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From John Gravlin: 'Here is a photo of the PI side of Black Mountain trails today. A fabulous fun ski…but there are a few bare spots starting to form.  We are very concerned about the yo-yo temperature predictions and the need for new snow. The race directors will look to make a cancellation decision by next Wednesday evening.  Our current plan is to offer a 12 km freestyle race, if possible, on Saturday March 2nd.   Stay tuned!!'

From John Gravlin: 'Here is a photo of the PI side of Black Mountain trails today. A fabulous fun ski…but there are a few bare spots starting to form. We are very concerned about the yo-yo temperature predictions and the need for new snow. The race directors will look to make a cancellation decision by next Wednesday evening. Our current plan is to offer a 12 km freestyle race, if possible, on Saturday March 2nd. Stay tuned!!'

Vasa Raptors win 2024 Michigan High School Championships
Vasa Raptors win 2024 Michigan High School Championships

Vasa Raptors win 2024 Michigan High School Championships

2/25/2024 1:00:00 AM - By Mike Muha

The Vasa Raptors had some standout performances to win the High School Nordic Ski Championships. But the Superiorland Ski Club rocked the Middle School races!

RESULTS: Wakeley and Jordyn win both MI Cup Freestyle and Classic Championships
RESULTS: Wakeley and Jordyn win both MI Cup Freestyle and Classic Championships

RESULTS: Wakeley and Jordyn win both MI Cup Freestyle and Classic Championships

2/24/2024 - By Mike Muha

Jorden Wakeley (Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop) and Jordyn Ross (Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team) had a great weekend, each winning both the Michigan Cup Freestyle and Michigan Cup Classic Championships.

Wax recommendations: Muffin Race, Birkie, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon
Wax recommendations: Muffin Race, Birkie, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon

Wax recommendations: Muffin Race, Birkie, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon

2/22/2024 - By Mike Muha

Recommendations for Toko, Fast Wax, Swix, Rex, and Start!

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FLASH RACE at XCHQ
FLASH RACE at XCHQ

FLASH RACE at XCHQ

2/20/2024 - By Mariah Frye Colie

We are hosting a flash race to help support Sarah and Reid Goble this Saturday Feb 24th. Join us for a race around the Trapper’s Cabin Loop, and support Michigan’s World Cup athletes!

Waxing recommendations for the Michigan Cup Championships
Waxing recommendations for the Michigan Cup Championships

Waxing recommendations for the Michigan Cup Championships

2/15/2024 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for the this weekend's Michigan Cup Championship races!, the Forbush Freestyle and the Hanson Hills Classic...both at Forbush Corner.

2024 Birkie: Shorter distance, lots of laps
2024 Birkie: Shorter distance, lots of laps

2024 Birkie: Shorter distance, lots of laps

2/13/2024 - By American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation

The American Birkebeiner, traditionally a 50K race, will now be a 30K event. The Kortelopet, a beloved 29K race, will be condensed to a 20K distance. Additionally, the Prince Haakon, typically a 15K race, will be shortened to a 10K course.

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Estimating snow temperature that's far far away...
Estimating snow temperature that's far far away...

Estimating snow temperature that's far far away...

2/13/2024 - By Iain Harvey

How can the typical racer who doesn't arrive on the snow until the day of the race know how cold the snow is going to be?

Cross Country Ski Headquarters leads Michigan Cup
Cross Country Ski Headquarters leads Michigan Cup

Cross Country Ski Headquarters leads Michigan Cup

2/12/2024 - By Ken Dawson

The Cross Country Ski Headquarters takes a commanding lead in the Michigan Cup, accumulating 13,600 points as of the Forbush Memorial Freestyle. Individual standings also available.

UPDATE: Hanson Hills Classic moves to Forbush Corner
UPDATE: Hanson Hills Classic moves to Forbush Corner

UPDATE: Hanson Hills Classic moves to Forbush Corner

2/9/2024 - By Mike Muha

Forbush Corner will be hosting both the Michigan Cup freestyle and classic February 17 and 18 on the man made snow loop. Start time 9:30. Bib pickup 8:30 - 9:15.

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Updated Brumbaugh Cup scoring
Updated Brumbaugh Cup scoring

Updated Brumbaugh Cup scoring

2/9/2024 - By Ernie Brumbaugh

Team scoring for the Brumbaugh was based on rosters submitted January 1. The additional skiers added through January 31 are also scored and past Brumbaugh Cup race results have been adjusted to account for these additional skiers.

Michigan High School Championships wax recommendations
Michigan High School Championships wax recommendations

Michigan High School Championships wax recommendations

2/8/2024 - By Mike Muha

Fortunately, there's SNOW at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming, MI. That's good news for the Michigan High School Championships! Now, get waxing...

Team NordicSKiRacer extends lead in Brumbaugh Cup
Team NordicSKiRacer extends lead in Brumbaugh Cup

Team NordicSKiRacer extends lead in Brumbaugh Cup

2/6/2024 - By Ernie Brumbaugh

Team NordicSKiRacer extends lead in Brumbaugh Cup in what is a tight race between NordicSkiRacer, Grand Rapids Nordic, and Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop.

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UPCOMING

SUN, FEB 25, 2024

UPDATED: 31st Annual Junior Muffin Race
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, 800-832-2663

TUE, FEB 27, 2024

Tuesday Race Series with Vasa Raptors
Hickory Hills Ski Area, 2000 Randolph St, Traverse City, MI 49684

SAT, MAR 2, 2024

Salomon CXC Cup - Rhinelander (WI) - TBD
CAVOC Ski Trails, 4321 S Shore Dr, Rhinelander, WI 54501

UPDATED: Black Mountain 31K Classic and 10km Tour
The Chateau at Black Mountain, 10621 Twin Lakes Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721

XCHQ Free Beginner Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, 800-832-2663

SUN, MAR 3, 2024

Salomon CXC Cup - Rhinelander (WI) - TBD
CAVOC Ski Trails, 4321 S Shore Dr, Rhinelander, WI 54501

Trail Sponsor Appreciation Day at XCHQ
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, 800-832-2663

UPDATED: Black Mountain 10km Freestyle
The Chateau at Black Mountain, 10621 Twin Lakes Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721

TUE, MAR 5, 2024

Tuesday Race Series with Vasa Raptors
Hickory Hills Ski Area, 2000 Randolph St, Traverse City, MI 49684

THU, MAR 7, 2024

NCAA Ski Championships - Skate Interval Start
Steamboat Springs, CO

SAT, MAR 9, 2024

U.P. Health System Great Bear Chase
Spruce Street, near the intersection with Osceola Road, Swedetown Ski Trails, Calumet, Michigan

NCAA Ski Championships - Classic Mass Start
Steamboat Springs, CO

NSR Junior Team Ski
Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Rd, Brighton, MI 48116

XCHQ Free Beginner Ski Lesson (Snow permitting)
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, 800-832-2663

SUN, MAR 10, 2024

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS 2:00am Sunday, March 10
Everywhere (almost...)

Michigan Cup Relays at XC Ski HQ
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

MON, MAR 11, 2024

2024 Cross Country Junior Nationals - Freestyle Interval Start
Mt Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid, NY

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SUN, FEB 25

Stokely Creek: 32° at 1:30 PM. Classic skied with Atomic ARC/ purple klister. It was no problem skiing in from the parking lot but once I reached the trail, I had terrible clumping of the 2” fresh fallen snow on the grip zone. When I finally found fresh grooming at the top of home run hill leading to Walker Trail, it was perfection. Excellent kick and glide from Walker to Evans to Evans Shoreline to Sayer, Sayer Creek, Cora, Peterson, to the meadow. I decided to head up lower Walker, but a small snow squall resulted in sticking again, so I returned by heart attack backwards to lodge. The snow was moist and dense. Skiers using skins also reported sticking when the temperature was right at 32°, but in the afternoon as it rose eventually to 35°, there was no sticking at all, nor when the temperature was below freezing in the morning. All in all a lovely day, comfortable temperatures, and no wind at all. Bonus-beautiful clearing of the sky with puffy clouds skiing down to the parking lot.

Huron Meadows Metropark: SAVE THE DATE: Huron Meadows groomer appreciation and end of season party March 30. HMMP clubhouse. Doors open at 11:45. Details to follow.

Huron Meadows Metropark: I use tracks, and was out around 3pm. It was groomed today. The tracks were slow and soft and one loop a little slushy. One corner was not set, but it didn'tbother me because it was slush and slow. It was windy today coming from the golf course and leaves blew on the tracks in that area.
No bare spots.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks Run is in great shape for skating as of 11:00. Was groomed this morning even though the HM website doesn’t say so. Mix of firm and soft-ish deck, and all fairly quick. Corners were getting a little soft but still fine. Will degrade throughout the next few hours for sure. Clean snow, and no ridge down the middle! Classic tracks looked in decent shape.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks Run is in great shape for skating as of 11:00. Was groomed this morning even though the HM website doesn’t say so. Mix of firm and soft-ish deck, and all fairly quick. Corners were getting a little soft but still fine. Will degrade throughout the next few hours for sure. Clean snow, and no ridge down the middle! Classic tracks looked in decent shape.

Huron Meadows Metropark: SAVE THE DATE: Huron Meadows groomer appreciation and end of season party March 30. HMMP clubhouse. Doors open at 11:45. Details to follow.
Ken

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The ~2km Trapper's Cabin trail is open and snowcombed, with excellent conditions. Please note that this trail is closed from 10:00 to 11:00am today while the Junior Muffin Race is in progress. The Stone Turtle Cafe is open for lunch and drinks today!

Hickory Hills: Hardly ever see a posted report on Hickory Hills (The RD of Nordic Centers) and that is too bad. If Hickory is not grooming with their PB 100, they are grooming with their PB 1000. The other day the trail road going up the lighted loop was the best it has been all year. It was like Forbush good and that is hard to beat. Coach K is out almost every morning grooming as well. The lower loop is in good shape with just a few thin spots. Most of the good skiing is on the man-made snow and the total trail is about 2ks of really good skiing. Mix in a few of the downhill areas and you can have an awesome ski workout. Kudo's to Coach K, Jason Plum and the Hickory Staff for providing a great ski area to run our kids programs including the Raptors HS team.

SAT, FEB 24

Huron Meadows Metropark: Absolutely wonderful classic skiing today. Excellent job HM crew.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skate skied around 10:00 a.m. Conditions were near perfect. Sunny, beautiful, and in the high 20's. About a dozen people out there this morning. Classic tracks looked good and fast also.

If you get the chance to go later today, do it. Big thanks to the HM staff for giving us a skiable winter!

Hiawatha Highlands: 5am. -20c. Renovating skate lanes today. 8:40 UPDATE: Crystal system,2k Kinsmen and Pinder system skate lanes renovated. Heading out soon to renovate skate lanes on Red Pine system. 10:50 UPDATE: Red Pine system renovated. There is ground showing in many areas on the trails. Trails are very icy . Have a good day.

Valley Spur: Beautiful skate ski this morning at valley spur. I hit all the trails except for z and maybe c. There was a great groom on y, x, h, and d. Glide was superior. No groom on b or g. Conditions were superior. It was a little choppy in the groom but to be expected with all the freeze and thaw. Tracks look to be in pretty good shape as well. No bare spots to be seen.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We have snow combed the ~2km Trapper's Cabin trail, which is fully covered with man-made snow and in excellent condition. It will be awesome out there all day with the sunshine and these wintery temps! Join us today Ribs and Blues kicking off around noon, plus a self-timed Strava Flash Race to support Sarah and Reid Goble! See event details on NSR homepage or on our website. Tomorrow is the Junior Muffin Race, open to all children ages 19 and under. Remember: if there's snow, GO!

Huron Meadows Metropark: As of 4 PM yesterday, the trail was still skiable, but since it was groomed as the temperature was rising, and then had a substantial amount of ski traffic, it had turned to relatively deep mush. I still enjoyed it and I’m thankful for HM during this atrocious winter. With Last nights 17° low, the slushy snow from yesterday must be solid ice. If it is groomed, it will be quite good for a few more days. I was still using a”A” skis.

Forbush Corner: 28° and bright skies when I started skating at noon. Freshly groomed loop with finely ground, clean transformed snow. Temperature dropped to 22°, with brisk wind and hazy sky, no softening or slowing of the skate deck. Shallow, firm, smooth classic track for awesome runs down home run hill, 25mph max, great practice step turns on corners. Linda’s Link out of the windchill and least used, corduroy stayed intact. Super day skating with Kathy and technique talk with Amy and Alan firing me up for more fun this season.

FRI, FEB 23

Huron Meadows Metropark
I use tracks. The website said they put down the rest of their snow.
I was out around noon. Tracks were good, but in spots they was a little slush. There were no bare spots. Tracks seemed faster than yesterday.

Forbush Corner: Open today 9-5 and through the weekend on the man made loop for sure. It remains in very good condition. We are assessing the other trails to see if they can be groomed.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Groomer Mike has snow combed the ~2km Trapper's Cabin trail, which is fully covered with man-made snow and in excellent condition. It will be awesome out there all day with these nice, sub-32 degree temps all day long! The Stone Turtle Cafe is open for lunch and drinks. Join us this weekend for tons of fun: Ribs and Blues is tomorrow, along with a self-timed Strava Flash Race for a good cause. And the Junior Muffin Race on Sunday, welcoming all children ages 19 and under. Ski while there's SNOW!

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