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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)

The NEW NordicSkiRacer: Mobile friendly!
The NEW NordicSkiRacer: Mobile friendly!

The NEW NordicSkiRacer: Mobile friendly!

10/31/2014 - By Mike Muha

Out with the old, in with the new: NordicSkiRacer.com gets a new look and become more mobile friendly!

Ski Fest a warm 62 degrees
Ski Fest a warm 62 degrees

Ski Fest a warm 62 degrees

10/30/2014 - By Curt Peterson

Skiers enjoyed a 62 deg sunny day to race. Overall winners were Steve Smigiel Jr. and Heidi Schwab. Particularly noteworthy was the performance of Ryan Durand, age 12 who finished 3rd overall besting the times of many seasoned Michigan Cup racers.

Vasa Trail committee submits Fat Bike plan to DNR
Vasa Trail committee submits Fat Bike plan to DNR

Vasa Trail committee submits Fat Bike plan to DNR

10/28/2014 - By Mark Esper

A proposal to create a groomed fat bike trail system was submitted to the DNR on September 16, 2014. The DNR has "conceptually approved" this work and is fast-tracking the process. It is our hope that actual approval will be granted very soon.

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Skier Ken Roth named Citizen of the Year
Skier Ken Roth named Citizen of the Year

Skier Ken Roth named Citizen of the Year

10/22/2014 - By Mike Muha

Ken Roth, member of Team NordicSkiRacer, 12-year member of the Northville Schools Board of Education, business man, and one of the people who has made the Frosty Freestyle cross country ski race successful, was named "John Genitti Citzen of the Year".

Make your own rollerski fenders
Make your own rollerski fenders

Make your own rollerski fenders

10/19/2014 - By Randy Kessler

I love everything about my rollerskis except...water from the rear wheel during wet conditions comes onto the back of my leg and fills my boots up very quickly. Here's how I made my own rollerski fenders to keep the water out...

Scavenger hunt kills Kikkan Randall's Olympic dreams
Scavenger hunt kills Kikkan Randall's Olympic dreams

Scavenger hunt kills Kikkan Randall's Olympic dreams

10/18/2014 - By Mike Muha

The Wall Street Journal explains how a scavenger hunt ruined Kikkan Randall's chance at an medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Randall, who was the favorite to win the Freestyle Sprint race, failed to even make it out of the quarterfinals.

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Yellowstone Ski Festival pre-season discounted passes on sale now
Yellowstone Ski Festival pre-season discounted passes on sale now

Yellowstone Ski Festival pre-season discounted passes on sale now

10/16/2014 - By Moira Dow

Prepaid trail passes are now available for the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Passes are valid from November 1-30. Passes can be purchased through the mail or online.

Borah Teamwear offers exclusive Birchleggings Club Nordic Apparel
Borah Teamwear offers exclusive Birchleggings Club Nordic Apparel

Borah Teamwear offers exclusive Birchleggings Club Nordic Apparel

10/15/2014 - By Ben Wizner

Borah Teamwear, a long-time supporter and recent sponsor of the American Birkebeiner, has collaborated with the renowned Birchleggings Club, providing an exclusive custom Nordic apparel collection available to the 1300 plus members.

VASA Economic Report at Michigan Trails Advisory Council
VASA Economic Report at Michigan Trails Advisory Council

VASA Economic Report at Michigan Trails Advisory Council

10/15/2014 - By Mike Muha

Julie Clark (Executive Director of TART Trails) and Sherwood Smith (Avenue ISR, a marketing advisor) will provide a VASA Economic Report to the Michigan Trails Advisory Council on Oct 28.

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Northug gets jail time, pays big fine, loses license for drunk driving

10/13/2014 - By Mike Muha

Norwegian cross country skiing superstar Peter Northug pleaded guilty to several charges related to his drinking-related crash of his Audi back on May 3. He was sentenced to 50 days in jail, fined about $30,000, and banned from driving.

Nordic Ski Fest on Oct 25
Nordic Ski Fest on Oct 25

Nordic Ski Fest on Oct 25

10/8/2014 - By Curt Peterson

Once again, the Vasa Ski Club presents the USA's first Nordic ski race of the season and first Michigan Cup race of the season.

Road bike give away to support CXC Adaptive Program
Road bike give away to support CXC Adaptive Program

Road bike give away to support CXC Adaptive Program

10/7/2014 - By CXC Skiing

Kent Eriksen Cycles, HED Cycling and Sram are partnering to support CXC's Adaptive Program for children with physical disabilities and visual impairment by giving away a $8,500 dream bike to one lucky winner!

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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

WED, JAN 17

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!!)

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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