White Pine Stampede moved to Shanty Creek due to lack of snow

Jan 31, 2018

Racers wait to start the White Pine Stampede in 2011.
Credit White Pine Stampede

Officials are making last-minute changes to the popular White Pine Stampede cross-country ski race in Antrim County.

For the second year in a row, organizers are canceling the 50-kilometer race because there’s not enough snow on the course from Mancelona to Bellaire. The 10 and 20-kilometer races will be held at Shanty Creek Resorts on Saturday.

Race director Jack McKaig says there are many bare spots on the original course – along with other hazards.

“Other areas were all ice,” McKaig says. “So coming down hills would have been dangerous.”

Race participants will ski the 10 and 20-kilometer races on a loop course at Schuss Mountain.

“It’s absolutely flat,” McKaig says. “The real course that we use has got some hills in it. It’s fun but we can’t get to it. So we’ll do this.”

The White Pine Stampede has been held for more than 40 years in northern Michigan.