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Ludington School Forest Update – It was a hell of a run

I’m sure we’ll get one or two more blasts of winter after spring break, so we might be able to groom something up for a short period. But for now, I think we’re done… And the beach isn’t all that … Continue reading

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SFT report Thursday, March 7, 2019

SFT is amazing and should stay consistent until noon or so on Saturday. Literally the best trail since we’ve been grooming. Park downtown and enter trail at A on this map. Only the trails in the SFT are groomed, the … Continue reading

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SFT groomed 3/5/19

Hopefully we don’t get a bunch of snow tonight. Got around most of trails with roller ’til I broke hitch on the ice fishing sled. Then I had to go get tires to finish.

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School Forest Grooming plan for 3/5/19

Waiting for the blizzard to die down to see what happened out in the woods during the latest Polar Vortex-like blast. We sure had a great weekend though. Hope everyone got a chance to get out while they were so … Continue reading

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Big M after the weekend

The outer loop and little loop were groomed late in the week only to get covered by 4-7 more inches Friday and Saturday night. The trail did get ridden in by those that worked hard to get around the Udell. … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 3/1/19

All of the school forest trails at this point are dialed in, five stars, fantastic. We are however of course supposed to get 1 to 3 inches of snow tonight which should be fine to ride in Saturday morning.

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School Forest trails 2/27/19 part 2

$20 bucks at Briggs and the groomer was back in action. Did all the bike trails and most of the walking trails before I smiled clutch two. Some poor soul rode the entire system on what appeared to be a … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest Update 2/27/19

Well my best efforts to groom 5.2 miles of trail for my brother’s 52 birthday ended when the bold holding the sled to the groomer snapped as I crossed Bryant Road this morning, .5 miles into my grooming run. So … Continue reading

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Big M Update – Sunday 2/17

So I was a bit optimistic with my last report. The warm day and rain never really materialized so trail conditions stayed at “mid-winter” and didn’t harden up into spring snow. The trail got pretty chewed up on Saturday from … Continue reading

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Ludington SFT 2-14-19 (Update) yeah it’s the bomb…

Got out and groomed everything with the tracksled and two tires while it was warm. Should set up nicely for the weekend. 2-3 pounds of air and you should be good. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Big M Groomed Wednesday 2/13

The little loop and outer loop were groomed on Wednesday. There was 4-6″ of more snow since the day before. Thursday is supposed to be well above freezing with some drizzle but temps are supposed to drop down Friday so … Continue reading

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Big M Feb 12

4 inches of wonderful snow was groomed Tuesday afternoon just in time for a forecasted 4 more inches Tuesday night. Both the little and the outer loop got the treatment. Working hard to make the upcoming weekend just as good … Continue reading

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Ludington SFT 2-12-19

Just laid down a set of tracks so that when the snow stops there is a recent track to go through.

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Big M fat bike trail update

The struggle is real but we’re thinking we’ve got this thing as good as it can get considering the situation we just got out of and are getting into. Little loop is good to go. Wide tires and low pressures. … Continue reading

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SFT Update 2-1-19

We’re chomping at the bit to go ride ourselves and enjoy the trails, here’s an update. We’ve spent all week getting the trails back into shape after the big storm. Skiing, tracksledding, snowshoeing and now we have Dave out with … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest report 1-31-19

We are slowly opening up the Ludington School Forest trails, both hiking and biking trails. We might get them open before the rain comes, but then we’ll have to close them again. Nothing is rideable at this point. Might try … Continue reading

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Big M

No promises about this weekend. Think of it this way… from Thursday on we’ll be working as much as we can to get trails as rideable as possible. In other words, snow shoe or ski. Give er a shot but … Continue reading

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Big M Snomageddon

We’re doing our best to make things rideable but it may take the better part of the week. We’re doing multiple passes without weights and pans just so we can get the 12+inches of snow to cooperate. Maybe by the … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 1-27-19

Killer grooming session tonight. In a good way. Got 100% groomed. Rescued roller and smoothed out most of the walking trails with 50# of weight in the pan. Then Got around north side with the roller and 20# pounds so … Continue reading

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Big M post race condish

How quickly a trail can turn to mash potatoes and how quickly there’s no evidence of a soul ever riding it let alone 50 racers. Between the end the race yesterday and today, Big M received another 2-3 inches of … Continue reading

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Big M 1-25 weekend condish

Wow….finally a dump. The Udell Hills received nearly a foot of freshies this week. Even nearby Wellston didn’t get this much. Everything is groomed and seems to be setting up quite well. The roller stopped rolling because the snow was … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 1-25-19 #groomus_interuptus

Update – The groomer is back in action, and everything has been groomed with the exception of the northern section of the orange loop. Most everything the southern section of the north south through trail is also not been groomed, … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 1-23-19

Everything but the two southern loops, the loops south of Bryant, have been groomed. I’m not sure how it will set up, the snow was really weird of course, but it’s better than nothing. And we’re supposed to get a … Continue reading

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Big M 18-20 weekend…send it

Perfect condish, tasty barrels all weekend. Augh….tasty barrels.

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Weekend Outlook (Jan 12) for Ludington School Forest

Trail is in pretty fair shape. There are some patches of ice, very limited, but they do catch you by surprise. The balance is thin snow or dirt. Very rideable, 3.75 out of five stars.

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Weekend is looking good for Big M

Just got back from the evening ride and the trail is in great shape. Just enough fluff on top to provide some grip but not enough to turn it into a slugfest. Forecast for the weekend has temps staying below … Continue reading

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Big M

To say it’s been a light year for the groomers would be an understatement. Big M has only needed to be groomed once (late last week) and so far this week, can be ridden in without grooming. Temps were high … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 1/2/19

Ludington School Forest is amazing right now. Just enough snow to smooth it out. With temps rising to above freezing right now rides before noon are probably your way bet. That pic is from Tuesday, we rode in another 3” … Continue reading

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Ludington SFT 1/1/19

I set tracks through the Ludington school forest and the disc golf this morning. The trails didn’t get as much snow as the roads, I think most of that stuck to the trees, but there is an inch to 2 … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12/7/18

Ludington received about 3 inches of snow Thursday night and a group of seven or eight of us road in the SFT loops. The trail Saturday morning should be fantastic. Hopefully we continue to get couple inches of snow per … Continue reading

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Tracksled 2.0 for the Ludington SFT

Looks like the groomer 2.0 for the Ludington School Forest is ready. Apparently it’s shorter and a little lighter. Excited.

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North Country Trail open from 56th to Marilla*

Thanks to the efforts of many of the members of the Shoreline Cycling Club, our section of the NCT in Lake, Mason and Manistee Counties is open.  A quick tally of man-hours driving home last night, purely a guess, but … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest Update – APRIL stinking 4th

I thought I was done grooming, guess not… The Ludington School Forest Trails, with the exception of the Orange Loop, and a TON of disc golf were groomed this morning. We’ll ride in the Orange Loop tonight and then if … Continue reading

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Big M….one last groom

The outer loop and little loop each got a groom with the recent dump we received Monday night. The jury is still out on how it’s going to set up but we’re still hoping this weekend will rock with night … Continue reading

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And…. we’re done, Ludington School Forest

Should be free of ice pretty soon, then, a couple days to dry out and that’s it. Thanks everyone that used the trails this winter we only had one instance of riders riding when they shouldn’t, but I think those … Continue reading

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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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Ludington School Forest 2/16/18 weekend update.

Kudos to the folks in Ludington. Everyone knew well enough to stay off the trails Wednesday and Thursday. I put a fine tooth comb to the slush that was the Ludington School Forest trail system last night. It should set … Continue reading

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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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Ludington School Forest Trails 2-13-18

Trails are awesome. I think we’ll be fine through this little thaw Wed and Thurs, just might not be able to ride in the late afternoons. Thursday afternoon might be sketchy, just go with 2-3 PSI to start and if … Continue reading

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Ludington school forest Sunday, February 11, 2018

First full run with new track sled. Trails closed now. But should be good Monday after work.

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Ludington School Forest ~ February 9, 2018

At lunch yesterday I threw a frame around an ice fishing sled we had as a groomer a while back, it’s been in my garage as we’ve not had a winter like this since we started grooming operations. The idea … Continue reading

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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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Ludington school forest February 5, 2018

It is amazing what just pulling a truck tire around trails with a solid base can do. I was the first one around so, the first pass was soft but very rideable. When I went back over my tracks for … Continue reading

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Ludington school forest Sunday, February 4, 2018

Brutal grooming session tonight, all I could pull, after getting stuck twice with groomer in the first 100 yards, was the truck tire. So I got around the trails with that, moving the snow off. Hopefully that will set up … 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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Ludington School Forest, Sunday, February 4, 2018

It’s kind of killing me not to groom the Ludington School Forest this morning but the snow is really grainy and it would not set up by the time people would probably start riding it. So, dust off your XC … Continue reading

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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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Ludington School Forest January 28, 2018

I went over the Ludington school forest trails with a variety of grooming apparati. When it freezes tonight it should be pretty good there are several spots that are glare ice, so studded tires, if you have them, would be … 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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Ludington school forest week of January 22 conditions.

Looking at the forecast I do not know that there will be any grooming done this week in the Ludington school forest. It looks like Riders have stayed off the trails during this thaw for the most part, the few … 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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Ludington school forest trail report Tuesday, January 16, 2018

All trails groomed last night, and I hit the walking trails as hard as I could, but they are still very rough from walking. It looks like there is a two day warm up in the future this weekend so … Continue reading

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Saturday, January 13 Ludington school Forest report

I went out late last night and groomed the Ludington school forest walking trails with the drag to try and knock down some of the footprints, the biking trails were very good so I didn’t do much of them. I … Continue reading

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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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Ludington school for a trail report Friday evening January 12, 2018

Ludington trails are pretty good there may be a little icy in spots and there’s a dusting of snow or whatever’s belief that the crossed but they are totally rideable

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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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Ludington School Forest Trail report 1/12/18

I’m going to head out at lunch and see what’s up. It looks like people stayed off them for the most part. We could use the higher end 3″ of the snow that’s in the forecast, so a little snow … Continue reading

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As warm weather approaches please read this…

It’s our groomers worst nightmare, a brief warm spell after weeks of below freezing temps. Read about warm weather riding tips from our friends at the NMMBA.

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Ludington school forest report January 8, 2018

The best I can say about the Ludington school forest trails is that I hope the beach is rideable. The Ludington school forest trails are closed. Probably until Friday, I was in there at lunch with the Rokon and couldn’t … Continue reading

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1/7 Little loop at Big M groomed but…

As the snow begins to fall from the trees, it will definitely add piles to the recent grooming. There’s a ton of snow stuck up in the branches. Snowmobiles have again poached a section of trail and were educated about … 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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Big M little loop 1/6

Sorry the messy trail at the entrance of the little loop. Driver error. One lap without roller and one with. Should be fun for experts and beginners

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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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Ludington School Forest January 5, 2018

Three of us ride in my last trip around with tire and Rokon and the first lap was a little sketchy but the second laps were good. Dave is currently out there with snowmobile and the stag doing disc golf … Continue reading

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Big M little loop groomed 1/5

With a dilapidated hitch, we hobbled together a pass on the little loop. Won’t stop snowing.

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Ludington School Forest Trails 1/5/18

Hit everything again with the Rokon and tires today at lunch. We’re going to try to ride tonight (meet at Bryant crossing at 6) Dave is currently dropping reinforcements (his snowmobile) at my house for the disc golf and sections … Continue reading

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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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Ludington school forest January 4, 2018

Basically just trying to keep the trails open now using Rokon and the two van tires, I made another pass tonight and made it but I don’t think it’s rideable hopefully it stops snowing soon and we can get back … Continue reading

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Ludington school forest January 3, 2018

I made a pass with the Rokon and Two van tires, basically trying to scrape today’s snow fall down to yesterday‘s groom. If anybody rides today I’d be very curious to see how that rode. Should be pretty good as … 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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Ludington School Forest Jan. 2, 2018

The Ludington school forest was just groomed, and should be ready to ride by 5 o’clock tonight. I noticed one set of tracks, someone with too much air, riding on freshly groomed trail. If you notice that a trail is … 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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Little loop at Big M 12/30

Had to make two laps to get the little loop groomed today. Layer down some nice concrete for your New Years Eve day ride. And Mother Nature, could you please give us at least a couple snow free days so … 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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Ludington School Forest 12-29-17 Update

Ludington is groomed and should be magical after about 3 PM today it’s going to need some time to set up everything has been gone over at least once and the northside the through trail and all of the walking … Continue reading

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Big M update 12/28 mid afternoon

Little loop is rocking!!! Outer loop is too up until the groomer took a crap. Mike groomed from sign post 23 to 27. Ken got from 27 to almost 29. From 29 back to big m is not groomed. KBS … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12/28/17

Ludington is riding great this morning. Rode in two laps of everything but the orange loop on the south side, just one lap there. Ride the north side in the direction of the Singletrack Showdown arrows. The last half mile … Continue reading

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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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12/27/17 Ludington School Forest

Groomed this morning. Back side of orange loop is ugly. Too much snow to make the ridge climb, had to abort through the woods with pan up, then circled back and got as far as I could and did the … Continue reading

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Big M little loop is groomed

Juuuust a little bit more snow arrived over the long weekend. The little loop got two passes. One without the roller/pan and one with. Should be good till the next dump

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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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Ludington School Forest 12/22/17

Six man hours later, the north-south through trail and the north section of singletrack are repaired from Tuesday’s ill advised cycling adventure by what I am sure are newcomers to the sport. I taped off the north section so that … Continue reading

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12/21 Ludington SFT

Rode everything this afternoon and with studded Tires 90 percent of the Ludington trails are awesome. I’m not sure about non studded tires but the trail was very fast and smooth with the exception of a half a mile of … 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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Ludington School Forest 12/20/17

I’m going to start this trail report with a little lecture from atop my lofty soap box, so if you just want the trail conditions, skip below the photo. Probably ought to add an exclaimer here… the following rant is … Continue reading

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Big M Outer Loop

95 percent of the Outerloop is passable, volunteers have made it all the way around with our tracksled and Riders have made it all the way around to pack that in but the last 5 miles are still a little … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12/16/17

Trails good. Come on up. Disc golf is sketchy but main trails awesome.

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Ludington School Forest Trails 12/15/17 mid day update

I took an extra few minutes at lunch and blasted around trails with the Rokon, there will be spots that are well packed but narrow (Rokon only) and some not very well packed but wider (Rokon and pan up and … Continue reading

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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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Ludington School Forest 12/15/17

Dang, yesterday afternoon I went out after the morning groom and conditions were actually very good. ANd then we got three more inches of this horrible snow, light fluffy, nothing to it. With 1-3 more forecasted today. I’m going to … Continue reading

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Grooming has begun at Big M

With close to a foot of fresh snow, the groomers got out on the trails for the first time this year. It’ll take a couple more passes to compact the snow and get it to set up but the cycling … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12/14/17 am

All of the loops in the Ludington school forest and our connector in the disc golf course have been groomed with some sort of implement. The northern section has been done with the Pan down most of the way around, … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12/13/17 PM

Not rideable. Plan on grooming first thing. Hopefully that will set up. But the snow is really dry.

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Ludington School Forest 12-13-17

Took the morning off to fix my garage door and that went better than expected so I did a quick groom of the School Forest Trails, a bunch of new disc golf and most of the walking trails. So the … Continue reading

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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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