Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Fischer Loppet Ski Challenge


Fischer Loppet Ski Challenge - March 5 to 21, 2021

16 km Skate or Classic / 32 km Skate or Classic 

We are keeping the Fischer Loppet spirit alive in 2021, with this Personal Ski Challenge!

Hardwood will have the designated and marked 16 km Fischer Loppet course open from March 5 to 21.

You can register for FREE to challenge yourself to 16km or 32km in either skate or classic technique.

You can even ski the challenge multiple times or with both techniques or different distances.

Skiers times will be tabulated using the Zone 4 virtual race system, for your comparison and glory!

WHEN: March 5 to 21, 2021

WHERE: Hardwood Ski and Bike, 402 W Old Barrie Rd, Oro Station, Ontario. The course will Start and Finish at the main race Finish Line at the Timing Buildings. The 32 km challenge is two loops of the 16 km course.

WHAT: The Annual Fischer Loppet at Hardwood Ski and Bike features a 15km or 30km skate and classic discipline ski challenge.

A fun event and personal challenge for beginners and experienced skiers alike.

The Fischer Loppet course is NOT a closed course and there will be day skiers enjoying the trails as well. Be RESPECTFUL and KIND to all skiers!

Skiers are responsible for their own support, hydration, etc. You are sking or racing the challenge at your own time and self timed with gps watch or strava app.

IMPORTANT: All skiers must follow appropriate COVID Protocols, including maintaining 2m physical distancing and not skiing with groups larger than permitted.

REGISTRATION: Registration is FREE! Register at https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=25644&lan=1&cartlevel=1 

Note: All skiers must purchase a trail ticket or have Hardwood season pass.

All skiers must also complete Hardwood Winter Waiver and COVID screening tool.

Parents skiing with children require a valid trail pass


Skiers times will be tabulated using the Zone 4 virtual race system. You will receive details and instructions once registered.

Age Categories: 12 & under, 13 to 15 yrs, 16 to 19 yrs, 20 to 34 yrs, 35 to 49 yrs, 50 to 64 yrs, 65 yrs & over.

There are no awards or prizing for times or placing.

There will be Draw Prizes for some lucky participants.  

Saturday, February 20, 2021

World Masters Course preview

Our friends at the Alberta World Cup Society will host the next Masters World Cup cross-country ski races in Canmore, planned for March 2022. Pandemic-permitting, of course.

These are the same folks who host the World Cup races when they come to Canmore. Expect a world-class event, in a world class venue in one of the most beautiful mountain destinations in the world.

It's still early, and many details are yet to be worked out, but why not mark your calendars for March 3-11, 2022, and start dreaming and planning now?

You can sign up to the event email list HERE >>>


Course Preview Video and Uphill Skate Skiing Technique

We made a course preview video, to showcase what it's like to ski in Canmore and highlight a section of the 10K/15K race courses.

The video details one of the more challenging climbs and includes a technique explanation for adjusting Offset technique (V1 Skate) for steep climbs.

You can watch "Course Preview Video and Uphill Skate Skiing Technique" on:

·         YouTube >>>

·         Facebook >>>

·         Instagram >>>

Please do us a favour, and share it with your friends on social to help get the word out.



Happy Skiing!

Kim (Kai & Chris)


Monday, February 8, 2021

Masters World Cup 2023 again in Seefeld (AUT)

 This year, the World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association had received an application from Estonia for the Masters World Cup 2023 for the first time. Unfortunately, the organizers of the Tartu Ski Marathon were forced to withdraw their application for the year 2023 and postpone it to a later year to be determined due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fortunately, a well-known Bavarian organiser stepped in at short notice: the SC Monte Kaolino Hirschau, Germany.The experienced team organised the MWC with 1070 participants in Seefeld (AUT) as early as 2003, as well as many national and international events since then.

Therefore, in 2023, the MWC will be held on the expansive Seefeld cross-country ski trail network again, which has been expanded significantly since the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 2019.  The 3rd week of March is planned as the date. 

More information at www.mwc2023.com.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

January 2021 Update



Happy New Year. It has been a long time since I've been in touch, and I apologize for the lack of communication. It has been a very crazy and unprecedented time, and it seems like whenever we start to make any plans, they have to be altered or adjusted. Through all of this, I hope you have kept safe, well and as active as possible. Hopefully, you have been able to get out for some personal skiing. It certainly makes us realize how important outdoor physical activity can be! We have following a few updates. 




We had originally hoped to be able to offer a modified Points Series this year. With the increase of COVID cases in December, and the shutdown starting Dec 26th, we shifted our idea to a Virtual Loppet Series. We were just getting plans solidified for this, when the next‚Stay at Home‚ and Emergency Order came into effect. Therefore, to conform with regulations, to protect you and to protect and respect our host clubs and resorts, we have scrapped that idea as well. So, unfortunately for this year, personal skiing and training will be 

the order of the winter. 

We will aim to have the 2022 Points Series information ready in fall, 2021, so that you can get excited about that. In the meantime, enjoy the trails close to your home! 




We were scheduled to have the Ontario Masters Championships at Highlands Nordic, Duntroon, Feb 19-21, 2021. We have now postponed that event to approximately the same date, 2022. We'll keep you posted with exact event dates when we have more details. 



As you know, the World (and Canadian) Masters Championships, to be held in Canmore, Alberta in March 

2021, has been postponed to March, 2022. The date will be March 3-11, 2022. The organizing committee is working hard already, and has the courses up and marked! So, if anyone is able to get out to Canmore, either later this season (if travel re-opens) or early next, you will be able to pre-ski the courses! Here is the link to the 

maps: https://www.albertaworldcup.com/course-maps/