The Frosty Ski Fest is managed by Epic Races on behalf of NordicSkiRacer.com and is not an Epic Races event.
Kick off your New Year with the Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic Ski Weekend! Brought to you by Epic Races in partnership with Huron Meadows Metropark and Team NordicSkiRacer, this weekend of cross-country races allows you enjoy the natural beauty of Huron Meadows while skiing through the scenic parklands towards the finish line. With guaranteed snow — Huron Meadows makes snow for cross-country enthusiasts — and distances ideal for both first-time ski racers and experienced Nordic ski competitors, the Frosty Ski Fest is a fabulous way to bring wonder to your winter!
Saturday, January 14:
The REI Frosty Freestyle 15K — an exciting mixture of rolling hills, climbs, descents, and technical challenges
The REI Frosty Freestyle 5K — a cool combination of curves, straightaways, and just enough of an uphill to make it interesting
Sunday, January 15:
Krazy Klassic 12K — three laps around a 4K double-track loop that traverses the south side of the park and travels almost entirely through woodlands.
Krazy Klassic 8K — two laps around the wooded, double-track 4K loop.
Register for a Frosty Ski Fest Combo (race both Saturday and Sunday) and save $10 on the combined registration fee! Bonus: the first 250 skiers to register for either the REI Frosty Freestyle 5K or the REI Frosty Freestyle 15K will receive a festive Frosty Ski Fest hoo-rag!
The Krazy Klassic ski races on Sunday, January 15 are now part of the Michigan Senior Olympics! Participants ages 50 and up will be given the option to participate — at no additional cost — in the Michigan Senior Olympics, and the top three finishers in each age group will receive a special MSO medal!
The Frosty Ski Fest races are part of the Michigan Cup Series of cross-country races. The REI Frosty Freestyle 15K and the Krazy Klassic 12K are designated as Senior Freestyle Races: senior racers ages 20 and up will receive Michigan Cup Freestyle Points for completing these events. The REI Frosty Freestyle 5K and Krazy Klassic 8K distances are classified as Michigan Cup Series Junior Points Races. Junior racers ages 19 and under will receive Michigan Cup freestyle points for completing these races. The REI Frosty Freestyle 5K and Krazy Klassic 8K are also Michigan Cup Series Fun Races. All senior racers ages 20 and up will receive 10 points for participating in these races.
Be sure to bring the little ones along, as the Frosty Ski Fest features a kids’ race on Saturday at 9:30 AM for children ages 5 to 11. This event provides youngsters with the opportunity to test their Nordic skiing skills on an kid-friendly course… and each child receives a custom-designed finisher’s medal upon completing the race! All children who participated in the Frosty Learn to Ski program offered through Brighton Community Education (the three-class session meets 12/14, 12/21, and 1/11 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM) are automatically registered for the Frosty Kids’ Race; otherwise, the registration fee is $10 per child (race-day registration only). Watch for Frosty the Skiing Snowman! He’ll be skiing the kids’ race as well as the Frosty 5K and will be hanging around for photos, too!
Once you’ve crossed the finish line, refresh yourself with a delicious Wolverine State Brewing Company beer! Post-race refreshments will be available in the Wolverine State Brewing Co. biergarten for participants ages 21 and up.
The Frosty Ski Fest is proud to welcome back sports photographer Greg Sadler! All race photos taken by Greg Sadler Photography will be available for viewing and purchase shortly after the event. Check out the action at last year’s races!
The Frosty Ski Fest races are part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series of events endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports. The Pure Michigan FITness Series endorses local, regional, and state events consistent with the Governor’s Council’s mission to promote healthy choices while offering a physical activity event open to all participants, regardless of skill level or age. Check out other Pure Michigan FITness Series events here.
Where: Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Road, Brighton MI 48116
Race Start: Time-trial start, with two skiers released at 15-second intervals
Ski Rental: No skis? No problem! Ski rental at Huron Meadows is available at $15 on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your skis, call the park at (810) 231-4084 on Thursday, January 12, 2017 between 9 AM and 5 PM. Be ready to provide your name, height, weight, and ski style (classic or skate).
REI Frosty Freestyle 5K Course: The 5K (3.12-mile) ski course starts near the Ski Center and runs clockwise near the North Loop (Loop 1) before finishing back at the Ski Center. The North Loop is relatively open and flat. There are a few gentle hills and turns to keep it interesting. The course will have both a skating lane and classic tracks.
REI Frosty Freestyle 15K Course: The 15K course (9.3 miles) starts near the Ski Center and runs clockwise around around three unique loops, all starting and ending at the Ski Center. The race first heads around the North Loop (Loop 1), a relatively open and flat trail. There are a few gentle hills and turns to keep it interesting. Upon returning to the Ski Center, head south on the South Loop (Loop 2), which adds a few challenging hills into the mix. Upon returning to the Ski Center, head back out onto the West Loop (Loop 3). Much of this section is in the woods, with some steep dips and climbs and a couple of fast turns. The West Loop is also a little narrower, making passing a bit harder. The finish line is back at the Ski Center. This course will have both a skating lane and classic tracks.
Krazy Klassic 12K Course: The 12K classic course is in the South Trail System (south of Hammel Road). This race features a time-trial start: racers start two at a time every 15 seconds and do three laps clockwise around a single 4K loop. The route is mostly in the woods, with rolling terrain and one short but steep downhill. The course will be double tracked. This is a classic-only race; there is no skating lane and no skating is allowed.
NOTE: Michigan’s Recreation Passport, purchased for your Michigan license plate, does not allow entry into the Metroparks. The Huron-Clinton Metroparks is a separate regional park system than the Michigan State Parks and requires its own entry permit.
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