Michigan: Upper Peninsula

 

Wed, Jan 20: Valley Spur (Munising)

There are now snowbanks along the roads in Munising after 2+ days of heavy snowfall, so all of the trails at Valley Spur have been rolled & tracked with the Ginzu. Our group of 5 started out at 10:15 on virgin corduroy & tracks, a purrrr-fect day for classic skiers since the trail was soft in some areas, with the goal to do all of the big downhills. We climbed Stairway to Heaven on D, then G’s hills, Boomer, Big Foots Revenge, Catapult & Lemans, Z’s hills, Surprise, Slingshot, Luge & one of many unnamed, Hemlock, H’s Single Dip, I & back on B. There was more than a foot of snow in the woods, 3+” overnight, and no other skiers passed us except volunteer John. What a fun group to do a social distancing ski with, Peggy, Judy, Denise (VS volunteer board members) & Barb. My yee-haws are still echoing in the woods!

- Sara Cockrell

Wed, Jan 20: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)

Very cold, dry, and slow snow this morning. 7 degrees and pretty windy. Skate lanes were cleaned up. Classic tracks hadn't been touched. Skate lane was very firm and wide. Great coverage. First time using my race skis on the Noque this winter.

- Ethan Kennedy

Tue, Jan 19: Munising Ski Trail (Muniaing)

When I left TC this morning, I’d planned to ski Valley Spur on my way to Marquette. But, when I called Peggy Carberry, she was meeting Judy at 2PM to ski the Munising Ski Trail on H-58 & I was only 10 minutes away, so perfect timing & my favorite “silky” snow. We used our wider, no-wax skis since the snow was soft from heavy snowfall this morning, though freshly rolled. The snow was 16” deep in the woods, and a few sections had wet spots. We skied A, D, E & F. I love these Pictured Rocks trails, on the edge overlooking Munising Bay.

- Sara Cockrell

Tue, Jan 19: Valley Spur (Munising)

We received around 5 inches of lake effect snow last night and today with snow still falling at 1pm. Rolled and set track on all trails this morning starting with C and Y. Another 2 inches or so had fallen on that segment by noon. Skating would be on the soft side but the classic track was real nice. We will be doing a full groom in the morning.

- Dan Rabine

Tue, Jan 19: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)

Today was the first day where I thought, "wow it's finally winter in MQT." On and off lake effect snow showers and 16 degrees this morning. Classic tracks are a day old with fresh powder in them. Skate lanes were a bit soft. There are no more dirty spots and hardly any briars are showing through on Animoosh. I had no trouble using my good skis. This is the most snow we have had this year, but the base is still very thin compared to years past at this time.

If you were hesitant on coming up this weekend to ski the virtual Noque due to low snow conditions, no need to worry anymore. There is plenty of coverage on all trails and more snow is in the forecast this week. The Noque grooming team should be able to set up a very nice virtual course for this weekend!

- Ethan Kennedy

Mon, Jan 18: Valley Spur (Munising)

Hard to believe but today was the first time this year we groomed all trails with our big Ginzu groomer. Wow! We have gotten about 4 to 5 inches of measurable snow in the last 3 days and that has allowed us to get the system in near mid Winter condition. No noticeable thin spots but there are just a few spots on some trails that have some vegetation poking through. The skiing is very nice right now.

- Dan Rabine

Sun, Jan 17: Blueberry Ridge (Marquette)

Soft conditions today for both skate and classic. Classic tracks pretty much wiped out in spots because of heavy traffic. 3-4 inches of new snow. No bare spots, but some briars poking through. You can use A skis. Both parking lots completely full. Lots of smiling people out on the trails.

- Ethan Kennedy

Sat, Jan 16: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)

Trails not groomed this morning. Very poor conditions because we received a lot of rain yesterday, which saturated what little base we have left. There was an inch of heavy, wet snow on top. Trails seem to be fully covered again. However, I noticed plenty of wet puddles in lower depressions.

- Ethan Kennedy

Fri, Jan 15: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)

Sandpaper like conditions this morning with light rain and snow. Trails are very dirty and thin in spots due to the warm temps and precipitation. Base is so thin that you do not have to worry about creating ruts.

- Ethan Kennedy