Category Archives: 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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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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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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YOUTH CROSS COUNTRY SKI CLUB

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TBTA asks for trail courtesy

January 10, 2014 Jordan Travis – News Staff Writer

The Alpena News

If you go to Norway Ridge or Chippewa Hills pathways this winter, the Thunder Bay Trails Association has just one favor to ask: leave the groomed ski tracks for the cross country skiers.

The association’s groomer leaves a pair of parallel grooves in the snowy paths, one for each ski. But hikers and snowshoers have been repeatedly trampling these twin ruts, ruining hours of volunteer work by association members, volunteer groomer Ron Anderson said.
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Winter is Calling – 2014 Michigan Cup Series Race Schedule

The Michigan Cup Committee finalized the race calendar at yesterday’s Committee meeting. There are 24 races on the calendar for the 2013-2014 season (the Tour de Ski weekend of racing counts as one race).

Michigan Cup cross country ski race seriesAfter successful first years, both the Wintersonnewende and the Lakes of the North Winterstart return for a repeat performance. The Wintersonnewende moves one weekend later to the same weekend as the Winterstart, increasing the chance of better snow and allowing travelling racers to have a double-race weekend instead of having to travel two weekends on single races.
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Black Mountain ski events this weekend

Jordan Travis – News Staff Writer

BEARINGER TOWNSHIP – The newly-formed Black Mountain Nordic Ski Club will host three cross-country skiing events at Black Mountain Recreation Area Saturday and Sunday.

The ninth annual Black Mountain Nordic Classic is Saturday, race director Denny Paull said. The 30-kilometer race encompasses the entire outside loop of Black Mountain’s trail system. Only classic-style skiing is allowed in the race.
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Hoeft to host annual night skiing event

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The Alpena News

News Staff Writer

ROGERS CITY – Cross country skiers, snowshoers and hikers will have two chances to see the woods along Lake Huron’s shore, guided by the flickering glow of more than 200 lanterns along a trail in Hoeft State Park.

The state park will host its annual Winter Nights and Lights event Saturday from 6-9 p.m., and again on Feb. 16 at the same time, park accounting assistant Karen Schulte said. These after-dark hikes have been going on at the park since 2008 and bring out a good-sized crowd of all ages.
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AlpenaNow.com: Lantern-lit cross-country skiing returns to Cheboygan State Park

cross-country-skiing-01bA popular event is returning to Cheboygan State Park near the end of the month.

An evening of lantern-lit cross-country skiing and hiking will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 26.

The event will begin at the park trailhead located off Seffern Road, where skiers will find approximately 1.8 miles of groomed and track-set trails lit by lanterns spaced 50 feet apart. Snowshoers and hikers also are welcome to participate.
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Technique lessons during Michigan Cup 6-Hour relay this Saturday

Thu, Jan 3, 2013 – By Andy Liebner

Andy Liebner, international biathlete and cross country skier, and author of “Wild Shot: Struggles and successes in biathlon and cross country skiing”, will be doing racing technique clinics the afternoons of the Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic. This is your chance to get a technical evaluation by someone with up-to-the-minute knowledge of ski technique.
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Eight XC ski areas participate in Discover Michigan Skiing

Wed, Dec 26, 2012 – By Mike Muha

Discover Michigan SkiingSki areas across the state have teamed up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer a popular and very affordable introduction to the sport of skiing and snowboarding, called Discover Michigan Skiing.

The program, which has run every January for the past 19 years, includes: a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. Twenty-three ski facilities are offering the package, which will be honored from January 2 through January 31, 2013. The prices for the Discover Michigan Skiing program are: $20 for Discover Michigan Cross-Country Skiing; $30 for Discover Michigan Downhill Skiing; and $40 for Discover Michigan Snowboarding. The program is open to everyone 7 years and older.
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