LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Due to a very cold weather forecast, the 22nd annual Lake Placid Loppet cross country ski races, scheduled for this weekend, have been postponed until Saturday, February 7 at the Verizon Sports Complex Cross Country Ski Center.
The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) is following weather guidelines as stated by the US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) as well as the International Ski Federation (FIS).
The annual event attracts hundreds of skiers from across the country and consists of a 50 kilometer Loppet (30.1 miles) and a 25-kilometer Kort-Loppet (about 15 miles). The Loppet is two 25 kilometer loops and the Kort-Loppet is just one.
As of January 22, approximately 400 skiers have registered for this event.
The Loppet and Kort-Loppet is run on a slightly modified version of the 1980 Winter Games course and is more challenging than most citizen race courses. The altitude ranges from 1,860 feet to 2,460 feet with the longest climb being 230 vertical feet. The total amount of vertical climb is just under 3,700 feet or 1,850 feet for the Kort-Loppet.
There will be classic technique and free technique race starts for both the 25K and 50K races. On race day, February 7, bib pick-up and late registration runs from 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. The 50K classic technique race begins at 9 a.m. followed by the 25K classic race at 9:15 a.m. The 50K free technique race starts at 10 a.m. and the 25K free technique race will follow at 10:15 a.m.