Ashwabay Summit Cross Country Ski Race Draws Record Crowd

Press Release

St. Scholastica Skiers lead the Men’s Ashwabay Summit Pursuit Race field in the classic leg. Photo by Steve Vizanko.

February 5, 2019

Bayfield, WI – A record 210 skiers competed in the Ashwabay Summit Ski Race last Saturday at the Mt. Ashwabay Nordic Ski Trails in what will turn out to be the nicest weather in nearly two weeks.  A sunny and windless day with temperatures hovering in the mid-twenties encouraged skiers and spectators alike for the 5 races taking place.  In the citizens races, Andrew Kreyer of Hayward won the Men’s 10K classic event (39:59), while Hannah Panci of Ironwood took the women’s race (53:09).  Martin Bevis of Duluth was the men’s 11K skate winner (41:21).  Anna Mooi of Ironwood won the women’s skate race in a time of 44:35.  The most competitive race, the 21K pursuit, featured a bevy of skiers from the St. Scholastica NCAA college team. Scholastica’s Bjorn Larsen took the men’s title in 1:16:09, with team mates Gabe Raguse and Anders Braaten in 2nd and 4th.  On the women’s side, Scholastica skiers Kyra Jackson, Marit May and Claire Anderson went 1-2-3 (Jackson winning in 1:40:25).  Over 350 people jammed the Ashwabay Chalet through the awards ceremonies to witness the awarding of 40 pies, hand baked by community members, to overall and age group winners.  Race Director Scott Nesvold commented, “Great turnout today!  Nice to see so many people coming up to visit our communities on the bay and to take advantage of the great snow and amazing trails we have here.  Our volunteer groomers gave them a terrific course today.”  Local restaurants and coffee shops reported a surge of business Saturday. One restaurant cashier noted “We had a rush of people in for lunch, and many of them brought their own pie to the restaurant – kind of strange, but quaint.”

The local 4-H Chequamegon Area Nordic Ski (4-H CANSKI) Team hosted the high school race, both a Northern Conference race and a Wisconsin Nordic Ski League event.  4-H CANSKI is a co-op team made up of Nordic skiers from Washburn and Ashland high schools.  The 4-H CANSKI boys won the team title (11 points), narrowly defeating North Ironwood’s team (13 points), followed by Hayward (30) and Rhinelander (33).  Nick Niemi (North Ironwood) took the boys’ individual title in the 7 kilometer classic race (24:28). Washburn High School senior Ryan Meeker led the 4-H CANSKI boys in second place (25:06), followed by team mate Bradley Kubik in third.  Moya Korpela was 7th, Mitchel Hinson 10th, Jon Kubik 12th, and Ashland High school junior David Wallis rounded out CANSKI’s top 6 (16th place).  4-H CANSKI Boys’ coach Doug Liphart commented, “The boys did a good job today. They made the most of their home course advantage by pacing up the big hills and skiing the drops aggressively.”

Washburn senior 4-H CANSKI skier Erin Matula was the only girl that broke up a Hayward sweep that put 6 girls in the top 7 places.  Nel Hanson took the girl’s 7K classic race in 31:16. Team mates Annaliese Bauer, Ingrid Sokup, and Eliana Malnourie followed closely in 2nd – 4th place.  CANSKI’s Erin Matula was 5th in 32:43.  The Hayward girls took the team title with a nearly perfect score (6), followed by Rhinelander (24) and 4-H CANSKI (28).  According to 4-H CANSKI Girls’ coach, Beth Reed, “It was so nice for our girls just to get out and ski with some glide after a wacky weather week.  It was a great day to ski and all of the girls took advantage of that.”

The 4-H CANSKI squad will head to Cable to compete in the State Championships on February 9th and 10th.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Mt. Ashwabay Ski & Recreation Area 3 miles South of Bayfield, WI

A community run cross country ski race. Funds raised promote youth development programs, and quality trail grooming.

  • 3.5k Middle School/ Youth – 9:30am
  • 7k High School Classic – 10:15am (Correction the 7k will be classic, NOT skate this year)
  • 21k Adult Pursuit – 11:00am
  • 10k Adult Classic – 11:00am
  • 11k Adult Skate – 11:00am
  • 0.5k Kids Race (Free) – 12:00pm

For more information about the 2019 Summit Nordic Cross Country Ski Race, Registration and Awards see the 2019 Ashwabay Summit Race Brochure with Registration.

RACES – The Mt. Ashwabay Summit Race offers 3.5 youth, 7k high school classic, 21k adult pursuit race (world cup style, transition area to switch skis and poles),  10k adult classic, 11k adult skate, and 0.5k fun race for kids 8 and under. All races start and finish at the Mt. Ashwabay Chalet. Classic and skating lanes are provided throughout the skate courses. Middle school racers are encouraged to do the 3.5k race. High school racers are encouraged to do the 7k skate race.

START – There may be wave starts for the adult races if there are enough participants to warrant it. Wave assignment will be based on skier age on race day.

  • 18 and under
  • 19 to 39
  • 40 and older

*Race officials may modify wave starts as needed to safely & efficiently run the event.

TIMING – Timing services provided by Duluth Timing and Events.  Results will be posted at the Mt. Ashwabay Chalet following the races and at

Ashwabay Summit Poster 2-2-2019