Course Conditions

RACE DAY!!  Feb 18th, 2018 Course Conditions were some of the best race course conditions we’ve ever seen! Especially on a frozen lake, at night!

“This is the best course we have ever seen, of any race. It’s by far the absolute best conditions in 22 chapters of  BATB.” 
- 22 year veteran groomer & skier of Book

The 22nd Chapter of BATB hosted absolutely perfect course conditions.  Our large groomer was able to travel the entire course route and the final grooming touches were put on by the Friends of Lake Superior Nordic Trails group Friday evening and early Saturday morning.  3049 participants trekked safely across the Bay and celebrated the journey in style at the finish line in Washburn!

What We Do

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.