2020 VASA Newsletter, Vol. V, No. 5


Vasa Newsletter - Pre-Race Edition - Haley’s Comments

Vasa Nation! The time draws near. Gird your loins. Or at least wax your skis and pump up those tires! Vasa weekend is upon us. I hope you are signed up already. If not, no worries. While online registration ends on Thursday, February 6, at 6:00 pm., you can still register in person at Timber Ridge. 

Registration and Packet Pickup times are as follows:

                  Friday, Feb 7         2:00 - 8:00 pm

                    Saturday, Feb 8.    7:30 - 11:30 am

                    Sunday, Feb 9       8:00 - 10:00 am

KING VASA SPEAKS, our annual race info newsletter, is available on our website, www.vasa.org. It has all the wave start times, parking regulations and interesting details like how much a pint of Short’s beer costs in the event tent. When you hear King Vasa speaking, then you know you are hallucinating. You are on the Dark Side of the Moon, my friend.

Trail Conditions are quite tasty right now. Our groomers have sculpted and massaged the trail with great skill. Temperatures have been cold enough so that we have been able to keep most of the snow we got back in November. Plus, 4 more inches are expected this week. The weather forecast for Vasa Weekend is like a Valentine - rosy:

        SAT Feb 8  Mostly cloudy.      H33/L25 WSW 8 mph

SUN Feb 9 Snow showers      H31/L25 W 9 mph

For current trail reports, go to nordicskiracer.com or Vasa Trail Ski Conditions” on Facebook.

For Fatbike Trail conditions go to NMMBA Grooming Report

Call for Volunteers

Vasa Nationalists, are you just a little bored, maybe self-absorbed? Do you crave fulfillment? Then sign up today to volunteer during Vasa Weekend. We could still use a few volunteers for food stations, registration, event tent, etc. 

Go to www.vasa.org and click on the Orange volunteer box.

Shout-out for the Volunteer of the Year.

Debby Page headed up our Junior Vasa registration for 12 years. She has been generous with her time and a consistently cheerful face encouraging the kids to ski their best. Debby has no doubt impacted many a young skier. Our thanks and congratulations to you, Debby, the Vasa Volunteer of 2020.



No, it’s not a 12-step meeting for chubby skiers. Ya ski 25 km and then ya fat bike 35 km - on Saturday. Or find a friend and do it as a team. Wild, huh? IMPORTANT! Sign-ups for the SkiFatalon teams must be done by Friday. You can thank Suttons Bay Bikes for sponsoring the SkiFatalon. You know you are powerless over having fun in the woods. Just admit it, Bunkie. 

Ski Clinics. 

Andy Liebner is a very cool guy. He makes ski poles in Cheboygan, MI - the only U.S. manufacturer of 100% carbon fiber ski poles, in fact. But I digress. Andy is bringing back his ski clinics to the Vasa. They will be held after the ski races on Saturday and again on Sunday at Timber Ridge. Meet in the main lodge at 1:00 pm. A $25 donation is requested, but you can pay what you want. Check King Vasa Speaks for details on these informative sessions.

Vasasaurus Stomp 

What is this? Some kind of gang ritual involving giant reptiles on snowshoes? No, much tamer and way more fun. New this year, you will have the chance to compete (or not) on the beautiful 8 km snowshoe trail from Timber Ridge. Will there be more racers or more tourers (tourists?). We shall see.

The University of Michigan Nordic Ski Team

Collegiate Challenge: Can you guess what these smiling skiers are so happy about? These “kids” are fired up about competing this weekend in the Vasa Collegiate Challenge. I suspect they are also happy about representing the University of Michigan and that they did not have to squander their parents’ money on a ticket to Pasadena. We are hopeful that the Wolverines have some competition during Vasa weekend. Notre Dame, do you hear me?

That’s all I have, Vasa Nationalists. Hope to see you this weekend. Remember to keep all those cards and letters coming in, because Gussie and I read every one. Or at least Gussie does.

Mike Haley

Vasa Board Member

North American Vasa