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Here is the video of the 2018 Alpena Ice Fest Fat Bike Race

February Meeting Minutes

TBTA Meeting Minutes – February 1, 2018

 Board Members Present: Tom Dowd, Jeff Blumenthal, Tim Rumbles, Spencer Mendel, Stan Mischley, Bob Niedzwiecki, Wayne Christopherson, Dennis Vesotski, Dr. Mary Reichardt,

Also in attendance: Hal Butler, Jennifer Butler, Randy Fairbanks, Shannon Johnson, Brendan Dowd

Meeting Notes:

  1. Meeting called to order 6:10 PM (motion to accept by Tim/second by Wayne)
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2018 Youth Cross Country Ski Club News

The TBTA 2018 Youth Cross Country Ski Club met on Sunday, January 21st and had over 50 kids and parents on the trails. The location was moved from the APlex trails to the Alpena Golf Course trails because of low snow conditions and warm temperatures. There were many happy kids and smiles! Thank you to the Alpena County Youth and Recreation millage for the funding, Harborside Cycle and Sport for the equipment, Alpena Golf Course and all the TBTA volunteers. Think snow!
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Update Race Info for Ice Fest Fat Bike Race

Some updated info for this weekend’s Ice Fest Fat Bike Race
First: Packet pick up Friday Afternoon till 5pm at Harborside Cycle & Sport 125 N State St. Alpena, MI
Saturday Afternoon 3pm till 5pm at Austin Brothers Beer Co.
Second: Start time has been moved to 5:30 this is going to be a night race so lights are highly recommended.

Third: Start location will be at Austin Brothers Beer Company 812 W. Miller St Alpena, MI 49707
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Fat Bike Groomer Is finished

Our Fat Bike Groomer is finally repaired thanks to Steven’s Custom Fabrication and an extra big thank you to Tim Rumbles of Northern Abstract & Title Agency for your generous donation of $460.00 to get the work done. All us fat bikers owe you!

January Meeting Minutes

TBTA Meeting Minutes -January 4, 2018

Board Members Present

  • Tom Dowd
  • Jeff Blumenthal
  • Tim Rumbles
  • Stan Mischley
  • Ron Anderson
  • Bob Niedzwiecki
  • Spencer Mendel
  • Dennis Vesotski
  • Mary Reichardt
  • Joe Houle

Also in attendance

  • Mike Dipzinski
  • Hal Butler
  • Jen Butler
  • Randy Fairbanks
  • Blake G

Meeting Notes

Chippewa Hills Grooming Report

Tuesday 12/26/2017 4pm

Randy called to report all trails at Chippewa are now groomed and tracks set. Ski conditions are good…. ENJOY!

Norway Ridge Trails Grooming

Thanks to Jeff Blumenthal for getting on the trails with the groomer today. Lets Go Skiing!

New Equipment Update

TBTA has taken delivery on our new groomer from in Harbor Springs. Thanks to funds raised by our members and a generous grant from the Alpena Youth Advisory Council at a total cost of $3,299.95 we now have a new light weight groomer for Norway Ridge ski trails and the Winter Sports Trail behind Northern Light Arena.


Norway Ridge Pathway update

After this week’s wind storm we had to scout all the ski trails at Norway and remove several downed trees thanks Dennis and Mike for your help.

2018 Youth Ski Club Announcements

Last year, the Thunder Bay Trails Association (TBTA) was awarded $5500 from the Alpena County Youth and Recreation Fund to form a Youth Cross Country Ski Club for area youth ages 5-17. The TBTA requested funding for six instructional ski sessions on Sundays from January through March. Unfortunately, the mild winter and minimal snowfall, limited the sessions to five. The Alpena County Youth and Recreation Funds were used to pay the cost of the rental ski equipment. The response to the ski program was overwhelming as 46 kids registered and 39-50 kids and parents participated in each session. The Youth Cross Country Ski Club program introduced kids and families to a new healthy winter sport without having to make a large investment in equipment. The TBTA provided groomed ski trails at the Alpena APlex and Alpena Public Golf Course, volunteers to distribute the equipment, instructors, and snacks for the participants. Recently, the TBTA applied for the same Alpena County Youth and Recreation grant to continue the Youth Cross Country Ski Club in the winter of 2018. Fortunately, the TBTA was awarded the Alpena County Youth and Recreation grant and will continue the Youth Cross Country Ski Club in 2018.
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Chippewa Hills Logging Update

Message from Blake Gingrich – Unit Supervisor MDNR-Parks and Rec.:

Chippewa Hills Harvest started last week.  The loggers are currently working in the “H” block (see attached map) and plan on moving into E next week.  The specs from Forest Resources Division require the loggers to quit working by December 15th but if there is no snow will be allowed to stay longer to avoid impacting the skiers.  Once we get 4 “inches or so all operation will be stopped.
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