The Worldloppet Stories collection

3 stories per week for 10 weeks: 30 exciting stories for you to read and…if you liked one or more of them and want to help the author of the story winning one of the 20 amazing prizes, go to the Worldloppet Facebook page, like it and share it!

Have a look at the example stories…and get inspired!

  • Meeting a childhood friend on the other side of the world
    By Angelo Corradini, President of Marcialonga (former Worldloppet Secretary) – One of the few fun  leisure activities that we had during the winter when we were kids in our poor mountain villages was skiing, of course. In the 50s/60s skiing gear was really poor and simple, but enthusiasm was on fire. Between neighbor villages parochialism…
  • Why I wear US panties
    by Gunnar Zlöbl – When working for Worldloppet the ability most needed is improvisation. In 2016, during one of my first trips working for Worldloppet, I had to learn this lesson in practice. It was my first trip to the States. I just started to work as a Communication Manager for Worldloppet and of course…
  • Perks of traveling alone to Birkieland
    by Epp Paal, Worldloppet CEO -Traveling to a Worldloppet race is for many skiers more difficult than skiing the race itself. It means that good planning is important, but sometimes you just do not have time for it, or you rely too much on your travel mates. If possible, I prefer to travel in a…
  • When lazyness pays off
    Epp Paal, Worldlopept CEO – Every proper Worldloppet skier goes for a course inspection one day or two before the race, especially when it is the first time they visit that marathon. It is a ritual to stretch the legs after a long travel, testing skis on the local snow, checking out the other skiers,…
  • Service in Dolomitenlauf Style
    By Epp Paal, Worldloppet CEO – You always remember your first times the most, whatever they are: the first school day, the first boyfriend or the first ski marathon. My first Worldloppet passport stamp was earned at Dolomitenlauf, where I headed to with two good friends of mine – the angel team- in January 2008.…

And now…the word goes to you!

  • 19. Finding Love at Vasaloppet China 2005
    by Ernst Aberger & Carina Hammarstrand – On December 28th, 2004 a group from Swedish Sya Ski Club started a trip to Beijing and Vasaloppet China 2005. The group included us – Ernst Aberger and Carina Hammarstrand, completely unaware of each other and what significance China 2005 would have for our future lives. Vasaloppet China…
  • 18. Mirjo’s Worldloppet Story
    by Mirjo Koit My story begins with questions: How does passion form? How does a passion turn into dreams? How to move towards fulfilling them? Everyone can find their own answers to these questions. Today I am once again filled with great emotions. Handling it all has been a challenge because I have recently managed…
  • 17. I’ve been so many places
    by Jay Wiener, 16 x Worldloppet Master – Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” starts, “I’ve been so many places in my life and time…” The accumulation of sixteen Worldloppet Masters has, similarly, seen me visiting plentiful places. After completing my second race — the final Finlandia from Hämeenlinna to Lahti — I met a…
  • 16. The real New Year’s fairytale
    by Valentin Borisov, Russia Changchun City January 2, 2015 conducted a ski marathon for 12 times, but for the first time this happened under the flag of the Worldloppet alliance. The track – 50 km, 2 laps of 25 km, classic style. The weather was sunny, air temperature at night was minus 21 degrees C, during the…
  • 15. Hey buddies, we will bring you those medals 😊
    by Josef Sklenar – It’s been a while since I finished this legendary race almost in the dark. Today, when I can finally hold my computer mouse, let’s take a look back on how did that go from my purely amateur perspective? First of all, I have to admit that this year’s Jizerská 50 turned…
  • 14. Three mistakes on the way to La Transjurassienne 2010
    by Jim Whalen 2 x Worldloppet Gold Master I registered for the February 13, 2010 La Transjurassienne classic race. This would be my fourth Worldloppet race, but only my second time travelling overseas for a race.  I still had a lot to learn.  I had travelled for a work meeting in Nashville on Monday from…
  • 13. More than a medal
    by Margaret Batty The expression ‘to earn a medal’ makes sense, this is a currency of sustained effort, sweat and risk. I was one of many skiers garlanded with a beautiful snowflake medal at the finish line of the Merino Muster Loppet races in New Zealand on 31 August 2019. A powerful symbol of training,…
  • 12. The Race That Wasn’t
    by Bruce Wharrie – Australian 6 x Worldloppet Master – Five Australians, one memorial race, but where is the snow? 2014 was a slim snow year for the northern hemisphere.  Luckily our gracious Bedrichov accommodation host, Lubos, was duly concerned about the very limited snow conditions and leant us a vehicle to hunt out some…
  • 11. The loneliest walk
    by Marg Hayes – Australian 7 x Worldloppet Gold Master The northern Winter of 2011 was to be an epic Worldloppet adventure for Bruce Wharrie and myself both hoping to complete our 4th Worldloppet Gold Master as well as become Global Worldloppet skiers.  An ambitious plan involving races in 3 different continents in one season.…
  • 10. Worldloppet is life changing
    by Daniel Mitchell, Master #4518 Growing up in the farmland of southern Michigan, United States, I desired to be an athlete but lacked the opportunity and discipline. After completing my training to be a family doctor, my wife Carol and I set up a clinic in an underserved small town in northern Michigan; a place…
  • 9. 180 heartbeats, days before Jizerská Padesátka
    by Michael Förster I’m sweating like a pig, my breath is coming short, my heart rate’s close to 180. Nothing unusual during a ski-marathon. But maybe unusual a few days before the start? This year’s Jizerská Padesátka wasn’t the first time my pre-race anxiety driven heart rate has outreached the peak of heartbeats during the…
  • 8. After-ski party in (n)Iceland
    by Petter Soleng Skinstad My first visit to Isafjördur and Fossavatn Ski Marathon was in 2014. This was also my first visit to Iceland and a country I had heard so many nice things about. Let’s just say (n)Iceland was even better than we imagined!With me on my trip to Iceland I had a friend…
  • 7. A Master without Vasa?
    by Arno Bachaus – I had still not been able to enter Vasaloppet, I even became Worldoppet Master without it. Something had to be done. My first victory came as I managed to register in a mind-blowing 87 seconds! The year leading up to the race slipped by very quickly. My promise to make at…
  • 6. Accident at the Merino Muster
    by Valeriy Koval, 2 x WL Master – This curious and dramatic accident happened to me in New Zealand at the 2018 Merino Muster on the first day of spring in September. Yes, Yes, spring, because this is the Southern hemisphere. The bright morning sun poured its warm rays over the picturesque landscapes of the…
  • 5. The Vasaloppet Experience
    by Michael Sippel – At the end of March 2019, I set my mind on taking part to Vasaloppet 2020 and I registered. Unluckily preparation did not go as planned: snow was missing. Apart from a training camp on artificial snow at the beginning of December and a few trips to the ski-hall in Oberhof,…
  • 4. Kangaroo on a Weekend
    by Dmitry Artamonov, 2 x WL Master – 20.08.2018. 5 days before the marathon. 6 days before the end of my vacation. Turn AC/DC off. I cancelled hotel bookings, tickets and the Mitsubishi rental. Still no answer about the Visa. 21.08.2018 Kilometer climb by double polling on ski rollers. Why was I going to a…
  • 3. To the end, despite everything
    By Giannino Ruzza (Italy) – Hello everyone, my name is Giannino Ruzza, 69 years old. In 2019, I participated in the König Ludwig Lauf (50 km classic) with bib number 540. I was the second to register in 2018 for this great cross-country skiing. I’m retired and I’ve lived in Sicily for five years. I really…
  • 2. Pioneer work at the first edition of Vasaloppet China
    by Peter Andersson – My name is Peter Andersson and I am a proud pioneer of the Vasaloppet crew who made the first race possible in year 2003. I see these few days of being part of establishing this fantastic event as one of the highlights of my 15 years in China. The spirit of…
  • 1. Vasaloppet for my father
    by Ilaria Cavallari (Italy) I heard people talking about it since I was a child, THE race, the longest one, the most historical, the most blazoned and the stories about it captured my soul in a way that I decided to go. Vasa has to be respected, you cannot improvise anything – so they taught…