Vasa 2003

Using salvaged materials from the maintenance building that fell the previous summer during strong winds, volunteers worked to rebuild the building. When the maintenance building is complete, its name becomes The Garage due to its four large doors. The inside space is big enough to park equipment or hold events for Vasaloppet and private parties.  



The Sno-plane groomer is donated to the snowmobile club.

Vasaloppet Headquarters is now on high speed, wireless internet.

The Hall of Fame for Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches has a permanent home upstairs in the Nordic Center.

Miniloppet fees increase from $5 to $10.

The City of Lakes Loppet inaugural race is scheduled for the weekend before Vasaloppet. However there is no snow. Vasaloppet is asked to bring the ‘The Dodge’ that has been modified for grooming. It will grind ice into snow, allowing City of Lakes Loppet to at least hold the race on the lake. 

A $5000 cash prize is set-aside for any skier who wins the USA and Swedish Vasaloppets in the same year.

A snow volleyball tournament is organized on Mora Lake during race weekend.

Hanging ribbon banners are sewn for the City’s new streetlights along Union Street.  Even though, for the second year in a row, the race is held on Knife Lake the banners are still hung downtown by the city crew.


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