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North American Vasa

The North American Vasa Festival of Races is an annual tradition in Traverse City, Michigan. The 47th Annual North American Vasa will take place February 11-12, 2023 with two full days of freestyle and classic cross-country skiing, a fat bike race and a snowshoe race.

The Vasa is held the second weekend in February at Timber Ridge Resort. Located next to the Vasa Pathway, the event offers a mix of skiing events to challenge skiers of all abilities. Choose from 6, 10, and 27-kilometer races or simply head out for a fun winter tour!

Brick Wheels is proud to sponsor the North American Vasa and offers cross-country ski rentals plus fat bike rentals all winter long. Find the winter gear you need to train for the Vasa and put in a great time on race day with the helpful staff at Brick Wheels.

Part of the Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series

The North American Vasa Fat Bike Race is the third event in the 5-race Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series. Racers can choose from a 17km Short’s course or the 35km Long race to pick up points in the 2023 SBFBS standings.

Check out the full North American Vasa schedule of events:

Friday February 10th

  • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Packet Pick-Up , Timber Ridge

Saturday February 11th

  • 8AM -11AM Packet Pick-Up , Timber Ridge * It is strongly suggested to pick up packets on Friday. 
  • Okerstrom 15K Freestyle Ski Race 
  • George Kuhn 27K Freestyle Ski Race
  • 6K High School Freestyle Race (for ages 19 and under)
  • Short’s Grand Fat 35K
  • Short's-N-Fat 17K
  • Junior Vasa (various distances)
  • Adaptive Skier Race

Sunday February 12th

  • 8:00 AM- 10 AM Packet Pick Up , Timber Ridge * It is strongly suggested to pick up packets on Friday.
  • NEW! 27K Cambium Analytica Classic Ski Race
  • 6K High School Classic Ski Race (for ages 19 and under)
  • 15K Lombard Loppet Classic Ski Race
  • Michigan Cup Challenge Awards and crowning of KING and QUEEN VASA! 
  • Vasa FUN 6K Tour (classic or freestyle)
  • Vasasaurus Stomp Snowshoe Race 6K

Get ready for race day with professional ski waxing at Brick!

North American Vasa Results

Check out how you did last year and beat your time! You’ll find the most recent Vasa results posted on their website and updated throughout race weekend.