National Nordic ski race makes stop in U.P.

ISHPEMING — The first ever national Nordic ski race in Marquette County is underway this weekend.

The City of Ishpeming, Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce, NMU Nordic Wildcats and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Museum are teaming up to engage the community in the USSA Super-Tour. This tour consists of a series of Nordic ski races across the country. The trails at the Al Quaal Recreation area have recently been homologated and are ready for skiers, even if that means they are a bit of a challenge than what the skiers are accustomed to.

“The trails here have a lot more climbing and a lot more consist climbing and some technical down hills. It’s a much harder course than back at home but I really enjoy skiing it,” said St. Scholastica Skier, Reitler Hodgert.

Today’s race began with a Women’s and Men’s Qualifying Sprint following with another race, and ended with an award ceremony.
Tomorrow and Sunday, the skiers have long days ahead of them with multiple races on each of these days. Anyone from the community is invited to the event that is being held at the Al Quaal recreation area in Ishpeming.

Other than watching the races, multiple food vendors will be available at the event.