Grooming Reports

Grooming reports for the Vasa Pathway, Leelanau Trail, and Winter Single Track are emailed to badge holders. They are also made available within 24 hours on this page. Get your Grooming Badge to have reports emailed directly to you. Grooming updates for the new Winter Sport Single Track can be found on the Northern Michigan Mountain Biking Association website.

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2015-2016 Grooming Reports

Vasa Grooming Report #49

Date: 3/26/2016
Time: 4:15 AM

I will check the trail this morning at 4:45 and see if there is enough snow to re-groom. If so I will resurface the 5K and 10K . This will most likely be the last groom. I would suggest getting out early to ski as rising temps and sun will degrade the trail quickly.  Enjoy!

Vasa Grooming Report #48

Date: 3/25/2016
Time: 4:15 AM

I will start rolling the 5 and 10K trails  this morning at 5:00 am.  We should be able to get a couple of days of skiing in before it all melts away again.  If you do ski please be careful and have a great time.

Vasa Grooming Report #47

UPDATE
Date: 3/6/2016
Time: 9:00 AM

I have finished grooming the 5, 11, and 25K loops. Some areas required extra passes due to 4WD damage. Areas affected were the 11K loop from the Holiday Hills crossing near the 5K post to the two track crossing near the 8 K post. On the 25K loop from the four corners area near Timber Ridge to where the 25 K joins the 11 K loop. I was able to fill in the tire ruts in the skate lane and attempted to reset classic tracks in these areas with limited success. The new tracks in these areas are shallow in spots.

The trail turned out pretty nice this morning and the skiing should be good until the temperatures warm up later today.

Date: 3/6/2016
Time: 3:15 AM

I will start grooming the Vasa Pathway this morning at 4:00 am following the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K, 11K and finish with the 25K. I will renovate the skate lane and leave the existing classic tracks on all loops.

The skiing will be best early before the predicted rise in temperatures. Today may be the best conditions you will find until next season if the long range forecast holds true.

We will continue to monitor the weather and trail conditions through the end of the month and will try to groom if and when the weather cooperates.

Vasa Grooming Report #46

Date: 3/4/2016
Time: 6:30 PM

Steve will start grooming the Vasa Pathway tomorrow morning at 4:30 am following the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K, 11K and finish with the 25K. He will renovate the skate lane and leave the existing classic tracks on all loops. The skiing should be very good through the weekend so get out and enjoy the nice conditions on the Vasa while you can.

Vasa Grooming Report #45

Date: 3/4/2016
Time: 4:00 AM

I will start renovating the skate lane this morning at 4:30. I will groom in our normal pattern starting with the 5K. Temps are predicted to rise into the 40s and 50s next week so now is the time to get out and enjoy some really great skiing. Enjoy!

Vasa Grooming Report #44

Date: 3/3/2016
Time: 3:15 AM

I will start grooming the Vasa Pathway this morning at 4:00 am following the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K, 11K and finish with the 25K. I plan to renovate the skate lane and reset classic tracks on all loops. The skiing should be very good through the weekend so get out and enjoy the nice conditions on the Vasa while you can.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #16

UPDATE
Date: 3/2/2016
Time: 1:00 PM

The north end of the Leelanau Trail was just groomed today. Pete was able groom in this morning from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane Rd. He was able to work in the new snow, clean up the old snow with Ginzu groomer and set classic tracks too. Grab your classic or skate skis and hit the trail, conditions are perfect for either.

Date: 3/2/2016
Time: 12:07 PM

With the new snow, Michael Burns is eager to get out and groom tomorrow afternoon. As you may have seen, temperatures will be rising through the weekend. I think the skiing will be good, but by Sunday and Monday temperatures expected to rise near 50 degrees will cause rapid deterioration of the trail. Rain next week will likely finish the job, but lets dance while we can! Friday and Saturday should be great and Sunday will be spring skiing! Look for fresh corduroy from Cherry Bend to Birch Point after work tomorrow!

Vasa Grooming Report #43

Date: 3/2/2016
Time: 3:00 AM

Gary and I will renovate and set tracks starting at 4:00 this morning. We will start with the 5K then move through the 10 and 25K.

Vasa Grooming Report #42

Date: 2/29/2016
Time: 11:55 PM

With temperatures near freezing and going up early this morning I decided to hold off on today’s groom until temperatures dropped and we received the 1 to 3 inches of new snow that was predicted. The snow didn’t happen however we did receive enough today to cover most but not all of the frozen gifts left behind by various trail users who ventured out and left their marks during the warm up over the weekend. I finished renovating the skate lanes on the 5, 11, and 25K loops at 11:30 this evening. Unfortunately there was not enough new snow to reset classic tracks.

Skiers should use caution at the Holiday Hills Rd. crossing and the power line crossing just beyond. 4WD vehicles have left deep ruts across the trail in both locations and there is not enough loose snow to fill them in.

Vasa Grooming Report #41

Date: 2/26/2016
Time: 8:10 AM

Steve will start grooming the Vasa Pathway tomorrow morning around 5:00 am. He will be renovating the skate lane and leaving the existing classic tracks on the 5, 11 and 25K loops. With temperatures predicted to rise into the 40’s tomorrow, the best skiing will be early.

Vasa Grooming Report #40

Date: 2/26/2016
Time: 4:00 AM

I will start grooming the Vasa Pathway this morning at 5:00 am. I will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop, 11K and 25K loops.

Vasa Grooming Report #39

Date: 2/25/2016
Time: 5:00 AM

I will start grooming the Vasa Pathway this morning at 6:00 am. The later than usual start is due to temperatures remaining at or above freezing for most of the overnight period. I will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop, 11K and 25K loops.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #15

UPDATE
Date: 2/25/2016
Time: 4:10 PM

We just got word from the Leelanau Trail that groomer, Michael Burns, was out this afternoon resetting classic tracks and establishing a very fast skate lane from Cherry Bend all the way to Suttons Bay, which should make for great skiing until the warmer weather is expected to hit over the weekend.  The report from the trail is that conditions are good and there are a lot of skiers out enjoying the groomer’s work.

Trail conditions could be spotty with warmer weather on the horizon, so get out and enjoy it while we can!

UPDATE
Date: 2/25/2016
Time: 11:00 AM

Although we did not get the predicted snow last night, Michael Burns is out attempting a groom. He will try to renovate the trail with the cutters and track setters as the sled cooling system allows.

Date: 2/24/2016
Time: 10:22 AM

We are planning a groom of the Southern Leelanau Trail for weekend skiing. As you may know, we are having overheating issues with our grooming snowmobile that prevent us from grooming when there is no new snow. The snowmobile relies on snow being thrown up onto heat exchangers to cool the engine. We are still working to solve the problem, but with new snow predicted tonight and tomorrow, we hope to be able to go out on Friday and groom. Thanks for all the moral and monetary support for our efforts.
-Bill Heitman
P.S. In the middle of a really frustrating groom a few weeks ago, while fueling at the Speedway, two trail users stopped to express their thanks for the trail grooming. It really helped in keeping a positive attitude about it.

Vasa Grooming Report #38

UPDATE
Date: 2/24/2016
Time: 8:10 AM

Glen has finished grooming the Vasa this morning and reports that the skate lane turned out very good while the classic tracks were reset they are shallow. This is because of the frozen base and no new snow. Hopefully we will receive the predicted snow overnight and will be able to set better tracks tomorrow.

Date: 2/23/2016
Time: 6:40 PM

Tomorrow morning I will attempt to renovate the skate lane and set new tracks on the entire Vasa Pathway. Although the skate skiing has been wonderful our classic skiing friends have suffered through melted, hard, debris filled tracks. Hopefully tomorrows groom will change that and offer up good classic and skate skiing. Enjoy!

Vasa Grooming Report #37

Date: 2/23/2016
Time: 7:10 AM

Casey and I renovated the skate lane last night on all trails. We will set new tracks as soon as conditions allow. With cold nights and temps rising above freezing during the day our night grooms have offered good ski conditions early in the day. There has been consistent 4 wheel damage at road crossings so please use caution.

Vasa Grooming Report #36

Date: 2/22/2016
Time: 7:00 AM

I renovated the skate lane on the 5K and 10K last night. Temperatures dropped quickly which made for a very hard and slick trail surface. This made renovating very difficult. We will groom again after dark tonight or tomorrow early morning. Hopefully the forecast for snow on Wednesday holds true.

Leelanau Grooming Report #14

Date: 2/18/2016
Time: 4:00 PM

The north end of the Leelanau Trail is ready for the weekend. Rick was able groom in from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane Rd. It has been groomed with the Ginzu with tracks set too. Grab your classic or skate skis and hit the trail, conditions are perfect for either.

Vasa Grooming Report #35

Date: 2/18/2016
Time: 4:15 AM

I will start grooming the Vasa Pathway this morning at 5:00 am. With no new snow overnight and another warming trend predicted, I will be renovating the skate lane and leaving the existing classic tracks on all loops.

As of now the forecast calls for temperature to rise above freezing tonight followed by some rain tomorrow and remaining above freezing through Sunday. If this forecast holds true we will not be able to groom again until Monday. We will continue to monitor the weather and if it looks like we will be able to groom before then we will send out a report.

Vasa Grooming Report #34

Date: 2/17/2016
Time: 3:45 AM

I will start grooming at 4:30 am.  The normal groom pattern will be followed starting with the 5K, 11K and then 25K.

Vasa Grooming Report #33

Date: 2/15/2016
Time: 8:30 PM

Paul plans to start grooming the Vasa Pathway tomorrow morning at 3:00 am. He will renovate the skate lane and reset classic tracks on all loops starting with the 5K Headwaters loop.

Vasa Grooming Report #32

Date: 2/14/2016
Time: 7:30 AM

Roger and I finished grooming this afternoon at 3:00 pm. We re-groomed the entire Vasa Pathway system after yesterdays Vasa races and today’s Gran Travers classic race. All loops have been restored to the normal configuration of a skate lane with one set of classic tracks. Because of the late finish today and no new snow in the forecast we do not plan on grooming tomorrow.

Grooming Q & A: Why is the LMC not used on every groom?

The LMC cannot be used in early season conditions when the hard packed base is less than 3 to 4 inches without bringing up dirt and introducing it into the base. Once the dirt is introduced it will continue to be an issue for skiers and groomers during the entire season. We must wait until the base is sufficient over the entire Vasa Pathway system. In early season we monitor the base at several spots along the trail to determine when it is deep enough to bring the LMC out.

Once the base is sufficient the LMC is used whenever the conditions are favorable during the season. When the LMC is used the entire width of the trail surface must be tilled deep enough to set classic tracks. As mentioned in a previous grooming report tilling changes the characteristics of the snow and repeated tilling of the same snow is detrimental to ski conditions. When we receive fresh snow we can mix the new snow with the existing base to help revitalize the trail surface. Tilling the base without the benefit of new snow will eventually break down the base. This will make it more susceptible to melting which will diminish the overall thickness of the base over time and will shorten the ski season. By using the snowmobiles with the Ginzu and Tidd Tech we can create a decent ski surface and prolong the life of the ski surface. The Ginzu and Tidd Tech have a less aggressive action on the snow by cutting the surface with blades. This action does not alter the snow crystals as much as using the tiller on the LMC. The Tidd Tech and Ginzu are narrow enough that the skate lane can be renovated without affecting the existing classic tracks.

The groomers determine what equipment should be used based on the current weather, weather forecast, amount of new snow, and probably most importantly their experience and knowledge of the kind of result each piece of grooming equipment is capable of producing. Fortunately, TART has provided their groomers with an excellent selection of equipment from which to choose. For information on this equipment click here.

Vasa Grooming Report #31

Date: 2/12/2016
Time: 3:00 AM

I will start grooming this morning at 5:00 am. I will be grooming and resetting classic tracks on the 5K and 11K loops. We will be grooming the 25K loop and re-grooming the entire trail as necessary for tomorrows Vasa Races.

We will be putting the finishing touches on the Vasa courses today through early Saturday morning so please watch for grooming equipment on the trail. We will also be grooming for Sunday’s Gran Travers Classic Race which will have two sets of classic tracks. Once Sunday’s race has finished, we will remove the extra set of tracks and return the Vasa to its normal configuration of skate lane and one set of classic tracks.

Leelanau Grooming Report #12

Date: 2/11/2016
Pete set out to roll the entire Leelanau Trail this morning. It will make it more ski-able and help preserve the new snow. Michael Burns is planning to groom either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

Vasa Grooming Report #30

Date: 2/11/2016
Time 1:15 am

Glen will start grooming this morning at 2:00 am.  It is 13 degrees outside and we have received about 2 inches of fresh snow.  I will be renovating the skate lane and setting new tracks.

Vasa Grooming Report #29

Date: 2/10/2016
Time: 3:00 AM

Bill and I will start grooming the Vasa pathway this morning at 4:00am. We will be mixing the new snow we received overnight into the base we loosened up yesterday. There should be enough new snow to reset classic tracks.

We be following a different grooming pattern today. First we will groom the 5K Headwaters trail, then move onto the 25K loop before finishing on the 11K loop.

The Vasa race folks will be placing the remainder of their signs on the course. They will be going out on Riley’s Loop and returning on the 25K loop back to the Timber Ridge area. They will also be traveling the 11K loop and Special K. Please be on the lookout for them as well as the TART grooming equipment.

Vasa Grooming Report #28

UPDATE 
Date: 2/9/2016
Time: 9:00 AM

When Jim and Glen started grooming early this morning with intention of loosing up the top layer of the refrozen Vasa Pathway they found the surface to be very iced up so they changed equipment and set out again. They have completed the Headwaters and are now working on the 10K loop and will continue on to the 25K. They expect to be on the Pathway with equipment for most of the day.

Date: 2/9/2016
Time:
4:45 AM

Glen and I will start grooming the Vasa pathway this morning at 5:30am. The goal for this morning is to loosen up the top layer of refrozen base to prepare for the new snow that is predicted for later today. This will help the new snow adhere to the base.

Vasa Grooming Report #27

UPDATE
Date: 2/7/2016
Time: 10:30 PM

Once again we will be waiting for the temperatures to drop below freezing before we attempt to groom again. Looking at the weather forecast it appears it will be Tuesday morning before we will be able to groom next. The good news is that after we weather this latest brief warm spell the temperatures are predicted to remain cold for awhile and snow is in the forecast.

Grooming Q & A: Why are classic tracks not set during every groom?

The answer is once we have established an adequate base we reset the tracks as often as possible. In order to set good tracks the base must be loosened up to the depth of the tracks. In conditions where we have not received new snow in awhile and the base has become hard packed it is difficult or impossible to loosen deep enough. In this case we leave the existing tracks and renovate the skate lane only deep enough to remove most marks in the base. Each time we grind the base it changes the characteristics of the snow and eventually the snow will become so hard packed that this grinding will only break it up into chunks. Skiing on these chunks is something most skiers prefer not to do. Ideal conditions to set tracks would be after a 2 to 4 inch snowfall or on snow that is still more or less in its natural state and has not thawed and refrozen. While, as groomers, we would prefer to reset classic tracks during every groom we must deal with what Mother Nature gives us and try to provide the best possible conditions even though it may involve some compromising.

Date: 2/7/2016
Time: 3:55 AM

Steve and I will start grooming this morning at 5:00 am.  We will be renovating the skate lane and leaving the existing tracks.

Leelanau Grooming Report #11

Date: 2/5/2016
Time: 4:00 PM

The north end of the Leelanau Trail is ready for the weekend. Bart was able to get a groom in this afternoon from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane Rd. It has been groomed with the Ginzu with tracks set too. Grab your classic or skate skis and hit the trail, conditions are perfect for either.

Vasa Grooming Report #26

Date: 2/6/2016
Time: 3:45 AM

Steve and I will start grooming the Vasa Pathway this morning at 5:30 am. We will be renovating the skate lane on all loops and leaving the existing classic tracks.

TART will be hosting the second Vasa Open House of this season today from 10 am to 1 pm. As always it will feature homemade goodies, warm drinks and a hot fire.

Vasa Grooming Report #25

Date: 2/5/2016
Time: 2:45 AM

I will start grooming this morning at 4:00 am.  With just a slight dusting of new snow I will be renovating the skate lane while leaving the tracks that were set yesterday.

TART is hosting an Open House at the trailhead Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Stop by and say hi and enjoy a warm cup of cocoa and a cookie.

Vasa Grooming Report #24

Date: 2/4/2016
Time: 3:45 AM

Temperatures finally dropped below freezing last night about 7:00 pm. Casey and I will start grooming the Vasa Pathway this morning at 5:00 am. We will start on the Headwaters loop and renovate the skate lane and try our best to set classic tracks. Our ability to set tracks will depend on how much new snow fell on the Vasa and how hard the base has become since it has refrozen. We will then move on to the 11K loop before finishing the 25K loop.

The weather looks good for this weekend and TART will be hosting the second Vasa Open House of this season this Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. As always it will feature homemade goodies, warm drinks and a hot fire.

Vasa Grooming Report #23

UPDATE
Date: 2/3/2016
Time: 7:45 AM

We will need the temperatures to drop before we will be able to do any grooming on the trails. The forecast is for falling temperatures and more snow later today so we will be back out whenever the conditions are favorable.

The weather looks good for this weekend and TART will be hosting the second Vasa Open House of this season this Saturday from 10am to 1pm at the Bartlett Rd. Trailhead. As always it will feature homemade goodies, warm drinks and if we can find some dry wood a hot fire.

Date: 2/2/2016
Time: 7:45 AM

Happy Ground Hog Day! Glen and Casey started grooming the Vasa Pathway this morning at 5:00 am. They will be renovating the skate lane and leaving the existing classic tracks. The temperature was 25 degrees when they started and the base had started to refreeze. The goal for today’s groom is to loosen the top layer of base so that the new snow predicted for later today will have a better surface to adhere to.

Please be aware that the folks from the North American Vasa race will be on the trail today installing signs for the race on February 13th. They will be making frequent stops on the 5, 11 and 25K loops. Please watch for their equipment on the trail.

Vasa Grooming Report #22

UPDATE
Date: 1/30/2016
Time: 6:00 PM

Temperatures at the start of this morning’s groom were 31 degrees and had climbed to 34 degrees by the time we finished. The consistency of the snow had changed enough during the time we were on the trail so that the grooming equipment was becoming clogged near the end and it was no longer working properly. Reports from skiers coming off the trail indicated that conditions were very good for those that skied early.

With temperatures predicted to remain above freezing overnight and tomorrow we will be unable to groom again until the temperatures drop.

Date: 1/30/2016
Time: 4:15 AM

Steve and I will start grooming the Vasa Pathway this morning at 5:00 am. We will be renovating the skate lanes on all loops and leaving the classic tracks that were set yesterday.

With the forecast calling for temperatures to rise above freezing early today the earlier you can ski the better the conditions you will find.

Leelanau Grooming Report #10

Date: 1/29/2016
Time: 4:00 PM

The north end of the Leelanau Trail is ready for the weekend. Bart was able to groom this afternoon from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane Rd. It has been groomed with the Ginzu groomer with tracks set, the warm up this past week helped set the trail for a great groom and excellent skiing conditions. Grab your classic or skate skis and hit the trail, conditions are perfect for either.

Vasa Grooming Report #21

UPDATE
Date: 1/29/2016
Time: 8:15 AM

Glen and Casey have finished the 5K and 11K loops and are currently headed toward Jack Pine Valley from the Wall. They report from one to four inches of new snow has accumulated which, in addition to the condition of the existing base, is enough to allow them to renovate the skate lane and reset classic tracks.

Date: 1/29/2016
Time: 3:15 AM

Casey and I will renovate the skate lane this morning starting at 4:30 am.  We will be leaving the existing tracks.

Vasa Grooming Report #20

UPDATE
Date: 1/28/2016
Time: 7:00 AM

After arriving at the trailhead and finding no new snow and temps around 35 degrees, I decided to call off this mornings groom. Temps are forecast to drop below freezing tonight and tomorrow so most likely we will groom Friday morning. Stay tuned.

Date: 1/28/2016
Time: 5:00 AM

Casey and I will begin grooming the trail at 6:00 am this morning.  With very little fresh snow and temps in the 30s we will most likely renovate the skate lane and leave the existing tracks.  An update will be sent out late this morning.

Vasa Grooming Report #19

Date: 1/27/2016
Time: 3:00 AM

Paul and I will start grooming the Vasa this morning at 4:00 am. We will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K, 11K and finish on the 25K loop. We will be renovating the skate lane and resetting classic tracks on all loops. With the temperatures below freezing overnight and a little new snow since yesterday the trails should turn out very nice.

Vasa Grooming Report #18

UPDATE
Date: 1/26/2016
Time: 8:25 AM

As you know by now schools are closed today and we received 3 to 6 inches of wet snow over night. We are currently rolling the 5K and 10K and plan to roll the 25K late this morning.  As soon as the temps drop below freezing we will go back out and renovate the skate lane and set tracks. Until then the skiing will be very challenging.

Date: 1/26/2016
Time: 6:00 AM

Temperatures remained above freezing overnight and we received a couple of inches of new snow that is more suited for making snowmen than for grooming. The wet snow tends to clog the grooming equipment. We will attempt to roll the new snow this morning however we may need to abandon the effort if it creates a mess of the trail. A complete groom will occur after the temperatures drop below freezing and the trail starts to set up.

Vasa Grooming Report #17

Date: 1/24/2016
Time: 4:45 AM

Steve and I will start renovating the skate lanes on all loops this morning at 6:00 am.  We will leave the existing classic tracks. Enjoy!

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #7

Date: 1/23/2016
Time: 11:00 PM

First a State of Equipment report. As Nick pointed out, we have two sleds on the LT again! I finished the wiring of the green sled to be able to use the Ginzu and Michael Burns groomed the LT with it today. I have been away, but in my communications with Michael it sounds as if he got a good skate lane and classic tracks set from Birch Point Rd. south to the Cherry Bend parking lot. We will continue to groom that section and will work on the middle of the trail as well. I will groom on Sunday morning from Birch Point to the Cherry Bend parking lot and then get out and skate the trail myself!

Vasa Grooming Report #16

Date: 1/23/2016
Time: 5:00 AM

Steve and I will start grooming the Vasa Pathway this morning at 6:00 am. We will renovate the skate lane on all loops and leave the existing classic tracks that were set yesterday.

Today is the Bigfoot Snowshoe Race starting at Timber Ridge. This event starts at 9:00 am and will cross the Vasa in a few places near Timber Ridge. We will be re-grooming the trail after the race in the areas that are impacted.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #6

Date: 1/22/2016
Time: 4:00 PM

The north end of the Leelanau Trail is ready for the weekend. Bart was able to groom this afternoon from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane Rd. It has been groomed with the Ginzu with tracks set too. Grab your classic or skate skis and hit the trail, conditions are perfect for either.

Vasa Grooming Report #15

UPDATE
Date: 1/22/2016
Time: 8:15 AM

Glen and Paul have finished the 5K and 11K loops and are currently at the Wall on the 25K heading in a clockwise direction toward the Rock. They are renovating the skate lane and resetting classic tracks on all loops.

Date: 1/22/2016
Time: 3:00 AM

Paul and I will start grooming at 4:00 am this morning.  We will follow our normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K, 11K and then onto the 25K finishing up on the 3K.  An update will be sent out later this morning.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #5

The Yellow Sled is back! This a big deal to us groomers, we now have grooming equipment on each end of the trail and can maintain the trail much easier. Thank you to Rob at Great Escapes Motorsports for donating your services to fix the sled. Thank you for rebuilding the motor, fixing the oil line and the tune up!
We were able get a groom in this morning from Suttons Bay to Birch Point Rd. Half of the trail is rolled and the other is groomed with the Ginzu with tracks set too. Grab your classic or skate skis and hit the trail, conditions are perfect for either. Enjoy another beautiful day on the Leelanau Trail!

Vasa Grooming Report #14

UPDATE
Date: 1/20/2016
Time: 9:06 AM

Jim and Casey have renovated the skate lane and set tracks on the 5K and 11K and are now doing the same on the 25K moving counter clockwise. At the time of this update they were at the 18K post. Jim reports 2 inches of new snow since yesterday’s groom.

Date: 1/20/2016
Time: 4:30 AM

Casey and I will start grooming the Vasa Pathway this morning at 5:30. We will start renovating the skate lane and resetting the classic tracks on the 5K loop before moving on to the 11K loop. We will finish on the 25K loop however we may be traveling in the counterclockwise direction. We will send out an update later today.

Vasa Grooming Report #13

UPDATE
Date: 1/19/2016
Time: 9:00 AM

Glen and Casey have finished renovating the skate lane and resetting classic tracks on the 5K and 11K loops. They report between 5 and 8 inches of new snow has accumulated since yesterdays groom with the higher amounts in the 25K loop area. They have switched to rollers and will roll and pack the 25K loop before attempting to groom that portion. They will be rolling in the counterclockwise direction on the 25K.

The snowfall during the past couple of days has allowed us to flatten the portions of the trail that were becoming dished due to underlying trail conditions or because of skiers snowplowing down hills. There are very few areas remaining with low spots in the trail however some of the previous low spots could be softer that the surrounding areas until they become harder packed.

Date: 1/19/2016
Time: 4:30 AM

Casey and I will start grooming at 5:30 am this morning.  We will begin on the 5K and continue to the 11K and 25K loops. An update will be sent out late this morning.

Vasa Grooming Report #12

Date: 1/18/2016
Time: 3:35 AM

Paul and I will start grooming the Vasa this morning at 4:30am. We plan to follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop, 11K loop and 25K loop. We will be using the new snow that fell since yesterday morning’s groom to further flatten the trail and help fill in some of the low spots. We will be renovating the skate lane and resetting the classic tracks on all loops.

Vasa Grooming Report #11

Date: 1/17/2016
Time: 3:45 AM

Steve and I will start grooming the Vasa this morning at 4:30am. We plan to follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop, 11K loop and 25K loop. We will renovate the skate lane and reset classic tracks on all loops.

It was great to see such a huge crowd yesterday at the TART Open House. Thanks to everyone who stopped by.

Vasa Grooming Report #10

Date: 1/16/2016
Time: 4:15 AM

Steve and I will start grooming the Vasa this morning at 5:00am. We plan to follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop, 11K loop and 25K loop. We will renovate the skate lane and try to reset classic tracks on all loops however if the base has refrozen too hard after yesterdays warm spell and we do not receive enough new snow we may not be able to set new tracks as good or better than the existing tracks. In that case we will leave the existing tracks.

Don’t forget the TART open house this morning from 10am to 1pm. We will have warm drinks, homemade cookies and other goodies and a hot fire.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #4

Date: 1/15/2015
Time: 1:00 PM

We were able get a groom in this morning as weather was warming up. Tracks are set on the trail from Suttons Bay to Birch Point Rd. We still don’t have the Ginzu groomer up and running but I was able to use the small track setter to set some tracks. These should freeze up solid tonight and make for some great classic skiing. The skate lane is bumpy and could use some more work, which we can groom out when we get another snow fall. Grab your classic skis and enjoy the trail this weekend.

Vasa Grooming Report #9

UPDATE
Date: 1/15/2016
Time: 7:30 AM

Temperatures continued to rise overnight and are currently above freezing. With some rain in the forecast today we will not be grooming this morning. Temperatures are predicted to drop later today with the rain turning to snow.

Right now the plan is to groom next early Saturday morning and be finished in time for the TART Open House from at the Bartlett Rd. Trailhead. The open house will run from 10 am to 1 pm and feature warm drinks, homemade cookies and goodies and a hot fire.

UPDATE
Date: 1/14/2016
Time: 8:30 AM

Glen and Bill have finished grooming and resetting classic tracks on the 5 and 11K loops and are at the top of the Wall heading back toward the trailhead on the 25K loop. They will finish off the groom on the 3K Meadows loop.

Date: 1/14/2016
Time: 3:50 AM

Bill and I will start grooming at 5:00 am this morning.  We will begin on the 5K and continue to the 11K and 25K loops. Fresh corduroy and classic tracks will be set on all loops.  An update will be sent out late this morning.

Vasa Grooming Report #8

UPDATE
Date: 1/13/2016
Time: 8:45 AM

Jim and Casey have completed a fresh groom of the 5K and the 11K and are now out near Timber Ridge grooming the 25K counter clockwise. Happy Skiing!

Date: 1/12/2016
Time: 7:15 PM

Glen and Roger are currently out rolling and packing the snow we received after this morning’s groom. They will roll all Vasa loops.

Casey and I will start grooming at 5:30 am tomorrow. We will snow comb the skate lanes and reset classic tracks. We will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop, 11K loop and finish with the 25K loop in the counterclockwise direction.

TART will be hosting the first Vasa Pathway Open House of the season this Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm at the Bartlett Rd. Trailhead. Stop by for a ski and enjoy a warm drink, homemade cookies, and a hot fire when you finish (or before you start).

Vasa Grooming Report #7

UPDATE
Date: 1/12/2016
Time: 8:30 AM

Jim and Bill have groomed the 5K and 11K and are now headed counter clockwise on the 25K.  They are laying down fresh corduroy and resetting all classic tracks.  Enjoy!

Date: 1/12/2016
Time: 4:30 AM

Bill and I will start grooming this morning at 5:30 am. We will start on the 5K Headwaters loop before moving on to the 11K loop and finishing on the 25K loop. We plan on snow combing the skate lanes and resetting classic tracks on all loops however depending on how much new snow we received overnight on the Vasa we may need to pack and roll first.

Vasa Grooming Report #6

UPDATE
Date: 1/11/2016
Time: 8:30 AM

Glen and Casey have finished the 5K loop and are at the junction of the Special K and 11K loop. They will finish the 11K loop then head out on the 25K loop grooming in a counter clockwise direction. This is so they can groom going down the Wall. The snow closest to the ground has not refrozen completely since the rain and warm temps on Friday and Saturday so we need to use caution when climbing hills with the grooming equipment. They report 1 to 2 inches of new snow since the last groom was completed about 6:30 pm yesterday. They are snow combing the skate lane and resetting classic tracks today.

Date: 1/11/2016
Time: 4:45 AM

Casey and I will start grooming this morning at 6:00 am.  We will start on the 5K then to the 11K and 25K.   An update will be sent out later this morning. Happy Skiing!

Vasa Grooming Report #5

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Date: 1/10/2016
Time: 12:00 PM

Glen and Steve have finished rolling and packing all of the Vasa Pathway trail loops. Casey and I will hook up the grooming equipment and make another pass over the trails snow combing the skate lane and setting classic tracks. We will complete the 5K loop before moving onto the 11K loop and finish on the 25K loop late this afternoon.

The county has plowed the Bartlett Rd. parking lot for those who wish to ski today.

UPDATE
Date: 1/10/2016
Time: 8:30 AM

Glen and Steve report 10 to 12 inches of new snow have fallen on the Vasa overnight. As of 8:30 they have rolled the 5K and 11K portions of the trail and will soon be heading out onto the 25K loop in counter clockwise direction to roll that portion of the trail. After they are finished rolling we will change crews and go back out to comb the skate lane and set classic tracks. This will be an all day grooming operation and skiers should expect the trail to be soft even after we finish.

As of now the parking lot at Bartlett Road has not been plowed and Glen reports that until it is you may not be able to exit if you try to get in.

Date: 1/10/2016
Time: 5:00 AM

Steve and I will start grooming at about 6:00 am.  What we do will depend on the type and amount of snow that has fallen on the trail. An update will be sent out later this morning.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #2

Date: 1/9/2016
Time: 9:00 AM

With the warm wet weather, we have obviously been unable to groom. The good news is our snowmobile repairs are going well. On Thursday, I worked with Jim Dombrowski to do modifications to our newly donated green sled that will allow it to pull the Ginzu. The yellow sled’s repairs are well underway at Great Escapes Motorsports. Thank you Ron!
It looks like continued wet conditions today, gradually turning to snow this evening. I expect to get out Sunday or Monday and roller the trail. It looks like we will be getting steady lake effect snow the first part of next week and we will groom the trail at some point as well as continue to pack it.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #1

Date: 1/5/2016
Time: 10:00 AM

We attempted a groom on the LT just before New Year, but had mechanical problems with the yellow grooming sled. We then sought to put our recently donated green sled into service. It runs, but not well enough to groom. I loaded the green sled onto the trailer and took it in to Rob Goepfrich at Great Escapes Motorsports. He assures me it is most likely a fuel issue from sitting too long unused and that it should be finished by Wednesday. We will take him the yellow sled on Wednesday and trade them off.
 
Our goal is to pack with the roller before the weekend. The green sled still needs modifications to run the Ginzu groomer and if we complete them we will attempt a full groom if the snow depth on the trail allows. Even though we have a lot of snow on the ground, the paved surface of the LT does not tend to hold snow and we need about 3-4” to renovate the snow without damaging the asphalt.

Vasa Grooming Report #4

UPDATE
Date: 1/5/2016
Time: 10:00 AM

The skate lane on all loops has been re-packed and renovated. Encountered some soft spots from yesterday’s snowfall which were leveled and packed. Classic tracks from yesterday still in great shape.

UPDATE
Date: 1/5/2016
Time: 5:00 AM

I will start repacking and setting corduroy on the skate lanes this morning at 5:30. I will leave the existing classic tracks Glen and Roger set yesterday. I will follow the normal grooming pattern starting on the 5K and 11K loops and redo the 25K loop if necessary.

UPDATE
Date: 1/4/2016
Time: 8:15 AM

Roger and Glen started grooming this morning at 5:30. With a total of 6 to 10 inches of new snow on the trail they were forced to pack using the rollers first. They have rolled the 5K and 11K loops as well as the 25K loop to the shortcut back to the 10K near the 7K post. They have also packed the Special K section. They are currently at the barn switching to the Ginzu and Tidd Tech and will groom and set classic tracks on the above mentioned portions of the trail. Once those are finished they will swap back to the rollers and repeat the process on the remainder of the 25K loop. It will be afternoon before they are finished with the entire trail system.

Date: 1/4/2016
Time: 4:20 AM

Roger and I will start grooming at 5:30 am.  We will start on the 5K and continue to the 10K and 25K loops. Depending on how much new snow has fallen we may need to roll all loops first then go back out and set track and corduroy.

Vasa Grooming Report #3

UPDATE
Date: 1/2/2016
Time: 9:00 AM

Jim and Paul have completed the 5K and 10K loops setting new track and freshening the skate lane.  They are currently on the 25K.  Caution should be used on the 25K from the 8K post to Riley’s bench because of the 4-wheel damage from yesterday.

Date: 1/2/2016
Time: 4:45 AM

Paul and I will start grooming the Vasa Pathway at 5:30. We will start on the 5K Headwaters loop and 11K loop. We will then move on to the 25K loop and try to repair the reported 4WD damage near the Wall. We will send out an update later this morning after we evaluate the damage on the 25K loop. We will do our best to reset classic tracks on all loops however if the new tracks are not at least as good as the existing tracks, we will leave the existing tracks.

Vasa Grooming Report #2

Date: 12/31/2015
Time: 5:40 AM

I will start grooming the Vasa Pathway this morning at 6:30am. I will touch up the skate lanes starting on the 5K Headwaters loop, 11K loop and finish on the 25K loop. I will evaluate the trail conditions and check the base during the groom to determine if we will be able to reset classic tracks for the weekend if we do not receive any new snow.

Happy New Year!
Jim

Vasa Grooming Report #1

UPDATE
Date: 12/29/2015
Time: 3:00 PM

Glen Rauth just called from the trail where he and Roger Raehl are out doing a second pass of the day on the Vasa, this time with the Tidd Tech and Giznu machines.  They are setting classic tracks and establishing a skate lane in the best ski conditions of the season thus far.  They just finished up on the 5K and 10K loops and are now on to complete the 25K loop heading backwards (counter clockwise).

Skiers are reporting surprisingly good ski conditions and with temperatures forecast to drop some overnight skiing could be excellent in the morning and all day tomorrow.
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Date: 12/29/2015
Time: 8:00 AM

The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived.  Snow is here and the TART Trails’ Grooming Team is out on the Vasa Pathway with the snowmobiles and rollers packing in the roughly 8 inches of fresh snow that fell overnight.  Given that the ground was frozen and the snow fell cold and dry, we’ll start by packing it with rollers this morning and assess how to proceed with additional grooming later this afternoon.

Thank you to everyone who has supported grooming this year already and believed with us that winter would eventually arrive.  Please enjoy the trail and stay tuned for more updates from the groomers.

Happy Holidays!