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Robin Luce and Tony Percha honing their technique at Mt. Bachelor at the Oregon Fall Camp. (Photo: Doug Cornell)

Robin Luce and Tony Percha honing their technique at Mt. Bachelor at the Oregon Fall Camp. (Photo: Doug Cornell)

Michigan Cup Teams explore unorthodox training methods in off-season
Michigan Cup Teams explore unorthodox training methods in off-season

Michigan Cup Teams explore unorthodox training methods in off-season

12/10/2018 - By Jay Woodbeck

NordicSkiRacer is always looking to be up to date with the latest training techniques. Our investigative journalist has uncovered several new training methods used across Lower Michigan this summer and fall.

Preparing new or freshly stoneground skis
Preparing new or freshly stoneground skis

Preparing new or freshly stoneground skis

12/6/2018 - By Ian Harvey

New skis or freshly stoneground skis have the potential to be your fastest skis ever. Following this advice will give new skis the best chance possible to reach their potential.

Kirt and Brumbaugh win age groups at Yellowstone 5k
Kirt and Brumbaugh win age groups at Yellowstone 5k

Kirt and Brumbaugh win age groups at Yellowstone 5k

11/25/2018 - By Mike Muha

Two Michigan Cup skiers won their age groups at the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation (WYSEF) / National Nordic Foundation 5km Master Ski Race at the Yellowstone Ski Festival on Saturday, November 14, 2018.

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Reserve Fischer demo skis at Yellowstone Ski Festival
Reserve Fischer demo skis at Yellowstone Ski Festival

Reserve Fischer demo skis at Yellowstone Ski Festival

11/16/2018 - By Mike Muha

All the major ski vendors will be doing ski demos, but Fischer Skis has opened an online reservation system to make it easier. Instead of waiting in line you can reserve them ahead of time.

Improve skiing skills or learn to teach: Midwest Nordic Rendezvous
Improve skiing skills or learn to teach: Midwest Nordic Rendezvous

Improve skiing skills or learn to teach: Midwest Nordic Rendezvous

11/16/2018 - By Amy Powell

Join us for the third annual Midwest Nordic Rendezvous with our guest instructor Emily Lovett from Steamboat Springs, Colorado! Come and improve your own skiing skills or learn to become a ski instructor!

Coaching staff for US Cross Country Ski Team
Coaching staff for US Cross Country Ski Team

Coaching staff for US Cross Country Ski Team

11/15/2018 - By Reese Brown, USSA

The World Cup coaching staff has been consistent in the years leading up to Pyeong Chang and now leading into a World Championship year. Chris Grover enters his ninth season as head coach and is joined by veteran coaches Matt Whitcomb and Jason Cork.

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2018-19 US Cross Country Ski Team named
2018-19 US Cross Country Ski Team named

2018-19 US Cross Country Ski Team named

11/14/2018 - By Reese Brown, USSA

Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) leads the 16-member 2018-19 U.S. Cross Country Team, announced by U.S. Ski & Snowboard, with a strong focus on the 2019 World Cross Country Championships.

A training recommendation for Master Skiers specifically
A training recommendation for Master Skiers specifically

A training recommendation for Master Skiers specifically

11/6/2018 - By Ian Harvey

Are you happy with your overall ski experience or would you like to be faster and have a more diverse skiing experience?

Denny Paul wins wet and wild Roller Ski Time Trial
Denny Paul wins wet and wild Roller Ski Time Trial

Denny Paul wins wet and wild Roller Ski Time Trial

10/28/2018 - By Mike Muha

The weatherman had promised the light rain would stop for our Rollerski Time Trial and not return until well after we finished, but a light misty precipitation continued to...fall? Float?

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Making a better rollerski pole tip (or How I hacked the Jenex VP-RSTD10 ferrule)
Making a better rollerski pole tip (or How I hacked the Jenex VP-RSTD10 ferrule)

Making a better rollerski pole tip (or How I hacked the Jenex VP-RSTD10 ferrule)

10/21/2018 - By Frank Rynalski

I found a solution that remarkably cuts the shock / impact of the pole plants slamming into the pavement...and is reliable!

DNR open house: Leelanau State Park winter sports trail, Oct 15
DNR open house: Leelanau State Park winter sports trail, Oct 15

DNR open house: Leelanau State Park winter sports trail, Oct 15

10/9/2018 - By DNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a winter sports trail that opened at Leelanau State Park in Leelanau County last winter.

Learn to put on a ski race, Nov 18-19
Learn to put on a ski race, Nov 18-19

Learn to put on a ski race, Nov 18-19

10/8/2018 - By USSA

USSA/FIS is offering a training seminar for individuals interested in putting on (competition committee/organizing committee work) or officiating (technical delegate/jury work) competitive cross country ski races.

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UPCOMING

WED, DEC 12, 2018

Beginning & Intermediate ski lessons for kids...and a kids race!
Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Rd, Brighton, MI

SAT, DEC 15, 2018

MTU CXC Cup - Classic Interval Start
Michigan Tech Trails, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson (XCHQ)
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Lakes of the North Freestyle
Lakes of the North, Mancelona, MI

SUN, DEC 16, 2018

MTU CXC Cup - Freestyle Mass Start
Michigan Tech Trails, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI

Forbush Time Trial
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

WED, DEC 19, 2018

Beginning & Intermediate ski lessons for kids...and a kids race!
Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Rd, Brighton, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

WED, DEC 12

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skated on bucks today. Trail in very good condition for first day open. Snow a little soft due to warm temps and dirt in some spots. But dirt is avoidable even using good skis..
Tracks also looked good. Spots that had dirt you should be able to skip around.
Nice job for a start. And thanks guys for getting us back and going.

Bay Meadows GC: Plenty of snow here, in fact a little too much if trying to skate. Average settled depth of about 6" with no bare or thin spots, but with recent blowing and drifting the formerly semi-packed down skate lane was somewhat drifted over. The naturally skied-in classic tracks looked pretty good. After skiing the Vasa 10K for the previous four days, I finally decided it's getting a little too risky with so many thin spots, rocks starting to poke through, and trail debris that I finally abandoned it for GC skiing, and thankful to have that available.

Valley Spur: Received just a light dusting of snow overnight that freshened up the classic tracks.All trails except for H are now open. Packed, dragged and set tracks on last section of G,I and Z this morning. Z is still pretty rough but G and I are pretty good. Starting to sound like a broken record but we need some fresh snow!

Hickory Hills: (Vojin Hills) Went to check out the hickory hills trails today. A few days ago they were groomed or at least rolled. Snow pack was in decent shape but so many walkers on the trail pretty much eliminated the grooming. It seems when we do get good skiing conditions, that it might be hard to keep the walkers off the trail. I did find a nice little loop on the flat section that was always used in the past and found a way to navigate a few hills and return to the same loop. Not sure if it was intended to be skied this way, but I thought it was a perfect loop and it could reach snow making guns to make it available all winter. The Hickory Hills course itself is very difficult, it is always hard up or crazy down. I don't see the hills loop attracting a lot of skiers. In fact on the way down I took my skis off and walked down. I know Vojin would have yelled at me "if you can't ski down the hills, then don't put your skis on in the first place"

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Forestville Real Grooming Report: This morning we are grooming skate lanes on the Noque’ to the pines, Animoosh, Chiwaji bypass, Muckwa, Migizi, Boozoo, Papasay and Zhing. Yesterday rolled up to 510 and cleared saplings and branches.

As always, your feedback is appreciated. Send in pictures and you too can get your K marker moved to the front of the line.

Saux Head: Saturday Tim and John groomed and tracked the entire system groomed and track set. Skiing is excellent.

Fit Strip: Trails were groomed Thursday and are in very good shape.

Big Bay Pathway: Too little snow in the woods so trails are closed. The Big Bay Trails are groomed for classic skiing and are through the rugged hills south of Big Bay. They are spectacular but need ample snow to cover the rugged terrain. We groom as weather permits so think cold and snow. Trails are just off Co Rd 550 in Big Bay.

Hanson Hills: We are still arm wrestling with mother nature to throw some snow our way. Trails have been packed down to about an inch of base. Very marginal, and with the warmer temps and possible rain the next few days we are hopeful that it will survive. Trail is skiable with rock ski's, but we recommend that you stay off the trail system at this time. Our neighbors at Forbush corners have decent snow, and are groomed for skating on the east trails, please pay them a visit!

Thanks everyone! We are trying I assure you!

Huron Meadows Metropark: We have snow!!!!
Staff will finish working on a 1.2k loop of Buck's Run in the trees today around 2pm. You will need to walk from the ski center to the woods to access the trail. We will have a nice skate lane with a shallow track set as well. B skis for skating, just because we have a few spots of dirt mixed in the snow. Classic would recommend rock skis, just because the track is not set yet and can only geuss the out come. Will not be adding any more snow this week due to warm temps and the concern for tracking dirt/mud on the trail. Building open at 2pm see website for a list of new hours operation.

TUE, DEC 11

Nubs Nob: Without a doubt nobs is the place to ski in the LP. Skied today with Karen, Gussie, Steve, Glenn, Tracy, John, and a hotshot doctor that moved to this area, formerly on the Utah Collegiate team. Glenn and I skied with him for 5k and he was fast, but he is 35. Too busy to ski race so we couldn't get him to join our team, like we need more. Anyway conditions were awesome. We skied the blue and red loop and was the best skiing so far this year. Deep set classic tracks and fast skate lanes made it easy as it gets. Wished we had more time to ski with John and Tracy but they had to get home. Loraine and Randy joined us a Petosky brewing after skiing. Just another average day in the life of a retired skier. Thought a lot about the icon of nordic skiing in Michigan, Vojin Baic, who I felt was telling me all day I was my technique needed improvement. RIP great man and who left a wonderful legacy and also has a pretty amazing family. He never stopped coaching!

Lost Lakes Pathway: This afternoon's ski at Lost Lakes was fast, 1.5 hrs for all 3 loops, with some soft snow & skied-in tracks (first of the season) on the middle & back loops. I used my "rock" skis due to the many, partially exposed roots, but no dirt, though many leaves, too. The first, campground loop is mostly flattened by hikers, but MI trails are multi-use, so got to be expected when you're close to a trailhead.

Boyne Highlands: Enjoyed nicely groomed trails today on our first visit to Boyne Highlands. Deep, firm classic tracks were fresh, not glazed like yesterday at Nubs, probably because there hasn't been much skier traffic here yet. Skate lane corduroy is a bit soft yet, but was nice for controlled descents on the hills. Snow is clean with some leaves, we used good skis. A snowmobile had been on a few short sections, something we reported to the XC shop. Faith at the XC shop was very welcoming and suggested we take the Heather Express chairlift up to the forested upper trails then ski back down, a fun suggestion. For newbies like us, we'd suggest checking maps to keep track of where you are. We loved the extensive network of forested trails here!

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: December skiing in MQT just keeps on getting better. All trails within 17k at Forestville are now groomed. Animoosh and Chiwagi are the best I have ever seen; skate lanes are very level and as wide as the Noque. Skis easily get an edge and its fast out there! Gookookoo, Papasay, and Bagwaji have recently been groomed. Bagwaji was early season conditions with some pretty icy/deep rutted spots. They didn't mow this trail either, so lots of sapplings and legit piles of leaves are coming through the snow. Gookookoo and Papasay were logged last spring, so the trails are really uneven and dirty. If you stick to the Noque/Animoosh/Chiwagi, it will be some of the best skiing you've ever had!

Valley Spur: Trails are in really nice condition right now. These warmer days have had little impact on them. The high quality snow we have gotten and cold overnight temps are helping. Classic tracks are holding their shape very well but are becoming glazed from normal use. Skate lanes are excellent. Groomed skate lanes on some interior loops and both big downhills coming into the lodge this morning.

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