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Start of the North American Vasa! (Photo: North American Vasa)

Start of the North American Vasa! (Photo: North American Vasa)

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition
Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition

2/15/2019 - By Mike Muha and Chris Jones

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition for more powerful team with a narrow lead over Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop

RESULTS: Vasa still in front. Leaders shuffle around a bit
RESULTS: Vasa still in front. Leaders shuffle around a bit

RESULTS: Vasa still in front. Leaders shuffle around a bit

2/15/2019 - By Mike Muha

With Vasa Fest over, Vasa Ski Club has increased it lead over the Cross Country Ski Headquarters remaining in second. Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team is still in third with only a narrow gap over Team NordicSkiRacer.

Wax recommendations: Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championships!
Wax recommendations: Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championships!

Wax recommendations: Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championships!

2/15/2019 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED WITH SOLDA! Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championship races!

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RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Classic: Ethan Goss and Emily Blackmer win the 35k
RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Classic: Ethan Goss and Emily Blackmer win the 35k

RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Classic: Ethan Goss and Emily Blackmer win the 35k

2/11/2019 - By Mike Muha

Summary of the results, plus PDF by gender and race distance of the results.

RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Freestyle: Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson carry the day
RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Freestyle: Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson carry the day

RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Freestyle: Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson carry the day

2/11/2019 - By Mike Muha

Summary of the results, plus PDF by gender and race distance of the results.

Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob starting up
Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob starting up

Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob starting up

2/8/2019 - By The Outfitter Harbor Springs

The Nordic Ski Series at Nubs Nob of years past has been revamped to better meet your needs. Drumroll please… Nordic Nights 2019! Nordic Nights are a great way to get out for a night ski, have fun meeting fellow skinny skiers, and improve your skills!

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Vasa still leads; Rebecca Davis and Sam Holmes move to first
Vasa still leads; Rebecca Davis and Sam Holmes move to first

Vasa still leads; Rebecca Davis and Sam Holmes move to first

2/7/2019 - By Mike Muha

The Michigan Cup Team and Individual standings as of the White Pine Stampede are out, and there's been shift in both the team standings and the overall individual leads!

UPDATED! Wax recommendations: It's VASA weekend!
UPDATED! Wax recommendations: It's VASA weekend!

UPDATED! Wax recommendations: It's VASA weekend!

2/7/2019 - By Mike Muha

[Solda and Fast Wax recommendations added!] Wax recommendations for Saturday and Sunday's Vasa races. As always, check back later for additional recommendations.

RESULTS: Rebecca Davis and Denny Paull win Mike Seaman Memorial Classic
RESULTS: Rebecca Davis and Denny Paull win Mike Seaman Memorial Classic

RESULTS: Rebecca Davis and Denny Paull win Mike Seaman Memorial Classic

2/4/2019 - By Mike Muha

The race course was immaculate: Double tracked, except for uphills (one track on the right, with the left groomed for herringboners) and the big downhills (one track on the right, with the left groomed for snowplowing and braking).

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RESULTS: CXC GLD Junior National Qualifier: Boyne Classic
RESULTS: CXC GLD Junior National Qualifier: Boyne Classic

RESULTS: CXC GLD Junior National Qualifier: Boyne Classic

2/3/2019 - By Mike Muha

The CXC Great Lakes District classic Junior National Qualifier closed out the weekend for junior racers.

VIDEO: 50km start of the White Pine Stampede
VIDEO: 50km start of the White Pine Stampede

VIDEO: 50km start of the White Pine Stampede

2/3/2019 - By Mike Muha

VIDEO: 50km start of the White Pine Stampede

PHOTOS (hundreds!) from the 2019 White Pine Stampede
PHOTOS (hundreds!) from the 2019 White Pine Stampede

PHOTOS (hundreds!) from the 2019 White Pine Stampede

2/3/2019 - By Mike Muha

We're lucky to have Lydia Cadena as the official photographer of the White Pine Stampede. Her photos are all free to download!

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UPCOMING

FRI, FEB 15, 2019

Michigan High School Championships
Marquette\Ishpeming, MI

Winter Fest Night SkiingTour
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SAT, FEB 16, 2019

Michigan High School Championships
Marquette\Ishpeming, MI

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club skiing
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Meijer State Games Of Michigan - Forbush 8K/18K Freestyle
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

Stretch and Slide: A Yoga-Ski Retreat!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson (XCHQ)
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SUN, FEB 17, 2019

Meijer State Games of Michigan / Hanson Hills Classic
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

MON, FEB 18, 2019

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

WED, FEB 20, 2019

Nordic Ski Nights
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

THU, FEB 21, 2019

Barnebirkie Youth Ski Tour
Hayward, Wisconson

Junior Birkie
Hayward, Wisconson

FRI, FEB 22, 2019

Adaptive Birkie
Wheeler Road to Hayward, Wisconson

Kortelopet Classic and Skate 29K
OO Trailhead to Downtown Hayward, Wisconson

Prince Haakon 15K
Mosquito Brook Road to Hayward, Wisconson

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

FRI, FEB 15

Bay City State Park: Beautifully groomed trail. Groomer does a great job creating not only tracks for classic skiers but packs down adjacent snow for hikers. Track is fast with the crusty snow. About 8" on the trail. Minimal oak leaves in the tracks even after the high winds. A bit of snow would make it almost perfect.

Muncie Lakes Pathway: Thanks to the volunteer groomers who help make Muncie a great system. Deep classic tracks on this narrow trail that snakes through the woods. Folks heed the signs so no damage by snowshowers and walkers. A fantastic afternoon.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skate lane and classic tracks are icy. Tracks are shallow.
Connector from building to woods is basically a sheet of ice. Gets better in woods. You may want to walk out to woods.
Should be better tomorrow if they till and groom again in morning.


Snow piles are almost gone. Are we going to continue to make snow?????
Still a lot of ski season left.

Milham Park Golf Course: Ran the groomer around Milham this morning. Used the sno-razor to try to break up surface, condition of the trail was not improved. I would call the trail poor right now. At least 50% of the course is boiler plate ice. The rest is boiler plate with a bit of snow on top. Took groomer onto parts of course that had not been groomed previously and trail was hardly scratched. I believe skiers will find best conditions on the ungroomed fairways. Lets hope for a couple of inches of snow to make Milham great again.

Vasa Trail: Another 4"-5" of fresh snow the past 24 hours, of which half of it is under this morning's full system skate lane grooming, and the other half on top of it. Fortunately it is light fluffy snow that one lady described as "super fast fluff." Classic tracks remain in good condition. Snow gauge on the 4K signpost indicates compacted base depth of 11", and settled snow in the woods is probably 3' after SnowMaggen II.

Tomorrow 10 am - 1 pm will be another TART Open House at the TH complete with a warming fire, homemade cookies and hot chocolate, and meet the awesome grooming team. I hear that a rare special appearance will be made by El Sol.

Black Mountain: A terrific base for skiing has been rolled at Black Mountain. The entire system is packed with a deep snow depths. No classic tracks have been set yet, as snow conditions and winds are continually adding to the trails. There is a lot of snow, and groomers may be out this weekend to lay track if conditions are favorable. For now, there is great skiing conditions that should be around for quite some time, through the second half of February. The ski race event scheduled for March 2 and 3 looks very promising for the best conditions for optimal skiing. Check out details on the current newsletters located at the four trail head parking areas. Come out and ski Black Mountain in this winter wonderland, and register for the race event as a tour skier or a racer!

Crystal Mountain: As promised, Greg is in the process of grooming. He's been out there since 6am trying to keep up with the blowing snow. Some sections of trails on the golf course may be drifted over a little bit but the woods and the hills should be great. I will be grooming tomorrow. Come on out and enjoy the fresh snow while it lasts-you never know how long it will be here. Don't forget about the paintball biathlon Sunday.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Soft, dry snow on freshly groomed trails.
Brad the Classic Skier reports:
Go Classic!!
-Timing
-Transfer of weight
-Glide
-Balance
Rather soft for efficient skate skiing.

Boyne Mountain: Wow! 3" this morning between 9 and 10:30. Six inches of new fluff overnight, with lots of wind.

All trails are open. Groomers are out now. The snow is fabulous!

Vistas/Deer Run is not recommended today due to the wind.

Boyne Mountain: After another foot of fluff yesterday, skiing is fantastic! All trails are open and groomed. Upper trails were groomed yesterday. Lower trails have been regroomed this morning.

Take your sweet Valentine out for a spin around Boyne!

Hanson Hills: We have received 2-3 inches of new snow, Groomers Jason and Tommy G. Will packing and combing the trail system the first part of the morning. Skate lanes are soft. If you are looking for tracks our Wilderness Trail will be the trail of choice.. Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

Forbush Corner: Well, it’s snowing again, yeah! We received a couple inches overnight and now the lake effect bands have set up and will continue through the morning. We will be continuing to groom up the trails all day to get everything ready for some great skiing. Weather quiets down for the weekend.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received just over an inch of fresh snow last night, bringing the total accumulation for the week to about 12-13 inches. Temps rose to just above freezing yesterday, which added some moisture to our snowpack, making it all the better for today and the weekend! Groomer Mike will snow comb the trails this morning and reset tracks where needed. Snow depth in the woods is 23 to 26 inches, and packed on the trail about 12 to 14 inches. It just doesn't get any better than this!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Mediterranean Tuna Panini! Albacore tuna, feta cheese, black olives, banana peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and spinach on sun-dried tomato bread! Grilled to perfection and served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle. Enjoy this fantastic winter weekend!

THU, FEB 14

Hanson Hills: Fresh snow. Fresh grooming!! I had the best classic day in years today. Wilderness loop was freshly groomed. First in tracks today. Good to be local. Lol. Get your classic on at Hanson. They have been working hard with all this new snow. The best part was I only saw a few oak leaves. Think the white stuff is finally winning!!

Hanson Hills: Fresh snow. Fresh grooming!! I had the best classic day in years today. Wilderness loop was freshly groomed. First in tracks today. Good to be local. Lol. Get your classic on at Hanson. They have been working hard with all this new snow. The best part was I only saw a few oak leaves. Think the white stuff is finally winning!!

Hickory Hills: Karen and started out skiing the meadows loop and despite all the walkers (which is fine, they should walk here with their dogs if desired) and it was great. The best time to ski the meadows is when there is no wind and the temps are moderate which they were today. The meadows skis so nice and rolling, not as flat as one might think if they walked these trails in the summer. It would be nicer to get more trail reports so that skiers will know when to ski this area. What I really wanted to ski was the Hills and as I expected, it was spectacular. They have been using the piston bully the last couple of weeks and I must say, it is better groomed than even the Vasa Trail. I am a little surprise that the Vasa groomers don't use the big equipment they have. With all the hours they spend grooming it seems running one big machine versus two snowmobiles would be more efficient. This is not a criticism, just a question. Anyway the Hills grooming was perfect. Yes it is a challenging course but if you classic ski it, it become a little easier to navigate. I skated today and I skied it right after it was groomed. After the first uphill it becomes much easier to ski. They added a new decent that takes you down into the downhill ski return but I do NOT recommend this route. I took it today and found it short steep with a sharp turn at the bottom and a hard left hand turn. Take the next downhill to this bowl and you will find it much more negotiable. This is a world cup type course and I will be politicking to get a Michigan Cup race here next season. For all my friends downstate, when you come up to ski the Vasa Trail get over and check out Hickory Hills, it is the course named for Vojin Baic so you know it will be great. Thanks to all the people that made this happen.

Valley Spur: We have gotten around 16 inches of fresh snow in the last couple days. It took 2 full days to get all segments done but we finished today around 3:30. Trails are a bit soft right now but we will be working them over pretty hard the next couple days and they should tighten up pretty quick. We love our snow but this month has been a little ridiculous!

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Skating was fair while the temperature was below freezing, but it could have been excellent, if equipment issues weren't a problem. They need to institute a preventative maintenance schedule and get away from a fix it when it breaks mentality.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Between Tuesday and midday Wednesday, we got about 26 inches of snow... 26 inches! I have never seen so much snow in Marquette. Forestville is completely buried. Only about 10k of trails is groomed right now, Animoosh and Noque to 14.5k, where a large tree is down blocking the trail. If you were to ski on an ungroomed trail, you would probably sink up to your waist... Expect soft conditions for the next couple of days. It will take the grooming crew quite a while to dig us out of this one.

Crystal Mountain: Groomed everything then Greg and I skied to test the product-outstanding!. They are the best so far this season. We got drizzled on a little bit but it has stopped which isn't a bad thing as I think it will firm up the skating lanes. We are expecting a couple inches of snow tonight. Greg will be in the saddle tomorrow to pack it in. I'm sure it will be great. Come on out.

Muncie Lakes Pathway: Paula organized our Muncie ski this morning, and great way to celebrate Valentine's Day, 2 hrs of conversation with friends! We passed volunteer groomer, Jim, who was only able to pack the trail since the track-setter was broken. Even though we didn't have tracks, the snow was perfect for classic skiing, 6 out of 7 on skin skis!

Vasa Trail: Just skated the 10K loop this afternoon from the TH, and it was freshly groomed for both persuasions. The skate lane hadn't had a chance to set up yet, so it had a little softness in areas but considering the SnowMaggen II that we recently experienced it is faster than I had expected, and the top layer even had a nice fast and slippery feel to it under my LF-7 due to high moisture content. Chatted with a lady just finishing up the 25K loop, and she confirmed it was all groomed though a little soft in some of the far areas near TR. A skier yesterday reported a tree down on the 25K loop just past the Wall Bypass, but may have been cleared by now.

This Saturday from 10 am 12 am TART is hosting another Open House at the TH complete with warming fire, hot chocolate, homemade cookies, and meet the awesome groomers.

Big M: Big M Trail Conditions:
February 14, 2019 More snow! All trails were groomed on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The plan is to groom again on Friday, Feb. 15 depending on the amount of snow.
Dave B, our groomer, can be reached at 231 848-7047.
NOTE: please do not park in front of the gate. Also, if you hike or snowshoe the trails, please stay to the side and off the ski tracks.
See skibigm.org for updates.
Dave B, our groomer, can be reached at 231 848-7047.

Vasa Trail: We left from Timber Ridge at 9:00 and headed towards the rock. We detoured down special K because the 25k from that point hadn’t been groomed yet. We finished the 25k inside loop back to TR. the snow was quite soft and slow. Riley’s is groomed to the parking lot on supply road and quite soft. Surprisingly the trail in timber ridge was set up, firm and very nice! It didn’t get the early traffics the vasa did.

Hanson Hills: Cross Country Trail Report: Green,Blue, Easy Return and Wilderness Trail have been groomed with fresh tracks, M-93 hills are groomed for skating, Groomer Jason is out combing Yellow and Brown. Red will be rolled this afternoon.

Boyne Mountain: After another foot of fluff yesterday, skiing is fantastic! All trails are open and groomed. Upper trails were groomed yesterday. Lower trails have been regroomed this morning.

Take your sweet Valentine out for a spin around Boyne!

Forbush Corner: We received around a foot of new snow over the last couple of days. Larry was out yesterday trying to till in all of the new snow. He will be grooming and opening up trails this morning. We are open from 9-5 Thursday through Monday. Looks like a great weekend to ski! Sales/clearances continue in the shop.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received a total of 10 to 12 inches of fresh snow in the last 36 hours. The grooming team has worked all day the last two days to pack, snow comb, and set tracks, and the results are just fabulous! Groomer Butch will snow comb the trails this morning and reset tracks where needed. Snow depth in the woods is 22 to 26 inches, and packed on the trail about 12 to 14 inches. If you go skiing today, you will end up with a huge smile on your face!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Mediterranean Tuna Panini! Albacore tuna, feta cheese, black olives, banana peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and spinach on sun-dried tomato bread! Grilled to perfection and served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle. Lots of fun events this weekend - WinterFest Night Skiing Friday from 6-8pm, and Stretch & Slide Yoga+Skiing on Saturday at 10am. It's going to be an all-time best Pure Michigan weekend for XC Skiing!!

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