Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club, Hancock, Michigan


    • Monthly KNSC Board meetings

      September 15, 2015 7:00 pm

      Third Tuesday Monthly KNSC Board meetings at 7pm at the Hancock 4 Seasons Chalet

    • Monthly KNSC Board meetings

      October 20, 2015 7:00 pm

      Third Tuesday Monthly KNSC Board meetings at 7pm at the Hancock 4 Seasons Chalet

    • Monthly KNSC Board meetings

      November 17, 2015 7:00 pm

      Third Tuesday Monthly KNSC Board meetings at 7pm at the Hancock 4 Seasons Chalet

The Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club

The Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club (Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids stewards) will hold its monthly meeting the third Tuesdays of the Month,  7 PM at the Hancock Chalet at the Houghton County Fairgrounds/Driving Park.
All are welcome! directions or questions??
contact Jay at 9o6-487-5411  
*Come to the Middle Bridge Music Jam!! 
Saturday, 7:30 pm December 5, 2015 at the Orpheum in Hancock
A Fundraiser for the Middle Bridge on the Maasto Hihto Trail!
Click here for details on the Music Jam!
Note, there is a Ski Coaching position open at the Copper Country Ski Tigers, click here to apply!

The KNSC is always looking for various volunteers to help out on the trail for both summer and winter activities, if you can help, please contact Arlyn about trail work   9o6-370-2911
or President, Jay Green about helping on the board or with winter activities!  

The Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club grooms the Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids trail systems in Hancock, Michigan. These ski trails are operated and maintained through a joint agreement between the club and the city of Hancock.

Up to date Trail Conditions: Keweenaw Trail Groomer Reports

KNSC Blogspot with photos and details of Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids current work and conditions: Groomers and Users are welcome to post here!

The Four Seasons Chalet at the Trailhead near the ball fields is open from morning til dark each day! Change Rooms, Restrooms, Skier Warm up!

KNSC was founded in 1997 and promotes the sport of cross country skiing in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan for both youth and adults.

Maasto Hiihto Trail

Maasto Hiihto, which means “cross country skiing” in Finnish, 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 (see the trail map for details)

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 ski tracks.

The scenery on these trails is exceptionally varied and often breathtaking. Highlights include vistas of Portage Lake, Ruby Marsh, Swedetown Creek, mature forests, and pleasant meadows.

Two trailheads provide access to Maasto Hiihto: one at the Chalet on the Houghton County fairgrounds, and the other at Tomasi Road near the Hancock city garage, north of Portage Health.

Churning Rapids Trail

Churning Rapids provides a true backcountry experience, with striding-only trails accessed from Maasto Hiihto or from a trailhead at Christensen Road at M-203, north of Hancock. Trails wind through the John Christensen wildlife preserve. A 15-foot high observation tower provides wonderful views of Lake Superior; a scenic meadow trail leads to the beaver pond, and more trails wind thru the diverse woodlands. (see the trail map for details)

Events for 2014-15 season:

KNSC Board usually meets the Third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Four Seasons Chalet in Hancock.

Saturdays: Jan 3rd, 2015, Jan 31st, 2015, Feb 28th.
Moon/Fire Ski-in: Meet at the Four Seasons Chalet Trailhead at 6:30pm with headlamps for an evening ski to the fire ring where we will enjoy snacks and stories! NOTE, the time for the March ski-in will be 7:30 due to the time change each year. The fire will be located at the Glide N Gorge soup station, which is between the bottom of Sisu hill and the Middle Bridge this year.

Saturday, Dec 27th: Holiday Luminary Ski! A candle lit skiing evening on the Maasto Hiihto trails, 6pm-8pm starting at the Four Seasons Chalet trailhead, fun bonfire, hot drinks and snacks!

 Sunday, February 1st, 2015: Retro Ski! From noon till 3pm, meet at the Churning Rapids Triangle with your retro skis and retro clothes! (if you have retros)

Sunday, February 8th, 2015: Barnelopet, childrens’ ski race fun at the Maasto Hiihto Chalet trailhead, registration begins at 1pm; skiing for the 3 year olds to 17 year olds starts at 2pm. Ski for time, or take your time! (parents welcome to join your kids!) BarnelopetRegistration_2015

Sunday, March 1st, 2014: Glide ‘N Gorge, ski and eat delicious appetizers, homemade soups, breads and deserts!  Fun for the whole family from noon until 3pm starting from the Four Seasons Chalet trailhead on the Maasto Hiihto ski trails in Hancock. approx. 3.5 mile ski through our most spectacular scenery along the Swedetown Creek Gorge! Purchase tickets at Downwind Sports in Houghton, Cross Country Sports in Calumet or KNSC board members or at event.   GnG_2015_Poster

Read our Spring 2014 Newsletter! KNSC_NewsletterSpring2014 1.5MB pdf
Ski Tigers Had a Great Season 2013-14 Read here

Join the fun at the KNSC Keweenaw Nordic Bridge Jam Fundraiser!
Where: Orpheum Theater in Hancock
When: Saturday, December 6, 2014, 6pm – 11pm

Why: Fund raiser to help fund replacement of the middle bridge in the gorge, estimated to cost $30,000
Cost: General admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; students: $10; preteen kids: $5

Advance tickets available at the Orpheum Theater, Downwind Sports or any Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club board/club member.

Visit Keweenaw Nordic Bridge Jam or the Maasto Hiihto Facebook page for up-to-date information about the event and other KNSC activities.

For more info about the Middle Bridge Music Jam, you may call 370-2911 or contact

For more area outdoor events and ski trails, visit Keweenaw Trails!

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Have our Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club LOGO put on your duds!!

Have our Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club LOGO put on your duds!!

The KNSC has made our beautiful LOGO available at Superior Monogramming in Ripley for you to have embroidered onto any item you take into them! Check out their webpage to see all the color and size and material options for the KNSC Logo! So bring your garments, caps, hats, scarf or whatever to Superior Monogramming at 49112 Arcadian Street in Ripley to have the KNSC logo added; cost depending on the size of the logo, for under $14.00

For more area outdoor events and ski trails, visit Keweenaw Trails!

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