Due to severely cold weather, and concern for the safety of skiers, volunteers, and organizers, the 2021 ski races have been postponed one week, from February 13-14 to February 20-21. The overall race schedule has remained the same.
IN-PERSON RACE SCHEDULE
Saturday February 20, 2021 – The Vasa 50 km Freestyle (starting times at 8:20 am – 9:20 am); The Dala 34 km Freestyle (starting times at 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm). The Miniloppet Children’s Ski Race (starting 1:30 pm at the Mora Elementary School)
Sunday February 21, 2021 – The Classic 44 km Classic-style (starting times at 8:20 am – 9:20 am); The 20 km Classic (starting times at 8:30 am – 9:30 am); The Bell Ringer 13 km Freestyle (starting times 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
IMPORTANT IN-PERSON SKIERI INSTRUCTIONS
This year is very different in every way, so it is important to understand what is happening. PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS prior to your race. It only takes a few minutes to peruse.
If you registered prior to 2/4/21, your ski bib has been mailed to you. If you have not received your ski bib by Monday 2/8, please contact the Vasaloppet office so we can make arrangements to give you a replacement.
If you registered after 2/4/21, you will pick up your ski bib at the trailer located outside of the Vasaloppet office. Please be sure to allow extra time to pick up your bib, and to allow for social distancing while waiting in line. Your race bib number will be assigned at that time.
Your race start time or “corral” was included in your registration confirmation letter. If you do not know your corral time, you can sign in to your registration account and you will find it there. We will also have all of the corral times along with names posted on the wall outside of the Vasaloppet office as well.
NOTE: The corral times are not “wave” start times. There will be no mass start or wave start of the races. This is merely your appointed time to start you race. Your race time starts when you physically cross the starting line, so you just need to be at the start area for your starting time.
HERE IS THE COMPLETE START TIME SCHEDULE for both Saturday and Sunday
COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Face coverings – Please wear your face covering while walking through Mora, and keep your mask on until you are into the starting gate for your corral time. You may remove your mask while skiing, Then please put your mask on once again once you cross the finish line.
Hand sanitizers – There will be plenty of hand sanitizer available throughout the city of Mora for your convenience.
ARRIVING IN MORA
- Please following the parking directional signs and park in the main parking lots by the high school. Yes, many skiers have their favorite parking spot, but this year please use these lots.
- Follow the blue flags towards bib pick-up (if you need your ski bib) and the starting area. Please wear your mask until the start of your race. (see below)
- If you need to pickup your bib consider allowing extra time to return to your car and wait for your starting time.
STARTING YOUR RACE
- It is a short walk to the starting area from all of the designated parking lots, so you can stay in your car and keep warm until shortly before your starting time.
- Only skiers with the next available starting times should gather near the start entrance. If you have later start times please keep clear and your distance from others-or stay in your car.
- There are only 25 skiers per starting time. Please respect the starting times of others and arrive at starting area shortly before your starting block time
INSIDE THE SECURE STARTING AREA
There is only one access to the start area on the south end of the start/finish area. The traditional access points near the race office building are closed except for race officials and the elite wave skiers
- Go to one of the 25 6’X6’ individual start preparation areas. There you can put on your skis, poles and once you are ready to ski you may remove your mask.
- Then you are set to leave your prep area and begin skiing to the starting line. Do not stop at the start line – keep on skiing. Your race personal race clock starts the second you cross the start line.
- In order to maintain adequate distancing on the course a race officials may hold you up for a very brief moment as you leave your prep area.
SOUP STOP STATIONS
- The three stations along the course are serving only Blueberry Soup, Sport Drink, and Water.
- This is self serve so you will have to come to complete stop in order to get your liquid.
- We recommend you plan to be as self sufficient as possible can carry any extra liquid and nutrition you may need.
- Replacement ski poles are also available at the soup stops.
- If you need cold weather protection supplies (mole skin, hand warmers, foot warmers, and vaseline) a limited supply of these items will be available (with a donation) at the soup stops, or at the starting gate area.
- First aid supplies are available at the soup stops and at the first aid station in the Mora Mini Mall across the street from the Vasaloppet office.
- There are toilets located in parking lots throughout the city, near bib pick-up and several areas nearby the start area. See map for details
- Beside hand sanitizer inside each toilet there will be sanitizer available outside.
All race finish times will be available immediately online on our website. Since this year’s race is a rolling start, with skiers starting the race at different times, the Class awards will be determined once all skiers for that race cross the finish line.
Finishers medals – Follow the instructions of the Kranskullas at the finish line to receive your race medal.
Dala horse winners – if you win a Dala horse, we will notify you by email and we will make arrangements for you to pick up your horse at a local ski shop in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, or Duluth. OR we will mail it to you if you are out of state. Locations include: in the Twin Cities: Finn Sisu, Gear West, Pioneer Midwest. In Duluth: Ski Hut. In St. Cloud: Revolution
If you ski in any of the 2021 City of Lakes Loppet races, then ski in any of the 2021 Vasaloppet ski races, you qualify to earn your Double Loppet award. After you finish your Vasaloppet ski race, stop in at the Vasaloppet office to pick up your award.
IF YOU DROP OUT OF THE RACE
If you drop out of the race, notify a volunteer at a soup stop, or someone in the race area, or check in to the skier drop out area on Lake Mora near Bell Tower Hill.
- The deadline for switching from one in-person race to a different in-person race is Friday February 12th by noon
- All skiers who are registered for an in-person race and want to switch to the virtual race may do so at anytime.
- Skiers registered for virtual ski races are not able to switch to the in-person race, but can switch to a different virtual ski race at anytime.
Please file a report if you have requested a recovered item, including a broken pole, to be returned to you. Reports are available at the Vasaloppet headquarters. Lots of the lost items end up at the race office so check there.
The Vasaloppet store will be closed during the race weekend, but you can still order some fun Vasaloppet wear online right here.
NO SERVICES OR EVENTS
There will be no additional services or events this year. No skier lunch, no showers, no ski waxing, no bag drop, no dressing rooms, no awards ceremony, or any other events. Please plan on being self-sufficient with your food and clothing on race day.