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Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop's Heather Compton and Grand Rapids Nordic's Gregory Kil head to the finish line at this Saturday's Cote Dame Marie.

Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop's Heather Compton and Grand Rapids Nordic's Gregory Kil head to the finish line at this Saturday's Cote Dame Marie.

Headquarters goes eco with EV chargers, LED lights, carbon offsets
Headquarters goes eco with EV chargers, LED lights, carbon offsets

Headquarters goes eco with EV chargers, LED lights, carbon offsets

11/24/2020 - By XCHQ

Owners of EV's have the option to charge up while they go for a ski, eat lunch, or demo skis! We also installed solar-powered LED lights on the Trapper's Cabin trail.

Noquemanon Ski Marathon to spread over three days
Noquemanon Ski Marathon to spread over three days

Noquemanon Ski Marathon to spread over three days

11/23/2020 - By Mike Muha

Both the Full Noque and the Half Noque races will be run across three day, January 22-24, 2021.

FIS recommendations on cleaning out that fluoro!
FIS recommendations on cleaning out that fluoro!

FIS recommendations on cleaning out that fluoro!

11/23/2020 - By Ian Harvey

We realize that the FIS fluorine ban has been postponed for a year, but there are many who will be entering a fluorine free racing year that will want to consider taking these steps.

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Hiawatha Highlands provides COVID-19 guidance
Hiawatha Highlands provides COVID-19 guidance

Hiawatha Highlands provides COVID-19 guidance

11/20/2020 - By Mike Muha

As one of the first "local" trail systems to open, its maybe useful to look at some of the COVID preparations Hiawatha has put in place for the season.

New Toko Glove models for this winter...and color options!
New Toko Glove models for this winter...and color options!

New Toko Glove models for this winter...and color options!

11/20/2020 - By Ian Harvey

Toko has two new cold weather glove models this year. Think about those cold years for the White Pine Stampede and North American Vasa...

Toko waxing and tuning kits on sales
Toko waxing and tuning kits on sales

Toko waxing and tuning kits on sales

11/18/2020 - By Ian Harvey

All hot waxing kits come with a high quality Cordura bag that can serve as a wax kit for years. Take advantage of these deals!

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10km NordicSkiRacer Time Trial gets skiers ready for the race season
10km NordicSkiRacer Time Trial gets skiers ready for the race season

10km NordicSkiRacer Time Trial gets skiers ready for the race season

11/15/2020 - By Mike Muha

We couldn't have asked for better weather. Although it was below freezing, the bright sun and no wind made it feel much warmer.

2020-21 Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team announced
2020-21 Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team announced

2020-21 Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team announced

11/10/2020 - By U.S. Ski & Snowboard

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the 23 athletes of the Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for the 2020-21 season who will kick off competition with the traditional World Cup season opener in Ruka, Finland, Nov. 27-29.

NordicSkiRacer 10km Rollerski Invitational on Saturday, Nov 14
NordicSkiRacer 10km Rollerski Invitational on Saturday, Nov 14

NordicSkiRacer 10km Rollerski Invitational on Saturday, Nov 14

11/8/2020 - By Mike Muha

It's only four weeks until the first Michigan Cup race of the season - how are you feeling about your training? Test it out at the NordicSkiRacer 10km Rollerski Time Trail at Kensington Metropark.

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Visma Ski Classics delays season start because of COVID-19
Visma Ski Classics delays season start because of COVID-19

Visma Ski Classics delays season start because of COVID-19

11/6/2020 - By Visma Ski Classics

With increasing cases of Covid-19 infections in Italy and most European countries during the last couple of weeks, Visma Ski Classics has decided to postpone the start of Season XI. The start is now planned to mid-January.

Flourine is allowed...or not...at US FIS sanctioned races
Flourine is allowed...or not...at US FIS sanctioned races

Flourine is allowed...or not...at US FIS sanctioned races

11/5/2020 - By Ian Harvey

At least three FIS venues are rejecting FIS guidelines that allow flourine wax and saying they are

US Ski & Snowboard continues to ban fluorinated ski waxes for 2020-21
US Ski & Snowboard continues to ban fluorinated ski waxes for 2020-21

US Ski & Snowboard continues to ban fluorinated ski waxes for 2020-21

10/30/2020 - By US Ski Team

Despite the International Ski Federations' (FIS) delay of implementing its fluorinated ski wax ban to the 2021-22 season, U.S. Ski & Snowboard will continue to ban the use of fluorinated ski wax from all non-FIS sanctioned events in the United States.

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UPCOMING

WED, JAN 27, 2021

Wednesday Night Group Ski
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

SAT, JAN 30, 2021

CXC Great Lakes District Junior/Youth Cup - Hickory Hills Classic
Hickory Hills, Traverse City, MI

Michael Seaman Memorial Classic
Forbush Corner, 4971 W Co Rd 612, Frederic, MI 49733

Free Beginner Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

Skate and Classic Ski Clinics with Jordyn Ross
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

Learn to Skate Ski Clinic
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, JAN 31, 2021

CXC Great Lakes District Junior/Youth Cup - Hickory Hills Classic
Hickory Hills, Traverse City, MI

Skate Technique Clinic - Team NordicSkiRacer
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Skate and Classic Ski Clinics with Jordyn Ross
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

MON, FEB 1, 2021

VIRTUAL White Pine Stampede 10/20km FEB 1-11
Mancelona High School, Mancelona, MI

WED, FEB 3, 2021

Wednesday Night Group Ski
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

SAT, FEB 6, 2021

Mason Tract Point-to-Point Rendezvous
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

Team NordicSkiRacer / Huron Meadows VIRTUAL White Pine Stampede
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

VIRTUAL White Pine Stampede 10/20km FEB 1-11
Mancelona High School, Mancelona, MI

Free Beginner Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

Get your Fill at the Grill
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, FEB 7, 2021

Get your Fill at the Grill
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

More events...

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

MON, JAN 25

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Some of the best classic skiing I have ever experienced at Forestville. 10 degrees out and the best machine made tracks you have ever seen. Just about every trail up to the virtual Noque turnaround was hit by the piston bully.

Michaywe: Groomed skate lanes on pretty much the entire trail system. Classic track is still pretty decent on the golf course loops and the modified lake loop. Plan is to reset track tomorrow.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received more snow throughout the day yesterday, which should groom up just beautifully today. Conditions are awesome. All trails have full coverage, and are being groomed this morning for classic and skate skiing. We have 8-13 inches of snow in the woods, and 3-6 inches packed on the trails.

The Stone Turtle Cafe is open for outdoor dining! Enjoy a steaming bowl of Chipotle Veggie Chili and a hot cocoa after you ski.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks Run has been groomed for classic and skate this morning. The groomer is in the process of making one lap around the golf course trails and contractors loop. Still a few thin spots, but plenty of skiable snow. We’ll see what the upcoming storm has to offer.

Forbush Corner: Monday January 25rh, open 9-5 today. We will be grooming the east trails today. East and west trails area in excellent shape.

Hanson Hills: Lodge and Trails open at 9am

Groomers Tommy G. and Jason have done a fantastic job on the trails. We have great conditions, trails are groomed with deep set tracks.

SUN, JAN 24

Unlisted trail: NTN Grooming 1/24 for Big Bay Pathway on fb: “ Nick hit the trail at 1 pm on Friday. The Big Bay Pathway is groomed. Meditation and Hidden Grin were both rolled and tracked. The trail is in excellent condition.”
After skiing Saux Head, I was too close to not go ski the intermediate Hidden Grin loop, though not as much snow there. It has some hills & raised bridges over the creek. The 2 expert loops are closed due to logging & I was too tired to do the beginner Meditation loop. I decided to join my Valley Spur girlfriends for one more VS ski tomorrow & another ski on the Munising Ski Trail at Pictured Rocks on Tuesday since the snow is so good after this winter’s snow drought, so enjoyed a gorgeous sunset along Lake Superior between MRQ & Munising, oh-la-la!

Crystal Mountain: Groomed all the trails today and cannot believe how good the trails are holding up with the total 13" of snow we've gotten all season. You got to ski it to believe it. The hills have the most coverage. There are some bare/thin spots on the flats but nothing you can't go around. Tracksets where laid are shallow in spots and great in others. Come on out and enjoy it while you can.

Saux Head: NTN Grooming 1/24 for Saux Head on fb: “All trails rolled and then ginzu groomed and track set. Trails in excellent condition.”
I had planned to ski Big Bay, until I read the NTN grooming report for Saux Head & since we had 1-2” fresh snow in downtown Marquette, I figured it was the perfect day for this new adventure & it was beyond expectations! I had heard the black diamond hills were steep & winding, but nothing compared to Blueberry Ridge & Valley Spur, esp with the ungroomed snow. Yee-haw, another new favorite! There are only 2-3 parking spots at each of the 2 trailheads, but overflow skiers parked along the road since already plowed & not a busy road, besides the skiers coming & going. Perfect timing again! And, I met up with a MRQ acquaintance, Bill, who shared his home with me on my way between the Birkie & Stokely’s Wabos Loppet in 2013. He was parked next to me, we struck up a conversation & then I made the connection! Wow, what a small world!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Lovely fresh snow covered up the icy hiking boot prints on the south trails and made the golf course trails absolutely floaty. Wonder if we could have signage one day to ask hikers to stay to the left (or right) so skiers could have better snow conditions with this limited snowfall that our future holds.

Vasa Trail: Typical weekend crowds for the Vasa, especially yesterday where the sun brought out so many skiers that the parking lot overflowed to the street up top, today was more normal at about 75% full parking lot mid-afternoon. Great to see so many families out with kids and grand-kids, both with the regulars and many novice groups. Generally very good conditions with fresh grooming each morning on top of a little more snow but still the usual handful of thin spots to avoid.

Wildwood Pathway: Perfect mid-winter conditions on all the loops. Machine groomed double track all the way around. One of the best classic flow trails in Michiagn!

Maybury State Park: Creamy snow covered bumpy ice and some rocks to make for a mostly pleasant ski that got more pleasant as the snowfall continued.

Boyne Mountain: Good coverage on Vistas they have varied the loop a little and it's more interesting. Firm wide skate deck, tracks shallow but look pretty decent. I like the new parking lot.

Unlisted trail: Walled Lake. Good crust conditions this morning skiing the perimeter. It is snowing now, about an inch in the last hour, with more to come!

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Pinecone and WinterBrook were groomed this morning with the big groomer; both skate and classic lanes are fresh and ready for gliding. Be aware, there are thin spots, especially I. The woods and at road crossings. Snow is good, more snow is better! Come ski with us at the SchussNordic Center!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Tony and I were on Buck's Run by 8:00am as the groomer was just powertilling the trail. It was like skiing on velvet while wearing yout slippers: smooth, quiet, easy, "velvety ". Hopefully you get out before it gets all skied on!

Of course, we were more adventurous and headed for the north golf course for a crust ski. It was fun to ski everywhere. The previously groomed trails were icy or bumpy but have a great base for the upcoming snow. Stay in the crust.

We did a couple "velvet" loops on Buck's Run, then Tony had to leave. I continued with a crust ski on the south golf course (nice), then cut across the road to ski around Maltby Lake. Only for the foolish! The trail around the south side of the lake was quite icy. The section of the contractor's loop i did was bumpy and rough. The long climb up from the contractor's loop was ice (i doublepoled it).

Tracks on Buck's run are hard on the bottom and shallow. Klister! If it snows today, klister with a hard wax cover!

Dunes Golf Club: As usual, great classic conditions with skied in tracks. We are fortunate to have such an area with easy direct access off m-72 .
My skate track went virtuall noque on Saturday. So all things possible here at the dunes golf cub!
No fees

Hanson Hills: Lodge and Trails open at 9am

Excellent day to ski!! Fresh corduroy and perfect set tracks!

Forbush Corner: Fresh skate lane and deep classic tracks set on The Snowmaking Loop, Pancake, Ridge, Badlands, and Green Trail. All other trails were groomed yesterday and remain in great shape.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: What a beautiful, cold, and gloriously sunny day yesterday! Conditions continue to be phenomenal. All trails have full coverage, and will be re-groomed this morning for classic and skate skiing. We have 8-13 inches of snow in the woods, and 3-6 inches packed on the trails, and more snow is in the forecast. Cody the Cabin Boy will be at Trapper's Cabin with a bonfire, hot cocoa, and other snacks for sale today, and the great news is that we have  German sausages, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, and German beer as the lunch specials in the Stone Turtle Cafe again today!

Join us TODAY for Live Music with Wade Whittington from 2pm-4pm, outside on the sun deck! Wade is a fantastic musician, and plays tons of crowd pleasers. Grab a ski, a snack or beverage, and kick back to some great live music!

SAT, JAN 23

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Surprisingly good skate conditions today. Around and inch of compressed snow on top of an icy base. A little tricky to get an edge sometimes but doable. Expected boiler plate after the freeze thaw this week. They got just enough new snow to cover the ice and the snow is soft enough for light grooming to work.

It was very busy by the lodge making it hard to find parking. They have two outdoor pay stations but I still had to wait in line for about 15 minutes to get my pass. Glad to see all the people using this wonderful facility!

The beginner section leading to the main trails was really packed and glazed from heavy traffic, it was impossible to get an edge. Fortunately the rest of the trails were okay. Pretty thin on the ridge at the top of the big hill and there is gravel showing by lost lake so use the bypass. When they run the groomer it loosens the compressed snow nicely.

It was a beautiful sunny day and well worth the trip from Holland. Hope for more snow tonight!

Blueberry Ridge: Wow, it doesn’t get any better than this, perfect DNR grooming by Van Riper State Park, great snow texture, deep tracks, double set on classic-only Crossroads trails, sunshine, gorgeous forest on ridges, no crowds & lots of hills with many steep caution signs, esp on Superior & Wildcat! What a difference from the snowy grass on 12/19, the uncontrollable hardpack on 1/11, and after 2 days on the Noque! Purr-fect timing since the south trails were groomed yesterday & the north this morning (posted on fb). Gail & I skied Crossroads, Husky & Wolverine together, then I continued on Superior, Wildcat, Wolverine & Husky back to Spartan, finally Crossroads back to my car, whew! Of course, the DNR does not groom as often as the Noque, Valley Spur, Vasa, Forbush or Hanson Hills, so as always, don’t forget to make a donation in the tube. Hoping for a repeat in mid-Feb, if I get lucky again!

Muncie Lakes Pathway: I was surprised to see that most of Muncie was groomed today! Thank you groomers!!
There was enough snow with good skied in tracks down to the river, the snow was silky smooth and fast!
Used my skins with no problem.
Some areas had a snowmobile on the trail , but was skiable .
Parking lot was full when we got done ,with people walking in the groomed tracks!!! :(

Valley Spur: The lake effect snow machine finally fired up over this past week and brought us in the neighborhood of 15 inches of snow to Valley Spur. Cold temperatures have helped firm things up so the skiing is really good right now. The wet and rough areas on the first part of B and in Worels Woods on H are taking shape and with just a few more grooms will be in excellent condition. Get out and enjoy it when you can!

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: It’s a beautiful day at the Schuss Nordic Center! Lake effect snow gods have finally blessed us with 6”-7” of lovely, thick, fluffy snow. Brad the Groomer rode the big groomer over Pinecone, this morning, and left fine skate and classic lanes for all to enjoy. Winterbrook, Mountain Creek, Moonlite Run and Meadow Run have all been Tidd-Teched and track set. Poet’s Loop is too thin to ski, though a few more inches of the white stuff, and we’ll be good to go!

Big M: Went for an early morning ski at Big M for the first time ever. Although the snow depth is only about 6 inches even in the woods it was decent classic skiing. The trails were groomed and tracks set. There was a dusting of fresh overnight snow with ice or old snow underneath - nothing problematic even for my wax skis. Temp was about 18 degrees F but I needed to use a bit of extra green in my kick zone. I stuck to Lumberjack, Ryberg Rd and Double Bit, not doing most of the blue or any black trails. Downhills were a little fast for me but I'm getting old. No worries about using your A skis. Another 2-4 inches would be really nice on top of this base though.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks Run was in really nice shape, classic track was a little shallow, but very serviceable. No complaints here. I didn’t ski the golf course, but there’s already a comment on that by Mike Muha. Ken Roth had suggested I keep a pair of skis set up with grip tape for Bucks Run. I’m really glad I listened to him. It was perfect, even as the temps shifted.
If I had known this place existed, I might have moved back here years ago!

Forbush Corner: Silky-smooth wide firm skate deck and deep classic tracks. Some bonus sun and perfect temperature for skiing. 10+ conditions. Most cars I have ever seen on parking lot.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Pretty incredible conditions this morning on the NTN. Piston bully groomed up the full virtual course last night. Skate lane was firm, wide and flat. Classic tracks looked great too. Parking lot just about full when I left. Just a couple of dirt sections on some of the Bagwaji hills where the PB tilled up some dirt. Other than that, amazing skiing.

Huron Meadows Metropark: First, crust skiing was good! Tony, Doug and I skied the south golf course and had a good time on the hills toward the south end. We used good skis but there were a couple areas we had to pick ourselves around. Good fun!

Second, skating on Buck's Run was was and easy. Classic tracks were usable but washed out in a few places. That didn't stop a zillion skiers from using them. Looked like klister day to me!

Michaywe: Set classic track on golf course loops, nordic, river trail, and most of the lake loop. Herringbone is still thin. Combed out skate lanes on maple ridge. Most trails are in pretty good condition.

Big M: Saturday, January 23, 2021
We have had another 2-3 inches of new snow yesterday. We have temperatures in the 20's. We were able to re-groom all the trails except Catamount and Oh Me ll. Conditions are great!

Forbush Corner: Picked up over 1 foot of new snow this week. Full system groom including the Pines Loop this morning. 2 Pisten Bully PB100's out this morning.

Hanson Hills: Lodge and Trails Open at 9am

Groomer Tommy G. and Jason have the trails looking amazing!! PB 100 groomed skate lanes and deep set tracks on entire trail system will make for great skiing today!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received more snow throughout the day yesterday. Groomer Butch snow combed the skating lanes and set fresh tracks last night, so conditions should be fantastic today. We have a great base and full coverage on all trails. We have 8-13 inches of snow in the woods, and 3-6 inches packed on the trails.

Join us TODAY for a Free Beginner Ski Lesson at 10:30am! Also, the Stone Turtle Cafe is serving up delicious German fare for lunch: German sausages, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, beer cheese, and German beer will be on special for hungry skiers today.

Join us TOMORROW for Live Music with Wade Whittington from 2pm-4pm, outside on the sun deck! Wade is a fantastic musician, and plays tons of crowd pleasers. Have a ski, grab a beverage and a snack from the cafe, and hang by a bonfire while you listen to some great live music!

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