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Park Invites Public to Come Ski

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Date: December 5, 2008
Contact: Chris Case, 906-387-2607, ext. 209
Contact: Pam Baker, 9906-387-3700

Skier embarks on the groomed trails at Pictured Rocks through a snowy forest.
Skier on the Pictured Rocks trail
NPS photo by Gregg Bruff

(Munising, Michigan) Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is extending a renewed invitation to the public to come enjoy the groomed cross-country ski trails in the park.

The park maintains two groups of groomed cross-country trails, one east of Munising and one west of Grand Marais. Each group contains 11 miles of trails for a total of 22 miles of groomed trail in the park. The trails are groomed for traditional diagonal stride skiing, and both systems offer trails that range from easy to difficult.

The Munising Ski Trails are accessed from two trailheads east of town off county road H-58. The first trailhead is 500 feet east of the Connors Road intersection. The second trailhead is at the end of East City Limits Road.

The Grand Marais Ski Trails are also accessed from county road H-58, west of Grand Marais at the National Park Service’s Grand Sable Visitor Center.

“While use of the trails remains free of charge, donations to help support the ski trail maintenance and grooming are welcomed and encouraged,” according to Chief of Maintenance Chris Case. Donation boxes will soon be placed at the trailheads.

"Our groomed ski trails offer visitors a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the quiet and solitude of the north woods in the winter months and we hope everyone will come out and enjoy them," remarked Superintendent Jim Northup.

For more information on area ski trails, please stop at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Hiawatha National Forest Interagency Visitor Center at 400 East Munising Avenue, telephone 906-387-3700.

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