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Men's start at the Hanson Hills Classic / Michigan Cup Classic Championships

Men's start at the Hanson Hills Classic / Michigan Cup Classic Championships

Birkie and Michigan Cup wax recommendations!
Birkie and Michigan Cup wax recommendations!

Birkie and Michigan Cup wax recommendations!

2/20/2020 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for the this weekend's races! The Birkie recommendations may be updated daily...

Brumbaugh Cup: Headquarters, NordicSkiRacer, Hanson Hills/CCSS...
Brumbaugh Cup: Headquarters, NordicSkiRacer, Hanson Hills/CCSS...

Brumbaugh Cup: Headquarters, NordicSkiRacer, Hanson Hills/CCSS...

2/20/2020 - By Mike Muha

There's been no change to the order of teams in the Brumbaugh Cup after nine races: the Cross Country Ski Headquarters continues to leads with 819 points and Team NordicSkiRacer and Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop hold second and third.

Competition is hot in Michigan Cup individual standings
Competition is hot in Michigan Cup individual standings

Competition is hot in Michigan Cup individual standings

2/20/2020 - By Mike Muha

As of last weekend, 539 racers have gained Michigan Cup points. A small set of those skiers lead the overall Michigan Cup.

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Blackmer and Hanson crowned 2020 MI Cup Classic Champions
Blackmer and Hanson crowned 2020 MI Cup Classic Champions

Blackmer and Hanson crowned 2020 MI Cup Classic Champions

2/17/2020 - By Mike Muha

Skiers started out on a massive climb, sorting out the pack early in the race. Emily Blackmen (Cross Country Ski Headquarters) and Kyle Hanson of Team NordicSkiRacer held off everyone to win.

Vanias and Ross crowned 2020 Michigan Cup Freestyle Champions
Vanias and Ross crowned 2020 Michigan Cup Freestyle Champions

Vanias and Ross crowned 2020 Michigan Cup Freestyle Champions

2/17/2020 - By Mike Muha

The crowning of the champions in previous years was based on a racers three best freestyle events. The Michigan Cup Committee, after quite a bit of discussion, voted to make it winner-take-all in one event for 2020.

Lipp and Holmes win Vasa MI Cup Challenge
Lipp and Holmes win Vasa MI Cup Challenge

Lipp and Holmes win Vasa MI Cup Challenge

2/15/2020 - By Mike Muha

We combine the times from the 2 full points Michigan Cup races (the 25K freestyle and the 17K classic), and the best time wins.

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Lipp and Hanson top seniors in Michigan Cup
Lipp and Hanson top seniors in Michigan Cup

Lipp and Hanson top seniors in Michigan Cup

2/14/2020 - By Mike Muha

Vasa's Josh Kerr and Arielle Jean lead the juniors, and Team NordicSkiRacer's Kyle Hanson and Erin Lipp top the senior. Headquarters leads them all...

Wax recommendations for the weekend MI Cup and GLD races
Wax recommendations for the weekend MI Cup and GLD races

Wax recommendations for the weekend MI Cup and GLD races

2/13/2020 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup races! This weekend is special: The Michigan Cup will crown the overall Classic and Freestyle Champion of the year!

Headquarters maintains Brumbaugh Cup lead
Headquarters maintains Brumbaugh Cup lead

Headquarters maintains Brumbaugh Cup lead

2/11/2020 - By Mike Muha

After seven races, the Cross Country Ski Headquarters continues to lead the Brumbaugh Cup competition with 565 points. Team NordicSkiRacer remains in second with 686 points. Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop is third place with 841 points.

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2020 Vasa Classic Results
2020 Vasa Classic Results

2020 Vasa Classic Results

2/11/2020 - By Mike Muha

2020 Vasa Classic Results - just the basics in a nice PDF.

2020 Vasa Freestyle Results!
2020 Vasa Freestyle Results!

2020 Vasa Freestyle Results!

2/11/2020 - By Mike Muha

2020 Vasa Freestyle Results - just the basics in a nice PDF.

Headquarters "Super-sizes" lead in Michigan Cup
Headquarters "Super-sizes" lead in Michigan Cup

Headquarters "Super-sizes" lead in Michigan Cup

2/10/2020 - By Mike Muha

The Michigan Cup individual standings through the Mike Seaman Memorial Race are out, and the Cross Country Ski Headquarters has greatly extended their lead in the Michigan Cup.

More News...

www.cxcacademy.com/

UPCOMING

TUE, FEB 25, 2020

Tech Trails Citizen's Night Ski Race Series
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

WED, FEB 26, 2020

Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

FRI, FEB 28, 2020

Michigan High School Championships - Freestyle Sprint
Hickory Hills, Traverse City, MI

SAT, FEB 29, 2020

Michigan High School Championships - Classic and Pursuit
Hickory Hills, Traverse City, MI

Black Mountain 31K Classic and 10km Tour
Rippling Rapids Golf Course, 4849 North Black River Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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

Ribs & Blues
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, MAR 1, 2020

Black Mountain 10km Freestyle
Bluffs Bar and Grill, 10905 High Bluffs Drive, Cheboygan, MI 49721

More events...

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

MON, FEB 24

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks run. Amazing what man made snow can be like.
Connector from building to woods is soft.
Trail in the woods is really good for skating. Still has good glide. And there is still shallow to good classic tracks around the loop in the woods.

Vasa Trail: Skated the 10K at sunrise this morning. Very fast with average to poor control; lots of icy sections and the downhills were not enjoyable.

Keep in mind I’m a relatively new skater (4th year) so some on you might not feel as intimidated as I did.

SUN, FEB 23

Huron Meadows Metropark: Yes, I managed to classic ski the trails.south of Hammel rd! Of course, warm And slushy, but there was mostly a nice gliding surface.

Kensington Metropark: Pretty good cover Sunday morning. The groomed trail was mostly gone. Some tracks from pre golfers out touring the course on foot, and snowshoers on the grass the previous day. I found plenty of skiable snow on the greenways, had to pick across some minor grass areas. By 10 am it was starting to get soft. It might still be pretty good Monday, but perhaps you will have to stick to one area more.

Vasa Trail: The cognoscenti were skiing early this morning when the conditions were uniformly on the faster side. The apres-church skiers including myself suffered the effects of bright sun and 43F softening the snow in the skate lane. A top regional racer's appraisal after he finished his loop at noon just as I began mine is that conditions were becoming herky-jerky - and that is exactly what they were. Speed up in the shade and slow way down in the sunny areas where if you weren't prepared when hitting the transition zone could lead to pounding snow with your face. A safety technique that works good in herky-jerky conditions is to put out some light drag in the form of mild and gentle snowplow braking well before you hit the transition so it can't adversely impact your stabilized inertia when you hit it. Classic tracks still looked good except suffered the same warm "sun problem" and collecting latest batch of oak leaves in some areas. Trail still entirely snow covered, and deep in the woods.

Forecast looks to return to normal winter temps in a couple of days.

Crystal Mountain: Touched up the trails today. Still have lots of coverage. Lots of leaves and other trail trash. We should be fine until we get more snow.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Good sunny morning, Nordic skiers. This morning, our report comes from a classic skiing early-bird: “not bad, icy, track-set still firm”. Our current temperature is 36°, with an expected high of 46°, sunny and a lovely, cooling breeze. We invite you to ski early for best trail conditions, and when temps return to ‘normal’, below freezing, conducive-to-grooming, Brad the Groomer will return once again to work his corduroy magic.

Hanson Hills: It is going to be another bluebird day in the woods! Mid 40's today. Groomer Jason is out combing skate lanes this morning.

Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

Forbush Corner: 2 Pisten Bully's working hard this morning. The entire trail system including The Pines Loop will have regroomed classic tracks and skate deck. NO glazed tracks or rutted skate deck!

Another perfect day to get out and ski and enjoy the abundant sunshine.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It was a beautiful, sunny day for skiing yesterday, with over 60 people participating in the Saturday Free Ski Lesson! Today's conditions will be similar - the best skiing will be early before the snow softens up with the warm temps this afternoon. Groomer Mike snow combed and set tracks on all the trails after temps cooled yesterday evening. After setting up all night, the trails will be in great condition for classic and skating today, AND for the Junior Muffin Race starting at 10:30am! There are 6 to 8 inches of snow packed on the trails, and 9 to 15 inches in the woods.

More trail reports...

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