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Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop's Heather Compton and Grand Rapids Nordic's Gregory Kil head to the finish line at this Saturday's Cote Dame Marie.

Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop's Heather Compton and Grand Rapids Nordic's Gregory Kil head to the finish line at this Saturday's Cote Dame Marie.

Forbush Corner: Classic race update and virtual offer
Forbush Corner: Classic race update and virtual offer

Forbush Corner: Classic race update and virtual offer

1/19/2021 - By Ann Wager

The Michael Seaman Memorial Scholarship Classic Race will be ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY. And skiers doing the virtual Noquemanon or White Pine Stampede can get a trail discount.

RESULTS: Tarras and Ross win Cote Dame Marie
RESULTS: Tarras and Ross win Cote Dame Marie

RESULTS: Tarras and Ross win Cote Dame Marie

1/17/2021 - By Mike Muha

The course seemed fast for the first 6km then suddenly the snow felt damper and slower - everyone was commenting on how their skis slowed down during the race.

Photos from the Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic
Photos from the Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic

Photos from the Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic

1/15/2021 - By Mike Muha

Karlita Cordova took a ton of photos of both the Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic races, and the Livingston Daily did a photo spread of the Frosty.

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U23, Junior World Cross Country Championship Teams announced
U23, Junior World Cross Country Championship Teams announced

U23, Junior World Cross Country Championship Teams announced

1/15/2021 - By US Ski and Snowborad

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has named deep and experienced teams to represent the United States at the 2021 U23 and Junior FIS Cross Country World Championships Feb. 8-14 in Vuokatti, Finland.

Update on this season's Michigan Cup
Update on this season's Michigan Cup

Update on this season's Michigan Cup

1/15/2021 - By Ernie Brumbaugh

Virtual races, number of races that will count toward Michigan Cup points, and status of a couple races.

2021 Noquemanon goes fully virtual
2021 Noquemanon goes fully virtual

2021 Noquemanon goes fully virtual

1/15/2021 - By Noquemanon Ski Marathon

As of 1/14/2021 the Noquemanon Ski Marathon is shifting to our virtual format plan.

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Wax recommendations for Cote Dame Marie
Wax recommendations for Cote Dame Marie

Wax recommendations for Cote Dame Marie

1/14/2021 - By Mike Muha

Toko's wax recommendation. Sure wish Fast Wax, Swix, and others still provided wax recommendations...

RESULTS! Davis and Briggs win Krazy Klassic!
RESULTS! Davis and Briggs win Krazy Klassic!

RESULTS! Davis and Briggs win Krazy Klassic!

1/11/2021 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED! Michael Davis put in an incredible performance to win the 12k Krazy Klassic 32:20.9. He double poled the entire course, a tactic done by many or most of the top skiers in the race. But there's the more important story...

RESULTS: Wakeley and Callison win Frosty Freestyle
RESULTS: Wakeley and Callison win Frosty Freestyle

RESULTS: Wakeley and Callison win Frosty Freestyle

1/9/2021 - By Mike Muha

Great weather, great course conditions, and social distancing made for an eventful Frosty Freestyle!

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Waves posted for Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic
Waves posted for Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic

Waves posted for Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic

1/8/2021 - By Mike Muha

The course conditions are awesome! We will be skiing using a new start area between the parking lot and the course fence. We will also ski CLOCKWISE around the course for the first time ever.

Waxing recommendations: Frosty Fest weekend
Waxing recommendations: Frosty Fest weekend

Waxing recommendations: Frosty Fest weekend

1/7/2021 - By Mike Muha

Waxing recommendations for the Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic Michigan Cup races. Registration ends TONIGHT (THURSDAY) AT MIDNIGHT! No day-of-race registration!

Virtual White Pine Stampede registration is open
Virtual White Pine Stampede registration is open

Virtual White Pine Stampede registration is open

12/30/2020 - By Mike Muha

Registration for the Virtual White Pine Stampede is open! And Team NordicSkiRacer invites everyone to ski the Virtual White Pine at Huron Meadows Metropark on the official day of the White Pine Stampede.

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UPCOMING

SAT, JAN 23, 2021

VIRTUAL Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Marquette, MI

Free Beginner Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

Bavarian Ski Festival
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, JAN 24, 2021

Nicole and Wade Live
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

WED, JAN 27, 2021

Wednesday Night Group Ski
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

SAT, JAN 30, 2021

CXC Great Lakes District Junior/Youth Cup - Hickory Hills Classic
Hickory Hills, Traverse City, MI

Michael Seaman Memorial Classic
Forbush Corner, 4971 W Co Rd 612, Frederic, MI 49733

Free Beginner Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

Skate and Classic Ski Clinics with Jordyn Ross
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

Learn to Skate Ski Clinic
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, JAN 31, 2021

CXC Great Lakes District Junior/Youth Cup - Hickory Hills Classic
Hickory Hills, Traverse City, MI

Skate and Classic Ski Clinics with Jordyn Ross
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

MON, FEB 1, 2021

VIRTUAL White Pine Stampede 10/20km FEB 1-11
Mancelona High School, Mancelona, MI

WED, FEB 3, 2021

Wednesday Night Group Ski
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

FRI, JAN 22

Stinchfield Woods : Still skiable! Some icy spots

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: 3-4 inches of dry snow fell last night. Looked like the Noque grooming crew were finally able to get the piston bully out! I classic skied laps on Gookookoo because the classic tracks were firm and very well set. Skate lane had also set up very well and wasn't soft at all. I noticed that the PB was prioritizing the virtual course for this week, so I would highly recommend skiing that. Other trails were being rolled and groomed in with the ginzu. You could definitely tell a difference between the PB trails and the soft ginzu trails.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skated some of the trails around Maltby lake- there were several non-trivial ice patches, and overall quite frozen. Coming from the parking lot, if you take the first left down the hill, be careful, there is lots of gravel at the bottom of the hill. North golf course trails were pretty frozen, but there is plenty of skiable snow, you just have to get a little creative and crusty. The area behind Buck's run was in good shape.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks run will be great when finished around 12:30
Golf course trails are hard frozen and not skiable, but the areas that weren't groomed before are nice crust skiing. The wind is awful in the open areas.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Good morning!

Brad is out grooming Pine Cone, Winter Brook and Poets Loop this morning with the machine groomer and tiller. Pine Cone will be double track-set, Winter Brook will mostly be track-set except for thin spots in the woods or under tree limbs and Poets Loop will not be track set. Depending on how things go this morning, he hopes to continue grooming the rest of the network this afternoon.

Bundle up and happy skiing!
From, Lee and the crew at Shanty Creek Resort Nordic Center

Unlisted trail: Alpena Golf Course Nordic Trail

Received a light flurry of fresh snow on Jan 21. Parts of trail towards the front are still not covered by snow. The majority of the back 3k is skiable for classic. Plans for groom course will begin with when we get more snow in the front section.

Vasa Trail: Trailhead still a little thin but skiable. I was skating but the tracks were iffy at the start but all were beautiful after the beginning. Mostly classic skiers out today but skating seamless. I just did the 20K section

Forbush Corner: Friday- January 22, 2021
We received more snow over night. We will be under an on again off again lake effect snow band throughout the morning. We are open from 9-5 today and through Monday. Larry is out grooming up some trails.

Hanson Hills: Lodge and Trails open at 9am

We received 2 inches of lake effect snow last night. Groomers Tommy G. and Jason are out laying fresh corduroy and tracks.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received a heavy dusting of snow last night. We have a great base, full coverage, and the skating and classic skiing on all trails is fantastic. Skate lanes will be snow combed this morning, and classic tracks have been reset on some trails and overall are in very good shape. We have 8-13 inches of snow in the woods, and 3-6 inches packed on the trails. Join us this weekend for a Free Ski Lesson, Bavarian lunch, Live Music, and more!

THU, JAN 21

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: I had wanted to ski some of the side trails on the Noque between Forestville & the 16km post before race weekend, but when I arrived, everything was hardpack. I was about to turn around when I met 4 gals classic skiing & found out they were friends of Gail Staisil’s, and they recommended Chiwaji from the 12k to the 14k, and wow, what a pleasant difference in the condition of the tracks, corduroy & narrowness of the trail. So from there, I decided to ski a loop from the 18k to the 22k on Mead Hills Bypass & back on the Noque. The first downhill on Mead was all torn up, so sidestepped it, and the tracks were filled with snow, which was ok since no longer hardpack. But, for my 12km return, the tracks were snowed-in, soft or sticky, so made for a long ski back to the trailhead, esp in the blowing sleet! The good news is Marquette was getting fresh snow just in time for the weekend, 3+” by 4PM & more to come, so the groomers should be able to freshen up the tracks for the virtual racers. The 2 snowmobile groomers that passed me this afternoon were only rolling the middle of the skate lane, but still only a limited base.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Staff is spreading on Friday to touch up a few areas and clean up the area In front of the snow guns. Trail should be ready around noon.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Good skating on bucks today. Classic tracks look good. Good depth on tracks. Trail getting beat up. A lot of people out classic skiing enjoying the day.
Did not try other trails Coverage looks thin.

Stinchfield Woods : Hit Stinch this morning for the sunrise. Snow has compacted some but still plenty of it. Some debris on trails, doesn’t bother the skis or slow you down a bit. Skied my chemical blizzards, which are relatively thin under foot and no metal edge, had no issues. Great glide, not the best kick with ski choice today. Road has been plowed which actually results in much speedier descents...Tasty.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Nearly 30 degrees warmer than yesterday morning, so snow was much faster. Skate lanes were cleaned up again, but decently dirty from the 40 mph winds we had yesterday. Mostly acorns and pine needles. Skied Bagwaji which has great coverage, but a bit bumpy and uneven in places. Animoosh and Noque seem to be in the best condition.

Crystal Mountain: Trails are great for skating-only a couple thin spots on Loon's and Aspen/Strideright. Track set is spotty with some fairly decent tracks and some barely there. It's amazingly not bad for the little bit of snow we have. Come check it out for yourself.
Kathloon and the rest of the Nordic crew.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: From Brad the groomer: entire trail system rolled on January 19th.
All trails Tidd-tech and track-set (except for in the woods because it's too thin) January 20th. Pinecone loop is double track set.
No accumulation overnight and too warm to groom today, Thursday, January 21.
Will groom Friday if we receive more snow and cooler temps.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Conditions remain excellent, and we received more snow yesterday. We have a great base, full coverage, and excellent conditions for skating and classic skiing on all trails. Skate are freshly snow combed this morning, and classic tracks are in very good shape. We have 8-13 inches of snow in the woods, and 3-6 inches packed on the trails. Temps will be mild today and then stay cold, and we are forecast to receive snow tonight. This weekend will be fantastic, with a Free Ski Lesson, Live Music, and more!

Hanson Hills: Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

Seniors (55+) $9 Trail Passes today. Trails are absolutely beautiful! Machine groomed, wide skate lanes and deep tracks.

Meijer State Games- Forbush Freestyle and Hanson Hills Classic registrations open for ONLINE Registration only. Wave Starts (Pick your own, no Male/Female division for starting order).
https://www.skireg.com/nordicevents

Forbush Corner: Thursday- January 21, 2021
Open today through Monday 9-5. We received 4-5 inches of fluffy lake effect snow on Tuesday. We will be grooming up the trails today. More snow expected tonight through Friday.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Staff will again be hauling snow on the bucks run trail today. Trail will be ready by 2pm. Golf course has set up and is in fair to good shape for skating. Skiied in classic on Southside but very thin under the trees.

WED, JAN 20

Hudson Mills Metropark: Lovely conditions!

Love Creek: Finally enough snow in SW Michigan. Groomer did a great job rolling and then putting in a good classic track (surprisingly firm). Fresh snow, sunshine, VR35 wax...it doesn't get much better.

Pigeon Creek: Got out to the trail after 2 and found really good conditions after the 2”-3” of lake effect snow that fell overnight. Good coverage overall with only the usual spots to work around. On our 3rd pass of the parking lot we saw a park employee ask a hiker to leave the trail, on a previous visit we asked the same of some dogs walkers but didn’t have the same result. Conditions might remain good for another day but with the warm up coming it may be Monday or Tuesday after the next snowfall before it’s this good again.

Valley Spur: There are now snowbanks along the roads in Munising after 2+ days of heavy snowfall, so all of the trails at Valley Spur have been rolled & tracked with the Ginzu. Our group of 5 started out at 10:15 on virgin corduroy & tracks, a purrrr-fect day for classic skiers since the trail was soft in some areas, with the goal to do all of the big downhills. We climbed Stairway to Heaven on D, then G’s hills, Boomer, Big Foots Revenge, Catapult & Lemans, Z’s hills, Surprise, Slingshot, Luge & one of many unnamed, Hemlock, H’s Single Dip, I & back on B. There was more than a foot of snow in the woods, 3+” overnight, and no other skiers passed us except volunteer John. What a fun group to do a social distancing ski with, Peggy, Judy, Denise (VS volunteer board members) & Barb. My yee-haws are still echoing in the woods!

Boyne Mountain: Skated beginner and intermediate trails from 12-2. A couple of inches of dry snow. Skate deck was rolled. Glide was very good. Tracks were set and had good glide. Hap Wright

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks Run is great! Classic today and tracks are good. Skating looked really nice.

Vasa Trail: Delightful conditions on the skate lane today that provided a smooth, mellow, almost buttery under-ski feel that was slightly faster than yesterday's velvety feel. All thanks to three days with snow and as many groomings. The only thin spot of concern on the 10K loop was under the pines just past the bridge. Also freshly set classic tracks for the striders.

Vasa Trail: Trailhead still a little thin but skiable. I was skating but the tracks were iffy at the start but all were beautiful after the beginning. Mostly classic skiers out today but skating seamless. I just did the 20K section

Big M: We have had about 2-3 inches of new snow last night. We have temperatures in the 20's. We were able to groom all the trails! Conditions are good!

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Very cold, dry, and slow snow this morning. 7 degrees and pretty windy. Skate lanes were cleaned up. Classic tracks hadn't been touched. Skate lane was very firm and wide. Great coverage. First time using my race skis on the Noque this winter.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Good amount of fresh beautiful snow at Schuss today. The groomer was finishing up around 10AM when I set off to skate. Conditions were soft, particularly Poets Loop, which is rolled but no tracks (I don't recommend skiing it yet). Pine Cone was slow but excellent coverage.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Great conditions on the trail system at the Meadows. New snow over a nice firm base in most all sections. Work on the Contractors loop has provided best ever conditions. Always impressed that each season the Meadows staff works to improve the trail experience with small reroutes around low snow areas where they can and looking for opportunities to provide interesting terrain (hills) to ski on. Thank you.

Michaywe: Rolled and snow combed entire trail system. Set track on the golf course loops and where conditions allowed elsewhere.

Chapin Forest: Thin conditions but skiable at Chapin Forest.

Hanson Hills: Meijer State Games- Forbush Freestyle and Hanson Hills Classic is open for ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY: https://www.skireg.com/nordicevents

Hanson Hills: Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

Trails are absolutely beautiful! Machine groomed yesterday, wide skate lanes and deep tracks set with a light dusting of new snow on top.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Staff will be adding snow to Bucks Run today, focusing on the straightaway areas and possibly the hills. Expect maintenance to be completed around 2pm. We will also be grooming a skate lane around the golf course trails as well as Cedar Trace and Sunset park area. Still not quite enough snow to set a decent classic track.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We have a strong base, full coverage, and excellent conditions for skating and classic skiing on all trails. Skate lanes will be snow combed this morning, and classic tracks are in great shape. We have 8-13 inches of snow in the woods, and 3-6 inches packed on the trails. Temps are forecast to stay cold, and snow is supposed to keep falling for the next few days. Come enjoy this great snow!

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