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. Grooming updates for the new Winter Sport Single Track can be found on the Northern Michigan Mountain Biking Association website.

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2018-2019 Grooming Reports

Dear Grooming Badge Supporter,

While yesterday’s snowfall had us watching closely, and maybe even considering one last groom, the truth of the matter is that we’re busy summer-izing equipment and getting ready to turn towards spring and summer activities on the trail.

While this winter is still somewhat fresh in our minds, we would ask that you take our year-end grooming survey (about 10 minutes or less) to let us know how we did this year.

Here is a link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wintergrooming

It’s important that we hear from you as we plan to make continual improvements on our winter grooming from year to year. We read each and every one of the comments and do our best to incorporate your feedback into our plans for a better winter trail experience.

Personally speaking, this winter ranks as a high water mark as far as time spent on the trail. Some of that has to do with mother nature’s blessings, some of it has to do with the truly remarkable work of our groomer team, and much of that has to do with you. Without your support, none of what you see out on the Vasa and Leelanau trails would be possible, and for that I am ever so grateful.

Thank you for another wonderful winter trail season, and please take a few minutes to let us know how we can continue to create the best possible winter trail conditions on the Vasa and Leelanau Trails.

With gratitude,

Brian and the TART Team

Leelanau Trail Grooming Final
04/2/19
10:51 AM  

Even though the snow is falling, this is the last Leelanau Trail report for the season. Eight groomers helped, volunteering 215 hours. We had our challenges with only one snowmobile and lots of drifting snow. We are thankful to those groomers that used their personal snowmobiles to break drifts and pull us out when the drifts pushed us into the ditch! And, thanks to the TART office for their support.

Hope you enjoyed the grooming as much as we did. See you next season.

Glenn  RK  Michael  Nick  Chad  Bill  Clayton  Pete

Grooming Final update #67
03/31/19  
2:30 pm

Good Day Ski Badgers,

Grooming season on the Vasa has officially come to a close today. After 67 grooms, 725 groomer hours, 1809 miles and 567 gallons of fuel we are calling it quits. It has been a wonderful winter and thanks to your support and enthusiasm we were able to make this season even better than the last. Hope you were able to get out often to enjoy what you have become such a huge part of. Have a great summer and we hope to see you back on the trail next winter.

Peace,
Jim, Roger, James, John, Dave and Glen

Vasa Grooming Report #67
03/25/19
11:40 pm

I have just returned home after scratching up the skate lane on the 5k and 10k. Most of the trail is still well covered with hard pack snow, however, there are some icy hills and a few bare spots which make grooming difficult. Skating should be good in the morning, just watch ahead for those icy spots.

Vasa Grooming Update #66 
03/25/19
6:55 am

What a great weekend of spring skating on the Vasa. It was nice to see and chat with so many of you on the trail. We will not be grooming the trail this morning. There are a few hills that are becoming extremely difficult to get up and a couple bare spots starting to grow. Temps are forecast to remain below freezing at night for the next couple of days so we may attempt to scratch up the trail if we can manage the hills.

Vasa Grooming Report #66 
03/24/19  
7:57 am

I have just completed a skate lane renovation of the 5k, 10k and from Timber Ridge to the Rock area including Special K. Conditions should be good for skating today with plenty of control except for the areas of icing. These areas are fortunately short and few. The classic tracks are holding up well on the 5k, but melting out and collecting much debris else where.

Caution on the icy spots as well as the Holiday Hills crossing area where snowmobiles and trucks have made numerous passes which at this time are not possible to repair. Keep your eyes peeled for whats ahead of you.

We are no longer grooming the area between the 5k ( headwaters ) entrance and the split rail fence. That section has become impassable for our equipment.

Vasa Grooming Update  #65 
03/23/19  
7:19 pm

Well I hope you got out on the Vasa today because it was a real treat. I skate skied early morning and watched the moon set and the sun rise all while screaming along the trail with wind tears in my eyes :).  Lots of control on crusty corduroy thinks to Jim’s grooming last night.

I will be headed out early tomorrow morning to renovate the skate lane. A report will be sent out mid morning tomorrow as to exactly what I was able to accomplish. Get up and get out. The big thaw (summer) is coming on fast.

Vasa Grooming Report  #65 
03/23/19 
2:20 am

With temperatures below freezing all day and no new snow in the forecast, I just completed a night groom. I started on the 5K loop out to the spilt rail fence and right onto the 10K loop. At the 4K post I turned left on the 25K loop until I reached the 10K trail again. I then continued on the 10K out to the Special K and counterclockwise on the 25K to the old oil well site near the 10.5K mark and back toward Timber Ridge skipping Jack Pine. If this sounds confusing you should be able to tell the groomed portions when you ski today. I renovated the skate lane and did my best to reset classic tracks. The areas that turned out best would be the parts I went over twice which are the 5K loop and the 25K from the Special K out to the 10.5K. I did not groom across the bridge or the shelf due to the large areas of boilerplate or the 25K loop from the 7K post to the 10.5K which includes the wall.

The best skiing will be early this morning before the temperatures rise above freezing. Ski season may be coming to a close so now is the time to get another ski in. As always this time of year, use caution and watch for ice patches

Vasa Grooming Report  #64  
03/22/19  
9:24 am

I have just returned from doing a groom of the skate lane on all loops.  The machine was able to cut in about 3/4 ” and create a smooth skate area. There is much debris on the trail, mostly on the 25k loop. The hills are hard park and can be icy so use caution if you venture out today. Classic tracks are icy and starting to melt away and at this time it is not possible to set new ones. The 3k did not get completely groomed. I only went as far as the split and then back to the barn. The Wall on the 25k and Jack Pine were also not groomed this morning.

Vasa Grooming update  #63  
03/22/19  
5:16  am

I am headed out on the trail to see if I can scratch up the surface. Some of the hills may be impassable which will change the route and direction that groom. I will send out a report late this morning.

Vasa Grooming Report  #63  
03/21/19  
6:54 am

James has completed the 5k, 10k and is currently moving clockwise at the 9k on the 25. He reports 34°, no new snow and quite a bit of debris on the trail. The tracks are holding up well, but will be very icy when the trail freezes up late tonight. The skate lane is being smoothed out from all the activity the last few days.

The trail will be very soft today. As we move through this week freezing temps return at night and will ice up many of the hills which may make grooming impossible and skiing challenging. Unless we receive some fresh snow, this grooming season may be coming to a quick end. We will attempt to groom when we can and keep you posted.

Vasa Grooming Update  #62  
03/20/19  
6:55 am 

We will not be grooming today :(. Warming temps and maybe a little rain this afternoon will continue to create some very icy areas on the trail. We will be evaluating conditions this week and grooming when possible. I”ll keep you posted.

Vasa Grooming Report  #62  
03/19/19  
5:10 am

It is 17° here at the trail head. I have completed the 5k which included renovating and smoothing the skate lane. The classic tracks are holding up well, but are starting to get icy. There are icy areas starting to show on the hills which makes grooming very slow and difficult. If you ski today watch out for those spots which will offer little control. As soon as I hit send on this email I will head out to do the 10k and 25k in a clockwise direction.

Come on out today, early if possible. This may be one of the last few grooms we are able to squeeze out. 🙂

Vasa Grooming update  #61  
03/18/19    
6:12 pm 

I will be headed to the trail head early in the morning to see if any trail grooming will be possible. The trail is still well covered with snow, however, with the recent warm sunny days and cold nights icy spots have been created on the hills making it very difficult to get the machines up.  A report will be sent out in the morning as to what I am able to accomplish.

Vasa Grooming Report  #61  
03/18/19    
6:55 am

John has completed the 5k and 10k and is currently in Jack Pine on the 25k moving clockwise. He is renovating the skate lane and leaving the existing classic tracks. It is 21 degrees with no new snow since yesterdays groom. Sunny skies today with temps around 40 in the afternoon are forecast so today would be another day to try to hit the trail before noon. We will attempt to set new classic tracks when temps / conditions allow.

Thank to the Vasa Ski Club and John Ammar for sponsoring the “Flash Party”  yesterday. It was a wonderful experience and the camaraderie was warming. If you were not able to attend put on your radar for next year.  🙂

Vasa Grooming Report  #60  
03/17/19  
3:53 am

It is 20°with clear skies. I am headed out to groom the skate lane on all loops. The existing classic tracks will be left in place. Cold nights with highs in the 30’s during the sunny days this week should offer some fantastic spring skiing. Get out if you can the end is drawing close.

I have been informed that there will be a “flash party” celebrating spring skiing at John Ammar’s house, which abuts the trail at Lands End road, from 12:00 to 2:00 today. There will be free brats and drinks to help fuel you for your next lap. 🙂

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 29
3/16/19
6:00 PM

Michael groomed with the Ginzu from Suttons Bay to Center Highway / South of Elm Valley Crossing. Trail should still be good for skate and classic skiing tomorrow. Looks like warming after that so get out when you can.

Vasa Grooming Report  #59 
03/16/19 
6:55 am

Dave and James have completed the 5k and are currently at the Special K on the 10k. They are setting new classic tracks and renovating the skate lane. As soon as the 10k is complete they will head out to groom the 25k. The wet base from the last few days of rain and warmth is firming up nicely with the cold temps this morning. And with the 2 ” of fresh snow conditions should offer some fun skiing for both classic and skate.  🙂

Vasa Grooming Report  #58 
03/12/19 
3:50 am

It is 19° with clear skies this morning. No new snow has fallen since yesterdays groom. I am headed out to renovate the skate lane and leave the existing classic tracks. Today is the day to get out early if you can. This afternoon temps will rise into the low 40’s. Tomorrow warmer temps and rain move in for the duration of the week.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 28
3/11/19
3:30 PM

I groomed with the Ginzu from Suttons Bay to Fort with the help of Glenn who lead the way and got me out of tricky spots. We then headed south, Glenn packing and I rolling from Fort to DeYoung on the west side and rolling with the skirt on the east side. So skating conditions on the whole trail! Classic lanes Suttons Bay to Fort, then rolled for easy classic the rest of the way.

What a joy to be out, get that sun on ya if you can. Looks like warming and rain by midweek. So today, with daylight savings time extending light into the early evening and cold tomorrow morning, should be the best.

Vasa Grooming Report  #57 
03/11/19 
7:20 am

Glen and John have finished the 5K and most of the 10K loop and are currently at the 4K post on the 25K grooming in the clockwise direction. They are renovating the skate lane and resetting classic tracks. They report about 2 inches of new snow and a windy 26 degrees. The temperatures remained above freezing until early this morning but the results of their grooming efforts are creating very good conditions.

Vasa Grooming update #56  
03/10/19 
7:27 am

We are going to hold off on grooming today to let nature figure out what exactly it wants to do. Over night we’ve had rain, ice, sleet and now really wet snow with low temps around 34 degrees. If the forecast holds the trail should firm up nicely tonight which means we may groom on Monday morning. We will keep you posted.

Vasa Grooming Report #56  
03/09/19 
6:58 am

Clear starry skies prevail on the trail this morning, beautiful! James is out renovating the skate lane and leaving the existing classic tracks. He reports 13 degrees with no new snow since yesterdays groom. The 5k and 10k are done and he is currently at the 4k on the 25k moving clockwise.

Temperatures are forecast to climb up into the high 30’s today with lots of sun shine. Later tonight into tomorrow a mix of rain, sleet, ice, and snow with temps in the 40’s will blow though the area. We will keep an eye on trail conditions and groom when appropriate. Stay turned :).

Vasa Grooming Report #55  
03/08/19 
7:16 am

It is 2° at the trail head with no new snow since yesterdays groom. Roger and Jim have completed the 5k and most of the 10k and are currently at the 4k on the 25k headed clockwise. A fresh new set of classic tracks are being cut in and the skate lane is getting corduroy.

Today should offer a wonderful skiing experience. Temperatures are forecast to rise to around 33 degrees with lots of sun. So pack a snack and your camera ( phone 🙂 ) and head out today for some slidin’ & glidin’.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 27a 
3/7/19
3:30 PM

Michael groomed with the Ginzu from Suttons Bay to Center Hwy / south of Elm Valley so good skate and classic conditions. RK and Glenn went out breaking drifts on the southern section. Luckily they were still out when I ended up in a ditch and got me out! I then finished rolling from Center/Elm south to DeYoung on the west side and rolled with the skirt on the east side. So skating conditions on the whole trail! Classic lanes Suttons Bay to Fort, then rolled for easy classic the rest of the way. What a joy to be out, get that sun on ya if you can.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 27
3/7/19
11:30 AM

Michael groomed with the Ginzu from Suttons Bay to Center Hwy / south of Elm Valley. RK and Glenn are out breaking drifts on the southern section. And, I’m heading out to roll from Center/Elm south to DeYoung if we can get through.

Vasa Grooming Report #54  
03/07/19 
6:45 am

Dave is out renovating the skate lane this morning and leaving the existing classic tracks. Since yesterdays groom about 1″ of snow has fallen at the trail head and up to 3″ of light fluffy snow out on the 25k. The 5k and 10k are done and he is currently at Jack Pine on the 25k moving clockwise.

Vasa Grooming Report #53  
03/06/19 
7:03 am

It is 6° at the trail head and 1″ to 3″ of fresh snow has fallen since yesterdays groom. John and James have completed the 5k and most of the 10k and are currently just passed Timber Ridge on their way to do the 25k moving clockwise. They are setting new tracks and compacting the skate lane.

After the trail sets up and the temps rise to around 20° today the trail should offer good skiing for both classic and skate enthusiasts. Enjoy :).

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 26
3/5/19
11:00 AM

Bill rolled today from Suttons Bay to Fort. More snow coming tonight. Plans are to then use the Ginzu tomorrow morning to do as much of the trail as we can.

Vasa Grooming Report #52 
03/05/19 
7:03 am

Dave and Jim are grooming the trail this morning setting new classic tracks and renovating the skate lane. They report 8° with about 1″ of new snow since yesterday. Currently they have completed the 5k and 10k and are passing by Timber Ridge on their way to groom the 25k.

It’s going to be another cold day so bundle up if you head out into the woods. High temps are only forecast to get into the low teens which will be slightly warmer the yesterday.

Vasa Grooming Update #51  
03/04/19 
5:52 am

It is 1° this morning and a dusting of snow has fallen since yesterdays groom. Even though we will not be grooming today trail conditions should remain good for skiing. The forecast is calling for 2-3″ of snow tonight into Tuesday with temps in the single digits. I will keep you posted as to our next grooming move. Hope you had time to get out and enjoy the sun and snow this past weekend.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 25
3/3/19
9:30 AM

Michael was out yesterday grooming from Fort to Suttons Bay with the Ginzu and from Fort to DeYoung with the roller and skirt. Some fresh snow last night, but classic tracks from SB to Fort should still be good. Many thanks to Glenn and Clayton (newest help) on packing the trail on Thursday with their sleds, getting through the tough drifts. This made it possible for Michael’s Saturday grooming. Michael is going out NOW to groom again! A heart-full thanks for all his weekend efforts.

Vasa Grooming Report #51  
03/03/19 
7:59 am

Jim and John are out on the trail this morning. They report 3-4″ of fresh snow since yesterdays groom and 6°. They are setting new classic tracks and compacting the skate lane. The 5k and 10k have been completed and they are currently at the Wall ( 9k on the 25K ) moving clockwise.

Thanks to all who stopped by the open house yesterday. We enjoyed a great turn out and the parking lot was full. The sun shine was wonderful and it is always great to see so many people having a good time on the trail.

Vasa Grooming Report #50  
03/02/19 
6:35 am

It is another beautiful snowy morning here at the trail head. 21 degrees with 2″ of fresh snow since yesterday and its still snowing. Roger and Jim are on the trail setting new tracks and compacting the skate lane. Because of the late lake effect snow it is slow going. The 5k is done and they are currently on the 10k. All trails should be completed late morning.

Please join us today at TART’s 3rd Trail Head Open House from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Volunteer cookies will be served as well as hot cocoa. Share a Vasa ski trail tail and catch up with friends.

Vasa Grooming Report #49  
03/01/19 
6:38am

Its a cold start to March with 8°.  No new snow has fallen since yesterdays groom. Dave is on the trail giving the skate lane a new suit of corduroy and leaving the tracks that were set yesterday. The 5k and 10k are done and he is currently in Jack Pine on the 25k moving clockwise.

Just a reminder that TART is hosting it’s 3rd Open House of the season tomorrow from 10:00 to 1:00 at the trail head. There will be home baked cookies and cocoa as well as lots of meeting and greeting. Please stop by and say hi :).

Vasa Grooming Report #48  
02/28/19 
6:45am

Glen and crew are out renovating the skate lane and resetting classic tracks this morning. They are currently at the 10.5 K mark on the 25K going clockwise. They have finished the 5K and most of the 10K. They report about 3 to 6″ of new snow has fallen since that last groom yesterday morning. It is clear with a temperature of -4 at their current location on the trail.

TART is hosting its 3rd Open House of the season this Saturday morning from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the trail head. Please stop on your way through to ski and say hi. There will be hot cocoa and home baked cookies for your enjoyment. Plus some inspiring conversation.

Vasa Grooming Update #47   
02/27/19 
4:02 pm

If you skied today you may wonder if we actually groomed due to all the fluffy snow on the trail. Well, yes we did. James and John did an awesome job of grooming while the snow was falling. We received more snow then predicted and most of it between 6:30 am and 9:30 am which is, of course, after the 5k and 10k were groomed. We will be out again early tomorrow setting new classic tracks and renovating the skate lane. A report will be sent out in the morning explaining what we’re up to. 🙂

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 24
2/27/19
2:30 PM

Another challenging snow day. RK was out packing trail for a bit before having to quit! Chad groomed with the Ginzu from Fort Road to Suttons Bay and back so that is in nice shape for all skiers. As Chad says, from Fort to Lakeview Hills offers some great back country skiing! Glenn is going to try to get out maybe today and for sure tomorrow afternoon to free up the south section. Drifts are too much to use any of the trailer equipment!

Vasa Grooming Report #47   
02/27/19 
6:53 am

About 2″ to 4″ of light fluff fell on the trail early this morning. James and John are grooming and report 14° and snow still falling. They are setting new classic tracks and compacting the fresh snow onto the skate lane. The 5k and most of the 10k are done. They are currently repairing some damage at the Holiday Hills crossing after which they will continue on around the 25k.

TART is hosting its 3rd Open House of the season this Saturday morning from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the trail head. Please stop on your way through to ski and say hi. There will be hot cocoa and home baked cookies for your enjoyment. Plus some inspiring conversation with other Trail-ies :). 

If you are ever curious about grooming and have questions please feel free to ask. Whether its about when we groom and the equipment we choose we are happy to share. We enjoy talking about grooming and the challenges that it presents.

Vasa Grooming Report #46   
02/26/19 
7:10 am

I just heard from Jim and Dave on the trail. Temps on the trail are between 4 and 11° with no new snow since the “blizzard”. They have completed the 5k and most of the 10k and are currently at the 4k on the 25k headed clockwise. New classic tracks are being set and the skate lane is being renovated complete with a blanket of corduroy:). Because of the heavy drifting during the blizzard there will be areas on the trail which will be very soft. Use caution. More snow is predicted for tonight and tomorrow so we we keep up the pressure to compact and firm up the trail. Now this is what I call a “wintery mix” 🙂 :).

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 23a
2/25/19
2:30 PM

RK and Chad struggled through with snowmobiles and ended up near mile 12, past Whitaker. They came back to cut up a downed tree north of Center Hwy / near Fort. Chad groomed with the Ginzu from Center Hwy / near Fort to Suttons Bay and back so that is in nice shape for all skiers.

Vasa Grooming Report #45 update    
02/25/19 
11:15am

Glen and Roger just called in from the Wall area. They report a temperature of 7 degrees and have encountered anywhere from 4 to 8″ of new snow from yesterdays blizzard with some open areas experiencing heavy drifting. They are finding many branches and a few trees down as they go therefore the going has been slow. They noticed that beneath the new snow there is a thin layer of ice and below that slush from the rain preceding the snowfall. They are using the rollers to compact the snow and the colder temperatures should refreeze the base once the insulating layer of new snow is compacted.

If you ski today please be aware of any damage you may be doing to the slushy base. With the cold temperatures your ski marks could freeze and if so it will be difficult to remove them.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 23
2/25/19
10:00 AM

Crazy weather weekend! We have two snowmobiles out (RK & Chad) trying to cut through the drifts which have snow on top of frozen ice from the weekend rains. Snowmobiles are stuck near Whittaker road digging out near mile 12 marker. Not sure we will be able to get out grooming today, will probably spend most of the time just dealing with drifts. Waiting on the south section to pack with snowmobiles this afternoon.

There are snowmobile tracks from Suttons Bay to Fort for classic skiers to ski in. Best we can do at this point. Will update when we get more reports from the trail.

Vasa Grooming Report #45    
02/24/19  
8:25 pm

After a day of rain, snow and heavy winds, which will continue through the night, temps are below freezing and headed toward the teens by morning. This will firm up the trail which will allow us to get out and make it skiable. Roger and I will be headed out at 7:00 am tomorrow morning to groom the trail. We will be on the trail much later then usual so if you do happen to come out to ski please keep an eye and ear out for us.

Vasa Grooming Report #44    
02/23/19  
6:35 am

It is 28 degrees here at the trail head and I have just competed a warm up 5k ski which was very fast and lots of fun. The deer looking back at me probably wondered what that giggling sound was all about. Ha! Ha!  :). John is out this morning scratching up the skate lane. He is leaving the existing classic tracks which have held up very well.

I would suggest getting out on the trail earlier then later today. Temps are forecast to rise into the high 30’s with rain moving in late afternoon and evening. Sunday looks warm and damp. We will watch the temps closely and groom again when conditions allow.

Vasa Grooming Report #43    
02/22/19  
6:38 am

Fun ski conditions yesterday. 🙂  The classic tracks were beautiful and fast. The skate lane offered good control and speed. We are out again this morning touching up the skate lane and leaving the existing classic tracks.

Caution: There was some damage caused by a vehicle whose driver got a little confused and drove about 60 feet onto the Vasa towards Timber Ridge at Lands End road ( between the 19k and 20k posts ). We have made repairs but be cautious if you ski that portion of the trail.

We have a bit of a warm spell coming in tomorrow and lasting though Sunday. It looks like today and tomorrow morning will be the best time for skiing this weekend. Then Sunday night into the new week it gets cold again so our trail should hold up just fine during the short warm up. We will keep you posted.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 22
2/21/19
12:00 noon

RK broke drifts with Michael grooming with the Ginzu from Suttons Bay to DeYoung and back. Thanks for RK’s help in getting the Ginzu out of snowbanks! Michael reports the best classic tracks are from Suttons Bay to Fort. Tracks are OK the rest of the way south naturally depending on snow. Still some drift issues and windblown areas down to ice. Weather looks like warming starting Saturday, so today and Friday may be your best days to get out.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 22
2/21/19
9:00 AM

RK is out breaking drifts with Michael grooming with the Ginzu from Suttons Bay to Fort this morning. RK then plans to take over the Ginzu and do the rest of the trail to DeYoung. Weather looks like warming starting Saturday, so today and Friday may be your best days to get out.

Vasa Grooming Report #42    
02/21/19  
6:53 am

It is 31°­ here at the trail head and about 1″ of new snow since yesterdays groom. New classic tracks are being cut in and the skate lane is also getting a renovation with some fresh corduroy. Our groomers have finished the 5k and 10k and are currently near the 6k on the 25k moving clockwise. Looks like some warm weather headed our way for Sunday so get out while “gettin’ is good” :).

Vasa Grooming Report #41    
02/20/19
3:55 am

Its another beautiful cold morning. 15° with no new snow since yesterdays groom. I am headed out to renovate the skate lane on all loops. The classic tracks that were set yesterday will remain until we get some new snow. Following up on my word about safety. If you get into serious trouble on the trail and need help the number to call is 911 for emergency services.

Vasa Grooming Report #40    
02/19/19
6:57 am

Jim and John are on the trail this morning setting new classic tracks and renovating the skate lane. They report 5° and calm winds. The 5k and most of the 10k have been completed and they are currently going past Timber Ridge on their way to the 25k loop moving clockwise.

A word about your safety. When out on the trail whether alone or with someone we recommend carrying a few items. Water, cell phone, space blanket, energy bar, bandana. These items will be very helpful if you get hurt or if you come across someone else who is hurt. And if you go alone its a good idea to let someone know where you are going. Keep track of the Kilometer signs so you know your approximate location. Our local emergency services are well informed as to how to find you on the trail should they get a call.

Vasa Grooming Report #39    
02/18/19
6:36 am

Wow, what a great weekend of skiing. Saturday’s Open House was well attended and the parking lot was full + when I left at 11:30. I skate skied both days and found conditions very fast with plenty of control. Hope you also enjoyed it. James and Dave are out this morning renovating the skate lane and leaving the exiting classic tracks. After today the track base will start to glaze over so we will most likely renovate the track area and set new ones on the next groom.

Vasa Grooming Report #38    
02/17/19  
3:53 am

It is 14 degrees this morning with light winds and no new snow since yesterdays groom. John and I are headed out to freshen up the skate lane on all loops. The existing classic tracks, which are in great shape,  will be left in place.  Looks like another good day for skiing. Temps with be fairly comfortable and the sun may even make appearance.  🙂

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 21
2/16/19
2:00 PM

Michael groomed Suttons Bay to Ctr Hwy/S. of Elm Valley with the Ginzu this morning.  He is out with Glenn (helping pack the drifts) on the south section.

Vasa Grooming Report #37    
02/16/19  
6:18 am

It is 22 degrees here at the trail head with calm winds. The trail is being prepared for a busy and fun Saturday of skiing on the Vasa trail. New classic tracks are being set and the skate lane is being leveled and renovated. I hope you can find time to come out and enjoy some slidin and glidin. 🙂

Please join us at the TART Open House this morning from 10:00 to 1:00. Its a good time to say hi and have a hot coco and a cookie made by our volunteer bakers. TART staff and groomers will be on hand if you have any questions or comments.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 20  
2/15/2019
9:00 AM

Michael is braving the blowing snow, grooming with the Ginzu. Will do Fort to Suttons Bay this morning and hopefully south to DeYoung this afternoon.

Vasa Grooming Report #36    
02/15/19
6:48 am

Dave and John are out grooming the trail this morning. We are leaving the existing classic tracks and renovating the skate lane. They report 20° and about 1″ of new snow with blowing and drifting conditions.

Tomorrow morning TART Trails is hosting its 2nd Open House of this season from 10:00 am to 1:00pm at the trail head. Please stop by and have a hot coco and a home made cookie. TART staff and groomers will be available if you have any questions.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 19
2/14/2019
2:00 PM

Glenn was out yesterday afternoon packing with snowmobile DeYoung to Fort Road. This made it easier for Nick to collect the roller and roll with skirt from DeYoung to Fort. Michael took over at Fort and rolled with skirt from Fort to SB and back. So most of the trail is packed enough so we can get back to using the Ginzu. More snow forecast for tonight so will try to get out tomorrow morning.

Vasa Grooming Report #37    
02/14/19  
3:35 am

It is 14 degrees with calm winds this morning. James and are I headed out to groom. We will follow our new route which will have the 5k loop and from Sp K to the 20k post on the 25k out near Timber Ridge completed early. This is to have a firm trail for you whether you enter the Vasa from the Trail head or from Timber Ridge. Looks like some more snow late tonight :).  Get out and enjoy the trail while its really winter out there.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 18a
2/13/2019
12:30 AM

RK was out this morning and packed with just his snowmobile from SB to Fort. Classic skiers were out skiing in the snowmobile tracks. Casey joined RK and tried to pack with just snowmobiles from Fort south. They got as far as Whitaker (south of Center Hwy/Elm Valley intersection) and had to stop. Wind still blowing and drifts higher than the snowmobile.

So there are snowmobile tracks from Suttons Bay to Whitaker. However, the wind continues to drift in open areas. RK plans to go out later in the day with snowmobile to pack what he can. Glenn may help with the southern end. We will regroup tomorrow to try to get the roller back in action. Will update in the morning.

Vasa Grooming update #36    
02/13/19  
7:45 am

I just spoke with Jim on the trail. He and John have completed the 5k, 10k and are currently at the 7k post on the 25k moving counter clockwise. Jim reports that the trail received 2″-4″ of new snow since last night compaction groom. The conditions will be soft but beautiful today. Have fun :).

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 18
2/13/2019
8:30 AM

So lots of snow in the past few days, yeah! Glenn was out yesterday packing with a snowmobile from Suttons Bay to DeYoung. Since we got more snow after that, RK will be out this morning again packing to break down the drifts. Nick plans on rolling early this afternoon starting at Lakeview Hills to DeYoung and back to Fort. I will cover the rest later in the afternoon.

Thanks to all who came out to Brengman Brothers for Fun in the Snow. Great drinks and super chilies. Thanks to the Suttons Bay Bikes gang, TART folks and Brengman Brothers for sponsoring a great winter event.

Vasa Grooming Report #36    
02/13/19  
6:50 am

Last night Dave and I compacted the entire system. We had any where from 3″ to 6″ of new snow when we arrived and received another 2″ while on the trail. This morning Jim and John are out grooming. They hope to renovate, lay down corduroy and set new classic tracks. I will send out an update later this morning. Currently it is 20° and winds have picked up out of the North West.

This Saturday Tart is hosting its 2nd Open House of the season from 10:00 to 1:00 at the trailhead. Please stop and say hi and enjoy a cookie, some hot coco and conversation. Hope to see there.

Vasa Grooming update #35    
02/12/19  
8:48 am

I must say today’s forecast of 9-11″ of snow with blowing and drifting excites me. It works the same on my mind and spirit as sunshine :). Hope you feel the same way. With that said, today’s traveling may be a bit dicey so please take your time and be safe. We are going to let the snow build up on the trail before we head out and attempt any compacting. My best guess now is that a crew will be out late this afternoon.

Vasa Grooming Report #35    
02/11/19    
7:25 am

What a great weekend of winter fun. The weather cooperated and another Vasa is in the books. Hope you got out to enjoy the wonderful conditions.

James and John are on the trail this morning. They will be renovating the skate lane and leaving the existing classic tracks. In addition to grooming they will be removing all the Vasa race signage. This will take a while so please watch out for grooming equipment on the trail this morning and into the afternoon.

There is a winter storm we are watching for tomorrow into Wednesday which could bring 3-6″  🙂 🙂 of new snow during the day. I will keep you posted as to our grooming activities.

Vasa Grooming Report #34  
02/10/19
6:30 am

It is 13 with calm winds this morning.  Jim and Roger have been out grooming the coarse for today’s Vasa classic race. They set 2 pairs of track on parts of the 5k, all of the 10k and the “Spur” (4k to 7k on the 25k). We will have a crew out late this afternoon or early evening re-grooming the coarse to normal conditions. We hope you are finding time to get out and enjoy this perfect wintery weekend.

As some have said “ski ya later”. 🙂

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 17
2/9/2019
9:00 AM

Thursday’s rain is behind us! RK was out yesterday clearing lots of downed trees. Nick groomed skate and classic Fort to Lakeview Hills then headed to Brengman Brothers to groom the vineyards for today’s event (see below). Glenn packed the trail with a snowmobile from Lakeview Hills to DeYoung.

RK is out again this morning grooming skate and classic starting at Fort to Suttons Bay and back.  So all parts of the trail were covered in last two days. Thanks to all you volunteers that pitched in!

Don’t forget, Nick and his Suttons Bay Bikes crew will be co-hosting an event with TART Trails and Brengman Brothers for a afternoon of Fun in the Snow. Come out for some treats and a ski, snowshoe or fatbike through the vines. More info here.

Vasa Grooming Report #33  
02/08/19  
6:08 pm

Its 10 degrees out and more snow in falling. This is a great set up for a weekend of winter trail fun. James and I will be grooming tonight and well into the wee hours of tomorrow morning getting the trail ready for the North American Vasa Festival of Races. Come on out to Timber Ridge tomorrow and Sunday to join in on the fun.  🙂

Vasa Grooming Report #32  
02/08/19  
7:15 am

What a weather rollercoaster ride this has been. It’s keeping the groomers “wide eyed and bushy tailed” that’s for sure. 🙂  After yesterday’s quick warm up and rain, this mornings temps have dropped into the teens with about 3” of fresh snow.  Because of the late timing of the freeze and the insulation properties of the new snow we will be out on the trail most of the morning and possibly into the afternoon today.

Jim just called from the trail where it is 16 degrees and very windy. He is just about to finish up a complete single roll/compaction of the skate lane on all loops. Then he and Dave will head out to do a full groom including new tracks on the entire system. Jim did report wet snow under the surface which will take the rest of the day to firm up and freeze.

The 43rd annual Vasa Ski and Fat Bike Race Festival is this weekend. The weather is looking great for winter fun so come on out and enjoy this wonderful local tradition with family and friends. Timber Ridge is hosting the event again this year so whether you’re participating or spectating it should be a great experience. See you out there! 🙂 🙂

Vasa Grooming update #31  
02/07/19  
10:00 am

John and I completed the entire system by 7:30 am this morning. We renovated the skate lane leaving the existing classic tracks. It was 24° with light east winds while we were on the trail. Rain was falling at the trailhead when I finished skiing at about 9:30 am.

Temps are forecast to warm into the high 30s by 6:00 pm tonight and then freezing temps again by tomorrow.

Vasa Grooming Report #31  
02/07/19  
3:54 am

It is 23°, winds are calm and no new snow since yesterdays groom. There is an icy coating from freezing rain over night. John and I are headed out to attempt a renovation of the skate lane on all loops. We will be leaving the existing classic tracks that were set by Jim and Dave yesterday. There are some warmer temps coming this afternoon bringing with it some freezing rain and rain. We hope to be off the trails by 8:00am before the wetness arrives. I will send an update late this morning as to exactly what we accomplished.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 16
2/6/2019
10:30am

Bill D. toughed it out yesterday (Thanks), lots of bare spots. Did the best given the conditions. A bit more snow today so I’m going out. Fort to Suttons Bay then down to DeYoung and back to Fort.

Might want to get out if you can, rain in the forecast for tomorrow!
Please remember that fatbikes should remain on the east side of the trail!

Lastly, Nick and his Suttons Bay Bikes crew will be co-hosting an event with TART Trails and Brengman Brothers for a afternoon of Fun in the Snow. Come out for some treats and a ski, snowshoe or fatbike through the vines. More info here.

Vasa Grooming Report #30  
02/06/19  
6:45 am

It is 22° with 2″ of fresh snow since yesterdays renovation of the trail. Jim and Dave are out re-grooming the skate lane and setting new classic tracks. They have completed the 5k, and are currently on the 10k. The 25k and 3k will also be groomed by mid morning.

Caution: There has been some damage on the Vasa trail at the hill below the “4 corners #12 DNR post” just out of Tiber Ridge. Jim and Dave will be doing their best to repair this area later this morning.

The classic tracks on the 5k will be set in race direction which is opposite from normal. This will give anyone who is participating in this weekends VASA events time to check it out before hand.

Yesterdays full width renovation went very well. Although I chose to wipe out the exiting classic tracks it allowed us to prepare the base to except the new snow that Jim and Dave are mixing into the base this morning. Jim reports that the new tracks are setting in very well.

Lets see now, we have cold, snow, light winds and a newly groomed ski trail what are we missing? Oh yes, You! Find some time to make our trail complete and enjoy the winter.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 15
Noon
2/5/2019

Bill D. is out with the Ginzu starting from Fort and heading to Suttons Bay first.  He will then get as far as he can south, hopefully to DeYoung. The snow conditions are challenging with the freeze/thaw cycle but we’re hoping that the Ginzu can rough up the surface enough to set skate and classic lanes.

Please remember that fatbikes should remain on the east side of the trail!

Lastly, Nick and his Suttons Bay Bikes crew will be co-hosting an event with TART Trails and Brengman Brothers for a afternoon of Fun in the Snow. Come out for some treats and a ski, snowshoe or fatbike through the vines. More info here.

Vasa Grooming Report #29  
02/05/19  
4:15 am

Temps have fallen to well below freezing over night. James and I are headed out to loosen up the hardened trail surface. We will also be installing the signage for the VASA race. This will take most of the morning and afternoon. If you decide to venture out on the trail today please be cautious and know that we may be working just around the corner.

Hopefully in the next few days after a couple of surface renovations and a bit of snow we will have the trail back in good ski-able condition.

Vasa Grooming update #28  
02/03/19  
6:30 am

Ugh!!! Warm temps with rain/drizzle have hit the area. Because of this we are asking everyone to avoid using the trail today and tomorrow. Forecasting calls for very cold temps (14°) Monday. This will freeze any deep ski, boot and tire marks put in while the trail was soft and wet. We will do our best to return the trail to a safe and comfortable condition as quickly as weather allows. Now, on the bright side it looks like winter will return by Tuesday through the weekend. Vasa race is February 9th and 10th at Timber Ridge. There’s an event for everyone so come on out and enjoy a true local winter tradition.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 14
2/2/2019
9:30 AM  

Chad is out with the Ginzu starting from Fort and heading to Suttons Bay first. He will then get as far as he can south, hopefully to DeYoung. Yesterday, Nick rolled all the way to Lakeview Hills and Glenn packed with just a snowmobile down to DeYoung so that is ski-able until Chad gets there. Might want to take advantage of the good snow today as tonight through Monday may be nasty!

Vasa Grooming Report #28  
02/02/19
1:55 am

It is 17° (above zero) this morning. No new snow has fallen since yesterdays groom. Jim and I will be renovating the skate lane on all trail loops. We will evaluate the classic tracks and set new ones only if our new set will improve the skiing experience.

The forecast is calling for the “Winter Mix” thing starting tonight and through Monday with warm temps. Then on Monday night freezing temps around 16. We will make every attempt to keep the trail skiable during this time however it may get very soft so we  most likely not groom Sunday or Monday mornings.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 13
2/1/2019
2 PM

Trail is rolled w/ skirt from Fort Road to Suttons Bay and back. Nick will take the afternoon shift and roll from Center Hwy south and get as far as he can. Glenn ran a sled packing the south section from DeYoung to Center Highway south of Elm Valley Intersection.

So, if you want to skate Fort to SB is best bet. Classics can stay on the sled track in south section or enjoy the nice corduroy on the north section. Fat-tire bikes please stay on east side of the trail.

Chad on board to Ginzu tomorrow morning if snow permits. Will attempt to pack as much snow as we can in anticipation of the higher temperatures and possible rain.  Then once temperatures drop use the Ginzu to break up the crust and get us back on track.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 13
2/1/2019
10 AM 

Plans are to roll from Center Hwy near Fort Road to Suttons Bay and back this morning. Nick will take the afternoon shift and roll from Center Hwy south and get as far as he can. Chad on board to Ginzu tomorrow morning if snow permits. Will attempt to pack as much snow as we can in anticipation of the higher temperatures and possible rain. Then once temperatures drop use the Ginzu to break up the crust and get us back on track.

Vasa Grooming Report #27  
01/31/19  
5:51 pm

James and I will be grooming the trail tomorrow starting around 6:00 am. We are starting later than usual because we will be installing our K Sponsor signs. This requires using drills and screws and stopping at each K post. Temps should be around 5 – 10° making the work go quicker and warmer than in the negative temps we have had lately.

Forecasts are calling for the “R” (rain) word and temps in the high 30s into the 40s late Saturday into Monday. We will be watching closely and continue grooming when conditions allow. I will keep you posted.

Vasa Grooming Report #26  
01/31/19  
6:50 am

It is -2° this morning and 2”-3” of fresh snow has fallen on the trail since yesterday. Winds are blowing at 10-15 mph out of the west. Jim and John are out mixing (renovating) the new snow with the base and setting new classic tracks. They have completed the 5k and most of the 10k and are currently at the wall on the 25k. The 3k will also be groomed this morning.

We are changing our grooming pattern slightly to have areas of the trail set up earlier in the day to accommodate skiers starting from the VASA trailhead or Timber Ridge. The 5k loop from trailhead back to trailhead will be done first thing in the morning. Then as we groom the 10k clockwise we will go through the Special K out to the 25k and continue past Timber Ridge around the 25K. Then into Special K to the 10K to finish grooming back to the trailhead to groom the 3k. Hope this makes sense to you. This pattern may change from time to time depending on conditions.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 12
1/30/2019
2:00 PM 

Michael J. finished snowmobile runs from Suttons Bay to Fort Road to help compact the snow. Conditions too brutal to do more. Glenn finished runs last evening as well, not sure how much snow already did them in. If you do go out, dress appropriately for severe wind chill conditions.

Grooming Report #25  
01/30/19  
2:15 am

It is -1° here at the trailhead. 1″ to 2 ” of fresh snow have fallen since yesterdays groom. Winds are blowing from the NW at 20-30 mph which is causing a snow-frenzy 🙂 on the trail. Dave and I are headed out to pack down the drifts and re-groom the whole system. We will run our normal pattern.

Please be very careful if you decide to venture out today. Pack a few extra warm fuzzies and snacks.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 11a
12:15 PM 
1/29/2019

Bill was able to roll from Center Hwy/near Fort to Suttons Bay and back, too many drifts to roll to Shady Lane or Bingham. He may try to get back later to at least pack it with snowmobile runs. Glenn did two snowmobile runs from Bingham to DeYoung, but even got stuck without pulling anything! He will go back after 4:30 and give it a couple more runs.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 11
1/29/2019
9:30 AM

Lots of snow to deal with. Bill is going to start out at 10:15 and will try to use the roller if the snow allows. Will start at Center Hwy / near Fort and go to Suttons Bay and back, then on to Shady Lane or Bingham. If the snow is too deep will just runs the snowmobile on the sides of the trail. Glenn agreed to pack the south section Bingham to DeYoung, but will start about 4:30.

Vasa Grooming Report #24  
01/29/19  
2:25 am

It is 4° here at the trailhead. Winds are light from the east and there is about 1-2″ of fresh snow since yesterdays roll. I will groom the whole system this morning starting with the 5k, 10k, 25k finishing up on the 3k. The skate land with be renovated and new classic tracks will be set ( if all goes as planned 🙂 )  The trail will remain soft all day until it has had time to set up.

More of the white stuff is in the forecast this week with very cold temps coming up on Wednesday. Be safe and enjoy this awesome natural wonder we call snow :).

Vasa Grooming Update #23
01/28/19  
4:50 pm

Snow-magedin, snow-apocolyps, snow-nado. Whatever you want to call it we got it:). James and Dave are still out on the trail compacting snow. Somewhere between 8″ – 10″ has fallen. We will be out on the trail again in the early morning hours tomorrow, and if conditions allow, doing a full groom with classic tracks. I will put out a report in the AM when I figure out what we will be doing.

Vasa Grooming Report  #23
01/28/19  
6:20 am

The weather forecast is calling for heavy snow (4″ to 9″) with high temps around 12 degrees thought out day. Winds from the East at 18 to 28 mph will make skiing and grooming difficult and challenging. We will be out on the trail late morning until early evening compacting (deflating) new snow on the entire system. If you decide to venture out please be careful and know that the trail will be very soft all day. I will send out an update late this afternoon.

Vasa Grooming Report  #22
01/27/19 |
1:20 am

Its a balmy 8 degrees at the trailhead with an inch or two of fresh snow since yesterday.  John and I will groom the entire system this morning. We will travel in our normal pattern starting with the 5k, 10k, 25k and finishing up on the 3k. Hope you were able to ski yesterday. Although it was very cold the skiing was awesome. James and I both skied after grooming and found medium to fast conditions as temps rose into the upper single digits.  There were still a few soft spots but over all the trail set up nicely. Feels like winter is finally here. Time to play. 🙂

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 9
1/26/2019
11:00 AM 

Nick groomed Suttons Bay to Shady Lane this morning, great classic and surface for skaters as well.  Fat-tire bikes please stay on east side of the trail.

Vasa Grooming Report  #21
01/25/19 
4:30 pm

Wow! What a great time to return to Traverse City after attending the 2019 ABR Grooming Seminar in Ironwood, Michigan. Lots of snow and a great team of dedicated groomers to keep the trails in great condition. Many thanks to Jim, Roger, James and John for holding down the fort while Dave and I attended groomer college.

James and I will groom in the early morning (starting at 2:30 am) tomorrow. We will run our normal pattern starting with the 5k, 10k, 25k finishing up on the 3k. We try to be off the trail by 8:30 am which allows most of the system 3 to 4 hours of set up time.

Whether we choose the big machine or small machines to groom with, it comes down to set up time. Freshly “deflated” and packed snow needs time to harden up to a firm ski base. If you ski early travel in the direction of our groom to experience the best conditions. Thanks to all the snow dancers for not giving up. I think it paid off :).

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 8
1/25/2019
2:00 PM

Lots of snow to work with, yeah. Chad did an epic groom from Suttons Bay to DeYoung with classic tracks on west side, flat on rest. Lots of drifting snow which always slows things up a bit. More snow in the forecast so we will try to keep up over the weekend.

Vasa Grooming Report  #20
01/25/19
3:15AM

It is 14° and 4 or 5″ of new snow has accumulated since yesterday afternoon. Roger and I will start grooming this morning at about 4:00AM. We may delay the start a little if the heavy snow continues. We will follow the normal grooming pattern as detailed in the previous Grooming Report. We will renovate the skate lane and reset classic tracks on all loops.

Please keep in mind when planning your day that it takes a minimum of 5 hours to groom the entire Vasa Pathway and if we encounter any issues that require attention while grooming such as downed trees, vehicle damage, heavy snow, equipment malfunctions, etc., dealing with these will add to the time it takes to complete the groom.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 7
1/24/2019
6:00 PM

Took awhile to groom today with all the snow, and looks like could have done it again!  Used the Ginzu from Suttons Bay to Center Hwy/Fort Road, setting classic tracks on the west side of the trail.  Then rolled the rest of the trail to DeYoung and back. More snow in the forecast so Chad will groom again tomorrow starting about 10 am. We will try to keep up over the weekend.

Vasa Grooming Report  #19
01/23/19 
5:45PM

We have snow! About 3-5″ of new snow fell while John and I were grooming this morning making it difficult for skiers to find corduroy or fresh tracks unless you were skiing within a few kilometers behind the groomer.

Roger and James will be heading out this evening about 7:00 to roll the new snow in preparation for another full groom (skate and classic tracks) by John and I starting at 5:00AM. Tomorrows groom will follow the normal grooming pattern which is from the trailhead counterclockwise on the 5K Headwaters trail, the 10K loop clockwise to Special K, down Special K to the 25K trail and then back to the 10K loop, continuing on the 10K loop re-grooming the portion between the 2K hill and the 4K post. Clockwise on the 25K loop to the Wall bypass, down the Wall and through the wall bypass again. Continue on the 25K to the Jack Pine short cut, counterclockwise through Jack Pine and back to the shortcut, continuing on the 25K toward Timber Ridge then back toward the trailhead. Then finishing on to the 3K loop if conditions allow. If for any reason we do not follow the normal grooming pattern, we will mention the change in the grooming report for the day.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report # 6
1/23/2019
4:30 PM 

Welcome snow!  Thought you forgot about us! So RK rolled the trail with skirt from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane earlier in the day. Tomorrow we plan to roll again if we have to and then use the Ginzu to finally set some classic tracks as well as nice surface for skate skiers. Also will try to further compact the very east side of the trail for fat-tire biking.

Vasa Grooming Report  #18
01/22/19 
5:15AM

Currently it is 23° with about two inches of new snow. John and I will start grooming the Vasa at 6:00am. We will renovate the skate lanes mixing the new snow with the existing base. There should be enough new snow to reset the classic tracks.

Vasa Grooming Report  #17
01/22/19 
4:15AM

Currently it is 11° with no new snow. John and I will start grooming the Vasa soon. We will renovate the skate lanes and attempt to set new classic tracks on all loops. Because of the cold temperatures lately and the lack of any new snow the trail may be too hard to cut deep enough to reset tracks. Some weather sites are still predicting significant snowfall for today and tomorrow so there is hope. The radar this morning shows a band of snow moving into the area and it may hit while we are grooming this morning.

Vasa Grooming Update
01/21/19 
10:30AM

The Vasa trail received very little use yesterday and only a trace to an inch of new snow since yesterdays groom therefore we will not groom today. The skiing should be very good this afternoon once the temperatures warm up a bit. We plan on grooming in the morning and hopefully the snow some weather sites are predicting will accumulate enough for us to renovate the skate lanes and reset the classic tracks.

Vasa Grooming Report  #16
01/20/19
4:00AM

It is 5° with no new snow overnight. Roger and I will renovate the skate lanes on all loops this morning. Since there is no new snow we will not be able to reset classic tracks today.We will follow the normal grooming pattern and should be finished grooming about 8:00AM. The skiing should remain good although probably a little slower because of the colder temperatures.

Vasa Grooming Report  #15
01/19/19  
6:10 pm

Dave and John are renovating the skate lanes on all loops this morning. They will be leaving the existing classic tracks that were set yesterday. The 5 and 10K loops are done and they are in Jack Pine heading back to the trailhead. They report that it was 10° when they started and light snow has been falling during the groom and has accumulated approximately 1/2 inch out on the 25K and a dusting at the trailhead. It sure would be nice to have a few inches of fresh snow to work with to cover up the debris and set better classic tracks. Hopefully that will happen this week. All of the heavy snowfall seems to be going south of us this year so far.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report #5
1:00 PM 
1/18/2019

Without much snow, this report is much the same as last week. The trail is groomed from Suttons Bay to DeYoung property using the roller with skirt. So nice corduroy on parts. The best skate skiing will be from DeYoung to Birch Run. Fat Tire bikes (stay on east side of trail) good on all. Classic skiers get the west side of the trail. I kept the skier-made classic tracks from Richter south to Center Highway. Fort Road and south just nice corduroy. The big storm looks to have missed us again, Shucks! Looks like their may be more snow in coming weeks.

Vasa Grooming Report #14
01/17/19  
6:10 pm

John and I will start grooming early tomorrow morning. We will renovate the skate lane on all loops and if enough snow falls on the trail overnight we will attempt to set classic tracks wherever possible. The overnight forecast calls for temperatures around 20° and up to two inches of new snow.

Vasa Grooming Report  #13 
01/16/19  
6:45 am

James and Dave are out on the trail this morning renovating the skate lane. It is 20° with strong NW winds. There is a heavy dusting of new snow (1/2 “) to mix into the surface. They are leaving the existing classic tracks which are holding up very well. The strong winds have brought down tree debris which is slowing their progress a bit. All loops should be groomed by 8:30 this morning. Temps are forecast to stay below freezing well into next week and with a bit of new snow trail should provide excellent skiing.

Vasa Grooming Report #12
6:36 pm
01/13/19  

Wow, what a great weekend of skiing. The Open House was a hit. Many of you stopped by to say hi and share a hot coco and conversation. Thank you. Although we have not received much snow in a week the trail is holding up quite well thanks to the cold temps. Forecasting suggests that snow will return later this week. Dave and I will renovate the skate lane tomorrow morning. We will move through in our normal pattern starting with the 5k, 10k, 25k and finishing up on the 3k. Until we get more snow the exiting classic tracks will remain.

Vasa Grooming Report #11
7:00 pm
01/11/19  

Jim and I will be doing a delicate renovation of the skate lane early tomorrow morning. No new snow in the forecast for the next few days so we are trying to preserve the snow we have and still create a nice skiable surface. One more reminder about the Open House at the Trailhead tomorrow from 10-1:00. It’s a good time to say hi, talk about the trails and do a collective snow dance. Oh, and I mention there will be hot coco and cookies. See you there. 🙂

Leelanau Trail Grooming report #4
2:30 pm
1/11/2019

Nick & I groomed the trail from Suttons Bay to DeYoung property using the roller with skirt. So nice corduroy on parts. The best snow is south of Bingham Road to the DeYoung Property. Bare ice in spots from Bingham to Shady Lane and on north for a bit. Also, Suttons Bay to Richter has icy spots as well. The wind whips any snow off the trail where there are open fields.

The best skate skiing will be from DeYoung to Bingham. Fat Tire bikes (stay on east side of trail) good on all. Classic skiers get the west side of the trail. There are classic tracks from Richter south to Center Highway. Fort Road and south just nice corduroy.

Vasa Grooming report #10
7:05 am
01/11/19

Jim and James have completed the 5k and are currently half way through the 10k. They are renovating the skate lane and setting classic tracks. The 25k and 3k will also be groomed latter this morning. It was 16° when they started with no new snow since yesterday.

TART Trails is hosting an Open House at the Trailhead tomorrow morning from 10:00 till 1:00. Cookies and hot coco will be available for everyone’s enjoyment. Please stop by and say hi. 🙂 Hope you able to make time to enjoy the trail.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report #3
2:30 PM 
1/10/2019

Not much snow to work with on the Leelanau Trail so have not been grooming. There are classic skier tracks from the Road Commission (Suttons Bay) to south of Revolt on the north section of the trail.  Better snow is south of Richter Road. Fat tire biking is also OK (stay on the east side of the trail) from Suttons Bay south. Plans are to use just the snowmobile Friday morning to rough up the east side of the trail for fat tire biking. Will see if that helps and might just run the snowmobile on the west side to help skiers as well. Not enough snow to use the roller or the Ginzu. Will try to do the trail from Suttons Bay to the DeYoung property. Will update tomorrow after grooming.

Vasa Trail #9 Update
1:30 pm
01/10/19

The groom went well this morning. We packed down the new snow, removed two downed trees and repaired most of the damage from a 4 wheel drive vehicle on the Special K. We are planning another groom tomorrow morning. I will send out a report when we know exactly what we will be doing.

TART OPEN HOUSE
TART Trails will be hosting their first Open House of the season this Saturday at the trailhead from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. It’s a good time to stop by and have a hot cocoa and cookie. Please stop and say hi to TART staff and the groomers. We want to hear what you think of the trail this year so far. 🙂

Vasa Grooming Report #9
3:50 am
1/10/19 

It is 20° with 2 -3″ of fresh snow on the trail. Mark and I are headed this morning to groom all loops. We will start with the 5k, 10k, 25k and finishing up on the 3k. There is a tree down near the 22k post that we will be removing and damage from a 4 wheeled vehicle on Special K that we shell try to repair. Because of the very light nature of the snow over a very thin ice base we will let the trail set up today before setting new classic tracks. Hopefully by tomorrow we will be able to set tracks. Looks like we are back in a true ” Winter Mix ” for at least until Monday. Get out there while the “Gettin” is good. 🙂

Vasa Trail #8 Update
6:30 am
01/09/19  

I went out early this morning (4:30 am) for a look see at the trailhead. It was 22° with only a heavy dusting (3/4″) of new snow over a thin ice base. There was about 2″ in town. More snow in the form of lake effect is forecast, but we will have to wait and see how much it brings. So for today there will be no grooming. By the way the term ” Winter Mix ” in my book does not include any water that is not frozen. What we had this last couple of days falls into the ” Spring Mix ” category, which contains liquid water. So I will be hoping for a true “Winter Mix ” of various sizes of snow flakes and below freezing temps maybe compounded with NW winds to enhance winter’s effects. 🙂 🙂 I will keep you posted.

Vasa Grooming Report #8
6:35 pm  
1/5/2019

Wow, this mornings renovation of the skate lane was more like raking my back yard with all the oak leaves on the trail. Hope you got out early to enjoy the fast ball bearing like skating.  The classic tracks are holding up fairly well, but have an icy glaze on the base, so Klister was in order and will be tomorrow also. Tomorrow morning Jim and I are going to renovate the skate lane and leave the existing classic tracks until we get more snow. We will start early and be off the trail by the time the sun comes up. Looks like temps with remain just below freezing tomorrow so the trail should remain firm most of the day. There is a storm system forecast for Monday which may bring both snow and then rain. We will just have to wait and see. I’m hoping for all snow and lots of it. 🙂

Vasa Grooming report #7
7:30 pm
1/4/2019

Well, it has been 4 days of fun grooming and skiing on the Vasa Trail. Hope you have gotten out to enjoy the wintery white. Looks like some warmish temps headed our way combined with wet snow and rain on Sunday night into Monday. With this in mind we will be rolling the skate lane early tomorrow morning and leaving the classic tracks set yesterday. The best trail conditions will be in the morning hours tomorrow while temps are at freezing or below.

Leelanau Trail Grooming report #2
1/4/2019
7 PM 

Nick groomed the trail this afternoon so it would be nice for the weekend from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane Cellars. There is one classic x-country lane on the west side of the trail. A nice flat center for skate skiing. Then flat on the east side of the trail for walkers, fat-tire bikers, etc. Should be great skiing Saturday, especially early in the day. No snow in the forecast until Sunday. So probably will not groom again until Monday or Tuesday depending on how much snow falls.

Vasa Grooming report #6
1/3/2019
7:38 AM

It is 26 degrees with about 2″ of additional snow on the trail since yesterdays groom. Jim and John have completed renovating the skate lane and setting classic tracks on the 5k and 10k. They are currently headed out on the 25k and will finish up on the 3k late this morning. With no new snow forecast in the next few days we will groom minimally in order to preserve the 2″-3″ of base that resulted from the New Years Day storm.

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report #1
6 PM 
1/2/2019

Good Evening Trail Badgers,

Happy New Year! Today I finally got the snowmobile out of the shop for “winterizing.” We would much rather do preventative maintenance than lose it mid-season. I rolled the trail with the cylinder and had the back skirt down, which gives it a nice corduroy effect. Of course it snowed some after but at least we have a nice base to work with.

In Suttons Bay, Nick Wierzba (Suttons Bay Bikes) added a couple of truck tires on a strap to the back of the cylinder to create a more packed area for fat-tire biking. This is a trial effort to see if we can accommodate another winter sport. The plan going forward is to lay down classic x-country tracks only on the west side of the trail with a flat packed area in the middle for skate skiers. On the east side of the trail is a further packed lane for fat-tire bikers. We are creating signs that ask all walkers, snowshoers and fat-tire bikers to use the east side of the trail. And, to please keep the west side of the trail as classic tracks and center for x-country skiers. These signs will be at trail-street intersections. We are grooming the trail from the DeYoung property to Suttons Bay as discussed above. Please let us know what you think through the TART office. Thank you all for purchasing groomer badges that help pay for maintenance and operations (gas & lube).

Enjoy,
Pete Ostrowski

Vasa Grooming Report #5  
1/2/2019
6:00 AM

James and I are headed out this morning to pack and roll the 25k. There are trees down and many branches so this will take us awhile to accomplish. We will also be re-rolling the 5k and 10k late this morning. It’s a cold (14 degrees) and clear start today with no new snow over night. Snow is forecast for later this afternoon so we will most likely groom tomorrow morning and maybe try to set some classic tracks if the conditions allow. I was impressed with how many of you came out to play yesterday. The trail was soft, but with all the smiles and the giggles out there it didn’t seem to matter. 🙂

Vasa Grooming Update
8:37 AM 
1/1/2019

Hello Trail Badgers and Happy New Year! Glen just called in from the trail and reports 10″ of new snow has fallen in the last day. He and James are finishing up grooming the 5k Headwaters trail and will then proceed on to the 10k and 25k loops. The grooming is very slow going and may take most of the day to complete due to the wet, heavy and sticky nature of the snow along with the many branches that have come down from the weight of the snow.

Vasa Grooming Update
11:18 pm  
12/31/18

Finally the snow is falling:). We have received 4-6″ of snow today with colder temps and a little more snow on the way. James and I are planning on grooming the Vasa tomorrow morning. We will follow our normal grooming pattern starting with the 5k, 10k, 25k and then finishing up on the 3k. Skiing tomorrow will be beautiful, however, the trail will be soft until later in the day when it has had time to firm up.

Vasa Grooming Update
12/30/18
11:00 am

It is 27 degrees here at the Vasa trailhead with about 1″ of very light fluffy snow on the trail. The sky is partly cloudy. The trail and woods are beautiful with the new snow. There is not, however, enough snow to resume grooming. According to the weather forecasts we are do for a storm tomorrow night which may bring 2-3″ of new snow. If this actually happens we may be able to get out and roll the trail early in the new year.

Vasa Grooming Report Report #3
12/24/18

Seasons Greetings Trail Badgers,

Much to my 🙂 delightful surprise this morning the Vasa received about 2-3″ of snow last night. I went out and rolled the 5k and 10k and a small portion of the 3k the morning. It was 29° and a very light snow was falling (beautiful). If you choose to ski please be cautious on the thin soft base. There are areas where the dirt and gravel are showing. The forecast is calling for rain and 40° by Thursday so we may have to wait for cold temps and snow before attempting another roll/groom.

Peace,
Glen

Vasa Grooming Report Report #2
12/07/18

Jim and Dave are out rolling the entire Vasa system this morning. The 5k has been rolled and they are currently headed out on the 10k and then out to the 25k. It was 19° at the trailhead with 1 to 3 additional inches of fresh snow since yesterdays roll.

With little to no new snow in the near forecast, the next few days would be a good time to give the Vasa a whirl. The base is thin, but should offer decent early season skiing. Watch out for dirt and gravel patches. We will not roll/groom again until the trail receives additional snow. Keep dancing:).

Vasa Grooming Report #1
12/06/18

Jim and I rolled the 3k, 5k, 10k, 25k loops this morning. There was about 2″ of snow when we started and the trail received another 2-3″ while we were out rolling. The soft base is thin and there will be dirt and gravel in some areas so use caution if you choose to ski today. Most of the trail should offer good skiing. Enjoy!

When we receive more snow and have enough depth we will start setting classic tracks. Until then get out on the trail and while your skiing do a little snow jig :).

FYI. The Leelanau Trail has not received enough snow to groom yet. Stay tuned however, the groomers will be out as soon as conditions allow. And we all know that can change quickly.

12/01/2018  12:15 pm
Vasa Grooming Report

Welcome to the 2018-19 season of winter fun on the VASA.  It’s off to a bit of a slow start with warmish temps and melty snow, but rest assured that the groomers are watching the weather and will hit the trail as soon as that white magic falls turning our leafless gray forest into a wonderland.

Our grooming team this year consists of 7 guys which include Jim Dombrowski, Roger Raehl, Mark Spence, James Hart and myself, Glen Rauth.  Completing the team are two new welcome additions to our group this season John Stevenson and Dave Hunter.  You will have an opportunity to meet the groomers during TART’s trailhead Open Houses.  They will be announced the week before as part of a grooming report and are held on Saturday mornings.  Stay tuned.

Thank you all for purchasing a 2018-19 grooming badge and for your ongoing support of this awesome TART program.  You make it possible.

So its time to dust off all that winter stuff and get ready to enjoy Snow!

Yup! Its time to do the dance.

Peace,
Glen