Since 2002, the Great Nordeen XC Ski Race has been tearing through one of the most iconic mountain ranges in Oregon history, and it's happening again this year in March. The Desert Orthopedics Great Nordeen celebrates the most majestic terrain in ski history in memory of trail pioneer and legend Emil Nordeen, Central Oregon Ski legend. Once a year, the infamous trail that made Nordeen soar into history is groomed for the race of the century - through lava flows, hemlock, fire and pine forests, hundreds of skiers vie for their chance in skiing glory. A safe and manageable terrain for both veteran and novice skiers, the point-to-point Nordic freestyle race gets everyone's heart pumping. Beginning at Mt. Bachelor, skiers manage the terrain and take in the sites as they gear up for landing from the West Village Lodge to the Wanoga Snow Park. This year, for the first time in history, MBSEF has added a fat bike race to get everyone involved. The 15K fat bike race will begin at Sunrise Lodge and is open to anyone ready to make two-wheeler history on this historic outdoor terrain. Celebrations don't just end after the finish line - for over a decade the Great Nordeen XC Ski and Fat Bike Race is a chance for fellow outdoor enthusiasts, racers and historians alike to get together and enjoy the great Oregon history. You're not an Oregonian until you've had a chance to explore the great outdoors, on the same trailhead led by one of the greats.