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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)

Reid and Sarah Goble set course records at Black Mountain Freestyle
Reid and Sarah Goble set course records at Black Mountain Freestyle

Reid and Sarah Goble set course records at Black Mountain Freestyle

2/29/2016 - By John Gravlin

The Beast took on the role of The Beauty as the course conditions resulted in the fastest conditions in the history of the race!

Eli Brown and Rebecca Davis stride to wins in Black Mountain Classic
Eli Brown and Rebecca Davis stride to wins in Black Mountain Classic

Eli Brown and Rebecca Davis stride to wins in Black Mountain Classic

2/29/2016 - By John Gravlin

Mother Nature's usual tricks included a 10 degree temperature change from race start to race finish and a blistering sunshine when

Vasa Ski Club also leads Brumbaugh Cup!
Vasa Ski Club also leads Brumbaugh Cup!

Vasa Ski Club also leads Brumbaugh Cup!

2/28/2016 - By Mike Muha

Not only does the Vasa Ski Club lead the overall Michigan Cup as of the Boyne Grinder race, the team also leads the Brumbaugh Cup for strongest senior team.

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Vasa Ski Club leads Michigan Cup; Men's championship up for grabs
Vasa Ski Club leads Michigan Cup; Men's championship up for grabs

Vasa Ski Club leads Michigan Cup; Men's championship up for grabs

2/28/2016 - By Mike Muha

We have a tie in points for first place overall, with Vasa Ski Club racers Milan Baic and John O'Hearn each having 996 points. Team NordicSkiRacer's Jay Woodbeck is just six points behind in third with 990 points.

Get waxing! Wax Recommendations for Black Mountain and the Muffin Race
Get waxing! Wax Recommendations for Black Mountain and the Muffin Race

Get waxing! Wax Recommendations for Black Mountain and the Muffin Race

2/25/2016 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations from Fast Wax, Toko, and Swix for the Black Mountain Classic, Black Mount Freestyle, and Muffin Race.

Great Bear Chase looking for volunteers
Great Bear Chase looking for volunteers

Great Bear Chase looking for volunteers

2/25/2016 - By Luskin Angela

The Great Bear Chase ski race will be March 5th this year, and as always, will showcase both our area’s wonderful trails and people. The event requires the dedication and support of over 100 community volunteers.

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Jordyn Ross and Reed Goble win Boyne Grinder
Jordyn Ross and Reed Goble win Boyne Grinder

Jordyn Ross and Reed Goble win Boyne Grinder

2/24/2016 - By Mike Muha

Says David Austin, We tilled up the race course early morning pulling some cold snow into the surface snow. Great conditions!

How well did you wax for the Birkie?
How well did you wax for the Birkie?

How well did you wax for the Birkie?

2/23/2016 - By Toko

Three wax reports: How did things go during the 2016 Americna Birkebeiner under difficult wax conditions???

Jessie Diggins second in Lahti Freestyle Sprint
Jessie Diggins second in Lahti Freestyle Sprint

Jessie Diggins second in Lahti Freestyle Sprint

2/20/2016 - By USSA

FULL VIDEO. Diggins: I’m so happy with the race today! It was a ton of fun, start to finish, and to have three girls in the top 15 and four in the heats? That’s awesome!

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Caitlin Gregg comes through, wins record 4th Birkie!
Caitlin Gregg comes through, wins record 4th Birkie!

Caitlin Gregg comes through, wins record 4th Birkie!

2/20/2016 - By Mike Muha

Gregg raced second place finisher Aurelie Dabudyk of France down the streets of Hayward, Wisconsin, finishing in 2:22:44.5, winning by just 5.1 seconds.

Can Caitlin Gregg win a record fourth Birkie title?
Can Caitlin Gregg win a record fourth Birkie title?

Can Caitlin Gregg win a record fourth Birkie title?

2/19/2016 - By USSA

Foremost among the favorites will be Caitlin Gregg (Minneapolis, MN), going for her fourth Birkebeiner women’s title. Gregg won in 2011 (where she broke the Women’s 50K Skate course record), 2013 and 2014.

Live BIRKIE video feeds on Saturday morning!
Live BIRKIE video feeds on Saturday morning!

Live BIRKIE video feeds on Saturday morning!

2/19/2016 - By Mike Muha

Live BIRKIE video feeds on Saturday morning! North America's largest and most prestigious cross-country ski marathon. FIS Marathon Cup and USSA SuperTour.

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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

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

THU, JAN 18

Independance Oaks: Good packed conditions with reasonable coverage. Use your A skis with caution.

Valley Spur: Great conditions with fresh snow and grooming every day this past week. All the grooming has firmed up the skate deck and classic tracks are in Excellent shape. Skiing will be very good through the weekend.

Kensington Metropark: Golf course was groomed yesterday or early today. Wind blown in spots, but pretty skiable. Several areas with gravel, one place could not be gone around. For some reason, my skis were really slow along the freeway, otherwise not bad. I used my rock skis. Later I tried the religious area, I double poled mostly, towards the Goose Sect, and then to other sects. No grooming there, pretty skied in, with the occasional horse and walkers.
A bit confusing, the parking lot is closed and says it is closed until spring. Had to find another way to the trail.

Crystal Mountain: I groomed everything today. Track set is still shallow but skiable. We won't be grooming tomorrow. Get out and ski before the warm-up.

Huron Meadows Metropark: They added snow and groomed buck's run today. Trail is in great shape for classic and skate right today.

Vasa Trail: Very grateful for the TART groomers, our wonder-ful Vasa trail, and my long-time ski buddy, Kathy Cook-Dowd, who waited for me as we skied the 27k loop counterclockwise today. Not that much snow in the woods, but deep tracks on the 25k loop, shallow on the 10k, as usual. The trail is in great condition, as we head into a warm-up & possible rain, ugh! It was above freezing when we finished, but not too sunny, which was perfect for Kathy's kick wax & my Twin Skins. I always enjoy skiing in reverse since lots of fun downhills, including The Wall, yee-haw! Note: There were lots of leaves and little twigs in the tracks, so had to take care on the downhills.

Vasa Trail: Groomers combed the skate lane this morning but left yesterday's classic tracks as they were -- solid and fast. Yesterday's high winds scattered a lot of oak leaves on the trail, many of which nestled in the classic tracks. So classic was tough going along many stretches. Temps were above freezing by midday as the weekend thaw sneaks into town.

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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