Grooming Program

TART Trails’ dedicated grooming team provides great winter time conditions on the Vasa Pathway and Leelanau Trail; providing you with the ultimate winter trail conditions on both sides of the bay.

Grooming is primarily supported by the Grooming Badge program, in which users donate $100 for the Vasa Pathway and Leelanau Trail, $100 for the Winter Sports Singletrack or $165 for both to help provide world-class trail conditions. Grooming Badge supporters receive emailed grooming reports and a high-vis zipper pull to show their support while out on the trails. Grooming badge donations are 100% tax deductible.

The grooming crew has a variety of equipment to use depending on the type and amount of snow, ambient air temperature, etc. There is yearly fluctuation due to weather, fuel costs, insurance, equipment and maintenance issues, and other factors, but we budget approximately $40,000 annually for grooming the Vasa Pathway and Leelanau Trail. The Michigan DNR provides some expense reimbursement for grooming on the Vasa Pathway, but more than 75% of funding comes from badge donors.

Each year, funding dependent, we set aside funds in a Snowy Day Fund, which is restricted for the purchase or major repair of grooming equipment.

Learn more about grooming and all the equipment we use in this cool video!

Grooming Badge   Grooming Reports  Rules and Etiquette  FAQs

The Vasa Pathway

The Vasa Pathway  is groomed regularly by TART Trails and includes a skate lane and two classic tracks when possible providing 3k, 5k, 10k & 25k trail loops that feature rolling hills and a few challenging climbs.

The Vasa Pathway is a DNR owned multi-use trail open to all non-motorized users year-round.  If you notice any unauthorized vehicles on the Vasa Pathway, please try to get a license number and call the Sheriff’s Department at 231-995-5000 to report the incident.

The Leelanau Trail

The Leelanau Trail is groomed once a week by TART Trails Volunteers as conditions permit, and includes conditions well-suited for classic and skate-skiing, fatbiking and snowshoeing. The southern section of the trail will be groomed from Cherry Bend to Lakeview Rd (5miles), and the northern section will be groomed from 4th St. in Suttons Bay to Fort Rd. (4 miles).

If Leelanau Trail users see snowmobiles using the trail, please try to get a registration number and call Leelanau County Dispatch at 231-256-8800, or 911. 

The Winter Sports Singletrack

The Winter Sports Singletrack is a multi-use trail that provides 15k of groomed trail ideal for fat-biking. You can also snowshoe and ski this non-motorized trail. The Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (NMMBA) handles trail development and grooming. Badges are available to support grooming of this trail.

Grooming Badges

Grooming is primarily supported by the Grooming Badge program, in which users donate $100 for the Vasa Pathway and Leelanau Trail, $100 for the Winter Sports Singletrack or $165 for both to help provide world-class trail conditions. Grooming Badge supporters receive emailed grooming reports and a high-vis zipper pull to show their support while out on the trails. Grooming badge donations are 100% tax deductible.Grooming Badge 1

Visit our Grooming Badge Page to purchase your grooming badge today to support:

  • Grooming
  • Equipment & Maintenance
  • Trail Mowing, Brushing & Removing of Downed Trees
  • Replacing & Updating Signage and Gates
  • Erosion Control

Grooming Reports

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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 via the grooming reports link. 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.

Grooming reports are made possible by Shorts Brewing Company.

Rules, Etiquette & FAQs

  • In case of an emergency on the trail, dial 911. If you encounter a personal safety incident or trail maintenance issue of a non-urgent nature, please complete our online Trail Incident Reporting Form. We read and respond as appropriate to all reports, but will only follow-up with you if needed.
  • Visit our Grooming FAQ Page for all our frequently asked questions.