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Grooming Changes at Michigan Tech During U.S. Championship

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Michigan Tech will host the U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships at the Tech Trails, with the first race January 3. However, there will be grooming changes in the days leading up to the competition, starting on December 31.

The main trailhead and all of the competition trails (upper loops) will be closed on race days (Jan. 3, Jan. 4, Jan. 7, and Jan. 9). Isle Royale and Superior (the dog loops) will remain open all week and accessible from the softball fields. The Tolkein Trails will also be open all week. Grooming on these trails will not be as frequent during race week.The trail crew will set fences on the race courses on Thursday, December 31. This will affect most of the loops on the competition (main) trail system. Non-race loops will see less frequent grooming.

Race grooming will begin the evening of Friday, January 1. Here is what you can expect:

  • Friday, January 1 – Trails close at 9 p.m. for grooming.
  • Saturday, January 2 – Trails are open, but grooming will be classic-only. No skating will be allowed on January 2. Trails will close at 9 p.m. for grooming.
  • Sunday, January 3 – Race day. The main trailhead and all trails accessible from the main trailhead will be closed.
  • Monday, January 4 – Race day. The main trailhead and all trails accessible from the main trailhead will be closed.
  • Tuesday, January 5 – The main trailhead and trails will be open, but fences will remain in place. Fences will also be set on the Nara trails in preparation for use of some of those trails for Thursday’s race. Trails will close at 9 p.m. for grooming.
  • Wednesday, January 6 – The main trailhead and trails will be open. Fences will be in place and grooming will be skating only. No tracks will be set. Trails will close at 9 p.m. for grooming.
  • Thursday, January 7 – Race day. The main trailhead and all trails accessible from the main trailhead, as well as the Nara trails, will be closed for races. The trails will remain closed until Friday at 8 a.m., as grooming will be taking place.
  • Friday, January 8 – Trails will be open. Grooming will be classic-only on a portion of the race courses. The trails will close at 9 p.m. for grooming.
  • Saturday, January 9 – Race day. The main trailhead and all trails accessible from the main trailhead will be closed. This is the last race day.

Things will begin to return to normal on Sunday, January 10, although some fences may still be in place as the trail crew works to remove the fences and return to normal grooming.

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