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Man-made snow is MUCH better than no snow! Many skiers in southeast Michigan were taking advantage of the sugar-snow on Buck's Run at Huron Meadows today.

Man-made snow is MUCH better than no snow! Many skiers in southeast Michigan were taking advantage of the sugar-snow on Buck's Run at Huron Meadows today.

Liz Stephen skis to 12th in Davos 10K freestyle
Liz Stephen skis to 12th in Davos 10K freestyle

Liz Stephen skis to 12th in Davos 10K freestyle

12/20/2014 - By USSA

Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) skied a strong 10k effort to finish a minute back from dominant Norwegian Marit Bjoergen in Saturday’s freestyle event in Davos – a big confidence booster.

Field reports from the Rossland, Canada SuperTour Races
Field reports from the Rossland, Canada SuperTour Races

Field reports from the Rossland, Canada SuperTour Races

12/18/2014 - By Patrick O'Brien

Conditions starting out on Thursday and Friday were warm with lots of rain falling and temperatures above freezing. Temperatures were projected to fall a bit overnight but never dropped super low due to cloud cover...

Four US skiers qualify for sprint
Four US skiers qualify for sprint

Four US skiers qualify for sprint

12/14/2014 - By USSA

Ida Sargent, Sophie Caldwell, Kikkan Randall and Andy Newell all qualified for the freestyle sprint in Davos, Switzerland.

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Waxing for artificial snow
Waxing for artificial snow

Waxing for artificial snow

12/14/2014 - By Dan Meyer

With warmer weather forecasted this week, the man-made snow at Huron Meadows Metropark and the Cross Country Ski Headquarters may be the only snow around. It seemed appropriate to post something about waxing for artificial snow.

US women 21, 22, and 23 at Davos 10k classic
US women 21, 22, and 23 at Davos 10k classic

US women 21, 22, and 23 at Davos 10k classic

12/14/2014 - By USSA

The U.S. women demonstrated their collective potential finishing together with Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) in 20th, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) in 21st and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) in 22nd, just six seconds apart from each other and forty seconds.

Shake it off
Shake it off

Shake it off

12/11/2014 - By Anja Gruber

Friday's sprint qualifier felt like your typical first race: Too short, too fast and all over the place. At least, I thought, it was only going to get better from there...

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Sadie Bjornsen 18th overall in Lillehammer mini-tour
Sadie Bjornsen 18th overall in Lillehammer mini-tour

Sadie Bjornsen 18th overall in Lillehammer mini-tour

12/8/2014 - By USSA

Sadie Bjornsen skied strong to finish 18th overall in Sunday’s 10k pursuit race, the last of the Lillehammer World Cup mini tour, and 18th overall for the tour.

Jessie Diggins gets 15th in Lillehammer 5K
Jessie Diggins gets 15th in Lillehammer 5K

Jessie Diggins gets 15th in Lillehammer 5K

12/7/2014 - By USSA

Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team with a gutsy 15th place finish in the 5k freestyle second stage of the three-day Lillehammer World Cup mini tour.

Sadie Bjornsen 21st in Lillehammer freestyle sprint
Sadie Bjornsen 21st in Lillehammer freestyle sprint

Sadie Bjornsen 21st in Lillehammer freestyle sprint

12/6/2014 - By USSA

Bjornsen was the lone American to advance to the heats after qualifying in 16th place, eventually placing 21st overall in the freestyle sprint. Andrew Newell took 36th for the men.

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Nordic race suit giveaway
Nordic race suit giveaway

Nordic race suit giveaway

12/6/2014 - By Ben Wizner

Sign-up for your chance to win your own custom Nordic race suit! TWO lucky winners will be drawn on Friday, December 12. Each will have the opportunity to design their very own custom Nordic race suit with Borah’s Individual-Custom design center.

Michigan Cup race calendar for 2014-2015 includes Fun Series
Michigan Cup race calendar for 2014-2015 includes Fun Series

Michigan Cup race calendar for 2014-2015 includes Fun Series

12/2/2014 - By Mike Muha

The first real points race for the new season is coming up on Saturday, December 20 with Lakes of the North, followed the next day by Wintersonnewende at Michawye. New this year is the Michigan Cup Fun Series, where racers can earn 10 participation points

Noah Hoffman back in US with broken Fibula
Noah Hoffman back in US with broken Fibula

Noah Hoffman back in US with broken Fibula

12/1/2014 - By Mike Muha

A broken fibula is going to put a big crimp on Noah Hoffman 's World Cup seaon. Hoffman broke it on a a very familiar but fast downhill corner in the 15 kilometer classic individual start race in Kuusamo, Finland.

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TRAINING LOG

SAT, DEC 20: XC Ski-Classic, 1:41, Long slow distance

WED, DEC 17: Rollerski-Skate, 1:08, Aerobic threshold

THU, DEC 11: XC Ski-Skate, 1:04, Aerobic threshold

SAT, DEC 6: XC Ski-Skate, 2:10, Long slow distance

THU, DEC 4: XC Ski-Skate, 1:22, Fartlek

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, DEC 20

Valley Spur: Temps dropped to 11F last night. Skate lanes were firm. Classic tracks are great throughout the system. Full sun and a good crowd. Two feet of snow in the woods and a minimum of 8" on the trail.

Kalkaska golf course: Paula Dreeszen introduced Bryce to the GC hills & made virgin tracks for Henry, Roseanne (newbies too) & me to follow. Plenty of snow, 3-5" so rock skis not needed, Jack showed up, too, after 3 wks of rehab. Well worth the drive!!!

Michaywe: Had a pretty good hour skate on the Michaywe Golf Course this morning. If you ski the areas with very short trimmed grass in the fairways you can pretty much be safe at not edging out, down to the grass. Also, they did groom it which made for some good skiing in the open fairways away from the trees. Under the trees there are still too many branches/pine cones, etc. NOT excellent skiing conditions, but beats running hands down this time of year!!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Lots of skiers at Huron Meadows this morning. Skate conditions were fast and easy, with sugar snow on top of hard pack. There were a few low spots that were easy to avoid. Me? I was desperate to classic ski, even if no track was set. New Toko Yellow kick wax (not klister) did the trick. About a dozen Washtenaw Ski Touring Club skiers were out classic skiing as well.

Hiawatha Highlands: A big day at Hiawatha today as it is the first day of the Soo Finn Club's Jackrabbit ski school for 130 children as young as 4 and 5 years old. Seeing all the groups of them following their instructors like ducklings took me back 30 years to Snow Mtn Ranch in Colo and seeing Bill Koch teaching adults the same way so we called them Koch and his ducklings. I finally ventured out onto the hilly Red Pine Trail System which has 12.5K groomed and re-opened and discovered very good and supremely scenic conditions. So counting the Kinsmen Lighted Loop and the flat Pinder Trail system on the other side of the road that makes at least 25K currently groomed and open for both skating and classic. The icing on the cake is no chance of wheeled vehicle confrontations or trashed skate lane on any of this as Fat Bikes are wisely prohibited on all of these trails and only permitted on the least popular trail that isn't opened yet. About 1 1/2 feet of snow in the woods and everything is easily suitable for your A#1 skis on Pinder and Kinsmen and also on Red Pine hilly extension loops if you exercise a little care on some of the steep and slightly narrow uphills in the rocky gorge climbing back up to the escarpment containing the flatter trails (adjacent to the former downhill ski area) .

Nubs Nob: Fantastic skate conditions on the upper red trail this morning.

FRI, DEC 19

Valley Spur: Great skiing. Nice track and nice skate lane. Bring your best skis.

Valley Spur: Very very good conditions. Valley Spur has plenty of snow and the grooming as always is fabulous. Had fresh corduroy on many trails Thurs pm and Friday am. It's worth the drive to Munising.

Valley Spur: Great ski conditions. The classic track is in good shape. Good snow depth

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Can't wait to xc ski here as soon as adequate snow. You can't beat the views!

FYI: Bikes are not allowed on trails or beaches at SBD, except the Heritage Trail, paved & dirt roads. To report a fat tire biker, call the Visitor Center & ask for an Enforcement Ranger. Unleashed dogs used to be $50 each, and Ranger Jim wrote lots of tickets. Here's a link to SBD's policy, http://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/bicycling.htm, and SBD trails, http://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/ski.htm.

Vasa Trail: The VASA is groomed ! It looks like the entire trail system has been packed and rolled. Sorry no classic tracks yet as it is still a thin coat. Skate skied 16.5k from Prouty Rd. to TR to Rock to Wall to shortcut to 10k loop back to Prouty. Conditions surprisingly fast, but definitely use your rock skis. Extremely disappointed to find a multitude of deep fat bike ruts along the entire system. In fact, my wife took a hard fall, caught in a rut on a downhill.

Forbush Corner: We tried rolling the trails today, but there is just not enough snow. The ground is finally frozen so we just need a little more frozen precipitation and we should be ready to go. No skiing this weekend. The plan is to open on the 26th and remain open thru Jan 4th. Stay tuned for more information on the Demo Weekend - Fri Jan 2 to Sun Jan 4 !!!

Hiawatha Highlands: Conditions overall were so terrific it was impossible to get that snow-eating grin off my face for a single minute during this afternoon's skate. No fresh snow overnight and didn't seem to be a fresh grooming today on the 10K Pinder Trail system so parts of it were becoming mildly hard pack-ish without feeling slick or hard underfoot which just added a boost to yesterday's speed while it still retained 100% control-ability. My skate marks were the first in this afternoon's fresh corduroy installed on the 2K Kinsmen Lighted Loop. With comfortable temps of -4C under bright blue sky while "flying low" through snow-laden pine tree scenic snowscape there was nothing to not like. What little LF-7 remained on my skis was working well. Classic tracks were also fast according to those I saw kicking and gliding.

Timber Ridge: Our conditions are still doing good. Main trail that loops in the main part of the park is the best skiing. A few rough spots on the lit loop so use your rock skis. We predict that tomorrow will be the same conditions if we do not get any snow over night. Please note that on Sunday is the Thirst Mutilator Fat Bike Race here and will be going on from 12:00-2sh. The route does not include our main ski loops; however, it will cross over in a few places. Fun for all!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Ok snow coverage on 1k of bucks run. No classic tracks hope for cold and snow because we are out of snow in the stock pile.

Lost Lakes (Dubonnet): Beautiful sunny skies but very thin base compressed down to 1-2" max, some dirt, rocks & roots, so glad Paula Dreeszen & I had our "rock" skis. Next ski will be on a golf course again instead.

Stokely Creek: Opening Weekend is here! With colder temperatures and a few inches of snow in the past few days the trails are looking good! We now have tracks set on the Stokely Trail, Peterson Trail to Sayer Creek Cutoff, Cora's Crossing, Evans Lake Trail to Jackrabbit Trail, Walker Lake Trail and Home Run Hill.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received 3 inches of snow since Wednesday. There will be skiable snow on the practice field for lessons and free ski demos all weekend! *We are postponing the Kip Brady Ski Clinic, Mike Wagner/Swix wax clinic, and Yoga Ski Retreat that were set to take place this Saturday, Dec 20. Please stay tuned for the rescheduling dates. There WILL still be a free beginner ski lesson at 4:00pm on Saturday! The Let it Snow Sale is in full swing. We still have some close out 2014 Rossignol X-ium S2 skate skis on close out for $399 (list $700), plus a huge inventory of other skis and boots. As always you can demo any ski package for free before you buy. The Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is up and running in full swing! On the menu is famous chili, Bosco Sticks, chocolate chip cookies and fresh paninis made on Stone House Bread from Traverse City. Great weekend to come over, demo some skis, eat a great lunch, and even get a ski lesson! All the best, -Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Matt, Erin, Sarah, Steve, Kerrigan and crew

Huron Meadows Metropark: Working on spreading snow today and should have good conditions by 2:00

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