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


$,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

  • Luminary Ski
    December 26, 2020 6:00 pm

    Candle Luminary Ski  – Thursday December 26, 2020


    Join the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club on the evening of Thursday December 26th for the annual Candle Luminary Ski.  Enjoy a  candle lit evening to celebrate the holidays with family and friends on the Maasto Hiihto ski trails.


    Starting from Hancock’s Four Seasons Chalet at the north end of the Houghton County Fairgrounds, 1 and 2 kilometer loops will be aglow with luminaria from 6-8 pm The day after Christmas




    This fun, free event is for the whole family, including the kids whether they are on skis or in pulks.  Everyone is welcome at Maasto to keep the Christmas spirit going. For folks who don’t ski, you may snowshoe or snow bike.

    Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we will not be having holiday goodies or refreshments this year. 


    For more info, or if you’d like to volunteer, please contact:  P1050029John Diebel

    Donations will be accepted to keep this tradition going.

  • KNSC Annual General Membership Meeting
    April 21, 2021 6:30 pm

    Tuesday, April 21th, at the chalet.

    Join us at 6:30 for social hour and dinner featuring scrumptious BBQ plus sides, courtesy of KNSC! Bring a beverage of your choice - and to ramp up the merriment, bring extras to swap and share. Brief meeting to follow afterwards.

    Love the trails? Make a difference by bringing your ideas, questions, and comments.

    Support the trails by serving on the Board!

  • Glide 'n Gorge
    October 14, 2021 12:00 pm

    The date for this event is TBD.  We are working out logistics for this event due to COVID-19.  We will update as soon as we have a plan.


    The 12th annual Glide N Gorge stays on Saturday. As in the past, we’ll be ready to serve up great fun and better eats from noon until 3pm at the Maasto Hiihto ski trails in Hancock.