SISU Ski Fest

Sat January 9, 2021 Ironwood, MI US 49938 Directions
Countdown to Race Day

30K SISU - Classic

$60 9:30AM CST
138 spots left. Price increases after October 29, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT

30K SISU - Freestyle

$60 10:00AM CST
287 spots left. Price increases after October 29, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT

15K Heikki Lunta - Classic

$60 11:00AM CST
123 spots left. Price increases after October 29, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT

15K Heikki Lunta - Freestyle

$60 11:10AM CST
135 spots left. Price increases after October 29, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT

5K Hauska Hiihto Fun Ski

$20 1:00PM CST
48 spots left. Price increases after December 26, 2020 at 11:59pm CST
SISU Ski Fest is Going Virtual

8/6/20 - The Planning Team is hard at work putting together a virtual SISU for 2021. The event will be fun AND competitive, while respecting the limitations we are all experiencing due to COVID-19. Registration is temporarily suspended during this planning process. We will launch the 2021 event and resume registration by October 1st. Thank you for your patience.

SISU Grant Application

Download your 2020 SISU grant application here! Applications are due March 31, 2020.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

Register this Week for $50

To celebrate our record turnout we are offering registration for SISU 2021 for the LOW LOW fee of $50 all week. Offer good through FRIDAY, 1/17/20!

NOTE: No refunds, registrations not transferrable, registrations for SISU 2021 only, cannot carry over to 2022.


We had a great day of racing! Check out the results from our super timers, Superior Timing!


2020 Racer Survey

How'd we do? Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback. Survey deadline is 1/31/20.


Race Week! Friday Update

Thursday 5:30 PM
We are getting snow right now. It is light but is better than the ice pellets we had for an hour at 3:30. The course and other trails are all skiing well and it looks like a great course for Saturday. We have Pisten Bully powertilled the course into town 9 times so far. Don’t forget the ABR SISU ski shop sale 20 % off clothing Friday thru Sunday (excluding ABR Logo Clothing and sale clothing). 

Check out the ABR webcam at the SISU starting line stadium!

ABR Webcam


The trails are in super good condition for the Fat Bike Try Out the Trails Event on Sunday!

Fat Bike Try Out the Trails

Race Week! Wednesday Update

As promised, the Pisten Bullies were out on the SISU race course into town again today. Grooming will continue daily through Race Morning. We expect a firm skate deck and nice deep tracks, with temps in the low teens.

Fast Wax SISU Waxing Recommendations

Fast Wax has published their race wax recommendations for SISU Ski Fest. Stop by the Fast Wax booth at the Expo. Also, look for lots of their wax products in our door prize drawing!

Registration passed 700 today! This is a new SISU record. There are still a few spaces left in each race, but some waves are full.


Race Week! Monday Update

SISU Ski Fest Races Filling Up!
The 30K SISU races are reaching their capacity.
The 30K Skate has a capacity of 350 racers, with 50 spots left. Waves 1, 2, and 3 are full.
The 30K Classic race is capped at 170 racers. There are currently 20 spaces left.
The 15K Classic is capped at 150 racers and has 35 spots left.
The 15K Skate is capped at 150 racers and has 65 spots left.
Once a race reaches capacity, we will close registration for that race.

Race Course is Shaping Up!
Ironwood has received nearly 100 inches of snow to date, resulting in a 17 inch base on most of the race course. We received a couple inches of new snow today. Eric Anderson and his grooming crew have been out assessing and grooming daily. Rain and warm temps last week put a dent in a few of the low wet spots on the way into town. Now that colder temps are returning, those spots are freezing up again, and we expect to be able to Pisten Bully groom the entire race course starting Wednesday.
The current forecast calls for below freezing temps all week and +10 on race day.

Race Registration Closes Friday 10pm or sooner!
Registrations continue to be accepted on-line until 10pm Friday or in-person at the Race Expo Friday from 4-10pm. Once a race reaches capacity, registration for that race will close.

5K Fun Ski registration continues until 11am Saturday.

No refunds.

Racer Information Booklet

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

SISU Weekend Schedule
Wave Start Times
Prizes & Awards

River House Stage Prize

Friends of the River House are offering a $100 stage winner cash prize to the fastest male and female 30K SISU Freestyle finisher to reach the River House split (based on the official results). The timing antenna will be located at approximately 19K, at the famous Pole Tree Chicken Coup Warming Cabin just before the River House Aid Station, and will be marked with flags.

SISU 30K Race Prizes & Awards

Prizes for Overall Winners, Classic and Freestyle, Male & Female
1st Place - $200 & free entry for next year.
2nd Place - $100 & free entry for next year.
3rd Place - Free entry for next year.

Age Group Awards for top two finishers, Freestyle and Classic, Male & Female:
18-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54: 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79, 80 and older (based on race day age)


Heikki Lunta 15K Race Prizes & Awards

Overall Awards for top three finishers, Classic and Freestyle, Male & Female

Age Group Awards for top two finishers, Male & Female, Freestyle and Classic:
13 and younger; 14-18; 19-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54: 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79, 80 and older (based on race day age)


Hauska Hiihto 5K Fun Ski
Timed, for your information, no awards.

Racer Gift

Nordic Ski Hat by Hidden Bay Sports
Designed by Kay Lum, the popular nordic ski hat by Hidden Bay Sports is our 2020 racer gift! Thank you Hidden Bay for sponsoring a portion of the racer gift!

Hidden Bay Sports

2020 SISU Pin

Racers will also receive the 2020 SISU Ski Fest pin. Do you have all 11 of them?

2020 Tee Shirt

Available for sale at the SISU Store!


12/31/19 - Racer Information Booklets and other information was sent to all registered participants via Constant Contact e-newsletter.

New Timing Company: We are excited to announce that we will be using Superior Timing this year! Based in Marquette, MI, Superior Timing has emerged as the leader in Nordic race timing over the past 10 years. Registration is through RunSignUp so you can look forward to an easy registration process and fast and accurate results on race day.

Additional Info & Events: Take a look at the drop down menus under RACE INFO and COURSE INFO (on navigation bar, above) for: Course maps, Post-race Party, Expo, Depot Dash, Fat Bike Demo/Tour, and SISU Party at the Theatre.

Look for e-newsletters: Registered participants receive updates via our e-newsletter through Constant Contact.

Silver Sponsor Ironwood Tourism Council represents the hotels and motels in Ironwood. Visit the Travel Ironwood Website to view all 9 options. Reserve early so you can stay in town and close to the action.


The SISU Ski Fest (SSF) was chartered in 2010 as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting silent sports with emphasis on cross-country ski racing and generating economic activity in the Ironwood area. The SISU Ski Fest manifests these goals.

The SISU Ski Fest is comprised of four ski events (classic and freestyle divisions): the signature 30K SISU Ski Race, 15K Heikki Lunta Ski Race, Hauska Hiihto 5K Fun Ski, and the Depot Dash for kids 10 and under, plus a Fat Bike Demo/Tour.

Ironwood Memorial Building
213 S Marquette St
Ironwood, MI US 49938
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