Applefest Peel Out 5k Trail Run
This 3.1 mile race is part of the Bayfield Apple Festival, held every October. Start your Applefest with a great run and a delicious apple treat. Runners, walkers and families are all welcome. The course winds through woods & cross country ski trails, climbing 300' and finishing atop Mt Ashwabay, providing magnificent views of Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands and the fall foliage. Carry an apple (provided) to the finish line and we'll make it into a caramel apple sundae for you! The Peel Out 5k Trail Run is a fundraiser for the Bayfield Area Recreation Center and the Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation.
Ashwabay Adventure Race
Get ready for a new challenge to the north-woods with the Ashwabay Adventure Race. Over 3-4 hours, you'll face challenges in various cross-country activities, including biking, orienteering, paddling, and more! You're going to need to join with friends to form a team of 2, 3, or 4 participants, as mixed into the course will be a series of Team Challenges. The Entry Fee benefits the Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation.
If you'd like to get involved and help, we'll be needing Volunteers throughout the course, and handling logistics before the Race.
Watch HERE for updates, such as Registration, Gear, Rules, and FAQs.
For more information, or to volunteer, email Race Director Matt Goodness at email@example.com
Mt Ashwabay Spring Gear Swap
:: Land~Water~Snow :: Open to all types of Gear ::
Calling all Gear-heads! Get ready for the great outdoor activities available here in the woods & on the water of the Chequamegon Bay.
This event is a great chance to clean your garage & basement, and sell the gear you don't use much. Then, shop for gear at great prices. Bargain deals for buyers, with 15% of the purchase price supporting the Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation(AOEF)
Fall Ski & Snowboard Swap
Join us for our annual Ski & Snowboard Swap. Generally held the first Saturday in November, the Swap offers a chance for local gearheads to trade-in or trade-up. The Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation(AOEF) keeps 15% commission from the purchase price, and sellers keep the rest. Cross-country, Downhill, and Snowboard equipment are all welcome. Watch our Calendar, and our Facebook page for updates.
Our popular Holiday Mini-Camps offer a chance for youth to learn a skill, and opportunities to grow and improve.
We gather instructors to help with beginners in either our Learn-to-Ski Camp or our popular Learn-to-Board Camp. For more advanced students, we offer the Ski-Race Camp and Board-Race Camp for students able to ride comfortably on all types of terrain (intermediate or better).
MADski Youth Program
This long-running running program is for youth ages 6-14 years. Volunteer instructors work closely with students and parents to instill a love of skiing and snowboarding.
At the heart of the program is family involvement. Parents are encouraged to volunteer as coaches, and in doing so learn skills they can carry forward and use after the Program. This is a perennial family favorite!
4-H CANski Club
The Chequamegon Area Nordic Ski Club is a partnership between Ashland and Bayfield County 4-H and local schools. Their mission is promoting fun, fitness, safety and excellence in the lifelong sport of cross country skiing. 4-H CANski provides ongoing instruction, social opportunities and leadership development for all levels. We emphasize technique, conditioning, safety and provide leadership opportunities in a fun filled atmosphere in the great outdoors.
Friday Youth Nights
Mt Ashwabay is open for skiing and boarding Friday nights from 4-9pm, and several local businesses have offered to subsidize the cost of rental and tickets for youth grades 6-12. With their help, we are able to offer $10 lift tickets with FREE rentals. Come on up and enjoy winter!
Thanks to a grant from the 1% to Recreation Fund, BART provides transportation to and from Ashland, Washburn, Bayfield, and Red Cliff for just a $1
Women's Wednesday XC Ski Group
Women’s Wednesday Nordic Ski Group is the perfect way to exercise and socialize. All ages and abilities are welcome! If you are a beginner come get free Nordic ski lessons. If you have more experience come get a great workout. In either case you will have fun and meet other active women in the area. The T-Bar is open afterwards for a post-ski cocktail.
NASTAR Alpine Ski & Snowboard Racing
NASTAR (National Standard Racing) is a great opportunity for participants of all ages to race a giant slalom course and compare results to others in their age category across the nation. Participants ages 12 and under race free thanks to generous support from the Rychel family. NASTAR is open to Alpine Skiers, Boarders, and Telemark Skiers. We always appreciate assistance setting up and tearing down the course, so arrive a little early or plan to stick around afterwards if you have time.
Racing NASTAR is a great opportunity to have fun in a non-competitive atmosphere. Accumulate points all year, because awards will be given at the end of the race season to the top three racers in each age group. Bring a friend and challenge each other for the fastest time every Sunday all season long at Mt. Ashwabay!
Mt Ashwabay Summit Nordic Ski Race
This Race offers a 3.5k youth, 8k/11k adult pursuit race (this is worldcup style, transition area to switch skis and poles), 8k adult classic, 11k adult skate, and 0.5k kids (8 and under) fun race. Classic and skating lanes are provided throughout the skate courses. Middle School and High School racers are encouraged to do the 3.5k race.
Home-baked cookies go to all finishers. The overall male and female winner of each race receive a homemade pie or plate-sized cookie bar.
Learn more HERE
Individual & Group Instruction
We have a variety of talented instructors with years of experience available, so whether this is your first time on snow, or you’re looking to take your skiing or snowboarding to the next level, a Lesson is a great way to go.
We are happy to schedule lessons for large groups.
Double Doughnut Derby Bike Race
NCCA volunteers and Ashwabay team up to host an annual Double Doughnut Derby. Fat-tire bikers take to snow-overed trails to challenge themselves and each other on a climb up, and descent down, following portions of Raven and Deerpath Trails. All proceeds benefit the Ashwabay single track project.
Learn more HERE
Full Moon XC Ski & Potluck
Come celebrate the full moon with an enchanting ski on moon-lit trails to the Nourse Sugar Shack and back (approx 9k total). Once the skiing is done, join a potluck in the chalet.
Ashwabay is waiving the trail fee for the evening, and also offering free use of our Rental Equipment. We'll be lighting a fire in the Chalet to warm-up by after you’re done. Please bring a dish to pass for the potluck.
King & Queen of the Mountain
The annual Rychel Cup Race Series is open to all skills and all ages. Racers compete in 2-Slalom, 2-Giant Slalom, and 2-Super G events, with the best 4 of 6 runs scored. Winners are declared in seven Men's and Women's categories.
Learn more HERE
As we herald the coming thaw, we express our appreciation for the winter. The weekend is chock-full of fun and crazy events like Water Balloon Launch, Park Contest, Jump Contest, Speed Race, Costume Contest, Pasta Potluck, and the ever-popular Cardboard Races.
Learn more HERE
Pancakes for Trails
Support silent sports with a hearty breakfast. Volunteers with Friends of Lake Superior Nordic Trails and Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association serve up a tasty meal including pancakes, real maple syrup, sausage, ham, juice, coffee, cocoa, and more! All proceeds benefit cross-country ski and single-track mountain bike trails at Ashwabay.
WinterDASH and WinterBASH
Come to Bayfield for a wild weekend of winter fun, with a variety of activities to celebrate winter. Enjoy many of Bayfield's innate winter offerings such as downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and dogsledding.
Saturday's WinterDASH at Mt Ashwabay is the ultimate winter 5k run and obstacle course. Top it off with Saturday night's Mt Ashwabay WinterBASH and there's great fun for everyone.