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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

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

More events...

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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.

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