Michigan: Northern Lower Peninsula

North of West Branch; includes Traverse City, Grayling, Gaylord, Tawas

Sun, Apr 22: Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls)

Skied back side of Boyne Mtn. this morn. pretty much 100% snow cover. Crust skiing, playing dodge the deer. Got real warm this afternoon. will see what's left tomorrow morn.
Hap Wright

- Hap Wright

Sat, Apr 21: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

The plan for grooming on Sunday morning at Forbush - powertill and groom the skating lane & classic tracks on Flatlands and the 1st half of Roller Coaster. This will give the early birds something to ski on before the rest of the trail system starts to soften up a bit.

Spring skiing was great today. The crust cruising was best before 11 AM. The rest of the trails skied good until sometime between 1 and 2 PM when it started to slow down with the rapidly warming temps and full sun load.

We will be open tomorrow @ 9 AM.

- Todd

Sat, Apr 21: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

Today is an historic day in XC Ski HQ history! Never before in our 44 years of business have we been open for skiing this late in the season. Groomer Bob Ginzu snowcombed the skating lanes this morning, and the classic tracks are still holding up from earlier in the week. While the trails took a hit in the sunshine and warm temps yesterday afternoon, much of the system is still in very good to great condition. There are some thin spots opening up in the usual places, with the largest being at the top of the first hill on Manitou (portaging required). Barring another snow event, today is our last day of grooming for the 2017-18 ski season.

Join us today for a History-Making Spring Ski Party! Let’s celebrate the latest day of skiing in XC Ski HQ history.

When: Today, Saturday, April 21st
Who: Skiers, trail sponsors, customers, family, friends, YOU!
Shop opens: 10:00am (skiers are welcome to hit the trails earlier – the best skiing will be in the morning!)
History-Making BBQ Party on the sundeck: 1:00pm
HQ will provide brats and sauerkraut. Bring a dish and/or a beverage to pass, if you like! Looks like a beautiful, sunny afternoon, so come ski and share in some good food and great company with Bob, Lynne, Donnie, and your fellow XC skiers.

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Dodge & crew

Sat, Apr 21: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Re-groomed most of the East Trail System this morning. Temps dropped to the low 20's overnight which allowed the trails to set up firm. 2 passes with the Pisten Bully PB100 snowcat - 1 to till and 1 to groom the skate lane and the classic track. Come and get it !!!

- Todd

Fri, Apr 20: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

100% full white coverage. >50 degrees basking in warm spring Sun (January seems to be over for good). Glorious, beats mud season down state. Plenty of snow left for the weekend. Enjoy! There was an owl along Little Coaster, who did not like my presence!

- Gui G

Fri, Apr 20: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

It’s another fine day to spring ski! Groomer Bob is out Ginzu snowcombing all the trails this morning, and the classic tracks are still in very good shape. We are happy to report that conditions overall are very good to excellent, with one bare spot opening up on the top of the first hill of Manitou. Otherwise there is really good coverage, and still good for “A” skis! Of course the best skiing from here on out will be in the morning before the sun gets too high and the snow softens up. This is spring skiing at its very best!!

Join us tomorrow for a History-Making Spring Ski Party! Let’s celebrate the latest day of skiing in XC Ski HQ history. In 44 years in the XC ski business, we have never been open for skiing this late in the season. It’s time to party!

When: Saturday, April 21st
Who: Skiers, trail sponsors, customers, family, friends, YOU!
Shop opens: 10:00am (skiers are welcome to hit the trails earlier – the best skiing will be in the morning!)
History-Making BBQ Party on the sundeck: 1:00pm
HQ will provide brats and sauerkraut. Bring a dish and/or a beverage to pass, if you like! Looks like a beautiful, sunny afternoon, so come ski and share in some good food and great company with Bob, Lynne, Donnie, and your fellow XC skiers.

All the best,

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fray & crew

Fri, Apr 20: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Larry is out early this morning tilling and setting track on the entire East Trail System - Flatlands, Badlands, Pancake, Roller Coaster, and Little Coaster. The trails set up firm overnight, but the Pisten Bully PB100 will make them near perfect for skating and classic skiing - no problem. Spring Skiing Bonus Weekend #3 prices in effect - $10 for 1 day, $15 for 2 days!!!

- Todd