Retro Ski – Sunday January 27, 2019

Retro Jay (DL)

Our host-with-the-most, Jay, sports proper retro-skiing garb. Woolies are optional, but recommended!


Chili returns to the Triangle (junction of trails #4 & #10): Chili will again be heated over a fire and served at the Triangle. It’s a one pot deal so it will be vegan (cheese will be available to make it vegetarian) along with chips, crackers, hot sauce, and instant coffee, hot chocolate mix and tea bags, along with hot water. Eats manned from Noon to 2 and then left over the fire for feral natives and late comers – please help yourself. No fee for this event but please purchase a trail pass; donations are always appreciated and will be split evenly between KNSC and Keweenaw Land Trust.

The route: We’ll start blazing trail almost right away at 2 PM heading for the upper reaches of Ruby Marsh, then through the marsh and on to the tower to see what we can see. Then skiers can head back to their trail heads by set tracks or decide on other routes to explore.

The reward: Besides the chili at the start, skiers can decide after making all those tracks if they want to retire to a local restaurant of the group’s choice for beverages and food. Plus smart talk and excellent stories, inspired by our annual ski!

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. 

“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 after January 28th. 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

John: 281-1486 email

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


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  • 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.