City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Spectator Information

City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Part of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

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For specific information regarding Festival events please visit the individual event pages.

Suggested Spectator Viewing Areas

Best Plan:

  • Park at Mortenson: 700 Meadow Ln N, Golden Valley, MN 55422
  • Take the shuttle (with your skier/snowshoer. Catch the start and then get back on the shuttle to Mortenson. Shuttle times 7:30am-11:00am
  • Walk to the Trailhead … or take the Mortenson-Trailhead shuttle (running every 15 minutes)

Start Area

  • Cedar Lake Beach, 2501 Cedar Lake Pkwy
    • Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Sunday: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Finish Area

  • The Trailhead (1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway)
    • Saturday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    • Sunday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (the fast dogs will be in early, skiers about 10:30am)
    • Bike or bus service (Loppet or Metro Transit) advised as there will be no car parking available at the finish.
    • Note: You can walk across the street, through the south parking lot and down the little hill to see the action near the “Trestle” aid station.
    • Or hang out in Lower Stadium to see the skiers both “lap” through the stadium and finish.

Kenwood (Not for 2023 with new Cedar Lake start)

  • Kenilworth Channel – the bridges and narrow channel make this a great place to watch and cheer
    • Saturday: 9:15 am – 11:00am
    • Sunday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Isles Skating Rink – Skate at the historic Isles skating rink while cheering on participants
    • Saturday: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Sunday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm