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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)

Straits Striders host race and clinic, Dec 5
Straits Striders host race and clinic, Dec 5

Straits Striders host race and clinic, Dec 5

11/29/2015 - By Jim Harrington

The Straits Striders Ski Club is hosting an early season skate race and clinic on Saturday, December 5th. ​

Sadie Bjornsen 14th in Ruka 10k freestyle
Sadie Bjornsen 14th in Ruka 10k freestyle

Sadie Bjornsen 14th in Ruka 10k freestyle

11/29/2015 - By USSA

Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team with solid 14th and 16th place finishes, after the second-stage of the Ruka Triple in a 5k freestyle race on Saturday.

Newell has best finish since 2013
Newell has best finish since 2013

Newell has best finish since 2013

11/29/2015 - By USSA

Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) skied his best World Cup since 2013, finishing fourth in a classic sprint in tough conditions on Friday.

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2016 US Cross Country Ski Team announced
2016 US Cross Country Ski Team announced

2016 US Cross Country Ski Team announced

11/25/2015 - By USSA

The 2015-16 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland. A total of 16 athletes were named to the A, B and D Teams.

NMU adds Zak Ketterson to roster
NMU adds Zak Ketterson to roster

NMU adds Zak Ketterson to roster

11/25/2015 - By Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan head Nordic skiing coach Sten Fjeldheim announced the signing of Zak Ketterson to a National Letter of Intent Wednesday.

Broad jumping on skis to improve double pole
Broad jumping on skis to improve double pole

Broad jumping on skis to improve double pole

11/24/2015 - By Bryan Fish

U.S. Ski Team coach Bryan Fish shows a double pole drill that uses the broad jump to teach the rhythm and timing of the double pole. Do this drill on rollerskis on soft grass to get the feel without worrying about falling.

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Jessie Diggins: A second win in as many days
Jessie Diggins: A second win in as many days

Jessie Diggins: A second win in as many days

11/23/2015 - By USSA

On a cold day in Sweden, Jessie Diggins secured another win this Sunday in Gaellivare during a 10km freestyle FIS race, with Petra Novakova of the Czech Republic following closely behind to claim second and Caitlin Gregg third.

Diggins wins 1.2k classic in Gaellivare
Diggins wins 1.2k classic in Gaellivare

Diggins wins 1.2k classic in Gaellivare

11/22/2015 - By USSA

Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) raced her way to a win in a 1.2k classic sprint race Saturday while Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) took second on the tough tracks of Hellner Stadium in Gaellivare.

Supple ankles for double poling
Supple ankles for double poling

Supple ankles for double poling

11/19/2015 - By Jason Cork, USSA

Have back pain from doublepoling? Jason Cork explains he importance of keeping ankles supple for efficient movement and to avoid chronic back pain.

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USADA launches high-risk supplement education app
USADA launches high-risk supplement education app

USADA launches high-risk supplement education app

11/17/2015 - By USADA

The USADA High-Risk List is now available via a mobile application launching today in both the Google Play and Apple App Store.

NBC to cover Nordic ski events
NBC to cover Nordic ski events

NBC to cover Nordic ski events

11/16/2015 - By Mike Muha

NBC Sports Group will televise a significant calendar of World Cup cross country, ski jumping, Nordic combined races this winter, as well as alpine, snowboard, and other winter races.

Strength and conditioning with minimal equipment
Strength and conditioning with minimal equipment

Strength and conditioning with minimal equipment

11/16/2015 - By Mike Muha

Mike Bond from the USSA Center of Excellence presents a great progression of strength and conditioning exercises well suited for traveling on the road or doing at home with little or no equipment. No need for a gym pass!

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UPCOMING

SAT, JAN 20, 2018

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

UPDATED! Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

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

Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Northbound Outfitters Kids Race
Northbound Outfitters, Grayling,MI

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

SUN, JAN 21, 2018

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

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

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

WED, JAN 24, 2018

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

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Skate

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

THU, JAN 18

Huron Meadows Metropark: Started at 7:45am today and no grooming had been done. Bucks Run was skiable, but there were a lot of oak leaves to skate around. Took a detour and skated the woodsy part of the north golf course. That was much better although there were some areas where the dirt is starting to show. It appeared the crew was adding snow to Buck Run, so perhaps they will groom later today.

Hanson Hills: Cote Dame Tentative Race Schedule: **EVENT HELD AT FORBUSH CORNER
8-9:30am Registration
9:30am Junior Boy's Start (6.5.KM)
9:33am Junior Girl's Start (6.5KM)
10:00am MI-Cup Men Start (19.5KM)
10:03am MI-Cup Women Start (13KM)

Hanson Hills: No new snow to report. The snow we received Monday, has packed to the trail system nicely. Trails are skiable, however we feel the hills are still really icy and dangerous to withstand skier traffic. We will continue to keep trails closed through the weekend. Temperatures will climb back into the 40's Friday and Saturday, with possible rain on Sunday.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It was another great day of skiing on the John Deere loop, as well as the Rolling Hills trail! Groomer Mike snow combed yesterday afternoon, so conditions on those trails will be great again today. Trail Doctor Bob will finish extending the John Deere loop with the snow spreader today. The John Deere loop is great for A skis, the Rolling Hills is good for A skis if you’re careful, and the Manitou, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, Trapper’s Cabin, and Adventure are open for rock skiing today. The practice area still has plenty of coverage for ski demos and lessons. Snowshoeing is welcome on all the trails as well.

Stop by and demo some skis! Free equipment demos are available all day, every day. Our sale on XC ski packages and cross country ski clothing continues on great deals from Fischer, Salomon, Smartwool, and more. Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is Chili and 2 Bosco Sticks for just $5! Enjoy these cheese filled breadsticks dipped in your choice of housemade Classic or Veggie Chili.

See you at HQ!

Stokely Creek: Stokely's trails and grooming conditions have been great all week. Alex who has groomed at Stokely for over 30 years said the ski Mountain trail to the King Mt hut and the King Mountain run is in as good a shape as it has ever been. Right now skiing on the lakes is a skiers delight. You should put March 3rd on your calendars and join us for our big new event called Tour De` Huts. Look up the details on our web-site stokelycreek/events. It will be a winter celebration that will last all day.

WED, JAN 17

Independance Oaks: Thin but very skiable conditions today. The occasional stick or rock sticking through a packed and skied in trail. The park did a nice job for as little snow as we have.
A shallow track most of the way around the lake.

Sand Lakes Quiet Area: Ski tracks were non-existent to minimal all the way around the outer loop, but packed snow on the trail made for a good grip. Big baskets would have been useful. Snow was thin under some trees, but fine on most of the trail. A good place to ski when windy--the trees provide good shelter. We used metal-edge no-wax skis, which worked pretty well. Lots of coyote, squirrel, and some quail tracks added interest. Despite less than ideal conditions, we had a good backwoods ski!

Vasa Trail: Thanks to Paula & Kate for a quick 2 hr ski before She Skis, Special K, Nipple & 10k loop. I really needed this! The classic tracks & corduroy were purr-fect, thanks to TART groomers, Steve & Glen. Get out & enjoy before the next meltdown!
Rain, rain, go away, come again another day, but not until Spring!

Crystal Mountain: Hit 100 out of 100 on my funometer this afternoon. You could go full gas on Eagle, Squirrel & Nespa downhills. Conditions could not have been better.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Excellent skating, fast and controllable! Thank you groomer Tom.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Very nice skating conditions on most of the golf course, best on coyote run before the open golf course. In this region there is a lot of stubble showing through but it was frozen and did not catch my skis. In the wooded area, numerous oak leaves could catch your skis but can be skated around. Classic track very shallow, skied in, wind blown snow obscuring. Snow depth is quite thin, with the wind blown snow providing a nice edge. Parts of the southern golf course were great, but the groomer dug in and stopped at the bottom of the downhill appearing to hit grass, so turnaround point. Recommend ‘B’ skis. Two snow guns going the whole time at Bucks run.

Boyne Mountain: Vista was great this am....full coverage, a couple thin spots, very good glide...firm with a bit of fluff on top
A bit windy this am.

Crystal Mountain: took the tidd tech out this morning and the snowmobile started acting up so we only did Otter, Jacks, Loons, Wilies and Lower Stag. Since I couldn't keep grooming, Greg and I decided to ski and look for new trails. The trails we didn't groom were like velvet with the dusting of new snow on top of Monday's corduroy. Tracks were shallow in spots and collecting leaves. The snow mobile is fixed so I'll be out tomorrow to knock down the drifts we are getting and hopefully get a good track set before the next thaw. Ski ya later

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks run is in excellent condition for both skating and classic. The track is shallow and getting leaf filled, but is quite serviceable. Skating is very very good. Both sides of the golf course were also groomed for skating, but to take advantage of it you'll have to seek out the spots sheltered from the wind. Much of it is blown over.

: The east side of the Lake Charlevoix area along Boyne city Lake Charlevoix road has an inch or two of fresh snow that sits atop a skiable crust. This is good skiable snow. Do not recommend skiing on Lake Charvlevoix as know of one skier who went through the ice up to his waist a short while back. There are several conservancies along Charlevoix Boyne city road that provide access. As always, if planning to ski on private property, best to ask for permission first.
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Burchfield Park: As of yesterday Jan 16 in the afternoon, most trails had been rolled for skate skiing, snow too thin to set classic tracks. However, classic skiing was good in existing skier-generated tracks with only a few wood sticks hit beneath the snow. Come on out and enjoy the trails before walkers and the thaw take care of them!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The ski conditions on the John Deere loop was terrific yesterday. Trail Doctor Mike worked on extending the the loop with the snow spreader yesterday, and will continue today. He will also snow comb and reset classic tracks on the loop where needed this morning. We received dusting of snow last night and it is currently snowing, which continues to add to the snow pack. The Rolling Hills, Manitou, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, Trapper’s Cabin, and Adventure are open for rock skiing today. The practice area still has plenty of coverage for ski demos and lessons. Snowshoeing is welcome on all the trails as well.

Stop by and demo some skis! Free equipment demos are available all day, every day. Our sale on XC ski packages and cross country ski clothing continues on great deals from Fischer, Salomon, Smartwool, and more. Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the El Gordo Panini! Sliced ham, provolone cheese, banana peppers, tomato, red, onion, spinach and BACON, plus mayo and mustard on a ciabatta bun, served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle.

Join us this Saturday, January 20th for Stretch & Slide, a Yoga Ski Retreat! More info at crosscountryski.com.

Hanson Hills: Cote Dame Marie Update:
Due to poor snow conditions Hanson Hills Recreation Area will not be able to host the annual running of the Cote Dame Marie Loppet. However, our neighbors to the north at Forbush Corners are willing to serve as temporary course host for this year’s race. To keep the MI-Cup schedule intact, we have decided to accept Forbush’s generous offer with a few modifications to our original race schedule.

This year’s race will feature the Michigan Cup Men’s and Women’s Skate Divisions only. All Classic and Citizen Races will be canceled for this year.

Registration: Registration will be from 8am-9:30am at Forbush Corners -4971 W. Co Rd 612, Frederic, MI, 49733.

Course: We will be using the Time Trial loop at Forbush that includes sections of roller coaster and badlands equaling close to a 6.5km loop. MI-Cup Men = 3 laps (19.5KM) , MI-Cup Women = 2 laps (13KM)

Wave Start Times: (All time tentative)
10:00am Michigan Cup Men (19.5KM)
10:03am Michigan Cup Women (13KM)

Chip Timing:
The Cote Dame Marie will be timed using Chip Timing technology. The chip will be attached to your bib. Please do not fold or bend the chip. There is no need to return the chip after the race.

Lunch:
As always let Grayling wine and dine you!!
(Enjoy Great Food Specials, and (1) FREE Beer (Souvenir pint glass) at the following sponsor locations. PADDLE HARD BREWERY, SPIKES Keg ‘O’ Nails, Tinkers Junction, XC HEADQUARTERS. New to the Menu is Tinkers Junction (next to Hanson) help make them feel welcome to the Cote Dame Program…

Saturday Afternoon Kid’s Race @ Northbound Outfitters:
A free Kid’s Race will be conducted SATURDAY, January 20, 2018, at Northbound Outfitters. Registration will be conducted from 1:00PM to 2:00 PM. RACES Start at 1:30PM. All children 15 and under are welcome to attend. Free rental skis will be available on a limited basis.

A special Note to all MI-CUP Masters World Championship participants: The best of luck to all who are making the trip to Minneapolis!!! We will have a complimentary 2017 Cote Dame Pint Glass for you at Hanson Hills when you return!! (We do not want you to have a gap in your glass collection!!)

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