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Latest Nordic fashions? Or maybe a sample of costumes skier wore to the 2021 Muffin Race! More photos here: https://photos.nordicskiracer.com/Racing/Michigan-Cup/Muffin-Race/2021-Muffin-Race

Latest Nordic fashions? Or maybe a sample of costumes skier wore to the 2021 Muffin Race! More photos here: https://photos.nordicskiracer.com/Racing/Michigan-Cup/Muffin-Race/2021-Muffin-Race

Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop wins Brumbaugh Cup
Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop wins Brumbaugh Cup

Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop wins Brumbaugh Cup

3/6/2021 - By Mike Muha

Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop has won the 2021 Brumbaugh Cup for most powerful senior team on the Michigan Cup circuit. HH/CCSS finished with 468 points, well ahead of second place Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team.

Haapala, Jean, Wakeley, and Davis win overall 2021 Michigan Cup
Haapala, Jean, Wakeley, and Davis win overall 2021 Michigan Cup

Haapala, Jean, Wakeley, and Davis win overall 2021 Michigan Cup

3/5/2021 - By Mike Muha

Ken Dawson, Michigan Cup's esteemed points keeper, has released this year's individual winners, including individual winners, the 10% club, and the skiers with the most points.

Wax recommendation for the Michigan Cup Relays
Wax recommendation for the Michigan Cup Relays

Wax recommendation for the Michigan Cup Relays

3/5/2021 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for the final Michigan Cup race of the 2021 season, the Michigan Cup Relays at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters.

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Headquarters leads Michigan Cup into final weekend of racing
Headquarters leads Michigan Cup into final weekend of racing

Headquarters leads Michigan Cup into final weekend of racing

3/5/2021 - By Mike Muha

The Cross Cross Country Ski Headquarters has a commanding lead going into the final weekend of racing. With 14,771 points, the Headquarters has nearly 2,600 points more than second place Team NordicSkiRacer.

UPDATED - RESULTS: Haapala and Olson win 2021 Muffin Race
UPDATED - RESULTS: Haapala and Olson win 2021 Muffin Race

UPDATED - RESULTS: Haapala and Olson win 2021 Muffin Race

3/3/2021 - By Mariah Frye-Colie

What a fabulous Muffin Race yesterday! A record 68 kids, ranging from age 2 to age 19, showed up and raced varying distances, most of them in costume!

UPDATE: Michigan Cup Relays moves to March 7!
UPDATE: Michigan Cup Relays moves to March 7!

UPDATE: Michigan Cup Relays moves to March 7!

2/23/2021 - By Mariah Frye Colie

The relays have moved up a weekend to Sunday March 7. Here's registration Info and COVID-19 protocols.

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RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley win Hanson Hills Classic
RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley win Hanson Hills Classic

RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley win Hanson Hills Classic

2/21/2021 - By Mike Muha

Jordyn Ross and Jordan Wakeley repeated Saturday's victories at Forbush Corner with wins at the Michigan Cup Classic Championships / Meijer State Games of Michigan 14km Classic at Hanson Hills Recreation Area in Grayling, MI.

RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley, MI Cup Freestyle Champions
RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley, MI Cup Freestyle Champions

RESULTS: Ross and Wakeley, MI Cup Freestyle Champions

2/21/2021 - By Mike Muha

Jordyn Ross and Jorden Wakeley took no prisoners at Saturday's Meijer State Games / Michigan Cup Freestyle Championships at Forbush Corner.

Wax recommendations fo the Freestyle and Classic Championships
Wax recommendations fo the Freestyle and Classic Championships

Wax recommendations fo the Freestyle and Classic Championships

2/18/2021 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for the this weekend's Michigan Cup races! Should be great conditions.

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UPDATED: Only top 4 races will count toward Michigan Cup senior points
UPDATED: Only top 4 races will count toward Michigan Cup senior points

UPDATED: Only top 4 races will count toward Michigan Cup senior points

2/17/2021 - By Ernie Brumbaugh

It's now your best 4 races that will count toward Michigan Cup points in the senior division. The Junior Division has or will have between 9 and 11 races so individual junior rankings will be based on a skiers best 5 races.

Black Mountain forced to cancel races
Black Mountain forced to cancel races

Black Mountain forced to cancel races

2/15/2021 - By John Gravlin

The Black Mountain Classic and Black Mountain Freestyle races scheduled for March 6 an 7, 2021 will not be able to receive a DNR permit for the events. This means we have to cancel both races.

Vasa Ski Club wins 2021 High School Championships
Vasa Ski Club wins 2021 High School Championships

Vasa Ski Club wins 2021 High School Championships

2/14/2021 - By Mike Muha

Vasa's Arielle Jean and Willam Haapala lead the Vasa Ski Club to win the 2021 Michigan State High School Cross Country Ski Championships

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UPCOMING

SUN, MAR 7, 2021

Super CXC Cup Regional Finals Mini Tour
Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

Trail Sponsor Appreciation Day
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

CANCELLED: Black Mountain 10km Freestyle
Bluffs Bar and Grill, 10905 High Bluffs Drive, Cheboygan, MI 49721

NEW DATE! Michigan Cup Relays
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

SAT, MAR 13, 2021

Great Bear Chase
Spruce Street in Calumet. MI

Free Beginner Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, MAR 14, 2021

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS

SAT, MAR 20, 2021

FIRST DAY OF SPRING

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, MAR 6

Forbush Corner: Saturday- March 6th, We plan to do a full groom of all the trails today, east west and the pines loop. There are a couple of open spots on two south facing hills on the west trails and a few dirty spots here and there. The trails continue to ski very well with lots of base left. Open 9-5 today through Monday.

Crystal Mountain: We are done grooming for the season. In my 20 years of grooming the trails this has got to be the worst winter. Between lack of snow and snowmobile issues it's a miracle the trails were as good as they were. With that being said, thank you all for skiing with us. Hope you have a safe and fun rest of the year and hope to see you next winter.
Kathloon

Vasa Trail: It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times on the Vasa today, but overall it was so fast, fun, and enjoyable this sunny afternoon that I extended my 10K loop by adding on the Special K Connector to finish on the 25K loop for a total of 15K.

Caution for a lot of solid grey ice at the TH, the first (Wood-chip) hill, the entire bridge area, and other sections on the 1st K. For that reason they no longer groom from the Headwaters 3K shortcut intersection across the bridge or onto the ledge. Recommendation is to access the 10K loop via Headwaters, either its normal entrance or via its 3K shortcut like most skiers are doing now.

Once you're on the 10K loop itself, thanks to (1) Last nights re-grooming, and (2) Waiting for the afternoon sun to soften up the skate lane, you mostly have nice white corn snow and snow-cone snow providing both speed and control with maybe 5% to 10% grey ice that never caused a problem as it was on the flat stretches. Not for beginners but everyone I spoke with enjoyed it, and hope to repeat it tomorrow, maybe even add on a few K.

Classic tracks pretty well eroded, so best kick and glide is the softer snow on the skate lane.

Lead Groomer Glen advises that due to some bad ice sections the hairpin is not being groomed, nor between 4K and 10.5K oil pad on the 25K loop, Jackpine Valley and the Wall also not being groomed, but the bypasses around them are.

Best snow conditions, as usual, are if start from the Rock. Sand Lake Rd provides better access for 2WD cars than Strombolis Road, but snow/ice tires recommended.

Dunes Golf Club: A pretty decent set of Swix Team racing poles was left laying in the parking lot yesterday. I attached them to a power pole to keep them from getting run over. Still there today...
The crust skiing here has been superb over this past week. Excellent snow cover. Great fun!! Hoping that it will hold up through the coming thaw weather. “ It will pump you up ....”
Hanz ( formerly of Hanz and Franz with the old school GRNST racing team )

Forbush Corner: Oops. Hit Hanson below. It was Forbush

Dunes Golf Club: A pretty decent set of Swix Team racing poles was left laying in the parking lot yesterday. I attached them to a power pole to keep them from getting run over. Still there today...
The crust skiing here has been superb over this past week. Excellent snow cover. Great fun!! Hoping that it will hold up through the coming thaw weather. “ It will pump you up ....”
Hanz ( formerly of Hanz and Franz with the old school GRNST racing team )

Hanson Hills: Perfect fast controllable conditions this morning for fabulous skating with a packed parking lot full of happy skiers. It was one of those days we all ski for. Felt like flying. Do not want it to end. Badlands fully covered, pines connector and a few of the west trails perfect.

Nubs Nob: World class mid-winter conditions today on the upper loops at Nubs which were powertilled and tracked early this morning. Huge thanks to BD and the crew for always making the Nordic trails a priority!

Hanson Hills: Lodge and trails open at 9am
Trails are deteriorating at a fast rate. Firm skate deck on main trails. Trails are getting thin, and we have a few areas that the ground is exposed, but is easily avoidable. We have opted not to groom today as our Pisten Bully is more likely to damage the trails than to help them.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Good sunny Saturday morning from the Schuss Nordic Center. Friends, winter is fast fading, though not as fast as the snow faded from our trails this week! Unless Ulr surprises us with 8” of the fluffy white stuff, our season is finished, done, over with. Our trails are officially closed due to ice conditions in the morning, and mud and bare spots once the sun warms up. A pathetic way to end the season...see you next season, and be well...

Huron Meadows Metropark: This will be your last weekend to enjoy cross country skiing on Bucks Run due to the projected forecast and our staff needing to gear up for the upcoming golf season. Ski rentals will be closed as of end of business day on Sunday for the season. Staff will be spreading snow on low areas this morning and then will be tilling and grooming. Enjoy the weather and thanks for a great ski season!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Conditions remains good to great on the Rolling Hills, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, and Trappers Cabin trails, thanks to snow moving, good grooming, and cooler temps during the day and overnight. There are some thin/icy spots and debris on all the open trails, but each marginal spot is easy to ski through or over. Groomer Butch will snowcomb these trails this morning, and will also attempt to groom the Manitou trail as well. Conditions like these are most ideal for skating, as classic tracks are well-entrenched and quite icy; however, there is adequate of snow in the skate lanes for classic skiers to ski on and have a great time. We have 6-12 inches inches of snow in the woods, and 2-6 inches packed on most of the trail surface. Due to ice and debris, we have closed the Tall Pines trails for the time being. Join us for Ribs & Blues out on the sun deck today at 1pm!

Forbush Corner: Saturday- March 6th, We plan to do a full groom of all the trails today, east west and the pines loop. There are a couple of open spots on two south facing hills on the west trails and a few dirty spots here and there. The trails continue to ski very well with lots of base left. Open 9-5 today through Monday.

FRI, MAR 5

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skate-skied Buck's Run between 2:00 and 3:30, and I found conditions really nice. A few soft spots were present where snow had been added, but completely negotiable. Hills are in good shape, both up and down. Overall, fast and controllable, with no bare ground visible. Many thanks to the crew for providing this great resource. I drive an hour from Toledo ~2x per week to ski here, and truly appreciate their efforts. Get us a couple more weeks, please...

Michigan Tech Trails: I doesn’t get better than this, purrrr-fect corduroy & classic tracks! So why have I only skied here 2x on 4/5 & 4/6/18? I love the black & blue hilly Competition & Lower loops from the Nordic Center. I skied the Core to Hairpin, Skidder, Down Under, Tanglewood, Homestead, Ridge, Balsam, Maple, Cemetery (2 steepest hills), Peepsock & Linden loops. I met up with 2 couples in the parking lot from Petoskey, who were skiing at Swedetown yesterday, too. While skiing, I reserved my room for another night since wanted to make another full day of the Keweenaw, and ended up skiing across Lac La Belle behind 4 snowmobilers in the afternoon sunshine, oh-la-la! In spite of the snow drought this winter, I have fallen even more in love with Lake Superior & the U.P.! Not missing the mtns Out West at all, with the abundance of groomed trails, frozen waterfalls & lakes, great friends, and spectacular variety of scenery, including lavender & crimson sunsets!

Lakes of the North: Stopped on way home to check conditions. Excellent snow coverage. on the golf course. Crust firm to ski on. Also, found LON "official' and even groomed cross country trail in the LON Winter Sports Area. It had been recently groomed, wide trail with no tracks but firm and looked very skiable. Got lost trying to get out of LON, so just stayed on Pencil Lake Rd. which took me out to west of Gaylord.

Hanson Hills: Skied from 10;00-11;30., blue skies, a little windy, but very good to excellent skiing. Skate deck was groomed today, fast but groomed enough to skate hard. Tracks were firm and fast for double poling. Excellent, consistent grooming all winter here!

Hanson Hills: Great conditions in this late afternoon/ sunset time. Trailhead is bad but it improves quickly at the first turn and improves again once in the woods. Very fast skate on fresh corduroy. Classic tracks also in good shape, even wilderness loop was freshly set. The snow softened up slightly in the afternoon and coming in at 4.30 I think I caught it at the right time. Some big bare spots in hills facing South, so be careful.

Interlochen Golf Course: Fun crust skiing this mid-30's, sunny afternoon. Most of the course is still snow-covered. I used my wide classic skis which made shallow tracks or skimmed the surface of the supporting crust with soft surface. Before next week's warm weather, visit your nearby skier-friendly snow-covered golf course and time you ski to your preferred air temperature and crust firmness.

Boyne Mountain: Skiing is still good, but it's going fast! Our classic trails are hard and icy; just stay in the tracks and double-pole. Skate lane on Judy's was scarified today and has very good skating.

Innsbruck and Deer Run are closed due to bare spots. We'll maintain the rest as best we can.

But the best skiing yesterday and today has been crust skiing! Go out practically anywhere and stay up on top of the snow. Fields, golf course, off trail.

Forbush Corner: Arrived with bright sun and 32°. Quite windy. Skated Badlands, Ridge, Rollercoaster, Little coaster, and numerous laps snowmaking loop. All in excellent condition with little debris. Used classic track for downhills, which were very fast and slightly icy unless in sun. Very few slightly slow areas on climbs with thicker snow which had previous traffic. In later afternoon, moisture came out of the snow which became more crispy and fast. Tiny excursion onto West trails; I found them not as well groomed, so turned around. I’m so impressed with the exceptional grooming and fun trail layout. A true gem.

Vasa Trail: If you enjoy ice skating, you'll love the Vasa! The groomers tried, but there are many areas of gray ice and boilerplate that are impenetrable to the Ginzu.

This may be the last weekend to ski the Vasa, with the warm weather and rain in the forecast. There are already bare spots on the powerline crossings, and the 10K is extremely thin. There's plenty of snow, and conditions are best around The Rock.

Skate skiers who crave speed will want to get out early. Skaters who like a little more control, and classic skiers can sleep in and wait until the trail warms up in the afternoon. Classic tracks are shallow, icy and non-existent in places. Adrenaline junkies shouldn't miss Anita's Hill - not only is the boilerplate on the hill super fast, but the glare ice at the bottom will get your attention! Don't say you weren't warned!

Huron Meadows Metropark: As of 1:00 everything was still reallly nice. Connector to clubhouse is intact and in good shape. Classic track varied, as you might expect in these temps, but overall it was very good. You’ll definitely need something other than hard wax.
Skating looked very soft, but surprisingly fast. Snow was very granular which explains the speed. Absolutely no problem using A skis. It’s really nice, just understand its spring skiing.

Valley Spur: Whoever left a blue boyne ski tie in the parking lot: I left it on the “Pay Here” tube for you to pick up. Conditions were great today on B, H and Z this morning despite lots of beech leaves; this afternoon some areas on Y and W were starting to soften up where the sun shines - but still great conditions before the coming warmup!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Staff is add more snow as needed to have a great weekend. Should be ready by noon.

Forbush Corner: Friday- March 5, Skiing was fun and fast yesterday! The skate lanes groomed up beautifully for fast controlled skating. The classic tracks were firm. There were no bare or dirty spots yesterday on the east side. We still have lots of base left to work with the groomer. Today we will be grooming up the west trails. Saturday we plan to groom up most of the system, including the pines loop. End of season sales continue in the shop.

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