Grooming Reports

Grooming reports for the Vasa Pathway and Leelanau Trail are emailed to badge holders. They are also made available within 24 hours on this page. Get your Grooming Badge to have reports emailed directly to you.  Also check out this Facebook page that is all about Vasa Conditions with posts from real-time users.  Feel free to follow, share and encourage others! 

Grooming updates for the Winter Sport Single Track can be found on the Northern Michigan Mountain Biking Association website. Grooming updates for Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail can be found on Friends of Sleeping Bear website.

Grooming reports are made possible by Short’s Brewing Company.

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2022-2023 Grooming Reports

Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #16 (Update #3)
Date: 2/8/23
Time: 10:45 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

Cloudy skies and a steady breeze yesterday, coupled with unexpectedly cold temperatures overnight have served snow in the area well. 

Bluebird skies and predicted temps in the low- to mid-40’s today, (while admittedly pleasing to the psyche this time of year!) could be more detrimental to the base, however.

The trail is firm now, and skiing is possible, though it will undoubtedly be very soft as the day goes on, so again I’m offering a request to please consider alternative activities this afternoon, as ruts left behind in a shallow base are impossible to remove. This is our best hope of maintaining an adequate and safe snow surface for this weekend’s Vasa Race, and beyond… Thanks y’all!

Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #16 (Update #2)
Date: 2/7/23
Time: 10:00 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

With warm temperatures in the low- to mid-40’s setting in throughout last night and today, the snow on the trail has softened considerably. Any activity on the trail in the next few days will likely leave ruts that will be difficult or impossible to remove from what snow remains when freezing temperatures return. Please kindly consider this if you had plans to head to the Vasa trail this week.

As most of you will have heard, the North American Vasa Festival of Races, which is scheduled for this weekend, has made the difficult decision to abbreviate the race offerings and courses for ski races. This in the interest of skier safety, in what looks like the likely scenario of low snow, and possibly icy conditions. Check vasa.org for more details. We will keep you posted when updates are warranted.

Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #16 (Update)
Date: 2/6/23
Time: 10:20 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

Good Morning Badgers,

With the forecast calling for warm temperatures this week, the grooming crew feels that the best chance for making the base last through this warmup is to disturb it as little as possible in the meantime. So, no groom today. We will reassess trail conditions later in the week to decide if further grooming will be possible. Thanks for your understanding as we contend with the whims of Mother Nature. 

Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #16
Date: 2/5/23
Time: 8:00 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

Good Morning Badgers,

Groomers Glen reports 29 degrees and no new snow this morning. He is making his way around the trail system, smoothing out skate lanes. 5k and 10k loops are complete, and he will be finishing up the 25k shortly. Existing tracks are in good shape. Hope you have been able to enjoy a wonderful winter weekend on the Vasa trail!

Leelanau Trail Report # 11
Time: 8:15 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

North Section
Training a new groomer this morning, Welcome Caleb to the team.  Will be rolling with the skirt from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane.
 
South Section

Thad got out yesterday late afternoon and groomed with the Ginzu, laying down skate and two sets of classic tracks.  Conditions are pretty good.

Shady Lane Orchard Trails
Andy going out this morning to groom the vineyard trails.

Parallel Trail
Chad getting out today as well.

Snow Joke of the Day
Knock, Knock.
Who’s Their?
Emma
Emma who?
Emma feeling a bit cold out here – let me in!

Other Trail Reports available here

Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #15
Date: 2/4/23
Time: 8:00 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

Groomers Glen and Brian B (?!) report 8 degrees and about 1/2” of snow this morning. They have completed the 5k and 10k loops, and are most of the way around the 25k loop now. 

Skiers will find true winter on the Vasa trail today, so make sure you get out and experience it while it’s here!

Muncie Lakes Grooming Report #4
Date: 2/3/2022
Time: 4:00 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

Winter weather has truly arrived and I am pleased to share that Muncie Lakes Pathway groomer, Mike Schaeffer, reports that he is back at the trailhead from grooming the full trail. While there are still a couple of thin spots, overall the tracks are set deep and the conditions this weekend should be wonderful. 

Given that we had a slow start to the season in terms of snow and grooming, we are now in the thick of it and from all of us to all of you, we hope you take advantage of this moment and get it while the getttin’s good.

Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #14
Date: 2/3/23
Time: 8:45 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

A brisk 6 degrees on the trail this morning. Groomers Jim and Mike encountered 1”-2” new snow from last night’s storm. They are setting tracks and skate lane corduroy in the race direction for next weekend’s North American Vasa ski races, which you may find to be a little different than where we normally set them, particularly on the 10k and 25k loops. You never know what could happen with the weather in the meantime, so we wanted to get these areas prepared just in case. Skiing should be great this weekend, Enjoy!

Leelanau Trail Report # 10
Time: 9 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.

North Section
Yesterday just before dark, Michael rolled from Suttons Bay to Shady and left classic tracks where feasible.
 
South Section

Last groomed Monday.

Shady Lane Orchard Trails
Last groomed Monday.

Parallel Trail
Last groomed Sunday.

Snow Joke of the Day
What do you do when a great woolly mammoth sits on top of your igloo?
Time to build another igloo! 

Other Trail Reports availablehere

Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #13 (Update)
Date: 2/1/23
Time: 8:10 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

17 degrees and no new snow since yesterday. In light of that fact, the grooming squad has decided not to groom this morning to avoid unnecessary disturbance to what is still a thin base. 

Skiing today should be about the same as yesterday: Excellent!

Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #13
Date: 1/31/23
Time: 8:25 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

It’s a brisk 5 degrees on the trail now. The Vasa system is receiving the full spa treatment this morning, compliments of groomers Jim and Chad, and an inch or so of new snow, with a fresh set of classic tracks and smooth skate lane corduroy. 

5k and 10k loops are done, and they are most of the way around the 25k now. 

What better excuse to unearth your Swix Polar, and the arctic buff and lobster mitts you’ve been staring at all season and go breath some cold air for breakfast?!

Leelanau Trail Report # 9
Time: 2:30 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

North Section
Last groomed Saturday.
 
South Section

Thad out this morning grooming with the Ginzu.  Classic tracks on both sides with skate in the middle.  Trails in very nice condition.

Shady Lane Orchard Trails
Andy planning on grooming this afternoon.

Parallel Trail
Chad groomed Suttons Bay to Fort on Sunday night.  Still pretty soft though.

Snow Joke of the Day
What do you call a cat that lives in an igloo?
An Eski-mew!

Other Trail Reports available here

Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #12
Date: 1/30/23
Time: 8:10 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

Jim reports 18 degrees and a trace of new snow this morning. After what was assuredly a very busy day of skiing on the Vasa system yesterday, he is out smoothing skate lanes everywhere today. Existing tracks (which are skiing fast!) will be left in place. With the base still in a thin state, grooming efforts must find a balance between maintaining a fun, safe ski experience, while causing minimal disturbance to the fragile base. 

It was a treat to see all the smiling faces on the trail yesterday! Hope you get to enjoy the great skiing out there this week. 

Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #11
Date: 1/29/23
Time: 7:00 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

The Vasa trail has been graced with ~1.5” of new snow throughout the early morning hours today. 

Groomer Jim and I are out grooming it up for yas! New tracks (except on the 3k, too thin) and skate lane corduroy everywhere this morning. 

Even with the recent snow, the thin spots are still very thin, especially near the Bartlett trailhead, in the first 4K of the 25k loop, and under the big pine near the 20k post. So, just pay attention. The vast majority of the trail system is looking and skiing (by most reports) really nice!

3k, 5k, 10k loops are complete. We are heading out now to finish the 25k. 

Leelanau Trail Report # 8
Time: 11:30 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

North Section
RK rolled with skirt from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane.  Some parts in great shape. But, wind blew snow off open areas and left ice.  Be careful out there.
 
South Section

Steve is out now grooming Shady Lane to DeYoung. Expect conditions similar to North Section. 

Shady Lane Orchard Trails
Andy groomed with roller and skirt.  Nice in protected areas.  Windswept areas still thin and grassy.  

Parallel Trail
Some grooming, but pretty drifted over in places.

Snow Joke of the Day
Why did Mickey Mouse get hit with a snowball?
Because Donald Ducked!

Other Trail Reports available here

Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #10
Date: 1/28/23
Time: 7:30 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

26 degrees at the trailhead again this morning. Groomers Glen and Mike report a dusting of new snow since yesterday’s groom. They are cleaning up and widening skate lanes this morning on the entire Vasa system. Existing tracks are in excellent condition. 

They have rounded the 5k and 10k loops, and are on their way out and around the 25k now.

More great skiing to be had, so get out and get your strides in people!

Leelanau Grooming Report #7
Date: 1/27/2022
Time: 3:00 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

North Section
RK to groom tomorrow first thing.   Last groomed Wednesday.
 
South Section

Thad rolled with skirt this morning.  Nice conditions.

Shady Lane Orchard Trails
Andy to groom tomorrow morning as well.  Last groomed Tuesday.

Parallel Trail
No further report.

Snow Joke of the Day
Why do reindeer have fur coats?
Because they look silly in snow suits!

Trail Reports available here

Report: Muncie Lake Grooming Report #3
Date: 1/27/2022
Time: 12:30 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

Well it’s been a longer stretch of time than we would have liked but I am pleased to report that Muncie Lakes groomer, Steve Duede, has just finished up setting the first classic tracks of the season out on the Pathway. He shared that while tracks have been set they are very thin in quite a few places with dirt showing in some areas, so if you do go out exercise caution and consider using skis that might get dinged up a bit. 

Have fun out there on the snow this weekend and we’ll keep you posted with updates to come.

Report: Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #9
Date: 1/27/23
Time: 7:15 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

26 degrees at the trailhead. Reports of some sneaky lake effect accumulation throughout the Vasa system got groomers Jim and Mike out of bed early this morning. 

They have just finished rounding the 5k loop, setting classic tracks and corduroy in the 1”-2” of fresh snow they’ve encountered so far. Suspicions are that there will likely be more as they get “far out” on the 10k and 25k loops, based on the way the wind was blowing last night. 

Keep in mind there may still be an occasional thin spots even with this new snow, but the guys will be making efforts to get tracks set everywhere that the base will allow. 

Looks like we’re in for a great weekend of skiing! 

Report: Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #8
Date: 1/25/23
Time: 3:30 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

With a fresh coat of snow and a promising extended winter forecast we plan to keep you up to date with grooming reports and trail conditions with the goal of encouraging you to fit in as many Km’s of skiing this winter as possible. 

As of this afternoon groomer James reports:

Consensus amongst the crew is to stay off the trail till we get another significant snowfall (1.5”-2” would probably do it). Base is too thin for effective grooming. Anything we could do before that happens would really just be a squeegee over the top, and would risk pulling dirt up to the surface with the snowmobile treads. I don’t feel like it’s a great use of resources at the moment. 

Also, for those of you on Facebook you might want to keep an eye on the crowd-sourced Vasa Trail Ski Conditions page where you can see up to date shares of what skiers are encountering on the trail in real time. Just this afternoon the venerable Dave Durbin, page administrator shared:

From the trailhead at 2:15pm: Definitely a skiable trail on the 15k loop, including the Nip. As others have noted, there are some thin/bare spots but you can use them as drill obstacles and practice your awareness on the trail (making lemonade here, right?)
Overall the skiing is fine and as usual, the trail gets better the further out you get. Rock skis are recommended. Ski on!

Leelanau Trail Report #6
Time: 11:30 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.

North Section
RK groomed with roller and skirt.  Some bad spots, knocked down a lot of frozen footprints.  Some great areas for skiing.  Should be great fat biking too.
 
South Section

Jeff Z. rolled some with skirt yesterday.

Shady Lane Orchard Trails
Andy rolled the vineyard trails yesterday.

Parallel Trail
No further work on it.

Snow Joke of the Day
What did the dog musher say when he got lost?
“I’ve sled us astray!”

Report: Leelanau Trail Report #5
Time: 3:45 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Finally Back in Action!

North Section
We hope to get out later today or tomorrow morning.
 
South Section

Jeff Z. rolled some with skirt from Shady Lane to DeYoung.  Bumpy and icy underneath, rolling helped smooth things out.  Need more snow, but it is a start!

Shady Lane Orchard Trails
Andy rolled the vineyard trails.  It’s very grassy, especially the back loop.  It’s simply a base to build on.  More snow should bury the grass.  Strongly recommend rock skis.

Parallel Trail
No further work on it.

Snow Joke of the Day
Why do penguins swim in saltwater?
Because pepper makes them sneeze!

Report: Vasa Pathways Grooming Report #8
Date: 1/24/23
Time: 10:45 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

Word is just in from groomers Jim and Mike, who are out packing the trail this morning. They report 30 degrees and ~2” of fresh snow overnight, with some additional flurries throughout the morning today. They are currently rounding the 10k loop, having completed the 5k loop, and the 3k to the split, and will then continue out onto the 25k loop to finish up. 

This latest snowfall has served the trail well in terms of overall surface coverage, however the base remains thin, and groomers report that there are still some areas under large overhanging trees that just have a dusting of coverage. 

The forecast is varied, but looks to be predicting bits of snow to come our way steadily here and there throughout the coming week. Grooming efforts will be focused on base-building by packing new snow as it is received, but with care taken to impact the existing, fragile base as little as possible in the process. 

Now, it’s time to strap your gear on, and get out there and enjoy it!

Report: Vasa Pathway Grooming Report #7
Date: 1/20/23
Time: 7:40 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

Groomers Dave and Mike report 26 degrees and 1”- 3” of new snow on the Vasa trail this morning. They are out packing the trail, and are nearing the end of their trip around the 25k loop (excluding The Wall and Jack Pine), having already completed the 5k and 10k loops. 

Heavy wet snow like yesterday’s storm brought usually tends to amount to a lot more than light fluffy cold snow, so when temps dropped overnight, we felt it was worth having a go at making some areas of the trail skiable. 

While the areas that received adequate snow are reportedly turning out nicely, keep in mind that these are still extremely thin conditions. Dave and Mike report many areas, especially under large overhanging trees, that have no snow coverage at all. I know we are all chomping at the bit to get any sort of skiing in this season, so if you do plan to ski on the Vasa trail, please use extreme caution. And after that, enjoy!

Report: General
Date: 1/17/2023
Time: 9:00 AM

This is the time of year that generally fills up your email inbox with first-hand accounts from the trail groomers sharing the most recent news of reset classic tracks and fresh corduroy on the Vasa Pathway, Leelanau Trail and Muncie Lakes Pathway. I am not gonna lie to you all, we have felt compelled to do some morale check-ins with our groomer teams and fellow ski enthusiasts to make sure folks are faring well enough through list long stretch of bare ground in mid-January. 

I am pleased to report that people are keeping a positive attitude and rolling with what Mother Nature is giving us.

Report: General
Date: 1/13/2023
Time: 11:00 AM

Well, what can we say other than this is not the weather that any of us imagine when we think of mid-January in northern Michigan. If it’s been a bit quiet on our end we apologize for the radio silence as groomer crews on the Leelanau Trail, Muncie Lakes Pathway and the Vasa are all eager to get back to the work they love and provide you with the trail conditions we are all so ready to enjoy once they return. 

Report: General
Date: 1/4/2023
Time: 3:10 PM

As you may have noticed there’s been a moment of radio silence from the grooming crews, all of whom I can report to you are faring well and ready to get back at it once the snow returns to our area trails. I won’t lie though, these mid-season thaws can be trying on the soul of a groomer, much like I am certain it can be for many of you, who like me, look forward to the joy of winter trails throughout the year.

We’ll of course keep you posted on our every move as we make our way deeper into 2023 and hopefully deeper into piles of snow to shape for your enjoyment. 

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #4
Time: 4:45 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

North Section
A little warmer temperatures allowed us to get through some of the drifting.  Michael groomed with the Ginzu from Suttons Bay to Bingham.  Good classic tracks with the middle flat corduroy.
 
South Section

Thad rolled yesterday with grooming good from Shady Lane to “Polish Acres.”  Hope to get through the rest of the drifts later in the week.

Parallel Trail
No further work on it.

Snow Joke of the Day
What do you call a penguin that steals calamari?
A Squid-napper

Report: Muncie Lakes Grooming Report #2
Date: 12/28/2022
Time: 10:43 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Yesterday after Jim Kure performed a morning packing run around the core trails of the Muncie Lakes system, John Gerty put in a grooming/track setting run in the late afternoon. 

The Muncie system has been groomed! 

We have not completed the river loop due to deep drifts in steep terrain.  We held off on the lake loop as well.  These two portions of the trail system will be attempted on today.  Hopefully we shall have the Muncie Lakes system stabilized for the spate of warm weather approaching over the next several days.

Report: Vasa Pathway Grooming Report #6
Date: 12/28/22
Time: 8:15AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

The Vasa trail system is receiving a skate lane renovation this morning, compliments of Groomer Chad. New tracks have been set on the 25k loop, including The Wall and Jack Pine Valley. 

24 degrees with no new snow. 

Temperatures are forecast to climb into the high 30’s today, but the trail will offer excellent skiing, especially if you can get out early. 

Report: Muncie Lakes Grooming Report #1
Date: 12/27/2022
Time: 1:30 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Muncie grooming efforts are off to a bit of slow start.  Groomers deemed the blizzard conditions over the weekend to be unsafe for grooming work.  Monday’s drifted deep snow accumulation on the river loop of the Muncie Trail System stalled out our efforts to fully pack the trail system preparatory to grooming.

Extricating Mike, successfully, at least let us recover our sled! We packed and cut fallen timber on the inner trail system Tuesday morning.  We will be tracking this part of the Muncie system Tuesday afternoon.  We will tackle the lake and river loops on Wednesday to harden these areas before the warm weather strikes.  We should have a reasonable base established to work with going forward.

Vasa Pathway Grooming Report #5
12/27/22
6:50AM

16 degrees and a dusting of snow since yesterday. I am out setting tracks and corduroy on the whole vasa system today. The 5k and 10k are completed, and I will head out on the 25k next. 

The trail will offer fantastic skiing today, so I hope you can get out and enjoy it. 

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 3
12/26/22
3:09PM

Happy Boxing Day

North Section

Pete rolled with the skirt down from SB to first Center Highway crossing.  Tried getting to Fort, but the drifts are just too much south of there.  Had to get Michael to get me out!  

Thad also rolled with skirt up starting from Shady Lane north to Whittaker.

South Section

Thad busted drifts then rolled with skirt up from Shady Lane south to the “Polish Acres.”  Again, drifts too much south of there!

Shady Lane Cellar Trails

No grooming yet. 

Fat Bike Trail

Snow just too soft.  Will need more work to make bike able.  

The Snow Joke of the Day:

What do you call a snowman in the produce aisle?  Nose Shopping

Vasa Pathway Grooming Report #4
12/26/22
8:20AM

17 degrees on the trail this morning. Groomer Dave is out setting tracks where it’s practical to do so, and continuing to pack in the snow we’ve received throughout the last few days. Hope you can get out and enjoy the winter wonders of the vasa trail!

Vasa Pathway Grooming Report #3
12/25/22
11:50 AM

No doubt about it, we made the nice list this year. Santa’s snow elves have delivered an additional 6”-8” of snow to the Vasa trail in the past 24 hours. 

All-star grooming elf John is out on the grooming sleigh this morning continuing to pack in all the new snow we’ve been gifted. With continued snow and wind throughout the day today, our m.o. will be to keep on rolling until the snow stops, to build that base. As soon as conditions allow, we’ll get tracks and corduroy set. 

Many thanks also to trail samaritans Ted and Noah for clearing a fallen tree from across the trail near the trailhead last night. The spirit of giving is alive this season!

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 2
12/24/22
3:34PM

North Section

Michael was able to roll from Suttons Bay to Fort Road.  Drifts too much south of Fort.  Will have to get more help on Monday to do any more!

South Section

No work, weather conditions and drifts just too much.  Will get back to it on Monday.  

Shady Lane Cellar Trails

Andy was unable to get out, blowing conditions just too much.  

Fat Bike Trail

Snow just too soft.  Will need more work to make bike able.  

The Snow Joke of the Day:

What do super heroes put in their drinks?  Just – ice

Vasa Pathway Grooming Report #2
12/24/22
6:50 AM

Dave and I are out rolling the trail now. 12 degrees and an additional 4-5” since yesterday’s roll, along with some stout drifts from the steady winds through the night. Anywhere from 8”-14” total snow observed so far. 

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 1
12/23/22
5:13PM

The skinny report:

North Section

Holiday Greetings.  We asked for it and we got it!  We may have a very White Christmas.  A bunch of snow on the Leelanau Trail.  Michael had an adventure rolling from Suttons Bay to south Center Highway crossing (just south of Fort) and then just running the snowmobile from there to Shady Lane and back.  Hope to go out tomorrow morning to roll again and then if possible, to groom with tracks. 

South Section

Andy may get out tomorrow on the trail as well as Shady.

Shady Lane Cellar Trails

Andy hopes to get out on Saturday.

Fat Bike Trail

Chad took the Snow Scoot out and just ran the Parallel Trail.  Will need more packing before good to go. Snow just too soft.

The Snow Joke of the Day:

Why is it hard to ski on fresh snow.  With great powder comes great responsibility!

Background

Happy New Grooming Season,

First – Thank you all for purchasing groomer badges that help pay for maintenance and operations (gas & lube).

We are again grooming the Leelanau Trail this winter from the DeYoung property to Suttons Bay. We break up the grooming to North & South Sections. The North Crew will groom for sure between Suttons Bay and Fort Road, and weather/snow permitting to the new Shady Lane Parking Lot. The South Crew will groom for sure between the new Shady Lane Parking Lot and weather/snow permitting to the DeYoung Property. We welcome a new groomer to the north crew, Caleb Garone.  Caleb works with Chad Jordan at the Leelanau Conservancy.  Caleb joins Michael Jarvis, Chad, RK Knopp, and Pete Ostrowski on the north section of the trail.  South Section groomers include Jeff Dungan, Andy Fles, Thad Popa, Steve Strong, and Jeff Zawisza. 

Chad, Caleb, and Michael and the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (NMMBA) will again be grooming a parallel 3-foot trail for fat biking in the winter. The trail parallels the Leelanau Trail from Suttons Bay to north of Fort Road. The trail is not all “off-road,” so please stay out of the classic ski tracks if you are on the main trail.
Fat tire users – recommended tire pressure is 4 to 5 psi.  Please consider waiting for temperatures below freezing to minimize rutting the middle skate lane. 

Andy Fles (Vineyard Manager at Shady Lane Cellars) will also be grooming the vineyard again.  He is also setting up a separate groomed trail for snowshoers, so they stay out of the ski grooms.   

If you have not checked out the new Shady Lane Parking Lot, please do. The wood sculpture north of the road was sculpted by Bart Ingraham. Bart and his wife Gail were long time TART supporters and Bart was one of the original trail groomers and groomed for many years. Bart passed away a few years ago and is truly missed. Be sure to pause by the sculpture and share a kind word.

We will be consolidating the grooming report into four sections:  North Section, South Section, Shady Lane Vineyard Trails, and the Fat Bike Trail, hoping to keep down the number of emails.

Please check out TART’s Winter Etiquette Information.  This might be preaching to the saved, but please  let other trail users know if they are not using the trail correctly.
https://traversetrails.org/winter-trails-guidelines-and-etiquette/

Vasa Pathway Grooming Report #1
12/23/22
4:35 PM

John and Mike spent the day on the trail rolling in the 6”-8” of snow we received on the Vasa overnight and throughout the morning. With lots of snow blowing, and more snow falling, we’ll send another crew out in the morning to keep packing and hopefully get in shape for some good skiing over Christmas. 

Let it snow!