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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)

Constructive DNR meeting of fatbikes vs, skiers on Vasa Trail
Constructive DNR meeting of fatbikes vs, skiers on Vasa Trail

Constructive DNR meeting of fatbikes vs, skiers on Vasa Trail

4/29/2014 - By Mike Muha

Almost 200 skiers and bikers attended the meeting. Since the outcome has implications for skiers and bikers on other trails throughout the State of Michigan - and even other state - several people traveled long distances to attend the meeting.

Fjeldheim named National Nordic Skiing Coach Of The Year
Fjeldheim named National Nordic Skiing Coach Of The Year

Fjeldheim named National Nordic Skiing Coach Of The Year

4/29/2014 - By NMU

Northern Michigan University Nordic skiing coach Sten Fjeldheim has been named the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association National Coach of the Year announced the organization last Wednesday.

NMU Nordic Skiing awards skiers at banquet
NMU Nordic Skiing awards skiers at banquet

NMU Nordic Skiing awards skiers at banquet

4/29/2014 - By MNU

The Northern Michigan University Nordic skiing team announced its individual award winners on Saturday (April 26) at the Sports Hall of Fame and Student Athlete Awards Banquet.

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NMU and St. Olaf atheletes and coaches voted best of the year.
NMU and St. Olaf atheletes and coaches voted best of the year.

NMU and St. Olaf atheletes and coaches voted best of the year.

4/28/2014 - By CCSA

Northern Michigan’s Rosie Frankowski and Fredrik Schwencke have been voted the Central Region’s Women’s and Men’s Athlete of the Year, respectively, with St. Olaf coach Tom Jorgenson annd NMU's Sten Fjeldheim the top coaches.

Dave Forbush passes away
Dave Forbush passes away

Dave Forbush passes away

4/25/2014 - By Mario Kennedy

It is with great sorrow that I am informing you of Dave’s passing early Friday morning, April 18. The world will be a different place without him among us.

1985 Michigan Cup Master Champ Helga Hoover passes away
1985 Michigan Cup Master Champ Helga Hoover passes away

1985 Michigan Cup Master Champ Helga Hoover passes away

4/25/2014 - By Christina Tabaczka-Hover

Former Michigan Cup Masters Champion Helga Hoover recently passed away in Ann Arbor.

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Fatbikes on the Vasa Trail: Weather concerns
Fatbikes on the Vasa Trail: Weather concerns

Fatbikes on the Vasa Trail: Weather concerns

4/14/2014 - By Andrew J. White

Cyclists generally say that, at temperatures 30 degrees or below, there should be no problems on cross country ski trails. How may days actually are 30 degrees or below?

Lipp and Durand win Michigan Cup Junior Championship
Lipp and Durand win Michigan Cup Junior Championship

Lipp and Durand win Michigan Cup Junior Championship

4/12/2014 - By Mike Muha and Ken Dawson

In a tight race, Erin Lipp claimed victory over Sarah Goble for the junior women. Iann Durand took the Junior Men's championship. Also, overall freestyle, classic, and combined Michigan Cup standings!

The Michigan Cup Top 10 Percent
The Michigan Cup Top 10 Percent

The Michigan Cup Top 10 Percent

4/12/2014 - By Mike Muha

This is the Michigan Cup Cross Country Ski Racing Series cream of the crop: the Top 10% of cross country ski racers of each age category. To get in the Michigan Cup Top 10% you have to maximize your points against your competitors.

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Gustavus Adolphus College drops Nordic varsity program
Gustavus Adolphus College drops Nordic varsity program

Gustavus Adolphus College drops Nordic varsity program

4/5/2014 - By Mike Muha

The Gustavus Adolphus College men’s and women’s Nordic ski programs will transition from varsity status to club sport status beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year. Skiers were blind sided by the decision.

Ode to Dave
Ode to Dave

Ode to Dave

4/4/2014 - By Mark Madorski

My life was changed and would never be the same again. I can’t help but think much of it was due to those absolutely magnificent tracks laid down by Dave Forbush over 35 years ago.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters wins second consecutive Michigan Cup Title
Cross Country Ski Headquarters wins second consecutive Michigan Cup Title

Cross Country Ski Headquarters wins second consecutive Michigan Cup Title

4/4/2014 - By Tom Rzeznich

The conditions were quite possibly the best they have ever been for this almost-springtime race, and skiers enjoyed fast, plentiful snow without any rain, bare spots, or sunburn!

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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

More events...

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

FRI, JAN 19

Crystal Mountain: I didn't groom today but I did ski this morning and even though the track set was shallow it was still ski-able-no bare spots anywhere but with leaves in the tracks in the woods.. I don't know if I'll groom tomorrow either. It will depend on if it sets up. The temps don't look favorable. If we don't get any rain in this warm up we should be able to hold our own and not lose our base. Keep your fingers crossed and do that snow dance.

Lost Lakes Pathway: Since the trail was so rough from multi-use, we headed out on Lake Dubonnet, where there were some ice fishermen & snowmobile tracks. After the middle loop, Kathy & Winnie headed back while I continued on the big, back loop. I love this trail, though not very challenging, since there is water on each loop, Lake Dubonnet on the first, the river on the middle, and several small lakes on the back loop. Note: I have never seen so much tree debris on the trail. Considering the warm-up, I would wait for some new snow before skiing it again.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Snow was added again today on Buck's run and groomed. Classic tracks are in excellent condition. Tracks are deep. Tracks are probably the best they have been since the races.
Skating lane also in great condition.
All other trails are in poor shape.

Hanson Hills: Due to poor snow conditions, trails will remain closed through the weekend. Please Visit our friends to the North in Frederic at Forbush Corners , they have (14km) groomed with set track. Also XC Ski Headquarters has 1.5Km of groomed trail.

Cote Dame Marie will be held at Forbush Corners on Jan 20th,
Registration will be held from 8am-9:30pm.
9:30am - Junior Boys (6.5km) 1 lap
9:33am- Junior Girls (6.5km) 1 lap
10:00am- Michigan Cup Men (19.5km) 3 laps
10:03am- Michigan Cup Women (13km) 2 laps

Stokely Creek: All our trails are groomed and in great shape with a solid base of 10 inches and more in some areas. Today will be a little above freezing but a great day for skiing. Our guests have been enjoying skiing on the lakes. Go to our Face Book page to see photos of lake skiing. Lots of snow in the forecast for next week.

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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