Grooming Report #7

Report: NMMBA Report #7


Time: 12:00pm

NWS Forecast here.

Happy Holidays,

We received about three inches of fresh snow over the last 24 hours. The heavy bike traffic has been packing all the bike trails in Vasaland. With the warm temperatures and not having enough snow to fill in the groove we will be holding off grooming.

I'm pretty sure the bikes are self grooming better than we can until we have four to six inches of accumulation. Unfortunately, with warm temperatures predicted and not much new snow it looks like grooming will not commence until after the new year. 

We may groom Riley's if it looks like it will help preserve the base.

Despite the bleak outlook the riding is absolutely stellar. Get out and enjoy.

Cadillac and Glacial Hills have similar conditions with Leelanau State Park remaining closed.

Roll Into 2019 Right: Your January Ride Forecast


While the weather doesn’t look nearly frightful enough for a true fat biker, we still have a full slate of rides coming up to get you moving into the New Year!

The trails are calling, and even if the snow has stuck around the way we would have liked, the riding is still really good if you can get to your local trailhead. Most of the trails in the region are offering a thin layer of crust that has yet to turn into ice, and even if you go later in the day, it’s still giving a bit of grip to make the riding enjoyable.

The snow is sure to come, and with our fingers crossed for it to happen sooner rather than later, we’ve put together just a few local rides to look forward to, no matter how much snow is on the ground.

If you are around Traverse City this weekend, you can join the Christmas Ride at 9 am at the Winter Sports Singletrack on Supply Road. They’ll have coffee and cookies, plus a number of groups rolling out throughout the morning to explore, enjoy, and savor the WSS before the big holiday.

We’re already looking forward to a new year, and what better way to ring in 2019 than by bike? For the second year in a row, the Cadillac Pathway is hosting the New Year’s Eve Gathering on December 31 from 6-9 pm. Check out the expanded parking lot, the new Pavilion, and celebrate the growing cycling community in Cadillac with a group picture at 6 and a ride to follow. If there’s snow, there will also be plenty of skiers and snowshoers, so tell your pals to meet up!

Believe it or not, there are still plenty of folks who have yet to throw a leg over a fat bike! If you’re looking for something to get excited about every winter, the best way to find a snowy hobby is to get out there and try them all! TART and NMMBA will both present at Winter Trails Day, a chance to try out fat biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing absolutely free. We’ll have group rides going on throughout the day, plus you’ll be able to check out our winter grooming equipment, all on Saturday, January 5. There’s still a lot of winter left to enjoy, and having something you’re passionate about makes the cold and snow so much more fun!

On Sunday, January 6, Timber Ridge plays host to our NMMBA Annual Meeting! It’s a chance for trail-lovers from all over the region to come together to ride, eat, and learn more about our big plans for the year ahead. We’ll have a group ride rolling out at 3pm, with a potluck ready to rock once we’re back from playing in the woods. After the meal, we ask that you stick around to hear trail updates, event plans, advocacy initiatives, and NMMBA goals and projects that are continuing or kicking off in 2019. We’ll have updates on the Traverse City Trail Festival, Glacial Hills Permanent Signage update, Palmer Woods and other Bike Leelanau goings-on, plus news from Lansing as well!

Finally, January also sees the start of the 2019 Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series. The longest-running fat bike series in the state, things kick-off at Crystal Mountain for yet another edition of Fat Chance! The race that started it all is back with more singletrack and a reprise of the original course from 2012. On January 20, you’ll want to hop in for 90 or 45 minute circuit-style races, great food, and a fun start to the Series with event sponsors Iron Fish Distillery. Registration is open, and make sure you check out the Vasa Fat Bike Race and Beard of Zeus, two more of the series races, both right in Traverse City at Timber Ridge!

There are so many great rides, races, and events to look forward to next month, and we’re really excited that we get to start of 2019 riding bikes with all of our pals. Make sure you join us for a few of these, and if you want to see more, make sure your membership is renewed for another big year with Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association!

Grooming Report #4

Date: 12/10/18

Time: 3:35

NWS Forecast here.

Well we had a stellar weekend on the Traverse City trails. We groomed almost the entire 22 mile system only leaving loggers run untouched. With the warming weather and the self grooming packing down the summer trench we will be holding off on grooming again until we get a significant amount of snow.

Cadillac, Glacial and Bike Leelanau (Leelanau State Park in Northport) are all waiting to receive more snow also.

My apologies to all of those who purchased badges at Brew and missed this weekends reports.

You can thank Dave Sunset Scott and Chelsea Schlick for poking me to add everyone and removing a couple very large leaning trees from the winter singletrack.

Don't worry about hurting the trails by riding on them there is not enough snow to do significant damage.

Happy trails,

Don't Wonder, Know: Get Your Grooming Badge AND Get Trail Reports In Your Inbox

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Your grooming badge doesn’t just put gas in the tank of our grooming sleds. It doesn’t just help us build and fix grooming equipment. It doesn’t just put well-earned beer in the cooler. It also gives you access to the most up-to-date trail reports around!

It’s weeks exactly like this that having timely, accurate trail information to decide whether or not to make the trip to the trail. Freezing temps overnight, sunny and above freezing daily highs, and only the odd chance of snow makes nearly every day this week a bit of a crap shoot. Luckily, those who have already purchased their grooming badges have been getting grooming reports!

It’s a system we’ve implemented for years now, and it’s proven to be one of the most useful tools fat bikers can use to plan their rides. Unless you’re lucky enough to live right next to the Winter Sports Trail, the Cadillac Pathway, the Winter Sports Trail at Leelanau State Park, or Glacial Hills, it’s often just a bit of a hike to get the trail head, and knowing the conditions before you head out can be key.

We offer grooming reports every single time we head out to work on the trails. Our groomers all over northern Michigan relay what they see on the ground so that we can direct riders to the best places to ride, alert them of any trail issues, and keep everyone in the loop for trail events. It’s definitely a great tool when we have a lot of snow, but it’s these more uncertain days that we can often help you save a trip to the trail for less than ideal, or even dangerous, conditions due to weather.

Trail reports come from trail crews at all of our trails, including the trails at Leelanau State Park and Glacial Hills. Because most folks don’t live close to these trails, they’re perhaps the most important to have accurate information on so you know you’re getting to experience the very best of these two very fun and unique winter trails. It’s been a ton of fun working to bringing you these opportunities, and we really hope you make the trip to all of our trails over the course of this winter!

We’re only just getting started for what looks to be a beautiful winter if we can hold on to the snow that we have! As always, use your best judgement as we roll into what could turn into a weekend warm-up; riding Monday through Wednesday in the morning may provide the best riding conditions. We should also note that muzzle loader season is still open, so while you’ll see fewer hunters in the woods, make sure you have plenty of blaze orange or bright colors to help keep everyone safe out there.

Don’t have your grooming badge yet and want to get those Grooming Reports in your inbox? There’s a lot of winter left to enjoy! Get your badge today and help us get things rocking as we await a long overdue blizzard.

New NMMBA Gear: Show Your Home Trail Pride


Long awaited and highly anticipated, NMMBA logo gear has finally arrived.

We’ve been talking about offering NMMBA gear for a long time now, and just in time for the holidays, we’ve finally made it happen! We just received a fresh shipment of NMMBA hats, t-shirts, and hooded sweatshirts and have them ready to order online.

Each color option is an ode to a different NMMBA trail system. By flashing your Bike Leelanau Blue or Cadillac Pathway Red, you’re showing folks where your home trail is and that you’re one of the hundreds, even thousands of trail users who volunteer, donate, and support these non-motorized recreational destinations. We’ve Glacial Hills Green and NMMBA’s new white-and-black look, too, and the hardest thing about choosing a gift will be knowing which trail they love the most!

Inventory is updated and accurate, so if there’s an item that's getting low, pull the trigger early to make sure you get it in time for the holidays. We’ll also continue to offer our logo gear in-person at events and rides. The next time you’ll see our stuff in the flesh is at our Annual Meeting at Timber Ridge on Sunday, January 6, so if you need anything before then, get on it.

We’re also gearing up big-time for grooming! We’ve gotten plenty of hopefully emails from locals and out-of-towners alike, wondering if any trails in the region have snow. Unfortunately, what little snow we had is largely gone after a warm and rainy weekend; a dusting overnight has us wishing for a lot more. On the positive side, the freezing temperatures all week should help get the ground frozen for the next round of snow, and with a chance of powder near the end of the week, we might have just a little to enjoy heading into Saturday.

If you do plan on hitting the trails, remember that muzzle loader season starts December 7, so wear orange and be smart about where and when you ride. You can expect some fast dirt from the Cadillac Pathway to Glacial Hills, and every singletrack in between! In case you’re looking for a ride to join, Friday Night Lights has kicked off for the season, riding from Timber Ridge at 6:30 each week. Remember to purchase your Timber Ridge pass for just $25 if you have your NMMBA grooming badge!

Grab a shirt, then grab a pal and go ride!