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Love Creek snow conditions on Sunday December 10: Perfecto! (Gregory Worsnop)

Love Creek snow conditions on Sunday December 10: Perfecto! (Gregory Worsnop)

2018 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series
2018 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series

2018 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series

12/10/2017 - By Mike Muha

Not all the racing in on groomed trails. For a decidedly different adventure, there's the 2018 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series.

Midwest Nordic Rendezvous, Jan 6-7
Midwest Nordic Rendezvous, Jan 6-7

Midwest Nordic Rendezvous, Jan 6-7

11/19/2017 - By Amy Powell

Join us for the second annual Midwest Nordic Rendezvous with our guest instructor Emily Lovett from Steamboat Springs, Colorado!

Why would you drag a tire during a rollerski race?
Why would you drag a tire during a rollerski race?

Why would you drag a tire during a rollerski race?

11/10/2017 - By Mike Muha

Race Director Andy Liebner told participants in the Grand Rapids 10k Rollerski Race on Sunday, November 5 that dragging a tire reduces speed and increases safety. I can think of some alternative reasons...

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Hanson Hills adds 5km to Wilderness Trail
Hanson Hills adds 5km to Wilderness Trail

Hanson Hills adds 5km to Wilderness Trail

11/9/2017 - By Justin Andre

We've made a number of changes this season at Hanson Hills for cross country skiers, including adding 5km to our popular Wilderness Trail.

Rundle Sport FLEX Skate Roller Skis tame rough roads
Rundle Sport FLEX Skate Roller Skis tame rough roads

Rundle Sport FLEX Skate Roller Skis tame rough roads

10/24/2017 - By Mike Muha, Tony Percha, Ricarado Lung

Tame that chip and seal with Rundle's new FLEX rollerski. Create a customized ride, based on your weight, a get a snow-like feel.

Grand Rapids Rollerski Race, Nov 5...with twist!
Grand Rapids Rollerski Race, Nov 5...with twist!

Grand Rapids Rollerski Race, Nov 5...with twist!

10/23/2017 - By Andy Liebner

Coach Andy Liebner of the U.S. Ski Pole Co. is hosting the *Unofficial Freestyle Roller Ski Race Season Prep Challenge* on Sunday. November 5

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WSTC announces ski touring trips
WSTC announces ski touring trips

WSTC announces ski touring trips

10/14/2017 - By Margaret Walter

The Washtenaw Ski Touring Club has announced its trip schedule for the winter of 2017-18. The trip committee has decided to start trip sign-ups at the upcoming Fall potluck on Sunday, October 22nd.

Changes to scoring, new races in 2018 Michigan Cup
Changes to scoring, new races in 2018 Michigan Cup

Changes to scoring, new races in 2018 Michigan Cup

9/5/2017 - By Mike Muha

Representatives from each Michigan Cup team meet this past weekend for the annual Michigan Cup Committee meeting, to review last season and to plan out the new cross country ski racing season.

Two rollerski clinics over Labor Day Weekend
Two rollerski clinics over Labor Day Weekend

Two rollerski clinics over Labor Day Weekend

8/22/2017 - By Mike Muha

It's time to get serious about cross country ski season, and Andy Liebner is going to help you get into your Nordic Groove with two rollerski clinics this Labor Day weekend.

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Junior rollerski camp, August 1-3
Junior rollerski camp, August 1-3

Junior rollerski camp, August 1-3

7/24/2017 - By John Kostrzewa

If you are on a cross country ski team or plan on ski racing this winter: our annual VASA Ski Club Sponsored Dryland and Rollerski Training Camp is coming up at the Sleeping Bear Dunes Group Camp Site.

Michael Seaman Memorial Scholarship Fund - ski sale fundraiser
Michael Seaman Memorial Scholarship Fund - ski sale fundraiser

Michael Seaman Memorial Scholarship Fund - ski sale fundraiser

7/21/2017 - By Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, and the XC Ski HQ Crew

Mike’s father, Jim, is in the process of creating the “Michael Seaman Memorial Scholarship Fund” to help provide assistance to students in financial need.

Rollerski clinic in Livonia, MI this Saturday, July 15
Rollerski clinic in Livonia, MI this Saturday, July 15

Rollerski clinic in Livonia, MI this Saturday, July 15

7/11/2017 - By Mike Muha

Andy Liebner invites XC Skiers who would like to hone their skills and establish an endurance base during the summer months to attend a rollerski clinic this Saturday, July 15. The clinic will meet at the Andiamo Livonia restaurant parking lot.

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UPCOMING

WED, DEC 13, 2017

Cross-Country Ski lessons at Huron Meadows
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

SAT, DEC 16, 2017

Michigan Tech CCSA Race & CXC Junior Cup (Junior National Qualifier)
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

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

Trapper Santa at the Cabin!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SUN, DEC 17, 2017

Michigan Tech CCSA Race & CXC Junior Cup (Junior National Qualifier)
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

Forbush Time Trial
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

MON, DEC 11

Vasa Trail: Best of the season for skate skiing. We did use rock skis today but........ maybe race skis could have been used. Just to say it was wonderful today. All trails groomed (no classic yet) and who knows with the winter forecast. Just got to say Lakes of the North has groomed today for the race/tour next Sat. with over 12 inches on the ground. It is winter here in NW Michigan and has been for the last 5 days. Regards, Curt Peterson

Crystal Mountain: A big thank you to devoted groomers Kathloon & Tim & Nordic director Greg for daily rolling & packing the stunning 40k of new & improved XC ski trails at Crystal !! Good coverage overall, firmed up & ideal for working early season technique!! V2 drills are just plain Fun on V2 Alley (Stride Rite & Aspen flats) ! More snow on the way so tomorrow will be even more magical, come on out!

Vasa Trail: What a wonderful start to the ski season and in December no less! Vasa was beautiful, lightly covered but totally covered nonetheless. Gary Kaleita and I went out to the 5 K and it was just lovely. No sticking, just a beautiful trail. Used rock skis but could have gone a step or two up as I encountered no bare spots. No clue what I was waxed with, did not care as just practicing how to ski again and give the muscles a shock to the system.

Vasa Trail: Celebrated Kathy's 60th birthday on our favorite section of the Vasa Pathway, Timber Ridge to Special K, 25k to The Rock to Jack Pine & back to TR (approx 20 km). No classic tracks, but SILKY FAST GLIDE & another 2-4" of snow after TART rolled the trail. Kathy joined me for the Jack Pine hills since I enjoy more challenge between The Rock & TR, and there were lots of yee-haws!!! Just beware of the speed bumps (actually, gravel erosion bars) until there's more snow depth. Afterwards, we enjoyed Centre St Cafe's Swamp soup & I delivered 35 pairs of Nordic Rocks skis to Blair Elementary, so they're ready to get on-snow ASAP. PS - No "rock" skis were necessary since the trail could have been race ready!

Hanson Hills: Sill early season conditions. all trails are open, rock skis are recommended as we only have 1/2 inch of base in most areas. No tracks are set at this time. Lodge and Trails Open 9am-4pm today.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It was a fun day of early season skiing yesterday, especially with steady snowfall throughout the day! Many folks had enjoyed demoing skis on the practice area, which still has excellent conditions after our snowmaking efforts last week. Conditions across the street are improving with each snowfall. After yesterday, we are very close to being able to groom the trail network across the street for good skis (classic and skate). We still need just a couple more inches of snow, and with any luck we will get it today as forecasted.

The best trails are the Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, and Rolling Hills trails, which are 30% good, 60% fair, and 10% marginal. At this time until we get more snow, classic skiing only is permitted on the trails. Rock skis are available for rent at a nominal cost.

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is up and running! Today’s lunch specials are the Gourmet Hammy Sammy, with honey glazed thick sliced spiral ham, swiss cheese, tomato and spicy brown mustard, served on a warm ciabatta bun. We also have creamy ham and potato soup, served with a warm roll and real butter! And don’t forget to try a delicious, home-baked banana walnut muffin.

Keep on thinking snow – and stay tuned to tomorrow’s ski report, where we’ll report any snowfall we receive today and tonight.

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