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Gatineau Loppett

February 15 @ 8:00 am - February 17 @ 5:00 pm

8 cross-country ski courses will be presented for the 41st anniversary of the Gatineau Loppet on Saturday February 16th and Sunday February 17th. Courses from 2km to 51km in classic and free technique will satisfy all types of skiers. Note that 2 linear races of 51km will be the main features at P17 in the La Pêche Municipality. The two courses will cut through Gatineau Park north to south amidst enchanting landscapes!



Friday, February 15th
Registration starting at 5 p.m.

Saturday, February 16th – CLASSIC TECHNIQUE / FATBIKE DAY
51km –  27km -15km – 5km Cross-country ski races
40km – 20km – 10km Fatbike races

Sunday, February 17th – FREE TECHNIQUE / SNOWSHOES DAY
51km – 27km – 10km – mini 2km Cross-country ski races
10km – 5km – 2km Snowshoes races


CHIP: Skiers MUST wear their Chip on their right ankle. Any skier without their Chip or with the wrong chip will be automatically disqualified given that it will then be impossible to accurately track them on the course.

BIB: Skiers MUST wear their bib chest-level at the front.  Skiers taking part in the A and B wave of the 51 km race, must also wear a bib on their back. Any skier without their bib, who wears it incorrectly or with the wrong bib (e.g. wearing the Sunday bib on Saturday), will be automatically disqualified given that it will then be impossible to accurately track them on the course.  The color of the bin corresponds to the sign colours on the course. Skiers must keep their bib and show it to the volunteers at the “Sac des skieurs” area, to recover their clothes and get their Post-Race Meal.

FEEDING STATIONS: In addition to the one at the finish line, there will be six feeding stations along the course on Saturday and Sunday.  Each of them will provide an assortment of food and beverages. Nutrition bars are provide by Xact nutrition. 

BROKEN POLES: A limited number of poles will be provided at certain feeding stations (Start, Lac Philippe, Herridge, Notch and Keogan) for skiers who break theirs.

TIME LIMIT FOR THE 51 KM RACES: For reasons of health and safety, on Saturday, the skieurs of the 51km event who have not crossed the 30km mark (O’Brien/P11) before 1 p.m. (approximately 7.5km/hour) and on Sunday in the 51km event who have not crossed the 30km mark (O’Brien/P11) before 12:30 p.m. (approximately 8.5km/hour), will not be allowed to continue to race.

POST-RACE MEAL: To get your post-race meal, show your bib in the cafeteria. A meal is provided to skieurs of the 5km, 10km, 15km, 27km and 51 km. Racers with Lycra bib will receive a food coupon. The meal is served between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, and between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. It is also available to non-participants for $7 (cash only).

SWIX WAX CLINICS: Swix will give waxing clinics on the big stage, Friday, February 15th at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 16th at 3:30 p.m.

RECOGNITION PROGRAM: Skiers who have taken part in 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 races will receive a pin indicating the number of times they took part in the events.  Starting on the Friday evening, the pins will be available at the Ski Show, at the medals table.  Skiers must be registered for at least one race in 2018 in order to get a pin.

ELITE PROGRAM: In order to attract elite skiers, a limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved for Friday and Saturday evening for men and women  Elite skiers taking part to the 51km free technique, which have a real chance of podium. To apply, skiers must submit results for national races 30km and over and their licence number (CCC, FIC or other). Interested skiers must apply before January 25, 2018 at info@gatineauloppet.com

NEW RULES: Concerning pole length, the new rules (ICR Cross-Country 2016, 343.8.1 and 343.12.1) for classic technique, will be in effect during the Gatineau Loppet as required by FIS. See here

GATINEAU LOPPET CHALLENGE: This challenge is for all skieurs which complete:
– Gold: two long races
– Silver: one medium and one long races
– Bronze: two medium races

Long race: 45 km and more
Medium race: between 25 km and 44 km

Skiers who take on this challenge will receive a pin and a certificate authenticating their feat at the Registration Desk on Sunday.

SKI WAXING AND SNOW CONDITIONS: Waxing is forbidden inside the location area, except in the indicated location.  The Waxing area is located outside.  Information concerning snow conditions will be displayed on the giant screen at the Ski show.

AWARD CEREMONIES: The medal awards ceremony will take place at the Ski show on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  The schedule is subject to change.  Skiers must be on hand to receive their prizes or awards.  Prizes will be given out once the results are official.  All awards, pins and prizes must be claimed during the weekend.  The results will be posted in the XC Ski Show and on the Web (www.gatineauloppet.com).


BUS SERVICE: Daily bus passes are on sale at the information booth at a cost of $3.05, while shuttle transportation free from the official hotels of the Gatineau Loppet and the location area (to be confirmed).


  • To be confirmed.
  • For more details, see the PARKING MAP

SANITARY SERVICES ONSITE At the start area, the Notch feeling station, and inside the location area (to be confirmed)

PROFESSIONNAL MASSAGE THERAPY with the Physio Avantage Plus  massage therapist team at 60$ for 60 minutes.  Also, physiotherapy services will be provided free of charge for injured skier.

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY This year, Marathon Photos will take great pictures of your experience at the Gatineau Loppet. Have a look after your race at www7.marathon-photos.com 


Gatineau Park Visitor’s Centre
33 Chemin Scott
Chelsea, QC J9B 1R5 Canada
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