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Southeast Michigan had enough snow for skiing! Tony is skating in a trail while Kevin chose some classic skis for our first day out at the Kensington Metropark Golf Course in Milford, Michigan.

Southeast Michigan had enough snow for skiing! Tony is skating in a trail while Kevin chose some classic skis for our first day out at the Kensington Metropark Golf Course in Milford, Michigan.

HH/CCSS continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup
HH/CCSS continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup

HH/CCSS continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup

2/13/2021 - By Mike Muha

After five races, there was no movement in the order of teams in the Brumbaugh Cup competition. Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop still leads.

Stevenson and Dufour lead individual standings; Headquarters in front
Stevenson and Dufour lead individual standings; Headquarters in front

Stevenson and Dufour lead individual standings; Headquarters in front

2/13/2021 - By Mike Muha

The Cross Country Ski Headquarters has a comfortable lead ahead of all the other teams in the Michigan Cup team competition. Gwenn Stevenson and Yvon Dufour top the individual standings.

How to scrape hot-waxed skis (Video)
How to scrape hot-waxed skis (Video)

How to scrape hot-waxed skis (Video)

2/12/2021 - By Mike Muha

This is a nice short video on how to scrape hot-waxed skis. Worth a review.

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Waxing recommendations for the Michigan High School State Championships
Waxing recommendations for the Michigan High School State Championships

Waxing recommendations for the Michigan High School State Championships

2/11/2021 - By Mike Muha

Waxing recommendations for the Michigan High School State Championships - another cold race!

Free chip-timed Virtual Birkie at Huron Meadows Metropak
Free chip-timed Virtual Birkie at Huron Meadows Metropak

Free chip-timed Virtual Birkie at Huron Meadows Metropak

2/11/2021 - By Ken Roth

The organizers of the Frosty Fest are hold a free Virtual Birkie event on February 27. It's not only a fun to ski the Birkie with friends but you will help us test new timing gear that we might use for the 2022 Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic.

Crystal Nordic add Flying Squirrel junior race to calendar
Crystal Nordic add Flying Squirrel junior race to calendar

Crystal Nordic add Flying Squirrel junior race to calendar

2/10/2021 - By Tim Furbacher

Come join us for a great day of racing February 20, 2021 at Crystal Mountain! Enjoy two great race distances in either Skate or Classic discipline. Both race distances are for 18 and under only.

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Need SNS bindings for Sit-Skis
Need SNS bindings for Sit-Skis

Need SNS bindings for Sit-Skis

2/10/2021 - By Yuriy Gusev

Can you help us provide sit-skis to schools by mailing us your old SNS bindings? CXC needs bindings for sit-skis which we’re providing to schools for students with physical and cognitive disabilities.

RESULTS! Carty and Wakely win snowy Boyne Vistas
RESULTS! Carty and Wakely win snowy Boyne Vistas

RESULTS! Carty and Wakely win snowy Boyne Vistas

2/8/2021 - By Mike Muha

Skiers we're masked and hanging out before the race. The start line was well marked. Skiers started in 15 second intervals. I was number 10. What? Tony is number 15. I hate having Tony behind me!

Winter has arrived to the Great Bear Chase
Winter has arrived to the Great Bear Chase

Winter has arrived to the Great Bear Chase

2/8/2021 - By Angela Luskin

The Great Bear Chase committee has been working hard to once again host a high quality event this year, but in a manner that focuses on everyone’s safety. We are committed to making this event a great experience for all who participate.

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Wax recommendations for Boyne Vistas race
Wax recommendations for Boyne Vistas race

Wax recommendations for Boyne Vistas race

2/4/2021 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for the this weekend's Michigan Cup races! This one's easy given the cold weather and snow in the forecast. Thanks for the recommendation, Nick Baic!

Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop takes Brumbaugh Cup lead
Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop takes Brumbaugh Cup lead

Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop takes Brumbaugh Cup lead

2/2/2021 - By Mike Muha

There were big changes in the Brumbaugh Cup competition following the Mike Seaman Memorial Classic Race at Forbush Corner. Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop took over the lead with 297 points.

VASA Race Director opening
VASA Race Director opening

VASA Race Director opening

2/1/2021 - By Pete LaPlaca

North American VASA Festival of Races Board of Directors is seeking candidates for race director for the North American Vasa. This position is part-time and most of the work is in the winter months.

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UPCOMING

MON, NOV 29, 2021

Cross Country Ski Headquarters Thanksgiving Weekend Sale
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

TUE, NOV 30, 2021

Rollerski intervals and more! (and sometimes run)
Kensington Metropark, Milford, MI

Cross Country Ski Headquarters Giving Week Fundraiser for Farmer's Footprint
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

THU, DEC 2, 2021

Rollerski intervals and more! (and sometimes run)
Kensington Metropark, Milford, MI

SAT, DEC 4, 2021

Long Slow Distance Rollerski
Kensington Metropark, Milford, MI

XC Ski HQ Team Potluck and Wax Clinic
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, DEC 5, 2021

Climb, climb, climb! Rollerski session
Kensington Metropark, Milford, MI

Sunday 9:00am Rollerski
Kensington Metropark, Milford, MI

TUE, DEC 7, 2021

Rollerski intervals and more! (and sometimes run)
Kensington Metropark, Milford, MI

THU, DEC 9, 2021

Rollerski intervals and more! (and sometimes run)
Kensington Metropark, Milford, MI

SAT, DEC 11, 2021

Long Slow Distance Rollerski
Kensington Metropark, Milford, MI

Skate and Classic Ski Clinics with Jordyn Ross
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

XCHQ Free Beginner Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

Winterstart: Lakes of the North Freestyle
Lakes of the North, 8151 Pineview Drive, Mancelona, MI

SUN, DEC 12, 2021

Climb, climb, climb! Rollerski session
Kensington Metropark, Milford, MI

Sunday 9:00am Rollerski
Kensington Metropark, Milford, MI

Forbush Time Trial
Forbush Corner, 4971 W Co Rd 612, Frederic, MI 49733

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

MON, NOV 29

Bay Meadows GC: The racing guys were out skiing in a skate track this morning, so enjoyed watching them until Paula Dreeszen arrived to ski with me after our morning appts. Not as much snow here, only 3”, so already starting to wear down to some patches of grass & icy base, but 4 fast laps today! Enjoyed the warm sunshine but not good for the snow!

Still 5" in my yard on east side of Interlochen at 6PM, so hoping to ski one more time somewhere tomorrow before the forecast rain/snow mix this week!

Michigan Tech Trails: All of MTU's Trails have been rolled and a select few of the Upper Trails and the Stadium have some corduroy. The coverage is thin and our base is nonexistent at this time. We will continue to roll and pank, building our base with each snowfall.

We found an old roller that used to be used on the Softball Fields, and are repurposing it into a Snowbike Trail groomer. So look forward to a Snowbike Trail this winter. The trail will start at the Tolkien Trailhead follow Tecumseh across Pilgrim Road, drop down the hill on Sure Would and Don't Think and then make its way back to the top on Inner Peace and Twilight to Inner Core and then back to Tecumseh and the Tolkien Trailhead. We hope this route will minimize the effect on our Ski Trails and thus allow us to continue to with this project in the future. There will be no access for Snowbikes at the Main Trailhead. This is an exciting addition to your Winter Trail System and we look forward to your feed back. If it becomes a popular trail with our users we will continue to add descents in the future.

Twin Birch Golf Course: Upon arriving mid-morning I immediately had to give up my idea of skating, as there was roughly a foot of snow on the GC. Classic was great though as I was able to repurpose a track left by a couple of 'beelers last night rather than having to bushwack. The trees were plastered in snow, the sun came out, the zillions of snow crystals were glistening like diamonds, and I knew exactly how John Denver felt about "the sun on my shoulders.

Be advised, the parking lot is not plowed.

Bay Meadows GC: What a great morning, sun was shinning and parking lot full of skiers. Skating or classic was good to excellent. Great to have Natalie all the way from Alaska to ski with Karen and I. Sounds like tomorrow will be another great day.

Ogemaw Hills Pathway: So there is 3 inches of fresh snow on the hill this morning. Not enough for me to ski or us to groom but snow none the less!

ABR Trails: 4 Groomers were out yesterday were groomed and retracked 25-30 km of trails after another inch of snow fell overnight. We also started packing the highlands and Puumala Trails. Today we are waiting for a few inches to fall before we go out and regroom. Looks like 3-4 inches forecast during the day.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Another 3” fell yesterday and the plan was to roll last night. Cold temperatures today will make for very nice early season conditions.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received more snow throughout the day yesterday, bringing our total for the weekend around 3-4 inches. A handful of excited skiers took to the trails yesterday, and reported good rock skiing in the morning when it's the coldest (gets sticky if you wait too long). We need more snow to groom anything yet, but you are welcome to use your rock skis out there (you can rent some from us if you don't have rock skis). We are forecast to receive more snow tonight. Remember that it is still fire arm deer season, so be sure to wear orange, and note that trail signs will go up on December 1st. Also, the Stone Turtle Cafe will open mid-December - stay tuned!

SUN, NOV 28

Bay Meadows GC: 4" of new wet snow on top of 2" from the previous day. At 35d thought it would be better to classic ski and was not disappointed. First ski for Karen and we had a great time. I am a big advocate of skin skis and they did not disappoint. Excellent kick and glide, way better than I thought it would be. I will never wax classic skis again. Saw Jim Monroe and he was doing great on his no wax skis.

Interlochen Golf Course: Great ski on 6” fresh 30F snow with 6 Cherry Capital Cycling Club friends. Thanks to Bryce Dreeszen & Bill Danly for breaking trail, which made for easier skiing on the 2nd lap! It was a winter wonderland with the tree branches covered in snow! This was their first ski & so glad to join them so close to home!

Reindeer Run Nordic Center: Dunes golf course has 5" good stuff for classic and more again today.
Stay off the greens 2nd two ponds. No charge

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Greetings, skiers and friends!! We are happy to report that the ground here in Higgins Lake has frozen, and we have received 2-3 inches of fresh snow in the past 24 hours. It is stunningly beautiful! While we will not be grooming the trails until we get several more inches of snow, you are welcome to use your rock skis out there (rock skis are skis your don't mind running over rocks with). We do have rock skis available to rent - just head to the rental desk to get outfitted. Remember that it is still fire arm deer season, so be sure to wear orange, and note that trail signs will go up on December 1st. Please also kindly refrain from bringing your dogs with you, as this snow may very well be our base for the entire season!

The Thanksgiving Weekend Sale is on in full force - stop by and shop after you ski!

Kensington Metropark: Tony, Kevin and I skied in a skate lane on a fairway on the Kensington Metropark Golf Course. Snow was deeper than expected! It was tough going until we flattened out the snow some, then we could actually get a little V2 in! Classic probably would have been the smarter choice.

Wonder how conditions will be before work tomorrow....

Huron Meadows Metropark: No grooming at any Metroparks, but grass is pretty well covered. Please stay off any greens or tees if you venture on the golf courses. We will be installing pink flags in the next week or so.

SAT, NOV 27

: The HS team was out in full force with a lot of great teachers to help out. Nice to see so many skiers so early in the year. Conditions were much better than Friday and should be good for Sunday as well. Hopefully temps don't get to warm. I skated skied but classic would have been good as well.

Bay Meadows GC: No measurable new snow but great glide in icy tracks, so much better than yesterday’s 3 laps. Visited with Dick Fultz who was skating & saw one other male skater in the distance. I noticed that skiers have been skiing on the #3 tee-off box on the east side near the street, so please avoid these & the putting greens, if we want to continue to have access here in the future.

ABR Trails: Friday 5 PM

Trails skied well for early season conditions. We had 47 km groomed, not just rolled flat for skating or striding. and we had 10 km of classic tracks set. Skiers were happy with conditions as advertised. Yes the Classic tracks had pine needles and grass here and there especially in the thick woods where we have conifers but better than no track. The point I tried to communicate to everyone I sold tickets to in the ticket booth in the driveway, You need to by pass the River Trail “Gravel Road” from River Trail 2 way to where Hemlock crosses it. The easy bypass is turn right and then either do Pit Point the right way or ski down the entrance to pit Point and ski parallel to the gravel road section, then cross over on Hemlock to the west. Dec 1 we will start grooming the south 50 km. We are open for skiing at 9 AM Saturday and the Ski Shop Sale ends Saturday at 4 PM

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