Grooming Program

TART Trails’ and Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association’s dedicated grooming teams provide great winter time conditions on the Vasa Pathway, Leelanau Trail and Winter Sports Singletrack; providing you with the ultimate winter trail conditions on both sides of the bay.

Grooming is primarily supported by the Grooming Badge program to help provide world-class trail conditions. Supporters receive grooming reports via email and a high-vis zipper pull to show their support while out on the trails. Grooming badge donations are 100% tax deductible.

$100 TART Grooming Badge – Vasa Pathway and Leelanau Trail
$60 NMMBA Grooming Badge – TC Winter Sports Singletrack
$39 NMMBA Cadillac Pathway Badge
$39 NMMBA Glacial Hills Badge
$39 NMMBA/Bike Leelanau Northport Badge
$50 Youth (<18yrs) – Access to all groomed trails

Grooming Badge Grooming Reports Rules & Etiquette FAQs


Shorts-LogoGrooming reports are emailed to badge holders. They are also made available within 24 hours via the grooming reports link. Get your Grooming Badge to have reports emailed directly to you. Grooming updates for the Winter Sports Singletrack can be found on the Northern Michigan Mountain Biking Association website.

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 reports are made possible by Short’s Brewing Company.

The Vasa Pathway & The Leelanau Trail

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

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

The Leelanau Trail is groomed once a week by TART Trails Volunteers as conditions permit, and includes conditions well-suited for classic and skate-skiing, fatbiking and snowshoeing. The trail is groomed from the Cherry Bend trailhead to the 4th St trailhead.

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

To accommodate the high number of walkers and runners who utilize the Leelanau Trail from the Cherry Bend Trailhead throughout the winter months we are trying something new this winter. We will be clearing snow from Cherry Bend to the Leelanau Conservancy’s DeYoung Natural Area. From there, the trail will be groomed 14 miles for cross country skiing all the way to Sutton’s Bay. Please see the map below for details and enjoy the winter trail!

The Leelanau Trail bisects the land of DeYoung Natural Area (191 acres) for .75 of a mile. From the Cherry Bend parking lot, a Universal Access trail (0.2 miles) leads to a lakeside fishing and viewing platform, where you can see the protected shoreline of Cedar Lake (4500 feet). After your stop at the fishing pier, you can continue onto The Cedar Forest Trail (0.5 miles) which will take you through an enchanting hardwood conifer swamp with open views of an old field meadow.

The grooming crews use a variety of equipment dependent on the type and amount of snow and ambient air temperature. The grooming budget fluctuates due to weather, fuel costs, insurance, equipment, maintenance issues and other factors. The budget is approximately $40,000 annually. The Michigan DNR provides some expense reimbursement for grooming on the Vasa Pathway, but more than 75% of funding comes from badge donors. Each year, funding dependent, we set aside funds in a Snowy Day Fund, which is restricted for the purchase or major repair of grooming equipment.

The Winter Sports Singletrack

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



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