News! Maasto Hiihto is back on the multipass! See below for details.
MAASTO HIIHTO TRAIL is a striding-only trail system that offers kilometer
after kilometer of unsurpassed skiing on varied and scenic trails. The trail
system connects with the Churning Rapids trails. The two systems contain
about 25 kilometers of groomed trails. Snowshoeing is encouraged,
there are many single track trails to follow, or on the side of the ski
trails, as long as snowshoes do not step on set
You can support trail maintenance and
development by joining the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club
KNSC December 2009
on these trails is exceptionally varied and often breathtaking.
Highlights include vistas of Portage Lake, Ruby Marsh, mature
forests, and pleasant meadows.
Two trailheads provide
access to Maasto Hiihto: one at the Houghton County Fairgrounds, and the other at Tomasi Road near the Hancock city
garage, north of The Portage Health System. The Houghton County
is the one indicated on the
area map. There
is a chalet at this site that is open during the day and includes bathrooms.
CHURNING RAPIDS provides a
true backcountry experience, with striding-only trails accessed from Maasto
Hiihto or from a trailhead at Christianson Road at M-203. Trails wind
through the John Christianson wildlife preserve. A 15-foot high observation
tower provides views of Lake Superior, and a scenic meadow trail leads to a
MAASTO HIIHTO and
Churning Rapids trails are groomed three times a week or more as needed.
Grooming comments or questions can be directed to our groomer, Arlyn
firstname.lastname@example.org or weekdays at (906) 370-2911.
THE KEWEENAW NORDIC SKI CLUB (KNSC) was founded in 1997. The
club promotes the sport of cross-country skiing in the Keweenaw Peninsula of
Michigan for both youth and adults. They adopted the Maasto Hiihto trails,
and help provide expertly groomed ski trails and facilities. The Maasto
Hiihto and Churning Rapids ski trails are operated and maintained through a
joint agreement between the Club and the city of Hancock. The club meets the
third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 in the Chalet at the Maasto Hiihto
trailhead in the
Houghton County Fairgrounds.
EVERY ONE IS WELCOME to
ski on the Maasto Hiihto trails. The club's main source of income is
season and daily membership passes. Please take the time to either pay for a
daily membership (at the red donation pipes at both trail heads) or a buy a
season membership pass by going to the
multipass website. A multipass for just Maasto Hiihto/Churning
Rapids costs $45 for families and $30 for individuals. Combining passes to
multiple trails allows you to reduce the amount you pay for each.
maps are available at both trail heads. If you have any questions, please
contact Ruth Archer at
email@example.com. For information about other area trails, please
Keweenaw Nordic Ski
Club Board of Directors:
President, Ruth Archer -
Secretary, Glen Archer -
Treasurer, John Diebel -
Weekdays (906) 370-2911
Hiihto and Churning Rapid trails and grooming are largely funded by your
multipass purchases, donations, and by the City of Hancock. You can buy a
multipass and support the club by going to the
multipass website. The Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club also receives partial
funding from the Keweenaw Community Foundation's Keweenaw Cross Country
Skiing Endowment. We are grateful for all of this support. If you would like
to donate to this endowment, please follow this link:
Keweenaw Community Foundation