Loppet Foundation

Cross Country Ski Sprints

Classic Ski Team Sprints

Thursday: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Trailhead, 1221 Theodore Wirth Pkwy


Skate Ski Individual Sprints

Friday: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Trailhead, 1221 Theodore Wirth Pkwy


The Loppet Festival Sprints are a perennial participant and spectator highlight. A tournament made up of two-minute heats and a new and improved trail, this years iteration will not disappoint.

For the Classic Team Sprints sign up with your partner, and get ready to race in ABAB fashion. The Skate Sprints are individual – which is just what it sounds.

On Thursday night, Open Category Teams compete for an $800 purse (scoring for this event will not count toward Minne-Tour and are optional for those participants). Friday night Skate Sprints are part of the grueling Loppet Minne-Tour, through which dedicated skiers compete throughout the weekend for their take of the $6,000 purse. You can learn more about prizes on our awards page.

On Thursday the Youth Category Sprints are a part of the Skiwerx Series, while on Friday they are a part of the CXC Youth Cup Series.


Entry Fees

Status Through September 30 Through November 29 Through January 3 Through January 24 Through January 29 Through February 1 (in-person only) Through February 2 (in-person only)
Classic Team Sprints Open $18 $18 $25 $30 $30
Classic Team Sprints – Youth (19 and under) Open $10 $10 $10 $15 $15
Skate Sprints Open $18 $18 $25 $30 $30 No day-of registration
Skate Sprints – Youth (19 and under) Open $10 $10 $10 $15 $15 No day-of registration

No Day of Race Registration

Registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation. Registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Competing under another person’s name will result in disqualification.

A Note About the Data We Collect

Race Categories

Junior: Open to all athletes born after Jan. 1, 1999 (see age categories below).

Open: Anyone can compete in the Open category. Any skiers competing in the Loppet Minne Tour must compete in the Sprints to be eligible to win cash prizes.

Masters: Open to all athletes age 40 and over (born before January 1, 1979).

Youth Race Series

Thursday’s youth classic team sprint is part of the Skiwerx Series. Friday’s youth freestyle sprints are part of the CXC Youth Cup series.

All CXC Youth Cup and Skiwerx Series events are restricted to non-fluorinated glide waxes.

Race Format

Depending upon the number of skiers in each category, the Sprints will feature quarter-, semi-finals and finals. The top two skiers in each heat advance. The top four male and female skiers from the heats advance to the finals.

Junior Age Categories

U20 Born between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2000
U18 Born in 2001 or 2002
U16 Born in 2003 or 2004
U14 Born in 2005 or 2006
U12 Born in 2007 or 2008
U10 Born in 2009 or 2010
U8 Born after December 31, 2010


Proceeds from the City of Lakes Loppet Festival events benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.