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February 12, 2016

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Grooming completed about 11 am.

February 11, 2016

Chassell – The trail was groomed and tracked on Thursday morning. Excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Tracks reset. Conditions excellent

February 10, 2016

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Multi-use dragged. Excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails have been rolled and tracks reset. Tracks excellent but blowing snow continues

February 9, 2016

Chassell – Rolled, packed and tracked on Tuesday morning. Excellent condition.

Copper Harbor -Trails packed, leveled, tracked Tuesday morning. Snow falling, winds. Expect drifting at Clyde’s Field and along some parts of Fort Wilkins trail.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled and tracks are being reset. Blowing snow reigns so enjoy the good tracks while they last.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Snowing and blowing.

February 8, 2016

Swedetown -All trails tilled and tracked. Good conditions, but heavy snow falling.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails – Snowmobile is down, so trails have not been groomed since last week. We hope to have the trails open again for this coming weekend (2/13).

Copper Harbor -A ll trails groomed and in great condition. 6 inches of fresh snow and it’s beautiful!

February 7, 2016

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – The Grizzly was out Sunday morning and retracked all trails. Conditions are excellent and ready for the Barnelopet this afternoon if it doesn’t drop too much more snow before 2 pm.

February 6, 2016

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Saturday, Feb 6th. The trail is in excellent condition.

Copper Harbor – Trails leveled and tracked Saturday morning. Excellent conditions. Fresh snow falling.

Swedetown -A ll trails tilled and tracked. Multi-use dragged. Ski now before lake effect kicks in.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – With one machine operating all tracks were reset as of Friday afternoon. Due to various equipment problems grooming with one machine is likely to slow completion of grooming through the middle of next week especially if there is a heavy snow. But grooming is continuing.

February 5, 2016

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions!

February 4, 2016

Chassell -The trail was rolled on the 2nd, then packed and then tracked on Feb. 3rd. Conditions are excellent.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked,Excellent conditions.

Copper Harbor – New snow. Trails groomed and track set.

February 3, 2016

Swedetown – 12+ inches of snow overnight. All trails tilled and tracked. Heavy snow still falling.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Soft conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Both tracked machines are in the shop so with only our snowmobile left to deal with the snow from Tuesday night’s storm expect grooming to be limited the next few days with plenty of back country skiing opportunities.

February 2, 2016

Copper Harbor -Groomed and tracked Tuesday morning. A little crunchy in places. Conditions are good to very good. Snow coming tonight.

February 1, 2016

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Monday morning. Excellent conditions. Very fast.

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed/tracked Sunday and are still in in good condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids -Trails have been dragged and tracks reset. Conditions excellent.

January 31, 2016

Chassell – The upper trail was groomed and tracked on Sunday morning and is in excellent condition. The lower trail was not groomed on Sunday, the snow had not cooled off enough to work with. It is recommended that you ski on the upper trail today.

Michigan Tech – All main trails tilled with track set on Sunday afternoon. Tolkien Trails last groomed on 1/29.

Swedetown -All trails tilled and tracked. Multi-use dragged. Excellent conditions.

January 30, 2016

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – 3″ fresh snow over night. All trails rolled and tracked Saturday morning.

Michigan Tech – Races this weekend. Normal daily grooming will resume at Michigan Tech on Monday February 1.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails – Closed Saturday 1/30! Groomed this morning but temperatures are above freezing so it will not be firm enough for biking today. Trails will reopen Sunday 1/31.

Copper Harbor – 5 plus inches of fresh snow overnight. Trail packed, leveled and classic tracks set Saturday. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – All trails tracked and doubled tilled. Excellent conditions.

January 29, 2016

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Friday, Jan. 29th. Excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and tracked.Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Excellent conditions. See update on 1/28 for info on trails that will be open and closed this weekend.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Tracks reset Friday morning. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Multi-use dragged.

January 28, 2016

Copper Harbor -Groomed and track set.

Michigan Tech -Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Due to NCAA Nordic races this weekend the trails accessed via  the main trailhead will be closed to non-racers from Friday January 29 at 9:00PM through Sunday January 31 at approximately 3:00PM. Trail users please use the Nara or Mill Road parking lots to access the Nara and Lower trails and use the ball field and Tolkien Trails parking lots to access Isle Royale, Superior and Tolkien Trails.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Rolling only at Maasto until high winds abate to where tracks do not rapidly drift in behind the track setter. Snow and blowing snow is being repeatedly rolled down.

January 27, 2016

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – Groomed Tuesday night. Should be good on Wednesday morning, but more snow in the forecast for Wednesday afternoon.

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Wednesday, 1/27/2015. The trail is in excellent condition.

Swedetown -All trails tracked and double tilled. Excellent conditions. SKI NOW.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Electrical issues delayed grooming this morning but as of mid-afternoon Wednesday trails were well underway to being refreshed. Conditions excellent.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

January 26, 2016

Copper Harbor – All trails groomed and tracked this morning. Excellent conditions. Still snowing.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails were rolled and tracks reset on Tuesday. Conditions are excellent.

January 25, 2016

Michigan Tech -Skate lanes groomed. Classic track set in 1/22. Tolkien Trails groomed 1/22. Excellent condition. Lights on until 9 pm nightly and at 6 am on M, T, Th, F mornings.

Copper Harbor -All trails groomed, tracked and in great condition. Getting fresh snow now!

January 24, 2016

Copper Harbor – All trails leveled and tracked today, and are in good condition.

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed today. Classic track was set on 1/22. Tolkien Trails groomed 1/22.

Chassell – Groomed and new tracks set on Sunday, January 24th. Excellent conditions.

January 23, 2016

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes on main trails groomed. Classic track and skate lanes in excellent condition. Tolkien Trails in excellent condition.

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

January 22, 2016

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Friday a.m. Excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech -Main trail tilled and fresh track set. Tolkien Trails also packed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – Trails groomed late on 1/21. Should be in good shape for the weekend. Please lower your tire pressure if you are leaving ruts in the trail.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails have fresh tracks as of early Friday afternoon and are in excellent condition. The City side and Gorge trails were leveled this morning.

Swedetown – All trails dragged including Back Country. Plan on tilling and tracking Saturday morning.

January 21, 2016

Michigan Tech -Skate lanes on main trails were groomed today. Classic track set on 1/20 and is still in excellent shape.

Copper Harbor -Trails groomed and track set. New snow falling.

January 20, 2016

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Tracks were leveled and reset in Churning Rapids. Most other trails the tracks were reset.

Copper Harbor – Conditions are Excellent! The snow continues.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed early on 1/20. Snow should be getting harder and better for biking.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Multi-use trails dragged. Excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails also packed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

January 19, 2016

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Tuesday. Excellent condition.

Swedetown – Grooming all trails daily for skating and classic. Excellent conditions with 20+ inches of snow depth in the woods. Multi-use trails off Woodland Rd are packed.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail -All trails groomed 1/18 and re-groomed 1/19. May still be a little soft.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails were rolled and tracked on Tuesday. The plan is to level the trails by dragging and reset tracks on Wednesday. Conditions are good to excellent.

January 18, 2016

Chassell – Chassell groomed and tracked on Monday morning. Excellent conditions.

Copper Harbor – Snow, wonderful snow!! All trails groomed and tracked. 8 inches fresh snow and the woods are beautiful.

January 17, 2016

Copper Harbor – All trails groomed with track set. Some minor drifting in unprotected areas; otherwise stellar conditions.

Chassell – Chassell packed twice and tracked on Sunday Jan 17th. Excellent condition. A real winter wonderland.

Michigan Tech -Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails were packed Friday night, then tracked Saturday morning. Some trails were dragged later Saturday and the  River Trail is much smoother. More packing Saturday night, tracks to be re-set Sunday morning. Access to the chalet was blocked by drifts as of Saturday evening. Trails in Churning Rapids were excellent skiing as late of Saturday afternoon.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – Recommend skis until Tuesday – working through all the new snow with the groomer.

January 16, 2016

Michigan Tech -Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Lights on until 9:00 nightly.

Swedetown – Trails rolled and tracked. Snow falling when finished. Excellent conditions.

January 15, 2016

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech -All main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Remember all green (easy) loops are bi-directional and all other loops flow in a counter clockwise direction.

Chassell – 4″ or so of new snow groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Copper Harbor – Fair to Good Conditions. Trails groomed and 75% tracked, with the exception of forested areas under the canopy where the base it still pretty thin.

January 14, 2016

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Trails dragged and packed. Tracks set on some trails on the south (city) side of the gorge. Quincy loop still rough with grass showing. Trails will be packed and more tracks set Friday.

January 13, 2016

Michigan Tech -All main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails also packed and tracked. Excellent conditions. Lights are on until 9:00 pm nightly. Lights will also be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning at 6:00 am.

Swedetown – All trails double tilled and tracked. Multi-use dragged. Excellent conditions.

Chassell – Groomed and tracked. Excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled on Tuesday (no tracks). 4-5″ of fresh snow through Wednesday morning.

January 12, 2016

Copper Harbor – All trails dragged but not tracked. Still thin in a few spots but skiable. 5 inches of fresh snow.

January 11, 2016

Chassell – The upper 7 km of the trail were groomed and tracked on Monday, January 11. The conditions are excellent.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Multi-use trail dragged. Excellent conditions.

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

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Rolled Churning Rapids and Mud Lake loop. Also rolled the “new” River Trail east (upstream) of Tomasi Road for the first time this year. Also rolled Sidewinder and the River Trail upstream from there. Filled the water hole just east of Railroad Ravine with snow, so it would freeze. No tracks set yet.

January 10, 2016

Chassell -Groomed and tracked on Sunday,January 10th. The trail is in excellent condition.

Swedetown – 5+ inches of new snow.A ll trails tilled and tracked. Multi-use trails rolled.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Late Saturday the entire system was rolled with the exception of the new river trail north of Tomasi Road. Also not done was the river trail south of Tomasi to the dam. These sections are quite rough. Trails will be re-rolled on Sunday and will be groomed each day that it snows.

Michigan Tech -All main trails tilled today. Tolkien Trails also packed and tracked. Lights on until9:00 nightly.

January 9, 2016

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – Trails groomed 1/8/16. Temperature dropped overnight after grooming. Trails should be in excellent condition.

Swedetown – 4 more inches overnight. All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions.

January 8, 2016

Chassell – Because temps remained above freezing overnight, we were unable to freshen up the tracks for Friday. Conditions remain good, but not excellent. Please use caution when skiing the last Kilometer into Chassell as the conditions are very fast. We will again groom as soon as it is appropriate. On a sad note, someone took the time to destroy the latch on our donation pipe at the trail head in Chassell. Please do not put money into the pipe until we replace the latch with something that is more burglar proof.

Michigan Tech – Grooming concentrated on the sprint course for today’s preview and tomorrow’s final race of the national championships. Trails emanating from the main trailhead remain closed until the end of the day Saturday.

Swedetown – 4″ of heavy wet snow groomed in this morning. Snow still falling.

January 6, 2016

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged and tracks are still nice.

Michigan Tech – Grooming for the distance races tomorrow. All of the trails are closed except Isle Royale/Superior and the Tolkien Trails.

January 5, 2016

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail -Everything was groomed last night (1/4/16). Most trails are firm and smooth. The top switchback section of PowPow was just groomed for the first time and may be soft.

Copper Harbor – Very thin coverage. Still waiting for more snow so we can commence grooming operations.

Maasto Hiihto – No grooming yet.

January 4, 2016

Michigan Tech – U.S. Championships sprint race today. Main trailhead and trails closed. Open trails include the lower/Nara trails, Tolkein Trails, Isle Royale/Superior. Softball field and Nara trailheads open. Grooming may be inconsistent.

Chassell – Groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – Groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

January 1, 2016

Swedetown – 3+” of new snow. All trails tilled and tracked except Papa Bear and open field of Powderhouse. Very good conditions.

Michigan Tech – Grooming for the U.S. Championships has started. Please refer to this Keweenaw Trails post for information on closures and grooming patterns.

December 31, 2015

Swedetown – Swedetown will set the trail lights to stay on until midnight on New Year’s Eve! Come on out and enjoy a special evening on our lighted trails. Lower level with restrooms, drinking water and changing room will be open as well. Chalet snack bar and upstairs lounge hours for December 31st are noon to 8 p.m. 

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids -Maasto remains open for skiing but ungroomed until snow depths increase. Back country skiing is good. A handful of wet spots on the main trails are out there but can be skied around.

Churning Rapids Bike Trail – Trails were freshly groomed yesterday. Should be in great shape today. Reminder that you must purchase a Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club trail pass if you will be riding the ski trails beyond Thoroughfare, or if you’re starting from Tomasi Rd. or the Chalet by the fairgrounds.

December 29, 2015

Chassell – With the lack of new snow and water seeping up from underneath, trail conditions have deteriorated and would now be considered good for much of the trail, but fair to poor in several of the wet areas. Continue to use caution if skiing down into Chassell, as the base is very thin. The best skiing is the upper trail, using the Archambeau Rd. parking lot.

Swedetown – Main trails tilled and tracked. Powderhouse and Da Bears are dragged.

Michigan Tech – All main trails groomed with tracks set. On Thursday 12/31 the trail crew will begin setting up fencing on courses that will be used during US Nationals.

December 28, 2015

Swedetown – 3″ of new snow, all trails dragged. Tracks on all trails except Powderhouse, Papa Bear and Ed’s. Very good conditions.

Michigan Tech – All skate lanes groomed. Classic tracks on all loops set yesterday. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked today (only the large debris form the past storm was removed).

December 27, 2015

Swedetown – Rolled in 4″ of new snow. Tracks set on all trails except Papa Bear, Powderhouse and Ed’s. Very good conditions.

Chassell -The trail was packed and tracked on 12/27. The top part of the trail, which is accessed from Archambeau Road, is in very good condition. The lower part of the trail has numerous wet spots and low snow areas. Early season conditions. Use extreme caution if you choose to ski down to the old ice rink. The recommendation would be to walk down the last hill.

Michigan Tech – Mail trails groomed and tracked. Very good conditions. Tolkien Trails not groomed.

December 26, 2015

Swedetown – Trails dragged this morning. All trails tracked except Powderhouse and Papa Bear. Some debris remains. Good conditions.

December 25, 2015

Swedetown – All trails are tracked, with the exception of Powderhouse, Len’s Loop, and Papa Bear. Conditions are not great on Papa Bear so minimal work was done today. Major trees were removed on several trails and some debris remains.

December 24, 2015

Chassell – The trail will remain closed. The rain on the 23rd took a toll and we will have to see what we can do to open at least the upper trail over the next few days.

December 23, 2015

Michigan Tech Trails Closed except for the Pilgrim (Tolkein) Trails and the Isle Royale loop. Main trails are closed to preserve snow for the U.S. championships coming Jan 3-9, 2016.

Swedetown – No grooming until we have enough snow and colder conditions. We have a base but no new snow.

Chassell Trail Closed – The Chassell trail will be closed on Wednesday Dec. 23 because of the rain and unseasonably warm temperatures. We will reevaluate tomorrow morning. Thank you for your cooperation.

December 22, 2015

Swedetown – Most trails dragged with good coverage. Tracks holding up well.

December 20, 2015

Michigan Tech -All skate lanes were groomed. Track set on all trails 12/18. Lights on every evening until 9:00 pm. Remember to buy a pass.

December 19, 2015

Swedetown – All trails rolled and packed (except lower Powderhouse), and 14km tracked. Very good conditions.

Chassell – The trail was packed several times. Tracks are set. Conditions are very good to excellent. Water has seeped through in a few areas, but considering that the ground was bare on Wednesday, it looks good. There have been significant changes on the upper part of the trail, just follow the tracks, and you should be fine.

Michigan Tech -All main trails packed and tracked. Tolkien trails packed and tracked. Troll Loop at Tolkien Trails is very wet.

December 18, 2015

Swedetown – Rolled in 8+ inches and snow is still falling. Plan to set 10+ km of tracks for weekend. All gates and cables are open.

Michigan Tech – All trails rolled and packed. 8km of track set on upper trails.

Maasto Hiihto – From Tomasi Trailhead, the Tomasi loop, Pine Loop, and Tomasi Rd. to the River Trail were packed.

December 17, 2015

Chassell – Rolled, not tracked.

December 15, 2015

Swedetown – Rolled in 3″-5″ today on 15K of trails. Early season conditions. Some gates are closed to prevent damage but are easily skied around.