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2017 North American Vasa goes freestyle-only on Sunday, classic-only on Sunday

Tue, Sep  20, 2016 - By Mike Muha

Mike Haley has taken over the helm of the Vasa Board. Mark Esper served as Vasa president for 2 years and will remain on the board as the board works to provide skiers with an exciting a substantially revamped Vasa this February 11-12, 2017.

2017 North American Vasa

The big change this year is that the Vasa will change to freestyle-only on Saturday (classic and skate skiers scored together as "freestyle") and classic-only on Sunday, with a longer race on Sunday.

Freestyle Saturday

All Freestyle races will be run on Saturday:

  • 48 km FS
  • 28 km FS
  • 11 km FS
  • 6 km FS
  • 6 km tour
  • 34 & 12 km Fat Bike Races

Classic Sunday

All Classic races will be on Sunday:

  • 34 km CL
  • 16 km CL
  • 6 km CL
  • 6 km tour

Reversed race course

Also planned is "Vasa Vice Versa." ALL course directions will be REVERSED! So really the trails will seem like new. The Vasa Board made this decision after receiving consistently positive feedback from Vasa ski veterans and all of the Michigan Cup ski clubs. The new course will create some excitement for the old-timers and lots of fun for the new skiers. If you are worried about racing down "the wall," fear not, because the Vasa organizers are working on a bypass that will take racers through an section of the Vasa forest.

The Michigan Cup will meet on October 6. One of the topics will be how to score the new race format for Michigan Cup points. 

October 22, 2016 is the first cutoff date for race fee increases. So it's not too late to get in shape. Registration will open soon on the Vasa web site