Farewell, Winter!


This time, it really looks like winter is in the rear view mirror. 

Fat bikers and trail users were treated to a surprise second winter in the first two weeks of March, with some of the best conditions of the year coming on the heels of a two-day winter storm. Our groomers were back in action immediately, working to combine the fresh powder into the icy base. We were able to get the original WST loop in terrific shape, with some of the Universal Racing folks even tossing in a rare Friday Night Lights ride, plus dozens of folks enjoying some winter miles over the past two weekends. 

As we transition to spring, we're asking trail users to take caution when using the trail due to ice. With freezing temperatures overnight, the surface may stay frosty for another few weeks, but that surface will be extremely slick as that freeze and thaw cycle continues. As the ice and snow disappear, please use your best judgment riding in any wet or muddy conditions. In Northern Michigan, we're very lucky to have sandy soil that drains water quickly and efficiently. Still, any muddy spots that see heavy and consistent traffic can deepen and widen the trail bed and do lasting damage that could cause erosion, further re-routes, and detract from your riding experience. 

Looking ahead, we expect to see warmer temperatures this weekend and into next week. With a few nights over freezing and some of the precipitation in the forecast, the trails should clear rather quickly. We'll do our very best to keep you up-to-date! 

In the meantime, make sure you've got Friday, April 13 circled on your calendar. NMMBA has grown in leaps and bounds over the past three years, and we're working to change our structure and certain by-laws in order to do more for our trails, our members, and our communities. We'll use this special meeting to present information and invite your feedback, as well as vote on the changes discussed, if motioned. 

We'll see you on the trails, and thank you for your support! 


Notice of Special Meeting: April 13, 2018

This is an important message for all our current NMMBA members. On Friday, April 13, we invite you to join NMMBA's board for a special meeting at Timber Ridge Resort at 6:30pm for a vote on proposed changes to the NMMBA bylaws. These changes are substantial and require a majority vote from current members. 

Below is the full brief from our legal counsel, Dan Morley:

To approve amended and restated Articles and Bylaws for the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association.  A copy of the proposed Amended and Restated Articles and the proposed Amended and Restated Bylaws are enclosed.


The Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (“NMMBA”) was originally incorporated on March 20, 2012.  While the original Articles and Bylaws of the NMMBA were certainly adequate at the time, the NMMBA continues to grow and evolve.  The NMMBA is no longer a “chapter” of the IMBA.  It has recently become its own independent and charitable 501(c)(3) entity. 

Additionally, there were changes to the Michigan Nonprofit Act in 2015 that permit limited liability for the benefit of volunteers and permit electronic voting of members.  (Currently, any matter that requires member input must technically be conducted via a meeting and vote.)

These changes necessitate making amendments to the existing Articles and Bylaws.  While the Board initially considered making modest amendments, it became apparent that making a complete revision to the Articles and Bylaws would better serve the NMMBA.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARTICLES REQUIRES A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE NMMBA!  IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ATTEND! If you cannot attend in person please provide a written proxy to Steve Mentzer, Secretary, at Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association, P.O. Box 206, Acme, MI 49610. 

Should you have any questions regarding the proposed Articles and Bylaws or the Special Meeting please contact Kim White. 

TC WST Grooming Report 3/16/18

Report: TC WST Report #62

Date: 3/16/18

Time: 7:50a

NWS Forecast here.

Good Morning! It's another cold morning out on the trail, get out and ride before the temperature rises above freezing. The trail is in great shape we are holding off grooming until we get enough snow to improve conditions.

Happy Trails,



Grooming Plans This Week on the Winter Sports Singletrack, Plus A Party!


Fat bikers enjoyed incredible conditions this past weekend! Who knew we'd have some of the best riding of the nearly halfway through March! 

Our plan this week is to groom as conditions allow, with all of our efforts focused on the 'original' WST loop as it was groomed last year. Yeti's Revenge is closed for the year, and with good reason; if we present this section to the DNR in the same state we started grooming it in December, we may be given permission to groom even more floating trails in 2018-2019. We're asking everyone to stay off that section both now and when the snow melts. 

Looking at the weather the next few days, we're looking at temperatures well below freezing most nights, which will make the mornings an ideal time to ride. When it gets to be over freezing in the afternoon and evening, we ask that you continue to watch your impact on the trail so that we can enjoy riding as long as the season allows. Next weekend, we may see enough melt that the ice could return, but we'll do our best to keep you up-to-date here, in grooming reports, and on all our social channels. 

Don't forget to join us at Blue Tractor this Wednesday, March 14 at 5:30 for the Groomer's Appreciation Party. Our annual get-together honors TART and NMMBA groomer crews for their hard work in maintaining the trails and to put a cap on another great winter skiing and riding season! 

TC WST Grooming Report 3/8/18

Heath groomed the entire system yesterday except Yeti's which is closed for the year. Mike Coleman will head out this evening after today's snow to groom again.

Expect good riding with soft snow over ice, so be careful if you venture out.

Yeti's is a winter only trail that the DNR allowed us to groom this winter. If when they inspect it this year and they find no signs of a trail we will be allowed to continue to have floating winter trails. If not we will be forced to have a two to three year process to get expansions done.

So please do not ride Yeti's now or over the summer and I will add a few more miles of floating trail next year.