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Tech Trails Citizen’s Night Series Opens Dec. 19

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Dates: Tuesday nights @ 6pm on the lighted Michigan Tech Trails
Reserve the dates now: 12/19, 1/16, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20

Come one…come all…to the fun and family oriented race and community ski series on our Michigan Tech Trails this winter season! The idea is basic, to provide our greater community an opportunity to come enjoy our trails and the sport of skiing through a fun, family oriented participation based environment. The goal is simple, provide the opportunity for our Nordic community to come together to enjoy our sport and Nordic lifestyle in the Copper Country, and strengthen our community engagement with the MTU Nordic Ski Team!

What is the Citizen’s Night Series?

  • 2.5km & 5km mass start race &/or fun ski with your family and friends under the lights of the MTU Tech Trails!
  • 2.5km & 5km loop will be same through the series so you can measure your progress through the season
  • Skier option of skate or classic, the choice is yours!
  • Course marking and timing provided by the MTU Nordic Ski Team coaching staff & student-athletes.
  • Grooming provided by MTU Tech Trails Facilities Manager – Scott Jackson & staff.
  • Prizes! Best improved times male and female (age groups and overall) from start of series to end of series receives fun award (pasty, thimbleberry jam, MTU Nordic Team merchandise etc.). Minimum of two races of same technical discipline to qualify for prize and have to be present at last race series.
  • Campfire social following all of the Tuesday ski series at the Tech Trails. S’mores, hot cocoa & blueberry soup!
  • No entry fee! All must have a pre-purchased trails pass (students and under 17 free but still need to acquire pass) from the following places:.
    • Online Link
    • SDC Ticket Office

    • Michigan Tech Trails (collection pipes with day passes available at all main trailheads)

    • Cross Country Sports – Calumet

    • Down Wind Sports – Houghton

    • Swedetown Chalet

  • Adult equipment rentals available from Down Wind Sports & Cross Country Sports.
  • Youth equipment use is available for free for the Citizen’s Night Series, sponsored by Copper Country Ski Tigers & Nordic Rocks Project.
  • Visit Michigantechrecreation.com/trails/forest/index for more information including facts and trail statistics, trail maps, trail cams and everything you need to know about the Tech Trails.
  • 1x Citizen Night Series event to be held at Swedetown Trails hosted by the Swedetown Trails Club & MTU Nordic Team!

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  • Trail Reports

    December 16, 2017

    Swedetown -The Husky is off the leash and running free. All trails tilled and tracked, beautiful conditions. Multi loops rolled.

    Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – All trails groomed Friday night. Basswood loops were groomed for the first time this season and are soft. A few inches of fluffy snow fell after grooming, but trails should be rideable with low tire pressure.

    Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids -This morning we rolled the snow that fell overnight and decided some trails were now deep enough to make tracks. Granted, things are quite rough and wet spots remain, nonetheless, tracks were made on all city side trails and the gorge until Tomasi pit road. From there the old trail or trail 8 to Churning Rapids has tracks; trail 4 towards Mud Lake, and the trail on the east side of the lake (trail 9). Trails aren’t perfect yet but skiing isn’t bad.

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