Loppet Foundation

The Loppet High School Invite

Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Loppet High School Invite is sponsored by two high school Nordic Ski Teams (Robbinsdale Armstrong and Eden Prairie) along with the Loppet Foundation. The Loppet Invite is a sanctioned high high-school level invitational Nordic ski meet held at Theodore Wirth Park.

The Invite is designed for the top ten varsity ski racers from each high school to compete in a limited field of 16 teams from Minnesota. Six Skiers will race in the individual skate or classic 5km races along with four competing in the sprint relay event.

Results & Photos:

Loppet High School Invite Logo

Skinnyski.com: Loppet Invite

Waxing Policy:

There will be no fluoro glide waxes allowed for this event. Teams can still use fluoro kick waxes if desired.

Race Format and Scoring

16 teams with up to 10 boys and 10 girls. Each team will enter the following number of racers for boys and girls teams:

Mass Start Individual Races:

  • Each mass start race will have three wave starts with one minute between each wave
  • 3 racers entered for individual skate 5 km Mass start race.
  • 3 racers entered for individual classic 5 km Mass start race.
  • Place top skiers in wave 1 first wave, skier 2 and 3 in the second wave.
    Each wave will be a minute apart.

Sprint Relay Race:

  • 4 racers ( two relay teams) entered for sprint Classic relay race.
  • Each relay team racer does a 1 km loop tagging off to partner and then repeats for a total of 4 km race for relay team.
  • There will be two heats for both boys and girls semifinal relay races of up to 20 skiers. Top 3 relay teams  automatically qualify for finals along with the next 4 fastest teams from each heat will advance.

Relays:  There will be two semi-final heats of the sprint relay.  Advancing to the finals will be the top 3 teams from each heat, plus the next fastest relay teams.  Finals will include 10 teams.  All other teams will score points based on their semi-final time.  The base points for the relays will be 119, and will step down by 3 points per place.  So, 1st place gets 119, 2nd place gets 116, 3rd place gets 113, etc.

Team Scoring

The top two skate, top two classic and top relay team will be scored for overall team points. Keep this in mind as you fill in your skiers for the race events. The point values are maximum of 60 points available for each skier. So the 1st place in each of the distance races is 60, then 59, 58, 57, etc. For the relay the max total would be 120 for 1st, 114, for second, 108 for third, 6 points less for each team. Individuals, as well as teams will hold their point place, and bump other individuals or teams down in place.

Race Day Schedule

There will be a quick coaches meeting inside the tent ( set up by the parking lot by new Trailhead building) Chip timing will be used for all races. We will be using the Loppet race bibs for our event so no need to bring your own race bibs. Gopher timing will be placing chips on each of the race bibs. Following the race we will need parent volunteers to help take off race bibs and place in appropriate numbered bin so we can sort them easier after the event.

Revised schedule due to colder temps in morning. 1/2 hour delay

  • 8:30 am: Coaches Meeting/Bib Pick-up – ( tent set up in parking lot by new Trailhead building)

All events below will start and finish in lower stadium near new Trailhead building/parking lot.

  • 9:30 am: Girls Semifinal Sprint Relay – Heat 1
  • 9:50 am: Girls Semifinal Sprint Relay – Heat 2
  • 10:20 am: Boys Semifinal Sprint Relay – Heat 1
  • 10:40 pm: Boys Semifinal Sprint Relay – Heat 2
  • 11:00 pm: Boys 5km Classic Mass Start
  • 11:05 pm: Girls 5km Classic Mass Start
  • 11:30 pm: Boys 5km Skate Mass
  • 11:35 pm: Girls 5km Skate Mass Start
  • 12:00 pm: Girls Sprint Relay Finals
  • 12:20 pm: Boys Sprint Relay Finals
  • 1:00 pm: Awards outside by timing shed following 15 minutes after sprint relay event at podium near start/finish area.


Cost: $15/skier by December 1 or $20/skier after.

Deadline to Register: December 15 (must receive check and forms). We will also send out google spread sheet for team registration list that you can fill out with any changes.

Download Registration Form PDF

Download the registration form above and mail with check made out to the Loppet Foundation to the following address:

Attention: Loppet Invite Registration
Loppet Foundation
1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55422

Race Venue and Course Information: Theodore Wirth Park

Directions: Theodore Wirth Chalet Map

Course Information:

Sprint Team Relay course:The relay loop will be basically the same as last year.  Out of the lower stadium, up the Ridgeline to Coaches Corner, then back down to the stadium. Sprint finals may be moved to Meadow trail if race is delayed.
5 km skate/classic courses:   We would go out of the stadium, go left and do the Green Meadow loop, come back towards the stadium and go up the Ridgeline Trail over to La Squadra.  From La Squadra we would then do Trail 18 (formerly the Maintenance Loop), and then head back to the stadium.  This would be the same loop for both classic and skate, so it will not be best line classic tracked.  We will try to get two tracks placed where it makes sense.

Trail Passes

Any teams pre-skiing (i.e., before Saturday) must purchase and display passes for all skiers and coaches.

Racers displaying their bibs do not need to display a ski pass on Saturday. All other skiers must be displaying a ski pass.

Warming Tent and Wirth Chalet

The Loppet will have a warming tent set up in the new parking lot near the new Trailhead building. The Trail head will not be open. We would like teams to stay in the warming tent and use the portable bathrooms set up near the lower stadium area. We will not be having teams use the fireplace room as it will be used for other groups.

Coaches and students can use this to stay warm but no waxing is allowed inside. Coaches need to bring their own waxing tents to set up near the lower stadium area.

Bus Drop Off and Pick Up

Make sure to have your team bus drop you off at the main chalet parking lot ( entering in at the stop sign entrance and departing at the east side entrance. Teams can then walk over to the lower stadium/warming tent area ( do not have buses drop off kids at new parking lots by Trailhead building). Communicate to all parents and spectators to park in the Main Chalet parking lot so that coaches and meet timers can park in the closer lots by Trailhead.

Buses cannot stay at Wirth and must come back at 12:30 (or time of your choice) to pick up kids in main chalet parking lot. Buses may not idle in the Main Parking Lot.


We will have an awards ceremony after the last race by the timing building and stadium. Award categories will include:

  • Individual Skate and Classic awards for the top 3 boys and girls ( medals and Loppet hats)
  • Top two sprint relay race teams for boys and girls ( medals and Loppet Hats)
  • Overall boys and girls team winner with combined points from relay and individual races ( team plaque).

Race Day Volunteers

Each team needs to donate an assistant coach or experienced parent to help run the sprint, classic and skate individual races. Duties will include skier lineup, starters, course control, timing helpers, and stadium set up. Please have this individual report to the stadium at 8:30 a.m. Please email Bob O’hara (Bobscanoe@comcast.net) the names of coaches that will help and he will assign them certain jobs.

Volunteer Jobs

  • Relay — need two people to monitor the turnaround at 500 meters on top of coaches hill (will be blocked off ahead of time with V boards).
  • Need additional helpers to monitor the relay zone and move skiers out of the way after they tag off.
  • Will need spotters to direct skiers in the 5 km race for turn around after they do sprint course and then turn right to continue on man made loop.
  • Lineup for classic and skate – need 2-3 workers per lane.
  • Line up for sprint races – need 2-3 workers per lane.
  • Finish Line: 3-4 people to make sure skiers clear the finish zone. Get skiers up and away if they fall.

Questions: Contact Meet Coordinators