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Love Creek snow conditions on Sunday December 10: Perfecto! (Gregory Worsnop)

Love Creek snow conditions on Sunday December 10: Perfecto! (Gregory Worsnop)

RESULTS: Vanias and Darnton win Cote Dame Marie
RESULTS: Vanias and Darnton win Cote Dame Marie

RESULTS: Vanias and Darnton win Cote Dame Marie

1/22/2017 - By Mike Muha

Vanias skied away from the pack to finish in 1:13:26, well ahead of second place. This was Vanias's third victory this season in the Michigan Cup - he's won every event he's entered.

As it rains, let us reflect on the snow...
As it rains, let us reflect on the snow...

As it rains, let us reflect on the snow...

1/20/2017 - By Mike Muha

If you look at the cumulative snowfall, it really hasn't been too bad a year. Alpena and Traverse City are a little ahead of schedule, while other locations have a little less snow than normal...but not radically so.

Cote Dame Marie and JNQ wax recommendations
Cote Dame Marie and JNQ wax recommendations

Cote Dame Marie and JNQ wax recommendations

1/20/2017 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Add Solda recommendation. Gets those skis waxed and get racing! Recommendations from Toko, FastWax, and Swix.

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Conditions looking good for Cote Dame Marie
Conditions looking good for Cote Dame Marie

Conditions looking good for Cote Dame Marie

1/19/2017 - By Justin Andre

The Trails at Hanson Hills are holding up well for this weekend’s Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet. Temperatures are predicted to drop tonight and we will be back grooming the Red Trail for the Michigan Cup Race Course early Friday morning.

Treatment options for Cross Country Skin-Skis
Treatment options for Cross Country Skin-Skis

Treatment options for Cross Country Skin-Skis

1/17/2017 - By Ian Harvey

There are four recommended methods for treating the "skins" for glide on "Skin Skis"...

USSA names teams to Under 23 Cross Country World Championships
USSA names teams to Under 23 Cross Country World Championships

USSA names teams to Under 23 Cross Country World Championships

1/16/2017 - By USSA

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named a team of 10 athletes to represent the USA in the upcoming Under 23 Cross Country World Championships in Soldier Hollow.

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RESULTS: Great Krazy Klassic tracks help Holmes and Davis win
RESULTS: Great Krazy Klassic tracks help Holmes and Davis win

RESULTS: Great Krazy Klassic tracks help Holmes and Davis win

1/15/2017 - By Mike Muha

Sam Holmes took his second win this weekend, while Rebecca Davis beat yesterday's winner in a double-pole ski fest!

RESULTS: Holmes and Jordyn win Frosty Freestyle under excellent conditions
RESULTS: Holmes and Jordyn win Frosty Freestyle under excellent conditions

RESULTS: Holmes and Jordyn win Frosty Freestyle under excellent conditions

1/15/2017 - By Mike Muha

Sam Holmes and Jordyn Ross took victories under excellent trail conditions at the 2017 Frosty Freestyle. Man-made snow from the park's snow guns provided an excellent skiing surface.

Wax recommendations: Frosty Fest!
Wax recommendations: Frosty Fest!

Wax recommendations: Frosty Fest!

1/12/2017 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED WITH SWIX REC: Wax recommendations for the Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic races. The Krazy Klassic also doubles as the the Michigain Senior Olympics xc ski race.

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MWC2018: One Year To Go!
MWC2018: One Year To Go!

MWC2018: One Year To Go!

1/12/2017 - By J.D. Downing

Coming January 19-26, 2018 the biggest age-group competition in skiing will visit Theodore Wirth Park in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the 2018 Masters World Cup (MWC2018) returns to North America.

2017 AXCS National Masters Championships: The Big City Preview
2017 AXCS National Masters Championships: The Big City Preview

2017 AXCS National Masters Championships: The Big City Preview

1/11/2017 - By J.D. Downing

For the first time since 2005, masters (skiers 30 and over) from throughout the U.S. will return to the great state of Minnesota as the American Cross Country Skiers (AXCS) 2017 National Masters Championships takes place the weekend of February 4-5, 2017.

Leaders of the Michigan Cup
Leaders of the Michigan Cup

Leaders of the Michigan Cup

1/10/2017 - By Mike Muha

Juniors Clay Meyers and Dana Pflugheoft have each won a race and lead the Juniors; Jordyn Ross and Alex Vanias have each won two races and lead the seniors.

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UPCOMING

SAT, DEC 16, 2017

Michigan Tech CCSA Race & CXC Junior Cup (Junior National Qualifier)
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

Lakes of the North Freestyle
Lakes of the North, Mancelona, MI

Trapper Santa at the Cabin!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

SUN, DEC 17, 2017

Michigan Tech CCSA Race & CXC Junior Cup (Junior National Qualifier)
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

Forbush Time Trial
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

WED, DEC 20, 2017

Cross-Country Ski lessons at Huron Meadows
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

More events...

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

THU, DEC 14

Midland City Forest: Winter has arrived in Midland! There is about 7" of very dry, powdery snow on the ground. I have groomed the main trails flat, hopefully they will set up somewhat firmer overnight. Tomorrow afternoon I plan to groom the minor trails and set tracks.

While there's reasonable snow depth for this time of year, I'd caution against using good skis yet, as you will sink through to ground (roots, etc) in places. No reason to stay home though, get out the B skis or rock skis, come out and enjoy!

Black Mountain: The outer system has been flat groomed entirely for good skate skiing this weekend, minus a few lingering fall oak leaves. All new tree fall was recently cut away from the trail, and the trails were groomed Thursday, December 14. Classic ski track setting was done on the south Cheboygan side of the system as well, from marker 13 on up the marker numbers, so the only area not track set was markers 1-12 on the north side (County Road 489 lot). The County Line parking lot is a good starting point for groomed track set classic skiers, going toward Twin Lakes or south to 15-14-13-17 loops.



The bridge is still unstable between 1-5 for a groomer, so the trail bypasses that link. This weekend temperatures are predicted highs in the 20s so good ski conditions will remain. Come out and take a holiday break and get those ski legs under way. Good early season skiing at Black Mountain!

Independance Oaks: Ski operations have begun at Independence Oaks. We received 8 inches of snow yesterday from the storm. Staff focused on opening roads and parking lots through the afternoon today. We were able take out the roller out late afternoon to pack the light fluffy snow we received.

Lakeshore Loop was able to be rolled 3 times and we ended up with about a 3 inch base. All other trails we were able to run the roller over atleast once, except for the Ted Gray Trail. Ski rental operations will be open this weekend from 9 am - 5 pm. Enjoy the early season skiing and hopefully we can get some additional snow to allow us to take out the groomer. Happy Skiing!

Respectfully Submitted,
DJ
Park Supervisor

Michaywe: Skied Classic all the trails were rolled several times then today the corduroy nice skating lane by the weekend maybe a track!! I used B skis could use better.

Muncie Lakes Pathway: Thanks to Mike Schaeffer & Debby Page and Steve & Betsy Duede, for clearing downed trees on the Muncie Lakes Pathway this week so that Steve could do the first groom today. Since Mark retired from the DNR recently, 3 Grand Traverse Hiking Club members, Mike, Steve & John Gerty, have volunteered to take over the weekly groom, with the support of Muncie Grooming donors. When the GTHC was hiking Muncie last Sunday, Mike GPSd 3 trees that needed to be cleared, and one was 18" in diameter, which took 4 cuts. But, we didn't have time to hike between posts #8-10, so Steve & Betsy took care of 5 more trees on the way to the river & back. Congrats to Steve on his first ever groom, the tracks were purr-fect! When you see the volunteer Muncie groomers on the trail, make sure you thank them for their generous time & efforts.

Crystal Mountain: We took the drag out today and dragged all the trails trying to get the air out of the snow and level it out. We then took the tidd tech out to make sure it is working properly. Greg is out right now grooming skating lanes. I will be out first thing tomorrow morning to groom again and lay a track. I'll let you know how it turns out. Ski ya later, Kathloon

Kensington Metropark: Whoever groomed the trail did a poor job. In fact, it was the worst I've seen in a while. So we were 0 for 2 after the Huron Meddows equipment failure. Also, be aware that only place to park to ski today was Meadow area. The golf course area is closed. Snow was excellent (if you could follow the poorly groomed trails.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Classic grooming equipment was broken. Drove all the way out there to find no classic trails other than Bucks run. Went to Kensington instead.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Decided to ski the classic trail south of Hammel Road because (1) it's a bright, sunny, windless day that's perfect for a classic ski in the woods, (2) there'd be lots of touring skiers who would make me feel fast, and (3) all my fellow racers who would prove that I'm slow would be on the skate trails.

Beautiful skiing. The trail had been tracked before yesterday's snow, but the tourers had skied in a nice track. I expect the Meadows will be putting the groomed track back in soon. Toko Red had great kick in temps around 18F.

I'm sure the skaters are having a blast north of Hammel... My next time out!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Buck's Run was groomed for skate and classic this morning. Beautiful day!

Boyne Mountain: Rolled and tracked 25km of trail. Conditions on Vista are perfect. Skiing is good. We have 6-12" base. Innsbruck was rolled but not recommended. Come join us at Boyne Mountain and enjoy great early season snow.

Vasa Trail: I left from Timber Ridge (this wasn't groomed and had lots of fresh snow). The VASA was groomed this morning and beautiful! About 2" of fresh fluff had fallen since the groom, and with 15 degree temperatures there wasn't much glide for skating. No complaints tho, It is absolutely gorgeous out there with plenty of white stuff all over the place.

Maybury State Park: Had a gorgeous "backcountry style" ski at Maybury this morning. Nothing groomed yet (see comments below), but there were a few of us out there breaking trails in the deep, fluffy, and very sparkly snow! Snow is well over ankle deep, so when breaking trail, skis and boots not visible. There are now some nicely skied-in tracks out there. Also a great opportunity to ski some of the tighter trails in the woods, which often don't ski so nicely in lesser snow conditions.

My old Rossi Evo skis (a.k.a. my all-terrain vehicles) were worth their weight in gold today - a little bit wider and shorter than other skis, so they did a great job of plowing through the deep snow. On a few of the more highly travelled trails, snow-shoers had been through, which packed the snow just enough to allow for a little speed.

RE: GROOMING PLAN - Per my e-mail communication with the Park Supervisor, they will groom this Saturday (12/16) at the earliest. In the meantime, plenty of great skiing to be found at Maybury.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received roughly 2 inches of snow yesterday, and the trails are in the best shape yet. Ginzu Dana snowcombed all the trails yesterday afternoon during the snowfall, and Groomer Butch started snowcombing this morning around 8:00am. He will also be attempting to roll in classic tracks. More snow is in the forecast for tomorrow, which should put us in great shape for the weekend!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is the Cubano Panini! Honey glazed ham, oven roasted turkey, swiss cheese, dill pickle slices, mayo and Dijon mustard come together on a crusty ciabatta bun. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle! Don’t forget to shop the Christmas sale!

Milham Park Golf Course: Milham has been groomed for both skating and classic. Did not have time to ski this morning but things looked pretty good. Classic tracks are a little thin but have full coverage. Looks like we will have nice skiing for this weekend.

Hanson Hills: Dress Warm!! Groomers Jason and Tommy G are facing the cold head on this morning. Jason is snow combing all trails, while Tommy G is strategically placing new trail maps and intersection markers. Also, Tommy G is testing out the track setter as well, no promises but we are hopeful for some tracks down wilderness today... I will report back later!! Lodge and Trails Open 9am-4pm today.

WED, DEC 13

: Cedar Lake/Waterloo

No tracks, 8” of unbroken trail. Thought it would be faster. Beautiful today with all the sun. Used my Epoke 900s.

Yo Gerard..0 for 2 ???

We aren’t 0 for 2, You are 0 for2!

I’m 2 for 2! You should learn to ski on unbroken snow, or buy a piston bully and a flatbed trailer to groom trails.

Maybe you should try snowshoes at Kensington, hardly ever need a trail to snowshoe in Southern Michigan








I’m 2

Kensington Metropark: Kensington is grooming. I looked at the trails at 6 last evening but it was a blizzard there. We got about 10" on top of the previous 5"...the grooming was visible but had 10" fresh on top. The new trail from the farm center all the way to the west end near the entrance/HQ (new part) is beautiful. It is classic only...I will ski it later today and report back. With the Adam Haberkorn crew doing Kensington grooming it should be great.

Valley Spur: We continue to build up our base getting several inches of fresh snow each day. Dan sets fresh classic tracks each a.m. ,so some good skiing with Blue Extra. Over 80% of trails open with Dan finishing the big hills of G by the weekend and working on Worel's Woods. Snowshoe trail is fantastic.

Hanson Hills: Trails improving with each daily snowfall. Skating was good today. All trails were open. Still no classic tracks. Looking forward to skiing the new extension of the classic only Wilderness trail, now nearly 9 k long.

Vasa Trail: Jayne & I left Timber Ridge at 11:00 AM in blowing snow heading counter clockwise on Vasa & found a freshly rolled trail all the way toward the rock. Despite classic skiing without set tracks & facing strong winds, it was a beautiful ski on trails we enjoy. Lots of friendly skaters along the way, & a reminder of why we returned to TC 20 years ago.
Who's car pooling to Lakes of the North this weekend?

Vasa Trail: Jayne & I left Timber Ridge at 11:00 AM in blowing snow heading counter clockwise on Vasa & found a freshly rolled trail all the way toward the rock. Despite classic skiing without set tracks & facing strong winds, it was a beautiful ski on trails we enjoy. Lots of friendly skaters along the way, & a reminder of why we returned to TC 20 years ago.
Who's car pooling to Lakes of the North this weekend?

East Side Golf Course: Tried skating today. Classic was better yesterday. The ground was frozen when the snow came down, so it didn't melt at the beginning to form a thin ice layer once it got even colder, so skis on edge get all the way to the short grass/ground and grab. All good if you keep the skis pretty flat (i.e. stick to classic). Occasional drifts that have firmed up from wind packing, but hey - this is Ohio, any skiing before Christmas is good skiing.

Milham Park Golf Course: We moved the grooming equipment today and are all set to go. Current plan is to groom Thursday morning. Hoping we get more snow today. Things are still very thin but will run the roller around if we don't get more snow. Will report tomorrow after grooming with trail conditions.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Huron Meadows reports that tomorrow (Thursday) will be the officially opening day for skiing! They'll have a big job ahead of them packing and grooming today and tonight's forecasted snow. (You'll notice that some trails are already open - See Tony's trail report, and the Kids Class will be on groomed snow tonight...with a fast covering of new snow).

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Trails are machine groomed with 4" packed base. Tracks are set today and the trails are wide enough for good for skating. Snow is falling off and on today and we will groom trails as needed

Nubs Nob: The trails are open. The Upper trails were power-tilled this morning. The Lower Trails were repacked this morning.

Boyne Highlands: Boyne Highlands reports 33km of trail groomed for skate and classic, with a claimed compacted base of 6-11 inches.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skied last night. The south golf course trail was groomed. A couple places were wind-blown and pretty bare, and some other places were wind-blown and deep with snow, but overall better than expected. Don't know it the rest of the trails were grooomed or not. Skating only - no tracks.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Real Grooming Report: Groomers went out this morning with the Ginzu equipment and the skate lane is coming along nicely even with the thin cover. All trails inside 17k will be groomed or roll packed but use extreme caution on the steep down hills. And, remember, don’t snow plow. There is still too little snow for a credible classic track however. They did attempt to set track so you will see it in a few places.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: As someone that stokes a wood stove daily, I know my way to the wood shed. So, when told to go there I was surprised at the reception. It seems there is an active chapter of friends of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I didn’t even check the school closing list given yesterday morning’s (in my view) paltry dusting. However, that is not the way the school system or Our Lady of Guadalupe friends saw things. Granted, my drift on the Spruce Street driveway was 16” but that I always chalk that up to well deserved divine retribution. Anyway, my apologies to those lobbying for the Our Lady of Guadalupe snow storm. My failure in storm naming was not the only issue at the wood shed. It seems there is an active contingent of supporters of people that snow plow. Granted, I may have been a little harsh on them but, please, try to avoid pushing snow off the trails.

Today and tonight look to be snow events to classic tracks and steep hill skiing may be close at hand.
See you out there.

Hanson Hills: Trails are shaping up nicely, We are receiving some new snow right now. All trails have been packed the past few days. Groomer Tommy G. has freshly snowcombed the Yellow, Blue, and Green Trails this morning. Lodge and Trails Open 9am-4pm today.

Boyne Mountain: All trails have been rolled and all but Innsbruk have been tracked. Still a little thin on Innsbruk and Vojins but all beginner and intermediate trails are in good shape and if the wind stops blowing, should remain that way!

Enjoy this early blast of winter!

Crystal Mountain: Quite the adventure rolling the trails thru Tuesday's blizzard - had to stop a few times to figure out where the trail had gone. Everything is rolled except Eagle & Squirrel (better to pack those 2 zingers before taking a groomer up there).
Kathy is back at it today firming things up & rolling today's fresh.
Plenty of base for a track set and trails should be mid-winter prime by the weekend.

Groomer Tim

East Side Golf Course: Skating should be OK on the golf courses that got enough snow. I have not been near Highland (Chagrin & Green), but East of 271 we got more snow. Chapin doesn't have enough yet, no update on the hotline (Weds AM) - radar looks like GRR and Punderson may be getting more.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Conditions on the trails yesterday showed a big improvement, with more of the trail system in good condition for skating and classic. While we need a bit more snow to have great skiing on all the trails – and to set classic tracks – the skiing is still good for “B skis”. We are forecast to receive up to 5 inches of snow before the weekend, so we are very hopeful for great skiing by Saturday, and possibly by tomorrow!

Mackinaw Cut and Wild Turkey are in the best shape: 85% good, and 15% fair. Manitou has some nice skiing, with 65% good, 30% fair, and a couple thin spots. Rolling Hills is primarily in good condition, with a couple of fair spots. Tall Pines still needs more snow to have good skiing, and Adventure is closed for now as it is too wet. The practice area continues to have the best snow, ideal for hill training and technique, plus of course lessons and ski demos!

Stop in for lunch at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe! Today’s special is the Cubano Panini! Honey glazed ham, oven roasted turkey, swiss cheese, dill pickle slices, mayo and Dijon mustard come together on a crusty ciabatta bun. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle… yes! We also have creamy ham and potato soup and classic chili, both served with a warm roll and real butter. Don’t forget the Bosco sticks!

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