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The Norweigan Birkebeinerrennet race has been held since 1932.
The Norweigan Birkebeinerrennet race has been held since 1932.

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Cross country ski races in Europe

Long distance cross country skiing is popular among the people of Scandinavia. Vasaloppet may be the oldest, the longest, and the one with the most participants in the world – but it’s not the only one ski enthusiasts likes to travel to.

Birkebeinerrennet

The Birkebeiner ski race is starting in Rena and finishing in Lillehammer. The 54 km, classic technic, race crosses two mountains, and through breathtaking natures. The Birkebeinerrennet race has been held since 1932, and started as an idea in honor of the 1206 rescue of the 18 month old prince, Haakon Haakonsson. All skiers participating have to carry a backpack weighing to a minimum of 3,5 kilos, symbolizing the weight of the then-one-year-old king.

19 Mars 2016, Rena, Norway
birkebeiner.no

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Finlandia- hiihto

The first Finlandia-hiihto ski race was skied from Hämeenlinna to Lahti in 1974. Today’s race starts and finish at the legendary Lahti Ski Stadium that has become well known from several World Championships events. It is situated near the downtown Lahti, at Lahti Sports Center which is also known of its three ski jumping hills.

27-28 February 2016, Lahti, Finland
finlandiahiihto.fi

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König Ludwig Lauf

König Ludwig Lauf is a long distance cross country ski race that takes places in Germany, and is part of the international long distance cup, Ski Classics, and the Worldloppet series. The race is in one of most beautiful parts of Germany, the region has been defined as a paradise for cross-country skiing.

6 February 2016, Oberammergau, Germany
koenig-ludwig-lauf.com

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Vasaloppet

Since the start in 1922, hundreds of thousands of skiers have attempted the 90 kilometers of skiing from Sälen to Mora. The ski race is always being held on the first Sunday of March in northwestern Dalarna. The ski trail winds its way through the lovely nature of the Vasaloppet Arena past the famous checkpoints. Vasaloppet’s historical background stretches almost 500 years back in time to 1520 when King Gustav Vasa was escaping from the Danish battle troops.

06 Mars 2016, Sälen, Sweden
vasaloppet.se

Marcialonga

The classic race starts in Moena, Val di Fassa, and finishes in Cavalese, Val di Fiemme. The Fassa and Fiemme valleys are surrounded by some of the most well-known mountains of the Trentino Dolomites. After more than 40 years, Marcialonga has become a race not to be missed in the world of cross country skiing.

31 January 2016, Moena, Italy
marcialonga.it

Engadin Skimarathon

The Engadin Skimarathon is an annual ski race held on the second Sunday of March in the Engadine valley, between Maloja and S-chanf in Switzerland. It started in 1969 and has been a part of Worldloppet as long as federation has been around. The specific characteristics of the marathon is its size (second biggest in the world), but it’s also beautiful with the valley topped by high snow mountains.

13 Mars 2016, Maloja, Switzerland
engadin-skimarathon.ch

Årefjällsloppet

Årefjällsloppet offers amazing skiing in April when the mountains are at their finest. You will ski on well-groomed tracks along logging roads, across lakes, up over the mountains with the finish in Åre. Årefjällsloppet is the final of the long distance cup Ski Classics.

1-2 April 2016, Åre, Sweden
arefjallsloppet.se

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Jizerská Padesatká

The Jizerská Padesatká is held annually in the beautiful Jizera Mountains. The Jizerská Padesatká race is quite unique and has a very good profile for classic technique. The 50 kilometers long race has been reformed in the last few years and is now even more attractive than before.

8-10 January, Bedřichov, Czech Republic
jiz50.cz

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