Al Quaal Recreation Area opens youth cross country skiing series

ISHPEMING — The Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming will host the first race of the Marquette County Cup Nordic skiing race series at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Members of the Ishpeming Ski Club Nordic ski team and the Marquette Senior High School Nordic ski team will compete on the Al Quaal ski trails.

High school skiers take part in a five-kilometer freestyle race while middle schoolers compete in a 2.5K freestyle.

The Marquette County Cup series consists of five races, using both classic and freestyle techniques, during the winter at Al Quaal, Blueberry Ridge Ski Pathway, the Forestville trailhead on the Noquemanon Trails Network and the Norman Juhola Trail System at Suicide Bowl.