Always the 2nd Saturday of the New Year
January 10th, 2015
SISU Ski Fest - Ironwood, Michigan
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2014 Course Information

Course Update

Our Course Chief, Eric Anderson had this to say "the Race Course has been groomed...and is really shaping up. The snow is better than we have seen in the last 5 years....."

Jan 9 update: The SISU Ski Fest Course is looking Super! We have been grooming deep and wide for the last 4 weeks. Today the John Deere Gator followed by the Pisten Bully groomed and powertilled into town and back again today with a deep till mixing the old cold snow(2) passes overlapping. The course is looking very flat, smooth and wide. The brush trimming is very good. Pole plants are solid with the edge to edge packing over the last 19 Groom cycles with multiple groomers. There are no thin areas. Road crossings appear to have clean snow for race day close by. This is looking to be the best SISU course I have seen in 5 years. The course is marked as of tonight. We plan to groom the first 28 k Friday night from 5:30 - 11 PM with a medium 2 setting on the tiller depth for Friday night and we will head into town to complete the last 15 k in the morning at around 3 AM to be at the Finnish line at 8:30 AM. Saturday mornings groom will be a shallow tiller setting with high down pressure just enough to set a good classic track and to keep the course firm with the warmer temps. We will be grooming with 3 groomers each cycle for a wide coverage and back up if something special comes up. If we see more than 2 inches on early Saturday morning we have an action plan set to engage 3 additional groomers to help regroom the entire course. Three forerunners are set to ski in the classic track before the racers start regardless.

Dec 31st "We groomed with the PB into town today on the SISU Trail. The trail is race ready!"

Dec 20th - The SISU Trail is really looking good the Pisten Bully has been powertilling the on premise connectors and race course at ABR. With 5 feet of snowfall to date the course should be in super shape.

9K Taste 'N Tour

The SISU Ski Fest offers events for all ability and interest levels including a Taste 'N Tour with "food stops" along the way showcasing local cuisine. The 2013 TNT will again be starting at Norrie Park. There is NO parking there so participants can use our free busing.

Race Timing

Timing services will be provided by a professional chip timing service.


A map of available Downtown Ironwood Parking Areas is available on Maps page. Busing will be available to the starting points for Saturday's 42K and 21K Races and Taste N Tour events.


Change of Events

Requests to change races are handled by the race director. Changes within two weeks of race day must be accompanied by a $5 change request fee. No changes on Race Day.

Changing Facilities

Heated changing area and showers will be available at the Memorial Building and Main Street Fitness. Sauna is also available at Main Street Fitness. See Maps page for location.

Clothing Bag Drop (42K & 21K)

We have gone GREEN! We are no longer providing bags for the bag drop. Instead, we are providing industrial tags with your number. So bring your own backpack or bag! Skiers are responsible for getting their bags into the trucks next to each start area. Bags will be taken to the "Finnish Line" where they can be claimed following the race. Race officials are not responsible for lost or stolen property.

Drop Outs

Racers who are not able to complete the course for whatever reason must inform the volunteers at the aid stations or at the "Finnish Line" and provide them with their bib number and name. Transportation back to Memorial Building will be provided.

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