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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)

No Fat Tire Bikes t-shirts
No Fat Tire Bikes t-shirts

No Fat Tire Bikes t-shirts

1/7/2014 - By Dave Hietikko

I am the guy that made up the long sleeve shirts addressing the fat tire bikes on the trail problem. Ironic thing is that I am primarily a bike racer, but do a fair amount of skiing too

Cross Country Ski Skills Clinic Series at Nubs Nob
Cross Country Ski Skills Clinic Series at Nubs Nob

Cross Country Ski Skills Clinic Series at Nubs Nob

1/7/2014 - By Ben Doornbos

Cross country skiers can gather each week at Nub’s Nob for a new nordic series created with fun, community, and skill building in mind. Happening every Wednesday night, this offers a great reason to get out of the house and on the trails.

Learn to ski on Winter Trails Day
Learn to ski on Winter Trails Day

Learn to ski on Winter Trails Day

1/7/2014 - By Mike Muha

Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are quick to learn and fun for all ages, and they are a great way to get some exercise. On Saturday, January 11, 2014 (Winter Trails Day), you can learn for free at a Winter Trails location.

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Koos and Bender repeat sprint wins from last Nationals
Koos and Bender repeat sprint wins from last Nationals

Koos and Bender repeat sprint wins from last Nationals

1/6/2014 - By USSA

Torin Koos (Leavenworth, WA) and Jennie Bender (Johnson, VT) each took home a freestyle sprint title for the Bridger Ski Foundation Sunday on a tight and technical course at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships at Soldier Hollow.

Toko US XC Nationals Skate Sprint Report
Toko US XC Nationals Skate Sprint Report

Toko US XC Nationals Skate Sprint Report

1/6/2014 - By Ian Harvey

Air temperatures were around 1F at 8am (I say around as the temperature can vary greatly depending on where one measures it). The snow was similar to yesterday - semi-transformed, staying dry, fast.

US XC Nationals 10.15km Classic Report
US XC Nationals 10.15km Classic Report

US XC Nationals 10.15km Classic Report

1/6/2014 - By Ian Harvey

So many skiers were descending this steep downhill almost standing straight up, or just bent over at the waist, or in a high tuck with their hands way down low scooping up air into their chest.

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Results from the 6 Hour Team Relay
Results from the 6 Hour Team Relay

Results from the 6 Hour Team Relay

1/5/2014 - By MIke Muha

The Michigan Cup 6 Hour Team Relay ran under perfect weather and skiing conditions. The skate lane and striding tracks were firm and made for great racing.

Liz Stephen 3rd in hill climb, 7th overall in Tour de Ski
Liz Stephen 3rd in hill climb, 7th overall in Tour de Ski

Liz Stephen 3rd in hill climb, 7th overall in Tour de Ski

1/5/2014 - By USSA

Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) posted the USA's best overall Tour de Ski finish in history with seventh, skiing to the third-fastest time of the day as she battled rain, sleet and snow for 9k up Alpe Cermis on Sunday.

Alaska Pacific University Nordic dominates US Championships
Alaska Pacific University Nordic dominates US Championships

Alaska Pacific University Nordic dominates US Championships

1/5/2014 - By USSA

Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) and Becca Rorabaugh (Fairbanks, AK) took U.S. titles in the 15k and 10k classic races, leading a three-medal effort by APU Nordic at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships at the 2002 Olympic venue at Soldier Hollow on Satu

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Jesse Diggns 10th in Tour de Ski 5K Classic
Jesse Diggns 10th in Tour de Ski 5K Classic

Jesse Diggns 10th in Tour de Ski 5K Classic

1/5/2014 - By USSA

World Champion Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) earned a career-best World Cup classic result Saturday, skiing into 10th in the Val di Fiemme 5k, the sixth stage of the Tour de Ski.

Stephen up to 12th in Tour de Ski
Stephen up to 12th in Tour de Ski

Stephen up to 12th in Tour de Ski

1/5/2014 - By USSA

Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) posted the fifth-fastest time of the day Friday, starting from 22nd to finish 12th in the 15k pursuit stage of the grueling seven-stage Tour de Ski.

Soldier Hollow set for U.S. Championships
Soldier Hollow set for U.S. Championships

Soldier Hollow set for U.S. Championships

1/3/2014 - By USSA

Around 350 of the top cross country skiers from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association clubs from around the country will converge at the 2002 Olympic venue at Soldier Hollow beginning this weekend for the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships.

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UPCOMING

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

WED, FEB 27, 2019

Nordic Ski Nights
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

SAT, MAR 2, 2019

Black Mountain 31K Classic and 10km Tour
Bluffs Bar and Grill, 10905 High Bluffs Drive, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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

Glide N Gorge
Maasto Hiihto ski trails, Hancock, MI

Ribs & Blues
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

FRI, FEB 22

Big M: February 22, 2019 Friday, All trails except Oh Me ll were groomed today.
Let 's hope it holds with the messy storm system predicted later on Saturday and Sunday.
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.

Forbush Corner: Magnificent classic tracks set today on the Pines loop. Best ever. We are blessed.

Hickory Hills: First time skiing at Hickory Meadows. What a delight. I did not expect such great grooming.
Deep set tracks--sometimes two sets side by side, wide skate lane, and excellent conditions. Fun place to ski and with Hickory Hills right next door, there is something for everyone.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Trails groomed again today. New track set. Great conditions for both classic and skate on bucks run.

Conditions should be great for Mike Muha island crust skiing in morning.

Boyne Mountain: Trails are in great shape. Although the air is warm, the snow is still firm. Snow is moderate speed.

The sun is shining, so hope you get to enjoy it before the weather changes on Sunday!

Vasa Trail: Today is the day folks - if you can get out, by all means do it.

Classic tracks are in great shape. Skate lane is fast and firm. No soft spots on the uphills.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: It is a beautiful bluebird day on the SCR Nordic trails. Snow conditions are perfect for a fast glide around Pine Cone and Poet’s Loop, or challenge yourself and skate up Mountain Creek. Brad the Groomer Groomer groomed all trails this morning, and several skiers have reported fast, hard, classic-perfect tracks.

Crystal Mountain: Come out, come out where ever you are. I groomed everything yesterday and Greg touched things up today. I went out and skied the hills first thing this morning and it was so good I wanted to call in sick but couldn't because as I said Greg (my boss) was out grooming and saw me skiing so I couldn't get away with it. Any way conditions couldn't be better. The way things have been this winter with the roller coaster weather you need to ski while you can. There are some leaves down but there will be a lot more on Sunday with the 50mph winds they are calling for. So today's the day. If you can't get here-go somewhere and ski.

Hickory Hills: If you have read my trail reports about Hickory Hills in the past you know how much I rave about this world cup course. It is important if you go there that we show our support and appreciation by purchasing a trail pass or better yet a yearly membership. This is not a free venue, the community needs our support. There is no signage indicating a trail pass is required so you need to make sure you go to the club house or even knock on the trailer door. One day last week I couldn't even find someone to pay. If you do go there, write a trail report, we need more comments other than myself. Hickory management is still sorting things out but I am convinced this is going to draw national attention some day.

Forbush Corner: Amazing conditions for skate and classic skiing today. All east and west trails are groomed and firm; and today Larry is grooming the Hartwick Pines Loop (Roberts, Townline, and the top of the Weary Legs Loop). Not to mention 30% off all apparel; and 20% off skis and equipment. We also have a handful of demos (skate 2.0 - amazing) for skiers to try.

Hanson Hills: Trails do not get any better than what we have had the past week! Ton's of snow, perfect skate lanes and deep set tracks!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The ski conditions are very good to excellent on all trails. Groomer Butch reset tracks yesterday with great results, despite a few remaining oak leaves. Groomer Mike will snow comb the skating lanes this morning. Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches. Despite some wet weather in the forecast, the skiing will be very good Saturday morning until early afternoon, so plan on taking advantage of the great conditions while we have them!

Join us for the Junior Muffin Race this Sunday, Feb 24th!

The longest standing Junior race in Michigan, the Muffin Race celebrates the fun of youth skiing with a Junior Girls & Boys Team Sprint Relay race. Inspired by the Gold Medal victory by Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall in the 2018 Olympics, this freestyle relay race will feature two skiers per relay team. Each skier will ski a total of 3 laps around a 1km course, handing off to their teammate between each lap, totaling 6 laps per team. Registration begins at 9:30am on Sunday, and we will shoot for a 10:30am start. This is a Michigan Cup Junior Race. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in the girls division, boys division, and coed division, and awards will also be given for best costumes! Registration s $10. The Mini Muffin races (for ages 6 to 12) will take place immediately after, and there is no registration fee for the Minis. See you there, rain or shine!!!

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