Classic technique. Any use of free technique leads to disqualification. It is absolutely forbidden to take off your skis and walk along the track. International Ski Federation (FIS) competition rules apply. Read the rules in their entirety at FIS’s website.
The length of your ski pole is an individual choice, but there is a rule limiting the maximum length to 83 percent of your height, while wearing ski boots. Measure according to image.
You can measure your ski poles outside the Trade Fair in Mora and by the number bib tents at the starts in Sälen and Oxberg.
Time penalty for littering in the Vasaloppet Arena
It is allowed to throw garbage in three different ways during Vasaloppet’s Winter Week, you will be caught by throwing debris otherwise you may be penalized with a time penalty of 15 minutes. You must throw litter:
- In the bins at the Vasaloppet checkpoints.
- In the marked littering zones between each Vasaloppet checkpoint.
- Where you as a participant know that a team leader or associate will pick up what you throw.
Swedish participants in Vasaloppet must be members of a Swedish ski club registered with the Swedish Ski Association. International participants do not need to be members of any club; they automatically represent their country.
A competitor will automatically be disqualified if he/she participates in the competition under false pretences such as starting under false name/with false timing chip or practice any unsportsmanlike behaviour. The Race Director and/or Race Secretary have authority to disqualify, penalize or ban from participation if evidence of rule infraction is submitted after the race is completed and after the Jury has finished their work.
How to influence your start position
In Vasaloppet you can affect which group you start in by skiing a so called seeding race. After showing your mettle in such a race you will be placed in an appropriate start group. Under the heading Seeding, you can read more details about how our seeding works.
Information is sent out to clubs and participants active in the elite group.
More information on elite groups can be found on the page Seeding.
Getting to the start
Once in place at the event you can take the Vasaloppet busses to the start and back home after your finish. With the busses you’re guaranteed to arrive well rested and on time, and you can leave your car at home. Tickets are sold at vasaloppet.se, in Vasaloppet’s House, at the bus entrances, and at the race offices in Sälen and Mora. We recommend advance booking to secure your place!
On the page Traffic and transport you’ll find timetables, bus stops and ticket booking. You can also get to the start area by car, in which case we recommend leaving in very good time!
Through Vasaloppet’s official wax services you can get your skis waxed before the race. You’ll find us at the Vasaloppet Trade Fair in Mora and at the start in Berga by, Sälen. Vasaloppet’s wax services can be booked in advance, though the number of pre-bookings is limited.
Vasaloppstrippeln – three Vasaloppet in one year
Vasaloppstrippeln, the Vasaloppet trifecta, is a challenge where participants complete three 90-kilometre Vasaloppet races during one calendar year.