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Michigan: Southeast Lower Peninsula
South of West Branch, East of Lansing; includes Detroit, Flint, Midland
Tue, Dec 30: Stoney Creek Metropark (Shelby Township)
Oooops!!!
my trail report dated 12/23
was supposed to be for 12/30
   
     - WaltF
Michigan: Northern Lower Peninsula
North of West Branch; includes Traverse City, Grayling, Gaylord, Tawas
Sun, Apr 20: Black Mountain (Onaway)
Got out from the Bluffs parking lot about 7:30 am, trails were in pretty good shape, a few short sections without snow, most of the trail was very skiable. The swamp had some long sections more suitable to hiking, so that should be abandoned. A few other skiers out, everyone enjoying a nice day to ski. It was about 30 degrees at the start, 2 hours later maybe 40.
   
     - Allen Sorgenfrei
Fri, Apr 18: Black Mountain (Onaway)
Still plenty of skiing to be had at Black Mt. Very good coverage on the north ridge of Presque Isle Co. side, more bare spots to tiptoe around on Cheboygan side. Some icy spots, some pine needles, but just an amazing amount of snow, compared to the bare fields leading up to the Mt. Had the unexpected bonus of running into Allen Sorgenfrei and later Tracy Hardin. Suggest rock skis, just to be on the safe side.
   
     - Bill Ahrenberg
Fri, Apr 18: Reindeer Run Nordic Center (Empire)
White Line Fever...
Still some nice places left out this way. Dunes golf course has some nice areas yet towards the back, Nice white lineal white trails along tree lines, really not hard to see as they are WHITE.
A report from north Benzie with snow on the STS (shore to shore)trail and State Forest areas today at 10:30 am.
Tonight to be last cold and the sun up should be nice as it rips up to 50+ tomorrow. and then on to valley spur...........
please refrain from leaving eggs along the trail

go Datsko!

   
     - kevinski slow ski
Wed, Apr 16: Anywhere you want to ski (Harbor Springs)
We had a couple inches of fresh powder last night with temps in the teens. Skied Nubs, Snowmobile Trail and woods. All great skiing, looks like a Christmas post card. I have not skied the Boyne Highlands area but I'm sure it is the same great skiing.
   
     - J. Goble
Tue, Apr 15: Deerfield (Kalkaska)
two inches of fresh sugar snow on an icy base: like a hollywood actress - beautiful on the surface, but hard underneath. probably my last ski this season, with a solid track from early november to early april.
   
     - bob eifler
Fri, Apr 11: Deerfield (Kalkaska)
spring glacier skiing: get in sync with the freeze/thaw, and you have a foot of dirty cornsnow - skiable, but not pretty.
   
     - bob eifler
Michigan: Upper Peninsula
Michigan: Upper Peninsula
Mon, Apr 21: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)
Grooming Report April 20, 2014
Skiing days look few and far between as the 6 day forecast shows above freezing temperatures but for Tuesday night. So, the early bird may fine some excellent crust skiing before pulling a salt mine shift. Conventional wisdom predicted a long crust skiing season but night time freeze is needed. I should add, for the uninitiated, crust skiing is a back country sport. Find an open area or road with no tracks. The untracked snow has consolidated and the crust will support skate skis (the fat man of the group may have a tough go). The surface is soft enough to allow skis to gain just the right amount of purchase. So, if evening temperatures fall into the 20s and you find open untracked snow you will have a real treat. Drop us a note so we can pass it on.
For the rest of us, we can get back to those fun things we have avoided for the last 6 weeks (like that pesky sox drawer).
   
     - NTN
Wed, Apr 16: Valley Spur (Munising)
We had 6" of heavy snow by Tues. a.m. which was groomed in. The base was over 12" on the trail and over 30" still in the woods. Midwinter conditions with a firm skate deck and Excellent classic tracks. Forecast is another 3" tonight which is all we need. Thurs., Fri. and Sat. are looking good right now.
   We are grooming through the weekend for sure. Also check us out on fB. Last year we had a 5K on the 1st of May. Stay tuned as we may be able to have that on the 3rd of May.
     - John Gierke
Ontario, Canada
Tue, Apr 22: Stokely Creek (Goulais River)
Two feet of hard pack on trails Monday 4/21. No ground showing through on trails, barely any even in the bush. Great waxless conditions on corn snow, a bit soft on top, but firm beneath. Very clean (they received 4 inches of new snow late last week), except under the occasional conifer. I skied up Homerun hill, Lower walker, Monroe Cutoff, back down to the Evans Lake Trail, to Evans Showreline, then back down the Sayer Lake trail, Up to Sayer Lake, then took the Sayer Creek trail back to Peterson. The sun was very intense, bigger creeks are running fast. The drainage improvements made by the new owners with culverts make another few weeks of skiing likely, especially with lower temps predicted for this week.
   There is no more grooming, so I was a bit careful. I had to walk around a few windfalls closer to the lodge.
     - Joseph Drouillard
Michigan: Southwest Lower Peninsula
South of West Branch, West of Lansing; includes Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Big Rapids, Cadillac
 

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Includes New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
 

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