It’s time for the 31st annual Vancouver Island Loppet.
Mount Washington and the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club have been busy getting things ready for the popular long distance ski race, which takes place on Mount Washington on Saturday, April 13. However, skiers should note that registration closes on Thursday, April 11 at 11:59 p.m., and they say, “Absolutely no late entries will be accepted.”
Loppet literally means “long haul” in Swedish. The VI Loppet is actually five events in one. There is a full loppet of 30km, a half loppet of 15km, a team loppet of 3 x 10km, a youth loppet of 5km, and a cookie loppet for ages six and under of 2km.
Skiers travel from all over Vancouver Island, Western Canada, and as far away as Europe and New Zealand to participate in the event.
“It’s really a great way to end the cross-country ski season or to prepare for the Snow to Surf,” organizers say, “It’s a beautiful course through rolling terrain in and out of Strathcona Park in a festive atmosphere – it should be on everyone’s bucket list!”
For more information and to register, visit the website StrathconaNordics.com.
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