Here is the decision from the Stampede Executive Committee. This year's Stampede will consist of a Single Distance Event, 10 kilometers. Start time is 11:00am at Mancelona High School, as normal. The finish will be at Schuss Mountain Resort, as normal.
The high school opens for registration and breakfast at 9:00 am. Pre-event informational meeting is at 10:30am.
There will no place determinations or age grade classes. All skiers will receive a medal and their elapsed time, plus the standard issue skier's bag with t-shirt and other items. For those who have not registered, yet, the entry fee is now $35.00. Registration is open through 10:30 am Saturday morning. All transportation arrangements should remain the same with shuttle buses running from Schuss Mt. back to Mancelaona High School.
Please understand, the very identity of the Stampede as a 'point-to-point" event is what has caused our difficulties. Our course changes each year. There are always last minute issues with access to private property, etc. Hence, we are not able to pack or prepare our trail long in advance. Many stretches of trail we expected to use are still virtually snowless, or with so little snow as to be unpassable on skis.
Our crew will endeavor to make the 10 kilometer trail as adequate as possible, but we expect there will still be multiple areas with very thin snow. It is NOT likely there will be any set, kick-and-glide track. 'Rock-skis' are advised.
UPDATE: We are inviting everyone to Ivans Restaurant at Schuss Mountain immediately after the race. Dave Barrons will be having his gift drawing at 2:00PM.