Ashwabay Summit Race

Saturday, February 3, 2018

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 Skate- 10:15am
  • 21k Adult Pursuit- 11:00am
  • 10k Adult Classic – 11:00am
  • 11k Adult Skate – 11:00am
  • 0.5k Kids Race (Free) – 12:00pm


Date: February 4, 2018

Contact: Doug Liphart


Local Skiers Dominate Ashwabay Summit High School Race, Regional Skiers Take Citizen Races

             Bayfield, WI – Inside the Mt. Ashwabay chalet on Saturday morning, 52 hand-made pies waited to be claimed by cross country ski racers in town for the Ashwabay Summit Cross Country Ski Races.  Outside, with light snow falling, Washburn Senior Dalton Collins won the 7K high school skate race at with a time of 23.59.  He and second place team mate Ryan Meeker ski for the local co-op team, 4-H CANSKI (Chequamegon Area Nordic Ski Club).  Jonathan Martin of Hayward took 3rd.  The Hayward boys’ team won the event. Though tied with 4-H CANSKI (12 points each) at the end of the day, they put their 3rd skier ahead of Bradley Kubik, who skied 3rd for the 4-H CANKSI boys.  The Rhinelander Hodags were 3rd in the race with 32 points, and Drummond 4th with 48.  On the girls’ side, Nel Hanson took the race in 30.06, followed by team mates Ingrid Sokup (30.36) and Lydia Heyworth (30.40).  In fact, 4-H CANSKI’s Anna Edmunds was the only skier to break up the Hayward juggernaut, taking 4th (30:53), followed by Hayward’s remaining two scorers in 5th and 6th. Hayward won the event with 6 points, followed by the 4-H CANSKI girls with 22, and Rhinelander with 28. John Kubik won the middle school boys race, and led the 4-H CANSKI middle school boys to victory over Rhinelander and Hayward.  Hayward won the middle school girls race.

Jonathan Rulseh of Ironwood, MI won the men’s 21K Continuous Pursuit race in 1:19:27, followed closely by College of St. Scholastica Nordic Ski Team members Gabe Raguse (1:19:29) and Conor Weberg (1:20:23).  The continuous pursuit runs skiers through 10K of classic skiing, followed by 11K of skate skiing with an equipment switch on the clock in the middle of the race.  According to local skier Blaise Sopiwnik, who won the men’s 30-39 age group, “Conditions were excellent – fast despite the falling snow.  Beautiful course, but wow is that 5K climb out of the bottom of the course a killer, though.” The women’s race was swept by three St. Scholastica team members.  Lilly Tapper won the race (1:38:30), Courtney Gregory was second (1:42:59), and Lauren Bucholz was 16 seconds behind her in 1:43:15.

Tom Meyer of Hayward took the men’s 11K skate race in 39:27.77.  Hayward High School Nordic ski coach, Andy Kreyer, was second in 39:30, and Andrew Deaett of Land O’ Lakes was third with a time of 43:48.  Ashland’s own Britta Schroetter, who formerly skied out of Ironwood, then at University of Wyoming, won the women’s skate race (48:29.40).  Suzanne Mouw of Hayward was the runner up (53:56), followed by Rhinelander High School Nordic Coach Charil Reis.  When asked what her favorite part of the race was, Reis replied, “Besides the local baked goods we get for prizes, I absolutely LOVE that long, long climb! They call it the Summit Race for a reason. They deliver on their promise.”

Montgomery Mouw of Hayward took the men’s 10K classic race with a time of 40:28.  Tim Grenier of Birchwood, WI was second (48:20).  Ashland’s own Tom Fitz took 3rd place honors in 54:00.  Ashland local Abby Scheller was second in the women’s race (54:19) to winner Hannah Panci of Ironwood (54:13).  Nancy Bauer of Champlin, MN followed a bit of a gap for third in 1:04.

According to Race Director, Scott Nesvold, about 175 people raced this year.  “That’s about average for this event.  We’re pretty steady in our numbers the past few years.  The race has quite a reputation as the only event in Wisconsin where all of the awards are edible.”  Forty one local volunteers worked to put on the event and bake for all of the award categories.  Volunteer Kathie Hinson kept track of the awards, “We gave away 52 locally made pies (1st place award), 102 plate sized cookie bars (2nd and 3rd place awards), and 15 dozen loose cookies for competitors.  Some volunteers even wrote notes on their baked goods for those receiving them. Isn’t that cool?”  Volunteer coordinator, Doug Liphart, opined, “This is really a special event made possible by a really great community of people.  Many skiers say it is their favorite event of the season because of the great trails, scenic views, friendly volunteers, and of course the pies.  Most people just call it The Great Pie Race.”  Funds raised at the Ashwabay Summit Ski Race and Tour go to support local non-profits 4-H CANSKI, Friends of the South Shore Trail Groomers, and the Ashwabay Outdoor Education Foundation.

For more information about the 2018 Summit Nordic Cross Country Ski Race, Registration and Awards see the Ashwabay Summit Brochure.

RACES – The Mt. Ashwabay Summit Race offers 3.5 youth, 7k high school skate, 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 READY*SET*GO Timing and by iTiming. Results will be posted at the Mt. Ashwabay Chalet following the races, and at