Worldloppet is celebrating its 40th birthday

“It started out as a feeling, which than grew into a hope, whicht than turned into a quiet thought, which than turned into a quiet word…”, says the song “the call”. And these lines are telling the story of the beginning of Worldloppet! Now 40 years later, we want to celebrate this birthday with the #worldloppet40 jubilee week.

Risto Rytokoski is presenting the first Worldloppet logo, in Finland 1979.

#worldloppet40 jubilee week on Facebook, Instagram & Co.

In our case, the “quiet word” was the idea of an international skifederation for popular races. And everything started on the 10th June 1978 in Uppsala, Sweden, where the Worldloppet International Skifederation was founded. Until today, this beautiful journey of skiing around the world has been growing and a whole family of skiing ethusiasts arose & is growing winter by winter. This we want to celebrate during the #worldloppet40 jubilee week by sharing vintage material through our channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & on our homepage. 

First Worldloppet race in history: Dolomitenlauf 1979.

Celebration during the Worldloppet AGM 2018

Specially during the Annual General Meeting 2018 in Liberec (14th June – 17th June), we want to show you the faces of Worldloppet, the history, the beginning, the developements etc. And since Worldloppet is not only a federation, but a big family, which every skier is part of, we are looking forward to your help, celebrating the 40th birthday.

If you have any vintage pictures & videos, or any greetings for Worldloppet, if you want to share your skiing-around-the-world-story with us, please send your material to or post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag it with #worldloppet40.

Evolution of the first Worldloppet logo drafts from 1979.

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