Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ski club, KLT to host old-time skiing at Churning Rapids Feb. 25

HANCOCK -- Join Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club (KNSC) and Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) at Churning Rapids for some old-time skiing Saturday, Feb. 25.

Between Noon and 3 p.m. Saturday skiers will gather near the Lookout Landing Observation Tower along the No. 10 Thoroughfare Trail (trail map available at There will be a fire and chili to warm you and a lavvu will be set up (What's a lavvu? check out Knickers, wool sweaters, wood skis and bamboo poles are not required, but skiers are encouraged to use them if they have them. Skiing too will be the old way -- breaking trail in the woods!

Gromit, the Maasto Hiihto-Churning Rapids snow dog, demonstrates breaking trail in the woods. See her Trail Mutt Reports for more photos. (Photo © and courtesy Arlyn Aronson)

Don't let that discourage you! Bring a friend or two -- the more the merrier and less trail breaking to do! No fee but donations are appreciated and will be split evenly between the Keweenaw Cross Country Ski Endowment at the Keweenaw Community Foundation and KLT's Land Stewardship Fund. Ski in on your own from the Christensen Road trailhead (approximately 2 mi.) or the Tomasi trailhead (approx. 2.5 mi.). Check the tower location on the trail map at the trailheads; skiers will be gathered about 0.1 miles from the tower toward the Christensen Road trailhead on the Thoroughfare trail.

Driving directions: From Hancock take M203 approximately four miles to Christensen Road. Turn right into the parking area.

A heads-up on numbers would be appreciated so there is enough chili for everyone. Please call Jay at 487-5411 or email at to let him know the number of skiers in your party or if you have any questions.

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