Course Conditions

BATB Course Conditions

(updated 2/12/2024)

With course conditions changing often, please check our Facebook page for the most up-to-date course conditions

Good Afternoon BATB Participants, Friends, Spectators & Peanut Gallery!

‼️ Final Decision on the Chapter 27 Trail ‼️

Our trail team has spent the last 4 days exploring, drilling, measuring, inspecting every foot of the expected course and while the ice is plenty safe along the route, tilling and grinding the entire surface of the pack-ice is impractical this year given all the factors.

**BATB will be a walking only, non-timed event combining both the Lake surface just feet off shore and the Ashland Lake Shore Walking Trail.**

The starting line will be on the ice immediately in front of the Hotel Chequamegon heading West until merging onto the walking trail.  The trail winds its way along the shoreline and then re-enters the Bay just West of the Excel power plant and runs several feet off-shore past Solstice Outdoors and to the turn-around point at Maslowski Beach, and the finishing at the Winter Fest Event Tent in the Marina parking lot.

We’ll post an updated map shortly & the trail will be lit with Luminaries, tiki torches, bon fires, 4 hosted rest stations & more!! 

Key Facts:
Registration & Official 2024 Race Bib pick up will still take place as planned from 10a-5:30p on Race Day at the Market Tent.

  • 🥾The course is walking only. 🥾
  • The first participant to cross with a single ski in hand will win the Ski Race Award!
  • The first participant to cross the finish line with a snowshoe will win the snowshoe category!
  • The first participant to cross the finish line barefoot will win the Coldest Feet Award! *You can wear shoes the entire route, and take them off for the final step across the Finish Line* 🦶🦶

Our Trail Team is now working on making this event as fun as festive and possible! 

We hope you join us for the Chapter 27 BATB on Saturday, February 17th in Ashland!

BATB Parking Notice

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, 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.