Sunday, January 15, 2023


Great Way to Prepare for the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival Fat-Tire Bike & XC Ski Events

The Pre-Loppet event includes both ski races and fat-tire bike events. Pending good snow conditions with typical Loppet optimism and can-do-ism, the 2023 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, Wirth Lake and Jar Hill) 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.

Ski Events

  • Long Course Ski Freestyle (approx 18K, classic track may be groomed if conditions allow)
  • 5K Freestyle (course all on snowmaking with classic track on right)
  • 3K Freestyle
  • 1K Freestyle
  • 1K Sit Ski
  • 500 meters Sit Ski

Fat Bike Events

  • Long Course Fat Bike (approx 18K)
  • Watch this space for timely updates
Register Now!
 Registration Open: 11/10Starting 1/10Starting 1/15 (race day)
Long Course Pre-Loppet Freestyle Ski$40$55$75
Long Course Pre-Loppet Freestyle Ski (Youth 16 and under)$18$20$25
Long Course Pre-Loppet Fat Bike$40$55$75
Long Course Pre-Loppet Fat Bike (Youth 16 and under)$18$20$25
5K Freestyle Ski$20$20$25
3K Freestyle Ski$15$15$20
1K Freestyle Ski$10$10$15
Sit Ski (500M or 1K)$10$10$15

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

  • Sat, Jan 14, 1pm-4pm, Trailhead
  • Sun, Jan 15, 7am-10am, Trailhead

Race Day Schedule

Below are tentative plans for general planning purposes. Start times may need to adjusted according to weather, trail conditions or COVID precautions.

Lower Stadium Starts:

  • 8:30am: Pre-Loppet 5K Fun Ski
  • 8:45am: Pre-Loppet 1K Sit Ski
  • 8:50am: Pre-Loppet 500 Meter Sit Ski
  • 9:00am: Pre-Loppet 3K Ski
  • 9:10am: Pre-Loppet 1K Ski (all welcome)

Start Near Chalet Parking Lot (will start in Lower Stadium and use snowmaking trails if natural snow trails can’t be used):

  • 9:00am: Pre-Loppet Long Course Ski
  • 10:00am: 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!

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) near the Trailhead for the long course racers. And the usual post-race goodies at the finish for all participants.


We love our spectators and will provide additional guidance depending on COVID-19 recommendations from the CDC, Minnesota Dept of Health and MPRB. We are outdoors and have a lot of space for distancing. 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

2022 Course Maps (for reference … will likely be the same in 2023!)

Bikers are free to warm up on the miles of nearby bike paths as needed, but bikes are not allowed on the ski trails except for during the fat-tire bike event.


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. We will provide more information when the long course start locations have been set.

  • Awards for first three overall male and female 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+.
  • 3K, 1K:
    • Youth 16 and under will receive Finisher Medals.
    • Overall time results will be listed with age noted.

We need help from volunteers to help us manage the course, start/finish areas and more.

If you still have questions, please email

Join the Adventure!

Detailed sponsorship opportunities and packages are available.
Please contact the Loppet Foundation Sponsorship Manager:


The Loppet Foundation
1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422