Upper Peninsula Luge Club

NEGAUNEE, MI--    The Upper Peninsula Luge Club is helping residents beat the winter blues with its upcoming Heikki Lunta Festival in Negaunee. 

Event coordinator Mike Ilmonen says Heikki Lunta—Finnish for “Hank Snow”—is an urban legend created a few years ago when an Upper Peninsula event needed some white stuff to fall. He says the second annual event will feature a parade on Iron Street Friday, January 19. On Saturday events will include a human foosball game, ice turkey bowling, and a toilet-on-skis “Crapper Dash.” A bonfire and fireworks will also be held Saturday night.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Luge Club is holding several clinics in the Central U.P. to introduce the sport to young people. 

The club will supply a portable luge ramp, wheeled sleds, and safety equipment.  Coaches will show participants the proper technique of artificial track sliding and natural luge techniques used at the track in Negaunee. 

The clinics are being held:

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NEGAUNEE, MI--   The United States Luge Association has canceled the World Luge Cup in Negaunee next year. 

The Upper Peninsula Luge Club says it’s shocked and saddened by the announcement, which was made Monday.  It says Lucy Hill has undergone several upgrades since the group first made its bid in 2014 to host the World Cup.  The natural track is 25 years old.

The club says it will now focus on its domestic programs and strive to keep Lucy Hill one of the most budget and family-friendly winter activities in Marquette County.