Thursday, March 01, 2012

Fourth annual Glide 'N Gorge to be Mar. 4 at Maasto Hiihto

Skiers stop for a hearty soup along the gorge trail at Maasto Hiihto during the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club's 2011 Glide 'N Gorge. This year the event will be held Sunday, Mar. 4. (Keweenaw Now file photo © and courtesy Keren Tischler)

HANCOCK -- The Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club (KNSC) will host the 4th Annual Glide 'N Gorge from noon to 3 p.m. this coming Sunday, March 4, at the Maasto Hiihto ski trails in Hancock. The starting point is at the ski chalet at the Houghton County Fair Grounds in Hancock.

Tickets are available at Down Wind Sports in Houghton and Cross Country Sports in Calumet until Friday, Mar. 2, for $15.

After that, they will be $25 at the chalet the day of the event. No refunds. All proceeds go for trail improvements. Kids 12 and under ski free with an adult, and families are encouraged to come out and have a fun ski/eat/snowshoe together!

The well-marked course will first guide you to tasty hors d'oeuvres. Kids of all ages can roast marshmallows by the fire. After this "warm-up," you'll descend along the Swedetown Creek on one of the prettiest trails in the Keweenaw! Next up is the main dish -- piping hot chili and soups galore at a scenic spot along the creek. You'll then continue down the creek and finally cruise up Sisu hill.

A sign marks the trail up Sisu hill for the return to the chalet -- and dessert! (Keweenaw Now file photo © and courtesy Keren Tischler)

Once back to the chalet, you can celebrate the circumnavigation of the gorge! To get you in the celebrating mood, you'll be rewarded for your effort with treats for your tongue and your ears: delectable desserts and live music!

KNSC could use some more bread and rolls for Sunday if anyone out there would like to contribute. Just e-mail Candi Silvola, KNSC Board Member and Event Organizer, at or phone 482-4578 if you can help.

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