The 2014-2015 cross-country ski season got off to a slow start. There wasn’t enough snow to groom the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail until mid-January, but the cold weather and snow did arrive, and by March, we had groomed the trail all the way from Glen Arbor to Empire many times.
We were concerned about the steep hills in the section from the Dune Climb to Empire, but we found that with fresh snow, skiers had no problems with the hills. They were easy enough to ski up without doing a herring bone up the hills, and coming down was a gentle glide.
Now that spring is here, the snow is melting off the trail and many areas are bare. It is time to get your bike out and tuned up. Once all of the snow is off the trail, the Trail Crew will be out with the blower to clear winter debris from the trail. We will let you know when all the snow is gone, so it is safe to ride your bike all the way from Empire to Glen Arbor.
The new section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail will be built from Glen Arbor to Port Oneida this spring. We will be installing signs as soon as the asphalt is in place. If you can help us install signs, send an e-mail to [email protected]. We will let you know when the new section of trail is open!