December 16, 2017
Swedetown -The Husky is off the leash and running free. All trails tilled and tracked, beautiful conditions. Multi loops rolled.
Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – All trails groomed Friday night. Basswood loops were groomed for the first time this season and are soft. A few inches of fluffy snow fell after grooming, but trails should be rideable with low tire pressure.
Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids -This morning we rolled the snow that fell overnight and decided some trails were now deep enough to make tracks. Granted, things are quite rough and wet spots remain, nonetheless, tracks were made on all city side trails and the gorge until Tomasi pit road. From there the old trail or trail 8 to Churning Rapids has tracks; trail 4 towards Mud Lake, and the trail on the east side of the lake (trail 9). Trails aren’t perfect yet but skiing isn’t bad.
December 15, 2017
Chassell – Rolled and tracked on Friday morning. 7 km accessed from Archambeau Rd. Very good to excellent condition.
Swedetown – All trails are tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions prevail throughout the system, with very firm tracks and skate lanes. The multi-purpose (dog loops) are packed and rolled as well.
Michigan Tech – Hosting junior national qualifying races this weekend, so grooming emphasizes those. The main trailhead and the trails that connect with the Core Loop will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Nara Trails, Pilgrim Trails, and the softball field trailhead will be open.
December 14, 2017
Chassell – The upper 7 km was packed and tracked on Dec. 14th. The trail is in good to very good condition. Access the trail from the Archambeau Rd parking lot.
Swedetown – Tilled in 6+ ” of new snow and tracked all trails, very good conditions.
Maasto/Churning – Rolled 4″ in this morning. The rough trail conditions continue to improve.
December 12, 2017
Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – TTrails groomed this morning.
Swedetown – All trails tilled, tracked and in excellent condition. More snow falling.
Michigan Tech – All upper trails groomed for skate and classic. Linden, Peepsock, Balsam and Maple groomed for skate/classic. Skidder is in base building mode for this weekends race. Royalwood Loop groomed for skate/classic. Tolkien will be groomed this afternoon.
Chassell – The trail has been rolled and the base is more solid. Hopefully we will get the top part of the trail open in the next several days.
Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails were rolled late today, except for the tower loop in Churning Rapids, which is not accessible to grooming equipment due to deep water at the triangle. Wet sections are improving with this cool weather. We will roll the trails again as snow falls, to help freeze the water.
December 11, 2017
Swedetown – All trails were tracked on Sunday and the skate lanes were freshly dragged today. Conditions are very good to excellent, but expect slightly softer conditions with the arrival of new snow this afternoon and evening.
Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail – There is currently a two-way trail from Christensen Road through Finney Creek, PowPow, and over to Grassy Lane. The Aunt Flow – Brooks Gorge – Sucky Up loop is also open. We will work on packing the Basswood loops and the Lake Annie trail this week.
December 10, 2017
Swedetown – All trails are tilled and tracked tracked! Conditions are very good to excellent. Skiers may encounter wet spots in a couple of low areas but these places are rare–one on Ed’s Loop, early on Mama Bear, and on Powderhouse. The tracks and trails have firmed up quickly with the second day of grooming with the Husky!
December 9, 2017
Swedetown – All trails tracked and dragged except Powderhouse, We plan to till and track about 20 K Sunday morning and drag remaining 10K
Chassell – The trail has been rolled. We are fighting several wet spots scattered around the trail. Hopefully we will get the top part of the trail open in the next several days. We have not received the same amount of snow as farther north, but will continue to work at water repairs.
Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails in Maasto, and gate-to-gate in Churning Rapids, were rolled today. Due to deep water at the triangle we were not able to groom into Churning Rapids. Many water crossings remain wet, which more snow and cold will help. Snow depth improving but many shallow areas remain.
December 8, 2017
Michigan Tech – Grooming upper and competition trails today. Packing and rolling Nara Area. Tracks will be set on Birch, Isle Royale, Superior, Core and Hairpin.
Swedetown – Rolled and dragged in 10+ inches today on all trails except Pine and Powderhouse. Saturday we plan to set tracks on 15K of trail.
Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Rolled the City side, gorge including the New River Trail Extension, Vista, and the re-opened Outback trail today. Many shallow spots, stumps/rocks, and wet spots. Some areas have better depth but skiers should use rock skis.
December 6, 2017
Michigan Tech – Grooming upper trails today. Coverage is good except a few thin spots that are windblown. Packing/rolling Competition, Nara and Tolkein trails today also. No tracks today, will set a couple loops tomorrow.
Swedetown – Rolled in 4″ to 10″ of new snow on all trails, very good coverage except wind blown areas. We plan to drag or roll tomorrow morning depending on snowfall. Most cables and gates open.
December 1, 2017
Swedetown – We plan to drag,Valley, Cedar, Birch and Tamarack Saturday morning (Dec. 2). Expect mostly good coverage with a few grass spots. Birch will have a 50 foot section of nice grass near the beginning but gets much better after.
November 25, 2017
Swedetown – Still decent coverage on gated trails and south Greenstone, expect icy, crusty spring like conditions and no tracks, all gates will remain closed.
Michigan Tech – Grooming will resume when conditions improve. Trails very icy and thin.
November 24, 2017
The weather isn’t looking good. 45 degrees at 8:30 am. No grooming today.
November 22, 2017
Swedetown – All open trails dragged, no new tracks set due to ice and thin base. Greenstone has very good coverage and tracks. We will not groom Thursday and Friday but hope to get out Saturday depending on snow.
Michigan Tech – Upper trails have been groomed for skate. Nara trails packed today. Watch out for icy spots on all trails. Remember – Dogs must be kept to Isle Royale and Superior Loop on leash only.
November 20, 2017
Michigan Tech – Trails dragged. No tracks set. The base is mostly holding but there are thin spots and icy spots. There are several spots on Portage that are very thin.
Swedetown – All trails dragged except the upper Powderhouse field and the Bear loops. Tracks are holding and the base is 6-10″ in most places. Very good early season conditions.
November 19, 2017
Swedetown – All trails dragged except Bear loops and Powderhouse field. Tracks are holding up. Very good early season conditions.
Michigan Tech – Trails dragged. No tracks set. Good early season conditions.
November 18, 2017
Swedetown – Groomed and tracked Valley, Ed’s, Cedar, Birch, and Tamarack, Len’s. Pine is groomed but not tracked. Classic is very good early season. There are some ruts in the middle of the trails, so skating is not so good.
Michigan Tech – Dragged this morning for skating. No tracks set. Good early season conditions.
November 16, 2017
Michigan Tech – About 3″ of snow last night. Trails dragged for skating.
Swedetown – Thursday we rolled in 6″ of new snow on all trails except Powder house and Bear loops. Plan to drag Friday and have tracks set for weekend. Caution, there is a family hunting off Greenstone and using edge of trail to access their blind, please respect their right to hunt. Gates and cables remain closed. Conditions very good for early season.
November 15, 2017
Michigan Tech and Swedetown closed – Last night’s rain and warmer temperatures have not been kind to the base. Both trail systems are closed pending colder temps and more snow.
November 14, 2017
Swedetown has a base of about a foot. Tracks set this morning and skate lanes groomed. Trails open are Valley, Ed’s (short version), Cedar, Birch, Tamarack, and lower Powderhouse. Note some gates and cables are still up. Lights are on in the evening and cover Valley and lower Powderhouse.
Michigan Tech – Upper trails groomed for skating. Base about 2″. Lights on nightly. Trails will close starting tomorrow (Nov. 15) until more snow arrives.
November 12, 2017
Swedetown has a base of about a foot. Tracks set this morning and skate lanes groomed. Trails open are Valley, Ed’s (short version), Cedar, Birch, Tamarack, and lower Powderhouse. Note some gates and cables are still up.
Michigan Tech – Rolled this morning. Base varies from 4-8″. Lights on nightly.
November 11, 2017
Swedetown has a base of about a foot. 2″ of snow overnight was not rolled this morning. While skiers are welcome, official opening date is Dec. 1, so daily grooming is not yet in effect. Trails that were rolled are Valley, Ed’s, Cedar, Birch, and Tamarack. Note gates and cables are still up. Also note that deer season opens Nov. 15 and hunting is allowed on the Swedetown land.
Michigan Tech – 2″ of new snow rolled in this morning. Base varies from 4-8″. Lights on nightly.
November 9, 2017
First storm of the year with 8-12″ so far.
Swedetown – Rolled Valley, Greenstone, Cedar, Birch, and Tamarack. Note gates and cables are still up.
Michigan Tech – Rolled the upper trails. Lights are on starting tonight. Hope to set tracks tomorrow.
November 3, 2017
Swedetown – Rolled 6-7″ of snow on Valley, Cedar, Birch, and Tamarack.