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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)

Fischer tunes Nordic line-up for 2018
Fischer tunes Nordic line-up for 2018

Fischer tunes Nordic line-up for 2018

12/14/2017 - By Fischer Sports

Fischer introduces 2018 – 2019 product introductions and improvements to both in-track and light touring models, including a new Speedmax Twinskin, a marriage of the dual mohair channel technology with their highest level racing skis.

Full Michigan Cup points for both races this weekend
Full Michigan Cup points for both races this weekend

Full Michigan Cup points for both races this weekend

12/13/2017 - By Mike Muha

Both the Lakes of the North Freestyle and the Forbush Time Trial will both award full Michigan Cup points this weekend.

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.

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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...

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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UPCOMING

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

WED, DEC 20, 2017

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

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

THU, DEC 14

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received roughly 2 inches of snow yesterday, and the trails are in the best shape yet. Ginzu Dana snowcombed all the trails yesterday afternoon during the snowfall, and Groomer Butch started snowcombing this morning around 8:00am. He will also be attempting to roll in classic tracks. More snow is in the forecast for tomorrow, which should put us in great shape for the weekend!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is the Cubano Panini! Honey glazed ham, oven roasted turkey, swiss cheese, dill pickle slices, mayo and Dijon mustard come together on a crusty ciabatta bun. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle! Don’t forget to shop the Christmas sale!

Milham Park Golf Course: Milham has been groomed for both skating and classic. Did not have time to ski this morning but things looked pretty good. Classic tracks are a little thin but have full coverage. Looks like we will have nice skiing for this weekend.

Hanson Hills: Dress Warm!! Groomers Jason and Tommy G are facing the cold head on this morning. Jason is snow combing all trails, while Tommy G is strategically placing new trail maps and intersection markers. Also, Tommy G is testing out the track setter as well, no promises but we are hopeful for some tracks down wilderness today... I will report back later!! Lodge and Trails Open 9am-4pm today.

WED, DEC 13

Kensington Metropark: Kensington is grooming. I looked at the trails at 6 last evening but it was a blizzard there. We got about 10" on top of the previous 5"...the grooming was visible but had 10" fresh on top. The new trail from the farm center all the way to the west end near the entrance/HQ (new part) is beautiful. It is classic only...I will ski it later today and report back. With the Adam Haberkorn crew doing Kensington grooming it should be great.

Valley Spur: We continue to build up our base getting several inches of fresh snow each day. Dan sets fresh classic tracks each a.m. ,so some good skiing with Blue Extra. Over 80% of trails open with Dan finishing the big hills of G by the weekend and working on Worel's Woods. Snowshoe trail is fantastic.

Hanson Hills: Trails improving with each daily snowfall. Skating was good today. All trails were open. Still no classic tracks. Looking forward to skiing the new extension of the classic only Wilderness trail, now nearly 9 k long.

Vasa Trail: Jayne & I left Timber Ridge at 11:00 AM in blowing snow heading counter clockwise on Vasa & found a freshly rolled trail all the way toward the rock. Despite classic skiing without set tracks & facing strong winds, it was a beautiful ski on trails we enjoy. Lots of friendly skaters along the way, & a reminder of why we returned to TC 20 years ago.
Who's car pooling to Lakes of the North this weekend?

Vasa Trail: Jayne & I left Timber Ridge at 11:00 AM in blowing snow heading counter clockwise on Vasa & found a freshly rolled trail all the way toward the rock. Despite classic skiing without set tracks & facing strong winds, it was a beautiful ski on trails we enjoy. Lots of friendly skaters along the way, & a reminder of why we returned to TC 20 years ago.
Who's car pooling to Lakes of the North this weekend?

East Side Golf Course: Tried skating today. Classic was better yesterday. The ground was frozen when the snow came down, so it didn't melt at the beginning to form a thin ice layer once it got even colder, so skis on edge get all the way to the short grass/ground and grab. All good if you keep the skis pretty flat (i.e. stick to classic). Occasional drifts that have firmed up from wind packing, but hey - this is Ohio, any skiing before Christmas is good skiing.

Milham Park Golf Course: We moved the grooming equipment today and are all set to go. Current plan is to groom Thursday morning. Hoping we get more snow today. Things are still very thin but will run the roller around if we don't get more snow. Will report tomorrow after grooming with trail conditions.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Huron Meadows reports that tomorrow (Thursday) will be the officially opening day for skiing! They'll have a big job ahead of them packing and grooming today and tonight's forecasted snow. (You'll notice that some trails are already open - See Tony's trail report, and the Kids Class will be on groomed snow tonight...with a fast covering of new snow).

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Trails are machine groomed with 4" packed base. Tracks are set today and the trails are wide enough for good for skating. Snow is falling off and on today and we will groom trails as needed

Nubs Nob: The trails are open. The Upper trails were power-tilled this morning. The Lower Trails were repacked this morning.

Boyne Highlands: Boyne Highlands reports 33km of trail groomed for skate and classic, with a claimed compacted base of 6-11 inches.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skied last night. The south golf course trail was groomed. A couple places were wind-blown and pretty bare, and some other places were wind-blown and deep with snow, but overall better than expected. Don't know it the rest of the trails were grooomed or not. Skating only - no tracks.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Real Grooming Report: Groomers went out this morning with the Ginzu equipment and the skate lane is coming along nicely even with the thin cover. All trails inside 17k will be groomed or roll packed but use extreme caution on the steep down hills. And, remember, don’t snow plow. There is still too little snow for a credible classic track however. They did attempt to set track so you will see it in a few places.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: As someone that stokes a wood stove daily, I know my way to the wood shed. So, when told to go there I was surprised at the reception. It seems there is an active chapter of friends of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I didn’t even check the school closing list given yesterday morning’s (in my view) paltry dusting. However, that is not the way the school system or Our Lady of Guadalupe friends saw things. Granted, my drift on the Spruce Street driveway was 16” but that I always chalk that up to well deserved divine retribution. Anyway, my apologies to those lobbying for the Our Lady of Guadalupe snow storm. My failure in storm naming was not the only issue at the wood shed. It seems there is an active contingent of supporters of people that snow plow. Granted, I may have been a little harsh on them but, please, try to avoid pushing snow off the trails.

Today and tonight look to be snow events to classic tracks and steep hill skiing may be close at hand.
See you out there.

Hanson Hills: Trails are shaping up nicely, We are receiving some new snow right now. All trails have been packed the past few days. Groomer Tommy G. has freshly snowcombed the Yellow, Blue, and Green Trails this morning. Lodge and Trails Open 9am-4pm today.

Boyne Mountain: All trails have been rolled and all but Innsbruk have been tracked. Still a little thin on Innsbruk and Vojins but all beginner and intermediate trails are in good shape and if the wind stops blowing, should remain that way!

Enjoy this early blast of winter!

Crystal Mountain: Quite the adventure rolling the trails thru Tuesday's blizzard - had to stop a few times to figure out where the trail had gone. Everything is rolled except Eagle & Squirrel (better to pack those 2 zingers before taking a groomer up there).
Kathy is back at it today firming things up & rolling today's fresh.
Plenty of base for a track set and trails should be mid-winter prime by the weekend.

Groomer Tim

East Side Golf Course: Skating should be OK on the golf courses that got enough snow. I have not been near Highland (Chagrin & Green), but East of 271 we got more snow. Chapin doesn't have enough yet, no update on the hotline (Weds AM) - radar looks like GRR and Punderson may be getting more.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Conditions on the trails yesterday showed a big improvement, with more of the trail system in good condition for skating and classic. While we need a bit more snow to have great skiing on all the trails – and to set classic tracks – the skiing is still good for “B skis”. We are forecast to receive up to 5 inches of snow before the weekend, so we are very hopeful for great skiing by Saturday, and possibly by tomorrow!

Mackinaw Cut and Wild Turkey are in the best shape: 85% good, and 15% fair. Manitou has some nice skiing, with 65% good, 30% fair, and a couple thin spots. Rolling Hills is primarily in good condition, with a couple of fair spots. Tall Pines still needs more snow to have good skiing, and Adventure is closed for now as it is too wet. The practice area continues to have the best snow, ideal for hill training and technique, plus of course lessons and ski demos!

Stop in for lunch at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe! Today’s special is the Cubano Panini! Honey glazed ham, oven roasted turkey, swiss cheese, dill pickle slices, mayo and Dijon mustard come together on a crusty ciabatta bun. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle… yes! We also have creamy ham and potato soup and classic chili, both served with a warm roll and real butter. Don’t forget the Bosco sticks!

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