20th Annual 2023 Great Nordeen – Presented by Latitude 44 Sports
January 29, 2023

The Great Nordeen is held annually in honor of Central Oregon Ski Pioneer Emil Nordeen.  Known in Bend in the 1930s as the ‘Iron Man,’ or the ‘Old War Horse,’ Nordeen fashioned weight training systems out of concrete-filled coffee cans, carved his own 8-foot long skis from scrap lumber and developed his own brand of pine-tar ski wax. A well-known adventurer and mountaineer in the Cascades, Nordeen helped found the first search and rescue organization in Bend. He played the violin, pipe organ, piano, guitar, and loved to gamble. Nordeen won the Crater Lake Wilderness Race twice- once at age 43 and again at age 45. The race was a grueling 42-mile course from Fort Klamath to Crater Lake Lodge gaining 2,800 feet in elevation.

Cross-country skiing was a way of life for Nordeen, who had grown up in Sweden. He moved to Bend in 1920, racking up a list of impressive skiing adventures and achievements throughout the years. In the 1920s and 1930s, skiing was enjoying a surge in popularity in the U.S. Those who could ski well were widely admired. In fact, about 3,500 spectators gathered to watch the 1931 Fort Klamath-Crater Lake race.  Along with other Central Oregon ski pioneers such as Nels (N.J.) Wulfsberg, Nels Skjersaa and Chris Kostol, Nordeen was a founder of the Skyliners Ski Club, later becoming MBSEF.

These days, the Great Nordeen is significantly less grueling than the races Nordeen won in 1930s. The courses are groomed specifically for the event and give skiers and fat bikers a once-a-year opportunity to cruise through hemlock forests, over lava flows and around the buttes of the Deschutes National Forest on their journey to the finish at Wanoga Sno-Park. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy skiing or fat biking on a special course as part of a Central-Oregon tradition.

XC Ski and Fat Bike Race

30K and 18K Point-to-point Freestyle Race
15K Fat Bike Race

Skiers Start: 7:30 am at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village Lodge
Fat Bike Races Start: 8:30 am at Mt. Bachelor’s Sunrise Lodge

Registration Deadline: January 26, 2023, 11:59 pm

Online Registration Race Fee:

$55 Adults  |  $35 Juniors 17 & Under
$20 Late Registration Fee after January 26th

No day of race registration

Grooming by Mt. Bachelor and Meissner Nordic

No need for seeding requests, there is adequate room to self-seed at the West Village Lodge

Shuttle is provided from Wanoga Sno Park finish area back to the Mt Bachelor Nordic Center

Bib Pickup

Friday, January 27, 11-5 pm, and

Saturday, January 28th, 11-5 pm at:

Latitude 44 Sports
1375 SW Commerce Avenue

Wax Techs will be available to help you


Join us at 2 pm for hors d’oeuvres and drinks after the race at MBSEF.

All racers will receive an event buff.

Click here to register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors