Loppet Ski Club

Recreational adult ski group for all abilities

Skill level: Intro, Intermediate. Effort level: Casual, Recreational.

The Loppet Ski Club is a community of lifelong skiers who gather year round to the life-long enjoyment of outdoors with a focus on the trails. Loppet Ski Club is designed for the person who is interested in developing as a competent and confident recreational skier. Many who join the club are skiing for the first time, perhaps getting interested through their kids that have started skiing, cyclists, and runners that want to keep it going year round or are simply trying to find a way to love winter in Minnesota. Others have been long-time skiers but have never had a lesson or training program.

Regardless of motivation and experience – ALL are welcome!

Every session involves training and self-care tips, quality coaching, skills development, skiing, and community. Coaches will cover a range of topics from clothing and equipment to waxing and event preparation. The Loppet Ski Club will also include special sessions and lectures taught by “celebrity” coaches.

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Reduced registration is offered to members of the Loppet Foundation. Please use code “21_LoppetMember” when registering to receive the discount; we cannot apply the discount retroactively. Please note, we do run cross-checks between discount code use and current membership rosters!

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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.

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General Info

The Loppet Ski Club’s Winter Session begins the week of Monday, November 1, 2021, and runs through Monday, February 7, 2022. We do expect to have more flexibility with our programming than last year. The week-to-week schedule may change based on snow and weather conditions and of course other factors beyond our control. 

COVID precautions: All of our groups will plan for an outdoor meeting location. For groups that ski at The Trailhead, we will monitor developments and may make use of The Trailhead facilities when safe and available. At this point, face masks are required indoors at The Trailhead. We continue to monitor developments with best-practice COVID-19 guidelines to provide safe training opportunities for all.

Overall approach: 

  • Beginners. Most sessions will make a beginner lesson available on snow at the beginning of the season.
  • Experienced skiers. All our groups will have some skill development, but we will make a point this year of also having a training component available for those who want it.

Trail Pass – Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Ski Trail Passes are required whenever using trails at Minneapolis Parks (including at Theodore Wirth Park). This pass is not included in the registration for Loppet Ski Club. Some groups may also use Three Rivers Park District trails. We will communicate at that time the season and day pass costs for those trails.

Winter Groups

Winter Groups will run from November – February. All groups will meet starting the week of November 1 for 2-4 weeks of dryland training. Wear running shoes and layers, and please bring ski poles and headlamps if you have them. The emphasis will be on skill development, ski fitness, balance, agility, strength, and flexibility. Monday and Wednesday evening groups will meet in front of The Trailhead for dryland, while Tuesday and Saturday morning groups will meet at Wirth Beach for dryland. We will get on snow as soon as weather allows.

All groups will be lead by knowledgeable volunteer coaches. Coaches will make the determination of specific meeting/ski locations as early as possible each week and let the group know via text, email, and/or the Loppet Ski Club Facebook page.

Due to popular demand of the Loppet Ski Club, we ask that you only choose one group offering and then participate in our new Open Ski Times if you are looking for additional group skiing.

Classic Groups

  • Monday evening group (6:30pm – 8:30pm): Meet at the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth Park.
  • Tuesday morning group (9am – 11am): Meet at the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth Park.
  • Saturday morning (9am – 11am) OR Saturday afternoon (1pm – 3pm): Meet SATURDAY MORNINGS at natural snow trails around the metro area (ex: Wirth Beach, Columbia Golf Course, Chain of Lakes, Baker Park Reserve, Hyland Lake Park Reserve). If natural snow is not available around the cities, the group will meet SATURDAY AFTERNOONS at the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth Park.

Skate (Freestyle) Groups

  • Tuesday morning group (9am – 11am): Meet at the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth Park.
  • Wednesday evening group (6:30pm – 8:30pm): Meet at the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth Park.
  • Saturday morning (9am – 11am) OR Saturday afternoon (1pm – 3pm): Meet SATURDAY MORNINGS at natural snow trails around the metro area (ex: Wirth Beach, Columbia Golf Course, Chain of Lakes, Baker Park Reserve, Hyland Lake Park Reserve). If natural snow is not available around the cities, the group will meet SATURDAY AFTERNOONS at the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth Park.

Combi (Both Classic and Skate) Groups

  • Tuesday morning group (9am – 11am): Meet at the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth Park.
  • Saturday morning (9am – 11am) OR Saturday afternoon (1pm – 3pm): Meet SATURDAY MORNINGS at natural snow trails around the metro area (ex: Wirth Beach, Columbia Golf Course, Chain of Lakes, Baker Park Reserve, Hyland Lake Park Reserve). If natural snow is not available around the cities, the group will meet SATURDAY AFTERNOONS at the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth Park.

Open Ski Times

We have always encouraged Loppet Ski Club members to ski together outside formal group meetings, but we were unable to do that last year due to the pandemic. New this year and beginning in December (or once the snow flies), Loppet Ski Club members who are registered for any 2021-22 Winter Group are encouraged to also meet at any/all of the locations of the scheduled sessions listed above during those practice times, in addition to the official group they registered for. The understanding is that “open” skiers would not be a part of the other coached sessions, but it would provide a specific time and place for those people to possibly meet other Loppet Ski Club “open” skiers who are looking for others to ski with in their free time.

Get a jump start on the ski season by working out with the Loppet Ski Club! By training before the snow flies, you will be in better physical shape when you get on skis and will find skiing much more enjoyable.

This fall training program is designed for adult skiers. The emphasis is on efficiency, we will work on developing and tuning efficient technique for both freestyle (skate) and classic (diagonal stride). Sessions are designed to accommodate the full spectrum of skier experience and fitness. Beginners will learn technique without the complication of using slippery skis, while more experienced skiers will benefit from a tune-up and re-emphasis on ski-specific training after a long summer of biking, running, golfing, etc.

We are beginning the second year where program design is influenced by COVID-19. This program description is in line with current best practices and policies and will be adapted if needed.

We will start each week as a group in a large open area then sort into small groups based on skier fitness and experience. We do expect that skiers can change groups during the season. Each group will do a combination of technique specific drills, fitness, strength, agility, and balance work.

When: Monday nights 6:30 – 8:15 PM, September 13 through October 25, 2020 (7 sessions).

Where: Eloise Butler area. Meet at 6:30 in the field at the corner of Glenwood and Xerxes. Parking is at Wirth Beach or in the neighborhood near Xerxes and Glenwood.

Equipment: Cross-country ski poles and a headlamp. We know the trails well, but it will be dark in the woods after Labor Day. If you do not have poles, come anyway, as these workouts can also be done without poles. For new skiers- we recommend that you wait to buy equipment until after you speak with one of our coaches- we can probably help you get better gear for less money.

Communication: We will get in touch with you via text and/or email after registration. Two reasons: first, because of COVID-19, we need a way to communicate between coaches and group; second, we will try to group those with similar experience and fitness together.