Nordic skiers normally don’t think about cross country skiing in Michigan until late November or early December, right?

Think again. A Michigan Cup race event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Brick Wheels and the second annual Nordic Fest in Traverse City. It’s the first cross country ski race in North America, according to Brick Wheels Owner Tim Brick.

“We did it last year as a local event, and it really caught on,” Brick said. “This year the Michigan Cup people put it on their schedule making it an official race event, and it’s the first Nordic race scheduled in North America.” 

The local Vasa Ski Club is partnering with Brick Wheels to host the Nordic Fest. A circular ski trail is created using ice shavings from local ice rinks. The timed race event takes place from noon to 2 p.m. A $5 race fee will support Vasa Ski Club junior programs. The track opens to the public for free from 2 to 7 p.m., and a Season Kick-Off Party, complete with food, beverage and music takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. A Ski Swap also takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for more information.


In addition, a Roller Ski Clinic will be held on Sunday, Oct. 23, with Eli Brown, former Nordic coach at the University of Utah, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s free—so just show up prepared for a good workout.