Welcome to Årefjällsloppet 10.0
Event number 8 in Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour season XI will be a real challange for the skiers. On March 27 2021 we welcome the national and the international long-distance skiers to the beautiful, magnificent views in the southern Årefjällen where 100km of crosscountry-skiing with almost 2200 altitude meters are waiting for them.
Årefjällsloppet 10.0 will start in Vålådalen. The course has two sprintpositions (Sprints) after 12km and 25km, and two mouintain positions (Climbs) after 39km and 63,5km. Here the skiers have the opportunity to collect points to the green sprint-jersey (Sprint Bib) and the checkered climbing-jersey (Climb Bib). The course passes the beautiful Ottsjö as the facilities in Trillevallen and Edsåsdalen before returning back for the finish line in Vålådalen after 100km and about 2300 altitude meters. A more detailed description of the course, a track map and a course profile you will find further down the page.
Due to the prevailing pandemic, only elite skiers will be allowed to start in this years edition of Årefjällsloppet 10.0. The number of skiers will be based on the current restrictions where the SC-ranking will determine who gets a startplace for the race.
Preliminary start times for the race is 7.30 AM for women and 8.15 AM for men.
New entry criteria for Årefjällsloppet 10.0
Updated March 9th
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and the competition ban that applies in Sweden, with reference to the Swedish Ski Association and the Swedish Sports Confederation and in consultation with authorities, we unfortunately have to further limit our criteria for registration for the Årefjällsloppet 10.0 on March 27th.
Please read our Terms and Conditions for Årefjällsloppet 10.0 before you send in your registration to the event.
Criterias for registration Årefjällsloppet 10.0:
- Skiers registered in a Visma Ski Classics Pro Team
- An active FIS code is a requirement for all skiers
- FIS points below 200 for women and 150 for men
- Top 350 in Ski Classics Ranking
Årefjällsloppet 10.0 has a maximum of 300 skiers to start. This number may be limited due to the restrictions during the current pandemic. If the number of skiers needs to be limited, skiers will be removed based on the Visma Ski Classics ranking system. You can read more about the ranking system here. You who have registered for Årefjällsloppet 10.0 but not get a start place due the restricitions will get back 100% of your starting fee.
Registration Årefjällsloppet 10.0
If you meet the criteria for registration and want to go to Årefjällsloppet 10.0, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In your application, you state:
- First name
- Date of birth DD.MM.YYYY
- FIS code
- Phone number
- Email address
- Address for invoicing
- The results or seeding criteria that allows you to register to Årefjällsloppet 10.0
Registration fee: 200 €
A fee for a rapid test (anti-gene test) Covid-19 may be added to the start-up fee in addition to the registration fee. The organization will make a decision based on prevailing circumstances if a negative anti-gene test is required to start the race. More information on this will come.
New guidelines can come at any time from authorities, the Swedish Sports Confederation and the Swedish Ski Association, and therefore new information can come at short notice. Therefore, make sure to stay updated via our website.
A warm welcome with your registration!
Årefjällsloppet 10.0 – the course
From the start in Vålådalen the skiers take a lap around the 1.5km course before they meet the first fairly steep climb of almost one kilometer. Then follows 10km, wich are a bit hilly before the skiers turn right down over the meadows to the left of Vålådalens Fjällstation. The skiers pass Vålån and turns left towards Vallbo where they reach the first Sprintpoint after 18km. This is followed by a 7km, relatively easy part of the course which ends with the passage over Ottsjön to Sprint position number two after about 25km.
When Ottsjö is passed, the skiers will meet the first really challenging part of the course. First you climb up to Ytterstvallen, keep your pace up for a flatter part before finishing the climb after almost 14kilometers of uphill skiing at the Climbposition at Ripkalhöjden.
On the way down to Edsåsdalen, some technical skiing awaits. When the skiers turns up after Edsåsdalen there will be a lot of climbing again up to the second Climb at Lillvalen after 65kilometers. After the climbpoint the skiers will go trough the beautiful ”Lyckoleden” where the view is one of the most magnificant in the southern Årefjällen and hopefully they will have a chance to gather some energy before the end of the race.
Before the skiers comes back to Ottsjö they will pass a steep downhill. They will ski over Ottsjön again and reach Vallbo. The last 15 kilometers of the race is a bit like Vasaloppet in it´s character with mostly flat parts and some small uphills before the skiers crosses the finishline in Vålådalen.
Årefjällen Open Mountain 4.5 and 2.5
Due to the uncertainty about how the situation with the Corona pandemic develops and that we want to contribute to reducing the spread of infection, we will not carry out the Årefjällsloppet exercise classes this year. At the same time, we know that exercise in the form of cross-country skiing and contact with nature are health factors when it comes to public health and well-being. Here we want to be involved and be an inspiration and a motivation for winter training. That is why we this year offers Årefjällen Open Mountain. We hope that this can be a wonderful incentive to get out of the house and still get an opportunity to experience our beautiful environment in the mountains of Åre.
Årefjällen Open mountain means that during the weekend when the elite race Årefjällsloppet 10.0 is carried out, we ensure that the sections between Edsåsdalen-Vålådalen and Trillevallen-Vålådalen are world class in terms of tracking and signage. Årefjällen Open mountain 4.5 will be prepared so that you can ski in the tracks on Friday 26th and Sunday 28th of March. On Sunday the 28th there is also an opportunity to ski Årefjällen Open Mountain 2.5. On Saturday 27th the elite race Årefjällsloppet 10.0 is arranged and then the track is canceled for this event.
For those of you who want to take time on the tour and perhaps compare yourself with the elite times, we offer timekeeping via Livelox digital tools. Here you manage the timing yourself via a free app on your phone or by downloading a GPX file from e.g. your activity clock. Along the stretches, we have checkpoints that allow you to get stretch times along the course. More info about this are coming soon.
It is the responsibility of each skier to avoid the formation of crowds. As a skier, it is important that you bring reinforcement clothes, energy and drinks for the trip. We will offer a few energy depots along the course where but we recommend you to bring some energy by yourself too.
We kindly but firmly ask you to only participate in Årefjällen Open Mountains if you are completely healthy and without disease symptoms. Immediately after your ski trip in our arena, we ask you to leave Vålådalen as soon as you have the opportunity to avoid crowds.
To gain access to Livelox timekeeping, energy depots, medals for implementation and raffle prizes, a registration via EQ timing is required. The registration fee is 400SEK for 4.5 from Edsåsdalen to Vålådalen and 300SEK for the section 2.5 from Trillevallen to Vålådalen.
By registering for Årefjällen Open Mountain, you also support Årefjällsloppet and the opportunity to arrange a full-scale cross-country festival with elite and exercise races when the pandemic is over.
Årefjällsloppet does not arrange transport during the weekend. If you need to get from the destination to the start, we refer to Södra Årefjällen’s transport service with the option to book corona-adapted transports via the Freelway app. More info about this are coming soon.
Info about Årefjällen Open Mountains
When? On Friday, March 26th from 8.00 am we will open up our beautiful mountains and the 4.5 tracks will be prepared and well signposted for your ski trip. On Sunday, March 28th from 8.00 am you can go both the 4.5 and 2.5 course with start in Edsåsdalen or Trillevallen.
The courses: 4.5 is starting in Edsåsdalen and finishing in Vålådalen and 2.5 is is starting in Trillevallen and finishing in Vålådalen.
How do I register? Registration via EQ timing and this link.
Accommodation: See links under the Swedish text; ”BOENDE”
Transportation to start: there are busses going from Åre, Undersåker, Edsåsdalen, Vålådalen and Ottsjö to start that can be booked at registration.
We organise for your clothes to be sent back to the finish in Åre. And at start you will find toilets.
Drink stations are placed along the course. There is also waxing service, pole service and health care along the track.
Finish: The finish line is in Edsåsdalen and there will be bustransportation to Åre, Undersåker, Trillevallen, Ottsjö and Vålådalen after the finish.
Take the opportunity to stay a few more days and experience the Swedish mountains. Åre is known for World Cup competitions, skiing and can offer a wide range of entertainment with restaurants, bars, coffee shops and après-ski. The area also offers great ski tours, dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and horseback riding.
We wish you a great winter and hope to see you at the start!