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Linda Weeks-Kaleita (45) heading toward the end of a lap with a couple finishers in Saturday's Frosty Freestyle just behind her (35 - Jared Roberts and 42 - Bob Triebold. Photo - Mike Muha). Skate conditions were excellent!

Linda Weeks-Kaleita (45) heading toward the end of a lap with a couple finishers in Saturday's Frosty Freestyle just behind her (35 - Jared Roberts and 42 - Bob Triebold. Photo - Mike Muha). Skate conditions were excellent!

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.

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.

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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.

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!

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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.

RESULTS: Wakeley and Davis win Michael Seaman Classic
RESULTS: Wakeley and Davis win Michael Seaman Classic

RESULTS: Wakeley and Davis win Michael Seaman Classic

1/31/2021 - By Mike Muha

So as we drove north through Grayling on our way to the Michael Seaman Memorial Classic Race at Forbush Corner, -4F seemed cold. By the time we arrived, the temperature had risen to a balmy 0F.

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Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup after three races
Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup after three races

Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup after three races

1/29/2021 - By Mike Muha

With three races completed, Team NordicSkiRacer narrowly leads the Brumbaugh Cup for strong senior team in the Michigan Cup Series with 216 points.

Marvin Boluyt to ski 100km Virtual Canadian Ski Marathon at Huron Meadows
Marvin Boluyt to ski 100km Virtual Canadian Ski Marathon at Huron Meadows

Marvin Boluyt to ski 100km Virtual Canadian Ski Marathon at Huron Meadows

1/29/2021 - By Danielle Mauter, Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Expert cross-country skier, Marvin Boluyt, is preparing to ski 100 Kilometers out at Huron Meadows Metropark as he completes the virtual Canadian Ski Marathon. This two day event requires skiers to ski 50 kilometers each day and camp out overnight.

Wax recommendations for the Michael Seaman Memorial Classic
Wax recommendations for the Michael Seaman Memorial Classic

Wax recommendations for the Michael Seaman Memorial Classic

1/28/2021 - By Mike Muha

Our first cold race of the season. The temperature is doing to drop below 0F Friday night!

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UPCOMING

FRI, JAN 21, 2022

Junior Noque
Marquette, MI

SAT, JAN 22, 2022

Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Marquette, MI

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

Bavarian Ski Festival
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, JAN 23, 2022

Flying Squirrel Freestyle Junior Race
Crystal Mountain, 2500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville, Michigan 49683

TUE, JAN 25, 2022

Hard ski workout at Huron Meadows
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

WED, JAN 26, 2022

Kids ski program at Huron Meadows Metropark, Clinic 2
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

SAT, JAN 29, 2022

Black Mountain 31K Classic and 10km Tour
Rippling Rapids Golf Course, 4849 North Black River Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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

Winter Feast
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, JAN 30, 2022

Black Mountain 10km Freestyle
Bluffs Bar and Grill, 10905 High Bluffs Drive, Cheboygan, MI 49721

Junior Nordic Rally
Nub's Nob, 500 Nub’s Nob Rd, Harbor Springs, Michigan

Learn to Skate Ski Clinic
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

TUE, FEB 1, 2022

Hard ski workout at Huron Meadows
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

FRI, JAN 21

Valley Spur: Great classic skiing, beautiful.

Forbush Corner: Perfect conditions for skating today! Blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Skied all the trails. The classic tracks are deep. World class grooming.

Hanson Hills: Groomer Jason is tending to the skate lanes this morning. Green, Blue, Brown, Yellow, Red are all looking good. Decent tracks on Yellow and Wilderness.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received more snow yesterday, and there is more in the forecast. Groomer Butch is snow-combing the skating lanes this morning, and set fresh tracks on the Trapper's Cabin trail, where we have laid down man-made snow. The rest of the system needs a bit more snow to reset tracks, however they're still in good condition, and the fresh snow helps tremendously! Conditions overall are great for skating and very good for classic skiing. Join us for tons of fun this weekend, with Bavarian Ski Festival and a FREE ski lesson!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Due to trail maintenance Bucks Run will be open at 2 pm today, January 21. It will be groomed for skate and classic skiing. No other trails are open at this time. Please remember that ski rentals are available online at www.metroparks.com.

Forbush Corner: Friday January 21. West side trails and snow making loop getting a fresh groom this morning. Some thin spots and small patches of dirt here and there and Freeway trail will have the least coverage since it is out in the open and wind blown. Firm classic tracks throughout. More snow is in the forecast !

Crystal Mountain: Once again we missed the snow they promised us. We only got dusting the last couple of days but it was enough for Tim F. to scratch out the skating lanes and reset some of the tracks on loons. He spent most of yesterday shoveling snow over the bare spots. All in all the trails are in pretty good shape considering the low snow and Tim's hard work. There is some trail trash i.e. pine cones, twigs and leaves from all the wind so i would still recommend rock skis.

THU, JAN 20

Vasa Trail: After my last 3rd grade Nordic Rocks PE classes at Silver Lake Elementary, I had just enough time to ski my favorite counterclockwise loop from Timber Ridge to The Rock to the 10k split, up the 6k hill to Special K, then down to the valley & back up to TR at dusk. The lights were on, but only 3 other cars. What a shame since TR had set corduroy & tracks. Since it snowed more after the TART groom this morning, there was 1-2+" of snow on the trail, but only skied-in tracks, except on my return on the 25k to TR. I'm certain TART will set tracks once more snow but still only a minimal base (approx 7" in the woods on the 25 k). The snow was silky but not an easy ski since the 10k was flattened & slippery at 10F, but what an improvement with some fresh snow & groom, esp since no dirt, tree debris or leaves! Only 2 other classic skiers & 2 skate skiers had skied from The Rock to the Wall Bypass in the fresh snow, so not much use this afternoon. LET IT SNOW!

Hickory Hills: Hickory Meadows - Great evening to ski. Enough lighting from the ski hill and downtown TC that no head lamp is needed. Thin but hard packed base. Complete snow coverage on the entire trail. No bare spots. The hefty dusting of snow last night sure did help. Due to the lack of snow, you can feel all the natural bumps still. Great skiing overall

Hickory Hills: Rodney here, the no respect Hickory Hills that received less snow than most places is absolutely outstanding. Hardly even a thin spot anywhere. The entire system seems like it was groomed by a piston bully. Skied meadows and hills and the snow cover and grooming so good you could really push the downhills on the hills side. Special thanks to Jason who coordinates all the volunteer groomers. "My uncles dying wish was that I would be able to sit on his lap, he died in the electric chair" RD.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks Run in fairly good shape. Connector is very firm and has only a shallow track. In the woods things are better. Decent track,except the one section which leads you off the trail. Skating looked firm with enough snow on top top to be controllable. Couple of dirty patches from stuff dragged in by the spreader. Overall, very nice. Blue hard wax worked very well.

Vasa Trail: Several inches of lake-effect snow overnight followed by a grooming this morning provided the much-needed reset for this season on the Vasa. Results are very good skating, and classic too unless you require set tracks yet to be installed. A 100% improvement over the past week, and more to come.

Valley Spur: Groomed in another 4 inches of fresh snow this morning on all trails. Nice classic track. Skate lanes are a bit soft but more than skiable. Plan on another full groom in the morning with our big Ginzu. Conditions should be excellent. Stop by on your way up and your way back down from the Noque. Best of luck to all racers! Should be a good one

Hanson Hills: 7 degrees today. Brr!! Start green still holding up and perfect wax for the day. There was an inch of new snow lightly groomed in. I did black, blue and 93 hills. There was enough snow for control though not much speed due to temperatures.

Michaywe: Groomed out skate lanes and set track on the lake loop and both golf course loops. Skating lanes are very firm and track is in pretty good shape on most of the golf course loops, just a few thin spots.

Forbush Corner: Thursday January 20,. We received 3 inches of new snow which will greatly improve trail conditions. All of east side will be groomed today. West side will be groomed tomorrow. Open 9-5

Huron Meadows Metropark: Due to trail maintenance Bucks Run will be open at 2 pm today, January 20. It will be groomed for skate and classic skiing. No other trails are open at this time. Please remember that ski rentals are available online at www.metroparks.com.

WED, JAN 19

Lake Ann Pathway: Love the river, ponds & lake at Lake Ann Pathway, so hiked solo instead of skiing, but would have been ok since trail mostly flattened, not icy, if you used backcountry skis. Probably has more base than the Vasa, measured 7", but of course, hasn't been packed or groomed. The foot traffic has stayed mostly to the sides & no big footprints in the middle of the trail, but the path is narrow & has several step hills!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skated around 3pm, just before it started freezing. The connector was already very firm. The Buck run was pretty firm in many places. A fair amount of leaves and small debris got blown over onto the track in some spots.

Michaywe: Groomed out skate lanes and set track on the lake loop, herringbone, nordic trail, river trail, and maple ridge. All areas are in pretty good shape, best snow conditions are on nordic and maple ridge right now.

Hanson Hills: Cross Country Trail Report: about 1 inch of new snow on the trails this morning. Tommy G. is setting some fresh tracks and combing skate lanes Today.
Lodge and Trails open at 9am

(FREE Learn to XC lesson is canceled for this Saturday)

Hanson Hills: Cross Country Trail Report: about 1 inch of new snow on the trails this morning. Tommy G. I put setting some fresh tracks and combing skate lanes Friday. Lodge and Trails open at 9am

(FREE Learn to XC lesson is canceled for this Saturday)

Huron Meadows Metropark: Unfortunately staff may not know until the morning of the current day if they are spending snow due to staffing levels, weather or equipment. When we have Natural snow the trails except Buck's Run open at 7am. Buck's Run opens at the same time as the building hours of operation. Monday through Friday 2pm-7pm, Saturday 9am-7pm and Sunday 9am-2pm.
Hope this helps

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