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 Auxiliary

$500 sponsorship of the 2018 Glide N Gorge

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 2017 Glide N Gorge

Portage Health Foundation

$500 sponsorship of the 2017 Barnelopet

Portage Health Auxiliary

$500 sponsorship of the 2016 Glide N Gorge 

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

2015

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

2014

$3,000 – Plum Creek Foundation 

2013

$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

  • Candle Luminary Event
    December 26, 2018 6:00 pm

    Ski, snow shoe, pedal your snow bike or walk around a loop lit by beautiful luminaria. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows by the bonfire. Bring your left over holiday goodies to share! Guaranteed family fun to cap off the holidays.

  • Heikinpaiva parade!
    January 26, 2019 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
    January 27, 2019 12:00 pm

    Retro Ski....chili is back! Fire-roasted chili at the Triangle in Churning Rapids from noon to 2, then we start blazing trail. 

    RSVP: Contact either Jay Green at (h) 487-5411 (c) 370-1400 or John Diebel 281-1486 if you are coming.