The Copper Harbor Trails IMBA Ride Center thrives because of the thousands of volunteer hours put in each year by community members, members of the CHTC, and others who are passionate about trails just like you. In addition, our generous donors help fund CHTC's efforts. There are several ways to get involved and give back to the trails and the surrounding community through volunteer positions and events. If you are not able to provide your time, we hope that you consider making a financial donation to our efforts as every dollar counts.
Join As A Member
Visit our Membership Page.
BECOME A TRAIL PARTNER
If you or your business are interested in supporting our efforts at a higher level, please contact us directly to discuss our Parter Program or funding needs.
An easy way to support the trails is to drop a few dollars in the Copper Harbor trailhead donation pipe, contribute to our general fund via paypal, or send donations to CHTC, P.O. Box 37, Copper Harbor, MI 49918. You can also support our project specific fundraising campaigns such as the Keweenaw Point project. No matter how you contribute, all funds go right back into supporting the CHTC's mission and the trails you know and love.
SUPPORT CHURNING RAPIDS SNOW BIKE TRAILS
Did we mention we also groom some snow bike trails (open to tire width over 3.7") at Churning Rapids outside Hancock? Winter is tough in our neck of the woods with an average of 200+ inches of snow. Fortunately some of our members live adjacent to the Churning Rapids Trails so they are able to keep the rapidly accumulated snow panked down. We also have a cool partnership with Michigan Tech's Velovations Team who built and continue to improve our groomer. Recommended donation for a winter of access is $30 and can be contributed via paypal.
Through the Adopt-A-Trail program you (and your buddies, spouse, kids..) can volunteer to take care of a specific trail, helping to open the trail for the season, watching for trouble areas, and assisting with maintenance to keep the trails in prime riding condition. Adopt a trail for a season, renewable each year. No previous trail care experience is necessary, training will be provided. Contact Ben Ciavola, Adopt-A-Trail Leader to find out how to get involved.
Give back to the trails by attending a Trail Day! The CHTC organizes trail day events where passionate volunteers come together to help the CHTC accomplish some of our ‘to do’ list so we can ensure the highest quality riding experience. Come spend a day digging in the dirt with us. Dates for trail days are listed below.
- Ride the Keweenaw Event Prep - May, 2017
- Trails Fest Event Prep - August, 2017
“Trails made possible by volunteers like you.”
One of the most significant ways the CHTC raises funds to support the trails is through our events. We are always looking for passionate, positive volunteers to help events run smoothly. Contact us if you are interested in donating time to help with registration, traffic control, or other race day activities.
Board and Committees
The CHTC is run by a group of invested board and committee members. If you are looking to get involved on a more regular basis, consider being involved as a board or committee member. Listed below are the responsibilities for board and committee members. Contact us if you are interested in serving in one of these roles.
Board Member Responsibilities: The purpose of the board is to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of the CHTC so as to support the organization’s mission and needs. If interested, please contact Lori Hauswirth for more details on responsibilities and commitment.
Board of Directors for 2017:
- Ben Ciavola, President
- Kim Barna, Vice-President
- Christina Smigowski, Treasurer
- Terry Dahl, Secretary
- Chris Guibert
- Rob Peters
- Mike Jukuri
- Sam Raymond
Membership & Outreach: The membership and outreach committee seeks to make and maintain connections with community members, volunteers, and donors though the CHTC website, email, newsletter, and social media. The membership and outreach committee’s goal is to increase awareness, fundraising, and promotion for the CHTC and events.
Events: The events committee plans and executes all event logistics including everything from race course to insurance to food and entertainment. The events committee organizes all CHTC events such as the Bells Beer Trails Festival, CHTC Soiree, and collaborates on other such as Ride the Keweenaw and collegiate race events at Copper Harbor.
Budget & Finance: The budget and finance committee prepares the annual budget for the CHTC and confirms the accounts on a monthly basis to ensure the Club is financially on track.
Trails & Land Access: The trails and land access committee is responsible for the continued planning and maintenance of the trails including coordinating trail work, land acquisition projects, and signage and mapping.
If you would like to be a part of the CHTC’s efforts to creating and maintaining a world class outdoor recreation experience please contact us. We thrive because of the incredible passion, support, and commitment of enthusiastic volunteers like you.