Lake Placid Nordic Festival | Mt. Van Hoevenberg
Saturday, Mar. 14 – 8:00 am
The Lake Placid Nordic Festival is a day-long event filled with nordic races for all abilities. This year’s theme is BEACH PARTY, so don your favorite beach attire and get ready to hit the trails on a beautiful ADK spring day.
Lake Placid Loppet
50KM & 25KM RACES
The Lake Placid Loppet is one of the best events of its kind in the country. Over the past 30 years, thousands of skiers have enjoyed skiing and racing on the challenging Mt. Van Hoevenberg trails at the Olympic Sports Complex. The Loppet and Kort-Loppet run on a slightly modified version of the 50km course constructed for the 1980 Winter Olympics, making it one of the most challenging citizen races in the world. This is a perfect race for recreational to expert skiers who are looking for a unique and challenging race. The Lake Placid Loppet is also proud to be a qualifier for the American Birkebeiner and a member of the NENSA Marathon Series.
Citizens Challenge Races
3KM, 6KM, & 12KM RACES
The Citizen Challenge Races are 3km, 6km and 12km in distance and are designed for those who are new to racing or experienced skiers looking for a fun community event. With either the 3km course—slightly challenging, but relatively flat—or the 6km and 12.5km—which includes a couple of short but strenuous uphills—you will be rewarded with camaraderie, pristine conditions and all the fun parts of a large race. Any technique is welcome in this mass start event that is perfect for friends, couples or families who are looking for a healthy tradition. Surrounded by the Lake Placid Nordic Fest and winding on the Olympic Trails of Mt. Van Hoevenberg, this will be a great experience for all participants.
Race Start Times
9:00 am – 50K & 25K Classic Technique
10:30 am – 50K & 25K Free Technique
1:00 pm – 6K & 12K All Techniques
1:15 pm – 3km All Techniques
Weather Conditions & Event Postponement
In the event there is insufficient snow cover, the race organizers will decide on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 whether to hold the event as scheduled. It is the responsibility of the participant to check on the status of the race. Race conditions and changes will be posted on this page and will be available by calling the Cross Country Lodge at (518) 523-2811. No refunds or credits will be made to competitors unable to compete on the alternate date. Extreme cold or other hazardous weather conditions on race day may cause race organizers to modify or shorten the course to ensure the safety of all competitors.
2020 Loppet & Kort Loppet
By March 7, 2020 – $60 ($5 discount for Mt. Van Hoevenberg Season Passholder and High School or College Students)
March 8 – 11, 2020 – $75 ($5 discount for Mt. Van Hoevenberg Season Passholder and High School or College Students)
In person, March 13, 2020 – $75 ($5 discount for Mt. Van Hoevenberg Season Passholder and High School or College Students)
The price of registration includes a celebration BBQ and a finisher medal.
***Online registration for all Loppet races closes on Wednesday, March 11. The only way to register after Wednesday is in person on Friday, March 13 at Mt. Van Hoevenberg from 4:00 – 7:00 pm during the scheduled bib pick-up time. No registration available on race day.***
Entry fees will not be refunded if the racer must withdraw for any reason.
Entries are not transferable and race officials will disqualify any racer using another entrant’s bib.
Citizen Challenge Race Registration
Citizen’s Challenge Races
In-person or online – $30 ($5 discount for Mt. Van Hoevenberg Season Passholder and High School or College Students)
***Online registration for all Citizen Challenge races closes on Wednesday, March 11. The only way to register after Wednesday is in person on Friday, March 13 at Mt. Van Hoevenberg from 4:00 – 7:00 pm or Saturday, March 15 from 7:00 am – 11:00 am.***
The price of registration includes a celebration BBQ.
Bib pick-up will be Friday, March 13 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 14 from 7:00 – 11:00 am at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.