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 Get over to their website and get registered! The race is scheduled for ... [Read more]

2014 Great Bear Chase Race Guide is now live

The snow is here, and wow is the snow here (this clip from TV6 is fantastic, and we've gotten way more since then). More than 100 inches already have fallen in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. All area trails are open, and the beautiful Swedetown Trails have been busy on a regular basis. The entire Great Bear Chase course is open for skiing already. With that said, the Great Bear Chase planning committee has been busy finalizing detail ... [Read more]

Registration open for 2014 Great Bear Chase through

Registration is now open for the 34th annual Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon. The race will take place on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the beautiful Swedetown Trails in Calumet, Michigan. The Great Bear Chase is also proud to announce a new partnership with for online registration. "We're really excited about our new registration partner, and we know that our racers will be impressed with the process and ... [Read more]

Great Bear Chase joins American Ski Marathon Series

The Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon is overwhelmingly proud to be chosen as a member of the American Ski Marathon Series for 2014. The ASM is North America's longest-running, and largest citizen's racing and touring series. The GBC is one of 16 premier ski marathons and winter festivals to participate. Events are spread across the continent, running from Vermont to Alaska, and everywhere in between. Events for the series ... [Read more]

The paw is back! GBC logo revisited with paw added

The Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon heard a lot of positives about its logo revamp in 2012, but there was a consistent message: Where’d the paw go? Now the paw didn’t completely disappear. We used it in a few spots, but it was clear those that love the Great Bear Chase wanted more of it. That’s why it’s been brought back! Unveiled in September to the organizing committee, the logo we welcomed in 2012 now includes ... [Read more]

Race Logistics 101: May planning and stadium improvements

The Portage Health Great Bear Chase committee is still hard at work. March and April both brought about long meetings discussing how 2013 went, and today the committee met for another 90 minutes. With that meeting complete, we’re happy to announce a new regular piece on our website, “GBC Race Logistics 101.” This will be a piece we post on the website on a regular basis throughout the off season and as the race gets closer talking about ... [Read more]