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Latest News

Tuesday, Jan 7

Banff shuttle to LL: Space is still available on our shuttle departing Banff’s Central Park at 0700h, arriving at the Chateau by 0800h. Cost is $15 cash at the bus (small, unmarked bills preferred).

If you didn't sign up for the shuttle during registration and would like to take advantage of this service, please email ac.teppol|ofni#ac.teppol|ofni. Similarly, if you need to cancel your shuttle booking, please advise by sending an email.

These buses will also transport skiers, at no charge, between checkpoints and then rotate between the finish line at Sawback to both Central Park and the Banff Centre from about 1230h until 1530h.

Saturday, Jan 5

Following a great dump of snow on Thursday, trail packing and track setting have begun. And we even have a ParksCan permit! Crews were out today snowshoeing/“ski touring” the Hillsdale Split (leg 4) and initial sled passes of leg 3. Short sections of leg 2 east and west of Baker Creek are currently closed because of ongoing AltaLink power line work, but they will be available for us to track set after the 15th. At this time, perhaps the nicest portion is Castle Lookout westbound towards Protection Mountain Campground and return. See you on the trail!

Eastbound, ascending Hillsdale Split
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Jan 3, 2019

HNY all! This is a reminder that the deadline for partial refunds ($35) is tomorrow, Friday, Jan 4 by 8 pm. Please send a note to ac.teppol|oj#ac.teppol|oj that you are unable to attend (Sorry to hear that.) and we will pass your spot onto someone in the waiting pool.

Dec 17, 2018

The Mountaineer Lodge in Lake Louise is offering a 15% discount for Fri/18 and/or Sat/19 nights, if you book directly with them. Just mention "LL to Banff Loppet".

Dec 4, 2018

Thanks to all who registered last Saturday and will be joining us on Sunday, Jan 20. We have closed the waiting pool list with 25 skiers hoping for a loppet entry. We would appreciate hearing from any registered skiers who cannot ski the loppet, so that we can offer their spot to someone on the list.

Dec 1, 2018

If you were unsuccessful at registering for the 2019 Loppet, a waiting pool has been created. Send the solo or team members' names, ages, and phone numbers to ac.teppol|ofni#ac.teppol|ofni; you will be contacted if spaces open up.

Nov 28, 2018

A reminder that the 2019 registration opens this Saturday, December 1 at 0800h MST on Zone4.ca. Please have your demographic information at the ready, including (if appropriate) team member names, ages, and phone numbers.

The 50km (4 legs) loppet will occur on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Nov 8, 2018

Our Environmental Assessment has been approved by Parks Canada. Start your training. Loppet on!

Nov 2, 2018

Hi friends,

After a one year hiatus, our loppet is returning to the valley! The Bow Valley Parkway reopened this summer following a major road rebuild at Morant’s Curve (leg 1). Pending Parks Canada’s approval of our Environmental Impact Assessment, the loppet will be held on Sunday, January 20 (snow/cold weather backup date of Sunday, January 27.) After lengthy discussions with Parks, we are no longer able to ski through the ‘backswamp’ (leg 5); thus the 2019 loppet will be on our previously used 50km course, ending at the Sawback picnic area. Four legs with 200 skiers (solo or teams of 2, 3 or 4. No solo and team members combined). Free bus shuttles will bring skiers from the Sawback finish line back to Banff's Central Park and to the Banff Centre. We plan to open online registration on Zone4 at 0800h (MST), Saturday, December 1.

Now, many of us (organizers, participants and volunteers) have all felt the ‘loppet love’, but several committee members are feeling the need to take the hefty loppet retirement package. As a committee, we didn’t want 2017 to have been the unintended final loppet after so many great years. Perhaps 30 loppets?! That being said, the committee is looking for some of you nordic ski enthusiasts to pick up the cause for future loppets by joining the organizing committee and assuming some of our roles. Feel confident that the transition would be well supported by outgoing members. Plus, there’s the use of the corporate jet.

In the meantime, start your taper.

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Race Details

Registration

Zone4.ca
Race Day is Sunday January 20, 2019
Backup is Sunday January 27, 2019

Links

Ski Here
Parks Canada
Nordic Centre
XC Ski Technique

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