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Getting warmed up before the start of the 2017 Cote Dame Marie (Photo: Blair Zordell)

Getting warmed up before the start of the 2017 Cote Dame Marie (Photo: Blair Zordell)

MI Cup Standings as of the Cote Dame Marie
MI Cup Standings as of the Cote Dame Marie

MI Cup Standings as of the Cote Dame Marie

1/24/2017 - By Mike Muha

Epic battles are underway. It looks to be a North vs. South battle for the junior championships, and the leaders in the Senior division are at risk!

RESULTS: Vanias and Darnton win Cote Dame Marie
RESULTS: Vanias and Darnton win Cote Dame Marie

RESULTS: Vanias and Darnton win Cote Dame Marie

1/22/2017 - By Mike Muha

Vanias skied away from the pack to finish in 1:13:26, well ahead of second place. This was Vanias's third victory this season in the Michigan Cup - he's won every event he's entered.

As it rains, let us reflect on the snow...
As it rains, let us reflect on the snow...

As it rains, let us reflect on the snow...

1/20/2017 - By Mike Muha

If you look at the cumulative snowfall, it really hasn't been too bad a year. Alpena and Traverse City are a little ahead of schedule, while other locations have a little less snow than normal...but not radically so.

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Cote Dame Marie and JNQ wax recommendations
Cote Dame Marie and JNQ wax recommendations

Cote Dame Marie and JNQ wax recommendations

1/20/2017 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Add Solda recommendation. Gets those skis waxed and get racing! Recommendations from Toko, FastWax, and Swix.

Conditions looking good for Cote Dame Marie
Conditions looking good for Cote Dame Marie

Conditions looking good for Cote Dame Marie

1/19/2017 - By Justin Andre

The Trails at Hanson Hills are holding up well for this weekend’s Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet. Temperatures are predicted to drop tonight and we will be back grooming the Red Trail for the Michigan Cup Race Course early Friday morning.

Treatment options for Cross Country Skin-Skis
Treatment options for Cross Country Skin-Skis

Treatment options for Cross Country Skin-Skis

1/17/2017 - By Ian Harvey

There are four recommended methods for treating the "skins" for glide on "Skin Skis"...

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USSA names teams to Under 23 Cross Country World Championships
USSA names teams to Under 23 Cross Country World Championships

USSA names teams to Under 23 Cross Country World Championships

1/16/2017 - By USSA

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named a team of 10 athletes to represent the USA in the upcoming Under 23 Cross Country World Championships in Soldier Hollow.

RESULTS: Great Krazy Klassic tracks help Holmes and Davis win
RESULTS: Great Krazy Klassic tracks help Holmes and Davis win

RESULTS: Great Krazy Klassic tracks help Holmes and Davis win

1/15/2017 - By Mike Muha

Sam Holmes took his second win this weekend, while Rebecca Davis beat yesterday's winner in a double-pole ski fest!

RESULTS: Holmes and Jordyn win Frosty Freestyle under excellent conditions
RESULTS: Holmes and Jordyn win Frosty Freestyle under excellent conditions

RESULTS: Holmes and Jordyn win Frosty Freestyle under excellent conditions

1/15/2017 - By Mike Muha

Sam Holmes and Jordyn Ross took victories under excellent trail conditions at the 2017 Frosty Freestyle. Man-made snow from the park's snow guns provided an excellent skiing surface.

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Wax recommendations: Frosty Fest!
Wax recommendations: Frosty Fest!

Wax recommendations: Frosty Fest!

1/12/2017 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED WITH SWIX REC: Wax recommendations for the Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic races. The Krazy Klassic also doubles as the the Michigain Senior Olympics xc ski race.

MWC2018: One Year To Go!
MWC2018: One Year To Go!

MWC2018: One Year To Go!

1/12/2017 - By J.D. Downing

Coming January 19-26, 2018 the biggest age-group competition in skiing will visit Theodore Wirth Park in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the 2018 Masters World Cup (MWC2018) returns to North America.

2017 AXCS National Masters Championships: The Big City Preview
2017 AXCS National Masters Championships: The Big City Preview

2017 AXCS National Masters Championships: The Big City Preview

1/11/2017 - By J.D. Downing

For the first time since 2005, masters (skiers 30 and over) from throughout the U.S. will return to the great state of Minnesota as the American Cross Country Skiers (AXCS) 2017 National Masters Championships takes place the weekend of February 4-5, 2017.

More News...

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UPCOMING

SAT, JAN 28, 2017

Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Marquette, MI

Nordic Ski Fest Tour, Food, Bonfire!
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

SUN, JAN 29, 2017

WeSki Family Skiing
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

More events...

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TRAINING LOG

SUN, AUG 7: Road Bike, 4:40, Pace

SAT, AUG 6: Road Bike, 2:13, L1 LSD

TUE, AUG 2: Road Bike, 1:44, Race

SUN, JUL 31: Mountain Bike, 2:03, Mellow ride

SAT, JUL 30: SUP, :15, Race

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

TUE, JAN 24

Hanson Hills: Trails have taken a beating with the warm weather + Skiers+rain. They are soft but skiable. Once again we will wait for cooler weather to run our groomers. Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Special comments; Grooming Report: The following comments are for all trails in the area. Above freezing daytime highs and near freezing overnight temperatures have left trails in relatively good shape for such a prolonged thaw. Depending on the time of day and the temperature skiers may fine very nice skiing. However, please be conscious the potential for very soft trails. Please stay off the trails if they have softened to the point where your skis are damaging the surface. Once the freeze hits we will have awful skiing until new snow covers these tracks. We have hidden cameras along the trail and if you cause “Soft Trail Damage” we will publicize it here.

Real Grooming Report Forestville: Groomers remained parked overnight due to moisture in the snow. The classic tracks are still in good shape.

Saux Head: Same as above. Saux Head is groomed as needed but at least once per week.

Fit Strip Trails: Same as above. Grooming is performed as needed but at least once per week. Skiers should be advised that some people do also walk on the groomed trails so expect some foot prints.

Big Bay Trails: Same as above. The downhill from ridge line requires caution.

Snow Bike Trails: Snow bike enthusiast are encouraged to visit the Face Book page dedicated to snow bike trails. Conditions vary from day to day and grooming is not a daily event. Each day bikers will comment on conditions and post pictures. https://www.facebook.com/NTN-Singletrack-147765491905204/?fref=ts

Way Too Long Grooming Report: Snow in the forecast will have us talking about the great thaw of ‘17 in the past tense before we know it. Little direct sun combined with the short January days prevented loss of base. There are a few west facing open areas with issues but trails remain quite good. The first inch of new snow will have us back in the “excellent” zone.

Stokely Creek: Right up to the last person coming in form skiing yesterday, they all said skiing was great with a few exceptional spots. We have been so happy that our trails have held up through this long warm spell. But with a 2 foot base that was not going away. Last night it rained a bit and this morning there is an inch of snow on the ground. So will be interesting to see what the day brings. Looking forward to much colder temperatures and snow in the forecast. Stokely is so glad that our guests traveling long distances from all over the U.S. and Canada have had great skiing.

Susan and Gaylen and our staff that gives great service to all our guests

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: After a night of warm temps and rain, we are closing all trails except the Blizzard trail for skiing today. This will help us preserve the considerable snowpack we have left to serve as a base for the upcoming snowfall in the forecast. Skiers are welcome to ski on the Blizzard loop and ski park as much as they want, and anyone is welcome to demo skis today as well.

Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Deluxe Pizza Panini! Ham, pepperoni, mushrooms, banana peppers, marinara sauce, and mozzarella, served hot between two slices of toasted Stone House Sourdough Bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle. We also have some delicious, fresh baked chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies, plus an assortment of homemade muffins!

Join us for the Wednesday Night Women’s Ski Tour, tomorrow at 5:30pm! Just $5 for a facilities pass, headlamp, and optional PSIA ski instruction, and best of all, the chance to XC ski with other women! All proceeds to be donated to River House women’s shelter in Grayling. Join us for happy hour at the Streamside Restaurant afterwards around 7:00pm.

Snow is on the way!

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Erin, Ryan, Matt, Michelle, George, Lexi, Dana, Gage, Grant, Garrett, Logan, Kerrigan, Heidi, Jim, James, Shania and the Crew

MON, JAN 23

: I skied the Betsie valley pathway off Longstreet today. If you don't know where this is it is west of Crystal Mountain off M115. It is a single track multi-use trail. You also might not know that Crystal mountain has been rolling/packing the parking lot side of this trail the last couple years which makes it great for biking and striding. I did the whole parking lot side and didn't run into any bare areas. There were some foot prints and tire tracks but it didn't affect my ski experience which was great. After all it is multi-use. Check it out the next time you are over this way. Kathloon

Hartwick Pines: Trails have suffered greatly due to warm temps and rain, and there is standing water in places. Hopefully the temps will drop and we'll get some fresh snow soon.

Crystal Mountain: Trails are holding up under the warm conditions. It is Spring skiing in January, but the forecast is looking better towards the weekend when we should be able to get the groomer back on the trails. Classic skiing is better than one might expect and skating conditions are a bit soft, but ski-able.

Hanson Hills: Trails are holding up fairly well, with the warmer temps we will not be running our groomers today. We have older track still set on all trails, skate lanes are looking ok, may be soft as temps rise.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Special comments; Grooming Report: The following comments are for all trails in the area. Above freezing daytime highs and near freezing overnight temperatures have left trails in relatively good shape for such a prolonged thaw. Depending on the time of day and the temperature skiers may fine very nice skiing. However, please be conscious the potential for very soft trails. Please stay off the trails if they have softened to the point where your skis are damaging the surface. Once the freeze hits we will have awful skiing until new snow covers these tracks. We have hidden cameras along the trail and if you cause “Soft Trail Damage” we will publicize it here.

Real Grooming Report Forestville: Groomers remained parked overnight due to moisture in the snow. The classic tracks are still in good shape.

Saux Head: Same as above. Saux Head is groomed as needed but at least once per week.

Fit Strip Trails: Same as above. Grooming is performed as needed but at least once per week. Skiers should be advised that some people do also walk on the groomed trails so expect some foot prints.

Big Bay Trails: Same as above. The downhill from ridge line requires caution.
All trails damaged by snowmobiles, were re-groomed and tracked. There is a nice base so expect excellent skiing. All trails except Ridge Line are groomed and open for classic skiing. Big Bay trails well be groomed as needed but at least once per week. Classic skiing on trails with no skate lanes are way more fun than being on the side of a skate lane. See our website for details on the Big Bay trails.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: From time immemorial man has sought to understand if not control the vagaries of nature. We have named gods after the sun, wind, rain and thunder just to name a few. Weather disasters have been the focus of modern attention. Ever since Hurricane Santa Ana hit Puerto Rico in the 19th century we have given such cyclonic events names. In the middle of the 20th century saints names fell out of favor in the run up to political correctness. Several decades later we started with himicanes. We are now gripped in the teeth of one of the most unpleasant weather events in recent memory. Keeping with the changes found in this post modern age, the saints day calendar is not the sole purview of such naming events. So, for generations we will look back on the Honorius Co-emperor day thaw of 2017.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We are still holding onto the snow! Yesterday was another surprisingly good day of skiing. The top of our very dense snowpack started to loosen up a bit yesterday afternoon, but for the most part the skiing was really quite good, considering the string of warm days and nights. Today we expect another day of surprisingly good conditions for skating, and good to fair conditions for classic skiing. Best conditions will be earlier rather than later. We are looking forward to the return of winter this Wednesday, when snow and cold temps start holding through the long range forecast!

Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Ryan Wrap! Double cheese, pesto, bell peppers, spinach, tomato, red onion, hummus and chipotle mayo on a giant wrap, grilled to melty, crispy perfection and served with chips and a pickle! We also have some delicious, fresh baked chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies, plus Stu’s favorite Bosco Sticks. Mmmm, good.

We've got a bunch of XC classic, combi and skate boots going on sale starting today. This includes all skate race boots on sale for 25-30% off, plus more. Remember that we let you demo race boots at no charge.

Get ready for more snow this week!

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Erin, Ryan, Matt, Michelle, George, Lexi, Dana, Gage, Grant, Garrett, Logan, Kerrigan, Heidi, Jim, James, Shania and the Crew

More trail reports...

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