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WSTC publishes 2012-2013 XC ski trip calendar

Wed, Oct  24, 2012 - By WSTC

The Washtenaw Ski Touring Club has published it's annual ski trip calendar for the season,:

December 28, 2012
Go for the Snow! New Year’s Getaway
For the past few years the weather in late December has been iffy. But we are determined to spend the New Year’s weekend skiing somewhere!
Mid-December we'll take a look at the weather patterns, forecasts, and the old crystal ball. Those willing to roll the dice and take a chance will help us decide which way to head and where to make reservations.
Lodging and Price: To be determined by December 15.
Meals: In restaurants. Bring your own lunches.
Maximum: 10 people - Indicate interest by December 5.
Cancellation Date: No refunds once payment is made.
Leaders: Ron Sell,, 734-433-1651 and Kay Stremler,, 734-474-6026

January 4 - 6, 2013
Snow and Go Weekender
We’ll keep an eye on the weather map and head to where there’s snow. The Grayling area is a strong possibility, both for its snowbelt location and for its great ski trails.
Lodging and Price: To be determined by December 26.
Meals: In restaurants. Bring your own lunches. Snack bars might be available at ski areas.
Maximum: 12 people - Indicate interest by December 11.
Cancellation Date: No refunds once payment is made.
Leader: Kathleen Donahoe,, 734-996-4985

January 11-13, 2013

Black Mountain Weekender
Ski the scenic 15-mile Black Mountain Forest Pathway in the Mackinac State Forest. This volunteer-groomed trail has 5 loops. Two are rated 'easiest'. Three are rated 'more difficult'. Some sections are groomed for skating. A steeper trail nearby goes up Black Mountain, the highest hill in the Lower Peninsula.
Views of forests, Black Lake, and, on some days, Lake Huron. We will stay at the recently remodeled Black Mountain Lodge, a beautiful log building overlooking East Twin Lake. Ski to trails.
Lodging: Black Mountain Lodge, 10621 Twin Lakes Road, Cheboygan, MI, 49721.
Price: $82/person double-occupancy. Trail fees are voluntary. If trip is cancelled due to no snow, price will be refunded less $6.00-$11.00.
Meals: Bring breakfast and trail foods. Lodge has kitchen area with refrigerator, sink, toaster, coffee maker, boiling water. Lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch available at lodge. Minimum: 7 people Maximum: 10-14 people
Cancellation Date: December 12, 2012
Leader: Margaret Walter,, 313-882-8450

January 12, 2013
REI Frosty 5K / 15K Freestyle
Saturday's Frosty Freestyle will have skate and classic divisions for both the 5K and the 15K race. Choose your technique and distance. Shorter distance races for kids 11 and younger.
January 13, 2013
Huron Meadows Invitational 12K "Krazy Klassic"
The Krazy Klassic has one distance: 12k, classic skiing only.

18 - 21, 2013
Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club Getaway
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, 4 people/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 potluck at Activity Center on Saturday and Sunday.
Minimum: 15 people Maximum: 20 people
Cancellation Date: December 20, 2012 Al Vollmer,, 734-475-9546

January 25 - 27, 2013
DNR/MacMullan Weekender - Learn to Ski Option!
Enjoy this 1930's era, CCC-built lodge across the road from eight miles of DNR trails and 20 minutes or less from at least four more ski areas. Both beginner and experienced skiers will enjoy the many options.
The leader will arrange morning beginner lessons at cost for those interested at X-C Ski Headquarters (10 minutes away) or take the free beginner lesson offered at 4 pm Saturdays. Intermediate and skate skiing lessons available by own arrangement.
Lodging: Ralph A MacMullan Conference Center, N Higgins Lake Dr, Roscommon, MI. Twin beds with shared bath in hall (bath may be co-ed).
Price: $120/person, double occupancy; $168/guaranteed single occupancy.
Meals: Saturday and Sunday breakfast and Saturday dinner included in price. Buy or bring your lunch.
Ski Lessons/Rental: $40/private; $18/5+ people. Weekend ski rental: $28 for skis/boots/poles/trail at XC Ski Headquarters.
Minimum: 12 people Maximum: 19 people
Cancellation Date: January 9, 2013
Trip Leader: Joanne Cantoni,, 248-932-5370

February 1 - February 4, 5, or 6, 2013
Georgian Triangle Getaway
Enjoy beautiful views of Georgian Bay from Scenic Caves Nordic Center, a 22 km trail system in the forests atop Blue Mountain or from Wasaga Nordic, a noted bird and wildlife habitat with 30 km of trails through oak, pine, and dunes.
Nearby destinations are Hardwood Hills (30 km), Highland Nordic (24 km), and Horseshoe Valley (35 km). Some trails are groomed for skating. All have day lodges sell refreshments. Choose how many days you want to stay.
Lodging: Wasaga Motel, 8743 Hwy 26 at 74th St, Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada,
Price: $63/night/1-bed room; $94/night/2-bed room.
Meals: Rooms have microwave and small fridge. Use of full kitchen in trip leader’s unit. Restaurant dinners, packed lunches. Group will decide how to handle breakfasts.
Maximum: 12-15 people
Cancellation Date: January 23, 2013. Please sign up by January 9, 2013.
Trip Leader: Margaret Walter,, 313-882-8450

February 8 -10, 2013
Lake Ann Weekender
The lodge at Sleeping Bear Resort, located near the Lake Ann trails and within an easy drive of Sleeping Bear Dunes, will be 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 and Sunday. Price includes Saturday evening meal prepared by trip leader.
Minimum: 8 people Maximum: 10 people
Cancellation Date: January 1, 2013
Leader: Kathy Petersen,, 734-716-3312

February 15 -18, 2013
Mackinac Island Presidents Day Getaway
Mackinac Island in winter is a quiet, private, magical place and an adventure not to be missed. Six milesof groomed trails on the eastern side of the island are reserved for cross-country skiers but it’s possible to ski the whole island. Ski/snow shoe rentals, ski lessons available. A 5 minute flight from St. Ignace. Take ferry if running.
Lodging: Pontiac Lodge, 1376 Hoban, Mackinac Island
Meals: Available at a couple of restaurants. A small grocery store will be open. Microwave, mini-fridge in rooms.
Price: $170/person, double occupancy. Extra costs include airfare between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, $54 round trip, and horse-drawn taxi, $6.75 plus tip each way.
Maximum: 10+, depending on number per room
Cancellation Date: January 25, 2013
Trip Leader: Linda Bowman,, 734-678-7709

February 22-25, 2013
Marquette Getaway
Cross country skiing rules in the Marquette area! From quiet, skier-tracked trails to the well-groomed tracks used by NMU athletes, the XC ski options abound: Anderson Lakes, the Noquahmenon Trail, Blueberry Ridge, Cleveland Cliffs,…the list continues.
Lodging: Ramada Inn, 412 W Washington St, Marquette, MI
Price: $235/person, double occupancy.
Meals: Hotel breakfasts included, restaurant dinners, brown bag or restaurant lunches. Lots of dining options in downtown.
Maximum: 16 people
Cancellation Date: January 8, 2013
Trip Leader: Rita Mitchell,, 734-665-0248

March 1-4, 2013

Blueberry Hill/Wabos Loppet Getaway
A great trip for those testing their mettle in the Wabos Loppet or who want just one more long weekend in the beautiful Stokely Creek area. In addition to the optional Loppet, ski areas include Hiawatha Highlands and, for downhill skiers, Searchmont and Buttermilk. Ski rentals available.
Lodging: Blueberry Hill Motel and Campground, 2528D Hwy 17 North, Goulais River, ON, Canada. Indoor pool, sauna, gym, common room.
Price: $235/1-bed room or $300/2-bed room .
Meals: Continental breakfast included. Small fridge and microwave in motel. Pack a lunch or purchase at Stokely Creek dining room; chili at Dayskiers Cabin. Restaurant dinners, probably in Sault Ste Marie, about 10 miles away. Minimum: 15 people Maximum: 20 people Cancellation Date: February 15, 2013
Trip Leader: Bill Labedzki,, 734-483-5701

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