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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)

Volunteers needed for Forbush Freestyle
Volunteers needed for Forbush Freestyle

Volunteers needed for Forbush Freestyle

1/22/2016 - By Mario Kennedy

We are in need of volunteers for several pre-race and race day activities, which include and are not limited to registration, food prep, award ceremony, race course set up and race course monitoring/water.

Get waxing! Noquemanon waxing recommendations
Get waxing! Noquemanon waxing recommendations

Get waxing! Noquemanon waxing recommendations

1/21/2016 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski race, the Noquemanon Ski Marathon.

RESULTS & PHOTOS: Cote Dame Marie Kids Race
RESULTS & PHOTOS: Cote Dame Marie Kids Race

RESULTS & PHOTOS: Cote Dame Marie Kids Race

1/21/2016 - By Gabe Williams

Kids from the ages of 2 to15 showed up to compete in three different sprint races, a 2K skate, a 1K classic, and a 1/2K. Though this event is called a race, it is really for all little guys and girls that want to participate.

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Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 1/19/2016
Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 1/19/2016

Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 1/19/2016

1/20/2016 - By Mark Esper

Here are the results from this Tuesday evening's Classic sprints at Hickory Hills in Traverse City, Michigan.

Team NordicSkiRacer maintains narrow lead in Brumbaugh Cup
Team NordicSkiRacer maintains narrow lead in Brumbaugh Cup

Team NordicSkiRacer maintains narrow lead in Brumbaugh Cup

1/19/2016 - By Mike Muha

Although Team NordicSkiRacer finished 5th out of the seven teams at the Cote Dame Marie, their Brumbaugh Cup lead going into the Cote Dame Marie was just enough for the Team to have stay ahead of the Vasa Ski Club by 6 points.

RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson skate to Cote Dame Marie victories
RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson skate to Cote Dame Marie victories

RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson skate to Cote Dame Marie victories

1/17/2016 - By Mike Muha

After spending the past several weeks at US Nationals and other races around the UP, Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson (both of Team OAM Now / Athletic Mentor) skated away with the wins in the Cote Dame Marie at Hanson Hills

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Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup
Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup

Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup

1/15/2016 - By Chris Jones

Team NordicSkiRacer leads the Brumbaugh Cup competition for best senior team in the Michigan Cup Series. The Brumbaugh Cup scores the top five men and top three women of each team. The lowest score indicates the best team.

Michigan Cup to raise money for Michigan Children’s Hospital
Michigan Cup to raise money for Michigan Children’s Hospital

Michigan Cup to raise money for Michigan Children’s Hospital

1/15/2016 - By Ernie Brumbaugh

Becca Beebe is again spearheading an effort to raise funds at the White Pine Stampede for the Michigan Children’s Hospital by initiating a Michigan Cup Team Competition.

Get waxing! Cote Dame Marie wax recommendations
Get waxing! Cote Dame Marie wax recommendations

Get waxing! Cote Dame Marie wax recommendations

1/14/2016 - By Mike Muha

Fast Wax, Toko, and Swix recommendations. I'll add Solda if a recommendation is forthcoming. Get waxing for a great race!

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RESULTS: Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis blow through the Krazy Klassic
RESULTS: Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis blow through the Krazy Klassic

RESULTS: Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis blow through the Krazy Klassic

1/12/2016 - By Mike Muha

Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis skied faster than the wind during the Krazy Klassic to take first in the 10km classic ski race.

RESULTS: John O'Hearn and Jordyn Ross win Frosty Freestyle
RESULTS: John O'Hearn and Jordyn Ross win Frosty Freestyle

RESULTS: John O'Hearn and Jordyn Ross win Frosty Freestyle

1/9/2016 - By Mike Muha

John O'Hearn and Jordyn Ross skied fast in fast conditions in the 2016 Frosty Freestyle 15km race today, becoming the leaders in the Michigan Cup Series.

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

1/8/2016 - 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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UPCOMING

SUN, JAN 21, 2018

Gitchi Gami Games (Junior National Qualifier) - Day 2
American Birkebeiner Trailhead, Cable, WI

Masters WOrld Cup - Freestyle 30/15/10km
Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

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

WED, JAN 24, 2018

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

UPDATED: Team NordicSkiRacer Tuesday Night Sprints
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Skate

FRI, JAN 26, 2018

Junior Noque
Forestville Trailhead, Marquette, MI

Full Moon Night Skiing
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SAT, JAN 27, 2018

Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Marquette, MI

Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SUN, JAN 21

Stokely Creek: It was well below freezing this morning so our groomers went out. They said the trails were still in good shape and will continue to be today. We have a snowstorm forecast for Monday afternoon. Fresh snow is always great.

Did you know, if you are a competitive person, that Stokely has a challenge for you. We have 6 huts on our trails system. About 15 of our guests over the last three years have met the Stokely challenge and skied to all 6 huts in one day. Depending on your route the distance is about 40 km. We have a great one of a kind t-shirt for any guest that beats the challenge.

Boyne Mountain: No grooming today due to warm weather and diminishing base. We haven't had any reports of thin spots in the woods, but open areas could develop some thin spots as the day becomes warmer. Vistas still has a couple of thin and bare spots. Deer Run remains closed, and while Runway has recovered a bit with the colder temperatures overnight there are still some rutted areas from the truck that drove on it the other night. Skiing Runway is not recommended. Conditions overall remain fair, with the best skiing probably coming in the late morning and early afternoon.

Forbush Corner: Temps below freezing overnight.  The base has stayed mainly intact over the weekend.  The plan is to re-groom Rollercoaster and the Green Trail this morning.  All the other trails are still skiable with just a few minor bare spots.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The John Deere Loop, which is composed of part of the Rolling Hills and Adventure trails, is still in very good shape with the mass of manmade snow we spread out along it this past week. We were able to set deep tracks, which are holding up quite well. Groomer Mike will snow comb the skating lanes this morning. Overall it is in very good condition for classic and skate skiing. Rolling Hills is also in good enough condition for rock skis. The Manitou, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, Trapper’s Cabin, and Adventure are best for snowshoes today. The practice area still has plenty of coverage for ski demos and lessons!

Stop by and demo some skin skis! Free equipment demos are available all day, every day. The synthetic mohair bases on our skin skis get tremendous grip in these warmer temps! Our sale on XC ski packages and cross country ski clothing continues!

Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is Paella on the Sun Deck! A favorite XC Ski HQ tradition, Paella celebrates the world-renowned and absolutely delicious rice dish that originates in Spain, and offers skiers a hearty, flavorful (and entertaining!) feast. Bob and Lynne learned the method from Paella chef master Ayo while visiting Nerja, Spain, and are excited to serve this traditional dish to hungry skiers at XC Ski HQ. Prepared in a massive cast iron pan over an outdoor fire pit, this lunch is almost as enjoyable to watch being cooked as it is to eat! Served piping hot with Saffron-spiced chicken, shrimp and vegetables, this dish will be presented in two seatings: 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Buen Provecho!

It’s a good day to ski, eat, and go shopping!

SAT, JAN 20

Crystal Mountain: I groomed out the skating lanes today before it got warm. They turned out pretty good. Did everything but Eagles and Squirrel. Plan on doing the same thing tomorrow. There should be a couple hours of good skiing before it turns into mashed potatoes.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Buck's Run is in fabulous shape this morning. Skate lane and tracks are great. Getting a little slower as the air warms. The snow looks like it has not transformed yet, so classic skiers can get away with a warm kick was.

Rob Fairman also said the contractor's loop was in great skating shape.

Huron Meadows Metropark: 1st time on Bucks run and conditions were great. Don’t know why I haven’t done this before during low snow conditions. A good base and tracks were deep thanks to the Huron Meadow’s crew for giving us a great man-made snow ski trail. Also happy to report there is still a big pile of snow that should keep us going after the warm up. Come on out and support the great grooming they do here with the $5 trail fee for Bucks run.

Boyne Mountain: Just a quick update on our trails from earlier. Last night it seems that a vehicle decided to drive the entire length of Runway and they tore it up pretty bad. We're asking that you don't ski Runway today.

Boyne Mountain: With the recent weather there may be a few thin spots on the upper trails. The lower trails were groomed on Thursday but we have ceased grooming operations until cooler temperatures and snow return. Our base is quite compact and thick so the skate lanes should be holding up pretty well especially in the forested areas.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The John Deere Loop, which is composed of part of the Rolling Hills and Adventure trails, is still in very good shape with the mass of manmade snow we spread out along it this past week. We were able to set deep tracks, which are holding up quite well. Overall it is in very good condition for classic and skate skiing. Rolling Hills is also in good enough condition for B skis. Due to the slightly warm temps this morning, we will not be grooming, and the trail surface is still plenty smooth. The Manitou, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, Trapper’s Cabin, and Adventure are open for rock skiing today, but are likely better for snowshoes. The practice area still has plenty of coverage for ski demos and lessons.

Stop by and demo some skin skis! Free equipment demos are available all day, every day. The synthetic mohair bases on our skin skis get tremendous grip in these warmer temps! Our sale on XC ski packages and cross country ski clothing continues with great deals on Fischer, Salomon, Smartwool, and more.

Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is Fire Grilled Pizza! Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit. Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia! Served from Noon until 3:00pm.

Good luck to all the Cote Dame racers! Participants are welcome to stop by afterwards for a free facilities pass and free bowl of chili!

Hanson Hills: Great Day for a Ski Race!! Please remember the Cote Dame Marie will take place at Forbush Corner's (Frederic).

Hanson Hills Nordic Trails are Closed. Forbush has plenty of snow, perfect skate lanes and nice set track. Also XC HQ, has a 1.5km loop groomed as well, please visit our neighbors and enjoy some great Grayling Area Skiing!

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