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Tag, you're it! Tag zone at the 2019 Muffin Sprint Relay at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters. (Photo: Ricardo Lung)

Tag, you're it! Tag zone at the 2019 Muffin Sprint Relay at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters. (Photo: Ricardo Lung)

VIDEO: First leg of the Michigan Cup Relays
VIDEO: First leg of the Michigan Cup Relays

VIDEO: First leg of the Michigan Cup Relays

3/20/2019 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Jay Woodbeck - the only skier in the lead pack to kick - pulls away from the doublepolers by striding the first hill, then doublepoles away as the following racers recover from their doublepole climb.

RESULTS: Michigan Cup Relays
RESULTS: Michigan Cup Relays

RESULTS: Michigan Cup Relays

3/14/2019 - By Mariah Frye Colie

The Michigan Cup Relays were as fun as ever this year, with some of the best ski conditions in recent memory.

RESULTS: Top 10 Percent and MI Cup age group winners
RESULTS: Top 10 Percent and MI Cup age group winners

RESULTS: Top 10 Percent and MI Cup age group winners

3/8/2019 - By Mike Muha

Congratulations to all the age group winners, the competitors who chased them all season, and the racers who finished in the top 10% of their age category!

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Bear Chase and Michigan Cup Relays wax recommendations
Bear Chase and Michigan Cup Relays wax recommendations

Bear Chase and Michigan Cup Relays wax recommendations

3/7/2019 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for the this weekend's races: the Great Bear Chase and Michigan Cup Relays

PSIA Classic and Skate clinics, March 16 and 17
PSIA Classic and Skate clinics, March 16 and 17

PSIA Classic and Skate clinics, March 16 and 17

3/6/2019 - By Amy Powell

XC Fundamentals Workshop, Instructor Training Workshop, and Cross Country Level Certification 1, 2 are ready to cap your season on March 16 and 17 at Crystal Mountain Resort

RESULTS: Team NordicSkiRacer wins Brumbaugh Cup
RESULTS: Team NordicSkiRacer wins Brumbaugh Cup

RESULTS: Team NordicSkiRacer wins Brumbaugh Cup

3/5/2019 - By Mike Muiha

Team NordicSkiRacer has won the 2019 Brumbaugh Cup competition as the most powerful Michigan Cup team, with a mere 18 points lead over the perennial winners, Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop.

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RESULTS: 2019 MI Cup Champs: Kyle Hanson, Jordyn Ross, Ted Roe and Arielle Jean
RESULTS: 2019 MI Cup Champs: Kyle Hanson, Jordyn Ross, Ted Roe and Arielle Jean

RESULTS: 2019 MI Cup Champs: Kyle Hanson, Jordyn Ross, Ted Roe and Arielle Jean

3/5/2019 - By Mike Muha

Kyle Hanson, Jordyn Ross, Ted Roe and Arielle Jean beat the rest of the field to win the senior and junior Michigan Cup Championships!

RESULTS: Two wins for Kyle Hanson at Black Mountain
RESULTS: Two wins for Kyle Hanson at Black Mountain

RESULTS: Two wins for Kyle Hanson at Black Mountain

3/5/2019 - By Mike Muha

Team NordicSkiRacer's Kyle Hanson came and conquered, winning both the classic and freestyle races. Rebecca Davis and Jordyn Ross each won one.

RESULTS: Eighteen teams compete in Muffin Race Team Sprint Relay
RESULTS: Eighteen teams compete in Muffin Race Team Sprint Relay

RESULTS: Eighteen teams compete in Muffin Race Team Sprint Relay

3/4/2019 - By Mike Muha

Traditionally a pursuit race, this year's Muffin Race was changed to a 4.5 km team sprint relay inspired by the Gold Medal victory by Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall in the 2018 Olympics.

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Toko High Performance Liquid Paraffins: Easy and fast
Toko High Performance Liquid Paraffins: Easy and fast

Toko High Performance Liquid Paraffins: Easy and fast

2/27/2019 - By Mike Muha

TOKO is shipping a line of spray-on High Performance Liquid Paraffins that look to greatly reduce the time it takes to wax race skis, reducing the mess, and still give you fast skis.

Team NordicSkiRacer still leads Brumbaugh Cup competition
Team NordicSkiRacer still leads Brumbaugh Cup competition

Team NordicSkiRacer still leads Brumbaugh Cup competition

2/26/2019 - By Mike Muha

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead the Brumbaugh Cup competition as the most powerful team, with a 46 points lead over Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop.

Team NSR moves into third in MI Cup standings; Vasa still leads
Team NSR moves into third in MI Cup standings; Vasa still leads

Team NSR moves into third in MI Cup standings; Vasa still leads

2/26/2019 - By Mike Muha

Team NordicSkiRacer has overtaken Grand Rapids Nordic to move into third place in the overall Michigan Cup standings. There have been big changes in the individual junior and senior standings, too!

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, MAR 23

Hanson Hills: Good clsssic track, good skating and fat tire all on same trail.
For classic try the wilderness trail.
A bit crusty til the temps get above freezing and then beautiful spring skiing.
12” of snow yet in woods.
Don’t be dismayed by first kilometer of trail, it gets a lot better.
Met me on April Fools day for the last hurrah whether classic skate or bike

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Good Saturday afternoon. It’s a beautiful day on the SCR Nordic Trails; we are skiing freshly groomed/track set on Pinecone and WinterBrook. Icy, hard corduroy in the shade, softer conditions where Spring sun shines. Come join us for our last weekend, glide around the trails, and check out our store wide 40% off sale! Stock up for spring cycling, next year’s skiing and gift-giving.

Dunes Golf Club: Crust, intense sun,wide open, no wind,just fun, 99% skiable surface.
4mi east of empire no on m-72 ( the original m-22 bypass). Kevinski slowski

Dunes Golf Club: Crust, intense sun,wide open, no wind,just fun, 99% skiable surface.
4mi east of empire no on m-72 ( the original m-22 bypass). Kevinski slowski

Forbush Corner: The sun is out and spring skiing is definitely here. Hard and crusty in the AM, and potentially soft in the PM. It is now 14 degrees and Larry is grooming the east trail systen (badlands is finished). Trail fees reduced today and sales (40% off clothing) continues. OMG, here they come.

Black Mountain: Stay tuned.

Boyne Mountain: Wow, crust skiing is terrific today and every morning for the next several days. When it gets a little warm during the day to form a layer of moisture on top of the snow and then it gets cold at night, expect crust skiing to be good. Go out on a golf course (avoiding the greens and sand traps, of course) or any clear land and get that free-floating, I-can-go-anywhere feeling:)

We won't be grooming Innsbruck and Deer Run any more this season, but the skiing there is still decent. The shop will be open on weekends only, until the end of the season.

Speaking of the shop: EVERYTHING IS 40% OFF, the deepest discount of the season. Do some early Christmas shopping! Pick up some gear for spring, since XC gear crosses over nicely into biking, hiking, running, kayaking, etc.

Nick and Pat groomed the lower trails yesterday and they are still in decent shape. If you aren't into crust skiing then we still have plenty of groomed trail, and honestly its icy. The set tracks look awesome, and with last nights cold I'm betting they are hard, and fast. Going to be a great day to ski, get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Nicks gang

- Bryan

Black Mountain: Wow, crust skiing is terrific today and every morning for the next several days. When it gets a little warm during the day to form a layer of moisture on top of the snow and then it gets cold at night, expect crust skiing to be good. Go out on a golf course (avoiding the greens and sand traps, of course) or any clear land and get that free-floating, I-can-go-anywhere feeling:)

We won't be grooming Innsbruck and Deer Run any more this season, but the skiing there is still decent. The shop will be open on weekends only, until the end of the season.

Speaking of the shop: EVERYTHING IS 40% OFF, the deepest discount of the season. Do some early Christmas shopping! Pick up some gear for spring, since XC gear crosses over nicely into biking, hiking, running, kayaking, etc.

Nick and Pat groomed the lower trails yesterday and they are still in decent shape. If you aren't into crust skiing then we still have plenty of groomed trail, and honestly its icy. The set tracks look awesome, and with last nights cold I'm betting they are hard, and fast. Going to be a great day to ski, get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Nicks gang

FRI, MAR 22

Vasa Trail: Arriving at the Vasa this morning and looking at the hard gnarly refrozen snow all around Lombard's Lodge I just about gave up and drove back home. On a gamble I walked down to the TH to see if maybe they had groomed. I bumped into lead groomer Glen, and saw that sure enough they had just returned from grooming. In short they transformed a dangerously uncontrollable hard refrozen skate lane into one that was super-fast and fun, essentially friction-less skating on the 3/4" rills they cut into the top surface that provided more than adequate control in that loosened top surface. Glen passed along some safety cautions, that I put to good use on the 10K loop:
1. Avoid the TH solid ice to the right of the groomers barn, and instead put on your skis and start on the left side of the groomers barn next to the old parked white pick-up truck (as if heading out to the Meadows Loop).
2. Avoid the Ledge [catwalk just before the split rail fence] as it is mostly boilerplate ice and leaves, and instead access the 10K loop by using the 5K Headwaters Trail.
3. Woodchip Hill is mostly a couple of sheets of ice (located 200 yards from the TH), so just pick your line and ride it out as there will be no turning on that section.

With those cautions the rest of the 10K trail remains 90% refrozen groomed snow and 10% boilerplate grey ice. Myself and the other skiers I encountered were thrilled at enjoying speeds rarely achieved. The long downgrade from the Special K intersection to the 7K post will have the trees flying by so fast with so much wind in your face you'll feel you're on a Star Wars Speeder Bike, or motorcycle of your youth.

Glen doubted they would continue to groom the 25K due to ice, especially on the uphill sections where their sleds lose traction, debris, and low-use as they only saw tracks on it from two skiers yesterday, and will concentrate on the other loops such as the 10K and 5K Headwaters as long as they are able to.

Lake Ann Pathway: Kathy, Winnie & I hiked the Lake Ann Pathway hills midday since too rough to ski but barely firm enough to avoid postholing, and not firm enough crust to go off-trail, that in-between season.

Hiawatha Highlands: Fresh groom on the Pinder system only this morning. Calling for clear skies and slightly cooler temperatures today!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Please show your support for skiing at Huron Meadows. Come to the end of season party March 30th, 11:45. Huron Meadows clubhouse. This is your chance to pay it back. Try and bring a dish to pass or something to drink (no alcohol). It looks like the Metroparks Director will be there! So, we need to have a good turnout.
In addition to the coveted Golden Hamster award, we will present a variety of other awards; humorous and serious--kind of.

Boyne Mountain: Wow, crust skiing is terrific today and every morning for the next several days. When it gets a little warm during the day to form a layer of moisture on top of the snow and then it gets cold at night, expect crust skiing to be good. Go out on a golf course (avoiding the greens and sand traps, of course) or any clear land and get that free-floating, I-can-go-anywhere feeling:)

We won't be grooming Innsbruck and Deer Run any more this season, but the skiing there is still decent. The shop will be open on weekends only, until the end of the season.

Speaking of the shop: EVERYTHING IS 40% OFF, the deepest discount of the season. Do some early Christmas shopping! Pick up some gear for spring, since XC gear crosses over nicely into biking, hiking, running, kayaking, etc.

Nick and Pat will be grooming the lower trails this morning and we'll post an update when they're done.

Forbush Corner: Larry is out grooming the trails. It will be a little slow going to get things groomed up correctly. We will open the trails as soon as we can. We usually start with Lil' Coaster and then Badlands, followed by Roller Coaster. Temperatures will stay below freezing today until Saturday Afternoon. Skiing should be quite good all weekend. I used my good skis yesterday with no problem.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Conditions remain good for spring skiing on the majority of the trails. Snow consistency is primarily ground up snow crystals with some occasionally hard pack, which is best skied on in the morning before it softens up in the afternoon warmth, Groomer Mike will snow comb the Rolling Hills, Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, Trapper's Cabin, and Adventure trails this morning. We will continue to groom every day as long as temps get below freezing at night. While Manitou and Tall Pines are not recommended due to ice and debris, much of the rest of the trail system still offers some great spring ski conditions! *Please walk out past the ice at the trail head to start skiing.

Today’s lunch special is Bob's Favorite Tuna Panini! Albacore tuna, provolone, jalepenos, banana peppers, black olives, spinach, onion and tomato on a Swiss roll, grilled to perfection. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle. Plus, the Spring Sale is on! Shop lots of great sales on hardgoods and softgoods. Keep on skiing, it's good for the spirit!!

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