Cross Country Ski Events Schedule as Impacted by COVID or Other Circumstances
Reports from Race Directors and Update Links
Being Updated Now for January, February, & March 2021 Race Events
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Because there is no paywall, please feel free to take a long walk around this site and so many stories reflecting things happening from day to day. Also, contributor Kierstin Kloeckner has put together a similar list for Winter 2020/2021 Fat Bike races that will appear in the December 2020 print edition and on this website menu list as well (https://silentsportsmagazine.com/reported-fat-bike-race-covid-updates/), along with writer Delaney FitzPatrick’s December 2020 print edition information on how to make your virtual cross country ski race the best it can be. I truly hope this is helpful to your cross country skiing race experiences despite COVID!
Best, Bruce, Managing Editor, Silent Sports Magazine.
Noquemanon: Marquette, Michigan, January 22-24. From Assistant Race Director
Paul Johnson —
We are still working to determine details but at this time we do plan on an actual
event that will be modified. We are planning around several possible scenarios and
what we are actually able to do will be dependent on the status of executive orders
from the Governor of the State of Michigan. The public can stay up to date with our
event in several ways: View or sign up for newsletters on the race website:
http://www.noquemanon.com[and] follow the race Facebook page. NOVEMBER 22, 2020
UPDATE – use this link to stay on top of all things Noque till race day:
Michigan Tech Citizen Night Race Series – through March– CANCELLED: https://www.michigantechrecreation.com/trails/Citizen-s_Night_Series However, Joel Isaacson Michigan Tech Athletics Senior Associate Athletic Director reports that the Mich. Tech CXC Cup Holiday Championship on January 2 & 3, 2021 is a go with further and ongoing updates via: https://www.michigantechrecreation.com/trails/Ski_Races/index
Mora Ski Club “Adult Learn to Ski” class on Sundays in January- the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th from 1:00-3:00, all abilities, classic and skate techniques. Registration is through Mora Community Education. Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/Mora-Community-Education-109945747240354/ Also from Phoebe Miron Kroll: We are also planning on having our Fast Track Kids Ski program at the same dates and times as the adult classes this year. We usually meet after school in the elementary school but that is not feasible this year. We are asking everyone (adults and kids) to come ready to ski. We are still not sure if the Nordic Center building will be open, plus it would be too many inside at one time in any case! We are currently planning on holding some form of our usual Lanternloppet on January 30th, starting at sunset on the Nordic Center Trails, but again, we are still working on how to make it happen as safely as possible. Website: http://moraskiclub.org; Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mora-Community-Education-109945747240354/; Email Phoebe if you have questions: email@example.com.
Badger State Games: Nine Mile, Wisconsin – January 30, 2021 – From Nick Ockwig, BSG Director
—For Nordic, we have made the decision to not have a large tent with concessions. No Concessions
and anyplace for a gathering spot. Basically, come to event, get dressed in your car, ski
your event, and leave. Go to http://www.badgerstategames.orgfor continued updates.
Duluth XC Ski Club: From Eric Chandler, DXC Communications. Our Nordic Spirit Race
is still scheduled for January 30. The format is TBD. The best way for people to stay up to date
with the race and other events is via our website: http://Duluthxc.com.
First Weekend (Feb. 5/6/7):
Minnesota (Brainard) – Lumberjack Jaunt http://www.brainerdnordicskiclub.com/lumberjack-jaunt.html
Minnesota Moraloppet Ski for a Cause (Breast Cancer Fundraiser) – 2/6/2021, listed as a go: https://vasaloppet.us/moraloppet-ski-for-the-cause/
Minnesota: City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival, Minneapolis, Feb. 5 – 7, 2021: https://www.loppet.org/events/festival/
Minnesota, Minneapolis: Classic Ski Loppet, February 6, 2021 Saturday, 9:00 AM; Bde Maka Ska North Beach, 2707 West Lake Street https://www.loppet.org/events/classicskiloppet/
Minnsota – The Skiper Bowl – February 7 (Super Bowl Sunday) tentatively as scheduled.
Wisconsin (Minocqua) – Wolf Tracks –CANCELLED/REPLACED: Per an email from Dan Clausen: Winter Park will not be hosting the Wolf Tracks race this season. We plan to groom with a bigger budget for great skiing. The ski shop has been active this past month. Thinking of planning out a course for some races that are going to go virtual. Stay Safe! http://www.minocquawinterpark.org/wolftracks/
Wisconsin (Washburn) – Mt. Ashwabay Summit Ski Race Feb. 6, 2021 – https://ashwabaysummitskirace.com/race-info/
Wisconsin (Cable) – North End Classic – Feb. 7, 2021 –https://northendskiclub.org/north-end-classic-race/
Michigan Tech Citizen Night Race Series – through March– CANCELLED: https://www.michigantechrecreation.com/trails/Citizen-s_Night_Series However, Joel Isaacson Michigan Tech Athletics Senior Associate Athletic Director reports that the NCAA Regional Championships are a go on February 27/28. 2021 with further and ongoing updates via: https://www.michigantechrecreation.com/trails/Ski_Races/index
February 13-20, 2021
Wisconsin (Seeley/Hayward) Pre-Birkie: A go as of 12/22/20: No spaghetti feed this year. 26 and 42K with both start at Birkie Ridge, just north of Seeley, where the course heads south down the skate trail to OO (26K) or Gravel Pit (42K), where the race returns north up the classic trail to Fire Tower, then loop back to Birkie Ridge. Aid stations are planned throughout as health and safety officials permit. Registering online gives you a chance to win a free registration for the 2022 pre-Birkie. New Website URL: http://prebirkie.com
Wisconsin, Boulder Junction – The Forest Frenzy – held in 2020 on February 15th, has been CANCELLED for reasons unrelated to COVID.
Wisconsin, Bayfield Area – Book Across the Bay Feb. 20: CANCELLED! See story at https://silentsportsmagazine.com/2020/12/19/book-across-the-bay For more information on the 2021 Book Across the Bay, please visit www.batb.org or call the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce: (715) 682-2500.
Minnesota Mora Vasaloppet February 13/14, 2021 – https://vasaloppet.us/race-weekend/2020-vasaloppet-saturday-ski-races/ Press Release from the Mora Vasaloppet, February 13/14, 2021: We are happy to say that the Vasaloppet USA ski race is a “go” for 2021. We have prepared a comprehensive COVID-19 plan working within the state guidelines, and have engaged Kanabec County Health Department, Welia Health, and other key members of the community to create a plan that assure the health and safety of all skiers, volunteers, organizers, and the community. Link⇒: See complete COVID-19 plan details here. Be sure to (Link⇒) register now for your race as the number of registrations for each race are limited. Live Facebook Broadcast & Complete Story with more updates links ⇒ https://silentsportsmagazine.com/2020/12/02/press-release-vasaloppet-usa-race-plans-dec-7-at-7-pm-live-facebook-broadcast/
Minnesota- MN Finlandia – Saturday, February 15 (tentative reformat planned, contact Minn Fin). https://www.minnesotafinlandia.com/
Minnesota, Grand Marais – The Pincushion Winter Festival is listed as planned as Virtual for 2021: http://pincushiontrails.org/
Minnesota, Mora Ski Club’s Founder’s Classic on February 23rd. Per Phoebe Miron Kroll: We like to hold those races at the Northern Practice loops where the Mora Vasaloppet was originally started but that is very dependent on snow conditions so we make that decision usually in early February: Website: http://moraskiclub.org; Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mora-Community-Education-109945747240354/; Email Phoebe if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota – Events planned by Jan Guenther of Gear West: February 20, 2021: Snowflake Race and/or the Inga-lami – Held at Baker Park in the Three Rivers Park District. Jan reported, as of November 28, 2020, that the events going forward during COVID will depend on planning with the park district as well as snow conditions, to determine the possibility of interval starts so the events could still happen. Per Jan: We can do it in some sort of healthy fashion that everyone will be happy with and feel, safe- An update to occur in January.
Michigan – North American Vasa, still scheduled for Feb. 13 & 14, 2021. Updates via: https://vasa.org/
American Birkebeiner Events
February 24 – 28th, Inclusive
COVID Impact Report: Ben Popp, Race Director, and the ABSF Team have expanded the event to five days, and have sent the following email to all registrants, also helpful to people still deciding whether to register for the race:
Dear American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon Participant: Each registered participant of the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon races will have the opportunity to select their race day from available slots on one of the following five-days of Birkie Week:
Wednesday, February 24th, 2021: Skate
Thursday, February 25th, 2021: Skate
Friday, February 26th, 2021: Classic
Saturday, February 27th, 2021: Skate
Sunday, February 28th, 2021: Classic
Also unique to the events: Each wave will be limited to about 72 each. Racers will drive to the start area at Telemark and remain in their cars and will be called to the wave start via a dedicated FM radio station just for this purpose. The courses will be circular using the skate and classic trails and will end in a separate area near parking; water will be provided along the course through touchless systems, as used successfully in the Birkie Trail Run Festival; other nutrition will be self-provided. Bib pick-up will be via drive-up/touchless; masks required at the start/finish (of course not during the race).
Please note, you will only be able to choose from days that correspond to the technique you are registered for. Prince Haakon skiers must choose to ski either skate or classic on the appropriate day. The course will be groomed differently based on that day’s technique. Change your technique or event here until Sunday, November 15 at 8pm CST; no changes will be allowed during the Race Day Selection process. Change requests will resume on December 1. You will receive a personalized email from email@example.com (American Birkebeiner Registration) with the subject: Race Day Selection. Emails will be sent to participants in the order in which they registered for their race.
Watch for your email on one of the following days: Tuesday, November 17th: April registrations; Wednesday, November 18th-Friday November 20th: May registrations; Monday, November 23rd: June and July registrations; Tuesday, November 24th: August and September registrations; Wednesday, November 25th: October and November registrations
All slots are first come, first served. We encourage you to select your race day as soon as possible. Race Day Selection emails are specific to each participant and cannot be shared with others. You may choose the virtual race option at any time here. Virtual participants registered by January 22, 2021 will have their bib, participant hat, ski ties, and finish medal or pin mailed to them before the event. Please see the website for the NEW start schedule and cut-off times for each day. The new schedule will be posted by Tuesday, November 17th.
Questions? Email us at Birkie@birkie.com.
February 27, 2021
Lappe Invitational Thunder Bay Ontario – https://www.lappenordic.ca/event-details/lappe-invitational/ -With COVID Impact Guidelines
February 27 — (Link ⇒) North Lakeland Discovery Center Moon-Shoe — Snowshoe hike under a full moon. Sponsored by the MECCA Experience.
March 2021 Update / Links
Minnesota -Tour De Bemidji – Saturday, March 6 or 7 TBD.
Minnesota, Minneapolis – 24 Hours of Wirth Winter – March 13 / 14. Cross country ski and fat bike individual relay. Report from the event website as of 11/28/2021: COVID-19 Update: The 2021 24 Hours of Wirth is currently on hold and registration is not open at this time. We are working hard to come up with a solution, but at this time it seems unlikely that we will be able to conduct this event due in large part to the need to provide participants with food and housing accommodations during a time when The Trailhead is closed to general use (including event participants). Website link: https://www.loppet.org/events/24hoursofwirthwinter/
Michigan – The Great Bear Chase March 13, 2021 – reports as follows: Great Bear Chase Planning: Race is On, but changes in place November 4, 2020 – We have changed a number of aspects of the Great Bear Chase, including implementing starting corrals (basically waves of 50), no pasty lunch (although we hope to still provide drive-up pasty delivery), a limit on the total number of skiers, and more. See the following Race Guide Link for current details: http://www.greatbearchase.com/race-guide/
March 13 — (Link ⇒) North Lakeland Discovery Center Owl Prowl— The educational program at the NLDC is followed by a hike at MECCA. Sponsored by the MECCA Experience.