Worldloppet Ski Federation

The Worldloppet Ski Federation is a federation of long distance cross-country skiing events whose aim is to promote cross-country skiing through ski races. The federation was founded on 10 June 1978 in Uppsala, Sweden.[1]

Worldloppet Ski Federation
Formation10 June 1978 (1978-06-10)
Typesports governing body
HeadquartersTartu
Location
Official language
English, Swedish
Websitehttps://www.worldloppet.com/

LocationsEdit

Only one and the best race from a country can be a member of Worldloppet. There are currently 20 races, spread amongst Europe, America, Asia and Australia:

Event Distance Classic Style Distance Free Style Location
  Kangaroo Hoppet 42 / 21 km Falls Creek, Victoria, Australia
  Jizerská Padesátka 50 50 / 25 km 30 km Bedřichov, Czech Republic
  Dolomitenlauf 42 / 21 km 60 km Obertilliach / Lienz, Austria
  Marcialonga 70 / 45 km MoenaCavalese, Italy
  König Ludwig Lauf 50 / 23 km 50 / 23 km Oberammergau, Germany
  Transjurassienne 50 / 25 km 76 / 54 km Les Rousses / LamouraMouthe, France
  Sapporo International Ski Marathon 50 / 25 km Sapporo, Japan
  Tartu Maraton 63 / 31 km 63 / 31 km OtepääElva, Estonia
  Gatineau Loppet 53 / 29 km 53 / 29 km Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
  American Birkebeiner 54 / 23 km 50 / 23 km CableHayward, Wisconsin, United States
  Finlandia Hiihto 62 / 32 km 50 km Lahti, Finland
  Vasaloppet 90 / 45 / 30 km SälenMora, Sweden
  Engadin Skimarathon 42 / 21 / 17 km MalojaS-chanf, Switzerland
  Birkebeinerrennet 54 km RenaLillehammer, Norway
  Demino Ski Marathon 25 km 50 km Rybinsk, Russia
  Bieg Piastów 50 / 26 km 30 km Szklarska Poręba, Poland
  Fossavatn Ski Marathon 50 / 25 km 25 km Ísafjörður, Iceland
  Vasaloppet China 50 km Changchun, China
  Merino Muster 42 / 21 km Wanaka, New Zealand
  Ushuaia Loppet 42 km Ushuaia, Argentina

Racing distancesEdit

Actual racing distances may vary from year to year according to the local snow conditions, but usually, there are different categories: full distance (at least 42 km, the length of a non-skiing marathon (26 miles)) and shorter ones for children and less experienced skiers. For Vasaloppet, the oldest of the races, the full distance is about 90 km (56 mi). Some races are freestyle (both skating and classic are allowed), but others only permit classic style.

Worldloppet MasterEdit

Those who complete Worldloppet races in 10 different countries, at least one of which is from a continent other than Europe, qualify as a Worldloppet Master. They qualify for Worldloppet Gold Master if they have completed 10 main races, or a Silver Master if they have competed 10 races where some or all of them are short races. As of October 2019 more than 5000 master titles have been issued.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "What is Worldloppet?". Worldloppet Ski Federation. Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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