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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

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

TUE, DEC 11

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.

MON, DEC 10

Lakes of the North: Lakes of the North was excellent today with complete cover and no bare spots. Race skis were fine. The race course this year for Sat's event is 7.2km and is slightly modified to not have two way traffic at the section last year. Yes warm weather is coming next few days and we will monitor the course but today it was wonderful and they never lost their base from the groomings a few weeks ago. Some snow is also predicted and warm again on Sat. for the race. So the race starts at 11am on Sat and only costs $15 which includes a free luncheon. If anyone desires a gluten free pasta meal please email me at curtpete@gmail.com Need to know ahead of time.

Vasa Trail: Kathy & I skied the Vasa 25k loop from The Rock this afternoon. The base is thinning, so there is more dirt showing (be careful on the downhills), lots of leaves still, and badly needs some leveling between The Rock & Special K, where there is more traffic. Skiing was better on the 25k, as always. Since the trail is a little hardpack, I prefer classic skiing up the bigger hills, instead of down, so we skied clockwise, enjoying lots of sunshine! LET IT SNOW! Dance, dance, dance, the Heikki Lunta!

Nubs Nob: Our first time skiing Nubs Nob, we came up for courderoy and deep classic tracks. Classic tracks were deep, firm, with glazed surface. Our skin skis worked, another skier used “fish scale” nowax. Skate lane was frozen courderoy, but it was easy enough to get an edge. Upper trails had clean snow with leaves. We used our good skis. Lower blue trail’s classic tracks had some dirty snow spots, easily avoided by hopping into the skate lane. Lower blue trail’s underpass was bare dirt, so turned around instead of taking off skis.

Tomorrow will be our first ski at Boyne Highlands.

Lakes of the North: Conditions today Monday Dec 10th. Great with no bare spots. We are planning on having the race and will monitor the weather this week and the course. Regards, Curt Peterson.

Hanson Hills: Surprisingly, very good skating with such a shallow snowdepth. Green, blue, yellow (including M-93 hills), and brown loops were groomed. No tracks. Trails had good coverage but thin base so I don't recommend A skis.

Vasa Trail: Trail is skiable, but getting boilerplate like. Trails at Timber Ridge are pretty good, softer then Vasa. I would not use your best skis.

Boyne Highlands: Excellent! Showed up this morning to find tracks set. Excellent skating also. Goofed off for my warmdown, skiing in between the trees on the lower golf course. Looks like a six to twelve inch base. Rosi "10 dollar" skate skis, Fischer light waxless for classic. Yes, the upper trails are groomed. Skiing here the last two weeks has allowed me to get much needed serenity time for my family crisis as not in a position to go out West or up to Munising. Thanks, Boyne Highlands Folks!! Hap wright

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