About NSTA

Our cross country ski outings have been a tradition with our club ever since its origin.  When we use the trails at Camp Manitowish we are on the very property that inspired the creation of the NSTA.

About us

“The purpose of the Association shall be for the advancement and enjoyment of cross country skiing”.  

However, we also enjoy the silent sports of hiking, biking, alpine skiing and paddling on both lakes and streams.  NSTA is a fun group.  We promote exercise, safety, socializing and food!" 

Some history

Back in the mid 1970’s Steve Burr was the manager of Camp Manitowish.  He and manager Steve Mass from the North American Canoe Base of the Boy Scouts of America got together and sponsored a series of small meetings. The purpose of these meetings was to see if there was any interest in developing a winter program at Camp Manitowish.  There were several very active cross country skiers from the area who attended the meetings which were held at meeting rooms at Camp Manitowish, the Bear Bar in Winchester and also at the Moraine Springs ski facility near Presque Isle.


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President's Welcome

Hello and welcome to the website of the Northwoods Ski Touring Association (NSTA). My name is Mike Smolarek, club president for 2020-2021. For the members, thank for you your friendship and
participation. For the curious, thank you for your interest in NSTA.
If your interests include cross country skiing and other silent sports, NSTA has much to offer. For our members, this website provides timely information about all of our upcoming activities. If you are
considering membership, we hope that the information on this site will give you an idea of what we all enjoy.

We began as a Sunday cross country ski club over thirty years ago, but now have planned activities throughout the entire year. Those include weekly cross country ski/snowshoe outings, alpine skiing, biking, and kayaking/canoeing in season. We also have annual spring and fall hikes. Most of these activities are followed by either a picnic, pot luck meal, or a gathering at a Northwoods restaurant. For many members, the highlight of our club activities center on three overnight adventures held each year; cross country skiing, biking, and kayaking/canoeing.
We are a volunteer organization and rely on our members to chair and co-chair our various committees that plan these weekly and annual events. We encourage our members to be involved and it has been
very enjoyable. For a list of our board members and activity chairs for this year, please select the “Leadership Contact Link.”

All of that being said, 2020 has been an unprecedented year for us as well as everyone else. After an awesome winter season, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the postponement of all club-sanctioned
activities until further notice. We all missed the hikes, biking events, kayaking/canoeing, and the venerable and well-attended spring and fall banquets. Despite that, many members stayed active during
the summer and fall seasons, without the club-sanctioned activities, keeping themselves safe, socially distanced, and healthy. Looking forward, we are all eagerly anticipating the day when we can again enjoy
these activities, safely, together. For those seeking membership in NSTA, our Constitution and By-laws require that new members be
sponsored and that they participate in three activities before applying. We will assist in your sponsorship, probably by some club member that you are already acquainted with. Please contact me for more information.

Welcome to the Northwoods Ski Touring Association.