Beautiful weather and over 18″ of base should make for great weekend

The Great Bear Chase organizers had a meeting today, and everyone will be happy to know that trail conditions weren’t a concern in the slightest. Why?

Well, that’s pretty simple: The trails are in absolutely fantastic shape.

A look at the Baby  Bear Loop at Swedetown Trails on March 1.

A look at the Baby Bear Loop at Swedetown Trails on March 1.

“The trails are just beautiful, and it’s not looking like anything could mess that up right now,” said one of the groomers.

“Heck, most of the course has more than 24” of base right now,” another groomer said.

These guys aren’t kidding. There is 18-20” inches of base on about 90 percent of the race course. We’re looking at some fresh snowfall tonight and into Wednesday, with temperatures remaining below freezing for most of the rest of the week.

Then, Saturday, we should have beautiful weather for skiing with sun and temperature right about the freezing mark. Overall, we’ve had about 207” of snowfall in Keweenaw County, and about 156” in Houghton County. The Swedetown Trails are located in Calumet, which is on the very north end of Houghton County. It’s safe to say we’ve had more than enough snow to form the incredible base for the trails that we have.

This is a look at the Greenstone Trail on March 3. There is 18"-24" base throughout nearly the entire Great Bear Chase course making for the best skiing conditions in the Midwest.

This is a look at the Greenstone Trail on March 3. There is 18″-24″ base throughout nearly the entire Great Bear Chase course making for the best skiing conditions in the Midwest.

Aside from what looks to be great skiing conditions, the Great Bear Chase is proud to have key improvements to the stadium start located off Spruce Street (including a whole bunch of parking!), better flow and widening of the Birch Loop and improvements to the Papa Bear Loop.

It should truly be the greatest Great Bear Chase, and that’s saying a lot for a race with more than 30 years of experience! You have register by 11:59 p.m.  EST Wednesday to save $10. Go to greatbearchase.com/register to make that happen!