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Latest Nordic fashions? Or maybe a sample of costumes skier wore to the 2021 Muffin Race! More photos here: https://photos.nordicskiracer.com/Racing/Michigan-Cup/Muffin-Race/2021-Muffin-Race

Latest Nordic fashions? Or maybe a sample of costumes skier wore to the 2021 Muffin Race! More photos here: https://photos.nordicskiracer.com/Racing/Michigan-Cup/Muffin-Race/2021-Muffin-Race

UPDATED - RESULTS: Haapala and Olson win 2021 Muffin Race
UPDATED - RESULTS: Haapala and Olson win 2021 Muffin Race

UPDATED - RESULTS: Haapala and Olson win 2021 Muffin Race

3/3/2021 - By Mariah Frye-Colie

What a fabulous Muffin Race yesterday! A record 68 kids, ranging from age 2 to age 19, showed up and raced varying distances, most of them in costume!

UPDATE: Michigan Cup Relays moves to March 7!
UPDATE: Michigan Cup Relays moves to March 7!

UPDATE: Michigan Cup Relays moves to March 7!

2/23/2021 - By Mariah Frye Colie

The relays have moved up a weekend to Sunday March 7. Here's registration Info and COVID-19 protocols.

RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley win Hanson Hills Classic
RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley win Hanson Hills Classic

RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley win Hanson Hills Classic

2/21/2021 - By Mike Muha

Jordyn Ross and Jordan Wakeley repeated Saturday's victories at Forbush Corner with wins at the Michigan Cup Classic Championships / Meijer State Games of Michigan 14km Classic at Hanson Hills Recreation Area in Grayling, MI.

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RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley, MI Cup Freestyle Champions
RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley, MI Cup Freestyle Champions

RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley, MI Cup Freestyle Champions

2/21/2021 - By Mike Muha

Jordyn Ross and Jorden Wakeley took no prisoners at Saturday's Meijer State Games / Michigan Cup Freestyle Championships at Forbush Corner.

Wax recommendations fo the Freestyle and Classic Championships
Wax recommendations fo the Freestyle and Classic Championships

Wax recommendations fo the Freestyle and Classic Championships

2/18/2021 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for the this weekend's Michigan Cup races! Should be great conditions.

UPDATED: Only top 4 races will count toward Michigan Cup senior points
UPDATED: Only top 4 races will count toward Michigan Cup senior points

UPDATED: Only top 4 races will count toward Michigan Cup senior points

2/17/2021 - By Ernie Brumbaugh

It's now your best 4 races that will count toward Michigan Cup points in the senior division. The Junior Division has or will have between 9 and 11 races so individual junior rankings will be based on a skiers best 5 races.

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Black Mountain forced to cancel races
Black Mountain forced to cancel races

Black Mountain forced to cancel races

2/15/2021 - By John Gravlin

The Black Mountain Classic and Black Mountain Freestyle races scheduled for March 6 an 7, 2021 will not be able to receive a DNR permit for the events. This means we have to cancel both races.

Vasa Ski Club wins 2021 High School Championships
Vasa Ski Club wins 2021 High School Championships

Vasa Ski Club wins 2021 High School Championships

2/14/2021 - By Mike Muha

Vasa's Arielle Jean and Willam Haapala lead the Vasa Ski Club to win the 2021 Michigan State High School Cross Country Ski Championships

HH/CCSS continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup
HH/CCSS continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup

HH/CCSS continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup

2/13/2021 - By Mike Muha

After five races, there was no movement in the order of teams in the Brumbaugh Cup competition. Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop still leads.

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Stevenson and Dufour lead individual standings; Headquarters in front
Stevenson and Dufour lead individual standings; Headquarters in front

Stevenson and Dufour lead individual standings; Headquarters in front

2/13/2021 - By Mike Muha

The Cross Country Ski Headquarters has a comfortable lead ahead of all the other teams in the Michigan Cup team competition. Gwenn Stevenson and Yvon Dufour top the individual standings.

How to scrape hot-waxed skis (Video)
How to scrape hot-waxed skis (Video)

How to scrape hot-waxed skis (Video)

2/12/2021 - By Mike Muha

This is a nice short video on how to scrape hot-waxed skis. Worth a review.

Waxing recommendations for the Michigan High School State Championships
Waxing recommendations for the Michigan High School State Championships

Waxing recommendations for the Michigan High School State Championships

2/11/2021 - By Mike Muha

Waxing recommendations for the Michigan High School State Championships - another cold race!

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UPCOMING

WED, MAR 3, 2021

Wednesday Night Group Ski
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

FRI, MAR 5, 2021

Super CXC Cup Regional Finals Mini Tour
Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

SAT, MAR 6, 2021

Super CXC Cup Regional Finals Mini Tour
Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

CANCELLED: Black Mountain 31K Classic and 10km Tour
Rippling Rapids Golf Course, 4849 North Black River Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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

Ribs & Blues
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, MAR 7, 2021

Super CXC Cup Regional Finals Mini Tour
Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

Trail Sponsor Appreciation Day
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

CANCELLED: Black Mountain 10km Freestyle
Bluffs Bar and Grill, 10905 High Bluffs Drive, Cheboygan, MI 49721

NEW DATE! Michigan Cup Relays
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

SAT, MAR 13, 2021

Great Bear Chase
Spruce Street in Calumet. MI

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

SUN, MAR 14, 2021

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

WED, MAR 3

Valley Spur: Since I knew Valley Spur would be groomed this morning & didn’t get as warm as Marquette yesterday afternoon, I joined Peggy, Judy, Denise & Lynn for a ski on B, H, C, G Return, snowmobile connector, Y & D. The combed skate lanes & classic tracks were great, as was the companionship. As it turned out, the Noque reported it wasn’t groomed since too warm overnight, and to expect icy conditions.

Vasa Trail: Surprisingly decent skiing on the Vasa today. I wasn't able to arrive until the crack of noon when it was 41F in the parking lot, but the snow still thought it was about 31F. Don't let the boilerplate ice at the TH scare you away. Overall there is about 5% grey ice, mostly in the first 1K including both sides of The Bridge, and the balance of the 10K skate lane is mostly nicely softened refrozen white snow. Not super fast, but definitely not draggy slow either. Just a few spots of sun-burned bare ground incursion onto the trail edge. Plenty of tree debris from yesterday's high winds for you to practice pole control by flicking it off to the side. The 4K yardstick indicated about 4" compacted base, and depth in the woods average of double that or more. Considering the full 25K for tomorrow.

Hanson Hills: Perfect groomed conditions greeeyed me this morning. I got there early to beat the warm up. All trails I went on were well snow covered with set tracks. I skated and saw Leigh whetstone and Hap Wright classic skiing. Sunny and beautiful. You could still use good skis. We need more snow for this to continue. Thank you Hanson Hills

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Yesterday was a gorgeous day, with mild temps and partly sunny skies. The trail surface is holding up remarkably well, thanks to cold overnight temps. Groomer Mike will snowcomb the open trails this morning, and with minimal ice and debris, and only one or two small thin/bare spots, they should be great for skating and classic skiing outside the tracks today. We have 6-14 inches inches of snow in the woods, and 2-6 inches packed on most of the trail surface. Due to ice and debris, we have closed the Manitou and Tall Pines trails for the time being. 

Online registration is open for the Michigan Cup Relays on March 7th! You must register your 3-person team ONLINE. Head to this link for more info and to register: https://www.crosscountryski.com/product/michigan-cup-relay-registration/

Huron Meadows Metropark: Staff will be hauling more snow this morning as long as temperatures are conducive. Our plan going forward at this point is to hopefully provide skiable conditions the rest of this week and into the weekend. After that it looks like Mother Nature will be calling the shots. Bucks Run will be available around noon today.

TUE, MAR 2

Hanson Hills: If you are missing a glove (found on All Trail) I dropped it off at their lost and found. Conditions were really great there - compliments to their groomer! Skied the freshly groomed Red trail and Wilderness. Both had decent classic tracks, although it’s starting to get thin and a bit dirty in a few spots.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Around noon the skate ski conditions were quite good. No bare patches. Freshly groomed, and just warm enough to soften the icy patches. Fast with control in a sun dappled forest. The steep dune climb on the 5k was bypassed for safety. Other than that all loops were open. The weather moderating effect of Lake Michigan means the snow might holdout through next weekend.

Saux Head: The choice, where to ski first? Noque & Saux groomed today, Blueberry & Valley Spur yesterday. But, it was very windy, so Saux was perfect, except warmed up too fast! Got to mid-40s this afternoon, so freeze & thaw cycle in effect! I really love Saux Head’s gorgeous forest & hills, overlooking the lake, and perfectly groomed today, only 2 local skaters ahead of me.

Huron Meadows Metropark: I tried out the lane to the contractor's loop. Bad decision, all ice, except for one small section of gravel. That hurt. There is nothing left of the loop in the field. There was some decent crust skiing on the north golf course along the fence, it should last a few days yet.
Bucks was pretty good, soft for skating in a few places but mostly pretty firm.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Buck's Run was in really nice shape for both classic and skating this afternoon. Connector to the clubhouse was in good shape the entire length.
The classic tracks were breaking down quickly as temps warmed and varied from deep and luxurious to shallow. However, they were always there and very skiable throughout.
Skating looked to be fast, fun, and controllable.
Good news is that there's a giant pile of snow remaining even after the most recent spread. There's enough to last for a long time depending on how things play out with temps suitable to spread the snow, and the golf course opening for whatever it is that happens there in the summer. Hopefully, there'll be the opportunity to use the entire pile

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Skating was remarkably good at Headquarters today. Tracks there for classic but losing their definition. Skating however was fast and fun. I did all the trails wondering about condition for the relays. All were well covered, snow, not boilerplate. Mackinaw Cut and Wild Turkey, Rolling Hills and Adventure, all controllable and fast. I was there around noon so it was just warming up. I had on Fast Wax glider for up to 28 degrees. They did not get the rain the Vasa trail received As long as it stays freezing at night and no rain it should have some snow for Relays. No bets after that.

Dunes Golf Club: Crust is here area wide Leelanau co.
All open areas, hay fields and corn lots. Skaters dream and the weeks forecast gives good reports for mornings with sun. Can't be beat.
Speed with caution

Michaywe: Maple ridge has been combed once and is in OK shape, I would use caution on the downhills. River trail, herringbone, and most of the lake loop have the best remaining snow and have combed out fairly well. Most all trails on the golf courses are hit and miss with bare spots, glare ice, and lots of tree debris.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Yesterday was cold and windy, and groomer Butch spent about 5 hours clearing debris and snowcombing the skating lanes. Conditions in the skate lanes are now very good, considering the temperature swings we've had lately. Due to ice and debris, we have closed the Manitou and Tall Pines trails for the time being. The skate skiing should be great again today on the open trails; 99% of the skating lanes on the open trails are not icy, and much of it has beautiful, white, snowcombed snow. Classic skiing outside of the tracks is recommended, as the tracks are hard set and icy. We have 6-14 inches inches of snow in the woods, and 2-6 inches packed on most of the trail surface. It sure has been windy, so keep an eye out for debris out there.

Online registration is open for the Michigan Cup Relays on March 7th! You must register your 3-person team ONLINE. Head to this link for more info and to register: https://www.crosscountryski.com/product/michigan-cup-relay-registration/

Hanson Hills: Yellow, Blue, Brown and green grooming held up well from yesterday. Tommy G. is grooming RED trail this morning.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Staff will be hauling snow to Bucks Run this morning. The trail will be available by 2pm.

MON, MAR 1

Vasa Trail: The VASA was a luge run today after the Sunday rain followed by frigid temps today. Way too icy to attempt the hills, so I took Riley’s from the single-track lot to four corners and headed east on the flats, down to the Rock and back. The tracks were fast and shallow but still skiable, except for dodging lots of acorns, oak leaves and tree bark. I’d recommend rock skis for these conditions. Hopefully we’ll get more snow soon!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks run has froze to a block of ice. Bobsled run on the classic tracks and skate will put gear into you. Recommend waiting for some fresh snow scheduled to be spread Tuesday

Michaywe: Groomed skate lanes on river trail. Attempted to scratch up skate lanes on herringbone and the lake loop with hit and miss success. Will need to be able to break through the firm conditions in order to attempt to set track.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks Run has been tilled and groomed for skate and classic skiing. The connector trail has been tilled but is icy. The maintenance staff plans on spreading snow on the connector trails and icy portions of Bucks Run tomorrow.

Hanson Hills: Tommy G. is grooming and setting fresh tracks on Green, Blue, Brown and Yellow Trails today.

Forbush Corner: Monday March 1st, Larry is grooming the main loop, ridge, badlands and pancake this morning. Shop is closed, please sign in at the kiosk and pay through the payment slot or online. Thanks and have a great ski.

Forbush Corner: Monday March 1st, Larry is grooming the main loop, ridge, badlands and pancake this morning. Shop is closed, please sign in at the kiosk and pay through the payment slot or online. Thanks and have a great ski.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Temps got quite cold after the warmth yesterday, and will remain cold today. Groomer Butch is snowcombing the skate lanes. It should be an awesome day for skate skiing! Classic tracks are in poor condition, but there is plenty of snow for classic skiers to get an edge in the skate lanes. We have 9-18+ inches of snow in the woods, and 3-7 inches packed on most of the trail surface. After the heavy winds last night and this morning, there will surely be some debris on the trails, so keep an eye out. Thanks to all kids and parents and support crews who turned out for an epic Muffin Race yesterday!

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