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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)

Michigan Cup: Durand and Darling tied; Vanais and Yankus tied
Michigan Cup: Durand and Darling tied; Vanais and Yankus tied

Michigan Cup: Durand and Darling tied; Vanais and Yankus tied

2/22/2015 - By Mike Muha

Ken Dawson has just released the Michigan Cup individual standings to date (PDF) through the Vasa, but excluding the Noque and Gran Travers.

HH/CCSS continues to dominate Brumbaugh Cup
HH/CCSS continues to dominate Brumbaugh Cup

HH/CCSS continues to dominate Brumbaugh Cup

2/22/2015 - By Chris Jones

YTD Brumbaugh Cup results through the Gran Traverse race. Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop still has a commanding lead over all the other teams on Michigan Cup Circuit.

VIDEO: Junior Nationals stockpiling snow
VIDEO: Junior Nationals stockpiling snow

VIDEO: Junior Nationals stockpiling snow

2/22/2015 - By Mike Muha

The first Junior National race is coming up March 9. Unfortunately, snow is sparse. Race organizers have moved snow from other trails to increase coverage on a 3km loop. They have also stockpiling snow from the nearby alpine area.

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Stephen 11th in World Championship Skiathlon
Stephen 11th in World Championship Skiathlon

Stephen 11th in World Championship Skiathlon

2/21/2015 - By USSA

The biggest climb was filled with fans and I channeled some rhythm to go up the hill. I’m thankful for that hill and the crowd today...

Caldwell 10th, Hamilton 12th in Falun Sprint
Caldwell 10th, Hamilton 12th in Falun Sprint

Caldwell 10th, Hamilton 12th in Falun Sprint

2/20/2015 - By USSA

Sophie Caldwell led the U.S. skiers at the first race of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a 10th place finish in Thursday's classic sprint. Simi Hamilton took 12th for the men.

Wax recommendations for the Grinder and Birkie
Wax recommendations for the Grinder and Birkie

Wax recommendations for the Grinder and Birkie

2/20/2015 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski race (The Grinder) and the American Birkebeiner.

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Stinchfield Loppet - a gloriously fun ski tour
Stinchfield Loppet - a gloriously fun ski tour

Stinchfield Loppet - a gloriously fun ski tour

2/19/2015 - By Jeff Potter

Come join us for an extraordinary ski experience! This is a free no-drop ski tour. We'll be exploring a "big country" forest that'll make you think you're not downstate!

Watch the Nordic Worlds via live stream!
Watch the Nordic Worlds via live stream!

Watch the Nordic Worlds via live stream!

2/18/2015 - By USSA

A full schedule of medal events will be streamed live to the USA from the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships starting in Falun Feb. 18-March 1, opening with classic sprints for men and women on Thursday.

PHOTOS: North American Vasa
PHOTOS: North American Vasa

PHOTOS: North American Vasa

2/17/2015 - By Mike Muha

In case you missed, there are photos-for-pay available (I do not know who the photographer is). But I think you can post your own photo on facebook for free!

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Jessie Diggins lone top 20 for US in Ostersund freestyle
Jessie Diggins lone top 20 for US in Ostersund freestyle

Jessie Diggins lone top 20 for US in Ostersund freestyle

2/16/2015 - By USSA

Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. with a 17th place finish in the Ostersund 10K Freestyle World Cup, the lone top-twenty result today for the U.S.

Simi Hamilton takes 11th in Ostersund sprint
Simi Hamilton takes 11th in Ostersund sprint

Simi Hamilton takes 11th in Ostersund sprint

2/16/2015 - By USSA

After the US qualified four skiers for the sprint rounds, Simi Hamilton led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team at the Ostersund World Cup Classic Sprint event, finishing 11th.

Gran Travers: Yankus and Davis win, but Goodman saves his day!
Gran Travers: Yankus and Davis win, but Goodman saves his day!

Gran Travers: Yankus and Davis win, but Goodman saves his day!

2/15/2015 - By Mike Muha

Maybe the wind wasn't as bad as yesterday's North American Vasa, but the temperature was 20 degrees colder at the start of today's Gran Travers. At least kick waxing was easy...

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UPCOMING

WED, JAN 17, 2018

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Classic

SAT, JAN 20, 2018

Gitchi Gami Games (Junior National Qualifier)
American Birkebeiner Trailhead, Cable, WI

Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Graying, 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

TUE, JAN 16

Lost Lakes Pathway: A quick ski at Lost Lakes between PE ski lessons & Sr euchre. The tracks in the campground loop are thin & hardpacked, but breaking trail on the back loop was deeper & silky, though rough base throughout. The snow in the woods from last Thurs' meltdown took a big hit! We need to do some snow dancing before the weekend!!!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Trails groomed again today. The inch or so of snow we had helped out. Classic tracks still shallow. But still good and fast. Skate lane looked great. Several people out skiing both classic and skate today.

Boyne Mountain: Trails are freshly groomed and in very good condition. Vistas is particularly beautiful today with the sunshine! Christmas has pine debris on the trail, but is quite skiable. Deer Run is closed due to bare spots.

Milham Park Golf Course: Well after it warmed up to a more comfortable seven degrees Milham has now been groomed. To thin to set a track but groomed an extra wide skate lane. Would expect skiing to be fair once the trail has some time to set up. Looks like we can ski locally again at least until the weekend.

Nubs Nob: Conditions are amazing for skating today. A very firm base with a few inches of light compacted snow on top. Skiers are raving about the trails right now.

Vasa Trail: Left from Timber Ridge (not groomed, rough tractor ruts). Skied towards Riley’s. A little bumpy but not bad. Looks like a snowmobile was on it. We got to the single track parking lot and the trail had been destroyed by a truck! We turned around and completed our ski on the inside loop of the main Vasa trail. It was very nice even without a fresh groom. Squeeky snow for skate skiing today but gorgeous out!

Milham Park Golf Course: Woke up early to groom Milham this morning only to find that it was very cold and snowing pretty hard. I have today off from work so current plan is to wait until it the snow lets up and it warms up a bit. Plan is to groom late morning / early afternoon now. Would expect it to be ready by midafternoon. I will report after grooming but expect thin but doable skate lane and to thin to set a machined track. Would expect classic skiing to be ok just to thin to run the track setter around though.

Hanson Hills: Total accumulation of snow received yesterday 1/4- 1/2 inch. We will be out packing this light lake effect snow this morning, and re-assessing the trail system. Trails will remain closed today.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Groomer broke yesterday. Staff is working to get it up and running again.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Trail Doctor Bob continued adding snow all day yesterday to the John Deere loop, and was able to snow comb and even set classic tracks late in the afternoon! Conditions on the 1.2km John Deere loop are excellent for classic and skating. We also received about 2 inches of snow throughout yesterday and last night, which helped conditions immensely. This morning, Groomer Mike will snow comb Rolling Hills, Manitou, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, Trapper’s Cabin, and Adventure, which will be open for rock skiing today. He will also work on extending the John Deere loop with the snow spreader. 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. Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Wild Turkey Panini! Sliced turkey breast, basil pesto, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, and provolone cheese, grilled on Stone House 7-Grain bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a dill pickle spear. The trails area calling, time to ski!

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