NEW! Collegiate Challenge

The 2017 North American Vasa will be the host for a new Collegiate Challenge during Vasa weekend. There are many Nordic club racing teams in the Midwest and we will invite all current collegians to compete for bragging rights as King and Queen among their collegiate peers. Special awards will be given to the top man and woman who have the best combined times for the 11km freestyle race on Saturday and the 16km classic race on Sunday.

The University of Michigan cross country club ski team will be the host team. They brought nineteen skiers to the Vasa in 2016 and had a great time whizzing through the Pere Marquette Forest in their signature maize and blue outfits. Club captain, Abby Potts, said “We are excited to return to Traverse City for the Vasa. We had a great time last February!”

We are extending an invitation to all college student-athletes to compete either as individuals or as part of a club team. We are offering special entry fee pricing and possible help with housing during race weekend. Contact Pete LaPlaca for more information at