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2019 Lake Placid Loppet

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.

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 9:00 a.m.
50km Free Technique Loppet 10:30 a.m.
25km Free Technique Kort Loppet 10:30 a.m.
12.5km Citizen's Challenge Race 1:00 p.m.
6.5km Citizen's Challenge Race 1:00 p.m.
3km Citizen's Challenge Race 1:15 p.m.

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. 

Race Registration

2018/19 Loppet Registration Fees

Registration Dates Cost 2018/19 Mt. Van Hoevenberg Season Pass Holder High School / College Student
By Dec. 31, 2018 $70 $60 $30
Jan. 1 - Mar. 14, 2019 $85 $75 $45
In person* $100 $90 $60
*In person registration available on Friday, March 15 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 16 from 7:00 - 8:30 am.
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.

2019 Citizen's Challenge Registration Fees

Cost 2018/19 Mt. Van Hoevenberg Season Pass Holder High School / College Student
$25 $20 $20
*In person registration available on Saturday, March 16 from 7:00 am - 12:30 pm at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
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.

Awards & Celebration BBQ

Awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each class age category. Additional awards will be presented to the fastest man, women, youngest, and oldest finishers. Awards will be presented at the Celebration BBQ immediately following the races.

The Celebration Barbecue will take place on Saturday, March 16 following the last race of the day at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. This is included in your race fee if you've registered for the Loppet. Your finisher medal will be your entry into the BBQ.

Additional tickets may be purchased for friends and family members ($30 for Adults, $25 for Juniors) at registration. 

Registration Changes

***Online registration for all races closes on Wednesday, March 13 at 11:59 PM ET. The only way to register for the Loppet after Wednesday is in person at Mt. Van Hoevenberg on Friday, March 15 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 16 from 7:00 - 8:30 am. Citizen's Challenge participants may register on race day from 7:00 am - 12:30 pm at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.***

  • Once entry is received, competitors have until 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, March 13 to change race distance and/or technique. There will be absolutely NO changes accepted 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 15 at the Cross Country Lodge at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. There will be in-person registration and bib pick-up on race day, Saturday, March 16 from 7:00 - 8:30 am for the Loppet at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. Citizen's Challenge Race participants may register from 7:00 am - 12:30 pm 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. 15 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm Mt. Van Hoevenberg
In Person Registration/Bib Pick-up Saturday, Mar. 16 from 7:00 - 8:30 am (12:30 pm for Citizen's Challenge) Mt Van Hoevenberg

Race Results

For race results from this historic event, head to the results page here

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 9
ADK Citizens Challenge Race Series
Later Event: March 16
ADK Citizens Challenge Race Series