Skiers at the start of the Snoqualmie Loppet!

Snoqualmie Loppet!

 10th Annual

XC Ski Tour From Summit Nordic Center to Cabin Creek
January 28 - too much Rain! New Date Feb 04, 2018
(always the last Sunday in January)

A Grass Roots Community Fat ass style Ski
 at Snoqualmie Pass, WA

Most people skate but classic is okay too! (You can also do part of the course)




What is a Loppet? 

It is Norwegian for "Citizen's race". The Snoqualmie Loppet is a fun non-organized 30K tour of the Snoqualmie Pass Nordic Areas - Summit Nordic, Iron Horse Trail, Troll Hagen, and Cabin Creek. The primary purposes are to be safe, have fun, and meet some of new people! Not everyone does the whole course, portions are good too!

The Snoqualmie Loppet

Here is a chance and a easy way to experience the fun, friendship, adventure, and drama of a long distance ski tour. What a great way to introduce people to the entire Snoqualmie Pass Nordic trail system! We'll ski through the Summit Nordic area, Iron Horse Trail, Erling Strodahl  Trails, and finish at the Cabin Creek Trail System. This is an informal event with no sponsors, no support, no prizes, and no responsibility! Just a group of friends out for a challenging ski!

We will arrange a couple of car shuttles to Cabin Creek. The ski is about 32 kilometers total distance, about the same as the Hog Loppet. You can also do any of the sections if you are not up to full Loppet. Last year there about a dozen of us total, and we hope for more than that this year.
The Route:

1. Summit East, East Peak lift to the top and the upper trails at 9 am. Regroup at the top.
2. Around Mount Catherine counter clockwise all the way to Hyak Lodge (Old Milwaukee Lodge)
3. Descend to the Iron Horse and the long fast 10K to the Stampede Pass Road
4. Turn left on the Stampede Pass Road, and after a couple hundred yards enter the Erling Strodahl  trail system. Ski the Forest Loop. You can visit their Cabin if you need water or restroom.
5. Exit Troll Hagen, turn right, and ski toward I90 on a short groomed stretch until you connect with the Stampede Pass Road (ie - pavement)
6. Walk the road, (watching out for vehicles) or sometimes you can ski the right side above the berm. On your right look for the Yakima River Trail (after the Yakima River bridge but before the I90)  Ski to the Cabin Creek parking lot. Another option is to walk to the DOT yard on the N side of I90 and access the Viking Trail from there.
7. Enter the Cabin Creek Trail system.
8. Ski right on the Viking course and then merge on to the Berg course to the end!

This is a free community friends ski, however, you must have a trail pass to use the Summit Nordic Trail System and if you park your car you must have a SNO-PARK permit! It is recommended that you start promptly at 9 am for the best snow conditions. We usually have about 10 people do the Iron Horse portion

We'll  meet at the Summit East lower parking lot at 8 am to shuttle as a couple of cars to Cabin Creek. Watch for folks needing a ride back at the end of the day.

There is no recommended ski gear or technique suggested. Classic or skate is fine.  Faster Skiers will complete in about 3/4 hours.  Slower skiers perhaps 5/6 hours.  It depends on your gear, your technique, your wax, the weather, grooming conditions, and your physical ability. There is no rush.

There is no support on the course other than Summit East Lodge (Old Milwaukee Lodge).  Please bring food and water.


Distance 21.46 miles
Elevation Gain 1309'
Elevation Loss 2549'


The Forest Service 420 Road at Crystal Springs



More info?

This is a no fee, no shirt, no aid, no responsibility, no whining, barely organized non event, so plan on carrying your favorite method of hydration and some energy grub as well! -- (And, of course) This is not a race but rather just a fun ski!

Fast skating on the Iron Horse Trail in March


Community events!

Snoqualmie Loppet

Pacific Crest Trail 50K Ultra run

Thorp Mountain 50K Ultra Run


Okay! Here is the disclaimer!

Participants certify that they are physically fit and sufficiently trained to complete such portion of this event as they choose to complete. By electing to participate in this event, the participant waives, releases and discharges from any and all claims, losses or liabilities for death, personal injury, partial or permanent disability, property damage, medical or hospital bills or theft which may arise out of or relate to participation in this event. Participants agree not to sue, and to hold harmless any and all persons, sponsors, volunteers, participants or government agencies for any and all claims or liabilities that they have waived, released or discharged by their participation in the Snoqualmie Loppet 30K.