Special Registration Issues

Special issues with races that may get fully booked. Register early.

RACENAME – Registration status for 2015 (and reg.closed for previous years)
Vasaloppet – Open&full 16.3.14
(open&full 17.3.13, full 15.3.12, 30.5.11 and 24.8.10)

Marcialonga – Opens&full July 1st 2014.
(open&full 5.6.2013, 15.10.12, full 18.5.11 and 7.9.10)

Birkebeinerrennet – Opened 23.4.14
(open 18.4.13, full 19.4.13, opens for foreigners early: 21.9.12. General opening & full 25.10.12, full 1.11.11 and 5.11.10)

US Birkie – Opens 2.06.14. Full 23.10.14.
(Opened 3.6.13, full 10.10.13, Full 15.10.12, full 21.11.11 and 18.12.10)

Jizerska – Opens 1.5.14
(Full 8.11.13, opened 1.7.12. Full 19.12.12, full 1.12.11 and 22.12.10)

Tartu Skimarathon – Opened
(full 7.1.11)

(All date formats are dd.mm.yy and indicates main race if multiple races in one event)

For Marcialonga: Book very early (before March 15th?) and get your startnumber via your hotel in the valley. Italians have their own early booking periode. Scandinavians can also get startnumbers in travelpackages from their major travel firms.

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Dolomitenlauf 2015 : Saturday Purgatory, Sunday Paradise

Saturday morning, at the Lienz railway station we jump in the shuttle buses for Obertilliach under a dismal drizzle. Yesterday the tracks were grand; what will remain of them to-day? Thirty km later the rain becomes snow.

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In Obertilliach it really snows, but a snow at zero degrees: the worst for a classic race. The SWIX stall suggests VR75… intended for very warm fresh snow (+2 or +3 °C!). The most safety-minded take their no-wax skis, the best roughen their skis.

And off it goes. A splendid course that I didn’t yet know, without those former zig-zags on the meadows, but a very clever triple loop which takes us up to the highest point of the valley and allows that the first never overtake the slow skiers. Bravo! in spite of two short but severe climbs at around 30 km. Fortunately, a TOKO stall rewaxes the skis in a matter of seconds: it sticks a little but allows me to ski uphill without slipping backwards, although it gives a reduced glide on the return track.

In conclusion a very beautiful course but with a wet snow that continues falling and freezes fingers and bones. The tracks remain correct… until a snowmobile of the press destroys them, filling our lungs with exhaust gas with an ear-splitting noise. I suggest that in case of difficult track conditions snowmobiles be forbidden if they don’t serve for the safety.

In short: the Purgatory. But: at the finish an excellent goulasch soup, a piece of tart and beer, all in a cosy warm tent. Thanks to Dolomitenlauf for pampering us.

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Sunday morning, at the Lienz railway station, we jump in the shuttle buses for Obertilliach (no snow in Lienz as in many previous years, thus no regular 65 km skating race, a pity) under a splendid sun and a negative temperature.

The same course as the previous day (with more champions in the first line) but with a well groomed, good glide snow, and we wear sun glasses instead of rain shields. This changes everything. 42 km of happiness (in reality 39 km, why not announce it officially?). We have even the time to admire the scenery.

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In short: the Paradise. And nevertheless the same pleasure to find soup, goulasch, a tart or youghurt and beer. Many thanks to Dolomitenlauf, cheers for the perfect organization in spite of adverse conditions. A splendid course that makes us forget the awful zig-zags of earlier events: don’t change it!

Add to this a hearty reception of Masters on Friday in Lienz, with a small gift to everyone.

In conclusion, don’t miss Dolomitenlauf which merits much more participants than they have.

In the Saturday classic race there was a majority of skiers from Nordic countries (Norwegian was more often heard than German) and on Sunday there were more than 20 nationalities. Amongst them a strong delegation of French skiers belonging to the meteorological club Unasacem (28 Worldloppet passport holders) that celebrated a new Master on Sunday: Yannick Bochatay.

Boris Petroff

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Some results :

Classique 42 km :

Australie : Graham Leary 6.02 ; Canada : Jacques Wrong  4.07 ; Espagne : Alfons Martinez Valls 4.07 ; Italie : Corrado Ampezzan 5.51 ; Maurizio Franzolin 4.36 ; Suède : Iwana and Joseph Kral 4.45 ; Slovaquie : Pavel Stanicek 4.39 ; Usa : Jay Wiener 4.39 et France : Boris Petroff 3.35 ; Olivier Traulle 3.41 ; Pierre Charon 3.47 ; René Vercaigne 4.14 ; Laurent Merindol 4.15 ; Jean-Marc Le Gallic 4.31 ; Geneviève Pelletier 4.42 ; Vincent Ducastin, François Giroux et Frédéric Miens 4.44 ; Lionel Coltel 4.50 ; Isabelle Charon 4.53 ; Joseph Luce 5.23 ; André Viry 5.46 ;  Patrick Thomas et Michel Boulanger 5.59

Classique 20 km :

Italie : Franco Milanese 3.20 ; Russie : Ludmilia Kolobanova 2.00 ; France : Brunilde Girardet 1.36 ;  Jean Pierre Girardet 1.49 ; Jean Pierre Magdinier 2.33 ; Chantal Flick 2.37 ; Gérard Maurice : 2.39

Free 42 km :

Pologne : Kamil Zatonski 2.15 ; Suède : Iwana et Joseph Kral 3.26 ; Usa : Jay Wiener 3.48 ; France : Brunilde et Jean Pierre Girardet 2.26 ; Olivier Traulle 2.30 ; Jean Luc Magdinier 2.33 ; Yannick Bochatay et Samuel Vincent  2.39 ; Didier Boutonnet 2.56 ; Boris Petroff 3.10 ; Jean Marc Le Gallic 3.15 ; Diane Osinski 3.17 ; Laurent Merindol 3.29 ; Gérard Maurice 3.32 ; François Giroux 3.34 ; Jean-Pierre Mazard 3.36 ; Chantal Flick 3.56.

Free 20 km :

Canada : Jacques Wrong 1.15 ; Russie : Ludmilia Kolobanova 1.29 ; Slovaquie : Pavol Stanicek 1.56 ; France : Bénédicte et René Vercaigne 1.54 ;  Isabelle Petroff 1.59 ; Joseph Luce 2.10.

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Jizerskà Padesàtka 2015 : wet but successful

Report by Boris Petroff (English text first, then followed by french version below)

The organizers were right in believing in their good luck: the 2015 edition was a success.

Very beautiful 30 km skate race on Friday with a variable but good quality snow. On Saturday the rain made the race more unpleasant: a few ponds but a snow easy to wax and a cordial food service. Temperature +9°C in Bedřichov!

On Sunday the weather cooled down as predicted. -2°C at the start and zero at the finish. Fortunately it did not snow too much and the organizers had done a big effort during the night to groom the tracks damaged the previous day.

Skiers who had opted for scaled, hairies or zero base skis were overtaken in climbs and in descents by those who used klister wax. Mostly great tracks and snow especially in the Jizerska area… that we avoided. In all a course shortened by 5 km: everybody enjoyed seeing the 25 km poster just after the 20th km.

Perfect start of the Marcialonga type (the Ideal start!) skis in hands by waves with 5 min intervals: practically no bottlenecks in spite of a narrow course but some difficulties to overtake along the total 45 km.

Excellent food stations, homely atmosphere. About 4000 skiers finished the race.

A moved thought for Hannes who is recovering from a heavy operation and should join us on skis in the spring.

Many French skiers had a small sticker I AM CHARLIE.

I was quite shocked by the blessing of the race in three languages at the start. In a moment when 17 innocent people were killed and the freedom to think was attacked in the name of God, I feel it out of place to call God (the same or another) to bless this race. Secularity is the only way to live together  in the respect of all beliefs. Therefore all Worldloppet races should abstain from evoking one particular religion in the public ceremonies.

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 FRENCH VERSION

Jizerska 2015 : humide mais réussie

Les organisateurs de la J50 ont eu raison de croire en leur bonne étoile : la cuvée 2015 a été une réussite.

Très beau skate de 30 km le vendredi,  avec une neige variable mais de qualité.

Samedi la pluie a rendu la course plus désagréable mais sans trop abimer les traces : de-ci de-là quelques piscines mais une neige facile à farter et des ravitaillements chaleureux. Au thermomètre +9°C à Bedrichov !

Le dimanche, le temps comme prévu a fraichi. -2°C au départ et zéro à l’arrivée. Heureusement  il n’a quasiment pas neigé et les organisateurs avaient fait de gros efforts dans la nuit pour redonner consistance aux traces abimées la veille.

Tous les skieurs qui avaient parié sur les écailles, les peluches ou le ski zéro… ont vu passer devant eux en montée comme en descente les skieurs en klister !

Traces et neige magnifiques dans l’ensemble, surtout vers Jizerska… que nous avons évité ! Au total une boucle raccourcie de 5 km : chacun se frottait les yeux à la vue du panneau 25 passé  juste après le 20ème km !

Parfait départ type Marcialonga, skis à la main, par vague toutes les 5 mn : quasiment pas de bouchon… malgré des pistes assez étroites ;  difficile de doubler sur l’ensemble des 45 km.

Ravitos excellents, ambiance bon enfant. Tout juste 4000 skieurs classés à l’arrivée…

Une pensée émue pour Hannes qui se remet bien de sa lourde opération et devrait nous rejoindre skis aux pieds cet été.

Bien des skieurs français portaient une marque discrète  rappelant JE SUIS CHARLIE.

A ce propos j’ai été très choqué par la bénédiction de la course en 3 langues sur la ligne de départ. A l’heure où au nom de Dieu 17 innocents ont été massacrés, où la liberté de penser est attaquée au nom de Dieu, IL EST INADMISSIBLE QU’UN DIEU (le même ou un autre) SOIT APPELE POUR BENIR CETTE COURSE.

La laïcité est la seule façon de vivre ensemble dans le respect de toutes les croyances (et incroyance) et si la J50 devait encore être placée sous le signe d’une religion, je n’y retournerai plus.

Surtout pour moi qui ne parle pas bien l’anglais : entendre God blesse you quand Dieu vient de blesser et tuer, c’est  terrible !

Quelques résultats :

France : Gilles Perrin 3.29, Boris Petroff 3.32, Antoine Gilot 3.43, Hervé Courtine 3.58, Patrice Turlan 4.34, Annie Ponsonnet 4.39, Daniel Montgermont 4.51, Joseph Luce 5.47…

Suisse : Eric Marecaille 4.50

Italie : Corrado Ampezzan 5.34

Russie : Valentin Borissov 4.42, Ludmilia Kolobanova 4.59

Luxembourg : Yonel Maniora 3.19

Tchéquie/Suède : Jarmo Laasko 2.40, Iwana et Joseph Kral 4.30,

Danemark : Henrick Kofoed Jacobsen 4.14

Belgique : André Hazard 3.49

Pologne : Piotr Szkarlat 3.31

Canada : Jacques Wong 3.54

USA : Jim Whalen 4.251,  Jay Wiener 4.47

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Biggest skimaraton race calendar 2015

As every year we present a list of circa four houndred skimarathon races. The longest we know of. The list is made by our executive member Thomas Huber.

Enjoy the list. It contains skiraces from so many nations. Happy travel and happy skiing to all! Download the PDF file here. xc_long_distance_calender_2015_iawls

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The French Worldloppet masters prepared for winter

away from the snow, but with enthusiasm.

December the 7th, 25 masters waited snow in the Jura … where it did not come. Or exactly didn’t stay.

But very nice atmosphere and very good meeting with the Technical Director of the Transjurassienne Pierre Vandel, who explained everything to them about the new route of the Transjurassienne 2015.

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Only (?) 68 km on Sunday, freestyle, 8 km short of earlier years, to give more time to slow skiers and avoid being arrested before Mouthe.

The detour through Switzerland will be reserved for classic skiers on Saturday : the race will be a bit longer that earlier years :60 km.

During the week end, we …. drank a lot and walked on the montains.

Next meeting : the Sgambeda in Livigno and Jizerska 50 in January…

We have a very strong thought for our friend Hannes Larsson which emits a triple bypass, a month ago.

We hope to see our my friend Hannes on the slopes of the Worldloppet very soon.

Boris Petroff

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Merino Muster for the first time in Worldloppet

by Hannes Larsson

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANew Zealand’s Merino Muster has a long history, but it started a new phase in its development when it was accepted last June as an associated member in Worldloppet. This year’s race took place on August 16 and was celebrated by a large number of participants and a beautiful weather.

A few days before the race the participants were invited to a nice dinner in Wanaka down in the valley. Bad weather with heavy snow fall occurred one day during the week but everything cleared up for the race day. The start took place as usual near the Snow Farm Lodge at an altitude of 1500m. A loop of 7 km took the skiers back to the Snow Farm where the shortest race finished. The others skied down to the so-called River Run that they followed for a couple of km before returning to the Snow Farm on an undulating course. At the transit point the 21 km race finished. Followed a 10 km loop in the Hanging Valley with many ups and downs, then back to the River Run and the course used in the second loop.

The 42 km race had 50 finishers. IAWLS members: Josef Kral and Ivana Kralova (CZE) and Minoru Matsuyama (JPN).

In the 21 km race 52 skiers finished. Amongst them Suomi Matsuyama (JPN) who obtained his first Worldloppet Master at the age of 14, congratulations! (see Minoru’s article on this wbsite). His mother Tomoko Matsuyama finished her first Master, congratulations! The day turned into a big celebration for the Matsuyama family, indeed Minoru finished here his 11th Master. Other IAWLS members were Preetam Singh from India, who obtained the 9th stamp in his first passport, and Hannes Larsson (FRA).

54 skiers finished the 7 km race. This makes a total of 156 finishers. In addition, 11 Norwegians started one hour before all others because they had to rush to the airport; their race can be considered as a Norwegian championship.

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Merino Muster photos by Minoru:

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Ushuaia Loppet’ successful entry in Worldloppet

report by Hannes Larsson

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The track on aug 7 before the snowfall

In June this year Ushuaia Loppet was accepted as an Associated member of Worldloppet together with three other races. The race scheduled on August 9 was Ushuaia Loppet’s first appearance in Worldloppet. Alarming reports were received about the lack of snow in the area and a FIS competition planned end of July had to be cancelled. However, in the first week of August a sufficient quantity of snow came and the fears about the cancellation of Ushuaia Loppet disappeared. I talked with locals who said that the lack of snow is quite exceptional. Last year they had abundant snow and it snowed even during the summer months December to January.

The race takes place in the Tierra Mayor valley about 20 km from Ushuaia. A bus service is organized for classic and alpine skiers. As soon as possible I will write a piece of Advice for skiers for the IAWLS website concerning travelling, local conditions etc. Cross country skiers receive a warm welcome at the Tierra Mayor ski lodge where restauration is possible. The terrain is quite suitable for XC skiing. Starting and finishing in front of the lodge, the track makes a 12 km loop to the East, then a 9 km loop to the West, which makes the 21 km Silver race. Ushuaia Loppet’s 42 km race repeats the same. Mostly the valley is flat. There are only a few non dangerous descents.

Race start. (This photo by Tom Sutherland)

Race start. (This photo by Tom Sutherland)

In a briefing on August 8 the organizers announced that due to bad weather predicted on August 9 with snowfall and wind the race was postponed to August 10. On that day there was still some wind and the snowfall continued. Skating in fresh snow made the race rather demanding.

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The Tierra Mayor Lodge

The skiers first stayed inside the warm lodge where they could leave their bags. A few minutes before the start that occurred at 10.15 they were called to the start area. 52 skiers from 11 countries participated, 38 in the 42 km race and 14 in the 21km race. Most skiers came from South America, seven from other countries. IAWLS members that finished the 42 km race were        Josef Kral and Ivana Kralova (CZE), Hannes Larsson (FRA) and Thomas Sutherland (USA).

When the entry of Ushuaia Loppet in Worldloppet was announced in June, most overseas skiers had planned their Summer holidays. In coming years one can expect increasing numbers of foreigners. However, Ushuaia (same as New Zealand) requires a long travel. Maybe one can expect numbers similar to Sapporo and Kangaroohoppet, that sometimes receive up to 60-70 foreigners.

Ushuaia is “The End of the World” and is certainly an interesting touristic goal. The 70’000 city lies in a bay of the Beagle Channel and from this base one can make many excursions in the surroundings.

Hannes Larsson

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Kangaroo Hoppet 2014

20140823_130540 50Sunshine and great skiing conditions: what else can one ask for a Worldloppet race especially after so many race cancellations in the 2014 European Winter. The2014 Kangaroo Hoppet held on 23rd August was an absolute delight; great weather, great snow, lots of keen skiers and lots of encouraging spectators. The days leading up to the Hoppet were very warm with some inte    rnationals feeling very hot skiing whilst only wearing  a minimum of clothes. Race day was brilliant with just enough cloud so the temperature wasn’t too hot but firm conditions (after an overnight freeze) softened by the descent off Heathy Spur and for the second loop.

A well attended Worldloppet Masters’ reception was held at nearby Howmans Gap Alpine Centre with great finger food and drinks all around. The CEO of Falls Creek Alpine Resort greeted us all to Australia’s penultimate cross country ski event.

There were some 1100 participants in the 3 events- Kangaroo Hoppet (shortened to 36km due to snow melt on part of the course), Birkebeiner (21km) and the Joey Hoppet (7km). There’s an event to suit everyone with a special pouch class in the Joey for parents pulling a pulk with a young child.

A new improved staggered start system was implemented this year with waves of 100 starting one minute apart after the welcoming ceremony by the local indigenous representatives. . It seems such a short time between each wave but it greatly relieved congestion in the early part of the course especially on the first downhill. It was also easier for faster Birkebeiner skiers who started 7-10 minutes later to overtake slower Hoppet skiers and for quicker Joey skiers to overtake Birkebeiner skiers.

This year skiers who had completed 20 or more Kangaroo Hoppets (over 40 participants!) were awarded a special silver bib and started right behind the first 100 skiers.

The first 10km of the course out to Sun Valley and across the Rocky Valley Dam wall to Watchbed Creek was relatively flat with only a few small hills. Then the 3km uphill appropriately called the Paralyser is encountered before reaching a large open area called The Park which is where the trail breaks out of the snowgums ( native Australian alpine trees). Another short climb to the top of Heathy Spur where you are rewarded with stunning mountain views in all directions as far as Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain. The course then continues along Heathy Spur mostly descending with one final climb before the exciting Bladerunner descent back down to Rocky Valley Dam and into the spectator filled Nordic Bowl to complete the first loop. The second loop began the same way but instead of climbing all the way up the Paralyser from Watchbed Creek the return is much gentler Pauls Track on the return to the Nordic Bowl and the finish.

Afterwards, skiers stood around in the warm sunshine enjoying a BBQ lunch swapping race stories with skiers from some 26 nationalities whilst cheering in other skiers.

A few of the Worldloppet masters who participated included: Hannes Larsson (FRA), Jan Hurley (IRE), Bruce Wharrie (AUS), Angelo Corradini (ITA), Colin Addison(AUS), Judith Barnes (AUS),  Ken Farrow(AUS), Merv Trease (AUS), Jay Wiener (USA), Ronice Goebel (AUS), Grant McLeod (CAN), Jim Spiers (AUS), Brian Wallace (AUS), Bob Cranage (AUS), Brendon Hyde (AUS), Daniel Cech (CZE), Vratislav Cech (CZE), Miroslav Dasek (CZE), Andre Viry (FRA), Robert Demmel (GER), Angelika Dietrich (GER). Sorry if I’ve missed you.

Social activities are high on the agenda at the Kangaroo Hoppet with Friday night’s Worldloppet reception a great opportunity for Worldloppet passport holders to catch up with friends from many different nations. On Saturday evening there was a race presentation where all participants, family and friends gathered to celebrate the winners, as well as age-group champions in all events. Angelo Corradini presented Worldloppet medals to Craig Alexander, Bruce Wharrie (4th gold) and myself (5th gold).

With New Zealand’s Merino Muster Worldloppet race being held the weekend before the Kangaroo Hoppet it’s a great opportunity for northern hemisphere skiers to escape the Summer heat and have a Winter down under. Ski the Merino Muster, then the Hoppet earning 2 Worldloppet stamps, then head to North QLD for snorkelling and diving at the Great Barrier Reef. A perfect Winter holiday! Hope to see you at the Hoppet soon.

By Marg Hayes (AUS)

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