What's New?

New in 2017

The 2017 version of the Short's Brewing Company North American VASA will be an exciting event this year, with a new course and new format to help you enjoy your VASA race experience more than ever. This may be the best Vasa yet!

Race Course Changes

This year we will have a "Vasa vice versa." That's right, we will be reversing the direction of the course, just to keep you on your toes (skis)!  If you are worried about racing DOWN the dreaded "wall," fear not! Racers will instead be going around it, through an amazing section of the Pere Marquette Forest.

The second big change in store is separate freestyle and classic days.

  • Saturday will be the freestyle day, with 48km, 28km, 11km and 6km ski races. The 12km and 34km fat bike races and the Junior Vasa will continue to be on Saturday.
  • Sunday will be the classic day, with 34km, 16km and 6km races on a double-tracked course.

This change is to provide a better quality race experience for the classic skiers and encourage more classic skier participation.  If a classic skier really wants to slug through a 48km race (e.g., to prepare for the Birkie), they can still do so on Saturday with the freestylers because there will be a set of tracks.

Coming back by popular demand, is our cozy "Event Tent," where you can enjoy a selection of craft beers from our presenting sponsor, Shorts Brewing Company. You will also be able to munch on goodies from our official snack sponsor, Cherry Republic, and slurp on our hearty hot soups for your post-race recovery and celebration.

It will be a very good Vasa year!