Online Registration is Open
August 10, 2020

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44th Annual North American Vasa is on February 8th & 9th, 2020
February 08, 2020

Bigfoot Snowshoe Race
January 25, 2020

Join us January 25, 2020! Registration is OPEN!




There will be an elite corral option at the start for particpants who expect to snowshoe sub 30 minutes in the 5K and sub 60 minutes in the 10K.


Event Price:

  • 5 & 10K early (before Noon on 1/23/20 before Race Day): $25
  • 5 & 10K late (1/24/20 & 1/25/20 Race Day): $30



Race Swag - Must be purchased by Jan 6, 2020!

  • Pre-purchase with reg: $30Fleece Hoodie
  • Pre-purchase with reg: $12 Beanie
  • No guarantee we will have swag available race weekend. Order early!

Snow Shoe Rental

  • $20 (We have a limited # of snowshoes so make sure you sign up early if you need to rent snowshoes!!

Late Registration/Packet Pick-Up:

  • Friday, January 24, 2020 • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    South Airport Traverse City Running Fit
    3301 South Airport Road
    Traverse City, MI 49684
    Telephone: 231-933-9242
    Click here for a map.
  • Saturday/Race Day 7:30am - 8:30am
  • Timber Ridge Nordic Center
  • 4050 E Hammond Road (Hammond at 6-Mile, SE of town).

Double Or Triple Dip: The Combination Races!
January 14, 2020

The North American Vasa offers a full Festival of Races, but one of the best parts of the events is that you don’t have to choose. Not only can you mix and match your races over the course of the weekend, but you can also double or even triple dip! Going big could have you going home with a unique prize, gift cards, and bragging rights as the ultimate winter athlete. 


Here in northern Michigan, we take our winters seriously. While other regions might bellyache over snow and cold weather, we complain only when there isn’t enough time to do it all! When you’re excited about skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing, it can be a challenge to fit all three hobbies into your schedule. Luckily, you don’t have to be exclusive at the Vasa! 


We’ve got a number of combination combinations. The big daddy is the Triple Challenge, which will take your accumulative times from the 50km freestyle and 42km Fat Bike races on Saturday, followed by the 35km Classic on Sunday. It’s a massive test of endurance and recovery, and something local athletes dedicate a lot of time to train for. If you need advice, reach out to Dan Novak; he's dominated this category since...forever!


The Michigan Cup Challenge is a ski-centric way to double up over two days, combining the 25km freestyle and 16km Classic races over Saturday and Sunday. These are the two events that earn both the skier and their chosen club some valuable points in the Michigan Cup. The top athletes will pick up a big haul of points, plus a gift card from Brick Wheels for their efforts. 


Traverse City is a bit of a fat bike mecca. We’ve been on wide tires since the start, and fat bikes have been a fixture at our race for years. The SkiFatalon offers a chance for an athlete to earn the title of ultimate winter athlete, but it doesn’t come easy. The winners first have to finish the 25km kilometer freestyle before quickly switching over to the 42km fat bike race. There’s hardly time to change clothes and slam down a Cherry Republic Boom Chukka before they’re back on the snow! 


A few tips on going twice. First, make sure you mimic the demands of racing twice in your training by splitting training days and tracking what works and what doesn’t in between. Some folks like to keep moving or even put in a long cooldown on skis or the bike to make sure they flush out any lactic acid. Second, practice what you’re going to eat both during your events and in-between. Remember, you’re not eating for that first race as much as you’re eating for the second, or even third! Finally, make sure you’re well-hydrated before race day and stay on schedule during the events as well. Have a plan to eat and drink at regular intervals, and make the most of our aid stations out on the course! 


For most of us, one race is enough, but we tip our caps to the winter enthusiasts who push the limits and enjoy more. Get signed up and get training!


2020 VASA Newsletter, Vol. IV, No. 4
January 06, 2020

2020 VASA Newsletter, Vol. IV, No. 4

Stomping Into 2020...New Races and Updates!
January 03, 2020

Happy New Year! January is here and that means more than just a few weeks of writing the date wrong on every form you fill out. It means we’re just over a month away from the 2020 edition of the North American Vasa! 


While the race is still a few weeks off, there are already some important dates and some important updates to pass along. The first, and by far the most pressing, is that the next registration price jump on January 7! We think it’s vital that racers sign up before the next deadline and save that $10 for a Short’s after they hit the finish line. You’ll thank yourself later. 

A lot of racers have held off signing up because of the decided lack of winter so far, but don’t worry. There are just a few things in life that you can count on; death, taxes, and snow for the Vasa. We’re quick to both knock on wood and boldly predict that there will be snow on February 8 and 9, but as far as the actual temperatures and the correct wax, well, we’ll leave that up to you. 


We’ve been the premier ski race in the area for decades, but over the past few years, we’ve been committed to including more winter enthusiasts into our festival of races. The Vasa Fat Bike Race has been a huge hit, with more riders each and every year. Drawn by 42 and 13-kilometer distances, it’s one of the few fat bike races in Michigan that can proudly boast of long laps, singletrack, and one of the best after-parties around. This year, we wanted more. For the first time, your running pals can sign up for the Vasasaurous Stomp, a 6km snowshoe race on Sunday morning. Snowshoers will take on wild, ungroomed trails for a fun, festive adventure. It’s the perfect way to get in on the Vasa festivities, even if you don’t have skis of a fat bike. 


Of course, you don’t need to race to have fun. We’re always looking for volunteers to help us put on the best event possible, and with races spanning two days and several hours, we need a lot of helping hands. Donating just a bit of your time helps us run a smooth race and allows us to focus on the logistics, scheduling, and safety on a day that can often get a little chaotic. The key? Folks like you! Sign up for a volunteer spot and we’ll save you a seat at the Volunteer Party hosted by Jolly Pumpkin. Head here to learn more


As January rolls on, check back for more race dates, trail reports, and even a look at the race favorites as we get closer and closer to the big weekend! As always, do your best snow dance and let us know where the best skiing is on Facebook and Instagram using #NAV2020.


Traverse City Skier Finds Healing on the Trails
February 09, 2019

Interlochen Public Radio radio broadcast  A story of loss, recovery and skiing. 

Interlochen Public Radio  Written Story

The 2019 Edition King Vasa Speaks is now available
February 08, 2019

Click on the following link to get the 2019 edition of King Vasa Speaks

Vasa Race Course Reports
February 07, 2019

This morning the Tart groomers issued the following report;  

Grooming Report #32  02/08/19  7:15 am 

Good Morning Ski Badgers,

What a weather rollercoaster ride this has been.  Its keeping the groomers “wide eyed and bushy tailed” thats for sure. :)  After yesterdays quick warm up and rain, this mornings temps have dropped into the teens with about 3” of fresh snow.  Because of the late timing of the freeze and the insulation properties of the new snow we will be out on the trail most of the morning and possibly into the afternoon today.  

Jim just called from the trail where it is 16 degrees and very windy.  He is just about to finish up a complete single roll / compaction of the skate lane on all loops.  Then He and Dave will head out to do a full groom including new tracks on the entire system.  Jim did report wet snow under the surface which will take the rest of the day to firm up and freeze.  

The 43rd annual Vasa Ski and Fat Bike Race Festival is this weekend.  The weather is looking great for winter fun so come on out and enjoy this wonderful local tradition with family and friends.  Timber Ridge is hosting the event again this year so whether your participating or spectating it should be a great experience.  See you out there! :) :) 



February 7, 2019

The entire Vasa trail system was groomed by 7:30 am this morning.  The groomers  renovated the skate lane leaving the existing classic tracks set yesterday.  It was 24 degrees with light east winds while they were on the trail.  Freezing rain was falling at the trailhead  at about 9:30 am. The Vasa trail system has an compacted base of 4 to 6" inchs of ice with a couple of inchs of packed new snow on top of the base.  

Today's temperatures are forecast to warm into the mid 30s by 6:00 pm tonight and then fall below freezing by 10 0'clock tonight. The temperatures will continue dropping to the low teens  by 9AM tomorrow. The freezing rain this afternoon and evening will change to snow as the temperatures drop.

Friday the forecast is for snow showers and breezy conditions with temperatures in the teens. and  snow accumulation of about 1-2 inches

Forecast/Conditions for Saturday: Overnight low of 7F, temperature at start of 8F rising to 14 by noon. Expect packed powder snow, mostly cloudy skies and a 50 percent chance of snow overnight. .  

43rd Annual VASA Volunteer Sign-up
February 06, 2019

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2019 WE Ski Nordic Ski Instruction Program
January 20, 2019

January 04, 2019


Traverse City, MI:

A partnership of the North American Vasa, The Vasa Ski Club and the Professional Ski

Instructors Association will be hosting a weekend of cross country skiing instructional clinics for

all ages and skill levels. The Midwest Nordic Rendezvous will be held at Timber Ridge Resort on

January 4_6th Our professional guest instructor is Emily Lovett from Steamboat Springs,


Clinics will begin on Friday for high school skiers and women. Saturday clinics will be special

classes for Intermediate Skiers, Women and Coaches. Each clinic will specialize in either classic

or freestyle techniques. A free social will be conducted Saturday from 5-6pm which will include

a light meal, refreshments and a talk by Ms. Lovett.

On Sunday January 7th, we will offer four clinics for advanced skiers in both disciplines.

Fees for each clinic range from $10-$40. Registration forms can be obtained at