(Almost) Always the 2nd Saturday of the New Year
January 7th, 2017
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
SISU Ski Fest - Ironwood, Michigan Presented by Aspirus
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Start at ABR Trails and "Finnish" in downtown Ironwood. Ski among Northwoods pines, up, down and around rocky outcroppings, along the Montreal River, through the Miners Memorial Heritage Park, and by the World's Tallest Native American Statue. Commemorative SISU souvenirs and locally crafted age group awards. Traditional "Yooper" fare and local entertainment. A big event with small town ambiance.

SISU Ski Fest, your gateway to the season!

SISU Ski Fest Announces New Race Director

The SISU Ski Fest Board of Directors is very excited to announce that Jackie Powers has been hired as the new Race Director and Media Consultant.
Jackie was chosen for her experience within the local ski community. A recreational ski racer herself, she’s also trained innumerable local SISU racers, both kids and adults, first through the Team Gogebic Nordic Ski Club (which she co-founded), and for the last two years by coaching several local recreational athletes to the Finnish Line through her “SISU 101” 12-week training program. Jackie has achieved Level 200 Nordic Ski Coach certification through USSA. In leadership roles she’s known for her organization, communication, and dedication. She brings an extensive network of ski friends, associates, and professional affiliations to the table. Having traveled from Illinois in order to ski prior to relocating to Ironwood ten years ago, and having participated in many of the large and small races throughout the upper Midwest, she understands what most of you are looking for in a quality event.
We believe her combination of leadership skills, ski experience, and regional networking will serve the SISU Ski Fest well. Welcome Jackie!

What's NEW for 2017

  • New 31K/15K Race Courses! - We’ve eliminated double loops, criss-crossing and some of the flatter sections. The result is an exciting 31K and a “burner” 15K course that could also serve as a double pole challenge to the most adventurous among us! 15K also makes a good entry level race distance.
  • New 5K Fun Ski - We’ve replaced the Taste n Tour and Jr SISU using that course and created an untimed, all-inclusive event, complete with participant gift and food at the Memorial Building afterwards along with the racers.
  • Awards ceremony and entertainment at the Memorial Building immediately after the race
  • SISU Combined & Snowshoe Race simplified - There will be one snowshoe race distance (5K) and we’ve reduced the price for the SISU Combined. The untimed 2K snowshoe tour remains an option for the non-competitive among us.
  • Participant gift for all entry fees of $20 or more
  • New Fat Bike Demo event - Try the newest snow sport out there for free!

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    SISU Ski Fest Grants

    SISU Ski Fest is offering Grants for projects that support our mission of promoting the activity of cross-country skiing and other silent sports. See our Grant Application for more details. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt with early decisions made on March 26 and others considered by June 30.

    2016-2017 Grants Awarded

    The SISU Ski Fest Board of Directors recently approved 4 grant requests for the 2016-17 year.  One of the goals of the SISU Ski Fest, a non profit organization, is to support the local community and promote silent sports.  The SISU Ski Fest was able to award $3000 in grants to several organizations. Here's the organations that received grants this year - CXC Nordic Rocks Ski Program, Ironwood High School Cross Country Running Program, Hurley School District Nordic Scki Program and Ironwood Parks and Recreation Department. (read More)

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