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Nordic Fest schedule announced

Fri, Oct  7, 2011 - By Eli Brown

You don’t have to go to Australia to ski this time of year. The Vasa Ski Club and Brick Wheels invite you to welcome the upcoming ski season in style by skiing on Zamboni snow! That’s right – a ski trail will be created with snow from local ice rinks for first tracks in October! Also take advantage of hot deals on Nordic ski equipment at our inaugural cross country and telemark Ski Swap.

The local Vasa Ski Club (VSC) is partnering with Brick Wheels to host the Second Annual Nordic Fest on Saturday, October 22, 9 am–4 pm. The Fest includes on snow skiing, party with food, beverages and entertainment and a cross country Ski Swap including new and gently used equipment. Brick Wheels will have new gear discounted too!

Nordic Fest 2011 cross country ski raceThis Nordic Fest will take place at Brick Wheels. The event will be great fun, with something for everyone including the first ski race in North America for the 2011/2012 season. Racers will ski on an oval ski track constructed by the VSC.

Skiers from across the state will have a chance to participate in the first Michigan Cup Race of the season from 12–2 pm. $5 race fee will support VSC programs including the Junior Program and We Ski Program. The public is invited to ski for free on the snowy track from 12–7 pm. Enjoy the Vasa Ski Club Season Kick-off Party with food, beverages and music from 4–7 pm.

If you have cross country or telemark ski items (skis, boots, bindings, poles) to sell, drop-off is October 20 & 21, 6–8 pm at Brick Wheels. The Ski Swap is October 22, 9 am–4 pm. Pick-up of checks/unsold items is October 23, 9–11 am.

Other exciting ski happening will create a festival style weekend, including movies at Inside Out Gallery on October 21 at 7 pm. The Vasa Race Board and TART Trails are hosting several skiing short films and the feature film, “Fire on the Mountain.” This ski movie depicts the famous WWII Tenth Mountain Division, the only troops ever trained for mountain battles. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students, with proceeds going to complete the paving of the Leelanau Trail.

The weekend concludes on October 23 with a roller ski clinic led by the former Nordic coach of the University of Utah, Eli Brown at 11 am at Brick Wheels.

More details can be found below and at and, plus on the NordicSkiRacer web site.

2nd Annual Vasa Ski Club Nordic Fest & Ski Swap
at Brick Wheels, Traverse City

Including USA Nordic Opener and Michigan Cup Ski Race


Friday, October 21

7:00 pm: Ski movies
At the Inside Out Gallery in the Warehouse District, hosted by the Vasa Race Board and TART Trails.

Several skiing short films and the feature film, “Fire on the Mountain.” This ski movie depicting the famous WWII Tenth Mountain Division.

$5 for adults, $2 for students with proceeds going to complete the paving of the Leelanau Trail.

Saturday, October 22

9:00 am–4:00 pm:  Cross Country and Telemark Equipment Ski Swap,
Purchase new and used equipment including skis, boots, bindings, etc.

10:00 am–12:00 pm: USA Nordic Opener and 1st Michigan Cup Race
The first ski race of the season in the U.S.A!

12:00 pm–7:00 pm: Recreational cross country skiing.
Ski trail is being created using Zamboni snow from local ice rinks!

9:00 am–4:00 pm: Brick Wheels Sale

4:00–7:00 pm: Vasa Ski Club Kick-off Party
Enjoy hot chili and cold beverages. Bring the whole family!
TART, Timber Ridge, and Vasa Ski Club grooming badges/memberships available

Sunday, October 23
9:00–11:00 am: Ski Swap Pick-up of checks and unsold items

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Roller Ski Clinic with Eli Brown and Cassidy Edwards


Accepting gently used Nordic/cross country, and/or telemark ski equipment of all ages. Includes: skis, poles, boots, bindings, roller skis, ski racks, and ski bags.


All items over $10.00 will have 25% of the sale price deducted in support of Vasa Ski Club programs. Items $10.00 or less are considered donations to the VSC.

Credit cards/Cash/Checks will be accepted at Brick Wheels.


Drop off EQUIPMENT/ ITEMS TO BE SOLD at Brick Wheels

Large volumes of equipment (more than 20 items):

  • Thursday, October 20, 5–6 pm OR Friday October 21, 5–6 pm

Equipment (less than 20 items):

  • Thursday, October 20, 6–8pm OR Friday October 21, 6–8pm

Selling Tips:

  • As your skis may have travel wax on them, consider labeling your equipment as to weight range for proper ski match up.
  • You may also want to independently label the skis for usage such as great hard track ski or soft track ski, etc.
  • This is your chance to get skis that do not work for you to someone who they will fit!


Payment and/or unsold items must be picked up on Sunday, October 23, between 9–11am with the pink copy receipt from drop-off. All unsold items not picked up will become property of the Vasa Ski Club and not returned.

Checks will not be mailed.

Out of town skiers, please arrange to have your friends in TC pick up your unsold equipment and/or check if you are unable to do so on Sunday October 23rd. But you should consider staying around for the roller ski clinic.

Questions: Contact Brick Wheels at (231) 947-4274