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.

2021-2022 Grooming Reports

Report: Vasa Pathway #58
Date: 03/14/22
Time:  7:45  AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

Dave has groomed up the skate lane on all Vasa loops this morning, and seems to think the skiing oughta be pretty good again today! (Especially early while it’s still cold)

Report: Vasa Pathway #57
Date: 03/13/22
Time:  7:00  AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

Jim reports 12 degrees and new snow. He has reset skate lane corduroy on all Vasa loops. Tracks holding up well from yesterday. More good skiing to be had, especially if you can get out before things warm up a bit later today. 

Thanks to all the folks who shared a cookie with us at the trailhead yesterday during TART’s Vasa open house (not like, bite for bite of course; you have your cookie, I have mine…you know what I mean). The support of the Traverse City nordic ski community is what keeps us striving to make Vasa trail skiing so great, and we could really feel the love!

And remember to switch you clocks forward: it’s Daylight Savings Time! Hope that pesky time change didn’t rob you of a precious hour that you could’ve spent skiing!

Report: Vasa Pathway #56
Date: 03/12/22
Time:   5:00 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Snow-goers,

It’s cold right now, with 1/2” or so new snow that has been groomed up into new tracks and skate lane corduroy on the entire Vasa system, compliments of Dave and I. 

Skiing will be wonderful this weekend, with winter still feeling like it’s going strong (hint: don’t look at next week’s forecast 😬). 

Come on out and join us today from 10am-1pm for TART’s season finale Vasa open house, and indulge in home baked cookies and hot chocolate to fuel your time on the trail. 

Report: Vasa Pathway #55
Date: 03/11/22
Time:   7:00 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

13 degrees now, no new snow. John has renovated skate lanes on all Vasa trail loops overnight. More good skiing to be had today, get it while you can!

Cheers,

James

Report: Vasa Pathway #54
Date: 03/10/22
Time:   8:00 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Vasa Trail Skiers, 

20 Degrees and a dusting of snow. Mike is making his way around the trail system this morning to renovate skate lanes. Should be another nice day of skiing!

Hope you’ve been able to make good on this week’s bonus round of winter!

Report: #53
Date: 03/09/22
Time:  7:15 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Friends,

Glen has completed a trip around the Vasa trail this morning to renovate skate lanes. 29 degrees now, no new snow. 

Hope you got to enjoy yesterday’s brilliant sunny show of winter wonder. It sure was gorgeous out there! Should be good skiing to be had again today. Enjoy!

Report: #52
Date: 03/08/22
Time:  4:45 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Y’all,

8 degrees, 4”-6” total yesterday. Tracks and skate everywhere. It’s gome be gooood!

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #14
Date: 3/7/2022
Time: 6:30 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

What a difference a day can make this time of year. Yesterday was setting up as sheer ice and slushed out shallows over most of the trail and today we got over 5″ of fresh now snow to cover things up across the system.

Groomer, Steve Duede, reports a successful groom as of late this afternoon and he was able to reset classic tracks all the way around. With tonight’s colder temperatures forecast, tomorrow morning could be one of those days we’re still talking about in April.

Report: Leelanau Trail
Grooming Report #24

Date: 3/7/2022
Time: 4:30 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available

Winter is Back – North Roll/Skirt & South Rolled

3 to 5 inches of snow on the trail.  Snow is wet so just rolling (packing) without the skirt. North was able to use the skirt.

Snow Joke of the day:

What two letters of the alphabet do snowmen prefer?
I. C.

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

RK rolled the north section with skirt most of the way.  One area where wet snow buildup too much.  One or two small icy areas. Hope to groom with the Ginzu in the morning.

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)

Jeff Z. rolled (without skirt) the south section. Most of the trail fine, but pretty icy around Birch Pointe Road.
 
Shady Lane Cellar Vineyard Trails

Last groomed before the weekend.

Parallel Trail

Last groomed before the weekend.  

Report: Winter’s Back
Date: 03/07/22
Time:  2:00 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.
Good Afternoon Folks,

Winter has reared its beautiful head once more with ~5” of snow in the area and counting. We are  working on packing the new snow this afternoon to prepare for an overnight groom. We’ll talk soon!

Report: Vasa Pathway #51
Date: 03/04/22
Time:  3:30 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

11 degrees and no new snow. All Vasa Trail skate lanes have received a corduroy manicure this morning, compliments of groomer Dave. Existing tracks are in great shape. Be an opportunist and get it while the getting’s good!

Report: Leelanau Trail
Grooming Report #23

Date: 3/3/2022
Time: 5 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available

North & Vineyard Groomed – Get Out Now or Tomorrow 

Weekend looks like temperatures in the 40s and rain.  May be your last good chance to ski the trails.

Snow Joke of the day:

What did the Arctic Investigator say to the thief?
Where were you on the night of September through March?

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

RK got out and groomed this morning with the Ginzu.  Nice corduroy and classic tracks.

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)

Jeff Z. was out skiing Shady Lane to Lakeview and reports a nice ski.  Jeff D. plans to groom the south section tomorrow after 11 am.  
 
Shady Lane Cellar Vineyard Trails

Andy groomed with the Ginzu and had no fun (stuck) in a drift.  Most of the trail is nice, a few grassy patches.

Parallel Trail

No word on the whole trail.  RK ran with a sled some Tuesday and there was a pretty good base.

Report: Leelanau Trail
Grooming Report #22

Date: 3/1/2022
Time: 12:45 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available

North & South Groomed

Snow Joke of the day:

What do you call 50 penguins in the Arctic?
Very Lost!

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

Pete with help from RK groomed with the Ginzu.  Not a lot of snow to work with.  Icy spots, especially south of the potato barn.

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)

Thad out with backup sled grooming with the Ginzu.
 
Shady Lane Cellar Vineyard Trails

No word on this, will update when hear more.

Parallel Trail

RK ran some on this with a sled.  No word on the whole trail.

Take Care and Enjoy,
 
Pete

Report: Vasa Pathway #50
Date: 03/03/22
Time:  3:30 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

The Vasa trail received ~0.5”-1” of new snow throughout the day yesterday. Chad and I set new skate lane corduroy on the entire system, and classic tracks where needed/where they would be an improvement on the existing tracks. Ski conditions will be fantastic, get out and enjoy it while it’s here!

Report: Vasa Pathway #49
Date: 03/02/22
Time:  7:15 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

It’s 11 degrees now with no new snow this morning. Dave has completed a skate lane smooth-out on all Vasa loops. Enjoy!

Report: Vasa Pathway #48
Date: 03/01/22
Time:  8:15 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

21 degrees and no new snow on this first morning of March. Wow, can’t believe we’re here already! Jim and Mike have completed a trip around the Vasa Trail system setting new skate lane corduroy. Existing tracks are in good shape, and are being left in place until there is new snow to refresh them. Looks like some snow coming tomorrow perhaps, let’s hope for lots to set us up for a few good weeks of spring skiing 

Report: Vasa Pathway #47
Date: 02/28/22
Time:  6:45 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

20 degrees and no new snow on this last morning of February. John has completed a trip around the Vasa Trail system setting new skate lane corduroy. Existing tracks are in good shape, and are being left in place until there is new snow to refresh them. 

Report: Vasa Pathway #46
Date: 02/27/22
Time:  7:45 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

21 degrees this morning and now new snow. Jim is out renovating the skate lane on all Vasa Trail loops, leaving yesterday’s tracks which are in excellent shape. 5k and 10k loops are completed, the 25 is up next! It should prove to be another glorious day to be an xc skier in Northern Michigan. Hope you can make the time to load up your planks and poles, and get out for a few honest Km’s!

And thanks to all the folks who graced us with their smiling faces and snowy enthusiasm at yesterday’s open house. Plain to see the love for Vasa trail skiing runs deep!

Report: Vasa Pathway #45
Date: 02/26/22
Time:  3:45 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

And happy last Saturday of February! The way the trail is looking this weekend, it’s feeling like we’re right in the heart of ski season, and that’s a gooood feeling!

Glen and I are heading down the trail this morning, setting new tracks and skate lane corduroy on the entire Vasa system. 

And as another reminder, we hope you can join us from 10am-1pm today at the Bartlett Rd trailhead for a TART Trails Vasa open house, where we’ll be accompanying the joy of gliding on snow with home baked cookies and hot chocolate. Sounds like a good deal to me!

Cheers,

James

p.s. Happy Birkie, Good luck and endless glide to our friends and family racing today!

Report: Vasa Pathway #44
Date: 02/25/22
Time:  6:30 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

Surprise, surprise, it snowed in Traverse City! 

Mike and I are on the trail this morning and we’ve encountered 13 degrees and about 3” of new snow so far, and counting. 

We have finished the 5k loop with new tracks and skate lane, and will make our way around the 10, then the 25, setting new tracks and skate lane corduroy. 

Things are shaping up for a beautiful weekend of skiing on the Vasa! Hope you can join us out here. 

Report: Vasa Pathway #43
Date: 02/24/22
Time:  8:15 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Jim and Dave are making their way around the Vasa trail this morning, smoothing the skate lane and renovating yesterday’s classic tracks, with the hopes of finding some additional depth in the tracks. They report 8 degrees, no new snow since yesterday, and the sun shining on the trail today. 

As a heads up, this Saturday 2/26, TART will be hosting another Vasa open house at the Bartlett Rd trailhead, replete with home baked cookies and hot chocolate from the good folks at TART Trails, to celebrate the healthful winter fun that the grooming program helps to enable on the Vasa trail. Hope to see you out there!

Report: Leelanau Trail
Grooming Report #20

Date: 2/23/2022
Time: 1:30 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available

Back in Action!

New snow welcomed with north and south sections groomed.  Vineyard grooming this afternoon and Parallel after work.

The Snow Joke of the day:

Hope you all had a nice Twosday, 2/22/22!

What kind of robots live in Antarctica?
Snow-bots

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

Sorry could not groom much previously but little snow to work with and icy conditions.  RK rolled today with skirt, nice corduroy to ski with.

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)

Hats off to Jeff D. and Jeff Z. for spending hours shoveling out the drifts from the last storm.  Thad was out this morning with the Ginzu, nice tracks and center corduroy.  
 
Shady Lane Cellar Vineyard Trails

Andy is out this afternoon grooming the Vineyard.

Fat Bike (Parallel Trail) 

Chad hoping to groom after work.

Report: Vasa Pathway #42
Date: 02/23/22
Time:  9:00 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

John and Chad report 14 degrees and ~1” of new snow on the Vasa trail this morning. They are setting new tracks and skate lane corduroy, and have completed the 5k loop, are currently progressing around the 25k, and will follow with the 10k. Overall the trail is shaping up nicely with a bit of new snow to refresh the surface, but the guys report that tracks are turning out shallow in places with less snow to work with from this week’s storm than expected. 

Report: Vasa Pathway #41
Date: 02/21/22
Time:  7:15 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Glen is making his way around the Vasa trail system scratching the skate lane on all loops. He reports 26 degrees and no new snow. He has completed the 5k and 10k loops and is currently moving around the 25k. 

Hope you enjoyed the warm sunshine yesterday, however be advised that there will be some icy spots on the trail as a result, so please ski with caution today. Thanks!

Report: Vasa Pathway #40
Date: 02/20/22
Time:  6:30 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

It’s 14 degrees at the Wall now with no new snow since yesterday. Dave and I are resetting the whole Vasa system after what looked like a busy day on the trail yesterday. That’s what we like to see!

Skiing should be fantastic if you can get out early before things warm up into the low 40’s today. We’re hopeful that the forecasted storm for early this coming week will help us refresh the trail after today’s predicted warm temps. 

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #12
Date: 2/19/2022
Time: 6:00 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Groomer, John Gerty,  got out this morning and reports a successful groom despite challenging conditions due to heavy drifting. Be careful in the parking lot and get out there ASAP for a wonderful time.

Report: Leelanau Trail
Grooming Report #19

Date: 2/19/2022
Time: 10:30 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available

Rough Trail Conditions

The meld and then freeze left a lot of the trail icy.  New snow helped in places, but wind blew it off some.  North groomed what we could and south may be waiting.

The Snow Jokes Still Go On:

What do superheroes put in their drinks?
Just-ice

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

RK went out and busted drifts.  Michael groomed with the roller and skirt.  Reports almost a third of the trail is ice, snow blown off!  “Definitely a mixed bag.” So if heading out take care.

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)

Lots of drifts and icy spots. May be waiting for Sunday.
 
Shady Lane Cellar Vineyard Trails

Probably not groomed today.  Hoping for tomorrow. 

Fat Bike (Parallel Trail) 

Maybe later in the weekend.

Take Care and Enjoy,
 
Pete

Report: Vasa Pathway #39
Date: 02/19/22
Time:  7:30 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

What a delight to be greeted with a replenishing snow storm after a mid-week thaw. 

John reports 11 degrees and 6” new powdery snow overnight, with high gusty winds creating drifts up to 4’ (!!!) in open areas like power line crossings. 

He is making his way around the trail system with a roller to prep the surface for Jim and Roger, who will follow him with grooming drags, setting tracks and skate lane corduroy. 

The finishing groomers will progress around the trail system in this order: 5k, 10k, 25k, 3k. So skiing earlier in the day will be focused where they have completed their pass. Keep in mind with this much new snow it can take most of the day to get the entire trail system packed and groomed. Enjoy!

Report: Vasa Pathway #38
Date: 02/17/22
Time:  9:30 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Jim and Mike report 21 degrees and no new snow. They are out on the trail now doing what they can to scratch up the trail surface after yesterday’s rain and temperatures in the high 40’s. They have completed a pass through the 5k loop and are currently making their way around the 10k, and will continue out on the 25 as conditions allow. 

They report variable surface conditions, with some areas not having quite frozen up yet, some areas of glazed ice, and some areas of granular snow that are grooming fairly well. Expect tracks to be very firm and glazed, with the possibility for some bare areas showing through. 

All that’s to say that if you choose to go skiing today, use extra caution, particularly in the parking lot of the Bartlett Rd trailhead, which as you could imagine is very icy. 

Looking forward to the next good snow. 

Report: Vasa Pathway #37
Date: 02/16/22
Time:  8:15 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

Dave smoothed the skate lanes on the Vasa overnight ahead of what will be an unseasonably warm day. Temperatures are already in the low 40’s and forecasts are calling for rain most of the afternoon, turning to snow tonight as temperatures dip below freezing again. 

Chances are good on a day like today that the trail surface will soften significantly, so please be mindful of the impact that activity on the trail might have today. 

We’ll keep a close eye on the weather as the day wears on, and be prepared to tune up the trail as soon as conditions allow. 

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #11
Date: 2/15/2022
Time: 3:30 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Groomer, Steve Duede, was able to get out and groom this morning in advance of tomorrow’s warm weather. He rest the track and reports great conditions on the trail. We’ll keep you posted on plans for the next groom depending on what mother nature delivers.

Report: Vasa Pathway #36
Date: 02/15/22
Time:  11:15 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

The skate lane on all loops was renovated this morning while removing the remaining race signage from last weekend’s North American Vasa Festival of Races. New tracks were set on the Headwaters loop. 

Legendary TART groomer Jim Dombrowski put in a Herculean effort yesterday to repair the aforementioned truck damage from my last report. I’m tempted to say that the segments that he spent all day yesterday repairing looked better than they have all season following his almost surgical manipulation of snowmobile and grooming drag. Be advised that the snow filling in the truck ruts will settle some, possibly exposing shallow depressions that we will continue to fill in with continued grooming. Many thanks to Jim for his efforts!

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #10
Date: 2/14/2022
Time: 2:00 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Over the weekend, groomer Jim Kure got out following Friday night’s snowfall and was able to reset classic tracks on the trail. While conditions should be great, we are receiving reports of some damage to the tracks caused by walkers and bikers, so take note and be careful if you are heading out. We’ll send updates as soon as trail repairs are made. 

Report: Vasa Pathway #35 Update
Date: 02/14/22
Time:  8:30 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

We have received reports of significant truck damage done to the trail in a couple different areas overnight:

Between the 4k and 5k posts on the 10k loop there are deep ruts that will be difficult or impossible to navigate on skis, so if you choose to ski this segment today, you may be doing some walking or double poling. 

Near the 18k power line a truck entered the trail and left ruts on a shorter section of trail. 

We are working on coordinating an adequate repair effort as soon as possible, so please use caution while skiing in these areas today. 

Report: Leelanau Trail
Grooming Report #18+ Update

Date: 2/12/2022
Time: 5:00 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)

Steve groomed this morning with roller & skirt.  Thad groomed this afternoon with Ginzu.  
 
Shady Lane Cellar Vineyard Trails

Jeff D. to roll with skirt and Ginzu tomorrow.

Report: Vasa Pathway #34: Happy Vasa Classic!!!
Date: 02/12/22
Time:  11:00 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Jim and Dave have set to work refreshing the 5k and 25k loops with new tracks and skate lane corduroy after today’s North American Vasa freestyle races, and are making preparations for tomorrow morning’s Vasa Classic races.

Roger and Jim will set out early tomorrow morning to execute the final race groom, laying down a double set of classic tracks on all race course segments. 

Conditions for tomorrow’s classic races should be spectacular (though perhaps a touch on the chilly side!). Hope to see you at the finish line!

p.s. Glen reset tracks and skate lane on the 3k Meadows loop today. 

Report: Vasa Pathway #33: Happy Vasa!!!
Date: 02/12/22
Time:  2:45 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

John, Chad, and I set off down the trail just as it started snowing last night, not knowing what we would find after yesterday’s warm temps and rain. We were treated to a firm trail, and 3”-5” of fresh powder throughout the night as we made our way around the Vasa race courses. After much trepidation over the forecast leading up to race weekend, we were breathing a collective sigh of relief as the snow stacked up in front of us on the trail, knowing that this year’s 46th annual North American Vasa races were going to be run in superlative snow conditions. 

As we neared the end of the night’s mission, the snow was showing no signs of quitting, so we called in reinforcements. Mike and Glen have just set off down the trail to continue to incorporate the new fallen snow, with the goal of creating the firmest trail surface possible before today’s freestyle racers head out across the start line. 

To all the stout hearted winter athletes joining us this weekend to race on the Vasa trail, we wish you endless glide! It will be plain to see what makes racing on the Vasa trail such a special experience. 

Report: Almost Race Day!
Date: 02/11/22
Time:  9:15 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Above freezing temperatures early this morning that are forecasted to continue until sundown will keep us from operating grooming equipment on the trail the rest of the day today. In the meantime, we will be making final race groom preparations for tomorrow’s North American Vasa freestyle races. The 1”-2” of new snow that fell throughout the early morning hours today will provide us with some nice material to work with once temperatures dip below freezing, and we’ll be working through the night to provide racers with the best ski experience possible on the race course tomorrow. 

So take some time today to relax, wax, and dust off your Lycra, because it’s going to be a good one tomorrow! Hope to see you at the start line 

Report: Leelanau Trail
Grooming Report #17

Date: 2/10/2022
Time: 2:00 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available

North & South Sections Groomed
Vineyard 
Tomorrow

Another round of snow.  Good skiing this afternoon.

The Snow Joke of the Day:  
 
What do you call a penguin that steals calamari?

A squid-napper!

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

Michael groomed with Ginzu, nice corduroy and classic tracks.  

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)
 
Jeff D. groomed with roller and skirt, good corduroy, faint tracks. 
 
Shady Lane Cellar Vineyard Trails

Last groomed Monday.  Andy plans to groom tomorrow for the weekend.

Fat Bike (Parallel) Trail
 
Last groomed over last weekend.
 
Take Care and Enjoy,
 
Pete

Report: Vasa Pathway #32
Date: 02/10/22
Time:  10:15 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

23 degrees and an inch+ of new snow overnight is allowing Jim and Dave to reset the entire vasa trail system today. There are still some short sections of thin snow where new tracks won’t be feasible, but overall things are turning out really nicely with a new top coat of snow to work with. They have finished the 5k, 10k, Anita’s, Special K, and have been working on the Stadium area in Timber Ridge. They have just set out to finish the 25k loop, so be advised they will be on the trail for a couple more hours. 

The grooming crew and other “citizen shovelers” have been working hard on the trail this week to prepare it for this weekend’s North American Vasa Festival of Races (Feb 12-13), and everyone’s efforts are paying off!

I want to express deep gratitude to those who have taken up their shovels and skied out to bring snow on to some of the thin areas along the trail system. This is a dedicated community effort, and we here on the TART Vasa grooming crew are proud to be taking part in it with you. 

Report: #31
Date: 02/07/22
Time:  9:30 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Dave just completed a trip around the Vasa trail to smooth the skate lane and incorporate the icy glaze left by some freezing rain overnight. He reports snow falling throughout most of his groom, with just shy of an inch of accumulation so far, and still snowing. This will help to fill in the existing tracks until there is enough new snow to reset. Let’s hope this keeps up for awhile, we’ll take every last flake we can get at this point!

Report: Vasa Pathway #30
Date: 02/06/22
Time:  5:00 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Ski race signage for next weekend’s North American Vasa Festival of Races will be going up over the course of today’s groom. Please be aware that grooming machinery may be on the trail for a good portion of the day today. 

Temp is 23 degrees now with a very light dusting of new snow. 

Report: Leelanau Trail Groom Report #15
Date: 2/5/2022
Time: 1:15 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.

North Section Groomed, Vineyard Yesterday, South Previously 

Not much snow to work with!  North Section fully groomed. Vineyard yesterday. South kept what they had. 

The Snow Joke of the Day:  
 
Why don’t penguins fly?

They are not tall enough to be pilots!

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

Pete groomed today with the Ginzu, and cut new tracks.  

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)
 
Still little snow.  Last groomed by Jeff on Monday.
 
Shady Lane Cellar Vineyard Trails

Andy groomed Shady yesterday.

Fat Bike (Parallel) Trail
 
Last groomed over last weekend.

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #9
Date: 2/5/2022
Time: 12:00 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Muncie Lakes Pathway groomer John Gerty made an attempt to groom the trail but despite setting the tenderizer teeth down hard into the snow pack, was barely able to scratch XC ski tracks into the trail.  Since the the existing ski tracks were still in reasonable shape, he ran the tenderizer over the first loop.  This  erased the XC ski tracks over the first section, but they were skied out pretty badly, so little harm done.  For those of you who know the trail wayfinding signage well, this involved turns 1-2-12-3-2, then back to the parking lot. The rest of the trail has not been groomed and if you do head out expect icy conditions until we get more snow or a slight warm up where we can turn the surface layer of snow over to set new tracks.

On a fun not, you may have wondered why the classic tracks on the pathway are offset to one side or the other. This is to leave a path for hikers who are using the trail. With the current hard pack conditions, hiking and running in this designated area might be the ticket if you are venturing out that way.

Report: Vasa Pathway #29
Date: 02/05/22
Time:  7:45 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Another chilly morning on the trail, with Jim and Mike reporting 8 degrees (some weather resources showed a low of 2 degrees overnight), and no new snow (😔). 

With the absence of meaningful new snow recently, the Vasa grooming crew is playing a balancing act right now between making a safe, fun ski experience using the existing snow, and preserving the (albeit thin in places) base for what we hope will be the rest of a long ski season. We appreciate your support and adaptability as we navigate the dynamic world of natural snow grooming in the modern era. 

Today’s groomers have finished the 5k Headwaters loop, setting new tracks and scratching the skate lane; the 10k loop with new skate lane corduroy; and are currently progressing around the outer reaches of the 25k loop, scratching the skate lane and refreshing tracks where the base allows. 

We hope you are looking forward to another beautiful weekend of Vasa Trail skiing!

And good luck to our friends competing in today’s White Pine Stampede races: may the wind be at your backs, your skis ever glide, and your kick wax ever grip as you stomp your way up steep hills!

Report: Vasa Pathway Update
Date: 02/04/22
Time:  11:15 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.


Yowzah, -10 degrees at 8:30 this morning. We will be doing some work within Timber Ridge today to prepare the stadium area and Jr. Vasa race course for next weekend’s North American Vasa Festival of Races. 

Normal vasa trail grooming is on hold today otherwise, but we’re hopeful that there may be a little snow coming overnight and tomorrow that will allow us to freshen up the trail again. We’ll keep you posted. Thanks!

Report: Leelanau Trail Groom Report #14
Date: 2/3/2022
Time: 1:45 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.

Suns Out and North Section Groomed – Storm Missed us Again!

The melt and then freeze made it hard to groom.  North section groomed, south waiting for more snow.

The Snow Joke of the Day:  
 
Did you hear about the man buried under a sudden snowstorm?

He was feeling under the weather!

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

Michael groomed with the Ginzu, but could not cut new tracks.  He left one set of old classic tracks and refreshed the center smoothing out foot prints and bike tracks. 

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)
 
Thad tried to Ginzu yesterday, but no luck.  Will wait for more snow.  Last groomed by Jeff on Monday.
 
Shady Lane Cellar Vineyard Trails

Last groomed Saturday.

Fat Bike (Parallel) Trail
 
Last groomed over the weekend.

Report: Vasa Pathway #28
Date: 02/03/22
Time:  7:00 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Dave and Mike report 16 degrees and a light dusting of snow that is being mixed into the trail surface. Skate lanes are being renovated and existing tracks are in good shape. 

Report: Vasa Pathway #27
Date: 02/02/22
Time:  8:10 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

John and Jim have just reported in from the Wall. It’s 22 degrees with no new snow since yesterday’s sunshine and temps in the mid-40’s. They are smoothing out the skate lane, and have made attempts to set tracks where possible.

There are some areas with already thin snow coverage that did not benefit from yesterday’s warmup, and should be approached with caution:

-Under the large conifer as you approach the 2k Hill going clockwise
-The hairpin turn after descending Anita Hill clockwise (~5k post)
-The large conifer near the 20k post. 

There may be other thin areas out there, so please ski carefully, but most of the trail still has good coverage. Hope you enjoyed a little shot of Vitamin D yesterday, and are feeling energized to settle back in to your snow dance routine!⛷

Report: Vasa Pathway #26
Date: 02/01/22
Time:  7:30 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Mike and John have completed a skate lane renovation on all loops, leaving classic tracks in place. It’s 28 degrees now with no new snow. 

Temperatures are forecast to reach into the low 40’s today, which will likely make the trail surface soft later in the day. Just be mindful that ruts left behind by skiing when the trail has warmed and softened are very difficult to clean up when the trail re-freezes. Thank you!

Report: Vasa Pathway #25
Date: 01/31/22
Time:  7:35 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Dave and Jim are at the top of the Wall and report 20 degrees with 1”-2” of fluffy new snow in various places along the trail since yesterday. 

They are setting classic tracks and skate lane corduroy on the entire system. As noted above, they’re part-way around the 25k loop, after having completed the 5k, and 10k loops.  

Skiers today may catch a rare glimpse of the elusive “January Sun” if they hit it at the right time. So dig out your shades and go slide on the snow!

Report: Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #13
Date: 1/30/2022
Time: 2:45 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available

Suns Out, Great Conditions, or there is some kind of game on too.

If you are not into football, trail conditions are ideal! North section rolled and then Ginzued, great corduroy and classic tracks.  South section rolled with skirt so great corduroy.

The Snow Joke of the Day:  
 
Did you hear about the rude snowman?

He didn’t carrot all!

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

Michael rolled with skirt this morning and Pete followed this afternoon with the Ginzu.  So good corduroy and classic tracks on both sides.  We had some feedback that the classic tracks were too close to the edge so we have pulled those in some.

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)
 
Jeff rolled with skirt the south section this morning.  Will Ginzu tomorrow morning. 
 
Shady Lane Cellar Vineyard Trails

Andy groomed yesterday so should still be in good shape.

Fat Bike (Parallel) Trail
 
Chad to groom the Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to south of Fort Street later today.
 

Report: Vasa Pathway #24
Date: 01/30/22
Time:  7:15 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

It’s 12 degrees at the Wall, with about 1/2”-1” of new snow, and more falling lightly now. 

John and Mike are setting new tracks and skate lane corduroy on the entire system. 

We are starting the break in process on a new snowmobile today, so if you’re out early and see snowmobile tracks in a few places you don’t normally, they will be cleaned up by the groomers as they finish up their groom today. 

Hope to see you on the trail!

Report: Vasa Pathway #23
Date: 01/29/22
Time:  7:55 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.


Good Morning Traverse City!

It’s a cozy 8 degrees at the trailhead, with no new snow since yesterday. 

Jim and Dave have completed a skate lane renovation on all loops. Yesterday’s tracks have been left in place, as efforts to reset in this morning’s conditions (cold, no new snow) could not produce an improved result. 

Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day to go skiing, so get out there!

Report: Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #12
Date: 1/28/2022
Time: 1:45 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available

Lots of grooming today.  Groomers to have all trails Ginzued (Is that a word?) with corduroy and classic tracks.  

The Snow Joke of the Day:  
 
Why is Frosty never late?

Time waits for snow man!

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

Pete rolled with skirt this morning and RK following this afternoon with the Ginzu.  So good corduroy and classic tracks on both sides for the weekend.

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)
 
Andy rolled with skirt the south section this morning with Thad following this afternoon with the Ginzu.
 
Shady Lane Cellar Vineyard Trails

Andy rolled this morning and will Ginzu this afternoon once Thad is done.  

Fat Bike (Parallel) Trail
 
Chad to groom the Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to south of Fort Street this evening or first thing tomorrow.
 

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #9
Date: 1/28/2022
Time: 12:45 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Groomer Mike Schaeffer got out and set new tracks and further packed the trail this morning. He reports that the trail is in great condition for this weekend, so get out there and enjoy!

He also adds to be careful at the road crossings, which have been plowed recently due to some logging trucks in and out of the area. Other than that, there is increasing coverage that should provide wonderful kick and glide for your ski outing.

Report: Vasa Pathway #22
Date: 01/28/22
Time:  7:45 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.


Your Corduroy Coordinator, James Hart, just called in live from the Vasa Pathway to report that it is currently 11°F at the trailhead with about 1/2″ of new snow from overnight. The crew is out setting new tracks and re-establishing a fresh skate lane. So far the 5K and 10K loops are completed and they are now out finishing up the 25K loop, after which they will wrap up on the Meadows 3K. 

According to James the conditions are primo with the occasional thin spot in the usual places. With today’s temperatures, things should set up really well for some fast, controlled skiing. 

Report: Vasa Pathway #21
Date: 01/27/22
Time:  7:15 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Good Morning Badgers,

Mike and John report 21 degrees at the trailhead, and that it’s just starting to snow a bit. They have completed the 5k, and will move through the 10k, 25k, and Meadows setting tracks and skate lane corduroy. 

Another day in paradise, right?!

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #8
Date: 1/26/2022
Time: 3:45 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Hello friends,

There was two inches of fresh snow on the trail this morning so groomer, Jim Kure, got out early this afternoon for a fresh reset of the classic tracks a continual packing of the snow. Skiers are reporting vast tracks and a very stable, controlled base. It should be very good skiing and we’ll plan to update you with the next groom before the weekend.

Report: Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #11
Date: 1/26/2022
Time: 12:00 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available


South section groomed today with roller and skirt.  North Section groomed yesterday afternoon.  Shady Lane Vineyard trails groomed yesterday afternoon as well.

The Snow Joke of the Day:  
 
How do you build a snow fort?

You igloo it together!

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

Groomed Tuesday afternoon with Ginzu.  Some fresh snow overnight, but should still find classic tracks.

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)
 
Steve groomed today with roller and skirt.
 
Shady Lane Cellar Vineyard Trails
Andy groomed with Ginzu Tuesday afternoon.

Fat Bike (Parallel) Trail
 
Chad groomed the Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to Fort Street over the weekend.  

Report: Vasa Pathway #20
Date: 01/26/22
Time: 8:00 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Jim and Glen report a brisk 6 degrees and 2”-3” of snow since yesterday’s groom. They are setting new tracks and skate lane corduroy on the whole system. They have completed the 5k and are progressing around the 10k, exiting through Special K to pass by Timber Ridge, and will then complete the rest of the 25k, and the Meadows. 
So slap some green on those skis and hit the trail! 

Cheers,

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #7
Date: 1/25/2022
Time: 6:30 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.
Reports from the Muncie Lakes Pathway and the north Branch of the Boardman River Valley this morning were that there was ten inches of fresh new snow. If you were wondering where locally has been getting the most lake effect and system snow in our area, this is probably it.

This afternoon, groomer John Gerty, groomed the entire network, resetting all of the tracks and packing the increasing base. Tomorrow aught to be cold and perfect for your green wax to help you enjoy the fruits of his labor. 

The next groom will be prior to this weekend and we’ll keep you posted on trail conditions as the week goes on.

Report: Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #10
Date: 1/25/2022
Time: 4:00 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available


North part of the trail groomed today with Ginzu the entire way, good corduroy and classic tracks.  South section groomed Monday with Ginzu and The Vineyard Trails groomed with Ginzu today.  Sorry if I confused anyone with “The Orchards” on last report, meant The Vineyards.  

The Snow Joke of the Day:  
 
What do you call a snowman in the produce aisle?

Nose shopping!

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

Pete groomed the north this morning with the roller and then in afternoon with the Ginzu.  Good corduroy the whole way, as well as two sets of classic tracks.  Nice chat with Leslie on the way.

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)
 
Thad groomed yesterday with the roller, then the Ginzu.  Still looked pretty good today.
 
Shady Lane Cellar Vineyard Trails
Andy groomed with Ginzu today, good corduroy and two sets of classic tracks.  Check out Shady Lane if you like more topography in your skiing.  Andy has done a nice job keeping these in shape.

Fat Bike (Parallel) Trail
 
Chad groomed the Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to Fort Street over the weekend.  

Report: Vasa Pathway #19
Date: 01/25/22
Time: 8:30 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

The Vasa trail is going to be somewhat of a work in progress over the next day or two as we compact the snow we received throughout the day yesterday and prepare it for its true calling: a beautiful smooth snowy surface for your skis to slide on!

Dave and I have rolled the 3”-6” inches that fell throughout the entire trail system, and then figured it might be appreciated if we threw some tracks out there. So we went back around and set tracks on the 3k, 5k, and 10k loops. The 25k has been rolled with skirts but will wait patiently until the next crew heads out tomorrow morning to receive its final manicure with new tracks.

Report: Vasa Pathway#18
Date: 01/24/22
Time: 8:00 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.
More snow, more grooming, more skiing…

John and Mike report 15 degrees and 1/2” of snow at the trailhead this morning. They have completed the 5k, most of the 10k, exiting at Special K to pass by Timber Ridge, and are out now out on the 25k setting tracks and skate lane corduroy everywhere. 

Report: Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #9
Date: 1/23/2022
Time: 12:00 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available


North part of the trail groomed today with Ginzu the entire way, good classic tracks.  South section and The Orchards groomed Friday.

The Snow Joke of the Day:  
 
Why do penguins swim in saltwater?

Because pepper makes them sneeze

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

Michael groomed the north this morning with the Ginzu.  Good corduroy the whole way, as well as two sets of classic tracks. 

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)
 
Groomed with roller Friday.  
 
Shady Lane Cellar Trails
 
Andy groomed with Ginzu on Friday, good corduroy and two sets of classic tracks.  Shady Lane out if you like more topography in your skiing.

Fat Bike (Parallel) Trail
 
Chad groomed the Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to Fort Street this weekend.  
 
Looks like all the snow dancing paid off.  Thanks!

Report: Vasa Pathway #17
Date: 01/23/22
Time: 8:00 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

And a snowy morning to you indeed!

It was a delight to see 3”-4” of snow on top of areas we went through early on in yesterday’s  groom, and to see all the smiling faces at the trailhead watching the snow continue falling heavily as we parked the snowmobiles for the day. 

And as it just kept snowing and snowing, we got to thinking about how we might be able to get the trail skiable for those heading to the Vasa today…

After the sun set on the trail for the day, super star groomer John hooked up a roller and went out around the entire system by moonlight to pack the 4” of additional snow, preparing the surface for the next grooming crew this morning. 

Jim and Dave are currently heading out on the 25k after completing the 5k and 10k loops, and will finish up on the 3k Meadows loop following that. 

They report 15 degrees and an additional inch of snow after John’s rolling efforts. They are setting new classic tracks everywhere, with corduroy in the skate lane. And get this: Jim says they haven’t seen any dirt yet! That’s something I’m very pleased to be able to write at this point in the season, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that that trend continues for them the rest of the way around the trail. 

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday to share in the wintertime fun (and maybe a yummy cookie, or three) at TART’s first Vasa open house of the season. It was a sight to behold a parking lot totally full with people getting out to enjoy a day of cross country skiing. 

Hope to see you out on the trail!

Report: Vasa Pathway #16
Date: 01/22/22
Time: 7:50 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Greetings friends,

Well how about a little lake effect snow brought in by an overnight Alberta Clipper system to get the weekend juices flowing?!

Groomer James reported just now directly from the trail:

Mike and James are out setting new classic tracks and resetting a fresh skate lane. It is currently 20°F at the trailhead with 1/2″ of new snow since they started the groom in the wee hours of the very early morning. They have completed the 5K and 10K loops and are now out on the 25K. In a few areas you will notice the absence of classic tracks which is due to thin snow cover in those areas. Hopefully this new snow will provide enough for complete coverage and remove any signs of dirt or debris for this first time in 2022.

Report: Vasa Pathway #15
Date: 01/21/22
Time: 7:15 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Greetings friends,

This report just in from Groomer James (AKA, Head Corduroy Coordinator) live from the Vasa Pathway:

Chad and I are out setting classic tracks and smoothing out the skate lane. The trail is still thin in some spots, however the new snow has added enough to get around without pulling up much dirt, but there are still thin patches to be aware of. 

The new classic tracks are turning out nicely where the snow has accumulated, but again they are thin in spots, so skiers may find themselves having to step around dirt and debris occasionally.

It is currently 12°F at the trailhead with one inch of new snow since yesterday’s packing. 

Report: Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #8
Date: 1/20/2022
Time: 12:00 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

What is That White Stuff?  Yeah!
 
North part of the trail groomed with Ginzu the entire way.  South part rolled with skirt.  Shady Lane Orchard rolling with skirt this afternoon.

The Snow Joke of the Day:  
 
No one likes eating outside in the winter.

It’s frost come, frost served!

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)

Michael groomed the north this morning with the Ginzu.  Good corduroy the whole way, as well as two sets of classic tracks. 

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)
 
Jeff rolling with skirt early afternoon.  Will set classic tracks tomorrow.
 
Shady Lane Cellar Trails
 
Andy grooming with roller and skirt after Jeff finishes the trail.  Check Shady Lane out if you like more topography in your skiing.

Fat Bike (Parallel) Trail
 
Chad plans to groom the Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to Fort Street this evening.
 
Looks like all the snow dancing paid off. Thanks!

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #6
Date: 1/20/2022
Time: 10:30 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Early this morning the Muncie Lakes Pathway was at the epicenter of a band of lake effect snowfall that dropped between 4-5 of fresh cold powder as of daybreak.

Steve Duede is out grooming at the moment and will report back with updates upon completion of his morning route. Skiing conditions later today and through the weekend should be fabulous, so bundle up and get out there! 

As reminder, for those of you skiing the Vasa Pathway, we’ll be hosting a trialhead open house on Saturday from 10 AM- 1 PM, serving hot cocoa and homemade cookies, so please stop by to say hello and join in the winter cheer.

Report: Vasa Pathway #14
Date: 01/20/22
Time: 6:45 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Dave and Mike report 14 degrees and about 3” of new snow near the trailhead, with more currently falling. Hopefully that trend keeps up awhile!
They are rolling the trail today to pack the new snow, and so far have just finished up the 5k loop. They are headed out next on the 10, then the 25. 

Report: Snow Coming?
Date: 01/19/22
Time: 10:00 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

We were all excited as the snowflakes descended yesterday (you probably were too!), but it was bit of a false start unfortunately, with temperatures warming into the high 30’s through the night following yesterday’s snowfall. This precluded the prospect of grooming overnight, and sadly melted much of the new snow. 

The good news is, we’re looking at more snowy weather moving through the area over the next 24 hours, so we’ll be poised and at the ready to transform whatever snow that brings us into a ski trail for you!

Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted when we’re in motion. 

Report: Vasa Pathway #13
Date: 01/18/22
Time: 2:00 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Well the dusting of snow (1/4”?) that we received overnight Sunday/Monday morning inspired us to try and have a go at doing something on the Vasa trail.

Dave and I just finished a lap around the entire system in an attempt to scratch up the existing surface just enough to mix in the little bit of new snow, and to prepare it to accept what we hope will be a few honest inches of snow the rest of this week. The results were excellent where there was adequate snow, and not so great where there was inadequate snow (go figure?). As previously noted, snow coverage is thin and there are many bare spots, or spots with dirt showing through. The segment between the bridge over Acme Creek to the 4K post on the 25/10K loop is particularly thin and dirty. Fortunately, where dirt is evident it is usually mixed with enough snow or ice so as not to offer an impediment to glide, but best to ski with caution. Existing classic tracks on the entire system are in, as a trusted consultant put it, “remarkably good condition, and fast.”

Headwaters (the 5K loop), and the outer reaches of the 25K loop will offer great skiing today, especially in the morning. 

Hope you can make time to enjoy it!

Report: Vasa Pathway Checking In
Date: 01/17/22
Time: 9:45 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Happy Monday, and Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Well, with no real snow accumulations since early last week, the Vasa grooming squad has felt that it’s best for us to disturb the existing trail surface as little as possible. This is mainly in an effort to avoid introducing any more debris into what little snow there currently is to ski on, especially in the areas closer to the Bartlett Rd trailhead where our equipment is stored, and where we have to travel through multiple times within the course of a groom. 

The forecast is calling for some measurable new snow towards the middle of the week, so we will be watching it closely and preparing to get back in the saddle as soon as conditions allow. 

Thanks for your patience, and stay tuned!

Report: Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 7
Date: 1/16/2022
Time: 12:30 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Trail Groomed With Available Snow and the Sun is Out – If you are not watching football Have at It!
 Trail rolled with Ginzu the entire way.  Classic tracks better on south section, not enough snow on the north section!

The Snow Joke of the Day:  
 Did you hear about the snowman who fell in love with a mitten?
It was glove at first sight!

North Section (Suttons Bay to Shady Lane)
Michael groomed the north late morning with the Ginzu.  Good corduroy the whole way, but classic tracks did not set up well.  

South Section (Shady Lane to DeYoung Farm)
 On Saturday Thad groomed the south section with the Ginzu.  Might be better tracks there.
 
Shady Lane Cellar Trails
 Andy groomed Friday with roller and skirt.  Check Shady Lane out if you like more topography in your skiing.

Fat Bike (Parallel) Trail
 Chad has equipment back in action,  Parallel Trail groomed from Suttons Bay to Fort Street.  May get out this afternoon for more south of Fort.
 
Keep up the snow dances we need more white stuff!

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #5
Date: 1/11/2022
Time: 3:30 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

This morning, Muncie Lakes Pathway Groomer, Mike Schaeffer, went out for a groom and attempted to reset classic tracks on the trail, however he had to change plans quickly as that was turning dirt up onto the trail. Alternatively, he was able to pack the trail and leave behind fresh corduroy, which will help continue to establish a base for when we do receive more snow. 

So, while we are still waiting for the perfect set of classic tracks, the skiing at Muncie Lakes Pathway should be very good, so get out there and enjoy. 

Report: Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 6
Date: 1/11/2022
Time: 2:30 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Trail Groomed and the Sun is Out – How Good is That!
 
Trail rolled with skirt the entire way.  One of the south section trail groomers lost a nice glove, brand name Forclaz.  If you find it please let Brian at TART know.  

The Snow Joke of the Day:  I Like This One
 
Why is it hard to ski after a fresh snow?

With great powder comes great responsibility!

North Section

Pete groomed the north this afternoon with Roller and Skirt.

South Section
 
Steve rolled with skirt, late morning, the south section from DeYoung to Shady. 
 
Shady Lane Cellar Trails
 
Last groomed Friday.  Check Shady Lane out if you like more topography in your skiing.

Fat Bike Trail
 
Chad had a issue with a tree and needs some equipment repair to groom again.  The main trail is packed and it’s cold out so have at it.  

Report: Vasa Pathway #12
Date: 01/11/22
Time: 8:45 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Jim and John report about an inch of new snow and 9 degrees this morning. They are making good progress down the trail, setting fresh classic tracks and combing the skate lane. Considering the still low-snow conditions, they report that the trail is turning out nicely, though uneven in many places due to the nature of the underlying substrate and not enough snow to fill things in. 

They have completed the 5k and 10k loops, and will have the 25k groomed in the next few hours. 

Report: Vasa Pathway #12 Preview
Date: 01/10/22
Time: 9:15 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Apologies for the late report here, but I wanted to keep you informed ahead of tomorrow’s plans.  Also, there was a mix up with numbers that has now been sorted, so you may notice a new chronology in the report titles…apologies once more. 

With the snow we’ve received throughout the day, and a bit more forecasted overnight, we are going to attempt a full re-groom of the Vasa trail system tomorrow morning. 

Weather reports suggest that the last flakes may fall around 5am, and we’d like to capture each and every one of those with our equipment, so Jim and John plan to head out around 6am. This will have them still out on the trail much later than we normally hope to be, so if you plan to ski early, just be aware of the possibility of an encounter with the grooming crew. And if you do see the guys out there, give them a wave and a smile, and say hi! Now get some sleep: you’ve got to get up and go skiing tomorrow.

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #4
Date: 1/10/2022
Time: 10:45 Am
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Over the weekend many of you skied in some excellent classic tracks on the Muncie Lakes Pathway despite the fact that the crew was unable to set tracks with the machine due to not quite enough snow yet. However, with the additional accumulation we are receiving, groomers are hoping to get out there early this week to set the first real tracks of the season on Muncie Lakes Pathway. 

We’ll keep you all posted as soon as there are additional updates from the trail crew. For now there is great coverage across the entire trail system and many skiers have been enjoying the skied in tracks, so get out there, stay warm, and thank you for supporting winter grooming!

Report: Vasa Pathway #25 update
Date: 01/09/22
Time: 11:30 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Just a quick update: The 3k Meadows loop packed down to make a nice (but thin) skate lane, but is much too thin to allow for tracks to be set. Keep an eye out for a few heavily rutted spots left from a truck this summer.

New (also very thin) tracks were set on the Headwaters loop and a few other areas where possible. All other segments received a skate lane smoothing.

The trail needs more snow. Operating grooming equipment in such thin conditions is not without impact, and dirt is showing through in many places, especially near the trailhead. There is a little snow in the forecast overnight tonight and into tomorrow. Hopefully it will be enough to allow us to groom again early in the week without doing any undue damage to the trail.

Thanks for your support, and hope you enjoyed a beautiful winter weekend in Northern Michigan!

Report: Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 5
Date: 1/9/2022
Time: 11:57am
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Cold and Windy – Dress Warm for Wind Chill
 
Jeff groomed south section this morning.

The Snow Joke of the Day:
 
What did the dog musher say when he got lost?

“I’ve sled us astray!”

North Section

Groomed Saturday Morning Roller and Skirt

South Section
 
Jeff rolled with skirt, this morning, the south section from DeYoung to Shady. 
 
Shady Lane Cellar Trails
 
Last groomed Friday.  Check Shady Lane out if you like more topography in your skiing

Fat Bike Trail
 
Chad had a issue with a tree and needs some equipment repair to groom again.  The main trail is packed and it’s cold out so have at it.

Report: Vasa Pathway #25
Date: 01/09/22
Time: 7:30 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


The trail received a dusting of new snow early this morning and it’s 25 degrees. We are out adding some texture to the surface. 

I’ve rolled the meadows loop with corduroy and will attempt to set some tracks through there. 

We will be on the trail a little later than usual today so keep an eye out for groomers if you’re out skiing this morning. 

Report: Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 4
Date: 1/8/2022
Time: 11:28am
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Trail Corduroy From DeYoung’s to Suttons Bay Including Shady Lane Orchard Trails
 
Andy was out yesterday doing the south section and Shady Lane.  This morning Michael rolled with the skirt the north section from Shady Lane to Suttons Bay.

The Snow Joke of the Day:
 
Why are wintertime fortune tellers so reliable?

They can see what is mitten in the stars!

North & South Sections
 
Should be nice corduroy over the entire trail 
 
Shady Lane Cellar Trails
 
Andy groomed (roller with skirt) the orchard trails on Friday along with the south section of the Leelanau Trail.  Check Shady Lane out if you like more topography in your skiing

Fat Bike Trail
 
Chad had a issue with a tree and needs some equipment repair to groom again.  The main trail is packed and it’s cold out so have at it.  

Report: Vasa Pathway #24
Date: 01/08/22
Time: 3:45 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


I just completed a trip around the Vasa to renovate the skate lane. Existing tracks were left in place as they were generally in really good shape and there’s not enough snow to to reset at this time. 
 
Conditions are surprisingly thin (It’s amazing how 8”-10” of snow can pack down to less than an inch in many places). Where there is adequate snow coverage, the trail will offer great skiing for both skate and classic, just be careful and keep an eye out for thin spots. 

Today is winter trails day, so get out and enjoy a serving of what makes Traverse City such a glorious place to overwinter!

Report: Vasa Pathway #23
Date: 01/07/22
Time: 6:45 AM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

Dave and Jim completed a pass on the Vasa trail early this morning to compact the additional 1”-2” of light snow that accumulated since our last outing, and to smooth out the trail surface. Classic tracks were set where possible, but they report very thin conditions in places, and were still encountering lots of debris from the recent windstorm, so use caution as you ski. 

Temps right now are around 9 degrees, with a high of 20 forecast for the day. Hope to see you on the trail!

Report: Vasa Afternoon Update
Date: 01/06/22
Time: 3:45 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

It was a magical morning on the Vasa trail today, with between 4″ and 8″ of fresh fluffy white stuff blanketing the landscape, and about an additional inch on the trail by the end of our run. This provided the perfect opportunity for Chad, the newest addition to our grooming squad, to get some hours in the saddle, and for us to go to work making a skiable trail. 

All that snow packed down to between ~0.5″ and ~2″ inches in various locations. So keep in mind if you’re skiing that even though it seems like we got a ton of snow, there are still going to be some thin spots, especially where there are large conifers overhanging the trail. 

We’ll be heading out again overnight to continue packing the existing snow and whatever might accumulate in the meantime. Hope you got out to ski today, and if not then maybe tomorrow?! As Lennon and McCartney said “It’s getting better all the time.”

Report: Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 3
Date: 1/6/2022
Time: 1:28 pm
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

And Then There Was Snow!
 
Some parts made it in to get the larger snowmobiles up and running.  Thad ran the south section snowmobile to the trail and then rolled with skirt the south section.  Pete rode the north snowmobile and rolled the north section with the skirt. 
 
The Snow Joke of the Day:
 
Why are snowmen great at parties?

They always break the ice!

North & South Sections
 
Should be nice corduroy over the entire trail 
 
Shady Lane Cellar Trails
 
Not there yet.  With all the snowmobiles back in action might be soon.

Fat Bike Trail
 
Looks like Chad had made it out to groom the parallel trail as well.

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #3
Date: 1/6/2022
Time: 1:00 PM
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.

A long awaited snowfall has graced the Muncie Lakes Pathway and groomer, John Gerty is currently out packing the snow down with the with the snowmobile and drag. He may set tracks if it is deep enough and we’ll share updates with you as they come in from the trail.

Plans are for set for the team to then groom again tomorrow afternoon when the snow has firmed up. This will allow the trail to set up for what should be the best skiing so far this season on Saturday.

There will be more updates soon and we hope you are all getting out to enjoy this winter weather.

Report: Vasa Morning Trail Update
Date: 01/06/22
Time: 7:30 AM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Our new head groomer and official Corduroy Coordinator, James Hart, reports from the trail that he and our newest groomer, Chad Kirchner, are out on the trail busy packing down yesterday’s fresh snowfall of 6-8″. They are rolling and setting corduroy with the skirts. As of 6:30 AM the 5K, 10K, Special K, and Anita’s have all been done and they are currently out on the 25K now. 

Skiing should be good today and we’ll of course keep you posted as hopefully some lake effect snow follows the storm system that graced us with this recent accumulation.

Also, we’ll be celebrating Winter Trails Day at Timber Ridge Resort this Saturday from 10:30-2:00 PM. Please stop in to say hello and share this with those you know who are new to winter snow sports. More information can be found on the TART Trails website. 

Report: Vasa Pathway Update and Hello!
Date: 01/05/22
Time: 4:25 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with me yet, my name is James Hart and, having thoroughly enjoyed the past 5 seasons working as a Vasa Groomer, I’m proud, humbled (wait, aren’t those two mutually exclusive? Oh well), and honored to be stepping in as TART’s new Corduroy Coordinator for the Vasa Ski Trail. A huge thank you to TART for making this opportunity possible. I’m thrilled to continue to serve the xc ski community that calls the Vasa its home!

I’d like to acknowledge and thank Glen Rauth for the service that he has dedicated to the Vasa grooming program during his tenure as Lead Groomer, and for his mentorship to me as I have navigated life as a groomer, and prepared to assume this new role. The quality of the Vasa ski experience owes much to Glen’s hard work, and we look forward to his continued vigilance toward that end as a stalwart member of the grooming crew.
Thank you Glen!

Now, let’s talk about snow, because I know we are all chomping at the bit.

Today’s weather so far has brought in an inch or two of snow on the trail, but still not quiiiiite enough for us to really work with. Varied forecasts are predicting a dramatic drop in temperature overnight, and possibly up to another 3″-6″ of snowfall in the area from what has proven to be a very dynamic storm system. Assuming these predictions hold, we will send a crew out early tomorrow to roll the trail and hopefully start building a base.

Stay tuned for updates, and keep doing that snow dance…it’s working!

Report: Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 2
Date: 1/2/2022
Time: 3:17pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Happy New Year and We Have Snow!
 
Thad and Steve got our backup sled running again.  Pete got out today and rolled with the skirt the whole trail to help lay down a base.  Not a lot of snow, but enough for all forms of users who were out today: walkers, runners, classic skiers, skate skiers, and fat bikes.  
 
May get more snow on Wednesday or Thursday according to Glen from the VASA crew.  A big shoutout to Glen for all the help he has provided to the Leelanau Trail over the years.  
 
The Snow Joke of the Day:
 
Sad I was not able to use any Christmas jokes, but just have to provide one of my favorites:

One night a Norseman named Rudolph the Red was looking out the window when he said, “It’s going to rain.”  His wife asked, “How do you know?”

“Because Rudolph the Red knows rain dear!”
 
North & South Sections
 
Both rolled with skirt.
 
Shady Lane Cellar Trails
 
Not enough snow yet to groom. Will let you know of special events. 
 
Fat Bike Trail
 
Not groomed yet, but can use regular trail while it stays cold.

Report: Happy New Year from the Vasa
Date: 01/02/22

Time: 12:27 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Snow is ever so slowly building up on the Vasa trail.  We have about 1- 2 inches on the ground with gravel and rocks poking through.  A few brave souls have been skiing.  Hope they were using their rock skis. The weather forecast is calling for a few inches of snow on Wednesday night and Thursday.  If this happens we should be able to roll and compact the trail and get back to skiing the Vasa.  Stay tuned.

The next report will come to you from our new lead groomer, James.  Please join me, the groomers, and TART in supporting him in this new venture.  Good Luck James!

This has been a blast.  I thank you and the ski community, TART trails, and the grooming team which make the Vasa trail a beautiful place to ski.   I will continue working with the grooming team and, of coarse, skiing as much as I can. Hope to see you on the trail. 🙂

Report: trail update
Date: 12/29/21
Time: 11:25 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Thought I would give you al trail condition report.  Sadly even with the 1-2″ of snow last night it is not yet ski-able or groom-able.  Looks like more snow this week end.  All we need is another 2-3″ and we will be out grooming. Stay tuned.

Report: Vasa Pathway trail update
Date: 12/24/21
Time: 12:55 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

The Vasa trail elves are “champing at the bit” to get out and groom but, old man winter is being shy. ( Champing: google it 🙂   He dumped 2-4 inches just east of us, missing the Vasa.  Maybe next time he will have us in his sights.  Until then enjoy spending time with the people you love. Have a wonderful Christmas, snow is on the way. 

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #2
Date: 12/21/2021
Time: 2:00 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

As with all of the local trails, last week’s wind storm did a number on the Muncie Lakes Pathway with over 21 down trees identified, along with over a dozen large snags of branches and countless tree limbs and debris scattered across the trail.  A massive effort was organized over the weekend and into this week thanks to a hearty crew of volunteers who headed out with chainsaws, handsaws and dedication to get the trail cleared and ready for the next groom. 

I am sure that I am missing some folks who helped out, so my apologies to anyone who is not mentioned here, and big thanks to everyone who contributed to this effort including Sara Cockrell, Steve and Betsy Duede, Mike Schaeffer, Debby Page, John Gerty, Lois Goldstein, and John Heiam.

Now all we need is more snow and we’ll be back to grooming as soon as mother nature decides it’s time. Until then, happy winter solstice and thank you for supporting grooming.

Report: Vasa Pathway tree removal update
Date: 12/20/21
Time: 7:37 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

John and Mike have completed an exhausting day clearing the 40 trees that came down on the 25k.  So the whole Vasa is now cleared and passable.  However,  there are still branches, twigs and debris everywhere which we will continue to remove with each trip out on the trail. Please help us out if you use the trail by removing what you can along the way.  

Looks like no real snowfall until after the Christmas holiday so we will use the time to customize our newest snowmobile and make sure all equipment is ready to rock when we get the next winter blast.

All the groomers wish you the best during this wonderful holiday season.

Report: Vasa Pathway update
Date: 12/18/21
Time: 4:34 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

James and I have cleared the downed trees on the 5k,10k and Special K past Timber Ridge and back to the trail head.  Brian B. from TART helped us out by scouting the trail on his bike to let us know where trees were down.  Another crew will be headed out on Monday to complete trail clearing on the rest of the 25k.  There were and are many trees down which take time to cut up and remove.  Small branches and twigs are everywhere on the trail.  If you head out on the trail for a hike or bike please take same time to remove what you can of the small branches and twigs from the trail. This will greatly help in getting the trail ready for the next big snow and the grooming that will follow.

Report: Vasa Pathway update
Date: 12/17/21
Time: 7:02 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Well, shiver me timbers!  That was a blow.  The groomers will be out assessing the trail later today and tomorrow.  There are reports of numerous trees down that will be cleared.  We hope to have the trail cleaned up and ready for the next grand appearance of winter. 🙂 

Report: Vasa Pathway #7 update
Date: 12/14/21
Time:6:27 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

James and John had a successful night on the trail.  It was 29 degrees when they started and 27 degrees when they finished up at 4:30 am.  The following is a quote from the text I received from James at 4:30 this morning.
 
” Definitely bought us a bonus day of good skiing if people get out early, particularly for skating.  Surface is corn snow ball bearings, but fluffy enough for control.  Only a few thin spots but there was always a snowy patch if you pick your line carefully. Rock skis for sure though. Tracks are well formed everywhere but totally glazed, and often full of debris.  I suppose classic skiers with skin skis would do just fine.  I would encourage people to get out and get after it tomorrow ( today ) cautiously , cause those thin spots will be bare spots in another day.”

Well there you have it.  If you can carve out sometime today to ski sounds like it could be very rewarding. Enjoy! 🙂

Report: Vasa Pathway #7
Date: 12/13/21
Time: 5:55 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Looks like temps are going to fall into the upper 20’s late tonight into tomorrow morning.  So, James and John will be headed out on the trail late tonight to groom the skate lane.  The existing classic tracks will remain until we receive more snow and cold.

Report: Vasa Pathway #6 update
Date: 12/11/21
Time:11:48 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Yuck, Yuck and double Yuck.   Needless to say we are not grooming today.  The rain has moved on for the most part and temps are slowly starting to drop.  The groomers will continue to evaluate the conditions as we go through the day.  Stay tuned.  

Report: Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #1
Date: 12/10/2021
Time: 4:40pm
NWS Forecast
here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

The skinny report:
 
Thad got our spare “Old Yella” 2-stroke snowmobile (sled) up and running last night and groomed from Fort Street to DeYoung and back. He was able to roll with the skirt down (corduroy). Not enough snow to use the Ginzu and lay good corduroy and classic tracks.  Pete was out this morning and groomed from Fort to Suttons Bay and then to Shady Lane and back to Fort. He was able to use the roller with skirt down to Suttons Bay, but the warmer temperatures pilled up the snow in the roller and he had to just roll. We really do not have a lot of snow yet and there are bare spots and tracks that melt down to the asphalt. I’m sorry were not as prepared as we thought for the snow last weekend. Got caught with our “snow” pants down!
 
Latest forecast shows warm temperatures maybe for a week! Will let you know when we groom again. 
 
The Snow Joke of the Day:
 
Did you hear about the snowman spy?  He has a license to chill.
 
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. An added attraction, Chad Jordan 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 on the west side if you are on the main trail. We will be putting out Trail Etiquette signs soon to help keep all uses of the trail available. 
 
Last year Andy Fles (Vineyard Manager at Shady Lane Cellars) asked TART if we would groom some trails through the vineyard. We helped, but we trained Andy and he did most of the grooming last season. We will include the status of the vineyard trails as well.
 
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 last year 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.
 
North & South Sections
 
See above
 
Shady Lane Cellar Trails
 
Not enough snow yet to groom. Will let you know of special events. 
 
Fat Bike Trail
 
Not groomed yet.  Warm temperatures for the week not good for Fat Biking. Please only bike when temperatures are below freezing. Will keep you informed.

Report: Vasa Pathway #6
Date: 12/10/21
Time: 6:41 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

James and Dave have finished grooming this morning.  They report 34 degrees and 1″ to 2 ” of fresh snow.  Snow conditions were getting moist and the machines became difficult to steer.  They packed the skate lane on all loops and set new classic tracks on all except from the 22k back to the barn.  

Forecasts are calling for temps rising into the high 30s and 40s with rain moving in late tonight.  Sunday night temps fall back below freezing which may be the next chance we get to groom.  We will keep you posted.

Report: Vasa Pathway #5
Date: 12/09/21
Time: 7:02 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

I just heard from John and Dave who are out grooming.   John reported 22 degrees with no new snow since yesterdays groom.  They are leaving the existing classic tracks and working the skate lane. They should be done by around 8:00 am.   It has been challenging to wipeout the snowmobile ski tracks due to the shallow base and what is now becoming a low snow condition.  

Today’s trail conditions should offer good skiing for both classic and skate.  The forecast is not encouraging.  It is suggesting temps in the 40s with rain on Friday evening.  We will do what we can to keep the trail skiable and continue to send updates.

Report: Vasa Pathway #4
Date: 12/08/21
Time: 6:42 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

It is 21 degrees with light winds here at the Vasa trail head.  James and Jim just called in and have completed the 5k and 10k and are at the 4k on the 25k heading in a clock wise direction.   James reported 1-2 inches of new snow since yesterday.  They are setting fresh classic tracks as well as laying down corduroy on the skate lane.

Looks like a little more snow this week along with a slight warm up in to the 30’s and 40’s.  So now is the time.  If you have been putting off getting your first ski of the season in hesitate no more :).  The trail should be fun skiing today and tomorrow.

Report: Vasa Pathway #3 update
Date: 12/07/21
Time: 3:56 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

The groom went very well today.  Conditions were very cold and the trail was starting to firm up.  John and I had a good time putting down some fresh corduroy and setting classic tracks throughout the entire system. We did a bit of tree trimming as have all the groomers in the last few days.  The oak leaves are out in force so watch out.

The 3k is only being groomed up to the split.  There are a few watery areas that need time to freeze before we do a full lap.  Until then we plan on at least finding a spot to turn around so we can go out further and not go over the water areas. 

We may do another groom tomorrow depending on conditions.   Stay tuned.

Report: Muncie Lakes Pathway Grooming Report #1
Date: 12/7/2021
Time: 1:30 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

I am pleased to report that Steve Duede has completed the first groom of the season on Muncie Lakes Pathway. Steve finished up the groom around noon today and shared that he was able to set a decent track although it may be soft and unstable in ceratain areas.

We’re hoping this will be the first of many grooming reports for Muncie this season. Steve shared the attached photo from earlier today!

Report: Vasa Pathway #3
Date: 12/07/21
Time: 7:22 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Here at the Vasa trail head it is 16 degrees with light winds and about 1″ of fresh snow since yesterdays groom.  John and I will be headed out to groom all loops starting at 8:00 am.  We will do the 5k first then 10k and finishing up on the 25k. Hopefully the conditions will allow the setting of some classic tracks.  

As soon as the trail has been well established and all the known tree falls have been trimmed back we will get back to our late night or early morning grooms.  The goal is to have the trail set up by the time you ski and that we are off the trail by 9:00 am.

It is beautiful here so if you have the time make tracks to the Vasa :).

Report: Vasa Pathway #2
Date: 12/06/21
Time: 6:15 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

James and Dave are on the trail completing a compaction roll of the entire system.  James reports 2 inches of fresh snow since Jim’s roll early this morning.  Cold temps and more snow is forecast until this weekend when temps will rise to around 40 degrees.  Tomorrow late morning we plan on another groom of all loops.  The trail should start to firm up with the additional groom and cold temps forecast. 

A report will go out tomorrow after the groom has been completed.

Report: Vasa Pathway #1 update
Date: 12/06/21
Time: 7:01 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Jim completed the groom of the entire system at 2:00 am this morning.  He reported warming temps ( mid 30’s ) and a little snow was falling.  There are trees down in the Jack Pine Valley section that we will remove on our next groom.

Because of the warmish conditions we are holding off this morning until temps start to drop.  Forecasting suggests that by around 1:00 today temps should be around 30 degrees and falling.  This will allow for a much better groom and a smoother trail.

Warm conditions allow the wet snow to stick to the equipment which leaves the trail clumpy.  These clumps then freeze and are no fun for skiers and can be difficult to remove on the next groom.

Report: Vasa Pathway #1
Date: 12/05/21

Time: 8:50 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.


Great news.  The Vasa is being rolled and compacted tonight.   There is 5-6 inches of snow on the trail which is compacting to about 2 inches.  Temps are hovering around 28 degrees. Winds are forecast to blow hard from the northwest tomorrow with more snow.  Another crew will be out starting at 8:00 am tomorrow to compact the fresh snow that the trail receives after the groom tonight. 

If you decide to ski the Vasa tomorrow keep in mind that the work we are doing now is to knock the air out of the snow and create a dense ski surface so it will take a few grooms and more snow to set classic tracks and corduroy.    

Let the Vasa ski season begin.  See you out there :).

Report: Let it Snow!!
Date: 11/28/21
Time: 8:18
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

Greetings Badgers,

Hello skiers and welcome to the 2021-22 Vasa trail grooming season. Thank you for your support.  Tart groomers are able to groom consistently though out the winter because of the grooming badge program.

Our official start of grooming season is this Wednesday December 1st.  We are all 
hopeful that the snow and cold will continue so the groomers can start creating that ribbon of white that we all just can’t wait to slide and glide down.

This is a transition year for James Hart and myself.  I will be stepping aside mid season to pass the reins over to James who will become our Lead Groomer.  He and I will be working together along with all the groomers to make sure this transition is seamless and positive.  I have every confidence in James and the whole grooming crew. 

I would like to welcome back to our grooming team James Hart, Dave Hunter, John Stevenson, Mike Brown, Jim Dombrowski, Roger Raehl and our newest member Chad Kirchner.  These are the guys who work on the trail summer and winter to create an enjoyable experience on the Vasa for the rest of us :). 

Grooming reports will be put out early mornings to inform you of when we groom and what the conditions were during our groom.  When you arrive at the trail head be sure to check the grooming sign for the last groom and what was groomed. 

I look forward to seeing you all on the trail as we step into the season of white.

Peace,

Glen