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Thu, Mar 5:  ()
Pine Haven. Several inches of fresh snow. No evidence of grooming. A skied in trail with extensive trampling on the nearest loops. Glaze of ice from freezing rain meant sketchy kick. Would probably have been okay with waxless skis.

   
     - Michael Seaman
Sun, Mar 1:  ()
Three feet of snow and fresh powder conditions for the Art Roscoe Loppet on Sunday. Alleghany State Park is a winter paradise right now. Most trails are groomed with a double classic track, no skating.
   
     - Sean Kelly
Wed, Feb 25:  ()
Sand Dunes Trail 15 miles west of St. Ignace.
Actually this is from last Sunday, 2/22.

Skied on recently groomed trails on a very fun, twisty, old-school, singletrack classic trail. The two furthest extensions were skied in, but no tracks were set.
Used older race skis, with a combination of Ski-go green and organic material for kick at -1F.
This is a great trail that seems largely forgotten.
   
     - Michael Seaman
Tue, Feb 24:  ()
Ted Black Woods, Okemos. Classic. 5km, self-tracked, advanced level ski trail. 2km intermediate ungroomed main trail. Good conditions 2/24/15. (No lights or rentals.)

Bancroft Glacial Park, downtown Lansing. Classic. 5km, self-tracked, advanced level. 1km intermediate ungroomed main trail. Shady forest holds snow well. Good conditions 2/24/15. (Partial lights, no rentals.)
   
     - Jeff Potter
Michigan: Southeast Lower Peninsula
South of West Branch, East of Lansing; includes Detroit, Flint, Midland
Fri, Mar 6: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
Skied this morning on ungroomed trails. Fortunately, enough skiers have packed down a skate lane around Lakeshore that it was pleasant. I skied Rock Ridge once but didn't like the conditions on the downhills. The park trail conditions hot-line has not been updated. I called the park office and they could not say when the next groom would occur.
   
     - Jeff Powers
Thu, Mar 5: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
2 days after 4" of new snow it's still not groomed. Not sure why. I skated this afternoon around the lake on skated in trails. It wasn't real bad but it would have been much better had it been groomed!
   
     - Mark Madorski
Thu, Mar 5: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Trails south of Hammel are in great shape, with deep, fast tracks. Wind has already blown some debris into the tracks (the usual suspects: twigs, oak leaves, pine needles, spruce sprigs). Some slopes have limited or no trackset, which makes for back-and-side-sliding uphills and hard-to-control downhills. But overall, a tremendous grooming job given the icy/crusty conditions of the previous couple of days!
   
     - JB
Thu, Mar 5: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Trails on the golf course were outstanding. Great for skating and the classical tracks look like they were poured concrete. West of the golf course in the woods was not groomed today and was very icy, tough to skate, so I just double polled in the tracks. Thanks to the Huron Meadows team for a great year!
   
     - Jon W.
Thu, Mar 5: Maybury State Park (Northville)
Very icy , skied in track , not groomed. The west half of the trail is the most ski-able, the east half is a louge run.
Any reports on classic at Huron meadows ?
   
     - jim gobeski
Thu, Mar 5: Chippewa Nature Center (Midland)


Reaching out to Fellow Skiers and Outdoor Enthusiasts:
A Request for Assistance to Help Chippewa Nature Center
Stay “on Track” with Trail Grooming Program


Perspective: During the last 11 ski seasons, an important CNC initiative has been to groom and maintain ski trails that are free and open to the public. Of the 15 miles of trails which meander through CNC’s 1,200 acres, we groom and set track on seven miles of the system on the Chippewa, River and Homestead trails. This is a request to consider assisting the program with financial support to replace the aging grooming equipment.
The Impact of Grooming
Groomed trails improve cross country skiing dramatically, but it requires good equipment. When we have a good snow, in order to get trails packed and in good condition, we often put over 25 miles on our equipment! In addition to this, on Fridays and Mondays, regardless of new snow, we may groom the trails again to freshen them up.
Cross country skiers are not the only ones who appreciate the winter maintenance on the trail. Bird watchers, nature photographers, families and school and scout groups are just some of the diverse groups that all use our groomed trails during the winter.
In addition to grooming trails, we also use our tracked equipment to protect the trails from ruts during maple syrup season! The more we can avoid sinking in and tearing tree roots during this soft, muddy time of year, the more we can help maintain the health of the maple trees!
Goal: Secure $6,000 to fund grooming equipment to replace the four tracks on CNC’s RTV which have surpassed their useful life. The tracks are the mechanical rotating assembly that replace the tires during the winter months.
How to contribute: Donations of any size are welcome. Make your tax-deductible donation online at www.chippewanaturecenter.org on the Trails page. Checks may be made payable and sent to Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour, Midland, MI 48640. Note it’s for trail grooming equipment.
Recognition: Look for your name proudly displayed on CNC’s web site and in the newsletter and annual report.
For more information about this initiative, contact
Curt Holsinger, CNC Manager of Natural Resources,
at cholsinger@chippewanaturecenter.org or 989.631.0830.¬

   
     - Curt Holsinger
Thu, Mar 5: Chippewa Nature Center (Midland)
Unfortunately, trails are not in tip top condition. We've had some more equipment issues. (More to follow on this topic!)
Tracks are pretty beat up, as we haven't been able to groom since the last snow we had on Tuesday. Still can produce some great skiing for March, but don't expect the deep-set tracks or pristine snow.
By the look of our ten day forecast, we're potentially coming up to the end of our ski season here. Which may be okay given our equipment status. And here's where we need your help! As most of you are well aware of, the proper equipment to professionally groom snow is not cheap, and so we are looking to raise $6,000 to help replace our 11 year old setup.
Directly after this, I'll post the flyer that we've stapled around our property to help raise awareness of the need, as well as to give users the opportunity to be a part of our efforts to provide exceptional skiing/hiking trails! Thank you in advance for your support and I welcome other fundraising ideas or questions about the project!
cholsinger@chippewanaturecenter.org

   
     - Curt Holsinger - CNC Groomer
Wed, Mar 4: Bay City State Park (Bay City)
Nice double track set on the railtrail. Enough new snow to bury the oak leaves. Come on out and enjoy.
   
     - Larry Timm
Tue, Mar 3: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
ACT testing for high school juniors. No school for the rest of AAPS high school students. 1:45 min in 2" of fresh sugar snow, real fast conditions great control on fast skis . We had the place to our selves. Freezing rain finally drove us to lunch. I too had the day off.
The Shambaugh's
   
     - roger shambaugh
Tue, Mar 3: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
No grooming will take place today. We will re-groom tomorrow once the temps drop
   
     - Adam
Mon, Mar 2: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Fantastic trails this evening. Wide, smooth, with spectacular tracks doubled up on the side. It was almost like a UP trail grooming job. Firm, fast and fun. Lots of moonlight early, then it clouded up, but there was still plenty of light for skiing. The days must be getting longer, because there were a lot more lights glowing by the trail than usual. There is one spot just south of the lodge where the trail is getting narrow due to heat.
For trails this wide and smooth, a lot of passes had to be made by the groomers. Nice job.
   
     - Allen Sorgenfrei
Mon, Mar 2: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
Amazing conditions. Skied in the AM on freshly groomed trails. Except Ted Gray. The grooming conditions are the best I've skied as well. The trails are wide, flat, and firm. Uphills and down. Classic tracks are in good shape too.
   
     - Jeff Powers
Sun, Mar 1: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Really enjoyed a Saturday afternoon ski at Huron Meadows! Did about 15 km classical beginning at clubhouse and working our way South. No bare spots anywhere, pretty good track just about everywhere. Could conditions have been better? Yes, but a very satisfying ski - especially for the end of February in SE Michigan.
   Used our Rossignol Evo skis (waxless). Always nice to find the campfire at Huron River turn-around going - smells great, although we didn't stop.
     - Brad Ricker
Sat, Feb 28: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Somewhere between awesome and perfect for skate and classic
   
     - Ken Roth
Sat, Feb 28: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
Skiing was excellent this morning. Freshly groomed for both skating and classic. Perfect conditions!!!
   
     - Rocky
Fri, Feb 27: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
It's died and went to heaven good today. Skate and classic.
On a theoretical level, I could find something wrong, but that's about it.
   
     - Ken Roth
Fri, Feb 27: Chippewa Nature Center (Midland)
Plenty of snow, but plenty of wind since the last snowfall means plenty of leaf litter, pine needles etc. Tracks on the river loop are pretty skied out, looks like no one has been skiing the spur over to the Tridge.
Hopefully trails will get a fresh groom for the weekend.
Used Rex Green glider and Start Universal Tar (minus) for kick.
   
     - Michael Seaman
Fri, Feb 27: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Everything has been freshly groomed for both skating and classic including south of Hammell Road. Good snow and conditions prevail. Come on out and enjoy your trails. Ski center is open until 5 pm today and as usual, 9 to 5 this weekend.
   
     - Bill McConnell
Thu, Feb 26: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
The Great Skiing Continues! 1/2 " of new snow on top of hard packed base. Good tracks.
   
     - Mark Madorski
Thu, Feb 26: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
I skated the contractor loop around the lake and the north golf course and both were really good. Most of the trails were freshly groomed but even where they weren't, there was a light layer of fresh snow on top that was like skiing on silk. Fast and smooth! The weekend is shaping up to be wonderful.
   
     - TN
Wed, Feb 25: Indian Springs Metropark (Clarkston)
There is plenty of snow with great potential. But, grooming has been hit or miss this year, mostly miss. Last week I was told by park staff that they don“t groom if the temperature is below 18F, but that doesn“t explain why they don“t groom when it“s warmer. But, finally, last Saturday they groomed the trails and there was pretty good skiing for a couple days. Unfortunately, today (25th) they ran the snowmobile and track setter all over those nice tracks. It didn“t need to be done, as the tracks finally, after weeks of neglect, were in really good shape and remained so up to yesterday. Since there has been no snow in the interim 4 days, all they accomplished was to flatten and obliterate the nicely groomed trails. It“s packed down pretty hard now, so they“ll need more than a few inches of new snow to recover from this.
   
     - Rick Waldo
Wed, Feb 25: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Skied south side and around the lake on north side. Classic tracks were deep and excellent.
The north side always seems to have more leaves in the classic track. South much preferred. Swix blue worked well for kick.
   
     - jim gobeski
Wed, Feb 25: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Skied the entire North system. 2/3s incredible 1/3 ok. Skating and classic great on the incredible part. The South part of the golf course did not have any classic track, and skate lane was only as wide as one grooming pass would allow. Overall, outstanding.
Did not ski the South side classic only trails, but were told they were icy and difficult.
Most of the grooming time was being spent on moving snow onto Buck's run.

   
     - Ken Roth
Wed, Feb 25: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
Trail fast and firm for skating, tracks ok for double poling. Some leaves and trail debris but not too much and easy to maneuver around
   
     - TB
Tue, Feb 24: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
We have been adding the last of the man-made snow to Buck's Run the past two days. It will also take another day or maybe two to compact and groom it for skating and classic skiing. We appreciate your patience with the understanding that what we are doing may extend your ski season by a considerable time period on Buck's Run. The ski center is being kept informed as to the conditions including Buck's Run and the remainder of the ski trails.
   
     - Bill McConnell
Tue, Feb 24: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
Skied in the AM. Cold and breezy with a lot of debris on the trail. They had not groomed as of this morning but the trail was fast and firm. The road crossing near the nature center is icy with some exposed pavement so you need to be careful.
   
     - Jeff Powers
Mon, Feb 23: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Skied the entire North side. Skating was fantastic. Double set beautiful tracks everywhere. Very windy. Only a few problems. It was so windy that most of the tracks on the South side of the golf course were filled in. Buck's run is being refreshed with snow so it wasn't available. Other than that, pretty much ideal
   
     - Ken Roth
Mon, Feb 23: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Finished a three hour effort, windy, cold and ideal trail conditions.
   
     - roger shambaugh
Sun, Feb 22: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
Great conditions this morning! Freshly groomed with deep traks. Mint!
   
     - Mark Madorski
Sun, Feb 22: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Classic skiing today. Great tracks, although a 20 minute snow storm with a bit of wind threatened to fill in the tracks on the golf course. But then the snow ended and the sun came out. Skied South of Hammel Rd, the South golf course, Buck's Run, and around the lake - great tracks everywhere. A few oak leaves on Buck's Run and south of Hammel Rd but not too bad.

Oh, and Adam was out regrooming the skate lanes the entire two hours I was skiing...
   
     - Mike Muha
Sun, Feb 22: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
Everything looked freshly groomed this morning. Skating was super fast and classic tracks looked to have been freshly set on most of the trail. About the first quarter of spring lake loop didn't have any classic tracks. Trail was great!
   
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Sun, Feb 22: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
The art that is coming out of the back of the groomer his priceless!!!
most trails will be groomed today
   
     - Adam Haberkorn
Sat, Feb 21: Independance Oaks (Clarkston)
No classic track, not sure if it was groomed for skating either looks like skier made it by skiing - waivy, sometimes narrow, with a lot of leaves on the trail . Excellent weather, plenty of show, Saturday , plenty of people skiing but not good track. It used to be best park around for preparing the trail - not anymore:(
   
     - Leonid
Sat, Feb 21: Stinchfield Woods  (Pinckney)
Anyone skiing stinchfield or pinckney lately?
   
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Sat, Feb 21: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Well, I have to say that I don't think it can get much better than that. No wind, full sun, fast snow with plenty of control. What's not to love? I skated but when I got into the tracks, they were deep and fast! Looks like tomorrow should be another great day. Come out and enjoy it while you can. The parking lot was almost full with cars. So glad to see people supporting the park and the effort they put into giving SE MI a great place to XC ski.
   
     - TN
Sat, Feb 21: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Great conditions at Huron Meadows today for both Classic and Skate.

Skied all 19 km of groomed trail with Jeffois.

Anders
   
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Michigan: Southwest Lower Peninsula
South of West Branch, West of Lansing; includes Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Big Rapids, Cadillac
Fri, Mar 6: Milham Park Golf Course (Kalamazoo)
Today skaters will find very good conditions at Milham after grooming this morning. Used the snow razor to break the crust up resulting in a level nice skiing trail. There is no day in the forecast starting tomorrow where the high is not at least 40. I would expect that today was the last time we will groom this season. We will post if there is any news of note. Thanks for your support this year and lets look forward to another great year of skiing next year.
   
     - Richard Neumann - Kalamazoonordic.com
Thu, Mar 5: Milham Park Golf Course (Kalamazoo)
Groomer Dan did a quick groom of Milham yesterday resulting in pretty nice skate conditions. On Tuesday we received two inches of fresh snow followed by rain. The rain formed a quarter inch of ice on top of the fresh snow. By running the groomer around it broke up the crust and left a layer of small pieces of ice on top of fresh snow. Easy to get an edge in and nice and level. Makes for really pretty skiing: The trail has a flat sheen while the surrounding area is glossy and covered in ice as far as one can see. The sunset last night was spectacular reflecting on the icy surface. The plan is to snow razor the trail Friday am. I hope this will result in good conditions at least until it warms up on Saturday. Hard to tell from the weather but it is possible that Friday will be the last groom, we will just have to wait and see what the weather brings us.
   
     - Richard Neumann - Kalamazoonordic.com
Tue, Mar 3: Muskegon Winter Sports Complex (Muskegon)
32 degrees with 3 inches of wet snow and light freezing rain today. The skating was icy fast but controllable. Best skating of the season! Come on out and enjoy Dan's handiwork
   
     - TimG
Sun, Mar 1: Love Creek (Berrien Springs)
Great conditions at Love Creek over the weekend.
   
     - Scott Mainwaring
Sat, Feb 28: Muskegon Winter Sports Complex (Muskegon)
Great day today. Nice skating conditions and great classic tracks. If you want a challenge do the advanced loop! This park is one of the most beautiful gems in SW MI.
   
     - Alexie Robbert
Fri, Feb 27: Milham Park Golf Course (Kalamazoo)
I don't know if it is going to ski any better or not but it does look better after grooming this morning. Since the last two groomings on Monday we have received a couple of inches of light dry snow. Established trail way to firm to be able to set a new classic track. Great skiing right now. Supposed to be warm and rainy on Tuesday; please do not ski until it firms up again. After Tuesday more snow and cold is forecast so still potential for plenty of skiing this season.
   
     - Richard Neumann - Kalamazoonordic.com
Tue, Feb 24: Milham Park Golf Course (Kalamazoo)
Wow fast but track getting blown over quickly.
   
     - Dave
Mon, Feb 23: Milham Park Golf Course (Kalamazoo)
Trail groomed w razor for some fast smooth skating. Sadly classic track has suffered and needs resetting when snow warms up a bit.
Dave
   
     - Dave
Mon, Feb 23: Milham Park Golf Course (Kalamazoo)
We have not gotten much new snow since Saturday morning but it was windy yesterday so things got a little drifted over. Freshened up the skate trail and reset the classic track this morning. Skiing was excellent on Saturday and Sunday so I would expect the same for this week although it is forecast to be cold (slow) again. Hopefully we will also receive the inch or so of snow that is forecast most days this week to help keep thing fresh and fun.
   
     - Richard Neumann - Kalamazoonordic.com
Mon, Feb 23: Pando (Rockford)
Given the amount of snow on the ground, they could have some of the best skiing in lower Michigan if it weren“t for the following:

1. Infrequent grooming““it looked like it had been groomed (as an afterthought) two or three days prior.
2. They have caved to the fat bike lobby. Most of the downhills back by the lake had fat bike berms in the middle of the trail.
3. Hikers and/or trail runners are using (ruining) the back portion of the trail near the lake.

Not a bad option if you live nearby and don“t want to drive a long distance. Keep your expectations low and you won“t be disappointed.

   15 degrees with an inch of fresh snow over three day old grooming. CH6 made for a pretty good pucker factor on the downhills.
     - TF
Sat, Feb 21: Milham Park Golf Course (Kalamazoo)
My grooming intern Violet helped me groom Milham this morning. The trail was a little drifted in a few spots and the classic track was largely filled in. We freshened up the skate land and set a new classic track. We pulled most of the remaining sticks off and skiers should find Milham to be stick and walnut free. Skiers should find excellent conditions overall and specially for this time of year. From the looks of the forecast we should have excellent conditions for at least the remainder of the month. With the super cold temperatures moving out of the area skis should start sliding again.
   
     - Richard Neumann - Kalamazoonordic.com
Michigan: Northern Lower Peninsula
North of West Branch; includes Traverse City, Grayling, Gaylord, Tawas
Fri, Mar 6: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Morning groom left freshened skate lanes crisp and fast; existing classic tracks frosty to glazed, with oak leaves in the usual places amid a brisk wind. Trailside temps before noon of 18-20 made for excellent conditions on all counts. Might be able to squeeze another such morning in on Saturday before the warmup hits.
   
     - Michael
Fri, Mar 6: Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls)
I didn't post earlier this week, but I must say the grooming on Tuesday came out fantastic! The skiing this week has been really great for classic and skating! We are looking forward to a great weekend of pleasant skiing with those warmer temperatures rolling in today! I really hope to see some of you out there this weekend.
   
     - David Austin
Fri, Mar 6: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails Open at 9am. EXCELLENT CONDITIONS!! Green, Blue, Brown and Yellow Trails were groomed yesterday. Tracks were set on Blue, Brown and Green. Groomers are out this morning making the RED pretty for the weekend, also setting track on RED, Yellow, M-93 and Wilderness today! Going to be a great weekend for Skiing.
   
     - Justin Andre
Fri, Mar 6: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
We had another great day of skiing yesterday. The snow is holding up very well and with the bright sunshine and well groomed trails it was a XC Ski day for sure. Looks like a sunny morning with warmer temperatures for another great XC day today. Groomer Matt will start grooming all the trails early this morning. Conditions for Classic and Skate skiing are great. We have 10 to 18 inches of snow in the woods and 6 to 10 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:
Today: Some sun this morning with increasing clouds this afternoon. High 27F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.
Tonight: Overcast. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low 16F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday: Variably cloudy with snow showers. High 36F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Saturday night: Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low 13F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Sunshine and clouds mixed. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 37F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Today’s lunch special is Bob’s favorite Tuna Panini: Albacore tuna, black olives, jalapenos, provolone and spinach on a ciabata roll. Our other tasty paninis as well as spicy and veggie chili are also on the menu today!

The “let it snow” sale continues with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis and boots! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off. All North Face Clothing is 25% off!

The Michigan Cup Relays come to Cross Country Ski Headquarters this coming Sunday morning. It is looking like a great day for a relay race!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Bob Frye
Fri, Mar 6: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Skiing in the moonlight tonight on the Vasa. Doesn't get much better. Fast, firm, and apart from seeing two coyotes on the road to the trail…. incredibly awesome.

Skiing it while we got it….


   
     - Chris
Thu, Mar 5: Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville)
Groomed yesterday and in great shape. Apparently the deer are also enjoying a groomed trail! Saw a group of 6 out there. Tried to hit ALL the trails (didn't venture over to Otter trail)and was able to get a 28K skate in. Cold snow + warm wax = a good workout!
   
     - Jody
Thu, Mar 5: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails Open at 9am. We received another 2 inches of snow yesterday. Brown, Green and Blue Trails will be groomed with fresh tracks this morning.
   
     - Justin Andre
Thu, Mar 5: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
The fresh snow groomed up beautifully yesterday and with the snow showers we received last evening the grooming will go very well today also. Ginzu Dana will start grooming all the trails this morning at 7:30am. Conditions for Classic and Skate skiing are great. We have 10 to 18 inches of snow in the woods and 6 to 10 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:
Today: Occasional snow flurries developing. High around 15F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low -2F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday: Partly sunny skies. A few flurries are possible. High 26F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy late. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low 18F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday: Scattered snow showers during the morning. Then partly to mostly cloudy for the afternoon. High around 35F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 30%.
Saturday night: Overcast. Low 17F. Winds light and variable.
Sunday: A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 38F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Today’s lunch special is the Rocky Mountain Chipotle Veggie Panini: Layers of fresh, sliced peppers, tomatoes, spinach, hummus, provolone and chipotle mayo grilled to sizzling perfection on Stone House Bread. Our other tasty paninis as well as spicy and veggie chili are also on the menu today!

The “let it snow” sale continues with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis and boots! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off.

The Michigan Cup Relays come to Cross Country Ski Headquarters this coming Sunday morning!

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 4: Forbush Corner (Frederic)
Picked up 3" of snow yesterday. The plan for the upcoming weekend is to till all the trails on Friday to mix in the high moisture content snow and then to set track on Saturday morning. Temps look PERFECT for Saturday and Sunday. Great sales in the shop and also a 20% off pre-order discount on 2015-16 Madshus skis - Redline, Nanosonic, and Hypersonic.
   
     - Todd Hubbard
Wed, Mar 4: Michaywe (Gaylord)
Perfect. Everything groomed for skating and classic today.
   
     - Frank Nizio
Wed, Mar 4: Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville)
We had about an inch of snow yesterday followed by freezing drizzle. Groomed everything today. Turned out pretty good. Probably won't groom again until Friday. Kathloon
   
     - kathy maginity
Wed, Mar 4: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails are open at 9am. We are receiving giant snowflakes this morning. Groomers are out, but with the amount of snowfall we will be focusing on just getting a couple trails open for today.
   
     - Justin Andre
Wed, Mar 4: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
We received two inches of dense snow yesterday which allowed Ginzu Dana to set new tracks on all the trails that firmed up to perfection. Dana also snowcombed all the skating lanes nice and wide. As of 6:30am it is 16F and it is forecasted for more snow showers this morning. Groomer Matt will snowcomb all the skate lanes again this morning. Conditions for Classic and Skate skiing are great. We have 10 to 18 inches of snow in the woods and 6 to 10 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:

Today: Mainly cloudy with snow showers this morning. High 17F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. A few flurries are possible. Low -8F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday: A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. High 16F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday night: A few clouds. Low -2F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the uppers 20’s and lows in the upper teens.

-Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Stu Coie
Tue, Mar 3: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Left from Timber Ridge today for a skating loop of 20K. The trail was in spectacular condition! Fresh snow coming down but still good glide with some long awaited LF7 wax use.
   
     - Jody
Tue, Mar 3: Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville)
Excellent corduroyed skating lane, silky and fast! Tracks were set Sunday morning and are in great shape on the flats and most of the hills; a few soft spots on Flying Squirrel's steeper curves. It looks like a Pure Michigan postcard out there.
   
     - Nancy Story
Tue, Mar 3: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
With temperatures in the 20s , sunshine and great trail conditions the skiing was most enjoyable yesterday. Today will be a snowy ski day. As of 7 am we have already received close to an inch of fresh dense snow. Ginzu Dana will be packing, grooming and setting tracks in the fresh snow throughout the morning on all trails. Conditions for Classic skiing are great and the skate skiing conditions will be soft until the fresh snow is packed. We have 10 to 18 inches of snow in the woods and 6 to 10 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:
Today: Periods of snow. High 29F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 90%. 3 to 5 inches of snow expected.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A few flurries are possible. Low 12F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday: Cloudy skies. High 13F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low -7F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday: A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 16F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Today’s lunch special is the Classic Ham and Swiss Panini: Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese, sliced tomatoes and stone ground mustard on Stone House bread. We will also have have a fine selection of paninis and, of course, famous chili and vegie chili served with a warm 7 grain roll.

The “let it snow” sale continues with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis and boots! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off.

A snowy Winter Wonderland is upon us!

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 2: Black Mountain (Onaway)
A light dusting of snow over well set classic tracks. Started at the Bluffs, didn't see a soul and only one set of tracks from another classic skier, followed the race course mostly. Mid 20's used a VR something (40,45) kick wax, the tin is to small to have the number showing anymore.
   
     - Wes Watt
Mon, Mar 2: Michaywe (Gaylord)
Another day of fabulous grooming. The entire system was groomed for both skating and classic. Nice deep tracks. Abundant snow. This place is wonderful. Day after day. Our groomer, Jim Olli, consistently goes above and beyond.
   
     - Frank Nizio
Mon, Mar 2: Pierce Stocking Dr @ Sleeping Bear Dunes (Empire)
Another bluebird day at Pierce Stocking Dr, up & down the hills with Kate Easlick, helping me get ready for CO. Lots of snowshoers made their track over the weekend, so a little rough & flat for skiing, but plenty of deep snow to backcountry ski still.

   
     - Sara Cockrell
Mon, Mar 2: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails Open at 9am. All trails were groomed yesterday. Beautiful set track on all trails. Skate Lanes have a light dusting of snow on them this morning!
   
     - Justin Andre
Mon, Mar 2: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
TART should post their rules and regs for fatbikes on MMBA.org, posting on Nordic ski racer seems like the wrong venue for bikers. Good luck!!
   
     - TimG
Mon, Mar 2: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
We had another great day of skiing yesterday. With temperatures in the 20’s and great trail conditions many skiers came out to enjoy Pure Michigan’s winter wonderland! Groomer Henry will start re-grooming all the trails early this morning. Conditions for both Classic and skate skiing remain excellent. We have 10 to 18 inches of snow in the woods and 6 to 10 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:
Today: Sunny with a few clouds. High near 25F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday: Cloudy with snow. High 31F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches.
Wednesday: Cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 16F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Today’s lunch special is homemade Hot Pulled Pork BBQ served on a very tasty French roll with Cole slaw. We will also have have a fine selection of paninis and of course famous chili and vegie chili served with a warm 7 grain roll.

The “let it snow” sale continues with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis and boots! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off.

Our thanks to everyone who participated and attended in the Retro 40th, we deeply appreciate the support! It was very hard to choose the King and Queen!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Bob frye
Sun, Mar 1: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
According to the Tart website bikers should be yielding to skiers.

Winter Trails Rules and Etiquette

All Trail Users:
•Support grooming with the Badge – A high-vis zipper pull shows your support. The grooming reports sent to badge supporters include trail conditions and advisories on when use would cause damage to the trail. Please abide by these advisories.
•Do not ride, ski over or walk on any classic tracks!
•Dogs are not allowed on the Vasa 5k, 10k & 25k during the winter. You may take the pooch on the Meadows 3k loop aka “Poop Loop.”
•No walking on or damaging the groomed trail. If you must walk, walk off to the side of the trail (not in the classic tracks).
•Use the trail in the direction that distance markers indicate. i.e. clockwise for 25k and 10k, counter-clockwise for the 5k. This way everyone is going the same direction.
•Bikes yield to skiers. Give skate skiers a wide berth when passing.
•Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other users, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, support grooming, and we’ll all have a good time this winter.

Fatbikers:
•Do not ride when conditions are too soft. If you are leaving a rut deeper than an inch, having a hard time riding in a straight line, or pushing your bike, the snow is too soft and you absolutely should not be biking on the trails.
•Tires must be 3.7? or bigger.
•Tire Pressure: 4psi or less. Tire should “give” easily when you squeeze them. A pocket-sized electronic gauge is very helpful.
•Temperature: Below 30 degrees. If it is above 30 degrees you should not be riding on the trails.
•Groups should spread out a little across the skate lane so as not to create a rut by having many cyclists follow the exact same line.

   
     - from the Tart Website
Sun, Mar 1: Platte Plains @ Sleeping Bear Dunes (Honor)
Platte Plains loop from Platte River Campground to Lasso & black diamond White Pine with Kate Easlick, who broke trail in deep snow on our long backcountry ski. Planned it so we would meet up with Northwoods Ski & Spree on the beach, before the potluck banquet in Frankfort. A fun, full day with friends!

   
     - Sara Cockrell
Sun, Mar 1: Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville)
Fabulous for skate skiing today. Groomer Kathy was out working while we were skiing. Some of the trail she had groomer earlier already had an unexpected beautiful 2-3" of fluff. The hills were in good shape and we had several K's of first tracks. Pretty good glide for fresh snow today. Love the new signs on the trails asking for walkers to stay off the groomed trail.
   
     - Jody
Sun, Mar 1: Forbush Corner (Frederic)
Great day of skiing yesterday at The Corner - best day of the season. Today should be equally as great with temps headed into the mid to upper 20's. All trails are groomed and tracks are set. Late season sale underway with 30% off most apparel and merchandise and up to 60% of Madshus skis, poles, and boots.
   
     - Todd Hubbard
Sun, Mar 1: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Todd Neiss is the DNR person who was contacted by many unhappy skiers last year.
His emai is: NeissT@michigan.gov
   
     - - Ann
Sun, Mar 1: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails open at 9am. All Trails are groomed with set tracks.
   
     - Justin Andre
Sun, Mar 1: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
What a great day of skiing yesterday. Lots of skiers from not just Michigan but Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania enjoyed beautiful sunny skies and excellent trail conditions. Today should be even better, with temps in the mid-20’s and our 40th ANNIVERSARY PARTY kicking off around noon! Ginzu Dana will begin snowcombing all the skating lanes and resetting tracks where needed early this morning.

Forecast:

Today: Cloudy. A few flurries are possible. High 27F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight: A few flurries possible early. Mostly cloudy skies. Low 12F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Monday: Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 23F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Our 40th Anniversary Party is TODAY, Sunday, March 1st! Festivities will kick off around noon, with a pulled pork barbeque lunch special and also some adult refreshments from local Paddle Hard Brewing being served. It is a retro themed party, so wear any retro ski costume you’ll be awarded a pair of Smartwool socks or another great prize. Register for the costume contest at the Salomon/Smartwool tent outside to get your prize, and make sure to be on the sun deck at 3:00pm, when we will crown the Retro King & Queen for whoever has the best costumes, plus give out some other prizes.

Don’t miss what is sure to be a very memorable celebration!

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 1: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Is there a different link to a form for the DNR directly?
If I recall, somebody here has also posted an email address to write letters of concern to a DNR Director?
thank you!
   
     - Candice
Sat, Feb 28: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Here is the TART Trails' Incident Reporting Form, to be used to report trail maintenance and personal safety incidents that are not of an urgent nature. Photos are very helpful for TART to understand the severity of a trail maintenance or safety concern. https://traversetrails.wufoo.com/forms/tart-trails-incident-reporting-form/.
   
     - from TART website
Sat, Feb 28: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Would somebody please repost the DNR trail incident report form?
Skiers, we need to continue to report trail incidents to the DNR.
   
     - Candice
Sat, Feb 28: Pierce Stocking Dr @ Sleeping Bear Dunes (Empire)
Purr-fect weather for a Pierce Stocking Dr adventure with my new friends from Stokely, Mike & Pat from KZO. They loved the views from the 4 overlooks! Lots of xc skiers & snowshoers enjoying the sunshine today in 6-12" snow at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
   
     - Sara Cockrell
Sat, Feb 28: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
One of the best mornings for skiing all winter. Crisp, sunny, a fresh groom, excellent conditions. Trails should hold up well for the next few days. Only negative was just starting to climb the long hill at 6K of the 10K and have a fat biker roar down and around the corner, with no attempt to slow or call out. Had I been in the skate lane, versus the classic track, it would have been a nasty collision. This was the worst of the half dozen head-on fat bike encounters I've had out there this winter. Discouraging.
   
     - Michael
Sat, Feb 28: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails Open at 9am. All Trails Groomed with Set tracks! Fresh Tracks being set on Red and M-93 hills this morning!
...
   
     - Justin Andre
Sat, Feb 28: Forbush Corner (Frederic)
All trails tilled and tracked yesterday. Sunny with temps headed into the 20's - what more can a skier want? Should be one of the best weekends of the season. Giant sale in ski shop starts today. Madshus skis and equipment up to 60% off and all apparel and wax 30% off. No better time to visit The Corner than now !!!
   
     - Todd Hubbard
Sat, Feb 28: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
Best conditions of the year are right now! The snow is fast, the trails are groomed wide and packed firm, and it’s going to be “balmy” the next few days. We have excellent classic and skating conditions on all trails. Groomer Henry will start snowcombing skating lanes and resetting tracks where needed early this morning. We have 10 to 18 inches of snow in the woods and 6 to 10 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:
Today: Partly cloudy skies. High 24F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Cloudy. High 28F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Today’s lunch special is Get your Fill at the Grill! Your choice of lean beef burger, salmon burger, or vegetarian black bean burger, grilled outside to perfection by a member of our Grill Team. Lots of condiments and toppings to choose from, and if you dare, get your entree cooked “Fire on the Mountain” Style with jalepenos and buffalo bleu cheese sauce!

Our 40th Anniversary Party is tomorrow, Sunday, March 1st! It is a retro themed party, so wear your retro ski costume and bring your wooden skis. We will be crowning a Retro King & Queen for whoever has the best costumes, and there will be Famous Pulled Pork BBQ and free refreshments. Don’t miss this party of the year!

This will be one of the best weekends for XC skiing!

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, Feb 27: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Great skiing on Wednesday's grooming for both skating and classic. Today's sun and moderating temps put a big smile on all of the skiers. Several feet of snow in the woods and a substantial and deep trail base.

Will be even better for tomorrow (Sat.) as it will be sunny, mid-20's F, fresh weekend grooming, and another Open House at the Trailhead with warming fire, hot chocolate or chai, homemade cookies from 10am - 1pm hosted by TART and at least one or two of the groomers.
   
     - Jim Datsko
Fri, Feb 27: White Pine Stampede course (Mancelona to Shanty Creek)
Missing a Kindle? One was found at the 20k/50k Finish line at the White Pine Stampede. Call jack McKaig at 1-231-587-8371 if it's yours!
   
     - Mike Muha
Fri, Feb 27: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails open at 9am. All Trails Groomed for skating. Set tracks on all trails except for Red and M-93 Hills. Groomers will be setting fresh tracks on the Red and M-93 Hills this afternoon. Should be a great weekend for Skiing!
   
     - Justin Andre
Fri, Feb 27: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
Our snow and trail conditions remain excellent. The fresh snow we received earlier this week, the lack of wind and great grooming by Matt, Henry and Dana have made it just a pleasure to go X-C Skiing. These great conditions should continue through out this weekend. Groomer Matt will start Ginzu grooming all the trails early this morning. We have excellent classic and skating conditions on all trails with 10 to 18 inches of snow in the woods and 6 to 10 inches packed on the trails

Forecast:
Today: Sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 18F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Partly cloudy skies. High 24F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Variably cloudy with snow showers. High 28F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snowfall around one inch.

A free Tree ID & Forest Management Tour will be led by a member of the Michigan Department of Agriculture tomorrow morning at 10:00am. Participation in this event is free with an XC Ski HQ Facilities pass, and participants must be on skis or snowshoes, which may be rented for a nominal fee. All you need to do is show up for a great outdoor learning experience!

Today’s lunch special is the Bob’s Favorite Tuna panini. Albacore tuna, fresh sliced tomatoes, fresh spinach, jalapenos and provolone served on ciabata bread, grilled to perfection on the famous HQ panini maker. We will also have have a fine selection of additional paninis and of course famous chili and vegie chili served with a warm 7 grain roll.

The “let it snow” sale continues with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis and boots! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off.

Good luck to all the Michigan Cup Black Mountain racers this weekend!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Bob Frye
Thu, Feb 26: Forbush Corner (Frederic)
We picked up 4" plus of new snow during the week. Larry plans to till it up Friday morning. Either Todd or Larry will set track in the afternoon and the shop will be open at 3:30 PM to take advantage of the SALES or for skiing. Should be a great weekend at The Corner.
   
     - Todd Hubbard
Thu, Feb 26: Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville)
I groomed the skating lanes and set tracks on all the trails today. Skating lanes turned out great. Track sets were excellent in some spots and not so great in others. We will let the trails set tomorrow and will re-groom on Saturday.
   
     - kathy maginity
Thu, Feb 26: Muncie Lakes Pathway (Traverse City)
DNR Mark had just finished grooming at 1PM, so we got to enjoy virgin tracks in the new snow, Mary, Paula, Bonnie, Janine & me, along with a dozen students from TC Christian. This is their winter sports week of snowshoeing & xc skiing, and they had skied Lost Lakes Pathway yesterday. It was only 5 degrees in the sunshine but they were excited to be on the snow again!
   
     - Sara Cockrell
Thu, Feb 26: Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls)
With about 4 inches of snow on Tuesday and a full day of grooming on Wednesday the trails are looking fantastic. That combined with A warm trend for the next week promises to make for some of the most enjoyable skiing of the season so far! Grinder and Koss crossing have even come out nicely!!
   
     - David Austin
Thu, Feb 26: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails open at 9am. All Trails were groomed and packed yesterday. Skate Lanes have firmed up. Tracks are being set right now on Green, Blue, Brown, Yellow and Wilderness
   
     - Justin Andre
Thu, Feb 26: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
The skiing yesterday was just great! There was very little wind, plenty of sunshine and superb snow and trail conditions. Today looks good too. Dana will start Ginzu grooming all the trails at dawn this morning. We have excellent classic and skating conditions on all trails with 10 to 18 inches of snow in the woods and 6 to 10 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:
Today: Sunny early followed by partly cloudy skies this afternoon. High 11F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. Low -14F. Winds light and variable.
Friday: A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. High 17F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday night: Some clouds early will give way to generally clear conditions overnight. Low 2F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High near 25F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph

A free Tree ID & Forest Management Tour will be led by a member of the Michigan Department of Agriculture on Saturday, February 28th at 10:00am. Participation in this event is free with an XC Ski HQ Facilities pass, and participants must be on skis or snowshoes, which may be rented for a nominal fee.

Today’s lunch special is the Classic Ham and Cheese panini. Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese, fresh sliced tomatoes and stone ground mustard served on Stone House bread, grilled to perfection on the famous HQ panini maker. We will also have have a fine selection of additional paninis and of course famous chili served with a warm 7
grain roll.

The “let it snow” sale continues with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis and boots! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off.

The snow and ski conditions are terrific – time for an afternoon ski!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Bob Frye
Wed, Feb 25: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Ian & I classic skied the 27k from Timber Ridge midday, and encountered the snowmobile tracks from the Nipple to the Rock, too, but passed Jim D out re-grooming the 10k, so should be fixed back up. If you see a snowmobile, get their license tag & call it in! Tracks were very slow today, but it was nice out with the sunshine! Perfect tracks & gorgeous corduroy!
   
     - Sara Cockrell
Wed, Feb 25: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Trail was great this morning..until I hit the turn off for ten k. Snowmobile ran trail all the way from there to the rock.. bummer!! I was the first skater and saw just a few basket marks from the classic guys.. hopefully they have touched the skate lane back up to people's liking!!
   
     - Biker Bob
Wed, Feb 25: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Gorgeous out there this afternoon. Trail is beautifully groomed and only a trace of traffic. Snow is slow, slow, slow with low temps and no moisture, trail base is still a bit soft. Trust that the warmer temps on Friday and Saturday will speed things up. Otherwise, it's pretty out there and should prove for great skiing this weekend on the trail.

Good times.
   
     - Christopher
Wed, Feb 25: Black Mountain (Onaway)
We were hoping for a few more inches of snow to level things out a bit before this weekend's races and coincidentally we got about 3" during our prerace meeting at the Bluffs last night! The 10 km skate loop was groomed again this morning and will be groomed daily until Sunday's race. The course is wider than in past years and is in great shape. Chief groomer Jim Meyer and crew will be out tomorrow setting a "best line" track over the 31 km classic course. We are looking forward to great conditions and the usual good group of skiers for the 11th annual Black Mountain Nordic Classic this weekend!
   
     - Denny Paull
Wed, Feb 25: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
We received another 4 inches of new fluff. Groomers will be out all day Rolling and packing trail system. Tracks will not be set today.
   
     - Justin Andre
Wed, Feb 25: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
Greetings from Higgins Lake! The trails were absolutely great yesterday, with light snow fall throughout most of the day. At 6:30am this morning it was -2F, and in the past 24 hours we have received over three inches of new snow. Groomer Matt will snowcomb all the skate lanes and set new tracks. We will have excellent classic and skating conditions on all trails with 10 to 18 inches of snow in the woods and 6 to 10 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:

Today: A mix of clouds and sun. High 13F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Some clouds. Low -9F. Winds light and variable.

Thursday: Partly clouds skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 11F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy skies. Low -13F. Winds light and variable.

Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper teens and lows -3 to 1F.

You better be planning to be at HQ this Sunday, March 1st, for our 40th Anniversary and Retro Costume party. Wear your best retro ski garb and dust off your vintage ski equipment. Retro King & Queen will be crowned to those with the best retro outfits. And what would a party like this be without a famous pulled pork barbeque? There will also be a keg of Paddle Hard Brewing beer on tap!

-Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Stu Colie
Tue, Feb 24: Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls)
A shout out for Nic. Thanks for braving the elements and grooming up a portion of the lower trails. Made for a fast and fun skate ski. Trails should groom out really nice tomorrow.
   
     - Michael Bourassa
Tue, Feb 24: Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville)
Untouched, silky corduroy on our skating lanes yesterday afternoon. Tracks were perfect with a fine film of powder dust that made them faster than what the temps might have indicated. Heavy snow on the branches means a puff of white smoke might frost the face...winter at its finest. Winds today will probably drift up on Hawk Ridge and Flying Squirrel, but Aspen and Stride Right are fairly protected.
   
     - Nancy Story
Tue, Feb 24: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails open at 9am. All Trails groomed with set tracks! Great day to ski!
   
     - Justin Andre
Tue, Feb 24: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
The trails groomed up very nicely yesterday and with the bright sunshine skiers were enjoying a Pure Michigan winter day. Ginzu Dana will start grooming all the trails very early this morning. The temps will be warmer, but not too warm! We have excellent classic and skating conditions on all trails with 8 to 16 inches of snow in the woods and 5 to 9 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:
Today: Windy with intermittent light snow and snow showers. High near 25F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with snow showers around before midnight. Low -3F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 60%.
Wednesday: Cloudy skies early will become sunny later in the day. High 9F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Today’s lunch special is a Turkey Pesto Panini. Sliced, oven roasted turkey, spinach, fresh tomatoes, provolone and basil pesto served on Stone House bread. We will also have have a fine selection of additional paninis and of course famous chili served with a warm 9 grain roll plus Stu’s favotite: Bosco Sticks.

The “let it snow” sale continues with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis and boots! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off.

Looks like a fine snowy day to XC ski!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Bob Frye
Mon, Feb 23: Lost Lakes (Dubonnet) Pathway (Interlocehn)
Negative temps & wind chill so we delayed our ski today to noon-2 & changed locale to Lost Lakes Pathway, skiing backwards & across part of Lake Dubonnet. There is still some slush on the lake between the layers of insulating snow & ice. The first loop is mostly flattened but not rough, the 2nd loop has 2-6" track & the back loop has 6-12" deep, skied-in track. The snow is slow & has gotten a little heavy, but love the sunshine, exercise & comraderie with hardcore ski buddies, Paula Dreeszen and Kate Easlick.
   
     - Sara Cockrell
Mon, Feb 23: Black Mountain (Onaway)
Both the skate and classic trails should be in very good condition for this weekend's races. The 10km skate loop was groomed last night and will be groomed throughout the week. the classic tracks are firm and nice. Thanks to the past summer's widening work by the DNR and continued volunteer grooming this winter by the Black Mountain Nordic group, both the 30 km and 10 km loops are wider and flatter than ever. We could certainly use a little more snow before the weekend and it looks like Tuesday and Wed we may get some. From past experience with this race, I am being careful to wish for just "a little" more snow.
   
     - Denny Paull
Mon, Feb 23: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
With the snow we received Friday and Saturday, Groomer Henry was able to groom up some of the best conditions of the season yesterday! He will start grooming all the trails again early this morning. Conditions are excellent for both classic and skate skiing on all trails. We have 8 to 16 inches of snow in the woods and 5 to 9 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:
Today: Mostly sunny. A few flurries are possible. High around 10F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy this evening, then becoming cloudy after midnight. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low 1F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph.
Tuesday: Occasional snow showers. Quite windy. High near 25F. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 60%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
Tuesday night: Mainly cloudy with snow showers around before midnight. Low -4F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60%.
Wednesday: Cloudy skies early, then partly sunny in the afternoon. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 8F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Today’s lunch special is Bob’s Favorite Tuna Panini. Tuna with black olives, fresh spinach, jalapenos and provolone on Stone House bread served hot out of the panini maker. We will also have have a fine selection of additional paninis and of course Famous Chili served with a warm 9 grain roll.

The “let it snow” sale continues with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis and boots! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off.

Great conditions await!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Bob Frye
Sun, Feb 22: Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls)
The Grinder race went well! Congratualations to Reid and Sara Goble, the brother sister team raced to first overall male and female!! The trails groomed out very well all over! Kirk and I hit everything yesterday, now if we can just keep the wind from blowing too much! Kristen and I skated the lower Twister, Syrup and Christmas for some techincal cornering yesterday, so much fun! Should be a great week of skiing, see you on the trail!
   
     - David Austin
Sun, Feb 22: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
Awesome corduroy at the HQ today. Sunny and brisk.
   
     - Tim Faas
Sun, Feb 22: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and Trails open at 9am. All Trails groomed with set track! Fresh Tracks will be set on the Red and Yellow Trails this morning. Should be Great Skiing today!

   
     - Justin Andre
Sun, Feb 22: Leelanau Trail (Traverse City)
Kudos to the guys that are grooming the Leelanau trail. It looks like it would be very good for classic skiing. Unfortunately it is not ideal for skate skiing. I was able to do an up and back from Cherry Bend road (by the animal hospital) to Lakeview Road (it is 16K). I get the grooming report so it was helpful to know about today's groom. But by 4 pm when I got out of work there had already been many walkers on the southern part and snowshoes had really torn up the northern part. The trail was soft from all the snow we've gotten so it was tough going. It is what it is, and once in awhile I get lucky to hit it after a groom and before walkers/snowshoes. It is an option after work when I don't feel like the drive across town to the VASA trail. Thanks groomers!
   
     - Jody
Sun, Feb 22: Forbush Corner (Frederic)
Beautiful crisp morning at The Corner. The trails groomed out perfectly yesterday as the fresh snow tracked nicely over the hard packed base. Should be another good day of skiing. Great sales on most Madshus skis, boots, and poles - up to 60% off.
   
     - Todd Hubbard
Sun, Feb 22: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
This is a great weekend of skiing! We got more snow Friday night and more throughout yesterday and last night too, totaling about 2 inches. With temps in the high 20’s, lots of people enjoyed the great Michigan outdoors yesterday. Today will be a bit cooler, but still warmer than it’s been the past week! Groomer Henry with start snowcombing all the skating lanes and setting fresh tracks where needed early this morning. The conditions are excellent for skate skiing and very good to excellent for classic skiing on all trails. There is 8 to 16 inches of snow in the woods and 5 to 9 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:
Today: Some early morning breaks in the overcast, otherwise cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 11F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low -14F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High near 10F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday: Snow showers. High 26F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 70%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.

Today for lunch, build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and Chef Erin will grill it to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia!

The “let it snow” sale continues with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis and boots! Also, through this weekend, buy a pair of winter boots and get a FREE pair of Smartwool socks! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off. Time to ski!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Mariah Frye Colie
Sat, Feb 21: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
I skied classic for 3 hours Karl. The temperature was 18*F at the start and 22*F at 3:30. VR40 was perfect. It had snowed in the night and there was 4 or 5 inches of fresh powdery snow. The groomers were out finishing up after the snow fall. Hanson Hills groom there trails as well as the best. Everyone in friendly here. There is always a fire going in the lodge with a view of the down hill skiing. The cross country skiing has been great right from the start of the season, nonstop. This year had a late start, there was little snow in the state until after the 1st of January. Grayling is a cold spot in the state and holds its temperature below 32*f. The trails are fine when thawing conditions exist in most other areas of the state. Gary
   
     - GARY THOMPSON
Sat, Feb 21: Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville)
Crystal got the snow bomb dropped last week and it's apparent they've been rolling and grooming ever since. The flats and the hills were fabulous. I can't imagine there was better skiing to be had. Didn't ski Otter but that's been sacrificed to the walkers, fb'ers, etc. - so no real reason to bother.
Kudos to Crystal for posting skier only signs on the rest of their system. The walkers have been doing a pretty good job of respecting the great work of the hard working grooming crew.
Do feel the need to comment on allowing fat bikers on Aspen and Stride Right. Good news is that they have been very few in number. Bad news is that seemingly 100% feel they've gained the right to ride wherever they please.
I'm a mountain biker and skier. Fat bikers are to ski trails as horses are to single track. Done and done.
   
     - Tim F
Sat, Feb 21: Muncie Lakes Pathway (Traverse City)
Great day at Muncie. Remains the best trail in the state for those who like to tour on a groomed track that gives you a close-to-the-woods feel. Great for folks who aren't or no longer race but want a nice rolling hills outing. Back end brings the distance to about 9 miles, I believe, and adds more hills. And there isn't a prettier site than along the Boardman River.
   
     - Ken
Sat, Feb 21: Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville)
I groomed everything today with the tidd tech. Everything is track-set. It turned out pretty good. Come out and ski while it's not freezing out. Kathloon
   
     - kathy maginity
Sat, Feb 21: Muncie Lakes Pathway (Traverse City)
Couple inches of light fluffy snow covered the oak leaves and enhanced the well-defined classic tracks for excellent morning skiing. Even a bit of sun and temps creeping into the 20s by midday.
   
     - Michael
Sat, Feb 21: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
Prestine conditions this morning on the Vasa. Freshly groomed, somewhat firm base and fast enough where it's fun. Setting up for a fantastic week of skiing. Hit Riley's loop to include Special K and it was all fantastic. Good times, and always appreciative of the grooming staff.
   
     - Christopher
Sat, Feb 21: Hanson Hills (Grayling)
Lodge and trails open at 9am. We have received 4 inches of fluff. Groomers are packing all trails this morning. It will be soft skiing today. Tracks will be set later this morning on the Green, Blue and Yellow Trails. Additional tracks will be set as time allows.
   
     - Justin Andre
Sat, Feb 21: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
The relatively warmer weather yesterday brought out quite a few skiers. The even warmer weather and the great trail conditions will make for a great X-C ski day today. Groomer Henry will start grooming very early this morning. The conditions are excellent for skate skiing and very good to excellent for classic skiing on all trails. There is 8 to 16 inches of snow in the woods and 5 to 9 inches packed on the trails.

Forecast:
Today: Overcast. A few flurries are possible. High 28F. Winds light and variable.
Tonight: Cloudy early with some clearing expected late. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low 3F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 8F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.

Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia!

The “let it snow” sale continues with great deals on cold weather clothing, XC Ski packages, racing skis and boots! Also, through this weekend, buy a pair of winter boots and get a FREE pair of Smartwool socks! All sweaters from Dale of Norway, Smartwool, Woolrich, Patagonia are still at least 30% off.

Good luck to all the Michigan Cup Racers skiing in today's Grinder 10K Freestyle at Boyne Mountain!

Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Erin, Matt, Steve, Sarah B., Gage, Kerrigan, Leah, Sarah L., Matt B, Dana, Henry & Crew
   
     - Bob Frye
Sat, Feb 21: Forbush Corner (Frederic)
Picked up 3" of light snow overnight. Temps climbing to the mid 20's by afternoon. Heading out this morning to track all of the trails. Should be a great day of skiing at The Corner. Hope to see you here.
   
     - Todd Hubbard
Michigan: Upper Peninsula
Michigan: Upper Peninsula
Tue, Mar 3: Valley Spur (Munising)
The early-birds got the best skiing today. We picked up about 4" of fresh snow starting around 1 this afternoon. Did some widening of the trails this afternoon and will be finish grooming in the morning. Cold temps returning tonight so the system will be in excellent condition. Don't forget about the Taste and Glide this weekend the 7th. 20 bucks gets you all the great food and great skiing you can take!
   
     - Dan Rabine
Fri, Feb 27: Valley Spur (Munising)
Looks like a great weekend of skiing at Valley Spur again. Trails are in awesome shape with all the fresh snow and cold temps. Come on out and enjoy a little taste of Spring!
   
     - Dan Rabine
Tue, Feb 24: Valley Spur (Munising)
Groomed our entire system this morning. We've gotten steady fresh snow lately and it's groomed daily. It looks like temps will moderate a bit for the coming weekend so come and enjoy this great system. It's truly a winter wonderland!
   
     - Dan Rabine
Sun, Feb 22: Valley Spur (Munising)
Rolled and groomed the entire system yesterday the 21st and groomed in another 1" that fell overnight so the system is in excellent shape.Due to all the high winds lately there is a bit of debris on the trail but barely noticeable. Come on out!
   
     - Dan Rabine
Ontario, Canada
Thu, Mar 5: Hiawatha Highlands (Sault Ste. Marie)
Awesome snow on Tuesday! Fresh 10 cm packed in and trail set on all trail systems except Mabel Lake. Nice temperatures and moderating more into the weekend. Clocks spring ahead this Saturday! Should be an awesome March Break coming up. We have a ton of ski specials.


   
     - Ferg
Sun, Feb 22: Stokely Creek (Goulais River)
Rock hard classic tracks. Awesome Hakon Lien. Only thing was some dillweed skated over the tracks on Pickard Trail yesterday and today it super solidified. Learn to classic.
   
     - Dave Fanslow
Sat, Feb 21: Stokely Creek (Goulais River)
Stokely Trails are in great shape. Grooming galore. Nice classic tracks. Skating lanes level and firmish despite super abundant snow.
   
     - Dave Fanslow
Indiana
Indiana
Wed, Feb 25: Fox Island County Park (Fort Wayne)
Three inches of snow from last Saturday has held up well with the cold temperatures since. Wooded trails are snow covered with hard base and hard, foot-set track that was softened by recent snows. Open areas had lost all snow in places before new snow fell, but is starting to burn off again in places. Stay to the woods for best skiing.

Current Park Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Nature Center Hours 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
   
     - Ron Zartman
Wed, Feb 25: Fox Island County Park (Fort Wayne)
Three inches of snow from last Saturday has held up well with the cold temperatures since. Wooded trails are snow covered with hard base and hard, foot-set track that was softened by recent snows. Open areas had lost all snow in places before new snow fell, but is starting to burn off again in places. Stay to the woods for best skiing.

Current Park Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Nature Center Hours 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
   
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Elsewhere
Thu, Feb 26: Unlisted trail (Unlisted)
Lynne and Bob skied the beautiful Ogemaw Hills trails yesterday, just North of West Branch. They well groomed just for classic and are truly one of the Midwast’s best XC trail destinations.
   
     - Bob Frye
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