First Annual Snowfest provides exciting new opportunities

MARQUETTE — With students back at school at NMU, it may be hard to get out and be active, but now they have no excuse.

The Noquemanon Trail Network is partnering up with Northern Michigan University to give students access to the trails. Students were able to try fat bikes, snowshoes and cross country skis on a groomed trail right on campus.

“A lot of them come for the outdoor experience, but you also have a lot of students that aren’t very familiar with the activities you can do outdoors, especially with the snow we have here,” said NTN Executive Director Lori Hauswirth. “So just getting out and giving them the opportunity to experience it builds a culture around the outdoors and the experience that hopefully they take with them.”

Rentals for the same equipment are free for all students, as long as there’s snow on the ground.

“We have access to the Noquemanon Trails, which are huge, and a beautiful facility out there as well. So we wanted to celebrate the beginning of the semester and the trails,” said Alexandria Watson, a Senior at NMU, and event coordinator.

The equipment was supplied by Lakeshore Bike, as well as Down Wind Sports.