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Big M – Wednesday 2/21

Our snow took a big hit over the last few days. Lots of ice now so studs are mandatory.

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Big M Weekend Forecast

Right now we are shaping up to have great spring snow riding this weekend! We groomed Tuesday evening and I hoping no one ruts it out between then and when temps are supposed to drop Thursday evening. We will regroom … Continue reading

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Big M Groomed Tuesday Night

The little loop and outer loop were groomed Tuesday evening.

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UPDATED – Big M Weekend Forecast

The little loop is decent but the foot of snow we got last weekend does not pack very well and the outer loop is soft. Uphills are currently almost impossible unless you are only running 1-2 psi. We are planning … Continue reading

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Big M groomed Tuesday

The outer and little loops were both groomed last night. Seems like the trail is finally setting up really well. There was less than an inch of very light fluffy snow overnight but that should not degrade things much if … Continue reading

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Big M Sunday update

The outer loop and little loop are both groomed but there was 8+” overnight so things are soft. Going to try to groom tomorrow and get some better compaction.

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Big M Weekend Forecast

The trail held up well through the different thaws over the last few weeks and as of last Sunday afternoon we still had about 99% snow coverage with a couple bare spots and some patches of grey ice. As of … Continue reading

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Big M weekend forecast

Great primer on fat tire etiquette. Starting mid day Friday through Saturday evening the forecast indicates the snow will be above freezing and very soft. Please do not ride during that window of time. Sunday is looking like it should … Continue reading

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Tuesday 1/23 Big M Groomed

The little loop and big loop were groomed. Firetower loop was not groomed. 100% snow coverage and no ice! Riding should be great tomorrow. Snow pack should easily make it through this next warm patch. Sunday morning is looking awesome … Continue reading

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Big M Weekend Riding Forecast 1/20/18

Right now it is looking like riding at the Big M is going to be amazing if you can catch it in the mornings Saturday and/or Sunday. Friday night and Saturday night are both supposed to get below freezing so … Continue reading

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Wednesday 1/17 – Trail Park groomed

All of the fat bike trails were groomed yesterday and should be in great shape. Just a quick reminder, when snow temperatures go above freezing please stay off the fat bike trails to avoid creating icy ruts.

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Friday evening 1/12 Big M report

The course for the race tomorrow is going to be wonderful! No studs necessary. A little bumpy due to snow falling from trees and deer walking on the trail but it is minor. This is going to be one of … Continue reading

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Friday 1/12 Big M morning report

We have dirty white cement! Snow is currently glazed but still grippy and very firm. Lots of branches and debris down currently. The plan is to clean up the trail this morning trying to remove all the big sticks and … Continue reading

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1/6 Evening Big M update

First off, sorry to anyone that traveled a ways and planned to ride an outer loop. I was absolutely blown away that anyone could possibly think they could ride 4″ tires around a 17 mike trail somewhere that has gotten … Continue reading

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1/6 – Big M Update

Dang! Mother Nature is being much more generous than the forecast predicted and we got a bunch more snow yesterday and through the night. We will be grooming throughout the day but there is a lot of snow!

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1/4 – Trail Park is Groomed

The fat bike trail at the Manistee Trail Park was groomed Thursday 1/4 and should be in good shape.

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1/4 – Big M is Partially Groomed

On Wednesday 1/3 from the parking lot out clockwise on the outer loop and around the firetower loop was groomed and as of the evening 1/4 there was only a light dusting of snow on it. On Thursday 1/4 the … Continue reading

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1/2 – Big M clockwise outer loop to the firetower Groomed

Hopefully this isn’t too confusing but the portion of the outer loop going clockwise from the parking lot out to and around nd the firetower loop was groomed. The chamber of the off camber sections was fixed and the firetower … Continue reading

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12/31 Big M groomed

The outer loop was groomed and should be in great shape for the first of the year. There were a few ruts late in the day but it was still 100% rideable with the right pressure. The little loop is … Continue reading

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12/29 Big M groomed

The snow globe effect has been in full force for days now. Trails are in mint shape this evening. A few inches possible tonight but hopefully it will get ridden in earlier tomorrow morning.

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12/27 – Big M groomed, mostly

The Outerloop is mostly groomed. We ran into issues with the groomer at the southern intersection with North country Trail. Planning to ride in the remainder of the loop with the triple-B tonight.Condition should be great riding tomorrow.

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Big M, best conditions ever?

With the bit of above freezing temperatures yesterday the snow bonded to the ice and now the trail is in amazing shape. Definitely some slick spots but studs are no longer mandatory. Get in a lap while these conditions are … Continue reading

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Wednesday 12/20 – Big M Groomed

The outer loop and firetower loop were groomed (actually being groomed at time of writing this). Conditions range from ice patches to a somewhat soft few inches of base. Studs are highly recommended.

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12/15 Trail Park Groomed

The Manistee Trail Park was groomed Friday morning and should be good to go after the big dump of snow!

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12/9 – Big M cleared of logs and ridden in

There is boarder line enough snow to groom so we decided to ride it in and remove all the logs. Riding should be great!!

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12/9 – Outer Loop of Trail Park Rolled

Rolled the outer loop but didn’t get to inner yet. Work to be done at big m! About 8″ of fresh out there with 2ish inches of compacted base. Will be bumpy but ok.

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Big M – Friday 2/17

The snow pack at Big M is holding up well. When it is below freezing the trails are in AMAZING shape. Things soften up greatly in the warmer temps though so don’t be a jerk and ride it when the … Continue reading

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Big M – Wednesday 2/9

The trails are in excellent shape! Very little ice and they are super firm and fast. Based on the forecast they should be excellent through sometime on Saturday mid to late in the day when the air temps get into … Continue reading

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Big M Outer Loop Groomed Sunday Feb 5th

The outerloop was groomed with our new tracksled: It lays down a very nice ribbon of 20″ singletrack. This is the first pass for the year so it may take a few more passes before we get a really nice … Continue reading

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Manistee Trail Park Groomed Wednesday Afternoon

The outer loop of the trail park was groomed Wednesday afternoon. Going to try to groom the inner loop later this evening.

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Big M Outer Loop Ridden in Saturday 1/14

The outer loop was ridden in Saturday. The loop is a mix of very different conditions right now. Some of it is well packed fat bike tracks (6-8″ wide), some of it has been groomed with an old school snowmobile … Continue reading

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Manistee Trail Park Groomed Wednesday 1/11

We are finally back up and in business for grooming the fat bike loop at the Manistee Trail Park. We have our big snowmobile fixed and out at the park. There are a couple more tweaks we need to make but … Continue reading

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Big M – Saturday 1/7

The Outer Loop was ridden in Saturday. I am guessing the track will firm up well and should be pretty good Sunday. The smaller loop was ridden in and snowshoed. We are hoping to get the smaller loop rolled today.

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Big M Outer Loop – 12/30/2016

The 5-6 mile loop is in great shape. The outer loop has been ridden in and should be rideable if you have bigger tires and are running low pressure. PLEASE STAY OFF SKI TRAIL! Especially along Corkpine. It may seem … Continue reading

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Manistee Trail Park was groomed Monday

The fat bike loop was groomed Monday, sort of. We don’t have our usual snowmobile and roller set up ready yet so were using a lighter snowmobile and a sled right now. The track is pretty soft but probably will … Continue reading

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NCT from 9 Mile Bridge South to Freesoil Rd is Snow Free

NCT south of 9 Mile Bridge is free of snow at least until Freesoil Rd (and likely the rest of the way south). The Udell Hills region is a mixed bag right now. Trails that were groomed for skiing or … Continue reading

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Arcadia Trails Free of Snow, Trees Down

The Arcadia MTB trails are 99.9% free of snow as of the evening of Friday, March 11. There are a lot of trees down right now, especially on the south side of the loop. I am hoping to get to … Continue reading

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M55 Park Groomed 3/2

Most of the fat bike loop was groomed Wednesday evening. The remainder should be groomed Thursday morning.

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M55 Park groomed Saturday morning 

Get out there before Mother Nature reclaims it!

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M55 Park Groomed Thursday Night

Got a nice dump of 8+” of decent packing powder during the day! Groomed all the trails and they seem like they are going to set up well over night. Enjoy!

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M55 park groomed Wednesday evening 

Fat bike trails were groomed Wednesday night. Conditions should be excellent if they are not a bit icy.

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M55 Park trail conditions updated 1-28-16

The trails were groomed Wednesday night and are in great shape. Please hold off riding them until our temps drop below freezing again and the snow firms up this afternoon.

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Manistee Trail Park

The Shoreline Cycling Club has been working with the City Of Manistee and the Manistee Non-Motorized Transportation Committee to develop cycling and skiing trails at the Manistee Non-Motorized Trail Park. With winter back in full force, the ski trails at … Continue reading

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