Annual Mount Spokane Loppet Celebrates the Close of the 2018 Snow Season

Join the Spokane Nordic Ski Association on Sunday, March 11, 2018 for the annual Spokane Nordic Challenge

Unlike Mount Spokane’s annual 38-years-running 10 km Langlauf (German for “cross country skiing”), held each February, the Loppet (from Norwegian løpet, “ski marathon”) is an event characterized by long trails for cross country skiers. Participants in the Loppet may ski a 20 km loop or a 30 km loop; longer-distance skiers may complete a 50 km course that combines both loops.

Ready to Ski (photo credit Joe Korus)

Mount Spokane’s Loppet has a long history of celebrating the close to the snow season. “It’s held at the end of the season so people have a chance to train for it,” said Brad Thiessen, the director of engagement for the Spokane Nordic Ski Association. “It’s a chance wind up the year. It kind of becomes a season ending party.”

Ski Patrol’s Ted Barnwell Warms Frozen Energy Gels over the Fire (photo credit Ted Barnwell)

Cross country skiers of all ages are encouraged to participate in the Loppet. Thanks in part to the Mount Spokane Nordic Kids ski program, the young ones have had a great time racing in past years. The Loppet can be as competitive or not as each skier, regardless of age, would like. The idea is to have fun and to celebrate the later days of a wonderfully snowy season out there on the trails.

Find more information and register for the 2018 Loppet through the Spokane Nordic Ski Association. And if you’re more of a skijorer, check out the first annual BarkerBeiner happening the same weekend, on Saturday, March 10.