DON ALLEN SASKALOPPET (2022)

Another successful Don Allen Saskaloppet in the books!  Thank you to all our sponsors, volunteers and skiers!

The Don Allen Saskaloppet would not be the premier event it is today without our sponsors who donate financially or in-kind, thank you!

2022 Saskaloppet Champions ($2000+)

2022 Supporters of the Saskaloppet ($500-$2000)

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2022 Friends of the Saskaloppet ($50-$500)

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: Monday Feb. 28 at 11pm with no late fee.  Thursday March 3 @9am with a $10 late fee.  NO REGISTRATION ON-SITE. Registered skiiers 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.

COVID-19 POLICY

The Don Allen Saskaloppet organizing committee requests that participants wear a mask while in a building.  Thank you.

ROUTE OPTIONS & MAP

All routes are set for classic and skate. Snow conditions are excellent. 

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  • 2 km ORANO Jackrabbit Glide

  • 5 km ORANO Lake Challenge 

  • 12 km Precambrian Passage 

  • 20 km Odyssey  

  • 38 km Raven's Tradition 

  • 56 km SaskEnergy Enduro

  • 52 km and 77 km Roberston Trading Kupesewin

General Notes:

  1. All trails will be groomed for skate and classic. 

  2. Checkpoints are located every four to nine kilometers and have radio contact, first aid, toilets, beverages, food, a campfire and friendly volunteers. 

  3. All events EXCEPT the 2km and the 56km event start at 10am sharp on the ice in front of the La Ronge Legion Hall, 1400 La Ronge Avenue

  4. The 56km 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

BIB PICK-UP

Kupesewin skiers will pick up their bibs at the La Ronge Legion Hall on Friday, March 4 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 4 between 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. at the La Ronge Legion Hall; and 2. Final pickup on Saturday, March 5 between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the La Ronge Legion Hall.

CHECK POINTS

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 above.

RESULTS

The Don Allen Saskaloppet is a timed event.  Finish times are all recorded on skiers’ finishing certificates.  Finish times will also be posted on www.zone4.ca and posted on the La Ronge Ski Club's race results web page

AWARDS BANQUET

This year, due to Covid-19 concerns, the Saskaloppet will not host its traditional awards banquet. However, when Saskaloppeteers finish their ski on Saturday, they will be served chili & bannock free of charge at an outdoor venue set up at the La Ronge Legion Hall. This will be followed by an Awards ceremony in the Legion Hall at 5:00 p.m. 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 the Awards ceremony to be eligible for these cash prizes.

CONTACT

For more information, contact Saskaloppet Chair Sid Robinson at (306) 420-7508 or e-mail sid.robinson@sasktel.net

HISTORY

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.

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