Tri Winter Cup 2012

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Tri Winter Cup - Copper Harbor, MI


February 25, 2012


Start/Finish at the trailhead next to the Community Building in downtown Copper Harbor, MI.

We will be serving hearty soup, snacks and hot beverages for the racers in the Community Building all day, so in between races you can get warmed up and re-fueled. Once the last race ends, we will head to the Mariner North for awards, dinner and music.


The Tri Winter Cup is made up of three events held staggered through out the day on an 8+ mile backcountry course. Racers can participate in any event(s), but if you are brave enough to do all three, you will have survived a marathon in the snow and completed the Tri Winter Cup!  Prizes will be awarded to the male and female finishers with top times in each individual event and the Tri Winter Cup will go to the male and female finishers with the top over all time in all three events. 


Backcountry Ski - start time 9 AM

The first event of the day will be the BC Ski. A fresh skin track will be laid on the course before the race, and the skiers get first crack at it. Any type of ski is fair game, and skins are allowed, just remember most of the course is on single track trails so skate skis might not be your best choice, but we wont stop you.

Backcountry Snowshoe - start time 12 PM

Lunch time brings the second event of the day, the BC Snowshoe. All types of snowshoes are welcome, and the course should be fairly packed so running snowshoes will work nicely. Keep in mind this is a single track backcountry course and you never know what the weather will do by the lake -- be prepared for powder!

Backcountry Anything - start time 3 PM

When afternoon rolls around, it's time to break out whatever you got that will get you over the snow -- the only rule is that it MUST BE HUMAN POWERED. You can use your skis or snowshoes again (you will know which one is faster if you did the previous two events).  At this point in the day the course should be well packed so your best bet may just be a snow bike. If you've got the gear, it's time to put it to the test!

The Course

View the video course map created by Trail Genius >>

The course will be an 8+ mile loop with start and finish at the trailhead next to the community building. The same loop will be used for all three events. A ski track will be set prior to the first event at 9 AM. The course will be well marked and will highlight the best of the Copper Harbor trails. Depending on conditions, some of the course may be on groomed trails, but plan on most of the 8 miles being on backcountry single track. There will be NO AID ON THE COURSE, so make sure you carry water and snacks. There will be plenty of food and drink in the warm community building between races, but out on the course you are on your own.


Your race fee covers the whole day of events (you can choose to do one, two, or all three) including hearty soup, snacks and hot beverages served all day to racers in the warm community building. Online pre-registration is $25 (see link at top of page) or race day registration is $35. Registration on race day will be at 8 AM in the community building.  Once registered, just show up to the start a half hour before any event to be included.

Other Fun Stuff

Plan to stay the night because we are offering FREE guided back country ski tours Sunday morning for all participants and their families. The Keweenaw also offers a host of fun winter activities. Besides the trails in Copper Harbor there are two other world class nordic trail systems MTU Tech Trails in Houghton and Swedetown Trails in Calumet. There are also two ski hills close by, Mount Bohemia in Lac La Belle and Mont Ripley in Houghton. So come up for the Tri Winter Cup, but stay the weekend for all kinds of winter fun!

Food and Lodging

Plenty of great places to stay and eat in Copper Harbor, find all the info you need here.

Last Years Results

Looking for how you did last year, when it was still called the Backcountry Snow Race? Go to to last years page here.