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Fri, Jan 23:  ()

   
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Tue, Jan 20:  ()
It was a very nice day to ski yesterday and the conditions were very good to excellent. Ginzu Dana not only Ginzu groomed all the skating lanes on all the trails but he set fresh tracks on all the trails too! He will start Ginzu snowcombing all the trails all over again this morning. We have about 7 to 12 inches of snow in the woods and 4 to 7 inches of base on the trails.

Junior skiers please note: Due to the very late start of this Cross Country Ski Season we have decided to change the date of the 22nd Annual Muffin race from February 8, 2015 to Sunday, March 15, 2015 – with registration beginning at 9AM.

Forecast:
Today: Mostly cloudy skies. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High around 25F. Winds light and variable.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low 13F. Winds light and variable.
Wednesday: Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. High 26F. Winds light and variable.
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with snow showers during the evening. Low around 15F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 40%.

Today’s lunch special is Bob’s Favorite Tuna Panini: Albacore tuna with jalapenos, spinach, black olives, sliced tomatoes and swiss cheese on ciabatta bread. It is the best! Of course there are a number of other paninis, spicy chili and fresh baked cookies on the menu as well as Stu’s favorite Bosco sticks!

The let it snow sale continues, great deals on ski packages, racing skis, racing boots and X-C ski clothing.

Looks like an ideal day to get outside and enjoy the trails.

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B & Crew
   
     - Bob Frye
Michigan: Southeast Lower Peninsula
South of West Branch, East of Lansing; includes Detroit, Flint, Midland
Sun, Jan 25: Maybury State Park (Northville)
Trevor is to Maybury
as
Adam is to Huron Meadows
(and Mike "the Godfather of Huron Meadows" Muha )

for the amount of snow out there
and no snow making

the ski trails at Maybury are
nothing short of a miracle

   
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Sun, Jan 25: Maybury State Park (Northville)
I second Jeffois' coments on the classic tracks at Maybury today.

I also want to thank Trevor for making this activity possible. Without his folding over of the snow, effectively doubling the depth, I would not have been able to classic ski locally the last 2 weekends.
   
     - Anders Danes
Sun, Jan 25: Maybury State Park (Northville)
Anders and I skied classic for several hours this morning. Two sets of tracks available due to the clever way Trevor clears a portion of the paved trail for walkers, runners and bikers and doubles up on the snow for the skinny ski enthusiasts. V40 worked well and I was able to use A skis, much to my surprise. Glide was good as tracks were firm with just a dusting covering them from last night to provide a little grip for the kick. The out & back loop covers almost 7.5k. My hunch is that this is one of the best venues in SE Mich for classic at the moment. We need more snow!


   
     - Jeffois moore, NSR
Sun, Jan 25: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
Just back from skiing every part of the entire Independence Oaks trail system. Really firm and fast. As usual a little rutted from walkers and skiers when the trail was soft, but all in all a fantastic ski! Firm enough to ski fast on snow that gives you great control to bomb what you like to bomb! Plus nothing to worry about grabbing a ski! Good coverage and minimal debris.
   
     - Randy M
Sat, Jan 24: Maybury State Park (Northville)
was a little worried we may ruin the tracks
but amazingly, the base was holding up
and the tracks got faster as we headed
in just after sun down and the top
started to refreeze, but still a bit
soft underneath whereby waxless ski
gripped well

the dirt on the trail Trevor mentioned
from the other day is not a big deal,
but enough so, you probably would not
want to use your best skis


   
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Sat, Jan 24: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Skied the entire frosty course. The Northern golf course loop had better coverage than the South. Need to be very careful, with only thin ribbons of snow at times. Classic tracks were non existent. The contractor loop and in the west woods was pretty good coverage and had some tracks. Buck's run was hard and fast with excellent coverage. The classic tracks looked deep and firm but icy in places. The staff was its usual friendly self. 25 cars in the lot. Sunday's snow couldn't come at a better time.


   
     - Jeffois Moore, NSR
Sat, Jan 24: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
Freshly groomed this morning, nice skating. No tracks, a few icy spots, wouldn't use A skis but close.
   
     - Mark Madorski
Fri, Jan 23: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
By 5pm the classic skiing on the golf course was marginal. Just too much sunshine and pedestrian traffic the past two days. Hoping for more snow on Sunday. Aside from Bucks Run, I wouldn't expect much improvement with temps forecasted above 35 for Saturday.
   
     - Chris
Fri, Jan 23: Chippewa Nature Center (Midland)
Conditions should be fast early in the morning and late in the day. Perhaps avoid mid-day ventures, skate skiing especially.
Classic skied this afternoon and thought I had misplaced my wax stick with a glue stick! Very tacky conditions, for waxless or waxable alike.
Chippewa Trail is combed (with no track set) and looks beautiful! Especially considering how shallow the base is!
Only a few tiny bare spots, easily avoidable.

Tracks are set on Homestead and River Trails. Shallow, but again, given conditions, the best we can do with what we've got!

   
     - Curt Holsinger - CNC Groomer
Fri, Jan 23: Maybury State Park (Northville)
First of all I would like to appologise for the few areas with grass. The plow cought the shoulder of the other side and spread some of it on the trails. I picked out as much as I could grab, but there is some still in the tracks. I did groom today and for the most part it looks pretty good. The tracks closest to the pavement are the hardest and the outside tracks are a little softer (less snow over there). I did not run into any places where the ground was showing through, and the few spots that look suspect are actually ice spots so be carefull as im sure they will not have any traction. I would recoment your B ski's as I don't know how pickey you all are with your ski's and a little grass. Overall I think you all will be pleased with the conditions. Enjoy!
   
     - Trevor McGinn
Fri, Jan 23: City Forest (Midland)
The inch of snow we got on Wednesday has settled into a half inch of slightly tacky, fluffy powder. While this is enough to freshen up the trails a bit, it is not enough to groom, as we only have one inch of base at most.

There are still some spots where there is no base, most notably the trail along the southern and western boundaries on the South loop, which was unfortunately plowed last week to empty refuse containers. All trails are in fine shape for classic skiing, though I would suggest second tier skis. Conditions for skate are not optimal but still very skiable, but again I would not use my best skis.

As with last weekend, please consider the warmer temperatures when planning your activities. The base stayed in good shape after last weekend thanks to your help, let's keep it nice this weekend too!
   
     - Chris Eicher - MCF Trail Groomer
Thu, Jan 22: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Skate skied the full Frosty course, golf areas rolled, some vegitation showing thru, but nothing really grabbed my skis. Coyote/ Contractor were decent, with a base. Overall, not bad skiing. Don't use your best skis, but I thought it was quite alright.No rocks or scrapes.
   
     - Matt Daly
Thu, Jan 22: Stoney Creek Metropark (Shelby Township)
The trails on the Golf Course is generally a pleasant ski.

   
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Thu, Jan 22: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
Skied the lake several times this afternoon. 3" of new snow on top of an icy base. Wasn't newly groomed but good skating none the less. No tracks.
   
     - Mark Madorski
Thu, Jan 22: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Tracks were fairly good south of Hammel Road tonight. They had not been groomed, but the new snow filled in the old iced track and made for decent classic skiing. Someone had walked the trail while it was mushy, and there were occasional icy spot coming up around the foot prints in places - no real problem.
   
     - Mike Muha
Thu, Jan 22: Maybury State Park (Northville)
Fresh snow in last weeks tracks. Still very good, blue kick wax. Great glide.
   
     - jim gobeski
Thu, Jan 22: City Forest (Midland)
Surprisingly sweet conditions today at City Forest. Yesterday's new snowmwas just enough to provide silky smooth conditions throughout most of the system. Some thin and icy spots under the big pines, but otherwise excellent conditions for classic skiing.


   
     - Sven
Wed, Jan 21: Stoney Creek Metropark (Shelby Township)
All in all, I had lots of fun today ,
but I am a recreational skier and
I would not have enjoyed the
conditions at all if I was out
for any level of performance


Seemed like there should have been more than enough snow for good conditions, but nope..., level stretches and climbs are rough,
and the down hills are very un-nerving because of all of the
grinding of the skis against the hard, jagged ice ( it is close
to that sound of gravel that stops your skis and results in
a high side chest plant)

Probably what happened with all of the foot traffic
everything got all cratered out and then thee snow
from yesterday mostly mixed with the slush from the
melt off and then it all froze solid in very rough
form. So a couple - three inches of fresh snow on
top is simply not enough to smooth it out.

There is also nowhere enough snow to start smoothing
out a the ruts from the accelerated erosion caused
by the mountain bikes


   Conditions applicable to:

Skiing out of the lower West Branch parking lot.
Up the north side of Sheldon Mountain,
down the big long straight-a-way
( with the ~120+ foot drop over ~1/3 mile )
taking the cut on the edge of the woods just north of the old dog run
then climbed the hill just to the east of the big board and bench
( where the horse barn used to be )
( walked down the hill, there is a big rut on the lower 1/3 just when the speed picks up )
( and then at the cross trail there is a double whoop )
( the challenge on this hill only used to be the trail did not follow the fall line )
continuing down the roller coaster
( the errosion is getting really bad here, I almost thought I was out to Bald Mountain )
dropping down to the service road, headed back towards the golf course
taking the cut past the big board and bench
continueing up the west side of Sheldon Mountain
and down into and through the woods
( the drops going up to the junction were in pretty good shape )
( be war
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Wed, Jan 21: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Skating today was surprisingly good for the little snow that HM received. A friend and I were able to skate the golf courses and sampled Buck's Run.

Buck's was by far the best. There was a little new snow on top of the old stuff but that made for fast, controlled skiing. The golf courses were very ski-able, with some grass showing through. It wasn't the fastest glide but it was very enjoyable nevertheless. Most of it was rolled and that's probably all the groomers could do until more snow arrives. But god bless them for doing a great job with what they got.

The loop through the woods and meadow didn't look rolled. I skied back an forth along the road in and it was also very skate-able but I didn't actually venture further than that.

No tracks were set for classic, but there were skied in tracks that looked plenty good.
   
     - TN
Wed, Jan 21: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
Only did Lakeshore Loop, I'm a novice. The thaw left a slushy under layer that is now frozen so it is sometimes hard to get good purchase with the poles. The footprints from the many walkers on Lakeshore have also frozen making for some bumpy areas under the snow. But with the fresh snow I did have fun skiing classic over it all. There were signs that said the trails are closed and no skiing but at the office she said those were just leftover from a ski class and haven't been removed yet. The trails are open. There were no set tracks and the few people who have skied have been pretty inconsistent where there tracks went so it is not a smooth path or fast. But I enjoyed it. More snow will only make it better as it is still coming down.
   
     - Patrick Colombo
Tue, Jan 20: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Buck's Run had decent skating tonight. The full 2.25km loop was open, but I thought the skiing was a little better on the original loop so skated my intervals there with my teammates . Hard pack with a dusty surface. Go Team NordicSkiRacer!
   
     - Mike Muha
Tue, Jan 20: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
The slight dusting of snow was enough to refresh the classic track at bucks run. Special violet worked very well.
   
     - jim gobeski
Tue, Jan 20: Fox Island County Park ()

   
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Michigan: Southwest Lower Peninsula
South of West Branch, West of Lansing; includes Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Big Rapids, Cadillac
Wed, Jan 21: Pando (Rockford)
Groomed for skating, no classic track. Pretty decent overall. Fresh snow on top of hardpack.
   
     - Jukka Pietila
Wed, Jan 21: Pigeon Creek (Grand Haven)
Groomed at around 2pm. Due to warmer conditions; snow is slowish, however considerably improved from earlier this week with heat wave. Skating conditions are decent, classic conditions (based off word from peers) are sticky.
   
     - Max Miller
Wed, Jan 21: Milham Park Golf Course (Kalamazoo)
All trails were groomed this morning at Milham. I pulled the classic groomer around resulting in a sad shallow trail. i would expect skaters to find overall better conditions than striders. With two more inches of snow we would be in pretty good shape. The trail has full coverage except for twenty feet under a couple in pines near the barn along Portage rd. For this section skiers will find a narrow trail groomed through the rough closer to the road.
   
     - Richard Neumann - Kalamazoonordic.com
Michigan: Northern Lower Peninsula
North of West Branch; includes Traverse City, Grayling, Gaylord, Tawas
Mon, Jan 26: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Groomers are out tenderizing the skate lanes on all trails today. Set tracks on all trails holding up well! We will reset tracks tomorrow on Green, Blue, and Easy Return. Brown, Yellow, and Red Tracks are in good shape, nice and fast.. Wilderness is just amazing!!

Don't Forget WINTER FUN DAYS this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!! Big Air, Chili Cook off, Sled Box Races, and the Meijer State Games of Michigan/Hanson Hills Classic Ski Race!!
   
     - Justin Andre
Mon, Jan 26: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
As of 7am this morning the temperature was -1F. It will warm up to the 20’s later today and will be a fine day to go X-C skiing!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters started a new chapter yesterday in our efforts to groom crusty hard packed snow. With the help of Adam Haberkorn, from Huron Meadows Metro park, and the skill of master mechanic Greg Flewelling, from B&B Marine, we now have the capacity to power till the hard pack. So far we have power tilled the Mackinac Cut and Wild Turkey trails and powertilled and set fresh power tilled tracks on the Rolling Hills trail. The results are profound. The rig moves slowly so today we will concentrate on the Manitou trail.

Conditions are excellent for skating and classic on the Rolling Hills trail, excellent for skating and good for classic on the Mackinac cut and Wild Turkey trails, and good for skating and classic on all the rest of the trails. We have 7 to 11 inches of snow in the forest and 4 to 7 inches packed on the trail.

Forecast:
Today: Clouds and some sun this morning with more clouds for this afternoon. Flurries or snow showers possible late. High 23F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: A few clouds. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low 9F. Winds light and variable.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy skies. High 24F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday: A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. High 31F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night: Snow showers early, with a steadier snow developing late at night. Low around 20F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 80%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge lunch special is the Classic Ham and Swiss Panini: Black Forest Ham, sliced fresh tomatoes, Swiss cheese and stone ground mustard served on Stone House Bread. Of course we sill also be serving our spicy chili and a variety of specialty paninis!

The “Let it Snow Sale” continues until we get some snow, which looks like it will be this week! Shop great deals on ski packages, racing skis, racing boots and X-C ski clothing. Demo some metal-edged adventure skis and see how fun the winter wilderness can really be!

It’s another beautiful wintery day to XC ski!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B & Crew
   
     - Bob Frye
Sun, Jan 25: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Despite afternoon temps of barely 15F it was a sunny and speedy-condition day on fresh grooming. Speedy because this morning's double-ground trail surface by a tandem pair of groomers broke up the hard crusty layer and pulverized it into little chunklets of loose refrozen granular snow - in other words, nature's own ball-bearings eliminating most friction while providing full control to an edged ski for turning or braking. The 25K loop was 98% fully controllable, the other 2% was some of the downhills where the high volume of skiers by mid-afternoon had scrapped the control layer of loose granular snow off to the sides exposing on the center third of the downhill lane a hard slick-crusted under-layer providing poor braking or steering action. All in all a great ski in fast conditions as long as your skier's bag of tricks can deal with the 2%.
The scenery is still great with over a foot of snow in the woods.
   
     - Jim Datsko
Sun, Jan 25: Forbush Corner (Frederic)
Just skied the race course with race director Todd Hubbard. Going to be fun. Stadium racing comes to the Michigan Cup! The race should be very spectator friendly. The start is in the valley and will head towards homerun hill, up and back down into the valley past the warming lodge and out onto rollercoaster and badlands for 2 laps. Snow cover is good right now, and some additional snow is in the forecast. Skied great today. Todd says tracks
will be set as well, and grooming could start as early as Thursday. Hope to see you race weekend.





   
     - Michael Bourassa
Sun, Jan 25: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails open at 9am. All Trails are groomed with set tracks. Cooler temps have firmed everything back up from yesterday's warm up. Conditions should be pretty fast!
   
     - Justin Andre
Sun, Jan 25: Forbush Corner (Frederic)
A little chilly at The Corner this morning, 5 degrees F. Headed to a high of 15 degrees F with mostly sunny conditions in the forecast for this afternoon. Larry and Tina did a great job on the grooming yesterday. The trails have good coverage except on a few of the steeper hills, but are still very ski-able. Stop by and ski or check out all the great deals in the shop and warm up in front of the wood burner.
   
     - Todd Hubbard
Sun, Jan 25: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
As of 6:30am this morning the temperature was 9F. We had some occasional flurries throughout the day yesterday, which helped cover up some of the slicker spots. Overall the trails groomed up great yesterday, and with the cold temps overnight the skiing should be very good today! Ginzu Dana will start grooming this morning. We have 7 to 11 inches of snow in the woods and 4 to 7 inches packed on the trails.
Forecast:
Today: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 17F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. Low around 5F. Winds light and variable.
Monday: Cloudy skies. Flurries or snow showers possible late. High 23F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 20%.
Monday night: Snow showers early. Breaks in the overcast later. Low 12F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 40%.
Today is Get Your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain! Grill Cooks Erin and Abby will make a special appearance on the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Sun Deck to Fire Grill your choice of Salmon Burgers, Lean Beef Burgers or Black Bean Veggie Burgers. Choose your entree and they will grill it to perfection.
The “Let it Snow Sale” continues until we get some snow, which looks like it will be this week. It’s another beautiful wintery day to XC ski!
Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Abby, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B & Crew
   
     - Mariah
Sun, Jan 25: Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville)
I'm going out this morning to scuff up the skating lanes. I went out yesterday and did the same. The skating lanes were great until it got warm. Couldn't get a good track set to save my soul, so I tried not to erase the existing ones. Please use caution in them-especially on the down hills. Still haven't groomed squirrel. Will do that next week when we get the new skis for the snowmobile. Please welcome Greg as my replacement groomer. Finally we have a fellow skier to help groom. Kathloon
   
     - kathy maginity
Sat, Jan 24: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
We have learned to trust Justin Andre when he files a report (see below) about the trail conditions at Hanson Hills. We were there this afternoon for a few hours, completing the Wilderness Loop and the Yellow trail, and John took the M-93 hills back to the lodge. All the trails were well tracked and very smooth for skating. Mother Nature offered up warm conditions, so uphills were easy to climb, and downhills a bit slower than we'd prefer. But the grooming couldn't have been better.
   We used waxless skis, and had no problems, even when it began to snow a bit. The grooming was immaculate, and tracks were in superb condition. Only 45 minutes from Acme, maybe a dozen other skiers on the trails, and in much better shape than the snow around Traverse City. Worth the trip!
     - Lois Goldstein
Sat, Jan 24: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Wow, nothing like a little fresh snow groomed in! Left from Timber Ridge skate skiing, beautiful grooming on the VASA. Jack Pine not groomed but very nice/smooth with about 1/2" fresh snow on top. The Anita hill loop has a lot of pine tree debris. The majority of the trail has fresh white snow on it! Jim's post yesterday gives an excellent break down. We still could use some more snow.
   
     - Jody
Sat, Jan 24: Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls)
With a little warmer temperature last two days combined with a little snow we are getting the trails re groomed as much as possible. Kirk has left the building to get all over that grooming today! Multiple lessons happening today too! Several different trail conditions on the various trails.
   
     - David Austin
Sat, Jan 24: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails open at 9am. All trails groomed with set tracks
   
     - Justin Andre
Sat, Jan 24: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
As of 7 am this morning the temperature was 29F. We are very fortunate to have such good snow conditions considering how long it has been since we have had a new snowfall. The trails groomed up beautifully yesterday and with the temps in the high 20s and low 30’s today, they will groom up very nicely today too. Groomer Stu will start grooming early this morning. We have 7 to 11 inches of snow in the woods and 4 to 7 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:
Today: Cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 34F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. Low 9F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 16F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday: Cloudy. Snow showers developing in the afternoon. High 22F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

Grill Cooks Erin and Abby will make a special appearance on the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Sun Deck to Fire Grill your choice of Salmon Burgers, Lean Beef Burgers or Black Bean Veggie Burgers. Choose your entree and they will grill it to perfection. If you dare, ask that your entree be cooked “Fire on the Mountain Style” – Grilled with sizzling hot sauce and topped with Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and creamy Buffalo Blue Cheese dressing.

Trapper Gage will be at Trapper’s cabin today tending the bonfire and serving hot cocoa, hot dogs and refreshments.

The “let it snow sale” continues, great deals on ski packages, racing skis, racing boots and X-C ski clothing. Today is a free demo day. Try out some new X-C Skis and boots and it may make your skiing experience more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

Come ski with us!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B & Crew
   
     - Bob Frye
Fri, Jan 23: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
It was a long ski, 2 laps of the 27k Vasa Pathway minus Headwaters for 6 hrs, first race direction with Janine, then backwards solo. After groomers Jim Dombrowski & Roger Raehl freshened up the corduroy this morning, and the temps warmed up, the classic tracks were softened for great kick & glide, so almost ideal conditions, except for the pine needles, leaves, and dirt beginning to show through the crust. I would not recommend your best skis, if you're skiing the 10k loop from the Bartlett trailhead. Best skiing is still out on the 27k, including JackPine. Finally getting my skinny ski legs back, but too late to be anything but a slow VASA 50k classic race for me!

   
     - Sara "Energizer" (not tonight) Cockrell
Fri, Jan 23: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
The groomers did a masterful job refurbishing the old trail base resulting in amazingly good skate conditions. Nothing like the hard, crusty and unforgiving conditions of earlier this week. It's so good in most areas that you don't realize how thin the base really is.

So putting aside any previous knowledge of it's depth and just rating according to skate quality today I'd guestimate:
70% is Excellent pure white corduroy with no defects,
25% is Good because you might have to dodge scattered leaves or twig debris on the trail that if you step on one directly underfoot and fully weight that ski at speed you may fall, or you might have to dodge some thin patches or short brownish areas where the equipment pulled up some loose leaves or dirt as you ski alongside on clean white snow,
5% just Fair in case a volume of skiers scrapes the loose snow off the downhills down to a hard crusty layer which as of mid-afternoon they hadn't yet done so the downhills currently are fully controllable and offering fair to good braking action.

Can't vouch for the classic conditions as the tracks are still there with some thin areas but they looked glazed and slick so might require the messy klister.
   
     - Jim Datsko
Fri, Jan 23: Deerfield (Kalkaska)
super january skiing. "the deerfield curse" is definately working for us now: ie too much snow, a bit of cold, and very little traffic. consequently, we have over a foot of packed base everywhere, (and notwithstanding some pine needles on the alley) 100% clean - no ice or too-hardpack, no rocks, not even any dirt. firm, fast, and fabulous, like we all want to be.
   
     - bob eifler
Fri, Jan 23: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails open at 9:00am. All Skate lanes are being groomed this morning. New Tracks were set on Wilderness, Brown, and Yellow Trails yesterday. Marginal snow on Red Trail and M-93 Hills, they are skiable, but we are managing how much we groom them due to the lack of base.
   
     - Justin Andre
Fri, Jan 23: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
Correction to earlier report: (not enough coffee)

As of 7 am the temp was 22F.

Tonight: Cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low 28F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
   
     - Bob Frye
Fri, Jan 23: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
It was a beautiful day to X-C Ski yesterday. Blue sky and great snow conditions. Looks like a fine day to ski today also. As of 7 am the temp was 7am. Ginzu Dana will begin Ginzu grooming all the trails early this morning. The skating lanes are in great shape and the classic tracks are fast. If classic skiers want to slow down they can always ski in the skating lanes! We have 7 to 12 inches of snow in the woods and 4 to 7 inches packed on the trail.

Forecast:
Today: Partly cloudy this morning, then becoming cloudy during the afternoon. High 34F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph
Tonight: Partly cloudy this morning, then becoming cloudy during the afternoon. High 34F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph
Saturday: Cloudy skies. A few flurries are possible. High 33F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday night: Mainly cloudy. Low around 15F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Cloudy. High 18F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

Today’s lunch special is the Classic Ham and Swiss panini. Black Forest ham, swiss cheese, sliced tomatoes, spinach served on Stone House bread with stone ground mustard. Of course there are a number of other paninis, spicy chili and fresh baked cookies on the menu as well as Stu’s favorite Bosco sticks!

The let it snow sale continues, great deals on ski packages, racing skis, racing boots and X-C ski clothing.

We are very lucky to have untransformed snow!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B & Crew
   
     - Bob Frye
Thu, Jan 22: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Conditions throughout the trail system improved dramatically yesterday morning after the groomers broke up the top hard and crusty layer and replaced it with softer corduroy. Skating wasn't real fast yesterday on the fresh grooming, at least not with my too-cold LF-6 skis. Today, on the day old grooming, all reports were of real fast skiing and my LF-7 skis agreed. Be alert on the most heavily utilized downhills, such as on the 11K loop or near TR on the 25K loop, that the loose-pack snow has been scrapped off the center section of the trail by the volume of previous skiers so you'll be flying downhill on a hard crusty layer of refrozen snow (or as some might call it, icy) layer. Be especially alert on Home Run Hill right before you cross the bridge heading back to the parking lot - braking action poor there. Also since we've had no new snow in a week there are the usual thin spots, and scattered debris such as leaves, twigs, pine needles, and broken pole baskets. With the sun shining today the skier's spirits were as high as the speeds they were achieving - big smiles everywhere.
   
     - Jim Datsko
Thu, Jan 22: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Excellent snow again today. The groomer is a rock star!
   
     - Tim Faas
Thu, Jan 22: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Senior (55+) Thursdays $6 Trail Passes Groomers are headed out this morning. Re-Setting track on the Wilderness Spur, Yellow and Brown Trail. Red trail will be groomed for skating again on Friday
   
     - Justin Andre
Thu, Jan 22: Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville)
I took the snowmobile groomer out yesterday on all the trails, scuffing up the skating lanes but leaving the track set. I did not do squirrel-it won't make it up the hills so use extreme caution if you do this trail. I also did not do the section of Loons lane from Stag to Willies Way. Things turned out good. Got rid of most of the fat tire tracks. Bikers please remember to not ride the trails if they are soft and only ride the ones that are marked for bikes-see the map. Thank you and think snow. Kathloon
   
     - kathy maginity
Wed, Jan 21: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Much better conditions on 27k with fresh corduroy this morning. In spite of hard classic track, VR45 worked well, even on the hills in JackPine. 10k has more pine needles, twigs & leaves than 27k. Another great classic ski with Paula Dreeszen.
   
     - Sara Cockrell
Wed, Jan 21: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Excellent conditions today, what a relief from the icy conditions we had at other trails. Fresh corduroy for skating and the tracks looked good for classic. LF6 worked great. Hard to believe there hasn't been much fresh snow, the trails were beautiful. Met a couple from Traverse skiing Hanson for first time, they were very impressed. I know where we will be skiing the rest of the week.
   
     - Ceri Faas
Wed, Jan 21: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails Open from 9am-4pm. Groomers will be out on all trails except for the Red (Red groomed yesterday) Today. New tracks were set on Blue, Green, and Easy Return Yesterday. The View on Wilderness Spur is amazing!!
   
     - Justin Andre
Wed, Jan 21: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
The skiing yesterday was fast and fun. Ginzu Dana will Ginzu snowcomb all the trails again this morning. The trails still have very good coverage. We have about 7 to 12 inches of snow in the woods and 4 to 7 inches of base on the trails. Forecast:
Today: Mostly cloudy skies. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 27F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 20%.
Tonight: Cloudy early with some clearing expected late. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low near 15F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 20%.
Thursday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine in the morning with more clouds for later in the day. High 28F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Today’s lunch special is the Mediterranean Tuna Panini: albacore tuna, house-made hummus, spinach, black olives, sliced tomatoes, banana peppers, and feta cheese on Stone House bread. It is a new favorite! Of course there are a number of other paninis, spicy chili and fresh baked cookies on the menu as well as Stu’s favorite Bosco sticks!
The let it snow sale continues, great deals on ski packages, racing skis, racing boots and X-C ski clothing. It’s another great day to ski on fast snow!
Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B & Crew
   
     - Mariah
Tue, Jan 20: Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville)
All of the flats and does delight are excellent.
Hawk ridge is pretty torn up due to walkers on the trail when it was soft. Good grooming, no crowds, no fat bikes ??, sunny skies w hard fast snow. It's holding up well despite our recent lack of snow.
GT
   
     - Geoff turner
Tue, Jan 20: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Skied 10 and 25k loops @ 1pm. Hard and fast with blue bird skies, no wind, 17F. Base a little thin under the pines, etc. should be VG tomorrow after the groom. Bikers on the VASA, what are the rules again this yr?
   
     - Fallon
Tue, Jan 20: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
10km loop was hard packed and icy but skiable.
   
     - Tim Faas
Tue, Jan 20: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails Open from 9am-4pm
Red, Brown, and M-93 Hills have been groomed for skating this morning.
Groomers are headed out to set fresh tracks on Green and Blue and Yellow Trail.
   
     - Justin Andre
Michigan: Upper Peninsula
Michigan: Upper Peninsula
Sun, Jan 25: Valley Spur (Munising)
Great to see all the Noque participants out on the trails this morning enjoying our great trail system before they head back to they're homes to the south. From all of us at Valley Spur we'd like to say,Thanks for coming! and hope to see you all again soon!
   
     - Dan Rabine
Sat, Jan 24: Valley Spur (Munising)
Groomed all loops except I,Z this morning but the warm temps chased me off the trails at about 10am. Classic tracks are a little thin in just a few areas but skate decks are awesome everywhere. Hope to see all the No-Noque's out there today enjoying the fresh grooming and fireside chat!
   
     - Dan Rabine
Fri, Jan 23: Valley Spur (Munising)
Ended up with a suprise amount of snow today but was able to stay on top of it till it quit around 2pm. Trails are a bit soft because of the warmer temps but skiing is still very good.Looks like another great weekend of skiing at Valley Spur!
   
     - Dan Rabine
Fri, Jan 23: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)
We continue to prep for Saturday’s running of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon. The trail is in great shape all the way to the dome. Good luck racers and all participants.
   
     - NTN
Thu, Jan 22: Valley Spur (Munising)
Dressed up skate lanes on all loops this morning. Classic tracks are great with just a dusting of fresh snow in them from last night. Very little to no snow in the forecast overnight will find great skiing again tomorrow morning. Come check it out!
   
     - Dan Rabine
Wed, Jan 21: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)
Short Version: Groomers were out on the Noque/Animmish trail to the pine plantation as well as down to the tourist park.

For skiers that wish to know exactly when each trail was groomed last please follow this link to our interactive map page. http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon We have added a grid and the groomers will update when an individual trail was groomed last. I should add, if you have not used the interactive map you must do so. You “hover” over a trail section and click and a video of skiing that section will launch. It is like magic.

The Way Too Long Version: We continue to prep the last three k from the tourist park to the dome so groomers continued all the way. With several road crossings you may wish to skip this section except for the novelty. It is quite picturesque along the Dead river. Continued ideal temperatures and snow type will have skiers smiling even on the trails that were not freshly groomed last night.
   
     - NTN
Tue, Jan 20: Valley Spur (Munising)
Fresh grooming into mid-day yesterday is holding up well and with light snow in the forecast all week will make for awesome skiing. Noque skiers on there way through should stop by and stretch those legs a bit!
   
     - Dan Rabine
Ontario, Canada
Sat, Jan 24: Hardwood Hills (Barrie)
Great skiing at Hardwood Hills Saturday despite the snow drought in southern Ontario. Worked my way through most of the 40 km trail system Saturday and found only a few thin spots that were easily avoided. The classic tracks benefited from recent lake effect snow in the Barrie area that you don't see even less than an hour's drive south. The skating was quite fast on a firm base with a bit of wet snow/tiny ice pellets continuing to fall through most of the day. Ample snow on the downhills to control speeds with the width of the trails here, plus overall good grooming, also helping.
   
     - Gary Rennie
Indiana
Indiana
Tue, Jan 20: Fox Island County Park (Fort Wayne, IN)
Warm temperatures have left melted tracks and footprints on trails. The cooler temperatures and possible one inch of snow Wednesday and Thursday may revive trails for those bringing their own skis. There will be no ski rentals for at least another week or until four inches of snow cover arrive.

We continue to ask hikers and runners to avoid ski trails to preserve the current snow cover.
   
     - Ron Zartman
Elsewhere
Sun, Jan 25: Unlisted trail (Unlisted)
Canada Lakes Pathway

While the hordes were at Valley Spur, I drove a little further east and skied fresh grooming by myself at Canada Lakes near Newberry.
Great trails, some snowmobile intrusions on the far end of the loop.

Skated on LF5, with great glide.
   
     - Michael Seaman
Wed, Jan 21:  ()
Note to Webmaster: You now appear to have two listings of "Elsewhere" ski reports. One is now appearing at the top of all other ski area reports. There's another "Elsewhere" at the bottom. Some who are posting reports in "Elsewhere"“ like the fine folks at Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Roscommon “ should be posting in the geographical area they fit into (e.g. Northern Lower Peninsula for Roscommon). This website is going to become less helpful if everybody starts posting in "Elsewhere" and not in the area where their trail system is found. "Elsewhere" should be reserved for reports outside the areas you have specifically defined. Also, some who post in the "Elsewhere" category aren't making clear what ski area they are talking about and where it is. I've read a few reports now where I had no clue what trail system they were referring to and where it was. "Elsewhere" is a mighty big place.
   
     - Gary Rennie
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