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 5km-40km distances at their own pace. All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. Loppets are a fantastic reason to visit a neighbouring club. 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! Additional loppet facts below:

· Host – Nova Scotia Cross-Country Ski Clubs

· Ages – 3 Years-to-Grand Master

· Abilities – Beginner-to-Expert

· Distance – 5km-40km

· Start – Mass

· Timed – Yes

· Technique – Classic, Skate or Freestyle

· Post-Race Gathering – Many Host Socials

View 2021 loppet dates in our events Calendar.

Did You Know?

Skier in photo – Bryan Scallion

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.


Loppets hold many stories of camaraderie, inspiration, traditions, and good times. They are uplifting events offering something for everyone. Do you have a story to share? Please send along, nsxcski@gmail.com.


Racing for Honey “77

May 8, 2020 – The origin of Nova Scotia’s longest running loppet and why a pot of honey still rewards skiers at this annual event. A conversation with Dianne Powell about the history of the Honey Pot Loppet. 1978 Mail Star article reporting Honey Pot results. The second edition of the loppet. (Article from Bryan Scallion’s coach album.) Bryan Scallion’s…


Racing for Cookies!

Join the excitement of the “Cookie Race” at North Highlands Nordic. It’s a day of serious fun for our youngest competitors… that really hooks them on cross-country skiing. “Good luck to everybody. Everybody’s a winner. Go!” — Rosemary Algar, Cookie Race starting line.

Loppet Highlights – North Highlands Nordic

Experience good times, friendly people, expertly groomed course, potluck meal, reliable snow, world-class scenery, hand-crafted wooden medals… and dedicated volunteers. Schedule the annual NHN loppet into your calendar – it’s been held every year for the past 32 years.

2019 Loppet – “You Folks Have the Right Attitude”

It’s the start of the 2019 NHN Loppet. Another great day on the trails enjoyed by many. “You folks have the right attitude. This is just a fun event.” — Linda Murray, NHN President, at the start line.


· 2020 NHN

· 2019 NHN

· 2017 NHN

· 2016 NHN

· 2014 NHN

· 2013 Honey Pot Loppet

· 2013 NHN Cookie Race