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2017 Lake Placid Nordic Festival

The Lake Placid Nordic Festival takes place on March 18, 2017, and includes races for all abilities as well as tons of nordic fun on the Olympic Cross Country ski trails of Mt. Van Hoevenberg. Skiers here have always found trails fit for the Olympian inside them, no matter their ability.

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 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 Celebration BBQ & Awards on Saturday evening following the races at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. 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.

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. 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.

*All Citizen's Challenge Races begin at 1:00 pm

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!

Course Specifications and Maps

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

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.

Weather Conditions & Event Postponement

***Please note: The Lake Placid Nordic Festival has been postponed to March 18, 2017.***

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. 


Race Registration

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 - Mar. 14, 2017 $85 $75 $45
In person Mar. 17, 2017 $100 $90 $60
Price of registration includes the Celebration BBQ & Awards. 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.***

2016-2017 Citizen's 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 - Mar. 14, 2017 $20 $15 $15
In person Mar. 17, 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.
***Race Day Registration available from 7:00 - 11:00 am at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.***

Registration Changes

***Online registration for all races closes on Tuesday, March 14. The only way to register for the Loppet after Tuesday is in person on Friday, March 17 at Mt. Van Hoevenberg from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Citizen's Challenge participants may register on race day from 7:00 - 11:00 am at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.***

  • 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 14 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 7:00 pm on Friday, March 17 at the Cross Country Lodge at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. There will be no registration on race day for the Loppet, however you can pick up your bib from 7:00 to 8:00 am Saturday, March 18 at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. Citizen's Challenge Race participants may register from 7:00 - 11:00 am on Saturday morning 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 and Locations

In Person Registration/Bib Pick-up Friday, Mar. 17 from 4:00 - 9:00 pm Mt. Van Hoevenberg
Bib Pickup Only Saturday, Mar. 18 from 7:00 - 8:00 am Mt Van Hoevenberg

Race Results

2015 Loppet Results

Men'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

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

American Ski Marathon Series

Earlier Event: March 3
XC Junior National Championships