LET’S SKI IN HOUGHTON MICHIGAN
In February of 2020, the Nordic Foxes will go to the Houghton area to cross-country ski. In the late 1800s, Houghton was the largest city in Michigan, upper and lower, and when Horace Greely wrote, “Go west young man, go west,” he was referring to Michigan’s copper rush which was larger and more profitable than the California gold rush. As well as its’ historical importance, the area is hilly and wooded with several nice ski areas for all skill levels. It is about an hour north of Ironwood or about 8 hours from the Chicago area.
WHEN Sunday February 9th to Friday morning February 14th.
WHERE We will stay at the Franklin Square Inn http://houghtonlodging.com/ which is located downtown near restaurants, a movie theater, and stores. The cost is $139.00 per night, tax not included. Included are a plated breakfast and free drink in their restaurant/tap room which overlooks the canal and downhill ski area. Our rooms also overlook the canal. Members should make their own reservations by calling 906-487-1700 ask for the Nordic Ski Club Block (10 rooms), also notify Bruce Kuehl at 630 851 2464 or firstname.lastname@example.org . This is a busy week for Houghton as it is the week after Winter Carnival which will still have the snow sculptures.
WHAT There are several nice ski areas: Swedetown http://www.swedetowntrails.org/trail-map/ , about 30+ km, 4.5 is lit; Michigan Tech http://www.michigantechrecreation.com/trails/forest/index , about 35 km; Maasto Hiihto http://www.cityofhancock.com/recreation-maasto.php about 25 km. Passes are about $10.00 per day and I am working on group rates. It is also the week after their Winter Carnival http://www.mtu.edu/carnival/ with snow sculptures and other activities still going on. We take trip up to Copper Harbor for a short ski and harbor view http://copperharbor.org/ . There is also a downhill ski area Mount Ripley http://www.mtu.edu/mont-ripley/ .
FOOD Breakfast is included at the hotel in their restaurant which also serves dinner. There are many places to eat https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g42319- Several that are very good are Pilgrim’s Steakhouse, Joey’s Seafood, and The Library. We will try to eat dinners as a group, especially if others are willing to help.
WHO Any Nordic Fox Member is welcome to attend. Reservations need to be made by 1/24/17 or we will forfeit our low rate and/or block reservation. Other ski clubs are welcome to attend so long as they become members of Nordic Foxes. Any questions please call or e-mail Bruce at 630 947 3132 or email@example.com.