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Important COVID Update for 2022 Ski Race.

We are happy to say that the 2022 Vasaloppet USA 50th Anniversary ski race will still proceed as planned. However, due to the current surge of the Omicron virus, we felt it was necessary to make some changes to assure the health and safety of all skiers, volunteers, and the community of Mora. Here are the highlights.

No Celebration Tent it was a very difficult decision to eliminate the Celebration Tent, but we felt this was necessary to do in order to minimize social gatherings of large numbers of people in one place. You will need to be prepared to use your own vehicle as a pre-race and post-race warm-up place.

No awards ceremony – Just like last year, there will be no public awards ceremony. We will recognize the top three winners of each race with a very small and quick ceremony in front of the race headquarters immediately following their arrival at the finish line. For all other Dala horse trophy winners, we will make arrangements for you to pick up your well-earned trophies at local ski shops in the Twin Cities, Duluth, or St. Cloud.

No food served – Due to the elimination of the Celebration Tent, there will be no skier lunch. The soup stops will still be serving water, sports beverages and our famous blueberry soup, but there will be no food available. So be sure to bring your favorite snacks for while you are out on the ski trails.

Extended race start time – While there will still be a mass start for all races on both Saturday and Sunday, skiers who prefer to avoid the mass start may do so by starting their race after the mass start has left the starting gate, and can start their own race anytime up to 15 minutes later. Please note that the race time will still be based on clock time of the mass start.

Virtual option – for skiers who have registered for the race but would prefer to do your race virtually, that option is available. Just contact the race office via email or call 320-679-2629 and we will be happy to change your race registration to virtual.

Skiers who haven’t already signed up to have their ski bib mailed to you prior to the race, can still sign up  right here. This will eliminate the need to stand in line at packet pick up so skiers can just head straight to the starting line on race morning.

More details will be provided to skiers as we get closer to the race, and comprehensive instructions will be included your skier packet with your race bib.

What hasn’t changed is the warm, welcoming Community of Mora who looks forward to celebrating the 50th Vasaloppet USA ski race with you this year.

First Chance Race – RESCHEDULED to Sunday 1 pm January 2, 2022

UPDATE: Due to the frigid weather forecast on Saturday, the First Chance Race has been rescheduled to Sunday January 2nd ay 1pm
Celebrate the new year with the first ski race of 2022 this Saturday. The race will be at the Vasaloppet Nordic Ski Center in Mora. With nearly of foot new snowfall, the trail team will be grooming a 5 km and 15km course to perfection.
This race is not only a fun way to kick off the ski season, it also provides skiers the opportunity to get in some training for the 2022 ski race season. The race begins at 1 pm at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, Minnesota.
Registration is $20 through January 1st, 2022, or $30 on the morning of the race.

POSTPONED – 50th Anniversary Celebration

UPDATE 12/31/21 – Due to the current surge of the Omicron virus, the Vasaloppet Board of Directors have made the decision to postpone this event until spring 2022. More information to follow.


Join us on Saturday January 15th 5:30 pm  at the Grand Event Center in Mora for an evening a fine food, music, and sharing memories to celebrate 50 years of Vasaloppet USA.

The evening includes dinner prepared by the Union Grill, special music performance by the American Swedish Institute Spelmanslag Fiddlers group, a multi-media presentation, and sharing of 50 years of memories.

5:30 pm – social hour

6:30 pm – Dinner

7:30 pm – musical performance, presentation, and sharing of memories.

Tickets $35 per person, PURCHASE ONLINE HERE or at the Vasaloppet office.

Holiday Shopping and Skiing in the New Year.

Looking for that fun and unusual holiday gift for your skier enthusiasts? Perhaps a registration to ski in the 2022 First Chance Race on Saturday January 1, 2022 or the 50th Vasaloppet USA on February 12-13 is just what they are looking for.

The 2022 First Chance race is all set for January 1st at the Nordic Ski Center here in Mora with the race starting at 11:00 am. Choose from a 5 km or 15 km race option. Registration is $20 in advance or $30 on race day. It’s the first chance of the year to get on your skis, hone your ski racing techniques, and get ready for the 2022 ski race season. REGISTER HERE for the First Chance Race.

The 50th Vasaloppet USA ski races are set for February 12 – 13. Saturday February 12th is the freestyle ski races (skate or classic skiing), with the Vasa 45 km and the Dala 32 km starting at 9:00 am. The Bellringer 14 km and the Team will start at 12:30 pm. Sunday is the classic-only ski races, with the Classic 42 km and the Classic 21 km starting at 9:00 am. Then at 1:30, the kids take the trails with the Miniloppet children’s race starting at 1:30 pm. REGISTER HERE for the Vasaloppet USA 50th ski races.

We wish you all a very blessed holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you on the ski trails here in Mora this ski season.

Happy Trails,

Vasaloppet USA

Thank You Snow Farmers.

We are blessed to have so many volunteers who step up and donate their skills, equipment, and time to create a ski campus for us all to enjoy. Thank you Snow Farmers for your tireless work to make snow and groom the trails at the Nordic Center.

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