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WSTC plans ski trips in Michgian, Ontario, West Virgina

Tue, Nov  5, 2013 - By Mike Muha

The Washtenaw Ski Touring Club has just released its extensive calendar of ski trips. This year schedule includes trips in Michigan's upper and lower peninusulas plus trips to Ontario and West Virginia. You must be a member of WSTC or a Metropolitan Detroit Ski Council affiliated club to sign-up for a WSTC trip. WSTC membership fee: $15 single; $30 family. Carpooling may be available on trips.

The Washtenaw Ski Touring Club has weekly hikes and skis trips within the Washtenaw County area (Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, etc.), plus public and social meetings throughout the season. More details about the club and schedule can be found on their web site at http://www.hvcn.org/info/skiclub/

Washtenaw Ski Touring Club Trips

Munising New Year’s Glide, December 27, 2013 - January 1, 2014

We're going for the early snow and our bet is that it will be there for us in Munising. We'll ski at the impeccably groomed Valley Spur and investigate other local areas. Welcome the New Year on your skis!

  • Lodging: Terrace Inn, 420 Prospect St, Munising, MI.
  • Price: $133/person/Queen bed, double occupancy; $147/person/two double beds, double occupancy. Trail fees.
  • Meals: Restaurant meals, trail lunches; gathering room available with minimal kitchen facilities.
  • Maximum: 10 people
  • Cancellation Date: December 23, 2013

Wastenaw Ski Touring Club visits Seney National Wildlife Refuge cross country skiing

Snow and Go! January 3 - 5, 2014

This weekend is open to go where the snow takes us. If you want to get a group together for all or part of the weekend, let us know: WSTCTrips@umich.edu

DNR/MacMullan Weekender - Learn to Ski Option! January 10 - 12, 2014

Enjoy this 1930's era, CCC-built lodge across the road from 8 miles of DNR trails and 20 minutes or less from 4 more ski areas: Forbush Corner, Hanson Hills, X-C Ski HQ, and Hartwick Pines. Both beginner and experienced skiers will enjoy the many options. Ski lessons available at X-C Ski HQ - not included but just 10 minutes away.

  • Lodging: Ralph A MacMullan Conference Center, N Higgins Lake Dr, Roscommon, MI. Twin beds with shared baths in hall.
  • Price: $135/person, double occupancy; $185/guaranteed single occupancy. Some trail fees extra.
  • Meals: Saturday and Sunday breakfast and Saturday dinner included in price. Buy or bring your lunch.
  • Ski Lessons/Equipment Rental: Lessons (≈$44/private; $21/5+people; free, Saturday, 4 pm); equipment rental (≈$31 for skis/boots/poles) at XC Ski Headquarters.
  • Minimum: 10 people Maximum: 16 people
  • Cancellation Date: December 20, 2013

Stokely Creek Mid-Week Ski, January 13 - 17, 2014

Four glorious days of skiing and fabulous food at Stokely Creek Lodge. The 120 km of ski trails offer views of lakes, streams, forest and incredible solitude. Ski some of the most beautiful terrain in North America. Participants will make their own reservations. Trip leader will facilitate arrangements for roommates and carpooling.

  • Lodging: Stokely Creek Lodge, RR1, 194 Pickard Rd, Goulais River, ON, Canada. Payment must be made directly to Stokely Creek Lodge. www.stokelycreek.com, 1-866-STOKELY
  • Price: CAN$130-$177/person/day, double occupancy, based on accommodation chosen. Includes 3 meals/day and trail fees.
  • Cancellation Date: Check with Stokely Creek Lodge.

Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club Getaway, January 17 - 20, 2014

Enjoy comfort and camaraderie in 5 cabins on Millecoquins Lake. Enjoy skiing on the club’s many miles of trails on 35,000 acres of land and water or at nearby Canada Lakes Pathway, Northern Hardwoods, Tahquamenon Falls, and Sand Dunes. 75 miles to Valley Spur. All levels of skiers will enjoy this trip.

  • Lodging: Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club, N7269 Lake Blvd, Engadine, MI.
  • Price: $75/person in 4 person cabin. Fees for trails outside of Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club extra.
  • Meals: Cabin cooking facilities. Breakfast and lunch by cabin. Optional dinner at Cut River Inn in Epoufette on Friday. Group potlucks at Activity Center on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Minimum: 15 people Maximum: 20 people
  • Cancellation Date: December 20, 2013

Cross country skiing over a wildernes bridge

Petoskey Weekender, January 24 - January 26, 2014

Spend a pleasant weekend in Petoskey’s historic Victorian Bayview area. Get in plenty of skiing too! We will choose from Nub's Nob, Boyne, Wildwood, Douglas Lake, or DNR/National Forest trails. Most Bayview streets will be closed and skiable! Bring your ice skates for the lagoon at nearby Petoskey Winter Sports Park.

  • Lodging: Terrace Inn, 1549 Glendale Ave. Bay View, Petoskey, MI,
  • Price: $121/person, double occupancy. Trail fees extra.
  • Meals: Hot breakfast buffet included in price. Dinners in restaurants. Refrigerator available. Bring trail food.
  • Maximum: 14 people
  • Cancellation Date: January 17th; January 23rd for no snow.

Ludington Luxury Weekender, January 31 - February 2, 2014

Ski beautiful Ludington State Park on trails that wind through hardwood forests, marshes and sand dunes and offer vistas of Lake Michigan. Ski options Saturday include Pentwater Pathway in Mears and The Big M in Wellston, both club favorites and both within an hour's drive. We have reserved all five rooms of our B&B, an elegant 19th-century Victorian home within walking distance (1 mile) of Lake Michigan. Please review the room options on the inn website; sign up early for your choice of room.

  • Lodging: The Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast, 602 E. Ludington Avenue, Ludington, MI
  • Price: $216, $233, $259, or $293, depending on room. Priced per room. Trail fees extra.
  • Meals: Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner at downtown Ludington’s charming and interesting eateries.
  • Minimum: 6 people Maximum: 12 people
  • Cancellation Date: January 15, 2014

West Virginia Getaway, February 6 –10, 2014

WSTC is striking out for new territory! The Canaan (KA-nane) Valley of West Virginia offers spectacular mountain scenery, miles of groomed and ungroomed trails, and 170 inches of snow per year—all in the same driving time from Ann Arbor as Marquette! Backcountry, telemark, and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and tubing, too. We’ll stay in two beautiful cabins with kitchens and common areas within an easy drive of ski areas.

Equipment rental and lessons available.

  • Lodging: Golden Anchor Cabins, 18 Nautical Way, Dryfork, WV.
  • Price: $225/person, double occupancy. Trail fees extra.
  • Meals: Group dinners at the cabin on Friday and Saturday. Fix your own or eat out for other meals
  • Minimum: 6 or 10 people Maximum: 12 people
  • Cancellation Date: January 3, 2014

Lake Ann Weekender, February 14 -16, 2014

The lodge at Sleeping Bear Resort, located near the Lake Ann trails and within an easy drive of Sleeping Bear Dunes, is a great location for skiing, snowshoeing, and having fun. For those leaving early on Friday, there can be a stop at Crystal Mountain and its 40 km of ski trails. This trip will run regardless of ski conditions; there are opportunities for wine country tours, hiking, a visit to Traverse City, or a concert at Interlochen.

  • Lodging: Sleeping Bear Resort, 770 N Reynolds Rd, Lake Ann, MI.
  • Price: $110/person, double occupancy.
  • Meals: Lodge includes full cooking facilities. Possibility for group breakfasts. Saturday evening potluck.
  • Minimum: 8 people Maximum: 10 people
  • Cancellation Date: January 1, 2014

Historic UP: Fayette and Calumet Getaway, February 21-27, 2014

Spend the week skiing some of the best trails in the Midwest and soaking up some UP history. We'll start at Fayette State Park, staying for two nights at the Furnace Hill Lodge, skiing in the park or at the Rapid River Trails.We'll move on to Calumet and ski the world class trails nearby, staying in the Centennial Cottages.

Lodging: Furnace Hill Lodge, 13700 13.25 Lane, Garden MI; Furnace Hill Lodge rooms are on first-come, first-serve basis. Centennial Cottages, 26950 No. 4 Rd, Calumet, MI

  • Price: About $245/person, double occupancy; $430/person, if single occupancy in the Centennial Cottages.  
  • Meals: Bring your own breakfasts; brown bag or restaurant lunches; restaurant dinners.
  • Maximum: 9 people
  • Cancellation Date: January 20, 2014

Snow and Go! February 28 – March 1, 2014

Let’s get some late-season skiing in! Put your idea out there for the group. Contact WSTCTrips@umich.edu.

Stokely Spring Getaway, March 7– 9, 10, 11, 2014

Extend the ski season by heading to Canada’s Algoma Country for Stokely Creek’s “Ski the Lakes” event, including a picnic on Walker Lake. Depending on room availability, we will spend Friday and Saturday night at Stokely Creek Lodge. Those wishing to extend the trip can find lodging in Sault Ste. Marie for Sunday and Monday nights, with skiing at Hiawatha Highlands. Please express interest ASAP. Participants will make their own reservations. Trip leaders will facilitate arrangements for roommates and carpooling.

  • Lodging: To be determined by November 12th: Stokely Creek Lodge, 194 Pickard Rd, Goulais River, ON, 1-866-STOKELY; or a Sault Ste. Marie motel.
  • Price: Stokely Creek Lodge, $110-$140 Canadian/person/night + 13% tax + 5% service fee. Trail fees for those not staying at Stokely Creek Lodge. Lodging elsewhere, TBD.
  • Meals: All inclusive at Stokely Creek Lodge (2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches), else in restaurants. Some lunches may be on your own.
  • Cancellation Date: Forfeit all/part of 50% Stokely reservation deposit based on date/reason.

Washtenaw Ski Touring Club members, on skis