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Snow and grooming look fine at Lakes of the North! Gussie Peterson shown skiing on the trail that will be used for The Lakes of the North Freestyle this Saturday.

Snow and grooming look fine at Lakes of the North! Gussie Peterson shown skiing on the trail that will be used for The Lakes of the North Freestyle this Saturday.

Former Michigan Cup racer Sarah Goble takes two 1st place finishes
Former Michigan Cup racer Sarah Goble takes two 1st place finishes

Former Michigan Cup racer Sarah Goble takes two 1st place finishes

12/14/2018 - By NMU

The Huskies performed well across the two-day NMU Open in Marquette, with the highlight of the weekend being the two first-place finishes by junior Sarah Goble.

Legendary Vojin Baic passes away at 89
Legendary Vojin Baic passes away at 89

Legendary Vojin Baic passes away at 89

12/14/2018 - By Reynolds-Jonkhoff

Visitation will be held from 4-8pm at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Sunday, December 16, 2018. Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 11am.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters One of 10 Best Cross Country Ski Destinations
Cross Country Ski Headquarters One of 10 Best Cross Country Ski Destinations

Cross Country Ski Headquarters One of 10 Best Cross Country Ski Destinations

12/14/2018 - By Mariah Frye Colie

The voting ended with Cross Country Ski Headquarters taking a solid 2nd place finish behind the famous Devil’s Thumb Ranch of Colorado.

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Michigan Cup Teams explore unorthodox training methods in off-season
Michigan Cup Teams explore unorthodox training methods in off-season

Michigan Cup Teams explore unorthodox training methods in off-season

12/10/2018 - By Jay Woodbeck

NordicSkiRacer is always looking to be up to date with the latest training techniques. Our investigative journalist has uncovered several new training methods used across Lower Michigan this summer and fall.

Preparing new or freshly stoneground skis
Preparing new or freshly stoneground skis

Preparing new or freshly stoneground skis

12/6/2018 - By Ian Harvey

New skis or freshly stoneground skis have the potential to be your fastest skis ever. Following this advice will give new skis the best chance possible to reach their potential.

Kirt and Brumbaugh win age groups at Yellowstone 5k
Kirt and Brumbaugh win age groups at Yellowstone 5k

Kirt and Brumbaugh win age groups at Yellowstone 5k

11/25/2018 - By Mike Muha

Two Michigan Cup skiers won their age groups at the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation (WYSEF) / National Nordic Foundation 5km Master Ski Race at the Yellowstone Ski Festival on Saturday, November 14, 2018.

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Reserve Fischer demo skis at Yellowstone Ski Festival
Reserve Fischer demo skis at Yellowstone Ski Festival

Reserve Fischer demo skis at Yellowstone Ski Festival

11/16/2018 - By Mike Muha

All the major ski vendors will be doing ski demos, but Fischer Skis has opened an online reservation system to make it easier. Instead of waiting in line you can reserve them ahead of time.

Improve skiing skills or learn to teach: Midwest Nordic Rendezvous
Improve skiing skills or learn to teach: Midwest Nordic Rendezvous

Improve skiing skills or learn to teach: Midwest Nordic Rendezvous

11/16/2018 - By Amy Powell

Join us for the third annual Midwest Nordic Rendezvous with our guest instructor Emily Lovett from Steamboat Springs, Colorado! Come and improve your own skiing skills or learn to become a ski instructor!

Coaching staff for US Cross Country Ski Team
Coaching staff for US Cross Country Ski Team

Coaching staff for US Cross Country Ski Team

11/15/2018 - By Reese Brown, USSA

The World Cup coaching staff has been consistent in the years leading up to Pyeong Chang and now leading into a World Championship year. Chris Grover enters his ninth season as head coach and is joined by veteran coaches Matt Whitcomb and Jason Cork.

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2018-19 US Cross Country Ski Team named
2018-19 US Cross Country Ski Team named

2018-19 US Cross Country Ski Team named

11/14/2018 - By Reese Brown, USSA

Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) leads the 16-member 2018-19 U.S. Cross Country Team, announced by U.S. Ski & Snowboard, with a strong focus on the 2019 World Cross Country Championships.

A training recommendation for Master Skiers specifically
A training recommendation for Master Skiers specifically

A training recommendation for Master Skiers specifically

11/6/2018 - By Ian Harvey

Are you happy with your overall ski experience or would you like to be faster and have a more diverse skiing experience?

Denny Paul wins wet and wild Roller Ski Time Trial
Denny Paul wins wet and wild Roller Ski Time Trial

Denny Paul wins wet and wild Roller Ski Time Trial

10/28/2018 - By Mike Muha

The weatherman had promised the light rain would stop for our Rollerski Time Trial and not return until well after we finished, but a light misty precipitation continued to...fall? Float?

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UPCOMING

SAT, DEC 15, 2018

MTU CXC Cup - Classic Interval Start
Michigan Tech Trails, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI

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

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

SUN, DEC 16, 2018

MTU CXC Cup - Freestyle Mass Start
Michigan Tech Trails, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI

Forbush Time Trial
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

WED, DEC 19, 2018

Beginning & Intermediate ski lessons for kids...and a kids race!
Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Rd, Brighton, MI

FRI, DEC 21, 2018

Full Moon Night Skiing
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SAT, DEC 22, 2018

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

Santa at Trapper’s Cabin! (noon-3:00pm)
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, DEC 15

Forbush Corner: The Forbush Corner Freestyle IS on tomorrow! (In case you were wondering).

Lakes of the North: I didn't decide WHERE I was going to ski until the last minute, but so glad to join the Vasa Ski Club's Lakes of the North freestyle race since groomed (no classic tracks), plenty of snow for skin skis, and many Michigan Cup & VSC friends participating. I would have skied longer than 7km, but not ready to race farther since too early season & tired from 3.5 hrs of Nordic Rocks PE yesterday. Thanks, VSC volunteers & Lakes of the North! Great fun on the snow & in the warm sunshine!!! Back to hiking tomorrow after this afternoons' mid-40s temps, although 2.5" in my yard still. LET IT SNOW!!! DANCE, DANCE, DANCE the Heikki Lunta!

Valley Spur: Very nice skiing conditions at Valley Spur this morning. Skating is excellent while the classic tracks are holding up well but are hard and fast until it starts to warm a bit. We are in a freeze/thaw cycle but the low angle of the sun and cold overnight temps are keeping the trails virtually unscathed. We are likely to have good coverage through Christmas weekend snow or no snow.

Boyne Mountain: Skiers report that Vistas is pretty good skiing. Lower trails are skiable, but thin.

It's a beautiful day--hope you get out to enjoy it!

Crystal Mountain: Sorry to say the trails are closed until we get more snow so get out and do the snow dance.

FRI, DEC 14

Nubs Nob: Fantastic sunset ski conditions today on the upper loops. The crew at Nubs groomed in Wednesday night's new snow and it looked like there had been a lot of traffic since Thursday morning. Used best skis. Full coverage with 99% clean, pure white, snow. Best conditions this weekend will probably be mid-late morning as the snow starts to loosen up. Tracks are still deep, but some leaves have started to accumulate in the track on certain sections.

Blueberry Ridge: Poor conditions at Blueberry. There are constant ruts in the skate lane on every trail, which is from the groomers. Classic tracks are sugary and basically non-existant. Blueberry is just not what it used to be. Grooming has been very poor of late. The sun and warm weather was not really effecting the trails today. No new snow in a while, so trails are also very dirty. Definitely use B skis because you will be skiing over millions of pine needles and twigs.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: It's been a slow start for us in terms of natural snow - we still have only an inch of snow and haven't even been able to roll it out. However, starting tomorrow we will have the slightly modified King of the Hill loop which provides approximately 1.5K of 100% man made snow with a depth of at least two feet. Race skis are fine if you are so inclined.

We are providing this terrain at no cost. Because you will be sharing the hill with downhill skiers, we are asking that you stop by the pro shop at Cedar River and get a XC trail pass.

I skied it last night and really enjoyed it.

Forbush Corner: We will be closed today to preserve the base for the weekend. The base is holding from last weekend and has some new snow on top of it. The temperatures will be above freezing today and tomorrow along with abundant sunshine. The sun may burn open some spots. We have a time trial on Sunday and we will do what we can to put together a race course. It all depends on the melting on Saturday. Weekend skiing looks good, expect warm early season conditions. no track set.

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