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Watersmeet, MI
13K
Classic Only
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The East Trails travel through a forest dominated by evergreens with terrain that is gentle and rolling and suitable for skiers of all abilities. The West Trails travel through a forest of primarily hardwoods and offer more hills and winding runs through the natural hilly terrain.
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Reports 4 to 13 of 15    Month: Feb | Jan | Dec
Friday, February 11, 2022
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Groomed trails Friday evening after getting a few inches of snow. Conditions look to be excellent. With sub-zero temps the tracks should hold up well until the next snow. Due to timber harvest activity less than a mile of the East Side Trail is open.
(Bob Turnquist)
Sunday, February 6, 2022
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The couple of inches of snow allowed a fresh grooming of the trails. The trail worked up well and conditions should be great. The litter that has been slowly showing over the long dry spell should not be an issue. Good riddance to those pesky Hemlock cones and so long to at least most of the Oak leaves. The 0.4 mile section of the East side trail that was plowed is packed and will be skiable but there is not enough snow to track this section. The 1 mile loop is groomed.
(Bob Turnquist)
Friday, January 28, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Another fun classic only trail system. Bob does a great job of grooming and laying down great tracks. Mostly easy trails with a few intermediate hills. East side has some logging going on so some of trail is closed. There is a connecting trail to Sylvania wilderness trails. The UPers have a saying "No such thing as bad weather only bad clothing." After a week of very cold temps, I agree only bad clothing!
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(Greg Dahl)
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomed all trails. With the new snow from a couple of days ago things worked up nicely. Tracks are as good as they can be and the deck is firm.
(Bob Turnquist)
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Night
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Dragged and tracked the trail this morning and groomed this evening. Tracks and deck look great and with cold weather things should set up nicely. Looks like the conditions will be excellent for the weekend.
(Bob Turnquist)
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Night
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomed all trails tonight. Tracks look excellent and skiing should be really good. There is still snow on the trees so the trail is beautiful. The picture below was taken before I groomed today.
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(Bob Turnquist)
Monday, December 27, 2021
Night
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Packed and tracked all trails tonight to take care of the 4-5" of snow we got in the last 24 hours. Full depth tracks everywhere. Depending on how it sets tonight, the trails could be a little soft. Conditions look to be very good.
(Bob Turnquist)
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Fine fun in the sun. When I got back, the other folks on the trails, and I, exchanged reportage at the parking lot, and I guess my Christmas present, was the eastern loop, which I am happy to say, was not destroyed by logging last winter, and was pretty good. Icy, a few bare spots, yes, but overall, totally satisfying. A good base for what is to come, hopefully.
(Bob Nussbaum)
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Night
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomed at night after the 3" of new snow. After all the work volunteers did picking up tree litter after the wind last week, the new snow conditions look to be great. Near as I could tell at night the tracks look to be excellent and with the nice hard base skiing should be terrific.
(Bob Tuirnquist)
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
We took a hit on the ski trail with the high temps and strong winds this past week.  An incredible amount of tree litter and more than a few trees fell on the trail.  Thanks to 38 hours of volunteer time the trails have been cleaned up.  We lost much snow but fortunately still have a good base.  I was able to smooth out the trails and set a track that is good in many places but shallow in others.  The base is hard but not icy and the trail is definitely skiable.
(Bob Turnquist)

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