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Spring Grooming and Skier Courtesy

As spring conditions come to the Keweenaw, the grooming pattern changes from the typical winter early morning effort to an evening affair. Groomers will refresh the skate lanes daily and occasionally re-set the classic tracks.

Early evening grooming allows the trail to “set up” overnight, meaning that the day’s ruts are removed and the snow re-freezes in that corduroy pattern we love to see. This process also allows the trail to maintain snow for as long as possible, while providing excellent spring skiing.

A groomed trail is not necessarily ready for skiing. When groomers are out in the early evening, it is tempting to follow them Continue reading →

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Hungarian Falls Snowshoe Hike March 15

The Keweenaw Land Trust will host a snowshoe hike Sunday, March 15, at the Hungarian Falls Nature Area. The hike departs at 2 pm from the area where the plow line ends on the north side of Golf Course Road. The hike will likely last for 1 to 1.5 hours and trekking poles are recommended. All KLT snowshoe hikes are free and open to the public. For additional information, see keweenawlandtrust.org.

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Keweenaw Land Trust Land Jam April 11

KLTThe third annual Keweenaw Land Trust Land Jam fundraising concert will be held on Saturday, April 11, at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock.  This year’s event will feature music by Adam Kentala and Tony Laux, and Keweenaw Brewgrass. The fundraiser will help raise money to benefit the Keweenaw Land Trust’s Grand Slam land protection campaign to establish nature areas on the Abbaye Peninsula, Princess Point and to expand Paavola Wetlands. For details, see keweenawlandtrust.org

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Ski Tigers Announces Spring Gear Swap – April 11

skitigersThe annual spring gear swap will take place Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Houghton High School multi-purpose room, from 10 am until 12:30 pm. All outdoor gear welcome, including bikes, skis, snowboards, kayaks, racks, camping equipment and climbing gear.

Drop off your gear Friday, April 10, between 5-7:30 pm or Saturday morning between 9 and 9:45 am. Pick up unsold items and payment 1-1:30 pm on Saturday. 15% of sales goes to Ski Tigers Nordic race team ($50 maximum commission). Details at skitigers.com

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Keweenaw Land Trust Social at Marsin Nature Retreat

The Keweenaw Land Trust invites you to stop by the Marsin Nature Retreat on Sunday, March 1, 2015, for a fireside social. The event kicks off at 2:00 PM and will end about 6:30 pm, and is open to the public at no charge. This relaxed, indoor event is a great opportunity to learn more about the Marsin story and facility, meet new friends, and get the inside scoop on what’s been going on at KLT.  We’ll have the fire stoked and plenty of room for you and your friends or family to stop by after an afternoon of adventuring in the Keweenaw’s snowy lands. KLT will have some games on hand, but feel free to bring your own. There will be a small potluck and we encourage you to bring a dish along to share. Please bring your own tableware.

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Glide N Gorge Sunday , March 1

The Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club’s annual Glide N Gorge is coming Sunday, March 1. The event features a ski through the Swedetown Creek gorge at the Maasto Hiihto trails in Hancock, with food stops along the way. Tickets are available at Down Wind Sports in Houghton and Cross Country Sports in Calumet.  They are $20 until Friday, Feb 27, then $25 on the day of the event at the Four Seasons Chalet just north of the Houghton County Arena. You can also have a $20 ticket held for you at the chalet by contacting Candi at 281-5294 or cjsilvola@chartermi.net.

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Great Bear Chase Looking for Volunteers

GBC2015The Great Bear Chase will take place Saturday, March 7 at Swedetown trails in Calumet. The race needs about 75 volunteers to make the event successful. Please consider volunteering on Friday or Saturday, March 6-7, if you are able. Simply click on the link below and complete the short form and the race committee will be in touch. http://www.greatbearchase.com/volunteer/#wpcf7-f105-p13-o1

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