The Floppet: Falcon Lake Loppet Invitation
This year the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes, in partnership with the Falcon Sports Club, will be hosting its first annual loppet Ski Race on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
This unique nordic ski race will wind through the wild and majestic woods that surround the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes. The trails are well known for their pristine groomed condition, great scenery, and lots of elevation changes. There will be three race distances for participants to choose from…
- The Minnow: ~7.5km
- The Walleye: ~17.5km
- The Northern Pike: ~35km long
Along the way, participants will have the option to stop at various festive rest stops to indulge in some authentic Whiteshell culture. Including prospector trapper tents, grilled cheese stations by The North Face, beer by the Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, YES wax tune-ups and more! At the end of the day there will be a large celebration feast, awards ceremony and concert in the cozy little ski chalet by local musical favorites Red Moon Road.
The event is very much geared towards spectators so bring your friends and family! There will be plenty of things for them to do during the whole weekend such as tubing, skating, and downhill skiing and snowboarding at the ski hill. The Falcon Beach Ranch just a 15 minute drive away will also be providing trail rides throughout the weekend.
Early bird for registration ends on January 31st AND until that date Floppet registrants will have the exclusive opportunity to book a Falcon Trails Resort cabin located right on site. Authentic log cabins are also available at the Falcon Beach Ranch! So register today!
What the Dickens is a Loppet???
The term “Loppet” originated in Scandinavia where you have great events such as the Mora Vasaloppet in Sweden and the Birke Beinerrennet in Norway. It is a great gathering of nordic skiers who ski on a specifically groomed trail either classic (diagonal stride) or free (skating technique) of various distances with the longest distance being up to 50km long. The event is often much more festive than your traditional ski race and after there’s a party and celebratory feast with awards and prizes and usually music.
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, snacks and drink at the rest stops along the trail.