Monday, February 11, 2013

Local Ski Clubs sponsor events Feb. 11, 16

HANCOCK -- Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club (KNSC) is sponsoring a pine tar clinic for wood ski enthusiasts from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. TONIGHT, Monday, Feb. 11, at the Hancock Chalet. Open to all. Bring your wood skis -- KNSC supplies the rest. If you have a small propane torch, please bring it. Questions?? Call Jay Green at 906-487-5411 or email

Retro Ski Fest at Churning Rapids Feb. 16

Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club and Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) will sponsor the Retro Ski Fest (RSF) from noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Triangle in Churning Rapids. It's just a fun gathering with chili, a fire, a lavvu and camaraderie. If skiers have wood skis, bamboo poles, knickers or wool clothing, they are encouraged to use them.

A back-country tour will start at 1:30 p.m. and will be adjusted to the group's fitness/ability level. It will be old-time touring, that is, breaking trail in da woods; but fear not -- the lead breaker will be rotated frequently. No fees but donations are welcome and will be split 50/50 between the Keweenaw Community Foundation's Cross Country Ski Endowment and KLT's Land Stewardship Fund.

A heads-up on numbers would be appreciated so there is enough chili for everyone. Please call Jay at 906.487-5411 or email him at to let him know the number of skiers in your party. Click here for more information.

The Triangle is at the junction of trails 3, 4, and 10 on maps dated 12/12 or trails 3 and 10 on all other maps. The nearest trailhead is Tomasi Rd. about 3K from the Triangle and the next closest is Christensen Rd at about 4K (take trail 16 and turn right onto 10).

There is a pair of 1950 green army wool pants with lots of pockets at Goodwill; if you can't find them contact Jay Green and he can direct you.

Ski for the Key (formerly Ski for Heart) at Swedetown Trails Feb. 16

Just  a reminder SKI FOR THE KEY (formerly SKI FOR HEART) -- a fund raiser for Omega House and Swedetown Trails Club (formerly CICCSC)) will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, at Swedetown Trails.

"You should be able to do that in the AM - enjoy the KEWEENAW CO-OP chili and corn bread and still have lots of time for a nap before going to RSF at Churning Rapids," says Jay Green, KNSC president.

Ski for the Key will benefit two Keweenaw organizations: Omega House, which provides residential hospice care, and the Swedetown Trails Club, responsible for maintaining the Swedetown ski and mountain bike trails in Calumet. Though the name has changed, the format of the event remains the same: participants will collect pledges in advance of the event for each kilometer skied or snow-shoed between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. Participants raising more than $50 will receive a beautiful cotton long-sleeved t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to participants who raise the most money and who ski the most kilometers. Registration 8:30 a.m. Feb 16 at Swedetown Chalet. See the Ski for the Key website for registration forms and complete information.*

* Note: If you are not able to do Ski for the Key on Feb. 16, you may select this option:
• Choose one day during the week of February 11 - 15 to ski or snowshoe
• Ski or snowshoe for up to 5 consecutive hours on a single day
• Record the date, time and distance on your collection envelope and turn it into your team captain.

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