Always the 2nd Saturday of the New Year
January 12, 2019
SISU Ski Fest - Ironwood, Michigan Presented by Aspirus
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Course Information

Course Update

Jan 6, 2016
It's snowing and the SISU course is being prepared for this years event.

The 7th annual SISU Ski Fest is set to go off as planned. Low snow has plagued the region, but volunteers have been working hard to ensure a safe race on a full course with the best possible conditions. We are hoping to get a bit more snow for the weekend and have a near perfect race course. Right now, conditions are very good, and the race committee has made the decision to bypass a couple of the trickiest, and potentially icy, downhills unless we get more snow this week. We do not plan on shortening, or abbreviating the course, and are continuing preparations for a downtown finish.
The "Finnish" line will be moved this year to be closer to the bag pick-up and changing areas at Lahti's Fitness in downtown Ironwood. This will also allow better spectating at the finish, while opening up a couple roads to relieve congestion in town. From there is is only a short walk to the post race food and awards at the Memorial Building. Thanks, and Think Snow!

Entire course will be set with classic track for the entire length. Please honor the tracks. All distances, including the Taste N Tour, follow the same course. Skiers should anticipate a variety of skier abilities and respond accordingly; start times have been adjusted to alleviate congestion on the course. TNT participants must yield to overtaking skiers.

Aid Stations

Food and First aid stations are located approximately every 6-9K on the course for the 42 and 21K races(see race map). Water, HEED energy drink, bananas and cookies along with first aid, portable or pit toilets, and spare ski poles will be available at each station. All aid stations are manned by local volunteers and service club members; please thank them as you pass by. Make sure to vote for your favorite aid station at the Memorial Building following the events.

Taste 'N Tour

The SISU Ski Fest offers events for all ability and interest levels including a Taste 'N Tour with three "food stops" along the way showcasing local cuisine. The TNT this year is 5K and starting at the City garage. Participants should use our free busing. SEE Taste N Tour

Race Timing

Timing services will be provided by a professional chip timing service. Split timing will be at Norrie Park (11K from the Finnish line)! When Registering ONline sign up for notifications to Facebook, Twitter and mobile devices so family and friends can be at the 'Finnish' line to cheer you on!


A map of available Downtown Ironwood Parking Areas is available on Maps page. Busing will be available to the starting points for Saturday's 42K and 21K Races and Taste N Tour events.See Events for more info

Change of Events

Requests to change races - Send email to . Include your registered name, race event and event changing to. Changes must be submitted before 10 pm Thursday before the race. (Changes after Dec 28th incur a $5 change request fee (collected at bib pick-up).

Changing Facilities

Heated changing area and showers will be available at the Memorial Building and Main Street Fitness. Sauna is also available at Main Street Fitness. See Maps page for location.

Clothing Bag Drop (42K & 21K)

We have gone GREEN! We are no longer providing bags for the bag drop. Instead, we are providing industrial tags with your number. So bring your own backpack or bag! Skiers are responsible for getting their bags into the trucks next to each start area. Bags will be taken to the "Finnish Line" where they can be claimed following the race. SISU Ski Fest is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

Drop Outs

Racers who are not able to complete the course for whatever reason must inform the volunteers at the aid stations or at the "Finnish Line" and provide them with their bib number and name. Transportation back to Memorial Building will be provided.

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