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Start of the junior Cote Dame Marie Loppet at Forbush Corner.

Start of the junior Cote Dame Marie Loppet at Forbush Corner.

Ski Hall of Fame needs your help
Ski Hall of Fame needs your help

Ski Hall of Fame needs your help

10/19/2015 - By Justin Koski

We are the largest ski history organization in the WORLD and without local support and patronage, we will not be able to keep the fire burning and Denver or Park City could gobble us up with their deep pockets and endless donation chains.

Michigan: warmer, drier this winter
Michigan: warmer, drier this winter

Michigan: warmer, drier this winter

10/18/2015 - By NOAA

Drier-than-average conditions most likely for areas near the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, with drought development likely in the northern Great Lakes region.

Kikkan Randall: Baby on Board!
Kikkan Randall: Baby on Board!

Kikkan Randall: Baby on Board!

10/18/2015 - By USSA

World Champion cross country ski racer Kikkan Randall is planning to take a break from competition this season. Randall and husband Jeff Ellis announced to her teammates this week that they are expecting their first child in April.

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$40 for 40th White Pine Stampede. $20 for WPS 1 skiers
$40 for 40th White Pine Stampede. $20 for WPS 1 skiers

$40 for 40th White Pine Stampede. $20 for WPS 1 skiers

10/13/2015 - By Jack Mckaig

The entry fee for the 20KM and 50KM White Pine Stampede races will be only $40.00 until 11/1/14 in honor of our 40th anniversary; If you skied in WPS 1, it's only $20.

Michigan Cup Committee finalizes 2016 season
Michigan Cup Committee finalizes 2016 season

Michigan Cup Committee finalizes 2016 season

10/12/2015 - By Mike Muha

Financial report reviewed, race schedule approved...what were the other big decisions and topics of discussion at the 33rd annual Michigan Cup Committee meeting?

2018 XC Ski World Masters goes to Minneapolis, MN
2018 XC Ski World Masters goes to Minneapolis, MN

2018 XC Ski World Masters goes to Minneapolis, MN

10/10/2015 - By Loppet Foundation of Minneapolis

In early 2018, the Loppet Foundation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA will host the Masters World Cup on the trails of Theodore Wirth Park Winter Recreation Area. The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association (WMA) awarded the bid at their annual meeting.

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Volunteers needed for 2016 U.S. Skiing Championships
Volunteers needed for 2016 U.S. Skiing Championships

Volunteers needed for 2016 U.S. Skiing Championships

10/7/2015 - By US Nationals

olunteer registration is open for the 2016 U.S. Skiing Championships hosted by Michigan Tech at its on-campus Nordic Training Center Jan. 3-9.

Will 83% ski pole rule save classic skiing?
Will 83% ski pole rule save classic skiing?

Will 83% ski pole rule save classic skiing?

10/5/2015 - By Mike Muha

The FIS created a new rule around the maximum pole length in classic technique to preserve the use of diagonal striding. What does this mean for the citizen racer?

A summer trip and two ski races in Australia and New Zealand
A summer trip and two ski races in Australia and New Zealand

A summer trip and two ski races in Australia and New Zealand

10/4/2015 - By Michael Bourassa

It all began a couple of years ago when I started skiing regularly at Forbush Corner. I was looking over the race jerseys peppering the walls of the shop and I asked Dave, “What is the Merino Muster?”

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Headquarters widens trail, posts calendar, gets recognition
Headquarters widens trail, posts calendar, gets recognition

Headquarters widens trail, posts calendar, gets recognition

9/27/2015 - By Mariah Frye Colie

As we approach the winter season, The Cross Country Ski Headquarters is excited to share several updates regarding their cross country ski trail system and upcoming events for this season, as well as some of the recognition received last year.

Forbush Corner Fall Work Weekend, Sept 26-27
Forbush Corner Fall Work Weekend, Sept 26-27

Forbush Corner Fall Work Weekend, Sept 26-27

9/17/2015 - By Forbush Team

The main focus will be pruning and clearing debris from the trails. Please bring any pruners or loppers that you may have at home. There are also some clean-up projects in and around the pole barn. Please RSVP !

Train in Park City this month!
Train in Park City this month!

Train in Park City this month!

9/14/2015 - By CXC Skking

Former US Ski Team coach Torbjorn Karlsen plus CXC Skiing's Yuriy Gusev are coaching a long weekend of training in PArk City,Utah.

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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

MON, JAN 22, 2018

Masters World Cup - Classic 10/5km + Freestyle 10/5km
Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

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

Masters World Cup - 4x5km Relays
Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

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

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Skate

THU, JAN 25, 2018

Masters W0rld Cup - 45/30/15km Classic
Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

FRI, JAN 26, 2018

Junior Noque
Forestville Trailhead, Marquette, MI

Masters World Cup - 45/30/15km Freestyle
Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

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

Vasa Trail: The Vasa trail was in great shape, though started softening up at noon. There are a lot of leaves & some twigs in the classic tracks, which were deep & firm on the 25k loop. I skied from Timber Ridge to the Special K, Nipple, 25k to the Rock, JackPine & back, and loved every minute on the snow & in the sun!
The forecast is not looking good for Nordic Rocks PE skiing at Blair Elementary this week since the snow on the playground is gone!

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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