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White Pine Stampede Race Director Jack McKaig with 20k Classic and Freestyle winners; Tay Tantavirun, Abby Potts, Thomas Kendrick, and Jordyn Ross.

White Pine Stampede Race Director Jack McKaig with 20k Classic and Freestyle winners; Tay Tantavirun, Abby Potts, Thomas Kendrick, and Jordyn Ross.

Basic herringbone
Basic herringbone

Basic herringbone

12/15/2015 - By Mike Muha

The herringbone is used when the terrain is too steep to diagonal stride. There are five basic elements to the herringbone.

Caldwell 6th in freestyle sprint in Davos
Caldwell 6th in freestyle sprint in Davos

Caldwell 6th in freestyle sprint in Davos

12/13/2015 - By USSA

Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) was the top American in sixth in the 1.6k freestyle sprint at the FIS Cross Country World Cup Sunday.

Diggins gets 11th in Davos 15km freestyle
Diggins gets 11th in Davos 15km freestyle

Diggins gets 11th in Davos 15km freestyle

12/13/2015 - By USSA

In the women’s competition Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) skied some of the fastest checkpoint times, but that didn’t seem to fend off the dynamic Norwegian women’s team which snatched up all three spots on the podium.

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Borah Teamwear goes Solar!
Borah Teamwear goes Solar!

Borah Teamwear goes Solar!

12/12/2015 - By Borah Teamwear

Borah Teamwear has completed the installation of a 49 Kilowatt solar array, which will produce about 43 percent of the company’s annual electricity consumption. The system was installed on Borah’s existing south facing roofline and utilizes 160 solar pane

RollerskiShop ships new suspension rollerski
RollerskiShop ships new suspension rollerski

RollerskiShop ships new suspension rollerski

12/11/2015 - By Mike Muha

Clayton Keim of RollerskiShop.com & Pursuit Rollerskis has designed at proprietary Fork Flex™ rollerski fork that utilizes spring steel to create a smoother ride.

Key points to strong cornering
Key points to strong cornering

Key points to strong cornering

12/8/2015 - By Mike Muha

Four tips for getting around a corner fast! And a couple drills you can do to learn how to ski corners better...

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Free classic and skate xc ski lesson in Midland area
Free classic and skate xc ski lesson in Midland area

Free classic and skate xc ski lesson in Midland area

12/7/2015 - By Mike Muha

John Johnson is offering free Classic and Freestyle cross-country ski lessons in the Midland area starting December 13, 2015. Classes fill be offered in December, January and February.

Team NordicSkiRacer's resident artist has solo show
Team NordicSkiRacer's resident artist has solo show

Team NordicSkiRacer's resident artist has solo show

12/7/2015 - By Mike Muha

It's hard to believe, but some of us actually have lives outside of skiing! While we dance the Heikki Lunta and wait for the snow to fall, you might catch up with Team NordicSkiRacer's Linda Allen at her solo art show at the Boll Family YMCA in Detroit.

Forbush Heikki Lunta Party replaces time trial
Forbush Heikki Lunta Party replaces time trial

Forbush Heikki Lunta Party replaces time trial

12/7/2015 - By Ann Wagar

it looks like our Demo day weekend is going to be green instead of white. So, on December 12th we have decided to turn it into a mountain biking, hiking, and running day instead. The best part will be the bonfire and snow dancing!

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US women take 3rd in Lillehammer relay
US women take 3rd in Lillehammer relay

US women take 3rd in Lillehammer relay

12/6/2015 - By USSA

The U.S. Ski Team women scored an historic podium Sunday, as Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) skied the fastest anchor leg to give the USA third in the 4x5k relay.

Bjornsen 20th in Lillehammer skiathlon
Bjornsen 20th in Lillehammer skiathlon

Bjornsen 20th in Lillehammer skiathlon

12/5/2015 - By USSA

The second weekend of World Cup competition kicked off with a 15k skiathlon on Saturday. The U.S. women had four in the top 30, led by Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) in 20th.

Classic skiing 101: Fundamental body position
Classic skiing 101: Fundamental body position

Classic skiing 101: Fundamental body position

12/1/2015 - By Mike Muha

On snow yet? U.S. Ski Team coach Bryan Fish reviews the fundamental body positions and movements for classic skiing technique.

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UPCOMING

SUN, FEB 18, 2018

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

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

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

MON, FEB 19, 2018

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

TUE, FEB 20, 2018

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

WED, FEB 21, 2018

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Skate

SAT, FEB 24, 2018

Birkie Live Stream!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Mason Tract Ski Tour with the Michigan Backcountry Ski Series
Mason Tract Pathway, Roscommon Michigan, Chase Bridge Rd Trailhead

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

Michigan Backcountry Ski Series: Mason Track Out'n'Back
Chase Bridge Road Trail Head

Taste of Gate's
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

SUN, FEB 25, 2018

2018 Pennsylvania Nordic Championships (Rescheduled from Feb 4)
Wilderness Lodge, Wattsburg, PA

25th Annual Junior Muffin Pursuit Races – Classic/Freestyle
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

More events...

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SUN, FEB 18

Vasa Trail: Great skiing on the Vasa, thanks to a dusting of fresh snow overnight & TART groom by Glen! I skied from Timber Ridge on the 10k to the Nipple, skipping Headwaters, the 25k to JackPine & back to TR today, approx 25 km in 3+ hrs.There were only 2 hills that were icy, one on the 25k to the N of the Timber Ridge exit between 2 trees, and one after the Nipple/10k junction on the 25k heading towards the powerline. In addition, the first 2 downhills in JackPine are getting thin at the base of the down/uphillls due to the warmth of the trees beside the trail. Timber Ridge had groomed corduroy, too, and all of the trails had a shallow, hardpacked classic track with lots of leaves, which is no problem with Twin Skins. While visiting with Mario Kennedy, I spotted a porcupine in the woods, which was a first for me. LET IT SNOW!!!

Crystal Mountain: We got about an half inch of snow last night which helped to make the trails not so icy. I re-groomed everything today and tried to set new tracks. Some turned out ok-some didn't. Come on out and ski while you can. We won't be grooming tomorrow.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Great day skiing on buck's run. Skate lane and classic were both fast and nicely done.
Thanks again everyone at Huron Meadows.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Same incredible conditions as yesterday, except the classic track was a little nicer and a little deeper. It was also beautiful weather today get out and enjoy it while we've got it. It will be excellent all day long.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks Run was freshly groomed early this morning and the skating conditions were excellent at about 7:45 am. Fast and controllable. The parking lot was starting to fill when I left about 9:00, so it should be a great day to ski again. Hope that the based on Bucks holds up during this week's warm-up....great job groomers!

Stokely Creek: Blue skies and great skiing. Skiing was perfect on Saturday and our skiers asked that we not groom today because conditions are still great and lets just keep it that way. It is always fun to hear new arrivals say, " wow, you really have snow". Somehow only seeing is believing. Up to six inches in the forecast for the next couple days.

Vasa Trail: Skied from Single Track parking lot to the Rock and back. Riley’s loop is an icy mess, but the Vasa was in good shape. Skate lane was groomed this morning. Somewhat icy base but there is enough corduroy on top to control your skis.

There are a few icy spots in the flats and some of the hills are getting icy as well.

Weather forecast is not encouraging - looks like rain is in the way. Today might be the last good day for awhile.

Boyne Mountain: Trail conditions are hard and fast--use caution. Everything is open. Vistas has an icy patch that we are evaluating this morning.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We were very stoked with how many skiers got out and enjoyed the trails yesterday! We received a fresh dusting of snow last night, which will help freshen up the skate lanes and classic tracks today. Conditions remain very skiable on the trails that are open, with decent to good conditions and the occasional icy/crusty spot. Classic tracks were set on Friday on parts of Trappers Cabin and Rolling Hills, and all of the other trails still have existing tracks from Tuesday. Conditions are fair to very good on the Rolling Hills, Trappers Cabin, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, and Adventure trails. Groomer Mike will snow comb all of the above trails this morning. Until we get more snow, the Tall Pines, Blizzard and Manitou trails are closed due to ice and bare spots. The practice area are open with fair to very good conditions as well.

Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Gourmet Chili Bar! Your choice of Classic or Veggie Chili, plus an assortment of delicious toppings. Try a homemade cornbread muffin and real butter with your chili and feel like a whole new person!

Get outside and enjoy the snow today!

SAT, FEB 17

Hanson Hills: Surprise surprise... it was better than I expected when seeing how miserable the trail looks right out of the parking lot. If only these icy spots that take up the full width of the trail were not there, it would be really good skating conditions at HH. In fact, past the parking lot, conditions are good and really fast with the recent grooming in all wooded sections, with some exceptions facing South that are bare or nearly bare, or low elevation points where water stagnated and has now become an ice rink. It's tricky to get around, these, but the rest is nice. Skied yellow loop and sections of blue + green on the way back.

Lost Lakes Pathway: The trail was flattened near the campground, but crust skiing through the woods & on Lake Dubonnet was good.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Put in 20 laps of classic. Tracks were excellent. Lots of people out. Fun day.
Nice job Huron Meadows.

Huron Meadows Metropark: I agree with Ken, awesome skating at Huron Meadows! But the classic skiers greatly out numbered the skaters - there were dozens!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Incredibly good conditions on Bucks Run for both skating and striding. The classic track was just a bit shallow, but was in excellent position. Whoever did the grooming for today deserves an A plus plus. Don't let the first hundred yards or so fool you. Once you get past that it's excellent

Crystal Mountain: I went out this morning and scratched up all the skating lanes except for Otter. They turned out great-according to the trail reports I got from all the skaters I saw out there. Didn't even try to re-set the tracks so they will still be icy. Please use caution on the hills. This year I have noticed some skiers who have skied here a long time ago go out on some of the old trails that we have abandoned and then complain about us not grooming them. The Stag Hollow trail head does not go between the ski lift and the parking lot like it used to a few years ago. The trail starts on the south side of the road. When you come in to buy a trail pass we will give you direction. Have a great day.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Buck’s Run was very good with no bare spots for skating, classic was fair/good with some icing in the tracks. 20 to 30 people out at 11 am. Fires in the fire pits and wood stove.

Thanks to the groomers.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The grooming efforts yesterday resulted in better-than-expected conditions, given the warm up we had a couple days ago. We were successful at setting tracks on parts of Trappers Cabin and Rolling Hills, and all of the other trails still have existing tracks from Tuesday. Conditions are fair to very good on the Rolling Hills, Trappers Cabin, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, and Adventure trails. Groomer Mike is snow combing all of the above trails this morning. Until we get more snow, the Tall Pines and Manitou trails are closed due to ice and bare spots. We will be snow doctoring the Adventure trail today. The Blizzard trail and practice area are open with fair to very good conditions as well.

Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Gourmet Chili Bar! Your choice of Classic or Veggie Chili, plus an assortment of delicious toppings. Get your chili in a sourdough bread bowl if you know what’s good for you! And don’t forget the free ski lesson, today and every Saturday at 4:00pm.

Make the most of the snow today! Good luck to all the Forbush racers!!

Stokely Creek: We had guests arrive from Michigan yesterday and when they got to the Mackinaw Bridge they had serious thoughts of turning around since there was no snow. They decided to trusted our messages that we have snow and were shocked when they arrived. If you step off our trails you will be over your waist in snow. So looking for snow, come on up over the bridges. You will need your passport. We have snow in the forecast for the next several days.

Forbush Corner: Most of the trails were groomed for both classic and skate skiing yesterday including the Back Forty, Roberts Rd and the Hartwick Pines section of the Pines Loop. Conditions should be great today.

The Forbush Freestyle Race begins @ 10 AM and will utilize Badlands and Rollercoaster. Stop in to race or to spectate. We still have plenty of trails for non-racers to use even during the race.

Meijer State Games-Hanson Hills Classic Update:
Classic Race will be moved from Hanson Hills to Forbush Corner on Sunday February 18th.
10 AM start, 15 second intervals with racers skiing 12-13 km. Registration will run from 8 - 9:30 AM on Sunday.

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