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Jan.30-Feb.1
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.
Feb.4-5
City of Lakes Loppet (Minneapolis, MN) |
20K, 37K classic Sat; 20K, 37K freestyle Sun
9:45 am, 10:15 am; 10 am, 10:30 am
An urban point-to-point race! Starts at Lake Bde Maka Ska and finishes at Theodore Wirth. There are also 10K tour event, and skijor, ice bike, kids races, Kubb and the post-race party!
Feb.4
Mt. Ashwabay Summit Ski Race (Washburn, WI) |
30K freestyle; 10K classic; 25K pursuit
11:00 am
All races start and finish at the Mt. Ashwabay Chalet. Adults have the choice of 25k pursuit, 30k skate start or 10k classic. High school 7K classic, Middle School 3.5K freestyle races are available, starting earlier in the morning. Awards are pies (store bought this year, for obvious reasons)!
Feb.4
Wolf Tracks Rendezvous (Minocqua, WI) |
42K freestyle, classic; 24K freestyle, classic
9 am; 10 am
A one-loop marathon or half-marathon encompassing many of the best trails that Winter Park has to offer, including several technical sections and the normally classic-only Wolf Tracks and Nekoosa trails. A single classic track will be laid on the entire course. The 42km marathon is a Birkebeiner qualifier.
Feb.11
Pre-Birkie (Hayward, WI) |
42K freestyle, classic; 26K freestyle, classic
9:30 am, 9:40 am; 10 am, 10:10 am
Running out of Birkie Ridge trailhead.
Feb.11-12
Vasaloppet USA (Mora, MN) |
48K, 34K, 15K freestyle Sat; 48K, 24K classic Sun
9 am, 12:30 pm; 9 am
The largest race in Minnesota. The finish is the best around -- down Main street Mora with the crowds cheering!
Feb.11-12
North American Vasa (Traverse City, MI)
6K, 15K, 27K freestyle Sat; 6K, 15K, 27K classical Sun
8 am Sat; 9 am Sun
This is the big one for lower Michigan. Race starts and finishes at Timber Ridge Resort. Beautiful and challenging trail through State Forest. Two day combined Grand Champion title as well.
Feb.12
North End Classic (Cable, WI) |
12.5K, 25K classic
10 am
Starts and finishes at the North End Trail Head. Cookie Classic free kids races .5, 1 and 2 km.
Feb.18
25K classic; 10K freestyle, classic
10 am; 10:50 am
A ski festival for the entire family on the beautiful Pincushion Trails, overlooking Grand Marais and Lake Superior. Competitive events in the morning, Winter Carnival events in the afternoon with family ski, snowshoe cruise on the new Pincushion section of the North Shore Hiking Trail.
Feb.18
Minnesota Finlandia (Bemidji, MN) |
25K classical; 50K, 25K freestyle
10 am; 10:30 am
A challenging course with many good hills and lots of woods! One of the best run races in Minnesota (especially the wave starts)!
Feb.18
Book Across the Bay (Ashland, WI)
11K freestyle, classic
6 pm
A candlelit, evening race for skiers and snowshoers of all abilities and ages. The course runs from Ashland to Bird Island (just south of Washburn) and back, across Chequamegon Bay.
Feb.18-19
Minneapolis JNQ/CCSA (Minneapolis, MN) |
freestyle sprints Sat; 5K, 10K, 20K classic Sun
Junior National Qualifier racing for the Midwest and Great Lakes divisions, and a collegiate CCSA invitational. Held on the snowmaking trails at Theodore Wirth, hosted by the Loppet Foundation. Alternatively known as the Mayor’s XC Ski Challenge. Also a SuperTour race.
Feb.18
3K classic; 11K classic
11:30 am; 1 pm
A classic ski event in the heart of the Iron Range, offering an opportunity for both recreational and competitive skiers to enjoy a timed challenge/race on the beautiful trails of Carey Lake in Hibbing, MN. Division awards, as well as top male/female in 11K.
Feb.19
Founders Classic (Mora, MN) |
5K, 10K, 20K classic
1 pm
The Founders Classic is a classic stride race/tour. Start and finish near the Vasaloppet Nordic Ski Center just off 9th Street in Mora.
Feb.24
Kortelopet (Hayward, WI) |
29K freestyle, classic
In 2017 the Kortelopet moved to it's own date, and now starts at Hwy OO and finishes on the streets of Hayward.
Feb.25
American Birkebeiner (Hayward, WI) |
50K freestyle; 55K classic
The benchmark race. The largest ski race in North America. Sign up early! Also a SuperTour race.

Ongoing Race Series

Dec.6-Feb.14
5K classic; 5K freestyle
7 pm, 7:30 pm (repeats Tuesdays)
This is a great little training race series held Tuesday nights. Separate skate and classical races. The 5K lighted trail at Elm Creek is a nice mix of hills and flats.
Dec.7-Feb.22
4-6K
6:30 pm (repeats Wednesdays)
A weekly Wednesday evening race series in Duluth. Technique alternates between Classic and Freestyle from week to week. The venue rotates between Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Snowflake Nordic Center, Upper Spirit Campground Loop, Lester Park, and Cloquet/Pine Valley. Starts at first good snow; continues into early March, depending on conditions.
Dec.17-Feb.19
11K pursuit; 5K, 15K, 30K freestyle, classic
A virtual event featuring the Claire de Loon 5K, the Flowage 15K, the MECCA 30K, and the Turtle River Pursuit (11K classic, 11K skate, 2 legs combined time).
Jan.4-Feb.15
4.9K freestyle, classic
7:15 pm (repeats Wednesdays)
Held on the lighted trails at Lapham Peak, online registration preferred. There are also youth and high school series, which start earlier at 5:15 pm and 6 pm.
Jan.4-Mar.1
MYSL Team Sprints & Family Night (Minneapolis, MN) |
team sprints
6:30 pm (repeats Wednesdays)
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 2023, 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.
Jan.24-Mar.28
2.5K, 5K freestyle, classic
6 pm (repeats every 3-4 weeks)
Fun evening series at MTU, dates this season are: Jan 24th, Feb 7th, and Mar 28th.
View a full list of Race Series and combined awards.
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