s Vasaloppet held only one week after the cross country world championships in Falun, a neighbour city to Mora, will attract a stronger elite start field than ever when traditional distance skiers will challenge the long distance stars.
Long distance stars such as #1 ranked and the current yellow champion bib holder Anders Aukland Team Santander, #9 ranked green sprint bib holder Öystein Pettersen Team United Bakeries, #18 ranked pink youth bib holder Bill Impola Team Coop, as well as three time Vasaloppet winners Jörgen Brink Team Lager 157 and Oskar Svärd Team Coop, stand on the start line next to Olympic gold medalist Alexander Legkov Russian Marathon Team, World Champion Johan Olsson and World Champion Maxim Vylegzanin Russian Marathon Team.
In the female competition last year´s long distance queen #1 ranked Seraina Boner Team Coop, meet current yellow bib holder #4 ranked Katerina Smutna Team Silvini Madshus last two year’s Vasaloppet winner #2 ranked Laila Kveli Team Santander, the winner of König Ludwig Lauf #3 ranked Britta Johansson Norgren meet one of the most victories world cup traditional skier of all times Justyna Kowalczyk Russian Marathon Team.
The battle on Sunday in the Swedish forests will be amazing!
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The race was started in 1922 and is inspired by the run of that the future King Gustav Vasa made in 1520 to get away of the invading king of Denmark. Gustav vasa, fearing for his life and discovered by the Danish troops, spoke to an assembly of men in Mora, aiming to convince them to raise a levy and start a rebellion against king Christian of Denmark. The med didn’t want to fight for these reasons so on his ski’s, Gustav Vasa started to make his way towards Norway, to find refuge there, when two Mora brothers on ski’s caught up with him in Sälen. The men in Mora had changed their minds after hearing that the Danish rulers had decided to raise taxes, and they now wanted Gustav to lead the rebellion. On the 6th of June 1523, Gustav vasa was crowned king of Sweden, having beaten the Danish king Christian. Sweden has been independent ever since.
Vasaloppet is the oldest, the longest, and also considered the biggest cross-country ski race in the world. About 16,000 skiers competed in the main event. The course starts in Sälen where Gustav Vasa was caught up by the brothers and passes through beautiful taiga forests, villages, marsh lands, and lakes before finishing the 90K away in the picturesque city of Mora.
1. John Kristian Dahl UNBA 04.14:43
2. Johan Kjölstad UNBA 04.14:36
3. Jörgen Brink LEAS 04.14:38
1. Laila Kveli CENT 04.31:57
2. Britta Johansson Norgren SKIP 04.33:06
3. Annika Löfström SKIP 04.33:48
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Sälen is a municipality in the district of Malung-Sälen in Dalarna, Sweden, approximately located 65K northeast of the city of Malung. South of Sälen is the village Berga located, where the start of the Vasaloppet is located and has been since the beginning of the race.
Sälen is famous for their alpine skiing and has seven winter sport centers, focusing on downhill skiing. The largest centers are Lindvallen/Högfjället and Tandådalen/Hundfjället, which are owned and managed by the Swedish company Skistar. Both Lindvallen and Hundfjället has a family approach, meaning that large areas of the ski centers are adapted to children in all ages. Meanwhile, Tandådalen is more for the advanced skiers, with their stepper slopes.
Smågan is the first checkpoint in Vasaloppet, which the skiers reach already after 11K. The checkpoint of Smågan came into play in 1983 since the organizers believed that it was to far for the amateurs to ski to Mångsbodaran before getting water.
Smågan is the name of the lake where the checkpoint is located and it is the only checkpoint in the entire race that is not located in a village or town.
Mångsbodarna is a village, previous mountain farm, in the southwest part of the Älvdalens parish in Dalarna. The village, located on 430m (o.s.l), is most known for being the location of the second checkpoint in Vasaloppet.
The first time Mångsbodarna is named in the history books is back in the mountain farm inventory in 1663. Already in the middle of the 19th century some of the mountain farms become residents to the area and at the turn of the century the village had developed to 240 buildings, whereof 40 was cabins and where eight families where residents of Mångsbodarna. For almost 150 years Mångsbodaran has been determined to be a reserve due to their amazing and environment. Mångsbodaran is today well known for their quarry, where the company Wasasten is producing the popular Dala sandstone.
Risberg is a mountain farm in Älvdalens parish in Älvdalen’s municipality. The area of Risberg can be found as early as the 17th century, specifically in the mountain farm inventory list in 1963/64. The mountain farm is located on 410m (o.s.l), and many of the original cottages has been restored over time. Today the cottages are mainly used for recreation activities.
Evertsberg is a village in Älvdalens municipality, approximately 12 kilometers southwest of Älvdalens population center.
Evertsberg is located in an old farming and forestry district, where the well known sight is the old chapel; Evertsberg’s Chapel.
During Vasaloppet are the skiers passing under a large portal, where the faster skier to this point wins the so called Bergspriset (mountain award).
Oxberg is a small village in the north west part of Mora parish, in the Mora municipality. The village of Oxberg is located on the west side of the Österdalälven, approximately 201 meters o.s.l.
Oxberg is most known for their check point in Vasaloppet and are also the starting point for the shorter events during the Vasaloppet week; Tjejvasan, Kortvasan, Halvvasan.
Hökberg is a mountain farm located in Mora municipality, where two popular hiking routes are passing by; Siljansleden and Vasaloppsleden.
Resident registers for Hökberg can be found as early back as 16th century and in the middle of the 19th century the register shows that there was 13 permanent house owners living in Hökberg. Today the numbers of farms in the village is as high as 41, where 2 of them are owned and managed by the local ski club IFK Mora. These 2 farms are used by the Vasalopp organization both in the summer and the winter.
Eldris is a mountain farm 10k west of the city of Mora, belonging to the village Långlet. Eldris was used as a mountain farm during most of the year, since the farmers from Långlet moved out there cows to Eldris at the end of may for approximately one month before moving along to another mountain farm called Northerns Garberg. However, when the fall came the farmers moved their cattle back to Eldris and stayed until Christmas.
Eldris is most famous to be the last checkpoint in Vasaloppet; 9 kilometers before the finish line in Mora. The checkpoint has not always been located in the middle of the farm as it is now, since the course has been moved multiple times during the years.
Mora is the home for the Vasaloppet’s organization and is also the finish for this 90kilometers cross-country race.
The name Mora is assumed to derive from the old Swedish word “mor”, meaning something close to “thick forest with high humidity”. In the area of Mora has been the home for people for a long time, and it is assumed that the Mora perish was established in the 13th century. The famous Swedish artist Anders Zorn is born in Mora, both his home, the Zorn Farm, and the Zorn museum have become a large tourist sight.