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Last Chance Ski Race – March 19th 10:00 am.

Spring is in the air and the ski trails in Mora are still in excellent condition. So we are celebrating the end of winter and the soon-to-be-here spring with one last ski race of the season. Join us for the 2022 Last Chance Ski Race on Saturday March 19th at the Nordic Center in Mora Minnesota.

This is a freestyle ski race for both skate and classic skiers of all ages and capabilities. There will be a 10km and a 20 km distance option. Prizes for the top three women and top three men finishers.

Lunch of brats, chips, and soft drink beverages will be available to hungry skiers and spectators after the race, and feel free to bring your own beer to enjoy.

Registration is $25 for both race options. Registration will close 30 minutes before the start of the race at 10:00 am. REGISTER HERE

Meanwhile, the trails are open at the Nordic Center so come and enjoy the spectacular work that our volunteer snow farmers and trail team have done for this year’s ski season. Get some last-minute training in for the last chance race or just bring the family for a day of skiing fun.

The Nordic Center trails are open to the public and there is no charge to ski or ski passes required to use the trails. The trails and facilities are 100% maintained by volunteers and financed by donations from the public. Your tax deductible donations to help maintain these beautiful trails and facilities is great appreciated.

We hope to see you here on our beautiful trails in Mora on March 19th for the Last Chance Ski Race.

Horses are Ready.

Congratulations to all of the Dala Horse Trophy winners! In lieu of the awards ceremony (canceled due to COVID), the awards have now been delivered to a ski shop near you, or are at the Vasaloppet office, ready for you to pick up. All award winners have been notified as to where the horses will be for them, and some horses have been mailed as well. Happy trails to all!

 

 

The Trails are Beautiful

After 10 inches of snow, our all-volunteer trail team has been busy grooming the trails at the Nordic Center and they in excellent condition. The Nordic Center is open to the public every day 8 am to 10 pm.

There is no charge to visitors to come and enjoy the trails, but we do ask for a donation to help manage the cost of maintaining the facilities and trails. You will see donation boxes at the nordic center or you may make a tax-deductible donation online.

The Nordic Center building is open, and has restrooms, a kitchen, which are all available to use, and changing rooms for men and women. However, due to COVID the saunas and showers have been disconnected so we apologize for this inconvenience.

If you are coming to Mora for the first time, we encourage you to stop by one of our local restaurants or shops and enjoy the local fare and shopping as well.

Bring the family and enjoy the warm hospitality of Mora and a wonderful day on the trails.

 

IMPORTANT Updates for this Weekend.

As we get closer to the race, we have a few updates for this weekend for skiers to take note. Please stay tuned to this page for additional updates as they come up.

Parking – there is ample parking everywhere in Mora. All street parking and all parking lots are open for skier parking. Just please respect the handicapped parking signs.

Transfer races – The deadline to transfer to a different in-person race has passed. However, you can still transfer to virtual up to 30 minutes before the start of the in-person races as listed below.

Same-day registration – this year we are offering race-day registrations. Registration will close 30 minutes before the start of the race.

Cold weather protection – we have baggies with mole skin and vaseline available if needed, and they are available at the information booth, packet pick up and at the soup stops.

Bag drop – there will be an area for skiers to leave their bags at the start/finish line on a self-serve, leave-at-your-own-risk basis.

Race start times – After carefully watching the weather report, the temperatures for both Saturday and Sunday is forecasted to warm only about 2 or 3 degrees from 9am to 10am. After much discussion and considering the logistics involved in having to reschedule all of the volunteers, and contact all of the skiers of a potential schedule change, the board of directors opted to keep the start times as originally planned rather than delaying the start. The race start times are as follows.

Saturday 2/12 9:00 am – The Vasa and The Dala mass start in downtown Mora

Saturday 2/12 12:30 pm – The Bellringer and The Team mass start in downtown Mora

Sunday 2/13 9:00 am – The Classic 48K and The Classic 24K mass start in downtown Mora

Sunday 2/13 1:30 pm – The Miniloppet at the Mora Elementary School

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