The “Ballad of the Vasaloppet” is written by Keith and Sue Lester.

Computer timing is being considered to allow for award completion certificates, plus time and one half medals to be awarded at the finish.

The practice loops, located on either side of County Road 80, are ready for skiers.

For the first time the Dala Heritage Society conducts a King Vasa Day. It is held on Saturday, the day before the race.

The Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star hosts the first pancake breakfast held at the  Masonic Hall on race day.

The 58km course ends for the first time in downtown Mora, starting its “Warman to Mora” legend.  The first Mora skier of the 58km to finish is Einar Hovland.

Vasaloppet truly becomes an international race with a group of 26 Swedish skiers. The top three winners of the 58km race are from Sweden.

The Knights of Columbus offers a concession stand at the 32km finish.

Complimentary showers and an awards ceremony are held at the Mora High School.

Side Note:  The first Mora High School girls ski team is started during the 1977-78 season.


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