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Coach Andy Liebner demonstrating V1 in his skate technique clinic at Forbush Corner this past Saturday.

Coach Andy Liebner demonstrating V1 in his skate technique clinic at Forbush Corner this past Saturday.

Work bees for Noque Trail
Work bees for Noque Trail

Work bees for Noque Trail

12/5/2019 - By NTN Trails

There are four scheduled volunteer events planned starting Friday including two at Forestville and two at Big Bay to deal with all the downed trees across the trails.

ABR makes USA Today 10 Best list
ABR makes USA Today 10 Best list

ABR makes USA Today 10 Best list

12/2/2019 - By Mike Muha

ABR Trails made USA Today's 10 Best list, the only Michigan resort to do so. Stokely Creek Lodge also made the list.

Nordiq Canada bans medium and high fluoro waxes
Nordiq Canada bans medium and high fluoro waxes

Nordiq Canada bans medium and high fluoro waxes

11/27/2019 - By Mike Muha

Nordiq Canada has banned the use of medium and high fluoro waxes in all Tier 2 and some Tier 1 races

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Forbush Corner ribbon cutting and youth day, Dec 7
Forbush Corner ribbon cutting and youth day, Dec 7

Forbush Corner ribbon cutting and youth day, Dec 7

11/27/2019 - By Mike Muha

Forbush corner is hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their new snowmaking system plus a Youth Day for kids on Saturday December 7.

White Pine Stampede: New Race Director and Committee Members
White Pine Stampede: New Race Director and Committee Members

White Pine Stampede: New Race Director and Committee Members

11/25/2019 - By White Pine Stampede

The White Pine Stampede Committee announced a new director and committee members as they kick off official preparations for the 44th annual race to be held Feb. 1, 2020.

FIS bans fluorine waxes for the 2020/2021 season
FIS bans fluorine waxes for the 2020/2021 season

FIS bans fluorine waxes for the 2020/2021 season

11/24/2019 - By Mike Muha

The International Ski Federation's (FIS) Committee for Competition Equipment has banned the use of fluorinated ski waxes or all FIS disciplines starting with the 2020/2021 season.

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Reserve Fischer demo skis in West Yellowstone
Reserve Fischer demo skis in West Yellowstone

Reserve Fischer demo skis in West Yellowstone

11/13/2019 - By Fischer Skis

Reserve Fischer Demo equipment for on-trail testing at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival!

NENSA bans pure fluoros
NENSA bans pure fluoros

NENSA bans pure fluoros

11/5/2019 - By Mike Muha

NENSA has banned the use of pure fluoro ski wax topcoats and is limiting use of paraffin-based fluoro glide waxes for the 2019-2020 season over concerns of health risks.

Kikkan Randal to speak in Traverse City on Nov 14
Kikkan Randal to speak in Traverse City on Nov 14

Kikkan Randal to speak in Traverse City on Nov 14

11/4/2019 - By Vasa Ski Club

Olympic champion Kikkan Randall will present a talk and sign autographs on the Hagerty Campus, 141 Rivers Edge Drive, Traverse City on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

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Toko introduces High Performance Liquid Paraffin
Toko introduces High Performance Liquid Paraffin

Toko introduces High Performance Liquid Paraffin

10/29/2019 - By Ian Harvey

Toko High Performance Liquid Paraffins yield faster skis in most conditions and are quick and easy to apply.

The 2019-20 Michigan Cup Calendar is out!
The 2019-20 Michigan Cup Calendar is out!

The 2019-20 Michigan Cup Calendar is out!

10/20/2019 - By Mike Muha

The Michigan Cup Committee made lots of interesting changes for the 2019-2020 season, including a new Championship and new or changed races.

Rollerski race: perfect practice for icy conditions!
Rollerski race: perfect practice for icy conditions!

Rollerski race: perfect practice for icy conditions!

10/13/2019 - By Mike Muha

It was tricky rollerski conditions for the latest Andy Liebner rollerski race. Held at Kensington Metropark in Milford, Michigan, the course wound 8.5 miles around Kent Lake, with 500 feet of climbing.

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UPCOMING

WED, DEC 11, 2019

Cross-country ski instruction for kids in 1st-8th Grade
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

SAT, DEC 14, 2019

CXC Cup Opener JNQ - Freestyle Mass Start
Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Spirit Mountain, Duluth, MN

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

Lakes of the North Freestyle
Lakes of the North, 8151 Pineview Drive, Mancelona, MI

Skate and Classic Ski Clinics with Jordyn Ross
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

XC Ski HQ Team Dinner and Season Kick-Off Race Weekend
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, DEC 15, 2019

CXC Cup Opener JNQ - Classic Sprint
Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Spirit Mountain, Duluth, MN

Forbush Time Trial
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

Skate and Classic Ski Clinics with Jordyn Ross
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

More events...

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SUN, DEC 8

Vasa Trail: Last night's high winds have smothered several portions of the trail with fresh oak leaves, probably the worst I've ever seen. As Ann H., a Vasa Regular advised as I headed out on the 10K loop, "You can't avoid them," and that was true. Other than that the trail base is holding up well averaging 1" to 2" of compacted base over 98% of it except for a handful or two of thin spots.

Not nearly as big a problem if classic skiing, but a big problem if skating. The best I could do to minimize the chance of an oak-leaf-induced immediate face plant was to: (1) double pole through some of the worst sections to keep both skis constantly in motion with inertia, (2) downshift from V1 to Granny Skate a/k/a Single Stick a/k/a Diagonal Skate which is by far the most recoverable of the skating strokes from an oak leaf snagging a ski, (3) carefully thread a path through the oak leaf minefield if trying to maintain some some speed with V1.

I noticed some areas, such as last half of "the shelf" had been blown nearly clear of fresh leaves by my inbound trip that were there on my outbound trip, so conditions are volatile and changing. Another couple of inches of snow will solve this current problem.

Hanson Hills: Classic skied all of Wilderness Spur, Novice loop, and new intermediate classic trail. Nice conditions despite the oak leaves. Skate lanes looked great.

Hanson Hills: Trails are looking good! Tracks are set on everything except M-93 hills. Groomed skate lanes on all trails.

Trail passes are required.
Lodge and trails open 9am.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Ski conditions remain very good, and many skiers enjoyed fast and fun skating lanes and good tracks yesterday. Groomer Mike will snow comb all the trails except Adventure this morning, and classic tracks can be found on Rolling Hills, Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, Manitou, and Trapper's Cabin. There is 6-8 inches of snow in the woods, and 2-3 inches of packed base on the trails. The Stone Turtle Cafe is open! Our chilis, panini sandwiches, and baked goods are as scrumptious as ever, and new menu items like the Manitou Burrito Bowl and the Beyond the Trail Burger are great too. Nothing like a hearty lunch by the fire after an XC ski outing!

SAT, DEC 7

Vasa Trail: Lots of skiers on the trail starting from the Vasa Trailhead, Timber Ridge or the rock. If not for the leaves, the trail would have been awesome. Despite the thin base conditions are excellent throughout the course. I did the entire loop including headwaters and jack pine. Be very careful of the leaves because they are very heavy in spots throughout the entire trail system. Timber Ridge to special K to 10k is probably the best loop.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Hiked out with skis this morning. No snow spread yet. Makes sense to leave the snow piled given the forecast.

Forbush Corner: All the east trails were in great shape: classic skied most of them. Good firm track, great snow coverage. Occasionally would move out of the track because of a little dirt.

The west trails had good snow coverage, but a lot of scrub was coming through the snow. Recommend B skis. A track was set, and I was in it about half the time, in the soft skate lane the rest to avoid the scrub.

Awesome day of skiing!

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Skied Pine Cone and Winter Brook trails. They were both groomed for skate and classic skiing. Conditions were good but a little soft for skating. The classic tracks were deep and defined for most of the trails. Some short sections did not have tracks. Some of the other trails were rolled but not groomed. Others were rolled with a couple inches of snow.

Dunes Golf Club: The is the place in the empire area t he dunes golf course! Classic everywhere fun terrain perfect snow, pLowed areas to park.
Skate loop 3rd fairway east side by porta potty.
Ski ?? on
Kaminski slowski

Hanson Hills: All trails are groomed. Set tracks on everything but M-93 hills. Lodge and trails open at 9am.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: The entire system has been rolled and Pine Cone was groomed with the Tidd tech. Classic tracks are set on portions of Pine Cone.
Base is 2 to 6 inches deep.
Nordic Center is not yet open - we are not charging! Enjoy.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Trail conditions continue to please. We have received new snow every day this week, which brings us into great conditions for the weekend. The skating lanes are smooth and firm, and Groomer Mike is snow combing them this morning. The classic tracks are in very good to great shape. All trails except Adventure will be snow combed today, and all but Adventure and Tall Pines have tracks set. There is 6-8 inches of snow in the woods, and 2-3 inches of packed base on the trails.

Equally as exciting as the snow conditions (for some) is the opening of the Stone Turtle Cafe today! We also have a free beginner ski lesson at 10:30, as well a wax clinic with Swix’s Mike Wagner today at 3:00pm. Enjoy the snow!

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