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Start of the North American Vasa! (Photo: North American Vasa)

Start of the North American Vasa! (Photo: North American Vasa)

Nov 20 meeting to discuss VASA Ski/Fat Tire Bike trails
Nov 20 meeting to discuss VASA Ski/Fat Tire Bike trails

Nov 20 meeting to discuss VASA Ski/Fat Tire Bike trails

11/3/2014 - By Tim Schreiner

VASA Ski/Fat Tire Bike Coalition has approval from the DNR to create/build 15k of new trails off the VASA Single Track Trail Head located along Supply Road. Hear more on November 20.

Toko US Facebook contest
Toko US Facebook contest

Toko US Facebook contest

11/2/2014 - By Ian Harvey

Toko US will ask questions on it's Facebook page, and the first correct recipient receives a prize. Questions will range from Toko trivia to

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!

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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.

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".

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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UPCOMING

SUN, FEB 17, 2019

Meijer State Games of Michigan / Hanson Hills Classic
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

MON, FEB 18, 2019

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

WED, FEB 20, 2019

Nordic Ski Nights
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

THU, FEB 21, 2019

Barnebirkie Youth Ski Tour
Hayward, Wisconson

Junior Birkie
Hayward, Wisconson

FRI, FEB 22, 2019

Adaptive Birkie
Wheeler Road to Hayward, Wisconson

Kortelopet Classic and Skate 29K
OO Trailhead to Downtown Hayward, Wisconson

Prince Haakon 15K
Mosquito Brook Road to Hayward, Wisconson

SAT, FEB 23, 2019

American Birkebeiner
Telmark to Hayward, Wisconson

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club skiing
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Mason Tract Ski Tour (Michigan Backcountry Ski Series)
Chase Bridge Rd. Trailhead, Mason Tract Pathway, Roscommon, MI

Wild Woods Loppet
Wildwood Pathway, West parking lot, between Petoskey and Indian River on Wildwood Road

Boyne Vistas 10K Freestyle
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI

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

SUN, FEB 24, 2019

26th Annual Junior Muffin Team Sprint Relay - Freestyle
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

More events...

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, FEB 16

Cadillac Pathway: Wonderful conditions and grooming. Better west of Seeley Rd as it gets less traffic. Ski with your best skis or your only skis. Get out and enjoy.

Vasa Trail: Wow, what purr-fect corduroy & firm, deep classic tracks today on the VASA, thanks to TART groomers, as always! Paula planned a group to meet at Timber Ridge at 10AM, but with different paces & goals, I ended up skiing the 27k solo from Headwaters on, stopping to visit with ski friends along the trail, skipping the TART Open House at the Barlett trailhead. Everyone had big smiles & how could you not, with mid-20s & only a light breeze! It doesn't get better than this, so get out & enjoy!

Black Mountain: Black Mountain has been groomed for both classic and skate skiing. The groomers were out today (Saturday) laying the classic tracks. With the deep snow base and great conditions, skiing is super for this weekend and into next week. Come out and enjoy the largest cross country skiing system in the northern lower michigan! Enjoy the views over Lake Huron and Black Lake, as well as the miles of evergreen woodlands. And don't forget to mark your calendar for the ski event of the year, March 2 and 3.

Vasa Trail: Big crowd for the excellent ski conditions and the TART Open House at the TH today. Felt like homecoming week seeing so many ski acquaintances. In fact the parking lot was way over capacity when I arrived for a noon hour ski. Conditions couldn't have been more perfect after freshening up the skate lane on the entire system with resulting speedy conditions among the best of the year, existing classic tracks looked to be in perfect condition. Was kind of funny how just before 1 pm a skier comes rushing up from the parking lot to the Open House asking if he was too late for the cocoa and homemade cookies, as he had just driven up from Lansing to attend. He wasn't too late. Was kind of sad how a big family 3-pin binding group from Grand Rapids was tailgating, and I asked them if they had found the cookies and cocoa? They saw it but thought it was just for some special group and didn't include them so by the time I said it did include them, it was a few minutes too late. I suggested they check the TART website in the future, and now they are motivated to do that.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Everyday that new snow does not fall, the trail gets a little nicer. Trail is still pretty soft and narrow, but more trails have been reopened. Classic tracks were pretty fast, but not very firm because the snow is so light. Skate lane was decently fast too, just expect poles to poke through. Lots of people out on the trails today!

Bay City State Park: Snow on the ground 8" nicely tracked course with packed down area adjacent for hikers. Track had an ice glaze and oak leaves on the Tobico Marsh trail. The asphalt trail along the beach road has two sets of track, less glaze and less leaves, depending on the section skied. A friend who skied with me rated the trail marginal, however I would rate it good for being only three miles from my house.

Forbush Corner: 20" of new snow at Forbush Corner this week. Groomed all week, including last night and this morning. Report is the deck is firm but slow for today's race!

Hanson Hills: Cross Country Trail Report:
Race day at Hanson Hills! Xc groomers are out setting the course for today’s Meijer State Games of Michigan Hanson Hills Fat Bike Race. The race will take place on the Green, Blue, Brown, Red and Easy return sections of our Cross Country Trail system. Trails will still be open during the race, we kindly ask that skiers give right a way to bikers during this time. Approximately 9am-11:30am. Groomers will snow comb all skate lanes immediately following the race.

Hanson Hills Classic 2/17- online registration has closed we will see you tomorrow! Trails are looking great! Course tracks will be reset tonight.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It snowed throughout the entire day yesterday, adding another inch or more to the great snow pack that we have received in the last week or so. After all this great snow, and with mild temps in the mid-20s today, the trail conditions will be as good as they get today! Groomer Mike will snow comb the trails this morning and reset tracks where needed. Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches. Fantastic skiing awaits!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Gourmet Chili Bar! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili,  then head to the Chili Bar and add your own toppings. Have your chili in a bread bowl, or help yourself to some fresh baked cornbread and real butter. You might never be the same! Enjoy the skiing, great food and drinks, shopping specials, and fun-loving company at XC Ski HQ today!

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