What's New?

New in 2017

The 2017 version of the North American VASA will have changes to help you enjoy your VASA race experience.  We hope you will make a note of the changes to get the very most pleasure out of our Festival of Races that you can!


 Plans are underway for a NEW! EXCITING! Vasa in 2017.  The best news is that the course will NOT take you up the dreaded "wall!” Racers will instead be going around it - on a course that’s the reverse of what it normally is. The wall bypass is being explored, taking you through a beautiful section of the Vasa forest, so racers don’t have to risk life and limb by going down it.

The other big change being pursued is having separate freestyle and classic days.

  • Saturday will be the freestyle day, with 48K, 28K, 11K and 6K races.
  • Sunday will be the classic day, with 34K, 16K and 6K races on a 2-track course.

The 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 48K 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.  There are plenty of logistics yet to be worked out, but the planners are working full steam ahead to make these changes a reality.  Fat bike races will also be on the agenda, as well as the Junior Vasa. Race weekend is February 11-12. Plan to participate, either as a racer or volunteer!

NEW! Vasa Web Store (New in 2016)

Exciting announcement! The North American Vasa has just opened a web store, with some very classy Vasa logo clothing for sale! Specially designed jackets, a lined wind buster vest, a hat and a technical tee shirt are now available for purchase. Check them out using this link: www.vomax.com/navasa

Guaranteed to make you the sharpest dressed skier on the trail!


The Lodge at TimberRidge will again serve as registration and packet pick up.

Packet Pick-Up will begin at noon on Friday, February 12th and run until 9:00 pm at the Timber Ridge Resort.

Late Registration/Packet Pick-Up: (New in 2016)
Saturday: 7:00 am – 12:15 pm at the Timber Ridge Resort
Sunday: 7:00 am – 10:00 am at the Timber Ridge Resort

Registration will use the entire floor space at the Lodge, and we ask that your race preparation changing occurs in the Banquet Hall.

Volunteers, please check in at the Lodge.

Banquet Hall (New in 2016)

  • the Banquet Hall will available for changing area's for both men and women
  • there will be a bag drop inside the Banquet Hall, and one at the start area load; clothes bags will be transported to the Banquet Hall for post race pick up

The Banquet Hall will be restricted to race participants only.  Large area's for men and women will be set aside in the Banquet Hall for pre and post race changing.

We are asking you to bring clothes to change into after your race so you and your friends and family can fully enjoy the Event Tent!  This bag drop is a great place to leave your change of clothes and will be staffed to assist you.

Event Tent & Celebration Station! (New in 2016)

  • All post race food will be found in the Celebration Event Tent, located just south of the Banquet Hall
  • Shorts Beers, awards, results, The Official Snack of the North American VASA - Cherry Republic!, and Pepsi products will all be found in the Celebration Event Tent

You'll find a warm, with many thanks to Team Bob's Heating and Cooling, and inviting atmosphere for celebration and camaraderie outside in the Event Tent, located near the finish line. All awards will be presented in the Event Tent again this year & participation pins will be available in the Event Tent.

Shorts Beer (identification and purchase required), complimentary snacks from Cherry Republic,the Official Snack of the North American VASA, and Pepsi products will also be available to enjoy.

We hope you will carry your post race hot soup and replenishing fruit over to the Event Tent from the Banquet Hall, and meet up with fellow participants and family.

So, bring a change of clothes and a festive attitude and stick around with family and friends.