Lapland Lake's Olavi Hirvonen

Posted by: Adk_Jeff

Lapland Lake's Olavi Hirvonen - 12/11/10 03:16 AM

Last week I had the opportunity to interview Olavi Hirvonen and his wife Ann, owners of Lapland Lake Ski Touring Center in Northville. Not only is Olavi a former Olympian (1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games), he is probably the most experienced trail groomer in North America. Olavi still does all of the daily trail grooming at Lapland Lake, and turns 80 years young on December 26. I know a lot of readers of this board ski at Lapland and you will be interested in reading Olavi's story of the 1960 Olympics and founding Lapland Lake more than 30 years ago.
Posted by: Rickster

Re: Lapland Lake's Olavi Hirvonen - 12/11/10 12:38 PM

Thanks Jeff,
How were the trail conditions @ Lapland?
Posted by: Adk_Jeff

Re: Lapland Lake's Olavi Hirvonen - 12/12/10 09:33 PM

No conditions yet due to no snow. Hopefully that will turn around by next weekend.
Posted by: phlan

Re: Lapland Lake's Olavi Hirvonen - 12/13/10 01:46 PM

I can't believe Olavi is 80, he looks more like 65 at most! goes to show how healthy an activity nordic skiing is!
here's really hoping for opening at Lapland soon. they are great fun, great trails, and family friendly. the tupas are really nice to stay in. it's so quiet there at night.