"Popular events, …fantastic!" is how Nils Louna’s editorial page begins. His message, as well as the articles, interviews, testimonies, feature stories and images in the special edition of Nordic Land magazine all confirm…
Popular long-distance cross-country ski events are an honorable showcase of Nordic skiing and deserve an edition dedicated especially to them… done! Nordic Land magazine has dedicated over 60 pages to popular long-distance Cross-Country ski events!
"Hundreds of racers on the start line. Before the timer sets off the excitement, everyone stands on equal ground. There aren’t many sports like this; cycling, running and cross-country skiing are in a category all their own. They bring people together, mixing the world’s elite and amateur skiers. Popular events have their unique ambiance and atmosphere. Healthy rivalry where participants compete in "a race against themselves" as Baptiste Noël confides in his testimony of his two participations in the Vasaloppet; the longest cross-country event in the world bringing together over 15’000 skiers on one course.
The same enthusiasm is present in Jura France, where thousands of spectators line the tracks in Les Rousses, Bois d’Amont, Bellefontaine, Chaux-Neuve from Lamoura to Mouthe; cheering with bells in their hands –whatever the weather.
Long-distance popular events not only allow enthusiasts to fulfill their passion and to discover new regions and landscapes –they also direct the spotlight on an entire territory for the weekend of the event, playing a big role in stimulating local economy."