Presented by The North Face
This year the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes, in partnership with the Falcon Sports Club, will be hosting its first annual Floppet loppet Ski Race on March 3, 2018.
This unique nordic ski race will wind through the wild and majestic woods of the boreal forest that surround the ski hill. The trails are well known for their pristine groomed condition, great scenery, and lots of elevation changes. Participants will have the option to choose either classic or skate technique and from three different race distances...
- The Minnow: ~7.5km
- The Walleye: ~17.5km
- The Northern Pike: ~35km long
Along the way, participants will have the chance to stop at various festive check-points to indulge in some authentic Whiteshell culture. At the end of the day there will be a large celebration feast, awards ceremony and concert in the 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, downhill skiing and snowboarding at the ski hill. The Falcon Beach Ranch will also be providing sleigh rides throughout the weekend.
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What 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.
Floppet Schedule (***subject to change***)
Saturday, March 3rd
- 8:30-9:20: Racer Kit Pick-Up
- 9:30am - Racer Meeting
- 9:45am - Walleye + Pike Classic Start
- 10am - Walleye + Pike Skate Start
- 10:15am - Minnow Classic + Skate Start
- 3pm - Course Closed
- 3:30pm - Awards Ceremony
- 10am-3:30pm - Floppet Village
- 1pm-5pm - Post Race Sauna and Polar Bear Swim
- 5:30pm - Floppet Feast
- 6:30pm - Red Moon Road Concert
Included in your Floppet Registration
- Access to the Floppet Race Courses
- Racer lunch - Soup and a North Face Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 1 Victory Lake of the Woods Brewing Company Beer
- Souvenir North Face racer bib
- 2018 Floppet Sticker for your skis
- Aid station access (warm Gatorade, water and snacks)
- First aid services
- Opportunity to purchase tickets to the Floppet Feast
Changes to your Registration
Racers can make changes to their registration (technique and distance) up until March 1st at midnight. Racers will not be refunded the difference in race fees if they change from a longer distance to a shorter distance. If racers would like to change to a longer distance they will need to pay the difference in fees first, please contact Caleigh at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this. There are no fees associated with changing technique.
No refunds will be offered if the event must be altered or cancelled due to any circumstance. Deferral of registration fees to the 2019 Floppet may be offered if withdrawal is received no later than Friday, February 23rd 2018 and is for legitimate reasons. To withdraw, email: email@example.com
Floppet Feast Tickets
- Time: 5:30pm
- Location: Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes Chalet
- Price: $25/adult, $10/child (12-) plus tax
- Includes: Dinner, dessert, tea/coffee and concert by Red Moon Road
Floppet Feast tickets must be purchased in advance (no later than February 23rd) in order for us to make sure there is enough grub! Tickets can be purchased with your registration or by contacting Caleigh Christie (firstname.lastname@example.org). There will also be beer, wine and drinks available for sale at the Falcon Ridge Cafe. There are a limited number of tickets for the evening so get yours today! Concert (only) tickets may be available at the door subject to availability.
Racers will need to bring their own grip wax for the start of the race, but during the race can re-apply in the Floppet Village courtesy of Olympia Cycle and Ski (Portage Ave). YES Ski Wax will also have a tent up in the Floppet Village and will be providing free glide waxes during and after the race on a first come first serve basis.
Where to stay in Falcon Lake?
There are many great places to stay in Falcon Lake for the Floppet weekend...
- Falcon Trails Resort
- Located on-site at the ski hill, Falcon Trails Resort has 11 beautiful, lake-front cabins with private hot-tubs to rent. Floppet participants get first crack at booking cabins for the weekend! Register for the 2018 Floppet and call to book your Falcon Trails cabin before January 31st!
- Falcon Beach Ranch
- Just a short 15 minute drive from the ski hill, the Falcon Beach Ranch has 3 gorgeously authentic log cabins perched high on a rocky ridge over-looking the ranch. Did you know that our local, 2-time Olympic biathlete, Megan Imrie, grew up here!!??