5th Annual SISU Ski Fest is now History! Thanks to all that Participated!
"Finnish" in downtown Ironwood. Ski through historic mining areas, scenic bluffs, along the Montreal River and by the World's Tallest Native American Statue. Commemorative SISU souvenirs for the first 500 42K and 21K racers to sign up! Locally crafted age group awards. Traditional "Yooper" fare.
5th Annual SISU Ski Fest was a Success! 810 entries!
“SISU” – More than a Ski Race
Wearing her SISU cap is Olivia Stern, great niece of Dan and Vicky Finco and Gin (also in photo) and Dennis “Beet” Anderson of Ironwood, MI. Twelve year old Olivia was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is currently undergoing treatment. Gin and Beet have been road crossing volunteers since the onset of the SISU Ski Fest Marathon and Dan grooms at ABR ski trails, also volunteering his time grooming the race course. Wondering what they could send Olivia, Dan’s thoughts turned to the SISU Race and what the Finnish word stood for: determination, fortitude, stick with it, guts, never giving up, etc….and figured last year’s SISU hat was just the ticket. Being such a popular item there was not a hat to be found, so Dan approached Linda Jindrich and Morgan Grasso of the Indianhead Motel in Ironwood, Morgan being a part of the SISU Ski Fest race committee. All hats were sold—but after hearing who the SISU hat would be going to (Olivia), Linda graciously donated her personal SISU hat. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!!! Olivia’s parents are Dave and Monica Stern of Grafton, WI and granddaughter of Francyne (Finco) Johnson and the late Tom Johnson (originally of Bessemer).
NEW for 2015 - SISU COMBINED!!
Ski on Saturday and snowshoe on Sunday
Race the Full Combined: 42K SISU ski marathon plus 10K SISU snowshoe race—or the Half Combined: 21K Heikki Lunta plus the 5K snowshoe race. The top male and female in each event will win an inaugural SISU Combined trophy and prize package. The fastest combined time of the two races will be used to determine the winner.
SISU Combined Prize Package for the winning female and male for the Full and Half SISU Combined will win Free entry for 2016 SISU Combined (a ski entry and a snowshoe entry!), custom crafted award and a 2015 SISU shirt.
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.