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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

SAT, DEC 7, 2019

Forbush Youth Day
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

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

Snow Making Ribbon Cutting Day
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

Wax Clinic
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

WED, DEC 11, 2019

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

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

FRI, DEC 6

Lakes of the North: Skied Winter Sports Area trails. Freshly groomed for classic skiing. Nice narrow trails through the woods, up and down fun hills, with deep classic tracks and out of the wind. . Check these out. Trail map available on Lakes of the North website. Combine it with their golf course trail.

Forbush Corner: Larry regroomed the east side trail system and made his first pass on the west side trail system today with the PB 100. Tracks set on all trails. Reports were that the west side was soft but expect it to set up tonight. East side has good coverage, especially the snow making loop. Good for both easy skating and classic. Just a reminder, ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the snow making system tomorrow. Thoughts are we may be able to make snow on the valley segment in the morning for awhile if the temperature cooperates. Also enjoy free skiing and an assortment of soups and sweats. Tomorrow would be a good time to visit Forbush Corner Nordic and see what we are all about if you have been never been here before !

Huron Meadows Metropark: Here's the scoop
Starting Wednesday staff will begin spreading snow on the original loop of buck's run and focus on getting the loop in top shape by Friday afternoon. The connector trail and the extended section will come the following week if the forecasted temps stay. Staff will be working hard on the trail Wednesday through Friday from 7am to 3pm so please give them this time to set the fun in place.
Not 100% sure what the building hours and days will be for next week yet. I will post on Sunday

Hickory Hills: Groomers reported 1" new snow this morning. Both Hickory Hills and H. Meadows were groomed with the Ginzu. A shallow track was set on Hickory Meadows trails.

Vasa Trail: Best ski on Vasa so far on 1-3” fresh silky snow from Timber Ridge, which has been rolled, Special K & 10k. Coverage good enough for my first skin ski, yee-haw!

Vasa Trail: Activity is starting to pick up with a dozen cars in the lot at my late morning arrival, and chatted with several skiers finishing up their laps including Groomer Glen who quickly surveyed the 25K loop his usual skating method sans poles. Consensus was that conditions are surprisingly good considering we've received just slightly over a half foot since our current snow began six days ago. Last night's 1"+ freshened up the heavy duty base that averaged 1" to 2" as compacted with just a couple thin spots. To avoid a face-plant be alert for the liberal dusting of fresh oak leaves in a few areas that will "gotcha" if you step directly on the wrong leaf while placing a skate ski lacking forward inertia. The regulars are happily enjoying the conditions we have while waiting for more snow and less leaves.

Hanson Hills: Skied yellow and red trails. Snow 8-10” deep, midwinter -type snow. Excellent to ski on. The trails are packed and tracked. A little bit of dirt and grass showing in track once in awhile. Perfect for early December. Hope it lasts through March. Get out there while you can.

Hanson Hills: Trails are getting better and better with each groom. Amazing you can be running one day on trails. Then a week later. Skating along with a big grin on your face! Used good skis

Nubs Nob: All trails are packed and in early season condition. Three inches of light snow fell on the trails overnight and we will pack this into the base this morning.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Trail Head Building Will be Open this Weekend: We are going to have the Forestville building open limited hours this weekend. It will be staffed by our new intern Ryan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm. Please pardon our dust. During construction the space inside is very limited for warming so please plan accordingly but rentals will be available as are memberships. Skiers should remember, the building will close at 4PM so plan accordingly (ie, maybe leave your stuff in your car just incase you take an extra loop and return after 4PM).

Forestville: Light traffic on trails yesterday has left them in good shape. Andy will be leading an all day work bee in preparation for Bombi grooming tonight. Every open trail will be race ready for the weekend. Tomorrow looks to be epic skiing. Lets make it count by getting the trails cleared.

Saux Head: All trails were groomed and track set Thursday morning. The trail is in very good skiing condition.

Big Bay Pathway: Sven and crew are still working on clearing trails from the storms. See below for how you can help.

Fit Strip: Not groomed yet.

Michigan Tech Trails: With some light new snow upper and competition trails were groomed and tracked. Maple is showing a thin spot on the first downhill so please be mindful of that while skiing today. To avoid creating any additonal thin spots on upper or competition, tracks will not be re-set until several more inches of snow falls (likely the middle of next week) but skate lanes will be cleared and prepped. Lower trail skate lanes were groomed but tracks were not reset due to multiple thin spots showing. Tolkien was flat-groomed again last night and will be inspected later today for track setting. Have a wonderful weekend of skiing!

ABR Trails: Groomers are out again this morning and have been out on a daily basis keeping the trails freshly groomed and firm. We are skiing on 70 km of trails. Snowfall to date is 56 inches, we have been open since Nov 13th.

Forbush Corner: Received around 2 inches of new snow. Larry is grooming east side again this morning with a track.

Hanson Hills: Cross Country Trail Update:
1 inch of fresh snow overnight. All trails are groomed. Tracks are being set on Green, Blue, Yellow,Brown Wilderness and Easy Return. Make sure to stop in and purchase your daily trail pass, or save money by purchasing your season pass.

Lodge and Trails Open 9am-5pm.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The skiing is great, especially after the fresh snow Wednesday night! Skiers throughout the day yesterday were stoked with the smooth, firm skate lanes, and classic tracks are holding up well too. All trails except Adventure will be snow combed again this morning. Jump on these great conditions! The Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is serving chili and cookies today, and we will plan to have the full menu available this weekend. We also have our free beginner ski lesson coming up tomorrow, Saturday, at 10:30, as well a wax clinic with Swix's Mike Wagner on Saturday at 3:00pm. Fun weekend ahead at XC Ski HQ, and we hope to see you!

THU, DEC 5

Valley Spur: We have been making good progress on getting trails cleared. We have had 4 guys out everyday since Tuesday, plus a few volunteers just getting W,Y and B cleared so we can start grooming them. We have a lot of work left to do but we will continue to clear loops as we can. Thanks to all the volunteers and thanks to all of our patrons for their patience and appreciation for all of our hard work cleaning up this painstakingly slow and physically challenging mess. We now have A,D,X and B backwards to the bottom of Heart Attack groomed and should have all of B,Y and W groomed for the weekend as well.

Vasa Trail: Yesterday's 1-2" new snow got packed down & sprinkled with leaves, so not as good on the Vasa today. I rarely ski from the Barteltt trailhead since much less snow than on the 25k loop, but a good hilly classic ski on the 10k loop & Headwaters return between last 2 Nordic Rocks intro classes at Blair Elementary. Recommend rock skis, and beware of semi-exposed roots.

Dunes Golf Club: Excellent snow fun terrain. Skate loop 3rd fairwa y from the east by the porta potty

Forbush Corner: Very very soft conditions for skating this morning. I must have showed up a bit early at 9 am, because the PB was still out grooming. Snow was slow and needs time to set up. I skied with my bindings all the way back and had decent glide. More than enough snow on the snowmaking loop and about a 2-3 inch base on the natural snow trails. I just skied on the snowmaking loop and a little bit of roller coaster. Used my good skis on the natural snow trails and had no issues. Classic tracks on the other hand looked very grassy and dirty in many spots. Should be excellent skiing come Saturday!

Forbush Corner: Forbush update. All east side trails groomed and track set with the PB 100.

Forbush Corner: We are open today. Larry is out grooming right now. We received a couple inches of lake effect snow yesterday.

Hanson Hills: We received a light dusting of new snow overnight. Groomer Tommy G. is out combing lanes this morning. Green, Blue, Brown, Yellow, Easy Return all very skiable with good skis. Red and M-93 Hills still very marginal in spots.

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

Nubs Nob: All trails are packed and in early season condition. Trails will be packed again today.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Forestville: At press time Andy and crew had cleared and roll packed trails to 17k and was track setting on the Noque’ and Animoosh. The Bombi tracks are still in very good shape so have been left in place where extant.

Saux Head: Tim and John took care in clearing out fallen trees on the Plunge. Then they dragged, groomed and set track the entire trail system. The trail is in very good skiing condition.

Big Bay Pathway: Sven and crew are still working on clearing trails from the storms.

Fit Strip: Not groomed yet.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received another inch of fresh snow last night, which will freshen up the trails surface nicely. Groomer Mike will snowcomb the Rolling Hills, Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, Trappers Cabin, and Manitou trails this morning. Tracks remain intact from Monday. It's just beautiful out there! The Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is serving chili and cookies. Full menu this weekend. We also have our free beginner ski lesson coming up on Saturday at 10:30am, as well a wax clinic with Swix's Mike Wagner on Saturday at 3:00pm. See you up north, where the rivers freeze and summer ends!

: Lapeer, Mi near Flint.
No snow to ski on. Need to drive north I guess.

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