Date announced for 34th annual Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon

The 34th annual Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon will be on Saturday, March 8, 2014. This continues the race’s long tradition of being held exactly two weeks after the Birkie. The Great Bear Chase was started in 1981 as a later-winter race to showcase Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. It’s the final ski marathon in the Midwest, and is held in one of the only places that still has enough snow to handle a race that late in the ... [Read more]

2013 GBC photos, videos and media coverage are in

The 33rd annual Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon saw more than 600 people participate in a weekend full of exciting winter events at the beautiful Swedetown Trails. That included 493 skiers in the Great Bear Chase, 74 participants in the Junior Bear Chase and 30 in the Snow Bike Race. With that, we're proud to unveil a whole bunch of media from the 2013 race! Check everything out below and soak up the excitement of the ... [Read more]

The 2013 GBC results are in….

What a day it was on the beautiful Swedetown Trails. We had 492 skiers participating in the 33rd annual Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon! We've given out awards to all of the skiers and are now happy to let you know the full results are available right here on our website at Other items of relevance: - A photo album up on Cross Country Sports' Facebook page. - A photo of everyone's ... [Read more]

Everything the 2013 GBC racer needs to know

Well, you've done it. You're one of the more than 400 racers who have registered for the 2013 Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon ahead of time. We appreciate it. The count ahead of time makes things much easier for us. We fully expect our numbers to end up being more than 500 as many skiers will meet us at Calumet High School tonight to register. Either way, we're happy to have you for this year's race! Below is all of the ... [Read more]

Beautiful weather and over 18″ of base should make for great weekend

The Great Bear Chase organizers had a meeting today, and everyone will be happy to know that trail conditions weren’t a concern in the slightest. Why? Well, that’s pretty simple: The trails are in absolutely fantastic shape. “The trails are just beautiful, and it’s not looking like anything could mess that up right now,” said one of the groomers. “Heck, most of the course has more than 24” of base right now,” another ... [Read more]

Smile, you’re about to get amazing photos of yourself skiing for FREE

Notice that little red, black and white icon with a ‘b’ on it at the top of the Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon website? That’s for Brockit photography, the Great Bear Chase’s official photographer. Go ahead, click it and check out some of the photos from past years. In the past, the photos have been fun to look at, and obviously Adam, Meghan and crew have shared them with us to make this beautiful new website. This ... [Read more]

The best post-race food you’ll ever have

When the Great Bear Chase does an awards program, you know it’s going to be great. It’s part of our name! This year that includes some of the best pasties you’ll ever have, delicious gluten-free options that will knock your socks off and of course our famous raffle that has some of the best prizes you could ask for. Four-Time Champion Pasties Let’s start with the pasties, which come from Connie’s Kitchen in Laurium. These pasties ... [Read more]

Still got Birkie Fever? We’ve got the perfect cure for you!

What a weekend it was in Wisconsin for the 40th annual American Birkebeiner. Birkie Fever was at a high as tens of thousands of skiers from around the world partook in dozens of events. Check out all the photos from the fun events! The Great Bear Chase had several board members on hand to witness and/or participate in the event, and we know from past experience that hundreds of Birkie enthusiasts will be making their way to the ... [Read more]

The most awesome Great Bear Chase map you’ll ever see

The Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon and Swedetown Trails Club is proud to announce a partnership with Trail Genius, the best darn trail mapping company the world has ever seen! “This technology is amazing,” said Michael H. Babcock, marketing guru for the Great Bear Chase. “We’re ecstatic that we can give our racers a complete look at the Great Bear Chase course before the race.” Trail Genius takes video cameras ... [Read more]

Snow keeps on coming in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula

The snow just keeps on falling here in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Seriously. It just keeps on coming. Yesterday, schools within 50 miles of us in every direction were cancelled. It’s not just schools; many businesses didn't even opening their doors! And it’s still not over, most area schools were cancelled again today! We’ll have snow coming down throughout the day. It’s been a pattern over the past month and a half, and it’s ... [Read more]