Castlegar Nordic Ski Club

2024 Fun Troll Loppet

Sunday, February 11th, 2024

Start Time: 10:00 a.m. at the Mud Lake (Viking Centre) Trailhead

The Castlegar Nordic Ski Club’s Fun Troll Loppet is back for 2024!  The Loppet is a fun, self-paced, ski marathon participation event (not a race); but your completion time will be available for your information.  The Loppet is open to all skiers and ability levels.  All participants receive a participation prize and juice and snacks are available at the Loppet finish.  Please come out and join us for this healthy, fun recreation event!  Register early as we expect a large turnout this year!

The 2024 Loppet is being dedicated to the memory of our late friend and founding Club member, Conrad Brattebo.  Conrad was a charter member of the Sons of Norway Lodge #76 that started the first Nordic ski club in our area in 1961, later to become the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club.  He held several roles in the Club over the years, most recently as the Club Historian and as the Club’s “Troll” mascot.  His organizing efforts and participation at every annual Troll Loppet will be missed, but our Club is dedicated to carrying on in his tradition!

  Conrad Brattebo – on the trails and at the 2023 Troll Loppet


The Castlegar Nordic Ski Club’s Paulson Cross Country Ski Trails are located 32 km. west of Castlegar (Click here for a Location Map).  The Fun Troll Loppet event takes place from the Mud Lake Trailhead starting at our Viking Centre club lodge.  Parking attendants will be in place to assist you, but space at the Mud Lake parking lot may be limited so please plan to carpool if you can.

Registration Options:

  1. Online at the Zone 4 website (, by 6:00 p.m., Saturday, February 10th
  2. At Mallard’s Source for Sports in Castlegar, by Thursday, February 8th
  3. At Gerick Cycle and Ski in Nelson, by Thursday, February 8th
  4. At the Loppet start at Mud Lake (Viking Centre), from 8:30 – 9:30 am

Early Registration Fees:     Adults: $20   / Kids* (under 18):  $15

Day of the Loppet Registration Fees:     Adults: $25   / Kids* (under 18):  $20   (*NOTE: Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult)

Registration Questions?  Email: [email protected]

Note: If you previously registered for the original (January 28th) Loppet date, you will automatically be registered for the new February 11th date.   If you wish to cancel your registration, please send an email request to [email protected].

Loppet Routes & Maps:

Click on the links below to view or download the 2024 Fun Troll Loppet Route maps.  Or, download a Loppet map directly to the Avenza app on your phone for free from our Avenza Store front.  Paper maps for the longer routes will also be available at the Loppet start.

The Paulson Cross-Country Ski Trails are set primarily for classic technique.  This year there will be 5 Loppet routes and all routes will start at the stadium area on the Mud Lake meadow.

2 km. Route Map (Super Mini Trolls)

Route:  START line–>Clockwise around Mud Lake–>FINISH line

8 km. Route Map (Tiny Trolls)

Route:  START line–>Ben Shaw –>Booty’s –>Ben Shaw Shelter–>Ben Shaw –>Mud Lake–>FINISH line

20 km. Route Map (Bronze)

Route:  START line–>Clockwise around Mud Lake–>right on Ben Shaw–>Booty’s–>Short Loop–>Ben Shaw–>Rossland-Paulson–>Ivars–>down Glenmerry–>Pine–>Snowberry–>down Seal Creek–>up Pine–>down Huckleberry–>down Rossland-Paulson–>right on Ben Shaw–>right to Mud lake–>FINISH line

30 km. Route Map (Silver)

Route:  START line–>Clockwise around Mud Lake–>right on Ben Shaw–>Booty’s–>Mid L oop –>Ben Shaw–>Rossland -Paulson–>Connector–>Winterberry–>up Glenmerry–>Lamb –>Rossland-Paulson–>Ivars–>Glenmerry–>Pine–>Snowberry–>Old Growth–>down Ridge–>Ben Shaw–>up Pine–>up Seal Creek–>Snowb erry–>down Pine–>Huckleb erry–>Rossland-Paulson–>Ben Shaw–>Mud Lake–>FINISH line

40 km. Route Map (Gold)

Route:  START line–>Clockwise around Mud Lake–>right on Ben Shaw–>Booty’s–>Mid Loop –>Ben Shaw–>Rossland -Paulson–>Connector–>Winterb erry–>Gloryview–>Norwegian–>Glenmerry–>Pine–>Snowberry–>Old Growth–>down Rid ge–>Ben Shaw–>up Pine–>up Seal Creek–>Snowberry–>down Pine–>Huckleberry–>Rossland-Paulson–>Ben Shaw–>Mud Lake–> FINISH line

  Click here for information on setting up the Avenza Maps trail app and loading a map.