Corsair Ski Trail Conditions
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March 14, 2017

Six to ten inches of snow (dependent on overhead tree canopy) fell overnight. The ground was previously bare and there was no packed base, so we will not be grooming the trails. However, the white landscape is beautiful and the sky is blue and sunny. Head to the trails and ski, like we did twenty years ago, before the era of "trail grooming"!

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 28.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.
Friday: A chance of snow before 2pm, then rain and snow. High near 38.
Friday Night: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Saturday: A chance of snow showers before 2pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.

Think about this: groomed ski trails are a luxury and not a mandated requirement. Let's all work together to keep this program operating. Trail work and grooming is performed by a Corsair Trail Council employee. There are many other expenses besides his wages: equipment acquisition, fuel, mechanical repairs, insurance, garage and cabin heat and maintenance, etc. This extensive and expensive project requires continuous funding. Funding is received by your contribution that you deposit in the slot of the donation tube at each trail head. Also, Corsair Trail Buttons ($10.00) are sold as a fundraiser. This season's button design is shown here.
Buttons are available at Nordic Sports in East Tawas. Occasionally you may be approached by a button seller at the trailhead. Please "Button Up" and show your support for the Corsair Ski Trails.

No Dogs On Ski Trails
Sorry - dogs are not allowed on the groomed ski trails at Corsair, Silver Valley, and Wright’s Lake. Please leave your pets at home for the safety and enjoyment of all skiers. Other skiers will not share your affection for your pet because dogs commonly disturb and harass wildlife, bark at other approaching skiers, mess up groomed tracks, and leave excrement on trails that fouls ski bottoms and trail grooming equipment.
The Highbanks Trail, located 4 miles west of the Corsair Trails - at the end of Monument Road, is an ungroomed skiing and snowshoeing trail where pets are welcome.

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Grooming Equipment for All Snow ConditionsClick picture to ZOOM
The Corsair Trail Council owns a complete selection of trail grooming equipment that can create trails in light snow conditions or heavy deep powder. Our experienced groomer operators use either the Yamaha Grizzly 700 tracked ATV, Skandic snowmobile or ASV Scout snowcat to pull the YTS Roller/Compactor, Tidd-Tech Trail Tenderizer, 84" Ginzu Groomer, or LatuExpert tiller. The groomer operators often have to use a chainsaw to clear freshly fallen trees off the trail. Occasionally, while you are comfortably sleeping at night, they are kneeling or laying in cold snow and darkness repairing broken equipment in the remote areas of the trail.
All of this is funded by YOUR financial contribution. Be a good sport and donate monies each time you ski to keep the Corsair Trail Council operating.
We do not receive any tax dollars or grant monies for trail grooming or equipment acquisition. You are our only source of funding.
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Well Groomed TracksClick picture to ZOOM
We use a state-of-the-art 84" Ginzu Groomer to snowcomb and set double tracks on all of our trails. With 33 miles of trails to groom, this is a very time consuming job. We often only travel at a maximum speed of 6 to 8 mph. Do the math on that! Would you have the patience to do this grooming job?
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Expensive Snow Grooming
Often we have both groomers in operation, packing and setting tracks. Deep snow requires a lot of work and additional expense to groom. Considering the enjoyment that you receive from a day on the well-groomed Corsair trail system, please drop a contribution in the trail head donation tube each time you ski. The Corsair Trail Council is a volunteer non-profit 501(c)3 organization, but they have ever-rising costs of basic needs like fuel, insurance, wages for our groomer operator, repairs and major grooming equipment purchases . These bills have to get paid with dollars.

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