Loppets are cross-country skiing events, offering friendly races in a social environment. While some participants are passionate competitors, many simply enjoy the ride, finishing 5 km – 40 km distances at their own pace. All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. The term “loppet” has Scandinavian roots, with significance in our sport’s culture across the globe.
Loppets bring Nova Scotia skiers together. We find motivation by skiing as a group. We cheer each other on, appreciate winter’s landscape, and celebrate afterwards.
Loppet itineraries are all unique. Nova Scotia loppets may include: socials after the event, draws for prizes, awards, pot-luck, prizing for winners, hand-crafted wooden medals for all, or cookie races for youngsters. One thing all lopets have in common is lots of skiers having lots of fun!
|Host||NS XC ski clubs|
|Ages||3 yrs – unlimited|
|Abilities||First-timer to expert|
|Distance||5km – 40km|
|Technique||Classic, skate or freestyle|
|Post-race gathering||Many host socials|
|Honey Pot Loppet||Arctic Fox XC Ski Club||TBD||Victoria Park|
|North Highlands Nordic Loppet||North Highlands Nordic||TBD||Cape North|
|Halifax Nordic Loppet||Halifax Nordic||TBD||TBD|
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LOPPET: /’loʊ.pɛt./ Scandinavian origin. A large cross-country skiing event held on a groomed trail, offering choice of techniques as classic, skate, or freestyle; over distances of 5km – 40km (classic Vasaloppet in Sweden, 90km). Historically, many offer rest or food stations along the way, with great celebrations afterwards. XC skiing originated in Northern Scandinavia over 5,000 years ago. Numerous languages use the word “Loppet” with no modifications, and maintain its festive traditions.
The Gatineau Loppet is the largest international loppet held in Canada, attracting over 2,500 skiers from beginner-through-elite, who participate in races from 2km – 51km. A member of the Worldloppet league, it is part of a circuit of the 20 biggest cross-country ski races around the world. The Gatineau Loppet is an annual ritual for many Nova Scotia skiers. Thousands of like-minded people of all ages and abilities find the courage to race, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie.
CANADIAN BIRKEBEINER | AB | Feb 12-14, 2021
Enjoy a three-day celebration of cross country skiing and Nordic Legends. The Birkie is Western Canada’s Premier Nordic Ski Event, offering races from 500m – 55km. Formed in 1985, the Birkie continues the tradition of honouring perseverance, courage and fortitude – as well as lots of Nordic Fun for the whole family! The Birkie is founded upon the historic rescue of an infant Norwegian prince, by two Birkebeiner Warriors in 1206, who carried him 55 km on skis to safety. The Birkie includes a 55 km race where participants carry a 5.5 kg pack, to symbolize the infant prince.
Internationally, large-scale loppets attract thousands of skiers. Ski marathons of 90 km distances draw the world’s best cross-country skiers and amateurs, to the same start line. The global scene is full of energy – packed with spectators celebrating everything about cross-country skiing.
VASALOPPET | Sweden | Feb 26 – Mar 7, 2021
The Vasaloppet is the world’s largest cross-country ski race. Since 1922, over 1.5 million skiers have crossed the finish line, which includes races from 5 km – 90 km. Three Nova Scotia skiers from North Highlands Nordic, have completed the 90 km historic race – Kris Doyon, Daniel Murray, and Ian Murray. This race pays tribute to Gustav Vassa, a revolutionary on cross-country skis, who led a rebellion against Danish rule in 1520.
“It was magical to participate in an event that celebrates a nation’s existence with a participation-based sporting event. It was more than an accomplishment to finish the Vasaloppet, it was being able to participate in living history. If you want to feel the pulse of Sweden, do the Vasaloppet.”DANIEL MURRAY | NS SKIER | 2 x VASALOPET COMPETITOR
Your opportunity to travel, gaining insight into other cultures. Ski around the world through the Worldloppet series. Worldloppet is an international sports federation of cross-country skiing marathons. The aim of Worldloppet is to promote the sport of cross-country skiing, by focusing on popular skiing through the various ski races around the world. Only one and the best ski marathon from a country can be a member of Worldloppet. Currently, the Worldloppet includes 20 long-distance ski races from Europe, America, Asia and Oceania.
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