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Pack of racers led by Lew Tripp at the 2016 Forbush Freestyle. (Photo: Blair Zordell)

Pack of racers led by Lew Tripp at the 2016 Forbush Freestyle. (Photo: Blair Zordell)

Superiorland Ski Club and MSHS High School host 2016 Championships
Superiorland Ski Club and MSHS High School host 2016 Championships

Superiorland Ski Club and MSHS High School host 2016 Championships

2/10/2016 - By Dan Wiitala

The Superiorland Ski Club and its affiliated Marquette Senior High School Nordic Ski Team will play host to the State’s High School Nordic Ski Championships on Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13 on Ishpeming’s Al Quaal trails.

Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis leads Michigan Cup; XCHQ top team
Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis leads Michigan Cup; XCHQ top team

Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis leads Michigan Cup; XCHQ top team

2/10/2016 - By Mike Muha

The Cross Country Ski Headquarters narrowly leads the Vasa Ski Club in the Michigan Cup Team standings, Issac Coulter, Mary Lyon are currently the top juniors. Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis top the senior standings.

Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 2/9/2016
Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 2/9/2016

Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 2/9/2016

2/10/2016 - By Mark Esper

Vasa Ski Club freestyle sprints results from Timber Ridge on February 9, 2016.

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O'Hearn and Patterson smoke all comers at White Pine Stampede
O'Hearn and Patterson smoke all comers at White Pine Stampede

O'Hearn and Patterson smoke all comers at White Pine Stampede

2/7/2016 - By Mike Muha

Says Jay Woodbeck: "John O'Hearn took the lead 3k in and never looked back. He gained a sizeable gap and held it to the end, soloing the 45k. Quite impressive. Felt like I needed slush skis because he scorched the trail."

Get waxing! White Pine Stampede wax recommendations
Get waxing! White Pine Stampede wax recommendations

Get waxing! White Pine Stampede wax recommendations

2/4/2016 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski races: The White Pine Stampede 50k and 20k.

The right way to apply a Toko Tribloc HF Blue and XCold Powder mix
The right way to apply a Toko Tribloc HF Blue and XCold Powder mix

The right way to apply a Toko Tribloc HF Blue and XCold Powder mix

2/2/2016 - By Ian Harvey

The XCold Powder makes your skis have better breakaway speed - they accelerate better in cold snow...but only if you apply it correctly!

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PHOTOS: 2016 Fobush Freestyle by Blair Zordell
PHOTOS: 2016 Fobush Freestyle by Blair Zordell

PHOTOS: 2016 Fobush Freestyle by Blair Zordell

2/2/2016 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Blair Zordell took over hundred photos of the 2016 Forbush Freestyle!

RESULTS: Michael Davis and Rebecca Davis win Hanson Hills Classic
RESULTS: Michael Davis and Rebecca Davis win Hanson Hills Classic

RESULTS: Michael Davis and Rebecca Davis win Hanson Hills Classic

1/31/2016 - By Mike Muha

It was in the mid-30's with a bit of sun at the Hanson Hills 12km Classic. Part of the Meijer State Games of Michigan, the forecast had been for rain, but the downpour waited until all the racers were in.

RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Ellen Witala win Forbush Freestyle
RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Ellen Witala win Forbush Freestyle

RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Ellen Witala win Forbush Freestyle

1/31/2016 - By Mike Muha

It was a two lap course for the 17km Forbush Freestyle, part of the Meijer State Games of Michigan. The temperature at the start was around 29. Conditions softened up by the second lap.

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Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 1/26/2016
Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 1/26/2016

Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 1/26/2016

1/28/2016 - By Mark Esper

Vasa Ski Clud sprint results: Freestyle Sprints at Hickory Hills on January 26, 2016.

Get waxing! Michigan Cup and GLD  waxing recommendations
Get waxing! Michigan Cup and GLD  waxing recommendations

Get waxing! Michigan Cup and GLD waxing recommendations

1/28/2016 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup and GLD cross country ski races.

RESULTS: 2016 Noquemanon Ski Marathon
RESULTS: 2016 Noquemanon Ski Marathon

RESULTS: 2016 Noquemanon Ski Marathon

1/23/2016 - By Sam Graci

Kyle Bratrud and Natalia Naryshkina win the 50K classic. Eli Brown and Ellen Wittalla were the top lower peninsula 50k classic skiers, each finishing just off the podium in fourth place.

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UPCOMING

THU, FEB 11, 2016

2016 Masters World Cup: Classic long distances
Vuokatti, Finland

FRI, FEB 12, 2016

2016 Masters World Cup: Freestyle long distances
Vuokatti, Finland

Winter Fest Night Skiing
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SAT, FEB 13, 2016

North American Vasa
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

CCSA Championships
St. Paul, Minn.

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

XCHQ: Learn to Ski for Free
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SUN, FEB 14, 2016

CCSA Championships
St. Paul, Minn.

Grand Travers Classic 6/16k
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

Washtenaw Ski Touring Club Ski/Hike - Maybury State Park
Maybury State Park (8 Mile Road entrance, Northville, MI)

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

WED, FEB 17, 2016

Nub's Nob Nordic Ski Series - Classic
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

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TRAINING LOG

THU, JAN 28: Run, :40, Hill interval

WED, JAN 27: Off, TRAVEL

TUE, JAN 26: Off, TRAVEL

SUN, JAN 24: XC Ski-Skate, 1:20, Skate technique work

SUN, JAN 24: XC Ski-Classic, :40, Classic technique work

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

WED, FEB 10

: Thin but skiable. Such a nice trail, get out there!

Boyne Mountain: Skied Innsbruck, Vojin's Return, Littlehammer and some of the lower trails to stay out of the wind. All freshly cat and or snowmobile groomed. Skate deck was fast (Toko LF Blue) and controlled. The grooming at Boyne has been much better than in the past. Kudos Kirk, Nic and David.

Huron Meadows Metropark: The classic track was glazed, hard , fast and freshly set. Blue kick wax worked fine. Sate freshly tilled and fast.

Lost Lakes Pathway: The first 2 loops were tracked by a couple ahead of Janine & me. The larger back loop had not been skied today but easily tracked. Fast 2 hr ski on a snow-covered, icy base. Wish we'd recovered more than 3" of new snow during out winter storm.

Black Mountain: Fresh grooming Wednesday, February 10, over recent lake effect snow with temperatures remaining well below freezing has created perfect conditions for both skate and classic skiing throughout the Black Mountain Recreation system. Weather forecasts indicate continued very cold nights and cold days which should maintain the system for excellent skiing through the coming weekend and into next week. Opportunities for some of the best skiing of the season exist currently with a solid base of snow. Trails have marked mileage and skill levels posted throughout. Maps are available at all four trail head parking lots, with information about the Black Mountain Nordic Ski Club volunteers that groom and maintain the trails in cooperation with the DNR. Come out and ski this extensive top notch jewel before the annual Michigan Cup ski race at the end of this month.

Black Mountain: Fresh grooming Wednesday, February 10, over recent lake effect snow with temperatures remaining well below freezing has created perfect conditions for both skate and classic skiing throughout the Black Mountain Recreation system. Weather forecasts indicate continued very cold nights and cold days which should maintain the system for excellent skiing through the coming weekend and into next week. Opportunities for some of the best skiing of the season exist currently with a solid base of snow. Trails have marked mileage and skill levels posted throughout. Maps are available at all four trail head parking lots, with information about the Black Mountain Nordic Ski Club volunteers that groom and maintain the trails in cooperation with the DNR. Come out and ski this extensive top notch jewel before the annual Michigan Cup ski race at the end of this month.

Vasa Trail: About 3" of fresh snow overnight, maybe more out by the rock. The groomers worked it into the base as they installed fresh corduroy and reset the classic tracks through the entire trail system this morning. Speed is a touch below average today as is usually the case with fresh snow.

The Vasa PastaFest HS Ski Team fund raiser spaghetti dinner is this Friday at Timber Ridge 5pm - 8pm. General public is welcome. Features home made desserts.

Boyne Mountain: The crew of the Big Bomber and Nick are out on the lower and advanced trails as I write this. We should have nicely tilled and track set trails soon. Due to the windy conditions today, we will be avoiding the Vistas and Deer Run today. The sun is periodically gracing us with her warm gaze but I wouldn't expect that to be here the whole day. We received between 2 and 3 inches of new snow since yesterday. Hard pack to icy under that so we are tilling as much as we can today. Our stock of men's and women's Marmot jackets are now a whopping 50% off!! Get them while they are hot! See you on the glide side!! D

Black Mountain: The Beast skate trail was groomed last night and again this morning resulting in a very firm and wide skate lane. The best conditions of the year were noted this morning. The 10 km stand alone skate trail is best accessed from the DNR parking lot near the Black Mountain Lodge on Twin Lakes Rd. The larger trail system remains in excellent shape and will be groomed today.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: As of 6:45 this morning, it was 11F and lightly snowing. We received 1 to 2 inches of snow last night, and Groomer Kevin will begin Ginzu-snowcombing all the skating lanes very early this morning. After he snow combs, he will set fresh tracks on all the trails. We have a 10 to 13 inch base and there are 14 to 20 inches of snow in the woods on all 8 trails. Skating lanes are wide, smooth and firm, and with the new snow they should be exceptional. The classic tracks should be great once we reset them.

The lunch special today is the Wild Turkey Panini! Oven roasted turkey, provolone cheese, red onion, banana peppers, spinach and honey mustard, grilled and served hot on Stone House Cherry Walnut bread, alongside Great Lakes potato chips and a pickle! Also on the menu are Stu’s favorite Bosco Sticks and famous chili.

The skiing is wonderful!

– Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt V., Ryan, Gage, Grant, Lexi, Michele, Michelle, Matt B., Carl, and the crew

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