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The Lemming Loppet is taken a break!

After the last two mild winters, the Lemming Loppet is taking a break in the coming winter of 2025. We would like to thank all previous skiers for their participation and all partners and sponsors for their support.

Your Lemming Loppet Team!

  • The ski marathon in the northern Black Forest – start and finish: Kniebis / Freudenstadt
  • 21 km and 42 km free technique
  • 5 km Pupil’s race with school classification
  • 1 km children’s run


    • Thanks to the excellent work of the Freudenstadt cross-country skiing team, the 7th Lemming Loppet was a complete success despite the lack of snow in the Black Forest. Congratulations to Jakob Lauerer and Emily Weiss, who won the long distance of 20 kilometres. Vegard Brechenmacher and Ann-Kathrin Uhl were successful on the short course (10 Read more …

    • The conditions on the track (Kniebis night trail 2.5 km) are good. Many thanks to the “snowmakers” from the Skizunft Kniebis and the preparation team of the town of Freudenstadt!

    • Unfortunately there was only a little fresh snow on the Kniebis. The 7th Lemming Loppet can therefore only take place on the night trail (2.5 km) prepared with artificial snow.

  • Global Ski Calendar Race powered by Worldloppet

    At the Lemming Loppet valuable points can be collected for the Global Worldloppet Ranking. Each participant on the long and short marathon track receives global ranking points. The winner over the 42 km track gets 700 points and the winner over the 21 km track 400 points according to the Worldloppet regulations. Global Worldloppet ranking points will in future be considered by many ski marathon organizers for the seeding of the participants. All ski marathons where ranking points can be achieved are listed in a Global Ski Marathon Calendar.

    Tracks & Distances

    Streckenicon Lemming Loppet

    42 km – FT

    Start: 9:30 at 2 km: sprint classification »Volksbank«

    Streckenicon Lemming Loppet

    21 km – FT

    Start: 9:45 at 2 km: sprint classification »Anger Gartenanlagen«

    Streckenicon Lemming Loppet

    5 km pupils race

    Start: 9:55 with school classification

    Streckenicon Lemming Loppet

    »Bunter Hund« kids race

    Start: 12:30 1 km

    The Lemming Loppet is becoming increasingly popular among cross-country skiers. In the previous events, participants from 10 nations were at the start, including France, Finland, Sweden and Australia. The Zollstockloipe and Kniebisspur in the northern Black Forest form an ideal competition route, as they are not too demanding, but in contrast to the popular ski runs in the foothills of the Alps, they already have a few vertical meters.

    In addition, this ski marathon is an interesting alternative to the association’s cross-country races. At Lemming Loppet, even young athletes can experience the atmosphere of a real people’s ski run in a large field with a mass start. The organizers of the Karlsruher Lemminge e.V. took the Vasa Loppet (Wasalauf) in Sweden as a model. Some of the cross-country skiers of this endurance sports club from Karlsruhe have already taken part in this largest and most popular ski marathon in the world. The members of the association also wanted to spread the fascination of a cross-country competition of this size in their home country and in 2016 brought the 1st Lemming Loppet to life. The decision was made to hold the ski marathon in the Black Forest in the skating technique in order to appeal to a wider group of endurance athletes, such as athletes from the sports of triathlon, racing bike, MTB or rowing, who often only practice the skating technique.

    In addition to the routes over 21 km and 42 km, there has also been a school and trial run over 5 km with its own school rating since 2020. Even very young participants can start a 1 km children’s ski run. Here children can ski with start numbers without any pressure to perform and everyone receives a small present at the finish. In addition, a side event is always held. Most recently this was the “DSV on Tour”, where the youngsters can practice and try out cross-country skiing techniques at various stations. The focus here is on having fun, just like at the biathlon shooting range, where the aim is to hit the 5 targets like in the World Cup – but with a laser rifle and therefore without any risk.

    Be there and use the opportunity to practice cross-country skiing in a sporty, fun and nature experience, sometimes even in the national park, among like-minded people in a great atmosphere.

    Your Lemming Loppet team.

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