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Straits Strider's Chris Weingartz (1003) tears it up at the Birkie. (Photo: Birkie)

Straits Strider's Chris Weingartz (1003) tears it up at the Birkie. (Photo: Birkie)

Finding Motivation: Why We Do What We Do
Finding Motivation: Why We Do What We Do

Finding Motivation: Why We Do What We Do

3/3/2015 - By Ian Harvey

The "why" is difficult to explain except to note that we skier types all seem to have this inexplicable yearning for outdoor adventure in common.

RESULTS: Woodbeck and Davis win Black Mountain Freestyle
RESULTS: Woodbeck and Davis win Black Mountain Freestyle

RESULTS: Woodbeck and Davis win Black Mountain Freestyle

3/1/2015 - By John Gravlin

Sunny skies and temps of low 20’s greeted the racers as they took on the challenge of the Black Mountain 10km skate loop (nicknamed “The Beast”).

Hoffman again top US male in snowy 50k
Hoffman again top US male in snowy 50k

Hoffman again top US male in snowy 50k

3/1/2015 - By USSA

Noah Hoffman skied to a 31st place in a difficult 50k classic race. Despite early attempts from race favorites, breakaway efforts were absorbed by the heavy, slow snow.

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Stephens hangs on for 11th in 30k classic
Stephens hangs on for 11th in 30k classic

Stephens hangs on for 11th in 30k classic

3/1/2015 - By USSA

Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) hung on for an 11th place result in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 30k classic mass start, a race defined by Norway’s Therese Johaug who broke away with a sharp pace early and held on for an impressive win.

RESULTS: Paull sets course record; Davis top women at Black Mountain Classis
RESULTS: Paull sets course record; Davis top women at Black Mountain Classis

RESULTS: Paull sets course record; Davis top women at Black Mountain Classis

3/1/2015 - By John Gravlin

Denny Paull continued his current streak of brilliant races with a new course record of 1:42:10 for the overall win. Rebecca Davis blazed the course in 02:06:15, good enough for 11th place overall.

Jakroo sponsors  Junior Nationals
Jakroo sponsors  Junior Nationals

Jakroo sponsors Junior Nationals

3/1/2015 - By Patrice Engle Spyrka

Jakroo Custom Apparel is on board as a “Major Partner” in sponsoring the biggest Junior Cross Country event in North America.

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Latest Michigan Cup Standings
Latest Michigan Cup Standings

Latest Michigan Cup Standings

2/28/2015 - By Ken Dawson

This is the updated Michigan Cup individual standings as of February 27, 2015. I'm still missing the Noque results and or the

U.S. Men 11th in Falun Relay
U.S. Men 11th in Falun Relay

U.S. Men 11th in Falun Relay

2/28/2015 - By USSA

The U.S. men’s team comprised of Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA), Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO), Kyle Bratrud (Eden Prarie, MN) and Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) finished 11th in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 4x10k relay.

Wax recommendations for Black Mountain
Wax recommendations for Black Mountain

Wax recommendations for Black Mountain

2/28/2015 - By Mike Muha

Updated (Solda for BM Freestyle) Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski races: The Black Mountain Classic and the Black Mountain Freestyle.

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Women 4th after fall put team in tough position in 4x5k relay
Women 4th after fall put team in tough position in 4x5k relay

Women 4th after fall put team in tough position in 4x5k relay

2/27/2015 - By USSA

An early fall from Sadie Bjornsen in the opening leg put the team in a tough position early. But the rest of the legs pulled the team back to a solid fourth place result.

Hoffman leads men in 15k Freestyle
Hoffman leads men in 15k Freestyle

Hoffman leads men in 15k Freestyle

2/27/2015 - By USSA

Noah Hoffman, back from injury, led the U.S. contingent in Wednesday's FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 15k freestyle race with a 34th place finish.

Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Feb 24
Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Feb 24

Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Feb 24

2/25/2015 - By Mark Esper

Results from the Vasa Ski Club Tuesday Night 4k Freestyle Sprints on February 24, 2015, 2015 at Timber Ridge.

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UPCOMING

TUE, MAR 3, 2015

Vasa Ski Club Tuesday Night Sprint Races
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

WED, MAR 4, 2015

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Classic Ski
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

FRI, MAR 6, 2015

Junior Bear Chase
Swedetown Trails - Calumet, Michigan

SAT, MAR 7, 2015

Great Bear Chase
Swedetown Trails - Calumet, Michigan

The Annual Wabos Loppet
Stokely Creek Lodge, Goulais River, ON, Canada

Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Learn to Ski for Free
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SUN, MAR 8, 2015

Michigan Cup Relays
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

MON, MAR 9, 2015

Junior Nationals - 1k/1.5k Freestyle Sprint
Auburn Ski Club, Soda Springs, CA

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TRAINING LOG

MON, MAR 2: Run, 1:06, L2 - hills

SAT, FEB 28: Run, :45, Hills

THU, FEB 26: Run, :33, Easy distance

SUN, FEB 22: XC Ski-Classic, 1:58, Just do it!

SAT, FEB 21: XC Ski-Skate, 1:09, Technique

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

TUE, MAR 3

Crystal Mountain: Excellent corduroyed skating lane, silky and fast! Tracks were set Sunday morning and are in great shape on the flats and most of the hills; a few soft spots on Flying Squirrel's steeper curves. It looks like a Pure Michigan postcard out there.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: With temperatures in the 20s , sunshine and great trail conditions the skiing was most enjoyable yesterday. Today will be a snowy ski day. As of 7 am we have already received close to an inch of fresh dense snow. Ginzu Dana will be packing, grooming and setting tracks in the fresh snow throughout the morning on all trails. Conditions for Classic skiing are great and the skate skiing conditions will be soft until the fresh snow is packed. We have 10 to 18 inches of snow in the woods and 6 to 10 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:
Today: Periods of snow. High 29F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 90%. 3 to 5 inches of snow expected.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A few flurries are possible. Low 12F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday: Cloudy skies. High 13F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low -7F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday: A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 16F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Today’s lunch special is the Classic Ham and Swiss Panini: Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese, sliced tomatoes and stone ground mustard on Stone House bread. We will also have have a fine selection of paninis and, of course, famous chili and vegie chili served with a warm 7 grain roll.

The “let it snow” sale continues with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis and boots! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off.

A snowy Winter Wonderland is upon us!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew

MON, MAR 2

Black Mountain: A light dusting of snow over well set classic tracks. Started at the Bluffs, didn't see a soul and only one set of tracks from another classic skier, followed the race course mostly. Mid 20's used a VR something (40,45) kick wax, the tin is to small to have the number showing anymore.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Fantastic trails this evening. Wide, smooth, with spectacular tracks doubled up on the side. It was almost like a UP trail grooming job. Firm, fast and fun. Lots of moonlight early, then it clouded up, but there was still plenty of light for skiing. The days must be getting longer, because there were a lot more lights glowing by the trail than usual. There is one spot just south of the lodge where the trail is getting narrow due to heat.
For trails this wide and smooth, a lot of passes had to be made by the groomers. Nice job.

Michaywe: Another day of fabulous grooming. The entire system was groomed for both skating and classic. Nice deep tracks. Abundant snow. This place is wonderful. Day after day. Our groomer, Jim Olli, consistently goes above and beyond.

Pierce Stocking Dr @ Sleeping Bear Dunes: Another bluebird day at Pierce Stocking Dr, up & down the hills with Kate Easlick, helping me get ready for CO. Lots of snowshoers made their track over the weekend, so a little rough & flat for skiing, but plenty of deep snow to backcountry ski still.

Independance Oaks: Amazing conditions. Skied in the AM on freshly groomed trails. Except Ted Gray. The grooming conditions are the best I've skied as well. The trails are wide, flat, and firm. Uphills and down. Classic tracks are in good shape too.

Hanson Hills: Lodge and Trails Open at 9am. All trails were groomed yesterday. Beautiful set track on all trails. Skate Lanes have a light dusting of snow on them this morning!

Vasa Trail: TART should post their rules and regs for fatbikes on MMBA.org, posting on Nordic ski racer seems like the wrong venue for bikers. Good luck!!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We had another great day of skiing yesterday. With temperatures in the 20’s and great trail conditions many skiers came out to enjoy Pure Michigan’s winter wonderland! Groomer Henry will start re-grooming all the trails early this morning. Conditions for both Classic and skate skiing remain excellent. We have 10 to 18 inches of snow in the woods and 6 to 10 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:
Today: Sunny with a few clouds. High near 25F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday: Cloudy with snow. High 31F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches.
Wednesday: Cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 16F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Today’s lunch special is homemade Hot Pulled Pork BBQ served on a very tasty French roll with Cole slaw. We will also have have a fine selection of paninis and of course famous chili and vegie chili served with a warm 7 grain roll.

The “let it snow” sale continues with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis and boots! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off.

Our thanks to everyone who participated and attended in the Retro 40th, we deeply appreciate the support! It was very hard to choose the King and Queen!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew

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