The Vasaloppet – weather and lead through the ages


The Vasaloppet starts on the first Sunday in March. The race is both bone-chilling competition and an adventurous tour race with a folk festival from start to finish.

Slush at the start in 1959. Photo: Bjursås Hembygdsförening.

With a full 90 kilometers on the menu, it is of course important to have the best possible skiing on this day.

Superski helps you with grinding, preparation and lubrication. The submission deadline before this year's Vasalopp is Tuesday 28 February.

The vassal army. It is still too early to predict how the road conditions will be during this year's race. History shows great variation.

Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) have the numbers and statistics.

1959 boasts the historically hottest Vasaloppet, a twofold number of plus degrees. The maximum temperature in Mora that day was +12 degrees. Such temperatures might as well be a Nordic summer day. This year, the number of participants exceeded 1,000 runners for the first time. A gigantic false start meant that the entire field had to restart and was delayed by 20 minutes.

1987 still holds the coldest record. The thermometer was all the way down to -33 degrees at the coldest point on the trail. "Många knäcktes det här year by the cold" according to the organizer.

Anders Larsson, Bondsjöhöjdens IF, winner of the icy Vasaloppet 1987 in the time 4.20.20.