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Marvin Stevenson (oldest skier at the Hanson Hills Classic at 80+) stands next to daughter Gwenn and teammate Rick Neier at the end of the race. Says Gwenn, Sunny races today with my dad at the finish line, it's the longest race he did this season. Rick, our valued team member, skied back out after his race was over to see that my dad was ok, and to ski the race in with him for several K's!

Marvin Stevenson (oldest skier at the Hanson Hills Classic at 80+) stands next to daughter Gwenn and teammate Rick Neier at the end of the race. Says Gwenn, Sunny races today with my dad at the finish line, it's the longest race he did this season. Rick, our valued team member, skied back out after his race was over to see that my dad was ok, and to ski the race in with him for several K's!

BREAKING NEWS: 2017 American Birkebeiner CANCELLED
BREAKING NEWS: 2017 American Birkebeiner CANCELLED

BREAKING NEWS: 2017 American Birkebeiner CANCELLED

2/24/2017 - By Birkie

After days of unseasonable weather, rain, and a predicted snow storm front missing the Hayward and Cable areas, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation regretfully announces the cancellation of the 2017 American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon

Wax Recommendations for the Birkie!
Wax Recommendations for the Birkie!

Wax Recommendations for the Birkie!

2/23/2017 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for upcoming American Birkebeiner! Rain, snow, warm, cold, clean, dirty???????

Rendezvous Ski Race has 50K, 20K options, plus
Rendezvous Ski Race has 50K, 20K options, plus

Rendezvous Ski Race has 50K, 20K options, plus

2/23/2017 - By Wendy Swenson

An American Ski Marathon Series race, the Rendezvous Ski Race's registration prices goes up today. There are six different races to choose from depending on your age and ability: 2K, 5K, 10K, 25K classic, 25K and 50K.

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Send a University of Michigan skier to Nationals
Send a University of Michigan skier to Nationals

Send a University of Michigan skier to Nationals

2/22/2017 - By Abby Potts

We are creating this -Sponsor a Skier- campaign to assist our athletes in getting across the country to compete this year and we asking for donations, big or small, to aid us in this journey.

Abrasive? Ice crystals? Go Toko Black
Abrasive? Ice crystals? Go Toko Black

Abrasive? Ice crystals? Go Toko Black

2/21/2017 - By Ian Harvey

The "black" in HF Black is a shear lubricant and antistatic (conductor). You can say that is minimizes dry or mechanical friction and also enhances the "black" aspect of black bases.

Birkie announces three scenarios
Birkie announces three scenarios

Birkie announces three scenarios

2/21/2017 - By Birkie

EVENT UPDATE! With unseasonable weather again today, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has announced that Birkie Week Friday events have moved, and three race scenarios are under consideration.

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Is the Vasa Ski Club running away with the Michigan Cup team title?
Is the Vasa Ski Club running away with the Michigan Cup team title?

Is the Vasa Ski Club running away with the Michigan Cup team title?

2/21/2017 - By Mike Muha

The Vasa Ski Club has a big lead in the Michigan Cup standings. The senior women's and senior men's standings are a toss up. Where do you stand?

Watch the Birkie over breakfast at XCHQ
Watch the Birkie over breakfast at XCHQ

Watch the Birkie over breakfast at XCHQ

2/21/2017 - By XCHQ

Join us for breakfast at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters, and watch the live stream of the American Birkebeiner ski marathon on the big screen!

Copper Country Ski Tigers win overall 2017 High School Championships!
Copper Country Ski Tigers win overall 2017 High School Championships!

Copper Country Ski Tigers win overall 2017 High School Championships!

2/20/2017 - By Mike Muha

Led by Mitchell Delong's win in the Classic, Pursuit and Sprint, with strong supporting finishes by Anabel Needham, Kora Johnson, Matthew Chard, Nikolai Huotari, Joseph Wood and others, the Ski Tigers racked up 566.5 points for the victory.

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Lyon and Delong sprint to a perfect weekend!
Lyon and Delong sprint to a perfect weekend!

Lyon and Delong sprint to a perfect weekend!

2/20/2017 - By Mike Muha

Traverse City Central's Mary Lyon and Mitchell Delong of the Copper Country Ski Tigers made it a perfect weekend by winning the Michigan HS XC Ski Championship sprint in addition for taking the Pursuit Championships.

Lyon and Delong repeat Pursuit winners at HS Championships
Lyon and Delong repeat Pursuit winners at HS Championships

Lyon and Delong repeat Pursuit winners at HS Championships

2/20/2017 - By Mike Muha

Traverse City's Mary Lyon and Mitchell Delong from Copper Country took the Pursuit Championships, holding on to the titles they won at last's years High School Championships.

RESULTS: Holmes and Davis win again, this time at the Hanson Hills Classic
RESULTS: Holmes and Davis win again, this time at the Hanson Hills Classic

RESULTS: Holmes and Davis win again, this time at the Hanson Hills Classic

2/19/2017 - By Mike Muha

Sam Holmes took his second victory this weekend, taking yesterday's Forbush Freestyle and winning be a three minute margin in today's Hanson Hills Classic 12k under warm and sunny conditions.

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UPCOMING

WED, MAR 1, 2017

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

SAT, MAR 4, 2017

Black Mountain 31K Classic and 10km Tour
Bluffs on Black Lake, 10905 Doriva Beach Rd., Cheboygan, MI 4972

Ski the Beer Trail! – Sponsored by Paddle Hard Brewing
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson at XCHQ
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SUN, MAR 5, 2017

Black Mountain 10km Freestyle
Bluffs on Black Lake, 10905 Doriva Beach Rd., Cheboygan, MI 4972

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

MON, MAR 6, 2017

Junior Nationals - Interval Start Freestyle (10km & 5km)
Lake Placid, NY

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TRAINING LOG

SUN, AUG 7: Road Bike, 4:40, Pace

SAT, AUG 6: Road Bike, 2:13, L1 LSD

TUE, AUG 2: Road Bike, 1:44, Race

SUN, JUL 31: Mountain Bike, 2:03, Mellow ride

SAT, JUL 30: SUP, :15, Race

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

MON, FEB 27

Valley Spur: Birkie was a bust, but Valley Spur today was just exceptional. About 10 inches of fresh powder from the weekend storms, over a hard base at least a foot thick. Winter just does not get any better than this.

Hanson Hills: As of last Friday our Trailhead had disappeared. We did receive about 2 inches of new snow followed by freezing rain Saturday. Our trail head and the first 1Km of the trail has returned (Very Marginal), but for now it will get you to the woods where snow is decent for spring skiing. We have decided to cease our grooming operations for the season. Trails are still open for skiing, we will not be charging for trail passes. We would like to thank everyone for a great season, although it was short!

Stokely Creek: 8 inches of new snow which groomed up very well. Lodge is full and guests are happy. Many new guests to Stokely this winter. We had one of our best years for snowfall and grooming. Spring skiing should be awesome.
Gaylen and Susan and Stokely staff.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We did a lot of work on the trails yesterday, and ended up with snow that is quite skiable and downright nice in many spots! Groomer James ginzu snow combed all but the Tall Pines trail, and then he and Trail Doctor Grant moved snow piles around to patch up the trails where needed. Tractor Bob used the pre-seeder attachment on the practice area, which ground up the hard pack beautifully. All in all the trails are in the best shape they’ve been in for the last week plus, and conditions are pretty good for skating, and good for classic (we have not been able to set tracks because the hard pack is too solid). We will not be grooming today, and expect conditions to be quite favorable once it softens up a bit by late morning.

The February Sale is in full force! 40-50% off most soft goods, including jackets, layering tops, sweaters, and more. Plus a huge sale on cross country skis and boots, including Fischer Speedmax skate and classic skis for $499 and Rossignol Xium WCS skate skis for $427.

Enjoy the sun today. There are so many places in lower MI that still have a lot of great snow. Forbush Corner has excellent, mid-winter conditions, and the skiing is great at other places nearby too. There are no excuses not to get out there and ski!

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Erin, Ryan, Matt, Michelle, George, Lexi, Dana, Gage, Grant, Heidi, Jim, James, Jose, and the Crew

Forbush Corner: We are open today from 9-5. Conditions remain excellent for classic and skating.

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