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North American Vasa Festival of Races

February 9 - February 10

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Freestyle Saturday, February 9th, 2019

Ski Races Scheduled:

  • 50km Okerstrom Ski Marathon
  • 27km George Kuhn Half Ski Marathon
  • 12km Korteloppet
  • Junior VASA
  • 6km freestyle Ski Race (for kids 14-19 years of age)
  • 6km Freestyle Fun Ski Tour

The freestyle ski race course will be groomed with a classic track, so classic skiers are welcome to participate in the freestyle races.  However, they will be timed with the freestylers.

6km Freestyle Ski Race

The 6km Freestyle race on Saturday is designated for boys and girls, including high school racers. Please note: Skiers over age 19 may participate in the 6K race, but only the younger racers will be recognized with awards.

6km Freestyle Ski Fun Tour

Are you a newer skier who wants to partake in the fun but does not want to race?

Or are you an established skier or retired racer who would rather tour than beat themselves up on the race course?

Join us for this 6km FUN, untimed tour for all skiers on Saturday, February 9.  All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate.

Michigan Cup Scoring

Saturday’s Okerstrom Marathon 50km freestyle race will count for full Michigan Cup points (starting at 200 points), and the 27km race will count for partial points (starting at 175 points). The Michigan Cup committee makes this scoring decision.

King Vasa Fat Bike Races, Saturday, February 9, 2019

11:30 – Short’s Grand Fat, 40K

11:45 – Short’s-n-Fat, 20K

The King Vasa Fat Bike Race is the second race in the Short’s Fat Bike Series. This year the Vasa Fat Bike race follows the Fat Chance race at Crystal Mountain. The King Vasa is the only distance race in the series with Fat Chance, The Dogman Challenge and The Beard of Zeus all being timed races.

The King Vasa Fat Bike Race will be feature two distances a 1-lap 20km and a 2-lap 40K race. Each race will run in the counter-clockwise direction.  They will feature a nearly 2.5 kilometers of two-track rollout before the singletrack begins. Plan to be prepared for the climb out of Rachel’s Valley before entering more singletrack and the steep fast descent down to the lakes on Riley’s. Riders will find several kilometers  of new singletrack on this years race course along with new sections of Riley’s. Riders will also find the return from The lake featuring more singletrack and Riley’s before they brave Yeti’s Revenge.  Once again the course layout features fast wide trails with many singletrack sections that will bring tactics into play.

Both races feature some of the best NMMBA trails on the map along with plenty of Short’s brew at the after party and awards ceremony.

  • Helmets required
  • Minimum 3.7″ tires
  • 4-6 PSI Strongly recoommended
  • Studded tires discouraged but permitted – the course is rarely icy.
  • Total entries for both races are capped at 250.

Don’t miss out by signing up early at vasa.org/register/

Vasa Classic Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Classic events will include:

  • 35km Lombard Loppet
  • 16km Chemical Bank Classic
  • 6km Classic Race
  • 6km Fun Tour

The challenging courses will capture the rich heritage of traditional cross-country skiing at its finest. The trail will be carefully groomed and double-tracked to provide kick-and-gliders the opportunity to test their skills while enjoying the breath-taking beauty of the Vasa Pathway.

6km Classic Race

The  6km classic race on Sunday is designated for all boys and girls including high school racers. Please note: skiers over age 19 may participate in the 6km race, but only the younger racers will be recognized with awards.

6km Fun Tour

Are you a newer skier who wants to partake in the fun but does not want to race?

Or are you an established skier or retired racer who would rather tour than beat yourself up on the race course?

Join us for this 6km FUN, untimed tour for all skiers on Sunday, February 10.  All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate.

Michigan Cup Scoring

Sunday’s 16km classic race will count for full Michigan Cup points (starting at 200 points), and the 35km classic race will count for partial Michigan Cup points (starting at 170 points). The Michigan Cup committee makes this scoring decision.

GOGOSqueeZ Junior Vasa

Hey kids! Join the fun!  The Junior Vasa ia a fun loop race within Timber Ridge.  

Each registered skier will wear a Junior Vasa race bib and receive a beautiful medal as well as a delicious Boomchucka cookie from Cherry Republic at the conclusion of their race.

The Junior Vasa start times on Saturday February 9th are:  

  • 12:30 am for ages 5 -7;    12:40 for ages 8 – 9; and   12:50 for ages 10 – 12 . 
  • Groups may be divided up if numbers permit.

This race is especially suited to kids in the Vasa Ski Club’s Nordic Rocks program that is in the elementary schools, as well as kids in the WeSki program, but all youth skiers are welcome!

The fee is $5.00 and you can register online through this website, or at the Timber Ridge Lodge on Friday, February 8, from 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm and race day, Februay 9 until 11:15 am.

Bring your camera and cowbell for this popular event!

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Details

Start:
February 9
End:
February 10
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Website:
http://www.vasa.org/

Venue

Timber Ridge Resort
4050 Hammond Road East
Traverse City, MI 49696 United States
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