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Abby Olson (24) on her way to third-place overall in the Frosty Freestyle 5K (Photo: Greg Sadler Photography. More photos at http://www.backprint.com/gregsadlerphotography)

Abby Olson (24) on her way to third-place overall in the Frosty Freestyle 5K (Photo: Greg Sadler Photography. More photos at http://www.backprint.com/gregsadlerphotography)

2017 Vasa announces Collegiate Challenge
2017 Vasa announces Collegiate Challenge

2017 Vasa announces Collegiate Challenge

11/16/2016 - By Pete LaPlaca

In our 2017 Festival of Races we are offering a new Collegiate Challenge that is open to all current collegians. The male and female skiers will be judged on a cumulative time for both a 11km freestyle race and a 16km classic race.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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UPCOMING

TUE, JAN 16, 2018

4-H Junior Ski Program
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Vasa Ski Club Tuesday Night Sprints - Classic
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

Team NordicSkiRacer Tuesday Night Sprints
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

WED, JAN 17, 2018

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Classic

SAT, JAN 20, 2018

Gitchi Gami Games (Junior National Qualifier)
American Birkebeiner Trailhead, Cable, WI

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

Stretch and Slide: A Yoga-Ski Retreat!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

Northbound Outfitters Kids Race
Northbound Outfitters, Grayling,MI

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

SUN, JAN 21, 2018

Gitchi Gami Games (Junior National Qualifier) - Day 2
American Birkebeiner Trailhead, Cable, WI

Michigan Backcountry Ski Series: Stinchfield Loppet
Stinchfield Woods between Dexter and Pinckney

Paella on the Sun Deck
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

TUE, JAN 23, 2018

4-H Junior Ski Program
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Vasa Ski Club Tuesday Night Sprints - Freestyle
Hickory Hills, Traverse City, MI

Team NordicSkiRacer Tuesday Night Sprints
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

TUE, JAN 16

Vasa Trail: Left from Timber Ridge (not groomed, rough tractor ruts). Skied towards Riley’s. A little bumpy but not bad. Looks like a snowmobile was on it. We got to the single track parking lot and the trail had been destroyed by a truck! We turned around and completed our ski on the inside loop of the main Vasa trail. It was very nice even without a fresh groom. Squeeky snow for skate skiing today but gorgeous out!

Milham Park Golf Course: Woke up early to groom Milham this morning only to find that it was very cold and snowing pretty hard. I have today off from work so current plan is to wait until it the snow lets up and it warms up a bit. Plan is to groom late morning / early afternoon now. Would expect it to be ready by midafternoon. I will report after grooming but expect thin but doable skate lane and to thin to set a machined track. Would expect classic skiing to be ok just to thin to run the track setter around though.

Hanson Hills: Total accumulation of snow received yesterday 1/4- 1/2 inch. We will be out packing this light lake effect snow this morning, and re-assessing the trail system. Trails will remain closed today.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Groomer broke yesterday. Staff is working to get it up and running again.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Trail Doctor Bob continued adding snow all day yesterday to the John Deere loop, and was able to snow comb and even set classic tracks late in the afternoon! Conditions on the 1.2km John Deere loop are excellent for classic and skating. We also received about 2 inches of snow throughout yesterday and last night, which helped conditions immensely. This morning, Groomer Mike will snow comb Rolling Hills, Manitou, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, Trapper’s Cabin, and Adventure, which will be open for rock skiing today. He will also work on extending the John Deere loop with the snow spreader. The practice area still has plenty of coverage for ski demos and lessons. Snowshoeing is welcome on all the trails as well.

Stop by and demo some skis! Free equipment demos are available all day, every day. Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Wild Turkey Panini! Sliced turkey breast, basil pesto, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, and provolone cheese, grilled on Stone House 7-Grain bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a dill pickle spear. The trails area calling, time to ski!

MON, JAN 15

Muncie Lakes Pathway: Tracks were shallow, but quite usable. Note that the snow on the shore of Muncie Lake (at sign post #6) is deceptive--there is no base, and our skis went down to the frozen sand. (We like to go along the shore and avoid the down-hill curve challenge of that trail section.) The snow was on the fast side. We did a fair bit of snow plowing to control speed on downhills. But overall, we had a good ski and had a good workout.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skied classic on buck's run again today. Trail was groomed this morning. Tracks are shallow, but still good. Skating also looked good today.
Get out before the warm weather and rain.

Thanks again for all those at Huron Meadows for keeping the trail going.

Hanson Hills: Trails are still closed at Hanson Hills. We have received a light dusting of new snow overnight, and are predicted to receive possibly an inch throughout the day today. I am hopeful that with the marginal base that we currently have now, and a few inches of snow that we will be able to reopen. Please be patient as we beg mother nature for some new snow.

Cote Dame Marie: As of right now, we are doing everything in our power to hold the Cote Dame. Any race related decisions/modifications/cancellations will be made Wednesday morning.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Yesterday was a very productive day for Trail Doctor Bob. He completed spreading snow with the new Snow Spreader along the 1.5km John Deere Loop, used the pre-seeder to smooth it out, and then Ginzu snow combed it late yesterday afternoon. The results are fantastic! The skating lane is plenty wide, although the snow is not quite deep enough for classic tracks yet. Using “A” skis is fine as long as you watch for the couple of slightly thin spots. The John Deere Loop is comprised of the main trail vein, and part of the Rolling Hills trail. Our plan is to continue expanding the trail throughout the day today to make it even longer. We have a large stockpile of manmade snow and will continue to make snow when needed. We received a dusting of now overnight, and are forecast to receive more throughout the day today as well. To summarize, skiing is encouraged on the 1.5km loop, as well as the Practice Area. Snowshoeing is still of course a great way to get outdoors today, too!

Stop by and demo some skis! Free equipment demos are available all day, every day. Shop our sale and eat some delicious food while you're at it. Today is the last day of our most decadent lunch special of the year… Gourmet Mac n’ Cheese! Grab a steaming bowl of homemade mac, and top it with your choice of bacon, feta, tomatoes, spring onions, breadcrumbs, spinach, plus classics like peas and hot dogs. See you at HQ!

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