Lakes Loppet

and Family Marathon - not just a race but an event!!

“The Loppet means different things to participants.  For some it’s intense competition, for others it’s a relaxing way to spend a day outside, taking in the pristine beauty of the country side or wilderness, and enjoying the home grown entertainment and great food and drink at the rest stops along the trail.”  Excerpt from Cross Country Canada website

The 2018 Lakes Loppet and Family Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, March 4th.  It’s a fun day for everyone – ski your distance – challenge yourself to new trails…

Here are the different routes to ski (just click on the pink text to download the map):

‘Epic’ route – 50 km takes you over hill and dale!  Lakes_Loppet_The_Epic_50k 2016-01-28

‘Viewpoint’ route – 20 km that takes you to the top of the hill for a grand view. Lakes_Loppet_Viewpoint_20k

‘Flatlander’ – 15 km route that takes you out past the outhouse into the Burns Lake Community Forest and over to the dog trails. Lakes_Loppet_Flatlander_15k

‘Participaction’ is a series of three different trails with the family in mind.  Lakes_Loppet_Participaction_5k

Entry Fees:
$25 per person or $50 for a family (up to 2 adults and any number of related children under the age of 19)

Your entry fee entitles you to snacks and liquid refreshments around the trails at designated stations and a hot lunch at the end of it all.  Please ensure that you supplement these refreshments with plenty of water of your own and other snacks for along the route.

Please consider registering in advance at Zone4 by following this link  It sure helps limit congestion on Sunday morning!!
Advance Registration will be open from 0800 hours on Monday, February 15th to midnight on Friday, February 26th
You may also register in person on Sunday, February 28th starting at 0900 hours

The 2015 Lakes Loppet was held on Sunday, March 1st.  Here are the final results for those who were timed: Loppet results 2015-03-01

My apologies to all those families who did the various Participaction trails as I did not get your final times recorded – I know you all did a fantastic job skiing around the trails multiple times!!

64 skiers aged 3 – 73 skied a variety of trails and terrain from just a few kilometres up to 50 kilometres.  Congratulations to everyone that came out for an excellent day of skiing and camaraderie.  The conditions were perfect!!

And thanks to all the volunteers who make these events a success – from all the groomers who spent hours in the machines, to set-up/take-down people and the concession.  And especially to all those businesses in Burns Lake that generously donated to our door prizes – they were awesome (especially the pink beanbag chair!!).

Many thanks to Burns Lake Community Forest whose donation helped us update our signage and groom the trails early in the season; to Free Growing Forestry for printing all our maps and to Lakes District Free Classifieds for ensuring all the signs got laminated on time.

The 2014 Lakes Loppet was held on Sunday, February 23rd.     

We tried a new format in 2014 by offering a variety of trail distances.  54 skiers registered and skied from 5 km to 50 km.  Skies were sunny and bright (and pretty cold to start out) but it was a great day for a ski!!

Not everyone chose to get timed but we gave out two prizes for the fastest man and woman in the ‘Epic – 50 km’ category.  The winners were Tony Fiala of Prince George and Susan Russell of Burns Lake.  They were both presented with wooden plaques generously donated by Tree to Tree Contracting (Chris Paulson).  We also had a table full of door prizes generously donated by merchants of Burns Lake.