The Pepsi Challenge Cup Cross Country Ski Race

Biwabik, Minnesota is easy to find! Located on the Iron Range just three hours north of the Twin Cities, or just one hour north of Duluth on Highway 135.

An exciting course has been designed to provide a pleasant experience for skiers of all levels. All races start and end at Giants Ridge in front of The Lodge and are spectator friendly. At the start there is 1K of wide open skiing (at least 6 across) before ascending ancient over burden mountains and descending into beautiful scenic wood lands. The 48K challenges the more daring skiers on the famous World Cup and Olympic training trails, before completion in the stadium in front of the Lodge. The 10K race is perfect for beginners to intermediate and the course will lap through the Stadium twice. The entire race course is groomed to provide excellent conditions for both skaters and traditional skiers. Feed stations are provided approximately every 8K. Gatorade and water available. Trails and race distances are subject to change.

48K Criteria

For new skiers anticipating skiing The Pepsi Challenge race (48K Freestyle) for the first time here are some tips to help you decide if the race is for you.

1. It is called the Pepsi Challenge because it is a challenge.

2. In order to finish this race before the cut-off times: You should be able to ski approximately for 4 hours straight. This will be about 5 to 5.5 minute per “K” (kilometer). You should be able to ski one kilometer in five minutes for 48 kilometers.


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