Loppet Foundation

LNR Competition Team – Year Round

The goal of the LNR Competition Team is prepare athletes ages 15-19 to compete at a national and international level. Training is based on a year round model, starting in the beginning of April. Our training philosophy is base the long term development of the endurance athlete. In general, athletes need to have been racing at the JNQ level, and/or have had notable results/times in high school cross country skiing, or other endurance sports such as running, swimming or cycling.

Competition Team Includes:

  • Training program running from April 10th – March 10th.
  • 1 spring, 3 Summer, 1 Fall Camp and Yellowstone Training Camps are all included
  • Year round training plan, time trials and field testing, lactate profiles
  • 2-6 organized training sessions per week unless otherwise noted

Training Details/Schedule:

Training will combine regular local training sessions with 5 training camps to be held in the summer, fall, and early winter. Camps are an integral part of high level ski training, and they are a lot of fun. Many of our training camps will be held in conjunction with CXC in Hayward, Wisconsin.

Required equipment: watch (with stopwatch function), heart rate monitor, classic and skate rollerskis, and road bike/bike shoes. Optional equipment: mountain bike.

Summer Training Schedule: (non-camp weeks)
Subject to change based on training hours for the week

  • Monday: 7:00 a.m. Hyland Nordic
  • Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. Afton, 5:00 p.m. Strength (Hopkins High School)
  • Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. Elm Creek
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. various locations, 5:00 p.m. Strength (Hopkins High School)
  • Friday: 7:00 a.m. Hyland Hills Alpine Area

Race trips are not included in price, but will be coordinated by LNR:

  • Early December: Midwest JNQ Qualifiers (coaching/waxing fee covered in price)
  • Early January: USSA Senior Nationals Trip, Heber, Utah (approx $800 plus airfare) – Invite Only
  • Mid-January: Midwest JNQ Qualifiers (coaching/waxing fee covered in price)
  • March 4-12, Midway, UT: Junior Nationals (Midwest Team organized)
  • Mid-March: Canadian Nationals, Thunder Bay – LNR will take a group of 20-24 athletes

Competition Team Handbook: Click to Download the Team Handbook PDF

Annual Cost & Registration:

LNR Competition Team is $4,100. The team fee can be paid in full or paid in installments of $1,025 on May 1, Aug 1, Nov 1, and Feb. 1. You can Pay in Full with Check or Installment Option with Checks. All interested athletes need to inquire with Piotr Bednarski, bednarski@loppet.org, if they are eligible for Comp Team training and training camps.  Note, for those eligible for the July Advanced Camp, there is an additional charge of $680.

Note that although fees for the Year-Round Competition Team are substantial, they include six training camps, spring, summer, fall and winter training sessions, as well as training plans, lactate testing, and race support. The Competition Team fees are actually highly subsidized in order to encourage and reward athletes who are making the commitment to train full-time for cross-country skiing.

2017-2018 Competition Team – Year Round


Competition Team by Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall and Camp Options

From left to right: Ingrid Thyr, Hannah Rudd, Sarah Bezdicek, and Amanda Kautzer still smiling after 5.5 hours of skiing.Athletes may choose to enroll by season rather than the YEAR ROUND option: note that all Competition Team sessions registration require prior approval by LNR coaching staff.  We need to make sure that each level has an appropriate background for the amount and difficulty of the training.  This is especially important for the Training Camp registrations- please do not register for summer training camps without prior approval of LNR coaching staff.

LNR Competition Camps:

  • Add 1 Comp Team camp $690
  • Add 2 Comp Team camps $1190
  • Add 3 Comp Team camps $1490

Competition Team – Spring Only: $375, April 10 – June 1. No practices weeks of Comp Team camps.

Competition Team – Spring and Summer: $880, April 10 – Aug 25. No practices weeks of Comp Team camps.

Competition Team – Summer Only: $680, June 19 – Aug. 25. No practices weeks of Comp Team camps.

Competition Team – Fall Only: $850, Sept 5 – Nov. 10. No practices MEA Week.

Winter Competition Training and JNQ Support:  $490, Dec 3 – March 3, 2017

2017-2018 Competition Team – Seasonal

*****PAYING BY CHECK******
If you want to pay for camps by check, you need to go all the way thru the online registration checkout and when it comes to select payment type, select pay by check from the menu.  When you select pay by check, the processing fees will be eliminated from your check out total.

Scholarships available on a need based from the Loppet Foundation. Please contact coach Bednarski for more information at bednarski@loppet.org.


Competition Team – Biathlon Training Options:

LNR works in cooperation with Minnesota Biathlon and the US Biathlon Association to provide biathlon training camps and racing opportunities during the summer,fall, and winter. A complete camp schedule of camps is not yet available, but Biathlon training camps may be substituted for FAST/LNR camps in the LNR Competition Team annual plan, and athletes may do a combination for XC and Biathlon camps. Note that USBA training camps are only open by application to athletes with excellent xc skiing results.