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Muskegon grooming alive and well

Thu, Dec  9, 2010 - By Tim Greening

Earlier this week I went for the first ski of the season after all of the lakeshore snow had arrived.  I was greeted at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex by Jim Rudicil, Executive Director.  Jim informed me that a new roller and ginzu groomer would be delivered from ABR on December 17th.  The bad news was the local staff at Muskegon State would not be providing, as promised, a new Skandic water cooled snowmobile to pull the new equipment.  Due to an oversight, the funds would not be available.

Because I had been involved in fund raising, along with Jim and The Winter Sports Council, to purchase the roller and ginzu, I didn’t want to take no for an answer.  I promptly e-mailed Rebecca Humphries, head of the DNR, to see what she could do about the situation.  Apparently she started the wheels turning in Lansing.  The next day Jim told me that down through the DNR chain of command that the funding would be available to buy a new Skandic.

I want to thank Rebecca Humphries and the rest of the DNR for providing reliable grooming and not having to depend on two old snowmobiles on their last legs.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex trail system

Currently, the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex maintains approximately 16 kilometers of trail system for cross country skiing. A majority of our terrain is gentle and winds through the woods, along the dunes, Lost Lake bog and nearby Lake Michigan allowing you to explore a variety of terrain and natural features of the Muskegon State Park.

The trails are groomed and tracked daily when conditions allow, after each snowfall and on the weekends for some of the best striding and skate skiing in Western Michigan. We offer PSIA certified ski instruction during the winter if you are interested. We also have Fischer ski rentals as well as snowshoe rentals and are surrounded by hundreds of acres of the forests, dunes, Lake Michigan, and inter-dunal lake for you to discover.

Our trails are open and lighted to the public 7 days a week 10:00 am to 10:00pm weather permitting. Lights are turned on at dusk and off at 10:00pm.


  • 2.5 Novice Trail
  • 5 K Intermediate Trail With Option of Taking Big Hill Bypasses
  • 4 Kilometer Advanced Trail
  • 4 Kilometer Classical Trail (Local skier tracks in everyday. too narrow for groomer)
  • 5 Kilometer Snow Shoe Trail