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I do not know what kind of winter we will have, but I like THIS forecast better than most!

I do not know what kind of winter we will have, but I like THIS forecast better than most!

Vasa Ski Club also leads Brumbaugh Cup!
Vasa Ski Club also leads Brumbaugh Cup!

Vasa Ski Club also leads Brumbaugh Cup!

2/28/2016 - By Mike Muha

Not only does the Vasa Ski Club lead the overall Michigan Cup as of the Boyne Grinder race, the team also leads the Brumbaugh Cup for strongest senior team.

Vasa Ski Club leads Michigan Cup; Men's championship up for grabs
Vasa Ski Club leads Michigan Cup; Men's championship up for grabs

Vasa Ski Club leads Michigan Cup; Men's championship up for grabs

2/28/2016 - By Mike Muha

We have a tie in points for first place overall, with Vasa Ski Club racers Milan Baic and John O'Hearn each having 996 points. Team NordicSkiRacer's Jay Woodbeck is just six points behind in third with 990 points.

Get waxing! Wax Recommendations for Black Mountain and the Muffin Race
Get waxing! Wax Recommendations for Black Mountain and the Muffin Race

Get waxing! Wax Recommendations for Black Mountain and the Muffin Race

2/25/2016 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations from Fast Wax, Toko, and Swix for the Black Mountain Classic, Black Mount Freestyle, and Muffin Race.

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Great Bear Chase looking for volunteers
Great Bear Chase looking for volunteers

Great Bear Chase looking for volunteers

2/25/2016 - By Luskin Angela

The Great Bear Chase ski race will be March 5th this year, and as always, will showcase both our area’s wonderful trails and people. The event requires the dedication and support of over 100 community volunteers.

Jordyn Ross and Reed Goble win Boyne Grinder
Jordyn Ross and Reed Goble win Boyne Grinder

Jordyn Ross and Reed Goble win Boyne Grinder

2/24/2016 - By Mike Muha

Says David Austin, We tilled up the race course early morning pulling some cold snow into the surface snow. Great conditions!

How well did you wax for the Birkie?
How well did you wax for the Birkie?

How well did you wax for the Birkie?

2/23/2016 - By Toko

Three wax reports: How did things go during the 2016 Americna Birkebeiner under difficult wax conditions???

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Jessie Diggins second in Lahti Freestyle Sprint
Jessie Diggins second in Lahti Freestyle Sprint

Jessie Diggins second in Lahti Freestyle Sprint

2/20/2016 - By USSA

FULL VIDEO. Diggins: I’m so happy with the race today! It was a ton of fun, start to finish, and to have three girls in the top 15 and four in the heats? That’s awesome!

Caitlin Gregg comes through, wins record 4th Birkie!
Caitlin Gregg comes through, wins record 4th Birkie!

Caitlin Gregg comes through, wins record 4th Birkie!

2/20/2016 - By Mike Muha

Gregg raced second place finisher Aurelie Dabudyk of France down the streets of Hayward, Wisconsin, finishing in 2:22:44.5, winning by just 5.1 seconds.

Can Caitlin Gregg win a record fourth Birkie title?
Can Caitlin Gregg win a record fourth Birkie title?

Can Caitlin Gregg win a record fourth Birkie title?

2/19/2016 - By USSA

Foremost among the favorites will be Caitlin Gregg (Minneapolis, MN), going for her fourth Birkebeiner women’s title. Gregg won in 2011 (where she broke the Women’s 50K Skate course record), 2013 and 2014.

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Live BIRKIE video feeds on Saturday morning!
Live BIRKIE video feeds on Saturday morning!

Live BIRKIE video feeds on Saturday morning!

2/19/2016 - By Mike Muha

Live BIRKIE video feeds on Saturday morning! North America's largest and most prestigious cross-country ski marathon. FIS Marathon Cup and USSA SuperTour.

CXC Skiing names GLD Junior National Team
CXC Skiing names GLD Junior National Team

CXC Skiing names GLD Junior National Team

2/18/2016 - By CXC Skiing

Sixteen Great Lakes skiers were named to the Junior National Teams after the Mayor’s XC Challenge in Minneapolis, MN, February 13-14, which was the final Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) of the season.

Get waxing! Wax recommendations for the Birkie and Grinder
Get waxing! Wax recommendations for the Birkie and Grinder

Get waxing! Wax recommendations for the Birkie and Grinder

2/18/2016 - By Mike Muha

[UPDATED 2/18 2:26pm] Recommendations are out for the Birkie! Will update as the recommendations change or new recommendations are added.

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UPCOMING

TUE, NOV 20, 2018

Yellowstone Ski Festival, Nov 20-24
West Yellowstone, MT

Yellowstone Ski Festival • November 20-24
West Yellowstone, Montana

Team NordicSkiRacer rollerski intervals
Maybury State Park, 8 Mile Rd entrance, Northville, MI

THU, NOV 22, 2018

Thanksgiving!
United States

FRI, NOV 23, 2018

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale: Bean Bomb Black Friday, Smartwool Small Business Saturday, & Fashion Show Sunday
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

CXC Masters Camps, Nov 23-25
Cable, Wisconsin

SAT, NOV 24, 2018

NordicSkiRacer long rollerski
West Boat Launch, Kensington Metropark, Milford, MI

NordicSkiRacer long rollerski
West Boat Launch, Kensington Metropark, Milford, MI

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale: Smartwool Small Business Saturday, & Fashion Show Sunday
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SUN, NOV 25, 2018

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale: Fashion Show Sunday
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

MON, NOV 19

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Forestville Real Grooming Report: An inch of new snow overnight will be nature’s grooming for today’s skiers. As you recall, on Saturday we roll packed the Noque’ to the 19k mark near the gate as well as Animoosh, Zing and Boozhoo. Skating yesterday afternoon was very good. Classic was also good but there are no classic tracks set as of yet. Andy is back from the first weekend of Deer camp and will groom tonight.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: Did you look at the 6 day forecast? Could it get any better? Snow today and night and not at high temp over freezing! Andy will get the Wagis rolled and hopes to get some classic tracks set. The early season rolling has allowed the ground to freeze. We look to be seeing mid season conditions in November. Now I just need some mid season legs, arms and lungs.

Also, just a word on the trail head. We have ordered a new time operated door. The one we have been using gave up the ghost this fall. With a short week this week we are not expecting to have it fixed until next week. You youngsters have heard stories about when we used to have to sit in our cars and change our boots and then just drive home after skiing. So, imagine this is old timer’s week and you can get an idea of how life was in the olden days.

Sondo
PS: Skiers are reminded to wear orange and to respect hunters. And, hunters are reminded not to shoot skiers with orange hats. No grooming can take place during the day until December 1st to keep the woods quiet during fire arm deer season.

SUN, NOV 18

Bay Meadows GC: Saw lots of people out skiing today but none better than Vojin who stood at the side of the trail to look at all the other skiers go by. Stopped and talked with him and even at 90 or so he is still coaching and cheering everyone on. The bad thing about him was he was wearing a Packers ski cap. Skiing was great again.

Valley Spur: Pretty good classic tracks at Valley Spur today. Classic tracks were hard and fast. Waxed with blue extra. Only about 25% of the trails are open. X and B trail were the best. I would not recommend skating. Skate lane looked really uneven. They need more snow, to even out the skate lane.

Grandview Golf Course: Great weather, snow conditions, scenery & friends, Kathy & Lise, to xc ski 18 holes at Grandview this morning. Lots of fun hills to climb & yee-haw down, too! This is my favorite pre-season ski destination, so very thankful for the early snow! There was 3-4" of heavy snow here on top of radio tower hill east of Kalkaska.

Kensington Metropark: Hi Kris Olsson!

My "Super Skis" are ancient Trak NoWax touring skiing that I use for iffy early season snow. For the full story: http://www.nordicskiracer.com/news.asp?NewsID=1106

Gotta have a pair so you're not afraid to ski in fear of ruining a good pair of skis when rocks and gravel may be present. Someone gave my the pair for free, and I just had to put on bindings!

Mike

Kensington Metropark: Thanks for the Kensington report. Inspired to try closer golf course like Leslie Park. Mike Muha, what are "Super Skis"? Just your rock skis or some special tough skis for us SE Michiganders?

Hiawatha Highlands: Two trails with 6 km of groomed skating and classic are open.

Nubs Nob: All 21k of trails are open and will be packed out this morning. Expect early season conditions.

Forbush Corner: Coverage is decent - rock skis for sure, but great to get out.

Kensington Metropark: Fairways are still skiable....no grab

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Forestville Real Grooming Report: Yesterday noon we roll packed the Noque’ to 19k as well as Animoosh, Zing and Boozhoo. Skating yesterday afternoon was very good. Classic was also good but there are no classic tracks set as of yet.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: First, please know, I am wearing my hair shirt for failing to get a report out yesterday. We had technical difficulties. Our carrier pigeon broke a wing and had to walk all the way to spruce street.

On a lighter note, I got new skis yesterday! Now, some of you know that the name
Sondo translates to “user of old sporting equipment”. So, when Wally and Carrie drove by the shop they had to stop the car to see if it was really me walking out with nice new skis. They ask me who I was and what I did with Sondo. After I reminded them I broke my (11 year old) race skis last spring they forgave me for acting out of character.

So, I then sprinted back to my waxing den and then to the trail head. Failing to bring blaze orange, I asked a skier if I could borrow his. I’m sure he had some second thoughts but relented. I expect he was calculating if I were to be hit by a stray bullet we get an improved grooming report writer.

See you out there.

Sondo
PS: Skiers are reminded to wear orange and to respect hunters. And, hunters are reminded not to shoot skiers with orange hats. No grooming can take place during the day until December 1st to keep the woods quiet during fire arm deer season. For extra credit, what year did we get the blaze orange Noque’ hats?

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