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Season XV celebrates Vasaloppet’s 100th edition

Ski Classics continues with Vasaloppet on Sunday, March 3. As the eleventh stage and third Grand Classics event of Season XV, this year’s edition of the renowned 90-kilometer classic race holds a special significance – celebrating the event’s 100th edition.

Photo: Ski Classics

Dating back to its inception, the 90-kilometer race held on the first Sunday of March has earned its place as the oldest and most prestigious event within the Ski Classics circuit. For Pro Team athletes, securing victory in this grueling long-distance mass start race is the ultimate dream. 

“Iconic Vasaloppet is celebrating its 100th edition, and we are sure it will be a true Folkfest. The most prestigious of all events, according to most athletes, and we already long for it!” says Ski Classics Sport Director Anton Karlsson.

Importance and Traditions

Beyond its athletic prowess, Vasaloppet has transcended its status as a mere ski race to become a global sporting phenomenon. With its rich history and cherished traditions, the brand has evolved into an institution encompassing various events and activities throughout the annual summer and winter weeks.

Since its establishment in 1922, over 1.7 million participants have triumphantly crossed the iconic finish line portal of Vasaloppet. This race’s roots trace even further to the year 1520 when the saga of Gustav Eriksson Vasa unfolded. His rebellion against Denmark culminated in his ascent to becoming the first King of free Sweden – a tale that the event celebrates. 

Start of Vasaloppet Season XIV. Photo: Reichert/NordicFocus.

Starting in Berga by, nestled in the picturesque surroundings of Sälen and renowned for its acclaimed alpine ski resorts, Vasaloppet’s course winds its way to the world-famous town of Mora, the celebrated finish location. The event’s influence and significance extend far beyond Sweden’s borders, as participants from around the globe gather each season to immerse themselves in the spirit of long-distance skiing. 

Throughout the years, Vasaloppet and Ski Classics have forged a fruitful partnership, fostering mutual growth and development. Together, they have preserved and revitalized a century’s worth of traditions and cultural heritage since 1922, ensuring this timeless event thrives in a modern era.

Ski Classics Pro Tour Season XV (2023/2024)

  • Event 1: December 9, 2023 – Bad Gastein PTT, Austria, 15km
  • Event 2: December 10, 2023 – Bad Gastein Criterium, Austria, 35km
  • Event 3: December 16, 2023 – La Venosta Criterium, Italy, 35km 
  • Event 4: December 17, 2023 – La Venosta ITT, Italy, 10km
  • Event 5: January 13, 2024 – Pustertaler Ski Marathon, Italy, 62km
  • Event 6: January 20, 2024 – Engadin La Diagonela, Switzerland, 55km
  • Event 7: January 28, 2024 – Marcialonga, Italy, 70km
  • Event 8: February 11, 2024 – Jizerská50, Czech Republic, 50km
  • Event 9: February 17, 2024 – Grönklitt Classic, Sweden, 50km
  • Event 10: February 18, 2024 – Grönklitt ITT, Sweden, 12km
  • Event 11: March 3, 2024 – Vasaloppet, Sweden, 90km

For more updates and detailed information about the Ski Classics Pro Tour, make sure to visit skiclassics.com.

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