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Ashland’s Book Across the Bay is the upper Midwest’s most unique winter event, open to 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!
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:
Friday, February 16
Book Across the Bay is starting early this year with a 2018 polka party on the bay! Join your friends and neighbors in the big tent at Maslowski beach for an evening of hometown fun on the frozen shores of Lake Superior. 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Polka Party on the Bay is a community celebration open to absolutely everyone. There is no admission charge. Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening of Music, Food, Drinks, and Dancing! For updates and information visit: www.northland.edu/polka
Live Music with Barefoot Wonder at Freehands Lakeside from 6-9pm. For more information call 715-685-2583.
Saturday, February 17
FREE Fat Bike Demo from 10am-2pm at Maslowksi Beach. Will be by the big white Book Across the Bay Tent. Learn why fat-bikes are the fastest growing trend in bicycling and in winter sports. With tires that look inspired by monster trucks,fat-bikes float over terrain and make you feel like a big kid. Local bikers will teach you the basics of the bike, gear, and riding technique showing you a new side of winter. For more information call 715-682-7059.
Bay City Sledding Days! Bohemian Hall, 319 11th Ave E, open as a warming house for sledding from 10am-3pm. For more information call 715-682-7059.
Friday 2/16 – Monday 2/19
Annual No-Snow Snowman Contest in Ashland. No–Snow Snowman can be seen around Ashland this weekend. Look around for some creative designs and then go on Facebook and like your favorite. The one with the most Facebook Likes WINS.
Sunday, February 18
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 Restaurant (the former Steak Pit), 125 Harbor View Dr, Washburn. For more information, call 715-373-2114 or visit northcoastcycling.com.