Editor’s note: FasterSkier is fortunate to have the partnership support of The Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon.
The Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon is proud to announce the forming of the Pacific Northwest Loppet Series combining 4 events into one amazing event series. The events are located in Washington State and British Columbia and are structured in a manner that any age can win the series. The various event organizers are intending to join forces to promote cross country skiing as a healthy lifestyle to stay active during the winter months. To win the series athletes don’t have to be at the front of the overall pack. Points are awarded at each event and according to their place in their age category. By doing this the event organizers hope to recognize older athletes that are getting on skis consistently.
April 1st, 2023 – 40km free + April 2nd, 2023 – 40km classic (Vernon, BC)
The Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon (S2S) is a two day, two technique, two distance, two mountain extravaganza! Either race with the elite waves and try and take home some prize money or just come to enjoy the “Finishing is Winning” waves. The S2S is the best way to end your ski season with some of the best snow of the year! Starting in the world class Sovereign Lake Nordic Club and ending on the main street of SilverStar village, athletes can choose from either the 21km or 40km distances. Come join us on either the classic or skate days or do both to double your party time at our “Point to Party” event. We look forward to seeing you at the beginning of April!
January 28th, 2023 – 30km classic + January 29th, 2023 – 20km free (Invermere, BC)
The Toby Creek Loppet Weekend, January 28 & 29 is the collaboration of the Toby Creek Nordic Club, Nipika Mtn. Resort and Panorama Mtn. Resort. Come and race the 30 km classic Saturday at Nipika, then the 20 km Skate event Sunday at Panorama and experience the two major trails in the Columbia Valley. Kids and recreational distances are included on both days. Ski two exciting venues and experience racing in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Registration is on zone4.ca.
February 11th, 2023 – 40km free and classic (Methow Valley, Mazama, Washington)
The Methow Valley’s Ski to the Su`n Marathon and Relay is a 42km point to point race traveling through North America’s largest ski trail network. The event offers Skate, Classic and relay options. There is a shortened para Nordic event. The full course takes skiers from the tranquil banks of the Methow River to the beautiful mountain vistas at Sun Mountain Lodge.
February 25th, 2023 – 50km free (Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler, BC)
The Coast Outdoors P’ayakentsut (Payak) is a free technique event for all ages and abilities. The wide courses traverse old growth forests and offers breathtaking views of Black Tusk, waterfalls, and the Brandywine mountain range in the Callaghan Valley. Held on the fourth Saturday in February, there is an abundance of snow, chili, draw prizes and friendly competition. The Payak is also a qualifier for the prestigious American Birkebeiner, or “Birkie” race in Wisconsin.