Monday, February 08, 2010

The Loppet

The Outfitter here in Harbor Springs hosts a ski loppet (social, non-timed ski event of longish duration) every year on Super Bowl Sunday. It's been a few years since I've done it, and Matt wanted to give it a try. I signed us up on Thursday, and I think we were two of the last to sign up out of the 110 skiers. The course starts out on the corner of Hughston and Lacount Rds. just north of town. From there it works it's way mostly north and ends at the Crow's Nest about 15 miles later. Our lack of fresh snow in the area lead to occasionally dicey situations on the trail; but given what the groomers had to work with, the trail really was in good shape. Since the trail passes through a fair amount of private land, this is the only day of the year that it's groomed. At the finish you get a pizza/pasta buffet and tickets for three beers. Some of our older friends couldn't finish their tickets, so Matt and I had to help out. Good job Matt for doing his longest ski ever. I see a half-marathon in your future. Next year at the Noque maybe? Hope everyone had a good weekend. Over and out.

*crappy iphone photo of Matt at the finish followed closely by the Steve and Kathy Biggs.

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