Book Across The Bay ~ Ashland to Washburn

  • February 15, 2014 · 12:00 PM

 Ski or Snowshoe this one-of-a-kind location.  I will be up north to collect race bib on Friday.  Early arrivals can meet in the evening and/or at lunchtime before catching the shuttle to the starting line.  (Eatery To Be Determined)  I will be a "social skier" in the back of the pack because I'm new to x-country skis. 

  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. 


This is a point-to-point race that starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn. Please plan your transportation accordingly. We urge you to park your car in Washburn, near the finish line at Thompson's West End Park, and catch a shuttle to Ashland before the race. Buses will run from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. prior to the race. There is always a last-minute rush; if at all possible, arrange to register early get on as early a bus as possible. Please note: There will be no shuttle transportation after the race!

Start and Finish

The ski and snowshoe race will start at 6:00 p.m. from a starting line on Chequamegon Bay just north of the Hotel Chequamegon in Ashland. Bring your plastic bag to the start and put anything in it you don't plan on carrying or wearing during the race. Plastic bags will be transported to the finish line where they will be waiting for you at the end of the race.

The finish line is in Washburn, on the bay near Thompson's West End Park. A heated tent will be set up there for the post-race chili feed, beer and soda, music and awards. 

Special Notes

The starting area will be closed to everybody but registered Book Across the Bay participants and event volunteers. You must present your bib as proof of your registration to gain access to the race course. Book Across the Bay is a family event, but please note that there are possible dangers involved due to unpredictable weather and other conditions. Children under the age of 8 should be closely accompanied by an adult for the duration of the race, and we advise that children under 5 not participate in this event.  Book Across the Bay is for skiers and snowshoers only. No dogs or other animals will be allowed on the course during the event. No vehicles with wheels (bicycles, wagons, etc.) will be allowed on the course. We will allow walkers (with no showshoes) to participate if conditions permit. If snow on the course is deep and soft, walking will not be an option. Please DO NOT WEAR HEADLAMPS to ski or snowshoe. The course is well-marked and lit, and in most cases, headlamps are unnecessary and can be bothersome to other participants. If you need additional light, we suggest you strap a small light to your ankle so it lights the ground but doesn't shine in the eyes of other participants.

  Closer to the race date, if there is any question about whether the race will proceed as usual, answers will be provided on the Book Across the Bay web site's home page, or by contacting the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 284-9484.

Registration fees for Book Across the Bay 2014 are as follows:

Registrations received until February 7, 2014: $15 for children and students (this includes full-time college students)/ $20 adults/ $40 for a family of parents and dependent children.

Registrations received from February 8 until race day (including in-person registration on race day):$20 for children and students/ $25 adults/ $50 for a family of parents and dependent children.

Note that registration fees do not include t-shirts: T-shirts will be available to participants for $5 extra, with a limit of one shirt per registered entrant. Those who register by February 7 will be guaranteed a t-shirt. T-shirts may not be available to those who register after February 7.

How to register:

You can register for Book Across the Bay in a number of ways:

REGISTER BY MAIL. Click here to download a printable form. Fill it out (one form per person, please) and mail it to Book Across the Bay, PO Box 307, Ashland WI 54806.

REGISTER ONLINE. Click here to register and pay online. Note that there is a small additional fee for this option.

 REGISTER IN PERSON. You may register in person on Friday, February 14 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, February 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. These registration sessions will be held in our registration tent in Ashland, which will be set up just adjacent to the race start area.

Please note that no refunds will be given under any circumstances for completed registrations!




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  • Allan H.

    Book Across the Bay, the Ice Caves, Bayfield/the Ice Road/Madelaine Island - Great weekend!

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • Holly

    I'll be coming, but can't RSVP since it's closed...

    February 11, 2014

    • Theresa

      I opened the rsvp-- glad you want to join the fun. My contact info [masked]

      February 11, 2014

  • Theresa

    From Book Across the Bay 2014
    "Monday morning of Race week!!! Let the volunteer coordinated chaos begin! We'll post pictures of our progress all week long, and helpful hints and tips as well! Tip #1--due to a TON of snow in Ashland this year, we are strongly encouraging parking in Washburn and taking the free shuttles to the start line. Parking will be very limited near the start line this year! Happy Race Week!"

    February 10, 2014

  • Theresa

    Sharing this email of links... it's gonna be a blast! Luminaries are being built already.
    *Book Across the Bay is only weeks away.*
    Spectacular ice caves
    Up-to-date conditions info ice line: (715)[masked], ext. 3. Phone ahead before venturing out to discover the frozen beauty of these world-famous sandstone sea caves. XC ski snowshoe <>;
    Downtown pride in its rich history is evident in 13 colorful murals <>;

    or [masked]

    Book Across the Bay registration is still open. You can register online <>;
    or by downloading a registration form
    and mailing it in. For more race information go to

    February 3, 2014

  • Theresa

    Anyone want to have dinner gathering to talk about this adventure and to recognize each other in the crowd? :-) I'm suggesting Tue Jan 28, 6pm at Benvenuto's Italian Grill FITCHBURG 2949 Triverton Pike Drive.

    January 13, 2014

    • Theresa

      Since no response, I won't be at the restaurant. Friends need car assistance later today.

      January 28, 2014

  • Scott T.

    This sounds awesome! I wish I could go. Enjoy yourselves.

    December 17, 2013

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