Travel the World and Ski!

The Worldloppet organization promotes the sport of cross country skiing around the world. Any skier can travel to these beautiful places and enjoy great events. Currently the Worldloppet includes 20 ski marathons (and shorter events) on five continents, including Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. The Worldloppet is dedicated to presenting the best cross country ski events in the world for all skiers–from recreational skiers who love the sport to elite skiers competing for top honors. Each event must meet rigorous requirements to earn a Worldloppet sanction. More than 135,000 skiers have participated in the Worldloppet events. You can be one of them!

To See the 20-Nation Worldloppet Events Calendar click below and then Click on the Event for More Information
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Why Be Part of the Worldloppet?

Below are descriptions of just a few of the Worldloppet events.
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What is Worldloppet?

For Complete Details
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Passports & Medals

What Are They and How to Get Them
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Purchase a Worldloppet Passport

You may purchase a Worldloppet Passport any time at the American Birkebeiner office for $35 or through the Worldloppet organization.  To purchase a passport on-line, click HERE or call the Birkie office, at 715-634-5025 x:2 or email birkie@birkie.com.

Get Your Worldloppet Passport Stamped at Birkie 2017

Worldloppet skiers may have their passport stamped at the Birkie Village – in the heated tent with the Birkie Store and Awards on 5th St.

  • Race Day -1 1:00 a.m.. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – 8:00 a.m. – Noon

Worldloppet Passports will be available for purchase at the Expo/Bib pick up area on Thursday, 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. as well as on Saturday at the Birkie Village (see times above) at a cost of $35 USD.

Worldloppet Races are Race Qualifiers

If you skied the Birkebeiner or Kortelopet in 2014, 2015 or 2016 your wave placement will be based on your best wave placement from those years.

If you register for classic and do not have a Birkie or Korte classic time from these years (but you do have a skate time from the last four years) your best Birkie or Korte skate wave placement will be converted into a classic wave placement and you will be seeded accordingly. The same will hold true if you register for Birkie or Korte skate, but have only Birkie or Korte classic times from the past four years.

Or, if you do not have a Birkie or Korte 2014, 2015 or 2016 time in the technique in which you register for in 2017, you may use a qualifying race from 2015-16 season  which is officially designated as the technique you will be skiing. There will be no conversion used when submitting qualifying race information. You may be seeded up to wave 4.

If you are a new skier to the Birkie or Korte, you may use a 2013, 2014 or 2015 qualifying race for wave placement up to wave 4. The qualifying race must be in the technique in which you are registering. Consideration will be given, at the discretion of the race staff, for higher wave placement based on individual qualifying race results. Factors taken into consideration are race length, degree of difficulty of course, number of participants and placement.

A Birkie qualifier must be 42K or longer and Korte qualifier must be 23K or longer.

Additional information on Waves & Seeding can be found here.

IF YOU PLAN TO SUBMIT QUALIFYING RACE INFORMATION TO THE BIRKIE OFFICE BASED ON THE ABOVE CRITERIA, YOU MUST DO SO BY 4PM (CST), JANUARY 27, 2017. The request should be made by phone. Call 715-634-5025. Be prepared to provide a $15 change fee payment by credit card.

Worldloppet Races

Engadin Skimarathon – Switzerland

With around 11,000 participants every year, the Engadin Skimarathon is one of the biggest cross country skiing races in the world and in its long history has become legendary.

With its marathon distance of 42 kilometres (since 2008 there is also the choice of a half marathon) on mostly flat terrain and only a few gentle inclines, the Engadin Skimarathon is less demanding than races with longer distances and more difficult routes. This is appreciated by many participants for whom the ranking is less important than enjoying the joyful atmosphere and the splendid landscape with its spectacular light conditions, a seemingly endless expanse of frozen lakes, wide open plains, snow-laden forests and picturesque villages. And all around, the mountain peaks form a worthy, yet never oppressive, backdrop. Of course, the race fulfils the wishes of the more ambitious skiers as well. Much space in many parts of the route allow high speed skiing which creates a great racing spirit.

The first 15 kilometres lead mostly across frozen lakes with very large tracks so that there is abundant space for everyone, especially for the faster skiers, to secure their position early. On top of that five starting waves help everybody to race more or less in the position of their abilities and fitness standings. First time participants start in the last wave. However, they can ask for a better starting position by using the form “category change” (at www.engadin-skimarathon.ch) and presenting results from other races before paying the starting fee.

Women who prefer shorter distances have the possibility to take part in the Frauenlauf (women’s race), which counts for the Worldloppet silver master, one week before the Engadin Skimarathon. The route leads over 17 stunningly beautiful kilometres from Samedan to S-chanf.

For more information, distances, and online registration, CLICK HERE.

Birkebeinerrennet – Norway

Birkebeinerrennet is one of the oldest and most challenging races in Worldloppet with 16,000 participants. The cross country course is 54 km long (Nordic Classic).

The start is in Rena and finish in Lillehammer and the course crosses the mountain.

All competitors must have passed 16 years and must carry a rucksack weighing at least 3.5 kg throughout the race. The pack shall contain a windbreaker, food and drinks. Pack will be checked at the finish line.

In the Birkebeinerrennet there is a seeded wave start and the participants compete in different age classes. Participants will be placed into waves due to results that qualify to calculate an estimated finish time. There are 6 food stations along the course. At the finish line there is warm soup and bread.

All entrants who complete the race will receive a “participation medal” and a diploma that shows their time at each split time and their finish time. In each class prizes will be awarded to approximately 25% of the number of starters. Prizes for the three best competitors in each class will be delivered from the stage inside Håkons Hall. There are also mountain- and finishprizes for the best skiers.

Birkebeinerrennet is member of Worldloppet and have every year the FIS Marathon Cup finale.

For more information, distances, and online registration, CLICK HERE.

Tartu Marathon – Estonia

The Tartu Marathon is the biggest ski marathon of Estonia. The first start to Tartu Maraton was given in 1960 from the Tartu city centre and since then it has set example for most of today’s mass sport events in the country. Last year that event had over 6500 entries from 22 countries. Since 1994 Tartu Marathon is a member of Worldloppet. In years 1999-2004, the Worldloppet General Secretariat was in Tartu and it was the first headquarter of an international sports organization in Estonia.

Estonia situates on the north-eastern edge of the European Union, bordering Russia and Latvia and having population of 1.4 million. So it is not surprising that in every local family you find someone who has participated in Tartu Maraton. Estonia is very rich in forests; they cover almost half of Estonia’s 45,000 sq km territory.

Organizing body Club Tartu Maraton has five events yearly, offering training motivation for over 25,000 sport friends per year and are trendsetters of popular sport life here. Season starts in February with Tartu Maraton, continues in May with running event (Tartu Jooksumaraton) and cycling road race (Tartu Rattaralli), fresh up summer in August with inline-skating (Tartu Rulluisumaraton) and finishes in September with MTB race (Tartu Rattamaraton, in 2009 European Championships event).

Tartu Maraton course has classical skier friendly profile: it constantly rolls over the hills, having no major steep uphills/downhills or long straight plain parts, making skiing Tartu Maraton real pleasure and achievable for every healthy person. It is often compared or described as American Birkebeiner track by Worldloppet skiers.

Tartu Maraton 63 km long course starts in Otepää, Tehvandi Ski Stadium, which also hosting every January FIS XC World Cup events. The course is wide compared to many other ski marathons: on the first 4 km there are 12 tracks, during most of the course 8 tracks and on last part 4 tracks. Tartu Maraton classic tracks preparation starts with snow period and maintenance of it last until the end of ski season, making it not only a race track but also a cross country skier’s training facility. Every day you can meet lot of people skiing there during the winter, on all sections of the course. As the main part of the course runs in the not populated Otepää upland’s forests, far away from roads, the artificial snow production is not used. The finish area of the race is in pine forest of Elva, on the territory of old shooting range. The same start and finish places are also used for the other Club Tartu Maraton events: Tartu Jooksumaraton (23km long running race) and Tartu Rattamaraton (89 km long mountain-bike race).

Besides the main 63 km classic event the program includes a 31 km short race. These races are prelude by the Open Track and Women’s races held week before.

Club Tartu Maraton is very proud of its children events that are often found as unique in the sports world. Children events are always held day before the (ski, running, cycling, inline skating, MTB) marathon and are free for everybody. These races are not competitive – all participants get number 1 for starting number, emphasizing that everyone’s participation is more important than winning. All finishers receive diploma, medal and get the real feeling of what popular sport is. All together there were 8037 children participating on Club Tartu Maraton’s events in 2010, 1300 of them in skiing. Most popular are cycling races where you can see on bikes over 2500 kids, escorted by twice as much family members.

Race office is situated permanently in Tartu, only during the race day there is open-air secretariat on the start and finish areas. Tartu (population of 100 000) is the largest town in South Estonia and the second largest town in Estonia. Tartu is an old city, with written references dating back to the 11th century. It’s a university town and is home to one of Europe’s oldest universities. There’s an aura of academia about the place, as it is also the seat of a large number of scientific institutions.

Otepää (population 2000), the start area of Tartu Maraton, is a major skiing centre and the ‘winter capital’ of Estonia offering various sporting and leisure time activities. Elva (population 6000), located 25km south of Tartu, is a town of many lakes and pine trees. For sport friends it is mainly known via Tartu Maraton events, which courses are connecting Elva with Otepää. Jogging and cycling routes making it also celebrated summer resort.

There lot of accommodation places available in Tartu starting from budget and up to 4-star hotels. Capacities of start area Otepää is limited though and must be booked at least 6 months ahead. The possibilities of Elva are also available but modest and must be booked in time.

Welcome to sport in Estonia!

For more information, distances, and online registration, CLICK HERE.

La Transjurassienne – France

La Transjurassienne is the major cross-country skiing event in France.

Ideally situated in the heart of the Jura Mountains, only 45 minutes from Geneva airport, it gathers skiers from all over the world, amateurs as well as professionals, for a whole week-end of skiing. With its complete programme, La Transjurassienne offers the race that corresponds to you.

During the week-end, Saturday is the day of the classic style. La Transjurassienne 50 km CT is the long distance track offered to cross country skiing enthusiasts in classic technique. It is also the multicultural race of La Transjurassienne events with more than 60% foreigners. International ambience and a certain change of scenery guaranteed!!!

La Transju 25 km CT is the opportunity for those who do not feel ready enough to challenge the 50km event but want to experience La Transjurassienne tracks.

On Sunday, La Transju 30km FT was created with the same idea: to welcome all skiers to share this unique moment.

The 54km track between Les Rousses and Mouthe, directly inspired from the 2000 World Cup, is the Women’s Elite race of the FIS Marathon Cup but is also open to both Women and Men. Even if the distance is shorter, it is the opportunity for all skiers to be initiated into the ambience and the tracks of La Transjurassienne; the opportunity to taste the Transju challenge before taking up the 76 km FT event.

Part of the FIS Marathon Cup, the 76km race is the queen of the Transjurassienne week. All ski lovers, professional and recreational competitors, gather with one common goal: give the best of oneself to reach Mouthe.

It consists of two races:

  • one in free technique: Biela Stopa in Slovakia
  • and one in classic technique: La Transjurassienne in France

For more information, distances, and online registration, CLICK HERE.

Kangaroo Hoppet – Australia

Kangaroo Hoppet .. what sort a name is that? Back in 1990 a race called the Australian International Ski Marathon applied to become a member of the Worldloppet series of long distance cross country ski events. After an inspection of the event by Norwegian Rolf Kjaernsli, Robert Steiner from Austria and Tom Duffy it was decided that the race was acceptable as the twelfth member of the series, with the provision that it come up with a new name. Australian Birkebeiner was not acceptable as there were already two of these in the series, and Japan and Switzerland had ski marathons.

A new name! Such an important decision definitely needed a committee meeting and no minutes were kept, but this is the accepted summary of what took place. We need something Australian. Something to do with skiing. ‘Too hard .. let’s have a drink’. Kangaroos are Australian. Kangaroos hop. Hopp is a Scandinavian word in meaning ski jump’ (or so some local linguistic expert claimed). Loppet is a Swedish word meaning bloody long ski race. ‘Let us open another bottle of this excellent north east Victorian red wine’. Kangaroo loppet .. Kangaroo hop .. ‘Aargh! Someone go out and get another bottle’.. Kangaroo Hoppet! And the race had a new name.

In a country better known internationally for its natural environment – Uluru (Ayers Rock) and deserts, coral reefs, tropical rain forests, together with the wildlife – kangaroos, koalas, penguins and those incredible egg laying mammals the platypus and echidna; the idea of snowfields and ski racing in Australia seems quite surreal.

That Australia is a land of contrasts is quickly made apparent to northern hemisphere skiers who arrive in Melbourne. After leaving the vibrant Victorian state capital with its combination of magnificent gardens, big city shopping, restaurants and theatres, the would be Hoppet skier travels through open farmlands and the world famous vineyards and wineries of the Milawa and Alpine Valleys wine regions to the town of Mount Beauty, nestled at the foot of Mount Bogong, the highest peak in Victoria. From Mount Beauty, down in the valley at 400 metres, where there is blossom on the plum trees, and oranges lemons and daffodils in the gardens, a short 30km drive through tall eucalypt forest and an increase in altitude of 1200 metres brings you to the snow covered alpine village of Falls Creek, nestled on the edge of the snow covered plateau of the Alpine National Park.

The course passes through a mix of open plains and snow gum (an evergreen eucalyptus tree) woodland and can be described as a sort of convoluted clover leaf shape with three loops of 7, 14 and 21km. The start / finish area is in the middle, giving spectators a good view of the action. The terrain is undulating with two main climbs, one on each of the 14km and the 21km loops.

Last, but by no means least, of the features of the Hoppet is the friendly and relaxed approach to life found in Australia. Australians also love to participate in sport, and the Kangaroo Hoppet caters for this passion by offering not only the main 42km and the 21km event, but also a 7km event that attracts a diverse group of skiers, ranging from elite juniors to parents, grandparents, babies in pulkes and first time skiers.

A Worldloppet event in Australia creates a special opportunity for northern hemisphere skiers to indulge in their passion for skiing in the middle of the their summer, and combining it with an extended holiday to explore the range of experiences offered across the diverse Australian environment is a bonus that many choose to take up.

Be a part of the mob .. come to Falls Creek in August for the Kangaroo Hoppet.

For more information, distances, and online registration, CLICK HERE.

Worldloppet Passport Holders Gathering

During Birkie Week, all are invited to attend an informal, European-Style Breakfast Buffet Gathering.

(This event is open to all skiers, not just Passport Holders).

When:
Friday, February 24, 2017

Time:
8:00 a.m. Coffee Social
8:30 a.m. Breakfast

Where:
Flat Creek Inn & Suites, Hwy. 27 South, Hayward

Cost: 
$13.00 Pre-registration, $18.00 Day-of

Registration:
Advanced registration recommended: Click HERE to pre-register.

Worldloppet Ambassadors

Interested in traveling to a Worldloppet race other than the Birkie?

International travel can be daunting and overwhelming – especially with ski equipment and dealing with the logistics of participating in an international ski marathon. Below is a list of US skiers that have traveled to the different Worldloppet marathons and can help you out. Where to fly? Where to stay? What to expect? Connect with a Birkie – Worldloppet Ambassador and they will help you with your next ski adventure.

DateEventDistanceCountryAmbassador Contact
08.08.15Ushuaia Loppet42 Km FTARGN.A.
15.08.15Merino Muster42 Km FTNZL
22.08.15Kangaroo Hoppet42 Km FTAUSTom Duffy - twduffy@cheqnet.net
04.01.16Vasaloppet China50 Km CTCHN
10.01.16Jizerska Padesatka50 Km CTCZE
24.01.16Dolomitenlauf60 Km FTAUTJohn Saunders - johngerdas1@gmail.com
31.01.16Marcialonga70 Km CTITABen Popp - ben.popp@birkie.com
06.02.16Konig Ludwig Lauf50 Km FTGERJohn Saunders - Johngerdas@aol.com
07.02.16Sapporo Int. Ski Marathon50 Km FTJPNBob Gross - xpc144@gmail.com
14.02.16La Transjurassienne63 Km FTFRADennis Kruse - den@denniskruse.com
20.02.16American Birkebeiner50 Km FTUSABirkie office - birkie@birkie.com
21.02.16Tartu Maraton63 Km CTESTBob Gross - xpc144@gmail.com
27.02.16Gatineau Loppet51 Km CTCANDennis Kruse - den@denniskruse.com
28.02.16Finlandia- Hiihto50 Km FTFINDennis Kruse - den@denniskruse.com
05.03.16Bieg Piastow54 Km CTPOLNed Zuelsdorff - nedz@cheqnet.net
06.03.16Vasaloppet90 Km CTSWETom Duffy - twduffy@cheqnet.net
12.03.16Demino Ski Marathon50 Km FTRUSNed Zuelsdorff - nedz@cheqnet.net
13.03.16Engadin Ski Marathon42 Km FTSUIDennis Kruse - den@denniskruse.com
19.03.16Birkebeinerrennet54 Km CTNORDennis Kruse - den@denniskruse.com
30.04.16Fossavatn Ski Marathon50 Km CTISLSteven Gromatka - gromsp03@gmail.com