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6 PM Saturday Jan 18

Tomorrow’s loppet has your name written all over it! At 4:30pm it was -10C at the Chateau on Lake Louise! Forecast is an overnight low of -17C in LL, morning high of -11C and a Banff high of -2C.

Course info:
Leg 1:
- like last year, a quick climb off the lake to above the upper parking lot, fast winding descent (groomed, no track) to join the top of the Tramline trail
- Morant’s Curve: there is sufficient snow to ski on the groomed road shoulder up to rejoin the track (800m length)
Leg 2: marvellous!
Leg 3:
- after 3k from start at Castle Lookout, some water on groomed trail / flagged
- shortly after, there is 4k of set track on a utility road. Groomers did the best they could grooming and setting a track into the handpacked snowroad.
Leg 4:
- descent on Hillsdale Split is groomed, no track.

See you in the morning!

Wednesday Jan 15

The sun and moon are aligning with warmer temps for the end of the week! Current forecasts suggest a Lake Louise low Saturday night of -17C and a Sunday morning high of -12C. The downhill start will be nippy - dress accordingly. Sunday’s high in Banff is -5C.

Track setters will resume grooming tomorrow. Check this website periodically for trail updates. Our final update will be posted by 6 pm Saturday.

Start your taper. Or start your training.

Thursday Jan 9

Volunteers have been busy preparing the loppet trail since last w/e. On leg 1 snow has been moved under the TCH overpasses outside Lake Louise and the snow ramp up to BVP at Morant’s Curve has been completed. On leg 4, the annual AT ascent of the Hillsdale Split was done to pack the snow before our sled was used. On Sunday, leg 2 was groomed and set from Baker Creek to Castle Lookout. It’s beautiful! Other parts of the course will be repacked and track set in the coming days. Check back here for updates.

With the approaching cold snap, we are monitoring various weather forecasts carefully. Our cut-off temp is -22C throughout the event. By the middle of next week when the forecasts are more accurate, the organizers will provide a temperature related update (as planned, delayed start, postponement of one week). The Pineapple Express is expected by the middle of next week when the temperatures are forecasted to warm up again. Yeah!

Skiers are invited to use the shower facilities at the Sally Borden Building at Banff Centre. Free towel and entrance will be given by showing your race bib.

Note however, that the reception scheduled for 4pm is at the Banff Park Lodge (Lynx St., downtown Banff) and NOT at the Kinnear Centre adjacent to the SBB, as has been the case in the past.

Course Inspection

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Course prep

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Wednesday Jan 1

HNY all! This is a reminder that the deadline for partial refunds ($35) is Friday Jan. 3 by 6 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.

The current start list is here.

Monday Dec 23

Here is the current start list. If changes occur, the list will be updated.

  • For Teams: Which skier skis which leg is unimportant to the timekeepers.
  • The Deadline for Partial Refunds: Friday Jan. 3, 2020. Please email us at ac.teppol|ofni#ac.teppol|ofni if you have any name changes or cancellations so that we can offer cancelled spots to skiers in the waiting pool.

Thursday Nov 14

Hello Loppet enthusiasts!

We are pleased to announce that registration will open at 0800h on Zone4.ca on Sunday, December 1, 2019. We have expanded to account for the spring chickens. Categories are as follows (*age on day of competition, January 19, 2020)

Solo Men and Women Categories:
Under 30
Age 30 - 50
Age 50 - 65
Age 65+

Relay Team Categories:
Women
Men
Mixed (mixed-gender)
Mixed 40+ (mixed-gender, average age over 40)
Family (related by blood or marriage)

Thanks for your continued support and see you on the trails!

Wednesday Oct 9

Hello Loppet enthusiasts!

We are excited to inform you that the LL to Banff Loppet and relay will be hosted on Sunday, January 19, 2020. Same course, same format. Heidi Widmer, 28 years old and born and raised in Banff, is a former member of the Canadian and Swiss cross-country national ski teams and couldn’t stand to see the loppet tradition end. Please stay tuned as a green Heidi and an experienced volunteer team work together to keep the experience alive. She may not encourage as much tapering ;)

Monday Jan 21

2019 Lake Louise to Banff Loppet Results

Link to Results Pages


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Race Details

Registration

Register on Zone4
Race Day is Sunday January 19, 2020
Backup is Sunday January 26, 2020

Links

Ski Here
Parks Canada
Nordic Centre
XC Ski Technique

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