Posted by: Kath Usitalo | October 23, 2012

Welcome The White Stuff In Handmade Snowshoes

Loaner equipment for a snowshoe hike at Hartwick Pines, one of the Michigan State Parks where you can make your own pair of traditional wooden snowshoes

The Detroit Tigers are playing baseball but now’s the time to think snow, or at least snowshoes.

You’ll be ready to enjoy winter with a pair of traditional wooden snowshoes you make at a class at a Michigan State Park, beginning this weekend at Ludington on the Lake Michigan shore.

Depending on the session you will learn to lace ash or black cherry frames with tubular nylon or reinforced neoprene lacing to create a functional pair of snowshoes that can carry you across fields or through the woods when the snow finally covers the ground.

Choose from three workshops at Ludington State Park:

  • 7-10 p.m., Friday, October 26, 7 to 10 p.m.and 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, October 27
  • 7-10 p.m., Friday, November 9 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, November 10
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, December 8

Cost is $180 per person per session. Due to the nature of the workshop it is recommended for ages 16 and up. Class size is limited to 10, and reservations are required. To book your spot call 231-843-9261 or email Alan Wernette at

Similar classes will be held at Hartwick Pines State Park near Grayling from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., December 8-9, January 26-27 and February 23-24; cost for each two-day session is $175. Phone 989-348-2537 or email Rob Burg at 


A Recreation Passport (good for entry to all Michigan State Parks) is required and may be purchased at the gate. The annual fee is $10 for residents; for non-residents the fee is $8 per day or $29 per year.



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