Worldloppet Ski Federation

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The Worldloppet Ski Federation is a federation of long distance cross-country skiing events whose aim is to promote cross-country skiing through various ski races. The federation was founded in 1978 in Uppsala, Sweden. The aim of Worldloppet is to promote the sport of cross-country skiing through the various ski races around the world.

Locations[edit]

Only one and the best race from a country can be a member of Worldloppet. There are currently 16 races, spread amongst Europe, America, Asia and Australia:

Event Distance Classic Style Distance Free Style Location
Australia Kangaroo Hoppet 42 / 21 km Falls Creek, Victoria, Australia
Czech Republic Jizerská Padesátka 50 50 / 25 km 30 km Bedřichov, Czech Republic
Austria Dolomitenlauf 42 / 21 km 60 km Obertilliach / Lienz, Austria
Italy Marcialonga 70 / 45 km Moena - Cavalese, Italy
Germany König Ludwig Lauf 50 / 23 km 50 / 23 km Oberammergau, Germany
France Transjurassienne 50 / 25 km 76 / 54 km Les Rousses / Lamoura - Mouthe, France
Japan Sapporo International Ski Marathon 50 / 25 km Sapporo, Japan
Estonia Tartu Maraton 63 / 31 km 63 / 31 km Otepää - Elva, Estonia
Canada Gatineau Loppet 53 / 29 km 53 / 29 km Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
United States American Birkebeiner 54 / 23 km 50 / 23 km Cable - Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Finland Finlandia Hiihto 62 / 32 km 50 km Lahti, Finland
Sweden Vasaloppet 90 / 45 / 30 km 90 / 45 / 30 km Sälen - Mora, Sweden
Switzerland Engadin Skimarathon 42 / 21 / 17 km Maloja - S-chanf, Switzerland
Norway Birkebeinerrennet 54 km Rena - Lillehammer, Norway
Russia Demino Ski Marathon 25 km 50 km Rybinsk, Russia
Poland Bieg Piastow 50 /26 km 30 km Szklarska Poręba, Poland

Racing distances[edit]

Actual racing distances may vary from year to year according 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 Master[edit]

Those who complete Worldloppet races in 10 different countries, at least one of which is from another continent, 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. By standing of May 2013 there are more than 3700 master titles issued so far.

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