Michigan: Northern Lower Peninsula

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

Thu, Feb 21: Ogemaw Hills Pathway (West Branch)

Beautiful and beautiful conditions. 1-2" of fresh snow, 29 degrees, sunny.
Green and a lot of the blue tracks are well worn with skiers, hikers and snow shoe. Shoes generally stay off tracks but hikers have not. Still, good enough track to enjoy. Black diamond trails appear to be too far for hikers and are very good.

- Mike

Thu, Feb 21: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)

Continued great grooming, super conditions, get out today and early Friday, Saturday may be poor weather

- CHRIS scholz

Thu, Feb 21: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

1 inch of new snow. Groomer Jason has set fresh tracks on the Red Trail and is snow combing full trail system this morning. Lodge and Trails Open at 9am

- Justin Andre

Thu, Feb 21: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Open at 9 am today. Grooming up east side, skiing should be as good as it gets today. Sales storewide.

- Ann Wagar

Thu, Feb 21: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

We received 2 inches of snow throughout the day yesterday and last night, which was just enough to freshen up the trails and cover many of the oak leaves. Groomer Butch will snow comb the skating lanes and touch up the tracks this morning. Conditions are excellent for classic and skating! Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches.

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe Lunch Special is the Gourmet Grilled Cheese Panini! Swiss, provolone, basil pesto, and sliced tomato grilled to perfection on herb focaccia bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a Pickle. Race equipment closeouts have begun, so come on over and demo, or get fitted by a pro. Enjoy the mild temps today!

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Matt, Missy, Gillian, Molly, Annie H., Katrina, Annie B., Grant, Josh, Michelle, Krista, Crystal, Mike, Butch, Tony and the crew

Wed, Feb 20: Wildwood Pathway (Wolverine)

Currently Wildwood has a wonderful skied in track on a solid base for classic skiing. The entire system should be groomed with a double track for Saturday's Wild Woods Loppet, come out and enjoy the wonderful trails, wild things in the woods, lunch and great comraderie. Sign up at www.trailscouncil.org/events.

- Emily Meyerson

Wed, Feb 20: Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn (Bellaire)

Trails are in the best condition of the season. Fully covered, wide and fast.

- Peter Bigford

Wed, Feb 20: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

Ski conditions remain in great shape on the HQ trails. Groomer Mike is snow combing the skate lanes early this morning. Classic tracks are still in very good shape as well. The snow in today's forecast should help cover up the oak leaves in the tracks! Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches.

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe Lunch Special is the Gourmet Grilled Cheese Panini! Swiss, provolone, basil pesto, and sliced tomato grilled to perfection on herb focaccia bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a Pickle. Race equipment closeouts have begun! Stop in for free demos and expert ski fitting. Enjoy the snow today!

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Matt, Missy, Gillian, Molly, Annie H., Katrina, Annie B., Grant, Josh, Michelle, Krista, Crystal, Mike, Butch, Tony and the crew

Tue, Feb 19: Corsair Ski Trails (East Tawas)

Excellent conditions on both the Corsair Loop and Silver Valley for the past two days after the trails were groomed on Monday. With a solid base and fresh snow and the outstanding grooming by the Corsair Trail Council on Monday it does not get any better for classic Nordic skiing! An outstanding trail system with beautiful scenery through rolling hills and along pristine Silver Creek.

- Paul Bruce

Tue, Feb 19: Big M (Cadillac)

Big M-February 19, 2019 Tuesday, Lumberjack, Camp 24 and Double Bit were re-groomed today. It took three times due to the dry snow. All the other trails were groomed on Monday, Feb. 18. Good, fast conditions.
Dave B, our groomer, can be reached at 231 848-7047.
See skibigm.org

- Loren Bach

Tue, Feb 19: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

All trails are looking beautiful. Conditions are perfect! Groomer Jason will be out re-combing skate lanes on all trails. Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

- Justin Andre

Tue, Feb 19: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

The HQ trails remain in excellent condition, with wide corduroy skating lanes and deep set classic tracks. Groomer Mike will snow comb all the trails this morning. Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches. It's just heavenly out there!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe Lunch Special is the Gourmet Grilled Cheese Panini! Swiss, provolone, basil pesto, and sliced tomato grilled to perfection on herb focaccia bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a Pickle. Plus, race equipment closeouts have begun! Stop in to demo for free, or call 800-832-2663 to speak to a ski specialist and get fitted.

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Matt, Missy, Gillian, Molly, Annie H., Katrina, Annie B., Grant, Josh, Michelle, Krista, Crystal, Mike, Butch, Tony and the crew

Mon, Feb 18: Big M (Cadillac)

February 18, 2019 All trails were groomed on Monday, Feb. 18. The plan is to groom again tomorrow on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Good, fast conditions.
Dave B, our groomer, can be reached at 231 848-7047.
NOTE: please do not park in front of the gate. Also, if you hike or snowshoe the trails, please stay to the side and off the ski tracks. See skibigm.org

- Loren Bach

Mon, Feb 18: Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn (Bellaire)

All hail the SC grooming team. Hit the trails this morning to find virgin corduroy for skating and firm, deep tracks for classic. Pine Cone, Winterbrook and Poet's Loop were immaculately groomed. LF5 worked well for glide. Just awesome. Thanks

- Jeffois

Mon, Feb 18: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)

Great grooming, 19'F sun light and light lake effect snow; hats off to the Vasa community ! Chris Scholz

- Chris / Eric Scholz

Mon, Feb 18: Ogemaw Hills Pathway (West Branch)

Beautiful.
Snow on the trees, nicely broke in trails, few oak leaves, sunny, 12+" of snow. Perfect for no-wax skis, waxed the old way. Polar on tips and tails, hard blue for kick, 20 degrees.

- Mike

Mon, Feb 18: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Another great day to be outside skiing. Hartwick Pines connectors just regroomed to take care of the snowmobile tracks. Classic tracks and the skate deck are in great shape all over the trail system. Badlands skate deck refreshed with the PBully since it is a favorite of skiers. Sales continue in the shop.

- Michael Bourassa

Mon, Feb 18: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Technology is kicking my butt this weekend..

My previous links were to old results. Please try these. Thanks everyone.

Mens Classic Results: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Mens%20Results2.pdf

Womens Classic Results:
https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Women%20Results2.pdf

- Justin Andre

Mon, Feb 18: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Want to thank all the people that put on the Forbush Freestyle and Hanson Hills classic race. The courses were meticulously groomed and in spectacular condition. Saturday's race had arguably the best snow conditions we had all year and everyone was treated to sunshine and blue sky's. It felt like a spring day out on the patio deck, with good food and even better company. Hanson Hills classic race completed the perfecta with Perfect classic conditions. It was a great weekend of racing.

- Ken Dawson

Mon, Feb 18: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Groomer Jason will be out snow combing all skate lanes today. Firm Classic tracks are set on entire trail system. Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

Hanson Hills Classic:
REVISED RESULTS for Hanson Hills Classic. A huge thank you to Jay Hole, for helping clean up and adjust results. If you are owed a medal, please send your name and address to Director@hansonhills.org and it will be shipped this week.
A huge thank you to Michigan Cup and all of our great participants for you continued support.
Womens Results: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Women%20Results.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1dCjM5mgCZ8_kVGV-1XgE7U88ztSgxXRyu-RfBJf8i3iy-mojjsMHMWvk

Mens Results: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Mens%20Results.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3CqVptQQ4Twfo1dV92v4Al36_MagpaaffqmS11HpuJINrKWSKu9g541jQ

- Justin Andre

Mon, Feb 18: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

What a weekend! Excellent conditions remain on all trails at XC Ski HQ. Groomer Butch will snow comb the skating lanes and set tracks where needed this morning. Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches. Corduroy skating lanes are wide and perfectly packed, and classic tracks are deep and firm. With mostly sunny skies forecasted for today, it will be another beautiful day to XC ski or snowshoe. Come on out and enjoy it!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Gourmet Chili Bar! Chili, cornbread or bread bowl, plus tons of toppings. Plus, stop in to demo a pair of Fischer Speedmax Skate skis, now on super sale! The snow is perfect... time to ski!

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Matt, Missy, Gillian, Molly, Annie H., Katrina, Annie B., Grant, Josh, Michelle, Krista, Crystal, Mike, Butch, Tony and the crew

Sun, Feb 17: Big M (Cadillac)

Outstanding conditions this weekend! Seems like the best conditions in years. The new groomer works great! Kudos to the groomers.

- Alexie

Sun, Feb 17: Nubs Nob (Harbor Springs)

2+ feet of snow the past week with all loops powertilled and tracked yesterday and today equals world class.

- ZJ

Sun, Feb 17: Big M (Cadillac)

February 15, 2019 All trails were groomed on Friday, Feb. 15 and again today, Sunday, February 17. The groomer was able to repair damage done by a snowmobile that rode on Ryberg Road and Double Bit. Good conditions.
Dave B, our groomer, can be reached at 231 848-7047.
NOTE: please do not park in front of the gate. Also, if you hike or snowshoe the trails, please stay to the side and off the ski tracks.

- Loren Bach

Sun, Feb 17: Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls)

Excellent skiing this weekend! Thank goodness for the sun yesterday and the break in the storm pattern!

All the lower and upper trails are open and in great shape. Vistas is still somewhat wind-blown and Deer Run is not groomed.

- Nick and the gang

Sun, Feb 17: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

It was a fabulous, sunny day at XC Ski HQ yesterday, with best ever conditions and lots of skiers! Today will be just as great, with mild, mid-20's temps and great conditions for classic and skating. Groomer Mike snow combed all the trails last night, and tracks are in excellent shape, so trails are ready early today for maximum enjoyment! Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches.

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Gourmet Chili Bar! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili, then head a bunch of toppings and feast. Perfect for a day on the trails. Have fun skiing today!

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Matt, Missy, Gillian, Molly, Annie H., Katrina, Annie B., Grant, Josh, Michelle, Krista, Crystal, Mike, Butch, Tony and the crew

Sun, Feb 17: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

It is Hanson Hills Classic Race Day! Interval Start race that will take you from the Trail head through Section 1 and Wanderlust, to Blue, Brown, Yellow and M-93 hills back to the Start/Finish area. Race begins at 10am. All Trails are groomed with set track. Trails are open for all skiers, we do ask that weekend skiers avoid Section 1 and Wanderlust during the duration of the race (10-11am). Lodge and trails open at 9am.

- Justin Andre

Sun, Feb 17: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Headed out to re-groom the main trails and The Freeway Trail this morning. Come out and ski. Everything on sale in the shop.

- Forbush Corner gang

Sat, Feb 16: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)

Wow, what purr-fect corduroy & firm, deep classic tracks today on the VASA, thanks to TART groomers, as always! Paula planned a group to meet at Timber Ridge at 10AM, but with different paces & goals, I ended up skiing the 27k solo from Headwaters on, stopping to visit with ski friends along the trail, skipping the TART Open House at the Barlett trailhead. Everyone had big smiles & how could you not, with mid-20s & only a light breeze! It doesn't get better than this, so get out & enjoy!

- Sara Cockrell

Sat, Feb 16: Black Mountain (Onaway)

Black Mountain has been groomed for both classic and skate skiing. The groomers were out today (Saturday) laying the classic tracks. With the deep snow base and great conditions, skiing is super for this weekend and into next week. Come out and enjoy the largest cross country skiing system in the northern lower michigan! Enjoy the views over Lake Huron and Black Lake, as well as the miles of evergreen woodlands. And don't forget to mark your calendar for the ski event of the year, March 2 and 3.

- Jim Soubly

Sat, Feb 16: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)

Big crowd for the excellent ski conditions and the TART Open House at the TH today. Felt like homecoming week seeing so many ski acquaintances. In fact the parking lot was way over capacity when I arrived for a noon hour ski. Conditions couldn't have been more perfect after freshening up the skate lane on the entire system with resulting speedy conditions among the best of the year, existing classic tracks looked to be in perfect condition. Was kind of funny how just before 1 pm a skier comes rushing up from the parking lot to the Open House asking if he was too late for the cocoa and homemade cookies, as he had just driven up from Lansing to attend. He wasn't too late. Was kind of sad how a big family 3-pin binding group from Grand Rapids was tailgating, and I asked them if they had found the cookies and cocoa? They saw it but thought it was just for some special group and didn't include them so by the time I said it did include them, it was a few minutes too late. I suggested they check the TART website in the future, and now they are motivated to do that.

- Jim Datsko

Sat, Feb 16: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

20" of new snow at Forbush Corner this week. Groomed all week, including last night and this morning. Report is the deck is firm but slow for today's race!

- Mike Muha

Sat, Feb 16: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Cross Country Trail Report:
Race day at Hanson Hills! Xc groomers are out setting the course for today’s Meijer State Games of Michigan Hanson Hills Fat Bike Race. The race will take place on the Green, Blue, Brown, Red and Easy return sections of our Cross Country Trail system. Trails will still be open during the race, we kindly ask that skiers give right a way to bikers during this time. Approximately 9am-11:30am. Groomers will snow comb all skate lanes immediately following the race.

Hanson Hills Classic 2/17- online registration has closed we will see you tomorrow! Trails are looking great! Course tracks will be reset tonight.

- Justin Andre

Sat, Feb 16: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

It snowed throughout the entire day yesterday, adding another inch or more to the great snow pack that we have received in the last week or so. After all this great snow, and with mild temps in the mid-20s today, the trail conditions will be as good as they get today! Groomer Mike will snow comb the trails this morning and reset tracks where needed. Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches. Fantastic skiing awaits!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Gourmet Chili Bar! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili,  then head to the Chili Bar and add your own toppings. Have your chili in a bread bowl, or help yourself to some fresh baked cornbread and real butter. You might never be the same! Enjoy the skiing, great food and drinks, shopping specials, and fun-loving company at XC Ski HQ today!

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Matt, Missy, Gillian, Molly, Annie H., Katrina, Annie B., Grant, Josh, Michelle, Krista, Crystal, Mike, Butch, Tony and the crew

Fri, Feb 15: Muncie Lakes Pathway (Traverse City)

Thanks to the volunteer groomers who help make Muncie a great system. Deep classic tracks on this narrow trail that snakes through the woods. Folks heed the signs so no damage by snowshowers and walkers. A fantastic afternoon.

- Ken

Fri, Feb 15: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)

Another 4"-5" of fresh snow the past 24 hours, of which half of it is under this morning's full system skate lane grooming, and the other half on top of it. Fortunately it is light fluffy snow that one lady described as "super fast fluff." Classic tracks remain in good condition. Snow gauge on the 4K signpost indicates compacted base depth of 11", and settled snow in the woods is probably 3' after SnowMaggen II.

Tomorrow 10 am - 1 pm will be another TART Open House at the TH complete with a warming fire, homemade cookies and hot chocolate, and meet the awesome grooming team. I hear that a rare special appearance will be made by El Sol.

- Jim Datsko

Fri, Feb 15: Black Mountain (Onaway)

A terrific base for skiing has been rolled at Black Mountain. The entire system is packed with a deep snow depths. No classic tracks have been set yet, as snow conditions and winds are continually adding to the trails. There is a lot of snow, and groomers may be out this weekend to lay track if conditions are favorable. For now, there is great skiing conditions that should be around for quite some time, through the second half of February. The ski race event scheduled for March 2 and 3 looks very promising for the best conditions for optimal skiing. Check out details on the current newsletters located at the four trail head parking areas. Come out and ski Black Mountain in this winter wonderland, and register for the race event as a tour skier or a racer!

- Jim Soubly

Fri, Feb 15: Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville)

As promised, Greg is in the process of grooming. He's been out there since 6am trying to keep up with the blowing snow. Some sections of trails on the golf course may be drifted over a little bit but the woods and the hills should be great. I will be grooming tomorrow. Come on out and enjoy the fresh snow while it lasts-you never know how long it will be here. Don't forget about the paintball biathlon Sunday.

- kathloon

Fri, Feb 15: Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn (Bellaire)

Soft, dry snow on freshly groomed trails.
Brad the Classic Skier reports:
Go Classic!!
-Timing
-Transfer of weight
-Glide
-Balance
Rather soft for efficient skate skiing.

- Shawn at the SCR Nordic Center

Fri, Feb 15: Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls)

Wow! 3" this morning between 9 and 10:30. Six inches of new fluff overnight, with lots of wind.

All trails are open. Groomers are out now. The snow is fabulous!

Vistas/Deer Run is not recommended today due to the wind.

- Nick and the gang

Fri, Feb 15: Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls)

After another foot of fluff yesterday, skiing is fantastic! All trails are open and groomed. Upper trails were groomed yesterday. Lower trails have been regroomed this morning.

Take your sweet Valentine out for a spin around Boyne!

- Nick and the gang

Fri, Feb 15: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

We have received 2-3 inches of new snow, Groomers Jason and Tommy G. Will packing and combing the trail system the first part of the morning. Skate lanes are soft. If you are looking for tracks our Wilderness Trail will be the trail of choice.. Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

- Justin Andre

Fri, Feb 15: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Well, it’s snowing again, yeah! We received a couple inches overnight and now the lake effect bands have set up and will continue through the morning. We will be continuing to groom up the trails all day to get everything ready for some great skiing. Weather quiets down for the weekend.

- Ann Wagar

Fri, Feb 15: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

We received just over an inch of fresh snow last night, bringing the total accumulation for the week to about 12-13 inches. Temps rose to just above freezing yesterday, which added some moisture to our snowpack, making it all the better for today and the weekend! Groomer Mike will snow comb the trails this morning and reset tracks where needed. Snow depth in the woods is 23 to 26 inches, and packed on the trail about 12 to 14 inches. It just doesn't get any better than this!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Mediterranean Tuna Panini! Albacore tuna, feta cheese, black olives, banana peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and spinach on sun-dried tomato bread! Grilled to perfection and served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle. Enjoy this fantastic winter weekend!

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Matt, Missy, Gillian, Molly, Annie H., Katrina, Annie B., Grant, Josh, Michelle, Krista, Crystal, Mike, Butch, Tony and the crew