Great Bear Chase Celebrates 40 Years

The UP Health System Portage Great Bear Chase will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday, March 7. Last year’s event set a record for participation, with more than 800 racers.

The Great Bear Chase committee has been working hard over the past few years to really make this a high quality event, listening to racer and volunteer feedback and making improvements each year. In recent years we’ve added a 50km skiathlon, found a new stadium location, updated the course and more. We are committed to making this event a great experience for all who participate.

For those coming from out-of-town, now is the time to arrange lodging for the Great Bear Chase. There are many hotels and charming cabin rentals in our area. The best way to find out where there are openings is to check with the Keweenaw Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (800-338-7982) or Another option to find hosts with rooms in our area is to use AirBNB and There are a growing number of such options in the Keweenaw.

If you have never taken part in this amazing community event, now is the time! If you’ve never missed a Great Bear Chase, we are looking forward to seeing you again!

Register today and take your pick of distance (10km, 25km, or 50km) and technique (classic or freestyle), or sign up for the 50km skiathlon and ski both classic and freestyle.

For all event details, please visit

Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon