XC Conditions
KM Open
40
New Snow
0"
Primary Surface
packed powder
Secondary Surface
hard pack

Lake Placid Nordic Festival

February 24 - 26, 2017

Lake Placid Loppet

Saturday, February 25  |  50km & 25km races

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 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. This is a perfect race for recreational to expert skiers who are looking for a unique and challenging race. The Lake Placid Loppet is also proud to be a qualifier for the American Birkebeiner and a member of the NENSA Marathon Series. Included with your Loppet entry fee is the Lake Placid Loppet Cocktail party (free for Loppet registrants) from 4:00 - 9:00 pm Friday, February 24th at the Lake Placid Conference Center, and the Loppet Dinner (free for Loppet registrants) from 5:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday, February 25th 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. There will also be complimentary post-race food.

Race Details

Race start and finish is in the Cross Country Stadium. Warming areas, wax rooms, restrooms and post-race refreshments will be available in the Cross Country Lodge. Nordic ski patrol will be on the course at all feeding stations and 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, providing beverages and high energy foods. We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful and historic race!

LOPPET COURSE MAP

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

 

Loppet & Kort Loppet Start Times
Distance Style Start Time
50km Classic Technique Loppet 9:00 am
25km Classic Technique Kort Loppet 9:15 am
50km Free Technique Loppet 10:00 am
25km Free Technique Kort Loppet 10:15 am

 

2016 - 2017 Loppet Registration Fees
Registration dates Cost 2016 - 2017 Mt. Van Hoevenberg Season Pass Holder High School / College Student
by Dec. 31, 2016 $70 $60 $30
Jan. 1 - Feb. 21, 2017 $85 $75 $45
In person Feb. 24, 2017 $100 $90 $60

Price of registration includes the awards banquet. 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.

***No registration available on race day.***

Register online

Registration Changes

***Online registration for all races closes on Tuesday, February 21st, and the only way to register after that date is in person on Friday, February 24th at the Lake Placid Conference Center***

  • Entrants have until the Tuesday before race day to change their race distance or technique without penalty
  • NO changes will be accepted on race day
  • Once entry is received, competitors have until 11:59 pm on February 21st to change race distance. There will be absolutely no changes to race distance on race day. Please log into your Ski Reg account to directly make a race distance change.


Bib Pickup & In Person Registration

Bib Pickup and In Person Registration will take place from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, February 24th at the Lake Placid Conference Center, located at 2634 Main Street. There will be no registration on race day, however you can pick up your bib from 7:00 to 8:00 am Saturday, February 25th, at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. Entrants will receive a race packet containing their numbered bib with chip timing and final race instructions.

Bib Pick-up Times & Locations
In Person Registration/Bib Pick-up Friday, Feb. 24 from 4:00 - 9:00 pm Lake Placid Conference Center
Bib Pickup Only Saturday, Feb. 25 from 7:00 - 8:00 am Mt Van Hoevenberg

Weather Conditions & Event Postponement

It is the responsibility of the participant to check on the status of the race. Race conditions and changes will be posted on this page and will be available by calling the Cross Country Lodge at (518) 523-2811. No refunds or credits will be made to competitors unable to compete on the alternate date. Extreme cold or other hazardous weather conditions on race day may cause race organizers to modify or shorten the course to ensure the safety of all competitors.

Citizens Challenge Races

Saturday, February 25  |  3km, 6.25km, & 12.5km races

The 3km, 6.25km and 12.5km races are designed for those who are new to racing or experienced skiers looking for a community event that is fun. Taking place on a 6.25km course that is slightly challenging, but relatively flat, you will be rewarded with comradery, pristine conditions and all of the fun parts of a large race. Any technique is welcome in this mass start event that is perfect for friends, couples or families who are looking for a healthy tradition. Surrounded by the Lake Placid Nordic Fest and winding on the Olympic Trails of Mt. Van Hoevenberg, this will be a great experience for all participants. Everyone who crosses the finish line will receive a finisher gift pint glass with one free beer or soda. There will also be complimentary post-race food. Awards will take place at Mt Van Hoevenberg in the finish tent. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st place finisher in each age class.

Race Details

The course leaves the XC stadium and soon begins a steady climb 0.5 km from the start line, heading up the Ladies 5 Inner Loop. The high point of the entire course is reached here at 1 km (climb of 53 meters). After the descent back down to flatter terrain, the course begins a climb of much easier grade up the East Mt. Trail (climb of 29 meters) and turns back at the East Mt. cutoff at 3.3 km (avoiding Harry's Hill – a.k.a. the "Russian Complaint"). The last 2 km of the loop is on flat and undulating terrain, crossing over the "bridge of flags" to the biathlon side and returning to the stadium via the double tubes. The loop is done once for the 6.25km and twice for the 12.5km. The 12.5km Challenge Race has a total climb of only 137 meters, much less than the 25km Kort Loppet's 560 meters.

There will be one mass start for each of the techniques, and one feeding station within the stadium. The 12.5km & 6.25km races will both begin at 1:00 pm, with the 3km race starting at 1:15 pm.

Citizens Challenge Course Map

2016 - 2017 Citizens Challenge Registration Fees
Registration dates Cost 2016 - 2017 Mt. Van Hoevenberg Season Pass Holder High School / College Student
by Dec. 31, 2016 $15 $10 $10
Jan. 1 - Feb. 21, 2017 $20 $15 $15
In person Feb. 24, 2017 $25 $20 $20

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.

***No registration available on race day.***

Register Online

Registration and bib pick-up will be Friday, February 24th from 4:00 - 9:00 pm at the Lake Placid Conference Center and Saturday, February 25th from 7:00 - 8:00 am at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. 

Race Results

2015 Loppet Results
Mens's Women's
25K Classic 25K Classic
25K Freestyle 25K Freestyle
50K Classic 50K Classic
50K Freestyle 50K Freestyle
2014 Loppet Results
25K Men's Classic 25K Women's Classic
25K Men's Freestyle 25K Women's Freestyle
50K Men's Classic 50K Women's Classic
50K Men's Freestyle 50K Women's Freestyle
2013 Loppet Results
25K Classic
25K Freestyle
50K Classic
50K Freestyle

Awards

2011 Loppet Results
25K Men's Classic 25K Women's Classic
25K Men's Freestyle 25K Women's Freestyle
50K Men's Classic 50K Women's Classic
50K Men's Freestyle 50K Women's Freestyle

 Contact Information

Assistance with online registration / general information
Matthew Yaniro: (518) 302-5312
Email

Course Conditions at the Olympic Sports Complex, Cross Country Center
(518) 523-2811

American Ski Marathon Series
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General Information
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Official Course Inspection 1:00 - 4:00 pm | Registration and bib pickup 4:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
Race events 7:00 am - 3:00 pm | Celebration dinner & awards 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Loppet Registration Fee: $70 (by Dec. 31) | $85 (Jan. 1 - Feb. 21) | $100 (on Feb. 24)
Loppet Registration Fee for 16-17 Mt. Van Hoevenberg Season Passholders: $60 (by Dec. 31) | $75 (Jan. 1 - Feb. 21) | $90 (on Feb. 24)
Loppet Registration Fee for High School & College Students: $30 (by Dec. 31) | $45 (Jan. 1 - Feb. 21) | $50 (on Feb. 24)
***Online Registration for all races CLOSES on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The only way to register after Feb. 21 is in person on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Conference Center. Entry fees will not be refunded if the racer must withdraw for any reason.
Host of fantastic cross country skiing and snowshoeing on world-class groomed trails, and authentic cozy lodges for the perfect warm-up after your ski.
Home of Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country & Biathlon Center, as well as the Bobsled, Luge, and Skeleton Track
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February 24, 2017

1:00 - 4:00 pm- Official Course inspection at Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Ski Center

4:00 - 9:00 pm - Registration and bib pick up at the Lake Placid Conference Center

6:00 - 8:00 pm - Wax Clinic at High Peaks Cyclery

February 25, 2017

7:00 - 8:00 amBib pick-up at Mt. Van Hoevenberg

9:00 am Start 50km Classic Technique Loppet

9:15 amStart 25km Classic Technique Kort Loppet 

10:00 am Start 50km Free Technique Loppet

10:15 amStart 25km Free Technique Kort Loppet

1:00 pmStart 12.5km & 6.25km Citizen's Challenge Races

1:15 pmStart 3km Citizen's Challenge Race

11:00 am - 3:00 pmMusic & party at Mt. Van Hoevenberg

5:00 - 8:00 pmLoppet celebration dinner and awards at the Lake Placid Conference Center

February 26, 2017

10:00 am - 2:00 pmNordic Fest and Kid Fest Activities