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Sledders' Paradise

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Sledder's Paradise

Which way to head and where to go on this vast, 6,024-mile network of groomed trails winding from town to town through remote pine forests and across frosty meadows? Not sure where to go? Snowmobile tours and packages are plentiful throughout the state.   more...

 



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The Stupid Pursuit of Bay Hockey

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by Larry Alan Franks

Every winter, the males in our house waited for the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay to freeze, my dad for the ice fishing, my brother and me for the equally stupid pursuit of Bay Hockey. Although Ron once played in a hockey league which held games on an outdoor rink, it didn't matter when he met the rest of us on the ice in front of our house.
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Remembering Wayne Fortier

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One week ago, on Sunday, February 19, a New England family and the New England ice boating community suffered a tragic loss when DN sailor Wayne Fortier passed on due to injuries received in an ice boating accident. His brother, Dave, who was also involved in the accident, remains in the hospital. Please take a moment to visit the New England Ice Yacht Association's "Memories of Wayne" webpage and read the stories that honor Wayne Fortier and his love of the sport. And please remember keep the family and brother, Dave, in your thoughts.
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LKSC - Ice Sailor

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article from Lake Kegonsa Sailing Club website...

To many of my sailing friends and family:

Allow me to share a moment of sailing euphoria! 

As most of you know, I have always loved sailing in February which has usually been done either in warm climates on soft water OR on the ice on my skates, skis or iceboat. However, yesterday was a near perfect day on our Wisconsin lake for some rare and most exhilarating Polar Sailing.
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Take the falls for snowboarding

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Eric Sharp
Detroit Freepress

About 25 years ago, when I was an instructor for a kids sailing class, we adults got annoyed because our charges didn't want to practice in their dinghies outside of class. They kept wasting their time on this new fad called a windsurfer.

One day I decided to see what this was all about and took some windsurfing lessons from an 18-year-old punk who found my elderly efforts absolutely hilarious. But once I got the basics down, I discovered how much fun it was and why a kid would rather rip along at 15 knots on a sailboard than do four knots in a Clearwater pram.   more...

 



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ice capers

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Along rivers and lakes, it's fun to play with Jack Frost.

In winter, ice comes with the territory. You can curse it — or you can play with it.

Kids know how. Climbers and skaters know how. And skiers know how — to stay away from it, that is, at least when they have waxed planks on their feet.

On New Year's Day last year, after an ice storm turned northern Wisconsin ski trails into screaming luge runs, I cut short a ski weekend and headed home through glazed forest. But Amnicon Falls State Park was on the way, so I stopped to explore.   more...

 



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Nasty weather may have slowed President's Day weekend

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Below-average temperatures and biting winds may have driven some skiers away from local slopes at times during the past weekend, but operators of area resorts still reported bright spots for attendance during the important President's Day holiday period.   more...

 



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Ski tips with a woman's touch

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BY ERIC SHARP
FREE PRESS OUTDOORS WRITER

SILVER CITY -- Want to know why women like ladies-only events where they can learn about outdoors sports? Because the instructors speak a language women understand, though it's beyond the ken of mere men.

Instructor Frida Waara lay on her back on a cross-country ski trail to explain the mechanics of getting up after a fall.  more...

 



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2006 DN Iceboat NA Championship Regatta

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Geoff Sobering, US-5156
www.tammysawyerphotography.com

Photo by Tammy Sawyer - www.tammysawyerphotography.com

How crazy is this?

The International DN Ice Yacht Association's year-book allocates a prominent place for list of all past continental and world championship regattas. Each regatta has a short description of the circumstances and conditions of the event. Many of them are rather dry mentions of some dates, a lake, and the wind. A few are more involved. Perhaps the most epic is the 1985 Gold Cup (World Championship) where the fleet moved nearly 1000 miles during the week, and finally got the regatta in just under the wire at the end of the allotted time. The story of the 2006 North American Championship regatta misses the monumental proportions of '85, but it will enter the history as one of the more trying events for both competitors and race-committee alike.   more...


 



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Something for everyone

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Larry Cathey / Special to the Detroit News

The basketball courts are deserted, and no Frisbees can be seen flying through the air. The smell of barbeque is absent, and the family reunion season is months away. Huron-Clinton Metroparks might not be bustling as they are in the warmer months, but the parks still have plenty to offer Michiganders left with nothing to do on the weekends since football season is over.   more...

 



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Winter Fix

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Article by Alan Block
Reprinted from
www.Sailinganarchy.com
Photos from International DN Association

I slept in today. Once again, my escape from Midwestern cabin fever meant seeing the bottom of far too many sake bottles, black little miniature headaches that they are. I didn't want to move my head at all this morning when the phone rang. But I didn't recognize the number and I had been expecting a call this weekend, so I picked it up. Chuck Crojack is the epitome of a salesman. In 30 years he's sold everything from condoms for truck stop vending machines to Beneteaus for the great lakes. He's currently trying to sell me a condo in Birmingham, and at a meeting the other day I mentioned to him how miserable Michigan winters are for me. Chuck gave me some suggestions for things to make the winter more fun. At the time, I didn't realize he would be calling me at 10:15 the next day to motivate me to follow through on his suggestions.



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Family grapples with girl's snowmobile death

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By DANIELLE QUISENBERRY
Times Herald

 WORTH TWP. - Described by her family as a carefree jokester, Jordyn Martin, 8, enjoyed dancing, swimming and snowmobiling with her father.

She begged Michael Martin, 46, on Tuesday to take her for a ride near their Worth Township home, said her aunt, Veronica Grant of Croswell.

He didn't know it would be her last.

The third-grader at Meyer Elementary School in Lexington died after her father lost control of the snowmobile at 7:45 p.m. and struck a fence along Woodside Road.   more...

 



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Riders anticipate snowmobile heaven up north

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BY ERIC SHARP
FREE PRESS OUTDOORS

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INDIAN RIVER -- It's baaack.

Winter announced its return to northern Michigan with a roar this week, dumping six to 16 inches of snow over much of the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula, and snowmobilers are loving the change.   more...

 



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Dog Sledding and Snowmobiling at Haliburton Forest Makes for an Ontario Canada Winter Wonderland

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Haliburton Forest is a private 50,000 reserve that offers winter recreation like Snowmobiling and Dog Sledding.

(PRWEB) December 19, 2005 -- Haliburton Forest is frequently referred to as “Ontario’s Winter Wonderland.” Consistently superior snow conditions at the top of the Algonquin Dome, aided by North America’s only mobile snowmaking assembly, and operating on more than 300 kilometers of well developed trails through some of Ontario’s most scenic wilderness has earned Haliburton Forest this reputation.  more...

 



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4LIYC DN Kegonsa Sailing Report

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article from www.iceboat.org

Via Geoff Sobering: A number of 4-Lakes DNers did some tuning and scrub racing on Lake Kegonsa on Sunday, February 5.  Dan Hearn, Wes Wilcox, Byron Tetzlaff, Mike Mullarkey, and Geoff Sobering were joined by Alan Carlson and Brad Wagner from the Lake Kegonsa Sailing Club.    more...

 



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