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Straits Strider's Chris Weingartz (1003) tears it up at the Birkie. (Photo: Birkie)

Straits Strider's Chris Weingartz (1003) tears it up at the Birkie. (Photo: Birkie)

U.S. Men 11th in Falun Relay
U.S. Men 11th in Falun Relay

U.S. Men 11th in Falun Relay

2/28/2015 - By USSA

The U.S. men’s team comprised of Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA), Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO), Kyle Bratrud (Eden Prarie, MN) and Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) finished 11th in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 4x10k relay.

Women 4th after fall put team in tough position in 4x5k relay
Women 4th after fall put team in tough position in 4x5k relay

Women 4th after fall put team in tough position in 4x5k relay

2/27/2015 - By USSA

An early fall from Sadie Bjornsen in the opening leg put the team in a tough position early. But the rest of the legs pulled the team back to a solid fourth place result.

Hoffman leads men in 15k Freestyle
Hoffman leads men in 15k Freestyle

Hoffman leads men in 15k Freestyle

2/27/2015 - By USSA

Noah Hoffman, back from injury, led the U.S. contingent in Wednesday's FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 15k freestyle race with a 34th place finish.

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Wax recommendations for Black Mountain
Wax recommendations for Black Mountain

Wax recommendations for Black Mountain

2/26/2015 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski races: The Black Mountain Classic and the Black Mountain Freestyle.

Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Feb 24
Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Feb 24

Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Feb 24

2/25/2015 - By Mark Esper

Results from the Vasa Ski Club Tuesday Night 4k Freestyle Sprints on February 24, 2015, 2015 at Timber Ridge.

Diggins and Gregg 2nd and 3rd in World Championship 10k Freestyle
Diggins and Gregg 2nd and 3rd in World Championship 10k Freestyle

Diggins and Gregg 2nd and 3rd in World Championship 10k Freestyle

2/24/2015 - By USSA

In heavy falling snow, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) and Caitlin Gregg (Minneapolis, MN) took advantage of fast skis to finish second and third at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 10K individual freestyle race.

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Reid and Sarah Goble win The Grinder
Reid and Sarah Goble win The Grinder

Reid and Sarah Goble win The Grinder

2/23/2015 - By Mike Muha

It was a Goble kind of day at the Boyne Grinder Freestyle at Boyne Mountain. Sarah Goble simply skied away from the pack, and Reid Goble nipped two competitors at the finish line.

US 7th and 8th in Team Sprint at World Ski Championships
US 7th and 8th in Team Sprint at World Ski Championships

US 7th and 8th in Team Sprint at World Ski Championships

2/22/2015 - By USSA

The U.S. Skiers finished seventh on the men’s side and eighth for the women in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun. Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton skied well, but a dominant Norwegian team blew apart the field.

Michigan Cup: Durand and Darling tied; Vanais and Yankus tied
Michigan Cup: Durand and Darling tied; Vanais and Yankus tied

Michigan Cup: Durand and Darling tied; Vanais and Yankus tied

2/22/2015 - By Mike Muha

Ken Dawson has just released the Michigan Cup individual standings to date (PDF) through the Vasa, but excluding the Noque and Gran Travers.

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HH/CCSS continues to dominate Brumbaugh Cup
HH/CCSS continues to dominate Brumbaugh Cup

HH/CCSS continues to dominate Brumbaugh Cup

2/22/2015 - By Chris Jones

YTD Brumbaugh Cup results through the Gran Traverse race. Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop still has a commanding lead over all the other teams on Michigan Cup Circuit.

VIDEO: Junior Nationals stockpiling snow
VIDEO: Junior Nationals stockpiling snow

VIDEO: Junior Nationals stockpiling snow

2/22/2015 - By Mike Muha

The first Junior National race is coming up March 9. Unfortunately, snow is sparse. Race organizers have moved snow from other trails to increase coverage on a 3km loop. They have also stockpiling snow from the nearby alpine area.

Stephen 11th in World Championship Skiathlon
Stephen 11th in World Championship Skiathlon

Stephen 11th in World Championship Skiathlon

2/21/2015 - By USSA

The biggest climb was filled with fans and I channeled some rhythm to go up the hill. I’m thankful for that hill and the crowd today...

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UPCOMING

SAT, FEB 28, 2015

Black Mountain 31K Classic and 10km Tour
Bluffs on Black Lake, 10905 Doriva Beach Rd., Cheboygan, MI 4972

Ice3: Artic Tripe Relay (Nordic Ski, Fat Bike, Snow shoe)
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

Get your Fill at the Grill - Fire on the Mountain
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

SUN, MAR 1, 2015

Black Mountain 10km Freestyle
Bluffs on Black Lake, 10905 Doriva Beach Rd., Cheboygan, MI 4972

B-Rec Back 2 Back Cross Country Ski Race
Brighton Recreation Area, Brighton, MI

40 Year Anniversary "Retro Theme Party" + Famous Pulled-Pork Barbeque on the Sun Deck
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

TUE, MAR 3, 2015

Vasa Ski Club Tuesday Night Sprint Races
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

WED, MAR 4, 2015

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Classic Ski
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

FRI, MAR 6, 2015

Junior Bear Chase
Swedetown Trails - Calumet, Michigan

SAT, MAR 7, 2015

Great Bear Chase
Swedetown Trails - Calumet, Michigan

The Annual Wabos Loppet
Stokely Creek Lodge, Goulais River, ON, Canada

Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

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TRAINING LOG

SUN, FEB 22: XC Ski-Classic, 1:58, Just do it!

SAT, FEB 21: XC Ski-Skate, 1:09, Technique

TUE, FEB 17: Circuits, :10, Core and Abs

TUE, FEB 17: Run, :20, Get used to running

SAT, FEB 14: XC Ski-Skate, 1:10, L3 Tempo

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

FRI, FEB 27

Vasa Trail: Great skiing on Wednesday's grooming for both skating and classic. Today's sun and moderating temps put a big smile on all of the skiers. Several feet of snow in the woods and a substantial and deep trail base.

Will be even better for tomorrow (Sat.) as it will be sunny, mid-20's F, fresh weekend grooming, and another Open House at the Trailhead with warming fire, hot chocolate or chai, homemade cookies from 10am - 1pm hosted by TART and at least one or two of the groomers.

Huron Meadows Metropark: It's died and went to heaven good today. Skate and classic.
On a theoretical level, I could find something wrong, but that's about it.

Chippewa Nature Center: Plenty of snow, but plenty of wind since the last snowfall means plenty of leaf litter, pine needles etc. Tracks on the river loop are pretty skied out, looks like no one has been skiing the spur over to the Tridge.
Hopefully trails will get a fresh groom for the weekend.
Used Rex Green glider and Start Universal Tar (minus) for kick.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Everything has been freshly groomed for both skating and classic including south of Hammell Road. Good snow and conditions prevail. Come on out and enjoy your trails. Ski center is open until 5 pm today and as usual, 9 to 5 this weekend.

Milham Park Golf Course: I don't know if it is going to ski any better or not but it does look better after grooming this morning. Since the last two groomings on Monday we have received a couple of inches of light dry snow. Established trail way to firm to be able to set a new classic track. Great skiing right now. Supposed to be warm and rainy on Tuesday; please do not ski until it firms up again. After Tuesday more snow and cold is forecast so still potential for plenty of skiing this season.

White Pine Stampede course: Missing a Kindle? One was found at the 20k/50k Finish line at the White Pine Stampede. Call jack McKaig at 1-231-587-8371 if it's yours!

Hanson Hills: Lodge and Trails open at 9am. All Trails Groomed for skating. Set tracks on all trails except for Red and M-93 Hills. Groomers will be setting fresh tracks on the Red and M-93 Hills this afternoon. Should be a great weekend for Skiing!

Valley Spur: Looks like a great weekend of skiing at Valley Spur again. Trails are in awesome shape with all the fresh snow and cold temps. Come on out and enjoy a little taste of Spring!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Our snow and trail conditions remain excellent. The fresh snow we received earlier this week, the lack of wind and great grooming by Matt, Henry and Dana have made it just a pleasure to go X-C Skiing. These great conditions should continue through out this weekend. Groomer Matt will start Ginzu grooming all the trails early this morning. We have excellent classic and skating conditions on all trails with 10 to 18 inches of snow in the woods and 6 to 10 inches packed on the trails

Forecast:
Today: Sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 18F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Partly cloudy skies. High 24F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Variably cloudy with snow showers. High 28F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snowfall around one inch.

A free Tree ID & Forest Management Tour will be led by a member of the Michigan Department of Agriculture tomorrow morning at 10:00am. Participation in this event is free with an XC Ski HQ Facilities pass, and participants must be on skis or snowshoes, which may be rented for a nominal fee. All you need to do is show up for a great outdoor learning experience!

Today’s lunch special is the Bob’s Favorite Tuna panini. Albacore tuna, fresh sliced tomatoes, fresh spinach, jalapenos and provolone served on ciabata bread, grilled to perfection on the famous HQ panini maker. We will also have have a fine selection of additional paninis and of course famous chili and vegie chili served with a warm 7 grain roll.

The “let it snow” sale continues with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis and boots! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off.

Good luck to all the Michigan Cup Black Mountain racers this weekend!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew

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