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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)

Flanders, Schommer post big wins at Mt. Itasca freestyle events
Flanders, Schommer post big wins at Mt. Itasca freestyle events

Flanders, Schommer post big wins at Mt. Itasca freestyle events

1/26/2014 - By CCSA

Impressive individual performances from Michigan Tech's Alice Flanders and St. Scholastica's Paul Schommer saw the two juniors top the podium in the women’s 5K freestyle and the men’s 10K freestyle in bitterly cold conditions at Mt. Itasca.

Colorado skier Finkel surprises herself by winning Noque 50K freestyle
Colorado skier Finkel surprises herself by winning Noque 50K freestyle

Colorado skier Finkel surprises herself by winning Noque 50K freestyle

1/26/2014 - By Steve Brownlee

Informed shortly after coming indoors that she might be the women's winner of the 50-kilometer freestyle race at the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, she was incredulous.

Young racers enthusiastic about racing in Junior Noque
Young racers enthusiastic about racing in Junior Noque

Young racers enthusiastic about racing in Junior Noque

1/25/2014 - By Steve Brownlee

here may not have been many people named "Hill" at the Junior Noquemanon on Friday afternoon, but that didn't keep a number of kids from naming that their favorite part of the Forestville course in Marquette Township.

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Noquemanon Ski Marathon results
Noquemanon Ski Marathon results

Noquemanon Ski Marathon results

1/25/2014 - By Noquemanon Ski Marathon

Noquemanon Ski Marathon results for 2014. "4 degrees at race start, 2 degrees at the finish 51km later. Top it off with 20mph winds and you've got an epic ski race."

Junior Noque 2014 results
Junior Noque 2014 results

Junior Noque 2014 results

1/25/2014 - By 2014 – Live Results »

Junior Noque results for 2014.

Vasa Ski Club Nordic Sprint Race results for Jan 21
Vasa Ski Club Nordic Sprint Race results for Jan 21

Vasa Ski Club Nordic Sprint Race results for Jan 21

1/24/2014 - By Mark Esper

Vasa Ski Club Freestyle Sprint results from Hickory Hills on January 21, 2014.

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Wax Recommendations for this weekend's races
Wax Recommendations for this weekend's races

Wax Recommendations for this weekend's races

1/24/2014 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Wax recommendations for this weekend's races, including the Noquemanon and Ohio Nordic Championship races. Check back for updates and additions...

Fatbikes on Cross-Country Ski Trails: Kingdom Trails in Vermont
Fatbikes on Cross-Country Ski Trails: Kingdom Trails in Vermont

Fatbikes on Cross-Country Ski Trails: Kingdom Trails in Vermont

1/23/2014 - By Andrew White

I’ve been curious how the Kingdom Trails policy was working out and so this week I gave the Kingdom Trail Association a call. I learned that in fact fat bikes are no longer permitted at all on their groomed nordic ski trails.

US Olympic Team athlete nominations announced today
US Olympic Team athlete nominations announced today

US Olympic Team athlete nominations announced today

1/22/2014 - By USSA

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the nomination of 14 cross country athletes Wednesday afternoon. Seven men and seven women will race, lead by Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins.

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Fatbikes and the Vasa Trail: Who will listen to concerns?
Fatbikes and the Vasa Trail: Who will listen to concerns?

Fatbikes and the Vasa Trail: Who will listen to concerns?

1/22/2014 - By Ken Roth

People who need to express an opinion on fatbiking on the Vasa trail need to contact the DNR, not TART. TART representatives have told me that concerns regarding Vasa trail use may be directed to...

NordicSkiRacer commenting policy
NordicSkiRacer commenting policy

NordicSkiRacer commenting policy

1/21/2014 - By Mike Muha

A recent article on the fatbike controversy elicited comments that were rude and inappropriate. Reasonable discussion among people with opposing viewpoints is one of the foundations of the United States. Calling people names is not.

Need a Noquemanon alternative? Try the Ohio Nordic Championships!
Need a Noquemanon alternative? Try the Ohio Nordic Championships!

Need a Noquemanon alternative? Try the Ohio Nordic Championships!

1/21/2014 - By Mike Muha

Not heading north to the Noquemanon Ski Marathon? Head south to the Ohio Nordic Championships and Junior Races. The Ohio Nordic Ski Club and Hilltoppers XC will be holding a same-day pursuit format at Girdled Road Reservation South, Concord Twp.

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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

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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