Gogebic County ski resort seeks solutions after slopes close

WAKEFIELD, Mich. (WLUC) — Big Snow Resort is working with the Gogebic Range Trail Authority and the Snowmobile Club to find an alternate route that would replace the Gogebic County Snowmobile Trail portion 2.

This follows the resort’s decision to close snowmobile access last week due to safety concerns.

“It was not a good fit, so our intention is to discontinue the trail, and we have been discussing with local officials various options for the trail to continue through UP in this area,” the president said. of Midwest Family Ski Resorts. said Charles Skinner.

Skinner said he met with the Gogebic Range Trail Authority and Snowmobile Club and the DNR on Wednesday. Two main solutions were presented during the meeting.

“Most of the solutions revolved around re-routing the trail either through different locations within the Snow River Mountain Resort complex or to private property that surrounds the resort,” said Robert Brown Jr., town manager of Wakefield.

The Town of Wakefield acted as a neutral party at Wednesday’s meeting. Brown explained the importance of finding an alternate route for the trail in Gogebic County.

“Without this trail, snowmobilers will have to use another access point from Wisconsin that would bypass the Gogebic Range area, resulting in lost revenue for our businesses and our housing market,” Brown said.

Brown said the options presented at Wednesday’s meeting will be considered in more detail.

“Not only will the discussion with landowners evolve, but also the issues with utilities that are currently going through it and at the moment these are the two best options. Both groups are committed to finding a solution in the year of snow 2022-23,” Brown said.

The GRTA will need to locate a trail outside the Snow River Mountain Resort and come to an agreement with the owners.

TV6 will update this story as it develops.

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