Loppet Ski Club

Recreational adult ski group for all abilities

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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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). Experienced Loppet Ski Club coaches lead each session. Sessions are designed to accommodate the full spectrum of skier experience and fitness. Beginners will learn technique without the complication of using 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 reconfiguring our program this year due to COVID-19. We have developed a structured program; each skier will work with the same one or two coaches and the same small group of 6 participants throughout the fall season. We will be using workout strategies in a specific section at Eloise Butler that allow participants to maintain distance at all times. For some drills we will set lanes at 15ft. The trails we will use are wide enough to maintain a minimum 6ft distance when passing. Coaches will wear protective gear: shields or masks at all times. We will also require participants to bring masks and wear them most of the time, except when engaged in the most rigorous efforts. 

When: Monday nights 6:30 – 8:15 PM, (8 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 don’t have poles, come anyway, as these workouts can also be done without poles.

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.

Registration for the 2021-22 season will open soon. If you are interested in the Winter Session, please continue to the next section.

General Info

The Ski Club’s Winter Session begins in November and runs through February. The week-to-week schedule of topics and places may change based on snow and weather conditions. We are monitoring developments with best-practice COVID-19 guidelines to provide safe training opportunities for all. We will ask that you be prepared to wear a mask whenever we are gathered at safe distances to talk. Also, please help us by following the distancing procedures we will use during the workout. Expect changes from previous seasons, but we have an experienced group of coaches who can’t wait for snow!

Meet Your Group We do not expect to be able to congregate in the Trailhead. Arrive dressed and ready to go. You will meet your group and coach at a predetermined and easy to find location. You will receive specific information on times and ski meeting location from your coaches during dryland training; also see below for general meeting location information.

Trail Pass – Minneapolis Park Trail pass is required and additional.

Please read the descriptions carefully before choosing the group that best fits your skill level and goals.

Meeting Locations: All weekday evening groups will meet on the Theodore Wirth Golf Course 10th Fairway for dryland at 6:30pm, with exact start details for skiing to be announced in November. Tuesday morning groups will meet at Wirth Beach at 9:00am for dryland and at the Trailhead for skiing. Saturday groups meet at 9:00am at Wirth Beach for dryland and at Wirth Beach or Columbia for skiing unless we switch it to 1pm at the Trailhead (we cannot access man-made snow at the Trailhead prior to noon on weekends due to COVID restrictions and high demand). Any location changes will be communicated to participants by coaches during the program.

Single-Level Groups

  • Beginner: For the person who considers themselves a beginner skier. Small groups will emphasize developing the skills you need to ski comfortably and confidently.
    • Beginner Skate – Wednesday 6:30-8:30p
    • Beginner Classic – Monday 6:30-8:30p
  • Level 1: You have basic skills but want to become a better skier. Emphasis will be on improving skills, learning to ski confidently on hillier trails, and developing ski fitness.
    • Level 1 Skate – Wednesday 6:30-8:30p
    • Level 1 Classic – Monday 6:30-8:30p
  • Level 2: You have basic skills but really want to become a good skier. While still technique-oriented, this group will cover more material and provide more time to work on your technique at a faster speed. There is more of an emphasis on training skills that you already have.
    • Level 2 Skate – Wednesday 6:30-8:30p
    • Level 2 Classic – Monday 6:30-8:30p

Mixed-Level Groups

These offerings are designed for a broad range of skiers: from the beginner who is able to ski 2-3 kilometers on their own to the more advanced skier looking to improve technique and training. There will be instruction with each session but expect time skiing on your own.

  • Skate Groups:
    • Monday 6:30-8:30p
    • Tuesday 9:00-11:00a
    • Saturday 9:00-11:00a
  • Classic Groups
    • Tuesday 9:00-11:00a
    • Wednesday 6:30-8:30p
    • Saturday 9:00-11:00a

Reduced registration is offered to members of the Loppet Foundation. Please use code LoppetMember20 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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We will keep a waitlist open during the ski season in case there are people who miss out on registration and want to be notified if there are cancellations.

Registration Closed

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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