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The dedicated classic-only trail system at Huron Meadows was in good shape on Sunday. The picture shows a section of the Beech Alley trail south of Hammel Road.

The dedicated classic-only trail system at Huron Meadows was in good shape on Sunday. The picture shows a section of the Beech Alley trail south of Hammel Road.

Headquarters continues lead in Brumbaugh Cup
Headquarters continues lead in Brumbaugh Cup

Headquarters continues lead in Brumbaugh Cup

1/22/2020 - By Mike Muha

After four races, the Cross Country Ski Headquarters still leads the Brumbaugh Cup competition. Team NordicSkiRacer is in second, and Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop pushes into third.

RESULTS: Vanias and Lipp win snowy Cote Dame Marie
RESULTS: Vanias and Lipp win snowy Cote Dame Marie

RESULTS: Vanias and Lipp win snowy Cote Dame Marie

1/19/2020 - By Mike Muha

Well, that was one epic race for the books. Hardest conditions I've had in years, soft snow, falling snow then ice pellets then fog so thick I could see nothing...

Headquarters leads Brumbaugh Cup
Headquarters leads Brumbaugh Cup

Headquarters leads Brumbaugh Cup

1/17/2020 - By Mike Muha

After three races, the Cross Country Ski Headquarters has a big lead in the competition, with 184 points. Last year's Brumbaugh Cup winner, Team NordicSkiRacer, is far behind in second place with 389 points.

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Rossignol to reduce carbon footprint by 30%, waste by 40%
Rossignol to reduce carbon footprint by 30%, waste by 40%

Rossignol to reduce carbon footprint by 30%, waste by 40%

1/17/2020 - By Groupe Rossignol

The Rossignol Group officially launches its RESPECT program, aiming in particular to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2030 as well as to reduce its waste by 40% by 2025.

Wax recommendations: Cote Dame Marie
Wax recommendations: Cote Dame Marie

Wax recommendations: Cote Dame Marie

1/17/2020 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Toko and now Rex wax recommendations for the this weekend's Michigan Cup race!

Former MI Cup skier Sarah Goble qualifies for U23 Worlds
Former MI Cup skier Sarah Goble qualifies for U23 Worlds

Former MI Cup skier Sarah Goble qualifies for U23 Worlds

1/16/2020 - By Mike Muha

Former Michigan Cup racer Sarah Goble has made the U23 (under 23) World Championship Team and will represent the United States at the U23 Cross-Country World Ski Championships on February 28 - March 8 in Oberwiesenthal, Germany.

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RESULTS: Hanson and Ross win wet Frosty Freestyle!
RESULTS: Hanson and Ross win wet Frosty Freestyle!

RESULTS: Hanson and Ross win wet Frosty Freestyle!

1/12/2020 - By Mike Muha

It was wet, it was wild, and it was just an event. It was epic. It was a little slow out there. There was three inches of standing water in a lot of places. It kind of slowed down the race but we finished. It was good. It was amazing we held it.

Wax recommendations for an EPIC race weekend!
Wax recommendations for an EPIC race weekend!

Wax recommendations for an EPIC race weekend!

1/9/2020 - By Mike Muha

This weekend's races are competing for the most challenging weather award! Huron Meadows expects to have a skiable trail regardless of the weather.

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club starts its third season
Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club starts its third season

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club starts its third season

1/9/2020 - By Doug Heady

Our goal is to give young skiers an opportunity to cross country ski with their peers, advance their skiing skills and have FUN. Skiers of all abilities are welcome to join and learn a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime.

www.xcskiworld.com/about
Conversation with Valley Spur trail designer David Worel
Conversation with Valley Spur trail designer David Worel

Conversation with Valley Spur trail designer David Worel

1/4/2020 - By Larry Treul

This is from an ancient Friends of Valley Spur News (we're talking about 2001!) that I ran across, but I found Larry Treul's interview with David Worel interesting and thought I'd share

Testing Toko Base Performance Liquid Paraffin in cold conditions
Testing Toko Base Performance Liquid Paraffin in cold conditions

Testing Toko Base Performance Liquid Paraffin in cold conditions

1/3/2020 - By Ian Harvey

It has been cold lately where I have been, so I have been testing cold waxes. The performance of Base Performance Liquid Paraffin has totally surprised me to the point where it is now my new favorite glide wax.

Michigan Tech Hosts U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships
Michigan Tech Hosts U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships

Michigan Tech Hosts U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships

1/2/2020 - By Michigan Tech

The competition begins today, Thursday (Jan. 2) with the Freestyle Sprint. This marks the fifth time Michigan Tech has hosted a U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships event.

More News...

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UPCOMING

WED, JAN 22, 2020

Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

FRI, JAN 24, 2020

Junior Noque
Forestville Trailhead, Marquette, MI

SAT, JAN 25, 2020

Gitchi Gami Games, GLD JNQ - Freestyle Sprint
Birkie Trailhead, Cable, WI

Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Marquette, MI

Beat the Mountain! on Skis or Snowshoe!
Stokely Creek Lodge, Pickard Rd, Goulais River, ON P0S 1E0, Canada

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

The Half Wits Live
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 26, 2020

WeSki All-Age Instruction
Tiber Ridge Lodge, Traverse City, MI

Gitchi Gami Games, GLD JNQ - Classic Individual Start
Birkie Trailhead, Cable, WI

Beat the Mountain! on Skis or Snowshoe!
Stokely Creek Lodge, Pickard Rd, Goulais River, ON P0S 1E0, Canada

UPDATE 2: Krazy Klassic / Michigan Senior Olympics 8k/12k
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Vasa Domingos family-friendly group ski
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

WED, JAN 29, 2020

Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

More events...

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

WED, JAN 22

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Good afternoon, Nordic friends! It is a beautiful breezy overcast day at the SCR Nordic Center. Poet’s Loop, Winter Brook and part of Mountain Creek were groomed, yesterday, and with temps in the mid-30s, the groomer will remain parked for today.
Snow is skiing fast, track set is firm, and the SCR trails sing their siren song...

Hanson Hills: Trails are looking great! All trails groomed with set tracks.

Hill Nature Preserve, The: Fresh groom. Fast and silky. Get it before the walkers do!

Independance Oaks: Skied Independence Oaks yesterday afternoon. All trails have good coverage and been rolled flat - there is not enough snow to set classic tracks. Was fun anyway. As mentioned earlier there is an 8 foot section of the trail, between post #10 and #11, that has been washed out by the pond run-off. No biggie, just step through it.

There is about 1.5 to 2" of base. This may be the last good day for a while. Today's forecast is sunny and a high of 32* - then it will be in the upper 30s for the next seven days with some rain near the end of the week. Get out and enjoy it while you can.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Great conditions are in store yet again on the XC Ski HQ trail system. Groomer Mike will be out early rolling, snow combing the skate lanes, and re-setting tracks where needed. All trails across the street have classic tracks and snowcombed skate lanes. There is 5 to 8 inches of snow packed on the trails, and 8 to 12 inches in the woods. Come on out and enjoy classic skiing, skate skiing, snowshoeing, lunch, and shopping on this gorgeous winter day!

TUE, JAN 21

Algonquin Pathway: Algonquin Pathway
West 16th Avenue, Sault Ste Marie, MI

1/21/19
I managed to get to this enchanting ski trail system (~ 9-10 mi worth of trail) about an hour before dusk so I decided to make more of a run of it than I wanted in order to get back before dark. Even though there is a lighted ~2mi pathway for (mostly classic) skiers and snowshoers for one loop, my intent was to manage a not-so-dark drive home (oh well, I tried). I’ll be back when I’ve more time, for sure. It was a beautiful day up in the Soo, temps were in the mid 20s, with only a slight SW wind, and no present-time snowfall. The conditions were fabulous - nice semi-hard. fast base, as was the rustic scenery all around in the mixed birch, some hardwoods, tamarack, hemlock, and pines amidst frozen wetlands as I watched the sun set and the sky turn into rosy salmons and blue hues. The terrain was not too hilly so one could manage an easier time of it or get a consistent endurance workout while practicing good technique. At some junctures, the trail is also groomed for skating. I used waxless skis and it was fabulous, as the groomers do a professional job. Plus, I encountered more than a hand-full other classic skiers, as well as a couple of snowshoers on their own adjacent trails. Nobody got in each others’ way and it was pleasant to say hello to one another - some chatted briefly about how good it felt to be out there. Snowshoe Hare tracks were huge and it was a thrill to see them in the snow.

This park is dedicated in memory of a Mr. Bumgardner? (the sign was faint and didn’t come out on my photo), 1996.
It’s a free system (park sticker on your license plate needed – I don’t think any will notice if you don’t have one – it’s a nice contribution to our parks)
Contributors to Algonguin Ski Trail Lighting Project:
- Sault Chamber of Commerce
- Edison Sault Electric
- Augusta Seals Estate
- Bob Snider
- Paul Warner
- Jim Larson
- Bob Shimmens
- Bill Oberman
- Rotary Club
- Kiwanis Club
- Lions Club

Conbributors to Restroom Facilities:
- Chippewa County Employees Credit Union

Land managed by the Michigan DNR

Kensington Metropark: Around 5 pm on Tuesday night. Golf course groomed for skate, double tracks set on one side. A few bare spots, tracks set into the grass in some spots. Skate is a better choice, avoid the grass and the seed pods on the trail. Ventured onto the classic only connector trail into the park, there is a single track set for the first half a mile then its just rolled beyond that. Very very thin in places, lots of dirt and leaves, a little icy. It appears to have only been groomed on Saturday. There is a small section of water that you can avoid if you take a short detour along the edge of the nature trail. I didn't make it all the way over to the A and B loops but I would guess they aren't exponentially better than the connector trail. Rock skis everywhere. I would not recommend the classic only trails for super serious skiing.

Corsair Ski Trails: Great conditions for an afternoon ski on the Silver Valley loop at Corsair on a perfect winter day! The classic tracks had been groomed after this weekend's snowfall and provided a good glide with no icy or bare spots. The beauty of the surrounding forest and Silver Creek always makes this a favorite destination as well as the meticulous grooming by the Corsair Trail Council.

Maybury State Park: Tracks were a bit icy and uneven and snow was crusty. Poling was difficult. I used good twin skis and had decent grip and glide. Good opportunity to work on double poling technique.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skied classic trails south of Hammel Road.
Hard packed and some ice in area with sun out.
Also some dirt and roots starting to come through tracks due to sun.
But still plenty of good skiing for a few days.
Sure beats going in circles!!!!!!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skied South woods 3-5pm bit icy in places but overall great! to be skiing.

Vasa Trail: Lots of smiles on the Vasa Trail today. Perfect conditions and thanks to the groomers for getting a really nice level surface. Classic tracks were fast and a good day to skate or classic. Skied this years 50k Vasa course with Glenn and Cliff, can't say I miss Jack Pine doing a 50k race. Conditions were so nice and fast that when we got done I went out and did another 4 k.
Can't wait until tomorrow. I will be grooming both Hickory Meadows and the Hills tomorrow if you decide on another venue. Life is good.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Forestville: Grooming is being focused on Noquemanon Ski Marathon (NSM) race preparation. This year’s very deep snow pack needs a good deal of grooming to work the snow into a hard pack for the NSM. There are a great many “game time decisions” regarding where and when to groom. Every machine in the fleet was out yesterday. Most grooming is focused upon trails used in next weekend’s events. All Forestville trails from the Tourist Park to Co Rd 510 including the spur to NMU’s campus on Wright Street were in great shape and expect more of the same today. You can also expect to see grooming equipment on trails during the day. Please give them room to pass. I tend to avoid the freshly groomed trails in order to let them set up and skiing the soft freshly groomed trails is far less fun than the harder set up trails. I suggest Bagwagi, Chiwagi, Gookookoo, Migize, Mukwa and the section between the Tourist Park and Forestville but all trails are open and have been groomed in the last 24 hours. Watch out for icy sections on the two ponds 1k east of Forestville. Last weekend’s snow had weighted down the ice causing water to spill over the ice. The ponds are well frozen and the ice is quite thick so no need to worry. Enjoy another great day of skiing.

Saux Head: All trails groomed and track set Monday the 20th. Skiing should be fabulous today.

Big Bay Pathway: The big bay pathway, was yesterday (1/20). The groomers didn’t provide any detailed information. Sooo, Hidden Gin Loop is indeed still hidden, but in stellar condition...cheers- sven

Fit Strip: Fit Strip is groomed weekly or as conditions warrant. Yesterday Patricia emailed: I was lucky to follow the groomer from TP TH to the 7K marker on Friday, and luckier still to be on the Fit Strip on Saturday and Sunday, both times while the groomer was out. … Every single trail on the Fit Strip was groomed beautifully on Saturday and groomed again and tracked on Sunday.

Hanson Hills: Great skiing to be had today! Tommy G. is out combing skate lanes this morning.
Lodge at Trails open at 9am.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It's another great day on the ski trails at XC Ski HQ! Groomer Mike will be out early rolling, snow combing the skate lanes, and re-setting tracks where needed. All trails across the street have classic tracks and snowcombed skate lanes. There is 5 to 8 inches of snow packed on the trails, and 8 to 12 inches in the woods. Conditions are excellent, come out and enjoy a fabulous day of skiing or snowshoeing!

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