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Start of the Hanson Hills Classic, one of the few interval start races on the Michigan Cup race circuit. (Photo: Linda Allen)

Start of the Hanson Hills Classic, one of the few interval start races on the Michigan Cup race circuit. (Photo: Linda Allen)

Vasa announces Midwest Nordic Rendezvous
Vasa announces Midwest Nordic Rendezvous

Vasa announces Midwest Nordic Rendezvous

11/24/2016 - By Pete LaPlaca

North American Vasa, the Vasa Ski Club and the Professional Ski Instructors Association will be hosting a weekend of instructional clinics for all ages and skill levels we are calling the Midwest Nordic Rendezvous in early January.

USSA names 2017 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
USSA names 2017 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team

USSA names 2017 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team

11/23/2016 - By USSA

Head Coach Chris Grover is anticipating a strong season with stars on both the men’s and women’s side, and an especially deep women’s team with the return of Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK), who took last season off for the birth of her first child.

Toko introduces table and two ski vises for Nordic waxing
Toko introduces table and two ski vises for Nordic waxing

Toko introduces table and two ski vises for Nordic waxing

11/17/2016 - By Ian Harvey

Toko introduces an inexpensive workbench with good vise options: a XC Profile Set and a Ski Vise Nordic

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2017 Vasa announces Collegiate Challenge
2017 Vasa announces Collegiate Challenge

2017 Vasa announces Collegiate Challenge

11/16/2016 - By Pete LaPlaca

In our 2017 Festival of Races we are offering a new Collegiate Challenge that is open to all current collegians. The male and female skiers will be judged on a cumulative time for both a 11km freestyle race and a 16km classic race.

Registration is open for the 2017 Great Bear Chase!
Registration is open for the 2017 Great Bear Chase!

Registration is open for the 2017 Great Bear Chase!

11/10/2016 - By Great Bear Chase

Registration is now open for the 37th annual UP Health System Portage Great Bear Chase. The race will take place on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at the beautiful Swedetown Trails in Calumet, Michigan.

Forbush Corner Pines Loop trail clearing this weekend
Forbush Corner Pines Loop trail clearing this weekend

Forbush Corner Pines Loop trail clearing this weekend

11/9/2016 - By Forbush Corner

If you haven't heard yet - the beloved Pines Loop is set to re-open for the upcoming ski season. Trail clearing is underway. We plan to continue work this weekend and could use your help to finish this project.

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Why Toko Waxes?  How Toko is different
Why Toko Waxes?  How Toko is different

Why Toko Waxes? How Toko is different

11/9/2016 - By Ian Harvey

Innovation. Simplicity. No compromise / performance. Service.

Straits Striders to hold Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap
Straits Striders to hold Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap

Straits Striders to hold Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap

11/3/2016 - By Jim Harrington

Straits Striders is holding a Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap on Saturday November 12, 9am-1pm at the Petoskey Winter Sports Park. in Petoskey, Michigan.

$200,735 Adaptive Sports Grant to assist disabled veterans across Wyoming
$200,735 Adaptive Sports Grant to assist disabled veterans across Wyoming

$200,735 Adaptive Sports Grant to assist disabled veterans across Wyoming

11/2/2016 - By Cathy Rosser

The aim of the grant is to support adaptive sports and recreation for veterans and active duty military, in this case adaptive biathlon and Nordic skiing.

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Krazy Klassic to host Michigan Senior Olypmics
Krazy Klassic to host Michigan Senior Olypmics

Krazy Klassic to host Michigan Senior Olypmics

11/1/2016 - By Mike Muha

The 2017 Krazy Klassic Ski Race will be part of the 2017 Michigan Senior Olympics. Any Krazy Klassic participant age 55 and older over will be able to indicate during registration that they would like to be considered an MSO participant.

NOAA Winter Outlook predicts cooler, wetter Michigan
NOAA Winter Outlook predicts cooler, wetter Michigan

NOAA Winter Outlook predicts cooler, wetter Michigan

10/30/2016 - By NOAA

The Climate Prediction Center issued a La Nina watch this month, predicting the climate phenomenon is likely to develop in late fall or early winter. La Nina favors drier, warmer winters in the south and wetter, cooler conditions in the northern U.S.

Vasa Ski Swap this weekend
Vasa Ski Swap this weekend

Vasa Ski Swap this weekend

10/20/2016 - By Eric C. Jean

Gear up for the cross country ski season at the annual Vasa Ski Club "Nordic Ski Swap" Saturday October 22nd from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Brick Wheels in Traverse City.

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UPCOMING

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

SUN, FEB 24, 2019

26th Annual Junior Muffin Team Sprint Relay - Freestyle
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

TUE, FEB 26, 2019

Tech Trails Citizen’s Night Race Series
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

TUE, FEB 19

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The HQ trails remain in excellent condition, with wide corduroy skating lanes and deep set classic tracks. Groomer Mike will snow comb all the trails this morning. Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches. It's just heavenly out there!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe Lunch Special is the Gourmet Grilled Cheese Panini! Swiss, provolone, basil pesto, and sliced tomato grilled to perfection on herb focaccia bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a Pickle. Plus, race equipment closeouts have begun! Stop in to demo for free, or call 800-832-2663 to speak to a ski specialist and get fitted.

MON, FEB 18

Stinchfield Woods : Beautiful snow and enough to do all the big hills!

Big M: February 18, 2019 All trails were groomed on Monday, Feb. 18. The plan is to groom again tomorrow on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Good, fast conditions.
Dave B, our groomer, can be reached at 231 848-7047.
NOTE: please do not park in front of the gate. Also, if you hike or snowshoe the trails, please stay to the side and off the ski tracks. See skibigm.org

Pigeon Creek: Good conditions today. Glad we were able to hold on to the base. Skating was good but a little soft. Classic tracks were firm and fast. Hope it holds up through the week.

Kensington Metropark: Golf course is groomed for skate and classic. A bit soft, should firm up for Tuesday. Adequate snow coverage in the skate lane except for the area adjacent to the entrance road which has some thin but passable spots. Classic track looked good for 95% of the trail but does have a few other spots where they hit grass. Classic-only trails in the woods looked groomed but I did not ski them.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: All hail the SC grooming team. Hit the trails this morning to find virgin corduroy for skating and firm, deep tracks for classic. Pine Cone, Winterbrook and Poet's Loop were immaculately groomed. LF5 worked well for glide. Just awesome. Thanks

Vasa Trail: Great grooming, 19'F sun light and light lake effect snow; hats off to the Vasa community ! Chris Scholz

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skated Hawk Hills, Coyote and Bucks run. All are in good condition to skate for today and probably tomorrow.
The only place with classic tracks is bucks run. People are making their own tracks around lake and south of Hammel Road.
Get out before the next warm up!!!!

Ogemaw Hills Pathway: Beautiful.
Snow on the trees, nicely broke in trails, few oak leaves, sunny, 12+" of snow. Perfect for no-wax skis, waxed the old way. Polar on tips and tails, hard blue for kick, 20 degrees.

Milham Park Golf Course: Perimeter groomed for skating, thin but very nice, just a couple of spots showing a little dirt or ice. Classic track thin at best. Won't last long without more snow. Dave D

Milham Park Golf Course: Perimeter groomed for skating, thin but very nice, just a couple of spots showing a little dirt or ice. Classic track thin at best. Won't last long without more snow. Dave D

Milham Park Golf Course: Perimeter groomed for skating, thin but very nice, just a couple of spots showing a little dirt or ice. Classic track thin at best. Won't last long without more snow. Dave D

Forbush Corner: Another great day to be outside skiing. Hartwick Pines connectors just regroomed to take care of the snowmobile tracks. Classic tracks and the skate deck are in great shape all over the trail system. Badlands skate deck refreshed with the PBully since it is a favorite of skiers. Sales continue in the shop.

Hanson Hills: Technology is kicking my butt this weekend..

My previous links were to old results. Please try these. Thanks everyone.

Mens Classic Results: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Mens%20Results2.pdf

Womens Classic Results:
https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Women%20Results2.pdf

Forbush Corner: Want to thank all the people that put on the Forbush Freestyle and Hanson Hills classic race. The courses were meticulously groomed and in spectacular condition. Saturday's race had arguably the best snow conditions we had all year and everyone was treated to sunshine and blue sky's. It felt like a spring day out on the patio deck, with good food and even better company. Hanson Hills classic race completed the perfecta with Perfect classic conditions. It was a great weekend of racing.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Beautiful ski in the heavy snowfall Sunday evening. Bucks was getting very slow but the real snow made it great...several people out enjoying a different experience this winter. His is the first time in a while we needed clear glasses or a visor to see. Used “A” skis with Rex Blue. There should be enough snow to groom the whole network at HM...should be a great week of skiing.

Hanson Hills: Groomer Jason will be out snow combing all skate lanes today. Firm Classic tracks are set on entire trail system. Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

Hanson Hills Classic:
REVISED RESULTS for Hanson Hills Classic. A huge thank you to Jay Hole, for helping clean up and adjust results. If you are owed a medal, please send your name and address to Director@hansonhills.org and it will be shipped this week.
A huge thank you to Michigan Cup and all of our great participants for you continued support.
Womens Results: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Women%20Results.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1dCjM5mgCZ8_kVGV-1XgE7U88ztSgxXRyu-RfBJf8i3iy-mojjsMHMWvk

Mens Results: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Mens%20Results.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3CqVptQQ4Twfo1dV92v4Al36_MagpaaffqmS11HpuJINrKWSKu9g541jQ

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: What a weekend! Excellent conditions remain on all trails at XC Ski HQ. Groomer Butch will snow comb the skating lanes and set tracks where needed this morning. Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches. Corduroy skating lanes are wide and perfectly packed, and classic tracks are deep and firm. With mostly sunny skies forecasted for today, it will be another beautiful day to XC ski or snowshoe. Come on out and enjoy it!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Gourmet Chili Bar! Chili, cornbread or bread bowl, plus tons of toppings. Plus, stop in to demo a pair of Fischer Speedmax Skate skis, now on super sale! The snow is perfect... time to ski!

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