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Swedish Mile kicks off Nordic Center fundraising

The inaugural running of the Vasaloppet’s Swedish Mile Trail Run, was held last Saturday on the Vasaloppet Nordic Center trail system.


The trail run consisted of a 10km (that’s a Swedish Mile) race as well as a 5km race. The event will serve as an annual  fundraising effort to support the Vasaloppet Nordic Center complex, snow making and trail development.

The course utilized many of the Vasaloppet traditional ski trails as well as some less traveled loops and included newly developed single track sections.

A total of 45 runners took part in the event and with five inches of rain in the previous week there were a number of water hazards and plenty of mud for everyone to run through.

Cyrus Ravio and Laurel Sipe at the 7km mark
Runners wait for the start of the Swedish Mile

Once temperatures are cold enough, hopefully in late November or early December, Vasaloppet race officials say snow making will begin at the Nordic Center. Once enough snow is created skiing will open to the public.

Trails closed today, Friday for skiing

Racing the clock before warm weather arrives Friday, Vasaloppet organizers will close the Nordic Center trails today, as well as the remainder the race course, to any skiing.  The trails will remain closed to skiers until the start of Saturday’s races.

Trail crews have spent weeks of making and hauling snow. Please respect their efforts and stay off the ski trails.
Trail crews face a Thursday night deadline to have all snow hauling and trail grooming completed before Friday afternoon’s warmer temperatures. Snow hauling operations will continue throughout the day as well as final course grooming for the race. The amount of heavy equipment traffic creates conflict with skiers and skiing on freshly groomed snow damages the course.

Friday’s warm temperatures will mean all grooming must be completed by late Thursday night and course marking completed very early Friday morning. Skiing on the course Friday afternoon will cause damage to the course that cannot be repaired for the race.

Early Saturday morning the course will receive a light grooming with Yellowstone groomers.


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