Barnelopet – Sunday February 12th, 2017

Barnelopet is Norwegian for “kid’s race” and once again KNSC is proud to assist with this Sons of Norway event hosted especially for the community’s youngest skiers.

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The Barneløpet (pronounced BAR-nuh-lop-it) first began in 1987 and was modeled after the “Barnebirke,” a children’s cross-county ski race held each year as a part of the world-famous American “Birkebeiner” held in Hayward, Wisconsin. 


Our Barneløpet is an annual event held the second Sunday in February to encourage kids and families to get out and enjoy our winter snow season. It is sponsored jointly by the KNSC, City of Hancock, and the Sons of Norway’s Ulseth Lodge.

Barney kids 14.eKids! Join us for a fun day of skiing at Hancock’s Maasto Hiihto trails. When you complete the course, you’ll be awarded a medallion and be served hot chocolate and cookies to celebrate.

Parents: Registration is open for kids ages 3 through 17 years old.
Registration:  1:00 – 1:45 pm at the Four Seasons Chalet in Hancock (County Fairgrounds). A suggested donation of $3 per child or $5 per family, to help defray the costs of the
event, is welcome.

The Barneløpet features groomed and marked courses of 1, 2, 4, and 6 km to accommodate children of differing ages and abilities. Parents can ski with their children if they wish, to make it a family outing!

Start Times are staggered according to race distance. There are no age requirements to register for a specific race; parents, please know before you register what distance your child will have fun skiing. Start times are subject to change according to weather conditions.

2:00 – 6 Kilometer skiers

2:05 – 4 Kilometer skiers

2:10 – 2 Kilometer skiers

2:15 – 1 Kilometer skiers

Noncompetitive- Ski for time or take your time!  

Download a registration form

Barnelopet Registration 2016 (pdf)

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