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Tag, you're it! Tag zone at the 2019 Muffin Sprint Relay at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters. (Photo: Ricardo Lung)

Tag, you're it! Tag zone at the 2019 Muffin Sprint Relay at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters. (Photo: Ricardo Lung)

Crystal Community Ski Club host 2k junior race
Crystal Community Ski Club host 2k junior race

Crystal Community Ski Club host 2k junior race

2/26/2019 - By Amy Powell

Thirty-five Nordic Middle and High School skiers raced this past Saturday, some first time racers, at Crystal Mountain. The new Nordic ski club, Crystal Community Ski Club (CCSC), hosted a 2k classic and skate interval start junior race.

RESULTS: Ellie Callison and Kevin Tarras win fast Boyne Vistas race
RESULTS: Ellie Callison and Kevin Tarras win fast Boyne Vistas race

RESULTS: Ellie Callison and Kevin Tarras win fast Boyne Vistas race

2/24/2019 - By Mike Muha

The race started with a 300 foot climb straight up an alpine ski slope with an average climb of 8%. That's average: the climb actually ranged from around 1.5% to a gradient of almost 16%.

Over 36 inches of packed snow on Great Bear Chase course
Over 36 inches of packed snow on Great Bear Chase course

Over 36 inches of packed snow on Great Bear Chase course

2/22/2019 - By Angela Luskin

he 39th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase is almost here! Conditions are looking great, with a packed base of 36” on the course and great temperatures leading up to Saturday, March 9th.

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Vasa continues to lead Michigan Cup after Hanson Hills Classic
Vasa continues to lead Michigan Cup after Hanson Hills Classic

Vasa continues to lead Michigan Cup after Hanson Hills Classic

2/22/2019 - By Mike Muha

Not much has changed with the finish of the Forbush Freestyle and Hanson Hills Classic: Vasa Ski Club has increased it lead over the Cross Country Ski Headquarters and the Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team is still in third.

Waxing recommendations: Michigan Cup and latest Birkie suggestions
Waxing recommendations: Michigan Cup and latest Birkie suggestions

Waxing recommendations: Michigan Cup and latest Birkie suggestions

2/22/2019 - By Mike Muha

Waxing recommendations for Boyne Vistas, the Muffin Race and the latest round of Birkie suggestions.

Birkie wax recommendations
Birkie wax recommendations

Birkie wax recommendations

2/19/2019 - By Mike Muha

American Birkebeiner wax recommendations have started. See what people are recommending... Toko, FastWax, Swix, Rex, Start, Star, Vauhti...

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Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup by 13 points
Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup by 13 points

Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup by 13 points

2/19/2019 - By Mike Muha

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead the Brumbaugh Cup competition as the most powerful team, with 960 point. But Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop is closing in, just 13 points behind.

RESULTS: Kyle Hanson and Emily Blackmer win Hanson Hills Classic
RESULTS: Kyle Hanson and Emily Blackmer win Hanson Hills Classic

RESULTS: Kyle Hanson and Emily Blackmer win Hanson Hills Classic

2/18/2019 - By Mike Muha

Kyle Hanson and Emily Blackmer win Hanson Hills Classic after both winning the Forbush Freestyle the day before. UPDATED RESULTS FOR EVERYONE ELSE!!!

RESULTS: Emily Blackmer and Kyle Hanson will Forbush Freestyle
RESULTS: Emily Blackmer and Kyle Hanson will Forbush Freestyle

RESULTS: Emily Blackmer and Kyle Hanson will Forbush Freestyle

2/18/2019 - By Mike Muha

The Meijer State Games Of Michigan / Forbush 8K/17K Freestyle race was held this past Saturday on an excellently groomed trail, with cool temperatures and little wind. The course wound around most the Forbush Corner trail system.

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Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition
Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition

2/15/2019 - By Mike Muha and Chris Jones

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition for more powerful team with a narrow lead over Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop

RESULTS: Vasa still in front. Leaders shuffle around a bit
RESULTS: Vasa still in front. Leaders shuffle around a bit

RESULTS: Vasa still in front. Leaders shuffle around a bit

2/15/2019 - By Mike Muha

With Vasa Fest over, Vasa Ski Club has increased it lead over the Cross Country Ski Headquarters remaining in second. Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team is still in third with only a narrow gap over Team NordicSkiRacer.

Wax recommendations: Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championships!
Wax recommendations: Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championships!

Wax recommendations: Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championships!

2/15/2019 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED WITH SOLDA! Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championship races!

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, MAR 23

Ogemaw Hills Pathway: Wow, no snow till half a mile away, then piles of it! Fast, corn conditions and beautiful!

Hanson Hills: Good clsssic track, good skating and fat tire all on same trail.
For classic try the wilderness trail.
A bit crusty til the temps get above freezing and then beautiful spring skiing.
12” of snow yet in woods.
Don’t be dismayed by first kilometer of trail, it gets a lot better.
Met me on April Fools day for the last hurrah whether classic skate or bike

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Good Saturday afternoon. It’s a beautiful day on the SCR Nordic Trails; we are skiing freshly groomed/track set on Pinecone and WinterBrook. Icy, hard corduroy in the shade, softer conditions where Spring sun shines. Come join us for our last weekend, glide around the trails, and check out our store wide 40% off sale! Stock up for spring cycling, next year’s skiing and gift-giving.

Dunes Golf Club: Crust, intense sun,wide open, no wind,just fun, 99% skiable surface.
4mi east of empire no on m-72 ( the original m-22 bypass). Kevinski slowski

Dunes Golf Club: Crust, intense sun,wide open, no wind,just fun, 99% skiable surface.
4mi east of empire no on m-72 ( the original m-22 bypass). Kevinski slowski

Forbush Corner: The sun is out and spring skiing is definitely here. Hard and crusty in the AM, and potentially soft in the PM. It is now 14 degrees and Larry is grooming the east trail systen (badlands is finished). Trail fees reduced today and sales (40% off clothing) continues. OMG, here they come.

Black Mountain: Stay tuned.

Boyne Mountain: Wow, crust skiing is terrific today and every morning for the next several days. When it gets a little warm during the day to form a layer of moisture on top of the snow and then it gets cold at night, expect crust skiing to be good. Go out on a golf course (avoiding the greens and sand traps, of course) or any clear land and get that free-floating, I-can-go-anywhere feeling:)

We won't be grooming Innsbruck and Deer Run any more this season, but the skiing there is still decent. The shop will be open on weekends only, until the end of the season.

Speaking of the shop: EVERYTHING IS 40% OFF, the deepest discount of the season. Do some early Christmas shopping! Pick up some gear for spring, since XC gear crosses over nicely into biking, hiking, running, kayaking, etc.

Nick and Pat groomed the lower trails yesterday and they are still in decent shape. If you aren't into crust skiing then we still have plenty of groomed trail, and honestly its icy. The set tracks look awesome, and with last nights cold I'm betting they are hard, and fast. Going to be a great day to ski, get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Nicks gang

- Bryan

Black Mountain: Wow, crust skiing is terrific today and every morning for the next several days. When it gets a little warm during the day to form a layer of moisture on top of the snow and then it gets cold at night, expect crust skiing to be good. Go out on a golf course (avoiding the greens and sand traps, of course) or any clear land and get that free-floating, I-can-go-anywhere feeling:)

We won't be grooming Innsbruck and Deer Run any more this season, but the skiing there is still decent. The shop will be open on weekends only, until the end of the season.

Speaking of the shop: EVERYTHING IS 40% OFF, the deepest discount of the season. Do some early Christmas shopping! Pick up some gear for spring, since XC gear crosses over nicely into biking, hiking, running, kayaking, etc.

Nick and Pat groomed the lower trails yesterday and they are still in decent shape. If you aren't into crust skiing then we still have plenty of groomed trail, and honestly its icy. The set tracks look awesome, and with last nights cold I'm betting they are hard, and fast. Going to be a great day to ski, get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Nicks gang

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