BarnelopetSunday February 21st, 2021

Barneløpet is Norwegian for “kid’s race” and once again KNSC is proud to assist with this Portage Health Foundation and Steve Zutter of Edward Jones event hosted especially for the community’s youngest skiers.

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The Barneløpet (pronounced BAR-nuh-lop-it) first began in 1987 and was modeled after the “Barnebirke,” a children’s cross-county ski race held each year as a part of the world-famous American “Birkebeiner” held in Hayward, Wisconsin. 

 

Our Barneløpet has been held annually for 13 years on the second Sunday in February to encourage kids and families to get out and enjoy our winter snow season. 

Kids will participate for free, thanks to sponsorship from Steve Zutter- Edward Jones, Hancock Office and Portage Health Foundation. 

As always, the Barneløpet is organized jointly by KNSC and the Sons of Norway’s Ulseth Lodge, and is made possible by the City of Hancock.

Barney kids 14.eKids! Join us for a fun day of skiing at Hancock’s Maasto Hiihto trails. When you complete the course, you’ll be awarded a medallion. Due to COVID-19 we will not be able to serve Hot Coco and Healthy Snacks this year.  Parents, feel free to bring some with you! Additionally, please follow current COVID-19 recommendations by social distancing and wearing masks!  Thank You!

Parents: Registration is open for kids ages 3 through 17 years old. Please download and print the registration form at the bottom of this page. Complete and sign a separate registration form for EACH participating skier .  Bring the completed form to the Chalet Parking Lot from 1:00 to 1:30. There you will be directed to your next location.  Due to COVID-19 the chalet will be closed but portolets will be available on site.  Skis are available for those children without skis but reservations must be made no later than Feb. 4th by calling Wayne Stordahl at 482-0292.

The Barneløpet features groomed and marked courses of 1, 2, 4, and 6 km to accommodate children of differing ages and abilities. Parents can ski with their children if they wish, to make it a family outing!

Start Times are staggered according to race distance. There are no age requirements to register for a specific race; parents, please know before you register what distance your child will have fun skiing. Start times are subject to change according to weather conditions.

The first group of racers will start at 2:00, with subsequent groups spaced several minutes apart after that.

Up first: racers traversing the 6 Kilometer course. These skiers will take St. Urho’s (trail #1), Quincy Trail (#2), The Pine Loop (#2), down Tomasi Rd to the River Trail (#3), they will continue 200 yards down stream to cross Swedetown Creek on the Pedestrian Bridge, climb back the hill to turn left to complete the Pine Loop (#2), continue back on Quincy Trail (#2), return to St Urho’s Trail (#2) and turn left to ski the south side of St. Urho’s and finish at the Chalet. Next are the 4 K skiers, who will take ski St. Urho’s and part of the Quincy Trail, circling back before crossing the snowmobile trail (behind the Old Apostolic Church). The 2 K skiers will circumnavigate St. Urho’s; the 1 K route takes the St. Urho cut-across trail.

Noncompetitive – Ski for time or take your time!  

Download a registration form here: Barne registration_2021_V3

Download an event flyer here: barne flier 2021_V3

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Luminary Ski
    December 26, 2021 6:00 pm

    Candle Luminary Ski  – Sunday December 26, 2021

    Join the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club on the evening of Sunday December 26th for the annual Candle Luminary Ski.  Enjoy a  candle lit evening to celebrate the holidays with family and friends on the Maasto Hiihto ski trails.

    Starting from Hancock’s Four Seasons Chalet at the north end of the Houghton County Fairgrounds, 1 and 2 kilometer loops will be aglow with luminaria from 6-8 pm The day after Christmas

    This fun, free event is for the whole family, including the kids whether they are on skis or in pulks.  Everyone is welcome at Maasto to keep the Christmas spirit going. For folks who don’t ski, you may snowshoe or snow bike.

    Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the chalet will not be open and we will not be having holiday goodies or refreshments this year.  A portolet will be available however.

    For more info, or if you’d like to volunteer, please contact:  P1050029John Diebel
    906-281-1486
    john.diebel@sbcglobal.net

    Donations will be accepted to keep this tradition going.

  • Barnelopet Children's Ski Races -February 13, 2022
    February 13, 2022 1:00 pm

     

    FREE for all. Kids and families, join in on Sunday, February 13th, 2022 at the Four Seasons Chalet, Hancock. Registration drop off begins at 1 pm, open to classic skiers aged 3 - 17. Due to COVID-19 we ask that you print off the Registration form on this page, fill it out and bring it with you.  Once you arrive at the Chalet Parking Lot you will be directed to the proper station for you race group.  All ages line up to race beginning at 2:00. First out are the 6K racers, and at intervals after that, 4K, 2K, then 1K. Questions: Wayne Stordahl  (906) 482-0292

     

    Download a registration form here: Barne registration_2021_V3

    Download an event flyer here: barne flier 2021_V3

     

     

  • Retro Ski Fest
    February 19, 2022 1:30 pm

    Retro Ski....February 19, 2022.   The Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids trail system encompasses a lot of territory that seldom see ski tracks all winter.  The Retro Ski is an opportunity each year to explore some of that country with like-minded friends and knowledgeable guides. 

    RSVP: Contact either Jay Green at (h) 487-5411 (c) 370-1400 or John Diebel 281-1486 if you are coming.