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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)

Registration is open for the 2018 Great Bear Chase!
Registration is open for the 2018 Great Bear Chase!

Registration is open for the 2018 Great Bear Chase!

12/20/2017 - By Great Bear Chase

Registration is now open for the 38th annual UP Health System Portage Great Bear Chase. The race will take place on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at the beautiful Swedetown Trails in Calumet, Michigan.

Frye-Colie and Liebner win Forbush Corner Time Trial
Frye-Colie and Liebner win Forbush Corner Time Trial

Frye-Colie and Liebner win Forbush Corner Time Trial

12/19/2017 - By Mike Muha

Cross Country Ski Headquarters' Mariah Frye-Colie and Team NordicSkiRacer's Andy Liebner held off the competition to win at Frobush Corner.

Lakes of the North Ski Race Results
Lakes of the North Ski Race Results

Lakes of the North Ski Race Results

12/18/2017 - By Curt Peterson

Alex Vanais blew the senior men’s field away from the first turn, and Jordyn Ross similarly distanced the rest of the women’s senior field.

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Ski Skin care and maintenance
Ski Skin care and maintenance

Ski Skin care and maintenance

12/18/2017 - By Swix

With skin skis and AT setups growing in popularity, Swix has created the Skin Care Pro series, dedicated to ensuring optimal performance of ski skins.

Leelanau State Park adds multi-use ski / fat-tire bike trail
Leelanau State Park adds multi-use ski / fat-tire bike trail

Leelanau State Park adds multi-use ski / fat-tire bike trail

12/16/2017 - By MDNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is expanding winter recreation opportunities at Leelanau State Park with the addition of a new, marked winter sports trail open to hikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and fat tire bikers.

A word from Race Central
A word from Race Central

A word from Race Central

12/15/2017 - By Curt Peterson

It is fun to help pull off a nordic ski race. We are so thankful for the total support of Lakes of the North crew. They have been grooming day over day to compact the abundant snowfall.

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How to have fast skis this season: The Basics
How to have fast skis this season: The Basics

How to have fast skis this season: The Basics

12/15/2017 - By Ian Harvey

At this time though (preseason), it makes sense to look at ski selection. Here are some conditions and what I would recommend for skating and classic skis.

Fischer tunes Nordic line-up for 2018
Fischer tunes Nordic line-up for 2018

Fischer tunes Nordic line-up for 2018

12/14/2017 - By Fischer Sports

Fischer introduces 2018 – 2019 product introductions and improvements to both in-track and light touring models, including a new Speedmax Twinskin, a marriage of the dual mohair channel technology with their highest level racing skis.

Full Michigan Cup points for both races this weekend
Full Michigan Cup points for both races this weekend

Full Michigan Cup points for both races this weekend

12/13/2017 - By Mike Muha

Both the Lakes of the North Freestyle and the Forbush Time Trial will both award full Michigan Cup points this weekend.

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2018 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series
2018 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series

2018 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series

12/10/2017 - By Mike Muha

Not all the racing in on groomed trails. For a decidedly different adventure, there's the 2018 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series.

Midwest Nordic Rendezvous, Jan 6-7
Midwest Nordic Rendezvous, Jan 6-7

Midwest Nordic Rendezvous, Jan 6-7

11/19/2017 - By Amy Powell

Join us for the second annual Midwest Nordic Rendezvous with our guest instructor Emily Lovett from Steamboat Springs, Colorado!

Why would you drag a tire during a rollerski race?
Why would you drag a tire during a rollerski race?

Why would you drag a tire during a rollerski race?

11/10/2017 - By Mike Muha

Race Director Andy Liebner told participants in the Grand Rapids 10k Rollerski Race on Sunday, November 5 that dragging a tire reduces speed and increases safety. I can think of some alternative reasons...

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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

WED, JAN 17

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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