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Zelta Klasika 50 – The new Ski Classics Challengers event in Latvia

Zelta Klasika 50 becomes part of the Ski Classics Challengers circuit with a 50-kilometer race in classic technique in Piebalga, Latvia.

Photo: Latloppet/Zelta Klasika 50

Zelta Klasika 50, translated as Golden Classic 50, is a long-distance skiing event, taking place in Piebalga, Latvia, for the first time as a 50km event, and now joins the Ski Classics Challengers circuit for the upcoming edition on February 4, 2024.

The event is organized by the sports club/ski resort Zelta Krogs, located in one of the most beautiful places in Latvia – Piebalga! Standing 240m above sea level, which is very high for Latvia, the area has the deepest and longest winters in the country. 

In addition, Piebalga is proud and well-known for its unique hilly landscape and cultural/historical heritage.

The Organizing Committee Chairman, Janis Melbardis, is a true skiing enthusiast:

“Having experienced what it takes to make an unforgettable ski race as a participant, we will try to create and develop something similar in Latvia! For two years now, in Zelta Krogs, we had a shorter classic ski race (25km), which was called Latloppet Zelta Krogs. Now, we are making a step forward with new identity and goals, still having Latloppet as our main partner,” says Melbardis and adds:

“We want to establish a long-lasting tradition for classic style skiing in Latvia. Our mission is to create a skiing race that feels like a long-awaited celebration for true skiing fans!”

Local Organizing Committee is pleased to be joining the Ski Classics Challengers circuit:

“Having in mind our mission with this new project, a chance to join the Ski Classics Challengers series is very important and thrills us! It sets a new level of responsibility and quality for what we do here. It also opens borders for any global participant to visit our event, which is a priceless opportunity.”

The article continues below.

More information about the event can be found HERE, and registrations HERE.


  • Date: February 4, 2024
  • Place: Piebalga
  • Country: Latvia
  • Race distance: 50km (Ski Classics Challengers event). A 25km, 12km – Youth, and 3km – Children events are also available
  • Technique: Classic
  • Website: Zelta Klasika 50    
  • Facebook: Zelta Klasika 50   
  • Instagram: Zelta Klasika 50    
  • Registration: Zelta Klasika 50 

Course Map

Course Map. Image: Zelta Klasika 50

As the Zelta Klasika 50 race is a Ski Classics Challengers event, Pro Team registered athletes can collect points for the Ski Classics Champion and Youth competitions in their respective genders. 

A list of Ski Classics Challengers events with confirmed dates for season 2023/2024 can be found at Ski Classics. The list is updated continuously with new events.

Everyone participating in Ski Classics, Pro Tour or Challengers events, professional and recreational skiers, can connect their profile to the results database of Ski Classics, called MyPages.

MyPages can be connected when subscribing to Ski Classics online community In the profile, you can view your Ski Classics event results, collect pins, print diplomas, and analyze your results with friends in the SC ranking system. In your profile, you collect points according to your performance and are rewarded with pins and diplomas.

One of the central features of MyPages is that you get your global SC ranking. The SC Ranking is a live updated international ranking, unique in combining women and men, professional and recreational skiers in one single list.

As a member of, you get full access to all content on the site, including logging in to SC MyPages, where you can check your SC Ranking. Also, live streaming of Ski Classics events with English commentaries.

When you become part of one of the world’s leading XC ski communities, you will receive many exclusive offers all year round.


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