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1/22/2014 12:01:00 AM
Cross Country Ski Loppet set for Feb. 2

For cross country skiers in northern Michigan, the start of Februrary means one thing: it's Loppet time! This annual point-to-point backcountry skiing adventure is one of the area's most well-loved nordic events and takes place on Sunday, February 2. Low key and low tech, The Outfitter's Loppet offers a 16-mile route that is only accessible during the yearly ski tour.

"There is no check-in, no official starting gate, no bibs, numbers, or the like. Trail junctions are marked with a sharpie on paper plates and cell-phone reception is not always available or reliable," said Molly Ames Baker, who along with her husband, Josh, owns The Outfitter in Harbor Springs.

This no-fuss, no-muss, go-at-your-own-pace ski might be low on fancy, but it's high on fun and friendship. The point-to-point, classic-only ski starts on LaCount Road between 9:30-10 a.m., with a freshly groomed single track trail winding all the way to The Crow's Nest restaurant, south of Cross Village.

"The Crow's Nest awaits with a full-on skiers buffet with homemade pizza, other hot dishes, salads, desserts and more," Ames Baker said. Festivities at the Cross Nest run from 12:00-3:00 p.m..

The Loppet is limited to the first 120 skiers who register. Registration ends Saturday, February 1. Skiers can register at The Outfitter in downtown Harbor Springs or online, www.outfitterharborsprings.com

Related Links:
• The Outfitter


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