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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)

1,500 photos from the 2015 White Pine Stampede
1,500 photos from the 2015 White Pine Stampede

1,500 photos from the 2015 White Pine Stampede

2/9/2015 - By Beth McKaig, Lydia Cadena, Andrew Johnson, and Alyse Tarbutton

Photos by the crack White Pine photography team of Beth McKaig, Lydia Cadena, Andrew Johnson, and Alyse Tarbutton.

RESULTS: Brown and Patterson leave mark at White Pine Stampede
RESULTS: Brown and Patterson leave mark at White Pine Stampede

RESULTS: Brown and Patterson leave mark at White Pine Stampede

2/8/2015 - By Mike Muha

Eli Brown came by me like a freight train. He was a machine, gobbling the steep uphill like it wasn't even there. And Kaitlyn Patterson simply took off and skied away from the pack of skiers she was with.

White Pine team challenge for Children’s Hospital Foundation of Michigan
White Pine team challenge for Children’s Hospital Foundation of Michigan

White Pine team challenge for Children’s Hospital Foundation of Michigan

2/6/2015 - By Rebecca Beebe

Michigan Cup Teams are competing for the honor of being the most generous by going above and beyond the requisite $5/skier donation to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

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Vasa skier races against cancer
Vasa skier races against cancer

Vasa skier races against cancer

2/6/2015 - By Pete LaPlaca

After a two year battle with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, she is cancer free and attempting to raise money for the Munson Healthcare Cancer Patient Needs Fund.

Forbush Corner donates to Continental Divide Thru-Hike
Forbush Corner donates to Continental Divide Thru-Hike

Forbush Corner donates to Continental Divide Thru-Hike

2/6/2015 - By Ken Dawson

The new owners of Forbush had enough passion and goodwill to make a donation to Big City Mountaineers in support of my upcoming Continental Divide Thru-Hike to raise money and awareness for under-resourced urban youths.

UPDATE: Wax recommendations for the White Pine Stampede
UPDATE: Wax recommendations for the White Pine Stampede

UPDATE: Wax recommendations for the White Pine Stampede

2/6/2015 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations (Fast Wax, Toko and have now added Swix and Solda) for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski race, the White Pine Stampde.

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HH/CCSS leads Brumbaugh Cup standings
HH/CCSS leads Brumbaugh Cup standings

HH/CCSS leads Brumbaugh Cup standings

2/5/2015 - By Chris Jones

Hanson Hills / Cross CountryS ki Shop has a commanding lead over the Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team in the Brumbaugh Cup competition.

Saxton 6th at U23 Worlds classic sprint
Saxton 6th at U23 Worlds classic sprint

Saxton 6th at U23 Worlds classic sprint

2/4/2015 - By USSA

Ben Saxton (Lakeville, MN) finished sixth Tuesady in the Under-23 World Championship Classic sprint, believed to be the best finish by an American man at U23 Worlds.

Help UofM Nordic Ski Club
Help UofM Nordic Ski Club

Help UofM Nordic Ski Club

2/4/2015 - By Ellen Wiitala

So far, we have been having so much fun and a lot of success as a team, however, these trips have left us with very little remaining funds (right now, our only funding comes from 1 year of dues from our 26 members).

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Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Feb 3
Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Feb 3

Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Feb 3

2/3/2015 - By Mark Esper

Results from the Vasa Ski Club Tuesday Night 4k Freestyle Sprints on February 3, 2015 at Timber Ridge Resort.

The Ted Tour: 12km tour on Vasa Weekend
The Ted Tour: 12km tour on Vasa Weekend

The Ted Tour: 12km tour on Vasa Weekend

2/3/2015 - By Pete LaPlaca

To honor their race co-founder, Ted Okerstrom, the 39th annual North American Vasa invites area skiers to participate in a 12 kilometer tour. The event will be at Timber Ridge Resort on Saturday February 14th as part of the Vasa weekend of xc skiing.

Course conditions for White Pine Stampede
Course conditions for White Pine Stampede

Course conditions for White Pine Stampede

2/3/2015 - By Jack Mckaig

With the cold weather predicted I expect the trail to again be excellent. I do however strongly recommend everyone leave the new skis in the car.

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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

FRI, JAN 26, 2018

Junior Noque
Forestville Trailhead, Marquette, MI

Full Moon Night Skiing
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

THU, JAN 18

Black Mountain: Three to four inches of new snow earlier in the week has made for good skiing out at Black Mountain. Parts of the system have been rolled - not enough snow to lay track, but there are a few inches that most classic skiers have laid a good base of track down with. Temperatures are predicted to reach above freezing this weekend, so watch the weather and the best skiing may be in the morning, late afternoon or evening. The temperatures are expected to decline next week, so trails should remain in present condition. Leaf litter is on the decline, most parts of the system have little leaf litter currently. The ski season continues out at Black Mountain!

Independance Oaks: Good packed conditions with reasonable coverage. Use your A skis with caution.

Valley Spur: Great conditions with fresh snow and grooming every day this past week. All the grooming has firmed up the skate deck and classic tracks are in Excellent shape. Skiing will be very good through the weekend.

Kensington Metropark: Golf course was groomed yesterday or early today. Wind blown in spots, but pretty skiable. Several areas with gravel, one place could not be gone around. For some reason, my skis were really slow along the freeway, otherwise not bad. I used my rock skis. Later I tried the religious area, I double poled mostly, towards the Goose Sect, and then to other sects. No grooming there, pretty skied in, with the occasional horse and walkers.
A bit confusing, the parking lot is closed and says it is closed until spring. Had to find another way to the trail.

Crystal Mountain: I groomed everything today. Track set is still shallow but skiable. We won't be grooming tomorrow. Get out and ski before the warm-up.

Huron Meadows Metropark: They added snow and groomed buck's run today. Trail is in great shape for classic and skate right today.

Vasa Trail: Very grateful for the TART groomers, our wonder-ful Vasa trail, and my long-time ski buddy, Kathy Cook-Dowd, who waited for me as we skied the 27k loop counterclockwise today. Not that much snow in the woods, but deep tracks on the 25k loop, shallow on the 10k, as usual. The trail is in great condition, as we head into a warm-up & possible rain, ugh! It was above freezing when we finished, but not too sunny, which was perfect for Kathy's kick wax & my Twin Skins. I always enjoy skiing in reverse since lots of fun downhills, including The Wall, yee-haw! Note: There were lots of leaves and little twigs in the tracks, so had to take care on the downhills.

Vasa Trail: Groomers combed the skate lane this morning but left yesterday's classic tracks as they were -- solid and fast. Yesterday's high winds scattered a lot of oak leaves on the trail, many of which nestled in the classic tracks. So classic was tough going along many stretches. Temps were above freezing by midday as the weekend thaw sneaks into town.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Started at 7:45am today and no grooming had been done. Bucks Run was skiable, but there were a lot of oak leaves to skate around. Took a detour and skated the woodsy part of the north golf course. That was much better although there were some areas where the dirt is starting to show. It appeared the crew was adding snow to Buck Run, so perhaps they will groom later today.

Hanson Hills: Cote Dame Tentative Race Schedule: **EVENT HELD AT FORBUSH CORNER
8-9:30am Registration
9:30am Junior Boy's Start (6.5.KM)
9:33am Junior Girl's Start (6.5KM)
10:00am MI-Cup Men Start (19.5KM)
10:03am MI-Cup Women Start (13KM)

Hanson Hills: No new snow to report. The snow we received Monday, has packed to the trail system nicely. Trails are skiable, however we feel the hills are still really icy and dangerous to withstand skier traffic. We will continue to keep trails closed through the weekend. Temperatures will climb back into the 40's Friday and Saturday, with possible rain on Sunday.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It was another great day of skiing on the John Deere loop, as well as the Rolling Hills trail! Groomer Mike snow combed yesterday afternoon, so conditions on those trails will be great again today. Trail Doctor Bob will finish extending the John Deere loop with the snow spreader today. The John Deere loop is great for A skis, the Rolling Hills is good for A skis if you’re careful, and the 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 Chili and 2 Bosco Sticks for just $5! Enjoy these cheese filled breadsticks dipped in your choice of housemade Classic or Veggie Chili.

See you at HQ!

Stokely Creek: Stokely's trails and grooming conditions have been great all week. Alex who has groomed at Stokely for over 30 years said the ski Mountain trail to the King Mt hut and the King Mountain run is in as good a shape as it has ever been. Right now skiing on the lakes is a skiers delight. You should put March 3rd on your calendars and join us for our big new event called Tour De` Huts. Look up the details on our web-site stokelycreek/events. It will be a winter celebration that will last all day.

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