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Start of the Hanson Hills Classic, one of the few interval start races on the Michigan Cup race circuit. (Photo: Linda Allen)

Start of the Hanson Hills Classic, one of the few interval start races on the Michigan Cup race circuit. (Photo: Linda Allen)

Birkie wax recommendations
Birkie wax recommendations

Birkie wax recommendations

2/19/2019 - By Mike Muha

American Birkebeiner wax recommendations have started. See what people are recommending... Toko, FastWax, Swix, Rex, Start, Star, Vauhti...

Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup by 13 points
Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup by 13 points

Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup by 13 points

2/19/2019 - By Mike Muha

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead the Brumbaugh Cup competition as the most powerful team, with 960 point. But Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop is closing in, just 13 points behind.

RESULTS: Kyle Hanson and Emily Blackmer win Hanson Hills Classic
RESULTS: Kyle Hanson and Emily Blackmer win Hanson Hills Classic

RESULTS: Kyle Hanson and Emily Blackmer win Hanson Hills Classic

2/18/2019 - By Mike Muha

Kyle Hanson and Emily Blackmer win Hanson Hills Classic after both winning the Forbush Freestyle the day before. UPDATED RESULTS FOR EVERYONE ELSE!!!

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RESULTS: Emily Blackmer and Kyle Hanson will Forbush Freestyle
RESULTS: Emily Blackmer and Kyle Hanson will Forbush Freestyle

RESULTS: Emily Blackmer and Kyle Hanson will Forbush Freestyle

2/18/2019 - By Mike Muha

The Meijer State Games Of Michigan / Forbush 8K/17K Freestyle race was held this past Saturday on an excellently groomed trail, with cool temperatures and little wind. The course wound around most the Forbush Corner trail system.

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.

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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!

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.

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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!

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.

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UPCOMING

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

SAT, FEB 23, 2019

American Birkebeiner
Telmark to Hayward, Wisconson

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

Mason Tract Ski Tour (Michigan Backcountry Ski Series)
Chase Bridge Rd. Trailhead, Mason Tract Pathway, Roscommon, MI

Wild Woods Loppet
Wildwood Pathway, West parking lot, between Petoskey and Indian River on Wildwood Road

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

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

SUN, FEB 24, 2019

26th Annual Junior Muffin Team Sprint Relay - Freestyle
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

TUE, FEB 26, 2019

Tech Trails Citizen’s Night Race Series
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

WED, FEB 27, 2019

Nordic Ski Nights
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

THU, FEB 21

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skied classic today.
Skate lane and classic tracks still in good shape on bucks run.
Getting thin from building to woods. Still a great ski.

Ogemaw Hills Pathway: Beautiful and beautiful conditions. 1-2" of fresh snow, 29 degrees, sunny.
Green and a lot of the blue tracks are well worn with skiers, hikers and snow shoe. Shoes generally stay off tracks but hikers have not. Still, good enough track to enjoy. Black diamond trails appear to be too far for hikers and are very good.

Vasa Trail: Continued great grooming, super conditions, get out today and early Friday, Saturday may be poor weather

Unlisted trail: Avalanche Preserve. Boyne City. Groomed Fat tire trails are perfect for a great kick and glide.
2-3 inches fresh snow on top. Skied it first thing this morning with Kim and David. Couldn't be better conditions

Huron Meadows Metropark: First skier out after the groomer finished. Perfect conditions! Firm controlable surface with just a tiny bit of sugar. How come I’m the only one here? Report written at noon.

Hanson Hills: 1 inch of new snow. Groomer Jason has set fresh tracks on the Red Trail and is snow combing full trail system this morning. Lodge and Trails Open at 9am

Forbush Corner: Open at 9 am today. Grooming up east side, skiing should be as good as it gets today. Sales storewide.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received 2 inches of snow throughout the day yesterday and last night, which was just enough to freshen up the trails and cover many of the oak leaves. Groomer Butch will snow comb the skating lanes and touch up the tracks this morning. Conditions are excellent for classic and skating! Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches.

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe Lunch Special is the Gourmet Grilled Cheese Panini! Swiss, provolone, basil pesto, and sliced tomato grilled to perfection on herb focaccia bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a Pickle. Race equipment closeouts have begun, so come on over and demo, or get fitted by a pro. Enjoy the mild temps today!

WED, FEB 20

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks run still in great shape for classic and skate. Classic tracks shallow from building to woods but good in woods.
Coyote was still ok today to skate.
Best idea was to skate bucks and jump out onto coyote and ski the small loop in pine trees and then back into bucks run.

Bay City State Park: Trail is still skiable although oak leaves tend to mess with your stride. East side has less leaves and the best trail is out by beach road (no leaves).
An icy glaze on the trail and it took my waxable skis a bit to get leaves stuck under foot to get a good kick. Forcast in next couple of days calls for an inch of wintery mix. Will take care of leaves but might be slippery.

Wildwood Pathway: Currently Wildwood has a wonderful skied in track on a solid base for classic skiing. The entire system should be groomed with a double track for Saturday's Wild Woods Loppet, come out and enjoy the wonderful trails, wild things in the woods, lunch and great comraderie. Sign up at www.trailscouncil.org/events.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Trails are in the best condition of the season. Fully covered, wide and fast.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Ski conditions remain in great shape on the HQ trails. Groomer Mike is snow combing the skate lanes early this morning. Classic tracks are still in very good shape as well. The snow in today's forecast should help cover up the oak leaves in the tracks! Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches.

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe Lunch Special is the Gourmet Grilled Cheese Panini! Swiss, provolone, basil pesto, and sliced tomato grilled to perfection on herb focaccia bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a Pickle. Race equipment closeouts have begun! Stop in for free demos and expert ski fitting. Enjoy the snow today!

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