Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club

Announces Capital Campaign!

Major improvements coming! More info here.


Trail Reports & News Blog:

  • Great spring like skiing.
    Wow! We went around the Mud Lake loop this morning and skiing just doesn't get any better than this.  The below photos say it all.   ... (click the title to view enire entry)

Ski season is upon us!

Visit our “Events” pages and calendar so you don’t miss out on any of the fun this winter.

Next up: the Heikinpaiva Parade. When the “bear rolls over” on Saturday January 28th we’ll be there to celebrate. Join in the fun! March along with the KNSC float. Line up is at 10:30 am at the Scott Hotel parking lot, parade starts at 11. Plenty of fun and food at the Finnish American Heritage Center and Quincy Green (white??) afterwards.

Kids! Don’t miss the 10th Annual Barnelopet – Sunday February 12th.

Support KNSC when you buy groceries!

Turn in your Econo Food receipts at the chalet this winter. We’ll turn them in each January and July – so stuff the collection box!

As the summer flew by, we were already planning for winter…



This spring, the pedestrian bridge located at the bottom of the Pine Loop was given lots of love and care when it underwent significant repairs. Today, our foot bridge is a wider, stronger structure with a railing, which will allow safe crossing over the winter months. It is narrow enough to stop motorized vehicle use, yet strong enough to hold up under snow loads.  KNSC Thanks Arlyn Aronson, Josh Nelson, and Blair Orr for installing this new-and-improved structure. We appreciate Pebbles/Paul Tomasi for ongoing access, and the City of Hancock for donating materials. 


…after! No more skiers in the creek this winter.




Wow! What a difference more width and a railing makes, in the winter.




Also this summer, Churning Rapids’ Spring Creek Bridge also got some love when it was repaired to make it longer and a bit wider, and put on taller footings. It is now safely up and away from high water during spring run-off, plus will be a safer width for skiers zooming down and around that corner. Thanks to Arlyn and Josh for improving ski conditions with this bridge project.


These posts will make SURE the bridge is never washed away.


Wider, higher, longer, bridge; gravel ramps…all will ensure a better skiing experience.






What does the KNSC do?

Untitled-1The mission of the KNSC is to promote the sport of cross-country skiing in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan for both youth and adults, and provide stewardship of the Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids trails.

These trails offer unsurpassed skiing, hiking, and biking on pleasantly varied and scenic trails, with breathtaking vistas of gorges, meadows, forests, and the lake.

Join the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club (KNSC) for friendship, community service, enjoyment of nature, and healthy exercise!



For our fashionistas:

P1110681KNSC_Logo_monograms2Looking to liven up your favorite trail wear? Bring any item you deem in need of jazzing up to Superior Monogramming, and for under $14 they will embroider the KNSC logo onto it.

Superior Monogramming is at 49112 Arcadian Street in Ripley.


  • KNSC Board Meeting
    January 16, 2017 7:00 pm

    Four Seasons Chalet, Houghton County Fairgrounds, Hancock MI

  • Heikinpaiva parade!
    January 28, 2017 10:30 am

    Join in the fun! March with KNSC as "the bear rolls over". Line up at the Scott Hotel parking lot at 10:30, parade at 11. Lots of fun at the Finnish American Heritage Center afterwards.

  • Retro Ski Fest
    February 5, 2017 12:30 pm

    Retro ski will have a different format this year. Skiers will meet at the Tomasi trailhead at 12:30 and head out for some fun backcountry skiing. Afterwards, we’ll retire to a local restaurant of the group’s choice for beverages and food.

    Please contact either Jay Green at 487-5411 or John Diebel 281-1486 at if you are coming.