Discover The World Through Ski Races

FasterSkierMay 19, 2006

The World of cross country skiing is getting bigger, and it’s possible to race almost year-round. Norwegian Havard Skorstad has raced many places around the globe. Here are his tips for which races you should make sure that you consider if you are able to travel (unlimited).


The season is over, but it’s not long before the most hardcore racers again can participate in international races. The winter season is getting close in both New Zealand and Australia. The best known “summer” race is Kangaroo Hoopet in Australia. See August 2005 article Australians win 2005 Kangaroo Hoppet

In Asia the Chinese Vasaloppet has quickly become very popular and Japan has a number of good international races.

Havard Skorstad has traveled the World as both World Cup and long distance cup skier. He believes that there are many races that will give you memories that you’ll never forget, both as racer and tourist.

– There are races for any taste. Lots of nice places with incredible racing, says Skorstad.

Here is Skorstad personal list over races you should race some day:

– Vasaloppet, Sweden — This is the “Kingrace”. It’s incredibly big and everything is very organized.

– Marcialonga, Italy – its lots of fun and very special since it goes through several villages.

– Fossavatn skimarathon, Iceland. A very nice way to see Iceland. Very special because of the nature and culture.

– Chinese Vasaloppet, China — Discover the Chinese culture. Very different!

– Svalbard Skimarathon. Very different culture and nature.


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