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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!!'

2024 Engadin shortens marathon: TOO MUCH SNOW!
2024 Engadin shortens marathon: TOO MUCH SNOW!

2024 Engadin shortens marathon: TOO MUCH SNOW!

2/27/2024 - By Mike Muha

In the past few days, 57 inches of snow has fallen - so heavy that it has pushed the ice sheet down in Lake Sils. This has allowed water to soak the snow into slush!

RESULTS: 2024 Muffin Race
RESULTS: 2024 Muffin Race

RESULTS: 2024 Muffin Race

2/27/2024 - By Mike Muha

Standing On Business, BBN, and Coach Ethan and His Bird were the top male, mixed, and female teams at this annual event at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters.

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!

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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!

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!

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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.

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?

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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.

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.

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UPCOMING

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

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

WED, MAR 13, 2024

2024 Cross Country Junior Nationals - Classic Sprint
Mt Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid, NY

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

TUE, FEB 27

Stokely Creek: Warmed from 35 to 45F during this mornings’ ski among the lakes. Almost turned around on Eva’s Way due to all of the tree debris but was ok once got on Peterson, not skiing under an evergreen canopy, more deciduous trees instead! Skied 8.7 miles & 713 ft in 2.5 hrs. Stayed closer to the Lodge in case started getting snow clumps under my skins, but didn’t happen, just slower as warmed up, which necessitated packing away layers of clothes! Tomorrow will definitely be a big change with rain overnight followed by fresh snow & 30+ degree drop in temp!

MON, FEB 26

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.

Stokely Creek: Arrived at Stokely in time to ski my favorite loop again, up Peterson to Hakon Lien & down Erling Strom, 9.3 miles & 1580 ft in 2.5 hrs. Gary Oaks recommended it, so put Pickard Lake trail on hold for later this week. Stokely Creek Lodge is almost full, so enjoyed visiting with my old time friends, Mary McKinley, Howard Feit, Carol & Dieter, Kathy Conway, and Ski & Spree friends, Kathy & Lou. All trails were groomed today, so great climbing in the deep, firm tracks with my skins! Warm day tomorrow followed by more fresh snow! ??????

Hickory Hills: About 2km of trails left. Access road well groomed and looking great. Lighted loop and low lap showing some dirt peeking through. Overall great spring skiing conditions

Huron Meadows Metropark: I use tracks. It was groomed today, but their website didn't state this. I The tracks seemed faster than yesterday in most areas. Perhaps it was because I got an earlier statr around 1pm.
One corner was not set, and today it was icy, as opposed to yesterday it was slushy.
The leaves from yesterday are still there but they are in pieces and didn't pose a problem. There are a couple puddles but nothing to soak my boots
No bare spots.

Hiawatha Highlands: Grooming is complete for today - a few cms of new snow yesterday allowed the tracks to be reset throughout. Full groom on the Pinder system, Kinsmen 2K, Red Pine and Crystal systems. Great day for a ski!

Forbush Corner: Open today 9-5 on groomed the man made loop. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday, looks like a little snow and colder temperatures on Wednesday will allow us to open back up Thursday and Friday with grooming.

Raffle drawing today 10 am. We will be live on Facebook if you want to watch.

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.

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