January 2022
80, 160 miles ski, bike or run
Ski, bike or run self-supported race on the Tuscobia State Trail. Start locations and times dependent on race entered. All races finish at the KC Hall, Park Falls, WI.
US Nationals (Midway, UT) | Jan.2, Jan.4, Jan.6, Jan.7

US National Championships. Freestyle sprints; freestyle races (mass start); classic races; classic sprints.
First Chance Race (Mora, MN) | |
5K, 15K freestyle
1 pm
Rescheduled from Jan 1st due to cold weather Opening event for the season, snowmaking should ensure the race. Proceeds benefit the trails and snowmaking operations.
Lapham Peak Series (Delafield, WI) | | | Jan.5, Jan.12, NewJan.19
4.9K freestyle, classical
7:15 pm (repeats Wednesdays)
Held on the lighted trails at Lapham Peak, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, online registration preferred. There are also youth and high school series, which start earlier at 5pm.
Birchwood/MYSL Team Sprint Series (Minneapolis, MN) | | | Jan.12
team sprints
6:30 pm (repeats Wednesdays)
Start/end date shifted one week, from original Jan 8th start. This informal Wednesday night race series at Wirth Park is based on two-person relays with a different format each week. Bring a partner or sign up to be matched with a skier of similar ability. Adult, child and adult/child divisions. High school teams welcome, but must pre-register. Great way to introduce kids and adults to racing. NEW in 2022, we are encouraging families with kids to come out and ski together, watch the Sprints, play games and socialize every week! We will have a small obstacle course set up most weeks.
Snekkevik (Wausau, WI) | | | Jan.8
12K classic; 12K freestyle
9:00 am; 11:45 am
Races at Nine Mile Ski Trails. 6K high school, 3.5K junior races.
SISU Ski Fest (Ironwood, MI) | | | Jan.8
30K, 15K, 5K freestyle, classical
Racing from ABR to downtown Ironwood, one of the big season opening events.
Madnorski Race Series (Madison, WI) |
5K, 10K freestyle, classical
7 pm (repeats Tuesdays)
A series of races held on Tuesday evenings at Elver Park. Put on by Madison Nordic Ski club. Individual and team racing divisions.
Lapham Loppet (Delafield, WI) | | Jan.15
11K freestyle, classical
10:30 am
Held at Lapham Peak. Snowmaking loop is the start, at Evergreen Parking lot. Middle school races too.
HinderBinder (Camp Forest Springs, WI) | | | Jan.15
12K, 24K classical, freestyle
10 am
One of the hilliest races in the state, either one or two laps around a 12k course. There is also an 8k race for high school and 3.5k race for middle school racers.
River View Loppet (Brule, WI) | | | Jan.15
10K, 18K classical; 10K, 18K freestyle
11 am; 11:10 am
Held out on the After Hours ski trails.
Buena Vista Snowjourn (Bemidji, MN) | | | Jan.15
12K classical, freestyle
10 am
One of the oldest races in Minnesota, it's run on the rolling trails at Buena Vista ski area. There is also a touring event.
Pre-Loppet (Minneapolis, MN) | | | Jan.16
5K, 15K freestyle
8:30 am
Tune up race for the City of Lakes Loppet. Also a 15K fat bike.
NewLappe Loppet (Thunder Bay, ON) |
10K, 20K, 50K freestyle
Mass start race. There is also a self-timed division, starting on Saturday.
Citizen Night Series (Houghton, MI) |
2.5K, 5K classic, freestyle
6 pm (repeats every 3-4 weeks)
Fun evening series at MTU, dates this season are: Jan 18th, Feb 8th and Mar 22nd.
Noquemanon Ski Marathon (Ishpeming, MI) | NewJan.22
12K, 24K, 50K classical, freestyle
9 am EST
A point to point race, running from Ishpeming to Marquette. Multiple wave starts. Freestyle starts 40 minutes after classical. Last half of the race is almost all downhill. Finishes at Marquette's Superior Dome. Junior race on Friday, Fat Bike races on Sunday.
Coleraine JNQ/CCSA (Coleraine, MN) | | New
5K, 10K, 15K freestyle Sat; 7.5K, 10K classic Sun
Two days of racing on the Mount Itasca trail system.
Seeley Hills Classic (Seeley, WI) |
23K, 43K classical
10 am
Run on the Birkie trail, it has become one of the most prestigious classical races around. High school and wooden ski divisions as well.
Badger State Winter Games (Wausau, WI) |
10K, 21K, 43K classical, freestyle
9 am
Held at Nine Mile Forest. There's also 1-2K for kids and 4K and 7K for youth and juniors. The games are open the events to non-Wisconsin residents.
Nordic Spirit (Duluth, MN) |
12K, 24K classic
10 am
Held at the Spirit Mountain ski trails. Hosted by the Duluth XC ski club.
Three Rivers Ski Rennet (Bloomington, MN) |
26K freestyle, classical; 12K freestyle, classical
World-class trails take you over challenging climbs, across prairies, and through native Minnesota maple and basswood forests. 26K skiers extend their challenging climbs on Hyland Hills Ski Area. 10K racers will enjoy the rolling hills on an intermediate course. Also sit-skier 3K course and kids 1K course. Fat Bike races in afternoon and evening.
Houghton JNQ/Super Cup (Houghton, MI) |
5K, 10K, 15K freestyle Sat; classic sprints Sun
9 am; 9 am
Racing on the US Nationals courses at Michigan Tech.
Iola Norseman Challenge (Iola, WI) |
10K classic; 20K freestyle
9:30 am; 12:15 pm
There's also a 3K and 5K high school races and a kids races.
Marine/O'Brien Ski Race (Marine on St. Croix, MN) | |
12K, 25K classical; 12K, 25K freestyle
10:30 am; 11 am
This is a great community race with scenic trails. Held at William O'Brien State Park. Once around park for 12km and twice around for 25km. There's also great kids races with age appropriate distances starting at 1:45PM! Again this year is a 8km wooden ski tour that starts with the classic race.
Lumberjack Jaunt (Brainerd, MN) |
6K, 16K classical; 6K, 16K freestyle
One of the older races in Minnesota (started in 1972). Held at the Northland Arboretum. There's also 1K kids race.
Arrowhead Winter Ultramarathon (International Falls, MN)
135 miles
7 am
The Arrowhead Winter Ultra is an ultramarathon race on bike, foot or skis, covering 135 miles across the Arrowhead Region of Northern Minnesota from International Falls near the Canadian border to Tower, MN.

Ongoing Race Series

Elm Creek Series (Maple Grove, MN) | | | Dec.22, Dec.29, Jan.12,
5K freestyle, 5K classical
7 pm, 7:30 pm (repeats Wednesdays)
This is a great little training race series held Wednesday nights. Separate skate and classical races. The 5K lighted trail at Elm Creek is a nice mix of hills and flats.
6:30 pm (repeats Wednesdays)
A weekly Wednesday evening race series in Duluth. The venue rotates between Snowflake, Grand Ave, Lester Park and Pine Valley. Starts at first good snow; continues into early March, depending on conditions.
Fresh Air Series (Thunder Bay, ON) |
5K freestyle
7 pm (repeats every other Thursday)
Thursday night race series at Lappe Nordic (generally every other Thursday). Events include: relays, obstacle course, sprints, as well as some standard race formats.
5K, 15K, 22K freestyle, classic
A virtual event featuring the Claire de Loon 5K, the Flowage 15K, and the Turtle River Pursuit (11K classic, 11K skate, 2 legs combined time).
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