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Headquarters widens trail, posts calendar, gets recognition

Sun, Sep  27, 2015 - By Mariah Frye Colie

As we approach the winter season, we are excited to share several updates regarding our cross country ski trail system and upcoming events for this season, as well as some of the recognition we received last year as both a cross country ski area and retail store.

XC ski lessons at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Trail Report
A renewed effort to widen and level out the trails was continued this spring and summer. We removed 23 stumps and roto-tillered many of the uneven parts of the Manitou, Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, and Rolling Hills trails. This will allow for more even skiing conditions and better grooming results this season.

Mom and kids cross country skiing at Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Recognition
We were honored to receive statewide recognition last year by being voted the Winners in two different categories in “Vote 4 the Best”, a contest sponsored by ClickonDetroit of WDIV News in Detroit. The first category was “Winter Sports & Recreation: Cross Country Skiing”, and the second was “Winter Gear & Outdoor Apparel”. We also received recognition on a national level from Outside Magazine, who named Cross Country Ski Headquarters a “Nordic Skiing Mecca” in the US. The article stated that, after visiting our ski area, rustic lodge, and specialty retail store, “it’s almost a guarantee that beginners will walk away glowing with the joy of a newfound love.” Needless to say, we are extremely honored to have received this recognition, and look forward to continuing to be the top resource for cross country skiers in Michigan and throughout the country.

Practice xc ski trail at Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Events
We are pleased to announce our calendar of events for the 2015-2016 Fall/Winter season (below and shortly in the NordicSkiRacer.com calendar). This year, we are excited to host several events focused on introducing novice skiers to cross country skiing, including “Learn to Ski for Free” free group ski lessons every Saturday at 4:00pm, and the Priority Health Winter Trails Day on January 9th.

We are very much looking forward to introducing a new event this year, called “Ski the Beer Trail” on February 20th, 2016. Sponsored by Paddle Hard Brewing, a local brewery, this event will incorporate cross country skiing, craft beer tasting, and a rustic BBQ lunch along our groomed ski trails. More information can be found in our event calendar.

As always, we will be hosting several of our most popular recurring events, including Ribs & Blues, Paella on the Sun Deck, and Full Moon Night Skiing.

We will be open every day starting Saturday, October 31st with hours from 9:00am – 6:00pm on Friday and Saturday; 9:00am – 5:00pm on Sunday; and 10:00 – 5:30pm Monday through Thursday.

We are looking forward to a great winter season at Cross Country Ski Headquarters, located in the heart of Pure Michigan. Stay in touch by signing up for daily ski reports and news at crosscountryski.com. The full Outside Magazine article can be found at http://www.cross-country-ski.com/cross-country-ski-headquarters-listed-nordic-skiing-mecca-outside-magazine.html

2015-2016 Event Calendar

September 8th – October 30th, 2015
Open by Appointment and most weekdays!
We are open when we're at the shop getting ready for our official season opening on October 31st (we are there most weekdays throughout September and October), but you should call 800-832-2663 to make sure we’re there when you want to come shop. Usually you can call the day of and we’ll be able to meet you at the shop, but at least a day's notice is always helpful. All of our skis and clothing are on sale, and you will get all the personal shopping help and ski sales assistance you need. We can also take phone orders, and you may shop online at www.crosscountryski.com/shop.

Saturday, October 31st – Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
Season Opening Sale and Cider Press Party on Opening Weekend
Cross Country Ski Headquarters is open daily starting Saturday, October 31st, with hours from 9am-6pm Fri-Sat, 9am-5pm Sun, and 10am-5:30pm Mon-Thurs.

Our Season Opening Sale includes the largest selection of 2016 ski equipment and winter clothing that you'll see all year...and all of it is on SALE!

Feast your eyes on our full 2016 inventory of cross country skis, boots, poles and accessories, plus 2016 winter clothing from your favorite brands, all marked 10-40% off! This includes full 2016 ski packages from Fischer, Rossignol, Salomon, Atomic, and Alpina, all 20-40% off. We specialize in cross country skiing in Michigan, and have a large selection of everything from recreational to high performance race equipment. Let us help you get the perfect cross country ski package at a great price!

Stock up on 2016 outdoor winter clothing from The North Face, Columbia, Under Armour, Patagonia, Brooks, Salomon, Woolrich, Mountain Hardwear, Swix, Rab, Craft, Bjorn Daehlie, Salomon, Smartwool, Sporthill, Dale of Norway, Lucy, and more, all 10-25% off! Closeout skis and clothing from 2015 are priced to sell at up to 60% off, so come stock your closet with high end gear without high end price tags!

We’ll also host a Cider Press Party throughout the opening weekend (Oct 31st - Nov 1st)! Make homemade cider with our vintage cider press and eat fresh baked goodies on the sun deck all Saturday and Sunday. The ski trails are open and free to the public. Try out the new Fischer roller skis, or the all-terrain C.A.T. Skis, a great way to XC ski without snow. Or, try a pair of the ever-popular Nordic Ski Walking Poles and take your trail walking to a new level. Free demos until the snow flies.

Friday, November 27th – Monday, November 30th, 2015
Thanksgiving Weekend Sale, Small Business Saturday, Bean Bomb Bash, and Fashion Show

Want to see what's hot in winter clothing and activewear this year? Look no further than the Cross Country Ski Headquarters fashion show! Crew members will model the latest from The North Face, Columbia, Under Armour, Patagonia, Brooks, Salomon, Woolrich, Mountain Hardwear, Swix, Rab, Craft, Bjorn Daehlie, Smartwool, Sporthill, Dale of Norway, Lucy, and more throughout the weekend, and if you've never seen Bob catwalk, you don't want to miss this. Best part: all this clothing is marked 10-25% off!

You will also find a fantastic selection of 2016 cross country packages, including the new Alpina R60 metal edge touring ski, which gives you the control of a metal edge ski while being narrow enough to give great in-track performance. On sale for 30% off!

Shop with us on Small Business Saturday and enjoy Buy 2 Get 1 Free Smartwool socks and more!

The most important reason you should come see us on Thanksgiving Weekend is, of course, Bob's Bean Bomb. This hot, cheesy, bacony dip has been the Achilles Heel of countless health food enthusiasts, and it just might change you. It will be served all weekend.

Free Nordic Walking pole demos, Fischer Roller ski demo’s, or C.A.T. ski demo’s all weekend!

December 1, 2015 - Tuesday
Rolling Hills, Trapper’s Cabin, Mackinac Cut and Wild Turkey Trails Open
If we have received enough snow by December 1st, we will groom Rolling Hills, Trapper’s Cabin, Mackinac Cut and Wild Turkey Trails. All 18 kilometers of trail will be groomed for cross country skiing and snowshoeing by December 3rd, snow permitting! Take advantage of this great opportunity to demo some great skis that are still on sale at Pre-Season package prices!

December 1, 2015 – March 20, 2016
Headlight Night Skiing for $5
Some of the best cross country skiing in Michigan can be done at night. Experience the magic of winter at night with the help of an LED headlamp! For only $5 per night, rent a very bright LED headlamp and enjoy the trails in a new way. Please pick up headlamps during store hours – before 6pm Friday and Saturday and before 5pm Sunday through Thursday – and return them between 10AM and noon the following day.

December 5th – Saturday
Andy Liebner Ski Clinic, Fast Wax Clinic, & Team Dinner
Highly accomplished skier, Olympic coach, and maker of the only US-based ski pole company, Andy Liebner will lead our annual season kick-off ski clinic on Saturday, December 5th. The good news is that you don't have to be an Olympian to learn a ton from Andy, as he is a great coach for all levels, and has helped many skiers of all abilities improve their technique. He is a huge supporter of cross country skiing in Michigan. There will be a skate clinic from 10:00am – 12:00pm, and a classic clinic from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. If there is no snow, we will run a dry-land clinic, so either way, snow or not, be sure to attend and get some truly excellent coaching on your technique! The cost of the clinic is $25/session or both for $40. Pre-register by calling 1.800.832.2663 or emailing info@crosscountryski.com

After the ski clinic is our annual wax clinic at 4:00pm. This year, Fast Wax founder Dan Meyer will be giving the clinic, which will be highly informative and of interest to both racers and recreational skiers. He will go over waxing technique for skating and classic, and will also highlight some key products from increasingly popular, USA-based wax company. There is no charge for this clinic.

The XC SKI HQ Team dinner follows the wax clinic, beginning at 6pm. Come join the 2004, '07, '08, '09, '10 '13, '14, and 2015 Michigan Cup Champions (also the '10, '11 and 2013 Brumbaugh Cup Champions) in our annual kick-off potluck dinner, where we'll introduce new team members, review last year's performance, and strategize on how to bring home the MI and Brumbaugh Cups in 2016. Other topics will include technique, team training dates, and upcoming race info.

This event always ends up being a lot of fun, so even if you think you might only do one race this season, you are invited to come and enjoy this annual gathering of the most fun-loving skiers in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Don’t forget, we are very welcoming to new team members! Our team spans a wide range of age and ability, and members are always willing to help out fellow skiers. To find out more, join us on Team Night, or call or email Devan Thielfoldt at 248-740-8825 or dthielfoldt@omniurce.com, or Mariah Frye at info@crosscountryski.com

December 12 - Saturday 4:00pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

December 12 – Saturday 9:00am
Stretch and Slide: Yoga-Ski Retreat!
Kick off your holidays with a blissful day of yoga, skiing/snowshoeing, and food! The day begins at 9:00am with a gentle yoga class to get you breathing and moving. Then head to Cross Country Ski Headquarters for a group ski/snowshoe lesson, full day equipment rental, trail pass, plus a delicious lunch at the Stone Turtle Café. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the serenity of cross country skiing in Michigan, with its beautiful winter forests, or relaxing by the huge fieldstone fireplace! All are invited to participate, including novices to yoga, skiing or both! Over a $65 value for only $35 ($25 if you have your own equipment). To pre-register, email info@crosscountryski.com or call 800-832-2663.

December 19 – Saturday 12:00pm
Amy Powell Ski Clinic & Swix Wax Clinic
Don’t miss out on undoubtedly some of the best technique training available from Amy Powell, former MI Cup Overall Women’s Champion, Vasa 50km champion, Level 3 PSIA certified ski instructor, and all around great skier and coach. Amy is excellent at coaching a wide array of abilities, has a keen eye for form, and a lot of methods and drills to get you skiing faster and more efficiently! She will run a clinic for both classic and skate skiing at XC Ski HQ. The Skate clinic will be 12:00pm - 2:00pm. The classic clinic will be 2:30pm - 4:30pm. The cost per clinic is $25, or if you want to attend both clinics, the cost is $40. Maximum 25 skiers for both morning and afternoon, so sign up soon by calling 800-832-2663 or emailing info@crosscountryski.com.

Our annual Swix Wax Clinic, presented by Swix and Fischer rep Mike Wagner, will start at 4:30pm. Mike will talk you through the latest and greatest from Swix, as well as review time tested wax techniques in an understandable and informative way. Come get any and all wax questions answered by one of the best sources of XC knowledge out there. There is no charge for this wax clinic.

December 19, 2015 – Saturday 4:00pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

December 25, 2015 - Friday, Christmas Day
Merry Christmas!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters Store is closed. Parking lot and trails are open during daylight hours, on the house.

December 26, 2015 – Saturday 4:00pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

December 26th, 2015 – Saturday 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Full Moon Night Skiing
Experience the magic of winter in a whole new light! Every full moon during the ski season, we will light the Trapper’s Cabin trail with torches, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience. We will also have a bonfire and serve hot chocolate at Trapper's Cabin from 6-8:00PM. Skiers who need to rent skis must do so before 7PM. Join us for an evening you’ll never forget!

January 4 – 31, 2016
McDonald's Discover Michigan Skiing Month
Cross Country Ski Headquarters has teamed up with Michigan's McDonalds restaurants to offer an exciting and very affordable introduction to the sport of Cross Country Skiing in Michigan. The program is designed to introduce a healthy outdoor winter activity to anyone with an interest in outdoor winter recreation.

The program includes a group lesson, ski equipment rental, and a XC SKI HQ facilities pass for the day. The price for this Discover Michigan Skiing program is $20 for adults and children 6 years old and older. The lesson covers basic maneuvering on skis, including classic technique, turning, controlling speed going downhill, and getting up from a fall. At the end of the program, participants receive a $20-off coupon valid at participating Michigan Ski Industries Association ski shops.

The Discover Michigan group lesson usually starts at 10am on Saturdays throughout the month of January, but if you have a group of 4 or more you may schedule a “private” group lesson most any day or time. In either case, sign in at the rental desk at least 15 minutes prior to the lesson time to get fitted for ski equipment. Please pre-register by calling 800.832.2663.

January 2, 2016, Saturday 4:00pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

January 2 & 3, 2016, Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 3:00pm
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain
Grill Cook Erin Gielincki will make a special appearance on the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Sun Deck to Fire Grill your choice of Salmon Burgers, Lean Beef Burgers or Black Bean Veggie Burgers. Choose your entree and Erin will grill it to perfection. If you dare, ask that your entree be cooked “Fire on the Mountain Style” – Grilled with sizzling hot sauce and topped with Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and creamy Buffalo Blue Cheese dressing.

January 9, 2016 – Saturday 10AM to 3:30pm
Pure Michigan Family Winter Trails Day, Sponsored by Priority Health
Entering its 19th year, the Pure Michigan Winter Trails Day offers children and adults who are NEW to snow-shoeing and cross country skiing, the chance to try both activities for FREE. Come join us and discover how fun winter fitness can be, and enjoy the social aspects that accompany these easy-to-learn winter sports.

Check-in is at 10am. Please make sure to pre-register, and remember, this program is aimed at folks who have never X-C skied or snowshoed before. Check-in is followed by free outfitting in snowshoes, boots, skis and poles.

  • 10:30: X-C Ski & Snowshoe clinic. Learn how to get the skis and snowshoes on, how to hold the poles, and how to start cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Also learn the important skills of how to fall down and how to get up!
  • 11:10: Go on a tour to Trappers Cabin for Hot Dogs, bonfire and Hot Cocoa, all on the house. After lunch at the Cabin, skiers and snowshoers will have the choice of exploring more trails, or being guided back to Cross Country Ski Headquarters.
  • 3 PM (or earlier): Skiers return from their tours and return snowshoes, boots, skis & poles. They are invited to relax in front of the Fireplace in the Stone Turtle Day Lodge.

We ran completely out of equipment last year, so we insist upon pre-registering! We have a limited number of skis and snowshoes. If we are fully booked we will reschedule you to a Saturday later into January. Please pre register by emailing your name, address, age, shoe size, and choice of X-C Skiing or Snowshoeing to: bob@crosscountryski.com We will respond to your registration and we will confirm your reservation for participation and equipment (based on availability of equipment) with a return email confirmation.

January 9, 2016 – Saturday, Noon to 3:00pm
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain
Grill Cook Erin Gielincki will make a special appearance on the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Sun Deck to Fire Grill your choice of Salmon Burgers, Lean Beef Burgers or Black Bean Veggie Burgers. Choose your entree and Erin will grill it to perfection. If you dare, ask that your entree be cooked “Fire on the Mountain Style” – Grilled with sizzling hot sauce and topped with Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and a creamy Buffalo Blue Cheese dressing.

January 9, 2016 – Saturday 4:00pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

January 10, 2015, Sunday, Noon to 3:00pm
Jimmy Mac's Favorite Panini Lunch Special
We like to think that we offer relatively healthy lunch options, but every now and then we just have to put bacon on the menu. The Jimmy Mac Panini is named after Mariah’s brother, who first created this mouthwatering concoction of sliced grilled chicken breast, Canadian bacon, chopped spinach, sliced tomato, jalapenos, provolone cheese and pesto in a flatbread sandwich, all grilled to cheesy, bacony perfection. It is truly a culinary triumph.

January 10, 2016 – Sunday 3:00pm
Free Toko Wax Clinic with Nick Baic
Learn the best of the waxing world from Toko guru and Michigan Junior Olympic Coach, Nick Baic. He will demonstrate how to make your skis fast without wrecking them, and also showcase the latest and greatest wax technologies used in the Sochi Olympics! Don’t miss this free clinic!

January 11 – 15, 2016 – Monday through Friday
Silver Streak Week
This week, Cross Country Ski Headquarters would like to offer all “seasoned” outdoors people, age 60 and older, to a complimentary XC SKI HQ Facilities Pass, plus a coffee or hot cocoa on the house. They are also urged to demo any of the latest and greatest 2014-15 skis, boots or snowshoes at no charge to help make their on snow experience even more fun.

January 16, 2016 – Saturday Noon to 3:00pm
Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck
Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia!

January 16, 2016, Saturday 4:00pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

January 17, 2016, Sunday 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Paella on the Sun Deck
A very popular XC Ski HQ tradition, Paella on the Sun Deck celebrates the world-renowned and absolutely delicious rice dish that originates in Spain, and offers skiers a hearty, flavorful feast. Bob and Lynne learned the method from Paella chef master Ayo while visiting Nerja, Spain, and are excited to serve this traditional dish to hungry skiers at XC Ski HQ. Prepared in a massive cast iron pan over an outdoor fire pit, this lunch is almost as enjoyable to watch being cooked as it is to eat! Served piping hot with vegetables and Saffron-infused chicken and shrimp. This dish will be served in two seatings: 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Buen Provecho!

January 23 & 24, 2016, Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 3:00pm
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain
Grill Cook Erin Gielincki will make a special appearance on the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Sun Deck to Fire Grill your choice of Salmon Burgers, Lean Beef Burgers or Black Bean Veggie Burgers. Choose your entree and Erin will grill it to perfection. If you dare, ask that your entree be cooked “Fire on the Mountain Style” – Grilled with sizzling hot sauce and topped with Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and creamy Buffalo Blue Cheese dressing.

January 23, 2016, Saturday 4:00pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

January 30 & 31, 2016 – Saturday and Sunday, Noon – 3:00pm
Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck
Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia!

January 30, 2016 – Saturday 4:00pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 6, 2016 – Saturday, Noon to 5:00pm
Gourmet Chili Bar

Build your own gourmet Chili Lunch! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili. Then head to the Chili Bar and add such toppings as fresh jalapenos, fresh poblano peppers, white onion, red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, feta cheese, sour cream, or strange but delicious favorites like cucumber yogurt or black olives. Have your chili in a bread bowl, or help yourself to some fresh baked cornbread and real butter! You might never be the same!

February 6, 2016 – Saturday 4:00pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 7, 2016 – Sunday 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Paella on the Sun Deck
A very popular XC Ski HQ tradition, Paella on the Sun Deck celebrates the world-renowned and absolutely delicious rice dish that originates in Spain, and offers skiers a hearty, flavorful feast. Bob and Lynne learned the method from Paella chef master Ayo while visiting Nerja, Spain, and are excited to serve this traditional dish to hungry skiers at XC Ski HQ. Prepared in a massive cast iron pan over an outdoor fire pit, this lunch is almost as enjoyable to watch being cooked as it is to eat! Served piping hot with vegetables and Saffron-infused chicken and shrimp. This dish will be served in two seatings: 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Buen Provecho!

February 12, 2016 – Friday 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Winter Fest Night Skiing
Experience the magic of winter in a whole new light! To celebrate Winter Fest, we will light the Trapper’s Cabin trail with torches, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience. We will also have a bonfire and serve hot chocolate at Trapper's Cabin from 6:00-8:00PM. Skiers who need to rent skis must do so before 7PM. Join us for an evening you’ll never forget!

February 13 & 14, 2016 – Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 5:00pm
Gourmet Chili Bar

Build your own gourmet Chili Lunch! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili. Then head to the Chili Bar and add such toppings as fresh jalapenos, fresh poblano peppers, white onion, red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, feta cheese, sour cream, or strange but delicious favorites like cucumber yogurt or black olives. Have your chili in a bread bowl, or help yourself to some fresh baked cornbread and real butter! You might never be the same!

February 13, 2016 – Saturday 4:00pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 14, 2016 – Sunday 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Valentine's Day Live Music
Bring that special someone skiing this Valentine's Day, and enjoy the live music of acoustic guitar player and singer Greg in the Stone Turtle Day Lodge!

February 20, 2016 - Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm
Ski the Beer Trail! - Sponsored by Paddle Hard Brewing
Join us for a day of craft beer on the ski trails! Paddle Hard Brewing, a local brewery, will set up tasting stations along the Trappers Cabin and Manitou trails, at which skiers and snowshoers can try some of Michigan's most excellent craft beer. The Beer Trail Ski/Snowshoe Rental Package includes a full day ski/snowshoe rental and facilities pass, mini ski lesson, and barbecue lunch at Trapper’s Cabin for $25. For just the facilities pass and lunch, the cost is $18. For Trail Sponsors, the cost of just the lunch is $10. The beer tasting is complimentary for all skiers and snowshoers over the age of 21.

February 20, 2016 – Saturday 4:00pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 21, 2016 – Sunday Noon to 3:00pm
Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck

Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia!

February 27, 2016, Saturday, Noon to 3:00pm
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain
Grill Cook Erin Gielincki will make a final appearance on the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Sun Deck to Fire Grill your choice of Salmon burgers, Lean Beef Burgers or Black Bean Veggie Burgers. Choose your entree and Erin will grill it to perfection. If you dare, ask that your entree be cooked “Fire on the Mountain Style” – Grilled with sizzling hot sauce and topped with Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and a creamy Buffalo Blue Cheese dressing.

February 27, 2016, Saturday 4:00pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 28, 2016 - Sunday
23rd Annual Junior Muffin Pursuit Races – Classic/Freestyle

The longest standing juniors race in Michigan, the Muffin Race will be held at Cross Country Ski Headquarters on Sunday, February 28th. The race is 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.

After the 8km Senior Muffin Division Pursuit race, we will hold three Junior Muffin freestyle races: Ages 6 years and under, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12. All racers 12 and under will be awarded a medal!

There is a $10 entry fee for the Senior Racers (13 and older) and it includes a Pig Roast Lunch. There is no entry fee for the Junior Muffin Racers.

The Pig Roast is $5 for anyone else who might be hungry too. All racers and family members who partake in the Pig Roast will also receive a complimentary 1-day XC SKI HQ facilities pass.

March 5th, Saturday, Noon to 3:00pm
Jimmy Mac's Favorite Panini Lunch Special

We like to think that we offer relatively healthy lunch options, but every now and then we just have to put bacon on the menu. The Jimmy Mac Panini is named after Mariah's brother, who first created this mouthwatering concoction of sliced grilled chicken breast, Canadian bacon, chopped spinach, sliced tomato, jalapenos, provolone cheese and pesto in a flatbread sandwich, all grilled to cheesy, bacony perfection. It is truly a culinary triumph.

March 5, 2016 – Saturday 4pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

March 6, 2016 – Sunday 9:30am
Michigan Cup Relays at Cross Country Ski Headquarters
A Michigan Cup Relay Race with 3 skiers per team: 2 legs freestyle, one leg classic; approximately 8km per leg for freestyle and classic. Registration starts at 9:30am. Relays start at 11am. Entry Fee is $20 per racer. All entrees score Team Points. If you do not have a team but would still like to ski, we will try to find a team for you. Registration fee includes refreshments (some teams bring special refreshments), Pulled Pork sandwiches served on a sourdough roll, potatoes, and fresh baked chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies for dessert. Each racer will also receive an official 2015 Michigan Cup Pint Glass!

March 12, 2016 – Saturday 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Ribs and Blues
A well-celebrated tradition at Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Ribs and Blues brings together live music from local artists and our famous Sweet Baby Ray’s slow cooked barbequed ribs, cooked over open flame by renowned chef German Dave. Kick back to the tunes of some truly talented blues musicians while feasting on succulent ribs, scalloped potatoes, and cole slaw. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 8 and younger. Reservations will get first seating. Some adult patrons choose to bring their own beverages. Email info@crosscountryski.com to reserve a table.

March 12, 2016 – Saturday 4:00pm
Learn to Ski for Free
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you've tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you're interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

March 13th, 2016 – Sunday, Noon to 5:00pm
Gourmet Chili Bar
Build your own gourmet Chili Lunch! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili. Then head to the Chili Bar and add such toppings as fresh jalapenos, fresh poblano peppers, white onion, red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, feta cheese, sour cream, or strange but delicious favorites like cucumber yogurt or black olives. Have your chili in a bread bowl, or help yourself to some fresh baked cornbread and real butter! You might never be the same!

March 19, 2016 – Saturday Noon to 5:00pm
Gourmet Chili Bar

Build your own gourmet Chili Lunch! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili. Then head to the Chili Bar and add such toppings as fresh jalapenos, fresh poblano peppers, white onion, red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, feta cheese, sour cream, or strange but delicious favorites like cucumber yogurt or black olives. Have your chili in a bread bowl, or help yourself to some fresh baked cornbread and real butter! You might never be the same!

March 19 & 20, 2016 – Saturday and Sunday
Hanson Hills and XC Ski HQ Paintball Biathlon
The fourth annual Hanson Hills/XC Ski HQ Paintball Biathlon Series welcomes men, women, and kids to compete in this 2-day event, combining cross country skiing with paintball target shooting. There will be a Citizens Race (3 laps and 3 stations) and an Open Race (5 laps and 5 shooting stations) each day. Sunday’s racing will follow a double elimination match racing format. Paintball guns will be provided. Saturday’s races are at Hanson Hills at 7601 Old Lake Rd in Grayling, MI. Sunday's races are at Cross Country Ski Headquarters at 9435 N. Cut Rd. in Roscommon, MI.

Schedule:

9:30am – Registration starts
10:15am – Paintball range opens for practice
10:30am – Race Start
12:30pm – Chili Lunch served (Sunday only)
1:30pm - Awards

Entry Fee: $15 one day or $25 both days

*For each target hit, we deduct 10 seconds from the skier finish time. Can't come for both days? Don’t worry; there will be prizes for single-day winners too! Paintball guns provided.

For more info or to rent skis, contact either Justin Andre at 989-348-9266 / hansonhills@hotmail.com or Mariah Frye at 800-832-2663/ iinfo@crosscountryski.com. To pre-register, contact Justin Andre at 989-348-9266 or email hansonhills@hotmail.com.

 

Cross Country Ski Headquarters
9435 N. Cut Rd.
Roscommon, MI 48653
www.crosscountryski.com
info@crosscountryski.com
1.800.832.2663