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Wed, Mar 18:  ()
Sjusjoen, Norway : there is plenty of snow. Although it has not snowed for the past 10 days and the temperature is going above and below freezing each day, they do a great job grooming each night. There are about 300 km of trail I skied about 40 km from Sjusjoen to Pellestova today and to Hornsjo yesterday. The tracks are very fast. No wax, grip tape and klister covered with grip wax work well. 15 cm of new snow is predicted on Friday just before the Birkie on Saturday
Howard Feit
   
     - Howard Feit
Sun, Mar 15:  ()
Even though it did not get below freezing Friday night the ground had enough frost in it that the the snow was firm enough to groom and set tracks yesterday. This morning’s temperature at 7 am is 29F.

Thanks to snow doctors Steve and Gage we have a race course set up for this morning’s Muffin Race utilizing parts of the Trapper’s cabin, Adventure and Rolling Hills trails. The Mackinaw Cut is good and the snow doctors have built snow bridges on the bare spots on the Wild Turkey trail for skiers who are not racing. The Manitou, Tall Pines and Adventure trails have too many bare spots to be groomed and are recommend not to be skied on.

Even though the Muffin Race race is scheduled to start at 10:30 it may be a little later than that so the icy downhills can soften up with the rising temperatures. Groomer Henry will start grooming the Muffin Race course early this morning and then follow up with the Mackinaw Cut and Wild Turkey trails and finish with the Blizzard trail for the Junior Muffin Races to held after the Senior Muffin race. There will be a fine pulled pork luncheon for Racers & family after the Muffin races.

Forecast:
Today: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 52F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday: Mainly cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 59F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

This afternoon at 2 PM join us for Ribs and Blues! A well-celebrated tradition at Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Ribs and Blues brings together live music from local artists and our famous Sweet Baby Ray’s slow cooked barbequed ribs, cooked over open flame by renowned chef German Dave. Kick back to the tunes of some truly talented blues musicians while feasting on succulent ribs, scalloped potatoes, and cole slaw. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 8 and younger. Reservations will get first seating. Some adult patrons choose to bring their own beverages. Email info@crosscountryski.com to reserve a table.

The “March Madness” sale is under way with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis (Speedmax Skis for $518.94) and boots (S-Lab Skate Pro boots for $338.15)! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off. All North Face Clothing is 25% off!

Enjoy these spring skiing conditions as long as the snow lasts!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Bob frye
Michigan: Southeast Lower Peninsula
South of West Branch, East of Lansing; includes Detroit, Flint, Midland
Mon, Mar 23: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Unfortunately I regret to inform everybody that Bucks run grooming is going to be discontinued for the season. The trail is just too much of a solid block of ice and with a few gaps starting to show up it's not worth damaging equipment. Look forward to thanking everybody at the groomer party and thanks for a great year.
   
     - Adam Haberkorn
Sun, Mar 22: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
No soft spots today, except for two muddy crossings of about two feet each. There were some pretty nice stretches, but quite a bit of ice. With the cooler temps, the icy areas were smooth, hard and slick. All in all, pretty decent spring skiing, nice sun.
It will not be a loop much longer.
   
     - Allen Sorgenfrei
Sun, Mar 22: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
After Saturday's surprisingly good conditions, things have gone sharply downhill. Much of the trail is glare ice. There are only a few short sections that are ski-able corn snow. Several bare spots have shown up where there is no choice but to step through the dirt. Not worth the trip today. We got lucky with the trail-side party on Saturday. It was probably the last good day of skiing for the season.
   
     - Greg Worrel
Sat, Mar 21: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
HURON MEADOWS END OF SEASON PARTY

While there’s still lots of fun skiing to be done, things are drawing to a close. The loop of man made snow at Huron Meadows is holding up incredibly well, especially, given the unusually warm conditions. But, it won’t last forever.

There’s no better way to transition into spring activities than to join folks at the Meadow’s clubhouse on April 11th, for our annual end of season/groomer appreciation/ski swap/pass out money/ party.

That’s a lot of ground to cover for one party, but we get the job done. Everyone’s invited. No need to be on a team, or club member. We’ll even let Downstaters who are on up North teams in the door!

Here’s the format:
We’ll provide the basics, some food, some drink, some paper products, but we’ll definitely need help.

• Activates begin April 11th at 11:30 at Huron Meadows Metropark Clubhouse.
• We request a donation of $7 per person. Or bring a dish to pass, food or beverage (non alcoholic) to share, and we’ll waive the $7. Bring food and give us $7 and we’ll be really happy! Any money collected beyond covering our costs goes straight to the ski fund.
• Bring old ski gear, wax, sports related equipment to sell or trade. Really, how many 20 year old skis do you need?
• Donations to be presented by the Frosty Freestyle race committee and the Washtenaw Ski Touring Club.
• Please don’t bring any alcohol into the clubhouse.

There’s a Facebook page to provide updates. If you’ve got something to sell or trade, post a picture and let the world see. https://www.facebook.com/groomerappreciationparty

This is our one and only chance to show our support of the ski program to the Metroparks. Large turnouts definitely get noticed. Low turnouts don’t help the cause.
So come out, see people you ski with wearing regular clothes, tell some good stories, and get ready to roller ski.

Studies have shown that if you skied at Huron Meadows this year, and don’t come to the party, you have a 65% higher chance of breaking a pole while skiing, and a 38% higher chance of using the wrong wax on race day! Why take the chance, come on out.

   
     - Ken Roth
Sat, Mar 21: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Still good skiing on Buck's Run! Fire is going - brats start cooking at 11:30!
   
     - Mike Muha
Fri, Mar 20: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Buck's Run was tilled this a.m. Bare spots and solid ice are showing up. Trail from the start to the fire pit is not too bad to good in spots for Mar 20!! The hill to the pines and down to the driving range is almost pure ice. The straight away along driving range is NOT skiable due to ice. It is what it is!
   
     - Bill McConnell
Thu, Mar 19: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Not nearly as wonderful as yesterday. We are now experiencing true spring conditions . Some icy patches covered with a little bit of chopped ice. Some great fast controllable spots. And, some spots that are somewhere in between.
The entire trail is still skiable. You could use your A skis if you want to. Coverage isn't an issue yet, but will be soon.
Skating only, and that's likely to be the case for the rest of the season.

Remember, the end of season, groomer appreciation party April 11th.
   
     - Ken Roth
Wed, Mar 18: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Good spring conditions and no bare spots, yet. Lots of tree debris on the trail, specially in the pines. Hopefully the trial will stay ski-able till the weekend.
   
     - J.M. Gwidt
Wed, Mar 18: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Good skiing on Buck's Run tonight. A small group of us were out skiing. Plenty of snow, but the snow bridge from the lodge to the trail is gone so you have to walk out to the trail. Trail was firm with a thin, soft warmer, damper top layer.
   
     - Mike Muha
Wed, Mar 18: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
OMG skating conditions this morning! It's a silky smooth ribbon of white carpet on Buck's Run. Don't be fooled by what you see on the hike out there. Wish I'd had my "A" skis. Snow is a little bit grey in a few spots, but nothing that is going to hurt the bases of your skis. No bare spots. Sadly, classic tracks are gone.
   
     - Amy Kostrzewa
Wed, Mar 18: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Fantastic skating this morning on Buck's run. Fast, controllable, lots of fun. Use "A" skis, no problem.
You do need to walk to the trailhead, and there is no classic track. But, otherwise, it was pretty awesome. The clubhouse appears to be closed.

Remember, end of season party April 11th


   
     - Ken
Tue, Mar 17: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
No grooming will take place today I'm Bucks run. We will wait for the wind to die down and the weather transition to take place.
   
     - Adam h
Mon, Mar 16: Brighton rec area (Brighton)
Got an outstanding ski on natural snow at brighton rec area Sunday March 15th. I skied the hiking trails and they were superb. There we're leaves on both sides of trail and spots within trail where I had to go on one ski to find the glide to continue and it was absolutely perfect. It was exciting and challenging climbing the steep gullied hills where the snow may have only been 18 inches wide before melting to dirt and yet it was priceless. There were some spots however that held more snow than one would ever believe and it was good strong fast corn snow. Though I was sick it was to good to stop, and I skied the Kachin loop twice as well as a good portion of the Penosha. I saw about 20 hikers walking on the back roads, and about five on the trail itself. Without question one of the more memorable skis of all 71 times xc skiing this year. Looking forward to making a 72 this week.
   
     - Stan Dinkel
Mon, Mar 16: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Trail similar to Saturday a bit soft. Get out and play in you short sleves!
   
     - Adam
Sun, Mar 15: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Buck's run provided lots of fun skiing this morning, both skate and classic. Still used our A skis without any problem. Conditions were fast and controllable, slowing down a bit around 11:30.
The ice bridge leading to the trail head will likely be gone after the warm up, so you'll probably have to walk to the beginning. There are picnic benches where you can change boots.
   
     - Ken Roth
Sun, Mar 15: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Buck's Run was in excellent shape this morning. I classic skied using some old Swix Violet klister. Skiers were divided 50/50 between skaters and striders. There should be PLENTY of snow for next week and weekend even after Monday's big warm up.
   
     - Mike Muha
Sun, Mar 15: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Trail is a bit firmer than yesterday morning and has groomed up excellent, as far as spring standards go. The trail from the clubhouse not so great, Icy. May just be a better bet to walk to the trail head and not bust your rump before you even hit the trails.
Please do not walk across the putting green just East of the snow fence use asphalt path instead.
   
     - Adam Haberkorn
Michigan: Southwest Lower Peninsula
South of West Branch, West of Lansing; includes Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Big Rapids, Cadillac
Fri, Mar 20: Muskegon Winter Sports Complex (Muskegon)

   Barb,
No you aren't the only one. Back in the day I would be planning
my trip to MTU in Houghton. If you are skating, Nubs Nob sounds like a possibility, although they're reporting leaves in the 2 track. I'm probably going to try the Muskegon Winter Sports Park Sunday morning. I emailed them on Thursday and got a response from the lodge manager. She didn't understand.
     - John Norton
Thu, Mar 19: Yankee Springs (Hickory Corners)
Actually don't have a trail report but am looking for somewhere to go this weekend, lower or upper peninsula. I am seeing that Valley Spur in Munising may still be open. Anyone know of anywhere else in the UP?
Lower peninsula? VASA trail?
Or am I the only nut trying to squeeze out the last of winter??
   
     - Barb Slovisky
Michigan: Northern Lower Peninsula
North of West Branch; includes Traverse City, Grayling, Gaylord, Tawas
Sat, Mar 28: Lakes of the North (Mancelona)
Ernie, Glen, Gabe, Robin, and Hap showed up today- Sat. One of the best crust skate skies we have had in years. Classic would have worked too but we all just skated. Gabe and I were on Swix Hf 4, a harder wax too protect bases. start green would work too. Am going up to Nubs this afternoon for a ski and will post a report comparing conditions. We saw lots of good crust snow in the potato fields south of the fed. fish hatchery. Glad we are up here as opposed to being stuck in spring break traffic!

Hap & Gabe Wright
   
     - Hap Wright
Sat, Mar 28: Lakes of the North (Mancelona)
Ernie, Glen, Gabe, Robin, and Hap showed up today- Sat. One of the best crust skate skies we have had in years. Classic would have worked too but we all just skated. Gabe and I were on Swix Hf 4, a harder wax too protect bases. start green would work too. Am going up to Nubs this afternoon for a ski and will post a report comparing conditions. We saw lots of good crust snow in the potato fields south of the fed. fish hatchery. Glad we are up here as opposed to being stuck in spring break traffic!

Hap & Gabe Wright
   
     - Hap Wright
Fri, Mar 27: Nubs Nob (Harbor Springs)
Maybe the best day of the year on the upper red trail at Nubs. 22 degrees and not a cloud in the ski. They powertilled in the 2-3 inches of snow we received this week to create amazing corduroy. Perfect combination of speed, control, and sunshine. Should be great through Sunday. Once again, a big shout-out to the crew at Nubs for their commitment to grooming.
   
     - Zach Jonker
Fri, Mar 27: Lakes of the North (Mancelona)
Lakes of the North on Mancelona Road : FLASH SKI EVENT SATURDAY MORN. 10:00AM
CALLED THESE FOLKS AND THERE'S GOOD SNOW THERE. INSTEAD OF DOING THE 5K RUN ON ICY ROADS IN GAYLORD. LET'S HAVE A FLASH SKI EVENT AT LAKES OF THE NORTH. RACE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO, CLASSIC OR SKATE, OR JUST SKI FOR THOSE WHO DON'T WANT TO RACE. QUESTIONS: CALL HAP WRIGHT AT 231-675-2253OR EMAIL ME AT STOCKWARS@YAHOO.COM. SKIED AT GAYLORD COUNTRY CLUB AND THE SNOW WAS GREAT THERE FRI. MORN. LAKES OF THE NORTH ALWAYS HAS BETTER SNOW! GCC ALLOWS INDIV. SKIERS BUT DON'T THINK THEY WOULD LET US RACE THERE.
   
     - HAP WRIGHT
Thu, Mar 26: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
The Vasa Pathway, not surprisingly, still has a lot of snow, but not really skiable due to so much gray boilerplate & bare dirt. Still got in a 11.8 mile hike at 3 mph with Paula Dreeszen on the Headwaters, 10k & Nipple from the Bartlett trailhead, in spite of having to walk more gingerly on & around the ice! She's getting ready for UT & me for a backpacking trek in the Grand Canyon.
   
     - Sara Cockrell
Tue, Mar 24: Deerfield (Kalkaska)
old man winter is giving way. even the east side is getting thin and patchy. it is skiable, but a long way from pretty. chris and i are eager for the m22 race. see ya there, denny!
   
     - bob eifler
Tue, Mar 24: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
Unless we receive any significant, late-season snow in the near future, this will be our final ski report for the 2014-15 season. We will remain open with normal shop hours through March 31st, after which we will be open by appointment (call 800-832-2663) or when we’re at the shop (we are usually at the shop during weekdays until middle of April, and somewhat regularly throughout the rest of the spring and summer). In the not-so-uncommon event that we get a nice big snow storm after March 31st, we will of course re-open and keep the season alive as long as Mother Nature permits! We still have excellent inventory of touring, skating, classic, and back country skis, boots, and poles, as well as xc ski and winter clothing, most of which is already marked down to Labor Day Weekend Sale prices, so don’t hesitate to come shopping. The ski park area still has ample snow for equipment demo’s, too.

For skiable snow nearby, Hartwick Pines is still holding onto decent spring snow on some of the outer loops. Further north, Nubs Nob still has lots of coverage and great conditions!

Thanks to all of you for your continued support, and for adding to the fun, adventurous, ski-loving culture here at XC Ski HQ.

Until the snow flies!

– Bob, Lynne, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Matt, Erin, Brian, Sarah, Steve, Kerrigan, Gage, Lexi, Dana, Henry, Matt B., and the crew
   
     - Mariah Frye Colie
Sun, Mar 22: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
Yesterday’s Sprint Biathlon was a great success. The Blizzard X-C Ski Park ended up being a perfect venue and enabled the crowd to watch each race entirely. Thanks to all who participated and helped put it on. Go to the Cross Country Ski Headquarters Facebook page to see the video of the championship race.

As of 7 am this morning the temperature was 12F. The Blizzard XC Ski Park still has good snow and has been groomed to perfection. If you ever wanted to try shooting and X-C skiing today is the day! The Biathlon targets are still up and the paint ball guns are available for you to try shooting. For kids, adult supervision is necessary and staff is available for adults who need coaching. There is no cost involved.

Forecast:
Today: Abundant sunshine. High 31F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High 36F. Winds light and variable.
Tuesday: Sunny skies. High around 45F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Today’s lunch special is Classic Grilled Ham & Cheese: sliced Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese, fresh tomatoes and stone ground mustard on Stone House bread, served with chips and a pickle. Chili is also available as well as our other specialty sandwiches.
The “March Madness” sale is under way with great deals on cold weather clothing, including lots of items marked down to Labor Day Weekend Sale prices! XC Ski packages, racing skis (Speedmax Skis for $518.94) and boots (S-Lab Skate Pro boots for $338.15) are all on sale as well. All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off. All North Face Clothing is 30% to 40% off (excluding Thermoball)! More mark downs daily!

It’s a great day to try out some new skis, enjoy the sun on the sun deck or start training for next year’s Biathlon!!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Bob Frye
Sat, Mar 21: Nubs Nob (Harbor Springs)
Fantastic sunset skate conditions at Nubs this evening. Wicked fast with control and almost no ruts. Snow is 95% clean. Both upper loops were groomed this morning. Those guys are miracle workers.
   
     - Zach Jonker
Sat, Mar 21: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
As of 6:30am this morning the temperature was 37F. We still have enough snow on the Blizzard XC Ski park for trying out new skis, lessons, and a Paint Ball Biathlon today! The rest of the trails are in good shape for hiking and pole walking, but there is not enough to ski on.

The Paint Ball Biathlon starts at 11:00am this morning. Registration starts at 9:30am. The cost is $15 and includes a chili lunch and fun awards for all participants. This will be a very exciting, head-to-head, double elimination tournament. We will plan on having a Citizens division and an Open division, with the Citizens race being slightly shorter and more beginner friendly. Kids are welcome and may compete in either division. Both divisions will get plenty of chances to shoot paintball guns! Remember, this is a one day event and there is no race on Sunday.

Forecast:
Today: Snow this morning will give way to partly cloudy conditions this afternoon. High 34F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 70%.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A few flurries are possible. Low 11F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday: Abundant sunshine. High 31F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday night: Cloudy. Low 13F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday: Mostly cloudy early, then afternoon sunshine. High 38F. Winds light and variable.

Today's lunch special is the Gourmet Chili Bar! Your choice of famous classic chili or our special smokey veggie chili, served with a warm roll and your choice of toppings, including, chopped onions, cheese, sour cream, and more.

The “March Madness” sale is under way with great deals on cold weather clothing, including lots of items marked down to Labor Day Weekend Sale prices! XC Ski packages, racing skis (Speedmax Skis for $518.94) and boots (S-Lab Skate Pro boots for $338.15) are all on sale as well. All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off. All North Face Clothing is 30% to 40% off (excluding Thermoball)! More mark downs daily!

It's a great day to hike, shop, eat a delicious lunch, and of course do some skiing and shoot some paintball guns!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Mariah Frye Colie
Fri, Mar 20: Hartwick Pines (Grayling)
Had one of my best crust skiing experiences this morning. Wasn't sure what to expect. . I got a whole outer loop in 7.2 miles. Walked once maybe 20 yards. Whole trail is snow covered except one or two open areas in the stump fields.. skating was fast, life changing speed.. if your a snow hog like me.. get here and ski.. maybe a few land bridges but some of the best crust skiing in the area hands down..
   
     - Biker Bob
Fri, Mar 20: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
The 1st day of spring has come and at 7am the temperature was 27F. We still have great snow on the Blizzard XC Ski park for trying out new skis, lessons and tomorrow a Paint Ball Biathlon! The rest of the trails are in good shape for hiking and pole walking, there is some snow but not enough to ski on.

The Paint Ball Biathlon starts at 11:00am tomorrow. Registration starts at 9:30am. The cost is $15 and includes a chili lunch and fun awards for all participants.
We will plan on having a Citizens division and an Open division, with the Citizens race being slightly shorter and more beginner friendly. Kids are welcome and may compete in either division.

The Sun Deck is the place to enjoy lunch and view tomorrow’s Paint Ball Biathlon. Word has it that 5 Sharp Shooters from Ohio are on their way up!

Forecast:
Today: Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High 52F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Considerable cloudiness. Occasional rain showers after midnight. Low 32F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy early, then afternoon sunshine. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy skies. A few flurries are possible. Low 14F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday: Sun and a few passing clouds. High 33F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Today’s lunch special is Bob’s Favorite Tuna Panini: albacore tuna, sliced black olives, jalapenos, red onion, spinach, tomatoes and provolone on Stone House Bread grilled to sizzling perfection and served with chips and a pickle. Chili will also be available, served with a warm 7 grain roll.

The “March Madness” sale is under way with great deals on cold weather clothing, including lots of items marked down to Labor Day Weekend Sale prices! XC Ski packages, racing skis (Speedmax Skis for $518.94) and boots (S-Lab Skate Pro boots for $338.15) are all on sale as well. All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off. All North Face Clothing is 30% to 40% off (excluding Thermoball)! More mark downs daily!

Our Pure Michigan Forest is beautiful this time of year and bug free!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Bob Frye
Thu, Mar 19: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday and as it turns out the best way to enjoy our trails was to hike them! There is still some snow on various parts of the trails but we will need fresh snow to groom again. The Blizzard XC ski park still has 1 to 2 feet of machine made snow. This is a great venue for ski customers to try out new skis, as well as the venue for our Third Annual Paintball Biathlon this Saturday! As of 7am this morning the temperature was 18F.

Forecast:
Today: Partly sunny this morning, then becoming partly cloudy during the afternoon. High 44F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 17F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 51F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday night: A few rain showers early mixing with snow showers late. Low 34F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 60%.
Saturday: Snow showers before noon. Becoming partly cloudy later. High around 35F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%.
Sunday: Mainly sunny. High 31F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Today’s lunch special is the Turkey Pesto panini. Sliced oven baked turkey, fresh baby spinach, sliced tomatoes, basil pesto and provolone grilled on Stone House Bread and served with chips and a pickle. Chili and other specialty sandwiches will also be served today.

The “March Madness” sale is under way with great deals on cold weather clothing, including lots of items marked down to Labor Day Weekend Sale prices! XC Ski packages, racing skis (Speedmax Skis for $518.94) and boots (S-Lab Skate Pro boots for $338.15) are all on sale as well. All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off. All North Face Clothing is 30% to 40% off (excluding Thermoball)! More mark downs daily!

It sure is nice to get outside for a fine hike on these sunny days!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Bob frye
Wed, Mar 18: Nubs Nob (Harbor Springs)
Power tilled and track set on Tuesday. Excellent spring conditions but ice on switch back upper loop and beneath bridge on lower loop, some leaves in classic tracks. Otherwise, groomed corduroy. Of course, time outing in regard to temp and sun.
   
     - Greg Putalik
Wed, Mar 18: Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville)
Sorry to say we are done for the season. There are too many bare and icy spots to be safe. Thanks for a good season-albeit short. Hopefully it will be better next year. Have a safe and fun summer. Your friends at the Nordic center.
   
     - kathy maginity
Wed, Mar 18: Deerfield (Kalkaska)
late winter conditions: 6" of styrofoam on course. alley is grungy with pine debris. the y has a 10' bald spot. and the inlet ramp is way patchy. you can get a glacier workout in if you want. i am bedwaxing our best skis today. technique tip - think of climbing with your feet. many skiers overfocus on grinding out climbs on a pole.
   
     - bob eifler
Wed, Mar 18: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
As of 7 am this morning the temperature was 22F. There is still snow on various parts of the trails but we will need fresh snow to groom again. The Blizzard XC ski park still has 1 to 2 feet of machine made snow. This is a great venue for skiers to demo new skis, as well as the venue for our Third Annual Paintball Biathlon this Saturday! Read more about the Biathlon at www,crosscountryski.com

Forecast:

Today: Sunny. High around 40F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 17F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the
afternoon. High 46F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday night: Cloudy skies. Low 29F. Winds light and variable.

Friday: Clouds giving way to sun. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 30s.
   
     - Stu Colie
Tue, Mar 17: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
As of 7 am this morning the temperature was 28F. This is much cooler than yesterday afternoon! Crust skiing is a good option for today. There is still snow on various parts of the trails but we will need fresh snow to groom again, except for the Blizzard XC ski park where we still have 1 to 2 feet of machine made snow. This is a great venue for ski customers to try out new skis.

Forecast:
Today: Sunshine and clouds mixed. A few flurries are possible. High 33F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 41F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday: Cloudy. High 47F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Today’s lunch special is homemade pulled pork BBQ served on a French roll with cole slaw and a pickle. Of course our Famous Chili and Veggie Chili will also be served with a multi grain roll.

The “March Madness” sale is under way with great deals on cold weather clothing, including lots of items marked down to Labor Day Weekend Sale prices! XC Ski packages, racing skis (Speedmax Skis for $518.94) and boots (S-Lab Skate Pro boots for $338.15) are all on sale as well. All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off. All North Face Clothing is 30% to 40% off (excluding Thermoball)!

The days are getting longer, but winter is not over yet!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Bob Frye
Mon, Mar 16: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Still snow to be had. I skied a blue, brown and yellow this morning. Sues return was good. A few Land bridges on the yellow. Blue and green are best!! I may try a red in the morning. Did not ski the hills on 93. Will report conditions in the morning.
   
     - Biker Bob
Mon, Mar 16: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
As of 6:30am the temperature is 34 degrees. Thanks to our snow doctors and groomer, the 8km Muffin Race course was completely snow covered yesterday and racers ranging from 2 years old through high school all had a really good time. The course, which utilizes parts of the Trapper’s cabin, Adventure and Rolling Hills trails, is still skiable, as is most of the rest of Rolling Hills, parts of Trappers Cabin, Mackinaw Cut, and Wild Turkey. The Blizzard Trail still has enough snow to get around, and the Ski Park still has over 10 inches of base from where we made snow early in the season, giving skiers plenty of snow for equipment demos and lessons. The Manitou, Tall Pines and Adventure trails have too many bare spots to be groomed and are recommend not to be skied on. Due to the warm temps all night, we will not be grooming today.

Forecast:

Today: Cloudy with occasional showers this afternoon. High around 60F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight: Rain showers this evening with overcast skies overnight. Low around 30F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tuesday: Sunny along with a few clouds. High 33F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph.

Today’s Lunch Special is Famous Chili! Your choice of hearty veggie chili or famous classic chili, served with a warm roll and butter for just $4.00. Delicious paninis, cookies, muffins and Bosco Sticks are also on the menu for today.

The “March Madness” sale is under way with great deals on cold weather clothing, including lots of items marked down to Labor Day Weekend Sale prices! XC Ski packages, racing skis (Speedmax Skis for $518.94) and boots (S-Lab Skate Pro boots for $338.15) are all on sale as well. All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off. All North Face Clothing is 40% off (excluding Thermoball)!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the 23rd Annuual Muffin Race!

Ski while you can!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew

   
     - Mariah Frye Colie
Sun, Mar 15: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Surprisingly decent skiing on the entire trail system including Jackpine Valley. I started this morning thinking I'd just ski the 11K loop unless good skate conditions merited doing the 25K loop. My decision at the 4K trail split to go for it was doubly rewarded as I came across a trailside Flash Party hosted by the Vasa Ski Club at the 10.5K clearing complete with brats, hot dogs, beer, big chocolate chip cookies and a warming fire. I noticed a lot of skiers heading for the brats and beer.

And thanks to an early-morning Ginzu-Grooming by the Roger & Browski team of the full 25K loop was very good spring skiing as they converted the hard, refrozen crust into granular corduroy perfect for easy skating. Sadly the classic tracks are pretty well melted away. Overall the skate lane was 99% nice white corduroy, though some areas were dusted with pine needles, or tree bark dust. The other 1% was a blend of ice and bare ground, the worst of which was the first 1/4 K from the trailhead, and a couple of 5' sections of bare ground under the powerlines. Otherwise the skate lane is covered with good granular corduroy though some of the edges alongside are now bare.
   
     - Jim Datsko
Sun, Mar 15: Forbush Corner (Frederic)
Tilled and track set on the West Trail System (i.e. Green Trail and Back Forty) and also Townline Rd from N. Roberts Rd all the way down to Garndenia Trail. Below freezing temps last night so the classic track was a bit difficult to "cut" into the base even with the tiller. Overall good spring conditions with only a few bare spots. Donation Day for trail fee.
   
     - Todd Hubbard
Michigan: Upper Peninsula
Michigan: Upper Peninsula
Fri, Mar 27: Valley Spur (Munising)
12-15" base through the entire system. Some fresh snow each of the last three nights. Dan groomed entire system yesterday and is going over it again this a.m. New track set and skate lanes are firm. No ice, no dirt.
   
     - John Gierke
Thu, Mar 26: Swedetown (Calumet)
Considering trail condition, weather and low numbers of skiers, Swedetown will end grooming for the season on Sunday, March 29. First day of grooming for the season was November 11, 2014, after a 24? snowfall. Remember that? From zero to mid-winter conditions in one fell swoop! That’s 4.5 months of skiing at Swedetown this season.
   
     - KeweenawTrails
Wed, Mar 25: Valley Spur (Munising)
Yesterday and today were awesome at Valley Spur. Rocket fast corn snow yesterday. Some fresh snow this morning slowed things down some. Great skiing and great coverage of all trails. If your in need of a ski fix head here!!
   
     - Biker Bob
Wed, Mar 25: Valley Spur (Munising)
2 inches of fresh snow this a.m. on top of a 12-16" base. No bare spots. Later tonight temps will fall below 32F and stay there until Sun. afternoon. With more lake effect snow projected Thurs. and Fri. our trails should be back in mid-winter conditions for skate and classic. Stay tuned.
   
     - John Gierke
Wed, Mar 25: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)
Groomers remained parked again Tuesday night given the hard surface. You will still find good skate skiing up to at least 18k. Today’s forecast of 1” – 2” combined with tonight’s projected falling temperatures spell a likely return to mid-season conditions for tomorrow. I expect today’s skiers will find enjoyment as well as temperatures will be mild, the surface will soften and there will be a little new snow on top.
   
     - NTN
Mon, Mar 23: Valley Spur (Munising)
Awesome skiing this past weekend at Valley Spur! Fresh snow on the trails Fri night thru Sat morning made it a spectacular weekend for both classic and skate! So thankful for this trail system and the people who maintain it!
   
     - Cheryl B
Mon, Mar 23: ABR Trails (Ironwood)
We had a great season of skiing 128 days of good to excellent skiing Nov 13th to March 22 and daily grooming. As I gromed the last few k of trails this morning it was a bitter sweet.

We had good spring skiing this weekend. We have to close when we can not provide fun and SAFE skiing every day. With the thin base on downhills and south faces, strong spring sun, and the Montreal River rising with the warm temps, we are closed. As a Corporation we have to answer to our insurance company, accountants and board of directors. We charge a trail fee and expect that we can provide you with a good to excellent skiing experience.
   
     - ABR Trails
Mon, Mar 23: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)
Yesterday morning groomers dressed the skate lanes on the Noque and Animoosh to 18k plus Chiwagi via the by pass and also Bagwagi. With trails never softening yesterday no grooming was needed this morning. I should add, no classic tracks can be set with this hard hold snow.

A note on dogs: Due to the closure of parts of Animoosh, we have opened up a path to the pine plantation via the Chiwagi hill bypass. Dog skiers and non dog skiers are encouraged to use caution and all will be fine.
   
     - NTN
Thu, Mar 19: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)

Some trails are marked “CLOSED”. Please DO NOT ski around these marks. We are able to groom these ski trails because the land owners recognize the value of skiing in the community. We need to reciprocate and make their job as easy as possible. Winter logging is the best for the forest in that the ground is not disturbed. The effects of the logging will be minimal and we will enjoy skiing here again next year and for years to come.


At present the Noque and Animoosh from 13k to 14k are affected. This means we will be able to ski between 14k and Co rd 510 as well as the loop trails to the north of the Noque. As the logging work continues this section may be cut off as well so enjoy it now.


Grooming Comments: Yesterday the trails never softened up so no grooming was needed. I spoke with several skiers that commented on the fast conditions. Temperatures in the 40s today may soften the surface in the afternoon but no guarantee.


A note on dogs: Due to the closure of parts of Animoosh, we have opened up a path to the pine plantation via the Chiwagi hill bypass. Dog skiers and non dog skiers are encouraged to use caution and all will be fine.


Remember when you waxed your skis for speed? Speed is the least of our worries today. Now we are waxing for base protection. To heck with organizing sox drawers and careful driveway shoveling; some things worth doing aren’t worth doing well. What is worth doing well is hard wax application when the snow is this abrasive. Who cares that you have a poorly shoveled driveway or other such trifles. Don’t get caught with dry bases today or you will have something to be ashamed of.


   
     - NTN
Elsewhere
Mon, Mar 23: Unlisted trail (Unlisted)
If you are looking for good crust skiing, Gaylord Country Club area on M-32 WEst of Gaylord is top notch. The crust is great for skating, and classic skiing will work in the afternoon. Skate- wax with a hard glider to protect ski base. Classic- waxless ski once the snow softens up. Don't know if anyone has checked Out Michaywe Golf course lately. Would be interested in knowing about that.
Hap Wright
   
     - Hap Wright
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