Winter Vasa Single Track, Approved!

While we were out prepping the next section of trail for building, our fatbike task force leader Glen Ruczynski received a wonderful call from the DNR.  As of this afternoon, the trail proposal has been officially approved so we can continue working toward bringing you killer winter fatbike fun.

You can purchase your grooming badge here.

Next work bee is Sunday November 2 at 2:00 PM at the Single Track parking lot.  Come on out and help us wrap this puppy up!

Short’s Fatbike Fundraiser a Huge Success

For Immediate Release

October 17, 2014


Short’s Brewing Company Fundraiser a success for the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association


Bellaire, Mich. – Riders took to Glacial Hills under sunny skies and brilliant fall colors this past Sunday afternoon for a group ride to raise funds for the Vasa Winter Single Track grooming program.  This program will launch during the 2014 / 2015 winter season and will  provide the community with an official fat bike trail.


A post ride party was held at Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire.  Proceeds from the event were donated to the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association to help cover the capital expense of purchasing a utility snowmobile and grooming equipment.


Funds raised by the pub were rounded up to $7,000 and another $154 was taken in via cash donations to NMMBA.  When asked about Short’s involvement with fundraising efforts Brian Beckwith, company CFO, said, “Many of us at Short’s are avid fat bikers and we are thrilled to be able to utilize these trails in the winter.  Additionally, NMMBA shares our vision of making this region a year-round epicenter for outdoor recreation, so this was an important way for us to support that vision. The Vasa is clearly an asset to our community and we want to help increase access to it whenever possible.”


“We are overwhelmed by the response of the riders and participants that came out.”  Said Glen Ruczynski, “Short’s has always been a strong supporter of ours, but the donation of the pub proceeds for the evening was beyond anything we could have imagined.”


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It’s a party!

Bellaire is the place to be the afternoon of October 12th.  Short’s Brewing and the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association would like you to join us on a fun ride at Glacial Hills followed up with food, beverages and music at Short’s.  All proceeds after 5:00 go to support the purchase of grooming equipment for the new Vasa winter single track.

See you in downtown Bellaire at 2:30!

Go Joe!

Vasa Single Track Trail Work Bee September 20th

It’s taken hundreds of hours of volunteer work between various organizations, but as of today the official Vasa single track fatbike trail proposal has been submitted to the DNR.  While it works it’s way through the approval process in Lansing, we still have much that can be accomplished ahead of the official approval.

Please join us for a Vasa single track work bee this Saturday September 20th at 9:00 AM for three hours of trail widening and re-routes to help facilitate winter use and general improvements to the trail.  Handy things to bring are work gloves, safety glasses, water and anything you need to be comfortable to work in the morning.  Small hand saws and loppers can be helpful and we’ll have some more tools for you to assist with.  We will be working rain or shine.

Hope to see you at the supply road single track parking lot this Saturday!

Show your support of Fatbiking on the Vasa!

Our access is under pressure!

We have had a very successful season mixing fatbikes with skis on the Vasa this winter with smiles on the faces of both skiers and cyclists alike.  While the long term plan is a fatbike route in the same section of forest, losing access to the Vasa is not an option.

If you dig fatbikes and have had a blast on the Vasa this winter, please sign our petition to the DNR and take a few minutes to email Todd Neiss at the DNR with your support.

See you on the trails!

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day – October 5

Join NMMBA’s Take a Kid/Mom Mountain Biking Day Celebration on Oct. 5

The Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (NMMBA) will host young riders, ages 4 to 17, for a youth mountain biking event. The ride is part of a nationwide celebration known as Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, supported by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

Saturday October 5th, 2:00PM to 5:00PM
Timber Ridge Resort
4050 Hammond Road East
Traverse City, Michigan 49696

All parents and kids welcome!
Fun singletrack loops, skills course, Helmet and bike check, cosmic dodgeball, food, bike blender smoothies, swag and more. All riders must wear helmets to participate.

More event info at

See you there!

Spring Trail Work Days Announced

The Northern Michigan Mountain Biking Association is currently seeking volunteers to help with spring trail maintenance on northern Michigan trails. We need your help getting the following trails back into shape for the 2013 riding season:

VASA Single Track: Meet at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, May 1 at the VASA Single Track parking lot off Supply Road. Bring work gloves, safety glasses, loppers, handsaws, and what ever you need to work comfortably. Plan for 2-3 hours of work. Contact John Roe at for more information.

High Country Pathway #1: Join us the weekend of April 27th for a full day of trail work beginning at 9AM Saturday on the Atlanta side of the Pigeon River Forest. Camping will be provided at Clear Lake State Park on Friday and Saturday night. Snacks and meals will also be provided on Saturday. Bring camping gear, your bike, water, and anything you need to work and be comfortable on the trails all day. Contact for details or if you plan on attending.

High Country Pathway #2: Join us the weekend of may 11th for a full day of trail work beginning at 9AM Saturday on the west side of the Pigeon River Forest. Lodging will be provided along with food and snacks at the DNR bunkhouse off Sturgeon Valley Road in Vanderbilt. We’ll be staying overnight on Friday and Saturday. Bring sleeping gear if you plan to camp, also bring your bike, and anything you need to work and be comfortable on the trail all day. Contact for details or if you plan on attending.

Aspen Park: Meet at 9AM on Saturday, May 4th at Aspen Park trailhead in Gaylord. Bring water, work gloves, loppers, handsaws, and what ever you need to work comfortably. Plan for 4-6 hours of work. Lunch will be provided. Contact Jeff Wegmeyer at with questions or for more details.

Volunteer assistance is what the NMMBA is built on.  Giving us a few hours on a weekend is what makes great trails possible!

2012 in Review

It’s been a busy and rewarding season for the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association, looking back it’s hard to believe 2013 is upon us as the year seemed to go by in a flash.

Thanks to our supporters and volunteers we have been able to accomplish a huge amount of work and generate more awareness of the fantastic riding opportunities here in northern Michigan.  Below are a few of the highlights of 2012.

  • For the first time ever we were able to clear all but one mile of the High Country Pathway from deadfall and large debris during the spring clean up.  We had volunteers come from as far as Ann Arbor and Grand Haven to assist on this epic 80+ mile loop.
  • Assisted the Grand Traverse Hiking Club by removing the storm damage from the Lake Ann trail while their normal trail maintainer was recovering from surgery.
  • NMMBA volunteers took part in the inaugural TART trail snow clearing initiative.  Our efforts helped keep Traverse City bike friendly all winter.
  • Cleaned up and opened the Vasa Singletrack loop in mid April thanks to a huge turn out by volunteers.  It took over 30 man hours to remove all the snow damaged trees and re-open the trail corridor after the most destructive snow fall the region has seen in years.
  • Assisted in re-opening the VASA 25k after the large snowstorm.  It took literally hundreds of man hours to get the trail system open again and we were glad to be a part of it.
  • The IMBA trail crew visit was a huge success.  The shared event with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy helped train new trail builders from all over the state.   Beyond that, it generated awareness around the Glacial Hills trail which is well on it’s way to being a destination trail for riders from all over the state and beyond.  Our hat’s off to the land conservancy and we are happy to have helped be a part of this wonderful community supported gem.
  • The Long and Short’s ride was awesome! Thanks to those that rode, the volunteers and sponsors that made it possible.   Our events help generate revenue to do things like buy tools, signage, pay for volunteer food, camping etc.  While volunteerism and memberships are our number one priority to keep the lights on, finances are a close second.  Beyond keeping us on a strong foundation, the event also helped expose dozens of riders to riding trails that are often overlooked.   The North Country Trail and Muncie Lakes are just two of the fun rides that we are lucky enough to have in our region that don’t get the accolades they deserve.

Looking forward!
2013 has lots of work on the horizon and we’ll need your help.   We have a trail proposal nearing the approval stages inKalkaska, bridges and boardwalks to replace on the High Country Pathway, VASA Singletrack Re-routes and plenty of ongoing maintenance on all the trails we help manage.

We thank you again for your support this past season and hope you make it your new year’s resolution to come out for a trail day or two in 2013!

Happy new year!

Spring Clean up at the HCP

Thanks to the efforts of volunteers from all over the state, the High Country Pathway is clear and open for riders and hikers.  Over three weekends our volunteer crews put in over 150 man hours removing deadfall and opening up narrow trail corridors in the Pigeon River and Atlanta forests.  Keeping up with the 90 miles of trail contained within the High Country and Shingle Mill pathways is a daunting task, but the volunteers who are dedicated to this trail make the work fun and rewarding.  We are proud to work with the DNR and Pigeon River Association to keep this, the longest IMBA epic ride something special to all that experience it.

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