The Merino Muster Cross Country Ski Race held in August every year at the Snow Farm NZ has been accepted into the Worldloppet family of ski races.
Worldloppet is an international sports federation of cross-country skiing marathons, founded in 1978 in Uppsala, Sweden. The aim of Worldloppet is to promote the sport of cross-country skiing through the various ski races around the world.
The New Zealand delegation, John Burridge and Mary Lee from Merino Muster Ltd and the Pisa Alpine Charitable Trust (PACT), attended the Worldloppet meeting in Riva Del Garda, Italy where they presented the Merino Muster case for becoming an associate member.
This achievement was the dream hatched by John Lee in the early days of the Snow Farm and kept alive by Mary and John Burridge. PACT nominated Mary for the signatory as an appreciation of her work for the race throughout its twenty year history. Worldloppet passport holders completing the long race will receive a stamp.
Snow Farm is very excited to welcome those participating on the Worldloppet & FIS Marathon Cup world tour (and anyone else keen to participate) to the Merino Muster on 16th August 2014.
What does this mean for our skiers?
Merino Muster is officially part of the Worldloppet (WL). The WL 'motto' is 'ski around the world'. The goal is to encourage our friends to ski with us and join the race series, travel together and enjoy the culture of the other countries. Snow Rake skiers qualify for a Silver Master while the Merino Muster skiers for the Gold Master. One stamp accelerates the motivation to do the other races. The Worldloppet is a family and all members are made to feel welcome regardless of the size of the race. People make the places in our memories.
Do I need a Worldloppet Passport?
Not to ski the Merion Muster race, but if you do have a WL passport you will qualify for a stamp towards your beautiful Gold Masters Medal or in the 21km a stamp towards your Silver Medal. When you complete 10 races you will be awarded the medal. You have your whole life to complete the races.