As residents of a cold-weather state, we’re all familiar with outdoor winter activities and the enjoyment they provide. Or at the very least, we enjoy the post-outdoor activities (salted caramel hot chocolates anyone?). Today’s your chance to enjoy both a winter activity and hot refreshments with the Pre-Loppet gathering hosted by Peace Coffee. What in the world is a pre-loppet, you ask? It’s a chance to preview the 2013 City of Lakes Loppet by freestyle skiing the first 17 kilometers of the Loppet course. If you’re a cross country ski fan, or have always wanted to test your ski legs out, spend time at this event either practicing classic or skating styles. There are multiple classifications (depending on distance, age, etc.) so bring friends and family. Plus, enjoy Peace Coffee refreshments both before and after the race. 8:30 a.m. $30 day-of. —RO

Theodore Wirth Park, 1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy., Mpls., 612-604-5330,