It is that time of year again when skiers, some with dogs, take over Uptown. The City of Lakes Loppet will take place this Saturday and Sunday, February 2nd and 3rd.
For those who are less familiar with the event, thousands of winter enthusists will come out for a weekend of activity. As a non-skier, I’ve always found the skijouring (skiing with a dog), the ice bike races, snow sculpture contest, and luminary loppet to be more of interest, though the various competitive ski races certainly have excitement for those not “into” the sport.
The full schedule is a must to see what you want. For example, the bike races are only Saturday from noon to about 2pm. The snow sculpture competition starts Saturday morning. The luminary loppet is magical and is Saturday evening.
This year racers will leave Lake Calhoun by the Tin Fish and run on one side of Lake Street up to Hennepin and running towards 31st Street.
Recommendation: start at Lake Calhoun by the Tin Fish late Saturday morning to check out snow sculptures, watch the ice biking at noon, then walk up Lake Street and watch the races cross the finish line on Hennepin. Grab some lunch and something warm to drink. Either do some shopping, watch from The Republic’s limited seating facing Hennepin, take in some more racing (the dogs should be crossing the line somewhere between 1:30 to 2:00pm, or go home and come back for the luminary.
And certainly try to make it back on Sunday.