Part of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival
Point to Point Ski Races
City of Lakes Ski Loppet
The 37K City of Lakes Ski Loppet is one of the flagship events of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival. This long distance, point-to-point event is a truly unique cross-country skiing experience. The Classic Ski Loppet takes racers over the parkways and through the woods to a grand finish in front of The Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park. Skiers of all ages and abilities will be challenged and thrilled by this beautiful urban course. Go for your best time, or simply enjoy this unique ski experience that features an incredible mix of urban skiing and wooded natural trails.
Saturday, February 4, 9:00am: Classic Ski Loppet (classic/diagonal stride only)
Sunday, February 5, 9:00am: Skate (Freestyle) Ski Loppet. Expect elite-level competition in the Best of the Loppet first wave – spectators can catch the start and see the skiers again a short distance from the start as they complete a lap around Bde Make Ska.
The Loppet Challenge: Do both the classic (Saturday) and skate (Sunday) Loppets! Yep, back-to-back days. Save approximately 15% registration by signing up for the Challenge. In addition, all Challenge participants will receive a 11×17 festival poster. Anyone who registers for the Loppet Challenge or for both the Loppet Classic/Skate separately will be included in the Challenge results.
City of Lakes Ski Puoli
Thos 20K point-to-point ski event is a truly unique cross-country skiing experience. The Ray of Light Classic Ski Puoli Loppet takes skiers over the parkways and through the woods to a grand finish in front of The Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park. This event follows the course of the other big events, but skips most of the hardest hills.
Skiers of all ages and abilities will be challenged and thrilled by this beautiful urban course. Go for your best time, or simply enjoy this unique ski experience that features an incredible mix of urban skiing and wooded natural trails.
Saturday, February 4, 9:45am: Classic Ski Puoli (classic/diagonal stride only)
Sunday, February 5, 10:00am: Skate (Freestyle) Ski Puoli
City of Lakes Ski Tour presented by Summit Orthopedics
Enjoy the beautiful urban wilderness of Theodore Wirth Park in this recreational event, perfect for skiers of all ages and abilities. The Summit Orthopedics Classic Ski Loppet Tour is approximately 10 kilometers, making it a great introductory distance for novices and an enjoyable outing for veterans with a grand finish at The Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park.
Saturday, February 4, 10:15am: Classic Ski Loppet (classic/diagonal stride only)
Sunday, February 5, 10:30am: Skate (Freestyle) Ski Loppet
The Start and Finish
Start Location: All point to point ski races begin at Bde Maka Ska North Beach, 2707 W Lake St, Minneapolis MN 55416
Waves: Final waves and start times will be emailed and posted in the Updates section a few days before the event. The Skate Loppet first wave, The Best of the Loppet, is meant for the top competitive skiers. While the early part of the course features wide trails, we also use pacing or finish predictions asked during registration help us set waves that reduce congestion on the trails.
Finish Location: All races finish at The Trailhead, Theodore Wirth Park, 1221 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis MN 55422
Parking and Transportation: Please see notes below. Our point to point participants use a variety of methods including shuttle bus, metro bus, skiing or walking to the start, dropoffs/pickups by friends, etc.
- Registration opens Tuesday, October 18, 2022!
- The Cedar Lake Channel is currently closed to recreational traffic until spring of 2023 for construction activities that are part of the Green Line Extension LRT Project. This work will impact access for winter recreational traffic – including cross-country ski activity – throughout the winter of 2022-2023. The Channel will reopen temporarily for the Loppet Winter Festival in early February 2023. LRT project construction crews will coordinate with Loppet staff to create a passable path for the point-to-point Loppet events. Once the festival concludes, the Channel will reclose to recreational traffic until spring. For questions related to Green Line Extension LRT Project construction, please contact David Davies at email@example.com, or call the construction hotline at 612-373-3933. More information about the 2023 Loppet Winter Festival can be found at their website: https://www.loppet.org/events/festival/
Registration and Packet Pick Up
|Status||Starting Opening Day||Starting 12/6/22||Starting 1/10/23||Starting 1/31/23||Starting 2/2/23||Registration Deadline|
|Loppet Challenge (Classic Ski Loppet + Skate Ski Loppet)||Open||$136||$161.5||$187||$221||$255||N/A|
|Classic Ski Loppet||Open||$80||$95||$110||$130||$150||N/A|
|Classic Ski Puoli Loppet||Open||$80||$72||$84||$96||$96||N/A|
|Classic Ski Tour||Open||$40||$45||$50||$65||$75||N/A|
|Classic Ski Tour - Youth (16 and under)||Open||$20||$20||$30||$30||$30||N/A|
|Skate Ski Loppet||Open||$80||$95||$110||$130||$150||N/A|
|Skate Ski Puoli Loppet||Open||$80||$95||$110||$130||$150||N/A|
|Skate Ski Tour||Open||$40||$45||$50||$65||$75||N/A|
|Skate Ski Tour - Youth (16 & under)||Open||$20||$20||$20||$30||$30||N/A|
Proceeds from the Loppet, Tour and Puoli Ski Races benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.
Registration and transaction fees are non-refundable, including in the event of delay, rescheduling, or cancellation of an event or program. An event or program registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Participating under another person's name will result in disqualification.
If you wish to change events (e.g. changing race distance), please follow these instructions: RunSignup Event Transfer Instructions.
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. Participating under another person’s name will result in disqualification.
For other questions about registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Packet Pick Up
Packets (bibs and other goodies) will be available for pickup at the following times and locations:
- Thursday, February 3: The Trailhead, 4pm-8pm
- Friday, February 4: The Trailhead, 4pm-8pm
- Saturday, February 5: The Trailhead, 7am-3pm (note that this is not recommended for point to point races unless you are already there Saturday Trailhead races. Parking will be limited.)
- Saturday, February 5: Bde Maka Ska, 7am-10am (for Saturday point to point races only)
- Sunday, February 6: Bde Maka Ska, 7am-12pm (for Sunday point to point races only)
The courses are marked with colored arrows on sandwich boards located at trail junctions. Course marshals may also be present at critical junctions to guide and cheer you on. Know the color of arrow you should be following for your race (it is also always our goal to match your bib color with your arrow color – this also helps course marshals know which course you are doing).
- Loppet-Blue arrows
- Puoli-Red arrows
- Tour-Green arrows
In general, aid stations are stocked with water, energy drink (Tailwind), simple snacks and some energy gels (aid stations later in the race for longer races).
|Aid station location (approx distance on the course)||Tour||Puoli||Loppet|
|Interstate 394 Crossing||4.4K||9.9K||13K|
|Glenwood Avenue/Wirth Beach||5.8K||11.3K||20.5K|
|Trestle Bridge (near Trailhead South Parking Lot)||8.4K||16K||27.5K|
|Par 3 Twin/Meadow Trails||N/A||18K||31.5K|
For the safety of both skiers and volunteers, skiers must reach the following positions by the designated times. Skiers who do not reach these positions in time will have the choice of continuing on unsupported (we will release course marshals and volunteers) or be transported to the finish area. Note that these times are quite generous and few skiers have trouble meeting these cutoffs, but please choose your event appropriately for your speed, experience and skill level.
- Saturday Classic Ski Events: Reach Glenwood Ave Aid Station – 12:00 pm
- Sunday Skate Ski Events: Reach Glenwood Ave/Wirth Beach – 12:15 pm
- 6:00am – 9:00am: North Beach Volunteer Parking
- 7:00am – 11:00am: North Beach Classic Races Bib Pickup (Saturday events only)
- 7:00am – 11:00am: North Beach Parking Lot Dropoff Zone
- 8:00am – 11:00am: North Beach Bag Drop (Got Junk trucks)
- 9:00am: Classic Ski Loppet Begins
- 9:45am: Classic Ski Puoli Begins
- 10:15am: Classic Ski Tour Begins
- 10:00am – 2:30pm: The Trailhead North Parking Lot Bag Claim
- 10:00am – 3:00pm: Utepils Beer Garden and Festival Village
- 10:00am – 4:00pm: Changing Tent Heated
- 10:30am – 4:00pm: The Trailhead Food Station
- 11:00am – 4:00pm: Shuttle Bus runs between The Trailhead and Calhoun Executive Center
- 6:00am – 9:00am: North Beach Volunteer Parking
- 7:00am – 12:00pm: North Beach – Bib Pickup
- 7:00am – 12:00pm: North Beach Parking Lot Dropoff Zone
- 8:00am – 12:00pm: North Beach Bag Drop (Got Junk trucks)
- 9:00am: Skate Ski Loppet Begins (waves every 5 min)
- 10:00am: Skate Ski Puoli Begins
- 10:30am: Skate Ski Tour Begins
- 9:30am – 3:00pm: The Trailhead North Parking Lot Bag Claim
- 10:00am – 3:00pm: The Trailhead Changing Tent Heated
- 10:00am – 3:00pm: Utepils Beer Garden and Festival Village
- 10:30am – 3:00pm: The Trailhead Food Station
- 11:00am – 3:00pm: Shuttle Bus runs between The Trailhead and Lakeside Center (parking lot)
Transportation and Parking
Bus: Please consider taking the bus (Metro Transit)!
Ski or Walk: If you live near the Bde Maka Ski, consider walking or skiing to the start! After the race, you can catch a shuttle bus back to the Lakeside Center Parking Lot. If you choose to ski back, please cheer on and give right of way to the skiers still competing (and snowshoers and bikers on Sunday).
Race Day Parking
Point to Point Skiers (Saturday classic and Sunday skate) should park in the Lakeside Center Parking Lot or the surrounding neighborhood (e.g. along W Bde Maka Ska Pkwy). It is an easy ski along the course from any location around Bde Maka Ska.
Parking and Transportation Maps
- Shuttle buses will run from The Trailhead (where all races finish) to the Lakeside Center (formerly Calhoun Executive Center) (near the point to point race start at North Beach).
- Shuttle hours:
- Saturday Classic events: 11am-4pm
- Sunday Skate events: 11am-3pm
- Shuttle FAQs
- There is no shuttle bus between The Trailhead and the Mortenson parking lot.
- There is no shuttle bus before the race to bring participants to the start (park at the Lakeside Center).
- If you are doubling up and skijoring or biking on Sunday, please note that the shuttle cannot accommodate dogs and bikes. Please check the skijor and bike event pages for suggestions and other alternatives.
Dropoffs and Pickups
- Dropoff at North Beach: There is no parking at North Beach but you can get dropped off. Please refer to the North Beach Map. When dropping off, please pull ALL the around the entire lot before stopping to drop off.
- Pickup in Theodore Wirth Park: Dropoffs and pickups will be allowed at the Chalet (1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy), approx 1/4-mile walk from the finish at the Trailhead. Please note that access to the Trailhead will be closed at Hwy 55. You will need to approach the Chalet via Plymouth Ave from the east or Golden Valley Rd from the north. The Trailhead is unavailable for pickups. Your fans are also welcome to park at Mortenson Parking Lot and you may walk (approx half mile) from the finish to their vehicle (we recommend that you include walking shoes in your race bag (long walk in ski boots after a race).
For your information on getting around race morning (and for your spectator race fans to know). Note the road sections and closure times below.
- Glenwood Ave from Xerxes to Theodore Wirth Pkwy: Saturday (7am-1pm), Sunday (7am-2pm)
- Theodore Wirth Pkwy from N Wayzata Blvd to Glenwood: Saturday (7am-1pm), Sunday (7am-2pm)
- Theodore Wirth Pkwy from Hwy 55 to Plymouth Ave: Saturday (7am-2:30), Sunday (8am-12pm)
All bags dropped off at the North Beach Parking Lot on Saturday and Sunday (for the point to point races starting at Bde Maka Ska) will be transported to the finish area near The Trailhead at Wirth Park. We will provide bag tags, but you will need to bring a fully enclosed or duffel-type bag for your personal items. Do NOT leave wallets or other valuables in your bag as the Foundation will not be responsible for these items. Please leave the kitchen sinks and lead weights at home.
- Bag Drop: North Beach Parking Lot, 8am-11am (Saturday) and 8am-12pm (Sunday). See North Beach Map for specific location in the parking lot.
- Bag Claim: The Trailhead, 8am-3:30pm (Saturday) and 9:30am – 3pm (Sunday). Exact location for 2023 is TBD but very likely similar to 2022 (near the changing tent): 2022 Trailhead Map
Festival Village and Post-Race Party
Utepils Beer! All skiers (that are of age) get one free beer (or alternative soda) at the finish at the Trailhead! Please have ID available. Additional beer may be purchased on site by participants or spectators.
Chili! For years, the Loppet has served Captain Ken’s Chili at the finish line. It is our goal to do that again in 2023. Just what a tired skier needs to start the recovery process!
Sponsors! Our sponsors help make everything happen and better! Please visit and thank them for their support. We are sure you will have some fun with them, too!
Changing Tent: Right next to Bag Claim is a heated changing tent to get into dry clothes! We recommend including walking shoes in your bag if you are meeting a pickup at the Chalet or Mortenson.
Race Bibs: In an effort to reduce the waste generated by thousands of bibs, the Loppet will collect all of the race bibs at several post-race locations. We realize that some racers would like to keep their bib for their own personal “wall of fame” and that is OK. But if you are indifferent and know that it would sit on a corner shelf and eventually end up in the trash, please return your bib after the race. And, yes, it also saves the Loppet significant expense which allows us to direct more finances toward our mission-based programs.
Classic and Skate Loppet
Commemorative medals for first-year finishers, commemorative pins for multiple-time finishers.
Awards for top male and female finishers.
- 1st Place: $1,000, Gear West Water Bottle Belts
- 2nd Place: $600, Gear West Water Bottle Belts
- 3rd Place: $400, Gear West Water Bottle Belts
- 4th Place: $200, Gear West Water Bottle Belts
- 5th Place: $100, Gear West Water Bottle Belts
- 1st Place: $300, Gear West Water Bottle Belts
- 2nd Place: $150, Gear West Water Bottle Belts
- 3rd Place: $75, Gear West Water Bottle Belts
The Flower Ceremony for the first three male and female category finishers will happen at the finish line podium immediately after the race. Top finishers should report to the podium within 5 minutes of finishing. Award medals for first through 3rd place male & female 10-year age categories 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39 . . . 80+. (These may be picked up at the Awards Booth as soon as results are posted.)
Classic and Skate Puoli Loppets
Commemorative medals for all finishers.
Gear West Swix Water Bottle Belts for the top three male and female category finishers.
The Flower Ceremony for the first three male and female finishers will happen at the finish line podium immediately after the race. Top finishers should report to the podium within 5 minutes of finishing. Award medals for first through 3rd place male & female 10-year age categories 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39 . . . 80+. (These may be picked up at the Awards Booth as soon as results are posted.)
Classic and Skate Ski Tours
Commemorative medals for all finishers.