Sapporo Int. Ski Marathon
Address: 1-5, Nakajimakoen,Chuo-ku, Sapporo,064-0931, Japan
Tel: +81 11 530 5550
First race: 8th March 1981, 30 km, 114 participants
Highest number of participants in main race: 2048 participants in 50km (1987)
Worldloppet membership: since 1985
1981 – The first Sapporo International Ski Marathon took place on the Sapporo Olympic Winter Games tracks with distances of 30km, 20km and 10km. The inspiration for the race came from the Holmenkollen Games in Norway. In the winter of 1981 a delegation from Sapporo visited Germany to study the organisation of popular ski races. To ensure that the new race started successfully, the organisers invited all the Worldloppet winners of the season to Japan at the organisers’. In 1982 the distance of the long race was extended to 42km and after three more years to 50 km.
START / FINISH LOCATION OF THE RACE: next to Sapporo Dome
The race is run over a scenic and demanding course, parts of which were used for the 50 km race during the Olympic Winter Games held in Sapporo in 1972. Although it does not have a ‚feature’ hill as do many of the Worldloppet races, its continually undulating nature makes it one of the more severe courses on the Worldloppet circuit.
WHERE TO SLEEP
In 2020 Sapporo ski Marathon celebrates its 40th anniversary.
In 2017 season we introduced a rental ski equipment service (for free technique) for foreign skiers through the Internet. It’s available for foreign participants to apply for the rental service by sending the application form on our website.