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, 2021 6:00 pm

    Candle Luminary Ski  – Sunday December 26, 2021

    Join the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club on the evening of Sunday 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 the chalet will not be open and we will not be having holiday goodies or refreshments this year.  A portolet will be available however.

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

    Donations will be accepted to keep this tradition going.

  • Barnelopet Children's Ski Races -February 13, 2022
    February 13, 2022 1:00 pm


    FREE for all. Kids and families, join in on Sunday, February 13th, 2022 at the Four Seasons Chalet, Hancock. Registration drop off begins at 1 pm, open to classic skiers aged 3 - 17. Due to COVID-19 we ask that you print off the Registration form on this page, fill it out and bring it with you.  Once you arrive at the Chalet Parking Lot you will be directed to the proper station for you race group.  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


    Download a registration form here: Barne registration_2021_V3

    Download an event flyer here: barne flier 2021_V3



  • Retro Ski Fest
    February 19, 2022 1:30 pm

    Retro Ski....February 19, 2022.   The Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids trail system encompasses a lot of territory that seldom see ski tracks all winter.  The Retro Ski is an opportunity each year to explore some of that country with like-minded friends and knowledgeable guides. 

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