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.

BarneyL start good (DL)

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. this year – kids will participate for free, thanks to sponsorship from the Portage Health Foundation.

As always, the Barnelopet is organized jointly by KNSC and the Sons of Norway’s Ulseth Lodge, and is made possible by the City of Hancock.

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 plus healthy snacks to celebrate.

Parents: Registration is open for kids ages 3 through 17 years old, from 1:00 – 1:45 pm at the Four Seasons Chalet in Hancock (County Fairgrounds). This event is free for the whole family.

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 here:

Barne registration 2017 (pdf) 

Barne flier (pdf)


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