City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Maps & Course Info


Please note that courses can and do change depending on the conditions.

Saturday Races Starting at Wirth Park:

Saturday Wirth Park Google Map. Click the race layers on and off that you want to view or take off the map. You can zoom in and out. Races included are Chuck and Don’s Skijor 10K/5K/3K, Gear West 5K Ski Loppet, Sit Ski 1.5K Gist’s Next Generation Ski Loppet 3K/2K/1K, and the Kubb Tournament (in Upper Stadium up the stairs and over the hill from the back of the Trailhead).

Saturday and Sunday Point to Point Races Google Map. Click the race layers on and off that you want to view or take off the map. You can zoom in and out. Races included are Classic and Skate Ski (Loppet, Puoli, Tour), Snowshoe 10K, Sunday Skijor 10K, and Fat Bike Loppet/Puoli/Tour.

.GPX files will be available for download race week for those doing Open Course on Friday.

Course Notes

Point to Point Races: Start Bde Maka Ska North Beach and finish at the Trailhead! We are eager to get back to the point to point urban adventure ski that has made the Loppet unique for 20 years! These events include the Classic and Skate Ski Loppet/Puoli/Tour, Skijor 2-dog 10K, Snowshoe Loppet and the Fat Bike Loppet/Puoli/Tour.

Trailhead Events: Start and finish in Lower Stadium at the Trailhead. Includes the Saturday events of Skijor (10K/5K/3K), Ski-Orienteering, 5K Loppet Ski, 1.5K Sit Ski, Next Generation Ski races (3K/2K/1K), and Kubb Tournament.

Course Markings

The race courses will all be marked with arrows of a specific color (know your color before you start). For the timed races, there will be marshals at key intersections, but participants are responsible for staying on course. Please always heed course marshals as courses may have to be changed depending on conditions. In addition, listen to start line instructions for any course or marking changes.

  • Saturday:
    • Point to Point Races from Bde Maka Ska to the Trailhead
      • Loppet Classic Ski – Blue Arrows
      • Puoli Classic Ski – Red Arrows
      • Tour Classic Ski – Green Arrows
    • Trailhead-based races in North Wirth
      • Skijor 5K/10K – Green Arrows
      • Skijor 3K – Red Arrows
      • 5K Ski Loppet – Green Arrows
      • Sit Ski 1.5K – Purple Arrows (turn off at Roundabout)
      • Next Generation 3K – Red Arrows
      • Next Generation 2K – Purple Arrows
      • Next Generation 1K – Orange Arrows
  • Sunday: Point to Point Races from Bde Maka Ska to the Trailhead
    • Skijor 10 – Green Arrows
    • Loppet Skate Ski – Blue Arrows
    • Puoli Skate Ski – Red Arrows
    • Tour Skate Ski – Green Arrows
    • Snowshoe 10K – Green Arrows
    • Loppet Fat Bike – Blue Arrows (and 2-3 bike cutoff locations for detours and singletrack)
    • Puoli Fat Bike – Red Arrows
    • Tour Fat Bike – Green Arrows

All aid stations will have Tailwind energy drink, water and communication to medical assistance or sag.

Aid station location (approx distance on the course)TourPuoliLoppet
Kenilworth Channel1.5K6.5K6.5K
Interstate 394 Crossing4.4K9.9K13K
Glenwood Avenue/Wirth Beach5.8K11.3K20.5K
Trestle Bridge (near Trailhead South Parking Lot)8.4K16K27.5K
Par 3 Twin/Meadow TrailsN/A18K31.5K

Start Area

  • Bde Maka Ska North Beach, 2707 Lake Street West
    • Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Sunday: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

North Minneapolis

  • 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.
  • JD Gardens Area/Wirth Beach – Glenwood Avenue [Note: The roads to Wirth Beach are closed for the ski trail road crossings. But still a nice spot to park in the neighborhood and hike in].
    • Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Sunday: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Theodore Wirth Park394 crossing/Brownie Lake – See the unique sight of hundreds of skiers, fat-tire bikers, and skijorers crossing a major interstate. Residential parking is available to the south.
    • Saturday: 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Sunday: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Cedar Lake Park – Immediately adjacent to Cedar Lake Bike Trail
    • Saturday: 9:15 am – 11:00 am
    • Sunday: 8:45 am – 12:30 pm

Kenwood

  • 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