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Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Team Plans Dec 16-17 events for alumni and friends

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Friends and alumni of the Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Team are invited to three events to be held in conjunction with our MTU CXC Cup race series the weekend of December 16-17. The events include a social at the Continental Fire Company on Saturday, an open 5km race on Sunday, December 17, and a meet-and-greet with the team immediately after the Sunday race. All are invited and there is no cost.

Saturday Social: 7-10pm @ the Continental Fire Company

An informal gathering with light refreshments and food for all friends and alumni of the MTU Nordic Ski Team to be held at the historic Continental Fire Company gastropub in downtown Houghton. Meet the new Nordic coaching staff and join a social for the Nordic ski community.

Saturday & Sunday MTU CXC Cup Races

The MTU Nordic Ski Team will compete in sprints and Saturday and a classic mass start on Sunday. The team will have a meet-and-greet immediately following Sunday’s Alumni Open race! For the weekend race schedule please visit:

Sunday Alumni Open Race

Sunday’s event includes an open citizens race for alumni and friends (and anyone who wants to participate. The race will be a classic 5km mass start to be held right after the CXC Cup races on Sunday, Dec. 17. There is no cost, but please pre-register by 11:59pm on Tuesday, December 12. Alumni Open registration here

If you would like to race the FIS Open Classic 10/15km race on Sunday instead of our Alumni Open race please go to to register.

Please RSVP for one or more of these events here.

Please email questions to Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Team Head Coach, Thomas Smith at, Assistant Coach, Kristen Monahan at, or call 906-487-2986.

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