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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2020-2021 Grooming Reports

Report: Vasa #47
Date:03/02/21
Time: 7:36 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Jim and I went out late this afternoon while the trail was soft from the days sun, warm temps and wind.  We were able to renovate the skate lane on the 5k, 10k, Special K.  We also went from Timber Ridge to the Rock and back and set new classic tracks.  

Temps were at 35 degrees when we finished and the trail was starting to firm up and refreeze.  The trail head is pretty hard and icy.  After you past the first down hill you will encounter better conditions.

Report: Vasa #46 update #2
Date:03/02/21
Time: 6:29 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

There will be no groom again this morning.  We are having to wait until the trail softens up a bit.  A grooming attempt may take place late this afternoon.  I will keep you posted.

Trail conditions are very icy.  Classic tracks are shallow and also icy. Use extreme caution if you venture out on the Vasa today.

Report: Vasa #46 update
Date: 02/29/21
Time: 6:23 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Jim went out this morning and found conditions to be hard and icy enough to make grooming impossible.  With yesterdays warm temps and rain it made the trail very dense which then froze quickly early this morning.

Temps are forecast to drop into the teens by this afternoon with an inch of new snow fall.  We will re-evaluate grooming options tonight into tomorrow morning.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 28, 2021, 10:00 am

Another cooler night and warmer day.  Snow going soft again with rain in the forecast, blah!

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Groomed Saturday.

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Andy groomed the vineyard trail Saturday with the Ginzu. Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
RK is out now leaving the classic tracks and refreshing the rest.

The Parallel Trail
This will be soft.  Especially when on the main trail. Best to fat bike when temperatures below freezing.

Knock, Knock.
Who’s there?
Snow
Snow who?
Snow use, I forgot my name again!

Report: Vasa #46
Date: 02/28/21
Time: 7:17 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

These are tricky times for groomers.   Warm temps with sun during the day and freezing temps at night makes for either soft wet snow or frozen icy crust.  So grooming when the trail surface is in its transition is key.

John is out this morning renovating the skate lane on all loops.  He reports 32 degrees at 3:00 am and 26 degrees at 6:55 am.  The 5k, 10k, Special K and 3k to the split have been completed.  He is now finishing up the last few Ks of the 25k.

The classic tracks are getting pretty icy.  So waiting until late this morning as temps rise may offer more enjoyment and safety.  For skate skiers who like fast conditions early today may be just the ticket.  As temps rise the trail will offer more control with slower speeds.

The forecast is calling for 45 degrees this afternoon with a 60% chance of rain starting at 3:00 pm.  🙁  🙁  🙁   But, then maybe a quick shot of snow and cold temps for Tuesday.  🙂

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 26, 2021, 12 noon

Already 45 Deg F in Suttons Bay!
Check out Wienerfest at Shady Lane today, see website below.
Good classic tracks on the whole trail.  If the skies stay clear might be another near full moon classic skiing. 

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Andy was out this morning and groomed with the Ginzu refreshing the center and leaving the classic tracks.

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Andy groomed the vineyard trail with the Ginzu for the Wienerfest  Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Groomed yesterday with the Ginzu and set new classic tracks.  

The Parallel Trail
This will be soft.  Especially when on the main trail. Best to fat bike when temperatures below freezing.

Who were Frosty’s parents?
Mom and Pop-Sicle!

Report: Vasa #45
Date: 02/27/21
Time: 4:01 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

It is 33 degrees here at the trail head with calm winds.  There is no new snow.  I am headed out to renovate the skate lane on all loops.  Classic tracks which are getting a bit icy will be left in place.  Hopefully there will be an opportunity soon to reset them.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 25, 2021, 2:30 pm

Another warm up sunny day!  
Check out Wienerfest at Shady Lane tomorrow (Sat.), see website below.
Good classic tracks on the whole trail.  If the skies stay clear might be best full moon classic skiing. 

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Steve groomed with roller & skirt late morning.  Left classic tracks.  

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Andy was planning on grooming the trail for the weekend.  Always check their website for the latest conditions.
Wienerfest this Saturday. https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Pete got the old sled wired and groomed late morning after the snow warmed a bit.  Used the Ginzu and set new classic tracks.  

The Parallel Trail
Chad groomed last night.  Too soft in the afternoon.  

What did the big furry hat say to the warm woolly scarf?
You hang around, while I go on ahead.

Report: Vasa #44
Date: 02/25/21
Time:  7:52 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Roger and I went out late this afternoon and groomed the skate lane on all loops.  The existing classic tracks were left in place.  We will cut in new classic tracks when conditions allow.  Our next groom will be Friday evening or Saturday Morning depending on weather conditions.  

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 25, 2021, 12:00 pm

Back to cold nights and warm days.

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Thad groomed yesterday with the Ginzu.  Good classic tracks.  Rest will be impacted by all the other users.  

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Andy was planning on grooming the trail today for the weekend.  Always check their website for the latest conditions.
and Wienerfest this Saturday. https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Michael was out early with the roller and skirt.  Snow was too crusty to make much effect.  We’ve had some equipment problems and used our backup sled which was not wired for the Ginzu.  Will hopefully fix that today.  Will try to groom again later in the day or early tomorrow.  

The Parallel Trail
Chad to get out later in the day to groom.  

How do you know if there’s a snowman in your bed?
You wake up wet!

Report: Vasa #43
Date: 02/25/21
Time:  6:27 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Jim and Mike did a late evening / early morning grooming hoping to catch the trail just as it started to freeze after two warm days.  They were successful.  The skate lane has been renovated and new classic tracks were cut in. Jim reported about 1/2 inch of crusty snow on the surface when they started which was mixed into the existing base.

Right now it is 15 degrees with clear skies and calm winds.  Today should offer really good controlled skiing.  Temps are forecast to warm into the mid 30s today with increasing cloud cover throughout the day.  

Don’t forget your sunscreen on the sunny ski days ahead :).

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 24, 2021, 1:45 pm

Snow is soft due to warm temperatures.

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Thad did get out and groomed with Ginzu.  Good classic tracks.  Walkers will impact the rest.

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Andy last groomed the trail for the weekend.  Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Passed on grooming due to warm temperatures and no new snow.

The Parallel Trail
Will be soft until cooler temperatures that allow grooming.

What is it called when a snowman has a temper tantrum?
A Meltdown!

Report: Vasa #42 update #2
Date: 02/24/21
Time:  4:47 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

It is 35 degrees with sleet falling here at the trail head.  Very wet.  I was hoping we could do a groom this morning but it will not happen. We will wait until temps drop to around freezing, which is forecast for late tonight into Thursday morning, before attempting a groom.  

Report: Vasa #42 update
Date: 02/23/21
Time:  6:30 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

We are into a little warm up with a chance of rain mixed with a bit of snow in the next 2 days.  Right now it looks like the next groom will be Wednesday morning.  We monitor the conditions and forecasts every few hours so what we do when can change quickly.  I will keep you posted.

Report: Vasa #42
Date: 02/22/21
Time:  6:56 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Hope you got out Sunday for a ski in the sunny shine and the very comfortable temps.  Both classic and skate skiers had very good conditions as the trail had firmed up a little more after the big snow event on Saturday.  I skied 18k and saw many smiling and happy skiers along the way.

This morning John and Mike are on the trail freshen up the surface.  It is 27 degrees with about 1 to 2 inches of fresh snow fall.  They are currently at the 2k on the 25k after completing the 5k, 10k and Special K and back toward the barn past Timber Ridge.  New classic tracks are being set and the skate lane is getting a coat of corduroy. 

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 21, 2021, 10:30 am

The crews put in over 12 hours yesterday grooming the trails!  Trails should be in good shape today, catch them while the sun is still out.

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Jeff was out early grooming with roller and skirt.

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Andy groomed the trail yesterday afternoon so should still be in good shape.  Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Michael did two runs yesterday with roller then Ginzu.  Dave is out this morning preserving the classic tracks and refreshing the rest with roller & skirt.

The Parallel Trail
Chad groomed twice on Saturday, will still be soft but useable.  

What do snowpeople call their offspring?
Chill-dren

Report: Vasa #41
Date: 02/21/21
Time:  7:13 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Jim and Roger are on the trail this morning grooming in a fresh coat of corduroy and new classic tracks.  They are currently at the wall ( 9K ) on the 25k moving in a clockwise direction.  The 5k, 10K, and Special K have been completed.  The 3k to the split will be groomed after the 25k is completed.

The trail should offer a more compact surface today.  Soft conditions on the trail meant slow speeds for skiers yesterday,  but the serenity and quiet wonder of the woods was worth every effort.  

All the groomers greatly appreciate your positive comments and patience yesterday as we worked to turn 12-16 inches of snow into 3 inches of skiable fun on 28 miles of trail.  Thank you.

Report: Vasa #40 update
Date: 02/20/21
Time:  6:38 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

What a beautiful day on the Vasa.  We received 10 to 16 inches of snow last night and this morning.  It took 4 groomers until 3:00 pm to pack, roll and groom the fresh snow.  

The parking lot was pretty full by late morning and I saw many very happy faces enjoying the winter wonderland.  We will be out again tomorrow morning freshen up the trail for another great day of skiing. I will put out a report in the morning.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 20, 2021, 10:30 am

I guess all the snow dancing paid off.  Up to a foot of snow in places.  We have crews out packing the trail first with just snowmobiles and then using a roller to compact.  May or may not get to the Ginzus.

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Andy is out first packing then rolling.

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Andy grooming after he gets done with the trail.  Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
RK is out packing the trail with just his snowmobile.  Michael is out with the roller and maybe the Ginzu later if conditions allow.  

The Parallel Trail
Even with grooming this will be soft. Will take a few days to get back in shape.  

What happened when an icicle landed on a snowman’s head?
It knocked him out cold!

Report: Vasa #40
Date: 02/20/21
Time: 3:42 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Snow. Snow. Snow and more snow.  Thats what we got this morning on the Vasa.  It’s still snowing and theres 10 plus inches on the ground.  It is 22 degrees with calm winds.   Mike and I are headed out to start the rolling ( compaction) process.  Our goal is to have the 5k and 10k ready for skiing by mid morning then move into the 25k.  This will be slow going.  I will put out an update late morning or early afternoon.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 19, 2021, 11:30 am

If you can get out, trails are groomed all the way.  Good classic tracks and flats for skate skiing as well.  Will soften some as the temperature is rising.

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Thad groomed this morning.

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Andy grooming this afternoon.  Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Dave groomed with the roller and skirt, preserving classic tracks from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane and refreshing the rest of the trail.  

The Parallel Trail
Chad J. continues to keep up the grooming.  

Why did the snowman turn yellow?
Ask the dog.

Report: Vasa #39
Date: 02/19/21
Time: 7:19 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Jim and John are on the Vasa this morning giving it a refreshed look and feel including new classic tracks.  They report 16 degrees and no new snow.  The 5k, 10k and Special K have been completed and they are currently at the 4k on the 25k moving in a clockwise direction. The 3k will be groomed on their return to the barn.

Looks like temps are going up into the high 20s and 30s for the next 7 days or so.  We may even get a little new snow:).  The trail is in great condition and with the warmer temps it should offer fast, fun and comfortable skiing.

We have been informed that the Muncie Lake trail will be groomed this morning.  Should be a beautiful weekend out there too.

Hope to see you out there. 

Report: Vasa #38
Date: 02/18/21
Time: 2:59 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

I am headed out this morning to freshen up the trail.   It is 12 degrees with no new snow since yesterdays groom.  Todays high temps forecast to rise into the upper 20s. Skiing should be fast with plenty of control as temps rise.  I will start on the 5k then move clockwise in the following order 10k, Special K, 25k and 3k.  

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 17, 2021, 1:30 pm

What another sunny day! if you can get out, trails are groomed all the way.  Good classic tracks and flats for skate skiing as well.  Will soften some as the temperature is rising.

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Jeff was out this morning grooming with the Ginzu.  

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Andy grooming yesterday.  Looked to still be in good shape.  Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Pete groomed with the Ginzu, preserving classic tracks from Suttons Bay to Center Highway and setting new tracks from Center to Shady Lane.  

The Parallel Trail
Chad J. continues to keep up the grooming.  Still a bit soft, but usable.

Where do snowmen get the weather report?
From the Winternet!

Report: Vasa #37
Date: 02/17/21
Time: 7:02 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

The big chill is in control.  It is -1 degree in TC this morning with a dusting of new snow.  Looks like day time temps with rise to around the mid 20s which will feel like a heat wave.  The trail should offer faster skiing this week from late morning through the day.  

John and Mike are on the trail freshening up the skate lane on all loops.  They have completed the 3k to the split , 5k, 10k, Special K and are currently at the 7k on the 25k moving in a clockwise direction.  John reports 4 degrees with a light fresh snow cover.  The classic tracks are in good condition and will be reset on our next groom.

Report: Vasa #36 update
Date: 02/16/21
Time: 6:14 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Wow.  What a fun and busy weekend on the Vasa.  It was a cold one for the groomers with the average temp in the early mornings around 8 degrees.  The trail is holding up well due to the latest snow and the consistent cold.  So, put on an extra layer and maybe some more green glide wax and enjoy the cold snowy conditions.  It won’t last forever. 

Our next groom will be tomorrow morning.  

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 15, 2021, 10:30 am

Great weekend for winter sports.

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
We are training a new groomer, Steve, who will set out about 10:30 to groom.  Classic lanes will be preserved, with center section refreshed with roller & skirt.

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Andy grooming yesterday.  Should still be in good shape.  Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
RK is out this morning preserving the classic tracks and refreshing the center and west side with roller & skirt.

The Parallel Trail
Chad J. continues to keep up the grooming.  Still a bit soft, but usable.

What kind of cake does the Ice Queen like to eat on her birthday?
The flavor doesn’t matter as long as it has lots of frosting!

Report: Vasa #36
Date: 02/15/21
Time: 3:20 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here


It is 7 degrees and a dusting to an inch of snow has fallen since yesterdays groom.  Jim and I are headed out this morning to freshen up the trail after a busy Valentines Day.  We will start on the 5k then move through the 10k, Special K, Timber Ridge, 25k and finishing up on the 3k. 

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 14, 2021, 11:30 am

Lots of snow today, yeah!  Weather Channel said this morning 1 inch, not!

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Andy F. started grooming the south section with roller & skirt about 9:30 and will do the Shady Lane Vineyard trail after that.

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Andy grooming today.  Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Michael J. is out now grooming the north section with the Ginzu.  

The Parallel Trail
Chad J. may be out grooming now.  Still a bit soft, but usable.

How does a penguin build a house?
Igloos it together!

Report: Vasa #35
Date: 02/14/21
Time: 3:05 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here


It is 15 degrees here at the trail head with 1 inch of new snow since yesterday.  I am headed out to groom all loops this morning starting with the 5k, 10k, Timber Ridge, 25k and finally the 3k to the split.

Get up, get ready and get out.  Another winter day awaits :).

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 13, 2021, 12:45 pm

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Jeff groomed the trail with the Ginzu this morning. Trail conditions are gorgeous, but on the soft side.

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Andy groomed yesterday with the Ginzu.  Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Pete groomed this morning with roller & skirt, preserving the classic lanes.  Lots of folks out from walkers, snowshoers, classic skiers, and Fat Tire bikers.  Trail not as used south of Fort.

The Parallel Trail
Chad groomed this morning and may go out again this afternoon.  Still a bit soft, but usable.

How do snowpeople greet each other?
Ice to meet you!

Report: Vasa #34
Date: 02/13/21
Time: 7:05 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here


Another beautiful day taking shape for anyone who enjoys being outside in the winter.  The Vasa trail is receiving a fresh coat of corduroy and classic tracks this morning.  A bit of lake effect is forecast and temps are to rise into the mid 20s.

John and James have completed the 5k, 3k, 10k, Special K and Timber Ridge.  James reports 10 degrees and about 2-4 inches of new snow since yesterday. They are now headed out on the 25k in a clockwise direction.

With the additional snow fall this morning the trail may be a little soft today.  It will, however, be a great day to get out for a ski on the Vasa.  

This would be, by the way, Vasa Race weekend if it weren’t for Covid.  So maybe get out today and make an attempt at your course best time or distance.  The Vasa Race will return next year and we and all celebrate together :).

Have fun and be safe.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 12, 2021, 10:00 am

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Thad groomed the trail with the Ginzu yesterday ending in the afternoon.  Will groom again Saturday.

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Andy to groom today late morning.  Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Michael groomed the trail with the Ginzu late yesterday.  Will groom again Saturday morning.

The Parallel Trail
Chad groomed a couple of days ago.  Plans are to groom late today or early tomorrow.

Why did the girl keep her saxophone out in the snow?
Because she wanted to play cool jazz!

Report: Vasa #33
Date: 02/12/21
Time: 7:06 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Jim and Mike are on the trail this morning mixing and compacting the new fluffy snow with the existing base.  They have completed the 5k, 10k, Special K and Timber Ridge and are currently at the 4k on the 25k moving in a clockwise direction.  New classic tracks are being set throughout the system.   Jim reports 8 degrees and a dusting of new snow since yesterday afternoon.  

Report: Vasa #32
Date: 02/11/21
Time: 6:26 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

We have had requests from a few skiers asking if we could ever groom in the afternoon so that skiers who come out at 4:00 or 5:00 could experience a more freshly groomed trail.  So, today I will be on the trail in the afternoon. There will be no groom this morning.  I will keep a keen eye out for skiers while I renovate the skate lanes on the 5k and 10k loops. If conditions allow I may do a second pass to set classic tracks. 

Grooming during in the afternoon offers a host of challenges.  The biggest of which is your safety.  Please be aware of the possibility that a groomer may be coming around a curve or up a hill as you are coming down.  If this occurs the groomer will stop and there will be room for you to pass.  This is a bit of an experiment so we will evaluate its effects and issues in the coming days.  

Even if the experiment works out our normal grooming times will remain late night or early morning with an occasional day time groom.

See you on the trail.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 10, 2021, 11:00 am

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Thad groomed the trail and the vineyard yesterday ending in the afternoon.  He got the Ginzu attachment up and running and set nice classic tracks. All should be still in good shape.

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Thad groomed yesterday. Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Most the groomers were out skiing yesterday late in the day (Chad, Michael, and Pete)!  The trail was in great shape: classic tracks Suttons Bay to Fort, flat from Fort to Shady Lane.  Should still be good today.

The Parallel Trail
Chad groomed yesterday afternoon.  
What falls in the winter but never gets hurt?
Snow!

Report: Vasa #31
Date: 02/10/21
Time: 7:10 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

John has renovated the skate lane on the 5k, 10k, Special K and Timber Ridge and is currently on the top of the Wall on the 25k.  He reports -5 to +8 degrees and a dusting of new snow.  The Classic tracks are still holding up well. 

Forecasts are calling for these bitter cold temps to be around for at least another week along with a little lake effect snow.  So prep your self for the cold and get out side :).

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 9, 2021, 10:45 am

Another cool one!

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Plans are to groom today with the Ginzu if our repairs worked, else roller with skirt later in the day.

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Groomed yesterday. Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Bill D. out early using roller with skirt, preserving the classic tracks Suttons Bay to Fort.  Flat from Fort to Shady Lane.  Trail in great shape!

The Parallel Trail
No report.  Chad may have got to it last night.  Still pretty soft.  

How do you know it’s too cold to picnic outside?
You chip your tooth on your soup!

Report: Vasa #30
Date: 02/09/21
Time: 4:15 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

It is 10 degrees here at the trail head with a 1/2 inch of new snow.  Mike and I are headed out to renovate the skate lane.  We will start on the 5k,  then 10k and Timber Ridge and finally the 25k in a clockwise direction.  The existing classic tracks are holding up well, however, are showing their age and will be reset if conditions allow mid week.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 8, 2021, 12:45 pm

The sun is out and the north section may be the best yet, see below.

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Groomed yesterday, should still be in good shape.

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Looks like it was groomed this morning. Always check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
RK got out yesterday and this morning and busted the drifts from Fort to Shady Lane.  Pete refreshed the trail this morning as well.  Might be best skate skiing around.  Wide skate lane with classic tracks preserved from Fort to Suttons Bay.  Just nice flat trail south of Fort.    

The Parallel Trail
Chad groomed the trail Saturday. Will probably get to it this evening.  Pretty soft.  

Why did the boy only wear one snow boot?
There was only 50% chance of snow.

Report: Vasa #29 update
Date: 02/08/21
Time: 5:10 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Good Morning Badgers,

Hope you were one of the many who got out this past weekend to enjoy skiing the Vasa despite the frigid temps.

The next groom will freshen up the trail for Tuesday morning.  

It will be slightly warmer today with temps forecast in the mid teens.  Lake effect snow is still possible through the week.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 7, 2021, Noon

“Don’t forget your booties, cause it’s cold out there today!”  Although, the sun is peaking out.  Still dealing with drifting snow, see notes below.  The game doesn’t start for hours so the snow awaits.  

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Thad was out this morning rolling with skirt. 

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Groomed for the weekend thanks to Andy F.   Check their website for the latest conditions.
https://www.shadylanecellars.com/

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Dave S. braved the cold and rolled with skirt from Suttons Bay to Fort.  Drifts are too high for the Fort to Shady Lane section.  Will need to bust drifts before we groom tomorrow morning.  

The Parallel Trail
Chad groomed the trail yesterday.  It make take another day or so to get back to good packed conditions even after grooming.  

Why did Frosty go to the middle of the lake?
Because snow man’s an island!

Report: Vasa #29
Date: 02/07/21
Time: 7:05 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Jim and James are out grooming the trail including new classic tracks.  They report -2 degrees F with a dusting to 1 inch of new snow since yesterday. The 5k and 10k through Special K into Timber Ridge have been completed.  Currently they are at the 4k on the 25k headed in a clockwise direction.

Bundle up and enjoy the great white abyss. 🙂

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 6, 2021, Noon

Snow Lovers Rejoice!  More snow has brought some challenges due to drifting.  You may see snowmobiles packing the trails without any attachments breaking down the drifts that prevent us from using the equipment.  The snow is soft even after the packing with roller and skirt.  Skate skiing may be better on the north section.  

South Section –  Shady Lane to DeYoung
Jeff D. was out this morning packing and then rolling. 

Shady Lane Vineyard Trail 
Groomed for the weekend thanks to Andy F.  

North Section – Suttons Bay to Shady Lane
Michael was out early this morning first rolling with skirt, then if time allowed using the Ginzu to further pack, set corduroy, and set classic tracks. 

The Parallel Trail
Chad groomed the trail yesterday evening and will be out grooming again today after the regular equipment is through.  It make take another day or so to get back to good packed conditions even after grooming.  

What’s white and goes up?
A confused snowflake!

Report: Vasa #28
Date: 02/06/21
Time: 4:32 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

It is 11 degrees here at the barn.  There is about 2 inches of fresh snow at the trail head since yesterdays groom.  I anticipate more out further on the trail.  James, Mike and I are headed out to renovate the surface and set new classic tracks.  We will start on the 5k then 10k out the Special K through Timber Ridge and on to the 25k moving clockwise.  It may take us a while so if you ski before noon keep an eye out for our equipment.

Report: Vasa #27 update
Date: 02/05/21
Time: 3:58 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

After a long effort on the Vasa this morning and afternoon Jim, John and Roger were very successful in packing the snow and working the skate lane and setting classic tracks.  The snow is still falling and the wind still whipping so we will be out again tomorrow morning compacting the snow and setting new classic tracks.  I will send out a report in the morning.  

With temps falling into the single digits this weekend it might be time to break out that seldom used green wax.

John Heiam with the Muncie Lake groomers just informed us that John Gerty groomed the Muncie trail today and that if we get more snow tonight the guys will be back out tomorrow grooming.  If you have never skied at Muncie look it up and get out there.  It’s a wonderful experience for classic skiers.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – February 5, 2021, 2:30 pm

Winter Wonderland is Back!  So nice to have snow to work with again.  Andy F. groomed the south section from Shady Lane to DeYoung this morning with roller and skirt. 

Pete rolled with skirt from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane this early afternoon.  The north section has a newer snowmobile thanks to the VASA gang who got brand new sleds.  Thanks you guys.  

The snow is soft even after the packing with roller and skirt.  

The Parallel Trail was not groomed.  Chad will probably get at tomorrow morning.

We hope to get out on the north section with the Ginzu tomorrow morning unless we get a lot more snow.  

Why are we only concerned about snowmen not snowwomen?
Because only men are stupid enough to stand out in the snow without a coat!

Report: Vasa #27
Date: 02/05/21
Time: 6:45 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Jim, John and Roger are on the trail this morning.  Their plan is to roll ( compact ) the 5k and 10k then go back over the 5k and 10k setting tracks and leveling the skate lane.  They will head out to roll the 25k and Timber Ridge late this morning.  

Jim reports 4-5 inches of new snow and 22 degrees with strong winds whipping the snow around.  Snow is still falling on the Vasa.

Report: Vasa #26
Date: 02/04/21
Time: 4:16 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here.

I am headed out this morning to freshen up the skate lane.  The existing classic tracks will remain until we receive more snow.  

Temps are forecast to rise to 38 degrees by this afternoon then start to drop as snow moves into our area. 

Report: Vasa #25
Date: 02/03/21
Time: 6:06 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Jim and John have completed a renovation of the skate lane on all loops and have reset classic tracks where they were well worn. They also did a pass in and out of Timber Ridge.   It is now 15 degrees with temps rising into the mid 30s today.  

Looks like snow is on the way starting late afternoon on Thursday.  Forecasts vary as to how much, but we are all hoping for a good old “dumping” :).  We’ll see.

Today sun shine and blue skies will boost your spirits as you glide along on a ribbon of white.  See you on the trail.

Report: Vasa #24 update
Date: 02/02/21
Time: 6:15 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Currently it is 27 degrees with a bit of sun shine in the forecast with high temps around 30 degrees this afternoon.  The next groom will be tomorrow.   We hope to set new classic tracks as well as a renovation of the skate lane.  I will keep you posted :).

Report: Vasa #24
Date: 02/01/21
Time: 6:22 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

James has completed a renovation of the skate lane on all loops.   No new snow has fallen on the trail and temps around 22 degrees have kept the base cold and durable.  The classic tracks are holding up well, but they are 4 days old now and have seen much use.  We will set new tracks sometime this week.  I will keep you informed.

Looks a little snow headed our way starting on Thursday.  Keep your finger crossed and wear your pajamas inside out this week for good snow grigri :).

Report: Vasa #23
Date: 01/31/21
Time: 6:22 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

We will be out renovating the skate lane early tomorrow morning. The existing classic tracks will remain in place.   

Weather forecasting is not calling for much snow in the next 3 to 4 days.  However, freezing temps with keep us out freshening up the trail and helping to preserve the snow we do have until more arrives.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – January 30, 2021, 9:00 am

Jeff D. is out grooming the south section from Shady Lane to DeYoung this morning with roller and skirt. 

Pete is headed out (after getting this report in) to refresh the north section with the roller and skirt from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane leaving the classic tracks in place. 

The Parallel Trail is in good shape as well.

In case you have not heard (or seen), the south section groomers and Andy F. from Shady Lane Cellars have groomed a trail through the Shady Lane vineyards.  You can catch it off the trail near the trail mile 11 marker.  Watch for a Trail Etiquette sign on the east side of the trail.  The trail can take you to the tasting patio where on Friday and Saturday from 11 to 5 you can get a taste of their regular wines or a warm mulled wine.  Or, you can head south on the vineyard trail.  

What do you call a snowman that tells tall tales?
A snow-fake!

Report: Vasa #22
Date: 01/30/21
Time: 7:15 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

It’s a frigid 12 degrees at the trail with no new snow since yesterdays groom.  Jim is out renovating the skate lane this morning and leaving the existing classic tracks set yesterday.  The 5k and 10k have been completed.  Jim is currently at the 13k post grooming in a clockwise direction.  He is driving one of our two new snowmobiles on its first grooming run after a 2 week break in period.  

Looks like another great day to get out and enjoy your favorite loop or loops on the Vasa.  🙂

Leelanau Trail Grooming – January 29, 2021, 4:30 pm

Andy F. groomed the south section from Shady Lane to DeYoung this morning. 

The north section was still in good shape, so we passed on grooming today.  Yesterday Michael J. used the Ginzu and laid down a nice set of classic tracks on the east side of the trail.  
Pete plans to refresh the north section from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane early Saturday morning, leaving the classic tracks in place. 

Chad groomed the Parallel Trail yesterday as well. 

In case you have not heard (or seen), the south section groomers and Andy F. from Shady Lane Cellars have groomed a trail through the Shady Lane vineyards.  You can catch it off the trail near the trail mile 11 marker.  Watch for a Trail Etiquette sign on the east side of the trail.  The trail can take you to the tasting patio where on Friday and Saturday from 11 to 5 you can get a taste of their regular wines or a warm mulled wine.  Or, you can head south on the vineyard trail.  

What kind of money do the snow people use at the North Pole?
Cold Cash!

Still some sun today to head out! Or, enjoy this weekend.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – January 28, 2021, 9:30 am

Michael J. was out early this morning refreshing the north section from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane with the roller and skirt.  

Thad P. heading out this morning as well to refresh the south section from Shady Lane to DeYoung with the roller and skirt.

The Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to south of Fort Road should be in good shape too.. 

What do you call a penguin in the Sahara desert?
Lost!

Report: Vasa #20
Date: 01/28/21
Time: 7:09 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

It is a beautiful morning on the Vasa according to John who is out with Mike rolling the fresh 2 – 3 inches of fluffy snow on the skate lane.   He reports 21 degrees and calm winds.  They have completed the 5k and are currently finishing up the 25k and will head onto the 10k and wrapping up the morning on the 3k to the split.  The classic tracks have snow in them, but are well formed  and should make for nice skiing today.  

With this additional snow we plan on a full groom tomorrow morning which will include setting fresh classic tracks and renovation of the skate lane.  I will keep you posted.

Report: Vasa #19
Date: 01/27/21
Time: 7:13 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

It is 23 degrees here at the trail head with a dusting of new snow.  Jim is out renovating the skate lane and leaving the existing classic tracks.  He has finished the 5k and the 25k and is currently on the 10k moving clockwise.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – January 26, 2021, 2:20 pm

Bill D. was out early this morning refreshing the north section from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane with the roller and skirt.  Still not enough snow to use the Ginzu to set classic tracks.  

Jeff D. headed out about 2 pm to refresh the south section from Shady Lane to DeYoung with the roller and skirt.

The Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to south of Fort Road should be in good shape too.. 

Here’s one for all you rockers out there:

Why did Guns N Roses turn up for the gig when it was snowing?
Axel Froze!

Report: Vasa #18 update
Date: 01/26/21
Time: 6:00 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here


Record days of skiers on the Vasa this past weekend.  With some sun shine and pretty darn good trail conditions for both classic and skate it made for a great time to get out and enjoy.  So nice to see so many smiles.

We are not grooming today.  The trail is holding up very well considering the low snow conditions.  Fortunately temperatures are cooperating nicely and staying below freezing.  We will be out again tomorrow freshening up the trail.

Report: Vasa #18
Date: 01/25/21
Time: 3:20 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

John is headed out this morning to renovate the skate lane and leave the existing classic tracks in place.  

Leelanau Trail Grooming – January 24, 2021, 1:30 pm

Dave S. refreshed the north section from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane this morning with roller and skirt.

And, Andy F. just rolled with the skirt from DeYoung to Shady Lane. 

The Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to south of Fort Road should be in good shape too.. 

Grandma’s been staring through the window ever since it started to snow.  If it gets any worse I’ll have to let here in!

Report: Vasa #17
Date: 01/24/21
Time: 7:09 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

It’s another cold start to the day on the Vasa at 19 degrees.  There is a slight dusting of new snow and James is out renovating the skate lane. He has completed the 5k, 10k and is currently near the 4k on the 25k headed in a clockwise direction.    James says that the classic tracks that were set yesterday have held up well, although they are blown out in a few places.

Looks like another good day to enjoy winter on the trail.  Hope you find time to slide and glide :).

Leelanau Trail Grooming – January 23, 2021, 3:30 pm

The sun is shining and it’s a great day to use the trail.  Thad P. just rolled with the skirt from DeYoung to Shady Lane. 

The north section was groomed yesterday and should be still in decent shape.  Dave S. is planning to refresh the north section from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane in the morning.

The Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to south of Fort Road should be in good shape too.. 

Speaking of Frosty again, who are Frosty’s parents?
Mom and Pop-Sicle

Report: Vasa #16
Date: 01/22/21
Time: 5:49 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Wow.  That was fun.  2 inches of fresh snow this morning at 3:30 am and the groom was a winter wonderland drive thru the woods.  Paradise!  🙂

After skiing this afternoon and seeing another 1-2 inches of snow on the trail we will be out again tomorrow morning setting new classic tracks and renovating the skate lane.  Not enough snow to set tracks from the start, over the bridge and along the shelf.  The rest of the trail has enough snow to cut in nice tracks.

If you have been waiting for a good time to ski the VASA trail that time has arrived.  It’s really wintery out there and we are not sure how long it’s going to last. 

Leelanau Trail Grooming – January 22, 2021, 9:00 am

We are getting an early start today!  Jeff D. is out rolling with skirt the south section from Shady Lane to DeYoung.  And we are breaking in Dave S. (a new groomer) who is rolling with skirt the north section from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane.

Chad J. groomed the Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to south of Fort Road. 

Who is Frosty’s favorite Aunt?
Aunt Artica!

Report: Vasa #15
Date: 01/21/21
Time: 5:55 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

We will be out very early tomorrow morning grooming the vasa and breaking in our new machines.  The trail will get a fresh suit of corduroy and classic tracks. If this plan changes in the morning I will put out an update.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – January 21, 2021, 9:30 am

Jeff D. rolling with skirt the south section from Shady Lane to DeYoung.  North section from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane was groomed yesterday at noon, no new snow, should be in good shape.

Chad J. groomed the Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to south of Fort Road yesterday as well.  

Snow in the forecast.  Will probably groom tomorrow as well.

What is a snowman’s favorite snack?
Ice Krispies Treats!

Report: Vasa #14 update
Date: 01/21/21
Time: 6:27 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Temps are hovering around 35 degrees this morning with west winds cranking along at 15 – 20 mph.  High winds last night may have brought branches and maybe even a tree down on the trail.  If you encounter a tree down while out skiing please contact TART and we will remove it ASAP.

Although we are not grooming today the trail should be in great condition for both skating and classic skiing.  Keep it mind that we have not set tracks until you get to where the 5k branches off from the main trail.  From that point on tracks are set throughout the system.  We will start setting tracks at the trail head as soon as there is sufficient snow depth.

Forecasts suggest 1 or 2 mores inches tonight and a return of below freezing temps.  We will be out grooming again tomorrow morning.  A report will go out by 7:30 am.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – January 20, 2021, 11:00 am

Thad P. rolling with skirt the south section from Shady Lane to DeYoung.  Pete O. rolling with skirt the north section from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane. 

Chad J. groomed the Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to south of Fort Road.  

We hope to put Trail Etiquette signs today as well.  Trail users are asked to keep the east side of the trail for classic skiers, the center section for skate skiers, and the rest (walkers, Fat Bikes, and snowshoers) on the west side of the trail.  Thanks for your help on this.

Here’s one that the British might get:

What’s an ig?
A snowhouse without a loo!

Report: Vasa #14 
Date: 01/20/21
Time: 6:59 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

James, John and Jim have been out grooming early this morning.  James reports cold temps from 10 to 18 degrees with 2-3 inches of fresh snow since yesterdays groom.  They have completed the 5k and are currently at the 13k post on the 25k moving in a clockwise direction.  The three amigos will finish up this morning on the 10k and the 3k.  New classic tracks are being cut in throughout the VASA.  

The trail is once again well covered in most areas.  As you ski please be cautious around the areas with pine trees hanging over the trail.  Snow can be very thin in those locations.  Enjoy!

Leelanau Trail Grooming – January 19, 2021, 3:30 pm

Thad P. rolled with skirt the south section from Shady Lane to DeYoung and reports snow conditions are pretty good.  Shady Lane to Birch Point some of the better.  

Knock, Knock.
Who’s There?
Scold.
Scold Who?
Scold Outside!

Leelanau Trail Grooming – January 19, 2021, 10:30 am

Nice to be back in action.  Our last report was on 2 January!

Bill D. rolled with skirt from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane.  He reports a bit of ice chunks under the fresh groom from SB to Fort.  Good for classic, might be challenging skating.  Fort south very nice conditions for both disciplines.  

Chad headed out at 10 am to groom the Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay to north of Fort.

South section to be groomed by Thursday.

Today isn’t the day to be making jokes about the weather.
It’s snow joke!

Report: Vasa #13 
Date: 01/19/21
Time: 7:30 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

John has finished laying down a fresh surface on the skate lane this morning.
He reports 1 to 2 inches of fresh snow since yesterdays groom and 26 degrees. The classic tracks set yesterday will remain place and will most likely be reset tomorrow morning.  

So nice to see winters return in the woods :). Enjoy!

Report: Vasa #12 
Date: 01/18/21
Time: 7:35 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

I just heard from Glen R. who is out on the trail with Dave H. coming around the bend at 4-Corners (Timber Ridge) after having completed a groom on the 25 K Loop. They started earlier on the 5K and are now heading to the 10K loop before wrapping things up. There was about 1-3″ of fresh snow across the trail network when they began early (very early) this morning.

Also, good news for those of you who have been looking forward to set classic tracks, as Glen notified me that he has set trax for the first time this season. They are thin in a few spots so keep an eye out for dirt or debris that you may have to step around, and enjoy what is hopefully a sign that winter is here for real now.

Report: Vasa #11 update #5
Date: 01/17/21
Time: 8:51 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

The trail has received and inch or two of wet snow over the last 24 hours.  Temps are just now dropping to freezing.   This will harden the soft wet trail surface and allow us to pack what little snow there is tomorrow morning.   Temps are forecast to remain at freeing or below this week.  We we be out doing what we can to make the trail more enjoyable for skiing.  I will keep you posted.

Report: Vasa #11 update #4
Date: 01/16/21
Time: 8:06 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

It is 32 degrees here at the trail head with about 3/4″ of wet new snow. This is not enough to groom, but will help preserve the thin base so that the forecasted cold night time temps will harden the ground and allow us to get out and groom in the coming days if we receive an addition inch or two of new snow.

As you may know TART purchased 2 new Skidoo Skandic snowmobiles that the groomers have been working on customizing to make them into true grooming machines.  These machines need to be broken in with no equipment being pulled.  So if you see one or two of the new red machines with the TART logo on the windsheild not dragging grooming equipment they are out doing that break in.

Report: Vasa #11 update #3
Date: 01/14/21
Time: 5:53 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

I think I saw Frost’s hat and eyes of coal in the middle of the trail sitting in a puddle of melted snow and ice.   Hard to believe it is the middle of January and we are talking about not grooming the trail again due to lack of snow and warm temps.  Frosty, however, is resilient.  He will return in full regalia to lead us in celebration of winter on the VASA.

Thank you all for your patience, support and big hearts (:

Report: Vasa #11 update #2
Date: 01/12/21
Time: 5:43 am
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere

It is 35 degrees here at the trail head with dizzle ):.  That dizzle is freezing to the roads.  Driving out of TC was okay, but as soon as I got up into the hills in Acme the roads were covered with a thin layer of ice.  Please use caution if you venture out  on the roads this morning.  

There will be no groom today.  

Report: Vasa #11 update
Date: 01/11/21
Time: 6;27 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Just to let you know there will be no groom today. There is a chance we will get a small amount of snow late today.  Even a small bit would help.  

Report: Vasa #11
Date: 01/10/21
Time: 4:19 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

I am headed out on the trail to scratch up the skate lane as best as conditions allow.  Once again, please use caution if you ski today.  Departing from Timber Ridge or the Rock will offer the best control.  The trail head area is skiable, however, very rough with thin gravelly areas.

Report: Vasa #10
Date: 01/09/21
Time: 5:53 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

James scratched up the skate lane on all loops early this morning.  He reported a chilly 11 degrees out by the wall and Jack Pine.  

The trail head is pretty rough.  Many bare spots and very thin snow on the hills throughout the system.  James suggests skiing from Timber Ridge or the Rock where more snow and better control exists.

Please use extreme caution if you choose to ski today.  Very hard and icy conditions exist on much of the trail.  

Report: Vasa #7
Date: 01/02/21
Time: 6:49 am
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere

It is 29 degrees at the trail head with no new snow.  John and Mike have completed the 5k and 10k and are currently at the 9k post ( top of the wall ) on the 25k moving in a clockwise direction. Although there is no new snow to work with and a very thin base, going over the surface will help rough up the hard pack a bit. Looks like a dry week ahead with temps in the mid 30’s during the day.  We will watch closely and groom when we believe that grooming would make skiing better without bringing up dirt and gravel.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – January 1, 2021

We have one sled down, so Thad P. is grooming the north section this morning and will hopefully groom the south section this afternoon.  

The Parallel Trail from Suttons Bay has been well used and is in good shape.

What did Jack Frost say to Frosty the Snowman?
“Have an ice day!”

Report: Vasa update
Date: 01/01/21
Time: 7:48 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

You were out in force yesterday on the Vasa trail.  Glad to see that so many enjoyed skiing on the last day of 2020.  We will not be grooming today, but that should not deter you from getting out and enjoying another day, this first day of 2021, skiing on the Vasa.  We hope to be back out on the trail Saturday morning to freshen up the ski surface.  Stay tuned.

Report: Vasa #6
Date: 12/31/20
Time: 7:05 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

It is 24 degrees at the trail head with a dusting of snow since yesterdays roll.  James and Mike are on the trail freshening up the surface.  They have completed the 5k and 10k and are currently heading clockwise on the 25k.

This has been a very slow no snow start to our Vasa season. Although the base is building up it is still too thin to set track on the majority of the trail. We are close, however. So, snow dance like your outdoor life depends on it :). 

Also, some of you have had questions about grooming.   Wanting to know why we choose to use certain pieces of equipment and when we groom.  You can contact TART trails with your question or stop by the barn of you see us there.  All of the groomers are approachable and would be happy to answer any of your questions. We like to hear from our people. Our efforts are all about our community having a place to get out and enjoy skiing.

Hope you get out today and enjoy one last ski as we send 2020 packing.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – December 30. 2020

Jeff D. started grooming the south section starting at Shady Lane at 11 am.  He will groom with the roller & skirt to DeYoung and then back.

Michael J. will start grooming the north section starting at Fort to Suttons Bay at 12:30 pm, then south to Shady Lane and back to Fort.

Chad J. groomed the Parallel Trail today which is in great shape for off roaders (fat bikes or skiers).

What did the snowman and his wife put over their baby’s crib?
A snow-mobile!

Report: Vasa #5 update
Date: 12/30/20
Time: 11:33 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

John and I finished up rolling the trail.  We encountered 2″-3″ of fresh snow through out the system.  Temps warmed from 27 to 32 degrees while we were on the trail.  Skiing should be better today because of more snow but slower because of temps.  We need another snow fall like this morning to start setting tracks.  Hopefully that will happen for the New Year.

Report: Vasa #5
Date: 12/30/20
Time: 5:36 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Here at the trail head it is 27 degrees with 2 inches of fresh snow.  John and I are headed out to roll the whole system.  We will start with the 5k then move to the 10k exiting at the Special K and continuing past the 4 corners at Timber Ridge.  We will continue moving in a clockwise direction and complete the 25k.  The 3k will be done up to the split.  

Looks like a little more snow through out the day so it should be beautiful on the trail.  Hope you can make time to get out and enjoy. I will put out an update when we return to the barn.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – December 29. 2020

Bill D. was out early grooming from Suttons Bay to Shady Lane,  Snow pretty firm with a light dusting of fresh stuff.  Drifting limited and trail pretty flat.  

Parallel Trail should be in good shape as well.  And, the sun is shining.  A great day to get out and enjoy.  

If the sun is shining while it is snowing, what should you look for?  Snowbows!

Report: Vasa update
Date: 12/29/20
Time: 8:03 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

It is a crispy 19 degrees here at the Vasa trail head with just a dusting of fresh snow.  Judging by the over night radar there my be a bit more snow further out on the 10k and 25k loops.  There is a storm forecast for late today into Wednesday morning which could bring some much anticipated snow fall for the Vasa region.  Keep that good snow gri gri goin :).

No groom today, but we will be out in force tomorrow if forecast holds.

Skiing today should be slightly better than yesterday with the bit of fresh light snow on the trail.  Enjoy.  Be cautious.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – December 28. 2020 Update

Pete heading out to groom north section, Suttons Bay to Shady Lane / Bingham at 1 pm.   Will start at Fort and roll with skirt to SB, then south to Shady and back to Fort.

What do you call a snowperson party?  This is an easy one!  C’mon guess it.  A snowball!

Report: Vasa #4
Date: 12/28/20
Time: 7:15 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

James and Dave have just finished a complete roll of the entire Vasa system.  James reports 30 degrees with about 1/2′ to 2″ of fresh snow on the trail when they started. There was not enough snow to set tracks. There are still some very thin areas so use caution if you ski.  

Some system snow is in the forecast for Wednesday which may bring measurable amounts.  We could sure use it !!!

Leelanau Trail Grooming – December 26. 2020 Update

Just enough snow!  Thad rolled south and Pete did the whole north section.  So corduroy from Suttons Bay to DeYoung.  Skate skiers will delight.  Lots were out enjoying. Chad groomed the Parallel Fat Bike trail from Suttons Bay to North of Fort this morning as well. 

What is the mountains favorite candy?  
Snow Caps

Leelanau Trail Grooming – December 26. 2020

Thad is out rolling the south section, DeYoung to Shady Lane, and Pete heading out to roll from Fort to Shady Lane.  Not much new snow north of Fort so will leave roll from yesterday. Chad groomed the Parallel Fat Bike trail from Suttons Bay to North of Fort this morning as well. 

What did the snowman eat for lunch?
Icebergs with chill-i sauce

Report:   Vasa update
Date: 12/26/20
Time: 1:55 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

We are recommending that you walk the first 1/4 km before putting your skis on.  There is more gravel then snow it seems from the start area to the first down hill under the pine trees.  After that Its best to take the 5k out to the rest of the system and then return on the 5k.  Avoiding the bridge area is highly recommended. Either way you choose use extreme caution.  Conditions improve further out from the trail head. 

We are watching the weather closely and will get back out as soon as more snow falls.  The forecast is calling for 2″ Sunday night into early Monday morning with temps remaining at or below freezing.

Leelanau Trail Grooming – Christmas 2020

Michael was kind enough to get out and roll from Suttons Bay to Center Highway north of Fort.  It will take more snow to get out with the Ginzu (track setter).  But a white Christmas is always welcome to those of us that enjoy winter! Will provide an update on the south section tomorrow.  

How do you keep the snow from giving you cold feet?  
Don’t go around BRRfooted!

Report:  Vasa #3 update
Date: 12/25/20
Time: 10:23 am
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere

John and I have completed rolling the whole Vasa system.  We found 1/2″ to 1″ of light fluffy snow over a thin crusty icy base.  Many areas there was no base under the fluff.  Be very cautious of dirt and gravel hidden under the light snow.  The further out on the trail you go the thicker the base becomes with very few dirt and gravel patches. 

Report:  Vasa #3
Date: 12/25/20
Time: 4:36 am
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere

The trail head is quiet and cold, very peaceful.  It is 22 degrees with only about 1/2 inch of fresh snow.  We are hoping there is more further out on the trail.  John and I are headed out to roll the whole system.  I will put out an update when we return late morning.

Report:  Vasa update
Date: 12/24/20
Time: 8:34 am
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere

It was nice waking up to freezing temps and snow falling after a day of 45 degrees and a bit of rain.  Hopefully it will continue as forecast and we can get out and groom late tonight or early Christmas morning.  I will keep you informed on our next move. Stay tuned 🙂

Report:  Vasa update
Date: 12/22/20
Time: 8:04 am
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

It is 31 degrees here at the Vasa trail head with about 1 inch of fresh crusty snow covering the hard pack.  Temps are due to rise today into the mid 40s.  So getting out early may be the ticket for skiing today.  

Looks like cold weather and some snow arriving Wednesday night through the weekend.  No groom today, but as soon as we get snow and cold we will be back out laying down some corduroy and set classic tracks.  I will keep you posted. 

Report:  Vasa #2 update
Date: 12/19/20
Time: 7:10 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Thank goodness for the half inch or so of snow since our groom yesterday. It went along way in helping to freshen up the trail and offer some pretty good skiing.
 
Looks like temps will remain above freezing until Thursday with little snow in the forecast. We are going hold off until we receive more snow for the next groom.  

Hang in there, be safe and do a little snow jig :).

Report:  Vasa #2
Date: 12/18/20
Time: 4:57 am
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports availablehere

Mike and I will be headed out to freshen up the trail this morning. We will start with the 5k then 10k and move through the 25k by late morning. The 3k is still very wet in places around the loop so we will only go out to the split and back.

There is snow in the forecast for late tonight into Saturday. Keep your fingers crossed :).

Report:  Vasa update
Date: 12/16/20
Time: 5:57 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

We hope you have made time to get out to enjoy skiing on the Vasa this week.  Weather has been quit settled with cold temps helping to keep the snow we received Saturday.  We will get out if conditions allow and freshen up the surface Friday or Saturday.  A report will be put out to keep you informed. Stay tuned :).

Leelanau Trail Report: #1
Date: 12/13/20
Time: 1:00 PM
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here


 We are again grooming the Leelanau Trail this winter from the DeYoung property to Suttons Bay. We 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 Jordan and the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (NMMBA) will again be grooming a parallel 3-foot trail for fat biking in the winter.  The trail parallels the Leelanau Trail from Suttons Bay to north of Fort Road. The trail is not all “off-road,” so please stay on the west side if you are on the main trail.  We will be putting out Trail Etiquette signs soon to help keep all uses of the trail available. 
 
We will be consolidating the grooming report into three sections:  North Section, South Section, and Fat Bike Trail, hoping to keep down the number of emails.
 
North Section
Chad went out this morning and rolled from Fort to the Road Commission in Suttons Bay.  We are also waiting for new equipment before we use the Ginzu. 
 
South Section
Snowmobile in the shop getting a winter prep. 
 
Fat Bike Trail
Too many downed trees to groom.  Chad will be going out to trim as needed.  Not sure when we will groom next.  Will keep you informed. 
 
Thank you all for purchasing groomer badges that help pay for maintenance and operations (gas & lube). 

Report: Vasa #1 update
Date: 12/13/20
Time: 8:43 am
NWS Forecasthere.
Snow Prediction from John Dee here.
Trail Reports available here

Good Morning Badgers,

Just wanted to update you on how the first roll / packing is going this morning. James and John departed the trail head at about 7:45 am. They report 7 inches of snow and 26 degrees. The 5k will be completed first, then the 10k, 25k. The 3k may be too thin to pack. Many bending and downed branches will slow progress so they will be on the trail all morning and possible early afternoon.

Keep in mind that even though we received 7 inches of snow there may be some very thin spots. Particularly under heavy tree cover.   

Enjoy. It’s really wonderlandy out here.  (: I know, its not a word 🙂

Report: Vasa #1 Snow, Snow, Snow
Date: 12/12/20
Time: 4:55 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Now this is more like it! We received about 5 to 7 inches of heavy snow on the Vasa trail today. It is a winter wonderland. I put on the backcountry skis and had a beautiful slide and glide through the woods in and around the 5k.

James and John will be rolling the whole trail system tomorrow morning. Because of the heavy snow on the trees we anticipate branches and maybe a few tree down so they will wait until first light to get started.
So its time to get your gear together and head out for some early season skiing.

Report: Welcome back 🙂
Date: 12/01/20
Time: 11:00 pm
NWS Forecast here.
Snow Prediction from JohnDee here.
Trail Reports available here

Welcome to the start of winter fun on the Vasa trail. Even though weather is not quite cooperating yet TART staff and the groomers are in full swing preparing for the snowy white world that will soon blanket the woods.

Our grooming team this year consists of James Hart, Dave Hunter, John Stevenson, Jim Dombrowski, Roger Raehl, Glen Rauth and our newest addition Mike Brown. This group has been busy getting reacquainted and preparing for the work ahead. Two new snowmobiles are being delivered next week so work will start on the various customizations needed to make them true TART grooming machines. Our two older machines have found new homes.  One with the Leelanau trail and the other with the City of Traverse City to be used at Hickory Hills.

As in past years a grooming report will be sent to your email each morning of a groom. So don’t forget to check. Information in each report may (hopefully) add to your ski experience.

Looks like Covid will be with us through the winter season so we will continue taking precautions for your health and the health of our community.  Precaution guidelines will be posted at the trailhead and warming hut. With just a few safeguards, this winter season should offer wonderful winter fun while keeping everyone safe and healthy.

Thank you for your purchase of a grooming badge. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

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See you on the trail 🙂

Glen