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Robin Luce and Tony Percha honing their technique at Mt. Bachelor at the Oregon Fall Camp. (Photo: Doug Cornell)

Robin Luce and Tony Percha honing their technique at Mt. Bachelor at the Oregon Fall Camp. (Photo: Doug Cornell)

Scandal rocks Michigan Cup Series
Scandal rocks Michigan Cup Series

Scandal rocks Michigan Cup Series

12/4/2016 - By Jay Woodbeck

Investigative reporting by NordicSkiRacer.com has uncovered several scandals, sure to rock the Michigan Cup this season. Curiously, all teams are implicated except Team NordicSkiRacer. Read on for the latest news...

VIDEO: Jessie Diggins wins Lillehammer 5K Freestyle
VIDEO: Jessie Diggins wins Lillehammer 5K Freestyle

VIDEO: Jessie Diggins wins Lillehammer 5K Freestyle

12/3/2016 - By USSA

UPDATED! The USA's Jessica Diggins has recorded her second ever individual World Cup victory on stage two of the Lillehammer mini tour.

Weather in the Great Lakes presentation on Tuesday, Dec 6
Weather in the Great Lakes presentation on Tuesday, Dec 6

Weather in the Great Lakes presentation on Tuesday, Dec 6

12/3/2016 - By Ron Sell

Steve Considine, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, will give a presentation on "Weather in the Great Lakes" and shed some light on snow forecast for this winter at the next Washtenaw Ski Touring Club meeting.

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Coach Greg Rhodes, up-close and personal
Coach Greg Rhodes, up-close and personal

Coach Greg Rhodes, up-close and personal

12/2/2016 - By Curt Peterson

Want to meet Coach Rhodes, in-close and personal? Vasa's Amy Powell and Coach Greg Rhodes discuss the upcoming Midwest Nordic Rendezvous January 7-8, 2017 in Traverse City, Michigan.

Dec 10th: Ski Clinic with Amy Powell + Fast Wax Clinic with Dan Meyer
Dec 10th: Ski Clinic with Amy Powell + Fast Wax Clinic with Dan Meyer

Dec 10th: Ski Clinic with Amy Powell + Fast Wax Clinic with Dan Meyer

12/1/2016 - By XCHQ

Don’t miss out on undoubtedly some of the best technique training available from Amy Powell on Saturday, December 10th. After the ski clinic is our annual wax clinic at 4:00pm with Fast Wax founder Dan Meyer.

Ski classes for kids start December 14
Ski classes for kids start December 14

Ski classes for kids start December 14

11/30/2016 - By Mike Muha

Brighton Community Recreation is offering a three-session on-snow cross-country ski classes for beginner and intermediate kids 11 & under. Classes

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World Cup Fashion Show!
World Cup Fashion Show!

World Cup Fashion Show!

11/30/2016 - By Mike Muha

What are the World Cup cross country ski racers wearing on the course this season? Pick you favorite...

Presenting the 2017 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series Schedule!
Presenting the 2017 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series Schedule!

Presenting the 2017 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series Schedule!

11/29/2016 - By Jeff Potter

The Michigan Backcountry Ski Series Schedule has been around for over 10 years and includes some of the finest cross-country skiing anywhere. All free of charge. Zero boring terrain.

Michigan Tech gets season going with races in West Yellowstone
Michigan Tech gets season going with races in West Yellowstone

Michigan Tech gets season going with races in West Yellowstone

11/28/2016 - By MTU

The Michigan Tech men's and women's skiing teams kicked off the 2016-17 season on Friday and Saturday at the annual West Yellowstone Ski Festival.

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NMU signs Erin Moening
NMU signs Erin Moening

NMU signs Erin Moening

11/28/2016 - By NMU

Moening was second at the 2016 Minnesota state championship, a five-time All-American Nordic skier and a five-time Minnesota state championship qualifier.

VIDEO: First World Cup race of the season is over
VIDEO: First World Cup race of the season is over

VIDEO: First World Cup race of the season is over

11/26/2016 - By Mike Muha

Watch the complete race, start to finish, starting with the quarterfinals. Paal Goldberg (Norway) and Stina Nilsson (Sweden) were the top man and women.

Local Juniors race for points to attend Junior Nationals
Local Juniors race for points to attend Junior Nationals

Local Juniors race for points to attend Junior Nationals

11/26/2016 - By Mike Muha

The 2017 Junior National Championships will be held on the Mt. Van Hoevenberg cross country ski trails in at Lake Placid, New York this year. Juniors earn points in Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) races during the season to qualify for Junior Nationals.

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UPCOMING

WED, DEC 12, 2018

Beginning & Intermediate ski lessons for kids...and a kids race!
Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Rd, Brighton, MI

SAT, DEC 15, 2018

MTU CXC Cup - Classic Interval Start
Michigan Tech Trails, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson (XCHQ)
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

SUN, DEC 16, 2018

MTU CXC Cup - Freestyle Mass Start
Michigan Tech Trails, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI

Forbush Time Trial
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

WED, DEC 19, 2018

Beginning & Intermediate ski lessons for kids...and a kids race!
Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Rd, Brighton, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

WED, DEC 12

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skated on bucks today. Trail in very good condition for first day open. Snow a little soft due to warm temps and dirt in some spots. But dirt is avoidable even using good skis..
Tracks also looked good. Spots that had dirt you should be able to skip around.
Nice job for a start. And thanks guys for getting us back and going.

Bay Meadows GC: Plenty of snow here, in fact a little too much if trying to skate. Average settled depth of about 6" with no bare or thin spots, but with recent blowing and drifting the formerly semi-packed down skate lane was somewhat drifted over. The naturally skied-in classic tracks looked pretty good. After skiing the Vasa 10K for the previous four days, I finally decided it's getting a little too risky with so many thin spots, rocks starting to poke through, and trail debris that I finally abandoned it for GC skiing, and thankful to have that available.

Valley Spur: Received just a light dusting of snow overnight that freshened up the classic tracks.All trails except for H are now open. Packed, dragged and set tracks on last section of G,I and Z this morning. Z is still pretty rough but G and I are pretty good. Starting to sound like a broken record but we need some fresh snow!

Hickory Hills: (Vojin Hills) Went to check out the hickory hills trails today. A few days ago they were groomed or at least rolled. Snow pack was in decent shape but so many walkers on the trail pretty much eliminated the grooming. It seems when we do get good skiing conditions, that it might be hard to keep the walkers off the trail. I did find a nice little loop on the flat section that was always used in the past and found a way to navigate a few hills and return to the same loop. Not sure if it was intended to be skied this way, but I thought it was a perfect loop and it could reach snow making guns to make it available all winter. The Hickory Hills course itself is very difficult, it is always hard up or crazy down. I don't see the hills loop attracting a lot of skiers. In fact on the way down I took my skis off and walked down. I know Vojin would have yelled at me "if you can't ski down the hills, then don't put your skis on in the first place"

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Forestville Real Grooming Report: This morning we are grooming skate lanes on the Noque’ to the pines, Animoosh, Chiwaji bypass, Muckwa, Migizi, Boozoo, Papasay and Zhing. Yesterday rolled up to 510 and cleared saplings and branches.

As always, your feedback is appreciated. Send in pictures and you too can get your K marker moved to the front of the line.

Saux Head: Saturday Tim and John groomed and tracked the entire system groomed and track set. Skiing is excellent.

Fit Strip: Trails were groomed Thursday and are in very good shape.

Big Bay Pathway: Too little snow in the woods so trails are closed. The Big Bay Trails are groomed for classic skiing and are through the rugged hills south of Big Bay. They are spectacular but need ample snow to cover the rugged terrain. We groom as weather permits so think cold and snow. Trails are just off Co Rd 550 in Big Bay.

Hanson Hills: We are still arm wrestling with mother nature to throw some snow our way. Trails have been packed down to about an inch of base. Very marginal, and with the warmer temps and possible rain the next few days we are hopeful that it will survive. Trail is skiable with rock ski's, but we recommend that you stay off the trail system at this time. Our neighbors at Forbush corners have decent snow, and are groomed for skating on the east trails, please pay them a visit!

Thanks everyone! We are trying I assure you!

Huron Meadows Metropark: We have snow!!!!
Staff will finish working on a 1.2k loop of Buck's Run in the trees today around 2pm. You will need to walk from the ski center to the woods to access the trail. We will have a nice skate lane with a shallow track set as well. B skis for skating, just because we have a few spots of dirt mixed in the snow. Classic would recommend rock skis, just because the track is not set yet and can only geuss the out come. Will not be adding any more snow this week due to warm temps and the concern for tracking dirt/mud on the trail. Building open at 2pm see website for a list of new hours operation.

TUE, DEC 11

Nubs Nob: Without a doubt nobs is the place to ski in the LP. Skied today with Karen, Gussie, Steve, Glenn, Tracy, John, and a hotshot doctor that moved to this area, formerly on the Utah Collegiate team. Glenn and I skied with him for 5k and he was fast, but he is 35. Too busy to ski race so we couldn't get him to join our team, like we need more. Anyway conditions were awesome. We skied the blue and red loop and was the best skiing so far this year. Deep set classic tracks and fast skate lanes made it easy as it gets. Wished we had more time to ski with John and Tracy but they had to get home. Loraine and Randy joined us a Petosky brewing after skiing. Just another average day in the life of a retired skier. Thought a lot about the icon of nordic skiing in Michigan, Vojin Baic, who I felt was telling me all day I was my technique needed improvement. RIP great man and who left a wonderful legacy and also has a pretty amazing family. He never stopped coaching!

Lost Lakes Pathway: This afternoon's ski at Lost Lakes was fast, 1.5 hrs for all 3 loops, with some soft snow & skied-in tracks (first of the season) on the middle & back loops. I used my "rock" skis due to the many, partially exposed roots, but no dirt, though many leaves, too. The first, campground loop is mostly flattened by hikers, but MI trails are multi-use, so got to be expected when you're close to a trailhead.

Boyne Highlands: Enjoyed nicely groomed trails today on our first visit to Boyne Highlands. Deep, firm classic tracks were fresh, not glazed like yesterday at Nubs, probably because there hasn't been much skier traffic here yet. Skate lane corduroy is a bit soft yet, but was nice for controlled descents on the hills. Snow is clean with some leaves, we used good skis. A snowmobile had been on a few short sections, something we reported to the XC shop. Faith at the XC shop was very welcoming and suggested we take the Heather Express chairlift up to the forested upper trails then ski back down, a fun suggestion. For newbies like us, we'd suggest checking maps to keep track of where you are. We loved the extensive network of forested trails here!

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: December skiing in MQT just keeps on getting better. All trails within 17k at Forestville are now groomed. Animoosh and Chiwagi are the best I have ever seen; skate lanes are very level and as wide as the Noque. Skis easily get an edge and its fast out there! Gookookoo, Papasay, and Bagwaji have recently been groomed. Bagwaji was early season conditions with some pretty icy/deep rutted spots. They didn't mow this trail either, so lots of sapplings and legit piles of leaves are coming through the snow. Gookookoo and Papasay were logged last spring, so the trails are really uneven and dirty. If you stick to the Noque/Animoosh/Chiwagi, it will be some of the best skiing you've ever had!

Valley Spur: Trails are in really nice condition right now. These warmer days have had little impact on them. The high quality snow we have gotten and cold overnight temps are helping. Classic tracks are holding their shape very well but are becoming glazed from normal use. Skate lanes are excellent. Groomed skate lanes on some interior loops and both big downhills coming into the lodge this morning.

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