Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club

Now available: 2017-18 Annual Memberships 

Buy yours here, or at Down Wind Sports in Houghton, Cross Country Sports in Calumet, MTU’s SDC, or online at Keweenaw Trails.












The turning colors means…fall trail work season is here!

Watch your email inbox for work bee announcements. Our groomers, Arlyn and Colin, will be out on the trails most week days. If you have a flexible schedule and can join them, they would really appreciate it. Contact Arlyn at or (906) 370-2911 to RSVP.

Also, our dedicated board members will be leading weekend work bees. These will be announced on our email list and on the calendar of this website.

Mark shows how to multi-task during fall trail work season

What’s up with the River Trail reroute?

This spring, 20 KNSC volunteers joined in to give a total of 285 hours of their free time to rough out a major re-route of trail #4 just north of Tomasi Rd, a.k.a. “The New River Trail”. Today, as you follow this trail upstream along Swedetown Creek, you will find a new corridor which follows the beloved gorge. Put on some study boots and hike it – you’ll find awesome overlooks of a huge beaver dam! The trail then turns back to connect with the existing trail near the pine plantation.

Stumps have been trimmed and brush cut; a culvert and more corduroy will be installed soon to get ready for grooming season. This one is gonna be a dandy!

As seen from the new section of trail

Near the south end of the extension

Breaks are part of the fun!

Questions – contact us.


Remember to support the trails…buy a pass!

Coming very soon…another beautiful Copper Country winter. How long and dull the season would be, if not for such fantastic trails found near and far. We are especially lucky to have Swedetown Creek gorge in our back yard here.

Classic skiers, snow shoers, and snow bikers are all welcome at Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids. And – unique to our area – so is your 4-legged friend. Yes, 100% of Maasto and Churning are dog-friendly.

Love the trails? Love that you can do a variety of winter, and summer sports on them? Love that you can bring your dog anywhere on the trails? Share the love – buy a membership. Tell your trail loving friends!

A great time was had by all at the 9th Annual Glide N Gorge, 3/4/17

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!


Support the trails – donate your Econo Food receipts…¬†

Each winter, you may drop your receipts off in the chalet. You may mail them to KNSC, or contact the secretary for pick-up. Every little bit helps!

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.


  • Holiday Candle Luminary Event
    December 26, 2017 6:00 pm

    Ski, snow shoe, or pedal your snow bike around a loop lit by beautiful luminaria. Guaranteed family fun to cap off the holidays.

  • Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee outing & lunch
    December 31, 2017 9:00 am
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