DON ALLEN SASKALOPPET 2024
This year's Saskaloppet event takes place on March 1 and 2, 2024!
*2024 EVENT DETAILS WILL BE UPDATED IN THE NEW YEAR.*
La Ronge Don Allen Saskaloppet Kupesewin 2023 Event Registration (for the 2-day Kupesewin events)
Saskaloppet Champion Sponsors
The Don Allen Saskaloppet wishes to thank our Champion sponsors for their contributions!
REGISTRATION & REFUNDS
Registration for all Saskaloppet events is online only at www.zone4.ca. Event options and fees will be set out in the online registration form. Parents/guardians skiing with their children must also register.
Registration deadline: Register before Monday, February 27 at 11pm with no late fee. After Feb 27, a $10 late fee applies. Registration closes Thursday, March 2 at 9am. NO REGISTRATION ON-SITE. Registered skiers have the option to change their distance when they pick up their bib.
Refunds: In the event that organizers cancel any event, or reject a previously accepted application, they reserve the right to keep a portion of the fees to cover costs incurred. They reserve the right to cancel or alter any or all events, at any time, without notice or liability.
All routes are set for classic and skate. Snow conditions are excellent.
Click here for route details.
2 km ORANO Jackrabbit Glide
5 km ORANO Lake Challenge
7 km Northern Manual Therapies Trek
12 km KFC Precambrian Passage
20 km Village of Air Ronge Odyssey
35 km LLRIB Raven's Tradition
55 km SaskEnergy Enduro
50 km and 75 km Robertson Trading Kupesewin
All trails will be groomed for skate and classic.
Checkpoints are located every four to nine kilometers and have radio contact, first aid, toilets, beverages, food, a campfire and friendly volunteers.
All events EXCEPT the 2km and the 55km event start at 10am sharp on the ice in front of the La Ronge Legion Hall, 1400 La Ronge Avenue.
The 55km events starts at 8:30 a.m. at The Legion and the 2km event starts at 11am sharp at the Nut Point campground and finishes at the Nut Point campground. Parking is available at the campground.
The 5km event starts at 10am sharp at the Legion and finishes at Nut Point campground after going around loop 3. Parking is available at Nut Point.
There will be awards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place skiers in each age category and event, except for the 2km and 5km Jackrabbit Glide and Lake Challenge, which provides an award for each young skier.
Kupesewin skiers will pick up their bibs at the La Ronge Legion Hall on Friday, March 3 between 11:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
All other skiers in the Saturday main events will have two opportunities to pick up their loppet bibs: 1. Friday, March 3 between 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. at the La Ronge Legion Hall; and 2. Final pickup on Saturday, March 4 between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the La Ronge Legion Hall.
Skiers on Saturday can expect to find checkpoints along the Saskaloppet Trail where basic snacks and drinks will be provided. The checkpoints will also have warm-up cabins for emergency use. The longest distance between checkpoints is 8.5 km. Be sure to dress appropriately for winter conditions. Check points are marked on the Course Map.
*SOLD OUT!* As of Feb 28
This year's post-event Banquet & Awards Ceremony will be held at Eagle Point Resort on Saturday, March 4 after the Saskaloppet. This year's Awards Banquet will be followed by a special concert showcasing the acclaimed folk duo Over the Moon. Concert admission is included in your banquet ticket price. The Saskaloppet's Organizing Committee wishes to thank the La Ronge Arts Council for its help in to presenting this special concert.
Location: Eagle Point Resort, 3 Marine Dr, La Ronge, SK.
Directions: From the Co-op grocery corner, go 2.25 km north on Highway 102, then 1.5 km east on a gravel access road.
6:00 PM - Cash bar opens
6:30 PM - Dinner Banquet followed by Awards Ceremony
8:00 PM - Over The Moon Concert hosted by La Ronge Arts Council (concert admission included with banquet tickets)
Tickets -*SOLD OUT!* As of Feb 28
Tickets for the Awards Ceremony & Banquet can only be purchased during online registration on Zone4.ca. Tickets for youth aged 16 and under are $15.00 each. Tickets for persons aged 17 & up are $25 each. Tickets are to be picked up during bib pick-up.
Top finishers in the various categories will receive special certificates featuring art work by a well known local artist. Kupesewin skiers will also receive special certificates. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female skiers in the 55-km Enduro event—with $300 for 1st , $200 for 2nd and $100 for 3rd. Skiers must attend Banquet & Awards Ceremony to be eligible for these cash prizes.
After the La Ronge Ski Club was formed in the early 1970's, Club membership grew and Club volunteers began cutting trails by hand. The late Don Allen of English Bay was instrumental in this early trail development. With help from friends such as Guy Niven, George Searson, and Vern Studer, Don soon had a network of trails running through the boreal forest north of La Ronge.
By the fall of 1982, Don and his friends decided that La Ronge was ready for its own loppet and plans were put in place to run the inaugural Saskaloppet the following spring. A great deal of work had to be done to get the rough local trails ready for visitors, but many volunteer hours accomplished the task. The first Saskaloppet went ahead on March 20, 1983, with 120 skiers signing up for the only distance category available - a ski of 50 kilometres. The event was a huge success, and the Saskaloppet was on its way to becoming the premier loppet in Saskatchewan.
Sadly, Don Allen, the driving force that gave life to the first Saskaloppet, did not live to see the Saskaloppet grow through the years. In 1983, he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, and he died on March 13th, 1984, just a week before the 2nd Saskaloppet. That year, his son Vern, racing against the best skiers in the province, crossed the finish line in 1st place.
Over the years, the Saskaloppet, now named in Don Allen's memory, has grown from a single distance event to one that offers skiers a broad range of choices.
The Don Allen Saskaloppet would also like to thank our event and community sponsors, who donate financially or in-kind:
Major Event Sponsors
Northern Sport, Culture & Recreation District
Montreal River Outpost
Fresh Air Experience PA
Town of La Ronge
Mayo Auto Clinic
Lake Country Co-op - La Ronge
Giant Tiger - La Ronge
LA Interior Solution Ltd.
Eagle Point Resort
Marker 47 Cafe