Huron Meadows Metropark is one of the few facilities in the state and the first in southern Michigan to manufacture snow for its cross-country ski trail system. Since Mother Nature is not cooperating, park employees are using a PoleCat snowgun to make enough snow to develop a new trail named Bucks Run with side-by-side classic and skate-style ski trails up to 1.5 kilometers long. To help offset the expense of the snow-making equipment, a fee of $5 per skier will be charged to ski Bucks Run. The trail will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm; and Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 8 pm.
Normally, when there is sufficient snowfall, the park offers 9 miles of trails groomed for classic-style skiing and 7 miles of trails groomed for skate-style skiing. These trails can be skied daily from 7 am to 8 pm. Classic and skate-style skis, boots and poles are available to rent for $10 when the trails are open.
The park is determined to host its annual REI Frosty Freestyle Cross Country Ski Race, January 14 and REI Krazy Klassic Ski Race January 15 even if Michigan weather does not cooperate.
Huron Meadows Metropark is located off US 23, exit 55. For more information on current snow/trail conditions, go to www.metroparks.com or call 810-231-4084. Skiers are advised to check for current snow/trail conditions before visiting the park. A vehicle entry permit is required to enter and is $25 annually for regular admission, $15 annually for seniors, or $5 daily.