Vasaloppet is the world’s biggest cross-country ski race. It has a long tradition and hundreds of thousands of skiers have made their way through the Vasaloppet course since its inception in 1922. The ski style is classic and the experience is magical. Millions of television viewers follow the race from several different countries. Now is the time to accept the challenge!


Classic technique. Any use of free technique leads to disqualification. It is allowed to take off their skis only downhill. International Ski Federation (FIS) competition rules apply. Read the rules in their entirety at FIS’s website.

Membership in ski club

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.

Minimum age

You may participate in the race from the year you turn 19.

Pole rules

The length of your ski pole is an individual choice, but there is a rule in classic skiing limiting the maximum length to 83 percent of your height, while wearing ski boots. You can measure your ski poles outside the Trade Fair in Mora and by the start number 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. If 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.
False pretences

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.

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.

Read more about Vasaloppstrippeln >