Registration for the 2019 Floppet is open!
The 2019 Floppet
Presented by The North Face
This year the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes, in partnership with the Falcon Sports Club, will be hosting its second annual Floppet loppet Ski Race on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
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 Tadpole Kids Race: ~1.7km
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. On Saturday night, the eve of the Floppet, there will be a celebration feast, bib pick-up and concert in the chalet by a local Winnipeg band (TBD!).
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 Floppet is presented by...
NEW THIS YEAR!
KIDZ TADPOLE RACE! 1.7KM
$5 entree fee, 10 and under, parents/guardians can ski along too! Register on Zone4 or in person at the Racer Kit pick up.
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.
*subject to change
5:00-7:30 - Apres Ski and Racer Kit Pick-Up
6:30 - Feast
7:30 - Concert
8:30-9:30 - Racer Kit Pick-Up
9:35am - Racer Meeting at the Start Line for Walleye + Pike Classic
9:45am - Walleye + Pike Classic Start
9:50am - Racer Meeting at the Start Line for Walleye + Pike Skate Start
10am - Walleye + Pike Skate Start
10:05am - Racer Meeting at the Start Line for Minnow Classic + Skate Start
10:15am - Minnow Classic + Skate Start
10:20am - Tadpole Start
10am-3:30pm - Floppet Village
3pm - Course Closed
3:30pm - Awards Ceremony
Where to stay in Falcon Lake?
There are many great places to stay in Falcon Lake for the Floppet weekend...
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!
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!!??