The Marsh Lake Classic Cross Country Ski Loppet will be about the skiing and not about racing this year.
Due to icy trail conditions the 20th annual loppet will be a leisure ski with no races this Saturday at the Marsh Lake Community Centre.
“We have made these changes for the 20th annual loppet to reduce the hazards for all skiers,” said race chief Wendy Morrison in a news release. “We hope that participants will still come out to enjoy a leisurely ski and take in the beautiful scenery, the great food and prizes and the hospitality of Marsh Lake volunteers.”
It will be the first time the loppet is not a competitive event. The loppet regularly sees over 200 skiers take part, many in funny costumes hoping to win the Peter Milner Captain Fun Award.
Skiers can register for the race in Whitehorse at the Mount McIntyre Rec Centre, Icycle Sports and Coast Mountain Sports until 5 p.m. on Friday. Registration will remain open the morning of the loppet up to 11 a.m. at the Marsh Lake Community Centre.