Sunday, January 14, 2024


Prepare for the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival Fat Bike & XC Ski Events

The Pre-Loppet event includes both ski races and fat bike events. Pending good snow conditions with typical Loppet optimism and can-do-ism, the Pre-Loppet long course ski and fat bike (approx 15K-18K) will utilize the natural snow trails in Theodore Wirth Park between the Trailhead and Glenwood Rd (e.g Bridge, Skyline, Tornado, JD Rivers) and finish on the world class snowmaking trails plus the scenic natural snow Judy trail near the Trailhead.

Starting and finishing at the Trailhead will be more ski events including The Pre-Loppet 5K, 3K, 1K, and Sit Ski options of 1K and 500 meters!

The Pre-Loppet has always been the key tune-up event for the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival.

  • 4/11/24: Event updates will be posted here. Registration will open later this fall.

Pre-Loppet Events

  • Long Course Ski Freestyle (typically 15-18K, classic track will be groomed on snowmaking trail section and on the natural snow trails if conditions allow)
    • Participate in the 18K Skate and earn points for the Tour de Finn. Learn more here.
  • Long Course Fat Bike (same course as long course ski!)
  • Double Dare Pre Challenge (do both long course ski and fat bike!)
  • 5K/3K/1K Freestyle Ski (skate or classic) … all on snowmaking trails, classic track on right
  • 1K/500 meter Sit Ski (same start and trails as 5K/3K/1K)
A Word on Bikes
  • To preserve the trails, participants must use only fat bikes defined as bikes with 3.8” tires or more and less than 10 psi tire pressure.
  • Tandem fat bikes are allowed and welcome, but are not eligible for awards.  Each tandem rider must register and contact to ensure the proper results are shown.

Registration Closed

Registration Open: 10/1Starting 1/8/24Starting 1/14/24 (Race Day)
Long Course Pre-Loppet Freestyle Ski$42$58$80
Long Course Pre-Loppet Freestyle Ski (Youth 16 and under)$21$29$40
Long Course Pre-Loppet Fat Bike$42$58$80
Long Course Pre-Loppet Fat Bike (Youth 16 and under)$21$29$40
Double Dare Pre-Challenge $70$99$136
5K Freestyle Ski$21$21$28
3K Freestyle Ski$16$16$22
1K Freestyle Ski$12$12$16
Sit Ski (500M or 1K)$12$12$16

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.

A Note About the Data We Collect

Proceeds from the Pre-Loppet benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

Packet Pickup

Sun, Jan 14, 7am-11am, Trailhead

Please note we only have packet pickup the day of the race and you will be receiving race chips so plan on some extra time to pick those up!

Race Day Schedule

Below are tentative plans for general planning purposes. Start times may need to adjusted according to weather and trail conditions.

Lower Stadium Starts:

  • 8:30am: Pre-Loppet 5K Fun Ski
  • 9:00am: Pre-Loppet Long Course Ski
  • 10:15am: Pre-Loppet Long Course Fat Bike

Skier Race Bibs

Skiers: Every year we spend thousands of dollars on bibs and the vast majority become waste or end up in a box in a closet. We are transitioning to using reusable bibs at as many of our events as possible. Please plan to remove the bib at the finish and place it in the collection tubs. Thank you for helping us reduce waste and move toward greener events!

The Double Dare Pre Challenge

Double your fun and do both the long course ski AND fat bike. Our race schedule should allow enough time for most long course skiers to finish the ski and make it to the start of the fat bike. Finish the ski, drop your bib, and make your way back to the same race start near the Chalet. It is up to you if you want to leave your bike stuff with your vehicle or stage it near the start before the ski race – bike racks will be available for your convenience near the start. We will combine the times of both races and have a separate Double Dare results category (you will still be listed and considered a participant in each individual race as well).

Bag Drop: Long Course

Depending on the location of the long course events, we will provide start line bag drop with collection at the Trailhead. Please bring your own bag and be sure it is tagged with your race number. More specific information will be available closer to race day.

Aid Stations

We will have a basic aid station (water, energy, and perhaps basic pre-packaged items) for the long course racers. And the usual post-race goodies at the finish for all participants.


We love having fans cheer on the sidelines! Please respect the participants by staying out of the start and finish areas. Great spots to spectate for the long course events are just south of the south Trailhead parking lot and in Lower Stadium (near the finish). You can see them twice in both locations.

Course Map

For reference: 2023 Course Map


We encourage participants to bike, bus, or walk on race morning.

If you choose to drive and are unfamiliar with the area, please refer to our Loppet Parking Map.

  • Trailhead: Lot will be available and we expect it to fill
  • Chalet: Available and a great place for the long course skiers and bikers to park (very close to the start).
  • Mortenson, Neighborhood, or Overflow: Available if Trailhead and Chalet lots are both full. Overflow lot may be closed if it is too warm.
  • Awards for first three overall male, female and non-binary category finishers in the Long Ski Course, Fat Bike, and 5K Ski and Sit Ski races: TBD
  • Age group results will be listed for male and female youth and 5-year age categories 16 and under, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29 . . . 80+.
  • Double Dare Pre Challenge (long course ski+fat bike): Separate results category but Doublers are also still considered a regular participant in both the ski and bike events (both results and awards). No awards plan for the Double at this time, but stay tuned in case that changes!
  • 3K, 1K:
    • Youth 16 and under will receive Finisher Medals.
    • Overall time results will be listed with age noted.

If you still have questions, please email

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