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Start of the Hanson Hills Classic. Michael Davis (on right), Rebecca Davis and Theo Vonwallmenich wait their interval start. (Photo: Chloë Alyn Borton).

Start of the Hanson Hills Classic. Michael Davis (on right), Rebecca Davis and Theo Vonwallmenich wait their interval start. (Photo: Chloë Alyn Borton).

Windows 10? Kiss your expensive Polar heart rate monitor goodbye...
Windows 10? Kiss your expensive Polar heart rate monitor goodbye...

Windows 10? Kiss your expensive Polar heart rate monitor goodbye...

11/5/2015 - By Mike Muha

Polar will not provide a Windows 10 driver for the Polar USB IrDA Adapter. If your heart rate monitor uses it to communicate with your PC, that functionality will go away.

New Toko flagship waxing iron: The T18 Digital Waxing Iron
New Toko flagship waxing iron: The T18 Digital Waxing Iron

New Toko flagship waxing iron: The T18 Digital Waxing Iron

11/4/2015 - By Ian Harvey

Why is this iron exciting? Beside having a super nice form, soft hand grip, cord conveniently coming out of the side making it more manageable, thick graduated base plate, quality digital performance, it also goes much hotter than our other irons.

Toko releases new Stars and Bars glove collection
Toko releases new Stars and Bars glove collection

Toko releases new Stars and Bars glove collection

11/2/2015 - By Ian Harvey

This video introduces the new Toko Stars and Strips cross country ski glove collection. Be patriotic!

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Rent Norm's cabin!
Rent Norm's cabin!

Rent Norm's cabin!

11/2/2015 - By Algoma Highlands Conservancy

Looking for a warm and cozy stay overnight in the glory of Algoma’s backcountry? You are in luck. Norm’s Cabin is now open for reserved stays on a pay-as-you-play basis!

Preseason discount trail passes available for Yellowstone Ski Festival
Preseason discount trail passes available for Yellowstone Ski Festival

Preseason discount trail passes available for Yellowstone Ski Festival

10/24/2015 - By Wendy Swenson

Prepaid trail passes are now available for the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Passes are valid from November 1-30. Passes can be purchased through the mail or online.

Why US-made ski poles are the best
Why US-made ski poles are the best

Why US-made ski poles are the best

10/20/2015 - By Andy Liebner

Get the real reason why people buy U.S. made ski poles from the owner and innovator himself!

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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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UPCOMING

SUN, FEB 25, 2018

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

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

TUE, FEB 27, 2018

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

WED, FEB 28, 2018

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Classic

SAT, MAR 3, 2018

Michigan Backcountry Ski Series: Jordan Jam
Jordan River Pathway between East Jordan and Kalkaska

Black Mountain 31K Classic and 10km Tour
Bluffs on Black Lake, 10905 Doriva Beach Rd., Cheboygan, MI 4972

Ribs & Blues
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

SUN, MAR 4, 2018

Black Mountain 10km Freestyle
Bluffs on Black Lake, 10905 Doriva Beach Rd., Cheboygan, MI 4972

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

More events...

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SUN, FEB 25

Crystal Mountain: I sent this earlier but it didn't post. I did not go out and groom today because I didn't want to get hit by a falling tree or limb. We still have plenty of snow out there. If I could ski today I would probably go on the crust on the golf course and open fields. Just stay off the tees and greens please.

Stokely Creek: Our trails are holding up great. This is what a guest had to say about them just a couple days ago.

Tim Furbacker skated to all 6 huts yesterday, he said, I skated it in a counter-clockwise direction, starting with King Mt. Then Hakon Lien, lunch at Norm’s, Stokely Creek, met my wife at Walker Lake & finished off with Sam’s.
It took me 3 ½ hours + a ½ hour lunch break, so 4 hours.
I used a program called Strava which is pretty accurate and called out 23.9 miles (38k) with over 3300’ of climbing. And no road crossings – just outrageously beautiful scenery the entire ski.
That was an epic day on the trails, thank you all.

SAT, FEB 24

Nubs Nob: We were surprised to find so much snow in the Petosky area. Dick Fulz, Gussie, Karen, Steve and Debbie Westphall were in our group that started on the upper trails off Valley Road. The conditions at first were icy so we went and skied the golf course under sunny sky's and beautiful crust conditions. After skiing for a while we went back to the trails and skied both the upper and lower loops when the snow transitioned to softer conditions. The trails have plenty of snow and should hold up well for a while. Check the grooming report on Nubs website, their grooming is spectacular. Afterwards went to Petosky Brewing and than had a soft pretzel at the Petosky Petzel company. The best pretzel you even had and they are coming to TC in May.

Crystal Mountain: So I went out and groomed all the skating lanes and they turned out good-considering. We closed Loons from Pt. #3 to Pt. #3 1/2 due to ice and bare spots. We plan on re-routing that section next year to eliminate that problem. There are more icy spots than there were two days ago but you can ski around them.

Boyne Mountain: We were able to set fresh tracks yesterday afternoon on all of our lower trails. They firmed up nicely overnight and should be pretty fast today until mid afternoon or so. Trails overall will be firm with icy sections, softening as the day goes on. Look out for thin and bare patches. Vistas and Deer Run remain closed.

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Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The temps stayed cold yesterday and last night. Tractor Mike spent the day yesterday tilling up the ice with the pre-seeder, adding snow where needed, and finally grooming the John Deere Loop. Conditions will be good for skating today. Classic skiing should be fair to good, but we were unable to set classic tracks due to the crustiness of the snow. Plan on 2.5km of full coverage of a mixture of snow, crusty snow, and one or two slightly slick spots on the trail today.

Join us today for Birkie Live Stream and Taste of Gates Lunch Special! Starting at 9:30am this morning, watch “the Greatest Show on Snow” – the North American Birkebiener, live in Cable, Wisconsin! This famous ski race draws just as many fans as participants – well over 10,000. Join in the excitement by watching the live stream in the HQ Day Lodge! Then head out for a ski on the John Deere Trail, and come back in for lunch to experience the fantastic flavors of Gate’s AuSable Lodge, right here at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Gate’s Lodge Head Chef, Matt Haley, will cook up a hearty winter feast you’ll never forget. Join us for this very special culinary experience, which showcases one of Northern Michigan’s best dining experiences. *Beverages not included.

Crystal Mountain: I'm heading out to scratch up the trails. We didn't go out yesterday but Thursday I groomed all the skating lanes (NO Trackset) and they turned out pretty decent. There are a few bare spots on Loons and Willies way and it was pretty icy where Eagles and Does come out of the woods other than that there was a lot of coverage. Under the pine trees on Aspen and Stride right there is a lot of trail trash. Otter is closed. Could be the last day. If you come out, look for Steve the Stork. He flew over to Jacks Rabbit and landed in a tree.

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