Annual Mt. Ashwabay Summit Ski Race

The annual race showcases 45 kilometers of skate and classic cross country trails at Mt. Ashwabay and the adjacent Jerry Jolly trails. The trail system is a regional hub for cross country skiers because of the reliable grooming, scenic setting and the duration of snow cover.  This event utilizes courses that gives skiers a chance to ski the Northern Lights trail, which climbs through mature stands of birch, maple and hemlocks on the back side of the ridge. The Ashwabay Summit Tour  includes a 30K adult skate race; a 25K adult continuous pursuit event (10K classic + 15K skate); a 10K adult classic race; a 3.5K freestyle event for youth and middle schoolers; and a 7K Wisconsin Nordic Ski League high school race, and a college 25K pursuit race.

Registration fees until January 31st, 2023 are $10 youth (18 & under), $45 for adult skate and pursuit races, $35 for adult classic race. 

All funds raised benefit local non-profit organizations including the Ashwabay Outdoor Education Foundation, Bayfield Nordic, and 4-H CANSKI.

Additional details are available online: or through the Extension Ashland County office, 715-682-7017.