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April 8, 2017

Michigan Tech – Our last update! We groomed overnight for the last day of the season. Snow conditions were bad enough that we used the ATV to drag the skate lanes and get through the numerous dirt spots. Pine is the only trail that was dropped since yesterday. Watch for water, dirt, and washouts in the trail. We hope you all enjoyed your season, see you all next year!

April 7, 2017

Michigan Tech – Trails were tilled and tracked overnight. Same pattern as yesterday Birch- Oak- Pine- Isle Royale – Superior- Core- Hairpin- Skidder- Hemlock- Balsam- Linden. Bottom of Hairpin is dirt on the inside, watch your speed. Linden and Superior have some growing dirt areas you will need to navigate around.

April 6, 2017

Michigan Tech – Temperatures are dropping and the trails are looking great for tomorrow! Birch- Oak- Pine- Isle Royale – Superior- Core- Hairpin- Skidder- Hemlock- Balsam- Linden are all tilled and tracked. Bottom of Hairpin is dirt on the inside, watch your speed!

April 5, 2017

Michigan Tech – Tilled and tracked Isle Royale- Superior- Birch- Oak- Pine- Core- Hemlock- Skidder- Down Under- Balsam- Maple- Linden. Watch for dirt on the downhill sections and tracks are non-conventional due to the grooming pattern. Still a few days left this season!

April 4, 2017

Michigan Tech – Managed to till around 10k of trail with only a couple of dirt spots showing through. Isle Royale- Superior- Birch- Oak- Pine- Core- Hemlock- Skidder- Down Under- Balsam- Maple- Linden- Peepsock are all groomed. Watch for dirt on the downhill sections and a few tracks were pulled early due to icy sections of trail. The main skate lanes are excellent!

April 3, 2017

Michigan Tech – No grooming today due to warm weather but expect approximately 4-5km of trail to be groomed tomorrow morning and with forecasted night time temperatures dropping below freezing through Friday night we are hoping to continue grooming until next weekend.

Swedetown – Grooming has ended for the year.

April 2, 2017

Michigan Tech – All wide ski trails with the exception of Cemetery Loop tilled with classic track set overnight. Beware of patches of exposed dirt on Down Under, Ridge, Homestead, and Portage. Standing water may be present on Portage, Core, and Down Under. Most trails are very good spring like conditions. Isle Royale, Peepsock, and Pine loop have sections of very dirty snow.

April 1, 2017

Michigan Tech – All wide ski trails with the exception of Cemetery Loop tilled with classic track set. Beware of patches of exposed dirt on Down Under and Ridge Loop. Most trails are very good springlike condition. Isle Royale, Peepsok and Pine loop have sections of very dirty snow.

Swedetown -Trails tilled and tracked overnight. Tilling and tracking will be discontinued as trail conditions are rapidly deteriorating due to warm temperatures. Trails may be dragged through the end of the weekend, but that will depend on temperatures and overall trail conditions.

March 31, 2017

Michigan Tech – All main wide trails tilled with classic track set. Cemetery Loop will no longer be groomed after today due to bare dirt. We will continue grooming the remaining trails through the weekend and assess the trail condition and weather forecast on Monday for any future grooming. If grooming continues expect multiple loops to be dropped from the grooming pattern. Stay tuned. Trail lights will no longer be on starting Monday evening. Conditions for Friday skiing are very good springlike conditions.

March 30, 2017

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

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Very good spring conditions. We plan to end grooming after the weekend.

March 29, 2017

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and fresh tracks set overnight. Very good spring conditions.

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged but deep skate ruts still present, We plan to till and track tonight and again Friday night for the weekend.

March 28, 2017

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

Swedetown – All trails are dragged, but still suffering the effects of spring-time sun. The best skiing is in the early morning before conditions soften, or late in the day as the temperature starts to drop. The snow won’t last long, so make the most of it!

March 27, 2017

Michigan Tech – With temperatures not cooling enough to freeze the trail base we have decided there will be no grooming today. With freezing temperatures predicted for tonight expect grooming to continue on Tuesday.

Swedetown – All trails dragged today, but due to the warm temperatures, conditions are soft. Best picks: Ed’s and the Tree Loops (Cedar, Birch & Tamarack) are all holding good snow, followed by Greenstone Loop and the Bear Loops. Greenstone road is starting to show a fair amount of debris, as well as Pine and Powderhouse woods. Expect good to very good conditions, depending on time of day and ambient temperatures.

March 26, 2017

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed. Very good spring conditions.

Swedetown – Tracks are still holding up fairly well from 3/25; skate lanes were all dragged. Soft conditions prevail, but overall trail condition is good to very good. Expect to find more debris in some areas as the snowpack condenses. The “field” section of Powderhouse is closed, as well as the Multi-use (Dog) Loops.

March 25, 2017

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

Swedetown – All open trails tilled, tracked and in excellent condition. Multi-use and Powderhouse field are no longer being groomed.

March 24, 2017

Michigan Tech – No grooming today due to the rain. We will assess trail conditions and weather today for Saturday grooming.

Swedetown – Grooming was suspended for today due to warm temperatures. The trails, however, are in very good condition, with a slight cover of wintry mix (<1/8″). The skate lanes are firm, as well as the tracks, although the tracks may be fast in places due to the slight overnight accumulation. We are hoping to till and track the system as overnight temperatures drop.

March 23, 2017

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed. Classic tracks in good shape. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged. Classic tracks solid but a bit icy in places. Powderhouse field has been abandoned due to unsafe conditions. Hope to till and track for weekend. End is near, ski soon.

March 22, 2017

Swedetown – All trails are in very good condition; tracks and skate lanes are firm. All trails dragged, including the Multi-use (Dog) Loops. Expect fast conditions with cooler temperatures.

Michigan Tech – All skate lanes groomed. Excellent conditions.

March 21, 2017

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

Swedetown – All trails are tilled and tracked and are in good to very good condition. The recent warming trend has not been kind to the trails and expect to find some debris in the piney areas.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Four Season Chalet is closed for the season. Trails will no longer be groomed. Portable toilets will remain at trailheads through next weekend.

March 20, 2017

Swedetown – No grooming today due to warm conditions. Plan to resume tomorrow.

Michigan Tech– Skate lanes reconditioned. Very good conditions.

March 19, 2017

Michigan Tech – Trails tilled and tracked overnight. Very good to excellent conditions. Tolkien trails are no longer being groomed.

Swedetown – Trails have been tilled, tracked and in Double Excellent condition. SKI NOW before the rain.

March 18, 2017

Swedetown – 3+ inches of heavy wet snow overnight. All trails tilled, tracked and in very good condition.

March 17, 2017

Swedetown – All trails tilled, tracked and dragged. The Multi-use loops are packed and dragged. Trails will be best until temperatures rise. Chalet hours have been extended until March 24th due to excellent conditions.

March 16, 2017

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed. Very good to excellent conditions. This Saturday will be a busy day at the trails. The MTU Ski Club will be holding a race on Oak and Birch Loops. These two loops will be closed from 11:30-1:30. Ski Tigers will be holding an event in the stadium area and Core Loop. No trails will be closed due to the Ski Tiger events.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Very good to excellent conditions prevail but expect trails to soften as temperatures rise. Don’t forget your sunblock!

March 15, 2017

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed. Very good to excellent conditions.

Swedetown – Don’t delay: get your laps in while the trails are still excellent! Limited time only, with warm days predicted for the end of the week. All trails are dragged. For the adventurous, the crust is holding up well to snowbikes, which means off-piste skiing should be excellent.

March 14, 2017

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed. Very good to excellent conditions.

Swedetown – Trails are in excellent condition. Both tracks and skate lanes are hard and fast. All trails, including the multi-use trails, were dragged.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails are still very good with just a few icy spots.

March 13, 2017

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked with excellent conditions, Tracks and skate lanes are hard and fast. The Multi-use trail is packed and dragged.

Michigan Tech – Trails were last tilled on 3/12 with classic track set. Today the skate lanes were groomed. Both in excellent condition.

March 12, 2017

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

March 9, 2017

Chassell – Closed

Swedetown – Very good conditions again: all trails are tilled and tracked. NOTE: grooming for the Great Bear Chase Race this weekend is in progress so early skiers may see the Husky out on the trails. Trails have been rerouted for race configuration in some places. Grooming should be completed by 1:00 this afternoon. Tracks are solid and the skate lane is solid and fast. The Multi-use trail is packed and dragged.

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

March 8, 2017

Chassell – Because of a loss of all snow cover in come crucial areas, the trail will be closed until there is significant snowfall.

Swedetown – Limited grooming until the winds die down (clocking gusts over 50 mph).

Michigan Tech – What debris that has fallen on the main ski trails has been removed as of 1:30pm Wednesday. We will continue removing any new debris from the trail Thursday morning after the high winds have calmed a bit. Tilling and tracking of the trail will follow trail clean-up on Thursday.

March 7, 2017

Swedetown – Groomers are headed out this afternoon with chainsaws and rakes to clean up after the storm. They will groom Wednesday morning; great skiing will soon return.

Copper Harbor – Grooming suspended until conditions improve.

March 6, 2017

Chassell – No grooming today

Swedetown – No grooming today because soft wet conditions. Trails are still in very good condition. They’ll be a bit icy early but soon soften for good skate control. Tracks could remain slick/fast. We will start tilling again Wednesday morning.

March 5, 2017

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed. Classic track and skate lanes in excellent condition. Groomed Saturday night.

Chassell – The trail was renovated and new tracks were set on Sunday morning. The trail is in excellent condition. Depending on temperatures in the next two days and the amount of rain we get this may be our last hurrah. The base is thinning in several areas to the point that we may not be able to put it back together. We will wait and see.

Swedetown – All trails tracked and dragged: conditions are excellent. Tracks on Papa Bear had some wind-blown snow but otherwise tracks are solid and fast. Skate lanes are firm yet pliant. Multi-use trails are packed and dragged.

March 3, 2017

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with classic track set. Tokien trails packed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear all agree: the trails at Swedetown are just right! Conditions are excellent with the latest accumulation tilled and tracked. The Multi-use (Dog) Loops are packed and dragged.

March 2, 2017

Swedetown – All trails tilled, tracked and in excellent condition. New snow falling as grooming ended.

Copper Harbor – Trails tracked and very good conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – These loops tracked today: Tower, Mud Lake, Vista and Sidewinder. All trails in excellent shape (although some small areas of drifting).

March 1, 2017

Chassell – Packed and tracked on Wednesday morning. The trail is in excellent condition.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Conditions are excellent.

Swedetown – Contrary to recent reports winter is still going strong! Conditions are excellent: all trails are tracked and tilled as of 11:00 am. The Multi-use (Dog) Loops are packed and dragged. Skate lanes are firm and fast; tracks are solid and sweet!

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

February 28, 2017

Michigan Tech – Main trails skate lanes groomed. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – Early morning wintry mix turned to rapidly accumulating heavy snow. Valley, Greenstone and the Bear Loops were dragged, but were covered with approximately 2″ of new snow by 10:00 am, leading to softer conditions. Tracks are still solid, but overall conditions are somewhat wet and sticky. The Multi-use (Dog) loops were packed and dragged.

February 27, 2017

Chassell – Groomed and new tracks set Monday morning. Excellent condition.

Michigan Tech – Main trails are being tilled with fresh classic track set. Tolkien trails packed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

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

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Tracks were reset on all trails Sunday night with the exception of #4 upstream between Tomasi Road and the Churning Rapids gate. Though the trail remains skiable for the time being the extent of water damage in one short area will likely prevent machine grooming for the remainder of the season on this lower section of trail #4.

February 26, 2017

Chassell – groomed and tracked Sunday morning. Excellent condition. Grooming ended 7:30 am

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien trails groomed and tracked. Grooming ended 10:30 am.

Copper Harbor – All trails tilled, groomed and tracked Sunday morning. Excellent conditions.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails –  All trails plowed and groomed.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled and tracks reset with the exception of trail #4 between Tomasi Road and the gate, which has been skier tracked.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked as of 11:00 am.

February 25, 2017

Chassell – Chassell is again open. Washouts have been filled in, the trail has been packed tracks set on Saturday morning. A real winter wonderland. Grooming completed at 7:30 a.m.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Fresh snow was pushed off of the trail with the V plow to preserve the hard base. Should be good riding today.

Swedetown – For those disappointed in a dearth of snow in other locales, come to the Keweenaw! 10-12″ of new snow; all trails are tilled and tracked as of 10:00 am and are setting up well. Continued blowing snow may obscure the tracks in some locations but overall conditions are excellent! The Multi-use (Dog) Loops are packed and dragged.

Copper Harbor – All trails tilled, groomed and tracked Saturday morning. Excellent conditions. Windblown in open areas.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All (except one) trails rolled and tracked including Churning Rapids. Conditions excellent except for a few drifting areas. The one trail not groomed is the #4 River Trail between the Tomasi Rd. Bridge and Churning Rapids gate due to continuing water issues. Access is available to Churning Rapids via the #8 trail off Tomasi Road. The #4 trail remains skiable and a skier did break trail on the entire ungroomed section this morning but two trouble spots continue to inhibit mechanized grooming.

February 24, 2017

Swedetown – Back to our regularly scheduled programming: trails are excellent at Swedetown! The infusion of fresh snow this week overcame several days of unseasonably warm temperatures. All trails tilled and tracked on Thursday; classic tracks are solid and fast, skate lanes were dragged on Friday and are fast and firm. The Multi-use (Dog) loops were also dragged on Friday and ready for a romp with your furry friends

February 23, 2017

Swedetown – 3″ to 5″ of fresh snow overnight. All trails tilled, tracked and in great condition.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with classic track set. Very good to excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – City side dragged and tracked prior to a machine breakdown limiting the number of trails groomed. Some tracks were set in the gorge. What trails were groomed have excellent spring conditions.

February 22, 2017

Churning Rapids Snowbike Trails were groomed today and will reopen tomorrow morning. Lake Annie suffered damage due to an obstructed culvert at the bottom of the trails and will require extreme caution to navigate. Sucky UP and Aunt Flo both had standing water issues which may freeze overnight.

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed while removing debris from trail. Good conditions. Classic track in poor condition. Trail still firm as of 9:30 am

February 21, 2017

Michigan Tech – No grooming today due to weather. As of this morning the trail is firm enough for skiers. Walkers please stay off trails due to soft conditions.

Swedetown -We are suspending grooming until (hopefully) Thursday morning due to soft wet conditions.

Note: Chassell and Maasto/Churning are also not grooming.

February 20, 2017

Swedetown – All trails tilled, tracked and in excellent condition for morning skiing. Enjoy! Think snow!

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed, they are firm and in very good condition. Classic track in good condition. Grooming may be suspended in the next few days due to rainy weather.

February 19, 2017

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed Saturday night for Sunday skiing. Good conditions.

Swedetown – Overall trail conditions are good, but spring-like conditions prevail. Expect fast and somewhat icy trails early in the day, turning slower and softer as the temperature increases. Tracks are fairly intact, but in fields or other areas of high sun are less cohesive. The skate lanes were dragged, but due to colder than expected temperatures Saturday are fairly hard. There is some tree debris (leaves or needles) on sections of Ed’s, the wooded sections of Powderhouse, and on Pine. Optimal skiing conditions will be around mid-day, as the snow begins to soften..

February 18, 2017

Swedetown – In anticipation of warmer temperatures over the weekend, we have switched to night-time grooming. All trails are tracked and dragged, including the Multi-use loop. Tracks are solid and should hold up for the next couple days. Expect fast but fun conditions!

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed. Trail is very firm and in very good condition as of 9:00am. We will continue to groom skate lanes as long as weather allows.

February 17, 2017

Chassell Classic – Grooming in Chassell is suspended until the weather stabilizes below freezing. Hopefully the trail conditions will not deteriorate to the point where we can’t put it back together again.

Copper Harbor – Grooming is suspended until the temperatures return below freezing.

February 16, 2017

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

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled, tracked, and in excellent condition.

February 15, 2017

Chassell Classic – The ice was broken up on Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning. New tracks set Wednesday morning. The conditions are good to very good, but extremely fast on the downhills.

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged and tracks in good condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails dragged and retracked with a little fresh snow. Conditions excellent.

Copper Harbor – All trails groomed and tracked and in good condition. Drifting probable in a few areas.

February 14, 2017

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails were groomed Monday night. Should be very good for biking when it freezes later on Tuesday.

Swedetown – Trails groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Copper Harbor – All trails groomed and tracked Tuesday afternoon. Conditions are excellent, except windblown in open areas.

February 13, 2017

Chassell Classic – The trail was groomed and tracked on Monday morning. It is in excellent condition.

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

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed and tracked. Some drifting. Excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Tracks set; excellent conditions.

February 12, 2017

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and classic track set. Excellent conditions. Wind picking up when grooming ended.

Copper Harbor – All trails groomed and tracked on Sunday afternoon. Conditions are excellent.

February 11, 2017

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Friday night. Should be in good shape Saturday.

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

Michigan Tech  – Main trails tilled with classic track set. Excellent conditions. Tolkien trails tracked.

February 10, 2017

Chassell Classic – Packed and tracked on Friday morning. Excellent condition.

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

Swedetown – Trails dragged this morning while heavy snow falling with high winds. We will reset tracks Saturday morning.

Copper Harbor – Lots of fresh snow! Wescoat’s field and the western Fort Wilkins loops groomed and tracked and in excellent condition.. East Fort Wilkins is packed only, due to extreme drifting. Hope to have that tamed by tomorrow.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails groomed and tracked. Conditions excellent.

February 9, 2017

Chassell Classic – The trail was groomed and tracked on Wednesday morning, it was in excellent condition. The grooming will resume on Friday morning.

Swedetown – Trails groomed this morning but due to high winds and blowing snow they are filling in quickly.

Michigan Tech – All main trails tilled with classic track set. Windy with blowing snow. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Rolled with tracks set. Because of the high wind and cold, abbreviated grooming took place, with tracks set everywhere except the west side of Mud Lake on Trail 4. Snow continues heavy at times with strong winds.

February 8, 2017

Wow — 8-12″ of new snow depending on where you are located.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – Trails are buried right now. We’ll be packing the new snow down for the next few days. Plan on trails reopening Saturday morning.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked with the recent accumulation firm and fast. Start the weekend early at Swedetown Trails!

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Everything was rolled and tracked on Wednesday. Conditions excellent if not too much drifting occurs.

February 7, 2017

Chassell – Packed and tracked on Tuesday morning. Excellent condition.

Swedetown – Too much of a good thing?! After the recent snow drought, trails are being covered with new snow as quickly as they are groomed. Trails were tilled and tracked but by noon 2-4″ of new accumulation has created conditions to enjoy Northern skiing at it’s finest! Back-country skis recommended, or get out the snowshoes and hit the the woods!

Copper Harbor – All trails groomed and tracked. 8 inches of fresh powder.

Maasto/Churning – Rolling-only on Tuesday until the snow settles down. Still good conditions for skiing.

February 6, 2017

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien trails packed and tracked. Excellent conditions. Snowing while and after grooming.

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

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled and tracked Monday morning. Conditions are excellent.

February 5, 2017

Chassell Classic – The trail was packed and tracked on Sunday morning, it is in excellent condition.

Just a reminder, the Chassell trail is groomed for the sole benefit of classic cross country skiers, and not intended or groomed appropriately for snow shoeing. There are nicely marked snow shoe trails that start from our parking lot on the Archambeau Rd. that are marked with green rods with color coding on the top for the different trails. Please pass the word to your friends. If you have questions, please contact Jim Tervo. My phone number is in the phone directory. Thanks for your cooperation.

Michigan Tech –  Races continue today and regular grooming returns tomorrow. Tolkien Trails groomed today, as were Isle Royale and Superior (use the softball field trailhead).

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails – Trails groomed Sunday morning, should be in great shape.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. The accumulation of new snow has led to slightly softer conditions but both tracks and skate lanes are plenty solid.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled and tracked.

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed & tracked and in excellent shape.

February 4, 2017

Chassell Classic – Groomed and tracked Saturday a.m. Excellent condition.

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

Michigan Tech – Races today. Mail trailhead closed. Nara trails and lower trails not groomed, but in excellent condition. Nara trailhead, softball field trailhead, and Tolkien trailhead open.

Maasto/Churning – groomed and tracked Saturday a.m. excellent condition

February 3, 2017

Chassell Classic – Groomed and tracked on Friday a.m. Excellent condition except in the windblown areas.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Thursday evening. Some drifting in open areas, but otherwise riding should be good on Friday.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and track set. Excellent conditions. Beware of fencing and barricades that is now in place for this weekend’s collegiate race. Nara trails, Isle Royale loop, Superior loop and Tolkien trails will be open. These trails may not be groomed Saturday and Sunday. Regular grooming will return Monday morning.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked, except for Birch and Powderhouse, where tracks and skate lane in tree-protected runs had not been filled in. Conditions: excellent, although current windy conditions may lead to changing trail conditions.

February 2, 2017

Chassell Classic – Because of the high winds and low temperatures, there will be no grooming in Chassell on Thursday.

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

Swedetown – All trails tilled tracked and in excellent condition but due to high winds some tracks will be blown in. Multi-use trails dragged.

Maasto/Churning – Due to winds, wind chill and blowing snow, trail grooming was limited to rolling and inside equipment maintenance today.

February 1, 2017

Chassell Classic – Packed and groomed on Wednesday morning. Excellent condition.

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

Swedetown – 6+” of new snow tilled and tracked as of 1:00 pm. Trails are firm and silky with a lingering sweet aftertaste.

Maasto/Churning – Trails rolled and tracked. River Trail upstream from Tomasi Bridge was dragged to level and repair water opening. All trails in excellent condition.

January 31, 2017

Swedetown – As of 8:00 am on Tuesday all trails are tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions prevail but rapid accumulation of snow is expected throughout the day.

January 30, 2017

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

January 29, 2017

Chassell Classic – Groomed and tracked Sunday morning. Excellent conditions.

Maasto/Churning – All trails tracks reset Sunday morning. Conditions excellent.

January 28, 2016

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent condition. Snowing and blowing when grooming ended.

Michigan Tech – Skates lanes groomed. Excellent conditions. Tolkien trails leveled. Snowing and blowing when grooming concluded.

January 27, 2016

Chassell Classic – The trail has been repaired, groomed, tracked, and is in excellent condition. 

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

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

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails tracked and repaired on Friday. Conditions are very good spring-like to excellent condition.

January 26, 2017

Swedetown – Trails groomed this morning. Very good conditions.

Michigan Tech – Main trail skate lanes groomed today. Tracks still in good shape. Very good conditions.

January 25, 2017

Michigan Tech – Trails tilled and tracked and are in very good condition.

January 23, 2017

Michigan Tech – All skate lanes groomed today. Foggy and humid today but no sunshine should keep the trails firm.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked except Powderhouse, Ed’s Loop, and Birch due to hills and soggy bottom. Otherwise, good conditions.

Chassell Classic – The Chassell trail remains closed.

January 22, 2017

Swedetown – No grooming today due to soft conditions. Skiing should still be good.

Chassell Classic – The Chassell trail remains closed.

January 21, 2017

Michigan Tech – No grooming today due to weather. Skate lanes are still firm but soft enough for good control. Classic track is still in very good condition.

Swedetown – Due to rain and warm temps, we will not groom today. Skiing is still good but getting soft.

Chassell Classic – The Chassell trail remains closed.

January 20, 2017

Chassell Classic – The Chassell trail will be closed until the weather stabilizes below freezing. Hopefully that would include some new snow.

Michigan Tech – Mains trails skate lanes groomed. Classic track and skate lane in excellent condition. We groom daily weather permitting.

January 19, 2017

Chassell Classic – Grooming has been suspended until temperatures drop. The trail will be very icy before it warms up today and very soft in the afternoon. The trail will have spring like conditions, poor to fair.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – All trails tracked and double tilled. Excellent Condition!!!

January 18, 2017

Chassell Classic – Groomed and tracked on Wednesday morning. Excellent condition. Be cautious when skiing down into Chassell, it is very fast.

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed. Excellent conditions. Classic track in very good condition.

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged and tracks are in good condition. Trees are dumping snow clumps on trails. We plan to till and track Thursday morning.

January 17, 2017

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails – All trails groomed Monday night. Ruts were graded out and trails are smooth.

Swedetown – Valley, Greenstone, Cedar and Tamarack tilled and tracked. All other trails dragged. Excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed. Excellent conditions. Classic track in very good condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – In the last two days all Churning Rapids trails, Mud Lake Loop, Vista and upper half of the Gorge have been dragged and tracks reset.

January 14, 2017

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails – Trails groomed Friday night. Excellent condition.

Chassell Classic – Groomed and tracked. Excellent condition.

Swedetown – Tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes reconditioned. Tracks still in great shape.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Trails dragged and tracks reset Saturday morning. Excellent conditions.

January 13, 2017

Chassell Classic – The upper portion of the trail was packed and new tracks set on Friday morning. The two km closest to Chassell were not affected by the strong winds and were not regroomed on Friday. The trail remains in excellent condition.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien trails packed and tracked. Light snow falling. Excellent conditions.

Swedeton – All trails tilled,tracked and in excellent condition,Multi-use rolled.We are now setting side by side classic tracks on Valley and Greenstone, so grab a friend and ski along side each other.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Trails rolled and tracked. A little rough after wind storm but trails will be dragged and tracks reset Saturday morning to smooth out.

January 12, 2017

Chassell Classic – Windfalls cleaned up, drifts removed, trail packed twice, tracks set, excellent condition.

Michigan Tech – All main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien trails packed and tracked. Sun is shining. Excellent conditions.

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

January 11 2017

Chassell Classic – No grooming at Chassell today (Wednesday). Grooming will resume Thursday.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien trails packed and tracked. A few inches of fresh snow has fallen since grooming concluded.

January 10, 2017

Chassell Classic – Tracks reset on Tuesday morning. Excellent condition.

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

January 9, 2017

Chassell Classic – Groomed and tracked Monday morning. Excellent condition.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien trails packed and tracked. Excellent conditions. Snowing while grooming.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Rolled and tracked on Monday after snowfall. Excellent conditions.

January 8, 2017

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails – Trails groomed Sunday morning. Snow packed in fairly well, but low tire pressure may still be necessary.

Chassell Classic – Groomed and tracked Sunday morning. Excellent condition – a Currier and Ives kind of ski day.

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

Michigan Tech – All trails groomed and track set. Excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled and tracked. Excellent conditions.

January 7, 2017

Chassell Classic – Packed and tracked Saturday morning. The tracks are great under the new snow.

Swedetown – Two feet of new snow. All trails groomed but snow is coming down in bands. Skiing is very good but snowy.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled Friday evening and will be rolled again Saturday morning. Track setting will proceed if wind and snow conditions allow Saturday morning.

Michigan Tech – All trails groomed. Main trails had two passes. First pass finished at 11:30, second pass at 3:00. Very firm base and excellent conditions. Light snow falling when grooming concluded.

January 6, 2017

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails – We will be grooming today and tomorrow, but the heavy snow is suppose to continue through Saturday. Plan on trails reopening on Sunday (1/8).

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails were rolled Friday morning but plans to set tracks were abandoned due to the rate at which new snow falling was covering the trails. Track setting will resume when the heavy snowfall slacks enough to allow the effort to be productive.

Swedetown – All trails tilled, tracked and in excellent condition. Woodland trails (multi-use) rolled.

Michigan Tech – All trails groomed. Excellent conditions.

January 5, 2017

Chassell Classic – Groomed and tracked on Thursday and excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech – All main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien trails packed and tracked. Excellent conditions. Snowing when grooming ended.

Swedetown -All trails tilled, tracked and in great condition.

January 4, 2017

Chassell Classic – Groomed and tracked on Wednesday morning. Excellent condition on the lower trail and windblown on the upper trail.

Swedetown – Due to high winds and heavy snow we only tilled and tracked some loops: Valley, Cedar, Ed’s, Len’s, Greenstone and Mama Bear.

Michigan Tech – Trails were groomed, but it is snowin’ and the wind is a-blowin’.

Churning Rapids/Maasto Hiihto – Due to the hazardous high winds, low temps and drifting snow today all trails were rolled but no tracks were set.

January 2, 2017

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids -Tracks reset on city side Monday morning due to heavy traffic on Sunday. Churning Rapids still excellent.

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

Michigan Tech – All skate lanes groomed this morning. Tolkien trails groomed yesterday with tracks set.

January 1, 2017

Swedetown – Groomed, tracked, and pristine conditions. A good day to ski!

Michigan Tech – Everything groomed, tracked, and in excellent condition.

Chassell Classic – Packed and tracked and excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Tracks reset on all trails Sunday. Conditions excellent.

December 31, 2016

Chassell Classic – Packed and tracked this morning. Excellent conditions.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails – Trails groomed early Saturday morning. Trails should be pretty good, but you may need to run low-ish tire pressure as some areas may be soft.

Swedetown – All trails tilled, tracked and in excellent condition. Multi-use has been rolled.

Michigan Tech – Groomed, tracked and excellent.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids -All trails rolled and tracked with 3″ of fresh powder Saturday morning. Conditions excellent.

December 30, 2016

Chassell Classic – Packed, tracked, and premo!

Swedetown -All trails groomed and tracked. Conditions are excellent.

Michigan Tech – Groomed, tracked, and excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Tracks reset on all trails Friday. Conditions excellent as of Friday afternoon. One problem remains in ditch by Hodges Road crossing from melt water running beneath snow.

December 29, 2016

Michigan Tech – All main trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien trails packed and tracked. Snow falling as grooming was completed.

Maasto Hiito/Churning Rapids – New snow being rolling in to level the trails Thursday afternoon. Track setting to resume Friday when blowing snow subsides.

December 28, 2016

Chassell Classic – Trail groomed and tracked on Wednesday morning. Excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled and tracks set Wednesday morning. Trails largely excellent condition.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails – Trails were groomed last night. We started grooming Lake Annie trail, but it may be too soft to ride today. The other trails should be good.

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

Michigan Tech – All main trails packed and tracked. Tolkien trails tracked. Excellent conditions.

December 27, 2016

Michigan Tech – All main trails tilled with classic track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Excellent conditions. Lights on Balsam Loop are not working but please enjoy the remaining 6km that are on until 9:00 pm.

Chassell Classic – Trail was groomed and tracked on Tuesday morning, fair to good conditions. Icy in spots, windblown in some areas. All the brush and trees have been removed from the trail following the wind storm.

December 26, 2016

Michigan Tech – Grooming today was minimal with light equipment used while removing fallen limbs and trees. Classic track is poor to non existent. Skate lanes were groomed while removing debris from trail. Skate lanes are soft.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked.

December 25, 2016

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged and tracks are in great shape. Excellent conditions.

December 24, 2016

Chassell Classic – Grooming has been suspended until temperatures cool off. The trail condition is good but soft.

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed. No grooming Christmas day.

December 23, 2016

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged this morning. Excellent conditions. We will be grooming for the holidays, so come try out those new sks Santa brought you.

Michigan Tech -Main trails skate lanes groomed. Excellent conditions.

December 22, 2016

Chassell Classic – The trail was rolled and tracked on Thursday Dec. 22. It is in excellent condition.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – Trails groomed after the Wednesday night snow.

Michigan Tech -Main trails tilled with fresh classic track set. Excellent conditions. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Swedetown -All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions.

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

December 21, 2016

Chassell Classic – Our base is thin in several spots, so in order to maintain what we have, we will only groom if there is a snowfall of a few inches or more until it cools off again. Today there will be several areas that are windblown, but the majority of the trail should be good to very good.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set. Excellent conditions.

December 20, 2016

Swedetown – Trails tilled and tracked but tracks are blowing in quickly. Temps are great.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails groomed and tracked on Tuesday with the exception of the River Trail (4) north of Tomasi Road where a wet spot continues to be an issue. Wind is likely to blow in the trails quickly today.

December 19, 2016

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails – Trails were groomed early this morning. Pow Pow and Finney Creek are currently a 2-way trails. We will try to get the Lake Annie trail groomed in and signs placed this week.

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

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Tracks are perfect and skate lanes are rock hard. Ski NOW before more snow covers them up.

December 18, 2016

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent condition.

Michigan Tech – Normal grooming will return at Michigan Tech starting at midday December 19.

Chassell – Groomed and tracked and in excellent condition.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails were rolled Saturday evening. Tracks have not been set but conditions very good for early season. A few wet spots remain.

December 16, 2016

Chassell Classic – Rolled and tracked and in excellent condition.

Michigan Tech – Trails emanating from the main trailhead are groomed for the races tomorrow and Sunday. Fences are up, so the grooming is not the normal pattern. Recreational grooming will take place, conditions permitting. Please use the Nara and softball field trailheads, as the main trailhead is closed Sat and Sun.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Maintenance rolling and dragging are occurring along with manual hole filling of traditional trouble spots. The trails are very skiable but snow depth is not yet deep enough to support track setting. Conditions are being monitored daily for when track setting can begin.

December 15, 2016

Swedetown – The new Husky Groomer is running Wild and Free,All trails tilled and tracked, very good conditions.

December 14, 2016

Michigan Tech -All main trails tilled and track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Windy, cold and snowing when grooming ended. Lights on until 9.

December 13, 2016

Michigan Tech – Grooming resumed this morning. Trails will be groomed and tracked by noon.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails – We have been out packing the trails, but we are getting too much fresh snow to establish a bike-able trail. Trails will be open for our demo event on Saturday (Dec. 17).

Swedetown – Due to dangerous conditions, grooming was suspended today.

Chassell – Trails rolled; hope to set tracks tomorrow.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled for maintenance during the stormy weather Tuesday.

December 12, 2016

Michigan Tech – Grooming has been temporarily suspended while the trail crew works on signs and fencing for races coming up this weekend.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled. Some wet spots and the occasional rock.

December 11, 2016

Swedetown – Broke out the New Husky today! All trails tilled, tracked and in excellent condition.

Michigan Tech -All main trails groomed with classic track on all loops. Very good conditions. Light on until 9:00pm. Tolkien Trails not groomed.

Chassell – The trails have been rolled. We have a lot of water seeping onto the trails, so they are not really skiable yet. We are hoping to have something put together on the upper trails early next week. Thanks for your patience as get things dried up.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids all rolled today. Some wet spots and the occasional rock.

December 10, 2016

Swedetown -With 2+ feet of new snow we were only able to get half the trails groomed today, we kept losing the sleds. Sunday we hope to have all trails tilled and tracked.

Michigan Tech – All main trails rolled and leveled. 5km of classic track set on lighted green loops. Tolkien trails not groomed.

December 9, 2016

Michigan Tech – All main trails rolled and leveled. 12km of track set on Upper and Competition loops. Very good conditions. Tolkien Trails have not been groomed. Lights are on until 9:00pm.

Swedetown – Rolled in another 10+” today on all trails,hope to set some tracks Saturday and Sunday on flatter trails.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – The city side trails, Tomasi Rd, and trail 8 to Churning Rapids were rolled.

December 8, 2016

Michigan Tech – 8″ of snow last night. All main trails rolled. The Upper and Competition Trails near the main trailhead were also leveled with classic track set on green loops and all lighted loops (10km). Lights are on until 9:00pm nightly.

Swedetown – All trails rolled with 8 to 12 inches of new snow.

December 5, 2016

Swedetown – We have rolled in a coupl eof 4+” snowfalls on Valley, Cedar, Brich, and Tamarack. Good rock ski conditions.


April 16, 2016

Michigan Tech – Today marks the final day of grooming at Michigan Tech for this season. 5km of trail was pieced together and tilled with classic track set. Thanks to all that use and help support the Michigan Tech Trails.

April 15, 2016

Michigan Tech – Upper and Competition trails (except for Cemetery loop and half of Pine loop) tilled with track set overnight (last night). Watch for bare dirt areas.

April 14, 2016

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes on Upper and Competition trails groomed overnight. Some bare spots are appearing. Late Spring conditions.

April 13, 2016

Michigan Tech – 9 am – All main trails skate lanes groomed. We will no longer be grooming the Lower and Nara trails for the season after today. Grooming will continue on the Upper and Competition trails for as long as conditions allow.

April 12, 2016

Michigan Tech – 9:30 am -Upper and Competition loops tilled with classic track set. Lower and Nara loops skate lanes groomed. Tolkien Trails are no longer being groomed.

April 11, 2016

Michigan Tech -9:30 am – Main trails skate lanes groomed on all trails.

April 10, 2016

Michigan Tech – 9:00 am – Main trails skate lanes groomed. Excellent condition. Tracks still in excellent shape from yesterday.

April 9, 2016

Michigan Tech – All upper green loops, Hairpin, Linden, Peepsock and Cemetery loops tilled with track set and skate lanes groomed. All remaining trails just the skate law groomed.

April 8, 2016

Michigan Tech – 9 am – Skate lanes groomed on all main trails. Very good conditions.

Swedetown – Bonus Day: Greenstone, Mama, Baby, Cedar and Valley Trails are dragged for skating. Tracks set. Excellent spring skiing.

April 7, 2016

Michigan Tech – 8:30 am – Main trails tilled and classic track set. Excellent conditions.

April 6, 2016

Michigan Tech – 10:30 am -Main trails tilled and classic track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Very good Spring conditions.

Swedetown – bonus day – Grooming officially ended on April 3rd but who knew we’d get 10 more inches of snow? Accumulated new snow was rolled this morning on 7K of main trails. Good spring skiing on velvety snow.

April 5, 2016

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed on all main trails. Very good Spring conditions. The TRAIL LIGHTS have been turned off for the season.

April 4, 2016

Michigan Tech -All main trails tilled and classic track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – Grooming ended yesterday.

April 3, 2016

Michigan Tech – 10 am – All trails tilled and tracked. Snowing when grooming ended. Very good conditions.

Swedetown – Today marks the last day of grooming at Swedetown. Excellent conditions – trails groomed and tracked. New snow will lead to softer conditions later today. Last day of grooming for the season – have a great summer and see you next season.

April 2, 2016

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and classic track set. Very good conditions. Light snow falling when grooming completed at 4:30am. Ungroomed trails – Tolkien Trails, Cemetery loop, River Trail and Lookout Loop.

Swedetown – 8:30 am: Excellent conditions. All trails freshly groomed. Tracking in progress – should be completed by 11 am.

April 1, 2016

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed. Light snow falling when grooming ended (9:30 am).

March 31, 2016

Swedetown – All open trails dragged and tracked. Very good to not so good conditions depending on area. We plan to groom through the weekend.

Michigan Tech – All skate lanes groomed. Bare area at the top of Hemlock loop (passable) and more debris is showing up on trails as base melts. Track set on all Upper green loops, Hairpin, through cutoffs to Linden loop and then to stadium area. Spring conditions.

March 29, 2016

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed Monday evening for Tuesday skiing. If forecast is accurate we will not groom again until Thursday morning. Spring conditions.

Swedetown – Trails dragged and tracks are fair to good. We will not groom Wednesday due to predicted warm rain but will be back out Thursday morning and plan to groom through the weekend.

March 28, 2016

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled and track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Very good to excellent conditions.

March 27, 2016

Swedetown – Excellent conditions prevail at Swedetown with all trails groomed and tracked this morning.

Michigan Tech – Grooming for Easter Sunday March 27 completed Saturday evening at 9:30 pm. 2″ of fresh snow on main trails tilled and track set. Snow falling when grooming concluded. Next grooming will be Monday March 28 beginning at 7:00am.

March 26, 2016

Michigan Tech – 3 am -Main trails tilled and classic track set. Very good Spring conditions.

Swedetown – All trails tracked and groomed overnight, with very good to excellent conditions. Very good spring skiing with minimal debris on the trails. (Note: Powderhouse, Pine, and Adventure loops have been closed due to late season conditions.) Best skiing in the early AM before the temperatures cause the trails to soften.

March 25, 2016

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged and main tracks reset last night.

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed this morning.

March 24, 2016

Michigan Tech – 8:30 am – Skate lanes groomed. Very good to excellent conditions. Classic track set on March 19. Poor to good condition.

Swedetown – 10 am – Skate lanes dragged and in great shape. Tracks are holding up.

March 23, 2016

Swedetown – 10 am – An inch of fresh frosting dragged into skate lanes. Tracks are very good.

Michigan Tech – Main trails skate lanes groomed. Very good condition. Classic track was set on March 19. Good to very good condition.

March 22, 2016

Michigan Tech – 8:30 am – Main trails skate lanes groomed. Classic track in good shape.

March 21, 2016

Michigan Tech – Main trails skate lanes groomed. Classic track in very good shape. Large debris on Tolkien Trails cleared. Trails leveled and tracked. Tecumseh trail not tracked, Ring Loop partially tracked. Poor to very good classic track. Morning grooming will continue.

Swedetown – All open trails dragged and new tracks set (Pine and Powderhouse are closed). Very good conditions. Papa bear won’t last much longer due to swamp opening up by M-203, so ski it while you can.

March 20, 2016

Michigan Tech – Grooming for Sun, Mar. 20, completed Saturday evening at 9:30 pm. Next grooming will begin Monday morning at 7 am. Very good conditions.

Swedetown – 8 am – Skate lanes dragged and tracks are good. Very good conditions.

March 19, 2016

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

March 18, 2016

Swedetown – 10 am -Trails have been dragged and new tracks set. Very good conditions. Pine and Powder House will remain closed for the season.

Michigan Tech – 1 pm -All main trails skate lanes groomed. Track is set on all Upper Trails and all Competition trails (except Hemlock and Skidder). No track set on the lower Nara trails. Tolkien Trails have not been groomed.

March 17, 2016

Note: 12″ of very heavy snow overnight

Michigan Tech – 4 pm – All Upper and Competition loops except Skidder have been packed and tracked. We will try and open the remaining trails tomorrow after grooming the trails mentioned above. Tolkien Trails not groomed.

Swedetown – Trails rolled and all downed trees removed today. We plan to drag and track Friday morning.

Chassell – Grooming has ended for the season.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Grooming has ended for the season.

March 16, 2016

Michigan Tech and Swedetown – No grooming today at either place, but both will resume grooming tomorrow morning.

March 15, 2016

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes groomed overnight. Next grooming will most likely be Thursday morning March 17.

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged and tracks are in good shape.

March 14, 2016

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes on main trails groomed last night. Very good spring conditions.

Swedetown – Tracks set and skate lanes groomed this morning. Grooming has ended on Pine and Powderhouse (due to debris on the trails). Very good spring conditions.

March 13, 2016

Michigan Tech – Groomed last night. Main trail tilled with track set.

March 12, 2016

Michigan Tech – Groomed last night. Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails tracked. Spring conditions.

Maasto/Churning – Grooming suspended.

March 11, 2016

Michigan Tech – 8:30 am – Skate lanes dragged and rolled. Very good conditions. Plan to groom tonight.

Swedetown – Groomed overnight. Skate lanes dragged. Tracks are in great shape. Very good conditions.

March 10, 2016

Michigan Tech – 8:30 am – Main trails skate lanes groomed. Very good late-season conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Most of the city and gorge trails were dragged and tracks reset. Exception to that is Sidewinder, Vista and bulk of St. Urhos were not conditioned. The gorge edge of St. Urho’s was reset as part of the connection to the Quincy trail. The new river trail upstream from Tomasi Road to the Churning Rapids gate and looping back on the old trail connecting to Tomasi Road was also reset. Spring-like conditions.

March 9, 2016

Michigan Tech – 6:30 am – Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails are being leveled and possibly tracked as of 7:30.

Swedetown – 10:30 am -A ll trails tracked and dragged. Good conditions. Pine and Powderhouse will not be groomed after today — too much debris.

Copper Harbor – Grooming suspended.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Not groomed last few days.

Chassell – Grooming suspended.

March 8, 2016

Michigan Tech -No grooming at Michigan Tech for Tuesday due to rain and warm weather in forecast. Grooming at Michigan Tech will resume on Wednesday morning.

Swedetown We plan to start grooming Wednesday night through the weekend. Depending on debris, some trails might not be groomed.

March 7, 2016

Swedetown – Good base but due to warm weather trails are soft and grooming will be suspended until temps cool.

Michigan Tech – 10:30 pm – Main trails tilled with track set. Our evening Spring grooming schedule has begun. Please do not ski on freshly groomed trails in the evening until trail sets.

March 6, 2016

Michigan Tech – 12:30 am – Main trails tilled and classic track set.

March 5, 2016

Swedetown -We plan to till and track all trails Saturday night after the Bearchase. If the forecast is correct and it gets as warm as predicted we will not groom again until it gets colder.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – 9:30 – Groomed and tracks set. Excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set.

March 4, 2016

Michigan Tech – 10 am – Main trails skate lanes groomed. Classic track still in excellent condition.

March 3, 2016

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails – Snow has firmed up nicely. Trails are in great shape. Group fat bike ride from Christensen Rd. at 5:30 on Friday. All are welcome.

Michigan Tech – 8:30 am – Skate lanes groomed. Classic track in excellent shape.

March 2, 2016

Michigan Tech – 8:30 am – Skate lanes groomed. Classic tracks in excellent condition.

Swedetown – 10:30 am – Trails dragged and tracks are excellent. Race course is mostly marked and some connections are not groomed.

March 1, 2016

Chassell – 6:30 am – Groomed and tracked on Tuesday morning. Excellent condition.

Swedetown – 8:00 am – Trails tilled and tracked. Come connectors not groomed but easy to ski through.

Copper Harbor – 9:30 am – 85% of trail re-established but not groomed. Good for snowshoeing. Equipment issues.

Michigan Tech – 9:30 am -Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – Groomed Monday night (Feb. 29). The new snow didn’t pack down very well. You can try riding today, but you will need to run very low tire pressure (less than 4 psi).

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – 10:30 am – Vista, Mud Lake, and Churning Rapids trails leveled with the drag then tracks reset. Excellent conditions

February 29, 2016

Michigan Tech – 11 am – Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Wind with blowing snow when grooming concluded.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – 4 pm – All trails were rolled. City side trails, plus Gorge, Vista, and new and old river trails to Churning Rapids were dragged and tracked.

February 28, 2016

Chassell – The trail was groomed and tracked on Sunday morning. Very good condition.

Swedetown – 10 am -All trails dragged, a bit icy with skier ruts we couldn’t drag out. Starting Monday we will start grooming for Great Bear chase, some connectors won’t be groomed.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails dragged and tracks reset as of 1 pm

February 26, 2016

Chassell – 6:30 am – The trail was groomed and tracked on Friday morning. Fair to good condition. Very fast, use caution.

Michigan Tech – Main trails double tilled with fresh track set. Tolkien Trails last groomed on 2/17.

Swedetown – All trails groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

February 25, 2016

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Vista, Mud Lake and the #4 trail between Tomasi Road and the Churning Rapids Gate were dragged and tracked this morning. Excellent conditions.

Michigan Tech – Main trails skate lanes groomed.Tolkien Trails last grooming 2/17.

February 24, 2016

Michigan Tech – 9 am – Main trails skate lanes groomed. Tolkien Trails have not been groomed since 2/17.

Swedetown – 10:30 am – All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – As of 10am City Side of Gorge trails have been dragged and leveled and are in excellent condition. Continuing to work on as many more trails as possible unless soft conditions lead to overheating of equipment.

February 23, 2016

Chassell – 7 a.m. The upper part of the trail (approx 5km), which is accessed from Archambeau Rd., was groomed and tracked on Tuesday Feb. 23rd. Conditions are good to very good, but fast. The lower part of the trail remains closed until we get some new snow to mix into the ice to make the trail safe. Thanks again for your patience.

Swedetown – 9 am – All trails dragged. Very fast with good control. Tracks are a little slick but solid. Very good conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – 2:30 pm -Trails rolled and tracked.

February 22, 2016

Chassell – Chassell will remain closed on Monday because of very icy conditions. The trail report will be updated as soon as skiing is deemed safe. Thank you for your patience.

Michigan Tech -Main trails skate lanes groomed, with grooming completed about 9 am. Trace of snow fell yesterday after grooming. Tolkien Trails have not been groomed since rain but trace of snow should help cover bottom of the icy tracks.

Copper Harbor – Trails not groomed…groomer down for repair, though hope to resume by next weekend at the latest.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Most trails dragged today. Conditions very from good to excellent.

February 21, 2016

Swedetown – We were able to till and track Valley, Greenstone, Ed’s, Cedar, Birch and Tamarack. All others dragged.

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set. Tolkien Trails have not been groomed since the rain. Main trails in excellent condition.

February 20, 2016

Michigan Tech – No grooming today due to warm wet conditions. Trails are still open for skiing. Walkers and bikers please stay off trails if you are leaving footprint holes and tire ruts.

February 19, 2016

Chassell – The trail is covered with a thin layer of ice, but underneath it is very soft. Please stay off the trail until it cools down, hopefully on Sunday. Thank you for your cooperation.

February 18, 2016

Michigan Tech – Main trails skate lanes groomed (as of 9 am). Tolkien Trails packed and tracked on 2/17.

Swedetown – Dragged skate lanes by 10 am this morning. Trails are in excellent condition.

February 17, 2016

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Wednesday morning (approx 6:30 am). Excellent condition

Churning Rapids Snowbike Trails -Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails
Trails groomed Wednesday morning (approx. 6:30 am). Good conditions.

Michigan Tech -Main trails tilled and tracked (approx 11 am). Tolkien Trails packed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Churning Rapids trails and the Mud Lake trail rolled and tracked approx. 1 pm. Excellent conditions.

February 16, 2016

Copper Harbor – All trails groomed this morning and in very good shape. Tracks were not set pending equipment repair.

February 15, 2016

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked Sunday. Skate lanes dragged today. Excellent conditions.

Chassell – Upper trail was re-groomed on Monday morning to stiffen up some of the drifted areas. The trail is in excellent condition.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – Everything was groomed Sunday morning. The fields are still soft, but overall conditions are good.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All City side (trails south of the Swedetown Creek) and Gorge trails leveled and retracked this morning. Conditions excellent.

February 14, 2016

Michigan Tech – Main trails tilled with track set – grooming completed 8:30 am. Tolkien Trails packed and tracked yesterday.

Chassell – Chassell rolled and tracked on Sunday, excellent condition.

February 13, 2016

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – The trails were rolled this morning after a late start and tracked this afternoon.

Copper Harbor – All trails leveled / tilled, but not tracked due to equipment failure. 6in fresh snow and snowing with drifting.

February 12, 2016

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

February 11, 2016

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

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Tracks reset. Conditions excellent

February 10, 2016

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

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

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

February 9, 2016

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

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

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

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

February 8, 2016

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

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

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

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

February 7, 2016

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

February 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

February 5, 2016

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

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions!

February 4, 2016

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

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

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked,Excellent conditions.

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

February 3, 2016

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

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

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

February 2, 2016

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

February 1, 2016

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

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

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

January 31, 2016

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

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

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

January 30, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

January 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

January 28, 2016

Copper Harbor -Groomed and track set.

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

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

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

January 27, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

January 26, 2016

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

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked.

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

January 25, 2016

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

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

January 24, 2016

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

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

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

January 23, 2016

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

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

January 22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

January 21, 2016

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

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

January 20, 2016

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

Copper Harbor – Conditions are Excellent! The snow continues.

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

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

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

January 19, 2016

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Tuesday. Excellent condition.

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

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

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

January 18, 2016

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

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

January 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

January 16, 2016

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

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

January 15, 2016

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions.

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

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

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

January 14, 2016

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

January 13, 2016

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

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

Chassell – Groomed and tracked. Excellent condition.

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

January 12, 2016

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

January 11, 2016

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

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

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

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

January 10, 2016

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

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

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

Michigan Tech -All main trails tilled today. Tolkien Trails also packed and tracked. Lights on until 9:00 nightly.

January 9, 2016

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

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

January 8, 2016

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

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

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

January 6, 2016

Swedetown – Skate lanes dragged and tracks are still nice.

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

January 5, 2016

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

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

Maasto Hiihto – No grooming yet.

January 4, 2016

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

Chassell – Groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – Groomed and tracked. Excellent conditions.

January 1, 2016

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

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

December 31, 2015

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

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

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

December 29, 2015

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

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

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

December 28, 2015

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

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

December 27, 2015

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

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

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

December 26, 2015

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

December 25, 2015

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

December 24, 2015

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

December 23, 2015

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

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

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

December 22, 2015

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

December 20, 2015

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

December 19, 2015

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

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

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

December 18, 2015

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

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

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

December 17, 2015

Chassell – Rolled, not tracked.

December 15, 2015

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