Timber Ridge: The Finish Venue

Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort has earned its reputation as Traverse City’s premiere outdoor recreation destination; whether it’s the mid-winter relay triathlon Ice3, a cross-country skiing endurance event such as the VASA, a spring trail run through the woods like Run the Ridge, or the incomparable Iceman Cometh Challenge, which has proven through the years to incorporate elements of all Northern  Michigan’s four seasons.

It’s not only Timber Ridge Resort’s location that has made it the unequivocal favorite for events, but the myriad amenities the resort

provides year-round have made it a beloved destination for vacationers; with cabins, cottages, park homes, and the welcome construction of three new Yurts this year, for a total of nine, for guests to enjoy in addition to our newly upgraded RV campsites. Our own mountain biking, hiking, groomed and lit Nordic and snowshoe trails abutting the Pere Marquette State Forest and the VASA trail, combined with our convenient position on the East side of town, means you are never more than minutes from the adventure of your choice.

Why limit yourself to a smattering of weekends away when you can join our family of seasonal guests with a place to call home all summer long? Bring your RV and choose from our selection of full hook-up sites, or consider the ultimate in vacation living in your own Up North cottage vacation home; a Park Model.

Park Model Homes are fully customizable to suit your needs up to 400 square feet, with gourmet kitchens, cathedral ceilings and bay windows, full baths, front porches, and oftentimes a loft for extra storage. Completely affordable starting at $70,00 furnished, they are 100 percent property tax-free and include the park amenities and our planned summer children’s activities. Make an appointment to begin designing your dream getaway cottage today!

• The North’s most charming banquet facility for weddings, family reunions, graduations, corporate retreats and more!

• Nordic ski shop with snowshoe and ski rentals, fat bike rentals, lit and groomed trails

• A fun and challenging bike terrain park, jump pad, heated pool and more amenities added every year.

• Pull-through RV sites, full hook-up available – bring a group and camp together!

Timber Ridge Parking

Timber Ridge’s guests and campers have the first priority over Bell’s Beer Iceman riders. Parking at Timber Ridge on Friday is $10 cash only from 9am to 5pm.  All cars will be towed after 5pm.  Parking on Saturday at Timber Ridge will cost $35.00 in advance, $45 for overnight parking and/or $50 day of the event. The proceeds will benefit the Timber Ridge Foundation which helps build trails.

Busing To/from Timber Ridge Resort

Back to Kalkaska

The original bus route from Timber Ridge to Kalkaska ferries riders back to Kalkaska in order to pick up their car after the races. The buses to Kalkaska buses run every 20 minutes from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM and depart Timber Ridge from the main parking lot in front of the Main Lodge.

Kalkaska to Timber Ridge Resort

Spectators can now park in Kalkaska and leave the car behind for the day. Just catch the "upload" bus to Timber Ridge Resort! The buses to Timber Ridge will load every 15 minutes in the alley just east of the Municipal Parking Lot from 9:30 AM to 11:15 AM.

Rasho Farm to/from Timber Ridge Resort

The shuttle service between the Rasho Farm remote parking area and Timber Ridge Resort will run continuously from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Shuttles will leave approximately every five minutes (except in the morning until 10:00 AM when the interval will be about ten minutes). Rasho Farm is located 1.5 miles to/ from Timber Ridge so it's a very quick trip.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa to Timber Ridge Resort

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa will also run a shuttle from the Resort to Timber Ridge in the morning for Meijer Slush Cup riders staying at the Resort. Again, please make reservations for the shuttle with the Concierge Desk. The shuttle will depart Grand Traverse Resort at 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM for the 15 minute trip to Timber Ridge.

For the trip back to Grand Traverse Resort from Timber Ridge Resort, Grand Traverse Resort shuttles will begin picking up guests at 3:00 PM and will continue until 6:00 PM.

Feed Me!

Any great celebration worth attending should have a varied assortment of cuisine to match any foodie’s mood, and the Food Court at the Celebration Zone does not disappoint!

Near the finish line, there is a tent of racer recovery food that is complimentary for racers: Apples, bananas, cookies!

The staff and carefully selected partners of Timber Ridge Resort have each chosen unique specialty offerings to satisfy racers and spectators alike.

Timber Ridge is excited to again welcome some favorite and some new offerings to our food vendor area:  Betty’s Hot Dish, Timber Ridge, Sparks BBQ, Daily Blend (Paella), Cheese & Company, Cordwood BBQ Why Not Pretzels, and Project Graduation Elk Rapids (coffee, hot chocolate, concession snacks).

No one will go hungry with such a wide array of choices available!

Tow Away Zones

It is anticipated that the Grand Traverse County Road Commission will enact a temporary NO PARKING zone for the days of November 2nd & 3rd for the adjacent neighborhood outside of Timber Ridge Resort.

The No Parking Zone will be located on at least the following roads (and probably more): the south side of E. Hammond Road between Haaland Rd and Rasho Road and on the west side of Haaland Rd and Six Mile Road from Roselawn Drive to Dogwood Drive and the north and west side of Whispering Oaks and north side of Dogwood Drive. The Grand Traverse County Road Commission shall erect and maintain appropriate signs to comply with the Michigan Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices to give notice of this Temporary Order. The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department will be monitoring the parking in the neighborhoods and will be issuing tickets and/or towing those not in compliance.

So plan on parking at the Rasho farm and don’t even consider parking in the neighborhoods just outside of Timber Ridge!

Chilled? Take A Shower!!

That’s right, we are making a guarantee on the weather for the day of the event. Showers. No more, “it’s supposed to be sunny and 55 degrees or hopefully we’ll have snow, it could rain, maybe a little light freezing drizzle”....but showers are a certainty again this year.

For all Meijer Sno-Cone, Meijer Slush Cup and Bell’s Beer Iceman riders who would like to warm up and put some dry clothes on before enjoying the rest of the afternoon’s festivities, we have a solution! Hot steaming showers!! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being hot, dusty, sweaty or of being soaked and chilled to the bone, yet knowing that a hot shower is right around the corner.

Two semi-tractor trailers containing 16 private shower stalls each will be located right inside the Celebration Zone. We’ll have 32 showers for men. The ladies will be commandeering the entire North bathhouse facilities for their showers and changing area.

If you want to use Timber Ridge Resort’s South bath house showers (and maybe avoid the lines) just be sure to bring some quarters as the showers require about $2.00 for an eight minute good hot steaming. Towels are also highly recommended if you’re planning on using either shower facility.

Tent Warmers

For over 30 years, Team Bob’s has provided comfort, peace of mind, and healthy environments for their residential and small business customers. By installing, maintaining, and servicing HVAC and Plumbing systems they offer warmth, relief from the heat, clean fresh air, and a reliable pure water supply. Now they’re going to apply one of their specialties to the Iceman changing tents and First Aid tent. That’s right...the Team Bob’s crew will be installing a small furnace in the women’s and men’s changing tents as well as the First Aid tent to create a refuge from the cold if the weather turns nasty. 


During the Iceman race and awards presentation, open alcohol is only permitted on guest campsites and that being served within the enclosed Ice Capades Celebration Zone. The special event liquor license does not allow for alcohol in the common areas within Timber Ridge Resort during the event and will be enforced. Security will be inspecting bags and throwing away any outside alcohol that folks try to bring in. That includes flasks!