Meyers Bridge at Sisu Hill project

Stay tuned for updates on this upcoming project! For now, here’s some history:

Most if not all of Maasto’s trail users frequently visit the Swedetown Creek gorge. Anyone getting in or out of the gorge at the western terminus of the trails knows all about Sisu Hill. What you may not know is that the bridge at the bottom of the hill is providing safe passage over the creek only because of significant “shoring up” done in 2014.

Sisu bridge’s complete history is not fully known today. We do know that both Sisu and the Middle Bridge were initially built using large used power poles, and at a later date intermediate supports were added to both, to accommodate heavier grooming machines. 

Spring 2013

During the dramatic melt down in the spring of 2013, the roaring Swedetown Creek eroded many banks plus plucked off these intermediate supports in its wake. Temporary “fixes” were completed that summer and fall to each bridge over Swedetown Creek, which allowed trail use and grooming to continue uninterrupted the following winter.

Spring 2017 (reinforcement done fall 2014 and still looks good)

In the summer of 2014 more substantial repairs were made to the heavily decayed Middle Bridge, plus Sisu Bridge. Sisu’s extensive improvement was required to get the necessary tools, equipment, and materials to the Middle Bridge, and is the only reason it remains in service today. 

A project of the size and scope of these take many hours of planning and preparation. Funding of course is always a challenge. Volunteer efforts are heroic, but can only be stretched so far and move so fast. Today, the preparation stage is ongoing, with the goal of putting boots on the ground in the summer of 2018.

Speaking of funding, did you notice the title of this page? David, Keith, and Julie Meyers secured naming rights for the new Sisu Bridge with their generous gift which will provide trail users access to The River Trail for years to come. Read more about the Meyers’ gift, and KNSC’s Capital Campaign here.

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

    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.