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Holly Jones skates her way forwards while Patrick Gall tries his best to keep up with her. With the stacked start times, skiers were plying the slopes for the better part of the day.

Inuvik hosted another classic this weekend, with the Top of the World Loppet hitting the slopes April 10. To avoid large crowds of people around the chalet, start times were stacked based on the length of the course the skier desired. This also allowed skiers to pick their level of competitiveness, so many were able to just get out and enjoy the chilly -26C air. All in all, 76 skiers came out to enjoy the loppet.

Michael Fraser can’t contain his joy as he loops back during a lap of the 15 kilometre wing. With a -26 C windchill, skiers had to keep a good pace to stay cozy.
Judy Wagner looks back as she loops around a corner on the course. Skiers were able to pick their level of competitiveness, though they were all timed on how long it took them to complete it.

Anick Jenks navigates a downhill portion of the course during a lap of the Top of the World Loppet. To complete the longer runs of the trail required several laps through the course.
Judy Wagner looks back as she loops around a corner on the course. Skiers were able to pick their level of competitiveness, though they were all timed on how long it took them to complete it.

Bart and Ainsley Kalata progress along the course. Parents were eager to show their kids how to ski and the loppet presented the perfect opportunity.

Walker and Rachel Hansen make their way through the course. Many families took advantage of the free opportunity to come out skiing.

Annika Olesen looks out from under a frosty scarf as she zips down the hill. While some skiers were just out for fun, others had their eye on winning.

Eric Bowling

Your source for all things happening in the Beaufort Delta. Eric jumped at the chance to write for the Inuvik Drum after cutting his teeth in Alberta. He enjoys long walks, loud music and strong coffee....

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