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Snow and grooming look fine at Lakes of the North! Gussie Peterson shown skiing on the trail that will be used for The Lakes of the North Freestyle this Saturday.

Snow and grooming look fine at Lakes of the North! Gussie Peterson shown skiing on the trail that will be used for The Lakes of the North Freestyle this Saturday.

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.

$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.

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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.

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.

www.tokous.com
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?”

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.

epicraces.com/events/frosty-freestyle-and-krazy-klassic/
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.

The Inaugural CXC Marathon Cup: Three states, six major marathon events
The Inaugural CXC Marathon Cup: Three states, six major marathon events

The Inaugural CXC Marathon Cup: Three states, six major marathon events

9/11/2015 - By CXC Skiing

These six events represent a collection of the most beautiful and challenging trail systems in the Midwest and Great Lakes. The race courses have been highly ranked by the athletes and weekend warriors alike.

More News...

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UPCOMING

SAT, DEC 15, 2018

MTU CXC Cup - Classic Interval Start
Michigan Tech Trails, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson (XCHQ)
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Lakes of the North Freestyle
Lakes of the North, Mancelona, MI

SUN, DEC 16, 2018

MTU CXC Cup - Freestyle Mass Start
Michigan Tech Trails, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI

Forbush Time Trial
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

WED, DEC 19, 2018

Beginning & Intermediate ski lessons for kids...and a kids race!
Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Rd, Brighton, MI

More events...

www.cross-country-ski.com

LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

THU, DEC 13

Lost Lakes Pathway: Celebrating Mary Kuhn's birthday with a "rock" ski at Lost Lakes Pathway. 2-3" of snow still though thinning, with barely-covered roots & patches of leaves on a partially sunny morning! Gotta get it while you can, before the upcoming warm-up!

WED, DEC 12

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skated on bucks today. Trail in very good condition for first day open. Snow a little soft due to warm temps and dirt in some spots. But dirt is avoidable even using good skis..
Tracks also looked good. Spots that had dirt you should be able to skip around.
Nice job for a start. And thanks guys for getting us back and going.

Bay Meadows GC: Plenty of snow here, in fact a little too much if trying to skate. Average settled depth of about 6" with no bare or thin spots, but with recent blowing and drifting the formerly semi-packed down skate lane was somewhat drifted over. The naturally skied-in classic tracks looked pretty good. After skiing the Vasa 10K for the previous four days, I finally decided it's getting a little too risky with so many thin spots, rocks starting to poke through, and trail debris that I finally abandoned it for GC skiing, and thankful to have that available.

Valley Spur: Received just a light dusting of snow overnight that freshened up the classic tracks.All trails except for H are now open. Packed, dragged and set tracks on last section of G,I and Z this morning. Z is still pretty rough but G and I are pretty good. Starting to sound like a broken record but we need some fresh snow!

Hickory Hills: (Vojin Hills) Went to check out the hickory hills trails today. A few days ago they were groomed or at least rolled. Snow pack was in decent shape but so many walkers on the trail pretty much eliminated the grooming. It seems when we do get good skiing conditions, that it might be hard to keep the walkers off the trail. I did find a nice little loop on the flat section that was always used in the past and found a way to navigate a few hills and return to the same loop. Not sure if it was intended to be skied this way, but I thought it was a perfect loop and it could reach snow making guns to make it available all winter. The Hickory Hills course itself is very difficult, it is always hard up or crazy down. I don't see the hills loop attracting a lot of skiers. In fact on the way down I took my skis off and walked down. I know Vojin would have yelled at me "if you can't ski down the hills, then don't put your skis on in the first place"

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Forestville Real Grooming Report: This morning we are grooming skate lanes on the Noque’ to the pines, Animoosh, Chiwaji bypass, Muckwa, Migizi, Boozoo, Papasay and Zhing. Yesterday rolled up to 510 and cleared saplings and branches.

As always, your feedback is appreciated. Send in pictures and you too can get your K marker moved to the front of the line.

Saux Head: Saturday Tim and John groomed and tracked the entire system groomed and track set. Skiing is excellent.

Fit Strip: Trails were groomed Thursday and are in very good shape.

Big Bay Pathway: Too little snow in the woods so trails are closed. The Big Bay Trails are groomed for classic skiing and are through the rugged hills south of Big Bay. They are spectacular but need ample snow to cover the rugged terrain. We groom as weather permits so think cold and snow. Trails are just off Co Rd 550 in Big Bay.

Hanson Hills: We are still arm wrestling with mother nature to throw some snow our way. Trails have been packed down to about an inch of base. Very marginal, and with the warmer temps and possible rain the next few days we are hopeful that it will survive. Trail is skiable with rock ski's, but we recommend that you stay off the trail system at this time. Our neighbors at Forbush corners have decent snow, and are groomed for skating on the east trails, please pay them a visit!

Thanks everyone! We are trying I assure you!

Huron Meadows Metropark: We have snow!!!!
Staff will finish working on a 1.2k loop of Buck's Run in the trees today around 2pm. You will need to walk from the ski center to the woods to access the trail. We will have a nice skate lane with a shallow track set as well. B skis for skating, just because we have a few spots of dirt mixed in the snow. Classic would recommend rock skis, just because the track is not set yet and can only geuss the out come. Will not be adding any more snow this week due to warm temps and the concern for tracking dirt/mud on the trail. Building open at 2pm see website for a list of new hours operation.

More trail reports...

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