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Start of the Hanson Hills Classic, one of the few interval start races on the Michigan Cup race circuit. (Photo: Linda Allen)

Start of the Hanson Hills Classic, one of the few interval start races on the Michigan Cup race circuit. (Photo: Linda Allen)

Huron Meadows Metro Park Groomer Appreciation Party, Saturday, April 12
Huron Meadows Metro Park Groomer Appreciation Party, Saturday, April 12

Huron Meadows Metro Park Groomer Appreciation Party, Saturday, April 12

3/12/2014 - By Ken Roth

The Huron Meadows Metro Park Groomer Appreciation party is Saturday, April 12, at 11:45 a.m. After this incredible Winter we owe a big thank you to the folks who went above and beyond their jobs to provide us great skiing.

Special pricing on trail passes at Forbush Corner this weekend
Special pricing on trail passes at Forbush Corner this weekend

Special pricing on trail passes at Forbush Corner this weekend

3/12/2014 - By Ann Wagar

Don't be disappointed that Hanson Hills is closed all weekend for a Fatbike event, come up to Forbush and enjoy special weekend pricing, $15 for a day pass or $25 for a weekend pass! Snow conditions are still as good as they were mid-winter.

Michigan Cup Relay Results
Michigan Cup Relay Results

Michigan Cup Relay Results

3/11/2014 - By Mike Muha

Results from the Michigan Cup Relays at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Individual team member names were not available....

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Weather and trails perfect as 515 compete in 2014 Great Bear Chase
Weather and trails perfect as 515 compete in 2014 Great Bear Chase

Weather and trails perfect as 515 compete in 2014 Great Bear Chase

3/10/2014 - By Great Bear Chase

The trails were pristine, the weather just about the right coldness and more than 500 skiers raced through the Swedetown Trails this morning during the 34th annual Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon.

Hanson Hills closed for fatbike event, March 14-16
Hanson Hills closed for fatbike event, March 14-16

Hanson Hills closed for fatbike event, March 14-16

3/10/2014 - By Justin Andre

All of Hanson Hills Cross Country Ski trails will be closed to skier traffic the weekend of March 14-16th. The trail system will be open to the use of Fat Bikes, for a fundraising event.

Randall 12th in Holmenkollen 30K Classic
Randall 12th in Holmenkollen 30K Classic

Randall 12th in Holmenkollen 30K Classic

3/9/2014 - By USSA

World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) put forth a solid race effort Sunday, earning a career-best 12th in the 30k classic World Cup at Holmenkollen.

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Hofman 29th in  Holmenkollen 50k classic
Hofman 29th in  Holmenkollen 50k classic

Hofman 29th in Holmenkollen 50k classic

3/9/2014 - By USSA

Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) muscled through the Holmenkollen 50k classic World Cup race Saturday to earn the top result for the USA in 29th.

Salice 807 Nordic Flip Sunglasses review
Salice 807 Nordic Flip Sunglasses review

Salice 807 Nordic Flip Sunglasses review

3/7/2014 - By Mike Muha

They arrived just before the White Pine Stampede. Even though you shouldn't try something new in a race, they were so cool looking that I had to wear them. Ha! I won the 20k Classic wearing them!

Wax Recommendations for the Great Bear Chase and MI Cup Relays
Wax Recommendations for the Great Bear Chase and MI Cup Relays

Wax Recommendations for the Great Bear Chase and MI Cup Relays

3/6/2014 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Wax Recommendations from Fast Wax, Solda, Toko and Swix for the Great Bear Chase and MI Cup Relays... Check back for updates and additions!

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Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop sweeps MI Cup senior podium
Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop sweeps MI Cup senior podium

Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop sweeps MI Cup senior podium

3/6/2014 - By Mike Muha

Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop finished 1-2-3 on the podiums for both Senior Men and Senior Women. The Juniors still have one more race before the we can call winners.

Husky Ulrika Axelsson 2nd in Classic Sprint at Junior Nationals
Husky Ulrika Axelsson 2nd in Classic Sprint at Junior Nationals

Husky Ulrika Axelsson 2nd in Classic Sprint at Junior Nationals

3/6/2014 - By Mike Muha

Four Great Lakes Division athletes raced in the Classic Sprint at the 2014 Junior National Cross Country Ski Championships at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont yesterday. One, Ulrika Axelsson, landed on the podium with a strong 2nd place finish!

Randall clinches third straight World Cup Sprint Title
Randall clinches third straight World Cup Sprint Title

Randall clinches third straight World Cup Sprint Title

3/6/2014 - By USSA

Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) clinched her third straight FIS World Cup sprint title Wednesday, finishing seventh in a classic sprint in Drammen. Randall missed out on a finals spot by a mere boot length in the semi-finals.

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UPCOMING

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

TUE, FEB 26, 2019

Tech Trails Citizen’s Night Race Series
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

TUE, FEB 19

Big M: Big M-February 19, 2019 Tuesday, Lumberjack, Camp 24 and Double Bit were re-groomed today. It took three times due to the dry snow. All the other trails were groomed on Monday, Feb. 18. Good, fast conditions.
Dave B, our groomer, can be reached at 231 848-7047.
See skibigm.org

Maybury State Park: Bike path had been plowed and groomed but no tracks set. They even groomed the full width of the bike path in the finger past the mountain bike trailhead which is fun. Full coverage other than some thin spots on the hill down to the 7 mile/ Beck intersection where it looked like they were playing with the track setter. As usual, the ungroomed hiking trails are arguably a better experience. East trail out around the lake has been packed evenly by walkers and skiers. A little thin on the gravel road by the dam and the fishing dock but everywhere else was good. Also, there is a very active skunk out there. I managed to dodge around him without being sprayed, but later during my ski it smelled like someone else wasn't so lucky. Stay safe kids.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks run in excellent condition for either skate or classic. Tracks are very good in woods. A few small spots of dirt from building to woods. But can be avoided.
Both Hawk Hills and Coyote are still ok to skate. Have bare spots showing up but they can be skied around.
South of Hammel Road is just skied in.
Still a lot of good snow out there to be had.

Bay City State Park: Good snow. Trail had a dusting of snow which covered up the ice glaze and some of the leaves. Not as fast as it was but less slippery.
A smell of spring in the air this weekend, all too soon, so better get skiing before it's too too late.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Noque to Pines, Animoosh and Gookookoo were all bombi groomed late this morning. Finally some firm conditions! A perfect day out there! Warm sun, beautiful corduroy, and deep-set tracks. Another snow storm arrives tomorrow though, so get out today!

Pigeon Creek: Good conditions today. Glad we were able to hold on to the base. Skating was good but a little soft. Classic tracks were firm and fast. Hope it holds up through the week.

Stokely Creek: Great conditions. Deep tracks and beautiful corduroy. 95% of Stokely trails are both skate and classic. Join us on March 2 for a winter celebrations. After skiing have a Stokely lunch at Norm's. Band, Bar and Desserts back at the Day Skiers at the end of the day. Please call 866-stokely for reservations.

Hanson Hills: All trails are looking beautiful. Conditions are perfect! Groomer Jason will be out re-combing skate lanes on all trails. Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The HQ trails remain in excellent condition, with wide corduroy skating lanes and deep set classic tracks. Groomer Mike will snow comb all the trails this morning. Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches. It's just heavenly out there!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe Lunch Special is the Gourmet Grilled Cheese Panini! Swiss, provolone, basil pesto, and sliced tomato grilled to perfection on herb focaccia bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a Pickle. Plus, race equipment closeouts have begun! Stop in to demo for free, or call 800-832-2663 to speak to a ski specialist and get fitted.

MON, FEB 18

Stinchfield Woods : Beautiful snow and enough to do all the big hills!

Big M: February 18, 2019 All trails were groomed on Monday, Feb. 18. The plan is to groom again tomorrow on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Good, fast conditions.
Dave B, our groomer, can be reached at 231 848-7047.
NOTE: please do not park in front of the gate. Also, if you hike or snowshoe the trails, please stay to the side and off the ski tracks. See skibigm.org

Pigeon Creek: Good conditions today. Glad we were able to hold on to the base. Skating was good but a little soft. Classic tracks were firm and fast. Hope it holds up through the week.

Kensington Metropark: Golf course is groomed for skate and classic. A bit soft, should firm up for Tuesday. Adequate snow coverage in the skate lane except for the area adjacent to the entrance road which has some thin but passable spots. Classic track looked good for 95% of the trail but does have a few other spots where they hit grass. Classic-only trails in the woods looked groomed but I did not ski them.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: All hail the SC grooming team. Hit the trails this morning to find virgin corduroy for skating and firm, deep tracks for classic. Pine Cone, Winterbrook and Poet's Loop were immaculately groomed. LF5 worked well for glide. Just awesome. Thanks

Vasa Trail: Great grooming, 19'F sun light and light lake effect snow; hats off to the Vasa community ! Chris Scholz

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skated Hawk Hills, Coyote and Bucks run. All are in good condition to skate for today and probably tomorrow.
The only place with classic tracks is bucks run. People are making their own tracks around lake and south of Hammel Road.
Get out before the next warm up!!!!

Ogemaw Hills Pathway: Beautiful.
Snow on the trees, nicely broke in trails, few oak leaves, sunny, 12+" of snow. Perfect for no-wax skis, waxed the old way. Polar on tips and tails, hard blue for kick, 20 degrees.

Milham Park Golf Course: Perimeter groomed for skating, thin but very nice, just a couple of spots showing a little dirt or ice. Classic track thin at best. Won't last long without more snow. Dave D

Milham Park Golf Course: Perimeter groomed for skating, thin but very nice, just a couple of spots showing a little dirt or ice. Classic track thin at best. Won't last long without more snow. Dave D

Milham Park Golf Course: Perimeter groomed for skating, thin but very nice, just a couple of spots showing a little dirt or ice. Classic track thin at best. Won't last long without more snow. Dave D

Forbush Corner: Another great day to be outside skiing. Hartwick Pines connectors just regroomed to take care of the snowmobile tracks. Classic tracks and the skate deck are in great shape all over the trail system. Badlands skate deck refreshed with the PBully since it is a favorite of skiers. Sales continue in the shop.

Hanson Hills: Technology is kicking my butt this weekend..

My previous links were to old results. Please try these. Thanks everyone.

Mens Classic Results: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Mens%20Results2.pdf

Womens Classic Results:
https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Women%20Results2.pdf

Forbush Corner: Want to thank all the people that put on the Forbush Freestyle and Hanson Hills classic race. The courses were meticulously groomed and in spectacular condition. Saturday's race had arguably the best snow conditions we had all year and everyone was treated to sunshine and blue sky's. It felt like a spring day out on the patio deck, with good food and even better company. Hanson Hills classic race completed the perfecta with Perfect classic conditions. It was a great weekend of racing.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Beautiful ski in the heavy snowfall Sunday evening. Bucks was getting very slow but the real snow made it great...several people out enjoying a different experience this winter. His is the first time in a while we needed clear glasses or a visor to see. Used “A” skis with Rex Blue. There should be enough snow to groom the whole network at HM...should be a great week of skiing.

Hanson Hills: Groomer Jason will be out snow combing all skate lanes today. Firm Classic tracks are set on entire trail system. Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

Hanson Hills Classic:
REVISED RESULTS for Hanson Hills Classic. A huge thank you to Jay Hole, for helping clean up and adjust results. If you are owed a medal, please send your name and address to Director@hansonhills.org and it will be shipped this week.
A huge thank you to Michigan Cup and all of our great participants for you continued support.
Womens Results: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Women%20Results.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1dCjM5mgCZ8_kVGV-1XgE7U88ztSgxXRyu-RfBJf8i3iy-mojjsMHMWvk

Mens Results: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Mens%20Results.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3CqVptQQ4Twfo1dV92v4Al36_MagpaaffqmS11HpuJINrKWSKu9g541jQ

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: What a weekend! Excellent conditions remain on all trails at XC Ski HQ. Groomer Butch will snow comb the skating lanes and set tracks where needed this morning. Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches. Corduroy skating lanes are wide and perfectly packed, and classic tracks are deep and firm. With mostly sunny skies forecasted for today, it will be another beautiful day to XC ski or snowshoe. Come on out and enjoy it!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Gourmet Chili Bar! Chili, cornbread or bread bowl, plus tons of toppings. Plus, stop in to demo a pair of Fischer Speedmax Skate skis, now on super sale! The snow is perfect... time to ski!

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