Spectator and Guest Experiences

While Tuesday’s Parallel 45 Block Party, Expo, and Music Stage are free and open to the public, spectators must purchase at least a General Admission pass to watch the FIS World Cup race.

World Cup Spectator Passes for Groups

Group Ticketing Portal

Use the group ticketing portal to purchase World Cup spectator passes without the need to enter each individual ticketholders name (e.g. purchasing for a team or family).

The “Purchase Now” links below bring you to our primary ticketing portal, which allow for registration in our participant events as well, and thus require names for each ticketholder.

World Cup General Admission

During the day of the World Cup Sprint Finals (Tuesday, March 17), spectators with General Admission passes will have access to the World Cup course interior and north side exterior of the course for front row views of the action. Spectators will be able to get close enough to the action to feel the breeze of their most beloved World Cup athletes whizzing by.

The General Admission area will feature vendors and event partners creating fun all day long, while beer gardens and food stations will keep spectators energized.

And of course, all of our General Admission pass holders will have the chance to take in the entertainment in Parallel 45 Festival Vilage, including the tunes on Parallel 45 Stage.

Kids 0 – 4 years old are admitted without passes into the General Admission area, those 5 – 11 years get a discounted rate, and anyone 12+ years old pays the standard rate. Kids under 16 years old must be accompanied by a guardian.

Pass TypeStarting October 17, 2019Starting March 9, 2020
General Admission$25$30
Children's General Admission$5$10
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World Cup Grandstand Admission

A note from the Loppet Foundation:

Grandstand Passes sold out in just one week of being on sale. Lucky for you, we have decided to expand our Grandstand, which will open more seating and will give you a second chance to purchase these previously sold-out tickets!

Grandstand Passes will go on sale at 10am on Friday, November 22, first to those who have purchased General Admission Passes by 8am that morning. Those individuals will be given the chance to buy an “upgrade” for the difference in cost between the General Admission Pass and the Grandstand Pass. If the passes have not sold out by Monday, November 25, they will go on sale to the general public.

Of course, Champions Club passes continue to include access to the grandstands.

During the day of the World Cup (Tuesday, March 17), Grandstand Passholders will have access to the grandstand alongside the Start/Finish area of the World Cup stadium, giving them the best viewing for the first and final moments of each World Cup sprint heat. The grandstand will directly face the stadium jumbotron, assuring that those in the grandstand will be able to see every detail of their favorite athletes as though they are on the starting line with them.

Grandstand Passholders also have access to all General Admission Areas, so they have the opportunity to explore the fun taking place in the course interior as well.

Kids 0 – 2 years old are admitted without passes into the Grandstands, adults and children 3+ years old pay the standard rate. Kids under 16 years old must be accompanied by a guardian.

Pass TypeStarting October 17, 2019Starting March 9, 2020
Grandstand Admission$75$85
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World Cup Champions Club Experience

During the day of the World Cup (Tuesday, March 17) Champions Club Passholders will have access to all of the best viewing of the World Cup, along with excellent complimentary food and drink.

From the Champions Club (i.e. The Trailhead) and its exterior patio, passholders will be stationed immediately alongside the final key downhill turn before the 200m finishing stretch. Passholders will also have direct line of sight to the longest climb, along with views of the swift dip at the course’s north end. Mounted and projection screens in and around the Champions Club will provide real-time race coverage with live commentary.

From the comforts of the heated Champions Club, passholders will enjoy excellent food made by some of the Twin Cities’ favorite chefs, as well as beer (compliments of Pacifico) and cocktails made using High West Distillery’s artisan spirits.

Beyond Champions Club area, passholders also have access to the stadium grandstands and the General Admission course interior.

Kids 0 – 2 years old are admitted without passes into the Champions Club, adults and children 3+ years old pay the standard rate. Kids under 16 years old must be accompanied by a guardian.

Pass TypeStarting October 17, 2019Starting March 9, 2020
Champions Club Experience$500$500
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World Cup Champions Dinner + Benefit with Kikkan Randall

Join Olympic Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall and the fifty other women of the U.S. Nordic Olympic Women group on Monday, March 16, from 6-9 pm. Together we will celebrate the past, present, and future of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Cross Country Team, while sharing dreams and plans for what comes next.

The event will take place alongside the World Cup Course immediatly following the World Cup athletes’ course inspection. It will feature a program hosted by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival Host Committee Chair and former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and Kikkan Randall.

A cocktail hour with music and mingling will take place before the program and the seated dinner featuring excellent food and drinks.

This event will serve as the key benefit opportunity at the Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival for the Loppet Foundation’s youth programs.

Pass TypeStarting October 17, 2019Starting March 9, 2020
Champions Dinner + Benefit w/ Kikkan Randall$250$250
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World Cup Course Inspection Viewing

On Monday, March 16, spectators have the opportunity to watch their favorite athletes as they become familiar with the 2020 Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup Sprint Finals course at Theodore Wirth Park. World Cup athletes will work with their coaches and wax techs to inspect the trail and test their skis/wax in preparation for the FIS World Cup race. During this time, all spectators will be allowed access into what will become the World Cup General Admission and Grandstand areas during the World Cup race.

Spectating is free and open to the public.

Share Winter Equity & Adventure Round Table

Join leaders and partners of the Share Winter Foundation and the Loppet Foundation in conversation from 8:30-10:30 am on Monday, March 16, around best practices for assuring the benefits of an active and adventurous lifestyle are available for all. The event will take place at the University of Minnesota Research and Outreach Center and will feature national level presenters, followed by time to think, share, and plan.

EventStarting Oct 17, 2019Starting Oct 31, 2019Starting Feb 6, 2020Starting Mar 9, 2020
Share Winter Equity and Adventure Roundtable$100$100$100$100
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Share Winter Minne-Loppet Parade & Lighting of the World Cup Torch

The parade from 3:00-3:30pm on Tuesday, March 17, from Northpoint Medical Center in North Minneapolis to Theodore Wirth Park and subsequent symbolic lighting of the Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival Torch will mark the official kick-off to the 2020 Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup Sprint Finals. Youth from local ski programs and Loppet Foundation programs will walk in the parade representing their groups.

Spectating is free and open to the public.

Parallel 45 Block Party + Expo

From March 14-17, festival-goers can fill up on food trucks and beer trucks while finding entertainment and inspiration from sponsor activation areas, gear trucks, and merchandise booths in the Parallel 45 Village.

Free and open to the public.

Parallel 45 Music Stage

From March 14-17, the best of Minnesota’s music scene will be performing in the heart of the Parallel 45 Village. Constant entertainment will be provided by local bands to keep the festival energy going through the days and well into each night. Expect family-friendly tunes earlier in the day and more adult-centric bands (though still great for the whole family) later in the evening. The complete artist line-up will be announced January 1, 2020.

Free and open to the public. Unticketed.

Snowball in Hell

Built for spectators, the “Snowball in Hell” events on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, consist of both SkiCross and BikeCross races like you have never seen before. The course is built with banked turns, drops, and jumps, which is sure to lead to plenty of crashes. Spectators can “ooh” and “ah” as experienced skiers and bikers fly through the air in this high octane, downhill riding/skiing event. Don’t miss out on this unique chance to judge the best tricks and the best wipeouts. More information on these events can be found here.

Spectating is free and open to the public.

Parallel 45 Cup

Watch as the top junior, collegiate, and citizen racers from across the nation compete on the World Cup course and surrounding Theodore Wirth Park trails in fat-tire bike races, distance skate races, skate sprint races, and skijor (skiers + their dogs) sprint races from March 14-16. More information on these events can be found here.

Spectating is free and open to the public.

Find the complete Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival and Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup schedule, along with event dates and times, here.