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Love Creek snow conditions on Sunday December 10: Perfecto! (Gregory Worsnop)

Love Creek snow conditions on Sunday December 10: Perfecto! (Gregory Worsnop)

Registration is open for the 2017 Great Bear Chase!
Registration is open for the 2017 Great Bear Chase!

Registration is open for the 2017 Great Bear Chase!

11/10/2016 - By Great Bear Chase

Registration is now open for the 37th annual UP Health System Portage Great Bear Chase. The race will take place on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at the beautiful Swedetown Trails in Calumet, Michigan.

Forbush Corner Pines Loop trail clearing this weekend
Forbush Corner Pines Loop trail clearing this weekend

Forbush Corner Pines Loop trail clearing this weekend

11/9/2016 - By Forbush Corner

If you haven't heard yet - the beloved Pines Loop is set to re-open for the upcoming ski season. Trail clearing is underway. We plan to continue work this weekend and could use your help to finish this project.

Why Toko Waxes?  How Toko is different
Why Toko Waxes?  How Toko is different

Why Toko Waxes? How Toko is different

11/9/2016 - By Ian Harvey

Innovation. Simplicity. No compromise / performance. Service.

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Straits Striders to hold Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap
Straits Striders to hold Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap

Straits Striders to hold Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap

11/3/2016 - By Jim Harrington

Straits Striders is holding a Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap on Saturday November 12, 9am-1pm at the Petoskey Winter Sports Park. in Petoskey, Michigan.

$200,735 Adaptive Sports Grant to assist disabled veterans across Wyoming
$200,735 Adaptive Sports Grant to assist disabled veterans across Wyoming

$200,735 Adaptive Sports Grant to assist disabled veterans across Wyoming

11/2/2016 - By Cathy Rosser

The aim of the grant is to support adaptive sports and recreation for veterans and active duty military, in this case adaptive biathlon and Nordic skiing.

Krazy Klassic to host Michigan Senior Olypmics
Krazy Klassic to host Michigan Senior Olypmics

Krazy Klassic to host Michigan Senior Olypmics

11/1/2016 - By Mike Muha

The 2017 Krazy Klassic Ski Race will be part of the 2017 Michigan Senior Olympics. Any Krazy Klassic participant age 55 and older over will be able to indicate during registration that they would like to be considered an MSO participant.

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NOAA Winter Outlook predicts cooler, wetter Michigan
NOAA Winter Outlook predicts cooler, wetter Michigan

NOAA Winter Outlook predicts cooler, wetter Michigan

10/30/2016 - By NOAA

The Climate Prediction Center issued a La Nina watch this month, predicting the climate phenomenon is likely to develop in late fall or early winter. La Nina favors drier, warmer winters in the south and wetter, cooler conditions in the northern U.S.

Vasa Ski Swap this weekend
Vasa Ski Swap this weekend

Vasa Ski Swap this weekend

10/20/2016 - By Eric C. Jean

Gear up for the cross country ski season at the annual Vasa Ski Club "Nordic Ski Swap" Saturday October 22nd from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Brick Wheels in Traverse City.

Michigan Cup Committee set rules for 2016-2017 season
Michigan Cup Committee set rules for 2016-2017 season

Michigan Cup Committee set rules for 2016-2017 season

10/11/2016 - By Mike Muha

The Michigan Cup Committee made a number of decisions at it's annual meeting this past Sunday for the upcoming 2016-2017 ski season.

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Will 83% ski pole rule save classic skiing?
Will 83% ski pole rule save classic skiing?

Will 83% ski pole rule save classic skiing?

10/5/2016 - By Mike Muha

The FIS created a new rule around the maximum pole length in classic technique to preserve the use of diagonal striding. What does this mean for the citizen racer?

Preseason discount trail passes available for Yellowstone Ski Festival
Preseason discount trail passes available for Yellowstone Ski Festival

Preseason discount trail passes available for Yellowstone Ski Festival

9/21/2016 - By Yellowstone Ski Festival

Prepaid trail passes are now available for the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Passes are valid from November 1-30. Passes can be purchased through the mail or online. Order by October 31, 2015 for the best rate.

2017 North American Vasa goes freestyle-only on Sunday, classic-only on Sunday
2017 North American Vasa goes freestyle-only on Sunday, classic-only on Sunday

2017 North American Vasa goes freestyle-only on Sunday, classic-only on Sunday

9/20/2016 - By Mike Muha

The Vasa will change to freestyle-only on Saturday (classic and skate skiers scored together as

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UPCOMING

SAT, DEC 16, 2017

Michigan Tech CCSA Race & CXC Junior Cup (Junior National Qualifier)
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

Lakes of the North Freestyle
Lakes of the North, Mancelona, MI

Trapper Santa at the Cabin!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SUN, DEC 17, 2017

Michigan Tech CCSA Race & CXC Junior Cup (Junior National Qualifier)
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

Forbush Time Trial
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

WED, DEC 20, 2017

Cross-Country Ski lessons at Huron Meadows
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

SAT, DEC 23, 2017

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, DEC 16

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received another 2 inches of snow throughout yesterday morning, which was enough to enable Groomer Mike to snowcomb. It also filled in the classic tracks perfectly, and has given us great conditions for classic and skating on the premier trails: Rolling Hills, Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, and Manitou. Tall Pines is still in fair to good condition, and Adventure is ungroomed and open for “back country” skiing and snowshoeing. As long time skier John Buiteweg said yesterday, “you went from rock skiing to perfect skiing in one week!”

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is the Rocky Mountain Chipotle Panini! Your choice of oven roasted turkey or homemade hummus and double provolone cheese, plus bell peppers, banana peppers, black olives, spinach, onion, tomato, and chipotle mayo on grilled Stone House 7-grain bread. Served with Great Lakes Potato Chips and a dill pickle! Classic and Veggie Chili are available, and are served with a multigrain roll and butter.

Come one, come all to visit the jolliest outdoorsman in the North Woods, Trapper Santa! Today from Noon until 3:00pm, children of all ages (including adults) are invited to ski or snowshoe to Trapper’s Cabin, where this rustic Santa will be tending the bonfire, serving up free hot cocoa and s’mores, and telling wintery tales. Bring your own skis or snowshoes, or rent for a nominal cost.

The Christmas sale is in full swing! Sweaters, gloves, hats, socks, snowshoes, skis, you name it – we have it and it’s on sale. It’s a great weekend to be skiing!

Crystal Mountain: Heading out to groom the trails again today. Groomed and trackset everything yesterday but it snowed while I was doing it. Hopefully I don't get stuck or roll it today-done that twice already. Reminder for us classic skiers while you are over this way skiing our trails hop on over to the Betsie pathway. We roll /pack the upper trail system. It's not trackset but nice and firm. I think it's about a 6 mile loop if you do the outer loop. Ski ya later and don't forget to buy a pass-it costs a lot of money and time to groom. Thanks, Kathloon

FRI, DEC 15

Huron Meadows Metropark: Anders and I skated the North and South golf course loops. North was in better shape than South and coyote run was the best area. About 2 inches of fluffy new snow made the trails a bit soft and slow but not bad. Buck's run was a little firmer. 30 cars in the parking lot and a friendly staff that now includes Randy Kessler who was waxing skis like a mad man. Great to get out on the real stuff for a change.

Unlisted trail: Jordan Valley Pathway-North Country Trail- skied from fish hatchery (heated restrooms) south on snowmobile trail about 1/2 mile to pathway crossing (marker 12). Turned left and skied up to Deadman Hill (marker 1) and back. Round trip about 7.5 miles. Lots of fresh snow, nice hills, great views.

Crystal Mountain: Gorgeous, silky skiing today on Crystal upper trails! Did them all and legs are trashed now- what a deeply satisfying workout!! Pristine grooming on Doe's Delight, Screaming Eagle (ouch, that hurts!), Hawks Ridge, Flying Squirrel (truly death defying but survivable), Aspen Climb (the mother of all climbs) and Nepsa (it's cruel twin sister). Thanks to Kathy & Greg!
The base is firm and deep due to daily snowing and daily rolling, packing, and now corduroy grooming and track setting. Should be an epic weekend out there, hope to see many of you Nordic fanatics on our lovely home hill! - Swixgirl

Big M: Friday, December 15: All trails at Big M have been groomed yesterday and today. This is our first grooming for the season so we are setting the base. We have had about 12 inches of snow but very light and fluffy so grooming it to compact it. Weather might be warming on Sunday and Monday to compact the trails, hopefully the warmer weather won't last long enough to set us back.

Lakes of the North: GPlenn, Gussie, and I skied the 7.3km race course today. It is in the best shape that we have ever seen. There is lots of snow and it IS a bit soft and it was snowing again today. But the crew at Lakes of the North have done a tremendous job and have kept up with the snow. Poles DO NOT punch through. The snow had some moisture in it but tonight is supposed to be cold. Should be lots of fun for the 11am race tomorrow. See you there.
Curt Peterson

Kensington Metropark: Beautiful classic track set. I skied from Ridge Rd all the way to the pavement west and back through possum hollow, awesome conditions. Grooming was good, used B skis and some old was left on from last year! Track to farm center was good too. It's all swix blue extra on this cold powder.

Vasa Trail: Went out Thursday evening and hit the 5k loop with classic skis. As mentioned already, not much glide and the classic tracks were nonexistent or real soft at other times. No bare spots to speak of. This weekends little warm up should help get it packed down. Great to be back on the skis.

Lake Ann Pathway: The DNR cleared 3 downed trees on the outer, west loop at Lake Ann Pathway today, and boy, were they tired after hiking in 10" deep snow, up & down the hills for 3.5 miles, carrying a chain saw. Thanks to Bryce for reporting that there were some downed trees there earlier this week.
Whenever possible on the State Forest Pathways (Lake Ann, Lost Lakes, Muncie Lakes & Sand Lakes), GPS their location or note between which posts, and take a photo, so easier to get them cleared.

Lost Lakes Pathway: Wow, 6-9" deep snow in parking lot & along skied-in tracks at Lost Lakes Pathway today. What gorgeous Winter Wonderland scenery, in the woods & along Lake Dubonnet. The campground loop had been skied this morning by several before me, so good track. The 2nd loop had only been skied by one other, so slow going, and the back loop was untracked, so skipped it since too much effort alone. The parking lots are being plowed by a DNR contractor, who had not gotten to Lake Ann or Lost Lake Pathways yet today. The car stuck at Lake Ann needed a shovel & tow to get out of the entry to the parking lot, so best to be prepared & look before you leap!

Love Creek: All white, no rock skis needed. Good groomed base and shallow classic track with half an inch of fresh lake effect fluff on top. Thanks, Kip.

Boyne Mountain: ~5 inches of fresh powder over the last 24 hours. 25km of trails are tracked and combed. Innsbruck is still being packed and isn't recommended. Other than that the skiing should be great!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Golf course North trail was a good ski today. Soft conditions due to the type of snow we got Wednesday - soft fluffy and non-packing. Skate and classic trail set today. Equipment failure has the crew hamstrung until parts and maintenance can be done. Be understanding -those guys do much more than most xc areas!!! South side of Hammel groomed by skiers not the machine.

Forbush Corner: Larry reported back that the trails are grooming up wonderful today - "The skating lane is beautiful and the classic tracks look great !!!"

He is finishing up the East Trail System ~15 km right now.

The plan is to try and open up the entire trail system for the weekend.

Open today through Monday.

Vasa Trail: Went out Thursday evening and hit the 5k loop with classic skis. As mentioned already, not much glide and the classic tracks were nonexistent or real soft at other times. No bare spots to speak of. This weekends little warm up should help get it packed down. Great to be back on the skis.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received another inch of snow throughout the day yesterday and last night, which will make for especially good skating and in-track classic skiing today. Groomer Butch did a great job snow combing and rolling in tracks on the premier trails yesterday - Rolling Hills, Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, and Manitou - which are in good to great condition and suitable for "A skis" - just keep an eye out for a couple fair spots still left. Tall Pines and Adventure have improved quite a bit, and have fair to good conditions with a couple marginal spots. We are waiting to receive one more inch of snow before grooming today, which we are forecast to receive. It's looking like a great weekend in the works for XC skiing!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is the Rocky Mountain Chipotle Panini! Your choice of oven roasted turkey or homemade hummus and double provolone cheese, plus bell peppers, banana peppers, black olives, spinach, onion, tomato, and chipotle mayo on grilled Stone House 7-grain bread. Served with Great Lakes Potato Chips and a dill pickle!

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 16th: Come one, come all to visit the jolliest outdoorsman in the North Woods, Trapper Santa! From Noon until 3:00pm, children of all ages (including adults) are invited to ski or snowshoe to Trapper’s Cabin, where this rustic Santa will be tending the bonfire, serving up free hot cocoa and s’mores, and telling wintery tales. Bring your own skis or snowshoes, or rent for a nominal cost.

The Christmas sale is in full swing! Free demos every day, including on race equipment. Come ski with us!

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