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: 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: Snow falling 🙂
Date: 12/05/21
Time: 1:18 pm
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere.


Things are looking pretty snowy here in TC and at the Vasa trail head.  If the snow continues to fall and the temps stay cold the groomers anticipate the first roll compaction of the trail sometime late morning tomorrow.  If this happens a grooming report will be sent out letting you know what we’re up to :).

In the mean time wax up those skis, find all your gear cause here we go into another glorious season on the Vasa.

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