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Start of the Hanson Hills Classic. Michael Davis (on right), Rebecca Davis and Theo Vonwallmenich wait their interval start. (Photo: Chloë Alyn Borton).

Start of the Hanson Hills Classic. Michael Davis (on right), Rebecca Davis and Theo Vonwallmenich wait their interval start. (Photo: Chloë Alyn Borton).

Mt. Borah Releases Top-tier Nordic Collection
Mt. Borah Releases Top-tier Nordic Collection

Mt. Borah Releases Top-tier Nordic Collection

8/29/2013 - By Ben Wizner

With over two years of product development in the books, Mt. Borah’s OTW Nordic ski collection is the new edge in custom Nordic apparel for teams, clubs and groups.

Andy Newell's unique view of the Snow Farm
Andy Newell's unique view of the Snow Farm

Andy Newell's unique view of the Snow Farm

8/27/2013 - By Andy Newell

Andy Newell checks in from the Snow Farm New Zealand as the US Ski team trains for the Sochi Olympics. (In case you missed it, Andrew Newell won the Cross Country Skiing Sprint Freestyle FIS Continental Cup during the Winter Games New Zealand!)

Skate speed with Noah Hoffman at the Snow Farm
Skate speed with Noah Hoffman at the Snow Farm

Skate speed with Noah Hoffman at the Snow Farm

8/26/2013 - By Hoah Hoffman and Chris Grover

Says Noah Hoffman, "Here is the video from yesterday morning’s (8/23/2013) skate speed session with the Canadian men (Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw).

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Team NordicSkiRacer 10th Anniversary Pool and Hot Tub Party
Team NordicSkiRacer 10th Anniversary Pool and Hot Tub Party

Team NordicSkiRacer 10th Anniversary Pool and Hot Tub Party

8/23/2013 - By Greg Worrel

Team NordicSkiRacer was started 10 years ago in the fall of 2003. To celebrate (not that we really need an excuse), we are having a pool and hot tub party on Saturday August 31st at 3pm at Greg Worrel's house.

Labor Day: Roller Ski Clinic, Yoga, Nordic Walking, Sale at XCHQ
Labor Day: Roller Ski Clinic, Yoga, Nordic Walking, Sale at XCHQ

Labor Day: Roller Ski Clinic, Yoga, Nordic Walking, Sale at XCHQ

8/22/2013 - By Mariah Frye

Cross Country Ski Headquarters to host Roller Ski Clinic, Yoga for Skiers, Nordic Pole Walking Demo, and Giant Close-Out Sale over Labor Day Weekend Mark your calendars for the annual Labor Day Weekend Sale at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! August 30th

50K is back for 2014 White Pine Stampede; 20k finish moves
50K is back for 2014 White Pine Stampede; 20k finish moves

50K is back for 2014 White Pine Stampede; 20k finish moves

8/21/2013 - By Mike Muha

The 50K is back for the White Pine Stampede. And there's a new finish for the 20K: the 20K finish will finish along side the 50K at Summit Village at Shanty Creek.

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Rollerski breaks record for longest rollerski
Rollerski breaks record for longest rollerski

Rollerski breaks record for longest rollerski

8/7/2013 - By Laurie Blake

Venezuela's Cesar Baena smashed his previous record distance of 2,246.21 kilometres from Stockholm, Sweden, to Oslo, Norway, between 11 May and 5 July 2012, by travelling over 2,500 this time, although the new record still has to be ratified by Guinness.

Birkie Registration over 7,000 ... Almost 75% full

8/6/2013 - By American Birkebeiner

The number of registrations for the 2014 Swix American Birkebeiner events on February 22 has jumped to over 7,000, heading toward the cap of 10,300 skiers.

Michigan Cup skiers need for 100k relay running race

7/18/2013 - By Ann Wagar

John Gravlin had a fun idea of trying to get a Michigan Cup team of men and women or a co-ed team together to run the Top of Michigan 100k relay race from Gaylord to Mackinaw. It is a six legged race of varying distances from 7 miles to 16 miles.

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Swix signs as title sponsor of American Birkebeiner Ski Events
Swix signs as title sponsor of American Birkebeiner Ski Events

Swix signs as title sponsor of American Birkebeiner Ski Events

7/11/2013 - By Andy Canniff and Susan Kendrick

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is proud to announce a two-year commitment from Swix Sport USA as title sponsor of the American Birkebeiner cross country ski events.

Downhill in cross country skiing
Downhill in cross country skiing

Downhill in cross country skiing

7/2/2013 - By Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre

Downhill skiing is thrilling challenges in high speed that doesn't cost that much energy and gives you a great feeling for the snow, but still a lot of skiers are afraid of the technique and very few are actually focusing on it.

Know where you're starting from
Know where you're starting from

Know where you're starting from

6/24/2013 - By Suzanne Hudson

It makes good sense to test at the beginning of the training year so that you have a baseline from which to measure your progress.

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UPCOMING

FRI, FEB 23, 2018

Kortelopet
OO Trailhead to Downtown Hayward, Wisconsin

SAT, FEB 24, 2018

American Birkebeiner
Cable to Hayward, Wisconson

Birkie Live Stream!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Mason Tract Ski Tour with the Michigan Backcountry Ski Series
Mason Tract Pathway, Roscommon Michigan, Chase Bridge Rd Trailhead

CANCELLED! Boyne Vistas 10K Freestyle
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI

Michigan Backcountry Ski Series: Mason Track Out'n'Back
Chase Bridge Road Trail Head

Taste of Gate's
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

SUN, FEB 25, 2018

2018 Pennsylvania Nordic Championships (Rescheduled from Feb 4)
Wilderness Lodge, Wattsburg, PA

UPDATED: 25th Annual Junior Muffin Pursuit Races – Classic/Freestyle
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

TUE, FEB 27, 2018

Team NordicSkiRacer Tuesday Night Sprints
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

WED, FEB 28, 2018

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Classic

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

THU, FEB 22

Crystal Mountain: Kathy is out on the trails and scratching up the skate lanes which are in good shape with only a couple bare spots to detour around. There is a solid 4-6 inch base on 90% of the trails that should hold up through the weekend and hopefully longer. Hills recommended for advanced skiers as they may be icy in a few places.
Track set is non existent at this time and but the skate lanes are fast and smooth.
We will continue to groom daily as long as the temps get to freezing at night.
Trail debris continues to surface in the pine sections of the trail and rock skis are advised.

Boyne Mountain: Trails are open but quite firm and icy. Conditions should improve as the temperatures climb throughout the day.

Store-wide sale is still in effect, 30% off of everything. Come on in and stock up on gear before it is all gone!

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Skied Pine Cone last night - very hard and icy in a number of spots. 100% coverage but be careful. The rest of the system is very spotty and icy.
This is the time of year that the King of the Hill trail comes in handy - 100% snowmaking and groomed every night - give it a try.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It remained cold throughout the day yesterday and last night, which gave the remaining snow on the trails a chance to harden up. The John Deere Trail is still completely intact with full coverage, and the trail surface is 75% hard, crusty snow, with intermittent boiler plate ice. Groomer Mike will take the pre-seeder out there today to grind up the ice and add fresh snow from our stockpile where needed. Conditions will get softer and more skiable as the day goes on; we recommend waiting until this afternoon to try skating or classic skiing. It would be a good day to try some metal edged skis! We plan to have at least the 2.5km John Deere Loop open for skiing this weekend.

Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Wild Turkey Panini! Sliced turkey breast, basil pesto, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, and provolone cheese, grilled on Stone House 7-Grain bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle!

In the meantime, stop in for some shopping! We have great sales on skate and classic ski packages, plus winter clothing and accessories.

WED, FEB 21

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn

Nubs Nob: The crew at Nubs delivered yet again by laying down tilled corduroy on the skate lane and fresh classic tracks after 36 hours of ice/rain. Some of the fastest conditions of the season with full control.

Stokely Creek: Stokely got a drizzle of rain last night for a couple hours and then the temps dropped to the low 20s and our groomers were out again this morning. No rain today nor in the forecast. So our very good base is not diminished. Tour De Huts is about 10 days away and it is not to late to sign up for fun on the Stokely trails with lunch at Norm's and Walker lake huts.

Crystal Mountain: I had the last two days off and wasn't expecting to come back to any snow but OMG I could not believe how much base we have. I took the tidd tech out and tried scratching stuff up, it was doing a decent job but then I had mechanical issues. I got Loon's, lower Stag, Jacks and Willies done before the sled petered out on me. Greg is out there now seeing if he can do some more. There isn't a track set but the skating lanes should be fast on the above mentioned trails and any that Greg can get to. Hope fully we get the sled issues ironed out so we can do it again tomorrow. There is some ice and bare spots but nothing you can't ski around. Remember it's like spring skiing so don't expect perfect conditions-just be glad there's snow in the form of snow cone.

Boyne Mountain: Due to the rain and ice all trails are closed today.

The shop is open and we have everything at 30% off!

Hanson Hills: Unfortunately our trail system has not responded well to the rain and warmer temperatures. All Cross Country Trails are closed and un-skiable at this time.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: After considerable rain throughout the day yesterday, the temps finally cooled down last night. We received a dusting of snow overnight, and as of 7:00am it is 25F. Due to all the moisture on the trails, we will not be grooming today. In the best interest of preserving the snow, we ask that no one ski on the trails today while we let some of the water drain away. Only the practice area is open today for ski demos.

Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Italian Stallion Panini! Ham, pepperoni, provolone, banana peppers, black olives, and marinara sauce on sliced Stone House Italian Bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle!

Join us this weekend for a whole bunch of events!

Saturday, February 24th: Birkie Live Stream and Taste of Gates!
Watch “the Greatest Show on Snow” – the North American Birkebiener, live in Cable, Wisconsin! This famous ski race draws just as many fans as participants – well over 10,000. Join in the excitement by watching the live stream in the HQ Day Lodge! Then for lunch, experience the fantastic flavors of Gate’s AuSable Lodge, right here at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Gate’s Lodge Head Chef, Matt Haley, will cook up a hearty winter feast you’ll never forget. Join us for this very special culinary experience, which showcases one of Northern Michigan’s best dining experiences. *Beverages not included.

Sunday, February 25th: The 25th Annual Junior Muffin Race!
Join us for the longest standing juniors race in Michigan! The Muffin Race celebrates the fun of youth skiing with a Junior Girls & Boys 8km Pursuit race. Skiers will classic ski the first half of the race then ski freestyle the second half of the race. Registration begins at 9am 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 and boys races, and awards will also be given for best costumes! There will also be a “Mini Muffin” Race at approximately 11:30. ALL AGES of kids are welcome for the Mini Muffin Race, and entry is free. Each Mini Muffin racer receives a medal!

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