Keweenaw Nordic regularly seeks grants for capital equipment purchases and special projects which cannot be reasonably budgeted for. Over the past several years, we’ve received many generous award. Thanks goes out to each of these organizations!  

Trail improvement grant award

Portage Health Foundation Community Wellness and Outdoor Recreation Endowment

This new fund established at Keweenaw Community Foundation awarded $6,000 for improvements to The New River Trail, to allow for earlier and later grooming. KNSC will match this grant with $3,000 of its own funds, to maximize the benefit of this gift. Our plan is to hire a contractor in the summer of 2018 to level and smooth the trail surface, and assist with digging trenches for culverts. This investment on mostly City owned land will provide at least a small percentage of trail that can be groomed earlier for winter recreation. 

Equipment awards

Power brush tools (2017) –  $400 from XC Skiing Endowment at Keweenaw Community Foundation 


Kodiak ATV and track pods (2017) – $1,690 from the U.P. Sustainable Forest & Wildlife Fund at the Community Foundation Of the U.P. 





Ski-Doo Skandic SWT Snowmobile (2016):

$1,750 – XC Skiing Endowment at Keweenaw Community Foundation

$1,000 – U.P. Sustainable Forest & Wildlife Fund at the Community Foundation Of the U.P. 

$500 – Shopko Foundation 

Event sponsors

Portage Health Foundation

$500 sponsorship of the 2017 Candle Luminary Ski & Chili Cook-off

Portage Health Auxiliary

$500 sponsorship of the 2018 Barnelopet

Portage Health Auxiliary

$500 sponsorship of the 9th Annual Glide N Gorge, spring 2017

Portage Health Foundation

$500 sponsorship, to sponsor the 2017 Barnelopet

Portage Health Auxiliary

$500 sponsorship of the Glide N Gorge – spring 2016

Awards for the Learn To Ski program at Barkell Elementary

Hancock Public Schools Foundation funded several important upgrades to the school trail grooming equipment this season. This award will enable significant improvements to the track setting on the school trail; we’ll install an equipment storage pole so the drag is kept in a safe place. (2107)

Shopko Foundation $1,000 to fund modifications to drag for school trail (2014)

Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union – $500 for a new drag for the school trail (2014)

Keweenaw Community Foundation – $1,600 for universal binding skis (awarded 2012; program began January 2013)


Awards for the Middle Bridge Replacement


$,1000 – Shopko Foundation, towards a utility trailer used in the Middle Bridge Replacement Project


$3,000 – Plum Creek Foundation 


$1,500 – U.P. Sustainable Forest & Wildlife Fund at the Community Foundation Of the U.P. 

$4,000 – Portage Health Foundation Endowment at Keweenaw Community Foundation 



KNSC could not continue to offer maintained, groomed trails for our community without the extra support from organizations such as these.middlebridgeIII

  • Bridgefest Parade
    June 16, 2018 5:30 pm
  • Barnelopet Children's Ski Races
    February 11, 2019 1:00 pm

    FREE for all. Kids and families, join in on Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at the Four Seasons Chalet, Hancock. Registration begins at 1 pm, open to classic skiers aged 3 - 17. All ages line up to race beginning at 2:00. First out are the 6K racers, and at intervals after that, 4K, 2K, then 1K. Questions: Wayne Stordahl  (906) 482-0292

    Barnelopet registration 2018

    More info here: Barne flier 2018


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