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.