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Tue, Dec 9:  ()
Surprisingly fast classic run at noon on skated route at Bay meadows. Still slightly crusty. Wed. Should still be good before eroded by sun.
   
     - Ray s
Michigan: Southeast Lower Peninsula
South of West Branch, East of Lansing; includes Detroit, Flint, Midland
Fri, Dec 19: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Ok snow coverage on 1k of bucks run. No classic tracks hope for cold and snow because we are out of snow in the stock pile.
   
     - Adam haberkorn
Fri, Dec 19: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Working on spreading snow today and should have good conditions by 2:00
   
     - Adam
Wed, Dec 17: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
The warm up has taken a hit on Bucks Run however, we still have a large pile of snow and will recoup the trail and will try and add the hill in the pine section as well. FYI the future groomer mentioned last week was the birth of my son: Beckham:)
   
     - Adam Haberkorn
Sun, Dec 14: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Buck's Run was the only skiing available, it was basically like the last day of skiing in the spring. Plenty of water on the trail, a few narrow spots, but the surface held up well. The man made snow stayed pretty fast, it was good to be on snow.
   
     - Allen Sogfenfrei
Sat, Dec 13: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Newly groomed this morning. Trail fast and controllable. Track was set for classic as well. Great to be out on snow! Go out and enjoy!
   
     - Jacque Cioma
Thu, Dec 11: Hudson Mills Metropark (Dexter)
Excellent conditions at the Meadows last night. Very fast and friendly snow.
   
     - Doug Heady
Thu, Dec 11: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
New snow made a huge difference. Eldest Buck's run (short course, no hill) had additional snow put on and groomed. By this evening, it was getting a little dirty, but was still very nice and controllable. Skating only. Well worth the trip. Not sure what the plan is for the next couple of days as far as adding snow and grooming. Remember, human made snow costs money to manufacture. Please pay.
   
     - Ken Roth
Thu, Dec 11: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Crew is working on spreading snow today. Tilling and grooming trial will be done around 2pm. Future groomer is on way!!!!
   
     - Adam Haberkorn
Thu, Dec 11: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Left the Frosty Freestyle planning meeting at Huron Meadows last night, and the snowguns were firing away, sending snow into a big pile to be groomed a little later. Looking forward to skiing their tonight after work.
   
     - Mike Muha
Wed, Dec 10: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Bucks run will have a complete makeover tomorrow during the first part of the day. Should great conditions for Thursday, Friday and into the weekend. Thank goodness for snowmaking
   
     - Adam haberkorn
Tue, Dec 9: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
Skiing on Bucks Run still looks okay after today. People were skiing at 2 o'clock when I left. We've got lots of extra snow that we're going to add on to until Thursday when it's cold. Hopefully it holds up through the weekend but we should be good for something for the kids clinic next Tuesday as well.
   
     - Adam Haberkorn
Mon, Dec 8: Huron Meadows (Bucks Run) (Brighton)
The game plan for the week is not to add any snow until Thursday/Friday to try and get another weekend out of what we have.

   
     - Adam Haberkorn
Sun, Dec 7: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)

   
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Michigan: Northern Lower Peninsula
North of West Branch; includes Traverse City, Grayling, Gaylord, Tawas
Fri, Dec 19: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Empire)
Can't wait to xc ski here as soon as adequate snow. You can't beat the views!

FYI: Bikes are not allowed on trails or beaches at SBD, except the Heritage Trail, paved & dirt roads. To report a fat tire biker, call the Visitor Center & ask for an Enforcement Ranger. Unleashed dogs used to be $50 each, and Ranger Jim wrote lots of tickets. Here's a link to SBD's policy, http://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/bicycling.htm, and SBD trails, http://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/ski.htm.


   
     - Sara C
Fri, Dec 19: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)
The VASA is groomed ! It looks like the entire trail system has been packed and rolled. Sorry no classic tracks yet as it is still a thin coat. Skate skied 16.5k from Prouty Rd. to TR to Rock to Wall to shortcut to 10k loop back to Prouty. Conditions surprisingly fast, but definitely use your rock skis. Extremely disappointed to find a multitude of deep fat bike ruts along the entire system. In fact, my wife took a hard fall, caught in a rut on a downhill.
   
     - Barry
Fri, Dec 19: Forbush Corner (Frederic)
We tried rolling the trails today, but there is just not enough snow. The ground is finally frozen so we just need a little more frozen precipitation and we should be ready to go. No skiing this weekend. The plan is to open on the 26th and remain open thru Jan 4th. Stay tuned for more information on the Demo Weekend - Fri Jan 2 to Sun Jan 4 !!!
   
     - Todd Hubbard
Fri, Dec 19: Timber Ridge (Traverse City)
Our conditions are still doing good. Main trail that loops in the main part of the park is the best skiing. A few rough spots on the lit loop so use your rock skis. We predict that tomorrow will be the same conditions if we do not get any snow over night. Please note that on Sunday is the Thirst Mutilator Fat Bike Race here and will be going on from 12:00-2sh. The route does not include our main ski loops; however, it will cross over in a few places. Fun for all!
   
     - Kristin
Fri, Dec 19: Lost Lakes (Dubonnet) (Interlochen)
Beautiful sunny skies but very thin base compressed down to 1-2" max, some dirt, rocks & roots, so glad Paula Dreeszen & I had our "rock" skis. Next ski will be on a golf course again instead.

   
     - Sara Cockrell
Fri, Dec 19: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)
We received 3 inches of snow since Wednesday. There will be skiable snow on the practice field for lessons and free ski demos all weekend! *We are postponing the Kip Brady Ski Clinic, Mike Wagner/Swix wax clinic, and Yoga Ski Retreat that were set to take place this Saturday, Dec 20. Please stay tuned for the rescheduling dates. There WILL still be a free beginner ski lesson at 4:00pm on Saturday! The Let it Snow Sale is in full swing. We still have some close out 2014 Rossignol X-ium S2 skate skis on close out for $399 (list $700), plus a huge inventory of other skis and boots. As always you can demo any ski package for free before you buy. The Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is up and running in full swing! On the menu is famous chili, Bosco Sticks, chocolate chip cookies and fresh paninis made on Stone House Bread from Traverse City. Great weekend to come over, demo some skis, eat a great lunch, and even get a ski lesson! All the best, -Lynne, Bob, Mariah, Stu, Fran, Brian, Matt, Erin, Sarah, Steve, Kerrigan and crew
   
     - Mariah
Thu, Dec 18: Nubs Nob (Harbor Springs)
Given that we only had 2-3 inches of snow after the rain/thaw this week the upper red and blue loops were in excellent shape for skating.
   
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Thu, Dec 18: Forbush Corner (Frederic)
We received about 3" of snow at the Corner over the last 24 hours. We will roll the trails tomorrow morning, but don't anticipate there will be enough base to open. An update will be posted tomorrow afternoon.
   
     - Forbush Corner
Thu, Dec 18: Nubs Nob (Harbor Springs)
The Upper Red, Blue and Yellow trails are open and in early season condtion
   
     - Nubs Nob
Thu, Dec 18: Lost Lake Pathway at Lake Dubonnet (Interlochen)
Yesterday's 5 inches of fresh snow in Interlochen compressed to 4 inches today with only 1-3 inches on the trail. Much of yesterday's snow was stuck up in the trees! No rocks, but skis did contact some tree roots and sticks and we occasionally scraped down to soil through thin snow under pines. Used my no fuss waxless classic touring skis. Tracks left by hikers and a fatbiker did not spoil today's soft dry snow. Beautiful "winter wonderland" forest with blue sky.

   
     - Paula Dreeszen
Thu, Dec 18: Timber Ridge (Traverse City)
Trails are open again! With the 3 inches of snow that fell here yesterday, was enough to pack and cover the trail again. There are not any bare spots but there are some very thin areas. Trails were groomed late lastnight.
   
     - Kristin
Mon, Dec 15: Nubs Nob (Harbor Springs)
Closed during this thaw until we get more snow.
   
     - Nubs Nob
Fri, Dec 12: golf course ()
Skied 2 golf courses for 2.5+ hrs with great glide in 1-3" snow. At the 2nd one, a friendly muzzleloader tracked me down in his truck to let me know where he was hunting! He wasn't upset that I was there (locked gates), so he must have wanted to keep me from scaring off the deer. I was just getting ready to leave & had already passed through his hunting area, so took the most open & direct way back to my van. He told me the season ends soon (Sun 12/14).

   Even though the snow base is limited, the ground is hard & the grass underneath seemed to facilitate my waxless skis' glide. Used 20-yr old "rock" skis since scrapped snow down to grass in areas. 1st ski with Paula Dreeszen, 2nd solo.
     - Sara C
Fri, Dec 12: Nubs Nob (Harbor Springs)
Good skating conditions on the red loop today. Hopeful that it holds up for the weekend.
   
     - Glenn Goodman
Fri, Dec 12: Deerfield (Kalkaska)
probably the last ski before the next heat wave. conditions fast and a bit crusty. generally excellent coverage, but some definate thin spots.
   
     - bob eifler
Thu, Dec 11: golf course in TC (Traverse City)
Well packed by skaters. Easy to make classic tracks in limited base of snow, with some grass showing. A 36-hole ski, like good ole times, with Milan, Cliff, Bill B & Tom S.
   
     - Sara C
Thu, Dec 11: Nubs Nob (Harbor Springs)
All trails are packed and in early season condition. It's thin, but skateble. There is not enough base depth to set a track.
   
     - Nubs Nob
Wed, Dec 10: Forbush Corner (Frederic)
No go for skiing or the scheduled Time Trial at Forbush Corner this weekend as there isn't enough snow to groom. We will be around the ski shop, but we are not keeping regular hours this weekend. If you want to stop by just send an email to info@forbushcorner.com and we will get back with you. -Todd Hubbard
   
     - Todd Hubbard
Wed, Dec 10: Nubs Nob (Harbor Springs)
Yellow, red and blue are in great shape. No set tracks but they did get 2-3 inches of snow since the weekend.
   
     - Glenn Goodman
Sun, Dec 7: Michaywe (Gaylord)
Pretty darn good crust skiing here in Michaywe on the gold course. Saw several other skate marks while out so others must know about it too. I'd bet any gold course you hit in the Gaylord area will be pretty good skating!!
   
     - JKal
Michigan: Upper Peninsula
Michigan: Upper Peninsula
Thu, Dec 18: Valley Spur (Munising)
We didn't get alot of snow over the top of the wet snow underneath so grooming has been a little challenging. Multiple passes with the Ginzu is yielding the best results. We are using the shallow track setter because there isn't alot to work with and the tracks are fair. Skate lanes are good everywhere except for on the H loop where they are still a little rough.G loop is the the only loop not groomed after the recent snow but will be done tomorrow am. Overall the conditions at Valley Spur this weekend will be great
   
     - Dan Rabine
Thu, Dec 18: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)
Short Version: Skiers will find fresh grooming on Animoosh, Chiwagi (hill by-pass), Mukwa and the Noque’ all the way to Co. Rd. 510 including the pine plantation loop. The Way Too Long Version: You should ski today. To heck with the salt mine. I’m told it causes high blood pressure anyway. You can ski to Co Rd 510 and most (if not all) inner loops. The optics with light air and bright sun will be spectacular. The balsams are coated with frosting and look like sculptures. Sections of Animoosh look like a canyon with walls of snow. Last night after bar close we hit Animoosh, Chiwagi (via by pass) and Noque to 14k. . The early morning grooming included a run to Co Rd 510 and as much as he can get before dawn. As of press time the Wagi’s status was unknown.

Many sections were groomed with at least 3 passes with the Ginzu. Some of the wide section received 4 passes. The goal of multiple passes is to push out the air and add width. The classic tracks set up very nicely and the corduroy did lay out very well as the snow had just the right moisture content. The Ginzu rarely yields the mesmerizing perfection of Bombi grooming but it was very good last night. I expect the snow set up well given the time to sit and the cold temperatures and relatively high snow moisture content. Skaters may still find some “washing” effect under skate strides. I expect classic skiers will find firm pole plants under this new snow.
   
     - NTN
Wed, Dec 17: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)
Short Version: Groomers are out this morning grooming all the way to Co Rd 510 plus Animoosh and Chiwagi via the by pass.

The Way Too Long Version: Those of us with short term memory issues have already forgotten what our driveway pavement looks like and I can’t even remember that other thing. It is winter again with just the right kind of snow to follow a thaw. Groomers had to wait until after first milking this morning for the base to set up and support the groomers. They set out about 7:00 am and will cover at least Animoosh, Chiwagi by pass and the Noque trail all the way to Co Rd 510. Early morning skiers will find this fresh grooming has not set and will “wash” from under the skate push. The pole set will be firm however as the base will have frozen and the new snow is only a few inches once groomed. Groomers first pass will be to roll and pack as snow is too deep to pull a Ginzu. Classic tracks will be set as soon as time permits. We will groom all trails heavily until this transforms into middle aged snow. Today will be fun, albeit soft, tomorrow will be far better and, by Saturday life will be wonderful. The six day forecast calls for highs and lows in the 20s and teens so once all trails are groomed we can expect great conditions to hold for quite a while.
   
     - NTN
Tue, Dec 16: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)
Short Version: No grooming last night due to thaw conditions.

The Way Too Long Version: Groomers are pacing and twitching like a race horse in need of a run. It has been days since they were able to get cold and wet on a sled. The wait is almost over. Temperatures are now below freezing and the rain has turned to snow at the trail head. By the times things clear up we look to have 6” of new now returning us to mid-season conditions. Every ski season needs a few thaws. It is like bald heads on old men or pimples on teenagers; they keep us humble. The really bad thaws are not followed promptly by new snow. Not only are we getting snow but it is the right kind of snow. This snow event looks to bring wet snow that will stick to the old snow followed by progressively dryer snow. What a great thing. We would ask skiers to avoid the trails if still too soft to support your weight to avoid trail damage. So, some of you won’t have to wait as long as some of us, if you know what I mean. Late afternoon skiing in a blizzard sounds like a good reason to leave the office early. Good luck.
   
     - NTN
Fri, Dec 12: Valley Spur (Munising)
All trails had been groomed. The classic track was much better than the skate lane on the majority of the system. Started around noon at 26 degrees and misty out. We had our Zero skis and they worked very well. The hillier trails ( Big foots revenge etc) had just been able to be groomed, and the they were a little dicey getting down. But, there was plenty of snow and it was a fantastic day of classic skiing.
   
     - Tracy Hardin
Fri, Dec 12: ABR Trails (Ironwood)
6:47 pm. It was Super Skiing today, some skiers are reporting the best ever. Mild temps , firm base fast tracks, no ice or dirt.
We are grooming all 70 km of trails and the 10 km of snow shoe trails are packed too.
   
     - ABR
Fri, Dec 12: Valley Spur (Munising)
Dan has the entire system open now. He says G still needs work in spots on the skate lane. Classic tracks are all in good shape. With a minimum base of 12" no concern over what skis to use. Lodge open Thurs.-Sun. 10a-4p and all Christmas week.
   
     - John Gierke
Thu, Dec 11: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)
Short Version: Last night groomers were out on Animoosh, Noque’ to pine plantation and Chiwagi via the hill by pass.

The Way Too Long Version: I have not gotten my boots on the ground since the weekend so I am a little unsure of conditions. I know the trails mentioned in the short version will be quite nice today but I am anxious to hear some first hand comments on the Wagis and pine plantation to 510 sections. We can’t get all trails every day but always have some fresh grooming and dearly like to get the rest every other or every third day. I expect the Wagis and up to Co Rd 510 are still quite nice even though not groomed last night. However, each skier’s sensibilities are different. Sometimes I feel as though I am the princess in Hans Christian Andersen's classic and the day old skate marks are the pea. Of course, on other days I feel as Pollyanna in Eleanor Porter’s classic when I’m the only one that says skiing is great. Your input is greatly valued and has an impact. Very few people comment so your vote will have a disproportionate impact on events. So, please hit reply and tell us what you think. Of course, every day is different. However, on an average day, is day old grooming like day old bread or sourer milk? Thanks.
   
     - NTN
Tue, Dec 9: Valley Spur (Munising)
Great ski conditions for both striding and skating
   
     - Cris Jones
Tue, Dec 9: Valley Spur (Munising)
Just got off the phone with Dan our groomer. He did B/H and Z with the big ginzu and heading to D/Y. Things are coming out great. We have a minimum of 10-12" base. He has done a lot of work getting G flat and will work on W today. By tomorrow both these trails should be open, so look for some great skate lanes. Temps in the low 30's yesterday, but that only helps consolidate our base. We are just catching up from a ton of snow, Thanksgiving, deer camp and equipment in the repair shop. We are now ready.
   
     - John Gierke
Sun, Dec 7: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)
Short Version: This morning we groomed the Noque to 14k, Animoosh and Mukwa.
The Way Too Long Version: All trails were in race ready condition yesterday. I fear I under sold it in the report. I hope you all had a chance to enjoy it. Even the trails that were not groomed this morning will still be excellent. With very light traffic on Ks 17 through Co Rd 510, skiers will find great skiing up there as well
   
     - NTN
Ontario, Canada
Fri, Dec 19: Hiawatha Highlands (Sault Ste. Marie)
Conditions overall were so terrific it was impossible to get that snow-eating grin off my face for a single minute during this afternoon's skate. No fresh snow overnight and didn't seem to be a fresh grooming today on the 10K Pinder Trail system so parts of it were becoming mildly hard pack-ish without feeling slick or hard underfoot which just added a boost to yesterday's speed while it still retained 100% control-ability. My skate marks were the first in this afternoon's fresh corduroy installed on the 2K Kinsmen Lighted Loop. With comfortable temps of -4C under bright blue sky while "flying low" through snow-laden pine tree scenic snowscape there was nothing to not like. What little LF-7 remained on my skis was working well. Classic tracks were also fast according to those I saw kicking and gliding.
   
     - Jim Datsko
Fri, Dec 19: Stokely Creek (Goulais River)
Opening Weekend is here! With colder temperatures and a few inches of snow in the past few days the trails are looking good! We now have tracks set on the Stokely Trail, Peterson Trail to Sayer Creek Cutoff, Cora's Crossing, Evans Lake Trail to Jackrabbit Trail, Walker Lake Trail and Home Run Hill.
   
     - Sophie
Thu, Dec 18: Hiawatha Highlands (Sault Ste. Marie)
Skated the 10K Pinder system and the 2K Lighted Loop just before sunset today. The groomers did an excellent job refurbishing the trail and blending in the fresh 3" of snow received after the warm temps and rain of earlier this week - now it's like the warm-up never happened. Very good bordering on excellent conditions for skating and deep fresh tracks appeared to be excellent for classic. No risk to your #1 skis. About 1 and 1/2 feet deep in the woods. Sunny sky and mid-20's F were a special treat.
   
     - Jim Datsko
Thu, Dec 18: Hiawatha Highlands (Sault Ste. Marie)
Pinder and Kinsmen systems were groomed late yesterday. We are rollpacking the Red Pine and Crystal systems today, will update when these systems are open. We were fortunate not to loose all of our base depth (10 cm) with the mild weather. We recieved approximately 6 cm of fresh snow Tuesday evening to help freshen the trails. Cooler temps up til the weekend will help keep the trails open. Visit our website for ski conditions, updated daily by 9:00 am http://hiawathahighlands.com/ski-conditions/
   
     - Tina Bowen
Sat, Dec 13: Hiawatha Highlands (Sault Ste. Marie)
Skate skied around Pinder and the various trail extensions a handful of times this morning. Fast conditions! Trails are in good shape, starting to get a little icy on some of the down hills but still very manageable. Used my B skies but would have felt comfortable with the A skis. The tracks for classic looked to be in very good shape. Worth the drive up from Michigan. As a side note, skied the Algonquin Cross-Country Ski Trail yesterday just west of the Soo on the US side. Good coverage on the trails, classic tracks looked good, the skate lanes were a little soft but not bad.
   
     - Brad Plummer
Fri, Dec 12: Stokely Creek (Goulais River)
We have set tracks on the Stokely trail, up the Peterson Trail to the Sayer Creek Cutoff, down Cora's Crossing to the Evan's/Walker Lake Trail intersection and back down to Home Run Hill. Opening day is just a week away! You are more than welcome to enjoy our trails before then, all are at a "use at your own risk" status until December 19th.
   
     - Sophie
Thu, Dec 11: Hiawatha Highlands (Sault Ste. Marie)
Hiawatha skied beautifully today. Freshly groomed skating lane and tracks. Temp right at freezing put some moisture in the snow so the fluoro was fast. Worth the drive from points south.
Pete Koper
   
     - Peter Koper
Wed, Dec 10: Hiawatha Highlands (Sault Ste. Marie)
Same great and sunny trail conditions for both skating and classic as yesterday. Though at 5 F this morning I should have replaced the LF7 on the skaters with a colder wax.
   
     - Jim Datsko
Tue, Dec 9: Hiawatha Highlands (Sault Ste. Marie)
Couldn't be more perfect this afternoon with bright blue sky overhead and freshly groomed Arctic-white corduroy underfoot and scenic snow-laden green pines in between. Yesterday's 3-4" of snow was blended into the skate lane base on the 10K Pinder Trail System and the 2K Kinsman Lighted Loop and the classic tracks reset. Your best skis would be safe on those trails due to comfortable depth of the base. The groomers have packed the Red Pine trail system but waiting for more snow before opening it as required by its hillier terrain, same with the other hilly trail systems. Two feet of snow in the woods which is not forecast to melt into the foreseeable future.
   
     - Jim Datsko
Tue, Dec 9: Stokely Creek (Goulais River)
Another 4-5 inches of snow fell yesterday. We are gearing up for another great winter season! Opening date is December 19th. All trails are "use at your own risk" until then.
   
     - Sophie
Tue, Dec 9: Stokely Creek (Goulais River)

   
     - Sophie
Mon, Dec 8: Hiawatha Highlands (Sault Ste. Marie)
No shortage of snow here. While driving from northern Michigan to Canada today the light rain turned into snow pellets by the 45th Parallel and finally to snow w/i 50 miles of The Bridge and continued snow all the way across the U.P. to the Soo. The fresh 3-4 inches of high-moisture content snow on top of yesterday's groomed base offered a little resistance to skating this afternoon but was more of a challenge to balance as the skis slithered every stride seeking the easiest fall line as they compressed the fresh snow underfoot. In other words: good training. No such problem in the classic tracks which had been kept tamped down by today's classic skiers. If the Lake Superior Snow Machine keeps up there will be a half-foot tomorrow morning for the groomers to install fresh corduroy and classic tracks to restore the 10K Pinder Trail System and the 2K Kinsman Lighted Loop to excellent trail conditions. Other hillier trails to be opened soon. Two feet of snow in the woods. With conditions like these it makes sense to stay around for awhile and buy Hiawatha's discounted multi-day pass.
   
     - Jim Datsko
Mon, Dec 8: Hiawatha Highlands (Sault Ste. Marie)
Pinder and 2km systems have been left alone this morning and are very skiable today! We are installing signage and grooming and shovelling snow in the Red Pine system to help improve trails so we can set some track and hopefully open it up in the next day or so.
   
     - Gil and Ted
Michigan: Southwest Lower Peninsula
South of West Branch, West of Lansing; includes Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Big Rapids, Cadillac
 

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