What's that?  Well it's not a type of flea (loppa in Swedish) and it's not a medicine with weird side effects - it's an old Swedish tradition including cross-country skiing, blueberry soup and lots of fresh snow.  The real Vasaloppet is a 90 km (55 mile) long distance cross-country ski competition between Sälen and Mora. There's some interesting history behind the event (if you're inclined to click on the link above for more) and it's biggest and oldest cross-country ski race in the world held typically held the first Sunday in March.
2015 Vasalopp winners Eliassen from Norway and Kowalczyk from Poland
Sorry just found out it was cancelled!! That is the annual Boston Vasalopp in Weston, MA in February 14th.  Given by SWEA (Swedish Women's Educational Association) and The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of New England this is a fun outdoor event in which local Swedes best one another on a measly 5 mile course.  There are shorter kid events too.

Personally, I have fond memories of my daughter doing the mini ski course at the flattest part of the flattest town in Sweden.  (Tee, hee.  My little 5-year old girlie in her booger-green ski suit was so cute!)  At any rate, flashback is over, here's the event information for those of you "i trakterna" (the area). Pray for snow.  We won't be here but hope that some of you can make it to Vasaloppet!

SWEA Boston and SACC New England invite you to a True Nordic Tradition,
The Boston Vasalopp cross-country ski race at Weston Ski Track.

Bring Your Family and Friends - All Levels Welcome!
The Race for adults is approximately 5 miles (9 km) long while
kids' races are shorter and organized according to age.
A great outdoor event on the cross-country tracks includes:
All-Day Trail Pass, Starting Fee, Blueberry Soup (Blåbärssoppa),
Semlor, Hot Dogs, Coffee, Prizes and more!
  • Race registration, ski rental and fitting begins at 8.30am

  • Kids Race will start at 9.30am

  • Adult Race will start at 10.00am  

Ski rental is available at the Weston Ski Track: adults $15, children $8

Date: 2/14/2016
Time: Registration starts at 8.30am
Place: Weston Ski Track 
190 Park Road Weston, MA 02493

Join The Vasaloppet - get your ticket today! 


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