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16km of manufactured snow now on race course, more coming this week

The Vasaloppet Snow Farmers continued to make good progress on the Vasaloppet race course and cold temperatures have provided them with ample piles of manufactured snow from snowmaking equipment. See video As of Friday evening there is now 16km of manufactured snow covering the Vasaloppet race course. Next week week the Snow Farmers finish-up several small sections of trail before the final grooming on Friday evening for Saturday’s race.

When complete, the entire race course will be built on a solid base of manufactured snow. and provide skiers with marathon-length distance races as well as shorter races.

The race course line-up currently is: The Vasa: three laps for 54km; The Dala: 2 laps for 36 km; The Classic: 2 laps for 42km; The Bell Ringer: tentatively 13km.

Many Faces of Vasaloppet volunteer sign-up

Vasaloppet volunteers taking part in the “Many Faces of Vasaloppet” face and hands casting project can sign-up to schedule their appointment by contacting Susan FranceWeber at: sfweber@moraminn.com.

Still not sure what casting a face or hands is all about? Checkout “Many Faces of Vasaloppet” Facebook for more information and videos by clicking here.

Volunteers are asked to also complete their volunteer information form by printing the following form.

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What’s happening to our snow?

Saving Snow film and talk by climatologist Mark Seeley Oct. 29

A film that looks at the economic impact of warmer and shorter winters with less snow will be shown on Monday, October 29that 6:30 p.m. at the Vasaloppet Nordic Ski Center Garage at 400 – 9thSt. in Mora.  The film focuses on the Nordic and Alpine skiing, snowmobiling, sled dog and ice fishing industries.  In addition, Dr. Mark Seeley, retired University of Minnesota Climatologist/Meteorologist will be present to share his comments on the film and his analysis of snow, temperature and weather event trends over time.

Seeley served as extension climatologist/meteorologist for 40 years, coordinating weather and climate educational programs with the National Weather Service, Minnesota Climatology Office and various state agencies.

The October 29thprogram is free and will begin with information on how the Vasaloppet has dealt with less snow in recent years through snowmaking.  That will be followed by the film “Saving Snow”, Seeley’s presentation and a discussion of what it means to our ski community and area.

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