Wednesday Night Ski Race
Each race begins promptly at 6:30 pm. All skiers must be registered by 6:15. There will be two divisions:
1. Competitive (timed)
2. Just for fun (untimed, ski any style and as many or few laps as you’d like)
Skiers will self-seed. This means that if you expect to ski very fast, move to the beginning of the starting group. If you expect to ski very slowly, move to the back of the starting group.
The Duluth Running Company will be providing the timing for the races again this year. Results will be available immediately after the race and will also be posted on the Duluth XC and Duluth Running Company websites.
Technique Tips and Lessons
This year, DXC and E3 Twin Ports are offering free ski lessons and technique tips for those interested in the “Just for Fun” category. Ski lessons will be offered by Dave Israel beginning at 5:30 PM and the technique tip will be provided by E3 Twin Ports at 6:10 PM.
Headlamps are recommended for Spirit Mountain and Snowflake
- Sunday, December 21 5:15 PM – Pre-series race at Spirit Mountain as part of the DXC Winter Solstice Celebration
- Jan. 7 – Spirit Mountain, skate – Cancelled
- Jan. 14 – Snowflake, skate – Results
- Jan. 21 – Snowflake, classic – Results
- Jan. 28 – Spirit Mountain, skate – Results
- Feb. 4 – Spirit Mountain, classic – Results
- Feb. 11 – Lester, classic – Results
- Feb. 18 – No race.
- Feb. 25 – Lester, skate
- March 4 – Pine Valley, pursuit (1 lap skate, 1 lap classic) plus pot luck and awards!
Schedule is subject to change based on weather and trail conditions. Check the DXC website prior to each race for any updates.
Click here for the 2013-14 race results.
Click here for the 2012-13 race results.
Map of race locations on lighted ski venues in the Twin Ports area:
POINTS for the DXC Cup Championship
Timed division: Women and Men skiing the timed event will be awarded points, which are tracked for the entire series. The first female and first male finisher each receive 5 points. The second female and male finishers each receive 4.9 points, the third female and male finishers each receive 4.8 points, and so on. Each participant who completes every race will receive 5 bonus points. At the end of the season, the highest female and male points earners will hold the title of DXC Cup Champion.
Untimed division: Each participant will receive 5 points just for showing up. Anyone who participates in every race will receive 5 bonus points.
The entire series is $10 for non-members and free for DXC members. There will not be an option to pay for an individual race.
Please support our local trails by purchasing a Great Minnesota Ski Pass ($20, valid at Lester as well as Magney, Piedmont, Chester & Hartley) and/or a Snowflake season pass (price varies; discount for DXC members) or day pass ($5 after 5pm). No pass is needed at Spirit Mountain. Thank you!
Q. Are these races Classic or Skate?
A. Varies, check the website for the schedule.
Q. How long are the races?
Q. How long will it take me to finish?
A. The fastest skiers are usually done in about 10 minutes. Average skiers will finish in the 15-20 minute range and the slow-but-steady skiers usually finish under 30 minutes.
Q. Are other people allowed on the trails during races?
A. Yes! Please be respectful of non-participants.
Q. How do I pass someone who is going slower than me?
A. Clearly yell out “TRACK!” Except in cases of safety, it is the slower skier’s responsibility to move out of the way of the faster skier.
Q. What if I don’t want to race?
A. Start at the back and go at your own pace!