Vasa 2016

It’s another year of unpredictable snowfall. Board members anxiously await the snowmaker that is being shipped from Switzerland. After numerous glitches, one being a hold up at customs due to being categorized as a gun, the Nessy snowmaker finally arrives in February. The cooling pond is filled with water, plus connections made between pumps, the compressor and hoses. In less than two weeks before the race, snowmaking begins and tractors with snow spreaders begin hauling snow onto the trail. The race is literally saved with a course of natural and Mora made snow.

2016

In August of 2015, 21 students and chaperones from Sweden, Japan and China arrive in Mora to attend the International Vasaloppet Student Cultural. They stay with 13 host families. 

The Moraloppet Ski for the Cure now becomes the Moraloppet Ski for the Cause with donations to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.

WCCO Television’s Gone to the Lake features both Mora and the Vasaloppet.

The Kanabec County History Center and ABC Theatre reenacts the King Vasa story at the park following the finish of the Mora Friendship Tour.

The 2016 Vasalopppet is dedicated to long time volunteer and past board member, Bob Gorham, who passed away in 2015.

First time the race starts downtown and travels north, laps around the Nordic Center trails and finishes downtown.

The first Fat Tire Bike race is added to the list of Sunday events. The race starts on Mora Lake and ends downtown.

Five senior Mora Ski Team members receive the first Vasaloppet scholarships.

Side note:  Vasaloppet Board member Wade Weber completes his second Worldloppet circuit.

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