(Almost) Always the 2nd Saturday of the New Year
January 6, 2018
Saturday
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!

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 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 event.
  • 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

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    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!


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