Always the 2nd Saturday of the New Year
January 11th, 2014
SISU Ski Fest - Ironwood, Michigan
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CELEBRATION and Thank You Dinner for 2014 SISU Ski Fest volunteers was held on Sunday (Jan 12) at the Elk N Hound restaurant. This allowed our hard working volunteers to join for some fun and in sharing of stories from the previous days of our 5th annual SISU Ski Fest.
A great group of volunteers make for a fantastic SISU Ski Fest event!

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!

Great Job - Jonathon!

Meet the 2014
SISU Ski Fest
Race Director
Jonathon Rulseh

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“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).



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.

LOST AND FOUND--We found some items! Contact us at SISUSF@ioitwx.com and give a description of what you are missing, a return address and a phone number. We'll do our best to reunite you and your lost item.

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