Since our last non-virtual race in 2020, we’ve been forced to change our course several times. This year, the White Pine Stampede will still offer distances of 10k, 20k, and 30k. The 50k course was the biggest change with new property owners and therefore will be reduced to a 30k. The new trail map can be viewed under the “race map” tab on the White Pine Stampede website or by clicking on the image below. We hope to reinvent the long course for the 2023 White Pine and offer a full 50k course.
In addition to these changes, all finish lines will be at Schuss Nordic Shop this year. (This is traditionally the 10k finish) Transportation will be available to Mancelona Public Schools or Shanty Creek Resort for the Short’s Brewery Skier Party and Awards.
Please note the start times for the 2022 WPS as follows: 30k 10:00 AM, 20k 10:30 AM, 10k 11:30 AM.
Snow conditions are improving but at a slow rate this January. The little warm-up we had the last few days, mixed with some freezing drizzle, have made a nice base. We now need snow on top of this to create a nice trail. Like many places in Northern Michigan, our snow levels are not were they usually are this time of the year. The extended forecast is calling for snow, but only a few inches at a time. With three full weeks left until race day, these few inches will help solidify a thin but snow covered course. Trail updates will be available every other day until Saturday, February 5.