Michigan Dune Schooning Jan 2018 Check In

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Michigan Dune Schooning Jan 2018 Check In

Postby anemic » Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:08 pm

Hey fisheater, I've noticed that you've posted a couple times about skiing the Saugatuck dunes. I was <10 miles away on Monday for a family holiday event. The snow was actually stacking up nicely out there finally. There is a GREAT lakeshore forecast for the entire lakeshore to get hammered with LES. Plan a trip! I may take a run out there this week Sunday myself.

Is anyone else in here hitting the dunes anywhere along the lakeshore ?

When dunes are good they are tough to beat. Can be REALLY great skiing. But perfect conditions are spotty due to typical heavy wind and the wind scours the snow and/or deposits tonnes of beach sand in the snow. Grippy but slow haha. Reference the classic defunct Michigan ski area, Carousel Mountain, a rope towed dune that has become a nice neighborhood, thus largely unskiable.

But dunes are fun because trees are generally not as big a problem.
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Re: Michigan Dune Schooning Jan 2018 Check In

Postby fisheater » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:09 pm

anemic wrote:Hey fisheater, I've noticed that you've posted a couple times about skiing the Saugatuck dunes. I was <10 miles away on Monday for a family holiday event. The snow was actually stacking up nicely out there finally. There is a GREAT lakeshore forecast for the entire lakeshore to get hammered with LES. Plan a trip! I may take a run out there this week Sunday myself.

Is anyone else in here hitting the dunes anywhere along the lakeshore ?

When dunes are good they are tough to beat. Can be REALLY great skiing. But perfect conditions are spotty due to typical heavy wind and the wind scours the snow and/or deposits tonnes of beach sand in the snow. Grippy but slow haha. Reference the classic defunct Michigan ski area, Carousel Mountain, a rope towed dune that has become a nice neighborhood, thus largely unskiable.

But dunes are fun because trees are generally not as big a problem.


Hello Anemic,
I will be heading north this coming weekend, to ski Sat/Sun, 1/13-1/14. I didn't know what weekend my son was going to get off from work. It turns out it is this coming weekend. The only dunes I will be skiing are the enhanced dunes at Caberfae. My new norpine ski area in leathers / tour for turns (dunes like Saugatuck) where you spend some time touring to get some turns ski arrived today. It is an Anses Falketind 62. I am clueless as to where to mount the bindings (3 pin cables, I plan on skiing with leather)
I will be up a Caberfae this weekend. Not sure what I will be skiing on, but my son an I will be skiing.

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Re: Michigan Dune Schooning Jan 2018 Check In

Postby anemic » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:00 pm

Might see you there this Saturday.


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