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Excellent conditions - fast, controllable, no wind - made for a great Frosty Freestyle! Photo is of the pack heading into the woods (Photo: Jodie Haberkorn)

Excellent conditions - fast, controllable, no wind - made for a great Frosty Freestyle! Photo is of the pack heading into the woods (Photo: Jodie Haberkorn)

USSA names teams to Under 23 Cross Country World Championships
USSA names teams to Under 23 Cross Country World Championships

USSA names teams to Under 23 Cross Country World Championships

1/16/2017 - By USSA

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named a team of 10 athletes to represent the USA in the upcoming Under 23 Cross Country World Championships in Soldier Hollow.

RESULTS: Great Krazy Klassic tracks help Holmes and Davis win
RESULTS: Great Krazy Klassic tracks help Holmes and Davis win

RESULTS: Great Krazy Klassic tracks help Holmes and Davis win

1/15/2017 - By Mike Muha

Sam Holmes took his second win this weekend, while Rebecca Davis beat yesterday's winner in a double-pole ski fest!

RESULTS: Holmes and Jordyn win Frosty Freestyle under excellent conditions
RESULTS: Holmes and Jordyn win Frosty Freestyle under excellent conditions

RESULTS: Holmes and Jordyn win Frosty Freestyle under excellent conditions

1/15/2017 - By Mike Muha

Sam Holmes and Jordyn Ross took victories under excellent trail conditions at the 2017 Frosty Freestyle. Man-made snow from the park's snow guns provided an excellent skiing surface.

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Wax recommendations: Frosty Fest!
Wax recommendations: Frosty Fest!

Wax recommendations: Frosty Fest!

1/12/2017 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED WITH SWIX REC: Wax recommendations for the Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic races. The Krazy Klassic also doubles as the the Michigain Senior Olympics xc ski race.

MWC2018: One Year To Go!
MWC2018: One Year To Go!

MWC2018: One Year To Go!

1/12/2017 - By J.D. Downing

Coming January 19-26, 2018 the biggest age-group competition in skiing will visit Theodore Wirth Park in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the 2018 Masters World Cup (MWC2018) returns to North America.

2017 AXCS National Masters Championships: The Big City Preview
2017 AXCS National Masters Championships: The Big City Preview

2017 AXCS National Masters Championships: The Big City Preview

1/11/2017 - By J.D. Downing

For the first time since 2005, masters (skiers 30 and over) from throughout the U.S. will return to the great state of Minnesota as the American Cross Country Skiers (AXCS) 2017 National Masters Championships takes place the weekend of February 4-5, 2017.

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Leaders of the Michigan Cup
Leaders of the Michigan Cup

Leaders of the Michigan Cup

1/10/2017 - By Mike Muha

Juniors Clay Meyers and Dana Pflugheoft have each won a race and lead the Juniors; Jordyn Ross and Alex Vanias have each won two races and lead the seniors.

Add rollerski swing weights for a more ski-like rollerski
Add rollerski swing weights for a more ski-like rollerski

Add rollerski swing weights for a more ski-like rollerski

1/10/2017 - By Clayton Keim

Higher the swing weight the longer the rollerski feels. Build more leg strength on shorter workouts with a feeling similar to a snow ski with slush stuck to the top.

Vasa Ski Club leads Brumbaugh Cup
Vasa Ski Club leads Brumbaugh Cup

Vasa Ski Club leads Brumbaugh Cup

1/9/2017 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: The Vasa Ski Club leads the Brumbaugh Cup as the top senior team in the Michigan Cup series. Grand Rapids Nordic and Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop follow in second and third.

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Winter has arrived in Calumet, MI!
Winter has arrived in Calumet, MI!

Winter has arrived in Calumet, MI!

1/9/2017 - By Great Bear Chase

We have 118 inches so far this season. That's almost TEN FEET! All that snow is perfect for the UP Health System Portage Great Bear Chase which will take place on Saturday, March 11th.

Hanson Hills Team Time Trial: great trail, cold temps, pickled herring
Hanson Hills Team Time Trial: great trail, cold temps, pickled herring

Hanson Hills Team Time Trial: great trail, cold temps, pickled herring

1/8/2017 - By Mike Muha

It may have been a little on the cold side, but it didn't keep almost a 100 skiers from racing and eating at the Hanson Hills Team Time Trial.

VIDEO: Diggins wins three 5k's in a row
VIDEO: Diggins wins three 5k's in a row

VIDEO: Diggins wins three 5k's in a row

1/6/2017 - By Mike Muha

Jessie Diggins has now won three interval start, freestyle 5k races in a row in the World Cup, a feat only shared with one other skier, Elena Valbe of Russia.

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UPCOMING

SAT, JAN 21, 2017

JNQ - Wisconson: Classic
Birkie Start Trailhead, Cable, WI

Junior National Qualifier, Birkie Trailhead Cross Country Ski Races
American Birkebeiner Trailhead, Cable, WI

Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI

Northbound Outfitters Kids Race
Northbound Outfitters

SUN, JAN 22, 2017

JNQ - Wisconson: Freestyle
Birkie Start Trailhead, Cable, WI

Junior National Qualifier, Birkie Trailhead Cross Country Ski Races
American Birkebeiner Trailhead, Cable, WI

WeSki Family Skiing
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

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TRAINING LOG

SUN, AUG 7: Road Bike, 4:40, Pace

SAT, AUG 6: Road Bike, 2:13, L1 LSD

TUE, AUG 2: Road Bike, 1:44, Race

SUN, JUL 31: Mountain Bike, 2:03, Mellow ride

SAT, JUL 30: SUP, :15, Race

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

MON, JAN 16

Black Mountain: 'The Beast' Skate Trail is in outstanding condition this year. Wide and firm conditions. Great glide this weekend too with the warmer temps. There is a bit of tree trash on the trail under the tall pines, but hey, that's not a huge deal. It was really great out there. Thanks to all those who work hard to keep these trails in excellent shape. We really had fun this weekend and are looking forward to the next.

Vasa Trail: Perfect VASA conditions, fresh corduroy & firm classic tracks, thanks to TART groomers, on a mild day with a little sunshine. Paula & I did our 2nd 25km ski for the season, but LSD (long slow distance) in 3.5 hrs today. I really enjoy the clockwise direction better since you get the hills done first, and Jackpine breaks up the flat back from The Rock. Hopefully the rain & warm-up will not be as bad as forecast.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Excellent conditions at Huron Meadows this morning for both skating and classic. Nicely tilled Skate Lane. fast and controllable. Shallow but very serviceable classic tracks. Entire race course is still very nice get out and enjoy it while we can.

: Fantastic trail conditions through out! Get out while you can before the potential melt. We have plenty of snow from all our lake effect the last couple of weeks! Innsbruck is groomed with the big cat but no classic molded. All the rest of the trails have some great skate and classic tracks laid in! Especially great feedback on VIstas has been relayed to us for the last several days, thanks for the photos everyone. Sun is shinning and the trails are calling you, come ski the glide with us! 1-231-549-6088

Stokely Creek: It is a perfect day for classic and skate skiers according to our guests who have returned for lunch. Some mild temps in the forecast but no rain so with all our 3 feet of snow the trails will hold up well. Groomers went out to clean up the classic this morning. It is a great day to glide with the sun on your face.

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Hanson Hills: Conditions are amazing!! Groomer Jason is out this morning running the tidd tech through all the skate lanes. Later this morning he will be re-setting tracks on the Red Trail. At this time all trails are groomed with set tracks.

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

Huron Meadows Metropark: It appears as though the January weather roller coaster will continue this week. Stay tuned for updates on Bucks Run as we go through the expected warm up. The trail was groomed this morning (1/16) for both skate and classic skis, and looks to be in great shape. Come out and enjoy while there is still snow! The Ski Center will be open at 11am. Thanks to all who came out this past weekend for another successful and fun Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Yesterday’s conditions were ideal with another day of sunny skies, mild temps and the trails groomed up beautifully. Ginzu Dana will be ginzu-snowcombing all the skate lanes again early this morning, dicing up the snowpack just enough to lay down a nice corduroy. Meanwhile, the classic tracks remain firm and in great shape. We now have a 8 to 11 inch packed base and 12 to 16 inches of snow in the woods. Conditions are excellent for skating and classic skiing on all 8 trails.

Today's Forecast: Some early morning breaks in the overcast, otherwise cloudy. High 37F. Winds light and variable.

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge lunch special is the Gourmet Grilled Cheese! Swiss and provolone cheese, plus pesto and tomato grilled hot on two slices of Stone House Sourdough bread. Served with kettle cooked potato chips and a pickle.

Ski Instructor Jim Bradley is also available for private lessons. Call 800-832-2663 or stop by the front desk to schedule.

We invite you to demo the latest in skis and boots at no charge!

Hope to see you at HQ!

SUN, JAN 15

Black Mountain: Trail conditions for classic and skate skiing at Black Mountain are fast. There is a solid base and super skiing currently, with temperatures in the upper twenties and low thirties. That may change with a pending storm Monday night into Tuesday this week. Conditions should be great on Monday.

Lots of skiers on the trails this weekend, and many commented on how great the groomed conditions are. I skied Friday, Saturday and Sunday and talked with skiers each day. The entire outer loop to the system is groomed for skate and classic skiing.

Some limited lumbering is in the adjacent areas near a few of the trails, but there is no logging or debris on the trails. Logging machinery is well off all trails, using old snowmobile roads to access the area.

A few windblown leaves fall into classic tracks from time to time in only a couple areas, but not enough to cause any issues, There is great groomed skiing at Black Mountain Recreation Area! What a super weekend of cooperative weather and conditions!

Don't forget to pick up information about the Nordic Ski Club volunteers that groom and maintain these beautiful trails, and make a donation if you can. This information is at each trail head, along with maps of the system, and the first weekend in March ski event.

Jim Soubly

Wildwood Pathway: Sorry this report is so late - my iPad crashed and I couldn't post when we got off the trail.
First time I have been here in years. Great ski. Did loops 1 and 2 from the east parking lot. I had forgotten how tuff a few of the hills are (that, or I'm getting old!) Did a screaming run downhill from 2 to 3. Thank goodness skiers at the bottom of the hill got out of my way! Had to take the skies off and walk up a couple hills - couldn't get a grip. Thank you to the snowshoers who stayed off the tracks! I appreciate it.

: MASON TRACT (E of Grayling/N of Roscommon)
Always like to get in a ski at Mason Tract, so perfect timing since Cris Jones' had groomed on Fri & Fran Upton had no plans for today. What we didn't expect was the -3F at our 10:30 start. Fran & Jon ski the trail often, but they ski N from Chase Bridge to Durant's Castle at post #9, so she was in awe of all of the river views heading S from Canoe Harbor on M-72. This is one of my hike & paddles in Spring & Fall, but winter snow is even more stunning along the S Branch of the AuSable, esp with the sun in your face, oh-la-la!!! And, lots of hoarfrost on the way to Grayling & along Chase Bridge Rd. Several pairs of mallards were enjoying the day & 2 groups of 8 skiers, too. The classic tracks were firm & deep, fast like a luge early on, slower once it warmed up.

Sleeping Bear Dunes: Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail: We parked at Bar Lake road for a skate ski north to the dune climb and back. I forget that it is hillier on skis than by bike. The trail was groomed on Friday and still in good shape. It is tracked on both sides for classic skiing. It is a little narrow so we weren't always able to avoid the classic tracks while skating.
The big down hill heading north (just past the scenic drive area) was unfortunately used by someone as a sledding hill. They left sled burn out marks, butt prints and huge foot steps up the middle of the trail which made skiing down it a little dicey. We turned around at the dune climb to head back south. Going north from the dune climb there is a lot more foot traffic, snow shoes and trail usage. It is a multi usage trail and it's nice to see folks out enjoying it.
It was a great day to enjoy some sun and snow and we were happy the trail was groomed!

Stokely Creek: Amazingly great classic conditions at Stokely! Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny so if I lived anywhere even close I'd be skiing here Monday.

Boyne Mountain: Some beautiful conditions this weekend! The trails are looking awesome. Today we saw some absolutely beautiful Jack Frost on the the trees with the Sunrise illumination! Come ski the glide side with us!

Hanson Hills: Trails are in Great Shape!!! Perfect set tracks on all trails. Tommy G. is out grooming skate lanes this morning.

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet (January 21, 2017)

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The trails groomed up wonderfully yesterday, giving many skiers the most ideal conditions all winter, with blue skies, mild temps, and lots of sunshine. Ginzu Dana will start snow combing all the trails and setting new tracks where needed early this morning. We now have a 8 to 11 inch packed base and 12 to 16 inches of snow in the woods. It’s hard to believe all the snow we have in the forest! Conditions are excellent for skating and classic skiing on all 8 trails.

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge lunch special is the Gourmet Mac ‘n Cheese bar! Chef Erin’s creation features her own secret recipe for homemade mac ‘n cheese, with all kinds of crazy toppings including bacon, roasted broccoli, bleu cheese, chopped tomatoes, toasted sunflower seeds, and of course steamed peas and hot dogs. You may want to get your skiing done before you embark on this culinary masterpiece!

Jim Bradley is available for private lessons today. Call 800-832-2663 or stop by the front desk to schedule.

Big Sale going on for skis and clothing. Free demos all day! Enjoy the winter wonderland in Northern Michigan!

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Erin, Ryan, Matt, Michelle, George, Lexi, Dana, Gage, Grant, Garrett, Logan, Kerrigan, Heidi, Jim, James, Shania and the Crew

Forbush Corner: Looks like another perfect skiing day of skiing with sun predicted and temps rising to the upper 20's.

Headed out to re-groom the Pines Loop this morning.  All the other trails are in great shape with firm skating lanes and fast, deep tracks.

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