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Excellent conditions - fast, controllable, no wind - made for a great Frosty Freestyle! Photo is of the pack heading into the woods (Photo: Jodie Haberkorn)

Excellent conditions - fast, controllable, no wind - made for a great Frosty Freestyle! Photo is of the pack heading into the woods (Photo: Jodie Haberkorn)

Vasa announces Midwest Nordic Rendezvous
Vasa announces Midwest Nordic Rendezvous

Vasa announces Midwest Nordic Rendezvous

11/24/2016 - By Pete LaPlaca

North American Vasa, the Vasa Ski Club and the Professional Ski Instructors Association will be hosting a weekend of instructional clinics for all ages and skill levels we are calling the Midwest Nordic Rendezvous in early January.

USSA names 2017 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
USSA names 2017 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team

USSA names 2017 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team

11/23/2016 - By USSA

Head Coach Chris Grover is anticipating a strong season with stars on both the men’s and women’s side, and an especially deep women’s team with the return of Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK), who took last season off for the birth of her first child.

Toko introduces table and two ski vises for Nordic waxing
Toko introduces table and two ski vises for Nordic waxing

Toko introduces table and two ski vises for Nordic waxing

11/17/2016 - By Ian Harvey

Toko introduces an inexpensive workbench with good vise options: a XC Profile Set and a Ski Vise Nordic

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2017 Vasa announces Collegiate Challenge
2017 Vasa announces Collegiate Challenge

2017 Vasa announces Collegiate Challenge

11/16/2016 - By Pete LaPlaca

In our 2017 Festival of Races we are offering a new Collegiate Challenge that is open to all current collegians. The male and female skiers will be judged on a cumulative time for both a 11km freestyle race and a 16km classic race.

Registration is open for the 2017 Great Bear Chase!
Registration is open for the 2017 Great Bear Chase!

Registration is open for the 2017 Great Bear Chase!

11/10/2016 - By Great Bear Chase

Registration is now open for the 37th annual UP Health System Portage Great Bear Chase. The race will take place on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at the beautiful Swedetown Trails in Calumet, Michigan.

Forbush Corner Pines Loop trail clearing this weekend
Forbush Corner Pines Loop trail clearing this weekend

Forbush Corner Pines Loop trail clearing this weekend

11/9/2016 - By Forbush Corner

If you haven't heard yet - the beloved Pines Loop is set to re-open for the upcoming ski season. Trail clearing is underway. We plan to continue work this weekend and could use your help to finish this project.

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Why Toko Waxes?  How Toko is different
Why Toko Waxes?  How Toko is different

Why Toko Waxes? How Toko is different

11/9/2016 - By Ian Harvey

Innovation. Simplicity. No compromise / performance. Service.

Straits Striders to hold Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap
Straits Striders to hold Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap

Straits Striders to hold Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap

11/3/2016 - By Jim Harrington

Straits Striders is holding a Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap on Saturday November 12, 9am-1pm at the Petoskey Winter Sports Park. in Petoskey, Michigan.

$200,735 Adaptive Sports Grant to assist disabled veterans across Wyoming
$200,735 Adaptive Sports Grant to assist disabled veterans across Wyoming

$200,735 Adaptive Sports Grant to assist disabled veterans across Wyoming

11/2/2016 - By Cathy Rosser

The aim of the grant is to support adaptive sports and recreation for veterans and active duty military, in this case adaptive biathlon and Nordic skiing.

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Krazy Klassic to host Michigan Senior Olypmics
Krazy Klassic to host Michigan Senior Olypmics

Krazy Klassic to host Michigan Senior Olypmics

11/1/2016 - By Mike Muha

The 2017 Krazy Klassic Ski Race will be part of the 2017 Michigan Senior Olympics. Any Krazy Klassic participant age 55 and older over will be able to indicate during registration that they would like to be considered an MSO participant.

NOAA Winter Outlook predicts cooler, wetter Michigan
NOAA Winter Outlook predicts cooler, wetter Michigan

NOAA Winter Outlook predicts cooler, wetter Michigan

10/30/2016 - By NOAA

The Climate Prediction Center issued a La Nina watch this month, predicting the climate phenomenon is likely to develop in late fall or early winter. La Nina favors drier, warmer winters in the south and wetter, cooler conditions in the northern U.S.

Vasa Ski Swap this weekend
Vasa Ski Swap this weekend

Vasa Ski Swap this weekend

10/20/2016 - By Eric C. Jean

Gear up for the cross country ski season at the annual Vasa Ski Club "Nordic Ski Swap" Saturday October 22nd from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Brick Wheels in Traverse City.

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UPCOMING

SAT, JAN 21, 2017

JNQ - Wisconson: Classic
Birkie Start Trailhead, Cable, WI

Junior National Qualifier, Birkie Trailhead Cross Country Ski Races
American Birkebeiner Trailhead, Cable, WI

Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI

Northbound Outfitters Kids Race
Northbound Outfitters

SUN, JAN 22, 2017

JNQ - Wisconson: Freestyle
Birkie Start Trailhead, Cable, WI

Junior National Qualifier, Birkie Trailhead Cross Country Ski Races
American Birkebeiner Trailhead, Cable, WI

WeSki Family Skiing
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

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TRAINING LOG

SUN, AUG 7: Road Bike, 4:40, Pace

SAT, AUG 6: Road Bike, 2:13, L1 LSD

TUE, AUG 2: Road Bike, 1:44, Race

SUN, JUL 31: Mountain Bike, 2:03, Mellow ride

SAT, JUL 30: SUP, :15, Race

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

MON, JAN 16

Black Mountain: 'The Beast' Skate Trail is in outstanding condition this year. Wide and firm conditions. Great glide this weekend too with the warmer temps. There is a bit of tree trash on the trail under the tall pines, but hey, that's not a huge deal. It was really great out there. Thanks to all those who work hard to keep these trails in excellent shape. We really had fun this weekend and are looking forward to the next.

Vasa Trail: Perfect VASA conditions, fresh corduroy & firm classic tracks, thanks to TART groomers, on a mild day with a little sunshine. Paula & I did our 2nd 25km ski for the season, but LSD (long slow distance) in 3.5 hrs today. I really enjoy the clockwise direction better since you get the hills done first, and Jackpine breaks up the flat back from The Rock. Hopefully the rain & warm-up will not be as bad as forecast.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Excellent conditions at Huron Meadows this morning for both skating and classic. Nicely tilled Skate Lane. fast and controllable. Shallow but very serviceable classic tracks. Entire race course is still very nice get out and enjoy it while we can.

: Fantastic trail conditions through out! Get out while you can before the potential melt. We have plenty of snow from all our lake effect the last couple of weeks! Innsbruck is groomed with the big cat but no classic molded. All the rest of the trails have some great skate and classic tracks laid in! Especially great feedback on VIstas has been relayed to us for the last several days, thanks for the photos everyone. Sun is shinning and the trails are calling you, come ski the glide with us! 1-231-549-6088

Stokely Creek: It is a perfect day for classic and skate skiers according to our guests who have returned for lunch. Some mild temps in the forecast but no rain so with all our 3 feet of snow the trails will hold up well. Groomers went out to clean up the classic this morning. It is a great day to glide with the sun on your face.

Susan and Gaylen an our Amazing Staff

Hanson Hills: Conditions are amazing!! Groomer Jason is out this morning running the tidd tech through all the skate lanes. Later this morning he will be re-setting tracks on the Red Trail. At this time all trails are groomed with set tracks.

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

Huron Meadows Metropark: It appears as though the January weather roller coaster will continue this week. Stay tuned for updates on Bucks Run as we go through the expected warm up. The trail was groomed this morning (1/16) for both skate and classic skis, and looks to be in great shape. Come out and enjoy while there is still snow! The Ski Center will be open at 11am. Thanks to all who came out this past weekend for another successful and fun Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Yesterday’s conditions were ideal with another day of sunny skies, mild temps and the trails groomed up beautifully. Ginzu Dana will be ginzu-snowcombing all the skate lanes again early this morning, dicing up the snowpack just enough to lay down a nice corduroy. Meanwhile, the classic tracks remain firm and in great shape. We now have a 8 to 11 inch packed base and 12 to 16 inches of snow in the woods. Conditions are excellent for skating and classic skiing on all 8 trails.

Today's Forecast: Some early morning breaks in the overcast, otherwise cloudy. High 37F. Winds light and variable.

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge lunch special is the Gourmet Grilled Cheese! Swiss and provolone cheese, plus pesto and tomato grilled hot on two slices of Stone House Sourdough bread. Served with kettle cooked potato chips and a pickle.

Ski Instructor Jim Bradley is also available for private lessons. Call 800-832-2663 or stop by the front desk to schedule.

We invite you to demo the latest in skis and boots at no charge!

Hope to see you at HQ!

SUN, JAN 15

Black Mountain: Trail conditions for classic and skate skiing at Black Mountain are fast. There is a solid base and super skiing currently, with temperatures in the upper twenties and low thirties. That may change with a pending storm Monday night into Tuesday this week. Conditions should be great on Monday.

Lots of skiers on the trails this weekend, and many commented on how great the groomed conditions are. I skied Friday, Saturday and Sunday and talked with skiers each day. The entire outer loop to the system is groomed for skate and classic skiing.

Some limited lumbering is in the adjacent areas near a few of the trails, but there is no logging or debris on the trails. Logging machinery is well off all trails, using old snowmobile roads to access the area.

A few windblown leaves fall into classic tracks from time to time in only a couple areas, but not enough to cause any issues, There is great groomed skiing at Black Mountain Recreation Area! What a super weekend of cooperative weather and conditions!

Don't forget to pick up information about the Nordic Ski Club volunteers that groom and maintain these beautiful trails, and make a donation if you can. This information is at each trail head, along with maps of the system, and the first weekend in March ski event.

Jim Soubly

Wildwood Pathway: Sorry this report is so late - my iPad crashed and I couldn't post when we got off the trail.
First time I have been here in years. Great ski. Did loops 1 and 2 from the east parking lot. I had forgotten how tuff a few of the hills are (that, or I'm getting old!) Did a screaming run downhill from 2 to 3. Thank goodness skiers at the bottom of the hill got out of my way! Had to take the skies off and walk up a couple hills - couldn't get a grip. Thank you to the snowshoers who stayed off the tracks! I appreciate it.

: MASON TRACT (E of Grayling/N of Roscommon)
Always like to get in a ski at Mason Tract, so perfect timing since Cris Jones' had groomed on Fri & Fran Upton had no plans for today. What we didn't expect was the -3F at our 10:30 start. Fran & Jon ski the trail often, but they ski N from Chase Bridge to Durant's Castle at post #9, so she was in awe of all of the river views heading S from Canoe Harbor on M-72. This is one of my hike & paddles in Spring & Fall, but winter snow is even more stunning along the S Branch of the AuSable, esp with the sun in your face, oh-la-la!!! And, lots of hoarfrost on the way to Grayling & along Chase Bridge Rd. Several pairs of mallards were enjoying the day & 2 groups of 8 skiers, too. The classic tracks were firm & deep, fast like a luge early on, slower once it warmed up.

Sleeping Bear Dunes: Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail: We parked at Bar Lake road for a skate ski north to the dune climb and back. I forget that it is hillier on skis than by bike. The trail was groomed on Friday and still in good shape. It is tracked on both sides for classic skiing. It is a little narrow so we weren't always able to avoid the classic tracks while skating.
The big down hill heading north (just past the scenic drive area) was unfortunately used by someone as a sledding hill. They left sled burn out marks, butt prints and huge foot steps up the middle of the trail which made skiing down it a little dicey. We turned around at the dune climb to head back south. Going north from the dune climb there is a lot more foot traffic, snow shoes and trail usage. It is a multi usage trail and it's nice to see folks out enjoying it.
It was a great day to enjoy some sun and snow and we were happy the trail was groomed!

Stokely Creek: Amazingly great classic conditions at Stokely! Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny so if I lived anywhere even close I'd be skiing here Monday.

Boyne Mountain: Some beautiful conditions this weekend! The trails are looking awesome. Today we saw some absolutely beautiful Jack Frost on the the trees with the Sunrise illumination! Come ski the glide side with us!

Hanson Hills: Trails are in Great Shape!!! Perfect set tracks on all trails. Tommy G. is out grooming skate lanes this morning.

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet (January 21, 2017)

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The trails groomed up wonderfully yesterday, giving many skiers the most ideal conditions all winter, with blue skies, mild temps, and lots of sunshine. Ginzu Dana will start snow combing all the trails and setting new tracks where needed early this morning. We now have a 8 to 11 inch packed base and 12 to 16 inches of snow in the woods. It’s hard to believe all the snow we have in the forest! Conditions are excellent for skating and classic skiing on all 8 trails.

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge lunch special is the Gourmet Mac ‘n Cheese bar! Chef Erin’s creation features her own secret recipe for homemade mac ‘n cheese, with all kinds of crazy toppings including bacon, roasted broccoli, bleu cheese, chopped tomatoes, toasted sunflower seeds, and of course steamed peas and hot dogs. You may want to get your skiing done before you embark on this culinary masterpiece!

Jim Bradley is available for private lessons today. Call 800-832-2663 or stop by the front desk to schedule.

Big Sale going on for skis and clothing. Free demos all day! Enjoy the winter wonderland in Northern Michigan!

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Erin, Ryan, Matt, Michelle, George, Lexi, Dana, Gage, Grant, Garrett, Logan, Kerrigan, Heidi, Jim, James, Shania and the Crew

Forbush Corner: Looks like another perfect skiing day of skiing with sun predicted and temps rising to the upper 20's.

Headed out to re-groom the Pines Loop this morning.  All the other trails are in great shape with firm skating lanes and fast, deep tracks.

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