Lake Placid Nordic Festival
Sat, 03/14/20

Lake Placid Loppet


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 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.


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!


CROSS COUNTRY SIDE - Follow Ladies 5 to Main Street (jct #21), take left on East Hill Express. Take left down East Hill. Take right to the Loppet Cutover. Turn right onto East Mt. (yellow). Turn left at jct #36 onto Porter Mt. (white). Bypass Peggy's Puddle.
Ski Cascade Loop, 5km feed station will be on left by route 73. Bypass Horseshoe Loop. Bypass Big Rock Loop. Bypass Horseshoe Loop again. 10 km feed station will be on your right after long, straight downhill. Left onto East Mt. and climb Harry's Hill.
At top of Harry's Hill stay right to avoid the "Russian Complaint". At jct #29 (mapboard) turn right to continue on East Mt. At intersection JUST BEFORE East Mt. trail takes a hard left (beginning of Skate Start), take two consecutive lefts to complete a 180 degree turn. Ski Innerloopen BACKWARDS. In the Mini-Stadium turn left and merge onto Ladies 5k inbound to stadium. 13 km feed station in stadium. At west end of stadium (by American flag) take right onto FLATLANDER (BACKWARDS).
Enter Campground trail and pass Josie's cabin (on your right). Take left shortcut to Spruce (zig-zag). Go over bridge with flags.
Take left upon entering biathlon field and onto Deer Run. Pass by double tubes (on your left) and head down Brookside. At jct #2 stay left over bridge to follow Three Trails. Just after jct #5 trail diverges-follow Perimeter Left. Follow Perimeter to jct #11.
At jct #11 ski against traffic on Northbrook to jct #10 and 18 km feed station (picnic table). At #10 ski against traffic on Three Trails. When Three Trails turns 90 degrees left continue straight on Deer Run (backwards). At the next intersection turn left onto Beech Hill. At jct #9 turn left to stay on Beech Hill. At jct #7 stay straight and follow Three Trails around the Dog Bone. At the next 4 way intersection turn right and join Three Trails.
Take sharp left at the infamous "blue bag" to remain on 3 Trails Cut-Off. After crossing bridge, rejoin Brookside by taking left.
- Follow Brookside to large, open 3-way intersection (end of 3 Trails). Continue STRAIGHT and pass to left of biathlon finish bridge. Ski past biathlon range, thru field and right onto Wabbit Way. Take right onto Perimeter.
Ski to end of perimeter (through outer tube). Take left onto Flatlander extension (backwards). Take right and a quick left onto Flatlander plus. Merge onto Flatlander (2-way section for 200 meters). Take left onto Bobcat. 25k: ski behind timing building to finish.
50k: take left onto yellow snowshoe trail to lap (pass 25 km feed station at end of stadium).


***Online registration for all Loppet races closes on Wednesday, March 11. The only way to register after Wednesday is in person on Friday, March 13 at Mt. Van Hoevenberg from 4:00 - 7:00 pm during the scheduled bib pick-up time.***

  • 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 March 11 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 and In Person Registration will take place from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, March 13 at the Cross Country Lodge at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. There will be no registration on race day, however you can pick up your bib from 7:00 to 8:00 am Saturday, March 14 at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. Entrants will receive a race packet containing their numbered bib with chip timing and final race instructions


In the event there is insufficient snow cover, the race organizers will decide on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 whether to hold the event as scheduled. 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


The 3km, 6km and 12km races are designed for those who are new to racing or experienced skiers looking for a community event that is fun. With either the 3km course—slightly challenging, but relatively flat—or the 6km—which includes a couple of short but strenuous uphills—you will be rewarded with camaraderie, 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.


All courses leave the XC stadium and follow the Loppet course for 1 km from the start line, but then veer left away from the Loppet, staying on the flatter terrain surrounding Josie's Cabin. At the Bailey Bridge (bridge with flags), the 3km course will continue on the flats and finish into the stadium on the Flatlander Trail. The 6/12km course will cross over the bridge (2 km) and make it's way onto Perimeter (skied backwards). After a left onto Wabbit's Way, skiers will descend into "The Hole," and basically do the 2 km biathlon course, which involves 2 ups and downs that require intermediate ability. This includes briefly joining the main course of the Loppet, with a stop at a remote feed station, complete with a warming fire and kids cheering with cowbells. After another kilometer of flat terrain, the course merges with the Loppet course into the double tubes, and climbs an easy grade to the stadium. This loop is done once for the 6km and twice for the 12km.

There will be one mass start for each of the techniques, and an additional feeding station within the stadium. The 12km & 6km races will both begin at 1:00 pm, with the 3km race starting at 1:15 pm.

189 Bobsled Run Lane
Lake Placid,
New York
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