Changes for 2017
February 11, 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!


The North American Vasa is changing the race course by reverseing the direction! It will be an exciting event this year, with a new course and new format. Plans are underway for a NEW! EXCITING! Vasa in 2017.  The best news is that the course will NOT take you up “the 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 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!

Vasa Trail Update
September 14, 2016

Traverse Area Recreation Trails (TART) posted a notice received from the DNR that a logging operation on the Vasa is set to begin as early as today and will be completed no later than December 1.  The section of woods that will be logged is to the north of Timber Ridge and will be near the section of the 25K in a few spots.  A 60 foot buffer will be left along the Vasa where they will selectively be harvesting only Aspen and Red Pine.  The greatest impact to the trail will be a short section where trucks will be hauling trees out to access a powerline for their transport.  We wanted to make sure everyone is aware of this logging operation and it's potential impact on the trail.  We have been assured that any trail damage, which is expected to be minimal, will be addressed and that the trail will be left in good condition.  

TART also said they were are working with the DNR starting this week to address the erosion issues on the Headwaters 5K section of the Vasa following last fall's logging in that area.  TART will be laying down gravel in the areas most effected in that section and in a few other areas on the Vasa Pathway that are showing signs of serious erosion from the heavy rains over the past few weeks.

All of this is in an effort to maintain a sustainable trail that provides the best cross country skiing experience possible.

TART will continue to provide updates on both of these operations and looks forward to another fantastic season of winter trails ahead.  More on that soon!

NEW! Vasa Web Store
January 11, 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:

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


2015 Vasa Photos are now available

2017 North American Vasa

2017 North American Vasa

Join us next year on February 11th & 12th 2017 North American Vasa Festival of Races.