The Minnesota Nordic Ski Association is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, more specifically to:

  • Promote and advance the sport of cross country skiing in Minnesota
  • Promote and encourage education regarding cross country skiing in Minnesota.
  • Support athletic advancement for all ages and abilities up to and including Olympic Nordic ski competition.
  • Support the preservation, enhancement and expansion of quality, diverse ski trails.
  • Support the legislative process and the Minnesota DNR to improve cross country skiing in Minnesota.
  • Advocate stable and increased trail maintenance and grooming funding from diverse sources.

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Glen V. Johnstone


Glen V. Johnstone of Mora, MN passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019 in Mora, MN. Glen was married to Jean for 66 years and they had eleven children.

Glen founded the Vasaloppet Ski Race in Mora, Mn in 1973, when a small group of volunteers and 96 skiers raced on a farm. Johnstone came up with the brilliant idea after he was aware of the prestigious Vasaloppet ski marathon that finishes in Mora, Sweden, he contacted the officials to ask permission to use the name for a race in Mora, Minnesota. Forty-seven years later, a strong bond has formed between skiers in multiple countries as a result. There are now four Vasaloppet races, in Sweden, the United States, Japan and China–established in that order.


Vasaloppet USA Information

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2019 Lifetime Achievement

Awards Banquet

Sunday, April 7, 2019

    • Lifetime Achievement – Rollie Ring-Jarvi, Glenn Fuller
    • High School – Mara McCollar, Peter Moore
    • College – Tamer Mische-Richter, Cecelia Boyle
    • Biathlon – Garrett Beckrich, Kaisa Bosek
    • Master Skier – Jan Horak, Gretchen Lindgren

Vasaloppet Nordic Center, Mora, MN

Awards Banquet Program

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Minnesota Ski Pass

Ski Pass Video

Purchase your pass here.

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2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Bruce Adelsman – Darby Nelson

Detailed Information on Awards


Women’s US Cross Country Ski Gold Medal

Minnesota native Jessie Diggins and Teammate Kikkan Randall won the first gold medal taken by a US Cross Country ski team in the Winter Olympics. We congratulate Jessie and the US Women’s Cross Country ski team for this awesome accomplishment, which provides inspiration to many US and Minnesota skiers.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 21: Jessica Diggins of the United States celebrates as she crosses the line to win gold during the Cross Country Ladies’ Team Sprint Free Final on day 12 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


John Holmquist

1928 – 2016


Click here for full tribute to American Birkebeiner Founder John Holmquist


MNSA Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary


MNSA celebrated its 15-year anniversary at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center on April 9, 2016

Pictured L to R: Gary Strandemo, Tolly Vollen, Darby Nelson, Bruce Slinkman, Bob O’Hara, Jessie Diggins, Greg Fangel, Greg (Boomer) Moritko, and Roger Landers

Click Here for link to 2016 Awards

Legacy Presentation – PDF (30mb)