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Skiing at Minus 3? No Sweat!

Posted on February 18th, 2015
Sure it’s been sub-zero throughout much of the state this week. But in this Trail Talk blog Jim DuFresne discovered cross-country skiing in such Arctic temperatures can be a warm experience. Rather think about summer? On Saturday March 7 Jim will be at the Quiet Water Symposium at Michigan Stat… read more

The Corner Isn’t The Same Without Dave Forbush

Posted on December 17th, 2014
As the December comes to a close this seems like a good time to reflect on losses from the past year and changes this winter will bring. For us the main one is that for the first time since early 1980s, Dave Forbush won’t be greeting skiers at Forbush Corner Nordic Center.  After being diagnosed with p… read more
Fat tire bikers following a trail in winter.

Fat Bikers & Skinny Skiers: A Trail Conflict

Posted on May 6th, 2014
Trail conflicts are nothing new and they are not going away. Jim DuFresne looks into the latest; fat tire bikers and cross-country skiers, in this Trail Talk blog entry. Don’t forget, our newest map is now out and available from our e-shop.  The 11 by 17-inch, two-sided map covers the Lakeshore T… read more

Selling A Book and Taking On Amazon

Posted on February 28th, 2012
Jim DuFresne It was a Sunday when the new MichiganTrailMaps.com e-shop was launched and then those of us who had worked tirelessly for three months to build it … waited. Patiently. What else could we do? The first order is always the hardest and as Sunday rolled into Monday and Monday rolled into Tue… read more

Alone in the Winter Woods

Posted on February 20th, 2012
I was the first skier to arrive at Wilderness State Park on Saturday morning after this corner of Emmet County was blessed with three inches of lake-effect snow the night before. I stepped into my skis and headed south on Swamp Line Trail, alone in the woods, surrounded by winter’s stillness. Jim Du… read more

In Search of Snow and a Groomed Trail

Posted on January 30th, 2012
Editor’s Note: Jim DuFresne wrote and filed this blog for MichiganTrailMaps.com on Friday morning, Jan. 27. That evening five inches of snow had fallen on most of Emmit County and on Saturday Mother Nature added two more. There is good Nordic skiing from Gaylord through most of the northern half oread more

Dave Forbush and the Art of Grooming

Posted on February 2nd, 2011
On a day when the wind was nonexistent, when the woods were covered by a fresh inch of snow, when the sun was peeking out from behind the clouds every now and then –  in other words, a perfect day for Nordic skiing – I was on some of the best trails in Northern Michigan but nowhere near my skis. Jim DuFre… read more
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