längdskidor Dalarna

Blåbärsloppet – Ett Vasalopp i miniatyr

Ett lopp för hela familjen, för den som aldrig tidigare testat att åka längdskidor eller den som vill känna sig som en riktig vasalöpare utan att behöva åka hela Vasaloppet från Sälen till Mora. Blåbärsloppet är ett riktigt tillsammans-lopp.


För tredje året i rad bjuder Vasaloppet in till Blåbärsloppet, ett nio kilometer långt lopp mellan Eldris och Mora. Ett Vasalopp i miniatyr där alla kan och är välkomna att delta.

– Vi kallar det instegslopp, just för att man kan vara med i Vasaloppsfesten utan att för den delen köra hela sträckan på 90 kilometer. Det handlar om att sänka trösklarna och öppna upp för att fler ska upptäcka det härliga med längd-åkning i Vasaloppsarenan. Man ska få känna att man är en Vasaloppsåkare och uppleva hur det är att gå i mål under den klassiska portalen, säger Eva-Lena Frick, VD för Vasaloppet.

Att vara med i loppet är gratis och Vasaloppet ordnar även med en kostnadsfri bussresa från Mora till starten i Eldris. När starten sedan går finns ett antal instruktörer ute i spåret som bjuder på tekniktips och hjälper till om någon skulle ramla. Självklart finns även en station där det serveras blåbärssoppa.

– Det är väldigt många som åker över generationsgränserna, att man åker med sina barn och barnbarn. Det blir en härlig gemensam upplevelse tillsammans som är väldigt positiv och den uppskattas väldigt mycket.

Dalafjällen

Fun in the big freeze

Fun in the big freeze As winter wraps its icy grip around the mountains, lakes and rivers of Dalarna it is not a time for staying indoors, lazing around a crackling log fire with a mug of hot chocolate - that comes afterwards. It’s time to get out and revel in the winter pursuits on offer; cross-country skiing, long-distance skating, snow-shoeing, ripping it up on a snowmobile, or letting the Huskies do the work by dog-sled. Dalarna is criss-crossed by quality cross-country ski tracks, particularly in the snow-clad forests around Säfsen, Grönklitt, Lugnet, Sälen and Idre, or along the Vasaloppsarenan route. Long-distance skating on thick lake ice is hugely popular in Dalarna and there is prepared skating trails at lake Run, lake Orsa and elsewhere around the county. Together you study animal tracks, prepare an open fire and cook sausages or whatever you fancy. Altogether much faster ways of negotiating snow and ice are by snowmobile or by dog-sled. Whether you do it in the mountains in the north of Dalarna, or in the south of the county, snowmobiles are a blast. Look out for snowmobile ‘safaris’ with guide, to get the most out of the experience. For dog-powered propulsion on snow and ice, nothing beats dog-sledding. Try out your own pack of Huskies in Sälen, Idre and Orsa. Read about Alpine Skiing Cross-country skiing Zipping along perfectly prepared tracks is what it’s all about. Dalarna is home to many top class cross-country skiing areas in fell and forest; choose the mountains above the tree line at Sälenfjällen; try out the trails where the Swedish national x-country ski team train at Lugnet, just outside the town of Falun. Or take the family to the Gyllenbergen wilderness recreation area near Borlänge and make stop offs along the route for eats, hot drinks and barbecues. There are information maps, windbreaks and rest cabins throughout the trail systems.  Read more about cross country tracks in Dalarna   Long-distance skating Skating Dalarna is a joint initiative between some of the best long-distance skating destinations in the county. All the destinations offer at least one ploughed trail on natural ice, a starting destination with parking, information and ice reports. The destinations include the legendary Lake Runn Falun/Borlänge for some archipelago skating and island stop-offs, as well as the Dala-Floda trail where you can skate until your heart is content, enjoy a wood-fired sauna and even go for a dip in the icy waters. Brrrrrr. What are you waiting for? Get your skates on and come to Dalarna for your next skating trip.Read more at www.skatingdalarna.se   Dog sledding There’s something unique about being in a sled behind a pack of excited dogs who want nothing more than to run. Swishing through the snow, it’s a perfect way of experiencing the stunning countryside and enjoying an exciting, high-speed activity at the same time. Sälen, Idre and Orsa, and other places too, all offer dog sledding.Read more about dog sledding   Snowshoeing A pair of light, modern snowshoes lets you negotiate "impassable" terrain. Immerse yourself in Dalarna’s winter wilds; glide across loose snow and go where your skis will not take you. In the area around Rättvik there are a number of marked snowshoe trails and you can hire a pair onsite. The Siljan Snowshoe Race, Sweden's biggest snowshoe competition and festival, is also held here at the end of January every year. Read more about snowshoeing   Snowmobile Love speed? Love snow and ice? Then a snowmobile is the perfect mode of winter transport for you. You can hire a snowmobile in many places in Dalarna and go out on your own, or why not join a guided tour, or ‘snowmobile safari’ as they are known up here for wildlife spotting and visiting local beauty spots. The Sälen mountain ski resorts, as well as Idre Fjäll, Stöten and Älvdalen are all very popular snowmobile areas. Read more about snowmobile tours and rental