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Monday, January 8, 2018

A fresh coating of one to two inches of snow on top of the strong solid groomed base is making superb conditions out at Black Mountain. The entire system including the multiple shorter loops is holding up well. The new snow has covered the leaf litter almost completely, with temperatures in the twenties and low thirties, and lows in the teens and twenties. These conditions are predicted for the next few days. Mammal activity has increased with the moderating temperatures, and coyote, deer, fox, rabbit, squirrel, mice and many other small mammal tracks are abundant in the new snow.  Many are using the trails as well as the skiers.The new snow is sticking to the evergreens and other trees, making for picturesque surroundings Come out and enjoy the beautiful ski season now at Black Mountain.

Friday, January 5, 2018

The entire Black Mountain cross country ski system has been groomed on Thursday, January 4, both for skate skiing and classic skiing. Be careful in some spots of the trail as oak leaf litter is scattered about on top of the strong base. Cold temperatures are predicted, with a mild warm up on Sunday, and new light snow predicted as well. The warm up will still be under freezing, so the conditions should be great for skiing all weekend and well into next week.

Monday, January 1, 2018

There is plenty of snow and groomed trails with light snow on top and cold temperatures, making for some brisk skiing for the first cross country skiing of 2018 at Black Mountain. Come out and enjoy classic or skate skiing in a beautiful rolling forested area. The ski conditions are shaping up to be a strong season this year. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Great conditions at Black Mountain

Finish off 2017 in style with great cross country skiing out at Black Mountain. Substantial snow has been groomed for both classic and skate skiing throughout the system. Temperatures are well below freezing, so excellent snow conditions exist for superb cross country skiing here. There is a solid base and volunteers have groomed expertly! Hope many of you can get out to Black Mountain and enjoy skiing, watching for wildlife tracks, taking in the scenic overlooks of Lake Huron and Black Lake, as well as the snow packed evergreens throughout the system. This is a beautiful jewel that is maintained superbly and the best kept skiing secret in northern lower Michigan. Come out and enjoy the season now!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Several inches of new snow has blanketed the Black Mountain Recreation Area, making for good holiday skiing. The system has been flat rolled, with track setting planned for Tuesday the 26th. More snow is also predicted, along with colder temperatures, so skiing at Black Mountain should be good for quite awhile now! Come out and enjoy the trail system. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year on behalf of all of us at Black Mountain Nordic Ski Club.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Black Mountain Ski Conditions

The outer system has been flat groomed entirely for good skate skiing this weekend, minus a few lingering fall oak leaves. All new tree fall was recently cut away from the trail, and the trails were groomed Thursday, December 14. Classic ski track setting was done on the south Cheboygan side of the system as well, from marker 13 on up the marker numbers, so the only area not track set was markers 1-12 on the north side (County Road 489 lot). The County Line parking lot is a good starting point for groomed track set classic skiers, going toward Twin Lakes or south to 15-14-13-17 loops.

 The bridge is still unstable between 1-5 for a groomer, so the trail bypasses that link. This weekend temperatures are predicted highs in the 20s so good ski conditions will remain. Come out and take a holiday break and get those ski legs under way. Good early season skiing at Black Mountain!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Early snowfall opens the cross country ski season at Black Mountain!

We have our first solid snow of the season! Several inches of snow has fallen over the area, with lake effect snow daily averaging two inches of fresh snow is making a good base on the trails. The groomers have been out flat rolling the system, and some of the system has been skate groomed as well - the snow is conducive to both classic and skate skiing - with temperatures expected to stay below freezing for the next several days. Much preliminary work of clearing trees and branches has led to a system well free of the usual falls for early winter skiing, so come out and give Black Mountain a try~take a break from holiday shopping or preparations and get in that great exercise in the outdoors! See you on the trails!

Jim Soubly