Lake Placid Loppet

Sunday, March 1st 2015 | Mt. Van Hoevenberg at The Olympic Sports Complex

The Lake Placid Loppet is one of the best events of its kind in the country. Over the past 30 years, thousands of skiers have enjoyed skiing and racing on the challenging Mt. Van Hoevenberg trails at the Olympic Sports Complex. The Lake Placid Loppet is conducted by the NYS Olympic Regional Development Authority on the Olympic Sports Complex Cross Country Ski Trails.  The Loppet and Kort -Loppet run on a slightly modified version of the 50km course constructed for the 1980 Winter Olympics making it one of the most challenging citizen races in the world.  Skiers should consider carefully whether to enter the 25k or 50km event. However, many recreational skiers do participate at a less strenuous touring pace.

New This Year

  • Lake Placid Loppet Cocktail party (free for Loppet registrants) from 3-8pm Friday, February 27th at the Lake Placid Conference Center
  • Each Loppet participant receives a festival ticket, which includes
    • XC Ski Pass for Friday and Saturday
    • SLU Winter Carnival Ski Trail viewing on Friday & Saturday
    • Free Beginner Clinics on Friday & Saturday
    • Wax Clinic on Friday night
    • Headlamp Ski Tour on Friday night
    • Ski Orienteering Clinic on Saturday
    • Kids Race on Saturday
    • Drink Discounts at Loppet After Party
    • Rental discounts
    • Merchandise discounts
  • Nordic Festival Dinner (carbo-load dinner free for Loppet registrants) from 4-7pm Saturday, February 28th at the Lake Placid Conference Center
  • Everyone who crosses the finish line will receive a finisher gift pint glass with one free beer or soda. Awards will take place at Mt Van Hoevenberg in the finish tent. There will be complimentary post-race food
  • Participants who register by January 1st, will receive a branded Loppet tech t-shirt
  • Participants who register after January 1st will receive a Loppet branded cotton t-shirt
  • Prizes will be awarded to the 1st place finisher in each age class. There will be new age classes this year
  • We will be offering many new activities to the Lake Placid Nordic Weekend, which include a 12.5K race on Saturday and several clinics and social gatherings.



2015 Course Specifications
50km Loppet 2 x 25km loop
25km Kort-Loppet 1 x 25km loop
Height Difference 183m
Maximum Climb 69m
Total Climb for Kort-Loppet 560m
Total Climb for Loppet 1120m

Start/Finish Area Race start and finish is in the Cross Country Stadium. You will be required to verify your start wave by turning in a 3x5 card provided in your race packet as you enter the start corral. All racers and spectators must park in the Cross Country parking lot. Warming areas, wax rooms, restrooms and post race refreshments will be available in the Cross Country Lodge. Safety and Feeding Stations.  Nordic ski patrol will be on course at all feeding stations and at additional locations. Please report injured skiers at the next feed station or to the first race official encountered. There is a complete first aid room at the Cross Country Lodge. Feeding stations are located every 5km. Each feeding station will provide beverages and high energy foods.  Classic technique skiers starting in the free technique races will not be eligible for classic race awards. Start position is determined by a racers ability but preference is given to elite athletes.


Race Start Times
Distance Style Start Time
50km Classic Technique Loppet 9:00 a.m.
25km Classic Technique Kort Loppet 9:15 a.m.
50km Free Technique Loppet 10:00 a.m.
25km Free Technique Kort Loppet 10:15 a.m.




2014-15 Loppet Registration
Date Cost 2014-15 OSC Pass Holder
Received by January 1st 2015  |  Includes free event t-shirt $99 $74

Received by February  25th 2015

$125 $115
In Person February 27th 2015 $150 $140
Price of registration includes the awards banquet. No registration available on race day.  Entry fees will not be refunded if the racer must withdraw for any reason. Entries are not transferable and race officials will disqualify any racer using another entrant's bib.

Download Loppet Application
Download Course Map


Registration Changes

  • Entrants have until 5:00 p.m. February 25th 2015 to change their race distance or technique without penalty
  • To make a registration change request contact the organizers directly by emailing Elizabeth Moeller

Late Registration and Bib Pick-up

All late registration and bib pick-up will be at the Conference Center at Lake Placid. Racers will receive a packet containing their numbered bib, entry card, and final race instructions.  There will be a last minute Loppet  bib pick up at the Olympic Sports Complex Cross Country Lodge Sunday morning from 8-8:30 a.m. only. 


Bib Pick-up
Late Registration/Bib Pick-up Friday, February 27TH 2015 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Bib Pick-up Only Saturday, February 28TH 2015 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Bib Pick-up Only Sunday, March 1ST 2015 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Weather Conditions
It is the responsibility of the participant to check on the status of the race. Race conditions and changes will be posted at and will be available by calling the Cross Country Lodge at 518.523.2811. Extreme cold or other hazardous weather conditions on race day may cause race organizers to modify or shorten the course to insure the safety of all competitors.



2015 Lake Placid Loppet Results
Men's 50K Freestyle Women's 50K Freestyle
Men's 50K Classic Women's 50K Classic
Men's 25K Freestyle Women's 25K Freestyle
Men's 25K Classic Women's 25K Classic



2014 Lake Placid Loppet Results
Men's 50K Freestyle Women's 50K Freestyle
Men's 50K Classic Women's 50K Classic
Men's 25K Freestyle Women's 25K Freestyle
Men's 25K Classic Women's 25K Classic

Contact Information

Application Request Line
518.523.1655 ext 5331

General Information

Course Conditions at the Olympic Sports Complex, Cross Country Center

General Information
Dates: Mar 1
Admission Information

Questions can be directed to Elizabeth Moeller, or by calling the Cross Country Biathlon Center at 518.523.2811

Olympic Sports Complex