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Ashland’s Book Across the Bay is one of the upper Midwest’s most unique winter events, open to over 4,000 skiers and snowshoers of all ages and ability levels. The 10-kilometer course, which is groomed for both classic-style and skate skiing, starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn, and follows a route not on land, but over the frozen surface of Lake Superior, the world’s largest lake. The event is held at night, and the course is lit by the stars above and up to 1,000 candles in ice luminaries that line the entire route!
This is a point-to-point race that starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn. Please plan your transportation accordingly. They strongly urge you to park your car in Washburn near the finish area at Thompson’s West End Park just off Highway 13, and catch a shuttle to Ashland before the race. Buses will run from Washburn to Ashland from 1:00–5:00 pm prior to the race.
The race itself starts in waves, from competitive skiers and snowshoers to recreational, and then walkers who may prefer not to be timed. The start area is at Maslowski Beach, which is located along U.S. Highway 2 at the far west end of Ashland. The finish line is in Washburn, on the bay near Thompson’s West End Park. A heated tent will be set up there for the post-race chili feed, beer and soda, music and awards.
Participate, or just marvel at it. It’s a fun party and the area is beautiful this time of year – as long as you’re bundled up properly!
U.S. 2 and Highway 13 are the main highways to and from Ashland. U.S. 63 guides you there from western Wisconsin, and local Highways 112 and 118 help you navigate the area. More things to do for this event in Ashland are available below.
Book Across the Bay Address:
Maslowski Beach Park
U.S. Highway 2 West
Ashland, WI 54806
Book Across the Bay Events:
HHG on Valentine’s Day Concert: Friday, February 14
The group Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will perform at the big Book Across The Bay tent in Washburn Friday night, February 14th (yes, Valentine’s Day), while you enjoy a variety of craft beers from local craft breweries! Doors open at 5pm and the music starts at 7pm. Tickets will be available at the door as well as online at $15 per person with BATB registration, or $20 for the concert only.
Featuring great brews from:
White Winter Meadery, Cidery & Distillery
Castle Danger Brewery
Earth Rider Brewery
South Shore Brewery
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Numerous “Book Across the Bay” Events Saturday, February 15, both in and near Ashland:
Check out the Northern Pines Sled Dog Race, Saturday morning at 9am at Northern Pines Golf Course and Event Center located at 69420 Airport Road, Iron River, just down U.S. 2. More info at 715-372-8558.
Glidden Snobears Annual Fundraiser Toilet Seat Races, Chinese Auction/ Chili & Soup Cook Off at Roxy’s Bar in Glidden. Registration 11am, race at 12noon, Chinese auction starts at 12noon, and drawing at 3pm. Get a chance to win Las Vegas Package, casino getaways, and gift certificates! Soup Chili Cook-off from noon-3pm. Judging at 3pm. Meat & Bucket Raffle to benefit the club. For rules and regulations or more information, contact Jeff at 715-264-6242.
Bar Stool Races in Drummond on Brian Miller Hill behind the Black Bear Inn on Hwy. 63, Drummond. Registration is at 11am, race starts at 12pm. For more information, call 715-739-6313 or visit www.drummondwi.com.
The Main Event: the Book Across the Bay Race! Join them in their heated Start Line tent on Race Day. The pre-race Expo hosts 20 local businesses & vendors ranging from Food & Beverage to Outdoor Sporting Goods and Crafts & Photography. Free admission and Family friendly! Have your skis waxed, browse gear, art, and mingle while you wait for the 24th annual Book Across The Bay race. Start gun at 6pm!
Sunday, February 16: Bike Across the Bay
Bike Across the Bay at 10am, hosted by North Coast Cycling Association. The race will start from the Washburn Shore. Registration will be from 8:30-9:30am at the Harbor View Event Center, 130 Harbor View Dr, Washburn. Get more info at www.northcoastcycling.com.