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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).

Final 2013 Michigan Cup freestyle results

3/28/2013 - By Ken Dawson

The Michigan Cup ranks racers by their top three freestyle results. The final standings for 2013....

Final 2013 Michigan Cup medal winners
Final 2013 Michigan Cup medal winners

Final 2013 Michigan Cup medal winners

3/27/2013 - By Ken Dawson

The top 100 skiers in the Michigan Cup race series, based on age class (the top 10% of each of the 10 age classes), get a Michigan Cup pin. Here's the list of medal winners.

Final 2013 Michigan Cup individual standings
Final 2013 Michigan Cup individual standings

Final 2013 Michigan Cup individual standings

3/26/2013 - By Ken Dawson

I've received feedback from individuals and teams and am happy to release the final Individual Standings for the 2013 Michigan Cup Cross Country Race Series

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Final 2013 Michigan Cup team standings
Final 2013 Michigan Cup team standings

Final 2013 Michigan Cup team standings

3/25/2013 - By Ken Dawson

This week is Michigan Cup Week! I'll be posting final results each day for the 2012-2103 Michigan Cup Cross Country Ski Racing Series. Today are the overall team awards: The Michigan Cup, Brumbaugh Cup, and Biac Cup results.

UPDATED: Randall Third Overall in World Cup
UPDATED: Randall Third Overall in World Cup

UPDATED: Randall Third Overall in World Cup

3/24/2013 - By USSA

Kikkan Randall became the first American woman in history to break into the top three overall in the Cross Country World Cup on today.

Randall Remains 3rd into Finale
Randall Remains 3rd into Finale

Randall Remains 3rd into Finale

3/24/2013 - By USSA

Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) remained in her third overall position Saturday after the women’s 10k classic as the mini-tour heads into its finale on Sunday in Falun, Sweden.

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Randall Third in Mini-Tour
Randall Third in Mini-Tour

Randall Third in Mini-Tour

3/24/2013 - By USSA

In the second stage of the mini-tour on Friday, Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) skied into third place, leading three Americans into the top eight.

Are you aware of the Banff Mountain Film Festival coming to Traverse City?
Are you aware of the Banff Mountain Film Festival coming to Traverse City?

Are you aware of the Banff Mountain Film Festival coming to Traverse City?

3/22/2013 - By Judy Vajda

On April 2nd at 6:00pm, witness a series of high energy, adrenalin filled short films at the State Theater.The Vasa Ski Club has curate a program from a selection of films on exploration and adventure, culture and environment, and mountain sports.

SHOT! Two days of Paintball Biathlon...
SHOT! Two days of Paintball Biathlon...

SHOT! Two days of Paintball Biathlon...

3/22/2013 - By Mariah Frye

Here are the results of the 1st annual Hanson Hills/XC Ski Headquarters Paintball Biathlon Series last weekend, plus some photos. It was a lot of fun!

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The Life of a Ski
The Life of a Ski

The Life of a Ski

3/22/2013 - By Jerry Kokesh

The life of a ski from its "birth" at the Fischer factory in Austria to the podium in the women's relay at the Sochi E.ON IBU World Cup Biathlon.

Newell 11th in Royal Sprint
Newell 11th in Royal Sprint

Newell 11th in Royal Sprint

3/21/2013 - By USSA

Racing around the picturesque Royal Palace, Andy Newell placed 11th and took the top finish for the USA in the Royal Palace Classic Sprint. In the women’s race, Ida Sargent placed 20th while World Champion Kikkan Randall was 22nd.

A recap of the 2013 Nordic National Championship races
A recap of the 2013 Nordic National Championship races

A recap of the 2013 Nordic National Championship races

3/21/2013 - By Stella Holt

A recap of the 2013 Nordic National Championship races...on video.

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UPCOMING

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

CANCELLED! 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

SAT, MAR 3, 2018

Michigan Backcountry Ski Series: Jordan Jam
Jordan River Pathway between East Jordan and Kalkaska

Black Mountain 31K Classic and 10km Tour
Bluffs on Black Lake, 10905 Doriva Beach Rd., Cheboygan, MI 4972

Ribs & Blues
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, FEB 24

Crystal Mountain: So I went out and groomed all the skating lanes and they turned out good-considering. We closed Loons from Pt. #3 to Pt. #3 1/2 due to ice and bare spots. We plan on re-routing that section next year to eliminate that problem. There are more icy spots than there were two days ago but you can ski around them.

Boyne Mountain: We were able to set fresh tracks yesterday afternoon on all of our lower trails. They firmed up nicely overnight and should be pretty fast today until mid afternoon or so. Trails overall will be firm with icy sections, softening as the day goes on. Look out for thin and bare patches. Vistas and Deer Run remain closed.

Don't forget about the sale, 30% off of EVERYTHING.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The temps stayed cold yesterday and last night. Tractor Mike spent the day yesterday tilling up the ice with the pre-seeder, adding snow where needed, and finally grooming the John Deere Loop. Conditions will be good for skating today. Classic skiing should be fair to good, but we were unable to set classic tracks due to the crustiness of the snow. Plan on 2.5km of full coverage of a mixture of snow, crusty snow, and one or two slightly slick spots on the trail today.

Join us today for Birkie Live Stream and Taste of Gates Lunch Special! Starting at 9:30am this morning, 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 head out for a ski on the John Deere Trail, and come back in for lunch to 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.

Crystal Mountain: I'm heading out to scratch up the trails. We didn't go out yesterday but Thursday I groomed all the skating lanes (NO Trackset) and they turned out pretty decent. There are a few bare spots on Loons and Willies way and it was pretty icy where Eagles and Does come out of the woods other than that there was a lot of coverage. Under the pine trees on Aspen and Stride right there is a lot of trail trash. Otter is closed. Could be the last day. If you come out, look for Steve the Stork. He flew over to Jacks Rabbit and landed in a tree.

FRI, FEB 23

Boyne Mountain: Woke up, unfortunately, to rain. The trails should hold up, at least in the woods, if the rain tapers off by this afternoon, which the forecast says it will. Nick will be out to check the condition of the trails when the rain is done and we'll have an update then. Vistas and Deer Run are closed.

On a happier note, the sale continues! 30% off everything in the store! Come grab some gear!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The temps stayed cold yesterday and last night. Tractor Mike spent the day yesterday using the pre-seeder to grind up the icy, crusty snow surface on the John Deere trail. The results were very good, and he will continue to grind and add snow where needed throughout the day today to make the 2.5km John Deere trail as great as it could possibly be. The skate skiing should be fair to good today, with full coverage of snow but the occasional icy spot. Classic skiing with metal edged skis is a good idea, as we are not able to set classic tracks just yet. Our plan is to grind up the snow up enough by tomorrow to make for good classic and skate conditions for the weekend!

Join us this weekend for these great 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 26th 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 following the Senior Muffin Race. ALL AGES of kids are welcome for the Mini Muffin Race, and entry is free. Each Mini Muffin racer receives a medal!

Forbush Corner: We will be closed for skiing today. It does not look like the system moving through will bring us snow either. So at this point the shop will be open for sales only this weekend, not skiing. We are very sad ...

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