The winter outdoor recreation scene is bustling at the Rangeley Lakes Trails Center (RLTC) on Saddleback Mountain Road in Rangeley where they will host the 25th Annual Rangeley Lakes Loppet on March 2nd. The Loppet, a Nordic long distance ski race, has been a part of the NENSA (New England Nordic Ski Association) Marathon series for many years and has built a great reputation as being one of the best Nordic races in New England and beyond. There are many out of state competitors who make this race a priority in their schedule. 

The race has categories for classic and skate, with 25km and 50km course lengths. The Loppet also offers a 25km Touring class for those that don’t need to push the pedal to the metal but would like to enjoy the challenge of the course at their own pace. The race course takes in a terrific variety of terrain with views of Saddleback Mountain and Saddleback Lake and the  mountains beyond. There are refreshment stations along the way offering energy drinks and cookies for stamina.


Photo courtesy of RLTC

The best part about the event is the spectacular post-race feed for the hungry racers. A variety of hearty soups are donated by local restaurants, locals bake and donate cookies, and then there’s the infamous sausages, peppers, and onions served on a bun. All served up by our smiling and dedicated volunteer crew. No wonder they have a great reputation! 

It looks like there’s going to be plenty of snow to make it a spectacular race once again this year. Register online at or call the RLTC to register by phone, 207-864-4309. Details about the race, accommodations, maps, trail conditions, and more can be found on their website at

Even if you don’t intend to race, come on up to enjoy some great discounted rates during mid-week. The website has all the details about Locals’ Appreciation Days, Maine Days, Ladies’ Day, and Men’s Day. The Rangeley Lakes Trails Center is open 9AM to 4PM every day. See you on the Trails! FMI

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