Last two days

Trail reports from ALL regions

Mon, Jan 16: Black Mountain (Onaway)

'The Beast' Skate Trail is in outstanding condition this year. Wide and firm conditions. Great glide this weekend too with the warmer temps. There is a bit of tree trash on the trail under the tall pines, but hey, that's not a huge deal. It was really great out there. Thanks to all those who work hard to keep these trails in excellent shape. We really had fun this weekend and are looking forward to the next.

- Nick Johnson

Mon, Jan 16: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)

Perfect VASA conditions, fresh corduroy & firm classic tracks, thanks to TART groomers, on a mild day with a little sunshine. Paula & I did our 2nd 25km ski for the season, but LSD (long slow distance) in 3.5 hrs today. I really enjoy the clockwise direction better since you get the hills done first, and Jackpine breaks up the flat back from The Rock. Hopefully the rain & warm-up will not be as bad as forecast.

- Sara Cockrell

Mon, Jan 16: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)

Excellent conditions at Huron Meadows this morning for both skating and classic. Nicely tilled Skate Lane. fast and controllable. Shallow but very serviceable classic tracks. Entire race course is still very nice get out and enjoy it while we can.

- Ken and Amy

Mon, Jan 16:  ()

Fantastic trail conditions through out! Get out while you can before the potential melt. We have plenty of snow from all our lake effect the last couple of weeks! Innsbruck is groomed with the big cat but no classic molded. All the rest of the trails have some great skate and classic tracks laid in! Especially great feedback on VIstas has been relayed to us for the last several days, thanks for the photos everyone. Sun is shinning and the trails are calling you, come ski the glide with us! 1-231-549-6088

- David Austin

Mon, Jan 16: Stokely Creek (Goulais River)

It is a perfect day for classic and skate skiers according to our guests who have returned for lunch. Some mild temps in the forecast but no rain so with all our 3 feet of snow the trails will hold up well. Groomers went out to clean up the classic this morning. It is a great day to glide with the sun on your face.

Susan and Gaylen an our Amazing Staff

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Mon, Jan 16: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Conditions are amazing!! Groomer Jason is out this morning running the tidd tech through all the skate lanes. Later this morning he will be re-setting tracks on the Red Trail. At this time all trails are groomed with set tracks.

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

- Justin Andre

Mon, Jan 16: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)

It appears as though the January weather roller coaster will continue this week. Stay tuned for updates on Bucks Run as we go through the expected warm up. The trail was groomed this morning (1/16) for both skate and classic skis, and looks to be in great shape. Come out and enjoy while there is still snow! The Ski Center will be open at 11am. Thanks to all who came out this past weekend for another successful and fun Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic!

- Huron Meadows Staff

Mon, Jan 16: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

Yesterday’s conditions were ideal with another day of sunny skies, mild temps and the trails groomed up beautifully. Ginzu Dana will be ginzu-snowcombing all the skate lanes again early this morning, dicing up the snowpack just enough to lay down a nice corduroy. Meanwhile, the classic tracks remain firm and in great shape. We now have a 8 to 11 inch packed base and 12 to 16 inches of snow in the woods. Conditions are excellent for skating and classic skiing on all 8 trails.

Today's Forecast: Some early morning breaks in the overcast, otherwise cloudy. High 37F. Winds light and variable.

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge lunch special is the Gourmet Grilled Cheese! Swiss and provolone cheese, plus pesto and tomato grilled hot on two slices of Stone House Sourdough bread. Served with kettle cooked potato chips and a pickle.

Ski Instructor Jim Bradley is also available for private lessons. Call 800-832-2663 or stop by the front desk to schedule.

We invite you to demo the latest in skis and boots at no charge!

Hope to see you at HQ!

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Erin, Ryan, Matt, Michelle, George, Lexi, Dana, Gage, Grant, Garrett, Logan, Kerrigan, Heidi, Jim, James, Shania and the Crew

Sun, Jan 15: Black Mountain (Onaway)

Trail conditions for classic and skate skiing at Black Mountain are fast. There is a solid base and super skiing currently, with temperatures in the upper twenties and low thirties. That may change with a pending storm Monday night into Tuesday this week. Conditions should be great on Monday.

Lots of skiers on the trails this weekend, and many commented on how great the groomed conditions are. I skied Friday, Saturday and Sunday and talked with skiers each day. The entire outer loop to the system is groomed for skate and classic skiing.

Some limited lumbering is in the adjacent areas near a few of the trails, but there is no logging or debris on the trails. Logging machinery is well off all trails, using old snowmobile roads to access the area.

A few windblown leaves fall into classic tracks from time to time in only a couple areas, but not enough to cause any issues, There is great groomed skiing at Black Mountain Recreation Area! What a super weekend of cooperative weather and conditions!

Don't forget to pick up information about the Nordic Ski Club volunteers that groom and maintain these beautiful trails, and make a donation if you can. This information is at each trail head, along with maps of the system, and the first weekend in March ski event.

Jim Soubly

- Jim Soubly

Sun, Jan 15: Wildwood Pathway (Wolverine)

Sorry this report is so late - my iPad crashed and I couldn't post when we got off the trail.
First time I have been here in years. Great ski. Did loops 1 and 2 from the east parking lot. I had forgotten how tuff a few of the hills are (that, or I'm getting old!) Did a screaming run downhill from 2 to 3. Thank goodness skiers at the bottom of the hill got out of my way! Had to take the skies off and walk up a couple hills - couldn't get a grip. Thank you to the snowshoers who stayed off the tracks! I appreciate it.

- Mary Woloszyn

Sun, Jan 15:  ()

MASON TRACT (E of Grayling/N of Roscommon)
Always like to get in a ski at Mason Tract, so perfect timing since Cris Jones' had groomed on Fri & Fran Upton had no plans for today. What we didn't expect was the -3F at our 10:30 start. Fran & Jon ski the trail often, but they ski N from Chase Bridge to Durant's Castle at post #9, so she was in awe of all of the river views heading S from Canoe Harbor on M-72. This is one of my hike & paddles in Spring & Fall, but winter snow is even more stunning along the S Branch of the AuSable, esp with the sun in your face, oh-la-la!!! And, lots of hoarfrost on the way to Grayling & along Chase Bridge Rd. Several pairs of mallards were enjoying the day & 2 groups of 8 skiers, too. The classic tracks were firm & deep, fast like a luge early on, slower once it warmed up.

- Sara Cockrell

Sun, Jan 15: Sleeping Bear Dunes (Empire)

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail: We parked at Bar Lake road for a skate ski north to the dune climb and back. I forget that it is hillier on skis than by bike. The trail was groomed on Friday and still in good shape. It is tracked on both sides for classic skiing. It is a little narrow so we weren't always able to avoid the classic tracks while skating.
The big down hill heading north (just past the scenic drive area) was unfortunately used by someone as a sledding hill. They left sled burn out marks, butt prints and huge foot steps up the middle of the trail which made skiing down it a little dicey. We turned around at the dune climb to head back south. Going north from the dune climb there is a lot more foot traffic, snow shoes and trail usage. It is a multi usage trail and it's nice to see folks out enjoying it.
It was a great day to enjoy some sun and snow and we were happy the trail was groomed!

- Jody

Sun, Jan 15: Stokely Creek (Goulais River)

Amazingly great classic conditions at Stokely! Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny so if I lived anywhere even close I'd be skiing here Monday.

- Dave F.

Sun, Jan 15: Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls)

Some beautiful conditions this weekend! The trails are looking awesome. Today we saw some absolutely beautiful Jack Frost on the the trees with the Sunrise illumination! Come ski the glide side with us!

- David Austin

Sun, Jan 15: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Trails are in Great Shape!!! Perfect set tracks on all trails. Tommy G. is out grooming skate lanes this morning.

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet (January 21, 2017)

- Justin Andre

Sun, Jan 15: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

The trails groomed up wonderfully yesterday, giving many skiers the most ideal conditions all winter, with blue skies, mild temps, and lots of sunshine. Ginzu Dana will start snow combing all the trails and setting new tracks where needed early this morning. We now have a 8 to 11 inch packed base and 12 to 16 inches of snow in the woods. It’s hard to believe all the snow we have in the forest! Conditions are excellent for skating and classic skiing on all 8 trails.

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge lunch special is the Gourmet Mac ‘n Cheese bar! Chef Erin’s creation features her own secret recipe for homemade mac ‘n cheese, with all kinds of crazy toppings including bacon, roasted broccoli, bleu cheese, chopped tomatoes, toasted sunflower seeds, and of course steamed peas and hot dogs. You may want to get your skiing done before you embark on this culinary masterpiece!

Jim Bradley is available for private lessons today. Call 800-832-2663 or stop by the front desk to schedule.

Big Sale going on for skis and clothing. Free demos all day! Enjoy the winter wonderland in Northern Michigan!

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Erin, Ryan, Matt, Michelle, George, Lexi, Dana, Gage, Grant, Garrett, Logan, Kerrigan, Heidi, Jim, James, Shania and the Crew

- Mariah Frye Colie

Sun, Jan 15: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Looks like another perfect skiing day of skiing with sun predicted and temps rising to the upper 20's.

Headed out to re-groom the Pines Loop this morning.  All the other trails are in great shape with firm skating lanes and fast, deep tracks.

- Todd