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Monday, January 14, 2019

Groomed trails are holding up very well. Conditions should remain throughout the week and weekend, although dress very warm on the weekend, as temperatures are predicted in the single digits. Much of the system is groomed for both classic and skating. Skate skiing is very fast as the base is solid. Groomed trails can be reached from three trailheads: Twin Lakes, Bluffs and County Line. The northern trailhead off County Road 486 is available too, however skiing is on non-groomed trails for a few links until skiers can hook up with the groomed part of the system. Skiers have been skiing classic on all parts of the system. Come out an ski Black Mountain!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

An icy base remains on Black Mountain with a thin layer of powder snow on top. Hardy skiers are out on Black Mountain. This weekend conditions will remain stable, as cold temperatures persist. So if you go, dress for the weather and enjoy a slick ski system on Black Mountain!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Several inches of new snow has fallen on Black Mountain in the past couple days. We have about 6 inches of snow across the cross country system. Most of the system has been rolled for a good base, and part of the system has been tracked for skate and classic skiing. The temperatures are predicted to moderate this weekend, so come out and take advantage of some of our first skiing at beautiful Black Mountain. Conditions on the mountain should hold well with the cold temperatures and grooming base. Happy New Year from  the Black Mountain Nordic Ski Club.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Our new ski season is upon us in Black Mountain!

Black Mountain has snow! There is not enough solid base yet for grooming, but skiers have been out on the trails, and there is enough snow for skiing the system. Welcome to another season, which hopefully will be a long snowy season of great conditions. Get out this weekend or next week and get some December skiing in the best system in the lower peninsula!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Bonus skiing continues at Black Mountain, with conditions holding well as of Sunday night. NO bare spots and very little leaf litter. Groomed classic skiing (no skate skiing is possible) is excellent on the beast as well as the outer loop (excluding the roller coasters) which also was snowmobile track groomed by Denny. The best lots to access the groomed trails are Twin Lakes or County Line. The Bluffs trail in and 489 lot trail ins would need trail blazing to connect with the groomed tracks. Conditions should hold until a big warm up or rainfall.

Happy spring skiing!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Bonus spring skiing!

Even though Blackie and Bluey have been put away for the year, Denny was able to groom with the grizzly and snowmobile tracker, and spent several hours white knuckle grooming this past  Friday. There is a solid base and now tracks on the beast for anyone interested in classic skiing. I was out today and it was in great shape - very little leaf litter (some new beach leaves in a few spots) and the snow is very soft off the trail, but the loop is very good classic skiing.

The parking lots have all been plowed at all trail heads, and at the Bluffs and County Road 489 trail heads, even a couple hardy souls skied in the deep snow, blazing their own trails. I do not know how far these skiers went, so I can't say what conditions are in those loops. The Beast is the place to go! Thanks to Denny for grooming this late in the season!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

As another ski season draws to a close, congratulations are in order for all who traversed the mountain this past season, whether recreationally or competitively, or both. Thanks are in order for all the volunteers who donated time for grooming, equipment upkeep, and all who participated and volunteered for the modified March race event this year. Thanks to all who helped John with Nordic Rocks, and those who helped with the meetings and clerical duties. I hope everyone will look forward to our fall Nordic Club meeting, as we will begin preparations for hopefully an even better snowy season in 2018-2019.

Thanks again to everyone and have a great spring and summer!

Jim Soubly