The 10th annual SISU Ski Fest takes place this weekend in Ironwood, Mich.

The fest centers around the 31K SISU and 15K Heikki Lunta point-to-point cross country ski races originating at ABR Trails in Erwin Township and terminating in downtown Ironwood on Saturday. The portion of the race course between ABR and downtown is groomed for skiing only on SISU weekend, making the race a unique experience for locals and visitors alike.

For the noncompetitive folks, the Hauska Hiihto 5K Fun Ski starts in the Miners Memorial Heritage Park and follows the last 5K of the race course.

All participants gather back at the memorial building for mojakka (Finnish stew) and pasties, the awards ceremony and door prize giveaways. Winners receive metal awards featuring the SISU Ski Fest logo, custom crafted by UP Fabricating out of Negaunee.

Saturday night SISU hosts a party at the historic Ironwood Theatre featuring the music of Conge se Menne, with their original UP-inspired Finnish reggae and crowd-pleasing persona. Doors open at 6 p.m. with Kelly’s bar and the concession stand and the slideshow from our inaugural 2010 SISU, then music at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The fest begins Friday with the Depot Dash, a fun ski for kids 10 and under, held at the Depot Park in downtown Ironwood. Youth can try skiing for free or bring their own skis and play on skis with adult assistance. This event is free and open to the public.

The Expo takes place Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and resumes on Saturday. To commemorate the 10th annual SISU, “The Storm of the Century” exhibit has been assembled in the Memorial Building rotunda. Visitors can view photos and displays depicting the blizzard of 1938 that brought commerce to a halt with 25-foot snow drifts. This exhibit is free and open to the public and will remain in place during business hours through Feb. 19.

The fest concludes Sunday with the fat bike Try Out the Trails event at 11 a.m. Hosted by the SISU Dirt Crew, this event showcases local fat bike trails at Wolverine, from the Snow Summit Road trailhead on the way to Big Powderhorn.

Registrations continue to be accepted on-line until 10 p.m. Friday or in-person at the Race Expo from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday. 5K Fun Ski registration continues until 11 a.m. Saturday. No refunds. For information or to register, go to