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January 23, 2018

Chassell – Grooming completed at 7:15 a.m. Excellent conditions.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed early Wednesday morning. Very nice conditions for Wednesday.

January 22, 2019

Swedetown – We decided on a delayed start for grooming this morning because it just keeps coming down! The snow bike trails and Dog Loops have been dragged, and the main trails will be tilled and tracked this morning. If you’re out early, please use caution as the Husky will be out working this new snow into our 2′ base!

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Nathan is out grooming right now (11 am), but the snow is still coming down. We plan to hit it again later this evening or early tomorrow morning. It may be rideable with low tire pressure today. Plan on better conditions for Wednesday.

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and new tracks set. Tracks also set on Tolkien Trails.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Delayed start, but all Maasto trails tracked. No grooming has been done in Churning Rapids today. We plan to roll and track all trails early Wednesday morning.

Copper Harbor – Beautiful lake effect snow. Laid a single track and track for hiking/ snowshoeing

January 21, 2019

Swedetown – All trails dragged this morning; light use on the snow bike and Dog Loops yesterday left those trails in good shape. Grooming completed at 8:00 am.

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed Monday morning. Fresh snow, very good conditions. Ski, Snowshoe, Bike.

January 20, 2019

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

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Sunday morning. Very good condition.

Swedetown – All trails tilled and tracked; the snow bike trails and Multipurpose Loops freshly dragged as well. Stick with those New Year’s resolutions: get out and ski! Grooming completed at 10:00 am.

Michigan Tech -Upper and Competition trails tilled and new tracks set. Lower trails – skate lanes dragged.

 January 19, 2019

Chassell – Groomed and tracked at 8 am. Excellent conditions.

Swedetown – It may be a bit on the cold side today, but all the more reason to bundle up and ski hard at Swedetown. All trails are tilled and tracked; the Dog Loops and snow bike trails have been freshly dragged. Grooming completed at 9:00 am.

Copper Harbor – Trails groomed Saturday morning. Fresh snow, excellent conditions. Ski, Snowshoe, Bike.

Michigan Tech – Trails tilled and tracked. Tolkien tracks have been reset.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Saturday morning. Excellent conditions.

January 18, 2019

Copper Harbor -Trail leveled and tracked. Conditions good.

Swedetown – Ski trails tilled and tracked. Multi-use and snow bike trails are in very good shape with minimal snow dust.

Michigan Tech – Competition and Lower trails tilled and new tracks set. Upper trails skate lanes dragged. Excellent conditions

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails dragged and tracked. Expect open areas to be somewhat blown over. Excellent conditions

January 17, 2019

Michigan Tech – Upper and Competition trails tilled and new tracks set. Lower trails – skate lanes dragged. Tolkien has fresh tracks today.

Swedetown – All ski and multi-use trails dragged and in excellent condition. The snow bike loops are also in excellent shape and ready to ride.

Copper Harbor – Groomed Thursday morning. Very Good conditions. Ski, Snowshoe, Bike.

January 16, 2019

Swedetown – All ski trails tilled, tracked and in excellent condition. Snow bike trail  dragged and solid, Multi-use in good shape. Grooming completed 9 am.

Chassell – Groomed and tracked. Very good conditions. Grooming completed at 7:30 am

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Most trails were cleared with the V plow early Wednesday morning. The Tomasi Road connector (River Bypass) was not groomed but should still be rideable.

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and new tracks set. Tolkien loops dragged this morning and new tracks will be set tomorrow.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails dragged and tracked. Most tracks have been set after the wind calmed down, so there should be very few snow covered tracks. Excellent conditions.

January 15, 2019

Michigan Tech – All skate lanes dragged. New tracks on Isle Royale and Superior, but then an equipment breakdown. Other trails are tracked from yesterday, and the tracks are fine. Full grooming with the Bombardier tomorrow.

Swedetown – Trails were dragged and still in excellent condition with the snow from last week. Grooming completed at 9 am.

January 14, 2019

Michigan Tech – Upper and Competition trails groomed this morning. Lower trails show very little use and are still in excellent condition.

Copper Harbor – All trails groomed and tracked Monday morning. Very good conditions.

Swedetown – All ski trails and snow bike loops dragged today. Excellent conditions. Multi-use trail also in excellent shape.

January 13, 2019

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

Swedetown – All trails were dragged, and both classic tracks and skate lanes are in excellent condition. The snow bike trail was dragged on Saturday evening, and the Dog Loops this morning. Grooming completed at 10:00 am.

January 12, 2019

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Friday evening. Should be very nice for the weekend.

Swedetown – All trails were tilled and tracked. The snow bike trail was dragged on Friday evening, but may be a little soft due to warmer temperatures. The Dog loops are firm and ready for romps with your favorite pal. Grooming completed at 9:30 am.

Michigan Tech – Trails tilled and new tracks set.

January 11, 2019

Copper Harbor -Fresh snow. Tracked this morning. Some areas of trail need work with leveler. Overall trail conditions are “good.”

Swedetown -All trails dragged today and tracks were set yesterday. Conditions are excellent. Snow bike loops dragged today and are in great shape. Multi-use trails were dragged yesterday and also in great condition.

January 10, 2019

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Wednesday evening. We used the V plow to push the fluff off of the firm base. Should be good riding for the next few days.

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

Chassell – Groomed and tracked on Thursday morning. Grooming completed at 8. Excellent conditions.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails dragged and tracked. Most drifts smoothed out. Excellent conditions everywhere.

Michigan Tech – Double groomed most trails this morning to shape trails starting to “U”. All trails tilled and new tracks set.

January 9, 2019

Swedetown – All ski trails tilled and tracked, multi-use rolled, and snow bike trail roughed in. Lake effect snow adding up.

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and tracked this morning. Snow and high winds will continue throughout the day.

Chassell – Grooming/tracking completed at 9 am. Excellent conditions, but wind-blown in a few areas.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled and tracked besides New River trail and Mud Lake due to drifting. With the steady wind and snow, tracks will not last long. Very good conditions. We plan to smooth out drifts with the drag tomorrow morning if not much more snow falls. Tracks will be reset on all trails as well.

January 8, 2019

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Monday evening. New snow packed down pretty well and should freeze Tuesday morning.

Copper Harbor – Trails open for multi-use, skiing, snowshoeing, and FAT BIKE! Not tracked as of yet. Trail conditions poor.

Churning Rapids/Maasto Hiihto -All trails dragged and tracked. Expect drifting in open areas. West side of Mud Lake is quite bumpy from drifting, but we hope to have it smoothed out in the next couple days. Very good to excellent conditions.

Swedetown – All ski trails were groomed last night with tracks set. There is some tree debris in wooded areas, but otherwise conditions are good. Snow bike trails were also groomed last night, but may still be soft due to high overnight temps. Multi-use trails were rolled this morning and are in good shape.

January 7, 2019

Swedetown – Due to high winds, rapidly accumulating snow (which is a good thing!), and drifting, trail grooming has been suspended this morning. If the weather settles, we’ll groom the closer-in trails this afternoon.

Chassell – Rolled and tracked on Monday morning. Good to very good. Grooming completed at 9:00 a.m.

Michigan Tech – All trails groomed, but no tracks set. Will look at setting tracks, depending on the weather settling down.

January 6, 2019

Swedetown – Skate lanes were dragged this morning; both skate lanes and classic tracks are fast and firm, due to the warm temperatures and consequent refreezing of the snow. Grooming completed at 9:00 am.

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes dragged today. Sloppy snowstorm tomorrow.

January 5, 2019

Swedetown – All trails were tilled and tracked this morning; the snow bike trail was dragged last night. Conditions are fast and firm, but expect to see some softening as the temperatures rise. Grooming completed at 8:00 am.

January 4, 2019

Chassell – Because of the very thin base and spring like conditions, grooming has been suspended until we get more snow. It would be best to stay off the trail until grooming resumes. Thanks.

Swedetown – Skate lanes were dragged this morning; expect to find fast conditions in both the skate lanes and classic tracks until warmer temperatures cause the snow to soften. The snow bike trail will be groomed tonight when temperatures drop. Grooming completed at 9:30 am.

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and new tracks set last night finishing up at 2 am. Excellent skiing today.

January 3, 2019

Churning Rapids/Maasto Hiihto – All trails dragged and tracked. A few rough spots remain on Mud Lake and the New River trail. Very good to excellent conditions. No grooming until the weather cools back off.

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes dragged today. Trails will be tilled and tracked this evening as the temperature drops below freezing.

January 2, 2019

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails were groomed Tuesday morning. Mostly good conditions with some soft spots in open areas that were drifted.

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes dragged today. Tracks still in nice shape.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All City-Side trails re-tracked as well as River Bypass and the New River trail. Trails are in very good condition and firm from the cold weather overnight. We plan to drag and reset tracks on all trails early Thursday.

Swedetown – All trails were dragged this morning, including the Multipurpose (Dog) Loops and snow bike trail. Some brushing was done on the snow bike trail to reduce the number of hanging limbs from the recent heavy snowfalls. The same snowfalls that have led to excellent conditions throughout the Swedetown system. Grooming completed at 11:00 am.

January 1, 2019

Swedetown -All ski trails tilled, tracked and in EXCELLENT condition. Multi-use rolled and snow bike trail dragged. Grooming finished 10 am.

Michigan Tech -All trails tilled and tracks set. Tolkien packed and tracks set.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled and tracked. Mud Lake, New River trail, and the River trail in the gorge still have a couple rough spots. Trails are also a bit soft today. Very good conditions just about everywhere.

December 31, 2018

Michigan Tech – Snowing all day today so no grooming till tomorrow morning.

Chassell – The whole trail is now groomed. Conditions are very good to excellent. Grooming completed at 10:30 a.m.

Swedetown – Skate lanes, multi-use and snow bike trails dragged. Heavy snow falling. We will till and track all this great new snow in tomorrow morning.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids -D ue to heavy snowfall an abbreviated track pattern was set. The River trail in the gorge, Mud Lake, River Bypass, Ruby Marsh, and Diagonal were not tracked. Expect some normally double tracked areas to be single tracked. With increasing wind, tracks will not last long. All trails will be rolled and tracked early Tuesday morning.

December 30, 2018

Swedetown -All trails dragged this morning, including the Multipurpose loops. The snow bike trail was dragged, and Loop 4 should be open later today. The classic tracks and skate lanes are firm and fast, with very good to excellent conditions throughout the system. Grooming completed at 9:30 am.

December 29, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails were groomed Friday night. Fluffy snow seems to have packed down pretty well on top of the slushy base. Watch for low branches due to ice, we tried to cut the worst of them.

Chassell – The upper 7 km of trail are groomed and tracks are set. Most of that part of the trail is in good to very good condition. The snow cover up from the Heritage Center in Chassell is thin, and it would be recommended to not ski that section. Please use the Archambeau Rd trail head and avoid the bottom 2 km. Hopefully we will get several more inches of snow so we can get everything up and running. Thanks for your patience.

Michigan Tech – Upper and Competition trails tilled and tracks reset. Lower trails have been dragged. Tracks reset on Tolkien loops.

Copper Harbor – All trails are established but not groomed or tracked.

Swedetown -A ll trails tilled, tracked and in great condition. Multi-use rolled. Snow bike loops 1,2 and 3 dragged . We hope to open loop 4 tomorrow.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All Maasto trails rolled and tracked. Churning Rapids trails dragged and tracked. Sections of Mud Lake and the New River trail were not tracked today and are a bit rough. Expect to find very good conditions almost everywhere.

December 28, 2018

Swedetown – All ski trails tilled , tracked and in very good condition. Multi-use was packed and rolled. Snow Bike Trails loops 1,2 and 3 snowmobile packed but not dragged; loop 4 will need snowshoe packing and saw work.

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

Churning Rapids/Maasto Hiihto – All trails rolled and tracked. The New River trail, Mud Lake, and the River Trail along the gorge are still a bit rough. Good to very good conditions on almost all trails.

December 27, 2018

Swedetown – We are suspending grooming until weather settles down. We plan to get out early Friday morning.

Michigan Tech – Rolling and base building today. Trails will be tilled fresh tomorrow with tracks set on all trails.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – We packed down the sloppy snow Thursday evening. Planning to groom again Friday evening, so hopefully good riding for Saturday.

December 26, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails were groomed Monday morning. Conditions remain pretty good for Wednesday.

Michigan Tech – Upper and Competition Trails dragged today. Tracks on Upper Trails are in excellent shape and Cemetery Loop is now open.

Swedetown – All trails were dragged today, and the Multiuse (Dog) loops were rolled as well, but expect to find some wet spots in low areas. The snow bike trail was dragged and is firm and fast. The tracks and trails are in generally very good condition with the new snow received earlier in the week. Grooming completed at 10:30 am

December 24, 2018

Swedetown – 6″ to 8″ of fresh snow, All Trails Rolled, dragged and tracked. Snow bike trail dragged but could be a bit soft. As of now we are not planning to groom tomorrow.

Michigan Tech – All trails tilled and new tracks set on Upper Trails. Tolkien rolled today and starting to fill in. Should be able to set track on all trails after next snowfall.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled and tracks set everywhere except the New River trail and the middle section of Spring Creek between Ruby Marsh and Diagonal. Good conditions just about everywhere. Expect some rough areas on the Quincy trail, New River trail, and Mud Lake. Trails remain pretty soft until we have enough base to drag.

December 23, 2018

Swedetown – All trails dragged and tracked, with much better results for the classic tracks today. A little new snow added to the mix didn’t hurt either! Good conditions throughout the system, with much less debris on the surface after two days of dragging and working in the new snow from last night. Grooming completed at 11:00 am.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails tracked today besides Mud Lake, Spring Creek, and New River Trail. City-side and gorge trails are still pretty rough and have many bare spots exposed. Most wet spots have frozen over, but still need more snow to cover. All trails in Churning Rapids are in pretty good shape besides the middle section of Spring Creek between Diagonal and Ruby Marsh.

December 22, 2018

Swedetown – The good news: all the trails were tracked and dragged today and the skate lanes should be firm and fast. The bad news: rock hard conditions precluded a decent track set for the classic tracks, but we will reset on Sunday morning with hopefully better results as the snow is worked more. There are some thin spots throughout the system, but generally good conditions prevail. Grooming completed at 11:00 am

December 21, 2018

Michigan Tech – Skate lanes dragged on Upper and Competition Trails. Tracks still set on Upper Trails and Linden/Peepsock Loops. They are in good shape and rock solid with a dusting of new snow to give some traction. Hairpin and Cemetery Loops are still closed because of ice and thin spots. Lower trails will need a little more snow before we groom since there were many bare spots showing through the last time we were out. Tolkien will get dragged today to break up the ice but won’t be in good shape until more snow falls.

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Some of the trails were groomed Thursday night to smooth out some ruts. Riding should be decent this weekend, but watch for icy spots.

Swedetown – All ski trails were dragged today. We did not get as much snow as we wished for, so there are still thin spots in the skate lanes which are avoidable. Pine needles and tree debris are obvious in the treed areas. Tracks were blown in with snow in more open spots and some tracks were damaged by uninvited snowmobilers last night, so please take care. Snow is thinnest on the Bear loops and Powderhouse field. Snow bike loops were freshly groomed this morning.

December 19, 2018

Swedetown – All trails dragged, Skate lanes are in good condition but a bit dirty in the pines and random thin spots that are easily avoided. Tracks are in good to not so good condition, depending on trail. Hardwood areas have best tracks. Pine tree areas are washing out and a lot of debris. Snow bike trail is still in good shape.

December 18, 2019

Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trail -Trails are still in good shape for biking. Generally snow covered and firm, but watch out for a few icy spot.

December 17, 2018

Michigan Tech:

  • Upper Trails – Tilled and tracked. Very icy this morning
  • Competition Trails – Tilled but not tracked. Hairpin is closed (the lower third of Hairpin is ice and bare spots). Very icy this morning.
  • Nara and Lower Trails – Dragged, but not tilled or tracked

The grooming plan for the rest of the week is:

  • No grooming Tuesday
  • Grooming on Wednesday
  • No grooming on Thursday
  • And this is all depending on the weather and forecast. We’re trying to conserve the snow (and hoping for more!)
  • Note, too, there are a lot of sticks and debris on the trail from last night’s wind.

December 16, 2018

Swedetown – All trails were dragged and tracks are still solid. Even with the warm temperatures, the trails at Swedetown are holding up well, but expect some debris on wooded trails such as Powderhouse and Pine, and beware of the occasional thin spot in places. Grooming completed at 9:30 am.

December 15, 2018

Swedetown – All trails were dragged and tracked today. Generally good conditions throughout the system; skiers will find the best conditions earlier in the day before peak temperatures cause the trails and tracks to soften. There is some debris (pine needles, etc.) in some of the wooded areas, especially on Powderhouse and Pine. As you send those final lists in to the big guy up North, please put SNOW! as the number one item for what you want for Christmas! Grooming completed at 9:30 am

December 13, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails are soft now (Friday 4:30pm). It should freeze tonight so we recommend riding before noon on Saturday. Sunday may be bad for biking if it doesn’t freeze on Saturday night.

December 12, 2018

Swedetown – No grooming done today, and minimal grooming will be done throughout the week to preserve the base on the trails. All trails will be dragged and tracked on Saturday morning for the weekend. Expect to find some thin spots in areas, especially in wooded areas where there isn’t as much snow.

Michigan Tech – Michigan Tech will host Junior National Qualifier races on Saturday and Sunday. Many loops will be closed for the weekend, including all loops that intersect with Core (Birch, Oak, Pine, Portage, Hairpin, Hemlock/Skidder, Balsam/Maple, Linden/Peepsock). Race courses have been cleared and tracks reset on Competition Loops. Upper and Competition Trails have been dragged.

No grooming Thursday to preserve snow for this weekends Junior National Qualifier races. 

Friday – Sunday: access to Lower Trails will be available using the Nara Trailhead. Competition Trails will be closed and access to Isle Royale and Superior will be via the softball fields entrance.

December 11, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Monday night. May still be soft in spots, but overall good conditions.

Michigan Tech – Tracks reset on Upper Trails and skate lanes dragged. In preparation for this weekend’s race there will be 2k, 3k, and 5k classic race courses set today using Core, Hairpin, Skidder, Balsam, Linden and Peepsock Loops. Ski it if you’d like, the 2k and 3k split off taking a left on Core at the top of Hairpin. Friday will be the same.

Swedetown – All trails dragged including Multi-use. SBT is firm and fast, Bikers Please yield to skiers.

December 9, 2018

Michigan Tech – Classic tracks reset on Upper Loops. Tracks are still in great shape on the other trails (they will be reset tomorrow). All trails dragged today. Lower trails are starting to smooth out and looking better every day.

Swedetown -New tracks were put down and all trails were dragged. Conditions are firming up nicely, especially on the snow bike trail. Grooming completed at 10:30 am.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Early Saturday morning all trails were rolled. Tracks were set everywhere except for Mud lake, New River trail, and most of Churning Rapids. We will try to set tracks on all Churning Rapids trails Sunday morning, excluding the Spring Creek reroute. Conditions are improving and we’re seeing mostly good conditions everywhere. The Quincy trail, Mud Lake, New River trail and the River trail in the gorge still remain pretty rough. The River trail still has a couple wet spots.

December 8, 2018

Swedetown – All trails were rolled, dragged, and tracked this morning. Generally very good conditions throughout the system thanks to an little unexpected snow on Friday. Dog loops are open for business and the snow bike trail is ready to go. Grooming completed at 9:30 am.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All trails rolled. Tracks set everywhere except mud lake, new river trail, and Churning Rapids. Tracks will be set everywhere in Churning Rapids on Sunday. Trails are mostly good, with a few minor wet spots and bumps.

Michigan Tech – Tracks set on upper, competition, and lower trails.

December 7, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – Trails groomed Thursday night. We hit everything except Lake Annie Trail and South Basswood. It could be ridden today (Friday) with low tire pressure. The route from Tomasi trailhead will be very soft so it may be better to start at Christensen. We plan to groom more Friday night so there should be decent riding on Saturday.

Swedetown – All trails dragged and tracked, including all of Powderhouse as well as Papa Bear. Get yer thrills on Flamingo hill, but be careful, as it is a little rough yet! Take Fido/Fidette out for a walk on the Dog Loops: they are open, but still a bit damp in spots. The snow bike trail has been freshly groomed as well, so there is truly something for everyone at STC today! Grooming completed at 11:00.

Michigan Tech – Tracks set on all Upper Loops. All trails dragged today. Tracks will be set on Competition Trails tomorrow.

December 6, 2018

Churning Rapids and Maasto Hiihto – All trails rolled. Tracks set on the city-side trails only. We do not have enough base to drag trails yet, so there are many rough sections still. Trails range from fair to good conditions.

Swedetown – Sorry for the late report folks, but it was a long day! All of the new snow from Wednesday night was rolled today (Thursday), and limited classic tracks were set. All trails will be dragged on Friday, and tracks will be set on all trails. The new snow has allowed us to reopen Powderhouse Field and Papa Bear, as well as Flamingo Hill, but Flamingo is still thin and a bit rough, so use caution! 

The Multipurpose (Dog) Loops will be opened tomorrow–stay tuned for an update on that.

Santa, all we want for Christmas is a little more of that Lake Effect Snow! Well, maybe a lot…

December 5, 2018

Churning Rapids Snow Bike – We’ve started packing in some of the trails and plan to do more grooming on Thursday and Friday in order to have some rideable trails for Saturday.

December 4, 2018

Michigan Tech – Tracks set on all Upper Trails. All trails dragged today.

December 3, 2018

Swedetown -All trails dragged and tracked except Da Bears and open field of Powderhouse.

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Michigan Tech -Upper and Competition Trails dragged and classic tracks set on Birch and Oak Loops today.

December 1, 2018

Swedetown – All trails dragged and tracked, with the exception of Powderhouse field and Papa Bear. Generally good conditions, but there are some thin spots. The snow bike trail was freshly groomed this morning and is getting firmer every day. Grooming completed at 10:00 am.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids -All trails rolled except the New River trail, Vista, Mud Lake, and the north section of Thoroughfare to Christensen Rd. Still waiting for more freezing of wet spots and filling of trail hazards to groom again. We hope to start grooming again the week of Dec. 10th, subject to weather.

November 30, 2018

Michigan Tech – All trails dragged, and we opened the Lower Trails for skiing today. Racers Return still needs a little more snow, also the connector from Ridge Loop to Royalewood is a little rough.

Swedetown – Trails were dragged today; tracks will be set on Saturday. The snow bike trail was dragged and is in fairly good shape as well. Heikki Lunta make it snow!

November 29, 2018

Michigan Tech – Upper Trails dragged today. Competition Trails are starting to get a little thin so we will hold off on grooming them until we get more snow. Preserving snow for our JNQ Race (Dec 15-16).

November 28, 2018

Michigan Tech – Upper and Competition Trails dragged today. No tracks yet.

Swedetown – All trails tracked except Bears, Ed’s and Powderhouse, Skate lanes dragged except Papa and Powderhouse, Snow bike trail dragged. We will switch to minimal grooming until more snow falls.

November 27, 2018

Swedetown -All trails dragged except Papa Bear and Powderhouse open field, No tracks yet.

November 26, 2018

Michigan Tech -Dragged Upper and Competition Trails for skate today. All classic tracks have been removed and will be reset after we get some fresh snow.

Swedetown – We’ll be dragging skate lanes tomorrow morning; hope to get rid of ski ruts. No tracks will be set until more snow falls. Bear loops are too thin to drag. Snow bike trail frozen and rideable.

November 25, 2018

Michigan Tech – The trails held on to the snow quite well during this warm-up. It’s currently a little soft this morning (6am) to groom, but as it hardens up we will get out and groom everything for skate today. Classics tracks will be set after we get a couple inches of fresh snow, so looking like Tuesday.

Swedetown – Trails are open again at Swedetown – no set striding tracks, expect early season skating conditions. Please no walking on the trails.

November 24, 2018

Swedetown  – Trails are closed today. Please stay off the trails; any activity will result in damage and delay the reopening when the weather turns cold again.

November 23, 2018

Swedetown – All but Powderhouse and Pine dragged and tracked. No grooming Saturday. Fat bike rules: Fat bikes only -3.8″ tire or larger, 3 to 5 PSI recommended for now. If you are leaving ruts please turn back. This is a trial season, please be considerate . Thank you.

November 22, 2018

Michigan Tech – Tails dragged this morning and competition trail tracks have been reset. With the warm up coming we will not be grooming Friday and Saturday, but hope to be back out Sunday morning.

Swedetown -Skate lanes and snow bike trails dragged this morning. We plan to drag and reset tracks Friday morning if temperatures are favorable. No grooming Saturday and possibly Sunday due to predicted warm temps and rain.

November 21, 2018

Swedetown – All trails tracked and dragged, including Fat bike trail,please run low tire pressure and do not ride on ski trails.We plan to drag trails Thursday morning. Fat Tuesdays do not start until we are tilling.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – Still waiting for more snow to fill over trail hazards to the grooming equipment and the freezing of some wet spots. The trails are available for back country skiing and snowshoeing. We hope to begin grooming around December 1 but that is subject to trail conditions. Beware that due to flood damage only the middle portion of the River Trail along Swedetown Creek will be groomed this season with access via Sidewinder and Dam Hill.

November 20, 2018

Michigan Tech – Upper Trails and Competition Trails dragged this morning. Classic tracks are still in nice shape. Cemetery Loop is closed. Tolkien has been packed and is now usable with only a few small wet spots. Nara and River Loops are open.

November 19, 2018

Michigan Tech – Upper Trails and most Competition Trails groomed and tracks set this morning. Cemetery Loop is closed. Tolkien has been packed and is now usable with only a few wet spots. Lower trails have been packed but are still closed due to wet areas. Nara and River Loops are open

November 18, 2018

Swedetown -A ll trails were dragged. Fresh snow may cover some of the thin spots, so use caution (and perhaps not your best skis) for early season conditions. 

The snow bike trail is now open! The elves have been busy prepping approximately 10k of trail throughout the system, dedicated to fat tire enthusiasts. The trail is still soft, so expect to run at a lower tire pressure for best performance. Snow bikes are still welcome on the trails on Tuesday nights (Fat Tuesday), but please, no mountain bikes. 

Grooming completed at 10:00 a.m.

Swedetown Snow Bike – Snow bike update – Fat Tuesdays do not start until we are tilling; the base is still too soft, We will post when they are ready. The new fat bike trail is open and being groomed daily

Michigan Tech – Upper Trails and Linden/Peepsock Loops groomed this morning with tracks set. Competition trails groomed and open today. Tolkien has been packed and is now usable with only a few wet spots. Lower trails have been packed but are still closed due to wet areas.  Nara and River Loops are open.

November 17, 2018

Swedetown – All trails dragged and new classic tracks were set this morning. Generally good conditions throughout the system, but expect typical early season conditions with thin spots and some debris on the trails. Deer season is in progress; dress appropriately!

Michigan Tech – Upper Trails and Linden/Peepsock Loops groomed this morning with tracks set. Competition trails groomed and open today. Tolkien has been packed and is now usable with only a few wet spots.

November 16, 2018

Michigan Tech update – Still a little mist just before noon here. We will attempt again later this afternoon. Trails should freeze hard tonight.

Michigan Tech – A little warm this morning with a rain/snow mix going on. We are going to wait a couple hours for the temps to drop then groom. Hope to be completed by early afternoon.

Swedetown – All trails dragged this morning, tracks are in good shape and will be reset on Saturday morning. Good conditions throughout most of the system. NOTE: you may see some hunters in the area. It is advisable to wear bright conspicuous apparel for the next two weeks. Enjoy!

November 14, 2018

Swedetown – All trails dragged and tracked. Fair to good conditions prevail throughout the system.

Swedetown Snow Bike – We are now grooming our new 10K snow bike trail, the trail starts just left of main Valley trail gate. Please do not ride on ski trails until we start Fat Tuesdays. Groomed today for first time so might be soft,

Michigan Tech – Upper trails and Linden/Peepsock loops groomed this morning. The lower and the rest of the competition trails were packed again today. They are still showing a few wet spots. We are still at a 3″-4″ base so holding off for a little more snow to set tracks.

November 13, 2018

Michigan Tech – Upper trails groomed this morning and Linden/Peepsock Loops will be ready for later this afternoon. Please stay off the other competition trails at the request of the Michigan Tech Nordic ski coaches for now while we work to build the base. More trails to open as we get more snow.

November 12, 2018

Michigan Tech -Upper Trails groomed today and in great condition. Portage is a little wet and there are a couple thin spots out there on the rest of the Upper Trails. Please stay off competition trails at the request of the Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Team for now while we work to build the base (that means everything east of Core Loop). More trails to open as we get more snow.

Swedetown – All trails are open at Swedetown! Papa Bear and Powderhouse were rolled and packed today, and will be dragged and have tracks set tomorrow. Tracks were set on all other sections, and all sections except Mama Bear and Baby Bear were dragged today, and will be dragged tomorrow. For those that log their season days: if we can hold snow until May 10th, it’s possible to get in 180 days of skiing this year! Six whole months!

November 11, 2018

Swedetown – Classic tracks are set on Len’s Loop, Valley, Cedar, Birch, Tamarack, Greenstone, Pine, and Pine Ridge. Grooming will continue throughout the day.

Sunday update: Mama Bear, Baby Bear, and Ed’s Loop are all packed and rolled. Tracks will be set on those loops tomorrow. Come and check out the new reroute on Ed’s Loop!

November 10, 2018

Swedetown – The following trails were rolled and packed today: Len’s Loop, Pine, Valley, Cedar, Birch, Tamarack, and Greenstone. Early season conditions prevail, but it’s not a bad start to the season! We plan to set tracks on the above loops on Sunday morning, and those trails will also be dragged, leading to a more uniform and firm surface. NOTE: deer season is now open, with archery hunting through November 14, followed with gun season starting on November 15. Please be advised that you may see hunters in the vicinity of the trails, and please wear BRIGHT FLUORESCENT ORANGE OR YELLOW colors for safety. Here’s to a long and fun season folks!

November 9, 2018

Michigan Tech -We hope to have a few loops for ready for Sunday if the expected snow falls. Loops that may be available for skate only will be: Core, Birch, Isle Royale, Superior and Portage Loops. All other trails will be rolled only to help build base for JNQ at Coach Tom’s request. As the base builds we will open more trails.