(Almost) Always the 2nd Saturday of the New Year
January 6, 2018
SISU Ski Fest - Ironwood, Michigan Presented by Aspirus
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VOLUNTEERS make the SISU Ski Fest run!

It takes almost 200 volunteers to make the SISU Ski Fest a WONDERFUL Event year after year! See the 2017 list at Volunteers.

Start at ABR Trails and "Finnish" in downtown Ironwood. Ski among Northwoods pines, up, down and around rocky outcroppings, along the Montreal River, through the Miners Memorial Heritage Park, and by the World's Tallest Native American Statue. Commemorative SISU souvenirs and locally crafted age group awards. Traditional "Yooper" fare and local entertainment. A big event with small town ambiance.

SISU Ski Fest, your gateway to the season!

2017 Summary

The 8th Annual SISU Ski Fest is in the books, despite the weather we showed our 'SISU' at our events and of course the SISU Ski Fest would like to thank each and everyone of our participants, sponsors/partners, volunteers, friends, and family that help to make the SISU Ski Fest the GREAT event it is!

See photos of the SISU Ski Fest that you can download! Here for photos of the weekend.
Go to Race Results to see photos by bib number

Here's the numbers for the 2017 Ski Fest

  • 645 entries for all events (607 racers)
  • 515 bibs picked up (all races)
  • 471 racers made it to "Finnish" line
  • The weather had it's toll!

    SISU 2018 Overview - Just a few changes...

  • SISU 31K & Heikki Lunta 15K. The new 31/15K distances and course introduced in 2017 were well received!.
    For 2018 these two races will remain virtually unchanged. We are hoping for some trail work to improve the last few K of the races, heading into town, diverting an open area of the course into the woods, but that will not change the overall course distance. We will keep you posted as trail improvements take place.
  • The 5K Fun Ski has morphed into the Hauska Heikki 5K and will be a timed event this year..
  • Awards ceremony and entertainment at the Memorial Building immediately after the race
  • Due to low turnout and no growth in several years, we have discontinued the SISU Snowshoe Race and Tour as well as the SISU Combined.
  • The Fat Bike Demo was well attended last year, so we are opening up Sunday for a Fat Bike demo, tour, or event.The SISU Dirt Crew is still deliberating what form this event will take. We will keep you posted!
  • Saturday Night Entertainment

    BIG ROAD AT SISU SKI FEST at Historic Ironwood Theatre

    Show Times: Saturday, Jan. 06, 2018 at 6:00 pm
    Cost: Adult General Admission: $15 Student General Admission: $5 Racers: Free (Show bib)
    Some of Northern and Central WIsconsin's finest musicians are coming to Ironwood for Sisu Ski Fest. A great way to celebrate the ski race, the event is open to the public with free admission for racers.
    Big Road is:Mark Zanoni:Vocals, Lead and Rhythm guitar, slide guitar, Harmonica ;
    Michelle Zanoni:Bass, Vocals;Pete Stoltman:Drums, Vocals;Gerry Plank:Saxophone,
    Woodwinds, Keyboards, Vocals; Shane Zanoni:Guitar, Vocals

    Big Road’s set list is varied, and ranges from Classic artists like The Dead, Allman Brothers, The Beatles, Joe Cocker, Little Feat and Derek and the Dominos to funk (The Meters, Isley Brothers) and soul (James Brown) to real deal Blues (Koko Taylor, Fenton Robinson, Paul Butterfield, Delbert McClinton) and even some Reggae (Bob Marley). According to the band: “Our original songs come from the heart and have become crowd favorites also. We play what we love...and love what we play! We think you will too...”
    DOORS & Kelly's Bar OPEN 5:00 pm; SHOWTIME 6:00 pm

    SISU Dirt Crew

     SISU Dirt Crew

    Who Is the SISU Dirt Crew?
    Formerly known as "The Mountain Bike Club," SISU Dirt Crew was brought under the SISU Ski Fest umbrella in 2016. Activities:

  • Mt Zion 1 mi trail constructed
    Copper Peak Trails - 4.5 miles constructed
    Weekly Fat Tire Bike Rides
    Annual Tour da Lake & other fundraisers
    Inaugural Copper Peak Trail Fest
  • 2018 Fat Bike Demo

  • The Fat Bike Demo will be held at 11am Sunday January 7th. Bikes will be provided. Ride the new trails at Wolverine and Powderhorn.
  • Location: the new Wolverine Trailhead on Snow Summit Road, just 1.2 miles north of US 2 on the way to Powderhorn. See map
  • SISU Community Grants

    This year SISU Ski Fest awarded $4,000 in grants back to the local community to advance our mission of promoting silent sports, especially cross country skiing. Over the years we have contributed over $40,000 to local organizations and projects, making a difference to many in our small, rural community.

    Red Devil Soccer coach Don Cvengrose accepts a check for $1,000 from SISU Ski Fest board member Paulette Niemi before a game recently. Funds will be used for maintenance of the soccer field for the youth soccer club. Also pictured (left to right) are teammates Rachel Beckman, Vanessa Nasi and Leah Braucher, Red Devil Soccer board member Stewart Bentley, SISU Ski Fest board member Rick Semo, and Red Devil Soccer board member Cindy Jarocki.

    Other 2017 SISU Grant Recipients are:

  • Ironwood's Middle School Ski Program - $1,000 for their learn to ski program that is now in its 10th year.
  • Wakefield-Marenisco School District - $750 for a groomer for their elementary Nordic skiing program. This program has expanded four years in a row. They are doing a great job!
  • Hurley Nordic Ski Club - $750 to further expand their Nordic Ski Program to the 9th grade. Hurley National Honor Society students volunteer at our bag drop every year. What a super bunch they are!
  • Wolverine Nordic Trails - $500 for trail rerouting and reopening the Ottawa Loop, a single track skiing/snowshoe trail that has been closed due to wetlands issues.
  • Last year's grant recipients were:

  • CXC Nordic Rocks Ski Program - $1000 purchased ski equipment and provided lessons for elementary school youth to learn how to cross country ski. Wakefield-Marenisco School benefitted from the Nordic Rocks program in 2017.
  • Ironwood High School Cross Country Running Program - $1000 for team warm up jackets and a tent shelter for use at cross country meets.
  • Hurley School District Nordic Ski Program - $600 expanded their cross country ski program to middle school age kids.
  • Ironwood Parks and Recreation Department - $400 towards building materials for a handicap accessible observation platform at the top of Mt. Zion Ski Hill and look out area.
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