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The dedicated classic-only trail system at Huron Meadows was in good shape on Sunday. The picture shows a section of the Beech Alley trail south of Hammel Road.

The dedicated classic-only trail system at Huron Meadows was in good shape on Sunday. The picture shows a section of the Beech Alley trail south of Hammel Road.

Waxing recommendations: Noque and Krazy Klassic
Waxing recommendations: Noque and Krazy Klassic

Waxing recommendations: Noque and Krazy Klassic

1/23/2020 - By Mike Muha

Toko, Rex, Fast Wax, Start, Holmenkol Ski*Go, Vauhti, oh my!

Headquarters continues lead in Brumbaugh Cup
Headquarters continues lead in Brumbaugh Cup

Headquarters continues lead in Brumbaugh Cup

1/22/2020 - By Mike Muha

After four races, the Cross Country Ski Headquarters still leads the Brumbaugh Cup competition. Team NordicSkiRacer is in second, and Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop pushes into third.

RESULTS: Vanias and Lipp win snowy Cote Dame Marie
RESULTS: Vanias and Lipp win snowy Cote Dame Marie

RESULTS: Vanias and Lipp win snowy Cote Dame Marie

1/19/2020 - By Mike Muha

Well, that was one epic race for the books. Hardest conditions I've had in years, soft snow, falling snow then ice pellets then fog so thick I could see nothing...

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Headquarters leads Brumbaugh Cup
Headquarters leads Brumbaugh Cup

Headquarters leads Brumbaugh Cup

1/17/2020 - By Mike Muha

After three races, the Cross Country Ski Headquarters has a big lead in the competition, with 184 points. Last year's Brumbaugh Cup winner, Team NordicSkiRacer, is far behind in second place with 389 points.

Rossignol to reduce carbon footprint by 30%, waste by 40%
Rossignol to reduce carbon footprint by 30%, waste by 40%

Rossignol to reduce carbon footprint by 30%, waste by 40%

1/17/2020 - By Groupe Rossignol

The Rossignol Group officially launches its RESPECT program, aiming in particular to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2030 as well as to reduce its waste by 40% by 2025.

Wax recommendations: Cote Dame Marie
Wax recommendations: Cote Dame Marie

Wax recommendations: Cote Dame Marie

1/17/2020 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Toko and now Rex wax recommendations for the this weekend's Michigan Cup race!

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Former MI Cup skier Sarah Goble qualifies for U23 Worlds
Former MI Cup skier Sarah Goble qualifies for U23 Worlds

Former MI Cup skier Sarah Goble qualifies for U23 Worlds

1/16/2020 - By Mike Muha

Former Michigan Cup racer Sarah Goble has made the U23 (under 23) World Championship Team and will represent the United States at the U23 Cross-Country World Ski Championships on February 28 - March 8 in Oberwiesenthal, Germany.

RESULTS: Hanson and Ross win wet Frosty Freestyle!
RESULTS: Hanson and Ross win wet Frosty Freestyle!

RESULTS: Hanson and Ross win wet Frosty Freestyle!

1/12/2020 - By Mike Muha

It was wet, it was wild, and it was just an event. It was epic. It was a little slow out there. There was three inches of standing water in a lot of places. It kind of slowed down the race but we finished. It was good. It was amazing we held it.

Wax recommendations for an EPIC race weekend!
Wax recommendations for an EPIC race weekend!

Wax recommendations for an EPIC race weekend!

1/9/2020 - By Mike Muha

This weekend's races are competing for the most challenging weather award! Huron Meadows expects to have a skiable trail regardless of the weather.

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Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club starts its third season
Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club starts its third season

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club starts its third season

1/9/2020 - By Doug Heady

Our goal is to give young skiers an opportunity to cross country ski with their peers, advance their skiing skills and have FUN. Skiers of all abilities are welcome to join and learn a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime.

Conversation with Valley Spur trail designer David Worel
Conversation with Valley Spur trail designer David Worel

Conversation with Valley Spur trail designer David Worel

1/4/2020 - By Larry Treul

This is from an ancient Friends of Valley Spur News (we're talking about 2001!) that I ran across, but I found Larry Treul's interview with David Worel interesting and thought I'd share

Testing Toko Base Performance Liquid Paraffin in cold conditions
Testing Toko Base Performance Liquid Paraffin in cold conditions

Testing Toko Base Performance Liquid Paraffin in cold conditions

1/3/2020 - By Ian Harvey

It has been cold lately where I have been, so I have been testing cold waxes. The performance of Base Performance Liquid Paraffin has totally surprised me to the point where it is now my new favorite glide wax.

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UPCOMING

FRI, JAN 24, 2020

Junior Noque
Forestville Trailhead, Marquette, MI

SAT, JAN 25, 2020

Gitchi Gami Games, GLD JNQ - Freestyle Sprint
Birkie Trailhead, Cable, WI

Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Marquette, MI

Beat the Mountain! on Skis or Snowshoe!
Stokely Creek Lodge, Pickard Rd, Goulais River, ON P0S 1E0, Canada

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

The Half Wits Live
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 26, 2020

WeSki All-Age Instruction
Tiber Ridge Lodge, Traverse City, MI

Gitchi Gami Games, GLD JNQ - Classic Individual Start
Birkie Trailhead, Cable, WI

Beat the Mountain! on Skis or Snowshoe!
Stokely Creek Lodge, Pickard Rd, Goulais River, ON P0S 1E0, Canada

UPDATE 2: Krazy Klassic / Michigan Senior Olympics 8k/12k
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Vasa Domingos family-friendly group ski
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

WED, JAN 29, 2020

Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

FRI, JAN 24

Huron Meadows Metropark: Yuck! Climate Change sucks! (Sorry, had to vent. I'm done)

Nubs Nob: Excellent skiing and grooming on all trails today. Enjoy!

-Ben Doornbos

Hanson Hills: We received another inch of snow overnight, Groomers Jason and Tommy G. have Blue, Brown, Yellow and Wilderness Trails groomed with fresh tracks this morning.

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received additional snow throughout the day yesterday and last night, and after Groomer Butch set tracks yesterday, conditions were absolutely excellent. Conditions are fantastic again today, and Groomer Mike is snowcombing the skating lanes and resetting tracks where needed on all trails across the street this morning. There is 6 to 8 inches of snow packed on the trails, and 8 to 12 inches in the woods. You'll have to pinch yourself while you're out there! Join us tomorrow for Bavarian Ski Festival, complete with games, prizes, amazing food, and awesome skiing. Fun for the whole family. See you at HQ!

Vasa Trail: Report: #17
Date: 01/24/20
Time: 5:10 am

Good Morning,

It is 32 degrees here at the trail head and there is about 1" of new snow. Rain is in the forecast after noon today with temps rising to around 36 degrees. I will be out this morning compacting the new snow on the skate lane portion of the trail. The classic tracks, which are still in good condition, will be left alone.
Peace,

THU, JAN 23

Huron Meadows Metropark: It's dark, but most skiers have headlamps and are skiing the north golf course loop (Coyote Run) and a few are skiing the south golf course loop, rather than sking the lighted Bucks Run. Skating is good but B or rock skis are in order. Classic tracks are ok but there were definitely places you had to step out of the track.

Buck's Run is in its usual A-ski shape with good tracks and fast snow.

I classic skied: Zeros on one foot, Start Oslo Violet on the other. You'll have to be a member of Team NordicSkiRacer to find out the test results... ;-)

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Noque ski conditions:
Some change to the forecast, but nothing major. The National Weather Service is still calling for anywhere from 2-4 inches of new snow by early Friday. So far, it’s been a wintery mix with a little bit of freezing drizzle mixed in the closer you get to Lake Superior. We expect mostly snow to continue with high daytime temperatures near 30 and a few degrees warmer as you get closer to the water. Overnight temps should stay in the upper 20’s. The only real change is a 40% chance of some snow showers on Saturday with a high of 32. Overall really consistent well into the weekend but expect to maybe see some more of the freezing drizzle here or there with those temps in the low 30’s – just enough to maybe make it interesting. There might be some really fast skis out there if you get the wax right!

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Today is another ‘groom-less’ day, friends. Our SCR trails are covered with “a light dusting of snow on old grooming”, according to one of our classic regulars. The snow is slow, and with temps expected in the mid 30s for the next several days, best wax with the slow stuff...
Hope to see you on the SCR Nordic trails for some pre-White Pine gliding!

Hickory Hills: John Kostrzewa touched up the skate lanes on Hickory Hills & Meadows. He added classic tracks where missing on Hickory Hills. Light snow falling in Traverse City as of 10 AM. Enjoy great skiing!

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: We've received about an inch of fresh, wet, heavy snow this morning. Our trails all have fresh corduroy with shallow tracks set for classic skiing where there's enough base to do so.

Vasa Trail: Report: #16 update
Date: 01/23/20
Time: 8:14 am

Good Morning Everyone,

Here at the trail head it is 29 degrees and there is a light wet snow falling. Skiing should be pretty good early today even though we will not be grooming this morning. Temps are rising quickly and humidity is high. Because of the warming temps, wet snow and possible rain in the forecast we are in snow preservation mode. We will groom when appropriate with this in mind.

Time to ramp up the cold & snow dance. " Old Man Winter " has some serious commitment issues. He just needs to focus. Be the cold, see the cold, deliver the cold & snow ??.

Hanson Hills: It is snowing!!! We have received about an inch of new snow this morning and still falling. Tommy G. is on trail Combing Green, Blue, Yellow trails first.

Lodge and Trails open at 9am

Senior Thursdays $9 Trail Passes 55+

Stokely Creek: After 6 inches of dense snow yesterday all 3 groomers will be out today. Several guests are skiing, snowshoeing and then skiing to see the frozen ice cliffs today. Check out our website for the Beat King Mountain event this Saturday and Sunday. You can ski or snowshoe to the top. Stokely chili will be served in the Day Skiers Cabin. Beat King Mountain t-shirts will be for sale. Temperatures and trails will be perfect.

Huron Meadows Metropark: We will be hauling snow this morning to Bucks Run. We anticipate having the trail ready for use by 2pm. All other trails are available. Thank You.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received an inch of snow yesterday, which will freshen up the trails nicely for today. Great conditions abound on the XC Ski HQ trail system. Groomer Mike will be out early rolling, snow combing the skate lanes, and re-setting tracks where needed. All trails across the street have classic tracks and snowcombed skate lanes. There is 5 to 8 inches of snow packed on the trails, and 8 to 12 inches in the woods. It's another beautiful day to be out on snow! Enjoy the great skiing, awesome lunch, professional ski fitting, free demo center, and lots of great sales. Plus, check out our website for info on the first annual Bavarian Ski Festival - big time fun happening this Saturday at HQ!

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