2012 City of Lakes Loppet

February 1, 2012

Wondering what to do this weekend?  Getting outside and enjoying this unseasonably warm weather is just the ticket! Visit the City of Lakes Loppet!

The Loppet is held every year, but this year, due to the non-Minnesotan weather we’ve been having, it will take place completely in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Every other year, there are festivities in Uptown as well, but the ice is too unstable.

There is lots to do – fun for the whole family!

Saturday, February 4th 9am – 11pm

Some of the MOA’s Family Day events include; snow sculpture contest, The Penn Cycle Loppet, Skijorling Loppet, the super carnival, sprints and the Luminary Loppet and it’s after party. For a detailed event page click here.

Sunday, February 5th 7:30am – 4pm

Some of the Sunday events include; Hoigaard Classic, Freestyle Loppet, Skijorling Championship, and the carnival.

There are many participants in the snow sculpture contest each year. It is fun to walk down the ally of snow art.

Each day, the Surly Beer and Vendor Village is open, serving up hot treats, cold beers, and more!

The most events are free to attend and watch. For detailed parking rules click here; and note that there will be a shuttle every 10 minutes from the Mortenson Construction parking lot. Biking and walking to the event are highly encouraged!

And last by not least, all visitors of the Loppet can enjoy free snow tubing at the park. Kids under 5 should be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about the event, visit their website at: www.cityoflakesloppet.com

Remember to bundle up!

City of Lakes Loppet

February 3, 2011

Have you been to the City of Lakes Loppet in the past? Well this is the year to do it! It’s a fun (and mostly free) event to take your family (or your date!) to. The City of Lakes Loppet is Saturday and Sunday, Feb 5-6 in Uptown near the Lakes. There are lots of things to do and see.

And guess what? It’s supposed to be in the 30s this weekend, a great excuse to get out and enjoy the MN winter. The City of Lakes Loppet is gearing up for the biggest and best weekend ever with around 11,000 participants!

Here are 4 of the 16 events going on on throughout the weekend:

  • Snow Sculpture Contest. Take the kids or your honey to the Mall in Uptown where teams have 4.5 hours to sculpt a prize wining idea out of a 4′ x 4′ x 8′ block of snow. It’s always fun to see what they come up with! FREE to view/ 8am – 12.30. Judging at 12:30.
  • Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet. Skiers AND their dogs ski around Lake of the Isles and finish in uptown. I’ve gone the past few years to view this event and it’s amazing to see… young and old participate in this event. FREE to view/ race starts at 1:30.
  • Luminary Loppet. This ski race around Lake of the Isles is illuminated by 1,000s of lit up ice sculptures. A pretty sight to see on a fun date night! Join the participants at the Tent Party at the Mall in Uptown afterwards for a live band and refreshments. FREE to view/ $10 cover to the Tent Party which starts at 9pm.
  • MN Youth Ski League SuperCarnival. Ski games for the whole family… games, relays, obstacle course AND PRIZES!  Located near the finish line and snow sculptures at the Mall in Uptown. FREE/ Saturday 1:30-3:15 and Sunday 11-1.

For more information on the events, to volunteer, or participate visit the official website: http://www.cityoflakesloppet.com/

 (all images from the official website)