Black Tusk, Rich RawlingCross Country Ski Loppet 2021

Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley

Plans are under way for a virtual event, likely to run over more than one weekend starting on March 6. Further details will be posted as we finalize the plans for this year's Payak.

Celebration of Life Awards

In memory of special people who made significant contributions to the local Nordic ski community, we are launching two new awards in the 15 km distance. In 2018 we lost local ski pioneer Sigge Bjorklund, and in 2019 volunteer extraordinaire Cheryl Morningstar.

They will be recognized with prizing and perpetual trophies. There will be a $200 gift certificate to Coast Outdoors for the top adult male/female 15 km racers in honour of Sigge’s generous support for young racers and enthusiasm for the sport. There will be a $125 gift certificate to Coast Outdoors for the top male/female in the 18 to 13 age group in honour of Cheryl’s tireless work with children and youth ski programs.

Click here to learn more about Sigge and Cheryl and be sure to come to the awards ceremony!

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2020 Payak Registrations Open

Registration is now open for both participants and volunteers. Please click on the registration buttons on the Register or Volunteers page, which will take you to the online registration. The Pre Registration deadline is December 31.

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2019 Payak Photos

Our official volunteer photographer, Andrea Heal, snapped some great pics on racer day. Click here to see if you are among her subjects! If you use any of the photos, please give Andrea a photo credit. Check back as more pics will be loaded soon.

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Payak Ski Technique Options

We have had some questions about the technique options. The event is free technique, meaning skier’s choice on race day. The inclusion of classic in the registration is offered as a courtesy to those who prefer to ski classic, so that they can compare their times with fellow skiers. It also assists organizers to know how much demand there is for classic tracksetting purposes. Which skis you use on race day has no impact on the official results because the event is free technique.

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2019 Buff Headbands

Check out this classy Buff headband, custom-designed for the first 500 loppet entries and 100 volunteers!

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