The Bearskin Virtual Nordic Race Series

Race Northern Minnesota’s premier ski trails, on your own time.

The Bearskin Virtual Nordic Race Series is a season long Nordic ski event. Throughout each month skiers will race a set course on one of the trails at Bearskin Lodge, and record their time. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finisher of each month’s races, and a grand prize will be awarded to the overall winners based on their finishes through out the season. All participants will be entered in a season ending raffle for additional prizes. Each race completed will be worth one entry into the raffle.


Bearskin Lodge, established in 1925, is located in the scenic wilderness area off Minnesota’s famed Gunflint Trail. Bearskin is truly a secluded “wilderness lodge” – a place where guests can experience living in the northwoods, but with a few amenities. The Lodge is open all year and is a premier destination for family vacations, romantic getaways, fishing trips and especially, cross country skiing.  Our 77 km of groomed ski trails are the best in the Upper Midwest.
At Pioneer Midwest we are your local ski shop and we want to help you enjoy the sport of cross country skiing more. We have a wide range of competitive skis that we hand pick from Salomon, Atomic, Fischer, Rossignol, Madshus. We fit every customer to their skis ensuring that no matter what level of skier you are that you will have skis that fit you. In the summer we also sell Northstar Canoes, canoe accessories

We have a long and proud history of making the best race skis in the world. In the spirit of being the best we are aiming for more. And to do that, we have changed our focus – from the skis, to the skier. We have gone from being a ski equipment manufacturer to a skiing experience provider.



Course #1


Bearcub is the most challenging trail on the system. It starts with a massive climb, ends with a rapid descent, and isn’t all that easy in between either. Strava Segment

Course #2

Ox Cart (twice)

Ox Cart is the lone classic only trail on the system. It is fairly flat and very beautiful. The race starts at the beginning of the trail, and then is two laps of the loop section, returning on the out and back section. Strava Segment

Current Leaders:



1Olya Wright23:20
2Jeane Wright28:05
3Molly Doda34:36
4Ruth Wagner34:42
5Diane Doda35:40
6Ann Belleman1:02:12


1Jonathan Rova21:00
2Quinn McCloughan22:12
3Jerry Werle28:38
4David Byrne31:14
5Chris O’Brien32:39
6Chris Hegg33:12
7Daniel Doda34:20
8Mark Erickson42:01

Ox Cart


1Molly Doda 21:56
1Diane Doda21:56
3Caitlin Rudolph Lavalier22:43
4Ann Belleman25:45
5Tray Bibelnieks26:27
6Maureen Hayes37:01


1Quinn McCloughan15:48
2Tim Lederle16:37
3Chris Hegg19:06
4Chris O’brien20:42
5David Byrne21:13
6Jerry Werle21:36
7Daniel Doda21:58
8Dennis Kaleta22:39
9Mark Erickson25:10
10Michael Patrick Garrity25:13
11Brendan Pillsbury27:49

Leader Boards

2020 final results