Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Most Michigan Tech Trails to close Dec. 23; Luminary Ski at Maasto Hiihto Dec. 26

Photo of announcement courtesy Keweenaw Trails.

[UPDATE: The Michigan Tech Trails will remain closed on Thursday, Dec. 24, to preserve the snow for the upcoming U.S. championships.]

HOUGHTON -- Michigan Tech is closing most of the cross country ski trail system tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 23, based on the forecast for rain and the need to preserve snow for the U.S. championships coming Jan. 3-9. Please respect the signs and the trails.

The Pilgrim (Tolkein) Trails and the Isle Royale loop remain open.

For updates on trail conditions see the Keweenaw Trails Trail Reports page.

Luminary Ski Dec. 26 at Maasto Hiihto Trails

A family 2km luminary ski will be hosted on the Maasto Hiihto ski trail by the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club (KNSC) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 26. The candlelit trail starts at the Four Seasons Chalet at the north end of the Houghton County Fairgrounds. All ages of skiers, snowshoers and snow bikers are welcome for this free event. Bring your extra Christmas cookies to share if you have them. For more information call 281-1486.

"We are betting conditions will recover from Wednesday's rain by Saturday evening," said John Diebel of KNSC. "But regardless the snow conditions the luminaries are the main attraction. Don't miss this once a year opportunity for a magical tour through the woods and fields with family and friends."

A few more people are needed to help with set up.  If you have a couple of hours Saturday afternoon to fill bags with sand, set out bags on the trail or light candles please contact John Diebel at john.diebel@sbcglobal.net or call him at 281-1486.

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