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The unexpected snowstorm in Michigan left lower Michigan trails and golf course fairways with deep heavy snow, better for classic than skating. Looking forward to groomed trails! (Photo by Gregory Worsnop).

The unexpected snowstorm in Michigan left lower Michigan trails and golf course fairways with deep heavy snow, better for classic than skating. Looking forward to groomed trails! (Photo by Gregory Worsnop).

Reserve Fischer demo skis in West Yellowstone
Reserve Fischer demo skis in West Yellowstone

Reserve Fischer demo skis in West Yellowstone

11/13/2019 - By Fischer Skis

Reserve Fischer Demo equipment for on-trail testing at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival!

NENSA bans pure fluoros
NENSA bans pure fluoros

NENSA bans pure fluoros

11/5/2019 - By Mike Muha

NENSA has banned the use of pure fluoro ski wax topcoats and is limiting use of paraffin-based fluoro glide waxes for the 2019-2020 season over concerns of health risks.

Kikkan Randal to speak in Traverse City on Nov 14
Kikkan Randal to speak in Traverse City on Nov 14

Kikkan Randal to speak in Traverse City on Nov 14

11/4/2019 - By Vasa Ski Club

Olympic champion Kikkan Randall will present a talk and sign autographs on the Hagerty Campus, 141 Rivers Edge Drive, Traverse City on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

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Toko introduces High Performance Liquid Paraffin
Toko introduces High Performance Liquid Paraffin

Toko introduces High Performance Liquid Paraffin

10/29/2019 - By Ian Harvey

Toko High Performance Liquid Paraffins yield faster skis in most conditions and are quick and easy to apply.

The 2019-20 Michigan Cup Calendar is out!
The 2019-20 Michigan Cup Calendar is out!

The 2019-20 Michigan Cup Calendar is out!

10/20/2019 - By Mike Muha

The Michigan Cup Committee made lots of interesting changes for the 2019-2020 season, including a new Championship and new or changed races.

Rollerski race: perfect practice for icy conditions!
Rollerski race: perfect practice for icy conditions!

Rollerski race: perfect practice for icy conditions!

10/13/2019 - By Mike Muha

It was tricky rollerski conditions for the latest Andy Liebner rollerski race. Held at Kensington Metropark in Milford, Michigan, the course wound 8.5 miles around Kent Lake, with 500 feet of climbing.

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Expect an exceptional fun season at XC Ski HQ!
Expect an exceptional fun season at XC Ski HQ!

Expect an exceptional fun season at XC Ski HQ!

10/7/2019 - By Mariah Frye Colie

Traverse the newly extended snowshoe trail, get festive at Bavarian Ski Fest and other events, and enjoy delicious new food and drink specials in the new outdoor heated igloo!

Forbush Corner Fall Work Weekend, Oct 5-6
Forbush Corner Fall Work Weekend, Oct 5-6

Forbush Corner Fall Work Weekend, Oct 5-6

9/20/2019 - By Forbush Corner

We are planning a Fall Work Weekend for October 5th and 6th. The main focus will be pruning and clearing debris from the trails.

CXC looking for staff for 5 spring junior racing trips
CXC looking for staff for 5 spring junior racing trips

CXC looking for staff for 5 spring junior racing trips

9/14/2019 - By Joe Haggenmiller

Selected applicants volunteer their time to coach the best junior racers in the Central Region during these national championship events.

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SkiTrax Magazine forced out of business after 30 years
SkiTrax Magazine forced out of business after 30 years

SkiTrax Magazine forced out of business after 30 years

9/4/2019 - By SkiTrax

After 30 years of serving both the Nordic ski and cycling industries, we regret to announce that despite our best efforts, and due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to close the business.

Swix recalls rollerski wheels after crashes
Swix recalls rollerski wheels after crashes

Swix recalls rollerski wheels after crashes

9/3/2019 - By Mike Muha

Swix has ordered a recall of the wheels on the Swix S5 Pro and Triac Carbon Skate rollerskis after at least 10 elite rollerskiers had problems at the Toppidrettsveka 25km roller ski race in Norway.

Racers propose Michigan Cup Championships
Racers propose Michigan Cup Championships

Racers propose Michigan Cup Championships

8/22/2019 - By Jay Woodbeck

A group of racers, including recent Michigan Cup Champions Kyle Hanson and Sam Holmes, and myself are proposing that one weekend a year is designated as the Michigan Cup Championships.

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UPCOMING

SAT, NOV 16, 2019

NordicSkiRacer long rollerski
West Boat Launch, Kensington Metropark, Milford, MI

TUE, NOV 19, 2019

NordicSkiRacer short rollerski
Maybury State Park, Northville, MI

THU, NOV 21, 2019

NordicSkiRacer short rollerski
Maybury State Park, Northville, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

FRI, NOV 15

Stinchfield Woods : Stinchfield marginal this morning, but skiable if you ski to the side, which is so far nice powder. The trail is brown frozen slush from the warmer followed by nighttime temperatures I guess. The brown is from all the leaves.

Trails improved as I skied to the west side of the area.

THU, NOV 14

Hickory Hills: Hickory Meadows keeps getting better with each groom thanks to coach K. So many skiers out there we probably intimidate the dog walkers. Understand the Hills section has been rolled and could be skied. Great to see so many skiers from TC using this xc ski venue. The leaves that seem to wreck havoc with other ski areas are not so bad at the meadows. Leaves cover the one hill climb from the trailhead but after that it is pretty decent.

Valley Spur: With close to a 2' base, skating deck is pretty much all flat and setting up nicely. Good ski with A skis last night. Though I didn't classic, the tracks were deep and firm and a couple of guys out there pounding it told me they were great.

Lakes of the North: It astonishes me that Lakes of the North just keeps on rolling the trail, Today was very good to excellent with a 3 inch packed base and a Very wide track. Great job.

: Just finished skiing and pretty much agree with Mike Huttman's assessment (although I did not ski the contractor's loop). Did both north and south golf course loops, about 4.7 miles. The normal grooming is closer to 6 miles. North is definitely better. South was just groomed so the unpacked snow let the ground melt more around the golf cart paths. Still very skiable.

Let my freshly batteried headlamp at home, but the cloud light was more than enough to see. Light pollution DOES have a silver lining!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skated Hawk Hills, Coyote and contractors trails today. Contractors trail is by far the best with oak leaves on connector, but great when you get out past lake. Coyote still good.
Hawk hills has several spots where cart path is already getting bare. If there is anyway someone could throw a little snow on cart path crossing trails may make it till Sunday.
Hawk hills probably won't tomorrow's sun.

Elk Rapids Golf Course: Being a wide open GC it's a little windblown with some drifting, but it remains skiable with depths ranging from well ice-glazed grass about an inch thick to a foot or more in a few cornice areas. All in all today was probably the best day of the past seven skiable days here with absolutely no clumping, good glide. Leaves though everywhere caused no problems to kick and glide. Thought briefly of skating here, but probably too many leaves for that to turn out well. As far as GCs go, this is probably one of the most scenic as you ski along Elk Lake, and zero danger of being shot here when deer hunting season opens tomorrow.

Rotary Park: Due to rising temps and wet, new snow, conditions at rotary were only fair this morning. Skied classic but much stick and clumping. Will try grooming tomorrow morn when the temp is below freezing.

Hickory Hills: John K was out again today grooming the Meadows and setting classic tracks. Thanks John for your efforts. Skating and classic is good.

Crystal Mountain: Trails have been packed and rolled with the hopes of grooming a few trails Friday morning.
Lower stag, Jack's Rabbit and Otter will be combed only while we wait for a bit more snow to track-set. Rock skis recommended because of the leaves and sticks that were covered by the early snow.

Bay City State Park: Skied the Tobico trail. 2-3” of snow. Luckily the 1” last night covered the oak leaves. Nice ski. Won’t last long

Saugatuck Dunes State Park: Went again today before it warmed up too much. The forest has way too many leaves. Fortunately someone established a track at the county park next door in the meadow. Pretty good skiing for what it is. Don't know if we'll get another day out of this with the warmer temps.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received another 2 to 3 inches of snow throughout yesterday and last night, and will be rolling the trails this morning. All trails except Wild Turkey are open today for classic and skating. The skating is especially good - no breaking through to the ground, and really nice fresh snow to glide on. Overall we are amazed with the fantastic early season conditions! The snow-making efforts on the practice area have been quite successful, too. Groomer Mike will be grooming it this afternoon, and we plan to have tracks set and snow-combed skate lanes for demos and agility training this weekend, and for the Free Saturday Lesson at 10:30.

We are looking forward to having the trails open for this weekend, and the Stone Turtle Cafe will have at minimum chili, rolls, and chocolate chip cookies on the menu.This early start to the season brings a rare opportunity to demo new equipment on the early end of the season, so stop by for free demos on this fabulous snow!

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