Sunday, February 2, 2020

Skate Ski Loppet

Long Distance Point-to-Point Skate Race

City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Part of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

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Sunday, February 2: 9:00 am
Bde Maka Ska North Beach, 2707 West Lake Street

The main event! This 37-kilometer point-to-point marathon is a truly unique cross-country skiing experience. The Loppet starts at the North Beach on Bde Maka Ska and finishes at Trailhead in Wirth Park, providing racers with an incredible mix of urban skiing and wooded natural experience, while also showcasing elite level competition.

Participants start at the North Beach on Bde Maka Ska, ski across the lakes, over the parkways, and through the woods to a grand finish in front of cheering crowds at 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.

Race day details can be found here.


Wave Placement and Wave Change Requests

Initial wave placement is based upon an individual’s result from the Classic Ski Loppet or the Skate Ski Loppet within the past two years, or the 2020 Pre-Loppet, whichever is best. For more details on the wave placement policy, please read this document.

Once you have registered, you may check your wave placement here (updated weekly on Mondays, so if you register on a Monday, your placement may not be available until the following week). If you wish to request placement in a faster wave than the one you have been assigned and have online results from a comparable ski race from the past two calendar years, please fill out this form to be considered. Requests must be received by 11:59pm on Tuesday, January 28th or they will not be reviewed. Please do not request a wave change before your initial placement has been posted.

For late registrants, if the wave you have qualified for is full, you will be placed in the next-fastest available wave. Same-day registrants will be placed in Wave 2, no exceptions.


Wave Start Format and Schedule

The Skate Ski Loppet is a three-wave format. The race starts with the Best of the Loppet Wave, which is followed by Wave 1, then Wave 2.

9:00 am Best of the Loppet Wave

9:05 am Wave 1

9:10 am Wave 2

Stay tuned to our Trail Conditions page to be the first to learn if conditions-based event adjustments must be made.


Entry Fees & Registration

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 StatusThrough Sep 23Through Dec 2Through Jan 6Through Jan 27Through Jan 29Final In-PersonRegister on Event Day?
Skate Ski Loppet (Sunday)Open$60$78$90$102$120$125Yes

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

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. Competing under another person’s name will result in disqualification.

A Note About the Data We Collect


Hoigaard’s Challenge, Loppet Challenge, and Minne-Tour

The Skate Ski Loppet is a part of the Hoigaard’s Challenge. Compete in either the classic or skate marathon, as well as the CityTrail Loppet, the Tri-Loppet, and the Trail Loppet to complete the Hoigaard’s Challenge and vie for our top prizes!

The Skate Ski Loppet is also a part of the weekend long Loppet Challenge and Minne-Tour. Complete both the classic and skate marathons to fulfill the Loppet Challenge. In addition, compete in the Skate Sprints to complete the Loppet Minne-Tour!


Double-Loppet Award

Ski the Skate Ski Loppet and the Mora Vasaloppet in the same year and receive the “Double-Loppet” award. This participation pin goes to all skiers who complete a 25 kilometer or longer event at both the City of Lakes Loppet and the Mora Vasaloppet in the same year.


CXC Marathon Cup

The Skate Ski Loppet is part of the CXC Marathon Cup race series. Individuals will automatically be scored for any series event in which they participate.