It was the snow that saved the Loppet.
A 3-inch snowfall on Sunday left enough of a base on city lakes and trails that events during the Feb. 2–3 City of Lakes Loppet festival will go on as planned. Last year, a snow drought limited the weekend’s cross-country ski races to the snowmaking loop in Theodore Wirth Park.
This year, skiers will once again race between Wirth Park and Uptown. Loppet Foundation Executive Director John Munger skied the full course Monday morning to make the announcement near the Tin Fish restaurant on Lake Calhoun.
Munger said the above-freezing temperatures forecast for the early part of the week, followed by a dive below zero on Thursday, should help the fresh snow bond to the icy layer beneath, improving the course by the end of the week.
During a dry January, Munger was saying it would take just two inches of snow to run a full Loppet race this year. He got his wish.
Registration is still open for Loppet events, which include cross-country skiing, bicycling, skijoring and more. For more information, got to the festival website.