Grooming Reports

Vasa Report: 82 Update
Date: Sunday April 6, 2014
Time: 7:00am

Roger reports that the water has drained out of the snow and that he is able to get good results from his grooming efforts. He has finished the 5 and 11K loops and as of 7:00am he will be heading out on the 25K loop. He will be grooming that portion of the trail in reverse so he will be going in the counterclockwise direction. He reports that there should be good frozen granular spring conditions for skate skiers this morning. Conditions are such that he could not set Classic tracks.

As the temperatures warm above freezing on most days to come the best skiing will be as the trail softens up in the morning until it becomes too soft. If the trail becomes too soft and users are leaving deep marks in the trail these marks will freeze and make trail use hazardous until the trail becomes soft again. Please stay off the trail if you are leaving deep imprints.

Thanks for your support and we hope you have enjoyed skiing the Vasa this season.

Jim

Vasa Report: #82
Date: Saturday April 5, 2014
Time: 8:30pm

Roger will attempt to groom the Vasa Trail tomorrow morning starting at 5:30. He will try to follow the normal grooming pattern starting on the 5K Headwaters loop. With the rain the past few days the base below the new snow that fell Friday night was saturated. This saturated snow/slush was exposed this morning when we groomed and was beginning to freeze early while the temperatures were low. This created a icy base just below the surface. As that refreezes tonight it may become too slick for Roger to get traction and he may not be able to climb some of the hills which may force him to alter the grooming pattern. I will send out an update in the morning after Roger evaluates the conditions. The rain also wiped out the Classic tracks and with minimal new snow and the hard base we were unable to reset any. With the base as hard as it was it didn’t appear the skiers were sinking in enough to create their own tracks even shallow ones. If you are a Classic skier do not expect to find any tracks.

As the temperatures warm above freezing on most days to come the best skiing will be as the trail softens up in the morning until it becomes too soft. If the trail becomes too soft and users are leaving deep marks in the trail these marks will freeze and make trail use hazardous until the trail becomes soft again. Please stay off the trail if you are leaving deep imprints.

Thanks for your support and we hope you have enjoyed skiing the Vasa this season.

Jim

Vasa Report: 81 Update
Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 7:40 am

Glen and Jim are out on the trail grooming the skate lane of all loops. About one inch of new snow fell overnight and as of 7:30 am they had completed the 5 and 11K loops and were headed out on the 25K. They have not been able to set classic tracks so are grooming for skating only.

As the temperatures warm above freezing today, the best skiing will be as the trail softens up in the morning until it becomes too soft around mid-day. If the trail becomes too soft and users are leaving deep marks in the trail these marks will freeze and make trail use hazardous until the trail becomes soft again. Please stay off the trail if you are leaving deep imprints.

Again, thanks for your support and we hope you have enjoyed skiing the Vasa this season.

Roge

Vasa Report: 81
Date: Friday April 4, 2014
Time: 7:30pm

Glen and I will attempt to groom the Vasa Trail tomorrow morning starting at 5:30. We will follow the normal grooming pattern starting on the 5K Headwaters loop. We will evaluate
the conditions and Roger will send out an update in the morning detailing what we find.

As the temperatures warm above freezing on most days to come the best skiing will be as the trail softens up in the morning until it becomes too soft. If the trail becomes too soft and users are leaving deep marks in the trail these marks will freeze and make trail use hazardous until the trail becomes soft again. Please stay off the trail if you are leaving deep imprints.

Thanks for your support and we hope you have enjoyed skiing the Vasa this season.

Jim

Vasa Report: Extended season plan
Date: Monday March 31, 2014
Time: 8:30pm

The bad news for skiers is that our contract with the DNR for grooming the Vasa Pathway for the 2013-14 season ends today and they will no longer fund any grooming this season. The good news is that they have told us that we could continue to groom at TART’s expense. Because of support from grooming badge purchasers, TART has funds remaining to continue grooming on a limited basis until the money runs out, the snow melts, the trail becomes dangerous because of ice or bare spots, or skiers just stop showing up. We will only try to groom for weekend use until further notice. We will concentrate on the skate lanes and will not attempt to set any Classic tracks unless we receive 3-4 inches of new snow. If conditions allow us to groom we will send out a grooming report.

As the temperatures warm above freezing on most days to come the best skiing will be as the trail softens up in the morning until it becomes too soft. If the trail becomes too soft and users are leaving deep marks in the trail these marks will freeze and make trail use hazardous until the trail becomes soft again. Please stay off the trail if you are leaving deep imprints.

Thanks for your support and we hope you have enjoyed skiing the Vasa this season.

Jim

Vasa Report: 80
Date: Saturday March 29, 2014
Time: 8:45pm

I will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 5:00am. I will renovate the Skate lane and leave the existing Classic tracks that were set this morning. I will follow the normal grooming pattern starting on the 5K Headwaters loop. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid 40’s tomorrow and in the 50’s on Monday. The best skiing should be tomorrow morning before the trail softens.

Jim

Vasa Report: 79
Date: Friday March 28, 2014
Time: 7:30pm

Roger will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 4:00am. The plan is to renovate the Skate lane and reset Classic tracks on all loops starting on the 5K Headwaters loop and following the normal grooming pattern but that will depend on how fast the temperatures drop overnight and how hard the rain infused snow sets up. He may not be able to reset the Classic tracks and only renovate the skate lane. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 40’s on Sunday and possible reach 50 on Monday. Tomorrow and possibly early Sunday should be good spring skiing conditions.

The groomers would like to thank everyone who attended the Groomer Appreciation Party on Wednesday. It was nice to see everyone and talk to many of you. We would also like to thank everyone who purchased a Grooming Badge this season. We couldn’t groom as often as we do without your support.

Jim

Vasa Report: 78
Date: Tuesday March 25, 2014
Time: 7:15pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
To leave a report or view ski conditions click here

Glen will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 4:00am. The plan is to renovate the Skate lane and reset Classic tracks on all loops starting on the 5K Headwaters loop and following the normal grooming pattern. While the skiing remains very good the number of skiers using the trail seems to have dropped off considerably.

TART would like to invite everyone to the 2014 Groomer Appreciation Party Tomorrow March 26th from 5-7pm at Right Brain Brewery.

Jim

Vasa Report 77
Date: Monday March 24, 2014
Time: 4:15am

I will start grooming the Vasa trail this morning starting at 5:00am. I will renovate the Skate lanes and leave the existing Classic tracks that were set on Saturday morning. I will start on the 5K Headwaters loop and follow the normal grooming pattern. Skiing should remain very good through most of the week.

Vasa Report: 76
Date: Saturday March 22, 2014
Time: 7:45PM

Gary will start grooming the Vasa Trail tomorrow morning at 5:00AM. He will renovate the Skate lane and leave the existing Classic tracks that were set by Glen this morning. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. Should be very good spring skiing conditions again tomorrow.

Leelanau Trail
Yesterday (Friday) afternoon I groomed the Leelanau Trail and set classic tracks from Birch Point road to the Cherry Bend road parking lot. Today I groomed and set classic tracks from Birch Point road to Suttons Bay. I broke up most of the ice crust on the trail as I groomed but needed to skip some spots.
Glenn Martin

Vasa Report: 75
Date: Saturday March 22, 2014
Time: 7:00am

Glen started grooming the Vasa Trail early this morning and has finished the 5 and 11K loops and is currently grooming the 25K loop. He is renovating the Skate lanes and resetting the Classic tracks on all loops. He reports that about an inch of new snow has fallen and that the base is still soft enough to till so that the results are very good. The temperatures are falling so the trail should set up well and the skiing should be very good. The forecast looks favorable for the weekend and through midweek so get out and enjoy the skiing while you can.

Vasa Report: 74
Date: Thursday March 20, 2014
Time: 8:45PM

Roger is grooming tonight as the temperatures have dropped below freezing. He will be renovating the Skate lane on all loops and leaving the existing Classic tracks that were set this morning. The forecast calls for temperatures to reach near 40 tomorrow with rain later in the day. The best skiing or riding will be early tomorrow. If you go out later in the day check to see if you are leaving ruts. Once the temperatures drop again tomorrow night they will become frozen and difficult to remove.

Vasa Report: 73

Date: Wednesday March 19, 2014
Time: 12:00PM

There will be no grooming today with the rain and warm temperatures. Gary will plan on grooming in the morning as long as the temperatures drop below freezing as predicted. According to the forecast he may have a little new snow to work with. It looks like another relatively warm day on Friday but then colder for the weekend and early next week so as it looks now we will have at least one more weekend of good skiing this season.

Vasa Report: 72

Date: Monday March 17, 2014
Time: 8:15pm

Glen will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 5:00am. He will be renovating the Skate lane and leaving the existing Classic tracks. He will follow the normal grooming pattern. The forecast calls for temperatures warming to near 40 tomorrow afternoon and rain turning to snow on Wednesday. The best skiing for the next couple of days will most likely be tomorrow morning.

Report: 71 Update
Date: Sunday March 16, 2014
Time: 9:30am

Roger has finished grooming and reports that the skiing should be very good today for skating. The classic skiers may have trouble finding the tracks in some spots. The base has become a solid mass of hard compacted snow because of the freeze /thaw cycles and the lack of any new snow and is difficult to get the results we like to see. We will continue to try and provide the best conditions possible (weather permitting) with what we have to work with as long as a significant number of skiers continue to use the trail.

Report: 71
Date: Saturday March 15, 2014
Time: 7:00pm

Roger will groom the Vasa Trail tomorrow morning starting at 5:00am. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. He will renovate the Skate lane and leave the existing Classic tracks that were set this morning.

Leelanau Trail

Volunteer Groomers Bart and Ryan completely groomed the LT today. They found conditions to be generally pretty good, but there are some icy patches.

Report: 70 Update
Date: Saturday March 15, 2014
Time: 11:00am

Yesterday’s rain had little impact on the Vasa. Gary and I were able to renovate the Skate lane and set shallow Classic tracks this morning. The results looked better than expected and the skiing should be very good this weekend with spring skiing conditions and no icy spots noticed.

Report: 70
Date: Saturday March 15, 2014
Time: 4:20am

Temperatures dropped below freezing and the rain turned to snow around 2:00am. Gary and I will start grooming the Vasa trail at 5:00am. The plan is to start on the 5K Headwaters loop and follow the normal grooming pattern however the conditions will determine the actual route. We will renovate the Skate lane and do our best to try and reset Classic tracks.

Report:
Date: Friday March 14, 2014
Time: 8:30am

Temperatures continued to rise overnight and currently it is 38 degrees with the high today predicted to reach the low 40’s with a mix of rain and snow. The trail will probably soften today so please be aware of any deep ruts you may be leaving. Once it refreezes tonight they will be very hard to remove.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report

We are planning a Saturday morning groom for the LT. Volunteer groomer Bart will be heading out Saturday morning to groom the entire trail. Expect some icy spots with the thaw/freeze cycles that we have been experiencing.

Report: 68
Date: Wednesday March 12, 2014
Time: 8:30pm

Glen will start grooming the Vasa Trail tomorrow morning. Because of the cold temperatures predicted overnight he will delay the start until 7:00am. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting on the 5K Headwaters loop. He will renovate the Skate lane and leave the Classic tracks Roger and I set this morning. The base was very firm this morning and it was difficult to penetrate enough to set deep tracks in all places. There is still plenty of snow on the trail and skiers can expect spring conditions.

TART would like to invite everyone to the 2014 Groomer Appreciation Party on Wednesday March 26th from 5-7pm at Right Brain Brewery.

Report: 67
Date: Tuesday March 11, 2014
Time: 7:15pm

Roger and I plan to start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 4:00am as long as the temperatures drop below freezing as forecasted. We will renovate the Skate lane and reset the Classic tracks on all loops starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. The skiing should be good through the weekend with the possible exception of Friday afternoon when temperatures are predicted to be in the 40’s.

All of the groomers and TART staff hope you have enjoyed the 2013-14 Vasa ski season. While we are not ready to give up grooming yet Mother Nature may have something to say about it. We will continue to groom as long as it makes sense to do so at least until March 31st.

TART would like to invite everyone to the 2014 Groomer Appreciation Party on Wednesday March 26th from 5-7pm at Right Brain Brewery. Mark your calendars.

Please take a look at the video Glen and I shot over this season. It shows the grooming equipment we use as well as many views of the trail that frequent skiers will surely recognize. The video can be found here. Enjoy.

Report: 66
Date: Saturday March 8, 2014
Time: 7:30pm

Glen will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 4:00am. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. He will renovate the Skate lane and leave the existing Classic tracks that Roger and I set this morning. After trying different combinations of equipment this morning we were able to come up with a combination that worked well and skiers we complimenting the conditions at the open house. It took us longer than normal to finish grooming but we think the results were worth the extra effort. Skiing should be very good again tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the TART Open House today. And thanks to Julie and Glen for helping and all of the volunteer cookie bakers for furnishing the delicious homemade cookies.

Report: 65
Date: Saturday March 8, 2014
Time: 3:15am

Roger and I will start grooming the Vasa Trail this morning at 4:00am. We will follow the normal grooming pattern starting on the 5K Headwaters Loop. We will renovate the Skate lane on all loops and do our best to reset the Classic tracks. Hopefully the base has softened with yesterdays warmer temperatures and we will be able to loosen deep enough to set decent tracks. Skiing should be very good all weekend.

TART will hold an open house at the Bartlett Rd. Trailhead today from 11am to 1pm. There will be hot drinks, homemade cookies and a warm fire as you head out on the trail or waiting for you as you finish your ski. Stop by for a treat before you head to Timber Ridge for Suds and Snow that starts at 1:30pm.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report
3/7/14 at 11:30am
I finished grooming the northern section of the LT this morning from Birch Point to Suttons Bay. With yesterday evening’s groom it is in great shape and is ready for a weekend of skiing.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report
3/6/14 at 3:30pm
Birch Point Road south to Cherry Bend Rd is groomed and ready for skiing this evening. The northern half of the trail to 4th Street trailhead will be groomed this evening. Enjoy the Leelanau Trail this weekend!

Report: 64
Date: Wednesday March 5, 2014
Time: 8:30pm

Glen will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 5:00am. He will start on the 5K Headwaters loop and follow the normal grooming pattern. He will renovate the Skate lane on all loops and leave the existing Classic tracks. Temperatures are predicted to be near zero overnight then reach the mid twenties tomorrow. The skiing should be great.

TART will hold an open house at the Bartlett Rd. Trailhead this Saturday from 11am to 1pm. There will be hot drinks, homemade cookies and a warm fire as you head out on the trail or waiting for you as you finish your ski. Stop by for a treat before you head to Timber Ridge for Suds and Snow that starts at 1:30pm.

Report: 63
Date: Tuesday March 4, 2014
Time: 4:30am

I will start grooming the Vasa trail this morning at 5:00am. I will start on the 5K Headwaters loop and follow the normal grooming pattern. I will renovate the Skate lane on all loops and leave the existing Classic tracks. Temperatures are predicted to soar into the 20’s today and for the remainder of the week so skiing should be good all week.

TART will hold an open house at the Bartlett Rd. Trailhead this Saturday from 11am to 1pm. There will be hot drinks, homemade cookies and a warm fire as you head out on the trail or waiting for you as you finish your ski. Stop by for a treat before you head to Timber Ridge for Suds and Snow that starts at 1:30pm.

Report: 62
Date: Saturday March 1, 2014
Time: 6:00pm

Roger will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 5:00am. He will start on the 5K Headwaters loop and follow the normal grooming pattern. He will renovate the Skate lane on all loops and leave the existing Classic tracks. Glen and Gary reset the Classic tracks this morning. They turned out well in most spots but in the areas that are open and were windblown the tracks are shallow because of the lack of new snow and the hard base.

Report: 61
Date: Friday February 28, 2014
Time: 9:00pm

Glen will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 5:00am. He will start on the 5K Headwaters loop and follow the normal grooming pattern. He will renovate the Skate lane on all loops and if we receive enough new snow overnight he will reset the Classic tracks. The weather forecast for tomorrow calls for temperatures in the upper teens. The skiing should be very good.

Vasa Grooming Report: 60
Date: Friday February 28, 2014
Time: 6:00am

I will start grooming the Vasa this morning at 7:00am. I will start on the 5K Headwaters loop and follow the normal grooming pattern. I will renovate the Skate lane and Reset Classic tracks on all loops. While it is still cold this morning (-16F) it is predicted to warm to the mid teens by this afternoon with less wind than the past few days. It should be a great day to ski or ride as it warms later today.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report
Hello skiers, fat-bikers and other brave souls,
 
Glenn and I just did a snowmobile pack of the entire LT. There are a lot of drifts and a few wind-blown icy patches. The wind is continuing to form drifts, (as I look outside a am seeing gusts that must be 30 mph+) so we would like to wait as late as possible before doing the pre-weekend groom. The wind is forecast to lie down a little on Friday, so we are planning a groom for Friday morning. If you can get out after work on Friday there should be a fresh groom.
 
Be careful of frostbite if you are going out over the next 24 hours…the wind is fierce!
 
Bill Heitman

Vasa Report: 59
Date: Monday February 24, 2014
Time: 9:15pm

Roger will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 4:00am. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. He will renovate the Skate lane and reset Classic tracks on all loops.

Good luck to these high school racers headed to Junior Nationals March 1-8 at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT: Clay Darling, David Butryn, Ian Durand and Erin Lipp. And also to Niki Roxbury headed to New England Championships in Ripton, VT March 7-9.

Jim

Vasa Report: 58
Date: Saturday February 22, 2014
Time: 9:15pm

Gary will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 4:00am. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. He will renovate the Skate lane and attempt to reset Classic tracks on all loops.

Thanks to everyone who helped remove debris from the trail today. There are still lots of small branches in many spots on the trail so if you ski please help flick as many as you can off of the trail.

Jim

Vasa Report: #57 update
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 10:00am

Jim and Glen started grooming and cleaning up the Headwaters Trail this morning at 7:00am. At 9:45 they were heading out on the Anita hill loop then on to the 11K loop followed by the 25K. They report a large amount of debris on the trail consisting of twigs and branches blown down by the recent high winds as well as pine needles and leaves exposed by the above freezing temps of the past couple of days. They are clearing the larger branches but would greatly appreciate assistance from skiers in removing the smaller stuff.
Roger

Vasa Report: 57
Date: Friday February 21, 2014
Time: 5:00pm

Because of the high winds we have decided to wait until daylight tomorrow to start grooming. With the high winds there is the possibility of drifting and branches/trees down on the trail. We will start at 7:00am and will groom/clear the 5K Headwaters loop first before moving on to the 10K and 25K loops. If we find there is a lot of debris on the trail it will take us longer than usual to complete each loop. If we find that it will we need help clearing the way we will send out an email in the morning requesting assistance from trail users.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Friday, February 21,2014
1:30PM

We have been trying to determine the most effective time to groom the LT. Earlier it was too warm to groom and now that it has gotten cold enough, it is snowing and blowing hard from the west. A groom at this point would drift over. Our plan is to groom tomorrow morning as the snow is predicted to stop and the wind abate some in the early morning. It is our goal to have the trail ready for weekend skiing.

Bill Heitman

Vasa Update
Date: Friday February 21, 2014
Time: 8:30am

Temperatures remained above freezing overnight. As of now the temperatures appear to be going down and light snow is beginning to fall. We will continue to monitor the weather and make grooming plans accordingly. Right now the trail is most likely still soft and skate skiing, walking and fatbike riding would probably cause damage. If the temperatures continue to drop the trail may firm up later today.

Jim

Vasa Report
Date: Thursday February 20, 2014
Time: 7:00pm

We will need to wait to see what the weather does overnight before we make any grooming plans. The forecast calls for rain tonight followed by temperatures falling below freezing in the early morning hours plus a chance of snow. When the temperatures drop below freezing will determine what the trail conditions will be like tomorrow. If temperatures remain above freezing for most of the overnight hours the trail may be soft early tomorrow. If they drop rapidly the trail may turn icy. We would ask that if you do use the trail tomorrow (ski or fatbike) that you are aware of any damage you may be doing to the trail surface.

We will send out an update in the morning after we come up with a grooming plan based on the weather.

Here is a link to an article on the Nordic Ski Racer website by Steve Thatcher that covers trail use in marginal conditions. He brings up some things every trail user should be aware of as we gradually move into spring.

Jim

Vasa Report: 56
Date: Wednesday February 19, 2014
Time: 3:15am

I will start grooming the Vasa trail this morning at 4:00am. I plan to renovate the Skate lane on all loops and leave the existing Classic tracks that were set yesterday. I will start on the 5K Headwaters loop, move to the 11K loop and finish on the 25K loop.

Jim

Vasa Report:55
Date: Monday February 17, 2014
Time: 9:25pm

Roger will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 4:00am. Based on the snow predictions he is planning on renovating the Skate lane and resetting the Classic tracks on all loops. He will start on the 5K Headwaters loop, move to the 11K loop and finish on the 25K loop. He may delay the start of the groom if it is still snowing hard at 4:00.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Saturday, February 15, 2014

For any Sunday afternoon or evening skiers: There is a planned groom of the Leelanau Trail beginning at 1:15, Sunday afternoon. Depending on available groomers either the whole trail, or just the southern section will be groomed.

Bill Heitman

Vasa Report: 54
Date: Saturday February 15, 2014
Time: 9:00pm

Gary will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 5:00am. He will be renovating the skate lane anywhere that is necessary.

The High School races are over and the Vasa trail system is back in its normal configuration. The extra set of Classic tracks used for this afternoons Classic race on the Headwaters loop have been removed. The 10K loop was groomed late last night and Classic tracks were reset. The sun warmed up the snow enough today to allow us to reset the Classic tracks on the Headwaters and the 25K loop late this afternoon and early evening. With cold temperatures predicted overnight the trail will set up nicely and the skiing should be excellent tomorrow.

Jim

Vasa Report: 53
Date: Thursday February 13, 2014
Time: 8:30pm

Roger and I will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 4:00am. We will be starting on the High School sprint course to get that ready for the Classic races starting at 2:00pm tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrows High School events will not take place on the Vasa trail. After we finish preparing the sprint course we will do a normal groom on the Vasa trail starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. We will renovate the skate lane and do our best to reset Classic tracks on all loops.

Fatbike conditions should remain very good as long as the trail has a chance to set up after the groom (usually about two hours). Please review the Fatbike etiquette if you are not familiar with it. A link is here or visit the TART website.

The Michigan High School Cross Country Ski Championships will be held at the Vasa trail this Friday and Saturday. On Saturday the racers will be using the 5K Headwaters loop for both a Skate race starting at 9:00am and Classic races starting at 2:00pm. Classic tracks will be removed from the Headwaters loop early Saturday morning. After the conclusion of the Skate race (approximately 11:30am) we will re-groom and set two sets of Classic tracks on the Headwaters loop for the 2:00pm Classic races.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report
Date: February 13, 2014
Time: 2:30PM

Volunteer groomers Bill and Bob have been out working on the Leelanau Trail today. So far, they are halfway done with the southern section of trail from Cherry Bend to Birch Point and expect to have it complete within the hour. Then they will continue north from Birch Point to Suttons Bay with hopes of completing the groom today. Get out and enjoy the freshly groomed trail after work today!

Arianne

Vasa Report: 52
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014
Time: 7:30pm

Glen will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 5:00am. Unless we receive significant snow overnight he will be renovating the skate lane and leaving the existing Classic tracks on all loops starting on the 5K Headwaters loop.

We will be preparing the course for the Michigan High School Cross Country Ski Championships to be held at the Vasa trail this Friday and Saturday. A special course has been created for the sprints on Friday. On Saturday the racers will be using the 5K Headwaters loop for both a Skate race starting at 9:00am and Classic races starting at 2:00pm.

Jim

Vasa Report: 51
Date: Monday February 10, 2014
Time: 7:45pm

Gary will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 5:00am. He will be renovating the skate lane and leaving the existing Classic tracks that were set yesterday on all loops starting on the 5K Headwaters loop. Because the trail surface is so hard from all of the cold weather, heavy skier traffic, and lack of new snow it is difficult to renovate deep enough into the base to be able to set Classic tracks that would be better than the existing ones.

We will be preparing the course for the Michigan High School Cross Country Ski Championships to be held at the Vasa trail this Friday and Saturday. A special course has been created for the sprints on Friday. On Saturday the racers will be using the 5K Headwaters loop for both a Skate and Classic races.

Jim

Vasa Report
Date: Monday February 10, 2014
Time: 8:00am

We will not be grooming the Vasa trail today. We finished the after race grooming about 1:00pm yesterday afternoon.

The North American Vasa Race crew will be on the trail today removing signs used for the race. If you ski today watch for their equipment and personnel as they will be making frequent stops.

Jim

Vasa Report: 50
Date: Saturday February 8, 2014
Time: 8:30pm

We will start grooming for the Gran Travers Classic Race tomorrow morning at 3:00am. We will be setting two sets of Classic tracks on the 10K loop and the portion of the 25K loop between the 4 and 7K posts as well as the Special K. The Gran Travers starts at 9:00am from Timber Ridge. While the Classic race is in progress we will groom the 25K loop to spruce it up after today’s North American Vasa ski and fatbike races. Immediately after the conclusion of the Gran Travers we will remove the extra set of Classic tracks on the course and return it to the normal Vasa configuration. The Headwaters loop was groomed this afternoon after the race and should be in excellent shape for tomorrow.

If you purchased a TART grooming badge and skied every time we groomed this season your cost per ski would be $2.00. With plenty of skiing left this season the TART grooming badge is perhaps the best deal around.

Jim

Vasa Report
Date: Thursday February 5, 2014
Time: 6:30pm

We will not be grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning unless we receive unexpected significant snow overnight. The plan is to start grooming tomorrow evening for the North American Vasa Race. We ask that all trail users be off the trail by 6:00pm on Friday night so that we can start race preparations. This is not only for your safety but to allow the trail to set up before the race. If you intend to ski or bike tomorrow please do so early. Please be aware of grooming equipment that may be on the trail at anytime from late afternoon through early Saturday morning.

The Traverse City Central and West Nordic Ski Teams will be hosting a Vasa Pasta Dinner tomorrow from 5-8pm at Timber Ridge Resort. The dinner will feature their special Vasa pasta sauce, Stone House Bread, Caesar Salad, homemade desserts, and coffee and hot chocolate all for only $10.00 adults and $5.00 for kids under 12. All proceeds will benefit the ski teams. Fuel up after you pick up your race packet or just come out and enjoy a meal for a great cause.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 4:15PM

The Leelanau Trail volunteer grooming crew managed to knock down massive drifts and groom the trail this week. The trail now has a skate lane and classic tracks set from Cherry Bend to 4th St in Suttons Bay.

Yesterday Bob and Bill groomed from Cherry Bend to Birch Point, so that should still be in good condition. Nick, Glenn, and Bob started heading further north in the afternoon but the monster drifts took their toll on the equipment and they had to call it a day. Today Glenn, Bob, and Bart took their sleds out to lead the way north and pack down drifts, while Bill followed to groom and set tracks. This strategy proved successful and resulted in the entire length of the trail being skiable. Great team effort!

We also want to thank Rick, Ryan, Nick and Glenn for helping groom for the Women’s Winter Tour this past weekend.

The seven volunteer groomers on the Leelanau Trail have put a lot of time in to keep up with the heavy snow and high-winds that cause serious drifting this winter.

Enjoy your time on the trails this weekend!

Arianne

Vasa Report: #49
Date: Wednesday February 5, 2014
Time: 6:30pm

Roger will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 3:30am. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. If we don’t receive any new snow overnight he will be renovating the skate lane and leaving the existing Classic tracks that were set this morning on all loops. If we receive enough new snow he will renovate the skate lane and reset the tracks.

We will start grooming for the North American Vasa race early Friday evening. We ask that all trail users be off the trail by 6:00pm on Friday night so that we can start race preparations. If you intend to ski or bike on Friday please do so early.

The Traverse City Central and West Nordic Ski Teams will be hosting a Vasa Pasta Dinner Friday Feb 7th from 5-8pm at Timber Ridge Resort. The dinner will feature their special Vasa pasta sauce, Stone House Bread, Caesar Salad, homemade desserts, and coffee and hot chocolate all for only $10.00 adults and $5.00 for kids under 12. All proceeds will benefit the ski teams. Fuel up before the race or just come out and enjoy a meal for a great cause.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Bart and I went out yesterday afternoon and packed the southern LT. We did a lot of shoveling at road crossings and got the trail to a point I felt we could groom.

This morning I groomed the southern LT for skate and classic (yoohooo!) The trail is in good shape and should be a lot of fun to ski. It will improve as we groom more. Be aware that in drifted areas there are a few “side hill” sections. These are mostly up toward my place at Birch Point Rd.

Meanwhile, Nick and Bob are out on the northern section taming drifts. Bob is using his personal sled, so if you see him with Nick on the yellow sled, know that he is part of our crew. I do not know when we will get the northern section in a state that we can groom, but I have hope that it will be by Friday or Saturday.

I saw a gentleman with his dog this morning snowshoeing the trail. He took the time to clean up a “trail decoration” that his dog had deposited. Thank you!

Bill Heitman

Vasa Report: #48
Date: Tuesday February 4, 2014
Time: 6:30pm

Glen will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 3:00am. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. He will be renovating the skate lane and resetting Classic tracks on all loops. The tracks will be moved back to their normal position with the exception of the Headwaters loop where they will remain as they are until after the Vasa race.

The Traverse City Central and West Nordic Ski Teams will be hosting a Vasa Pasta Dinner Friday Feb 7th from 5-8pm at Timber Ridge Resort. The dinner will feature their special Vasa pasta sauce, Stone House Bread, Caesar Salad, homemade desserts, and coffee and hot chocolate all for only $10.00 adults and $5.00 for kids under 12. All proceeds will benefit The ski teams. Fuel up before the race or just come out and enjoy a meal for a great cause.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Monday, February 3, 2014

Hello Trail Users!

We have our equipment back from the Woman’s Winter Tour and are ready to start taming the drifts on the LT. I packed the southern portion of the trail this evening and I believe we can get a groom done by mid-week. After grooming the southern part of the trail we will start working on the northern section. It is going to be a difficult process as the drifts are big. It may have helped that they now seem to have drifted right across the trail, but I can’t say when we will be able to groom the northern section. We should be able to at least do some packing with the sleds.

Many thanks to Bart Ingraham who has been shoveling down the snow banks at the road crossings. This is a huge help.

Bill Heitman

Vasa Report: #47
Date: Sunday February 2, 2014
Time: 8:30pm

Gary will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 4:30. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. If we don’t receive new snow overnight he will renovate the skate lane and leave the existing Classic tracks that were set this morning.

We are in the process of widening the trail wherever possible for the race this weekend. Some places that have been widened may have some soft areas. These may be most noticeable at the power line crossings and on the 25K loop between the oil well site near the 10.5K to the 12K post. We will continue to work on these areas this week and by race time they should firmed up.

Jim

Vasa Report: #46
Date: Sunday February 2, 2014
Time: 3:00am

I will start grooming the Vasa this morning at 4:00am. I will be renovating the skate lane and resetting Classic tracks and all loops following the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. The Classic tracks will once again be set on the opposite side of the trail from normal.

Jim

Vasa Report: #45
Date: Friday January 31, 2014
Time: 7:30pm

Roger will start grooming the Vasa tomorrow morning at 4:00am. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. He will be renovating the skate lane and resetting Classic tracks on all loops. The tracks will be set on the on the opposite side of the trail from their normal configuration for this weekend.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Friday, January 31, 2014
12:30PM

We did not accomplish a groom this week. The early attempt to open up the northern section of the trail resulted in a number of instances of getting the sled stuck, a lot of work for the groomers and very little effect on the trail. The wind has been blowing drifts back onto the trail within a couple of hours of a pass.

We moved one sled and the Ginzu up to Blackstar Farms tp do a groom for the Woman’s Winter Tour. Next Monday we will bring the equipment back to the LT and assess the trail. It looks as if we will be getting a break from the high winds and I believe we can start to get the trail opened back up during the week. Thank you for your patience during these very challenging weather conditions.

Bill Heitman

Vasa Report: #44
Date: Thursday January 30, 2014
Time: 8:30pm

We were able to get the hydraulic line replaced and the LMC back to the trailhead however we could not lift the left tracksetter so there are Classic tracks on some of the hills that we normally do not set them on. Glen and Gary will start grooming the Vasa tomorrow morning at 5:00am. They will groom the 25K loop first to renovate the skate lane and reset Classic tracks. They will remove the tracks that were set on the steep downhill’s. They will be resetting the tracks on the same side of the trail we set them today. After they finish with the 25K loop they will move on to the 11K and the 5K loops before finishing on the 3K Meadows loop. Roger and I will be working to get the tracksetter repaired.

Fatbike riders should find good conditions once the trail sets up tomorrow. Please review the Fatbike guidelines before you ride here.

Jim

Vasa Report: #43 Update
Date: Thursday January 30, 2014
Time: 9:30am

Hi Skiers, Jim called in from the trail. They finished grooming the 5K and 10K loops and made it within 50 yards of the Rock on the 25K before blowing a hydraulic hose on the LMC. The groomers are working now to get the LMC up to the Rock to have it repaired. The plan is to complete grooming of the 25K with snowmobiles, but it is hard to predict when this will be done. We will keep you posted.

Vasa Report: #43
Date: Thursday January 30, 2014
Time: 4:15am

Roger and I will start grooming this morning at 5:00am. We will be renovating the skate lane and resetting Classic tracks on all loops. We will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K headwaters loop. We will set the Classic tracks on the opposite side of the trail that we normally set them on so that us Classic skiers will have a chance to get close to the trees on the other side of the trail. Hopefully this will help firm up the pole plant area when we move them back to their normal configuration. All of this snow is great but it is hard to pack it all along the edges of the trail.

Jim

Vasa Report: #42
Date: Wednesday January 29, 2014
Time: 9:30am

Gary started renovating the skate lanes on the Vasa this morning at 6:30am. He is currently finishing up on the 25K loop. He reports about 2 to 3 inches of new snow has fallen since yesterdays groom.

Jim

Vasa Report: #41
Date: Tuesday January 28, 2014
Time: 5:00am

I will start grooming the Vasa this morning starting at 6:00am. I will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. I will be renovating the skate lane and resetting the Classic tracks on all loops.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Monday, January 27, 2014
1:00 PM

Over the weekend Glenn and I worked on taming the monster drifts on the northern section of the Leelanau Trail. I got stuck twice trying to knock down drifts and we were unsuccessful in opening up the trail enough to consider a groom with the Ginzu. The Ginzu needs a well packed trail or it will bog down the snowmobile. Our goal for this week will be to pack the whole trail and begin widening the trail in areas of the big drifts. I would also like to open up the southern part of the trail enough to do a groom from Birch Point Rd south to the Cherry Bend trail head. We will have to knock down the berms at the road crossings in order to do this as they are too big to pull the Ginzu over at present. I am planning a concerted effort on Wednesday to get this done.

Bill Heitman
Vasa Report: #40
Date: Saturday January 25, 2014
Time: 8:00pm

Glen will start grooming the Vasa tomorrow morning at 4:00am. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters loop, 11K, 25K, then finishing on the 3K Meadows loop. He will renovate the skate lane and reset Classic tracks on all loops.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Saturday, January 25th

Glenn and I went out on the southern portion of the LT this morning and did a pack with both sleds. Drifting is very heavy, but after clearing a fallen tree we did get a decent pack on the trail. We are going to head out and pack the northern section this afternoon. We will not be able to groom with the Ginzu until we get the drifts under control. With new drifting continuing, it is hard to say when that will be. The pack with the sleds makes for some good back-country style skiing and it is beautiful out there if you are prepared for the wind and cold.

Bill Heitman

Vasa Report: #39 Update
Date: Saturday January 25, 2014
Time: 8:30am

Roger started grooming the Vasa at 6:00am. As of 8:15 he has finished the 5 and 10K loops and is heading out onto the 25K loop. He is renovating the skate lane and resetting Classic tracks on all loops. He reports about 6 inches of new snow has fallen since yesterdays groom and there has been heavy drifting in the open areas.

Leelanau Trail Report
Friday, January 24th, 2014

Groomers Rick and Bart packed the northern section of the LT this morning. They were met with extremely difficult conditions and found that the drifting snow made their efforts ineffective. After a lot of discussion I have decided not to attempt a groom of the LT this weekend. There are large berms at the road crossings that would bog the Ginzu down and drifting in many sections that would do the same. I will ride the trail tomorrow morning to evaluate what we need to do to get it in shape to groom next week.

If you do ski the trail it will be un-groomed and the conditions will be very difficult. Single digit temperatures and high winds are predicted all weekend. Be well prepared if you go out.

Bill Heitman

Vasa Report: #39
Date: Friday January 24, 2014
Time: 7:00pm

Roger plans to start grooming the Vasa at 6:00am. If it is still snowing hard at that time and the radar looks like it will clear soon he may delay the start of the groom until the snow tapers off. He will renovate the skate lanes and reset the Classic tracks on all loops starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. The wind is predicted to be brisk tomorrow so open areas will most likely experience some drifting.

Vasa Report: #38
Date: Friday January 24, 2014
Time: 5:15am

Glen and I will start grooming the Vasa this morning at 6:00am. We will follow the normal grooming pattern and will be renovating the skate lane and resetting Classic tracks on all loops. The forecast calls for significant snow later today and tomorrow so expect new snow if you ski or bike later today.

Jim

Vasa Report: #37 Update
Date: Thursday January 23, 2014
Time: 9:15am

Gary has finished grooming the Vasa. He renovated the skate lane on all loops and reset Classic tracks in some areas where they were starting to deteriorate.

TART Trails will hold an Open House this Saturday at the Bartlett Rd. Trailhead from 11am to 1pm. We will have warm drinks, homemade goodies and a warm fire. Come on out and enjoy the trail the skiing will be fantastic.

Jim

Vasa Report: #37
Date: Wednesday January 22, 2014
Time: 6:15pm

Gary will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow at 4:30am. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters trail, 11K loop, 25K loop and finish on the 3K Meadows loop. He will renovate the skate lane and leave the existing Classic tracks.

Jim

Vasa Report: #36
Date: Monday January 20, 2014
Time: 9:15pm

Roger will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow at 4:30am. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters trail, 11K loop, 25K loop and finish on the 3K Meadows loop. He will at minimum renovate the skate lane and if the Classic tracks require work he will reset those as well. The Classic tracks were reset and the skate lane was renovated during this morning’s groom.

Jim

Vasa Report: #35
Date: Sunday January 19, 2014
Time: 7:00pm

Gary will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow at 4:00am. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters trail, 11K loop, 25K loop and finish on the 3K Meadows loop. He will at minimum renovate the skate lane and if the Classic tracks require work he will reset those as well.

Jim

Vasa Report: #34
Date: Saturday January 18, 2014
Time: 8:00pm

Glen will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow at 3:30am. If we don’t receive at least an inch of new snow overnight he will renovate the skate lanes and leave the existing Classic tracks. If we receive more snow he will renovate the skate lane and reset the Classic tracks. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters trail, 11K loop, 25K loop and finish on the 3K Meadows loop.

Jim

Vasa Report #33
Date: Friday January 17, 2014
Time: 7:15pm

Roger will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow at 3:00am. He will renovate the skate lanes and reset the Classic tracks on all loops. He will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters trail.

Leelanau Trail Report
Date: Friday, January 17, 2014
Time: 11:30am

Volunteer groomer Nick called in to report that the northern portion of the Leelanau Trail from 4th Street to Birch Point was packed and groomed yesterday afternoon. They plan to groom the southern section from Birch Point south to Fouch Rd this afternoon. There is a tree down across the trail south of Fouch, so they will not be able to make it to Cherry Bend until it is removed.

Arianne

Vasa Report: #32
Date: Thursday January 16, 2014
Time: 7:30pm

I will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow at 4:00am. If we receive enough snow overnight I will renovate the skate lanes and reset the Classic tracks on all loops. If we receive around an inch or less I will renovate the skate lane only and leave the existing Classic tracks. I will follow the normal grooming pattern starting with the 5K Headwaters trail.

Because of the significant snowfall we received Wednesday, Fatbikes please be aware of how deep you are sinking in. If you are leaving deep tire tracks try moving over closer to the left edge of the trail. The hardest part of the trail will most likely be from 2 feet from the left edge to about 5 feet from the edge. Please review the Fatbike etiquette here before using the Vasa trail.

Jim

Vasa Report: #31
Date: Wednesday January 15,2014
Time: 6:15pm

Gary will start grooming the Vasa at 4:00am. He will be renovating the skate lanes and resetting Classic tracks on all loops starting with the 5K Headwaters loop. He will follow the normal grooming pattern.

Because of the 6-8 inches of new snow this morning, Roger and I both rolled the 25K loop before we split up and finished rolling and then started grooming all loops. This took longer than normal however by rolling first we were able to keep most of the new snow on the trail where it will come in handy if we get any more warm ups this winter. Grooming that much new snow without packing it first tends to push a large amount of snow into the woods at the edge of the trail.

Jim

Vasa Report: #30
Date: Wednesday January 15,2014
Time: 5:15am.

Roger and I will start grooming the Vasa at 5:00am. We plan on renovating the skate lane and resetting Classic tracks on all loops starting with the 5K Headwaters, then the 11K loop followed by the 25K and finishing up with the 3K Meadows loop.

Jim

Vasa Report: #29 Update
Date: Tuesday, January 14 , 2014
Time: 10:10am

Jim and Gary delayed grooming this morning until the temperature dropped below freezing. By 9:00 am they had completed leveling and renovating the skate lanes of the 5K Headwaters Trail and the 11K loop and were heading out on the 25K loop from the 10K/25K split. The existing classic tracks are not being reset today.

This report is going out later than usual due to an issue with my Internet connection.

Roger

Vasa Report: #29
Date: Tuesday January 14,2014
Time: 5:15am

Temperatures did not drop as low as predicted overnight. Currently it is 31 degrees. Gary and I will head out to the trail to see if there is anything we can do. We are hoping that the trail has firmed up enough that we will be able to renovate the skate lanes starting with the 5K Headwaters Trail. We will send out an update later this morning with details of what we were able to do.

Jim

Vasa Report
Date: Monday January 13,2014
Time: 9:50am

Temperatures remained above freezing overnight so there will be no grooming today. If you use the trail today please be aware of any damage you are doing to the trail and if it too soft find something else to do.

The forecast calls for colder temperatures tonight so hopefully we will be able to groom for tomorrow.

Jim

Vasa Report: #28
Date: Sunday January 12,2014
Time: 2:00am

Roger and I finished grooming the Vasa this morning at 1:00am. The temperature dropped below freezing so we were able to get out there before the rain soaked snow turned to ice. We renovated the skate lane and reset Classic tracks on all loops.

The forecast calls for temperatures climbing to the mid to upper thirties later in the day so the best skiing will most likely be early in the day.

The Bartlett Rd. parking lot gate is open and the parking lot and drive received about a half inch of snow so getting in and out and around the parking lot was no longer a problem.

The North American Vasa has asked us to mention that Riley’s loop has been packed and rolled.

Jim

Vasa Report: #28
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Time: 8:30am

Due to severe ice conditions on Bunker Hill Rd, Bartlett Rd and particularly the entrance road to the Vasa Pathway parking lot, the parking lot will be closed until the lot can be safely accessed. An update will be sent when the lot is open again.

Roger

Leelanau Trail Report
Date: Friday, January 10, 2014
Time: 10:30am

Volunteer groomer Nick called in to report that the northern portion of the Leelanau Trail from 4th Street to Birch Point was groomed yesterday. Conditions on this section are pretty good right now for those that want to get out today. They plan to groom the southern section from Birch Point south to Cherry Bend this afternoon.

Vasa Report: #27
Date: Thursday January 9,2014
Time: 9:00pm

Glen will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow at 4:00am. He will start on the 5K Headwaters loop renovating the skate lane and leaving the existing Classic tracks before moving on to the 11K loop then the 25K loop. He will finish on the 3K Meadows Trail.

The forecast calls for temperatures to rise above freezing tomorrow around noon followed by rain tomorrow and Saturday. Please be aware of any damage you may be causing to the trail if the trail becomes soft. Deep ruts are hard to remove once they freeze.

Fatbike riders may want to consider other areas to ride if the temperatures rise as forecasted. Other riding options can be found here.

Jim

Friday Forecast for the Vasa
Hello Skiers and Fatbikers,

The weather is supposed to warm up to the mid-30’s by Friday afternoon, which may make snow conditions on the Vasa Pathway too soft for riding or skiing.

If the weather is as predicted, we encourage fatbikers to visit other trails.

If it stays in the mid-30’s overnight on Friday it may not be possible for the grooming crew to go out on Saturday morning. So, it is important for all trail users to be very sensitive to any damage they may be causing as it will affect conditions until the next time the trail can be groomed.

Thank you!

Arianne

Vasa Report: #26
Date: Tuesday January 7,2014
Time: 7:15pm

Glen and Gary plan to start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow at 4;30am. They will start on the 5K Headwaters loop renovating the skate lane and resetting Classic tracks before moving on to the 11K loop then the 25K loop. They will finish on the 3K Meadows Trail.

Jim

Vasa Report: #25 Update #2
Date: Monday January 6,2014
Time: 6:00pm

Due to the low temperatures, high winds and extreme wind chills predicted for tonight and tomorrow we will not be grooming early in the morning. We will make a decision on the next groom after we see what tomorrow’s weather brings. Right now it looks like the next groom will be Wednesday morning. If you plan on skiing the Vasa tomorrow expect cold conditions, fresh snow and some drifting in the open areas. Dress warm and take precautions against frostbite if you decide to go out.

Are your family or friends interested in getting out on the trails this winter? Tell them about Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 11th, from 10.30am-2pm at Timber Ridge Resort. TART Trails is teaming up with the Vasa Ski Club, Einstein Cycles and Timber Ridge Resort to offer free trail access, introductory ski lessons, fatbike demos, guided snowshoe hikes and use of equipment rentals for those new to winter trail sports! Click here for more information and online registration.

Jim

Vasa Report: #25 Update
Date: Monday January 6, 2014
Time: 9:00 am

Jim called in from the top of the Wall at 9am. He and Roger reset classic-tracks on the 5k & 11k loops. They should be done with the 25k loop in another hour. It’s snowing hard at times, and they estimate the trail has already received 4-6″ of fresh snow since yesterday.

Arianne

Vasa Report: #25
Date: Monday January 6,2014
Time: 4:15am

Roger and I will start grooming this morning at 5:00am. We plan on starting with the 5K Headwaters loop renovating the skate lane and resetting the Classic tracks. We will then move on to the 11K loop and follow the same procedure. We will send out an update later today with more details.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Date: Sunday January 5, 2014
Time: 9:45am

Bart groomed the south trail yesterday and is grooming the northern part of the trail today. He is renovating trail damage and setting classic tracks. We adjusted the track setter in a few inches to improve the pole plant zones. It looks like a great day for skiing and the trail is in excellent shape!

Bill Heitman

Vasa Report: #24
Date: Saturday January 4,2014
Time: 6:30pm

Glen and Gary will start grooming the Vasa tomorrow morning at 4:30am. They will be renovating the skating lanes on all loops starting with the 5K Headwaters loop.

Jim

Vasa Report: #23
Date: Saturday January 4,2014
Time: 4:15am

Roger and I will start grooming the Vasa this morning at 5:00am. We will be renovating the skate lanes on all loops starting with the 5K headwaters loop. Once we finish the 5K we will groom the 11K and then the 25K loops.

Don’t forget the TART Trails Vasa Open House this morning from 11am to 1pm. Warm drinks and homemade cookies will be served and a warm fire will be nearby. Stop in and say hi.

Jim

Vasa Report: #22 Update
Date: Friday January 3,2014
Time: 8:30am

Glen experienced equipment problems (overheating snowmobile) this morning and was only able to renovate the skate lane on the 5K Headwaters Loop and the 11K loop. We will be working on getting the issues fixed or securing backup equipment for tomorrows groom.

Vasa Report: #22
Date: Thursday January 2,2014
Time: 7:30pm

Glen will start grooming the Vasa Trail tomorrow morning at 4:00am. He will start on the 5K Headwaters Loop renovating the skate lane before moving on to the 11K loop and finishing on the 25K loop. He will leave the existing Classic tracks.

The trail is becoming hard packed and uneven due to heavy skier traffic and the recent warm up followed by the cold temperatures and it is getting difficult to till up into a smooth surface. The snow is coming up in chunks instead of the smaller pieces that are necessary to make up a nice surface. New snow would work wonders however the forecast does not look promising. We will continue to do what we can to make the trail as nice as possible for both Skate and Classic skiers.

Tomorrow is another Fatbike Friday on the Vasa Pathway. Below are some tips to help preserve the trail for all to enjoy:

  • Tire Pressure: 4psi or less. Tires should give easily when you squeeze them. A pocket-sized electronic gauge is very helpful.
  • Temperature: Below 30 degrees. Tomorrow the temperature will not be a factor, but in the future if it is above 30 degrees you should not be riding on the Vasa Pathway.
  • Don’t ride if leaving a rut greater than 1 inch.
  • Stay out of the classic tracks.
  • No walking on or damaging the groomed trail. If you must walk, walk off the side of the trail while pushing your bike on the trail (not in the classic tracks).
  • Visit the Fatbike Fridays page for etiquette and other fatbike trails in the area.

Leelanau Trail Report
Date: January 2nd, 2014
Time: 2:30PM

Bill and Glenn have finished grooming the Leelanau Trail from Birch Point Rd to Cherry Bend, and they are heading north to do Birch Point to 4th Street in Suttons Bay. By early this evening they should have the whole trail groomed and tracks set. You can head out on the southern portion now.

Happy New Year!

Arianne

Vasa Report: #21
Date: Wednesday January 1, 2014
Time: 8:45pm

Gary will start grooming the Vasa Trail tomorrow morning at 5:00am. He will start on the 5K Headwaters Loop renovating the skate lane before moving on to the 11K loop and finishing on the 25K loop. He will leave the existing Classic trackss.

TART will be hosting the second Vasa Pathway Open House of the season this Saturday January 4th from 11am to 1pm at the Bartlett Rd. Trailhead. Warm drinks, homemade cookies and a warm fire will be as you start or finish your ski.

Happy New Year from The TART Grooming Crew.

Jim

Vasa Report: #20 Update
Date: Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Time: 7:40am

Jim started at 4:00am this morning and by 7:15am had completed grooming the 5K Headwaters Trail, 11K loop and was at the Rock on the 25K loop. He is grooming the skate lane and resetting the classic tracks. He reports that only a little snow fell overnight with a few flurries currently in the air and a temperature of 8 degrees.

TART will be hosting the second Vasa Pathway Open House of the season this Saturday January 4th from 11am to 1pm at the Bartlett Rd. Trailhead. Warm drinks, homemade cookies and a warm fire will be available as you start or finish your ski.

Happy New Year from The TART Grooming Crew.

Roger

Vasa Report: #20
Date: Wednesday January 1,2014
Time: 3:15am

I will start grooming the Vasa Trail this morning at 4:00am. I will start on the 5K Headwaters Loop renovating the skate lane and resetting Classic tracks before moving on to the 11K loop and finishing on the 25K loop.

Those of you who skied the 25K loop early yesterday may have encountered a grove down the left side of the trail. This was caused by a tracksetter failure on the LMC. Both tracksetters suddenly went down and could not be raised. Roger went back out with the snowmobile and Tidd Tech to repair the affected area.

TART will be hosting the second Vasa Pathway Open House of the season this Saturday January 4th from 11am to 1pm at the Bartlett Rd. Trailhead. Warm drinks, homemade cookies and a warm fire will be as you start or finish your ski.

Happy New Year from The TART Grooming Crew.

Jim

Vasa Report: #19
Date: Tuesday December 31,2013
Time: 7:30am

Roger started grooming this morning at 3:45am. As of 7:00 he has finished the 5K Headwaters Trail and 11K Loop and is at the top of the Wall heading toward Jack Pine Valley. He is renovating the skate lane and resetting Classic tracks on all loops. He reports just a trace of new snow and a temperature of 7 degrees.

Jim

Vasa Report: #18
Date: Monday December 30,2013
Time: 7:30am

Glen started grooming this morning at 4:00am. As of 7:00am he has completed the 5K Headwaters loop and the 11K loop and is currently at Jack Pine heading counterclockwise on the 25K loop. He was unable to climb the Wall because of the slick surface from the recent warm up and freezing rain so he was forced to turn around and groom the 25K in the opposite direction.

Jim

Vasa Report: #17 Update
Date: Saturday December 28,2013
Time: 8:00am

Gary was able to start grooming this morning at 5:45am as of 7:30 he has completed the 5 and 11K loops and is heading out onto the 25K loop. The temperature is falling and he reports light snow on the trail.

Jim

Vasa Report: #17
Date: Saturday December 28,2013
Time: 5:45PM

Gary will be watching the temperatures overnight to determine the best time to groom tomorrow. He will wait until the temperatures drop below freezing before he heads out onto the trail. He will probably use the snowmobile and Tidd Tech or Ginzu since the trail needs more time to set up before we take out the LMC. I will send out an update after he gets started.

Today’s groom was completed with the Tidd Tech because of the temperature at the start of the groom (31), and the forecast. Unfortunately I was unable to completely erase the Fatbike tracks on the 11 and 25K loops. They were much deeper than normal because of the recent snow that was not completely packed yet and the warmer temperatures overnight.

Jim

Vasa Report: #16 Update
Date: Saturday, December 28, 2013
Time: 7:50am

Jim started at 5:30am this morning grooming the skate lanes of trail system leaving the classic tracks intact. He has completed the 5K Headwaters Trail, the 11K loop and is just past the Wall on the 25K loop. After the 25K, he will finish up with the 3K Meadows trail. With air temperatures expected to be in the mid to upper thirties later today, the best skiing will be early on.

Roger

Vasa Report: #16
Date: Saturday December 28,2013
Time: 4:15am

I will start grooming this morning at 5:00am. Temperatures remained slightly above freezing overnight but hopefully the snow is still cold enough to groom. I will start with the 5K Headwaters trail the move on to the 11K and 25K loops before finishing on the 3K Meadows loop. If all goes well I should finish around 9:00. Since the temperatures are predicted to reach the mid thirties today the best skiing will be early.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Date: Friday, December 27, 2013
Time: 11:30am

Hello,

The volunteers just finished packing and grooming the Leelanau Trail from Birch Point to Cherry Bend, so now the entire trail from 4th Street to Cherry Bend is groomed. The track-setter is broken, so they were not able to set classic tracks, but the skate lane is in great condition. They plan to have the track-setter repaired by the middle of next week.

Have a great weekend!

Arianne

Vasa Report: #15 Update
Date: Friday December 27,2013
Time: 7:00am

Roger has finished grooming the 5 and 11 K loops on the Vasa and is heading out onto the 25K loop. He reports just a trace of new snow since the groom yesterday. Temperatures today are predicted to be slightly above freezing so the best skiing will be early. As long as the temperatures fall below freezing tonight we will groom again early tomorrow morning. The forecast for Saturday is for temperatures in the mid 30’s before cooling off again on Sunday.

Jim

Vasa Report: #15
Date: For Friday, December 27, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm, Thursday

I am planning to do a complete groom on all loops of the Vasa Trail tomorrow morning, Friday, beginning about 5:00 am. Even though very little snow is predicted over night this will help firm up the base prior to the warm up expected over the next couple of days.

For our Fatbike Friday cyclists – just a reminder to run VERY low PSI. Most cyclists last Friday were running 4psi. This will help keep tires from digging into the base. If you do end up having to walk a hill, please walk off the trail while pushing your bike on the trail (but not in the classic tracks). The entire list of rules and etiquette is on TART’s website, but if you have questions, please contact Arianne (arianne@traversetrails.org / 231.941.4300). Thanks!

Roger

Leelanau Trail Report
December 16, 2013
2:00 PM

Bill and Glenn are heading out at 2.30 today to groom the Leelanau Trail from Birch Point to 4th Street in Suttons Bay. They will set classic tracks if possible.

Vasa Report: #14
Date: Thursday December 26,2013
Time: 9:30am

Roger and Gary were back at it early this morning. They started grooming at 3:30am and finished at 8:00. They have groomed up the 5 to 6 inches of new snow that has fallen since the last groom on Christmas Eve. They renovated the skate lane and reset Classic tracks on all loops.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Volunteer groomers Ryan and Bart went out and groomed the southern Leelanau Trail this morning. There was new snow falling as they groomed and they set the skate lane only. The damage from the plow south of the upper Cherry Bend parking lot at mile marker 5.5 is mostly repaired.
A groom of the northern part of the LT is planned for late Christmas day or the morning of the 26th.

Vasa Report: #13
Date: Sunday, December 24, 2013
Time: 9:00 am

Gary started this morning at 3:30 am and has completed a groom of the skate lane on the 3, 5, 11 and 25K loops and also set new classic tracks on the 5K. He reports 4 to 5 inches of new snow on the trail since the groom yesterday with light snow continuing to fall. Skiers today should expect new snow and some soft conditions.

To allow the groomers to enjoy tomorrow’s holiday with their families, the next groom is planned for Thursday.

Roger

Vasa Report: #12
Date: Monday, December 23, 2013
Time: 9:25am

Roger called in from the trail with a report for today’s grooming progress. As of 8:45am they have finished grooming and setting tracks on the 5K and 10K loops. They are now working on the 25K.

Arianne

Vasa Report: #11 Update
Date: Sunday December 22,2013
Time: 11:45am

Gary and I have finished a complete groom with reset Classic tracks on the 5 and 11K loops and as of 11:00am Gary is heading out to groom the 25K loop. There was about 4-5 inches of new snow on the trail at 8:00am and the snow continues to fall. If you ski today you should expect new snow and some soft conditions. The plan right now is for another groom early in the morning.

Jim

Vasa Report: #11
Date: Sunday December 22,2013
Time: 6:15am

Much like Friday when the snow started falling about the time we would start grooming, today’s forecast looks to be similar. Snow is expected to fall during much of the day today. Gary will start grooming this morning at 8:00am and will groom the skate lane on the 5 and 11K loops. If it looks like the snow is letting up while he is out there he may continue on to the 25K loop. If it looks like the heavy snow will continue to fall we will wait until later today or tomorrow morning to do a complete groom. I will send out an update later this morning.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Hello Snow Lovers!

Rick and Glenn did the snowmobile pack of the entire Leelanau Trail Friday afternoon. They then went out with the Ginzu and set classic tracks and the skate lane on the southern section of the trail. Unfortunately someone plowed a short section of the trail south of the Upper Cherry Bend Parking Lot. They did a lot of work to try to repair the damage. Glenn and I will go out Saturday morning and set skate and classic tracks on the northern part of the trail. Time permitting, we will go work on the damaged part of the trail some more. We intend to do a number of grooms next week to keep the trail nice for trying out those new skis Santa brought!

Bill Heitman

Vasa Report: #10
Date: Saturday December 21,2013
Time: 4:15am

Roger and I will start grooming this morning at 5:00am. We will renovate the skate lane and reset Classic tracks on all loops. By packing yesterday afternoon we were able to keep most of the 3 to 4 inches of snow that fell during the day on the trail to help build the base. Grooming without packing would have pushed quite a bit of it off into the woods.

Jim

Vasa Report: #10
Date: Friday December 20,2013
Time: 3:15pm

I will be heading out to the Vasa trail this afternoon to pack the snow we received today using the roller in preparation for our groom in the morning. Roger and I will start grooming in the morning at 5:00am. We will renovate the skate lane and reset Classic tracks on all loops tomorrow.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Date: Friday, December 20, 2013
Time: 1:30pm
Glenn and Rick tried to groom and set tracks on the Leelanau Trail, but the fresh snow was too deep so they kept getting stuck. They are now out packing with the snowmobiles and if time allows today they will head back to groom and set classic tracks. If not, then Bill will head out tomorrow to groom.

Vasa Report: #9 Update
Date: Thursday December 19,2013
Time: 6:15pm

All of the Vasa loops were groomed and Classic tracks were reset since the last snowfall. As of now we plan to wait and see if we will groom tomorrow. Snowfall is forecasted for tonight however the forecast has not always been accurate. If we receive more than one or two inches by early morning we will start grooming about 5:00 or 6:00am. If not we will groom early Saturday morning. If we groom in the morning I will send out another report.

Hi Fatbikers! Tomorrow is another Fatbike Friday on the Vasa Pathway. We have a few tips to pass along from the experienced fatbikers that will help improve the experience for everyone:
– Run VERY low PSI – most cyclists last Friday were running 4psi.
– If you must walk a hill, go to the side and walk off the trail while pushing your bike on the trail (not in the classic tracks)
– Groups should spread out a little across the skate lane so as not to create a rut by having many cyclists follow the exact same line.
– The entire list of rules and etiquette is on TART’s website

There’s a growing list of http://traversetrails.org/fatbike-trails/places to ride the rest of the week. If you know of a place that welcomes fatbikes please email Arianne (arianne@traversetrails.org) and she will add it to the list.

TART will be hosting the first Vasa Pathway Open House of the season this Saturday December 21 at the Bartlett Rd. Trailhead from 11-1. We will have warm drinks, homemade cookies, and a warm fire. Stop by and say hello.

Jim


Vasa Report: #9

Date: Thursday December 19,2013
Time: 7:30am

Glen and Gary started grooming this morning at 5:00am. They are using the compaction drag and Tidd Tech to further pack and level the trail. They have completed one pass on the 25K in the skate lane and are starting on the second pass to level and pack the Classic side of the trail and reset Classic tracks. Roger and I followed the same procedure on the 5 and 10K loops yesterday. They report no new snow fell overnight. We continue to measure the packed base at several spots along the trail and have found anywhere between 1 1/2 to 4 inches.

TART will be hosting the first Vasa Pathway Open House of the season this Saturday December 21 at the Bartlett Rd. Trailhead. We will have warm drinks, homemade cookies, and a warm fire. Stop by and say hello.

Jim


Vasa Report: #8

Date: Tuesday December 17,2013
Time: 4:00am

Roger and I will head out on the Vasa trail this morning at 5:00am. We plan on using the Tidd Tech and Ginzu to further pack and level the trail. We will team up and groom all loops starting with the 5K Headwaters loop, 11K, 25K loop and finish with the 3K Meadows loop. We will renovate the skate lanes, mix in the new snow that fell overnight, and reset Classic tracks.

Even though we have received quite a bit of snow in the past few days, the base remains too thin to try to take out the LMC. Glen and Gary measured a maximum of 3 inches in spots after packing yesterday with some spots even less. While grooming with the LMC would be nice, we are enjoying the cool breeze on the single digit mornings and the numb fingers and toes too much to get it out right now. It is always tough to talk the other groomers into trading in their heavy clothes and give up wrestling 800 pound snowmobiles and 300-400 pound grooming equipment to ride in a heated cab but I will keep trying. When the trail conditions warrant the use of the LMC we will get it out. Luckily we have enough other equipment on hand to provide the best possible skiing in any conditions Mother Nature provides us with.

Jim

Vasa Report: #7 Update
Date: Monday December 16,2013
Time: 9:30am

Glen and Gary have finished rolling the entire Vasa trail system and report as much as 12 inches of new fluffy lake effect snow on some parts of the trail. They will take a short break then hook up the Tidd Tech and Ginzu and head back out to set Classic tracks and further pack the skating lane.

Jim

Vasa Report: #7
Date: Monday December 16,2013
Time: 6:15am

Glen and Gary report about 6″ of new snow has fallen at the trailhead since yesterdays groom. They started rolling this morning at 5:30.

Jim

Vasa Report: #6 Update
Date: Sunday December 15,2013
Time: 9:15am

Roger and I were able to set Classic tracks in most places today due to the 3-4 inches of new snow that fell since yesterdays groom. It was snowing all of the time we groomed and continues to snow so expect fresh snow on top of the corduroy and in the tracks. We groomed the 3, 5, 11, and 25K loops.

The snowmobile relay did not do the trick and it overheated again today. We were able to complete the groom by using Glen’s jumper wire to power the cooling fan using the equipment battery.

Jim

Vasa Report: #6
Date: Sunday December 15,2013
Time: 4:00am

Roger and I will start grooming this morning at 5:00am using the Tidd Tech and Ginzu. Depending on the amount of new snow received overnight we may try to reset the Classic tracks. If there is not enough new snow we will split up and renovate the skate lanes on all loops.

The snowmobile Glen and Gary had trouble with yesterday was overheating. It didn’t appear that the cooling fan was running. Roger picked up a fan relay that we will try in the morning. If that doesn’t work Glen has wired up a harness to run the fan continuously to keep the engine cool until we can get it checked out further. If it still overheats we will be back to grooming with one snowmobile today.

Jim

Vasa Report: #5 Update

Date: Saturday December 14,2013
Time: 10:30am

Glen and Gary experienced problems with one of the snowmobiles this morning. They were able to get it back to the barn however that left them with one machine and behind schedule. They have finished renovating the skate lane on all 5 and 11K loops and Gary was at the Wall heading back to the trailhead on the 25K. There was not enough new snow to reset the Classic tracks.

Jim

Leelanau Trail Report
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time: 10am

Volunteer Groomers Bill and Glen did a full-pack of the Leelanau Trail from Cherry Bend to 4th Street yesterday. They may be able to groom with the Ginzu today, but we’ll keep you posted if that happens. Fatbikers should run very low PSI. After the Leelanau Trail is groomed and has tracks set, please stay out of the classic tracks and make efforts to minimize impact to the grooming conditions.
It’s very cold, so be sure to dress for the weather, take your cell phone with you and know your whereabouts on the trail.

Vasa Report: #5
Date: Friday December 13,2013
Time: 7:30pm

Glen and Gary will start grooming the Vasa trail tomorrow morning at 6:00am. What they do will depend on the amount of new snow they find on the trail tomorrow. If there is enough new snow they will reset the Classic tracks and renovate the skate lane. If there is little or no new snow they will split up and just renovate the skate lane on the 5,11 and 25K loops. I will send out an update when I hear from them.

Jim

Vasa Report: #4 Update
Date:
Thursday December 12, 2013
Time:
8:00pm
NWS Forecast
here.
Snow Prediction from John
Dee here<

Jim just called me from the trailhead as they are wrapping up the day’s efforts.

Here is the latest…They groomed all loops and were able to set shallow classic tracks. Overall the trail looks good and skiers report good to very good conditions, but there are some thin spots, soft spots, a few spots where dirt may come through, and some areas have thin snow over ice. Use caution on the downhills as there is still ice under the thin snow in some areas. Again, overall the conditions are good to very good.

Tomorrow is Fatbike Fridays on the Vasa. The groomers packed a bypass around the wall for the fatbikers to use. If you’re riding the 25k you will stay straight at the bottom of the Wall. They were able to get the snowmobile through most of the bypass, but there’s about 20 feet where they were not able  pack because the trees are too narrow for the snowmobile, but bikes can easily fit through. For some fatbikers this will be the first time riding the Vasa during winter. Please take a moment to review the Fatbike Fridays Etiquette before you head to the trail. Remember to run low PSI, stay out of the classic tracks, and give other users adequate space when passing. If you have any questions, please email me or call the TART office.

Thanks to everyone for supporting grooming of the Vasa Pathway and Leelanau Trail. We look forward to a great winter of fun on the trails in Northern Michigan!

Leelanau Trail Report
Thursday, December 12th Noon

Hi Leelanau Trails Skiers!

Bill Heitman just finished packing the Leelanau Trail from Birch Point south to Cherry Bend. That portion is entirely covered in snow. Bill will either pack or groom the trail tomorrow, depending on the snow received.

Vasa Report: #4
Date: Thursday December 12,2013
Time: 6:15am

Roger and I will start grooming this morning at 7:00am. We plan on using the Tidd Tech and Ginzu to continue to level the trail and fill in the low spots. The recent snow is light and fluffy and the cold temperatures don’t allow it to pack very well therefore even though the trail looks flat when we finish the snow that is in the low spots is still soft. We are not complaining, we will take any kind of snow we can get.

 

Jim

Vasa Report: #3 Update
Date: Wednesday December 11,2013
Time: 8:30am

Gary was able to get the snowmobile running and he and Glen are grooming with the Tidd Tech and Ginzu. They tried setting Classic tracks but they were bringing up too much dirt so they quit. They will try again in some other areas with more snow (perhaps by The Rock) so at best the machine set classic tracks will be hit and miss.

We try to get grooming reports out as early as possible so that skiers can plan their day. This time of year we need to see the conditions at the trailhead before we decide if we can groom or what equipment we will use. Sometimes, like yesterday, we will start out with one piece of equipment and then switch to a different one that will work better.

Vasa Report: #3
Date: Wednesday December 11,2013
Time: 7:30am

Gary and Glen are grooming today. Glen reports about 2 inches of new snow has fallen since yesterdays groom and it is still snowing. They are experiencing problems with one of the snowmobiles so while Gary tries to fix it Glen will head out with the other machine and the Tidd Tech to groom the 5K Headwaters loop. He will probably make two passes. He will try to set Classic tracks. Once the 5K is groomed I will send out an update.

Jim

Vasa Report: #2
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Time: 10:40am

Jim has finished making one pass on the 5K Headwaters Trail and is now finishing up on the 10K trail using the new Tidd Tech G2 groomer. He reports that this groomer is working very well in the low snow conditions leveling the 1″ to 3″ of new snow that fell since the groom yesterday although additional (and expected) new snow is needed to completely level the trail. For this groom he is leaving the skier set classic tracks. After finishing with 10K he will head out counterclockwise on the 25K. Even with the new snow received the last couple of days the base is still somewhat thin so skiers may encounter occasional icy and/or bare spots.

Roger

Vasa Report: #1 Update
Date: Monday December 9,2013
Time: 9:30am

Glen has finished making one pass on the 5K Headwaters Trail with the roller. He reports that the new snow is packing onto the ice base but that the trail remains very icy, rutted and has bare spots. He will continue to pack in the new snow and hopefully it will snow enough today that we will be able to bring out other equipment tomorrow. He reports that he must go slow to keep as much of the new snow as possible on the trail and that he has been stuck three times already on the ice. Ski conditions will probably not be good today and any skiers heading out on the trail should use caution because of the ice, ruts and thin cover over bare spots.

Vasa Report #1
Date: Monday December 9,2013
Time: 8:30am

Glen is at the Bartlett Rd. Trailhead and reports that about 1 to 2 inches of new snow has fallen. He will be heading out on the trail with the snowmobile and grooming equipment to see what he can do. He may need to try different equipment to find what will work best in the current conditions. I will send out an update later today with the conditions he found on the trail and what he was able to accomplish.

If you haven’t already done so you may want to check out the Grooming Equipment page on the TART website to see what equipment we have available and how we use each piece of equipment. A link to the page is here. TART was able to purchase new equipment as needed due to funds generated from the Grooming Badge program.

Jim

Report: #00
Date: Thursday December 5,2013
Time: 5:40PM

Temperatures finally dropped below freezing this afternoon and we were able to get out on the trail with the snowmobile and Tidd Tech to attempt to groom. The good news is that the trail remains about 70-80% covered although it is uneven in many spots. The bad news is that the snow/rain and warm temperatures we experienced yesterday have made the trail icy. The low areas where water accumulates has turned to boiler plate ice. The hills are icy and the snowmobile had a hard time climbing them even with the cutting teeth on the grooming equipment in the up position making it impossible to renovate the ice.

Although we did not groom before December 1st as per our contract with the DNR we did receive special permission to pack the trail because of the exceptional amount of early snow we received. It is because of this packing that the trail remains mostly snow covered after the recent warm weather.

If the forecast overnight is correct and colder temperatures remain for a while people who wish to use the Vasa Pathway tomorrow should be able to do so without hurting the base however because of the icy conditions they may hurt themselves. If fat bikers would like to try somewhere else for Fatbike Friday click here for other options.

Because of the remaining base it will not take a lot of snow to be able to have good conditions on the Vasa. When we get snow the groomers will be out working our magic.

Report: #00
Date: Monday December 2,2013
Time: 6:45am

Temperatures remained above freezing overnight so we were unable to groom. Temperatures are predicted to reach the mid to upper 30’s today. All trail users are asked to be aware of damage they may be causing to the trail. If the trail is soft and you are leaving deep marks please stay off the trail.

Right now, based on the forecast, it looks like we may be able to groom on Wednesday night or Thursday morning if the precipitation is snow and not rain and there is enough snow remaining on the trail to groom.

Report: #00
Date: Sunday December 1,2013
Time: 7:45am

Firearm Deer season ended last night.
Temperatures remained above freezing overnight so we were unable to groom. Temperatures are predicted to reach the mid to upper 30’s today. All trail users are asked to be aware of damage they may be causing to the trail. If the trail is soft and you are leaving deep marks please stay off the trail.

Report: #00
Date: Thursday November 21,2013

It has been a busy fall on the Vasa Pathway. Because of the heavy rainfall last summer and fall, several areas on the Vasa required repair of washouts. We also used a wood chipper to grind up fallen branches and small trees in the Jack Pine and Perch Lake Rd areas. We were able to grind down several stumps that were starting to pop up along the trail. We repaired the eastern approach to the bridge. Last Monday we made a final sweep of the trail to remove downed branches and trees that would interfere with grooming this season. After the strong winds last weekend, we expect to find more trees down along the trail, but will wait until after hunting season to remove any new obstructions.

Grooming can officially begin on December 1st (weather permitting) and all of the equipment will be ready to go. We received and assembled a new Tidd Tech G2 groomer for use this season. For a complete list of equipment we have available, click here to visit the TART webpage.

The Traverse City Central & West Nordic Ski Teams will earn 10% of ALL sales on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 5 – 8 PM at the Culver’s Restaurant on US-31 near 3 Mile Road. Ski team members will be at the restaurant lending a hand that evening.