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Start of the North American Vasa! (Photo: North American Vasa)

Start of the North American Vasa! (Photo: North American Vasa)

RESULTS: Holmes and Jordyn win Frosty Freestyle under excellent conditions
RESULTS: Holmes and Jordyn win Frosty Freestyle under excellent conditions

RESULTS: Holmes and Jordyn win Frosty Freestyle under excellent conditions

1/15/2017 - By Mike Muha

Sam Holmes and Jordyn Ross took victories under excellent trail conditions at the 2017 Frosty Freestyle. Man-made snow from the park's snow guns provided an excellent skiing surface.

Wax recommendations: Frosty Fest!
Wax recommendations: Frosty Fest!

Wax recommendations: Frosty Fest!

1/12/2017 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED WITH SWIX REC: Wax recommendations for the Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic races. The Krazy Klassic also doubles as the the Michigain Senior Olympics xc ski race.

MWC2018: One Year To Go!
MWC2018: One Year To Go!

MWC2018: One Year To Go!

1/12/2017 - By J.D. Downing

Coming January 19-26, 2018 the biggest age-group competition in skiing will visit Theodore Wirth Park in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the 2018 Masters World Cup (MWC2018) returns to North America.

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2017 AXCS National Masters Championships: The Big City Preview
2017 AXCS National Masters Championships: The Big City Preview

2017 AXCS National Masters Championships: The Big City Preview

1/11/2017 - By J.D. Downing

For the first time since 2005, masters (skiers 30 and over) from throughout the U.S. will return to the great state of Minnesota as the American Cross Country Skiers (AXCS) 2017 National Masters Championships takes place the weekend of February 4-5, 2017.

Leaders of the Michigan Cup
Leaders of the Michigan Cup

Leaders of the Michigan Cup

1/10/2017 - By Mike Muha

Juniors Clay Meyers and Dana Pflugheoft have each won a race and lead the Juniors; Jordyn Ross and Alex Vanias have each won two races and lead the seniors.

Add rollerski swing weights for a more ski-like rollerski
Add rollerski swing weights for a more ski-like rollerski

Add rollerski swing weights for a more ski-like rollerski

1/10/2017 - By Clayton Keim

Higher the swing weight the longer the rollerski feels. Build more leg strength on shorter workouts with a feeling similar to a snow ski with slush stuck to the top.

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Vasa Ski Club leads Brumbaugh Cup
Vasa Ski Club leads Brumbaugh Cup

Vasa Ski Club leads Brumbaugh Cup

1/9/2017 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: The Vasa Ski Club leads the Brumbaugh Cup as the top senior team in the Michigan Cup series. Grand Rapids Nordic and Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop follow in second and third.

Winter has arrived in Calumet, MI!
Winter has arrived in Calumet, MI!

Winter has arrived in Calumet, MI!

1/9/2017 - By Great Bear Chase

We have 118 inches so far this season. That's almost TEN FEET! All that snow is perfect for the UP Health System Portage Great Bear Chase which will take place on Saturday, March 11th.

Hanson Hills Team Time Trial: great trail, cold temps, pickled herring
Hanson Hills Team Time Trial: great trail, cold temps, pickled herring

Hanson Hills Team Time Trial: great trail, cold temps, pickled herring

1/8/2017 - By Mike Muha

It may have been a little on the cold side, but it didn't keep almost a 100 skiers from racing and eating at the Hanson Hills Team Time Trial.

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VIDEO: Diggins wins three 5k's in a row
VIDEO: Diggins wins three 5k's in a row

VIDEO: Diggins wins three 5k's in a row

1/6/2017 - By Mike Muha

Jessie Diggins has now won three interval start, freestyle 5k races in a row in the World Cup, a feat only shared with one other skier, Elena Valbe of Russia.

Kautzer to Represent USA at the Youth World Championships
Kautzer to Represent USA at the Youth World Championships

Kautzer to Represent USA at the Youth World Championships

1/5/2017 - By Michigan Tech University

JERICHO, Vt. – Amanda Kautzer of the Michigan Tech Nordic Ski team will represent the United States at the Youth World Championships. Kautzer recently competed at the youth biathlon trials conducted by the United States Biathlon Association.

HeartMISnow Virtual 5K to benefit Michigan state parks
HeartMISnow Virtual 5K to benefit Michigan state parks

HeartMISnow Virtual 5K to benefit Michigan state parks

1/3/2017 - By DNR

Run, walk, hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski 5k in a Michigan state park, forest, trail or public land, show your GPS tracker, and get a cool medal!

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UPCOMING

SAT, FEB 16, 2019

Michigan High School Championships
Marquette\Ishpeming, MI

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club skiing
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Meijer State Games Of Michigan - Forbush 8K/18K Freestyle
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

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

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

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SUN, FEB 17, 2019

Meijer State Games of Michigan / Hanson Hills Classic
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

MON, FEB 18, 2019

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

WED, FEB 20, 2019

Nordic Ski Nights
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

THU, FEB 21, 2019

Barnebirkie Youth Ski Tour
Hayward, Wisconson

Junior Birkie
Hayward, Wisconson

FRI, FEB 22, 2019

Adaptive Birkie
Wheeler Road to Hayward, Wisconson

Kortelopet Classic and Skate 29K
OO Trailhead to Downtown Hayward, Wisconson

Prince Haakon 15K
Mosquito Brook Road to Hayward, Wisconson

SAT, FEB 23, 2019

American Birkebeiner
Telmark to Hayward, Wisconson

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club skiing
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Mason Tract Ski Tour (Michigan Backcountry Ski Series)
Chase Bridge Rd. Trailhead, Mason Tract Pathway, Roscommon, MI

Wild Woods Loppet
Wildwood Pathway, West parking lot, between Petoskey and Indian River on Wildwood Road

Boyne Vistas 10K Freestyle
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI

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

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, FEB 16

Forbush Corner: 20" of new snow at Forbush Corner this week. Groomed all week, including last night and this morning. Report is the deck is firm but slow for today's race!

Hanson Hills: Cross Country Trail Report:
Race day at Hanson Hills! Xc groomers are out setting the course for today’s Meijer State Games of Michigan Hanson Hills Fat Bike Race. The race will take place on the Green, Blue, Brown, Red and Easy return sections of our Cross Country Trail system. Trails will still be open during the race, we kindly ask that skiers give right a way to bikers during this time. Approximately 9am-11:30am. Groomers will snow comb all skate lanes immediately following the race.

Hanson Hills Classic 2/17- online registration has closed we will see you tomorrow! Trails are looking great! Course tracks will be reset tonight.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It snowed throughout the entire day yesterday, adding another inch or more to the great snow pack that we have received in the last week or so. After all this great snow, and with mild temps in the mid-20s today, the trail conditions will be as good as they get today! Groomer Mike will snow comb the trails this morning and reset tracks where needed. Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches. Fantastic skiing awaits!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Gourmet Chili Bar! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili,  then head to the Chili Bar and add your own toppings. Have your chili in a bread bowl, or help yourself to some fresh baked cornbread and real butter. You might never be the same! Enjoy the skiing, great food and drinks, shopping specials, and fun-loving company at XC Ski HQ today!

FRI, FEB 15

Bay City State Park: Beautifully groomed trail. Groomer does a great job creating not only tracks for classic skiers but packs down adjacent snow for hikers. Track is fast with the crusty snow. About 8" on the trail. Minimal oak leaves in the tracks even after the high winds. A bit of snow would make it almost perfect.

Muncie Lakes Pathway: Thanks to the volunteer groomers who help make Muncie a great system. Deep classic tracks on this narrow trail that snakes through the woods. Folks heed the signs so no damage by snowshowers and walkers. A fantastic afternoon.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skate lane and classic tracks are icy. Tracks are shallow.
Connector from building to woods is basically a sheet of ice. Gets better in woods. You may want to walk out to woods.
Should be better tomorrow if they till and groom again in morning.


Snow piles are almost gone. Are we going to continue to make snow?????
Still a lot of ski season left.

Milham Park Golf Course: Ran the groomer around Milham this morning. Used the sno-razor to try to break up surface, condition of the trail was not improved. I would call the trail poor right now. At least 50% of the course is boiler plate ice. The rest is boiler plate with a bit of snow on top. Took groomer onto parts of course that had not been groomed previously and trail was hardly scratched. I believe skiers will find best conditions on the ungroomed fairways. Lets hope for a couple of inches of snow to make Milham great again.

Vasa Trail: Another 4"-5" of fresh snow the past 24 hours, of which half of it is under this morning's full system skate lane grooming, and the other half on top of it. Fortunately it is light fluffy snow that one lady described as "super fast fluff." Classic tracks remain in good condition. Snow gauge on the 4K signpost indicates compacted base depth of 11", and settled snow in the woods is probably 3' after SnowMaggen II.

Tomorrow 10 am - 1 pm will be another TART Open House at the TH complete with a warming fire, homemade cookies and hot chocolate, and meet the awesome grooming team. I hear that a rare special appearance will be made by El Sol.

Black Mountain: A terrific base for skiing has been rolled at Black Mountain. The entire system is packed with a deep snow depths. No classic tracks have been set yet, as snow conditions and winds are continually adding to the trails. There is a lot of snow, and groomers may be out this weekend to lay track if conditions are favorable. For now, there is great skiing conditions that should be around for quite some time, through the second half of February. The ski race event scheduled for March 2 and 3 looks very promising for the best conditions for optimal skiing. Check out details on the current newsletters located at the four trail head parking areas. Come out and ski Black Mountain in this winter wonderland, and register for the race event as a tour skier or a racer!

Crystal Mountain: As promised, Greg is in the process of grooming. He's been out there since 6am trying to keep up with the blowing snow. Some sections of trails on the golf course may be drifted over a little bit but the woods and the hills should be great. I will be grooming tomorrow. Come on out and enjoy the fresh snow while it lasts-you never know how long it will be here. Don't forget about the paintball biathlon Sunday.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Soft, dry snow on freshly groomed trails.
Brad the Classic Skier reports:
Go Classic!!
-Timing
-Transfer of weight
-Glide
-Balance
Rather soft for efficient skate skiing.

Boyne Mountain: Wow! 3" this morning between 9 and 10:30. Six inches of new fluff overnight, with lots of wind.

All trails are open. Groomers are out now. The snow is fabulous!

Vistas/Deer Run is not recommended today due to the wind.

Boyne Mountain: After another foot of fluff yesterday, skiing is fantastic! All trails are open and groomed. Upper trails were groomed yesterday. Lower trails have been regroomed this morning.

Take your sweet Valentine out for a spin around Boyne!

Hanson Hills: We have received 2-3 inches of new snow, Groomers Jason and Tommy G. Will packing and combing the trail system the first part of the morning. Skate lanes are soft. If you are looking for tracks our Wilderness Trail will be the trail of choice.. Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

Forbush Corner: Well, it’s snowing again, yeah! We received a couple inches overnight and now the lake effect bands have set up and will continue through the morning. We will be continuing to groom up the trails all day to get everything ready for some great skiing. Weather quiets down for the weekend.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received just over an inch of fresh snow last night, bringing the total accumulation for the week to about 12-13 inches. Temps rose to just above freezing yesterday, which added some moisture to our snowpack, making it all the better for today and the weekend! Groomer Mike will snow comb the trails this morning and reset tracks where needed. Snow depth in the woods is 23 to 26 inches, and packed on the trail about 12 to 14 inches. It just doesn't get any better than this!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Mediterranean Tuna Panini! Albacore tuna, feta cheese, black olives, banana peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and spinach on sun-dried tomato bread! Grilled to perfection and served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle. Enjoy this fantastic winter weekend!

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