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Team NordicSkiRacers Doug Cornell, Alan Sorgenfrei, and Tony Percha are not letting the lack of snow get in the way of skiing. Missing from the photo are teammates Tim Feldkamp, Mike Muha, and Doug Heady, also out for the weekly Saturday training session.

Team NordicSkiRacers Doug Cornell, Alan Sorgenfrei, and Tony Percha are not letting the lack of snow get in the way of skiing. Missing from the photo are teammates Tim Feldkamp, Mike Muha, and Doug Heady, also out for the weekly Saturday training session.

Scandal rocks Michigan Cup Series
Scandal rocks Michigan Cup Series

Scandal rocks Michigan Cup Series

12/4/2016 - By Jay Woodbeck

Investigative reporting by NordicSkiRacer.com has uncovered several scandals, sure to rock the Michigan Cup this season. Curiously, all teams are implicated except Team NordicSkiRacer. Read on for the latest news...

VIDEO: Jessie Diggins wins Lillehammer 5K Freestyle
VIDEO: Jessie Diggins wins Lillehammer 5K Freestyle

VIDEO: Jessie Diggins wins Lillehammer 5K Freestyle

12/3/2016 - By USSA

UPDATED! The USA's Jessica Diggins has recorded her second ever individual World Cup victory on stage two of the Lillehammer mini tour.

Weather in the Great Lakes presentation on Tuesday, Dec 6
Weather in the Great Lakes presentation on Tuesday, Dec 6

Weather in the Great Lakes presentation on Tuesday, Dec 6

12/3/2016 - By Ron Sell

Steve Considine, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, will give a presentation on "Weather in the Great Lakes" and shed some light on snow forecast for this winter at the next Washtenaw Ski Touring Club meeting.

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Coach Greg Rhodes, up-close and personal
Coach Greg Rhodes, up-close and personal

Coach Greg Rhodes, up-close and personal

12/2/2016 - By Curt Peterson

Want to meet Coach Rhodes, in-close and personal? Vasa's Amy Powell and Coach Greg Rhodes discuss the upcoming Midwest Nordic Rendezvous January 7-8, 2017 in Traverse City, Michigan.

Dec 10th: Ski Clinic with Amy Powell + Fast Wax Clinic with Dan Meyer
Dec 10th: Ski Clinic with Amy Powell + Fast Wax Clinic with Dan Meyer

Dec 10th: Ski Clinic with Amy Powell + Fast Wax Clinic with Dan Meyer

12/1/2016 - By XCHQ

Don’t miss out on undoubtedly some of the best technique training available from Amy Powell on Saturday, December 10th. After the ski clinic is our annual wax clinic at 4:00pm with Fast Wax founder Dan Meyer.

Ski classes for kids start December 14
Ski classes for kids start December 14

Ski classes for kids start December 14

11/30/2016 - By Mike Muha

Brighton Community Recreation is offering a three-session on-snow cross-country ski classes for beginner and intermediate kids 11 & under. Classes

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World Cup Fashion Show!
World Cup Fashion Show!

World Cup Fashion Show!

11/30/2016 - By Mike Muha

What are the World Cup cross country ski racers wearing on the course this season? Pick you favorite...

Presenting the 2017 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series Schedule!
Presenting the 2017 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series Schedule!

Presenting the 2017 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series Schedule!

11/29/2016 - By Jeff Potter

The Michigan Backcountry Ski Series Schedule has been around for over 10 years and includes some of the finest cross-country skiing anywhere. All free of charge. Zero boring terrain.

Michigan Tech gets season going with races in West Yellowstone
Michigan Tech gets season going with races in West Yellowstone

Michigan Tech gets season going with races in West Yellowstone

11/28/2016 - By MTU

The Michigan Tech men's and women's skiing teams kicked off the 2016-17 season on Friday and Saturday at the annual West Yellowstone Ski Festival.

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NMU signs Erin Moening
NMU signs Erin Moening

NMU signs Erin Moening

11/28/2016 - By NMU

Moening was second at the 2016 Minnesota state championship, a five-time All-American Nordic skier and a five-time Minnesota state championship qualifier.

VIDEO: First World Cup race of the season is over
VIDEO: First World Cup race of the season is over

VIDEO: First World Cup race of the season is over

11/26/2016 - By Mike Muha

Watch the complete race, start to finish, starting with the quarterfinals. Paal Goldberg (Norway) and Stina Nilsson (Sweden) were the top man and women.

Local Juniors race for points to attend Junior Nationals
Local Juniors race for points to attend Junior Nationals

Local Juniors race for points to attend Junior Nationals

11/26/2016 - By Mike Muha

The 2017 Junior National Championships will be held on the Mt. Van Hoevenberg cross country ski trails in at Lake Placid, New York this year. Juniors earn points in Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) races during the season to qualify for Junior Nationals.

More News...

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UPCOMING

SAT, DEC 10, 2016

POSTPONED to Dec 18: Forbush Time Trial
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

Amy Powell Ski Clinic, Fast Wax Clinic, & Team Dinner
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Fast Wax Clinic
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Cross Country Ski Headquarters Team Dinner
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

WED, DEC 14, 2016

BARC Kids Cross-Country Ski Program
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

SAT, DEC 17, 2016

Central Super NCAA\JNQ - Classic Sprints
Michigan Tech Nordic Center, Houghton, MI

Lakes of the North Freestyle
Lakes of the North, Mancelona, MI

More events...

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TRAINING LOG

SUN, AUG 7: Road Bike, 4:40, Pace

SAT, AUG 6: Road Bike, 2:13, L1 LSD

TUE, AUG 2: Road Bike, 1:44, Race

SUN, JUL 31: Mountain Bike, 2:03, Mellow ride

SAT, JUL 30: SUP, :15, Race

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, DEC 10

Valley Spur: Great snow coverage. Classic tracks set up nicely from single digit temps last night. Nice and firm today, skate lane looked a bit soft. Some sticks/leaves, but base is 4-6 inches. Most trails groomed and track set. A lot more snow here than at Blueberry Ridge or the Noque.

Vasa Trail: What a great ski on the VASA trail this morning with Paula Dreeszen, Kathy Cook-Dowd & Kate Easlick, from Timber Ridge to the Special K & backwards on the 10k. There are no classic tracks yet since minimal base, but thanks to the TART groomers, the trail has been rolled 2 mornings in a row now. We passed lots of Vasa Ski Club members with smiles on their faces!!! "Rock" skis are still recommended, esp the sections closest to East Bay.

Crystal Mountain: We just put our new trail roller to work and are busy packing all trails.
with 2 more inches of snow overnight, our total snowfall is at 12 inches.
Base is 2-3 inches after packing which allows for classic skiing but no track set yet.
It is a little too soft for Skate skis today, but as the temps fall we will be grooming with our Tidd tech beginning Monday or Tuesday.

Happy Trails!!

Milham Park Golf Course: Welcome to the 2016-17 season everyone! Zolton C., Dan F., Jeff N., Violet N., Paul W., Greg W., and myself got the snowmobile and grooming equipment to their winter home. We have 4-6" of snow here this morning and it is snowing as I type this. Violet and I went around twice with the roller. The ground is still warm underneath the snow but this should help it freeze sooner. Plan is to groom again tomorrow morning; we should have more snow by then and hopefully the ground will be colder. Had to reroute trail in two places due to new asphalt cart paths where we used to put the trail (extra distance don't ya know). Might be ok to classic ski today (make sure your poles aren't to long!) but no good for skating yet. Will report back again tomorrow but hoping that conditions will be good enough then.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: December 10, 2016; This is a grooming report!

Real Grooming Report: Skiing is described as “Good” my no less an authority than Mo. He recommends use of “rock skis” but, make no mistake, he recommends the use of skis. The Noque, Animoosh, Migizi and Chiwaji bypasses trails were rolled up to 14k yesterday and we will be rolling more where possible.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: A funny thing happened on the way to the grooming report “out box”: I called up a report from December 27th last year for a template. The
Way Too Long section read as follows:

“It has been a long time since I had reason to write a way too long report. Skiers (and grooming report writers) have been pacing like so many caged animals all month. So, now that to-do lists are so short that our sock drawers are meticulously organized, we can ski with minimal guilt.

The 6 day forecast call for seasonal temperatures and snow almost every day. With the lake open and slightly above normal temperature the snow machine will be in high gear. I hope to see you out there.

Sondo

PS: If you have not renewed your Trail Builder membership, now is the time. Please don’t make me track you down. “

So, at the risk of being in the pulpit preaching a “re-run” sermon, I will resist gilding refined gold. See above, and, see you out there.

Boyne Mountain: Wow! Snow accumulation of about 12 to 14 inches over the last couple of days, most of it overnight! We have started grooming this am and so far have rolled and combed our beginner trails and will continue to work on most of the trails through the day. This our first snow fall to build a very good base. We are now open this weekend for the season. Stay tuned for updates!
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Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We were able to pack all the trails yesterday, which resulted in fine rock-skiing conditions and was enjoyed by quite a few skiers, but was not quite enough snow to snow comb or set tracks on the trails. However, we were able to snow-comb the Blizzard Park where we have at least a 6? packed base of man-made and natural snow. The Blizzard Park will be open for demos and the Amy Powell Ski Clinic today. Last night we received 1/2? of more lake-effect snow, and so we will continue to have fine rock-skiing conditions on all the trails today. If you need to borrow some rock skis, just let us know. All we need is a little more snow to start grooming the trails, and that snow looks like it will be arriving soon (Sunday), so stay tuned!

Join us today for the Amy Powell Ski clinic, starting at 10:00am with Beginner/Intermediate Classic! Other levels to follow in both skate and classic. Call 800-832-2663 for more info and to sign up. There is also a FREE Fast Wax clinic at 4:00pm in the Day Lodge. The Let it Snow Sale continues on winter clothing and cross country skis and ski packages!

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge will be up and running this weekend! We will have famous classic chili, warm rolls, and a selection of hand made panini sandwiches, served with kettle cooked potato chips and a pickle. Of course there will also be giant chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies.

It’s a great weekend to get on the snow!

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Erin, Ryan, Matt, Michelle, Brian, George, Lexi, Dana, Henry and the crew

Hanson Hills: We have received about 4 inches of fluffy snow the last 2 days, packs down to about a quarter inch in good spots. Trails will not be open this weekend. Please be patient as we wait on mother nature to provide us with some groom-able snow.

Forbush Corner: Picked up about 5 inches of lake effect snow overnight. Todd regroomed the east trail system this morning. There will be a shallow track for classic and the skate deck will be soft. Rock skis recommended, but the skiing should be pretty darn good for the first grooming of the season. Reduced trail fee because we only have 10k plated. All other trails are open for ungroomed skiing if you would like.

FRI, DEC 9

Vasa Trail: 1st of year on vasa. It was rolled and pretty good for day 1. Used rock skis.! Skied from Timber Ridge to the rock and back. And we have had more snow tonight. That is where we are skiing on Sat. Curt and Gussie

Sand Lakes Quiet Area: Conditions were superb for making our own tracks this afternoon - lots of snow, no bare spots at least 8" of fluff. Not particularly fast, but gorgeous - our first ski of the season. We used our old waxless skis with Toko universal glide wax, but newer skis would have been fine. Skiing like in the "old days"!

Valley Spur: Finally had snow overnight (4-6") then got hit by a blizzard from 1:30p to 4:30 pm. Our first groom so will have a decent base down Rolled A, C, D, W and G return. More rolling tomorrow and will see if enough base to set track. Cold temps will help set up.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: The Report - Skiing is decent. Good rock ski skiing. All groomed to 14k...not tracked.
Grass showing.

Other Important Stuff - J.J. Ferrington is our trail host this year and will be at the Forestville Trailhead tomorrow and Sunday. Stop by to introduce yourself, warm up by the fire and, as long as you're there, buy your 2017 NTN membership. It has been just about proven that owning an NTN membership increases snowfall!
See you on the trails...

Elk Rapids Golf Course: About a foot of fresh snow during this afternoon's ski on the ER GC. Expecting some sticking and clumping, I applied a layer of MaxiGlide on the vintage Jarvinen no-wax skis. Surprisingly the snow was dry enough that it wasn't trying to clump anyway. Slow going until I encountered another skier's tracks. Maybe winter is finally here.

Lost Lakes Pathway: Grateful for the first wintry morning ski at Lost Lakes Pathway with Kathy Cook-Dowd, Paula Dreeszen & Lise Zahn. 6" of snow & much wetter, so will set-up well for a base. It was coming down heavy when we finished, so we'll head to the Vasa tomorrow.

Crystal Mountain: Hi fellow skiers. Welcome back to winter! I spent the whole day today packing the trails with the snowmobile. We got about 10 of snow since it started snowing. We will continue to pack the next few days to get a good firm base. I think we're going to have a great winter. We re-routed some of the trails to make them more groomer/snowmobile friendly which in turn will make them better for skiers. We have a new person (fellow skier Tim) to help us groom. I look forward to seeing you on the trails. Kathloon

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We have received 4 to 5 inches of lake effect snow over the last 24 hours, and it continues to snow. We are forecast to receive another 2 inches today. Snow-maker George Frye made snow for the last two nights on the practice area, giving us a beautiful base of at least 6 inches after we pack it. Today we will commence packing and grooming the practice area, and we will also try to pack the Rolling Hills trail to see if this very fine snow will allow us to groom in the near future. It sure looks like a winter wonderland here in Higgins Lake!
Forecast:
Today: Snow showers. High 27F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%. About one inch of snow expected. Heavier amounts in favored snowbelt locales.
Tonight: Occasional snow showers. Low 18F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snowfall around one inch. Heavier amounts in favored snowbelt locales.
Saturday: Cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 23F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Join us tomorrow for the Amy Powell Ski clinic, starting at 10:00am with Beginner/Intermediate Classic! Other levels to follow in both skate and classic. Call 800-832-2663 for more info and to sign up. There is also a FREE Fast Wax clinic at 4:00pm in the Day Lodge. The Let it Snow Sale continues on winter clothing and cross country skis and ski packages!

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge will be up and running this weekend! We will have famous classic chili, warm rolls, and a selection of hand made panini sandwiches, served with Great Lakes Potato Chips and a pickle. Of course there will also be giant chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies.

See you on the trails!

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Erin, Ryan, Matt, Michelle, Brian, George, Lexi, Dana, Henry and the crew

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