12 Trails of Christmas: Tie City/Happy Jack Multipurpose Trails

In the summer it feels like there's sometimes angst between mountain bikers, horseback riders and hikers over trail usage.  In the winter we have our own set of trail issues: cross-country skiers vs snowshoers vs fat bikers. Skate skiers like and need a nice wide groomed platform of packed snow to ski. Classic skiers like to in a perfectly placed track. Backcountry skiers work really hard to break their own tracks on a non-groomed surface. It's the same with snowshoers. I get it when skate skiers are ticked because snowshoe crampons dig into the trails or classic skiers get annoyed…

12 Trails of Christmas: Happy Jack

We love Happy Jack. Not just because it's a 15 minute commute from our garage to the trailhead but because Happy Jack combines the perfect trifeca of a wicked fast sledding hill with winter trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Sure, you can also fat bike and snowboard on the trails from the Happy Jack trailhead too so I guess that would make it the perfect quintfecta. We also love that the Happy Jack trailhead is just a wee bit more protected from the wind than the Tie City trailhead. (Notice I said wee bit, no part of Pole Mountain is…