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Start of the North American Vasa! (Photo: North American Vasa)

Start of the North American Vasa! (Photo: North American Vasa)

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition
Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition

2/15/2019 - By Mike Muha and Chris Jones

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition for more powerful team with a narrow lead over Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop

RESULTS: Vasa still in front. Leaders shuffle around a bit
RESULTS: Vasa still in front. Leaders shuffle around a bit

RESULTS: Vasa still in front. Leaders shuffle around a bit

2/15/2019 - By Mike Muha

With Vasa Fest over, Vasa Ski Club has increased it lead over the Cross Country Ski Headquarters remaining in second. Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team is still in third with only a narrow gap over Team NordicSkiRacer.

Wax recommendations: Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championships!
Wax recommendations: Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championships!

Wax recommendations: Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championships!

2/15/2019 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED WITH SOLDA! Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championship races!

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RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Classic: Ethan Goss and Emily Blackmer win the 35k
RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Classic: Ethan Goss and Emily Blackmer win the 35k

RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Classic: Ethan Goss and Emily Blackmer win the 35k

2/11/2019 - By Mike Muha

Summary of the results, plus PDF by gender and race distance of the results.

RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Freestyle: Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson carry the day
RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Freestyle: Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson carry the day

RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Freestyle: Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson carry the day

2/11/2019 - By Mike Muha

Summary of the results, plus PDF by gender and race distance of the results.

Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob starting up
Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob starting up

Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob starting up

2/8/2019 - By The Outfitter Harbor Springs

The Nordic Ski Series at Nubs Nob of years past has been revamped to better meet your needs. Drumroll please… Nordic Nights 2019! Nordic Nights are a great way to get out for a night ski, have fun meeting fellow skinny skiers, and improve your skills!

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Vasa still leads; Rebecca Davis and Sam Holmes move to first
Vasa still leads; Rebecca Davis and Sam Holmes move to first

Vasa still leads; Rebecca Davis and Sam Holmes move to first

2/7/2019 - By Mike Muha

The Michigan Cup Team and Individual standings as of the White Pine Stampede are out, and there's been shift in both the team standings and the overall individual leads!

UPDATED! Wax recommendations: It's VASA weekend!
UPDATED! Wax recommendations: It's VASA weekend!

UPDATED! Wax recommendations: It's VASA weekend!

2/7/2019 - By Mike Muha

[Solda and Fast Wax recommendations added!] Wax recommendations for Saturday and Sunday's Vasa races. As always, check back later for additional recommendations.

RESULTS: Rebecca Davis and Denny Paull win Mike Seaman Memorial Classic
RESULTS: Rebecca Davis and Denny Paull win Mike Seaman Memorial Classic

RESULTS: Rebecca Davis and Denny Paull win Mike Seaman Memorial Classic

2/4/2019 - By Mike Muha

The race course was immaculate: Double tracked, except for uphills (one track on the right, with the left groomed for herringboners) and the big downhills (one track on the right, with the left groomed for snowplowing and braking).

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RESULTS: CXC GLD Junior National Qualifier: Boyne Classic
RESULTS: CXC GLD Junior National Qualifier: Boyne Classic

RESULTS: CXC GLD Junior National Qualifier: Boyne Classic

2/3/2019 - By Mike Muha

The CXC Great Lakes District classic Junior National Qualifier closed out the weekend for junior racers.

VIDEO: 50km start of the White Pine Stampede
VIDEO: 50km start of the White Pine Stampede

VIDEO: 50km start of the White Pine Stampede

2/3/2019 - By Mike Muha

VIDEO: 50km start of the White Pine Stampede

PHOTOS (hundreds!) from the 2019 White Pine Stampede
PHOTOS (hundreds!) from the 2019 White Pine Stampede

PHOTOS (hundreds!) from the 2019 White Pine Stampede

2/3/2019 - By Mike Muha

We're lucky to have Lydia Cadena as the official photographer of the White Pine Stampede. Her photos are all free to download!

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UPCOMING

SUN, FEB 17, 2019

Meijer State Games of Michigan / Hanson Hills Classic
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

MON, FEB 18, 2019

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

WED, FEB 20, 2019

Nordic Ski Nights
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

THU, FEB 21, 2019

Barnebirkie Youth Ski Tour
Hayward, Wisconson

Junior Birkie
Hayward, Wisconson

FRI, FEB 22, 2019

Adaptive Birkie
Wheeler Road to Hayward, Wisconson

Kortelopet Classic and Skate 29K
OO Trailhead to Downtown Hayward, Wisconson

Prince Haakon 15K
Mosquito Brook Road to Hayward, Wisconson

SAT, FEB 23, 2019

American Birkebeiner
Telmark to Hayward, Wisconson

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club skiing
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Mason Tract Ski Tour (Michigan Backcountry Ski Series)
Chase Bridge Rd. Trailhead, Mason Tract Pathway, Roscommon, MI

Wild Woods Loppet
Wildwood Pathway, West parking lot, between Petoskey and Indian River on Wildwood Road

Boyne Vistas 10K Freestyle
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI

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

SUN, FEB 24, 2019

26th Annual Junior Muffin Team Sprint Relay - Freestyle
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SUN, FEB 17

Big M: February 15, 2019 All trails were groomed on Friday, Feb. 15 and again today, Sunday, February 17. The groomer was able to repair damage done by a snowmobile that rode on Ryberg Road and Double Bit. Good conditions.
Dave B, our groomer, can be reached at 231 848-7047.
NOTE: please do not park in front of the gate. Also, if you hike or snowshoe the trails, please stay to the side and off the ski tracks.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Got to Buck's Run early this morning (7:45) and the groomers were already well on their way to having the longer loop completely tilled and groomed. The trail leading out to the woods is pure ice, so I walked out there imagining the worst, but was more than pleasantly surprised when I saw the sugary groomed trail. It was fast and controllable. Thanks to the HM staff for continuing to provide the down state skiers such an amazing place to ski!

Boyne Mountain: Excellent skiing this weekend! Thank goodness for the sun yesterday and the break in the storm pattern!

All the lower and upper trails are open and in great shape. Vistas is still somewhat wind-blown and Deer Run is not groomed.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Two Skate Skiers in already reporting excellent conditions
Groomers are setting classic up now

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It was a fabulous, sunny day at XC Ski HQ yesterday, with best ever conditions and lots of skiers! Today will be just as great, with mild, mid-20's temps and great conditions for classic and skating. Groomer Mike snow combed all the trails last night, and tracks are in excellent shape, so trails are ready early today for maximum enjoyment! Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches.

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Gourmet Chili Bar! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili, then head a bunch of toppings and feast. Perfect for a day on the trails. Have fun skiing today!

Hanson Hills: It is Hanson Hills Classic Race Day! Interval Start race that will take you from the Trail head through Section 1 and Wanderlust, to Blue, Brown, Yellow and M-93 hills back to the Start/Finish area. Race begins at 10am. All Trails are groomed with set track. Trails are open for all skiers, we do ask that weekend skiers avoid Section 1 and Wanderlust during the duration of the race (10-11am). Lodge and trails open at 9am.

Forbush Corner: Headed out to re-groom the main trails and The Freeway Trail this morning. Come out and ski. Everything on sale in the shop.

SAT, FEB 16

Cadillac Pathway: Wonderful conditions and grooming. Better west of Seeley Rd as it gets less traffic. Ski with your best skis or your only skis. Get out and enjoy.

Vasa Trail: Wow, what purr-fect corduroy & firm, deep classic tracks today on the VASA, thanks to TART groomers, as always! Paula planned a group to meet at Timber Ridge at 10AM, but with different paces & goals, I ended up skiing the 27k solo from Headwaters on, stopping to visit with ski friends along the trail, skipping the TART Open House at the Barlett trailhead. Everyone had big smiles & how could you not, with mid-20s & only a light breeze! It doesn't get better than this, so get out & enjoy!

Black Mountain: Black Mountain has been groomed for both classic and skate skiing. The groomers were out today (Saturday) laying the classic tracks. With the deep snow base and great conditions, skiing is super for this weekend and into next week. Come out and enjoy the largest cross country skiing system in the northern lower michigan! Enjoy the views over Lake Huron and Black Lake, as well as the miles of evergreen woodlands. And don't forget to mark your calendar for the ski event of the year, March 2 and 3.

Vasa Trail: Big crowd for the excellent ski conditions and the TART Open House at the TH today. Felt like homecoming week seeing so many ski acquaintances. In fact the parking lot was way over capacity when I arrived for a noon hour ski. Conditions couldn't have been more perfect after freshening up the skate lane on the entire system with resulting speedy conditions among the best of the year, existing classic tracks looked to be in perfect condition. Was kind of funny how just before 1 pm a skier comes rushing up from the parking lot to the Open House asking if he was too late for the cocoa and homemade cookies, as he had just driven up from Lansing to attend. He wasn't too late. Was kind of sad how a big family 3-pin binding group from Grand Rapids was tailgating, and I asked them if they had found the cookies and cocoa? They saw it but thought it was just for some special group and didn't include them so by the time I said it did include them, it was a few minutes too late. I suggested they check the TART website in the future, and now they are motivated to do that.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Everyday that new snow does not fall, the trail gets a little nicer. Trail is still pretty soft and narrow, but more trails have been reopened. Classic tracks were pretty fast, but not very firm because the snow is so light. Skate lane was decently fast too, just expect poles to poke through. Lots of people out on the trails today!

Bay City State Park: Snow on the ground 8" nicely tracked course with packed down area adjacent for hikers. Track had an ice glaze and oak leaves on the Tobico Marsh trail. The asphalt trail along the beach road has two sets of track, less glaze and less leaves, depending on the section skied. A friend who skied with me rated the trail marginal, however I would rate it good for being only three miles from my house.

Forbush Corner: 20" of new snow at Forbush Corner this week. Groomed all week, including last night and this morning. Report is the deck is firm but slow for today's race!

Hanson Hills: Cross Country Trail Report:
Race day at Hanson Hills! Xc groomers are out setting the course for today’s Meijer State Games of Michigan Hanson Hills Fat Bike Race. The race will take place on the Green, Blue, Brown, Red and Easy return sections of our Cross Country Trail system. Trails will still be open during the race, we kindly ask that skiers give right a way to bikers during this time. Approximately 9am-11:30am. Groomers will snow comb all skate lanes immediately following the race.

Hanson Hills Classic 2/17- online registration has closed we will see you tomorrow! Trails are looking great! Course tracks will be reset tonight.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It snowed throughout the entire day yesterday, adding another inch or more to the great snow pack that we have received in the last week or so. After all this great snow, and with mild temps in the mid-20s today, the trail conditions will be as good as they get today! Groomer Mike will snow comb the trails this morning and reset tracks where needed. Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches. Fantastic skiing awaits!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Gourmet Chili Bar! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili,  then head to the Chili Bar and add your own toppings. Have your chili in a bread bowl, or help yourself to some fresh baked cornbread and real butter. You might never be the same! Enjoy the skiing, great food and drinks, shopping specials, and fun-loving company at XC Ski HQ today!

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