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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)

Deedra Irwin and Kyle Bratrud win Great Bear Chase
Deedra Irwin and Kyle Bratrud win Great Bear Chase

Deedra Irwin and Kyle Bratrud win Great Bear Chase

3/13/2017 - By Angela Luskin

Two former U.P. college skiers took the victories in the 50km skiathlon: former Michigan Tech standout Deedra Irwin of Pulaski, Wisconsin, and Northern Michigan alumnus Kyle Bratrud of Marquette, Michigan. Bratrud eked out the win by just 1.4 seconds

Rebecca Davis and Sam Holmes win Michigan Cup titles
Rebecca Davis and Sam Holmes win Michigan Cup titles

Rebecca Davis and Sam Holmes win Michigan Cup titles

3/10/2017 - By Mike Muha

Rebecca Davis and Sam Holmes win Michigan Cup senior titles in close racing.

Weekend wax recommendations
Weekend wax recommendations

Weekend wax recommendations

3/10/2017 - By Mike Muha

Great Bear Chase! Michigan Cup Relays! Fast Wax! Toko! Swix! Solda! But only a weather report for the Relays so far....

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Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop win Brumbaugh Cup
Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop win Brumbaugh Cup

Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop win Brumbaugh Cup

3/7/2017 - By Mike Muha

It was a close battle throughout the year but HH/CCSS was able to come from behind with a great team effort at the Black Mountain races!

Founders Day Celebration at Forbush Corner, March 11
Founders Day Celebration at Forbush Corner, March 11

Founders Day Celebration at Forbush Corner, March 11

3/7/2017 - By Forbush Corner

Please join us Saturday, March 11 at The Corner for a celebration of our Founder, Dave Forbush. This is also a day for us to appreciate our super loyal customers - Free Skiing !!!

RESULTS: Harris and Ross win The Beast!
RESULTS: Harris and Ross win The Beast!

RESULTS: Harris and Ross win The Beast!

3/6/2017 - By John Gravlin

UPDATED. Sunday's 11km Black Mountain Freestyle Race did not have the weather or groomer issues like the classic race the day before but a few rogue snowmobile incursions onto the trail had to be smoothed out, delaying the start by 5 minutes.

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RESULTS: Holmes and Oppllger take Black Mountain Classic
RESULTS: Holmes and Oppllger take Black Mountain Classic

RESULTS: Holmes and Oppllger take Black Mountain Classic

3/6/2017 - By John Gravlin

UPDATED. The largest snow fall of the season, the coldest night of the season, not enough ice on the lake start/finish area, frozen gas lines on one of the groomers on race day, but the end result was spectacular!

Field announced for 2017 NCAA Championships
Field announced for 2017 NCAA Championships

Field announced for 2017 NCAA Championships

3/4/2017 - By Central Collegiate Ski Association

With the upcoming NCAA skiing championship being held in Jackson, New Hampshire, the Central Region is sending its top athletes to compete along with the top collegiate skiers in the country. The Nordic events will take place on March 9 and 11.

Great Bear Chase Countdown
Great Bear Chase Countdown

Great Bear Chase Countdown

3/3/2017 - By Angela Luskin

The 37th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase is almost here! Conditions are looking great, with a packed base of 24” on the course and great temperatures leading up to Saturday, March 11th.

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Vasa still leads MI Cup; Sam Holmes wins Senior Men's division
Vasa still leads MI Cup; Sam Holmes wins Senior Men's division

Vasa still leads MI Cup; Sam Holmes wins Senior Men's division

3/3/2017 - By Mike Muha

It the last weekend of racing for individual Michigan Cup points! This is your last chance to move up in the standings. If you don't race, you'll probably move down, since someone else will be getting the points you give up!

Wax recommendations for the Black Mountain races
Wax recommendations for the Black Mountain races

Wax recommendations for the Black Mountain races

3/3/2017 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for the Black Mountain races. Check back for updates....

First Look: Speedmax Classic Double-Poling Ski
First Look: Speedmax Classic Double-Poling Ski

First Look: Speedmax Classic Double-Poling Ski

3/1/2017 - By Mike Muha

Fischer has introduced their new Speedmax Classic Double-Poling ski that tries to combine the best parts of skate ski construction with those of classic ski construction.

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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

SAT, JAN 27, 2018

Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Marquette, MI

Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, JAN 20

Crystal Mountain: I groomed out the skating lanes today before it got warm. They turned out pretty good. Did everything but Eagles and Squirrel. Plan on doing the same thing tomorrow. There should be a couple hours of good skiing before it turns into mashed potatoes.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Buck's Run is in fabulous shape this morning. Skate lane and tracks are great. Getting a little slower as the air warms. The snow looks like it has not transformed yet, so classic skiers can get away with a warm kick was.

Rob Fairman also said the contractor's loop was in great skating shape.

Huron Meadows Metropark: 1st time on Bucks run and conditions were great. Don’t know why I haven’t done this before during low snow conditions. A good base and tracks were deep thanks to the Huron Meadow’s crew for giving us a great man-made snow ski trail. Also happy to report there is still a big pile of snow that should keep us going after the warm up. Come on out and support the great grooming they do here with the $5 trail fee for Bucks run.

Boyne Mountain: Just a quick update on our trails from earlier. Last night it seems that a vehicle decided to drive the entire length of Runway and they tore it up pretty bad. We're asking that you don't ski Runway today.

Boyne Mountain: With the recent weather there may be a few thin spots on the upper trails. The lower trails were groomed on Thursday but we have ceased grooming operations until cooler temperatures and snow return. Our base is quite compact and thick so the skate lanes should be holding up pretty well especially in the forested areas.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The John Deere Loop, which is composed of part of the Rolling Hills and Adventure trails, is still in very good shape with the mass of manmade snow we spread out along it this past week. We were able to set deep tracks, which are holding up quite well. Overall it is in very good condition for classic and skate skiing. Rolling Hills is also in good enough condition for B skis. Due to the slightly warm temps this morning, we will not be grooming, and the trail surface is still plenty smooth. The Manitou, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, Trapper’s Cabin, and Adventure are open for rock skiing today, but are likely better for snowshoes. The practice area still has plenty of coverage for ski demos and lessons.

Stop by and demo some skin skis! Free equipment demos are available all day, every day. The synthetic mohair bases on our skin skis get tremendous grip in these warmer temps! Our sale on XC ski packages and cross country ski clothing continues with great deals on Fischer, Salomon, Smartwool, and more.

Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is Fire Grilled Pizza! Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit. Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia! Served from Noon until 3:00pm.

Good luck to all the Cote Dame racers! Participants are welcome to stop by afterwards for a free facilities pass and free bowl of chili!

Hanson Hills: Great Day for a Ski Race!! Please remember the Cote Dame Marie will take place at Forbush Corner's (Frederic).

Hanson Hills Nordic Trails are Closed. Forbush has plenty of snow, perfect skate lanes and nice set track. Also XC HQ, has a 1.5km loop groomed as well, please visit our neighbors and enjoy some great Grayling Area Skiing!

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.

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