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

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

Sign petition to ban fatbikes from Vasa Trail during ski season
Sign petition to ban fatbikes from Vasa Trail during ski season

Sign petition to ban fatbikes from Vasa Trail during ski season

4/2/2014 - By Pete LaPlaca

We have formed a coalition of dedicated Vasa trail skiers who are requesting a Director’s Order from the DNR to ban fat bikes from the Vasa ski trails during ski season. We ask you sign our online petition

Dave Forbush Birthday Party this Saturday
Dave Forbush Birthday Party this Saturday

Dave Forbush Birthday Party this Saturday

4/2/2014 - By Mario Kennedy

Dave is back home and under hospice care now...and we're having a birthday party for him! He would really like to visit with all of his friends. If you want to see Dave, I recommend that you do not delay your visit.

VASA Skiers lament fatbike invasion
VASA Skiers lament fatbike invasion

VASA Skiers lament fatbike invasion

4/2/2014 - By Jim Datsko

Building a local Nordic Camelot doesn’t happen in one, five, or even ten years; but tearing it down can be accomplished in just a couple years.

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Michigan Cup Committee acquires Huron Meadows Metropark
Michigan Cup Committee acquires Huron Meadows Metropark

Michigan Cup Committee acquires Huron Meadows Metropark

4/1/2014 - By Mike Muha

In order to grow the sport, we need to attract skiers from major metropolitan markets. Having a trail system so close to Detroit is ideal, says Ernie Brumbaugh.

Fatbike Friday FAQ Check
Fatbike Friday FAQ Check

Fatbike Friday FAQ Check

3/31/2014 - By Andrew J. White

I was concerned that the information that TART presented – “Fatbike Fridays FAQs” - was very inaccurate at best. So I began to research this issue myself.

Brenda Carlson and Jim Beebe top Paintball Biathlon standings
Brenda Carlson and Jim Beebe top Paintball Biathlon standings

Brenda Carlson and Jim Beebe top Paintball Biathlon standings

3/30/2014 - By Justin Andre and Mariah Frye

Individuals were challenged to ski laps around a designated course. At the end of each lap, participants had to shoot at 5 targets using a paintball gun. For each target hit 10 seconds of time was deducted from their time.

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Sadie Bjornsen and Noah Hoffman take U.S. Distance Titles
Sadie Bjornsen and Noah Hoffman take U.S. Distance Titles

Sadie Bjornsen and Noah Hoffman take U.S. Distance Titles

3/30/2014 - By USSA

Noah Hoffman and Sadie Bjornsen both capped their respective seasons Friday with U.S. distance titles to wrap up the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships.

Six CCSA skiers earn All-American status at NCAA Championships skate race
Six CCSA skiers earn All-American status at NCAA Championships skate race

Six CCSA skiers earn All-American status at NCAA Championships skate race

3/21/2014 - By CCSA

Second-place finishes for both Alaska’s Max Olex and Northern Michigan’s Rosie Frankowski in the mass start freestyle races wrapped up a banner week for the CCSA at the NCAA Championships at Soldier Hollow Resort in Utah.

Two-day Paintball Biathlon this weekend!
Two-day Paintball Biathlon this weekend!

Two-day Paintball Biathlon this weekend!

3/21/2014 - By Mariah Frye

The second annual Hanson Hills/XC Ski HQ Paintball Biathlon Series welcomes men, women, and kids to compete in this 2-day event, combining cross country skiing with paintball target shooting.

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Schwab and Durand win Muffin Pursuit Race
Schwab and Durand win Muffin Pursuit Race

Schwab and Durand win Muffin Pursuit Race

3/18/2014 - By Mike Muha

The 22nd Annual Muffin Race at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters closed out the Michigan Cup season. Heidi Schwab and Ian Durand took the wins in the pursuit-format race.

Kikkan Randall sprint champion, 6th overall in World Cup
Kikkan Randall sprint champion, 6th overall in World Cup

Kikkan Randall sprint champion, 6th overall in World Cup

3/18/2014 - By USSA

Kikkan Randall skied into 13th Sunday in the 10k freestyle pursuit. In addition to her third-straight World Cup sprint title, Randall finished sixth in the overall standings behind overall champion Therese Johaug of Norway.

Norwegian Birkebeiner race blown away...
Norwegian Birkebeiner race blown away...

Norwegian Birkebeiner race blown away...

3/16/2014 - By Nina Berglund

Around 17,000 eager skiers were halted at the starting line Saturday morning, prevented from racing 54 kilometers over the mountains between Rena and Lillehammer because of strong winds.

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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

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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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