Spokane Nordic Challenge
20 / 30 / 50km Ski Loppet
CANCELLED FOR THE 2021 SEASON
Loppet 2020 wrap-up:
103 skiers took part in what we think was the 26th running of the Spokane Nordic Challenge Loppet on Mt. Spokane... another celebration of the end of the ski season on what turned out to be a near-perfect ski day!
Participants from ages 9 to 71 and as far away as Salt Lake City skied 20, 30 or 50k, then were rewarded with a 3-soup feast in the Lodge prepared by Nora Graebner. The aid station was staffed by 5 members of the Nordic Rangers group, who camped overnight with their dads. Sam Schlieder once again marked and took down the course. Phenomenally, 29 volunteers stepped up to fill every single volunteer spot!
Huge thanks to sponsors Fitness Fanatics for funding the meal, Hammer Nutrition for energy food and hydration, and IEP for use of the trails. Many, many thanks to State Parks for partnering with Spokane Nordic on all programs and events and providing the services needed to keep the Nordic ski area running.
Sunday March 8, 2020
Gorgeous trails, tremendous grooming, and a cool vibe … whether 20, 30 or 50k, competitive or just as a personal goal, the Spokane Nordic Challenge Loppet on Sunday March 10 is your ultimate season-ender.
What's a Loppet, you ask? It's the Scandinavian term for a long-distance cross country ski event that can be either recreational or competitive. You won't find it in the scrabble dictionary, but it'll never leave your memory once you've skied it.
The course is groomed for Classic and Skate. If doing the 50k, you can come into the Selkirk Lodge to switch skis between loops (although it will add an extra kilometer to your distance).
Proceeds benefit Spokane Nordic Ski Association programs, trail maintenance and improvements.
Date: Sunday March 10, 2018 – Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park
Start times: 50 km: 8:00 a.m. / 30 km: 9:00 a.m. / 20 km: 9:30 a.m.
* Check-in at Selkirk Lodge 20-30 minutes prior to race start time.
Course: The course is a 20k loop and a 10k loop. 30k distance skiers will start with the 20k loop and finish with the 10k loop. 50k distance skiers will repeat the 20k loop and finish with the 10k loop. The aid station will be at Junction 7.
Course Closure Time: For safety reasons, we ask that all skiers be done skiing and exit the course through the finish line by 3:30 pm. so we can record that you have finished and be sure you are safe.
Aid Station: There will be one aid station at Junction 7 stocked with energy food and water. You are advised to bring your own extra nutrition, hydration and weather-appropriate clothing.
Food: There will be hot food and refreshments in the Lodge after the race for all skiers and volunteers.
Timing: Timing will be done by cheering fans at the finish line via Webscorer.
*Be sure to come through the finish line so you are tracked and we know you’re done and safe.
Registration Dates and Costs:
20k: $40 until Feb 21 | $50 until March 5 | $60 on race day
30k: $45 until Feb 21 | $55 until March 5 | $65 on race day
50k: $55 until Feb 21 | $65 until March 5 | $75 on race day
*no guarantee of shirt after Feb 25
*on-line registration ends March 5 at 11:59 p.m.
*no guarantee of shirt after 11:59 pm, Feb 25.
*all registrations are final and non-refundable.
Besides the satisfaction of achieving your personal goals in the company of the best ski community in the Northwest, Everyone who registers by Midnight March 1 gets a high-quality stylin' event t-shirt to wear proudly throughout the year.
Not into the long ski? VOLUNTEER!
You'll have loads of fun and help make the day a success.
See the list of slots here, then sign up online.
Download course map pdf via link at top of page.