Loppet’s ice luminaries, snow sculpture and skiing moved to Theodore Wirth Park

Faced with unseasonably warm temperatures, weak ice conditions and a snow drought, all events associated with this year’s City of Lakes Loppet will be held in Theodore Wirth Park. Originally, festival organizers had hoped to hold events on the Chain of Lakes and move the finish to Hennepin Avenue in Uptown; however, the weather didn’t cooperate.

Theodore Wirth Park has a 3.5 kilometer loop of artificial snow that will withstand warm temperatures and will provide great skiing. For Saturday, the 3.5 kilometer loop will accommodate all events. For Sunday, the distances will be significantly reduced and the skiers will need to do multiple laps.

The Loppet — set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4 and 5 — will include these and other activities:

Shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend. Families will have an opportunity to view the snow sculptures, watch the skijoring and the ice bike race, participate in skiing races and events, check out the vendors in the big tent and even go tubing at the Wirth Park tubing hill.

For more information, visit http://www.cityoflakesloppet.com.


Published Feb 1, 2012