Timed ski race at 6:30pm with casual, social skiing afterward
Join us Wednesday evenings for a low-key Nordic ski race. Skiers of all skill levels are welcome to participate in this series! It’s a great opportunity to get out for a workout and meet other skiers.
Subject to conditions (check website each week for location), the Wednesday Night Ski series rotates among the following lighted ski venues in the Twin Ports area:
Each race begins promptly at 6:30 pm. All skiers must be registered before the start. If you are not able to register by 6:15, you will be responsible for your own timing.
Most races will be mass start, but there will be some time trials.
Skiers will self-seed. This means that if you expect to ski very fast, move to the beginning of the starting group. If you expect to ski very slow, move to the back of the starting group.
As you cross the finish line, you will be handed a number, indicating your finishing place. Take that number to the clipboard and LEGIBLY write your name next to your number. A timer will correlate your number to your finishing time and results will be submitted to the Duluth Cross Country Ski Club and SkinnySki websites within 24 hours.
POINTS for the DXC Cup Championship
Women and Men skiing the timed event will be awarded points, which are tracked for the entire series. The first female and first male finisher each receive 5 points The second female and male finishers each receive 4.9 points, the third female and male finishers each receive 4.8 points, and so on. At the end of the season, the highest female and male points earners will hold the title of DXC Cup Champion.
$1 per race, or register for the series for $10. Please support our local trails by purchasing a Great Minnesota Ski Pass ($20, valid at Spirit & Lester as well as Magney, Piedmont, Chester & Hartley) and/or a Snowflake season pass (price varies; discount for DXC members) or day pass ($5 after 5pm). Thank you!
Q. Are these races Classic or Skate?
A. Varies, check the website for the schedule.
Q. How long will it take me to finish?
A. The fastest skiers are usually done in about 10 minutes. Average skiers will finish in the 15-20 minute range and the slow-but-steady skiers usually finish under 30 minutes.
Q. Are other people allowed on the trails during races?
A. Yes! Please be respectful of non-participants.
Q. How do I pass someone who is going slower than me?
A. Clearly yell out “TRACK!” Except in cases of safety, it is the slower skier’s responsibility to move out of the way of the faster skier.
Q. What if I don’t want to race?
A. Start at the back and go at your own pace!