Retro Ski – Sunday February 2, 2020

SKI THE BACK COUNTRY!

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. There is no fee for this event but please purchase a trail pass; donations are always appreciated.

The route: We will meet at the Hancock Chalet at 1:30 and finalize the route and car shuttle subject to the snow/weather conditions at the time. The goal will be to ski the top rim of MH/CR’s second gorge –never knew there was a second gorge?  Come on the tour and feast your eyes on it. Then we’ll do some trackless skiing along snowshoe trails and back country skiing through woods and along a winter
wonderland creek.

The reward: After breaking all that trail skiers can retire to a local restaurant of the group’s choice for beverages and food. Tall tales inspired by our back country skiing may ensue.

Never done a “retro ski”? If you’ve got wood skis, bamboo poles, knickers and wool clothing – perfect! You’ll be stylin’. If you’ve got modern equipment and clothing – don’t let that stop you from joining the group. All skiers are welcome regardless of ability or equipment. 

P.S. Weather projections are for day temps to continue in the low to mid 30’s. If that’s the case, I recommend the use of modern plastic no-wax skis to avoid the possible hassle/frustration of dealing with waxing and clogging. I will be using my new skin skis but will still be attired in wool. We’ll be retro in spirit and trail breaking.

“No-guts-no-glory” does not apply. If skier abilities vary widely, we can split into two groups – an easy and an extended tour – and still feast together after all are finished. Our route will use groomed trails several times, so anyone wanting a shorter/easier tour may leave the group at one of those points and ski via set tracks to their starting trailhead. Yes, backcountry means breaking trail but don’t let that keep you home; we’ll have plenty of skiers to take turns at the front and no “real” retro-skier would mind if slower/tired/novice skiers follow their path. 

RSVP: Contact either Jay Green or John Diebel by 8 pm February 1st if you intend to enjoy this adventure so we have an idea of group size and ability to plan for. We appreciate the notification but if last minute developments free you to come, please hop on the skis and join us. Also call with any questions.

Jay: home 487-5411 cell 370-1400 email jbgreen45@nullcharter.net

John: 281-1486 email john.diebel@nullsbcglobal.net

Regardless of the weather we will be skiing; severe weather may just change the route and length. Hope to see you there!

 

  • 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
    906-281-1486
    john.diebel@sbcglobal.net

    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.