Perfect ski conditions for the 42nd Gatineau Loppet!


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Gatineau, February 13, 2020 – The 42nd edition of Canada’s largest international cross-country skiing event, the Gatineau Loppet is set to take place under mostly sunny skies and on perfect snow conditions this weekend. Close to 2,500 participants of all ages and levels, and from more than 20 countries, will take part in cross-country ski races ranging from 2 km to 50 km in the beautiful Gatineau Park on February 15 and 16. 

A member of the Worldloppet League, the Gatineau Loppet is part of a circuit regrouping the 20 largest cross-country ski races around the world, including the Vasaloppet in Sweden and the Jizerskà 50 in the Czech Republic.

Weekend schedule

The XC Ski Show – with its many vendors and demonstrations – will kick-start the weekend beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, February 14 at the Cégep de l’Outaouais, Gabrielle-Roy campus – the main site for all activities and races over the weekend. 

For this 42nd edition, the Gatineau Loppet is once again organizing races in three separate disciplines. The fat bike competitions, presented by Les Bicyclettes de Hull, took place on January 25th. Cross-country ski and snowshoeing races will take place during the official weekend of the event.

Saturday, February 15, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020
Time Race Presenter Time Race  Presenter
6:30am Ski Show and registration

(Cégep de l’Outaouais – Campus Gabrielle-Roy)

6:30am Ski Show and registration

(Cégep de l’Outaouais – Campus Gabrielle-Roy)

9:00am 51 km Classic Municipality of Chelsea 9:00am 51 km Freestyle Swix and National Capital Commission
9:00am 27 km Classic Le spa Nordik & Hendrick Farm 9:00am 27 km Freestyle Le spa Nordik & Hendrick Farm
1:00pm 15 km Classic Auclair 12:00pm Mini 2 km Decathlon / NCC
1:10pm  5 km Classic Tourisme Outaouais 1:00pm 10 km Freestyle Otto’s Subaru
1:20pm  Provincial Snowshoe Championship Snowshoe Canada
2:30pm Awards presentation by Alex Harvey

(Cégep de l’Outaouais – Campus Gabrielle-Roy) (Ski Show)

2:30pm Awards presentation by Alex Harvey

(Cégep de l’Outaouais – Campus Gabrielle-Roy) (Ski Show)

There’s still time to register! 

While online registration closed on February 12th, it is possible to pick-up bibs and register on site throughout the weekend starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 14th, near the cafeteria of Cégep de l’Outaouais, Gabrielle-Roy campus. Registration will also be open as of 6:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the same location. 

Triple Olympian Alex Harvey to join the festivities! 

Alex Harvey, honourary chair of this 42nd edition, will be at the start lines of the races and will hand out the medals to winners at the awards ceremonies. He will also give a speech at the Saturday Worldloppet cocktail reception a the Cégep (open to media). Participants will have a chance to meet Alex at the Ski Show from 10 to 11:30 am, and between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 15 and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and between 1:15 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 16. 

Ski and weather conditions 

With a 27 cm base at P8 and the National Capital Commission recommending all of the trails in the Gatineau Park, organizers are thrilled with the conditions. 

The weather forecast also appears to be on skiers’ side with partial sun and -7 degrees Celcius predicted for Saturday, and a high of 3 degrees Celcius and partial sun on deck for Sunday. 

Due to possible cold overnight temperatures Friday, participants are encouraged to check the Gatineau Loppet website to confirm actual Saturday start times. 


The Gatineau Loppet would like to thank its main partners who help make the event a success.

Thank you to the Government of Quebec, City of Gatineau, National Capital Commission, Bicyclettes de Hull, Swix, Nordik spa, Hendrick farm, the Municipality of Chelsea, Fisher, Auclair, Fresh Air Experience, Salomon, Surge Active Wear, Uniform Urban Developments, Xact nutrition, and Otto’s Subaru.

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The 2020 Gatineau Loppet is run by the PMI Sports, an expert in the organization of events. We can also count on the remarkable work of the Administration and Organizing Committee, whose members work passionately to make this event a national success.

For more information, visit the event website:

Media contacts:

Maryse Lacelle (onsite contact)


Annie Boucher

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