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