The 2015-2016 cross country ski season ended on April 16, with the final grooming of the Michigan Tech trails. It was a busy season that started somewhat later than the recent past. Michigan Tech hosted the US Cross Country Championships for the second year, and the Great Bear Chase at Swedetown saw a record attendance.
Just for grins, here are the starting and ending grooming dates for the last five seasons, culled from Keweenaw Trails trail reports.
Year – start date – end date
2015 – 2016 – Dec. 15 – April 16
2014 – 2015 – Nov. 11 – April 11
2013 – 2014 – Nov. 24 – April 28
2012 – 2013 – Nov. 13 – April 26
2011 – 2012 – Nov. 16 – Mar. 16
As you can see, the year started later than past years, but the end date was pretty much in line.
Thanks to the groomers who consistently submitted trails reports, and also to the Swedetown Trails Club, the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club, Chassell Recreation, the folks in Copper Harbor, and Michigan Tech for providing the great trails and support for Nordic skiing.
Time to tune the bikes!
–Dean Woodbeck, Keweenaw Trails webmaster
Posted in Nordic Skiing
The Copper Country Ski Tigers Nordic Race Team is holding a used outdoor gear swap on Saturday, April 9, at the Houghton High School Multi-Purpose Room. Buy and sell outdoor gear – bikes, kayaks, canoes, camping gear, soccer equipment, skis, snowboards and outdoor clothing.
Drop off items to be sold on Friday, April 8, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 9, from 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Sale begins at 10 am Saturday.
Pick up unsold items from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday.
There is a 15% commission, with a $50 maximum, charged on all items sold.
Also, bring your skis and snowboards and the state championship high school skiers will wax them for a nominal fee.
Questions? Call Amy at 906-487-6072
March 2, 2016 – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that nearly 1,300 acres and 3.5 miles of Pilgrim River corridor in Houghton County will be protected from development, available for public use and managed as a working forest, thanks to a $550,000 Forest Legacy Program grant.
The project, known as the Pilgrim River Forest, includes the state acquisition of a conservation easement on 1,299 acres of prime forest land on the Keweenaw Peninsula that is strategically positioned adjacent to the Pilgrim River Community Forest. The property contains 3.5 miles of undeveloped Pilgrim River frontage and serves as a wildlife travel corridor. Read the full story here.
Posted in General News
The 36th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase is almost here! Conditions are looking great, with a packed base of 24” on the course and perfect temperatures leading up to Saturday, March 5th.
Online registration will be open until midnight on Thursday, March 3. Last minute registration will also be available at the Calumet Middle School from 4-8:30 p.m. the day before the race. Registration will not be accepted on race day. Save money by registering before prices increase on March 3.