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Love Creek snow conditions on Sunday December 10: Perfecto! (Gregory Worsnop)

Love Creek snow conditions on Sunday December 10: Perfecto! (Gregory Worsnop)

Coach Greg Rhodes, up-close and personal
Coach Greg Rhodes, up-close and personal

Coach Greg Rhodes, up-close and personal

12/2/2016 - By Curt Peterson

Want to meet Coach Rhodes, in-close and personal? Vasa's Amy Powell and Coach Greg Rhodes discuss the upcoming Midwest Nordic Rendezvous January 7-8, 2017 in Traverse City, Michigan.

Dec 10th: Ski Clinic with Amy Powell + Fast Wax Clinic with Dan Meyer
Dec 10th: Ski Clinic with Amy Powell + Fast Wax Clinic with Dan Meyer

Dec 10th: Ski Clinic with Amy Powell + Fast Wax Clinic with Dan Meyer

12/1/2016 - By XCHQ

Don’t miss out on undoubtedly some of the best technique training available from Amy Powell on Saturday, December 10th. After the ski clinic is our annual wax clinic at 4:00pm with Fast Wax founder Dan Meyer.

Ski classes for kids start December 14
Ski classes for kids start December 14

Ski classes for kids start December 14

11/30/2016 - By Mike Muha

Brighton Community Recreation is offering a three-session on-snow cross-country ski classes for beginner and intermediate kids 11 & under. Classes

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World Cup Fashion Show!
World Cup Fashion Show!

World Cup Fashion Show!

11/30/2016 - By Mike Muha

What are the World Cup cross country ski racers wearing on the course this season? Pick you favorite...

Presenting the 2017 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series Schedule!
Presenting the 2017 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series Schedule!

Presenting the 2017 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series Schedule!

11/29/2016 - By Jeff Potter

The Michigan Backcountry Ski Series Schedule has been around for over 10 years and includes some of the finest cross-country skiing anywhere. All free of charge. Zero boring terrain.

Michigan Tech gets season going with races in West Yellowstone
Michigan Tech gets season going with races in West Yellowstone

Michigan Tech gets season going with races in West Yellowstone

11/28/2016 - By MTU

The Michigan Tech men's and women's skiing teams kicked off the 2016-17 season on Friday and Saturday at the annual West Yellowstone Ski Festival.

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NMU signs Erin Moening
NMU signs Erin Moening

NMU signs Erin Moening

11/28/2016 - By NMU

Moening was second at the 2016 Minnesota state championship, a five-time All-American Nordic skier and a five-time Minnesota state championship qualifier.

VIDEO: First World Cup race of the season is over
VIDEO: First World Cup race of the season is over

VIDEO: First World Cup race of the season is over

11/26/2016 - By Mike Muha

Watch the complete race, start to finish, starting with the quarterfinals. Paal Goldberg (Norway) and Stina Nilsson (Sweden) were the top man and women.

Local Juniors race for points to attend Junior Nationals
Local Juniors race for points to attend Junior Nationals

Local Juniors race for points to attend Junior Nationals

11/26/2016 - By Mike Muha

The 2017 Junior National Championships will be held on the Mt. Van Hoevenberg cross country ski trails in at Lake Placid, New York this year. Juniors earn points in Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) races during the season to qualify for Junior Nationals.

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Skiers! Kensington Metropark Master Plan Meeting Dec 3
Skiers! Kensington Metropark Master Plan Meeting Dec 3

Skiers! Kensington Metropark Master Plan Meeting Dec 3

11/25/2016 - By Mike Muha

Skiers, bikers, runners: Could be interesting to see what they are doing for endurance athletes. Could we get snowmaking at Kensington, too? Skate trails? Better grooming in general?

Vasa announces Midwest Nordic Rendezvous
Vasa announces Midwest Nordic Rendezvous

Vasa announces Midwest Nordic Rendezvous

11/24/2016 - By Pete LaPlaca

North American Vasa, the Vasa Ski Club and the Professional Ski Instructors Association will be hosting a weekend of instructional clinics for all ages and skill levels we are calling the Midwest Nordic Rendezvous in early January.

USSA names 2017 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
USSA names 2017 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team

USSA names 2017 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team

11/23/2016 - By USSA

Head Coach Chris Grover is anticipating a strong season with stars on both the men’s and women’s side, and an especially deep women’s team with the return of Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK), who took last season off for the birth of her first child.

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UPCOMING

WED, DEC 20, 2017

Cross-Country Ski lessons at Huron Meadows
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

SAT, DEC 23, 2017

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

MON, DEC 18

Hanson Hills: Trails are beautiful!! All trails are snow combed, and we have tracks set on Wilderness, Green, Blue, Brown, Yellow, and Easy Return!! Red and M-93 do not have tracks. Lodge and Trails open 9am-5pm today!

Forbush Corner: Trails remain in good shape after the weekend.  The West Trail System has a few thin spots, but overall no major issues.  We will try and get an initial groom on the seasonal roads and also the Pines Loop in preparation for next weekend and the holiday break.  Interesting weather week, but with snow in the forecast for mid and late week, things are looking very good.  Open today from 9 to 3ish.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received a dusting of snow overnight, which is just what we needed to freshen up the trails. The classic tracks are holding up marvelously, and skating lanes are still are in great shape on the Manitou, Rolling Hills, Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, and Trappers Cabin trails. Tall Pines is still in fair to good condition, and Adventure is ungroomed and open for “back country” skiing and snowshoeing.

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe lunch special is the Pesto Perfection Panini! Your choice of oven roasted turkey breast and provolone OR house-made hummus and double provolone, plus spinach, tomato, red onion, bell peppers, and basil pesto on Stone House 7-grain bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a dill pickle. Try a home baked oatmeal raisin cookie too, why don’t you. Shop the Christmas sale! Sweaters, gloves, hats, socks, snowshoes, skis – we have great sale items that are perfect for under the tree and in stockings!

Let it snow!

SUN, DEC 17

Vasa Trail: Vasa trail has good coverage still as we approach our first warm-up & possibly that dreaded R___ weather condition. I got to thank Glen in person this morning for the classic tracks. Unfortunately, they will probably take the worst hit this week since they're not very deep or firm, but certainly enjoyed skiing in them again today with Diane W on her first ski of the season, 15km from the Bartlett trailhead on the 10k loop, Nipple & Headwaters. LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!!!

Maybury State Park: Conditions at Mayberry are very poor bordering on awful conditions at Bennett Arboretum in Hines Park were much better virgin 8 inch snow 2 to3 km loop

Girdled Road Reservation: Packed surface with some relatively minor footprints and ruts. 2-3" of solid base, I was not feeling the ground with my poles. No rocks to speak of except for a couple on the long hill down to the creek. Softening up as I was leaving around 1:30. Some of the open areas in the field had only been rolled and were soft with significant stubble sticking up through the snow. Very few wet spots to turn into ice if they last through the thaw to the next freeze.

Boyne Mountain: 25k of trails are open and groomed. Our Vistas trail is looking particularly spectacular. We also have a snowshoe trail and a fat tire bike trail open for your enjoyment. Come on down and see us!

Maybury State Park: The park is open for skiing, hiking and snow shoeing, however, our paved trails are not groomed due to equipment failure. As soon as the transmission is repaired on our gator ( it's still stuck on the trail in the middle of the park), we'll be back in business. We apologize for the poor ski conditions and hope that users will still enjoy the park! MSP Staff

Hanson Hills: Red and M-93 Hills groomed for skating. Green, Blue, Brown, and Yellow snow combed with set tracks. Wilderness Trail is tracked!! Lodge and Trails Open 9am-5pm today!!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The skiing was fantastic yesterday. Classic tracks and skating lanes still are in great condition on the Manitou, Rolling Hills, Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, and Trappers Cabin trails. Tall Pines is still in fair to good condition, and Adventure is ungroomed and open for “back country” skiing and snowshoeing. It is so wonderful to see so many skiers taking advantage of these great early season conditions!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is Classic Chili and Bosco Sticks! Our classic spicy chili is a longstanding wintertime favorite, and when you put it with 3 cheese-filled breadsticks, you don’t even care if you earned it!

The Christmas sale is in full swing! Sweaters, gloves, hats, socks, snowshoes, skis - and it's all on sale! Enjoy this beautiful day on the snow.

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