Grooming Reports

Grooming reports for the Vasa Pathway and Leelanau Trail are emailed to badge holders. They are also made available within 24 hours on this page. Get your Grooming Badge to have reports emailed directly to you.  Also check out this Facebook page that is all about Vasa Conditions with posts from real-time users.  Feel free to follow, share and encourage others! 

Grooming updates for the Winter Sport Single Track can be found on the Northern Michigan Mountain Biking Association website. Grooming updates for Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail can be found on Friends of Sleeping Bear website.

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2019-2020 Grooming Reports

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #19
Time: 2:00 pm

North Section
Nick Wierzba got first tracks this morning with the groomer setting fresh corduroy and resetting the classic tracks from 4th St. to Shady Lane. 

Parallel Trail  
Chad Jordan groomed the Parallel Trail as well and conditions are hitting a new level of winter epic as this fatbike trail in the winter and summer singletrack is reshaping reality on the Leelanau Trail between 4th St. and Shady Lane.

South Section
We are experiencing some mechanical difficulties currently with our snowmobile. Mechanics are on working to resolve this issue so we can soon get this issue resolved and the south section groomed.

Enjoy this snow and this sun and thank you for supporting winter trails! All the trails are in such great condition it’s hard to tell who will have the most fun today. So get out there and enjoy. Must be present to win!

Vasa Grooming Report #35
Date:  02/15/20
Time: 6:19 pm
Snow Conditions Update:

What a wonderful open house today.  Ski conditions were excellent and the camaraderie was warm and friendly.  Cocoa and cookies were flying off the table and ski stories were on the top of conversation.  Thank you so much for stopping to say hi and share your Vasa experience.

Looks like a little more snow coming tonight.  The trail will get a full groom in the early morning hours tomorrow. We all know it does not get much better than its been the last few days of skiing on the Vasa and tomorrow looks like a ditto. Get out and get some when you can. 

Vasa Grooming Report:  #34
Date:  02/15/20
Time: 7:13 am
Snow Conditions Update:

Dave has been out on the trail this morning grooming the skate lane.  He is leaving the existing classic tracks that were set yesterday, which are in very good condition.  It is currently 17 degree and forecast to be in the low 30s by late afternoon.  The slow squeak of yesterday should be replace with a smooth glide today as temps rise.

It is Open House day at the trail head from 10:00am until 1:00pm.  Please stop by and say hi and enjoy a hot cocoa and a cookie.  TART staff and groomers will be on hand to greet you and answer any questions you may have.  Hope to see you :). 

Vasa Grooming Report:  #33
Date:  02/14/20
Time: 2:26 am
Snow Conditions Update:

It is a brisk 11 degrees this morning and a dusting of fresh snow has fallen.  James and I are heading out to re-groom the entire system.  We will start with the 5k, 10k and then 25k moving in a clockwise direction.  

TART is hosting it’s 2nd Open House of the season tomorrow from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at the trail head.  There will be hot cocoa and cookies to enjoy while sharing ski stories with fellow trail enthusiasts.  See you there:).

Vasa Grooming Report:  #32
Date:  02/13/20
Time: 7:05 am
Snow Conditions Update:

It’s a cold one this morning.  Jim and John are on the trail and report 2-4 inches of fresh snow and temps in the mid to low teens.  They are renovating the skate lane and setting new classic tracks.  The 5k and 10k have been completed and they are currently moving clockwise in the “Wall” area ( 9k on the 25k ).

The work done yesterday on the 3k was very successful.  Dave and I filled in the water crossing and packed snow over it. There are still thin areas along the trail but ski reports have been positive.  The 3k is a multi -use trail which allows skiing, walking, running and dog walking.  Hopefully snow conditions will allow us to groom it regularly from here forward. More snow is on the way this week :).

Vasa Grooming Report:  #31 update
Date:  02/12/20
Time: 6:41 am
Snow Conditions Update:

Beautiful winter conditions on the Vasa this week.  I hope that you have enjoyed the trail and that the experience has had a positive effect on your days. I know it has on mine :).  

The groomers will be working on the 3k loop today.  The poor thing has had a tough winter.  Now that there is more snow we are going to cover the area where water drains across the trail and hope that with the very cold night time temps that it becomes solid enough that we can groom the whole 3k in stead of turning around at the split.  I will keep you posted.

The 5k, 10k and 25k loops will not be groomed today.  Don’t let this discourage you from skiing today as conditions should still be very good.  

TART Trails will be hosting their 2nd Open House of the season this Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Vasa trail head.  There will be good conversation and refreshments to enjoy before or after your ski.  

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #18
Date: 2/11/2020
Time: 12:00 pm

North Section: True to his word, Michael J. groomed the whole trail with the Ginzu this morning.
Parallel Trail: Chad groomed the Parallel Track and it is in good shape, too.
South Section: Ginzued see above. 

Vasa Grooming Report:  #31
Date:  02/11/20
Time: 6:41 am
Snow Conditions Update:

James and John have completed their renovation of the skate lane on all loops and the removal of the race signage. James reports that the classic tracks look very good and all though the skate lane is still softer then it was last week it should offer a good experience.

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #17
Date: 2/10/2020
Time:  1:00 pm
North Section: Pete rolled with skirt from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane.  Some classic tracks preserved from Suttons Bay.  Snow is really soft in the sun.  Michael J. plans to Ginzu the whole trail tomorrow morning (2/11).
Parallel Trail: Chad groomed the Parallel Track and is in good shape, but soft.
South Section: Glenn rolled from Lakeview Hills to Cherry Bend Crossing and back before some equipment problems.  

Vasa Grooming Report:  #30 update
Date:  02/10/20
Time: 11:57 pm
Snow Conditions Update:
Well that was fun.  We had a very successful groom this morning.  Lots of new snow to mix into the skate lane and help us cut in beautiful classic tracks.  As I mentioned earlier skate skiing will be a bit slower today until the base firms up. Classic skiing today should be a dream :).

Tomorrow James and John will be removing the Vasa race signage and doing a renovation of the skate lane.  The Classic tracks set today will remain.  I will send out a report in the morning confirming grooming operations.

Muncie Lake Trail is also being groomed today.  It should be gorgeous out there.  Give it a try

Vasa Grooming Report:  #30 
Date:  02/10/20
Time: 2:55 am
Snow Conditions Update:
Got Snow!   Looks like between 6 – 8 inches of the precious white stuff.   Dave, Don and I are headed out this morning to pack the snow and groom. We will be setting fresh classic tracks and renovating the skate lane. Ski conditions will be dramatically different from yesterday. A bit slower and softer until the base firms up. Skiing would be best this afternoon rather than this morning.  It is a winter wonderland :).

Vasa Grooming Report:  #29 update
Date:  02/09/20
Time: 12:10 pm
Snow Conditions Update:
I have just returned home after a fast couple of laps around the 5k and watching some of the classic racers go by on the big loop. The 5k is not being used for today’s race so has only one set of tracks.  If you want to skate ski today, before the big snow event that the weather guessers are calling for, the 5k is the place to be.  Classic skiers today will enjoy 2 sets of tracks on much of the 10k and 25k.  Its not often on the Vasa that you can classic ski next to your ski buddy so get out and take advantage it won’t last long.   We will wipe out one of the tracks and renovate the skate lane late tonight or tomorrow morning when the snow fall diminishes. -Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #29
Date:  02/09/20
Time: 5:28 am
Snow Conditions Update:
Jim and Roger are on the trail grooming for today’s Vasa Classic race.  They are cutting in 2 sets of tracks where conditions allow and “best line” in many areas. Forecasting is calling for heavy snow starting after noon today and until early tomorrow morning.  We will wait until the snow event diminishes before we re-groom the trail system.  So if you ski after the race today keep in mind that there may be a second set of tracks in the trail.

Vasa Grooming Report:  #28
Date:  02/08/20
Time: 7:24 am
Snow Conditions Update:
It is 16 degrees here at the trail head and we received about 1-2 inches of light fluffy snow overnight and early this morning. We completed our race groom at 4:00 am after being on the trail for 11 hours.  “Old Man Winter” had some fun too and gently handed us lake effect snow on and off all night.  We mixed it with the granular base laying down corduroy and setting new classic tracks.  The tracks are well formed in most locations and shallow in areas where the base was still too hard to allow the setter to cut in deep.  Skaters should find a firm corduroy base with light powdery snow on the surface. I hope you all get a chance to come out and enjoy the Vasa events starting this morning and running right through early afternoon tomorrow.  It once again looks like winter on the Vasa :). – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #27 update
Date:  02/07/20
Time: 6:13 am
Snow Conditions Update:
It is 22 degrees here at the trail head and there is a slight dusting of new snow.  The trial is in very good condition and will be in fine shape for the final race groom which will go off tonight into Saturday morning.  We are letting the trail rest from grooming this morning while we prepare our machines for tonight. Skiing today should again be very good.

I agree with the sentiment yesterday about ” feeling like a kid in an amusement park”.  Having lots of control and speed like a roller coaster.  It was a blast.  Hope you got out to share in the exuberance.

Forecasts are calling for temps to remain very cold with a chance for lake effect snow throughout today and into tomorrow morning.  I will watch this very closely and keep you posted. – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #27
Date:  02/06/20
Time: 6:29 am
Snow Conditions Update:
Jim, John and Dave are on the trail this morning working the base and setting classic tracks.  Tracks have been very shallow and chunky due to the hard base.  They should get a little better in the next 2 days as we continue to loosen up the track area.  The count down to Vasa is at 2 days.  We are excited now that the weather is cold and the trail is snow covered ready for the 44th Vasa Festival of Races.  The grooming team has been working tirelessly to prepare the coarse for a fun, fast and safe experience.  So if you want to have a blast this weekend come on out to Timber Ridge and join in the winter fun :).

Vasa Grooming Report:  #26 update
Time:10:37 am
Snow Conditions Update:
Trail conditions today will be very good for skate skiing.  Close to the same as yesterday with a hard base covered with granular ice bearings.  Classic skiing will not be as good.  The new tracks cut in this morning are shallow and chunky. We will be out again tomorrow breaking up the track area and setting new tracks.   Getting a few inches of snow would help out tremendously. I will keep you posted. At this time Jim and Roger are still on the trail and may be until around noon.  Please keep an eye out for them if you ski this morning. – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #26
Date:  02/04/20
Time:  6:30 pm
Snow Conditions Update:
Hope you were able to ski today.  Conditions for skaters was very fast on a granular surface of ice bearings. Yet there was plenty of control. Classic tracks had icy bases but offered great speed on the flats and down hills.  They are showing their age and need replacing.  So tomorrow morning bright and squirrely 🙂  Jim, Roger and I will head out and freshen things up a bit.  We will be cutting in new classic tracks as best as the conditions will allow on the right side going counter clockwise, which is Saturdays Vasa race direction.  At the same time we will be renovating the skate lane.   – Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #16
Date: 2/4/2020
Time:  3:00 pm
North Section: Last groomed Saturday.  Classic tracks still preserved from SB to Fort Road.  Thad groomed with Ginzu Shady Lane to Center Highway (see below).  Rough patch south of Fort before Center Highway where snowmobiles use trail to get around valley.  Michael J. plans to Ginzu tomorrow morning (2/5).
Parallel Trail: Chad groomed the Parallel Track and is in good shape.
South Section: Thad groomed with Ginzu from DeYoung all the way to Center Highway north of Shady Lane.

Vasa Grooming Report:  #25 Vasa race prep
Date:  02/04/20
Time:  7:14 am
Snow Conditions Update:
James and Dave are on the trail this morning renovating the skate lane and putting up all the signage for this weekends Vasa race.  They are leaving the existing classic tracks which will be pulverized tomorrow and reset.  If you ski this morning before noon keep an eye and ear out for the groomers.  

Looks like temps will remain at or below freezing right through the weekend and maybe some new snow Thursday.  Even 1 or 2 inches would really help freshen up the base.

As a safety reminder, because of the bit of extra work that goes into prepping the Vasa for the race on Saturday and Sunday, the groomers and their equipment may be out on the trail working during daylight hours.  Often we are stopped in the trail putting up a sign or filling holes.  So please watch out especially when going down hills.  We also keep an eye for skiers and try to be a cautious as possible.

Vasa Grooming Report:  #24 update
Date:  02/03/20
Time:  7:15 am
Snow Conditions Update:
I have freshened the skate lane on the 5k and 10k loops.  The trail refroze overnight and is very firm.  Classic tracks are good but starting to ice up on the ski surface.  I am headed back out to freshen the skate lane on the 25k and do a little pre-Vasa grooming around Timber Ridge so I will be on the trail well into late morning.

Vasa Grooming Report:  #24
Date:  02/03/20
Time:  4:14 am
Snow Conditions Update:
It is 30 degrees with a high of 40 forecast for today.  I am headed out on the trail to inspect and see what the conditions might allow for grooming.  An update will be sent out late this morning as to what was accomplished.

Vasa Grooming Report:  #23
Date:  02/02/20
Time:  7:06 am
Snow Conditions Update:
Conditions are warming on the trail and it won’t help with rain, drizzle and 46 degrees in the forecast today.   I recommend that we all avoid using the trail until temps fall to freezing or below.   Looks like freezing nights will return early in the week with a chance for new snow mid week.  Dave was out this morning smoothing the skate lane after much use and a little fresh wet snow yesterday.  I will keep you posted as to trail conditions and our next groom. – Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #15
Date: 2/1/2020
Time:  1:00 pm
North Section: Pete groomed with roller and skirt from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane.  Classic tracks preserved from SB to Fort Road, rolled south of Fort.
Parallel Trail: Chad groomed the Parallel Track as well.
South Section: Last known groom was Tuesday.
Enjoy, Pete

Vasa Grooming Report:  #22
Date:  02/01/20
Time:  7:11 am
Snow Conditions Update:
I just heard from Jim and James who have completed the 5k, 10k and were on the 25k headed into Jack Pine.  They are cutting in new classic tracks and are renovating the skate lane.  Jim reports temps in the low 30s and no new snow since yesterday’s light dusting. Vasa is next weekend so the groomers will be busy preparing the coarse and organizing signage which will be put up early in the week.  Keep an eye out for machines on the trail ( especially on and around hills ) as we may be out during daylight hours. Vasa weekend is a whole lot of fun.  So whether you are a competitor, casual skier or just enjoy watching and hanging out in the snow, there is fun for all at Timber Ridge this weekend  ( Feb.  8th & 9th ) during the Vasa race. – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #21
Date:  01/30/20
Time:  7:25 pm
Snow Conditions Update:
I will be headed out to renovate the skate lane in the early morning tomorrow.  Along the way I will be doing a bit of trail maintenance.  Mostly filling holes resulting from wipe outs and boots.  If weather holds we will re-groom with new classic tracks by Saturday morning. Forecasts are calling for some sunshine and 45 degrees on Sunday.  So get out the next few days if you can and enjoy the trail while these fast and fun conditions last. -Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #20
Date:  01/30/20
Time:  6:29 am
Snow Conditions Update:
John is out this morning freshening up the skate lane on the 5k, 10k and 25k loops.  It is currently 28 degrees with a bit of freezing rain falling.  The trail should offer very good skiing today for both skate and classic.  The existing classic tracks will remain until our next complete groom which, if weather cooperates, should be by the weekend. We hope you have been able to enjoy the trail despite the inconsistent weather conditions.  It certainly has been challenging. – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #19 update
Date:  01/29/20
Time:  1:22 pm
Snow Conditions Update:
Jim and I were able to set new classic tracks on the 5k, 10k and 25k loops and renovate the skate lanes.  We also set tracks and renovated the skate lane on the 3k up to where it splits off into the loop. – Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #14
Time:  10:00 am
North Section: Michael J. groomed with the Ginzu laying down nice corduroy and classic tracks from Suttons Bay to Fort Road.  Fort to Shady Lane last groomed with roller on Monday.
Parallel Trail: Chad grooms pretty much daily.  With cold temperatures this trail should be good.
South Section: Thad rolled yesterday with skirt from DeYoung to Shady Lane starting about noon.  Still areas with little snow due to blowing conditions.  Plans are to groom again on Friday.

Vasa Grooming Report:  #19
Time: 3:54 am
Snow Conditions Update:
It is 28 degrees with a slight dusting of new snow.  Jim and I will be headed out to freshen up the trail this morning.  An update will be sent out late morning as to exactly what we were able to accomplish. – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #18 update
Date:  01/28/20
Time: 7:25 am
Snow Conditions Update:
Temps are finally dropping to below freezing.  This will firm up the trail and preserve snow pack.  Our next groom will be tomorrow morning. With very little additional snow in the forecast we are very careful not to over work the old snow pack. The Vasa race is coming up on Feb. 8th and 9th so we are all hoping more snow will arrive.  Until that happens each snow flake / crystal is precious. -Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #13
Time:  1:00 pm
With temperatures hovering around freezing the snow is soft.  All trails will be rolled by this afternoon.  Put on glide wax if you are out classic skiing so you don’t stick.  Skate skiing might be better tomorrow morning after a night with lower temperatures.  Fat biking will be soft today, hopefully better in the morning.
North Section: Pete rolled with skirt this morning from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane.  Preserved the classic tracks from Suttons Bay to Center Hwy. / near Fort.  
Parallel Trail: Chad groomed Parallel Trail this morning as well.
South Section: Thad, a new grooming volunteer started rolling with skirt from DeYoung to Shady Lane starting about noon.  Welcome aboard Thad!

Vasa Grooming Report:  #18
Date:  01/27/20
Time: 7:30 am
Snow Conditions Update:
Jim and Don are out on the trail this morning setting new classic tracks and smoothing out the skate lane. They have completed the 5k and most of the 10k and are heading out on the 25k as I write this report. It is 32 degrees here at the trail head with a dusting of wet snow.  Temps will stay just above freezing today.  Skiing should be fun, although a little slow because of the warmish soft trail surface. -Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #12
Date: 1/24/2020
Time:  2:00 pm
North Section: Pete rolled with skirt this morning from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane.  Preserved the classic tracks from Suttons Bay to Center Hwy. / near Fort.  
Parallel Trail: Chad groomed Parallel Trail this morning as well. 
South Section: Bill H. rolled with skirt yesterday from DeYoung to Shady Lane.
As with the VASA groomers, we will not be grooming again until temperatures drop below freezing.

Vasa Grooming Report:  #17 update
Date:  01/24/20
Time: 10:20 am
Snow Conditions Update:
The skate lanes on the 5k, 10k and 25k were groomed this morning.  New classic tracks were set on the 5k only.  Because of the warm wet weather we will not be grooming again until the temps drop to freezing or below.    

Vasa Grooming Report:  #17
Date:  01/24/20
Time: 5:10 am
Snow Conditions Update:
It is 32 degrees here at the trail head and there is about 1″ of new snow.  Rain is in the forecast after noon today with temps rising to around 36 degrees.  I will be out this morning compacting the new snow on the skate lane portion of the trail.  The classic tracks, which are still in good condition, will be left alone.

Vasa Grooming Report:  #16 update
Date:  01/23/20
Time: 8:14 am
Snow Conditions Update:
Here at the trail head it is 29 degrees and there is a light wet snow falling.  Skiing should be pretty good early today even though we will not be grooming this morning.  Temps are rising quickly and humidity is high.  Because of the warming temps, wet snow and possible rain in the forecast we are in snow preservation mode.  We will groom when appropriate with this in mind. Time to ramp up the cold & snow dance.  ” Old Man Winter ” has some serious commitment issues.  He just needs to focus.  Be the cold, see the cold, deliver the cold & snow :). Glen

Vasa Grooming Report: #16
Date: 1/22/2020
Time:  5:59 am
Once again ski conditions on the Vasa yesterday were premo :). You showed up in good numbers to enjoy the sunshine and smiles. So, the groomers were out last night to freshen the trail. Jim and John went out after dark last night. They cut in new classic tracks and renovated the skate lane.  Jim reported that the trail is in great condition and is ready for another day of stellar skiing. Temps are forecast to warm into the mid to high 30s through the week and into the weekend.  Night time temps are forecast to drop just below freezing. We may get a little snow late in the week. So with this, skiing and grooming will continue as usual. Enjoy!

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #11
Date: 1/21/2020
Time:  12:00 pm
North Section: Bill D. used the Ginzu from Suttons Bay to Center Hwy near Fort and then used the roller with skirt from Center Hwy to Shady Lane.    
Parallel Trail: Chad groomed yesterday.
South Section: Last groom was Sunday.
Enjoy -Pete

Vasa Grooming Report:  #15 update
Date:  01/21/20
Time:  5:20 am
Wow! James was right on when his thought skiing would be amazing yesterday.  It was.  Whether you enjoy classic or skate skiing it was in prime shape.  Today should offer similar conditions. Our next groom will be late tonight or tomorrow morning.  I will keep you posted – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #15
Date:  01/20/20
Time:  6:47 am
James renovated the skate lane late last night.  He reported that the classic tracks set yesterday were is good shape and that ” skiing is going to be amazing today “.  A little lake effect snow fell on areas of the Vasa this morning so you may find a layer of fluff over a nice firm base. Good ski conditions are in the immediate future until the late week warm up. So get out to the Vasa and enjoy the fleeting winter scenery. -Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #14 update
Date:  01/19/20
Time:  1:55 pm
Well he finally got off his Old Man Winter duff and delivered a nice 6 – 10 ” on the Vasa.  We rolled it into the surface and then renovated the entire trail width and set fresh classic tracks.  It is 24 degrees here at the trail head and sunny.  Now I hate to cut this short but I am going skiing :).   See you on the trail. – Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #10
Date: 1/19/2020
Time:  12:00 pm
A real team effort today.  Groomers were out breaking drifts, packing, and then even trying out the Ginzu.  Some sunny skies so get out and enjoy.
North Section
RK was out early breaking drifts near Shady Lane.  Michael J.  spent some time getting the Ginzu unfrozen for first season use.  Michael is now grooming with the Ginzu, using the track setter for classic as well as the corduroy for skating.
Parallel Trail  
Chad ended up grooming the Parallel Trail twice yesterday and is out this afternoon packing again!
South Section
Clayton got out busting drifts this morning and now Michael B. is out packing the rest.
Thanks for all the snow dancing getting us some snow to work with. – Pete

Vasa Grooming Report:  #14
Date:  01/19/20
Time: 3:45 am
We will be out this morning rolling and compacting the trail. New classic tracks will be set and fresh corduroy will be laid down.  With yesterdays late morning snow fall and what we are receiving now theres between 4 and 7 inches of snow on the trail. Because of this Dave, Don and I will be grooming well past 9:00 am so keep an eye for us if you ski before noon.   Skiing will, most likely, be better later today after the trail has set up a bit.
Yesterday was a blast.  At one point the parking lot was full and the snow was coming down at a good clip.  It was great to see some many of you out enjoying the trail even when conditions were soft. -Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #9
Date: 1/18/2020
Time:  2:00 pm
North Section: Pete rolled with skirt from Suttons Bay almost to Shady Lane, where he hit drifts to much to handle.  The team will try to get out and bust some of the drifts to get all the way to Shady tomorrow.  The plan for tomorrow is to pack first, then roll with skirt in the morning, and hopefully get the Ginzu out in the afternoon.
Parallel Trail; No grooming today.  Snow is soft and deep on the parallel trail.    
South Section: Clayton ran with the fixed south sled from DeYoung to just past Bingham going north until he hit drifts as well.  He will try to get out with just a sled to bust up where he can.
Snow continues to fall, but at least we are getting a good base down. Enjoy, Pete

Vasa Grooming Report:  #13 update
Date:  01/18/20
Time:10:30 am
The open house at the trail head is serving up hot cocoa and home baked cookies.   Come on out and join us.
Our groom went well this morning.  We set new tracks and smoothed out the skate lane.  Snow fell at a fast pace while we were out so you will encounter 2 -3 inches of new snow over many areas that we groomed.  More snow is predicated later today so we will go back out for another groom tonight or tomorrow morning. – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report: #12
Date:  01/17/20
Time:  6:24 am
Dave and James groomed the whole Vasa system last night.  They compacted the 2-3 ” of fresh snow and mixed it with the existing base.  A new set of classic tracks were also cut in to the fresh surface.  Skiing today for both classic and skate should be very good.  Forecasters have increased the possible snow totals for Saturday morning and afternoon to 9″. Only time will tell if that really happens. I hope so 🙂 A reminder that TART is hosting it’s first open house of the season tomorrow from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the trail head.  There will be hot cocoa and cookies baked by TART volunteers and a heaping helping of corduroy.  Hope to see you there. – Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #8
Date: 1/16/2020
Time:  5:00 pm
North Section: Bill H. groomed the whole trail after most of the snow had fallen. 
Parallel Trail: Chad groomed the parallel Fat Bike trail from Suttons Bay (4th Street) to Fort today as well.  
South Section: Groomed as above.
So should we nice skiing and biking tomorrow. – Pete

Vasa Grooming Report
Date:  01/16/20
Time:  4:57 am
Well, its 30 degrees here at the trail head with a dusting of new snow.  The classic tracks have held up well since yesterday’s set and the skate lane, although very firm, has enough texture to allow the ski to get an edge. Forecasting suggests up to 2 inches of snow throughout the day and the chance for 6 inches on Saturday.  We are going to hold off grooming again until late tonight or tomorrow morning depending on snow fall.

This Saturday the 18th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm TART will hold their first open house of the season here at the trail head.  There will be hot cocoa and cookies served up by TART staff and volunteers.  Groomers will be on hand supplying the open house corduroy and answering questions.  So please stop by on your way on or off the trail and say hi! – Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #7
Date: 1/15/2020
Time:  10:30 am
North Section: Bill D. rolled the trail yesterday morning, but then the rain.  So waiting for more snow to roll again, hopefully tomorrow morning.  Bill H. has the south sled ready to go and he will groom the whole trail tomorrow.
Parallel Trail: Chad groomed the parallel Fat Bike trail from Suttons Bay (4th Street) to Fort today and says the Parallel Trail is riding near perfect conditions!
South Section: To be groomed with the next snow. – Pete

Vasa Grooming Report:  #11 update
Date:  01/15/20
Time:  11:45 am
John and I just returned to the barn after a long full groom.  We were able to set new classic tracks and renovate the skate lane.  Conditions this morning were wet with temps cooling from 35 degree at our start down to 28 degrees and now back to 34 degrees at the barn. Classic tracks are not perfect but very skiable.  The skate lane is also not perfect corduroy but again should offer fun skiing.  So please come on out and mark your mark in the snow. Looks like a little snow in the forecast for tomorrow.  If it really happens we will be out again in the morning. – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #11
Date:  01/15/20
Time:  3:56am
Here at the trail head it is 33 degrees with calm wind.  The trail surface is wet hard pack snow.  We are headed out to renovate the skate lane and attempt to set classic tracks.  Because temps did not go below freezing last night we may have trouble with wet sticky snow clogging the equipment.  If this happens the grooming plan will change.  I will send out an update late this morning. -Glen

Vasa Grooming Report: #10
Date:  01/14/20
Time:  10:15 am
Our compaction groom of the 3k, 5k, 10, and 25k went well last night.  We were able to level the trail a bit more with the 3″ of fresh snow that fell yesterday morning.  As I mentioned in the previous post this process wiped out the classic tracks.  We are seeking to build uniform snow density across the whole width.  This will help us create a better ski experience for both disciplines once we set classic tracks and renovate the skate lane.  If conditions allow we will re-set the trail tomorrow morning.  Thank you for your patience.  Hope you are enjoying the trail. The numbers:  Did you know that the Vasa Trail has approximately 1,774,080 square feet of surface area. That’s 40.7 acres.  Wow! – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report: #9 Update
Date:  01/13/20
Time:  12:56 pm
That ” Old Man Winter ” he’s a sneaky little bugger :).  He gave us 2 – 3″ of lake effect this morning.  I was thinking maybe 1″ overnight.  But hey, its all snow and we will take it happily.  We will be headed out tonight to compact and level the trail.  This will help to push snow around the surface filling in the low areas and knocking down the high areas.  The classic tracks will be wiped out during this process and will be reset on our next groom.  Weather is forecast to be drizzly tomorrow with temps rising close to 40 degrees.  So it looks like the next groom may be Wednesday morning.  Stay tuned. – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report: #9
Date:  01/12/20
Time:  10:55 pm
Wow! What a fun day of skiing. Many of you came out and enjoyed the sun and beautiful winter conditions.  So many of you in fact that the trail needed a little touch up.    So I re-groomed the skate lane tonight and left the classic tracks that James and John set this morning.  With temps around 18 degrees tonight the trail should firm up nicely for tomorrow. -Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report: #6
Date: 1/12/2020
Time:  2:30 pm
North Section: Michael groomed the whole trail Saturday with roller and skirt from Suttons Bay to DeYoung.  Pete just finished the whole trail again today with roller & skirt.  So nice wide corduroy for skate or classic.  Lots of folks out enjoying the sun!
Parallel Trail: Chad groomed the parallel Fat Bike trail from Suttons Bay (4th Street) to Fort today as well.
South Section: Groomed with north section, see above.  Snowmobile to be back in action Monday, so should see more grooming with more snow. – Pete

Vasa Grooming Report:  #8 update
Date:  01/12/20
Time:  12:20 pm
Snow Report:
James and John completed their full groom of the Vasa including classic tracks. They report a consistent 3″ of fresh snow throughout and good snow coverage.  Hopefully this is enough to help knock you off that proverbial ski fence and come on out and join in on some trail fun. – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #8
Time:  5:10 am
Snow Report:
We received about 3 inches of snow this morning and it is a chili 16 degrees here at the trail head.  The wind has calmed down.   James, John and I will be headed out to groom. We will be setting classic tracks as well as compacting the skate lane.  I will put out an update when we are finished. – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #7 update
Time:  11:39 am
Snow Report:
Now this is more like it :).  The trail is covered with new compacted snow. Skate  skiing this morning was very nice. Like skiing on a cushion of air over the soft snow.  So it’s time to get out and enjoy winter on the Vasa.
No classic tracks were set today because we are starting over with building up the base.  Hopefully we get enough snow tomorrow to allow us to set tracks after we compact the fresh powder.  The weather guru’s are forecasting about 7 inches overnight.  Keep your snow fingers crossed. – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report:  #7
Time:  5:41 am
Snow Report:
It is 28 degrees here at the trail head.  The wind is howling out of the North and we have 2 inches of fresh snow.  Dave and Don will be headed out shortly to compact the entire Vasa.  This may be slow going because of the potential of downed branches and trees.
The 5k and 10k will be completed first with an early pass by Timber Ridge for those of you who start your ski there.  Then the 25k will be compacted.  A trail condition update will be sent out later today.
We are anticipating more snow tonight into tomorrow morning so we will be out again Sunday morning.  Stay tuned.  I will keep you posted. -Glen

Vasa Grooming Report
Time:  3:38 pm
Snow Report:
Skiing today would be no fun. The trail is dirty, bumpy and just plan ugly.  Pooy !!  Fortunately snow is on the way. Forecasters are calling for 1-3 inches tonight with falling temps and even more on Saturday night into Sunday.  The groomers are raring to go.  Stay tuned as ” Old Man Winter ” comes back to play :). Glen

Vasa Grooming Report
Time: 7:47 am
Snow Report:
Jim D. and John S. just reported from the trail that they are now out grooming the 1-2 inches of snow on the trail since yesterday’s snow squall. They have completed the 5K and are almost done with the 10K now and will head out to complete the 25K loop next.  There is enough new snow that they are setting classic tracks, which in some areas are setting up nicely and in other spots are rather shallow depending on snow depth. All in all it should be a great day to get out and enjoy the trail while temps are colder and the snow is fresh. -Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #5
Date: 1/7/2020
Time:  11:00 am
Snow squall came through without much snow!  Shucks!
North Section: Bill D. groomed the whole trail this morning with roller and skirt from Suttons Bay to DeYoung, yeah Bill.  So nice wide corduroy for skate or classic.  
Parallel Trail: Chad groomed the parallel Fat Bike trail from Suttons Bay (4th Street) to Fort on Monday so should be in good shape.   
South Section: Groomed with north section, see above.  Snowmobile problem solved so should see more grooming soon. – Pete

Vasa Grooming Report
Date:  01/07/20
Time: 10:47 am
Snow Report:
Did anyone else just get a loud alert from their smart phone indicating a snow squall warning?! The TART Trails office was abuzz for a minute as the signals came through and it’s a snow globe outside the headquarters window now with more lake effect snow forecast into the evening and early morning Wednesday. We just got word from the groomers that they are busy doing some mechanical work on the snowmobiles today and plan to get out tomorrow morning following this welcome snow.  Stay tuned for updates and safe travels if you are out on the roads today. – Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #4
Date: 1/6/2020
Time:  11:45 am
North Section
:RK groomed with roller and skirt from Center Hwy near Fort Road to Suttons Bay (4th Street) and back.  So nice wide corduroy for skate or classic.  
Parallel Trail: Chad groomed the parallel Fat Bike trail from Suttons Bay (4th Street) to Fort and back as well.
South Section: No grooming. – Pete

Vasa Grooming Report
Date:  01/06/20
Time: 8:01 am
Snow Report:
How about this fresh snowfall?! We just heard from groomer James who is out on the trail now grooming the 4 inches of new snow that we received yesterday and last night.  James reports that they have wrapped up the 5k and the 10k loops and are now out on the 25k. Trail conditions should be great, especially earlier in the day before it warms up a bit, so get out there if you can. We’ll send more trail updates and grooming reports as conditions change. – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report
Date: 01/04/20
Time: 7:01 am
Snow Report:
There they go again talking about a “winter mix” – Ugh! Seems that “Old Man Winter” is having a few New Year resolution issues. Anyway, we will be patient while he works things out and realizes that he just needs to “do winter” :). The trail is in pretty rough shape. It was skiable yesterday. However, very icy and not much fun. Forecasts are calling for cold temps and a little snow Sunday. We will be watching this closely and keep you posted. In the meantime enjoy family, friends and the anticipation of fresh snow. – Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #3
Date: 12/31/19
Time:  5:00 pm
North Section: Pete groomed with roller and skirt from Suttons Bay (4th Street) to Bingham and back.  So nice wide corduroy for skate or classic skiing.
Parallel Trail: Chad groomed the parallel Fat Bike trail from Suttons Bay (4th Street) to Fort and back.  Watch out for some downed trees that Chad will try to get to in the next few days.
South Section: No grooming -Pete

Vasa Grooming Report: #5  update
Date:  12/31/19
Time: 5:25 pm
Snow Report:
Dave and I have completed todays groom.  We compacted the 2 – 3 ” of fresh snow.  There were countless branches and 8 large tree down so it took us awhile  to navigate the trail. Looks like some cold temps overnight so skiing tomorrow morning should be pretty good.  Oh, and there are next to no oak leaves :).  What a great way to bring in the New Year. We will wait for more snow before attempting another groom.  Stay tuned. -Glen

Vasa Grooming Report: #5
Date:  12/31/19
Time: 8:53 am
Snow Report:
It is 30 degrees here at the barn with light snow falling.  The trail has 1-2″ of wet heavy base from yesterdays slush fall and about 2″ of drier fine snow that fell this morning.  We are headed out to compact the trail and will be out until mid afternoon. Temps are forecast to fall to 23 degrees tonight which will help to harden the trail.  Skiing today will be soft and slowish.  I will put out an update when we complete the groom today. -Glen

Vasa Holiday Grooming Report
Date:  12/30/19
Time: 8:53 am
Snow Report:
It is snowing :).  What a great way to bring in the new year.  We will be watching the conditions and hopefully be able to roll the fresh snow sometime tomorrow. I will keep you posted when we make our move. So now would be a good time to put a fresh coat of wax on your skis and do a little “jig.” -Glen

Vasa Holiday Grooming Report
Date:  12/27/19
Time:  7:10 am
Snow Report:
I am currently at the trail head where it is 35 degrees and , you guessed it, not a good ski day.  The trail is dirt.  So we start over as soon as we get snow.  Let’s hope that winter comes back in like a lion just the way it did on New Year’s Day last year. The good thing about this weather is you can still hike, bike and run.  So keep up your fitness for the return of snow.  Get out there :). – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report
Time: 12:50 pm
The trail is holding up well and is still very skiable.  It is getting pretty skied out, however, there just is not enough snow to allow us to freshen the trail.   Weather forecasts suggest a very quiet week coming up with no new snow and temps between 26 and 40 degrees.  We will continue to monitor the weather and trail conditions throughout the week.  It is unlikely that we will groom again until we receive more snow. -Glen

Leelanau Grooming Report:  #2
Date: 12/19/19
Time:  5:00 pm
North Section  Chad reports:  Excellent Fatbike conditions on the Parallel Trail from 4th Street to Fort Rd. 100% shred really. Skate lane is wide, corduroy along the main trail. Get after it before the Solstice, because it won’t last long.
South Section: No grooming  – Pete

Leelanau Trail Grooming Report # 1
Date: 12/18/19
Time: 09:00 pm
We are again grooming the Leelanau Trail from the DeYoung property to Suttons Bay. We thought we got the second sled back to help groom the south section, but repairs have not worked out.  So, we will break up the grooming to North & South Sections.  The North Crew will groom for sure between Suttons Bay and Fort Road, and weather/snow permitting to the Bingham Bridge.  The South Crew will groom for sure between the DeYoung Property and Lakeview Hills Road, and weather/snow permitting to the Bingham Bridge.  An added attraction, Chad and the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (NMMBA) have purchased a small sled (Snow Scoot) and fabricated an attachment to pack down a 3-foot trail for fat biking in the winter.  Chad and friends have been breaking an “off-road” trail paralleling the Leelanau Trail from Suttons Bay to Fort Road and hope to add trail depending on how the initial section works. The parallel trail can be used for mountain biking after snow season. We will be consolidating the grooming report into three sections:  North Section, South Section, and Parallel (Fat Bike) Trail, hoping to keep down the number of emails. – Pete

North Section: Chad rolled from Center Highway near Fort to Suttons Bay and back with the skirt down.  So excellent snow for skate skiing and classic too (just no tracks).  Chad also groomed the parallel fat bike trail.
South Section: No grooming.
Parallel (Fat Bike) Trail: The parallel trail starts just south of Eckerle Road (Road Commission) and runs parallel to the main trail to Center Highway near Fort Road.  The parallel trail starts on the west side of the trail, but then switches back and forth along the regular trail based on the best right away.  The parallel trail uses the regular trail on some elevated sections of trail where there is little right away.  We are working on signage to make it easier to follow.   Thank you all for purchasing groomer badges that help pay for maintenance and operations (gas & lube).

Vasa Grooming Report Date: 12/18/19
Time: 8:35 am
Jim and John have rolled the 5k and are currently on the 10k. They report 13 degrees and 1 or 2 inches at most of fresh snow.  Just enough to leave a little corduroy behind.  We did not get the amount of snow that was forecast, however, every little bit certainly helps our cause. Temps will stay cold at around 14 degrees today with brisk north west winds.  So if you head out take your bundlies ( neck gator, mitts, you know the drill ). -Glen

Vasa Grooming Report
Date: 12/16/19
Time: 6:28 am
Dave and Don compacted the trail last night.  They reported about 2″ of well skied in powder over about 1/2″ to 1″ of crusty base.  And after a cold night skiing today should be fast.  Watch out for the few areas of exposed gravel and those pesky oak leaves. It is 19 degrees with light north winds this morning.  The forecast is calling for 3″ of snow tomorrow night. – Glen

Vasa Grooming Report
Date: 12/15/19
Time: 10:28 am
There is 1 to 2 inches of fluffy snow on the trail and it is 26 degrees.  The freezing temps and snow came in early this morning so I decided to leave the trail be today and compact it late tonight or tomorrow morning.  I skate skied the 5k and 10k and found really fun and surprisingly fast conditions.  I saw a few leaves lurking beneath the surface, however they offered no problems with glide.    A few classic skiers were out enjoying cutting in their own tracks. So if your sitting on that “fence” waiting for a push, this is it :). -Glen

Vasa Grooming Report
Date: 12/14/19
Time: 9:39 am
It’s 35 degrees here at the trail head. The trail surface hardened up overnight and should offer some good skiing early today.  It will soften up quickly.  There will be bare spots, dirt and leaves to watch for and the whole trails snow pack is thin so use caution. Forecasts suggest below freezing temps returning tonight into tomorrow with very little snow.  We will need a few inches before we try to groom again.  Keep snow dancing :). Glen

Vasa Grooming Report
Date: 12/12/19
Time: 11:55 pm
Dave and I completed a roll / compaction of the 5k,10k and 25k tonight.  We did not do Jack Pine Valley or the Wall.  There was 1-2″ of fresh snow on the trail.  Warm temps and the possibility of rain for the next few days will render the trail soft, sloppy and slow.  We will not groom again until we get more snow with freezing temps.  Hope you got out today while the skiing was fast and fun. -Glen

Vasa Grooming Report
Date: 12/12/19
Time: 8:35 am
A little more snow is in the forecast today along with steady rising temps into the 30s. Yesterdays bit of snow and wind helped to fill in the small low spots which go a long way in flattening out the trail.  If conditions allow we will be rolling / compacting the trail starting late this afternoon or early evening.  There is also a bit of rain in the forecast for late tonight which, hopefully, will have little adverse effect on the trail.  I will send out a report after we complete the task tonight. I will be skiing today.  Will you be ??  Hope so :). – Glen