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Pack of racers led by Lew Tripp at the 2016 Forbush Freestyle. (Photo: Blair Zordell)

Pack of racers led by Lew Tripp at the 2016 Forbush Freestyle. (Photo: Blair Zordell)

Vasa Ski Club moves into Brumbaugh Cup lead
Vasa Ski Club moves into Brumbaugh Cup lead

Vasa Ski Club moves into Brumbaugh Cup lead

2/11/2016 - By Mike Muha

Brumbaugh Cup results through the Hanson Hills Classic.

Get Waxing! Wax recommendations for the weekend's racing
Get Waxing! Wax recommendations for the weekend's racing

Get Waxing! Wax recommendations for the weekend's racing

2/11/2016 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski races: Michigan High School Championships, North American Vasa, and Gran Travers.

Superiorland Ski Club and MSHS High School host 2016 Championships
Superiorland Ski Club and MSHS High School host 2016 Championships

Superiorland Ski Club and MSHS High School host 2016 Championships

2/10/2016 - By Dan Wiitala

The Superiorland Ski Club and its affiliated Marquette Senior High School Nordic Ski Team will play host to the State’s High School Nordic Ski Championships on Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13 on Ishpeming’s Al Quaal trails.

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Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis leads Michigan Cup; XCHQ top team
Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis leads Michigan Cup; XCHQ top team

Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis leads Michigan Cup; XCHQ top team

2/10/2016 - By Mike Muha

The Cross Country Ski Headquarters narrowly leads the Vasa Ski Club in the Michigan Cup Team standings, Issac Coulter, Mary Lyon are currently the top juniors. Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis top the senior standings.

Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 2/9/2016
Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 2/9/2016

Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 2/9/2016

2/10/2016 - By Mark Esper

Vasa Ski Club freestyle sprints results from Timber Ridge on February 9, 2016.

O'Hearn and Patterson smoke all comers at White Pine Stampede
O'Hearn and Patterson smoke all comers at White Pine Stampede

O'Hearn and Patterson smoke all comers at White Pine Stampede

2/7/2016 - By Mike Muha

Says Jay Woodbeck: "John O'Hearn took the lead 3k in and never looked back. He gained a sizeable gap and held it to the end, soloing the 45k. Quite impressive. Felt like I needed slush skis because he scorched the trail."

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Get waxing! White Pine Stampede wax recommendations
Get waxing! White Pine Stampede wax recommendations

Get waxing! White Pine Stampede wax recommendations

2/4/2016 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski races: The White Pine Stampede 50k and 20k.

The right way to apply a Toko Tribloc HF Blue and XCold Powder mix
The right way to apply a Toko Tribloc HF Blue and XCold Powder mix

The right way to apply a Toko Tribloc HF Blue and XCold Powder mix

2/2/2016 - By Ian Harvey

The XCold Powder makes your skis have better breakaway speed - they accelerate better in cold snow...but only if you apply it correctly!

PHOTOS: 2016 Fobush Freestyle by Blair Zordell
PHOTOS: 2016 Fobush Freestyle by Blair Zordell

PHOTOS: 2016 Fobush Freestyle by Blair Zordell

2/2/2016 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Blair Zordell took over hundred photos of the 2016 Forbush Freestyle!

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RESULTS: Michael Davis and Rebecca Davis win Hanson Hills Classic
RESULTS: Michael Davis and Rebecca Davis win Hanson Hills Classic

RESULTS: Michael Davis and Rebecca Davis win Hanson Hills Classic

1/31/2016 - By Mike Muha

It was in the mid-30's with a bit of sun at the Hanson Hills 12km Classic. Part of the Meijer State Games of Michigan, the forecast had been for rain, but the downpour waited until all the racers were in.

RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Ellen Witala win Forbush Freestyle
RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Ellen Witala win Forbush Freestyle

RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Ellen Witala win Forbush Freestyle

1/31/2016 - By Mike Muha

It was a two lap course for the 17km Forbush Freestyle, part of the Meijer State Games of Michigan. The temperature at the start was around 29. Conditions softened up by the second lap.

Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 1/26/2016
Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 1/26/2016

Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 1/26/2016

1/28/2016 - By Mark Esper

Vasa Ski Clud sprint results: Freestyle Sprints at Hickory Hills on January 26, 2016.

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UPCOMING

THU, FEB 11, 2016

2016 Masters World Cup: Classic long distances
Vuokatti, Finland

FRI, FEB 12, 2016

2016 Masters World Cup: Freestyle long distances
Vuokatti, Finland

Winter Fest Night Skiing
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SAT, FEB 13, 2016

North American Vasa
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

CCSA Championships
St. Paul, Minn.

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

SUN, FEB 14, 2016

CCSA Championships
St. Paul, Minn.

Grand Travers Classic 6/16k
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

Washtenaw Ski Touring Club Ski/Hike - Maybury State Park
Maybury State Park (8 Mile Road entrance, Northville, MI)

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

WED, FEB 17, 2016

Nub's Nob Nordic Ski Series - Classic
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

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TRAINING LOG

THU, JAN 28: Run, :40, Hill interval

WED, JAN 27: Off, TRAVEL

TUE, JAN 26: Off, TRAVEL

SUN, JAN 24: XC Ski-Skate, 1:20, Skate technique work

SUN, JAN 24: XC Ski-Classic, :40, Classic technique work

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

THU, FEB 11

Black Mountain: after reading all the glowing reports from the last week, I was so excited to be finally there. I was disappointed. After warm temps, it turned cold and it was icy in spots. I heard lots of ski scraping on ice noise. Lots of leaves, bark bits and small branches on the trail. I skied out of the 489 lot. there were areas where my left ski would sink off the track (I classic ski). not my best day

Vasa Trail: Janine & I classic skied Riley's Loop & Jackpine Valley, on the way back to Timber Ridge, and both are in great condition for race weekend. It was a little slow with today's 2-3" of new snow, but smooth & plenty wide for skate & classic skiers. Good luck, racers! Thanks to all of the volunteers, TART groomers & sponsors for making the 40th Annual VASA Festival Of Races possible again!

Vasa Trail: Contrary to an earlier report the LMC did not break down and become stranded on the Vasa 25K loop today. While the LMC is temperamental sometimes, it is safely back at the trailhead ready to go back out to prepare for the trail for the Vasa races this weekend. The entire Vasa pathway was groomed early this morning and any snow on the trail fell after the groom. The course is shaping up nicely after the latest warm spell and should be in great shape for the Vasa races.

Bay City State Park: We got 6-8 inches of snow. Gromer Dave set double track on the rail trail and Tobico loop a little thin in spots overall good skiing .

Crystal Mountain: We got a lot of lake effect snow Tuesday night and Wednesday. I groomed everything yesterday and Greg and I tag-teamed it today. I got stuck with the snowmobile on Eagles and Squirrel (sure do miss the LMC). Greg will be at it again tomorrow trying to work in the new snow and knockdown all the drifts. Come on out and ski tomorrow to prepare for the Vasa. It should be great. Thanks, Kathloon

Vasa Trail: As of my noon'ish ski today, the Vasa had received another 3" to 4" fresh light lake effect snow in the past 24 hours. Meantime Groomer Glen set out with the big LMC groomer at 2 am doing the course in the reverse direction. The skier's rumor control passed along to me is that it broke down somewhere out in the hinterlands of the big 25K loop, where it is still stranded.

So during my skate around the 11K loop, it was only groomed from the TH to the split rail fence, and then from the 7K post back to the trail head. On the majority of the trail, between the groomed sections, I was skating through 3-4" of loose snow on top of yesterday's grooming. So the average speed will be a little slower than usual.

Most distant license plate in the parking lot today was from Arkansas. A retired couple from Little Rock likes to come to Michigan for a week each winter to ski, and this trip they started with the Vasa. They had heard about it, and today was their first day on it. Just proves that "word of mouth" is the best advertising there is. I suggested for the full Vasa Experience, not to miss the Vasa PastaFest Fundraiser spaghetti dinner at Timber Ridge tomorrow 5p - 8p.

Valley Spur: We continue to get LES(Lake Effect Snow) every day and night. Dan has been on top of it, so trails are in great shape. There will be great skiing through the weekend, so come on up.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received lake effect snow showers through out the day yesterday and last evening, just what groomer Henry needs this morning to Ginzu groom the skating lanes with and to set deeper and better tracks with. We have a 9 to 13 inch base and there is 12 to 16 inches of snow in the woods. On all 8 trails the skating lanes are wide, smooth and excellent, and classic tracks are very good.

Forecast:
Today: Scattered snow showers during the morning. Then partly to mostly cloudy this afternoon. High 18F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%.
Friday: Variable clouds with snow showers. High 16F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%. About one inch of snow expected.
Saturday: Overcast. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 6F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Today’s lunch special is: Bob’s Favorite Tuna Panini: albacore tuna, sliced black olives, jalapenos, sliced tomatoes and spinach grilled to hot, delicious perfection on ciabatta and served with Great Lakes chips and a pickle. It’s no wonder Bob likes this sandwich so much! Classic chili and Veggie chili will also be served as well as our additional panini choices, jumbo muffins and cookies.

Our Pure Michigan Mid Winter Wonderland Sale is on now. Great Sale prices on warm winter clothing!

It is winter time and the skiing is easy! Enjoy the snow!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt V., Ryan, Gage, Grant, Lexi, Michele, Michelle, Matt B., Carl, and the crew

Hanson Hills: Lodge and Trails open at 9am. We received 1 inch of new snow yesterday, Groomer Jason has been resetting skate lanes and tracks on all trails. Fresh tracks will be set on Wilderness this morning.

Fat Bike Trail Report: Trail is being groomed this morning.

WED, FEB 10

Lynx Golf Course: Thin but skiable. Such a nice trail, get out there!

Boyne Mountain: Skied Innsbruck, Vojin's Return, Littlehammer and some of the lower trails to stay out of the wind. All freshly cat and or snowmobile groomed. Skate deck was fast (Toko LF Blue) and controlled. The grooming at Boyne has been much better than in the past. Kudos Kirk, Nic and David.

Huron Meadows Metropark: The classic track was glazed, hard , fast and freshly set. Blue kick wax worked fine. Sate freshly tilled and fast.

Lost Lakes Pathway: The first 2 loops were tracked by a couple ahead of Janine & me. The larger back loop had not been skied today but easily tracked. Fast 2 hr ski on a snow-covered, icy base. Wish we'd recovered more than 3" of new snow during out winter storm.

Black Mountain: Fresh grooming Wednesday, February 10, over recent lake effect snow with temperatures remaining well below freezing has created perfect conditions for both skate and classic skiing throughout the Black Mountain Recreation system. Weather forecasts indicate continued very cold nights and cold days which should maintain the system for excellent skiing through the coming weekend and into next week. Opportunities for some of the best skiing of the season exist currently with a solid base of snow. Trails have marked mileage and skill levels posted throughout. Maps are available at all four trail head parking lots, with information about the Black Mountain Nordic Ski Club volunteers that groom and maintain the trails in cooperation with the DNR. Come out and ski this extensive top notch jewel before the annual Michigan Cup ski race at the end of this month.

Black Mountain: Fresh grooming Wednesday, February 10, over recent lake effect snow with temperatures remaining well below freezing has created perfect conditions for both skate and classic skiing throughout the Black Mountain Recreation system. Weather forecasts indicate continued very cold nights and cold days which should maintain the system for excellent skiing through the coming weekend and into next week. Opportunities for some of the best skiing of the season exist currently with a solid base of snow. Trails have marked mileage and skill levels posted throughout. Maps are available at all four trail head parking lots, with information about the Black Mountain Nordic Ski Club volunteers that groom and maintain the trails in cooperation with the DNR. Come out and ski this extensive top notch jewel before the annual Michigan Cup ski race at the end of this month.

Vasa Trail: About 3" of fresh snow overnight, maybe more out by the rock. The groomers worked it into the base as they installed fresh corduroy and reset the classic tracks through the entire trail system this morning. Speed is a touch below average today as is usually the case with fresh snow.

The Vasa PastaFest HS Ski Team fund raiser spaghetti dinner is this Friday at Timber Ridge 5pm - 8pm. General public is welcome. Features home made desserts.

Boyne Mountain: The crew of the Big Bomber and Nick are out on the lower and advanced trails as I write this. We should have nicely tilled and track set trails soon. Due to the windy conditions today, we will be avoiding the Vistas and Deer Run today. The sun is periodically gracing us with her warm gaze but I wouldn't expect that to be here the whole day. We received between 2 and 3 inches of new snow since yesterday. Hard pack to icy under that so we are tilling as much as we can today. Our stock of men's and women's Marmot jackets are now a whopping 50% off!! Get them while they are hot! See you on the glide side!! D

Black Mountain: The Beast skate trail was groomed last night and again this morning resulting in a very firm and wide skate lane. The best conditions of the year were noted this morning. The 10 km stand alone skate trail is best accessed from the DNR parking lot near the Black Mountain Lodge on Twin Lakes Rd. The larger trail system remains in excellent shape and will be groomed today.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: As of 6:45 this morning, it was 11F and lightly snowing. We received 1 to 2 inches of snow last night, and Groomer Kevin will begin Ginzu-snowcombing all the skating lanes very early this morning. After he snow combs, he will set fresh tracks on all the trails. We have a 10 to 13 inch base and there are 14 to 20 inches of snow in the woods on all 8 trails. Skating lanes are wide, smooth and firm, and with the new snow they should be exceptional. The classic tracks should be great once we reset them.

The lunch special today is the Wild Turkey Panini! Oven roasted turkey, provolone cheese, red onion, banana peppers, spinach and honey mustard, grilled and served hot on Stone House Cherry Walnut bread, alongside Great Lakes potato chips and a pickle! Also on the menu are Stu’s favorite Bosco Sticks and famous chili.

The skiing is wonderful!

– Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt V., Ryan, Gage, Grant, Lexi, Michele, Michelle, Matt B., Carl, and the crew

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