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Ashland’s Book Across the Bay is the upper Midwest’s most unique winter event, 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!
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:
Polka Party: Friday, February 15
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 their Facebook page.
Live Music with Barefoot Wonder at Freehands Lakeside from 6-9pm. For more information call 715-685-2583.
“Ice is Nice”, Friday-Sunday. February 15-17
North Coast Cycling Association presents, “Ice Is Nice” and Art/Photo exhibit celebrating the beauty of ice of Lake Superior and the Surrounding Area. In conjunction with Bike Across the Bay Ride. On Friday, February 15 reception from 5-8pm. Saturday, February 16 from 2-6pm. Sunday, February 17 from 12-4pm. Free. Open to all artist/photographers. Registration information available at www.northcoastcycling.com.
Numerous Events Saturday, February 16, both in and near Ashland:
Register your kiddos for the Book It – Kids’ Race! On Lake Superior, Saturday morning before Book Across the Bay on February 16th. Book It is a free, fun, race for children 12 and under. Registration and Bib pick up for Book It will be at Solstice Outdoors starting at 10am. The race starts at 11am for 8-12 year olds and 11:30am for 8 and under. All participant will receive a commemorative medal, hot chocolate, and cookies! If you have questions, please call 715.682.3590 or http://www.solsticeoutdoorstore.com
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.
Go Fly a Kite at Maslowski Beach from 1-4pm before Book Across the Bay! This is a free family event. Just bring a kite and dress warm. Hot Cocoa will be served.
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 BATB Chapter 23 Start gun at 6pm.
Bad River Casino presents, “Diamond Live! The Steve Richards Tribute to Neil Diamond” Doors open at 8pm. Show Starts at 9pm. Free admission. For more information, call 715-682-7121 or visit www.badriver.com.
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 Event Center, 130 Harbor View Dr, Washburn. Fees: $15 by Feb 8-$20 day of ride, family of 3 or more-$10 each. For more information, visit www.northcoastcycling.com.