Josh Meyerson Loppet

Loppet Tradition

Joshua Meyerson , an avid skier and Petoskey local, shares a family winter tradition.

I remember as a boy going outside to play, exploring small woods in our neighborhood, hiking, climbing trees, and just spending time outside and away. I try to regularly rekindle that sense of wonder and share the beauty of the woods with my family.

The Outfitter Loppet is a perfect winter event to do just that. For the last six years, my son, Max, and I have put on our skis next to the Kors’ barn and headed off for a day of adventure down that ethereal trail into the heart of our Northern Michigan forest. Max was twelve years old when we went on our first loppet together, and I worried he might get tired out before finishing. Over the years, that notion quickly changed to worrying about keeping up with him (not even close!) to now just hoping he will leave some food for the rest of us.

Each year brings a new twist–from “just enough” to “almost too much” snow, broken skis, and temperature challenges. But every tour finishes with a shared sense of accomplishment, time well spent with each other, and a wonderful community of skiers. And of course, the great food that awaits at the end of the trail. I can’t think of a better way to spend a winter’s day.

 


 

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