Information for Skiers

Important informations – 2018 GATINEAU LOPPET

Please note that this information is subject to change
Info aux skieurs 2018 (AVAILABLE ON JANUARY 2018)


  • Friday, February 16th: Registration starting at 5pm
  • Saturday, February 17th: Classic Style day with the 5, 15, 27 et 51 km races and Fatbike races
  • Sunday, February 18th : Freestyle day with the Mini Sport Échange Outaouais, and the 10, 27 and 51 km races and the Snowshoes races of 5 and 10 km.


CHIP: Skiers MUST wear their Chip on their right ankle. Any skier without their Chip or with the wrong chip will be automatically disqualified given that it will then be impossible to accurately track them on the trail.

BIB: Skiers MUST wear their bib chest-level at the front.  Skiers taking part in the A and B waves from the 51 km race must also wear a bib on their back. Any skier without their bib, who wears it incorrectly or with the wrong bib (e.g. wearing the Sunday bib on Saturday) will be automatically disqualified given that it will then be impossible to accurately track them on the trail.  Skiers must keep their bib and hand it at the “Sac des skieurs” under the stadium to recover their clothes and to get their meal at the Post-Race Meal.

FEEDING STATIONS: In addition to the one at the finish line, there will be six feeding stations along the course on Saturday and Sunday.  Each of them will provide an assortment of food and beverages. Nutrition bars are provide by Xact nutrition and energy drinks by Nuun.







BROKEN POLES: A limited number of poles will be provided at certain feeding stations (Start, Lac Philippe, Herridge, Notch and Keogan) for skiers who break theirs.

TIME LIMITS FOR THE 51 KM RACES: For reasons of safety and health, the skiers on Saturday in the classic event who have not crossed the 30km mark (O’Brien/P11) before 1 p.m., will not have the authorization to continue the race. On Sunday, skiers who do not reach the 29km mark (Huron) before 12:30 p.m. will be redirected to a shorter course.

POST-RACE MEAL: Show your bib for a meal in the cafeteria provided for skiers in the 5, 10, 15, 27,  and 51 km. Racers with Lycra bib will receive a food coupon. This meal, served between 11:30am and 5p.m. on Saturday and between 11:30 a.m. and 4pm on Sunday, and is also available to non-participants for $7 (cash only).

SWIX WAX CLINICS: Swix will present wax clinics on the big stage of the gymnasium Friday February 17th at 6p.m and 7p.m. and Saturday February 18th at 3:30p.m.

RECOGNITION PROGRAM: Skiers who have taken part in 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 races will receive a pin indicating the number of times they took part in the events.  The pins will be available starting on the Friday evening in the Ski Show at the medals table.  Skiers must be registered for at least one race in 2016 in order to get a pin.

ELITE PROGRAM : In order to attract elite skiers, a limited number of hotel rooms has been reserved for the Friday and Saturday evenings for Elite skiers taking part in the 51 km free technique that have a real chance to reach the podium (men and women). To apply, skiers must submit results for national races 30km and over and their licence number (CCC, FIC or other). Interested skiers must apply before January 25, 2018 at

NEW RULES: Concerning pole length (ICR Cross-Country 2016, 343.8.1 et 343.12.1) for classic technique, will be in effect during the Gatineau Loppet as required by FIS. See here


GATINEAU LOPPET CHALLENGE: This challenge is for all brave and experienced skiers!
– Gold : two long races
– Silver : one medium and one long races
– Bronze : two medium races

Long race: 45 km and more
Medium race: between 25 km and 44 km

Skiers who take on this challenge will receive a pin and a certificate authenticating their feat at the Registration Desk on Sunday.

SKI WAXING AND SNOW CONDITIONS: Waxing is forbidden inside the Mont-Bleu Secondary School, except in the indicated area.  The Waxing area is located outside.  Information concerning snow conditions will be displayed on the giant screen at the Ski show.
Exclusive partner of the Waxing area

AWARD CEREMONIES: The medal awards ceremony will take place at the Ski show on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm.  The schedule is subject to change.  Skiers must be on hand to receive their prizes or awards.  Prizes will be given out once the results are official.  All awards, pins and prizes must be claimed during the weekend.  The results will be posted in the XC Ski Show and on the Web (


BUSS SERVICES : Bus pass on sale at the information booth side at a cost of $ 3.05 and free shuttle service from the official hotels of the Gatineau Loppet and Mont Bleu school.


  • Mont Bleu High School (limited)
  • Cité-des-Jeunes boulevard (park side)
  • CÉGEP de l’Outaouais (West side). Please take note that you have to pay for parking until Friday February 26h at 5pm. Also, be advised that the vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense for non-compliance of the following instructions: garage parking reserved for guests of the CEGEP, creation of a parking line of three or four vehicles bumper to bumper or blocking a traffic lane or access. For more details, see the PARKING MAP



SANITARY SERVICES ONSITE At the starting area, the feeding station Notch and inside Mont-Bleu high school

PROFESSIONNAL MASSAGE THERAPY with the massage therapists team of the Nordik Spa-Nature




PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY This year, Marathon Photos will get great photos of your experience at the Gatineau Loppet. Go check yourself at