Friday, February 10, 2012

Updated: Volunteers needed for Great Bear Chase ski race; Swedetown conditions; Michigan Tech trail closings for race

CALUMET -- The 32nd Annual Great Bear Chase is set for Saturday, March 10. Volunteers are needed for aid stations, registration, parking, timing and many other areas. Please consider donating 2-4 hours of your time for this great community event.

Visit http://www.bearchase.org/volunteer.htm to select your volunteer time and preference. The volunteer coordinator will be in touch with you shortly after you complete the form.

Swedetown Trails skiing conditions great!

Swedetown groomer Dave Toczydlowski reports great conditions now on Swedetown Trails in Calumet.

"Tilled and tracked all trails on 2/10. Back country striding trail last groomed on 1/29, and in very nice condition with new powder. Snow shoe trails are packed in," he reports. "Come try our new changing room!"

In addition, Swedetown offers a groomed, lighted sledding hill and 5 k of ski trails lighted until 10 p.m.

Swedetown's heated chalet offers pasties and other food, hot cocoa, and restrooms equipped with flush toilets.

You can still participate in the Ski for Heart to help support Omega House hospice and Swedetown Trails on Saturday, Feb. 11. Click here for info.

Tech Trails closed Feb. 11, partially closed Feb. 12

From Dean Woodbeck of Keweenaw Trails:

Michigan Tech will host the Central Collegiate Ski Association championships this weekend, meaning the main Tech Trails will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11-12.

The softball field trailhead, along with Isle Royale and Superior loops, will remain open throughout the weekend. The Tolkien trails, accessed from Pilgrim Road, will also remain open.

Saturday’s races will use both the competition trails and the Nara trails. All trails will be closed except the 1 km Nara Loop (from the Nara trailhead), Isle Royale and Superior, and the Tolkien trails.

On Sunday, the Nara trails will be open, along with Isle Royale, Superior, and the Tolkien trails. All other trails (e.g. those accessed from the main trailhead and Core Loop) will be closed until 2 p.m.

Groomers have started preparing for the races and are setting "best line" tracks today, Friday, in preparation for the Saturday classic races. This means that the classic tracks will be in the middle of trails. Skaters are asked to respect the tracks on Friday.

Thanks to all Keweenaw skiers for their cooperation. Remember that grooming continues at Swedetown, Chassell, and Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids, so you have these other skiing opportunities while the Tech trails are closed.

Update: On Thursday, Feb. 9, Becky Darling wrote this about the Chassell (classic) trails: "Fresh snow here in Chassell tonight, so the conditions may just be perfect on the trails here tomorrow while the races go on at Tech."

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