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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)

Video - 2016 Michigan Cup Relays
Video - 2016 Michigan Cup Relays

Video - 2016 Michigan Cup Relays

3/9/2016 - By Ethan Gibb-Randall

Video of the 2106 Michigan Cup relays by one of Team NordicSkiRacer's junior racers, Ethan Gibbs-Randall. The Relays took place at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters.

Photos from the 2016 Michigan Cup Relays
Photos from the 2016 Michigan Cup Relays

Photos from the 2016 Michigan Cup Relays

3/9/2016 - By Mike Muha and Blair Zordell

Photos - 699 of them - from Mike Muha and Blair Zordell of the 2016 Michigan Cup Relays at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters.

Vasa Ski Club: Most powerful senior team in the Michigan Cup Series!
Vasa Ski Club: Most powerful senior team in the Michigan Cup Series!

Vasa Ski Club: Most powerful senior team in the Michigan Cup Series!

3/7/2016 - By Mike Muha

It's a Vasa Ski Club year: The club officially wins the 2016 Brumbaugh Cup for the most powerful senior team in the Michigan Cup Cross Country Ski Racing Series.

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Vasa Ski Club wins Michigan Cup Relays
Vasa Ski Club wins Michigan Cup Relays

Vasa Ski Club wins Michigan Cup Relays

3/7/2016 - By Mike Muha

The Vasa Ski Club dominated the Michigan Cup relays by winning three categories (both female divisions and the male over 165 division) and finishing second in the other three categories.

Nick Power and Rosie Frankowski victorious at Great Bear Chase
Nick Power and Rosie Frankowski victorious at Great Bear Chase

Nick Power and Rosie Frankowski victorious at Great Bear Chase

3/7/2016 - By Angela Luskin

Nick Power, Minneapolis, MN and Rosie Frankowski, Anchorage, AK took victories in the 50km skiathlon, which incorporates the two different styles of cross country skiing – the classic diagonal stride technique and the freestyle or skating technique.

REVISED STANDINGS: Vasa and Headquarters separated by 23 points
REVISED STANDINGS: Vasa and Headquarters separated by 23 points

REVISED STANDINGS: Vasa and Headquarters separated by 23 points

3/4/2016 - By Mike Muha

REVISED Unofficial standings: The Cross Country Ski Headquarters is just 23 points away from the Vasa Ski Club's top standing:

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Get waxing! Wax recommendations for this weekend
Get waxing! Wax recommendations for this weekend

Get waxing! Wax recommendations for this weekend

3/3/2016 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski race and the Great Bear Chase.

Hamilton and Diggins Podium in Gatineau sprint
Hamilton and Diggins Podium in Gatineau sprint

Hamilton and Diggins Podium in Gatineau sprint

3/2/2016 - By USSA

Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in the opening races of the Ski Tour Canada in Gatineau on Tuesday. Both Hamilton and Diggins finished third in a 1.7k freestyle sprint.

Unofficial Michigan Cup Standings: XCHQ inching toward Vasa...
Unofficial Michigan Cup Standings: XCHQ inching toward Vasa...

Unofficial Michigan Cup Standings: XCHQ inching toward Vasa...

3/1/2016 - By Mike Muha

Unofficial standings: The Cross Country Ski Shop has gained a bit on the Vasa Ski Club. And check your individual standings!

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Kelly Peregrine and Michael Klettner win the Muffin!
Kelly Peregrine and Michael Klettner win the Muffin!

Kelly Peregrine and Michael Klettner win the Muffin!

3/1/2016 - By Cross Country Ski Headquarters

We had one of the best Muffin Races ever this past Sunday, with over 50 kids from ages 3 to 19 competing in the longest standing junior XC ski race in the state of Michigan. The high school division featured an 8km Pursuit race.

NMU takes 12 of 20 spots on CCSA All-Conference Team
NMU takes 12 of 20 spots on CCSA All-Conference Team

NMU takes 12 of 20 spots on CCSA All-Conference Team

3/1/2016 - By CCSA

The Central Collegiate Ski Association named the ten top ranked men’s and women’s racers from the conference for 2016. Northern Michigan University took 12 of the available 20 spots by placing six women and six men on each of the All-conference teams.

Alaska Ski for Women raises $1,000,000
Alaska Ski for Women raises $1,000,000

Alaska Ski for Women raises $1,000,000

3/1/2016 - By Patrick McGownd

The colorful Alaska Ski for Women (ASFW) is North America's largest women-only cross-country ski event, raising funds for local non-profit organizations that help stop the cycle of domestic abuse against women and children.

More News...

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UPCOMING

SAT, JAN 20, 2018

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

UPDATED! Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet
Forbush Corner, Frederic, 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

WED, JAN 24, 2018

"Cold is Cool": Fourth and Fifth Graders Ski Free!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Skate

More events...

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

THU, JAN 18

Huron Meadows Metropark: Started at 7:45am today and no grooming had been done. Bucks Run was skiable, but there were a lot of oak leaves to skate around. Took a detour and skated the woodsy part of the north golf course. That was much better although there were some areas where the dirt is starting to show. It appeared the crew was adding snow to Buck Run, so perhaps they will groom later today.

Hanson Hills: Cote Dame Tentative Race Schedule: **EVENT HELD AT FORBUSH CORNER
8-9:30am Registration
9:30am Junior Boy's Start (6.5.KM)
9:33am Junior Girl's Start (6.5KM)
10:00am MI-Cup Men Start (19.5KM)
10:03am MI-Cup Women Start (13KM)

Hanson Hills: No new snow to report. The snow we received Monday, has packed to the trail system nicely. Trails are skiable, however we feel the hills are still really icy and dangerous to withstand skier traffic. We will continue to keep trails closed through the weekend. Temperatures will climb back into the 40's Friday and Saturday, with possible rain on Sunday.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It was another great day of skiing on the John Deere loop, as well as the Rolling Hills trail! Groomer Mike snow combed yesterday afternoon, so conditions on those trails will be great again today. Trail Doctor Bob will finish extending the John Deere loop with the snow spreader today. The John Deere loop is great for A skis, the Rolling Hills is good for A skis if you’re careful, and the Manitou, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, Trapper’s Cabin, and Adventure are open for rock skiing today. 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. Our sale on XC ski packages and cross country ski clothing continues on great deals from Fischer, Salomon, Smartwool, and more. Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is Chili and 2 Bosco Sticks for just $5! Enjoy these cheese filled breadsticks dipped in your choice of housemade Classic or Veggie Chili.

See you at HQ!

Stokely Creek: Stokely's trails and grooming conditions have been great all week. Alex who has groomed at Stokely for over 30 years said the ski Mountain trail to the King Mt hut and the King Mountain run is in as good a shape as it has ever been. Right now skiing on the lakes is a skiers delight. You should put March 3rd on your calendars and join us for our big new event called Tour De` Huts. Look up the details on our web-site stokelycreek/events. It will be a winter celebration that will last all day.

WED, JAN 17

Independance Oaks: Thin but very skiable conditions today. The occasional stick or rock sticking through a packed and skied in trail. The park did a nice job for as little snow as we have.
A shallow track most of the way around the lake.

Sand Lakes Quiet Area: Ski tracks were non-existent to minimal all the way around the outer loop, but packed snow on the trail made for a good grip. Big baskets would have been useful. Snow was thin under some trees, but fine on most of the trail. A good place to ski when windy--the trees provide good shelter. We used metal-edge no-wax skis, which worked pretty well. Lots of coyote, squirrel, and some quail tracks added interest. Despite less than ideal conditions, we had a good backwoods ski!

Vasa Trail: Thanks to Paula & Kate for a quick 2 hr ski before She Skis, Special K, Nipple & 10k loop. I really needed this! The classic tracks & corduroy were purr-fect, thanks to TART groomers, Steve & Glen. Get out & enjoy before the next meltdown!
Rain, rain, go away, come again another day, but not until Spring!

Crystal Mountain: Hit 100 out of 100 on my funometer this afternoon. You could go full gas on Eagle, Squirrel & Nespa downhills. Conditions could not have been better.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Excellent skating, fast and controllable! Thank you groomer Tom.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Very nice skating conditions on most of the golf course, best on coyote run before the open golf course. In this region there is a lot of stubble showing through but it was frozen and did not catch my skis. In the wooded area, numerous oak leaves could catch your skis but can be skated around. Classic track very shallow, skied in, wind blown snow obscuring. Snow depth is quite thin, with the wind blown snow providing a nice edge. Parts of the southern golf course were great, but the groomer dug in and stopped at the bottom of the downhill appearing to hit grass, so turnaround point. Recommend ‘B’ skis. Two snow guns going the whole time at Bucks run.

Boyne Mountain: Vista was great this am....full coverage, a couple thin spots, very good glide...firm with a bit of fluff on top
A bit windy this am.

Crystal Mountain: took the tidd tech out this morning and the snowmobile started acting up so we only did Otter, Jacks, Loons, Wilies and Lower Stag. Since I couldn't keep grooming, Greg and I decided to ski and look for new trails. The trails we didn't groom were like velvet with the dusting of new snow on top of Monday's corduroy. Tracks were shallow in spots and collecting leaves. The snow mobile is fixed so I'll be out tomorrow to knock down the drifts we are getting and hopefully get a good track set before the next thaw. Ski ya later

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks run is in excellent condition for both skating and classic. The track is shallow and getting leaf filled, but is quite serviceable. Skating is very very good. Both sides of the golf course were also groomed for skating, but to take advantage of it you'll have to seek out the spots sheltered from the wind. Much of it is blown over.

: The east side of the Lake Charlevoix area along Boyne city Lake Charlevoix road has an inch or two of fresh snow that sits atop a skiable crust. This is good skiable snow. Do not recommend skiing on Lake Charvlevoix as know of one skier who went through the ice up to his waist a short while back. There are several conservancies along Charlevoix Boyne city road that provide access. As always, if planning to ski on private property, best to ask for permission first.
Hap Wright

Burchfield Park: As of yesterday Jan 16 in the afternoon, most trails had been rolled for skate skiing, snow too thin to set classic tracks. However, classic skiing was good in existing skier-generated tracks with only a few wood sticks hit beneath the snow. Come on out and enjoy the trails before walkers and the thaw take care of them!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The ski conditions on the John Deere loop was terrific yesterday. Trail Doctor Mike worked on extending the the loop with the snow spreader yesterday, and will continue today. He will also snow comb and reset classic tracks on the loop where needed this morning. We received dusting of snow last night and it is currently snowing, which continues to add to the snow pack. The Rolling Hills, Manitou, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, Trapper’s Cabin, and Adventure are open for rock skiing today. 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. Our sale on XC ski packages and cross country ski clothing continues on great deals from Fischer, Salomon, Smartwool, and more. Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the El Gordo Panini! Sliced ham, provolone cheese, banana peppers, tomato, red, onion, spinach and BACON, plus mayo and mustard on a ciabatta bun, served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle.

Join us this Saturday, January 20th for Stretch & Slide, a Yoga Ski Retreat! More info at crosscountryski.com.

Hanson Hills: Cote Dame Marie Update:
Due to poor snow conditions Hanson Hills Recreation Area will not be able to host the annual running of the Cote Dame Marie Loppet. However, our neighbors to the north at Forbush Corners are willing to serve as temporary course host for this year’s race. To keep the MI-Cup schedule intact, we have decided to accept Forbush’s generous offer with a few modifications to our original race schedule.

This year’s race will feature the Michigan Cup Men’s and Women’s Skate Divisions only. All Classic and Citizen Races will be canceled for this year.

Registration: Registration will be from 8am-9:30am at Forbush Corners -4971 W. Co Rd 612, Frederic, MI, 49733.

Course: We will be using the Time Trial loop at Forbush that includes sections of roller coaster and badlands equaling close to a 6.5km loop. MI-Cup Men = 3 laps (19.5KM) , MI-Cup Women = 2 laps (13KM)

Wave Start Times: (All time tentative)
10:00am Michigan Cup Men (19.5KM)
10:03am Michigan Cup Women (13KM)

Chip Timing:
The Cote Dame Marie will be timed using Chip Timing technology. The chip will be attached to your bib. Please do not fold or bend the chip. There is no need to return the chip after the race.

Lunch:
As always let Grayling wine and dine you!!
(Enjoy Great Food Specials, and (1) FREE Beer (Souvenir pint glass) at the following sponsor locations. PADDLE HARD BREWERY, SPIKES Keg ‘O’ Nails, Tinkers Junction, XC HEADQUARTERS. New to the Menu is Tinkers Junction (next to Hanson) help make them feel welcome to the Cote Dame Program…

Saturday Afternoon Kid’s Race @ Northbound Outfitters:
A free Kid’s Race will be conducted SATURDAY, January 20, 2018, at Northbound Outfitters. Registration will be conducted from 1:00PM to 2:00 PM. RACES Start at 1:30PM. All children 15 and under are welcome to attend. Free rental skis will be available on a limited basis.

A special Note to all MI-CUP Masters World Championship participants: The best of luck to all who are making the trip to Minneapolis!!! We will have a complimentary 2017 Cote Dame Pint Glass for you at Hanson Hills when you return!! (We do not want you to have a gap in your glass collection!!)

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