Lake Placid Nordic Festival

2017 Lake Placid Nordic Festival

The Lake Placid Nordic Festival takes place on March 17 - 19, 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 Lake Placid Loppet Cocktail party (free for Loppet registrants) from 4:00 - 9:00 pm Friday, March 17th at the Lake Placid Conference Center, and the Loppet Dinner (free for Loppet registrants) from 5:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday, March 18th at the Lake Placid Conference Center. 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 3K, 6.25K and 12.5K races are designed for those who are new to racing or experienced skiers looking for a community event that is fun. Taking place on a 6.25K course that is slightly challenging, but relatively flat, you will be rewarded with comradery, 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.

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!

Loppet Schedule:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Official Course Inspection                          1-4 p.m.

Registration & Bib Pickup                          4-7 p.m.

Wax Clinic                                                    5-7 p.m.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bib Pickup                                                     7-8 a.m.

50km Classic Technique Loppet               9 a.m.

25km Classic Technique Kort Loppet       9:15 a.m.

50km Free Technique Loppet                   10 a.m.

25km Free Technique Kort Loppet           10:15 a.m.

12.5km Ski Challenge                                1 p.m.

6.25km Ski Challenge                                1 p.m.

3km Ski Challenge                                      1:15 p.m.