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November 23, 2014

Michigan Tech – No grooming today due to rain and warmer temps.

November 21, 2014

Michigan Tech –  Excellent conditions. 2″ of snow overnight. Main Trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. New fatbike/ski/snowshoe back country trail was packed for the first time today. Signs not yet installed. Map on Keweenaw Trails facebook page soon. Please stay to non-tracked side of trail when route joins main trails.

Swedetown – Very Good conditions with 4″ of new snow last night. All trails dragged except Bear loops and tracks will be set Saturday morning. Hunting season is still on so if you ski please wear bright colors.

November 20, 2014

Michigan Tech – Excellent conditions. 6″ new snow in the last 24 hours. Tiller went out for the first time today. All main trails
tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails leveled and tracked, also for the first time this season. Beat the old tilling start date record by 2 weeks.

November 18, 2014

Michigan Tech –  All skate lanes groomed and new tracks set. Very good conditions. Lights are on until 9:00 pm. Tolkien Trails have been packed but not tracked.

Swedetown -  Very good conditions with 6″ of new snow. 15K rolled and 10K of tracks set.

November 16, 2014

Michigan Tech – All skate lanes groomed and in very good condition. The classic track was set on Nov 14 and is good condition. We will continue to groom daily as weather allows. Lights are on until 9:00. Tolkien Trails have been packed but not tracked.

Chassell – The Chassell Trail is not open until after deer season. Hopefully we will be able to open on Dec. 1. Thank you for your patience.

November 14, 2014

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – City-side (of Swedetown Creek gorge) trails have been rolled but due to rough terrain will not be track-set until  more snow comes. Be careful of rocks, stumps, etc if you choose to ski these trails. The Churning Rapids-side trails have very limited rolling due to ongoing logging and gravel operations which will last another 3 to 4 weeks. Due to rougher (gulling, ditches, rocks, etc) terrain on these trails, their use is not recommended. Due to continued logging and gravel operations do not ski on Tomasi Road. Christensen Road trailhead is useable but not rolled or tracked. And finally, remember deer firearm season opens Saturday.

November 13, 2014

Michigan Tech:  Very good conditions with 2″ of new snow overnight. Main Trails were packed, leveled, and tracked. Tolkien Trails were packed.

Swedetown:  Very good conditions with 8″ of new snow overnight. Dragged 10K of trail,plan to set tracks Friday, Remember opening day of Deer season is Saturday so if you ski please wear bright colors. Let’s all get along and enjoy the snow.

November 12, 2014

Michigan Tech: Very good conditions with about 6″ of new snow. All main trails groomed. Classic track set on all trails except Maple Loop and Cemetery Loop.

November 11, 2014

Michigan Tech: Overall Conditions: Good. New snow: 14″. All of Tech main trails were rolled yesterday, then all but Maple and Cemetery were packed a second time and tracked. Earliest full track set, and first ever done on the first day of grooming. Great start to the season.

Swedetown:  Overall conditions: Good. Snow in last 24 hours: 24″. Half the system was rolled Tuesday and will work on it again Wednesday. Should be dragging Thursday and setting limited tracks for weekend. CAUTION: hunting season is open so if you ski wear bright colors.

April 28, 2014

Michigan Tech: It had to happen sometime. Grooming has ended for the season.

Michigan Tech: Main trails that are still open were tilled with track set. Very good late season conditions. Watch for bare patches on Down Under and Ridge Loops.

April 27, 2014

Michigan Tech: Main trails that are still open were tilled and tracked. Very good late-season conditions.

April 25, 2014

Michigan Tech: Main trails that are still open were tilled and tracked this morning. 2″ of fresh, wet, sticky snow were tilled into the transformed base, restoring tracks and hopefully improving glide.

Snow was harvested from the abandoned section of Ridge Loop and pushed onto the top of Racer’s Return hill to cover bare spots there.

To recap, all trails accessible from the main trailhead are open except Cemetery. The lower trails open are Down Under, Tanglewood, Homestead, Racers Return, and Royalewood. The Nara trailhead is closed.

April 24, 2014

Michigan Tech: Main trails tilled with track set. Very good to excellent late season conditions.

April 23, 2014

Michigan Tech: Remaining main trails tilled with track set. Very good to excellent late season conditions.

April 22, 2014

Michigan Tech: Skate lanes were groomed with snowmobile. Cemetery has been dropped for the season. Good late season condition. Tracks in poor shape.

April 21, 2014

Michigan Tech: 20km of main trails have been tilled and tracked. Conditions are very good to excellent late season conditions. Length of our grooming season will be dictated by the longevity of the snow base on trail and our grooming schedule will be set by overnight temperatures low enough to freeze trail after grooming.

April 18, 2014

Michigan Tech:  Excellent conditions. Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. We will groom again Saturday morning but above freezing temps and rain Sat night mean no grooming for Sun. Current plan is to return to evening grooming starting Sun night for Mon morning.

Tanglewood, Homestead, Royalewood accessible via Skidder; Nara trailhead closed.

April 17, 2014

Michigan Tech: 10″ of snow last night/today. Two passes made today with the tiller and track-setter. The second was after it stopped snowing, so conditions are excellent. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Tanglewood, Homestead, Royalewood accessible via Skidder; Nara trailhead closed.

April 16, 2014

Michigan Tech: Skate lanes reconditioned. 20 km open. Tracks set Apr. 14. Tanglewood, Homestead, Royalewood accessible via Skidder; Nara trailhead closed.  Very good late season conditions.

April 14, 2014

Michigan Tech: All main trails tilled and tracked. Tanglewood, Homestead, Royalewood accessible via Skidder; Nara trailhead closed.  Very good late season conditions.

April 13, 2014

Michigan Tech: All main trails groomed except Nara Loop and part of Ridge Loop. Very good late season conditions.

Swedetown: Last day of grooming today.

April 11, 2014

Michigan Tech: Main trails were tilled and tracked last night. Conditions will be hard and fast in the morning and soft in the afternoon. We will till and track again tonight for Saturday.

April 10, 2014

Swedetown: Swedetown will groom for this weekend April 11-13, then grooming will end for the season.

April 9, 2014

Michigan Tech: main trails tilled and track set. Very good late season conditions. Trail lights have been turned off for the season.

April 8, 2014

Michigan Tech: Main trails tilled and tracked. Very good late season conditions.

April 7, 2014

Michigan Tech: Main trail skate lanes groomed. Very good late season conditions. April 6, 2014

Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids – 12″ of new snow was worked in on Saturday, resulting in excellent conditions for a few hours. Then the sun warmed up and slowed everything down. Most likely the last grooming of the season, but trails will remain open. It’s been a great year, we thank our pass holders for supporting KNSC.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and tracked. Very good late-season conditions.

April 5, 2014

Michigan Tech –  Main trails tilled and track set. Nara Loop and Ridge Loop east of Racers Return not groomed. Nara trailhead closed to skiers. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Swedetown - After 18″ of new snow, Swedetown groomed and tracked and in excellent condition. Because of lower volume of skiers, three trails no longer groomed: Papa Bear, Pine Loop, and the south portion of Powderhouse.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids –  City side rolled and dragged. Track setting started at 11 am.

April 2, 2014

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: This morning the city side and the gorge were dragged, then new tracks set and they looked quite nice. Much better than I expected. Do note that on St. Urho’s, just the gorge side was done.

Michigan Tech: Skate lanes groomed on main trails.

April 1, 2014

Michigan Tech: Main trails tilled with track set. Nara Trailhead is no longer connected to Tech’s Upper Trails for the remainder of the season. 3/31 Tolkien Trails track set. Condition are very good to excellent for late season. Nara trails no longer being groomed; the City of Houghton has plowed a portion.

March 31, 2014

Chassell: Chassell is very soft after the 50 degree temps on Sunday. Monday, March 31st is the last day the trail is officially open and all grooming will be suspended as of today. Thanks to everyone for supporting the trail with your donations and trail pass purchases. We hope to see everyone again next year. If anyone has questions or comments, please feel free to call me. Thanks. Jim Tervo.

Michigan Tech: Skate lanes groomed on main trails and Tolkien Trails tracked. Nara trails no longer being groomed; the City of Houghton has plowed a portion.

March 29, 2014

Michigan Tech:  Groomed and tracked this morning. Excellent conditions. Tolkien Trails tilled and tracked 3/25.

Swedetown:  Early/late season conditions. Sunny afternoon has softened the trails.

Copper Harbor: Copper Harbor Trails are back in business! Groomed and tracked.

March 28, 2014

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: Everything was redone today and in excellent condition. How long with this last? Looks like spring might be here soon!

Chassell: 4″ of snow last night. Trail groomed and tracked and in excellent condition.

March 27, 2014

Michigan Tech: Skate lanes reconditioned. Main trails were tracked on Mar. 25. Tolkien Trails tilled and tracked 3/22. Excellent conditions.

March 26, 2014

Chassell: I groomed and tracked the top half of the ski trail on Wednesday morning. The trail is in excellent condition.

March 25, 2014

Michigan Tech: Main trails tilled and track set on Mar. 25. Tolkien Trails tilled and tracked 3/22. Excellent conditions.

Chassell:  Groomed and tracked on Tuesday morning. Excellent condition.

March 23, 2014

Michigan Tech -  Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails tilled and tracked and March 22. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown –  All trails groomed and tracked and in excellent condition.

Chassell Classic –  The top half of the trail was groomed and tracked on Sunday morning. Tracks were set on the bottom half on Saturday afternoon. The trail is in excellent condition.

March 22, 2014

Chassell: The trail was rolled on Saturday morning. Because of an equipment breakdown the tracks will not be set until Saturday afternoon. I am sorry for the inconvenience, but will have it done as soon as possible.

Michigan Tech: Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails tilled and tracked.

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

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: All trails rolled and tracks reset this morning. Excellent mid-winter conditions in spring!

March 20, 2014

Chassell: Groomed and tracked on Thursday morning. Excellent condition.

Michigan Tech: Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails packed, tilled and tracked.

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

March 19, 2014

Chassell: Groomed and tracked on Wednesday morning. Excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: We’re still short two tow machines but the trails looked pretty nice after I worked this new snow in. Everything was retracked.

March 18, 2014

Swedetown: Skate lanes dragged; trails in excellent condition.

March 16, 2014

Michigan Tech: Skate lanes groomed today. Very good to excellent conditions. Track was set 3/15 .

March 15, 2014

Michigan Tech: Things tilled up pretty well today with the fresh snow. Here and there a chunky spot where the new snow was thin, and an occasional wobbly track where the tiller couldn’t reach deep enough to eliminate the old icy track underneath completely and we had some interaction between the old track and the tracksetter. Not enough fresh snow to groom Tolkien. Icy base beneath fresh snow.

Swedetown -  All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Chassell Classic: The trail was groomed and tracked on Saturday morning and is in very good to excellent condition. The first 500 meters or so up from the Heritage Center is chunky under the hemlocks. Once you get into the hardwoods, conditions improve.<br />

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids:  This morning the city side, gorge, and Australia/Mud Lake Loop trails were dragged and tracks reset. The rest of Churning Rapids was not groomed.

March 13, 2014

Michigan Tech: Skate lanes reconditioned. Hard and fast. Tracks well formed and icy in spots. Very good conditions. Tolkien trails have well formed but icy tracks. Lights on until 9:00 pm.

March 12 2014

Chassell: The trail was groomed and tracked on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. It is very very icy. Please do not ski on the lower half of the trail, and if you ski on the top part of the trail use extreme caution.

March 11, 2014

Chassell: The Chassell trail will be closed on Tuesday because of extremely icy conditions. I will try to get on it tonight to break it up and see if we can get it safe enough to ski again.

Michigan Tech: Tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions. Lights on until 9:00 pm.

Swedetown:  All trails tilled and tracked. Some icy spots remain.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: Sub-par grooming expected, with two of three machines not in service. Will advise when back to full strength.

March 10, 2014

Chassell: Very icy this morning, use extreme caution if you go out on the trail.

March 9, 2014

Michigan Tech: Skate lanes reconditioned. Main trails were tracked on March 4. Tolkien Trails tracked on March 7. Excellent conditions. Lights on until 9:00 pm.

Chassell: Upper loop tracked Sunday morning; lower loop tracked Friday. Excellent conditions.

March 7, 2014

Chassell: Groomed and tracked Friday morning — excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: Everything drug and reset on March 7th. Excellent conditions and the forecast looks more like spring!

March 6, 2014

Michigan Tech – Main Trail skate lanes reconditioned. All trails were tracked on March 4. Excellent conditions. Lights on ’til 9.

March 4, 2014

Michigan Tech – All main trails tilled with track set on Mar. 4. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked on Mar. 4. Excellent conditions. Lights on until 9:00 pm.

Swedetown –  All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions. Some changes in tracks and slight grooming changes as we prepare for the Great Bear Chase.

Chassell Classic – Groomed and tracked on Tuesday morning. Excellent conditions.

March 3, 2014

Michigan Tech: All main trails tilled with track set on March 3. Tolkien trails packed and tracked on March 1. Excellent conditions. Lights on until 9:00 pm.

March 2, 2014

Chassell: Because of the wind on Saturday, I regroomed and tracked the top half of the trail this morning. The bottom is very protected and did not require a re groom. The trail is in excellent condition.

March 1, 2014

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: Gorge, Australia/Mud Lake Loop (trail 4) leveled with the drag; tracks were reset on all trails in Maasto and Churning Rapids this morning.

February 28, 2014

Chassell: The trail was groomed on Thursday night, and tracks were set on Friday morning. The trail is in excellent condition. There are a few places where the course profile has been significantly changed because of drifting. The pole traction may not be quite as good in those locations.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids:  All trails rolled and tracks reset today.

February 27, 2014

Chassell: Good conditions. No grooming this morning due to sub-zero temps.

Michigan Tech: Excellent conditions. Main trails tilled and tracked.

February 26, 2014

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

February 25, 2014

Chassell: The trail was groomed and tracked on Tuesday morning. Excellent condition.

Michigan Tech: Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked 2/24. Windy conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: All trails groomed. Excellent conditions.

February 24, 2014

Swedetown: All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Chassell Classic: The trail was groomed on Sunday and the top half was groomed and tracked again on Monday morning. There are places that were heavily drifted that are going to be soft. The contour of the trail changed significantly in a few areas. In general, the trail is in excellent condition.<

February 22, 2014

Michigan Tech: Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien trails packed.

February 21, 2014

Michigan Tech: Main Trails tilled and tracked twice today. Tolkien Trails tilled and tracked. Conditions were very good while they lasted – maybe 10 minutes..

February 20, 2014

Swedetown: All trails tilled and tracked. Ski now before blizzard.

Chassell: Groomed and tracked Thursday a.m. Excellent condition. If we get a storm we will groom after the storm subsides.

February 19, 2014

Michigan Tech: Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Excellent conditions. Lights on ’til 9 pm.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: Gorge, Sisu Hill, fairgrounds chalet area, and Tomasi Road trails dragged and tracked. Excellent conditions.

February 18, 2014

Copper Harbor: Groomer still down. Trail is seeing some drifting. Stay tuned.

February 16, 2014

Michigan Tech: All main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien trails packed and tracked. Lights on until 9:00 pm.

Chassell Classic: Groomed and tracked Sunday morning, excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: All  trails  dragged and tracked today. Remember to pick up your tickets for the Glide N Gorge, coming up next Sunday, February 23rd.

Copper Harbor: Not groomed today due to equipment issues. Should be back in business on Monday.

February 15, 2014

Swedetown: All trails tilled,tracked and in great shape. Back country and multi-use dragged.

February 14, 2014

Chassell: Groomed and tracked Friday morning, excellent condition. Windblown and drifting in areas that are exposed to northwest winds.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: All trails were dragged and retracked today and the best looking in weeks. Hope you can get out and enjoy them.

February 13, 2014

Chassell: Groomed and tracked Thursday morning — excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: Some trails dragged; all trails with tracks re-set today. Excellent conditions.

February 12, 2014

Copper Harbor: Groomed, tracked and spanked!

February 10, 20141

 Chassell: The upper trail was groomed and tracked this morning to take care of weekend drifting. The trail is in excellent condition.

Swedetown: 3″ of snow yesterday. All trails tilled and tracked and excellent condition.

February 9, 2014

Copper Harbor: Freshly groomed and track set.

February 8, 2014

Michigan Tech: All main trails tilled fresh track set. Tolkien trails also groomed. Lights on until 9:00 pm.<br />

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: All trails dragged and tracked on Saturday. Skiers report fantastic conditions now that the wind is not blowing and the sun is shining.

Copper Harbor: Freshly groomed and track set.

February 7, 2014

Chassell: Groomed and tracked on Friday morning (Feb. 7). Excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech: Skate lanes groomed and 7k of track reset near main trailhead. Lights on until 9 pm.

February 6, 2014

Swedetown: All trails tilled and tracked and excellent condition.

February 4, 2014

Michigan Tech: Skate lanes groomed on all main trails. Track was set on main trails and Tolkien Trails Feb.2. Lights on until 9:00.

February 3, 2014

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: All trails re-groomed this morning.

February 2, 2014

Chassell: Groomed and tracked on Sunday morning. Excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech: All main trails tilled with fresh track set. Tolkien Trails also packed and tracked. Lights on until 9:00.br />

Swedetown: All trails tilled and tracked. Back Country and Multi-use trails dragged.

February 1, 2014

Copper Harbor: Trail freshly groomed and track set. Great skiing conditions
today.

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

January 31, 2014

Copper Harbor: Trails groomed, track set. Excellent Conditions
for a mid-winter day!

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: Maasto’s Mud Lake Loop and Churning Rapids dragged multiple times to level, and tracks re-set. The City side and Gorge trails will be re-groomed Saturday morning. Don’t forget the Retro Ski Fest Sunday, noon to 3, in Churning Rapids. Even modern-clad skiers will be welcomed!

January 30, 2014

Chassell Classic: The trail was groomed and tracked on Thursday morning. Conditions are excellent except for a couple short stretches where the trail goes over some drifted snow. Enjoy the warmer weather.

Swedetown: All trails tilled and tracked. Main trails rolled.

Copper Harbor: Excellent conditions. Groomed and tracked.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: On Thursday, all trails dragged and tracks set. All trails open including Churning Rapids Thoroughfare to M-203. Many leaves and twigs on the trails but otherwise excellent skiing. Remember to come out for the Retro Ski Fest this Sunday from noon to 3. The lavu will be set up at the triangle in Churning Rapids; the chili will be warming over the fire. Knickers and wool socks optional!

January 29, 2014

Chassell: Because of the high wind and severe drifting, I will not be grooming again today. Hopefully we will have a groomed trail on Thursday morning.

Michigan Tech: Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Lights on until 9:00 pm.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: Trails on the City side, Gorge, and the River Trail to/from Churning Rapids were repeatedly dragged today to level out extreme drifting. Will drag again and set tracks on 1/30/14. We apologize for delayed track setting, we had a machine in for repair which will be back in service 1/30. We’ll also be cutting down trees to open the trails up. Many twigs and branches down everywhere.

 

January 28, 2014

Chassell: I will not be grooming again today because of the wind and low temperatures. The trail will be windblown in several locations. Last groomed on Sunday afternoon.

January 27, 2014

Michigan Tech: Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Lights on until 9:00 pm.

January 26, 2014

Michigan Tech: Main trails tilled with fresh track set. Fresh track also set on Tolkien Trails. Lights on until 9:00 pm.

Chassell: The trail was groomed and tracked on Sunday morning. There is a detour on the upper part of the trail. We had an equipment failure and there is a bypass around the area blocked by the groomer. The bypass will not have much pole traction because of the snow depth. We will try to clear the trail as soon as possible, but it may be a few days. Sorry for the inconvenience. Also there is going to be a few soft areas because of the incredible drifting on Saturday. Otherwise excellent.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids:  All trails dragged/rolled and tracks reset, with the exception of the Thoroughfare Trail down to Hwy 203 in Churning Rapids, which was blocked by a large down tree. No grooming planned for Monday 1/27 due to predicted cold temps and high winds.

Copper Harbor: Track set, stellar conditions.

January 25, 2014

Swedetown: All trails tilled, tracked and in great shape.

Copper Harbor:  Trail groomed and track set on Saturday morning 1/25/14.

January 24, 2014

Chassell: The trail was groomed on Friday morning. It is in excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: City side, gorge, and Mud Lake Loop of Maasto dragged and tracks set today. Churning Rapids not groomed due to down trees/branches but will be open/regroomed soon.

January 23, 2014

Chassell: The trail was groomed on Thursday morning. It is in excellent condition. There are a few places where heavy drifting occurred that will be soft because the base was raised by several inches.

Michigan Tech: Excellent conditions. All main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien trails leveled, packed and tracked. Lights on until 9:00.pm.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: All trails in Maasto rolled. Churning Rapids and the trail from the triangle to the east gate were not accessible due to down trees and branches. Plan for tomorrow is to drag and reset tracks.

January 21, 2014

Swedetown: All trails tilled, tracked and in great shape.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – City side and gorge trails dragged and tracked.

January 20, 2014

Michigan Tech: Excellent conditions. All main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien trails packed and tracked. Lights on until 9:00.pm.

Chassell Classic: Groomed and tracked on Monday morning. Excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: City side and gorge trails dragged; all trails had tracks re-set.

January 17, 2014

Michigan Tech: All trails groomed with fresh track set on all. Excellent conditions. We groom daily,  weather permitting. Lights on daily until 9:00 pm.

Swedetown:  All trails are rolled/dragged and tracked, including multi-use, after another 8″ of snow last night!

Chassell: Groomed and tracked on Friday morning. The trail is drifted in areas that are exposed to north/northwest winds. The lower 5km is less affected by wind than the upper 5 km.

January 14, 2014

Swedetown: All trails groomed and in great condition. Some tree debris on trail.

January 13, 2014

Chassell: Groomed and tracked on Monday morning. Excellent condition.

January 12, 2014

Chassell: The trail was groomed and tracked on Sunday morning. Excellent condition, snow continues to come out of the trees, along with branches. Conditions will be best in the morning.

January 11, 2014

Michigan Tech: All trails excellent conditions. Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Chassell Classic: The trail was groomed on Saturday morning. It is in excellent condition except where snow has fallen out of the trees. Please be careful of falling and fallen branches, along with the snow falling out of the trees.

Copper Harbor: Excellent conditions. Groomed and tracked daily.

January 10, 2014

Michigan Tech: All trails excellent conditions.

Swedetown: All trails excellent condition. Ski Now!

Chassell Classic: The trail was groomed and tracked on Friday morning. Excellent condition. Watch for falling snow from the trees and fallen branches.

January 8, 2014

Chassell Classic: Groomed,  tracked, excellent condition. A real winter wonderland. Please watch for low hanging branches, and occasional fallen branches. We are doing our best to keep them cleared, but it is a challenge to stay ahead of the curve.

January 7, 2014

Michigan Tech: Excellent conditions; 7″ of new snow overnight. Main Trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails dragged and tracked.

Swedetown: Excellent conditions. All trails tilled and tracked, and multi-use trail dragged.

Chassell Classic: Last groomed on Sunday. Will resume grooming Weds, Jan. 8. About 6″ of new snow on trail as of Jan. 7.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids:  Not groomed on Monday or Tuesday. Trails were dragged and tracked on Sunday.

January 6, 2014

Michigan Tech: Excellent conditions; 3″ of new snow overnight. Main Trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails tilled and tracked.

Chassell Classic: Not groomed Monday morning (Jan. 6). The trail was groomed and new tracks set on Sunday morning. Please continue to watch for branches on the trail. Otherwise excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: Not groomed on Monday, Jan. 6. Trails were dragged and tracked on Sunday.

January 5, 2014

Chassell Classic: The trail was groomed and new tracks set on Sunday morning. Please continue to watch for branches on the trail. Otherwise excellent condition.

Swedetown: Excellent conditions. All trails tilled and tracked, and multi-use trail dragged.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: Maasto (city side, gorge, Mud Lake loop) trails dragged; Maasto and Churning Rapids tracks reset.

Copper Harbor: Excellent conditions. Groomed and tracked.

January 4, 2014

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

Swedetown: Excellent conditions. All trails tilled and tracked, and multi-use rolled.

Chassell Classic: The trail was rolled and tracked on Saturday morning. Excellent condition. Be aware of possible broken branches on the trail. The heavy snow keeps breaking branches off of trees. Please feel free to pick a few sticks off if it is convenient as you ski.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids:  All trails rolled and tracks re-set today.

January 2, 2014

Chassell Classic: Excellent conditions. Groomed and tracked on Thursday morning.

January 1, 2014

Michigan Tech:  Main trails tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown: Excellent conditions. All trails tilled and tracked, and multi-use rolled.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids:  All trails dragged and tracks reset today. Trees dumping some branches and snow, but all trails in excellent shape.

December 31, 2013

Chassell Classic: Excellent conditions. Groomed and tracked on Tuesday.

December 24, 2013

Michigan Tech: Excellent condition. Main trails skate lane reconditioned. Tolkein Trails tilled for the first time! Walking/bike lane tilled, Tracks tilled and set 2/3 of the way (until the mini-tiller threw a bearing). No worries. Parts are on the way for Thursday.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: All trails re-groomed and new tracks set this morning. Trees are still dropping branches and debris. In Churning Rapids, the southwest leg of the Lookout Loop (aka the Tower Loop) from the triangle to the diagonal trail was blocked by downed trees so was rolled but no tracks set; the rest of CR was groomed and tracked. Also note that back country conditions are excellent. Snow bikes are welcome on all the groomed trails, please buy a pass and avoid the tracks.

December 23, 2013

Chassell Classic: Excellent conditions with about an inch of snow overnight. Groomed and tracked on Monday.

Michigan Tech: Skate lanes reconditioned, tracks still great from yesterday. Lights on nightly until 9:00. Reminder: no grooming on Christmas Day.

December 22, 2013

Michigan Tech: Excellent conditions with main trails tilled and tracked; Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Lights on nightly until 9:00.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: Excellent conditions. All trails tracked.

Copper Harbor: Excellent conditions with 6″ of new snow. Trails tracked; some minor drifting. Grooming daily.

December 20, 2013

Michigan Tech:  Excellent conditions with all trails groomed and tracked. Lights on nightly until 9:00.

Swedetown: Excellent conditions. All trails tilled and tracked. Trail lights on until 9pm. Check out our new 3K multi-use trail. accessible from Woodland Road.

Chassell Classic: Groomed and tracked on Friday morning. The trail is in excellent condition.

Copper Harbor: Excellent conditions. All trails groomed and tracked daily.

December 19, 2013

Maasto Hiihto rolled and tracked. Churning Rapids dragged and tracks set. Very good conditions.

Copper Harbor: Excellent conditions. All trails groomed and tracked Thursday noon. Excellent conditions.

December 18, 2013

Chassell Classic: 4 inches of snow overnight. Groomed and tracked on Wednesday morning, excellent conditions.

Copper Harbor: Excellent conditions. Groomed and tracked daily.

Swedetown: Excellent conditions with 3+” of new snow last night. All trails tilled and tracked. Trail lights on until 9pm. Check out our new 3K multi-use trail. accessible from Woodland Road.

December 17, 2013

Michigan Tech: Excellent conditions with 1 of new  snow overnight. All skate lanes groomed today. Classic track last set on all trails December 16. Lights on nightly until 9:00.

December 16, 2013

Chassell: 2 inches of snow overnight. Groomed and tracked this  morning, excellent condition.

Michigan Tech:  Excellent conditions with 5″ more snow yesterday. Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien trails leveled and tracked. Lights on nightly until 9:00.

Swedetown: Excellent conditions with 8-10″ of snow yesterday.  All trails tilled and tracked. Trail lights on until 9pm. Check out our new 3K multi-use trail. accessible from Woodland Road.

December 14, 2013

Swedetown: Excellent conditions with 2″ of snow yesterday.  All trails in excellent condition,trail lights on until 9pm.Check out our new 3K multi-use trail. accessible from Woodland road.

December 13, 2013

Chassell Classic: 3 inches of snow overnight. Groomed and tracked on Friday, excellent condition. Come ski the trail during the Chassell Old Fashioned Christmas.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: Most of the city side and the River Trail to Sidewinder retracked today, plus tracks set on the Mud Lake Loop, and back to Tomasi Trailhead. Churning Rapids not tracked, is currently impassable to grooming machines because of downed trees; very good backcountry skiing and snowshoeing conditions.

December 12, 2013

Chassell: Excellent conditions with 2 inches of snow yesterday. Groomed and tracks set on Thursday morning.

Michigan Tech: Excellent conditions with 5″ more snow last night. Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien trails leveled and tracked. Lights on nightly until 9:00.

Swedetown: Excellent conditions with 6″ of snow yesterday. All trails tilled and tracked,snow still falling. Multi-use trail has also been rolled. Chalet now open and lights on until 8 nightly.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: About 4″ of snow yesterday. Churning Rapids not groomed. Trails on the city side of Maasto, in the Swedetown gorge, and to Churning Rapids up the River Trail and back on the old trail were rolled and dragged today. Snow depth remains shallow but tracks set on the city side and in the gorge.

Copper Harbor: Excellent conditions with 6″ of new snow yesterday. 20 inch base. New snow every day! Groomed.

December 11, 2013

Chassell: Good conditions with 8 inches of snow yesterday. The trail is rolled but not tracked. There were some trees across the trail that slowed me down this morning and I did not have a chance to set tracks.

December 10, 2013

Chassell: Good conditions with 3″ of new snow. Last groomed on Monday (Dec. 9). The trail will be groomed again on Wednesday morning. The trail is windswept in the usual places, with some drifting. No grooming on Tuesday morning because of the continuing weather event.

Michigan Tech: Excellent conditions with 5″ more snow last night. Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien trails packed and tracked. Lights on nightly until 9:00.

Swedetown: Very good conditions with 8″ of snow yesterday. All trails tilled and tracked. Lower level of chalet open daily and lights on until 8 nightly.

Eagle Harbor: Very good conditions with 6-8″ of new snow yesterday. Groomed and tracked Dec. 10.

December 9, 2013

Michigan Tech: All main trails tilled and track. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Lights on ’til 9.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: About 5″ of new snow last night. All trails have been packed and leveled. Need more snow to set tracks.

December 8, 2013

Michigan Tech: Excellent conditions with 3″ of new snow overnight. Tech Trails are tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails are packed and tracked. Lights are on until 9 pm.

Swedetown:  Very good conditions with 6″ of new snow overnight. All trails tilled and tracked. Lower level of chalet open daily and lights on ’til 9.

December 7, 2013

Chassell Classic: Excellent conditions; 6″ of snow overnight. Groomed and tracked Saturday (Dec. 7), mid-morning.

December 6, 2013

Chassell Classic: 4″ of snow the last 24 hours. Tracks set today. Good to very good conditions. Use caution on the last hill down to the ice rink. Water seeping out of the hillside and the trail is a little narrow. There are some windblown areas.

Michigan Tech: Excellent conditions with 8-10″ of new snow from yesterday. The main trails are fully tilled, tracked, and the Tolkien Trails are dragged and tracked.<br />

Swedetown: All trails dragged and leveled today, af:er 6″ of new snow in the last day. Tracks will be set in the morning on many of the trails. Changing room and restrooms are open daily. Come check out our new trail extensions.

December 5, 2013

Swedetown: 8-10 inches of new snow was rolled. High wind brought down many branches needing clearing up. We will continue to level and roll new and drifted snow.

December 4, 2013

Michigan Tech: Good conditions. 2″ of snow in the last 24 hours and it is snowing heavily this afternoon. All main trails groomed. 7 km of classic track reset today. Lights on nightly until 9:00.

Swedetown: Very good early season conditions, with about 3″ of new snow in the last 24 hours and still snowing. Rolling trails daily.

Chassell Classic: Good early season conditions. 2″ of snow the last 24 hours. Rolling trails daily.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids: Not yet grooming.

December 3, 2013

Michigan Tech: Good conditions – about 1″ of snow in the last 24 hours. All main trails groomed. 7km of classic track reset today. Lights on nightly until 9:00.

December 1, 2013

Michigan Tech: All main trails groomed today. 7km of classic track set on 11/28. Good conditions.

November 29, 2013

Michigan Tech: Excellent early season conditions. Tolkien and Nara trails rolled; all other trails rolled and tracked.

November 27, 2013

Michigan Tech: Excellent early season conditions with 4″ of new snow last night. All trails rolled today, including the Tolkien trails. Base 1″-2″. Track set on Core, Birch and Oak Loops.

November 26, 2013

Michigan Tech – Early season conditions with 1″ of base. Approx. 3″ of new snow today. All trails rolled and lights will be on starting tonight (on until 9 pm nightly).

November 24, 2013

Michigan Tech – All main trails have been rolled and have 1″ or less of base. Grooming will continue when more snow falls. Lights will not be turned on until more base is established. Tolkien Trails need more snow for grooming.

Swedetown – Not grooming yet, but 3 to 5 inches of fluffy snow on trail. A few more and we’ll start rolling.

April 26, 2013

Michigan Tech – Tech Trails were tilled and tracked last night. Very good late-season conditions. With the temperatures forecast today and through the weekend, this was likely the last tilling of the season.

April 25, 2013

Michigan Tech –  Tech Trails were tilled and tracked this morning. Very good late-season conditions.

April 24, 2013

Michigan Tech – Tech Trails were tilled and tracked again last night. All ruts from today were removed and trail density increased substantially. Excellent conditions.

April 23, 2013

Michigan Tech – 19 km of main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien trails also packed. Looks like just a few more days of grooming left.

April 21, 2013

Michigan Tech – Very good conditions. 19 km of main trails tilled with fresh track set.

Swedetown – Excellent conditions. Skate lanes dragged. As of today, grooming at Swedetown is ending for the season.

April 20, 2013

Michigan Tech – 4″ of new snow overnight. Excellent conditions. Mail trails were tilled and tracked today. Tolkien Trails were packed and tracked. Mid winter conditions in mid April. Go figure.

Swedetown – Excellent conditions. 10+ inches of snow yesterday. All trails tilled and tracked for the last time.

April 19, 2013

Michigan Tech – Very good conditions; 6″ of snow since last night. After a delay due to a ruptured hose, the Tech Trails are tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails are packed. We’ll do it all again 7 am tomorrow.

April 17, 2013

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed last night. Fast conditions. 19 km groomed.

Swedetown – All skate lanes dragged. Very fast conditions.

April 15, 2013

Michigan Tech – 4″ of new snow overnight. Excellent conditions. Main Trails tilled and tracked. Grooming has ended for the less used big hills – Hairpin, Homestead, Racer’s Return, Maple, and Cemetery – so we can concentrate our resources on the remaining 19 km until the snow is gone. Tolkien Trails were packed today.

April 14, 2013

Michigan Tech - Main trails tilled and fresh track set. Very good conditions.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Conditions are very good.

April 13, 2013

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and tracked after 4″ of new snow. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Mid winter conditions in mid-April. Go figure. Still on hard wax!

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked after 6-8″ of new snow. Snow continues to fall. Conditions are very good but soft.

April 12, 2013

Michigan Tech – Excellent conditions with 3″ of new snow last night. Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails packed.

April 11, 2013

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes leveled last night. Skate lanes excellent, tracks good.

Swedetown – Trail conditions are excellent. If heavy snows arrive tonight we will NOT groom until the system passes (probably Saturday morning). So ski today while the trails are firm, easy and fast.

April 10, 2013

Swedetown – Groomed skate lanes. Trails very fast this morning, excellent, recent snows have covered all spring debris.

April 9, 2013

Swedetown – Power tilled and tracked all trails, single pass. Excellent, get it while you can!

April 8, 2013

Michigan Tech – Very good conditions with 2″ of snow overnight. All main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien trails packed and tracked.

April 7, 2013

Michigan Tech – All main trails tilled and tracks set. Tolkien trails not groomed. 4″ of new snow overnight. Very good conditions.

Swedetown – Very good late season conditions. Tilled and tracked all trails. Warm and soft conditions.

April 4, 2013

Michigan Tech - Skate lanes leveled this evening and ruts removed. Skate lanes
excellent, tracks good.

April 3, 2013

Swedetown – Tilled and tracked all trails Wed. afternoon, April 3. Backcountry trail is skied in. 15-20″ base.

Michigan Tech – Skate trail lanes were reconditioned this morning. Skate is excellent, classic tracks are good to very good. Returning to evening grooming tonight.

April 2, 2013

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids –  With no new snow and icy conditions, grooming has ended at Maasto and Churning.

Chassell Classic – Because our trail is narrow and has a lot of elevation change, it becomes dangerous with icy conditions. We have suspended grooming for this ski season and the trail is closed. Thanks to all who supported the trail this winter. This winter we had better conditions than we have ever had and we hope you enjoyed the season. — Jim Tervo

April 1, 2013

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged on all trails. Very good conditions with plenty of base but is is very crusty.

Michigan Tech - Skate lanes dragged and tracks set on all main trails. Tolkien Trails not groomed.

March 31, 2013

Michigan Tech - Tech main trails tilled twice today and retracked. No grooming at Tolkien Trails.

March 29, 2013

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes leveled this evening. Most track reset. No grooming at Tolkien Trails.

Chassell – Trail closed due to very icy conditions. Will groom again if new snow arrives or temperatures allow.

March 28, 2013

Swedetown – Tilled and tracked Thursday night.

Eagle Harbor – Groomed and tracked on Weds, Mar. 27. Still very good conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Dragged, leveled, and set tracks at Maasto this morning, conditions are very good. Left well enough alone at Churning and Mud Lake. Current forecast shows cooler temps and snow later this weekend, if that’s the case we might be able to groom the entire system on Monday.

March 27, 2013

Michigan Tech – We’ve shifted to evening grooming of the main trails what with the freeze thaw conditions. Skate lanes were reconditioned between 4:30 and 8:30 pm, removing ruts while things froze up. This should give a safer, more consistent experience for evening and morning skiers. Grooming at Tolkien Trails is suspended until we get enough fresh snow.

Swedetown – Groomer is down so we have Icy condition but very fast. Hope to groom Thursday morning.

March 24, 2013

Chassell – The trail was groomed on Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd and 24th, it is in excellent condition.

March 23, 2013

Eagle Harbor – Groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Churning groomed; entire system retracked except Mud Lake loop.

Swedetown – Tilled and tracked. Excellent condition.

March 21, 2013

Michigan Tech – About 1″ of new snow overnight. Main trails tilled and tracked. Elias soloed in the tiller today! Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Maasto (including Mud Lake and River Trail) was dragged, leveled, and tracked this morning. Same will be done at Churning tomorrow morning.

Eagle Harbor – 2-4″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Conditions are excellent, groomed and tracked on March 20.

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on 3/20. 2″ of snow overnight. Excellent condition but soft.

March 20, 2013

Michigan Tech – About 6″ of new snow overnight. Main Trails tilled and tracked twice today. Leveling completed. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Entire system rolled and tracked; tomorrow we’ll start dragging and leveling out all this fresh snow. Conditions are good.

Chassell – The Chassell trail will not be tracked today. I have to find it first. We have received about 20 inches of snow, with blowing and drifting. I hope to be back in operation by Thursday.

Swedetown – Another six inches of snow overnight. All trails tilled and tracked. Snow is letting up. GO Ski NOW!

March 19, 2013

Michigan Tech – More than 12″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Tech Trails were tilled and tracked twice today. Single tracks set most places. Surface soft. Tolkien Trails packed twice today. No tracks yet.

Swedetown - More than a foot of new snow. Trails tilled and tracked, but snow continues. Will be out first thing in the morning.

March 17, 2013

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – 1″ of new snow overnight. Entire system groomed and tracked, conditions are some of the best yet this season.

And just a friendly reminder that our trails are for skiers and snowshoers; they have never been open to walkers, dog sledders, or snowmobiles. Please pass this on to fellow trail users. Thanks.

Eagle Harbor – 2-4″ of snow overnight. Groomed, tracked and excellent.

Swedetown – 3-4″ of snow overnight. All trails tilled and tracked early Sunday. Back country trail packed and tracked on 3/15. Excellent conditions

March 16, 2013

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and track. Excellent conditions. We groom daily weather permitting.

March 15, 2013

Chassell -  Groomed and tracked. Excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Everything groomed and tracked. Conditions range from good to excellent.

Swedetown – About 2″ of snow in the last 24 hours. All trails tilled and tracked. Backcountry trail packed. Excellent conditions.

March 13, 2013

Chassell – About three inches of new snow last night. Groomed and new tracks set on 3/13/2013. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – All trails tilled tracked and clean. 4″  of snow overnight. Excellent conditions.

Eagle Harbor – Lots of new snow (8-10″) in the last couple of days. The trail was groomed and tracked today, 3/13. Excellent condition.

March 12 2013

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and track. Tolkien trails also packed and tracked. Six inches of snow overnight and still snowing heavy when grooming finished. We groom daily weather permitting.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. 10″ of snow overnight. Excellent conditions

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Maasto trails rolled and tracked. Churning Rapids trails rolled but not tracked.  Still snowing when grooming ended.

March 11, 2013

Chassell – About five inches of new snow last night and groomed in this morning. Excellent conditions.

March 10, 2013

Chassell – Because of the above freezing temperatures overnight, and the wintry mix, I was not able to groom on Sunday morning. I will resume grooming when the temperature drops to below freezing. The trail conditions are fair to good late-season conditions. Thanks for your patience.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and tracked. 2″ of snow overnight. Excellent conditions.

March 8, 2013

Chassell - Groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech - Skate lanes reconditioned. Excellent conditions.

March 7, 2013

Chassell – The trail from the Paradise Rd down to Chassell was groomed on 3/7. The new powder was mixed in and the trail is in excellent condition. The trail from Chassell up to Paradise has the new snow in the tracks and is also excellent. It was last tracked on 3/3.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Mud Lake and Churning trails were dragged and tracked this morning, Maasto was dragged and tracked yesterday. Conditions are some of the best of the year.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and tracked.

March 6, 2013

Michigan Tech – All main trails tilled and tracked. Thanks to
groomer-in-training Elias for running the tiller today! Tolkein Trails retracked.

Swedetown – About an inch of snow early this morning. All trails tilled and tracked.  Excellent conditions

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – About an inch of snow this morning. Maasto trails were dragged, leveled, and tracked this morning. Will do the same to the Mud Lake and Churning trails tomorrow. Conditions are some of the best all year.

March 3, 2013

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed.  Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked.  Excellent conditions

Chassell Classic – Groomed and new tracks set on 3/3/13. Excellent condition. Very fast, use caution on the last km to Chassell.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids –  Glide ‘n Gorge loop at Maasto (River Trail through the Swedetown Creek gorge and the ‘city side’ trails up top) were dragged, leveled, and tracked this morning. Conditions are excellent.

March 1, 2013

Chassell - Groomed, tracked, excellent condition. Groomed on 3/1/13.

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes reconditioned. Tracks still very good  Excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Mud Lake & Churning trails were dragged, leveled, tracked today; Maasto was dragged, leveled, and tracked yesterday. Conditions are excellent.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked.  Simply beautiful. Excellent conditions.

February 28, 2013

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes on main trail reconditioned. Tracks still in great condition with glazed bottoms covered by trace of fresh snow. Excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Maasto trails are dragged, leveled, tracked, and in excellent shape. Will do the same to Mud Lake and Churning trails tomorrow.

February 27, 2013

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes reconditioned. Classic tracks still in great shape. Excellent conditions.

February 26, 2013

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed on all main trails. Classic tracks still in great shape. Excellent conditions.

February 24, 2013

Michigan Tech – Groomed and tracked after NCAA Regional Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions

Chassell Classic – Groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids –  Entire trail system was groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

February 23, 2013

Michigan Tech – Groomed and tracked. About 4″ of new snow overnight. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. About 4″ of snow overnight. Excellent conditions

Chassell Classic – Groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions. About 4″ of new snow overnight.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids –  Entire trail system was groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions. 4″ of new snow overnight.

February 22, 2013

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked, base firming up again after the last foot of snow. Back country trail was dragged on 2/21, skier groomed.

Eagle Harbor – Groomed, tracked, and excellent conditions.

February 21, 2013

Michigan Tech – Everything at Tech groomed and tracked. Lots and lots of base. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – Excellent conditions. Tilled and tracked.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids –  Entire trail system was groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

February 20, 2013

Michigan Tech – Tech trails were bladed left and right, leveled and tracked today. Tolkien Trails were packed twice and tracked.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Entire trail system was rolled, cleared of deadfall, and snow drifts knocked down earlier today. No tracks set today, but will be setting track again tomorrow morning.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Very good conditions.

Chassell – Groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions. Soft in areas where heavy drifting occurred.

February 16, 2013

Michigan Tech – All main trail skate lanes groomed. Fresh track set on all loops including Tolkien Trails on 2/16/13.

Swedetown – All trails groomed and tracked.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Reset fresh tracks around entire trail system earlier this morning after 1″ of new snow. Excellent conditions.

February 15, 2013

Swedetown – Excellent conditions. Tilled and tracked. About 1″ fell during grooming.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Excellent conditions. About 1″ of new snow. Packed and tracked.

February 12, 2013

Swedetown – Excellent conditions. 8″ of snow overnight. All trails tilled and tracked. Backcountry trail packed.

Chassell – Groomed tracked excellent. The trees are really amazing, you will have to duck once in a while to avoid some of the branches. Beautiful scenery.

Michigan Tech – Excellent conditions, with 4″ of new snow. All main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien trails packed and tracked.

Eagle Harbor – 8″ of snow overnight. Groomed, tracked, and excellent.

February 11, 2013

Chassell – I did not groom this morning. The snow was unmanageable at 5:30. I will groom tonight when the temperature and snow conditions are more favorable. Thank you for your patience.

Michigan Tech – Excellent conditions, with 4″ of new snow on Monday. All main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien trails packed and tracked.

Swedetown – Excellent conditions, with about 4″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. All trails tilled and tracked.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Good conditions. 2-4″ of snow yesterday. The heavy snow was rolled down today (Monday). It was too warm to set tracks but I’ll try doing that early on Tuesday (Feb. 12). Our trails should be fine skiing even without tracks with the snow being rather soft.

February 10, 2013

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on February 10. Excellent condition

February 8, 2013

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Conditions are very good. Groomed and tracked all of Churning Rapids, Mud Lake Trail, the River Trail, Tomasi Rd and Tomasi Loop (all other trails were groomed & tracked yesterday). Trails are in great shape.

February 7, 2013

Michigan Tech – Very good conditions with 5″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Main trails rolled and tracks set.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Conditions range from good to excellent with 2″ new snow overnight. ‘City side’ of Maasto trails were groomed and tracked this morning. The River Trail & Tomasi Rd were groomed and tracked yesterday morning, and tomorrow morning Churning & Mud Lake trails will be groomed and tracked.

Eagle Harbor — 4″ of snow overnight. Groomed,tracked, excellent and beautiful.

February 6, 2013

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Feb. 6. Excellent conditions.  2 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Good conditions with 1-2″ of snow yesterday. Dragged, leveled, and tracked the entire River Trail (the portion upstream from Tomasi Rd is now open), the early season connector trail between Tomasi Rd and the east gate at Churning, Tomasi Rd, and Tomasi Loop. Will be doing the same to the ‘city side’ trails at Maasto tomorrow morning.

Michigan Tech – Excellent conditions with 1″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. All main trails snowmobile groomed with fresh track set. Tolkien trails packed and tracked today.

Swedetown – Excellent conditions, with about 2″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. All trails tilled and tracked. Back country trail packed and skied in.

Copper Harbor  – Excellent conditions, with 2″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Groomed and tracked.

February 4, 2013

Michigan Tech – Excellent conditions with 2″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Main trails tilled and track set. Tolkien trail also packed and track set. No new snow after grooming ended.

Swedetown – Excellent conditions, with about 3″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Tilled and tracked all trails.

Chassell Classic – Excellent conditions.  2 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. Groomed and tracked.

Eagle Harbor – Excellent conditions with 8″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Groomed and tracked.

Copper Harbor  – Very good conditions, with 3″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Groomed and tracked on Monday, Feb. 4.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Excellent conditions. 4-5″ new snow overnight. All trails groomed and tracked.

February 3, 2013

Michigan Tech – Excellent conditions. 6″ new snow. All main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien trails also packed and tracked. Still snowing.

February 2, 2013

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Very Good conditions with approx 1-2 inches of new snow overnight. Reset tracks at Churning, Mud Lake trail, and at the Tomasi trailhead. Left the rest of the trail system as is; things are lookin’ good out there.

Michigan Tech – Excellent conditions with 2″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Trails  tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Swedetown – Excellent conditions, with 2″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Tilled and tracked.

February 1, 2013

Swedetown – Excellent conditions, with about 4″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Tilled and tracked all trails, some drifting of tracks in open areas. Tracks set in late morning/early afternoon.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Very Good conditions with approx 3″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Groomed and tracked. Snowy.

Michigan Tech – Excellent conditions with 3″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Trails are tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails are packed and tracked.

Copper Harbor – Excellent conditions, with 4″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. Groomed and tracked. Ideal conditions!

January 31, 2013

Chassell – Excellent conditions. 3 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. Groomed and tracked on Jan. 31, 2013.

Michigan Tech – Excellent conditions with 8″ of new snow overnight. Bladed the left and right side banks  to the center, then tilled and tracked today. Tolkien Trails were packed and tracked.

Swedetown – Excellent conditions, with 4-6″ of new snow overnight. All trails tilled and tracked. Open areas blowing in.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Very good conditions with 5″ of new snow overnight. Groomed and tracked.

January 30, 2013

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Wednesday Jan. 30. excellent condition. Very fast.

Swedetown – All trails tilled, tracked and fast.

Michigan Tech – Overall Conditions: Very Good. 1″ new snow since yesterday. Tech Trails were tilled and tracked today to break up the ice from the thaw. Some chunkiness in the skate lanes, with fresh snow on top. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked on 1/28/13.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids - Trails dragged and conditions are good, but filling in fast with all this fresh snow.

January 29, 2013

Swedetown – Dragged skate lanes but a lot of tree bombs are falling. Trail will be a bit bumpy.

January 27, 2013

Michigan Tech -  All main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails groomed with track 1/26/13.

January 26, 2013

Swedetown - All trails tilled,tracked and in great shape. Go Ski Now!

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Entire trail system (almost) was rolled, dragged, and tracked today. Conditions are good.

Eagle Harbor – Groomed and tracked.

January 25, 2013

Michigan Tech – Tech Trails packed and tracked today. Excellent conditions. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. 2″ fresh snow.

January 24, 2013

Michigan Tech – Tech trails were leveled, tilled and tracked today. Conditions were excellent. Tolkien Trails were leveled packed and tracked. Conditions were excellent.

Swedetown – All trails power tilled and tracked, excellent conditions.

Chassell Classic – Groomed and tracked on 1/24/2013. Excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Dragged part of the trail system and rolled the rest. Tracks have been set on the entire system and the trails are in great shape.

Copper Harbor  – All trails groomed and tracked on Thursday morning. Excellent condition.

January 22, 2013

Chassell – The trail was groomed and tracks were set on Tuesday morning. The trail is in excellent condition. Thank you for your patience.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Some drifting in open areas.

January 20, 2013

Chassell Classic – Tracks set on all 10km. The top 5km trail from the Archambeau Road trailhead is good to very good. The lower trail is in good condition but be careful on the hill going down into the ice rink.

Michigan Tech - All main trails tilled and tracked today. Tolkien Trails also packed and tracked.

January 19, 2013

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech – Main Tech Trails were tilled and tracked this morning (not that you’d know it by 10 am). Tolkien trails were leveled, packed and tracked.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Entire trail system was rolled and packed. No tracks, but should be able to set tracks with more snow.

January 18, 2013

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Entire trail system was rolled earlier today. Trails are shaping up nicely, but still a bit thin in a few spots. From the looks of it we’ll be setting track again sometime next week.

Eagle Harbor – Groomed, partly tracked. Early winter conditions.

January 17, 2013

Swedetown – We have received about 20″ of snow since Sunday, Jan. 13. All trails are power tilled and tracked. Very good conditions.

Michigan Tech -  All Tech Trails were packed and leveled today, and all tracks set. Tolkein Trails were packed and tracked today.

January 16, 2013

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled today, but we still need a few more inches of base before setting track. Trails are currently open to skiers and snowshoers, just keep an eye out as we’re still in early season conditions.

January 15, 2013

Swedetown – All trails groomed, tracked and very good.

Michigan Tech – All Tech Trails were packed and leveled today. All trails are fully tracked. Conditions are excellent. Tolkien Trails were leveled and tracked today. Finally, mid winter conditions in mid winter.

January 14, 2013

Michigan Tech - Tech Trails were packed and rolled. Tolkien Trails were also rolled. Tracks set on 14km — all loops west of Down Under (so, all upper loops and competition loops).

Swedetown – Packed and tracked and very good conditions. Still some thin spots on Papa Bear

Chassell – Tried grooming this morning, but we have absolutely no base. The trail remains closed.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled today. All trails remain in early season condition.

January 13, 2013

Michigan Tech - Groomers are out at Tech to work in the five inches of new snow with the existing base. Just a warning to potential skiers at Tech, in the parking lot, stadium, and trailhead area there is absolute glare ice under the snow. Wherever the water from the thaw couldn’t drain well there is a significant risk of falling and parking lot auto accidents. Grooming snowmobiles have gotten stuck on flat ground and groomers are falling like nine pins. Use caution or wait until the new snow (yay!) bonds with the ice.

Swedetown - After being closed for two days, Swedetown has received six inches of new snow overnight and trails are groomed and open. The new snow is rolled over the icy base, conditions are good. Groomers will set striding tracks on the easy and intermediate trails near the Chalet. Less new snow on Papa Bear and towards M203 trail head.

January 11, 2013

Swedetown – Swedetown ski trails are closed today due to soft, thin base conditions.

January 10, 2013

Michigan Tech – Tech Trails rolled today. Tracks on 14km, but are fading and, in some spots, wiped out due to the warmer temps. Some emerging bare spots on Superior and Isle Royale.

January 8, 2013

Michigan Tech – Tech Trails skate lanes were scarified today.  Tracks on 14km, but are fading due to the warmer temps.

Swedetown – Skate lanes rolled/dragged today. Tracks are showing more thin spots because of the warmer temperatures the last couple of days.

Chassell Classic – Chassell remains closed.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – No grooming.

January 6, 2013

Michigan Tech – Tech Trails were resurfaced today. Tolkien Trails were also resurfaced. Tracks are on all loops that connect with Core (14km).

January 5, 2013

Michigan Tech - Skate lanes groomed today. Track was set January 2 on 14k of trails off Core Loop at main trailhead. Tolkien Trails also leveled today, with no track refresh due to thin base.

January 4, 2013

Swedetown  - All skate lanes groomed, set tracks on all but early section of Powderhouse and Papa Bear. A few thin spots in striding tracks. Papa Bear has thin spots that are easily avoided. There is one rock near top of Ed’s hill in the middle of trail that I marked with stick and flagging, We’ll try to mark it better.

January 3, 2013

Michigan Tech – Tech Trails skate lanes were resurfaced today. Tracks are on all loops that connect with Core (14km).

January 2, 2013

Michigan Tech – Tech Trails were packed and leveled today and 14 km of track reset. Tolkien Trails were packed. Tracks are on all loops that connect with Core. Lower and Nara loops (Down Under and everything east) remain groomed but untracked.

Swedetown – All trails rolled and tracked,very good conditions.

January 1, 2013

Michigan Tech - Tech Trails were leveled today. 14 km of track was reset. Tolkien Trails were rolled. Tracks are on all loops that connect with Core. Lower and Nara loops (Down Under and everything east) remain groomed but untracked.

Swedetown - All trails are rolled and conditions are very good. There are 15K of tracks set. The steepest (black trails) do not have set tracks but are all good for skiing.

December 31, 2012

Michigan Tech – Tech trails skate lanes were leveled today. No new tracks yet.
Skate lanes are good to very good, tracks are 5 days old and fair to good.

December 29, 2012

Michigan Tech – Tech Trails skate lanes were touched up again today. Tracks are getting a little worn. If we get enough new snow, we will reset them tomorrow. Tracks areon all loops that connect with Core. Lower and Nara loops (Down Under and everything east) remain groomed but untracked.

SwedetownAll trails rolled. Loops with tracks now are Valley, Pine, Greenstone, Mama Bear, Baby Bear, Cedar, and Tamarack.

December 27, 2012

Swedetown – All trails dragged. Loops with tracks now are Valley, Pine, Lower Powderhorn, Greenstone, Mama Bear, Baby Bear, Cedar, and Tamarack.

December 26, 2012

Michigan Tech – All Tech Trails were leveled and packed today, and 14 km of tracks reset. About 1 inch of fresh snow. Still a few thin spots in the tracks beneath evergreens (tracks on upper and competition loops).

December 25, 2012

Swedetown – All trails are rolled. Tracks are set on trails near the Chalet. After a couple inches of new snow, most trails are good or very good. Papa Bear Loop needs more snow to be worth skiing.

December 24, 2012

Michigan Tech – The skate lanes at Tech Trails were resurfaced again today. Track was also reset. Still a few thin spots in the tracks, especially under conifers. Tracks set on 14 km (upper trails and competition loops – no tracks on Nara loops).

December 23, 2012

Michigan Tech – Tech Trails skate lanes were leveled today. Conditions remain good to very good. Some wear and drifting in the tracks. Tracks set two days ago on 14 km (upper trails and competition loops).

December 22, 2012

Michigan Tech – All main Tech Trails were packed again today. Tracks are still good, with a few thin spots under conifers. Conditions are very good in the tracked regions, and good towards Nara where we had less snow.

Swedetown – All trails are rolled. 7K of tracks are set on Greenstone and other trails which start at the Chalet. Papa Bear and Birch are not good for skiing due to rocks and wet spots. Mama and Baby Bear and most other trails are good or very good.

December 21, 2012

Michigan Tech – All main Tech Trails were leveled and packed today. Tracks were set on 14 km (upper trails and competition loops). Conditions are very good in the tracked regions, and good towards Nara where we had less snow. Tolkien Trails were packed today.

Swedetown – Early season conditions due to low snow. All trails are rolled but not tracked.

Chassell Classic – Chassell remains closed. I have rolled and graded the trail. There are areas with enough snow, but there are many sections of the trail where the cover remains sparse at best. Thanks for your patience.

December 18, 2012

Michigan Tech - Tech groomed all main trails today. We used some knife to level the 0.5″ of fresh snow and ruts frozen in the slush from the weekend. Things are icy in places, but generally fair to good. The thaw ended in time for us to keep base coverage except under a few conifers at the edge of the trail, but just barely. There are tufts of grass sticking through the icy base towards Nara. Stick to your rock skis for now.

December 17, 2012

Michigan Tech - Tech Trails are still too wet to take the equipment on. Once the saturated base freezes again, grooming will resume.

Swedetown - Grooming is suspended until trails dry and more snow arrives.

December 13, 2012

Michigan Tech – Tech trails were groomed today. Conditions are good to very good except getting a little dirty on Pine and down Nara way on Nara Loop and parts of Ridge. Track on segments of Pine, Oak, Birch, Core and Portage.

12/12/12

Michigan Tech – Tech trails leveled and packed today. 1″ new packed base on top of Monday’s new snow. Total base 1 – 3″, a bit less at lower elevation towards Nara. Partial tracks set on Birch, Oak, Core and Portage.

Swedetown – All trails are rolled but no tracks are set. Conditions on the trails near the Chalet are good. The Bear Chase loops are rolled but there is less base on these loops so conditions are only fair.

December 11, 2012

Michigan Tech – All main Tech Trails have been rolled. No track set. Leveling and rolling on all main Tech Trails today. Things are firmer and smoother, but not ready for your best skis yet. Tolkien Trails also rolled yesterday.

Swedetown – Most trails are rolled but tracks are not set. Fair conditions.

December 10, 2012

Michigan Tech – All main Tech Trails have been rolled. No track set. We kept some icy base on much of the trail over the thaw, so things are pretty smooth for just 3″ of new snow. Not sure you should use your best skis yet since we did melt to dirt in patches. New packed base about 1″. Tolkien Trails also rolled today.

Nov. 29, 2012

Michigan Tech – All main trails were leveled again today, and snow was shoveled over several small icy spots. Tracks set yesterday tracks are still very good. Tolkien Trails were packed yesterday. Lights are on until 9 pm.

Nov. 28, 2012

Michigan Tech – All main trails at Tech were rolled and leveled today, and tracks reset. Tolkien Trails were packed. Skate lanes are deep enough for good skis, with just a few icy spots remaining. Don’t break out your best classic skis yet, and exercise caution in the tracks. Lights are on until 9 pm.

Swedetown – Trails are rolled and tracks are set where we have enough base. Conditions are quite good on most trails. Most cables have been taken down (a few are still needed for protection where our ski trails connect to two-track roads).

Nov. 26, 2012

Michigan Tech – Packed and leveled skate lanes today. 2/3 depth tracks set on all trails. Lights are on until 9 pm.

Swedetown –  Rolled and dragged Valley, Cedar, Birch, Tamarack and Len’s. Cables still up. Conditions getting better every day. Wear orange; portions of the trails are CFR land and hunting is permitted. Swedetown will turn on the lights on December 1.

Nov. 25, 2012

Michigan Tech – All trails rolled. No tracks set. Very good early season conditions. Lights are on until 9 pm.

Swedetown –  Rolled and dragged in 3+ more inches of snow ,conditions getting better every day. Wear orange; portions of the trails are CFR land and hunting is permitted.

Nov. 23, 2012

Michigan Tech – Rolled 4″ on the upper loops and the lighted loops. Early season conditions. Lights are on until 9 pm.

SwedetownGroomed in 4″ to 8″ of new snow on Valley, Cedar, Birch, Tamarack and Len’s. Cables still up.

Nov. 13, 2012

Michigan Tech – The lighted and beginner trails are groomed at Michigan Tech – 10 km total. 3″ fresh snow packed to 0.75″ base. Early season conditions prevail. Lights will be on beginning tonight. Have fun out there!

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Mar. 16, 2012

Michigan Tech – All main trail skate lanes groomed (except Cemetery) overnight. Fresh track set on Upper green loops, Hairpin, Skidder, Peepsock and Linden Loops. Due to deteriorating trail conditions and and warm night time temperatures look for this to be the end of grooming at Tech, unless Winter decides to return. Beware of thin and bare areas on trail if you continue to ski. Tolkien Trails last groomed March 13.

Swedetown – Late Friday afternoon (3/16) tracks were set on most trails, skate lanes on Birch and Tamarack were groomed.  All skate lanes will be dragged/rolled Saturday morning.  Get it while you can. A few partial bare spots under pine trees.

Mar. 14, 2012

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged this morning.

Mar. 13, 2012

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled, leveled, and tracked today, Mar 13, then ruts pressed out of the skate lanes this evening. Tolkien Trails also leveled and tracked today.

 

Mar. 12, 2012

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Grooming has ended for the season, but trails remain open.

Michigan Tech – Tech has shifted to evening grooming while the trails are still soft, if it looks like the trails will set up the next day. Trails were last groomed Saturday night (Mar. 10). No grooming while it’s warm and cloudy and the trails don’t set up.

Swedetown – Grooming at Swedetown has been suspended until the temperature cools.

Mar. 11, 2012

Chassell – Grooming has been suspended and the trail is closed unless there is a change in the weather to more winterlike conditions. Thanks to everyone for their support this winter.

Mar. 9, 2012

Chassell - The trail was groomed and tracked on 3/9. Excellent conditions except windblown in a few spots.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Entire trail system groomed and tracked this morning. Trails are in excellent shape, enjoy ‘em while they last.

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Last hard wax day for a good while. Enjoy!

Mar. 8, 2012

Michigan Tech – All main trails groomed with fresh track set. Tolkien trails packed and track today.

Swedetown – Grooming for the Bear Chase. Groomed and tracks set March 7.  Some of the track sets will seem backwards (because they are).  We have about 20-24″ base.

Mar. 7, 2012

Chassell – Icy transitioning to slushy. Fair to good condition with the warm weather. Use caution on the down hills.

Mar. 5, 2012

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Entire trail system groomed, leveled, and tracked this morning. Conditions are excellent.

Swedetown – We are now grooming for the Great Bear Chase race on March 10.  Some of the track sets will seem backwards (because they are).  We have about 20-24″ base.

Mar. 4, 2012

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on March 4. Excellent condition.

Copper Harbor – Groomed and tracked on 3/4.  Excellent condition.

Michigan Tech – All main trails groomed today with new track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked March 3.

Mar. 3, 2012

Maasto Hiihro/Churning Rapids – Trail system groomed, leveled, and tracked. Conditions are a bit snowy but otherwise excellent.

Mar. 2, 2012

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Friday March,2nd. Excellent condition. Enjoy.

Copper Harbor – Groomed and track set today. Trails in great shape.

Mar. 1, 2012

Chassell – The trail is packed, it will be soft today, very good condition and will return to excellent condition on Friday.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Entire trail system groomed and tracked. Conditions good.

Michigan Tech – All trails leveled, tilled and tracked today. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Swedetown – All trails groomed and tracked including the Back Country.  Lots of new snow and drifting so there may be some soft areas but conditions are very good. Sledding hill is getting a lot of use by kids of all ages.

Feb. 29, 2012

Michigan Tech – Trails tilled and tracked yesterday. Skate lane reconditioned today.

Feb. 28, 2012

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Entire trail system groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Feb. 27, 2012

Chassell – Groomed and tracked 2/27. Excellent condition.

Copper Harbor – Excellent trail conditions.  Groomed and tracked on 2/27/2012.

Michigan Tech – All main trails groomed with track set. Tolkien trails track set today.

Feb. 26, 2012

Copper Harbor – Groomed, tracked, and excellent.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. A lot of new snow falling on February 26th. Skating lanes groomed daily.

Feb. 24, 2012

Maasto Hihhto – Entire trail system dragged and tracked. Conditions are excellent.

Michigan Tech - Main Tech Trails were tilled and tracked yesterday (2/23), and skate lanes retouched today (2/24). Tolkien Trails were packed and tracked yesterday (2/23).

Feb. 23, 2012

Chassell – Groomed and tracked today. Excellent condition.

Copper Harbor – Trails are freshly groomed and in excellent condition.

Swedetown – Trails were groomed and tracked today and will be again tomorrow. 10 to 12 inches of new snow is making for soft conditions.

Feb. 22, 2012

Chassell – The trail was groomed and tracked on 2/22. Excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Entire trail system rolled and tracks set this afternoon. Thanks to the fresh snow conditions are excellent once again.

Michigan Tech – All main trails groomed with track set. Tolkien trails also packed and tracked.

Swedetown  - Six to eight inches of new snow. Sticky and a little soft but working to groom it in. Skating lanes are groomed daily and trails will be tracked soon. Predictions are excellent for the upcoming weekend.

Feb. 20, 2012

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes on main trails groomed Feb. 20. Track set on main trails Feb.19. Tolkien trail last groomed on Feb.15.

Feb. 18, 2012

Copper Harbor – Trail in good shape.  Groomed and track set.
Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Churning was dragged and fresh tracks set on entire Maasto/Churning trail system. Conditions range from good to excellent throughout.

Swedetown – Two inches of new snow. All trails groomed and tracked. Skating lanes will be groomed daily and are in excellent shape.

Feb. 16, 2012

Michigan Tech - Main trail skate lanes resurfaced.

Feb. 15, 2012

Michigan Tech – Tolkien Trails ground up and re-tracked today, Wednesday, Feb 15. Main trail skate lanes resurfaced.

Feb. 14, 2012

Michigan Tech – All skate lanes groomed. Track set on all main trails Feb.12. Track set on Tolkien trails Feb.6.

Swedetown – Tracks were last set on 2-12 and are in very nice shape except for 2-300′ on both Papa and Powderhouse that were covered by blowing snow. Skating lanes will be groomed daily and are in excellent shape.

Feb. 13, 2012

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on 2/13/2012, excellent condition.

Swedetown – All trails groomed and tracked on 2/12. Skating lanes dragged and combed 2/13. Back country trail was groomed on 2/11 and has 3-4 inches of new snow skied into tracks. Conditions are excellent with mild temps and lots of sunshine.

Copper Harbor – Trail was leveled, groomed and tracked on 2/13.  It is in good to very good condition.

Feb. 12, 2012

Chassell – Groomed and new tracks are set. 2/12/12. Windblown in spots, otherwise excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Entire trail system was dragged and tracks set this morning. Excellent conditions throughout.

Michigan Tech – All main trails groomed with track set.

Swedetown – All trails groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions

Feb. 11, 2012

Copper Harbor – The ski trail was groomed and track set on 2/11/12.  It is in good condition.

Swedetown –  Skating lanes groomed. Back country trail groomed. 1-2 inches of new snow and more falling.

Feb. 10, 2012

Chassell – The trail was groomed and tracked on 2/10/2012. It is in excellent condition with the new snow.

Swedetown – Tilled and tracked all trails.  Back country striding trail last groomed on 1/29, and in very nice condition with new powder.

Feb. 8, 2012

Chassell – The bottom half of the trail which is accessed from the old school, is in fair condition. It is very icy, and the tracks are not full depth everywhere. It is very, very fast. The condition of the top half of the trail, which is accessed from Archambeau Rd. ranges from good to excellent. There are full depth tracks in most places. The recommendation would be to park at the Archambeau Rd. lot and ski that portion of the trail.

Swedetown – Groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions on most trails but fast.

Feb. 7, 2012

Chassell – The icy conditions make the trail very unsafe at this time, so the trail is CLOSED until we can get the ice broken up. Thanks for your patience.

Michigan Tech – All main trails groomed. Tolkien trails groomed on Feb 6, 2012

Feb. 5, 2012

Chassell – The trail was groomed on Sunday a.m. It will be very icy on Monday morning and slushy when it warms up on Monday. Please ski with great caution. We will break up the ice when it stays below freezing. Thanks to everyone for their patience.

Michigan Tech – Trails tilled post-race last night, ready for Sunday morning.

Feb. 4, 2012

Swedetown – Groomed and tracked. Excellent and fast conditions!

Feb. 3, 2012

Chassell – The trails were last groomed on Monday 1/30. I went out this morning to see if I could improve what is there, but with the warm temperatures, we are better off leaving things alone. The trail condition would best be described as very good.The forecast is for below freezing temperatures during the overnights, so we should have a good trail for the events on Sunday. See you then.

Jan. 31, 2012

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Set fresh tracks on entire trail system. Conditions fast and excellent.

Copper Harbor - Trails are groomed and tracked on 1/31/12 and are in excellent condition.

Jan. 29, 2012

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Entire system dragged and tracks set this morning. Excellent conditions throughout.

Michigan Tech – All trails groomed with track set. Tolkien trails also groomed with track set.

Jan. 28, 2012

Michigan Tech – Tech was tilled and tracked this morning. Tolkien Trails were packed and tracked today too.

Jan. 27, 2012

Chassell – Groomed and tracked – excellent condition.

Jan. 26, 2012

Swedetown – Skate lanes were groomed this morning (1/26) and will be groomed Friday morning, should be fast.  Striding tracks are nice with a bit of snow blown off the trees.  Back country trail is sweet.

Jan. 25, 2012

Michigan Tech – Tech was tilled and tracked today. Excellent conditions. Tolkien was packed and tracked yesterday. Also excellent. Lights are on until 9:00.

Swedetown – All trails groomed and tracked. Back Country trail is really nice with all the snow on the trees. Lights on nightly ’til 10.

Jan. 24, 2012

Chassell – Groomed and tracked 1/24. Excellent condition.

Copper Harbor – Groomed and tracked 1/24. Conditions good to very good. Snowing with some wind.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Groomed, tracked, excellent.

Michigan Tech – Groomed, tracked, excellent.

Swedetown – Lots of new snow. All trails groomed and tracked.

Jan. 23, 2012

Copper Harbor – Groomed and tracked a.m. of 1/23. Good to very good conditions. Lots of heavy snow falling.

Michigan Tech – All trails groomed (double pass) today with track set, really. Snow is still falling.

Jan. 22, 2012

Copper Harbor – Groomed and tracked on 1/22.  Good to excellent condition.

Michigan Tech – All skate lanes groomed on 1/22. Track set on main trails Jan.21. Tolkien Trails track set on Jan.20.

Jan. 21, 2012

Copper Harbor - Trail groomed and track set.  Good to excellent condition.  Fresh snow.

Swedetown - Groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions. Lights on ’til 10.

Jan. 20, 2012

Chassell – Trail was groomed Friday 1/20/2012 and tracks set. Excellent condition.

Copper Harbor – Groomed and tracked. Very good to excellent. Lots and lots of fresh snow.

Michigan Tech – Tech Trails leveled, tilled, and tracked. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Lights are on until 9:00.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Groomed and tracked. River Trail from Tomasi Road north to Churning Rapids will open Jan. 21. Very good conditions.

Jan. 19, 2012

Chassell – The trail was groomed and tracks set on Thursday 1/19. Wind blown in the open areas, otherwise excellent condition.

Michigan Tech – Tech trails were tilled and tracked this morning, 19 Jan. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked 18 Jan. Lights are on until 9:00.

Swedetown - All trails were groomed and tracked on 1/18.  New snow continues to fall.

Jan. 18, 2012

Chassell - New tracks set on everything except the first and last km. The trail is in very good to excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Entire trail system groomed and tracked. Still a couple of thin spot, but overall very good.

Jan. 17, 2012

Copper Harbor – Freshly groomed and tracks set on 1/17.  Conditions are very good to excellent.

Michigan Tech – All trails groomed with track set. Tolkien Trails track will be set later in the day. Lights are on until 9:00.

Jan. 16, 2012

Copper Harbor – Freshly groomed and tracks set on 1/16.  Conditions are very good with occasional thin spots in woods.

 

Jan. 15, 2012

Chassell – The trail was groomed and tracks were set on 1/14. The conditions are very good to excellent with a few thin spots in some of the more heavily wooded sections.

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed; tracks set.

Michigan Tech - All trails are groomed with classic track set. Tolkien trails track set on Jan 13.

Jan. 14, 2012

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids - Entire trail system dragged, leveled, and track set. Conditions are excellent other than a few thin spots.

Michigan Tech – Upper trails: tilled and tracked. Lower trails: skate lane reconditioned. Tolkien Trails tracked late yesterday. Lights are on until 9:00 pm.

Swedetown – All trails double passed, tilled and tracked today.  Back country trail groomed Thursday. Lights on nightly ’til 10.

Jan. 13, 2012

Chassell - Groomed and tracks were set on Friday,1/13. The trail is in excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids - Lots of new snow. Rolled and packed yesterday; expect to have tracks set on all trails by this afternoon.

Michigan Tech – Tech trails were tilled and tracked again today. Tolkien Trails were leveled and tracked.. Lights are on until 9:00 pm.

Jan. 12, 2012

Chassell - The trail was groomed and tracks were set on Thursday 1/12. The trail is in very good to excellent condition. The snow is low under the hemlocks, and the tracks are shallow for a total of 50 meters or so.

Michigan Tech – Tech was tilled and tracked this morning, and a second tilling is in progress to keep up with the snow. Tolkien Trails were packed this morning and will be tracked this afternoon. Lights are on until 9:00 pm.

Swedetown – All trails double passed, tilled and tracked Thursday morning, more snow falling, several inches on first pass by 10am.  Back country trail groomed Thursday.

Jan. 9, 2012

Chassell - Tracks were set on Saturday,1/7. The trail is in good to very good condition. I did not reset after Saturday because our base is thin, and I wanted to keep the trail as white as possible with the warm weather forecast for Monday and Tuesday. The plan is to re-groom on Thursday morning unless we get significant new snow before then.

Copper Harbor – All trails resurfaced, no tracks set.  Still thin in the woods.

Michigan Tech – All main wide trails groomed. Track set on all trails 1/9/2011.

Jan. 8, 2012

Michigan Tech - All trails packed and new track set Sunday, 8 Jan. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked Sunday, 8 Jan. Lights are on until 9:00.

Swedetown - All trails dragged and tracked. Great conditions. Lights on nightly ’til 10.

Jan. 7, 2012

Chassell - Tracks were set on Saturday (1/7). The trail is in very good to excellent condition.

Jan. 6, 2012

Michigan Tech - All main trails resurfaced. Tracks last set 1/4, still good to very good. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked 1/3. Lights are on until 9:00.

Chassell – Because of the thin base, please stay off the trail until the temperature goes back below freezing.

Jan. 4, 2012

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Tracks have been reset on the city side (e.g. south of the gorge) and through the gorge. Tracks were set on Mud Lake Loop and Churning Rapids Jan. 1. Early season conditions persist as trails are still a bit bumpy and thin in places, but fine otherwise.

Jan. 3, 2012

Chassell Classic - Groomed and tracked on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The trail is in excellent condition.

Copper Harbor – Trails leveled and track set on 65%.  Still some thin spots along Lake Fanny Hooe but overall good conditions.

Michigan Tech - All trails groomed and track set on all loops. Tolkien Trails also packed and tracked. Lights are on until 9:00.

Swedetown – All trails groomed and tracked on 1/3. Very good condition.

Jan. 2, 2012

Chassell Classic – Finished grooming at 9:15 a.m. on Monday morning. The trail is in excellent condition, except it is soft in some of the drifted areas.

Jan. 1, 2012

Chassell Classic - Packed early on Jan. 1, tracks set at 9:00 a.m. The trail is in very good to excellent condition except under the hemlocks in the first km where there is not enough snow to set tracks for about 100 meters.

Dec. 31, 2011

Michigan Tech –  All main trails packed and leveled 31 Dec. Track last set 30 Dec. Lights are on until 9:00 pm. We groom daily, weather permitting.

Dec. 30, 2011

Maasto Hiito/Churning Rapids - The trails have been rolled but not tracked. Early season conditions exist, rock skis recommended.  At least eight inches more snow required before tracks will be set.

Michigan Tech – Tech was packed and tracked, all trails, today. Lights are on until 9:00 pm. We groom daily, weather permitting.

Swedetown - Dragged, rolled and set tracks on all trails.  Good to very very good conditions.  A few thin spots on Papa Bear and 1st K of Powderhouse.  Backcountry trail is skied in.

Dec. 29, 2011

Michigan Tech – All main wide trails groomed. Track (2/3 normal depth) set on all trails 12/29/2011. Lights are on until 9:00 pm. We groom daily, weather permitting.

Swedetown – All trails are groomed and in very good condition with only a few thin spots. Tracks set eveywhere except Papa Bear. Lights on nightly ’til 10.

Dec. 28, 2011

Chassell - New tracks set on 12/28. The best skiing is the top of the trail, accessed from the Archambeau Rd. parking lot to the 5km cutoff. The condition ranges from good to very good, with most of that 5km providing full depth tracks. The trail conditions on the lower 5km (starting from the school) ranges from poor to fair, with icy conditions and lack of base. The tracks are very shallow in spots, and no tracks set under the hemlocks.

Michigan Tech – All main wide trails groomed. Track (2/3 normal depth) set on all trails 12/28/2011. Lights are on until 9:00 pm. We groom daily, weather permitting.

Swedetown - All trails are groomed and in very good condition with only a few thin spots. New tracks were set today on Valley, Greenstone, Mama and Baby Bear, Ed’s, Cedar, and Pine. Powder House, Birch, and Tamarack tracks are a day old with some of the new snow covering them.

Dec. 27, 2011

Michigan Tech – All main wide trails groomed. Track (2/3 normal depth) set on all trails 12/27/2011. Lights are on until 9:00 pm. We groom daily, weather permitting.

Swedetown – All trails groomed. Tracks set on all trails except for Papa Bear and Back Country. Conditions are very good thanks to 3-4 inches of new snow. Lights on nightly ’til 10.

Dec. 24, 2011

Chassell – Tracks set PM of Dec. 23. The 5km that is accessed from the Archambeau Rd is fair to very good. If you choose to do that part of the trail, turn around at the 5km cutoff. The tracks are on top of an ice base so they are not always full depth, and they are very fast. The bottom half of the trail is in poor to fair condition. It is skiable but not very enjoyable, the tracks are shallow and the trail follows the terrain, which is pretty rough in spots. THINK SNOW. Have a Merry Christmas.

Michigan Tech – 1″ fresh snow. All  trails leveled and packed, all track set. No grooming Christmas Day. Happy Holidays!

Dec. 23, 2011

Swedetown – All trails groomed.  Striding tracks set on about 15k.  Good to very good conditions.  A few thin spots on first km of Powderhouse in field and lower part of Papa Bear.

Dec. 20, 2011

Michigan Tech – All main wide trails groomed. Track (2/3 normal depth) set on all trails 12/19/2011. Lights are on until 9:00 pm. We groom daily, weather permitting.

Swedetown – All trails dragged and combed on 12/20. Tracks that were set on the 18th are holding up well. Tracks set on Valley, Greenstone, Cedar, Birch, Tamarack, and 2/3 of the Bear Chase loops.

Dec. 18, 2011

Michigan Tech – All trails rolled Dec. 18; all trails last tracked on Dec. 16. Trails in good condition.

Swedetown – Rolled all trails, set track on Valley, Greenstone, Cedar, Birch.

Chassell and Maasto Hiihto – Not open

Dec. 12, 2011

Chassell – Because of the warm temperatures, the trail is now closed. We lost most of the thin base that we had.

Swedetown – Because of rain we will stop grooming until more snow falls. Stay tuned.

Michigan Tech – Waiting for more snow to groom. Trails were still firm and in good shape this morning.

Dec. 11, 2011

Swedetown – All Trails dragged and rolled. Tracks on Valley, Cedar and Len’s.

Dec 10, 2011

Chassell – Tracks set this morning. The conditions are fair to good in the heavy woods, and very good in the more open areas. Don’t use your race skis yet.

Michigan Tech – All main wide trails were rolled and leveled today. Track (2/3 normal depth) set on all trails. Lights are on until 9:00 pm.

Dec. 8, 2011

Michigan Tech – All main trails rolled. Shallow track set on 14 km.

Swedetown – Dragged and rolled all skate trails except first section of Powderhouse in field. Adventure and the bottom of Papa Bear are a bit sketchy. Set track on Valley, Greenstone, Cedar, and Len’s. A few thins spots scattered throughout. Will try to do the same on Friday. Avoid right in front of chalet, gravel exposed from wind.

Dec. 6, 2011

Michigan Tech - We set shallow track on about 6 km of trail at Michigan Tech today with an experimental track setter. We made some track molds about 0.5″ deep (about 1/3 of normal) so that there would be sufficient base beneath the ski despite the currently shallow conditions. Won’t be super durable, but initial feedback is that it’s better than no tracks. Just don’t take out your good skis yet. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you.

Swedetown – All trails rolled and tracks set on Valley, Cedar and Greenstone.

Dec. 3, 2011

Swedetown- Swedetown Ski Trails received eight inches of new snow. Groomer has rolled most trails and is still out. Trails are ski-able but please expect early season conditions.

Nov. 27, 2011

Swedetown (and everyone else) – Waiting for snow.

Nov. 25, 2011

Michigan Tech – No grooming and no lights until weather and conditions improve. Upper competition trails last groomed 11/22/2011. Trails are still snow covered with a few bare spots.

Nov. 21, 2011

Swedetown – Len’s, Pine, Powderhouse, Valley, Cedar, Birch and Tamarack are rolled and tracked. Some cables still up.

Nov. 20, 2011

Michigan Tech – All the Tech and Nara Trails are groomed, with good to very good conditions after last night’s snow.

Nov. 18, 2011

Swedetown – Pine, Powderhouse, Len’s, Valley, Cedar, Tamarack, Ed’s and Birch are rolled. Be careful — there are a couple cables still up and a hunter at the start of Birch.

Nov. 17, 2011

Michigan Tech – All the Tech and Nara Trails are groomed except the rocky side of Isle Royale Loop. Conditions are good to very good. Still some wet spots and the base is a little weaker on the lower trails that were groomed for the first time today.

Swedetown -Valley, Cedar and Len’s are rolled. Cables are still up and there are some hunters so please be careful.

Nov. 16, 2011

Michigan Tech – Birch, Oak, Pine, Core, Portage, Balsam, Linden, Peepsock, and Stadium loops are groomed at Tech. Good to Fair conditions with 1″ base. Lights will be on as long as the snow is skiable!

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