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Thunder Bay Trails Special Board Meeting Minutes Feb 8th 2017

A special meeting of the board was convened to determine the purchase of a covered trailer to transport and house the new snow machine. Minutes are here.

Special Meeting Feb 8

Thunder Bay Trails Board Meeting Minutes Feb 2nd 2017

See the link to view the meeting minutes from the board members meeting earlier this month.  These meeting are open to all members and you are encouraged to attend.  Currently the meeting are schedule for the first Thursday of ever month at 6pm at Alpena Community College.


Youth Cross Country Ski Club Week 3

Third session of our six week ski club program was a success with a big thank you to Mother Nature for supplying us with just enough snow to pull it off. Thanks to Jeff and Dave Blumenthal, Hal Butler, Wayne Christopherson  and the rest of the Thunder Bay Trails volunteers for sharing your passion and knowledge of cross country skiing with our kids ensuring a life long healthy activity is passed on to the next generation.
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Youth Cross Country Ski Club first two weeks

Three weeks in and we have completed two weeks of ski club meetings. We missed week two due to weather conditions but have managed to get is some quality instruction never the less. We still anticipate getting all 6 weeks in so keep doing your snow dances. Thanks to all the volunteers for your hard work, thanks to Jeff Blumenthal for putting this together, thank you to the Alpena County Youth and Recreation Committee and thanks to the Aplex for hosting our club.
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Treat your Valentine to a night of skiing at Norway Ridge

Treat your Valentine to a night of skiing at Norway Ridge – Saturday February 11th at 6pm Thunder Bay Trails Association and the Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a Lantern Ski. The event is free, there will be a bon fire hot cider and treats to eat. Enjoy a night skiing the lantern lit trails with your family, friends and lovers.

Mountain Bike Trail Forum

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a “Trail Forum” on March 22nd at Tree Tops Resort between 1pm and 5pm

Thunder Bay Trails representatives are planning on attending, let us know if you would like to come along

Click on the links below for more details

MBS Invitation

Mountain Bike Trail Forum Agenda

January 5th 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

January 5, 2017 TBTA Meeting ACC Room 116
Meeting called to order at 6:05 pm. Roll call: Present—Jeff B, Randy F, Stan M, Wayne C, Bob N, Spence M, Mary R, Dennis V, Ron A, Tim R, Bobby B, Tom D Absent: Scott B, Mike A.
Others present: Blake Gingrich, Parks/Rec TBTA members: Melissa M, Dave B, Chris C, Hal/Jennifer Butler.
Minutes from Dec. 8 2016 meeting were read by Wayne C. CORRECTION—Reference to TBTA CfNEM Fund should have read –the Chuck Ingle fund in Northeast Comm. Foundation has $2200 available for use by TBTA. Minutes approved as corrected.
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News Letter 2017


Click on the link below to download the entire News Letter

Thunder Bay Trails Association Newsletter Jan 2017


Kids Can Learn How to Cross Country Ski for FREE!

Last spring, Jeff Blumenthal, with partnership from the Thunder Bay Trails Association, applied for a grant from the Alpena County Youth and Recreation fund to form a Youth Cross Country Ski Club. The intent of the ski club was to provide access to cross country ski equipment and free instruction for Alpena County kids ages K-12th grade. The grant requesting $5500 to cover the cost of cross country ski rental equipment for 40 kids over six Sundays this winter was well received and approved by the Alpena County Youth and Recreation committee. The cross country ski rental equipment will be provided by Harborside Cycle and Sport of Alpena.
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The annual meeting is set for Thursday December 8th.  The meeting will be held at the Aplex.  Social hour is from 6PM to 7PM.  TBTA will provide pizza. There will be an cash bar.  Business meeting will start at 7PM.


Meeting is open to everyone.  Please plan on attending.  Renew your membership for 2017.



  1.  Year end report of accomplishments for 2016.
  2.  Report on proposed youth ski program.

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