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Milan Baic brings it home at the Noquemanon Ski Marathon. Milan was 4th overall and first in the Male 55 to 59 age class in teh 50k Classic division. (Photo: Francis Upton)

Milan Baic brings it home at the Noquemanon Ski Marathon. Milan was 4th overall and first in the Male 55 to 59 age class in teh 50k Classic division. (Photo: Francis Upton)

GLD 4.5/8km freestyle race results

2/1/2015 - By Mike Muha

Results from the Great Lakes District Junior National Qualifer distance freestyle race.

UPDATED: Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup races
UPDATED: Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup races

UPDATED: Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup races

1/29/2015 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations (Fast Wax, Toko, Solda so far...) for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski races at Forbush Corner, Hanson Hills, and Boyne Mountain.

Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Jan 27
Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Jan 27

Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Jan 27

1/29/2015 - By Mark Esper

Results from the Vasa Ski Club Tuesday Night 4k Freestyle Sprints on January 27, 2015 at Hickory Ridge.

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XC Ski Headquarters an Outside Magazine
XC Ski Headquarters an Outside Magazine

XC Ski Headquarters an Outside Magazine "Nordic Mecca"

1/27/2015 - By Mike Muha

Outside Magazine named six cross country ski destinations, including Michigan's own Cross Country Ski Headquarters, as "America's Nordic Skiing Meccas".

Sixteen named to World Championships Team
Sixteen named to World Championships Team

Sixteen named to World Championships Team

1/27/2015 - By USSA

Liz Stephen, Kikkan Randall and Simi Hamilton lead a team of 16 cross country athletes named by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to compete in the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships.

Jessie Diggins 5th in skiathlon
Jessie Diggins 5th in skiathlon

Jessie Diggins 5th in skiathlon

1/27/2015 - By USSA

For the second time in as many days, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) posted a fifth place in a World Cup. Sunday’s 15km skiathlon marked the strongest result from Diggins in a distance race this season.

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Jessie Diggins 5th in snowy Rybinsk sprint
Jessie Diggins 5th in snowy Rybinsk sprint

Jessie Diggins 5th in snowy Rybinsk sprint

1/27/2015 - By USSA

After a strong qualification that saw seven Americans move through to the rounds, Jessie Diggins moved through the heats to finish fifth overall and to lead the U.S. at the World Cup freestyle sprint Saturday in Rybinsk.

Liz Stephen 1st women to podium in World Cup- distance race
Liz Stephen 1st women to podium in World Cup- distance race

Liz Stephen 1st women to podium in World Cup- distance race

1/27/2015 - By USSA

Liz Stephen finished second on Friday in the 10k freestyle race in Rybinsk, Russia—the top World Cup distance result by an American woman.

Borah Teamwear expands to 25 Nordic race suit designs
Borah Teamwear expands to 25 Nordic race suit designs

Borah Teamwear expands to 25 Nordic race suit designs

1/26/2015 - By Ben Wizner

From head to toe, Borah Teamwear has expanded its retail Nordic collection to over 25 stock XC race suit designs and matching XC Tassel hats.

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Trolls do well at 2015 Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Trolls do well at 2015 Noquemanon Ski Marathon

Trolls do well at 2015 Noquemanon Ski Marathon

1/25/2015 - By Mike Muha

The Trolls bettered the Yoopers at the 2015 Noquemanon Ski Marathon. The top two Michigan skiers in the premier 50K Classic event were Milan Baic, Daniel Yankus (men) and Kaitlyn Patterson and Rebecca Davis (women).

Wax recommendations for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Wax recommendations for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon

Wax recommendations for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon

1/22/2015 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski race, the Noquemanon Ski Marathon.

Brumbaugh Cup scoring to date
Brumbaugh Cup scoring to date

Brumbaugh Cup scoring to date

1/21/2015 - By Chris Jones

Here is the Brumbaugh Cup scoring for top senior team for the Frosty Freestyle, Frosty Classic and the Cote Dame Marie.

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UPCOMING

SUN, FEB 1, 2015

Meijer State Games Of Michigan - Hanson Hills 12K Classic
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI

Boyne Mountain GLD JNQ Freestyle Sprint
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI

Ohio Nordic Championships 5K Classic or 10K Skate
Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Kirtland, OH

TUE, FEB 3, 2015

Vasa Ski Club Tuesday Night Sprint Races
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

WED, FEB 4, 2015

Hanson Hills Nordic Headlamp Racing Series
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Classic Ski
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

SAT, FEB 7, 2015

White Pine Stampede 10/20/50K
Mancelona High School, Mancelona, MI

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Learn to Ski for Free
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SUN, FEB 8, 2015

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Learn to Ski - Midland area
Midland, MI

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TRAINING LOG

THU, JAN 22: XC Ski-Doublepole, :50, Aerobic threshold

TUE, JAN 20: XC Ski-Skate, 1:34, Pace

SAT, JAN 17: XC Ski-Classic, 3:14, Long slow distance

THU, JAN 15: XC Ski-Classic, 1:09, Aerobic threshold

TUE, JAN 13: XC Ski-Skate, 1:07, Aerobic threshold

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SUN, FEB 1

Vasa Trail: While skiing the 10k Saturday I couldn't figure out why the snow was plowed up in the center of the downhills down to the icy base making for unsafe skiing until I read Jim Datsko's report. Now I know ... Fat bikers!

Maybury State Park: I just wanted to give Trevor a huge thank you for his excellent trail maintenance at Mayberry. I have been able to enjoy the bulk of my skiing there this winter and it has been fabulous despite trying weather conditions. Saturday was another excellent experience as the trails were nicely groomed and allowed for continuous, sustained striding from beginning to end. Not too fast but enough glide. The some what shallow tracks were fairly firm with some fluff for grip. No ground showing through as I used the best skis I have. :) Thanks again!

Milham Park Golf Course: Milham got the heck groomed out of it this morning; eleven passes. Everything got groomed: outer loop, inner trail, and the warm up loop. A classic track was groomed also. It is snowing very hard here today and is becoming windy. It was difficult seeing what had been groomed only fifteen or twenty minutes before. Best conditions today should be found this morning. Don't know how the day is going to go but if able and the wind stays down will try to groom again this late afternoon. Will post update if this happens. No matter what the trail will be groomed Monday morning again.

Maybury State Park: Well looks like we are getting what we wanted! However with the snow coming down all day i will be mostly plowing and reworking the ski trail today. I will have things looking nice tomorrow but today will be trail maintenance day to accomdate the predicted snowfall. Should have the place looking great tomorrow. So for now go to Huron Meadows, you know that it will be looking great!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We had a fabulous day of skiing and fun yesterday! The snow was groomed to the highest standards, the fire grilled piazzas were a big success as was the sourdough bread bowl chili and to top it all off the the torchlit Full Moon Night Ski to Trappers cabin for hot cocoa and Pure Michigan winter stories around the bonfire was enjoyed by many.

Congratulations to all the skiers who participated in yesterday’s Forbush Corner Freestyle race. Today for classic skiers is the Hanson Hills 12K Classic in Grayling.

The temperature at 7am this morning was 10F. We will start grooming all the trails at 7:30. The snow pack is in great shape and all trails have well set tracks and snowcombed skating lanes. There are about 8 to 12 inches of snow in the woods and 4 to 7 inches packed on the trail.

Forecast:
Today: Cloudy skies. High around 10F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.
Tonight: Mainly cloudy with snow showers around this evening. Low near -0F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Today’s lunch special is the same as yesterday’s: wood-fire grilled pizza. Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Cooking out doors in the winter is a XC Ski HQ speciality!

The “Let it Snow Sale” continues. Shop great deals on ski packages, racing skis, racing boots and X-C ski clothing. Free demos on all ski models today and everyday.

Cross Country Skiers stay warm just by skiing!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B & Crew

Hanson Hills: Great day for a Ski Race!! Join us for the Meijer State Games of Michigan-Hanson Hills Classic Race!! Registration in the Main Lodge from 7:30-9:15am.

Recreational Skiers are asked to avoid the trail system until 11:30am. We have a Classic Ski Race that will be in progress on the Wilderness,Blue,Brown, Yellow and M-93 Hills from 10am until about 11:30am. All trails will be open after that time. Great conditions!!

Huron Meadows: Great News the snow is here!
Staff will be grooming throughout the day to try and keep up but, most likely the snow will be deep and soft for the next day or so. Don't forget new hours for the ski center are 9am-5pm 7days a week!

SAT, JAN 31

Vasa Trail: Did the Keystone XL Pipeline recently obtain permission to install it under our VASA right of way?

Parking lot was 105% of capacity when I arrived around 1pm eagerly looking forward to the freshly groomed 25K lap. From the TH I realized it wasn't all skiers as I was following some fairly fresh Fat Bike tracks which fortunately weren't too deep there; and about 15 skaters had been over them before I started skating so they were half filled in.

However on some of the hills on the 25K loop I'd see where the FB lost balance and he'd sharply turn his front wheel cutting deeper through the base same as a mtn bike does in sand; sometimes he'd spin out and chew his rear tire down through the groomed base until it finally struck the old crusty hardpack underneath. However I was able to dodge those obstacles without too much trouble. Even when he bailed out and left a trail of size 9 divots in our trail as he stomped up the hills pushing his FB. By then I was wishing I'd skied in the morning before the FB did his thing.

The ultimate was shortly after The Wall where the trail crosses a large meadow. There I started wondering if the Keystone XL pipeline had been approved. There the groomed base was deeper and softer and the FBer left a long trench over 4" deep snaking along for probably 100', a pretty good start for pipeline excavation. After seeing that ugly scar on our groomed VASA trail the rest of my ski loop was spent reflecting how sad it is the FBers aren't content with the new FB trail installed and groomed just for them, and have to come out and trash our groomed trail.

TART Trails is soliciting Incident Reports anytime you feel your safety or enjoyment is detrimentally affected while skiing the VASA and I'd encourage skiers to do so at https://traversetrails.wufoo.com/forms/tart-trails-incident-reporting-form/
as I am doing for this incident.

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Crystal Mountain: I took the LMC out this morning and did all the trails. Skating lanes are still a little soft but with the cold weather coming in tomorrow they should firm up. We probably won't be doing any grooming tomorrow. Hope to see you out there. Kathloon

Maybury State Park: Thanks Trevor! Great job on the trails, still excellent today, even for novices like my wife & I.

Crimson Ridge: Trails all regroomed today with 5cm of light snow overnight . Temps. this afternoon are -5 C with very light snow falling. Trails groomed with a thick single classic and a nice firm skate lane. Grooming being done by a snowcat with a tiller ensuring nice compaction . Majestic ext. and Crimson Valley loops are a must ski if your visiting Sault Ste Marie. These trails are a nice compliment to the trails at Hiawatha Highlands and grooming is done by the same operators.
Clubhouse is open for brunch Fri. Sat. and Sunday. Day passes also available online at www.golfcrimsonridge.com.

Unlisted trail: Sand Lakes Quiet Area (Traverse City): Heavy snowshoe traffic from Broomhead Rd. parking lot to the lakes has packed that section of trail, but past sign posts 3 and 5 the classic tracks on inner and outer loops are still intact and very nice to ski. Even as temps got into the upper 20s, snow remained fluffy for control as needed.

Unlisted trail: Heavy snowshoe traffic from Broomhead Rd. parking lot to the lakes has packed that section of trail, but past sign posts 3 and 5 the classic tracks on inner and outer loops are still intact and very nice to ski. Even as temps got into the upper 20s, snow remained fluffy for control as needed.

Maybury State Park: Snow was incredible. Double tracks. A bit slower than Thursday. Quite cold in the morning at 9am and softening up a bit by 12:30. I used a skis. There is a bit of debris from a couple trees one of which cannot be avoided. Many skiers of all ages and skill levels out enjoying the bluebird day! Way to go trevor! I think the way you clear the path next to the ski trail encourages walkers and runners to stay off and may get them interested in trying out cross country skiing!

Vasa Trail: Beautiful! Can't think of a better way to spend the morning. Full groom this am. A bit soft on a portion of the 25k, but NO complaints! We all had different wax for skating and none of us felt like we had great glide. The snow seemed to have a lot of moisture in it.

Huron Meadows (Bucks Run): Bucks Run was groomed for classic and skate this morning and had excellent condition.

Big NEWS!!!!!!

The ski center will now be open 9am-5pm 7days a week for rentals, passes or just a warm spot to have a coffee

Crystal Mountain: Epic skate conditions right now at Crystal Mountain thanks to expert grooming by Kathy & Greg ! Fresh snow made for silky skiing, fast but controllable- great for working on technique but still moving effortlessly through the pristine wilderness of Crystal XC paradise. We only quit last night because the sun finally set! Fueling up to get back out there today and fly through the woods- does not get any better than this! -Swixgirl

Hanson Hills: Lodge and trails open at 9am. All Trails groomed, Set tracks on Novice, Blue, Brown,Yellow, Wilderness and M-93 Hills.

Good Luck Meijer State Games Participants at the Forbush Freestyle!! We will see you for the Hanson Hills Classic Tomorrow!!

Forbush Corner: Currently 16 degrees F (7 AM) and headed to 27 degrees F by mid-afternoon. We received a very light dusting of snow overnight. The trails are in great shape. Everything was tilled and plated (set with a classic track and skate lane) in preparation for the Forbush Freestyle today. The race course will utilize the East Trail System and the West Trail System will be available for all of the non-racers wanting to ski too. Store-wide 20% off sale in the shop all weekend. Hope to see you at The Corner !!!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Yesterday’s ski conditions were the best they’ve been all year. Deep tracks have been set and the skating Lanes are firm and well snowcombed. Groomer Henry Will be Ginzu grooming the trails throughout this morning. Conditions are excellent for both classical skiing and skate skiing on all the trails. We have 8 to 12 inches of snow in the woods and five to 8 inches of snow packed on the trail.

Snow Depth in Woods: 8 to 12 inches

Packed Snow Depth on Trails: 5 to 8 inches

Ice, Glaze, Barespots: all trails have freshly groomed snow.

Forecast:
Today: A few snow showers this morning. High 32F. Winds WSw at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 10%
Tonight: Low 6F. Winds N 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Cloudy. High near 10 F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday night: Cloudy skies. Low 3F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

Join us tonight for Torch-Lit Full Moon Night Skiing! From 6:00-8:00pm, we will light the Trappers Cabin trail with torches, and also host a bonfire at Trappers Cabin with complimentary hot cocoa. If you need to rent skis, be sure to show up by 7:00pm at the latest.

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