Wax recommendations in, latest weather report looks perfect

Hot off the press from our friends at Toko and Swix - wax recommendations for the 2014 Great Bear Chase are in. Wax recommendations from Toko (PDF) Wax recommendations from Swix (PDF) Both recommendations are based off of a favorable forecast, which pits race day with a high of 24 degrees fahrenheit, a low of 11 degrees and, as of Thursday early afternoon, no snow on race day. The temperature will be a little warmer today and ... [Read more]

2014 Preview: KBC Beer Tasting, Food Truck, Pasta Dinner and more

The 2014 Great Bear Chase is just around the corner, and with that the Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon has finalized all of the food and beverage options for this year, including two new ones: A beer-tasting event during the award ceremony and a food truck out at the stadium! Below are all the details you'll need to know as you finalize your plans for the 2014 Great Bear Chase. Bear Chase Beer Tasting After finish the ... [Read more]

The GBC is in the Land of Great Snow

It’s been one of those winters in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. When we say that, we mean we’ve had snow, snow and more snow. And just for a little fun, Mother Nature has thrown in some major cold into the mix. Dating back to mid December, the Copper Country has only had a handful of days where the temperature has reached 33 degrees or above. Polar Vortex anyone? Time to start thinking spring. The good news for skiers is that the ... [Read more]

Junior Bear Chase details finalized

The festivities for Bear Chase weekend haven't really started until the youth have began chasing the bear through Swedetown Trails. That's how the weekend will get started again this year as the Copper Country Ski Tigers are once again hosting the Junior Bear Chase on Friday night. Registration for the event will run from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Swedetown Trails Chalet. Races will start shortly after 5 p.m. Read all of the details on the ... [Read more]

PHOTOS: 2014 awards and hats!

The 2014 Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon is less than two weeks out, and today we’re excited to show you a couple things most racers are hoping to come home with: Your courtesy hat for participating in the race, and our locally themed handmade awards that will go out to top finishers in all age brackets and races! This is the 2014 Great Bear Chase hat! Impact Custom Graphics, one of our race partners, made this. The ... [Read more]

New for 2014: Sign up here to receive results immediately after race

The Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon and our timing partner, Superior Timing, are proud to announce that results can be texted to participants and fans immediately after a racer crosses the finish line. "This is something we know many of our participants, and their friends and family members, will love," Race Director Angela Luskin said. "We've worked through the process, and we're happy to introduce this new ... [Read more]

Read all about our 2014 Course Improvements

The 2014 Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon has several changes that will help to improve flow, reduce intersections and provide a better mix of terrain compared to past years. This according to Craig Hughes, one of the Great Bear Chase organizers who helped design this year’s course. “So far the course adjustments we’ve made have resulted in positive feedback from our Swedetown Trails skiers,” he explained. “When you ... [Read more]

Brockit, Inc. back as official Great Bear Chase photographer

Free photo downloads once again available to all The Portage Heatlh Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon is proud to announce that Brockit Photography will once again be the official photographer of the Great Bear Chase, and once again will be providing FREE photo downloads for all participants. Dating back to 2006, the partnership between the Great Bear Chase and brockit, inc. has a long tradition of providing some of the best race ... [Read more]

Volunteers needed for 2014 Great Bear Chase

The greatest Great Bear Chase will be greatest because of the great amounts of great volunteers. Sounds great doesn’t it? That’s because it is GREAT! You can be a part of it, too. In fact, we’d love it if you were a part of it. Each year more than 100 people are part of it, and this year that 100 should include you! Click here to learn more. The Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon is looking for volunteers to help out ... [Read more]

Snow Bike Race registration is now open

Like the great pasty party, ice-laced beards and seeing skiing bears out on the trails, the Great Bear Chase Snow Bike Race has become part of the tradition of a great weekend of winter fun in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Today we’re happy to announce that registration for the 2014 Snow Bike Race is open through our registration partner AhtletePath.com. Get over to their website and get registered! The race is scheduled for ... [Read more]