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

Alpina has been making premiere Nordic skiing equipment for longer than most people have been skiing, or been alive for that matter. Dedicated skiers and beginners alike will appreciate Alpina’s range of Backcountry Nordic boots, skis, and bindings.
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.

Current Courses


Course #1

Bearcub World Cup

 Bearskin’s most challenging trail, you had to know we’d save the best for last.  See the segment here.  Remember to ski the outside loop of the trail and not take the cut across shortly after the big climb on the first loop.  Skiers that accidently ski the shorter option will not have their ski counted towards the overall standings, but will still receive a raffle entry.

Course #2

Sprint on the Lake

 A simple east to west sprint down the lake trail, on the straightaway between the campground and the lodge.  This is an easy way to get a few more points and another raffle entry, and can be built into any ski on the east side trails. See the segment here.

Leader Boards

February Races

Poplar Creek

Tim Lederle27:34
John Alt27:46
Quinn McCloughan27:52
Jonathon Rova30:58
Chris O’Brien34:59
Chris Hegg35:08
Mark Shulte 37:03
Dennis Kaleta 48:06
Karl Juhnke1:32:47
Carey Ferrel 1:33:09
Kate Vernon32:58
Anne Belleman45:06
Tina Hegg Raway 46:41
Maureen Hayes 58:03
Melinda Ferrell 1:31:55
Stacey Campbell 1:33:46

The Figure 8

Quinn McCloughan19:21
Tim Lederle22:15
Jon Alt23:20
Chris O’Brien27:53
Drew Keto31:02
Neil Campbell 35:28
Carey Ferrel 39:04
Anna Harmon40:30
Anne Belleman41:20