from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large, long distance (approximately 35+ kilometer) cross country skiing event.
  • n. Any long endurance race or athletic event which occurs across varied terrain.


From Norwegian løpet. (Wiktionary)


  • The most common response, when I tell people that I have entered this weekend's loppet is: 'What's a loppet?'

    Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune

  • Meikle said the 30-km race has a long standing history with the loppet and it was a little disappointing not being able to hold it this year. News

  • Using the groomed trails at the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, loppet participants did their best to keep warm despite the high winds that picked up right before the competition began. News

  • Besides the Yukon cross-country skiers, Saturday's loppet attracted some Outside competition, including twin brothers from Ontario and a women visiting from Nova Scotia. News

  • "Looks more like a 30-km time," Levesque joked, adding it doesn't matter and it was great participating in her first Northwestel loppet. News

  • Mother Nature rough on skiers in annual loppet race News

  • "That's what I love about the loppet, is you tend to get that kind of range out there and families and friends," she said. News

  • The ski loppet always attracts a wide variety of ages. News

  • The gold pokes were reintroduced to the loppet last year for its historic 25th anniversary. News


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  • Webster 2 and the OED list loppet as an English dialect term meaning to walk or run clumsily, move with a heavy gait.

    April 5, 2011