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February 7, 2013

Part of Heritage Trail groomed for skiing

GLEN ARBOR —

Part of Heritage Trail groomed for skiing

The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes is grooming the existing four miles of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail for classic and skate-skiing this winter.

A crew of 10 volunteers typically grooms the trail from Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb on Thursday afternoons to prepare for weekend skiers. The trail is groomed 10-feet wide with a skate skiing lane down the middle and one set of classic cross-country ski tracks on the side.

Recent colder weather and fresh snow made for wonderful ski conditions, said Kerry Kelly, communications director for Friends, a nonprofit group of 150 volunteers that work closely with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Volunteers are grooming a couple of times a week to keep up with the fresh snow, he said.

To find the trailhead at the Dune Climb, drive to the northwest side of the parking lot and look for a trail sign.

The Friends plan to groom additional trail segments as they are completed. The trail ultimately will stretch 27 miles from the south of Empire Village to the northern boundary of the park. The next stage of trail construction from the Dune Climb to Empire Village will start next fall, Kelly said.

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