Saturday, February 13, 2010

Big M Purchases New Track Truck

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Dave Martus, president of Manistee Cross Country Ski Council, poses beside the "new" track truck (photo by JHY)

by JHY

The Manistee Cross Country Ski Council has recently purchased another track truck from the Corsair Ski Trails of Tawas, along with two extra tracks. This truck is a 1989 model, built in Brainerd, Minnesota. Dave Martus, President of the Council, explained that this is the same model and year of track truck as the one already owned by the association. The new truck has had good care, and has been stored inside, making it look newer than its counterpart.

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cleated track (photo by JHY)

At the present time, the new truck is fitted with a regular track, while the old truck has a cleated track. This allows the truck to safely navigate the steep trails of the expert runs.

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Big M logo (photo by JHY)
Martus added that the new truck has yet to have the Big M logo applied. The Council is applying for a grant to purchase another groomer. Currently, although they now own two trucks, there is only one groomer, which will need to be transferred from one vehicle to the other as required.

The Manistee Cross Country Ski Council is a volunteer organization which maintains the ski trails and promotes Big M ski area. Big M is within the Manistee National Forest, which maintains the buildings. This summer, new sineage was installed at trail intersections.

The secondhand truck cost $7400, with the tracks additional. Martus explained that all funds for the ski council come from donations. Suggested donation for a day of skiing is $5. A secure drop box is located at the Big M kiosk at the trail entrance. Big M also boasts a large log warming hut with a wood stove.

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