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Jordyn Ross's 'This is fun!' game-face as she becomes the 2021 Michigan Cup Freestyle Champion. (Photo: Sista Stash).

Jordyn Ross's 'This is fun!' game-face as she becomes the 2021 Michigan Cup Freestyle Champion. (Photo: Sista Stash).

UPDATE: Michigan Cup Relays moves to March 7!
UPDATE: Michigan Cup Relays moves to March 7!

UPDATE: Michigan Cup Relays moves to March 7!

2/23/2021 - By Mariah Frye Colie

The relays have moved up a weekend to Sunday March 7. Here's registration Info and COVID-19 protocols.

RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley win Hanson Hills Classic
RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley win Hanson Hills Classic

RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley win Hanson Hills Classic

2/21/2021 - By Mike Muha

Jordyn Ross and Jordan Wakeley repeated Saturday's victories at Forbush Corner with wins at the Michigan Cup Classic Championships / Meijer State Games of Michigan 14km Classic at Hanson Hills Recreation Area in Grayling, MI.

RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley, MI Cup Freestyle Champions
RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley, MI Cup Freestyle Champions

RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley, MI Cup Freestyle Champions

2/21/2021 - By Mike Muha

Jordyn Ross and Jorden Wakeley took no prisoners at Saturday's Meijer State Games / Michigan Cup Freestyle Championships at Forbush Corner.

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Wax recommendations fo the Freestyle and Classic Championships
Wax recommendations fo the Freestyle and Classic Championships

Wax recommendations fo the Freestyle and Classic Championships

2/18/2021 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for the this weekend's Michigan Cup races! Should be great conditions.

UPDATED: Only top 4 races will count toward Michigan Cup senior points
UPDATED: Only top 4 races will count toward Michigan Cup senior points

UPDATED: Only top 4 races will count toward Michigan Cup senior points

2/17/2021 - By Ernie Brumbaugh

It's now your best 4 races that will count toward Michigan Cup points in the senior division. The Junior Division has or will have between 9 and 11 races so individual junior rankings will be based on a skiers best 5 races.

Black Mountain forced to cancel races
Black Mountain forced to cancel races

Black Mountain forced to cancel races

2/15/2021 - By John Gravlin

The Black Mountain Classic and Black Mountain Freestyle races scheduled for March 6 an 7, 2021 will not be able to receive a DNR permit for the events. This means we have to cancel both races.

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Vasa Ski Club wins 2021 High School Championships
Vasa Ski Club wins 2021 High School Championships

Vasa Ski Club wins 2021 High School Championships

2/14/2021 - By Mike Muha

Vasa's Arielle Jean and Willam Haapala lead the Vasa Ski Club to win the 2021 Michigan State High School Cross Country Ski Championships

HH/CCSS continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup
HH/CCSS continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup

HH/CCSS continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup

2/13/2021 - By Mike Muha

After five races, there was no movement in the order of teams in the Brumbaugh Cup competition. Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop still leads.

Stevenson and Dufour lead individual standings; Headquarters in front
Stevenson and Dufour lead individual standings; Headquarters in front

Stevenson and Dufour lead individual standings; Headquarters in front

2/13/2021 - By Mike Muha

The Cross Country Ski Headquarters has a comfortable lead ahead of all the other teams in the Michigan Cup team competition. Gwenn Stevenson and Yvon Dufour top the individual standings.

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How to scrape hot-waxed skis (Video)
How to scrape hot-waxed skis (Video)

How to scrape hot-waxed skis (Video)

2/12/2021 - By Mike Muha

This is a nice short video on how to scrape hot-waxed skis. Worth a review.

Waxing recommendations for the Michigan High School State Championships
Waxing recommendations for the Michigan High School State Championships

Waxing recommendations for the Michigan High School State Championships

2/11/2021 - By Mike Muha

Waxing recommendations for the Michigan High School State Championships - another cold race!

Free chip-timed Virtual Birkie at Huron Meadows Metropak
Free chip-timed Virtual Birkie at Huron Meadows Metropak

Free chip-timed Virtual Birkie at Huron Meadows Metropak

2/11/2021 - By Ken Roth

The organizers of the Frosty Fest are hold a free Virtual Birkie event on February 27. It's not only a fun to ski the Birkie with friends but you will help us test new timing gear that we might use for the 2022 Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic.

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UPCOMING

SAT, FEB 27, 2021

Virtual Birkie
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Free Beginner Ski Lesson
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, FEB 28, 2021

UPDATED! 28th Annual Junior Muffin Race
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

WED, MAR 3, 2021

Wednesday Night Group Ski
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

FRI, MAR 5, 2021

Super CXC Cup Regional Finals Mini Tour
Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

SAT, MAR 6, 2021

Super CXC Cup Regional Finals Mini Tour
Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

CANCELLED: Black Mountain 31K Classic and 10km Tour
Rippling Rapids Golf Course, 4849 North Black River Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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

Ribs & Blues
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, MAR 7, 2021

Super CXC Cup Regional Finals Mini Tour
Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

Trail Sponsor Appreciation Day
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

CANCELLED: Black Mountain 10km Freestyle
Bluffs Bar and Grill, 10905 High Bluffs Drive, Cheboygan, MI 49721

NEW DATE! Michigan Cup Relays
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

THU, FEB 25

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Yesterday's snow and last night's grooming made for great conditions on the Noquemanon Trail at Forestville today. Skate lane and tracks had a firm icy layer under the fresh snow which made for fast but controllable conditions. The trees were all snow covered creating a winter wonderland. Such a great place to ski!

Vasa Trail: Skied from Timber Ridge clockwise for a change from noon-2:30PM, and other skiers agreed with me that the skate lane was hardpack, with a dusting of snow on top of the corduroy, and the tracks crusty, but probably the best snowmobile grooming can do after a warm-up. I've gotten spoiled in the UP, at Forbush & Hanson Hills with the Piston Bully grooming and fresh snow! Since the downhills were going to be fast, I decided to ski up the Nipple, powerlines & skip JackPine on my return from The Rock. I got passed on my way back by some virtual Birkie skate skiers, Glenn Goodman, Tom S, Randy Smith, Steve W & Ken Dawson, looking strong in their pace line.

Maybury State Park: Two days of 40+ degrees and sunny weather have impacted the groomed trail conditions negatively. Shady areas of the trail have tracks remaining, however there is a significant amount of standing water and runoff on the trail in the sunnier spots. The remaining snow is very slushy and icy in spots.

Vasa Trail: Fun and easy skiing returned to the Vasa today after the past couple of day’s excessive warm-up and slow-down. I Can Only Imagine the scene when the groomers showed up at oh-dark-thirty of irregular, hard refrozen, gnarly trail unsuitable for skiing. We knew they would work their magic as the parking lot was ½ to 2/3 full at my late morning arrival. The skate lane was now smoothed out and rilled with ½” furrows of loose snow providing plenty of glide and purchase for braking. In the few areas where the skiers had scraped it off the underlayment was hard pack with a tinge of iciness that should dissipate by afternoon’s forecast warming. The classic tracks were also refurbished.

Michaywe: Groomed out skate lanes on entire trail system. Set track on all trails except maple ridge, plan is to hit that tomorrow morning.

Forbush Corner: Not a trail report. More of a lost and found report. A pair of 190 Redline skaters and a pair of Andy Liebner poles were left after the race last weekend. Also a single ski Madshus bag was found lying around in the snow. If you are missing these items, please let us know.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Temps got very cold last night, which is great news for the trails. The grooming team is snow combing the entire system this morning, and will attempt to set fresh tracks. If they are not able to set fresh tracks, they might be a bit slick until it warms up later this afternoon. We have 14-24+ inches of snow in the woods, and 4-19 inches packed on most of the trail surface. Some bits of debris are starting to show up on the Tall Pines trail, and in some other places under the big pines, which is typical for this time of year. Overall, there is plenty of snow on 99.9% of the trails, and everything is open and in darn good condition!

The Michigan Cup Relays will take place at XC Ski HQ on Sunday, March 7th. All 3-person relay teams must register ONLINE before 8:30am on March 7th. Here is the link to register your team: https://www.crosscountryski.com/product/michigan-cup-relay-registration/

Check out the full post on the NSR homepage for more info! We're looking forward to a fun race and a great day!

Dunes Golf Club: Parking at entrance. Super for classic and crust is trying to get there.
Keep this place in mind for the spring season as it evolves. Plenty of time left for skiing at this higher elevation in Leelanu County. Snow stays late, rolling terrain and easy access off M-72 the original M-22 bypass!

Reindeer Run Nordic Center: Empire airport trailhead snowmobile trail county rd 677
Groomed again perfect skate deck set up and jet speed for your gliding pleasure. Some new crust on top and no and no snowmobile tracks.
Sony A. Just keeps on grooming. Great place for long distance for and torture. B skis food and cell phone. Awesome stuff continues.
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Forbush Corner: Thursday Feb 25. Sun is out and the entire East trail system (Badlands, Rollercoaster, Ridge, Little Coaster, and the Snowmaking Loop) is freshly groomed. The skate deck and the tracks are firm and ready. It is going to be a wonderful day to ski! Open Thurs - Mon 9-5.

Hanson Hills: Lodge and Trails open at 9am
Seniors (55+) $9 Trail Passes

Cool temps have worked magic on the trail system. Tommy G. is out with the Pisten Bulley laying fresh corduroy and setting new tracks this morning. The firm base should allow for some faster conditions.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Staff will be hauling snow to Bucks Run this morning. The trail will be tilled and groomed by 1pm. Thank you.

WED, FEB 24

Huron Meadows Metropark: Huron Meadows Metropark: FREE CHIP TIMED VIRTUAL BIRKIE. OR, HELP TEST NEW TIMING EQUIPMENT. February 27th. Start 9:30-10:30 at Huron Meadows. Do you virtual Birkie, or just help us test out some new timing equipment. Ski a timed lap of your choice, or ski your virtual Birkie. Conditions are looking very favorable to ski a comfortable confirmed virtual Birkie.
There will be a start banner at the trailhead. Come find us on the 27th. Details in the event section of Nordic Ski Racer.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks Run has been tilled and groomed this morning. Tiller was able to clean up a lot of the small debris (leaves, twigs, pine cones) that had collected from the high winds. As this warm stretch continues, maintenance will be focusing more on keeping Bucks Run a viable option and less on the golf course/park trails. If we do get another snow event those trails will obviously be groomed again. If the forecast holds there is a good chance we will haul snow tomorrow morning, there will be an update at that time. Thanks and enjoy.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Coyote Loop was hard and fast in the skate lane at 9:30 this morning, icy spots in the shade. Only wiped out once. Hawk loop was softer and more thin spots by 10:05. Either my red wax had already worn off or the snow was slower from the additional sunshine.

Great to ski in a T shirt though! If anyone comes across a pair of forest green XCman ski straps I dropped mine. Learned my lesson on that shallow pocket!

Maybury State Park: Adding on to yesterday's Maybury post, west of parking lot grooming is a short loop, out and back.

Conditions were icy this morning at 8 AM.

Hanson Hills: Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

Trails are in great shape. Warmer temps and wet snow will prevent us from operating grooming equipment today.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: After warm temps yesterday, the top layer of snow on the trails re-froze nicely overnight. After attempting to groom the Rolling Hills trail this morning, however, we discovered that the snow is wetter underneath the frozen top layer than works well for grooming. Thus, we will not be grooming the rest of the trails today in order to allow the wetter snow to dry out. Trails are still open, and there is plenty of snow, conditions will just be a little crusty this morning and then will give way to softer conditions during the day. We have 14-24+ inches of snow in the woods, and 6-10 inches packed on the trails. The cafe and the shop are open for eating and shopping!

TUE, FEB 23

Huron Meadows Metropark: I'll give another data point at 5:30. Conditions are what you think they are. After a full day of 50 degrees and sunny we have classic spring skiing. Conditions vary from solid ice to mashed potatoes and everything in between. Skied the golf courses, contractors and bucks. The normal thin spots are showing grass and standing water, I predict they will be much worse tomorrow. Buck's in the woods is actually quite good with the fake snow, just sticky. Not going to lie, skating was rough but your mileage may vary depending on time of day. Classic should be possible with skins/fish scales. For waxable skis klister cover/ klister would work depending on where you were and how strong your arms are. Good luck and stay safe out there.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skated at 4-ish. Sun was out, skied in a t-shirt, Conditions were ... no bueno. Slushy. Soft. Skate deck was a little firmer in the shade. Classic looked good—if you're in the mood for klister!

Skiing in the AM or after dark should be real fast this week.

- Bill

Huron Meadows Metropark: Thank you Huron Meadows groomers! Skied all the classic tracks just as the temps went from mid 30s to 40s

Maybury State Park: Conditions are holding up pretty well at Maybury. Still have two decent tracks around the entire groomed loop. Not very deep, but certainly good enough for an enjoyable ski on your A skis. You'll need something other than hard wax for kick. Grip tape worked great today.
They've also groomed to the west of the paved trails into the farm field. I didn't ski it. Has anyone, and care to share a report about where it goes?

Huron Meadows Metropark: FREE CHIP TIMED VIRTUAL BIRKIE. OR, HELP TEST NEW TIMING EQUIPMENT. February 27th. Start 9:30-10:30 at Huron Meadows. Do you virtual Birkie, or just help us test out some new timing equipment. Ski a timed lap of your choice, or ski your virtual Birkie. Conditions are looking very favorable to ski a comfortable confirmed virtual Birkie over the entire Huron Meadows system.
There will be a start banner at the trailhead. Come find us on the 27th. Details in the event section of Nordic Ski Racer.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skated Bucks Run And Coyote Run
8-9am. Skate lanes were not groomed today, so were very firm, not at all slushy, but icy in spots, hard for me to get control. As Doug Heady says, these conditions make you a better skier. Classic tracks looked beautiful.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received another heavy dusting of snow last night, which will groom up beautifully today. Groomer Mike will snow comb and set new tracks where needed on all trails this morning. We have 14-24+ inches of snow in the woods, and 6-10 inches packed on the trails. It's another day of excellent conditions on the XC Ski HQ trails!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Very good skate and classic this morning. Skated bucks run, coyote run and cedar trace with Bryce

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