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Looking outside many of you are probably getting anxious to get out on the Vasa to start the 2014-15 ski season. Our grooming contract with the DNR starts on December 1st and we are not allowed to groom until then. You can ski if you like but the trail will not be groomed and you will be sharing the woods with hunters during firearm deer season which runs now through November 30th. If you decide to venture onto the trail please be careful and wear bright clothing.
The TART groomers and volunteers have spent hundreds of hours this fall working on the trail and tuning the equipment. The entire Vasa Pathway has been mowed and cleared of fallen branches in preparation for grooming. Many areas of the trail that have been becoming narrow as the banks have fallen in over the years have been leveled and widened to their original width thanks to the tractor that was donated to TART by Timber Ridge and Iceman. The wiring for the LMC tracksetter system has been replaced after giving us problems last year. A leaking hydraulic tank on the LMC has been removed, repaired and replaced. We still have some minor equipment issues to address but we are confident that we will be ready to hit the trails grooming (weather permitting) on December 1st.
The new Winter Sports Single Track trail has been built and NNMBA (Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association) is gearing up to groom that trail for fatbike use as well as other non motorized use such as skiing or snowshoeing. Access to that trail will be available from Timber Ridge and the Single Track parking lot off of Supply Rd.