IRON MOUNTAIN - The Fumee Lake Commission will begin cross country ski grooming at the natural area when conditions permit.
Trails at the natural area will once again be groomed for both diagonal stride or classic technique and for skate skiing as well.
The ski trails will be groomed as conditions and grooming budget permits, said Casey McCormick, Fumee Lake Commission member.
Starlings perch in a snow-covered tree on West C Street in Iron Mountain. While area wildlife deal with the wintry weather, Fumee Lake Natural Area officials have announced they are preparing for the up-coming cross-country ski season.
Fumee Lake Natural Area also offers opportunities for snowshoeing in the forest surrounding the groomed ski trails.
Visitors to Fumee Lake Natural Area are encouraged to use proper trail etiquette when visiting the area.
Skiers are encouraged to leave space between themselves and other skiers and to alert others when passing, McCormick said.
Individuals who choose to walk or snowshoe on the groomed ski trails are encouraged to avoid using the groomed trails when snow conditions are soft and to refrain from walking on the diagonal stride tracks.
Donation posts are located at both the east and west entrances to the natural area. Donated funds are utilized to offset the cost of grooming and other trail maintenance costs, McCormick said.