Tag, you're it! Tag zone at the 2019 Muffin Sprint Relay at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters. (Photo: Ricardo Lung)
Tech Trails Citizen’s Night Race Series
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI
Last G.A.S.P. Party! (G.A.S.P stands for Groomer Appreciation and Season end
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI
: Saturday morn skied Forbush and the skating was very good. Did some crust skiing there and skate ski conditions were also very good. Saturday afternoon stopped at Lakes of the North to check things out and found excellent crust skiing for classic. Used Fischer light waxless at LON. Forbush will be open Monday til 3.
Vasa Trail: Conditions on the Vasa remained good throughout the weekend, with much faster skating on Saturday than today. Skiers must have known that as there were 15 cars in the parking lot Saturday morning and nearly that many this afternoon. The groomers were out each day over the weekend maintaining the skate lane and setting fresh classic tracks on Saturday. This report only covers the 10K loop from the TH.
1. Avoid the TH solid ice to the right of the groomers barn, and instead put on your skis and start on the left side of the groomers barn next to the old parked white pick-up truck (as if heading out to the Meadows Loop).
2. Avoid the Ledge [catwalk just before the split rail fence] as it is mostly boilerplate ice and leaves, and instead access the 10K loop by using the 5K Headwaters Trail.
3. Woodchip Hill is mostly a couple of sheets of ice (located 200 yards from the TH), so just pick your line and ride it out as there will be no turning on that section.
With those cautions the rest of the 10K trail remains 90% refrozen groomed snow which in this afternoon's 41F was snow-cone snow providing slightly less than average speed, and 10% boilerplate grey ice with a softened top layer.
Some skiers are enjoying the 25K (minus the Jackpine). Even chatted with one fellow who drove up from Bay City for a day-ski.
Forbush Corner: We will be open tomorrow until 3pm. The cold cold temps tonight will enable grooming so Larry will freshen up the skate deck. The tracks are holding up. Discounts continue.
Boyne Mountain: Conditions remain good for Spring Skiing! Crust skiing is terrific today and every morning for the next several days. When it gets a little warm during the day to form a layer of moisture on top of the snow and then it gets cold at night, expect crust skiing to be good. Go out on a golf course (avoiding the greens and sand traps, of course) or any clear land and get that free-floating, I-can-go-anywhere feeling:)
We won't be grooming Innsbruck and Deer Run any more this season, but the skiing there is still decent. The shop will be open on weekends only, until the end of the season.
Speaking of the shop: EVERYTHING IS 40% OFF, the deepest discount of the season. Do some early Christmas shopping! Pick up some gear for spring, since XC gear crosses over nicely into biking, hiking, running, kayaking, etc.
Nick and Pat groomed the lower trails on Friday and they are still in decent shape. If you aren't into crust skiing then we still have plenty of groomed trail, and honestly its icy. The set tracks look awesome, and with last nights cold I'm betting they are hard, and fast. Going to be a great day to ski, get out and enjoy the sunshine.
Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Good morning from the SCR Nordic Center! We saw several skiers yesterday, enjoying the sunny day, blue sky, and the great skate/classic ski conditions.
Today, our final day of the 2019 season, we have 100% hard, icy snow cover on Pinecone and WinterBrook (our two open trails), thanks to last night’s cold temps. Glimpses of sun and warming temperatures through the day will soften the snow, so get those skis on and enjoy today!
A friendly reminder: we have our 40% off store wide sale-come check us out!
Forbush Corner: Still 100% coverage. Trails are being regroomed this morning. Trail fee is $10 and lots of clothing and equipment bargains (minimum, 30% discount). Trails will soften in the PM so come early if you can.
Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We were glad to see a contingent of happy skiers yesterday, enjoying the blue skies and sun on the ski trails! Temps got nice and cold again last night, so Groomer Mike will snow comb the Rolling Hills, Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, Trapper's Cabin, and Adventure again trails this morning. While there are no classic tracks, the above trails still have full coverage and no bare spots. Conditions will be fast this morning, atop ground up snow crystals with some occasionally hard pack. The trails will soften up as temps get warmer in the afternoon. Manitou and Tall Pines are not recommended due to ice and debris. As one skier said yesterday, "Is it good skiing? No. Is it good SPRING skiing? Uh, yeah!"
Today’s lunch special is the Wild Turkey Roll! Oven roasted turkey breast, provolone cheese, pesto, tomato and onion served hot and melty on a Swiss roll. Choose from a variety of delicious beverages to make it a perfect ski day meal! Plus, the Spring Sale is on - shop closeout race equipment, soft goods and more. Have fun out there today!