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April 29, 2018

Swedetown -Skate lanes dragged Saturday night, base was very warm and uncooperative so trails will be a bit rough in some areas, tracks will be icy and fast. THAT’S ALL FOLKS.

April 28, 2018

Swedetown – Tilled and tracked Len’s,Valley, Cedar, Tamarack, Greenstone, Mama and Baby Bear. Good conditions should last through weekend.

Michigan Tech – Groomed Upper and Competition trails this morning. No tracks set today, very thin out there.

April 27, 2018

Swedetown – YES. We will till and track 15/20K of trail for Saturday. Conditions should hold for weekend. This will be the end of a great season, thanks for all your support.

Michigan Tech  – Michigan Tech will groom Saturday and Sunday to end the season. Note: Portage closed – flooding,  Cemetery closed – large bare spot,  Peepsock not tracked – thin base.

Grooming on Saturday and Sunday to end the season.

April 25, 2018

Swedetown – As of now we are planning a bonus groom for Saturday. We will post update Friday.

Michigan Tech – Tilled and reset tracks on Upper and Competition Trails. Portage closed – flooding. Cemetary closed – large bare spot. Peepsock not tracked – thin base. Grooming on Saturday and Sunday to end the season

April 24, 2018

Michigan Tech -Upper and Competition trails will be tilled/tracked for tomorrow (April 25). For Saturday and Sunday the same.

April 22, 2018

Swedetown -All open trails tilled and tracked (Pine, Powderhouse, Flamingo Hill, and the Multipurpose Loops closed). Very good conditions prevail throughout the system. We are loathe to admit it, but it seems like the warming trend will continue. Grooming will consequently be suspended throughout the week, but we will try to get out for one last hurrah next weekend. Grooming completed at 7:30 am.

Michigan Tech -Grooming will be suspended until possibly Tuesday night. It looks like it will drop below freezing which should allow us to till and reset tracks on Upper and Competition loops. Nara and Lower loops may be touched up here and there but grooming on those trails are done for the year

April 21, 2018

Swedetown -Get ’em while you can, because supplies are going fast! Snow that is…Trails were tilled and tracked this morning, but the snowpack is starting to warm up quickly every day, resulting in soft conditions fairly early in the day. Nonetheless, conditions are still good/very good/excellent! Grooming completed at 9:30 am.

April 20, 2018

Swedetown – No grooming today. We plan to till and track for weekend.

Michigan Tech -All trails touched up this morning. Lower trails are a little icy this morning but with warm weather today they will soften up quickly. Good-to-excellent skiing conditions.

April 19, 2018

Swedetown -Trails touched up this morning, very good conditions

April 18, 2018

Swedetown -All open trails tilled, tracked and in excellent condition. Today will be the best ski day for the rest of season. We will do minimal grooming after today due to predicted warm up. Multi use are no longer being groomed.SKI NOW!

Michigan Tech – All trails groomed overnight. Excellent conditions.

April 17, 2018

Swedetown -All open trails tilled, tracked and in very good condition. We plan to till again tomorrow to firm trails up.

Michigan Tech -All trails groomed by 10 am this morning. A little on the soft side due to the recent winter blast but beautiful skiing.

April 16, 2018

Swedetown – All open trails tilled, tracked and in very good condition.

Michigan Tech – All main trails groomed this morning. Very good conditions.

April 15, 2018

Swedetown – All trails are tilled and tracked, with the exception of Pine, Powderhouse, and Flamingo Hill. Be advised that snow accumulation from the Nor’easter vortex are leading to soft skate lanes and filled classic tracks in some areas. Conditions are very good to excellent. Grooming completed at 1 p.m.

April 14, 2018

Swedetown – After almost five months of use, the trails are showing a little bit of wear and tear with an accumulation of debris and sun damage. The trails at Swedetown are still in good/very good condition, and all open trails were dragged this morning. Grooming completed at 10:30 am.

April 13, 2018

Swedetown -All open trails tilled, tracked and in very good condition. Powderhouse, Pine and Flamingo hill are no longer being groomed.

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and tracked. Very good conditions.

April 12, 2018

Michigan Tech – No grooming this morning. Full groom tonight after it freezes.

Swedetown – Grooming is suspended for the day while we wait for further late-season gifts from Mother Nature. Trails will be tilled and tracked on Friday, April 13.

April 11, 2018

Swedetown -Skate lanes dragged and tracks have a little snow dust in them to calm the icy bottom. Good conditions.

April 9, 2018

Swedetown -All open trails dragged including Multi-use loops, tracks are fast and occasionally icy. Powderhouse and Pine are no longer being groomed.

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed overnight. Excellent conditions.

April 8, 2018

Chassell – The complete Chassell trail was groomed and tracked on Saturday and the upper trail was re-groomed on Sunday morning. Conditions are very good to excellent. We usually close on March 31st, but the good snow beckoned so it was groomed one last time. The trail will close after today, April 8. Thank you for your support this winter.

Swedetown -The trails at Swedetown are in excellent condition! The classic tracks are solid and fast, and all skate lanes were dragged this morning. If you’re trying to break your most consecutive days are total miles/kilometer for the season, now’s the time to do it because the end of the season is fast approaching and it doesn’t get much better than this! Grooming completed at 11:30 am.

Michigan Tech -Dragged some of the more beat up areas this morning but left the trails alone for the most part. Excellent conditions.

April 7, 2018

Swedetown – All trails tilled, tracked and in very good condition. Completed 9am. The End is near, SKI NOW.

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and tracked this morning. Set tracks on Tolkien also

April 6, 2018

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and tracked this morning. Excellent conditions.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Trails are still in very good shape for biking and should stay that way through the weekend. If we get some fresh snow we will push it off with the V plow.

Swedetown – Trails tilled,tracked and in very good condition. Multi-use trails dragged. As of Monday we will no longer groom Powderhouse, Pine and Papa Bear due to thin base and rising debris

April 5, 2018

Michigan Tech – Dragged skate lanes today – tracks still in great shape from yesterday. Tomorrow’s plan depends on whether the predicted snow materializes.

Swedetown – Trails are in very good condition, We plan to till and track for the weekend.

April 4, 2018

Michigan Tech – All trails groomed and tracked last night. Base of 12″-24″. Excellent conditions.

April 3, 2018

Michigan Tech – Bombardier is fixed. All trails tilled and tracked last night. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown -The trails at swedetown are in excellent condition. All skate lanes were drag this morning and the classic tracks are firm and fast. Grooming completed at 11:30 a.m.

April 2, 2018

Swedetown -3+ inches of snow tilled and tracked in on all trails, Multi-use trails dragged. Great conditions.

Michigan Tech – Bombardier is down and waiting on parts. All trails tracked and packed last night with the small machines.

April 1, 2018

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and tracks reset this morning.

Swedetown -4″ of new snow overnight , All trails tilled,tracked and in excellent condition. grooming completed 9:30 am.

March 31, 2018

Swedetown -All trails are tilled and tracked with excellent conditions throughout the system. Please note that some grooming operations will continue through the morning after the Hoppet Loppet race finishes. Classic tracks on some parts of the system are still set for the race. Grooming completed at 8:15 am.

Chassell – The upper 7 km of the trail were groomed on Saturday. Very good condition. Access from the Archambeau Rd.

March 30, 2018

Swedetown -Trails were dragged to provide some grip for skaters, but all skiers will find early morning conditions somewhat icy. Conditions will improve as the sun warms the snow and the best skiing will be in mid to late afternoon before the snow begins to cool again. Please note: signage is up in some places for tomorrow’s Hoppet Loppet; please try to avoid knocking signs over. Grooming completed at 10:30 am.

March 29, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Trails were groomed last night before it froze. Should be good riding today and tomorrow before the next round of snow.

Michigan Tech – Tilling and tracking happening this morning.

Swedetown -Trails were dragged today; classic tracks are holding up well. Conditions are varied, with very hard trails and tracks predominating. Wooded areas are accumulating more debris as the snow pack contracts. Multipurpose Loops were also dragged. Please note: grooming patterns and schedules will change this weekend in preparation for the Hoppet Loppet (http://swedetowntrails.org/events/) this weekend. There will be slight reroutes on some trails to accommodate the race. Grooming completed at 10:30 am.

March 28, 2018

Swedetown -All trails tilled and tracked, working in the snow we got yesterday, Trails are in excellent condition, but won’t last long with the anticipated high temperatures today! Grooming completed at 10:15 am.

Michigan Tech -All trails tilled and tracks reset. The word is it’s like heaven out there . . .

March 27, 2018

Michigan TechThe expected rain turned into 3″ of snow. No grooming today. Grooming will resume when it freezes tonight.

Swedetown – Three inches of new snow was tilled and tracked this morning, but expect somewhat soft tracks and skate lanes until the temperature drops. Very good to excellent conditions throughout the system! Grooming completed at 1:30 pm.

March 26, 2018

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes dragged overnight. Tracks and skate lanes in excellent condition.

Swedetown -Trails are still in excellent condition. All trails were dragged Sunday evening. Expect the trails to get quite soft during the day this week as the temperatures climb. Grooming completed at 9:30 pm Sunday night.

March 25, 2018

Swedetown – Trails are in excellent condition. Small areas of the tracks are suffering from too much sun, but are generally firm and fast. The skate lanes were all dragged and are rock solid. Grooming completed at 11:30 pm on Saturday night. Skiers please note that the spring grooming cycle is here, which means that grooming may be delayed or take place in the evening when the snow is more workable.

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and tracked overnight. Excellent conditions.

March 24, 2018

Swedetown – Tilled, tracked and very good condition.

March 23, 2018

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged and tracks are solid and fast. We plan to retill and track for the weekend.

Michigan Tech – Tilled and tracked overnight. Excellent conditions.

Chassell – Grooming has ended.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Last groomed March 18.

March 22, 2018

Chassell – Grooming has ended for the season (barring any additional larger snowfalls).  Thanks for your patronage and support this year. – Jim

March 21, 2018

Swedetown – All trails tilled,tracked and in very good condition. Grooming completed 8:30 am.

March 19, 2018

Swedetown -Trails are in excellent condition, but expect things to get a little soft in the afternoon as the sun reaches its peak. All trails were dragged and classic tracks are solid and fast. Grooming completed at 1:30 pm.

March 18, 2018

Swedetown -The system was tilled and tracked, but the trails are starting to show a little wear and tear from lack of snow. Skate lanes are hard and fast; classic tracks are generally good but warm conditions will lead to some softening. Grooming completed at 2:30 am.

March 17, 2018

Swedetown -All trails were dragged today, and skiers will find the trails fast and fun, following several days warm/cold cycles. Best skiing will be in the morning before the sun’s rays warm the snow pack, and late in the day as the snow starts to cool again. Trails will be tilled and tracked on Sunday morning. Grooming completed at 10:30 am.

March 16, 2018

Copper Harbor – In support of Brockway Mountain Challenge, cross country trails in Copper Harbor have been set with corduroy for fat biking for the dates of March 16, 17, 18th. Multi use is still encouraged! Thank you for your support.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Trails are still in excellent shape. They could get soft on Saturday afternoon, but should otherwise be good through the weekend.

March 15, 2018

Swedetown -Trails are in excellent condition, with a light frosting of overnight snow. Skate lanes were dragged and classic tracks are smooth and silky. Grooming completed at 10:30 am.

March 14, 2018

Chassell -The upper 7 km was groomed and tracked on Wednesday morning. Very good to excellent conditions. Grooming completed at 6:00 a.m.

Swedetown – All trails tilled, tracked and in excellent condition.

March 13, 2018

Swedetown -Skate lanes were dragged but there is an accumulation of fresh snow in the classic tracks in some areas. The Multipurpose Loops were dragged as well. All trails will be tilled and tracked on Wednesday to take advantage of the latest batch of snow! Grooming completed at 11:30 am.

March 12, 2018

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Monday morning. Spring conditions. Very icy in places. Use caution on the down hills. Grooming completed at 7:30 am.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – No grooming since Friday, but conditions are still very good. We will use the V plow to push the snow off the trails if we get snow Monday night and Tuesday.

March 11, 2018

Swedetown (second report of the day) -All trails tilled,tracked and in fabulous condition, Multi-use double dragged. Grooming finished 8am.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked and reset to the regular directions and flow. Expect fast and fun conditions! Grooming completed at 1:30 am.

A great big THANKS! goes out to the 780 racers, plus volunteers, friends, families and everyone else who made this year’s Great Bear Chase another overwhelming success.

March 9, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Trails groomed Friday morning. Should be good for the weekend.

Swedetown – Grooming continues for tomorrow’s Great Bear Chase. Please note that some trails by the chalet are closed tonight for the Junior Bear Chase and Swedetown is closed to recreational skiing on Saturday.

March 8, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Wednesday evening. Conditions should generally be pretty good. The snow may be a little soft in some areas so you may want to set your tire pressure on the low side. We plan to groom once more before the weekend.

Swedetown -All trails are tilled and tracked and in excellent condition at Swedetown. The system is set up for the upcoming Great Bear Chase, so skiers can expect to see a few different twists and turns on their favorite loops. Grooming will resume on the Multipurpose (Dog) Loops on Sunday. Grooming completed at 10:30 am.

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed and track set. Excellent conditions.

March 7, 2018

Chassell -The tracks on the upper 7 km were scrubbed and new tracks set. Good to excellent conditions. Please use the Archambeau Rd trail head. The 2 km loop up from the Heritage Center is very icy. Grooming completed at 7:00 A.M.

Swedetown -6″ of new snow tilled and tracked on race course, intersections not groomed. Bear Chase is Saturday!

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Tuesday evening to remove ruts. We will groom again Wednesday evening to pack the snow down. Hopefully riding will be good Thursday and through the weekend.

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed and in excellent shape.

March 6, 2018

Swedetown – All trails were dragged this morning, but expect to find some debris brought down by yesterday’s winds. Minimal work is being done to preserve the snow pack for the Great Bear Chase race this weekend. Tracks and skates are still very firm and fast conditions generally prevail throughout the system. Grooming completed at 10:00 am.

March 5, 2018

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged. We will be doing minimal grooming until Thursday to preserve snow quality for Bear Chase. Some intersections will not be groomed but are ski-able. Conditions remain very good.

March 4, 2018

Chassell -Grooming has been suspended until we get some new snow to mix into the base. The trail conditions are fair to good. Use caution if the temps are at or below freezing as it is very icy.

March 3, 2018

Chassell – The trail was groomed and tracked on Saturday morning. fair to good spring like conditions. Icy in spots, be cautious on the down hills. Grooming completed at 7 am.

Swedetown -All trails tilled and tracked; excellent conditions, but trails will soften as the temperatures increase today. Grooming completed at 10:00 am.

March 2, 2018

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed Friday morning. Good conditions.

March 1, 2018

Swedetown -All trails were freshly dragged this morning and both classic and skate lanes are in excellent condition, even with the recent warm temperatures. Expect fast and firm trails and remember to stay hydrated! Grooming completed at 11:00 am.

February 28, 2018

Chassell – The tracks were scrubbed on the trail this morning and reset on the upper 7km. I did not set tracks on the 2km loop from the Heritage Center as it is extremely icy as a result of the warm weather. Please access the trail from the Archambeau Rd. parking lot. We will consider setting tracks on the lower trail if temperatures are consistently below freezing or we get some new snow. Tracks on upper trail range from good to very good. Grooming completed at 6:10 a.m.

Swedetown – All trails retilled , tracked and in fantastic condition.

February 27, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Trails were groomed Monday evening. As of Tuesday morning they are still rather soft. Hopefully another day of warm temperatures and a good freeze Tuesday night will make for good biking on Wednesday and through the end of the week.

Swedetown -The trails are in beautiful condition, but expect some softening as temperatures rise. For extra adventure the Pit has been groomed in preparation for the Great Bear Chase race in less than two weeks. Grooming completed at 11:00 am.

February 26, 2018

Chassell – The upper 7 km was groomed and tracked because of drifting. The trail is in excellent condition. Grooming completed at 6:20 a.m.

Swedetown -All trails tilled,tracked and in excellent condition. Multi-use also dragged.

February 25, 2018

Chassell – Rolled and tracked on Sunday morning. Excellent condition on the lower trail. The upper trail is wind blown. Grooming complete at 9 am.

Swedetown -All trails are tilled and tracked, but continued blustery winds pushing new snow accumulation is filling the tracks quickly, and leading to drifting in the open areas. Best bets are to stay in the wooded loops on Pine, Powderhouse, and the Tree Loops. The Multipurpose loops were packed and dragged. Grooming completed at 12:30 pm.

February 24, 2018

Chassell -The trail was rolled, packed, and tracked on Saturday morning. Grooming completed at 6:50. Conditions are excellent.

Copper Harbor – All trails groomed and tracked Saturday morning. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown -Yesterday’s 10+ ” of snow has been retilled and should be firmer today. All trails tilled and tracked, Multi-use dragged. Ski Now before we get buried again. Finished 11am.

February 23, 2018

Chassell – No grooming today. Grooming will resume on Saturday morning.

Swedetown – Start of grooming delayed until 9 am, given the heavy snow falling this morning. All trails will be tilled and tracked with an estimated finish of 1 pm. Multi-use trails will be dragged.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails are covered with about 6″ of fresh snow. We’ll groom Friday evening and will do our best to make them good for Saturday.

February 22, 2018

Swedetown – All trails are tracked and the skate lanes were dragged. The Multipurpose loops were dragged as well. Grooming completed at 11:30 am.

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

February 21, 2018

Chassell – Groomed and new tracks set on Wednesday morning. Grooming completed at 6:00a.m. Excellent conditions.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails were groomed Tuesday night, then we got a few more inches of snow. Trails are snow covered and a little soft, but rideable for Wednesday.

Swedetown – Fresh snow tilled,tracked and trails are great condition.

February 20, 2018

Chassell – Grooming complete at 6:10 am. Excellent conditions.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Monday evening and Tuesday morning. The new snow packed in pretty well, but there is freezing rain and we’re not sure how much that will affect the trails.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. The temperature inversion has created a winter wonderland of frosted trees. Grooming complete by 12:30 pm

Copper Harbor – All trails groomed and in excellent condition with 6″ of new snow.

February 19, 2018

Chassell -The trail was groomed and tracked on Monday morning and is in excellent condition. Grooming was completed at 7:15 am.

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed and tracked Monday morning. Fresh snow, excellent conditions.

Swedetown – 4″ of new snow. All trails tilled,t racked and in excellent condition. More snow falling.

February 18, 2018

Swedetown -All trails dragged, including the Multipurpose loops. Great conditions prevail, but we are looking forward to an infusion of 5-8″ (if not more) of new snow tonight. Grooming completed at 11:30 a.m.

February 17, 2018

Swedetown -Just a touch of new snow freshened the trails nicely. Tracks and skate lanes are solid and fast, even with the slight warming trend. Grooming completed at 9:30 am.

February 16, 2018

Michigan Tech – Michigan State High School Championships today and Saturday. Competition trails are closed during the races. Upper, Nara, and Lower trails tilled and tracks reset. Tolkien also groomed fresh.

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed and tracked Thursday pm. Good conditions.

Swedetown – A few inches of new snow overnight. All trails tilled, tracked and in very good condition. Some open areas will be blown in due to winds.

February 15, 2018

Swedetown – A small amount of new snow overnight has freshened the tracks and trails. All trails were dragged and new tracks will be set tomorrow. Grooming completed at 12 noon.

February 14, 2018

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged and tracks are in very good condition.

February 13, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Trails groomed Monday night to take care of a few drifted areas. Very good conditions and some warmer temps coming.

Swedetown – Don’t let the cold temperatures deter you: the trails at Swedetown are in excellent condition! Both the tracks and skate lanes are solid, and skate lanes were dragged today. Grooming completed at 10:30 am.

February 12, 2018

Chassell – The trail was groomed and tracked on Monday morning. Grooming completed at 5:50 a.m. Conditions remain excellent.

Swedetown – All trails retilled, tracked and in very good condition. Finished at 10am.

Michigan Tech – Upper and Competition trails tilled and track set.  Lower and Nara Trails skate lanes dragged.

Copper Harbor – All trails groomed and in good condition. Some drifting in open areas with wind and LES.

February 11, 2018

Chassell – The upper trail was groomed and tracked on Sunday morning. Grooming completed at 6:40. The condition of the whole trail remains excellent.

Swedetown -Skiers will find the trails firm and fast at Swedetown. All trails were dragged, including the Multi-purpose loops. Grooming completed at 12:00 pm. Caution: skiers may encounter the Husky enroute to the Pit for pre-race Bear Chase grooming this afternoon.

February 10, 2018

Michigan Tech -Full groom this morning. All trails tilled and tracks reset.

February 9, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails were groomed Thursday evening. Snow firmed up nicely with the cold temperatures overnight. Conditions should be very good through the weekend.

Swedetown – All trails tilled, tracked and in spectacular condition.

Michigan Tech – Groomer is back up and running. All skate lanes dragged today. Going to reset tracks on Upper and Competition trails this afternoon.

Copper Harbor – All trails tracked and in good condition.

February 8, 2018

Chassell – The trail was groomed and tracked on Thursday morning. grooming was completed at 5:30 a.m. Conditions are excellent.

Swedetown -New snow tilled and tracked, Multi-use dragged, very good conditions but windy,some tracks will be blown in.

Michigan Tech – The Bombardier groomer is down until tomorrow afternoon hopefully. Alternator should show up late morning. We are grooming skate lanes today and tomorrow. Tracks are still in nice shape so it should still be excellent out there. Tolkien will be reset today too. Also, Bigfoot Glowshoe event tonight. There will be 200+ snowshoers out on single track but will cross some xc ski trails. Lights will be on until 10:30 tonight.

February 7, 2018

Swedetown – 1″ of fluffy snow, due to equipment issues we aren’t dragging all trails. All trails will be tilled and tracked again tomorrow morning.

February 6, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Another 6″ of fresh snow was packed down on Monday night. Trails should be rideable but perhaps a little soft on Tuesday.

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed and tracked Tuesday morning. Fantasyland!

Swedetown – All new lake effect snow groomed in and trails are Marvelous including Multi-use loops. Grooming complete at 10:30 am.

February 5, 2018

Chassell – The upper trail was groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions. Grooming completed at 7:00 am. The lower trail remains in excellent condition.

Swedetown – 3+ ” of new snow. All trails tilled,tracked and in great condition.

February 4, 2018

Swedetown -All trails tilled,tracked and excellent condition. Multi-use dragged.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Trails groomed Sunday morning. Conditions are very good.

February 3, 2108

Chassell – Groomed and tracked by 6:30 am. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – 4+ ” of new snow. All trails tilled, tracked and in EXCELLENT condition. Multi-use dragged and in very good condition.

Copper Harbor – Groomed and tracked Saturday morning. Excellent conditions.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Lots of fresh snow. Trails groomed Friday night and Saturday morning but still quite soft. Should be better for Sunday.

Feburary 2, 2018

Chassell -The trail was groomed and tracked on Friday morning. Grooming completed at 5:30 am. Excellent conditions.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Thursday night. Excellent conditions Friday morning, but heavy lake effect snow is in the forecast.

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed Friday morning. Track setting scheduled for Saturday morning.

Swedetown -All trails tilled, tracked and in excellent condition. Multi-use trails dragged.

February 1, 2018

Chassell – Grooming will resume on Friday morning. With sustained winds of 20 mph and snow accumulation of several inches, grooming will not be effective on Thursday. If you ski today, be aware of frostbite and hypothermia.

January 31, 2018

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Wednesday. Grooming completed at 6:50 a.m. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown -A few more inches of new snow was tilled and tracked this morning and conditions are excellent throughout the Swedetown system. High winds may lead to some drifting and filling in of racks in some locations though. Grooming completed at 11 am.

January 30, 2018

Swedetown – All trails were freshly dragged this morning. Classic tracks are nice and firm and the skate lanes are firm with good grip. Grooming completed at 11:30 a.m.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Monday night. Trails are in excellent conditions.

January 29, 2018

Swedetown– 4″ of fresh snow overnight , All trails tilled and tracked.

January 28, 2018

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked to alleviate icy conditions caused by the recent warming trend. Enjoy firm and fast trails with the additional beauty of lake effect snow coming down! Grooming will be completed by 11 a.m. this morning.

Chassell – The trail was groomed and tracked on Sunday morning. Excellent condition. Grooming completed at 8:50 a.m.

January 27, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Trails were groomed Friday night and the snow is getting hard Saturday morning as temperatures drop below freezing. Should be good riding but could be a little slippery so be careful.

Michigan Tech -Grooming started later today with warm morning temps and a little rain. Upper and Competition trails completed by 1pm. Tolkien completed at 2pm and groomer is out right now on Lower/Nara trails. Regular schedule resumes tomorrow morning.

Swedetoown – Skate lanes and multiuse trail dragged. Excellent conditions.

January 26, 2018

Chassell – The trail was groomed and tracked on Friday morning, Conditions are excellent. We will be grooming next on Sunday morning. 

Just a reminder, the Chassell trail is not a multi-use trail. It is groomed for the exclusive enjoyment of classic cross country skiers only. For some reason a few walkers and snowshoe enthusiasts have started using the trail. Please pass the word, particularly if you  know anyone who has done so. There are really nice snowshoe trails that cross the ski trail and we share the high bridge just up from the heritage center, and a short piece of trail by the old ice rink. If you have questions, please call Jim Tervo at 370-1169.

Copper Harbor – Grooming suspended until temperatures return below freezing.

January 25, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails may be softening but should still be rideable this afternoon. We are planning to do some grooming this evening to take care of some bumpy areas, so please avoid riding after 6pm tonight. It should freeze back up tomorrow morning, so expect very good riding on Saturday.

Swedetown – All trails retilled and tracked. Excellent conditions.

January 24, 2018

Swedetown -Trails were freshened with a light dusting of overnight snow: tracks and skate lanes are firm, and all trails were dragged. Brace yourself for another heat wave and make sure to stay hydrated as the temperatures climb today and tomorrow. Grooming completed at 11:30 am.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Trails were dragged and tracked today. It can’t get any better than this. See a few photos on the groomer’s blog. Conditions are everything is excellent, including for snow bikes.

January 23, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Fresh snow was plowed off of the trails Tuesday night. Biking should be very good on Wednesday and Thursday.

Swedetown -Skate lanes dragged and tracks are in great condition. Multi-use trails dragged.

January 22, 2018

Chassell -The trail was rolled and tracked on Tuesday morning. Grooming completed at 6:00 a.m. Conditions are excellent.

Swedetown -All trails tilled and tracked, with last night’s snow freshening the trails nicely. The skate lanes are solid, with a fine veneer of new snow that adds lustre and grip for the discerning skier. Classic tracks are firm and fast. Grooming completed at 11:30 am.

Copper Harbor -All trails groomed and tracked Tuesday morning. Excellent condition.

January 21, 2018

Chassell – The old tracks were scrubbed out last night before they were frozen solid. The trail was dragged again on Sunday morning, then new tracks were set. Conditions are generally good, but spring like and very fast. Use great caution on the down hills.Under evergreen cover the tracks are very shallow. Grooming completed at 6:00 am.

Swedetown – All trails are freshly dragged, including the Multi-purpose loops. The snow has set up nicely after the recent warming trend; expect firm and fast conditions. Skiers will find some debris on the trail in wooded areas but new snow is on the way! Grooming completed at 11:30 a.m.

Copper Harbor – Grooming has been suspended until new snow arrives on Monday.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – After the recent melt and freeze, the hardened snow was scratched up via drag and new tracks made this morning. Some areas with a pine canopy did less well. Trails are mostly excellent, but some are just “good.”

January 20, 2018

Churning Rapids Show Bike – Unfortunately the temperature stayed above freezing and the trails did not freeze Friday night. Trails are still rideable with low pressure on Saturday morning, but will likely get too soft during the day. Please avoid making ruts so we can have excellent riding after Saturday night’s freeze.

Chassell – Grooming has been suspended until the temperature returns to below freezing. Today conditions are very soft. 

Swedetown – Even with our annual midwinter a thaw, trails at Swedetown are in great shape! Classic tracks are very fast, skate lanes are firm and fast as well. Some debris will be found on the wooded loops but expect that to go away with the impending storm coming in a few days. Grooming completed at 10:30 am.

Copper Harbor – Too warm to groom today. Most of trail should still be good except for some drifting due to high winds last night. Bring your Klister!

January 19, 2018

Swedetown – All trails tilled,tracked and in excellent condition.

January 18, 2018

Chassell -The trail was groomed out and new tracks set on Thursday. Grooming was completed at 6:20. Conditions remain excellent.

Swedetown – The trails at Swedetown are a little less than perfect today: brisk winds last night brought down a fair amount of debris, especially on Pine and Powderhouse loops. The classic tracks remain firm, and the skate lanes were all dragged. With the impending snow this evening and tonight, expect excellent conditions again tomorrow! Grooming completed at 11:30 am.

Copper Harbor – Trails tracked and excellent conditions.

January 17, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Tuesday night. Should be good riding, but there may be some drifting with the strong winds forecast for Wednesday.

Copper Harbor -Trails groomed and tracked excellent conditions.
Sun is shining!

January 16, 2018

Chassell – The trail was rolled and tracked on Tuesday morning. Grooming was completed at 6:20 a.m. The conditions are excellent.

Copper Harbor -All trails groomed and tracked Tuesday morning. 10″ of fresh snow and still snowing.

Swedetown -More lake effect snow! Who could ask for anything better! All trails are tilled and tracked. The Multipurpose Loops should be packed and rolled by 2 p.m. Grooming completed at 11:30 a.m.

Churning Rapids/Maasto Hiihto – All trails in Maasto and Churning were packed with the roller, then tracks reset this morning. Grooming complete at 10:30. Couldn’t get any nicer!

January 15, 2018

Chassell – The upper trail was groomed and tracked on Monday morning. Grooming was completed at 7:45 a.m. Conditions are excellent.

Copper Harbor -trails groomed, tracked and in excellent condition 3 inches fresh snow today.

Swedetown -All trails Tilled ,Tracked and in great condition. More snow falling.

January 14, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Trails groomed Friday night and Saturday morning. Excellent conditions.

Copper Harbor – Groomed tracked and in excellent condition.

Swedetown -Another gorgeous day in the Keweenaw; all trails tilled and tracked. Come on out for Trails Day at Swedetown with free trail passes all day and free rentals from noon until 5 p.m.

Churning Rapids/Maasto Hiihto -All trails in Maasto and Churning were re-groomed early this morning. Excellent conditions continue.

January 13, 2018

Chassell -Trail was groomed and tracks set on Saturday morning. Grooming completed at 7:45.

Swedetown – All trails are freshly tilled and tracked, and the Multipurpose (Dog) Loops are packed and rolled as well. Not just excellent conditions throughout the system, but beautiful as well, with the magic of snow-covered boughs on the trees. Reminder: tomorrow is Trails Day at Swedetown from noon until 5 PM. Free skiing and free rentals (first-come first-served). Bring a friend, check out new gear and have fun.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Trails groomed Friday night and Saturday morning. Excellent conditions.

Copper Harbor -All trails groomed and tracked Saturday morning. Excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – This morning all trails were dragged with the snow we received overnight, and tracks reset. Excellent conditions . Grooming was complete by 11 AM.

Michigan Tech – Michigan Tech is now posting reports for each loop, which is too much detail to reproduce here.

January 12, 2018

Chassell -The trail was groomed and tracked on Friday morning. Excellent conditions. Grooming completed at 6:15 a.m.

Michigan Tech -Main trails completed at 11am. Tolkien widened and track set early afternoon.

Swedetown -10+ inches of new snow tilled and tracked in, Multi-use dragged. Great conditions.

Copper Harbor -All trails groomed and tracked on Friday afternoon. Lots of fresh snow.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – After the warm temps and freezing rain earlier in the week, the system is now back to excellent conditions with new snow rolled in and tracks reset throughout.

January 11, 2018

Michigan Tech -Grooming will start around 8am today. A little rain fell overnight but will turn to snow sometime this morning.

Lights now on at 5am for the morning ski and will be on in the evening until 9:30pm.

January 10, 2018

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged and tracks are in very good condition. Pine trees are dropping more snow in some areas so expect a few bumpy spots.

January 9, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Churning snow bike: trails groomed Monday evening. Should be in great shape for Tuesday.

Copper Harbor -All trails groomed and tracked Tuesday morning. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown -High winds pushed an accumulation of tree snow and debris onto the trails, but all trails have been tilled and tracked. Enjoy a balmy bluebird day on the trails at Swedetown! Grooming completed at 11 a.m.

Michigan Tech – Upper trails tilled and track set early morning. Skate lanes on the entire trail network will be groomed continuously today to prepare for tomorrow’s warm spell. No grooming will take place Wednesday.

January 8, 2018

Copper Harbor – All trails groomed and tracked and in good condition. a warm up and drifting may affect some sections.

Swedetown -Light snow overnight, All trails tilled and tracked, very good conditions Trees are shedding large clumps of snow so there will be some bumpy areas.

Michigan Tech -Main trails tilled and track set by noon. Tolkien widened and track set by 2pm. River trail packed today.

January 7, 2018

Swedetown -All trails tilled, Tracked and in excellent condition. Multi-use trails rolled.

Chassell -Trail groomed and tracked on Sunday morning. Excellent condition.

January 6, 2018

Chassell – The trail was groomed and tracked on Thursday. It remains in very good condition. It will be groomed and tracked on Sunday morning.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails either dragged level or rolled, and tracks re-set on all trails. Excellent conditions. Grooming complete at 11 AM. Please visit KNSC’s blog if you’d like to see trail and skier photos.

Swedetown -Blue bird days have once again returned to the trails at Swedetown! Temperatures, however, still remain in the single digits, so there is only thing to do: ski fast & stay warm! All trails are tilled and tracked, with excellent conditions throughout the system. Grooming completed at 11:30 am.

Copper Harbor -All trails groomed and tracked. Excellent Conditions.

January 5, 2018

Uh, yeah, it snowed again. You can expect a lot of base and generally excellent ski and snow bike conditions in the Keweenaw 🙂

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed and tracked on Friday morning. All trails in excellent condition.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Trails were groomed Thursday night, and we’re planning to groom again Friday night and Saturday morning. You should plan to bike (or ski or snowshoe) this weekend.

Swedetown -6+ inches new snow tilled and tracked in today, excellent conditions. Multi-use loops rolled also.

Michigan Tech -Main trails tilled and track set by noon. Tolkien groomed at 1pm.

January 4, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Wednesday night, but there was 10″ of fresh snow and more on the way so trails will be soft.

Swedetown – Another 4-6″ of fresh snow is tilled and tracked; base has now surpassed the 2-foot mark and continues to grow! All trails are in excellent condition, although new snow falling throughout the day may lead to filled tracks.

Michigan Tech -Main trails tilled and track set by noon. 1” of new snow today.

January 3, 2018

Swedetown – 10+ inches of new snow tilled and tracked in. Very good conditions with more snow falling.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and track set by 11am. Tolkien track set at 1pm 
6″ new snow this morning with 2” more today.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Raids – Rolled 10″ of new snow and set tracks. All trails in excellent condition.

January 2, 2018

Copper Harbor -Trails groomed and tracked on Tuesday morning. All trails in excellent condition.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked, grooming completed at 11:00. Windy conditions have blown much of the snow out of the trees on wooded loops but there are still a fair amount of good-sized snow snakes in the trees, so be careful on trails such as Pine, Powderhouse Ridge, etc. Excellent conditions throughout the system, so there’s no excuse of breaking your New Year’s resolution of skiing every day at Swedetown.

Michigan Tech -Main trails tilled and track set by 11am. Tolkien track set yesterday afternoon.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – This wind is making a mess of trails located in more open areas. Nonetheless, all gorge trails, Vista, Sidewinder and a few more were smoothed up via the magical drag earlier this morning. Followed by all tracks being remade via ginzu. Hope you get out there to enjoy them.

January 1, 2018

Swedetown – 6+ inches of new snow overnight. All trails tilled and tracked. Very good conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Trails rolled and tracks set on all trails Conditions remain excellent. Hope you bundle up and get out to enjoy! Grooming was complete by 11 am.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Monday afternoon. Should be good Tuesday before the next round of lake effect snow,

December 31, 2017

Michigan Tech – All main trails tilled and track set. Tolkien packed and will track set tomorrow.

Swedetown – For the last pass of 2017, all trails are tilled and tracked! Excellent conditions throughout the system. 10 inches of lake effect snow is magic. Happy New Year from everyone at Swedetown Trails.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Tracks set on all trails in Maasto and Churning. Excellent conditions. Grooming was completed by 10 AM

December 30, 2017

Swedetown -All trails tilled and tracked. Get em while they’re fresh! Lake effect snow is accumulating quickly leading to softer conditions later in the day excellent conditions prevail throughout the system with a 2-foot base. Grooming completed at 12 noon.

Michigan Tech – All main trails tilled and tracked by noon. Tolkien Trails not groomed today.

Chassell – Groomed and tracked and excellent conditions.

December 29, 2017

Swedetown – Excellent conditions and perfect 15 degree day. Ski Now!

Copper Harbor -Trails groomed and tracked on Friday afternoon. All trails in excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails were retracked Friday morning and remain in Excellent to Good condition.

December 28, 2017

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions with 2’+ base.

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and track set by 9:30 am. Tolkien will be groomed tomorrow.

Copper Harbor – Copper Harbor trails are groomed and tracked.

December 27, 2017

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and tracked. Sled hill was groomed yesterday.

Chassell – The trail was packed and tracked Wednesday morning. Excellent conditions. A real winter wonderland.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – Trails groomed again this morning. Snow is still falling. Probably a little soft, but rideable.

Swedetown – 4+ inches of new snow overnight, all trails tilled and tracked.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Trails were dragged and tracked and range from good to excellent condition. Fat bikers will find some sections very firm. We will continue to drag the trails tomorrow.

December 26, 2017

Chassell – The trail was packed and rolled on Christmas night. It will not be tracked on Tuesday, but tracks will reappear on Wednesday morning.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – We were out three times yesterday to knock down this lake snow, attempting to improve trail snow depth. Today everything looked much, much better. All trails were rolled and most received tracks, exception being the west side of Mud Lake (trail 4) and Thoroughfare, down to the summer parking lot (trail 16). The trails near the chalet will be in excellent condition for tonight’s Candle Luminary Ski.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Trails groomed Tuesday morning. Still a little soft, but rideable with low tire pressure. Planning to groom again Wednesday morning.

Swedetown -Another 6+ inches of new snow tilled and tracked today. Continuing cold, crisp conditions: exposed skin will freeze quickly so caution is advised.

December 25, 2017

Swedetown – There have been reports of some heavyweight in a red suit chasing a mutant deer (red glowing nose) on the trails but don’t let that deter you! All trails are tilled and tracked, and even eight tiny reindeer pulling a grossly overloaded sleigh found the conditions firm and fast! Grooming completed at 10:30 a.m. Merry Christmas everyone from Swedetown Trails!

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – With temps dropping and fresh snow falling overnight, Colin was out early this morning and rolled everything down. An abbreviated pattern of tracks were made because of the high wind and low temperature. Trails on the city side plus Vista trail were done, as was the gorge including the new River Trail extension (trail #4).  The old route to Churning Rapids (trail #8) was also tracked this morning. Of course trails remain rough, but they are improving.

December 24, 2017

Chassell – The whole trail system was groomed late in the afternoon on Saturday, December 23rd. Conditions are now very good to excellent. Thanks for your patience while we were dealing with water issues

Michigan Tech – All trails groomed by 11am with the exception of River Trail.

Swedetown – 4+ inches of new show overnight. All trails tilled and tracked, very good conditions. Multi-use trails dragged.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Early this morning we rolled the 3″ we received overnight and made new tracks. Trails are looking better but more snow is needed to smooth over the rough spots. The only ones to not get tracks are the section upstream (north) of Pebbles pit road on trail 4 to the gate into Churning Rapids; also trail 4 on the west side of Mud lake. Notably, the reopened Outback did get tracks for the 1st time this year, as did the Lookout loop in CR. Many skiers were out this morning and reported skiing to be very good, despite the rough looking areas

December 23, 2017

Swedetown -All trails are tilled and track, excellent conditions throughout! Grooming ended at 11 am.

December 22, 2017

Chassell – The trail was groomed on Tuesday. It remains in good to very good condition. The 7 km of trail accessible from the Archambeau Road parking lot are groomed. Because of water problems, groomer and groomer operator breakdowns, the 2 km loop that starts in Chassell is not groomed, but will be the next time it snows. Thank you for your patience.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike -Churning Snow Bike: Trails haven’t been groomed for a few days but conditions are still very good with a solid base and a little fluff on top.

December 21, 2017

Michigan Tech -Upper and Competition trails full groomed by 10 am. Lower and Nara trails dragged, and tracks are in good shape so we did not reset there.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Approximately 1-3 inches of new snow freshened the trails nicely! A holiday reminder: only 4 skiing days left until Christmas! Grooming completed at 11:30 a.m.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – With just a dusting of fresh snow the groomers worked on cleaning up some wet spots. The city side, most of the gorge and vista trails were rolled and new tracks made. Trail 8 around Mud lake was also done. We are still waiting for a better snowfall to dress up the trails. Most trails remain quite rough.

December 20, 2017

Michigan Tech – All trails groomed by 11am. Trails are in excellent condition. Many pine needles and small sticks fell from the wind last night.

Swedetown – New tracks set on all trails and most are dragged.

December 19, 2017

Michigan Tech – Trails are still in excellent shape. Warm overnight with a little rain has really softened them up unfortunately. We are going to hold off grooming this morning till it firms up a bit. We will smooth out some of the more skied out skate lanes on the upper trails right away though with the small groomer. Citizens race still a go for tonight.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Aunt Flo – Sucky Up loop groomed this morning to remove the ruts from Sunday’s demo event. All other trails should still be in decent shape, and should be very good after the temperature drops this afternoon.

Swedetown – The trails are freshened up with 1″ of wet heavy snow that came down overnight. The skate lanes were dragged; classic tracks are still in good shape. Expect conditions to get faster as the temperature drops. Beware! The trees are laden with snow snakes, which may lead to a chilling and unpleasant surprise for the unwary skier. Use caution when skiing the wooded trails, as some of the snow-laden branches have a substantial amount of accumulation in them.

December 18, 2017

Michigan Tech – Grooming upper and competition trails this morning. Nara Area this early afternoon. Tolkien will be groomed tomorrow, should still be in good shape since last time out. 

Swedetown -Skate lanes dragged and tracks are in very good condition. But beware of tree bombs.

December 17, 2017

Swedetown – All trails are tilled and tracked; skiers will find the trails fast and fun today!

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.

December 15, 2017

Chassell – Rolled and tracked on Friday morning. 7 km accessed from Archambeau Rd. Very good to excellent condition.

Swedetown – All trails are tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions prevail throughout the system, with very firm tracks and skate lanes. The multi-purpose (dog loops) are packed and rolled as well.

Michigan Tech – Hosting junior national qualifying races this weekend, so grooming emphasizes those. The main trailhead and the trails that connect with the Core Loop will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Nara Trails, Pilgrim Trails, and the softball field trailhead will be open.

December 14, 2017

Chassell – The upper 7 km was packed and tracked on Dec. 14th. The trail is in good to very good condition. Access the trail from the Archambeau Rd parking lot.

Swedetown – Tilled in 6+ ” of new snow and tracked all trails, very good conditions.

Maasto/Churning – Rolled 4″ in this morning. The rough trail conditions continue to improve.

December 12, 2017

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – TTrails groomed this morning.

Swedetown – All trails tilled, tracked and in excellent condition. More snow falling.

Michigan Tech – All upper trails groomed for skate and classic.  Linden, Peepsock, Balsam and Maple groomed for skate/classic.  Skidder is in base building mode for this weekends race.  Royalwood Loop groomed for skate/classic.  Tolkien will be groomed this afternoon.   

Chassell – The trail has been rolled and the base is more solid. Hopefully we will get the top part of the trail open in the next several days.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails were rolled late today, except for the tower loop in Churning Rapids, which is not accessible to grooming equipment due to deep water at the triangle. Wet sections are improving with this cool weather. We will roll the trails again as snow falls, to help freeze the water.

December 11, 2017

Swedetown – All trails were tracked on Sunday and the skate lanes were freshly dragged today. Conditions are very good to excellent, but expect slightly softer conditions with the arrival of new snow this afternoon and evening.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – There is currently a two-way trail from Christensen Road through Finney Creek, PowPow, and over to Grassy Lane. The Aunt Flow – Brooks Gorge – Sucky Up loop is also open. We will work on packing the Basswood loops and the Lake Annie trail this week.

December 10, 2017

Swedetown – All trails are tilled and tracked tracked! Conditions are very good to excellent. Skiers may encounter wet spots in a couple of low areas but these places are rare–one on Ed’s Loop, early on Mama Bear, and on Powderhouse. The tracks and trails have firmed up quickly with the second day of grooming with the Husky!

December 9, 2017

Swedetown – All trails tracked and dragged except Powderhouse, We plan to till and track about 20 K Sunday morning and drag remaining 10K

Chassell – The trail has been rolled. We are fighting several wet spots scattered around the trail. Hopefully we will get the top part of the trail open in the next several days. We have not received the same amount of snow as farther north, but will continue to work at water repairs.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails in Maasto, and gate-to-gate in Churning Rapids, were rolled today. Due to deep water at the triangle we were not able to groom into Churning Rapids. Many water crossings remain wet, which more snow and cold will help. Snow depth improving but many shallow areas remain.

December 8, 2017

Michigan Tech – Grooming upper and competition trails today. Packing and rolling Nara Area.  Tracks will be set on Birch, Isle Royale, Superior, Core and Hairpin.

Swedetown – Rolled and dragged in 10+ inches today on all trails except Pine and Powderhouse. Saturday we plan to set tracks on 15K of trail.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Rolled the City side, gorge including the New River Trail Extension, Vista, and the re-opened Outback trail today. Many shallow spots, stumps/rocks, and wet spots. Some areas have better depth but skiers should use rock skis.

December 6, 2017

Michigan Tech – Grooming upper trails today. Coverage is good except a few thin spots that are windblown. Packing/rolling Competition, Nara and Tolkein trails today also.  No tracks today, will set a couple loops tomorrow.

Swedetown – Rolled in 4″ to 10″ of new snow on all trails, very good coverage except wind blown areas. We plan to drag or roll tomorrow morning depending on snowfall. Most cables and gates open.

December 1, 2017

Swedetown – We plan to drag,Valley, Cedar, Birch and Tamarack Saturday morning (Dec. 2). Expect mostly good coverage with a few grass spots. Birch will have a 50 foot section of nice grass near the beginning but gets much better after.

November 25, 2017

Swedetown – Still decent coverage on gated trails and south Greenstone, expect icy, crusty spring like conditions and no tracks, all gates will remain closed.

Michigan Tech – Grooming will resume when conditions improve. Trails very icy and thin.

November 24, 2017

The weather isn’t looking good. 45 degrees at 8:30 am. No grooming today.

November 22, 2017

Swedetown – All open trails dragged, no new tracks set due to ice and thin base. Greenstone has very good coverage and tracks. We will not groom Thursday and Friday but hope to get out Saturday depending on snow.

Michigan Tech – Upper trails have been groomed for skate. Nara trails packed today. Watch out for icy spots on all trails. Remember – Dogs must be kept to Isle Royale and Superior Loop on leash only.

November 20, 2017

Michigan Tech – Trails dragged. No tracks set. The base is mostly holding but there are thin spots and icy spots. There are several spots on Portage that are very thin.

Swedetown – All trails dragged except the upper Powderhouse field and the Bear loops. Tracks are holding and the base is 6-10″ in most places. Very good early season conditions.

November 19, 2017

Swedetown – All trails dragged except Bear loops and Powderhouse field. Tracks are holding up. Very good early season conditions.

Michigan Tech – Trails dragged. No tracks set. Good early season conditions.

November 18, 2017

Swedetown – Groomed and tracked Valley, Ed’s, Cedar, Birch, and Tamarack, Len’s. Pine is groomed but not tracked. Classic is very good early season. There are some ruts in the middle of the trails, so skating is not so good.

Michigan Tech – Dragged this morning for skating. No tracks set. Good early season conditions.

November 16, 2017

Michigan Tech  – About 3″ of snow last night. Trails dragged for skating.

Swedetown Thursday we rolled in 6″ of new snow on all trails except Powder house and Bear loops. Plan to drag Friday and have tracks set for weekend. Caution, there is a family hunting off Greenstone and using edge of trail to access their blind, please respect their right to hunt. Gates and cables remain closed. Conditions very good for early season.

November 15, 2017

Michigan Tech and Swedetown closed – Last night’s rain and warmer temperatures have not been kind to the  base. Both trail systems are closed pending colder temps and more snow.

November 14, 2017

Swedetown has a base of about a foot. Tracks set this morning and skate lanes groomed. Trails open are Valley, Ed’s (short version), Cedar, Birch,  Tamarack, and lower Powderhouse. Note some gates and cables are still up. Lights are on in the evening and cover Valley and lower Powderhouse.

Michigan Tech – Upper trails groomed for skating. Base about 2″. Lights on nightly. Trails will close starting tomorrow (Nov. 15) until more snow arrives.

November 12, 2017

Swedetown has a base of about a foot. Tracks set this morning and skate lanes groomed. Trails open are Valley, Ed’s (short version), Cedar, Birch,  Tamarack, and lower Powderhouse. Note some gates and cables are still up.

Michigan Tech – Rolled this morning. Base varies from 4-8″. Lights on nightly.

November 11, 2017

Swedetown has a base of about a foot. 2″ of snow overnight was not rolled this morning. While skiers are welcome, official opening date is Dec. 1, so daily grooming is not yet in effect. Trails that were rolled are Valley, Ed’s, Cedar, Birch, and Tamarack. Note gates and cables are still up. Also note that deer season opens Nov. 15 and hunting is allowed on the Swedetown land.

Michigan Tech – 2″ of new snow rolled in this morning. Base varies from 4-8″. Lights on nightly.

November 9, 2017

First storm of the year with 8-12″ so far.

Swedetown – Rolled Valley, Greenstone, Cedar, Birch, and Tamarack. Note gates and cables are still up.

Michigan Tech Rolled the upper trails. Lights are on starting tonight. Hope to set tracks tomorrow.

November 3, 2017

Swedetown – Rolled 6-7″ of snow on Valley, Cedar, Birch, and Tamarack.