Category Archives: Cross Country Skiing

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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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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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.

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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