Blessed with abundant snowfall, skiing has been very good on the North End Ski Trails in Cable this season as the North End Ski Club prepares to host its 20th Annual North End Classic, on Sunday, February 9. Over 200 racers are expected to participate with another 20 to 30 youngsters in the Cookie Classic kids race.

The North End Classic will start at 10:00 a.m. on the west end of the powerline on the Birkie Trail just off Randysek Road, two miles south of Cable and finish at the North End Trailhead located at 41640 Randysek Road. The classic technique race will feature distances of 25 km and 12.5 km. The first 200 registered racers in the 12.5km or 25km races will receive a custom Borah Teamwear ski hat.

Younger skiers, age 3 and up, will enjoy their own event, the North End Cookie Classic. After watching the “big kids” take off, the Cookie Classic will start immediately following the two longer distance races and offer distances of .5 km, 1 km, and 2 km. The Cookie Classic is free and all skiers will receive a bag of cookies on a ribbon as their award.

Spectators can watch the start or finish by driving south from Cable and parking near the North End Trailhead and walking or skiing to the start area. Following the race, skiers will gather for awards, random drawings and hot pasta and refreshments at the Rivers Eatery in downtown Cable.

The North End Classic is the primary fund raising event for the non-profit, 501(c)3 North End Ski Club, which maintains the North End Trailhead, 32 km of ski trails and 10 km of snowshoe trails in cooperation with the Bayfield County Forest. The North End Trailhead is a highly regarded regional winter recreation site with the most consistently groomed trails in the region.

Registration for the North End Classic will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the Rivers Eatery in downtown Cable. Race day, Sunday, Feb. 9, registration will be at the same location from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. For additional information visit https://www.northendskiclub.org. Online registration can be found at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/55985.

For further information, call (715)798-3599 or email nesc@cheqnet.net.