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Dick Fultz pulls out the stops to finish first in the 70-74 age category in the White Pine Stampede 50km Freestyle. Time? 3:35:56 for 21st overall! (Phote: White Pine Stampede)

Dick Fultz pulls out the stops to finish first in the 70-74 age category in the White Pine Stampede 50km Freestyle. Time? 3:35:56 for 21st overall! (Phote: White Pine Stampede)

Lipp and Holmes win Vasa MI Cup Challenge
Lipp and Holmes win Vasa MI Cup Challenge

Lipp and Holmes win Vasa MI Cup Challenge

2/15/2020 - By Mike Muha

We combine the times from the 2 full points Michigan Cup races (the 25K freestyle and the 17K classic), and the best time wins.

Lipp and Hanson top seniors in Michigan Cup
Lipp and Hanson top seniors in Michigan Cup

Lipp and Hanson top seniors in Michigan Cup

2/14/2020 - By Mike Muha

Vasa's Josh Kerr and Arielle Jean lead the juniors, and Team NordicSkiRacer's Kyle Hanson and Erin Lipp top the senior. Headquarters leads them all...

Wax recommendations for the weekend MI Cup and GLD races
Wax recommendations for the weekend MI Cup and GLD races

Wax recommendations for the weekend MI Cup and GLD races

2/13/2020 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup races! This weekend is special: The Michigan Cup will crown the overall Classic and Freestyle Champion of the year!

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Headquarters maintains Brumbaugh Cup lead
Headquarters maintains Brumbaugh Cup lead

Headquarters maintains Brumbaugh Cup lead

2/11/2020 - By Mike Muha

After seven races, the Cross Country Ski Headquarters continues to lead the Brumbaugh Cup competition with 565 points. Team NordicSkiRacer remains in second with 686 points. Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop is third place with 841 points.

2020 Vasa Classic Results
2020 Vasa Classic Results

2020 Vasa Classic Results

2/11/2020 - By Mike Muha

2020 Vasa Classic Results - just the basics in a nice PDF.

2020 Vasa Freestyle Results!
2020 Vasa Freestyle Results!

2020 Vasa Freestyle Results!

2/11/2020 - By Mike Muha

2020 Vasa Freestyle Results - just the basics in a nice PDF.

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Headquarters "Super-sizes" lead in Michigan Cup
Headquarters "Super-sizes" lead in Michigan Cup

Headquarters "Super-sizes" lead in Michigan Cup

2/10/2020 - By Mike Muha

The Michigan Cup individual standings through the Mike Seaman Memorial Race are out, and the Cross Country Ski Headquarters has greatly extended their lead in the Michigan Cup.

Toko's early American Birkebeiner wax recommendation
Toko's early American Birkebeiner wax recommendation

Toko's early American Birkebeiner wax recommendation

2/10/2020 - By Ian Harvey

Toko's early American Birkebeiner wax recommendation: blue on blue on blue.

RESULTS: Great conditions for skiers at 2020 White Pine Stampede
RESULTS: Great conditions for skiers at 2020 White Pine Stampede

RESULTS: Great conditions for skiers at 2020 White Pine Stampede

2/7/2020 - By Mike Muha

The trail was widened significantly, letting Shanty Creek use the big groomer over most of the trail system. It was very noticeable - and appreciated!

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Weekend Michigan Cup waxing recommendations!
Weekend Michigan Cup waxing recommendations!

Weekend Michigan Cup waxing recommendations!

2/6/2020 - By Mike Muha

Time to wax up for Saturday and Sunday's North American Vasa races!

Wakeley and Colie win Michael Seaman Memorial
Wakeley and Colie win Michael Seaman Memorial

Wakeley and Colie win Michael Seaman Memorial

2/4/2020 - By Mike Muha

Tracks were glazed where people were testing skis, making even skins and zeros a little slippery. Hard waxes did work, but tended to ice if one stepped onto the new snow outside the track.

2020 White Pine Stampede photos!
2020 White Pine Stampede photos!

2020 White Pine Stampede photos!

2/2/2020 - By Mike Muha

The White Pine Stampede's crack photographers took over a thousand pictures! Use the link below to see them. Right-click and pick

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UPCOMING

SUN, FEB 16, 2020

CCSA Championships / GLD Junior Cup - Mass Start Classic
Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

Michigan Cup Classic Championships and Meijer State Games of Michigan / Hanson Hills 14km Classic
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI

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

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

MON, FEB 17, 2020

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

WED, FEB 19, 2020

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

SAT, FEB 22, 2020

NCAA Central Regional Championships - 5/10k Individual Freestyle
Al Quaal Recreation Area, Ishpeming, MI

Boyne Vistas 10K Freestyle
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club
Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Rd, Brighton, MI

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

SUN, FEB 23, 2020

NCAA Central Regional Championships - 15/20k Mass Start Classic
Al Quaal Recreation Area, Ishpeming, MI

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club
Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Rd, Brighton, MI

28th Annual Junior Muffin Team Sprint Relay - Freestyle
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SUN, FEB 16

Vasa Trail: What a perfect afternoon on the Vasa trail, sunny, mild temps, & deep, firm classic tracks, so skied all of the 27k loop, except Headwaters, in less than 3 hrs. I love the downhills, when so perfectly groomed, esp Jack Pine, the powerlines, The Wall, and backwards to Anita HIll. Lots of friends were out enjoying the trail, too, so always fun to stop for a chat. This may be the best day on the Vasa all winter, so savored every precious minute!

Unlisted trail: Leelanau Trail...

Once again disappointed with the sporadic nature of the grooming. Said it was groomed on the 11th but little evidence of that. For folks in West Bay area it would be a nice place to get in a quick ski rather than driving across town to the Vasa trail

Kensington Metropark: Near perfect conditions this morning with only one bare spot as identified in yesterday's report. Not sure how long it will last with the sun, warm temps, and possible rain. Get it while you can!

Chapin Forest: Really good! Not Icy. Occassional thin spots, but you can ski around them. Come on out!

Boyne Mountain: Ski conditions are very good this weekend. Skate lanes are firm and flat. Tracks are firm and carry good speed, but not icy.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Huron Meadows Ski Center will be open on Monday (Presidents Day) from 10 to 8
Come out and enjoy a day or night of skiing. Remember Bucks Run has lights !!

tm

Forbush Corner: Beautiful sunny morning. Full system groom including The Pines Loop. Conditions are great.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It's another great day in the North Woods! Groomer Mike will snowcomb the skate lanes this morning, and freshen up the classic tracks where needed. Thanks to all the snow, and to A+ grooming from Mike and Butch, the skate lanes are smooth, packed corduroy, and classic tracks are fresh, firm and deep. There are 6 to 8 inches of snow packed on the trails, and 8 to 14 inches in the woods. What fun to see so many people outside on this holiday weekend XC skiing with family and friends. Enjoy these fantastic conditions!

Pigeon Creek: Groomed and finally (!) tracked Saturday morning for classic skis. A solid base underneath and it received maybe an inch of snow through the afternoon which resulted in very fast conditions. Surprisingly, the parking lot was not filled and the tracks were defined and crisp.

Hanson Hills: Meijer State Games- Hanson Hills Classic Today!!
Race course is looking amazing! We received 1/4 inch of new snow last night that groomed out perfectly at midnight! Beautiful set tracks throughout the entire course.

Yellow, Brown, Blue, and M-93 hills will be used for the race course, we ask all recreational skiers to please use the Wilderness, and Red Trail until the conclusion of our race. approximately 11:30am.

Forbush Corner: Unbelievable today. This is what is world class grooming for the race today. This is a standard that all areas should strive for. Just saying. You have to try Forbush for skiing. This is one of the best in the lower peninsula. Regards, Curt Peterson

SAT, FEB 15

Vasa Trail: The parking lot most likely was over-capacity during the TH Open House as it usually is, and by my late afternoon ski it was still half full. Great to see so many new and novice skiers out having fun today, 2X to 3X more than I normally see on weekends. Seeing all these small groups struggle to safely make it down the smaller downgrades (not counting the 3-4 "big" hills on the 10K) brought back personal memories from many decades ago, and just wish I had time to stop to offer a few encouraging pointers. The abundant and freshly groomed snow provided ideal conditions for them. Today's skating was easy fast speeds with a nice soft and gentle feel underfoot with just a slight sizzle. Tomorrow should be at least as good for both techniques.

Big M: Another bucket list, backcountry ski at Big M with Sarah this morning. Perfectly groomed on Thursday (thanks Dave), with 2" of silky, virgin snow in the track & trail, so very manageable steep downhills, which remind me of Valley Spur, though narrower since classic only. We skied all of the outer loop, from Lumberjack to Camp 24 & Big Wheel, then the most difficult hills on Oh Me II & Catamount, back on Double Bit. When we returned at 12:45, the parking lot was filled with recreational skiers, families, and fat tire bikers. We didn't stop by the Lodge, but there was smoke coming from the chimney, so would have been a good place to stop to get warmed up. It was another cold, windy morning, but protected by the woods & ridges. I never ski Big M if icy & it wasn't this morning, so perfect timing for our annual ski there.

Kensington Metropark: Great conditions on the Kensington golf course this morning. Freshly groomed for skate and classic. Only one bare spot to avoid near the #8 tee box.

Classic trails in the woods were double tracked and looked very skiable but had not been groomed today.

Anders

Milham Park Golf Course: So I skied at Milham yesterday morning and it skied great: plenty of snow, quiet, and an sublimely placed trail. But... there was approximately an inch and a half of new snow on top of the trail since it had last been groomed. Now I don't know where the snow came from because I live one mile away and there was no new inch and a half of snow on my driveway. Over all this said snow gave the observer the impression that Milham was neglected. While I was excited by more snow this was a situation which was unacceptable. I am happy to report that Milham has been freshly groomed and looks like it. Skiers should find good conditions and looks like good skiing until Sunday afternoon before it warms up again.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Good Saturday morning from the SCR Nordic Center. All trails are groomed and ready for a nice, long glide on almost-new snow. Today is already quite breezy, and we expect a few snow showers late this afternoon, as temps rise to the low 30s. Today is a great day to work up an appetite on the SCR Nordic Trails, then head on over to Ivan’s for their delicious homemade chili or minestrone soup!

Hanson Hills: All trails are groomed with set tracks.

Sunday: Hanson Hills Classic Race 10am race will be held on Yellow, Brown, Blue and M-93 hills returning to the lodge. We ask that Recreational ski traffic stay off those designated trails until approximately 11:30am. Main trail out/RED and Wilderness Trail will be open. Please give racers right away.

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

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