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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)

Krazy Klassic to host Michigan Senior Olypmics
Krazy Klassic to host Michigan Senior Olypmics

Krazy Klassic to host Michigan Senior Olypmics

11/1/2016 - By Mike Muha

The 2017 Krazy Klassic Ski Race will be part of the 2017 Michigan Senior Olympics. Any Krazy Klassic participant age 55 and older over will be able to indicate during registration that they would like to be considered an MSO participant.

NOAA Winter Outlook predicts cooler, wetter Michigan
NOAA Winter Outlook predicts cooler, wetter Michigan

NOAA Winter Outlook predicts cooler, wetter Michigan

10/30/2016 - By NOAA

The Climate Prediction Center issued a La Nina watch this month, predicting the climate phenomenon is likely to develop in late fall or early winter. La Nina favors drier, warmer winters in the south and wetter, cooler conditions in the northern U.S.

Vasa Ski Swap this weekend
Vasa Ski Swap this weekend

Vasa Ski Swap this weekend

10/20/2016 - By Eric C. Jean

Gear up for the cross country ski season at the annual Vasa Ski Club "Nordic Ski Swap" Saturday October 22nd from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Brick Wheels in Traverse City.

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Michigan Cup Committee set rules for 2016-2017 season
Michigan Cup Committee set rules for 2016-2017 season

Michigan Cup Committee set rules for 2016-2017 season

10/11/2016 - By Mike Muha

The Michigan Cup Committee made a number of decisions at it's annual meeting this past Sunday for the upcoming 2016-2017 ski season.

Will 83% ski pole rule save classic skiing?
Will 83% ski pole rule save classic skiing?

Will 83% ski pole rule save classic skiing?

10/5/2016 - By Mike Muha

The FIS created a new rule around the maximum pole length in classic technique to preserve the use of diagonal striding. What does this mean for the citizen racer?

Preseason discount trail passes available for Yellowstone Ski Festival
Preseason discount trail passes available for Yellowstone Ski Festival

Preseason discount trail passes available for Yellowstone Ski Festival

9/21/2016 - By Yellowstone Ski Festival

Prepaid trail passes are now available for the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Passes are valid from November 1-30. Passes can be purchased through the mail or online. Order by October 31, 2015 for the best rate.

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2017 North American Vasa goes freestyle-only on Sunday, classic-only on Sunday
2017 North American Vasa goes freestyle-only on Sunday, classic-only on Sunday

2017 North American Vasa goes freestyle-only on Sunday, classic-only on Sunday

9/20/2016 - By Mike Muha

The Vasa will change to freestyle-only on Saturday (classic and skate skiers scored together as

West Yellowstone Fall Training Camp - Ski with a Pro
West Yellowstone Fall Training Camp - Ski with a Pro

West Yellowstone Fall Training Camp - Ski with a Pro

9/19/2016 - By Yellowstone Ski Festival

Come and join our professional coaching staff to get a jump start on your 2016 - 2017 ski season during the Yellowstone Ski Festival.

Noah Hoffman and Jessie Diggins win 42k Merino Muster
Noah Hoffman and Jessie Diggins win 42k Merino Muster

Noah Hoffman and Jessie Diggins win 42k Merino Muster

9/8/2016 - By USSA

Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led a strong U.S. presence Saturday, taking titles at the 42k Merino Muster near Wanaka, the third stop in the global Worldloppet long distance ski series.

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XCHQ's Bob Frye inducted into Michigan Ski Hall of Fame
XCHQ's Bob Frye inducted into Michigan Ski Hall of Fame

XCHQ's Bob Frye inducted into Michigan Ski Hall of Fame

8/29/2016 - By Mariah Frye Colie

Bob Frye, founder of Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Higgins Lake, has been inducted by the board of the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association to the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame as a Snow Sports Builder.

Vasa Ski Club Cross Country Ski Summer Camp, Aug 1-3
Vasa Ski Club Cross Country Ski Summer Camp, Aug 1-3

Vasa Ski Club Cross Country Ski Summer Camp, Aug 1-3

7/22/2016 - By John Kostrzewa

Open to Nordic skiers age 13-19 and to coaches. Andy Liebner, retired skier and 2014 Olympic coach, and John Kostrzewa will be coaching during all 3 days.

REVIEW: Pursuit Fork Flex rollerski
REVIEW: Pursuit Fork Flex rollerski

REVIEW: Pursuit Fork Flex rollerski

7/14/2016 - By Mike Muha

The Pursuit Fork Flex skate rollerski is great for anyone skiing on pavement, and particularly for skiers forced to ski on sections of rougher pavement.

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UPCOMING

WED, DEC 13, 2017

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

SAT, DEC 16, 2017

Michigan Tech CCSA Race & CXC Junior Cup (Junior National Qualifier)
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

Lakes of the North Freestyle
Lakes of the North, Mancelona, MI

Trapper Santa at the Cabin!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

SUN, DEC 17, 2017

Michigan Tech CCSA Race & CXC Junior Cup (Junior National Qualifier)
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

Forbush Time Trial
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

MON, DEC 11

Hanson Hills: Sill early season conditions. all trails are open, rock skis are recommended as we only have 1/2 inch of base in most areas. No tracks are set at this time. Lodge and Trails Open 9am-4pm today.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It was a fun day of early season skiing yesterday, especially with steady snowfall throughout the day! Many folks had enjoyed demoing skis on the practice area, which still has excellent conditions after our snowmaking efforts last week. Conditions across the street are improving with each snowfall. After yesterday, we are very close to being able to groom the trail network across the street for good skis (classic and skate). We still need just a couple more inches of snow, and with any luck we will get it today as forecasted.

The best trails are the Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, and Rolling Hills trails, which are 30% good, 60% fair, and 10% marginal. At this time until we get more snow, classic skiing only is permitted on the trails. Rock skis are available for rent at a nominal cost.

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is up and running! Today’s lunch specials are the Gourmet Hammy Sammy, with honey glazed thick sliced spiral ham, swiss cheese, tomato and spicy brown mustard, served on a warm ciabatta bun. We also have creamy ham and potato soup, served with a warm roll and real butter! And don’t forget to try a delicious, home-baked banana walnut muffin.

Keep on thinking snow – and stay tuned to tomorrow’s ski report, where we’ll report any snowfall we receive today and tonight.

SUN, DEC 10

Vasa Trail: What a great day, skiing with my hero Dick Fultz and of course the lovely and talented Karen. We skied in almost perfect conditions and then ran into Karen Kirt and Amy Powell. Three beautiful women and a great guy. I was in Vasa heaven. Can't wait until what tomorrow will bring.

Muncie Lakes Pathway: The skied-in tracks were good for the 4 who classic skied Muncie today during the Grand Traverse Hiking Club's Annul Holiday Celebration, but no one skied past post #8 to the river. Since most were hiking, I did too, so I could socialize with friends. My group hiked to the lakes & post #8, then took the crossover for the return since it was slow hiking in the snow & we were meeting at Peegeo's for dinner at 4PM. I didn't notice any dirt or rocks on the trail, which was 4-6" deep in the woods. As soon as the trail receives more snow & the 3 downed trees can be sawed, the first volunteer groom will take place. If you'd like to contribute, there are donation envelopes at the trailhead kiosk.

Wildwood Pathway: Conditions were excellent today! It looked like there is over a foot of fluffy powder on the trail - a whole lot more snow than in the Traverse City area. There were skier-groomed tracks on the 4.1 mile loop from trail marker #1 to 2 to 5 to 6 to 9 and back. Nobody has yet tracked the other sections. There are some downed trees that will be cleared eventually, but for the time being, they are easy to step over. Our waxless skis worked well. Cross country skiing the way it used to be!

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Most of the trails have been rolled. Today Pine Cone and Winterbrook were groomed and trackset with the Tid Tech. Skiing is good. However downhill skiing is closing till next Friday when they open for the season. It is not clear if the trails will be groomed again till then.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We had a great turnout at the Jordyn Ross skate and classic ski clinics yesterday, which took place in great snow conditions on the XC Ski HQ practice area and practice hill. Groomer Bob snow combed all the trails except the Adventure and Tall Pines trails, with marginal to good results. Quite a few skiers used rock skis on these trails yesterday, with better than expected conditions! The best trails are the Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, and Rolling Hills trails, which are 30% good, 60% fair, and 10% marginal. At this time until we get more snow, classic skiing only is permitted on the trails. Rock skis are available for rent at a nominal cost.

We only need 3-4 more inches of snow until we feel confident in having good to great skiing on most of the trails. It has been snowing all morning here in Higgins Lake, and we are expecting to receive more snow throughout the week. We will also be continuing our snow making efforts throughout the week as well, as temps look to stay quite cold. Stay tuned as the weather plays out and the snow falls!

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is up and running! Today’s lunch specials are the Gourmet Hammy Sammy, with honey glazed thick sliced spiral ham, swiss cheese, tomato and spicy brown mustard, served on a warm ciabatta bun. We also have creamy ham and potato soup, served with a warm roll and real butter! Top it off with a delicious chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookie – fresh baked!

We are open for cross country ski and boot demos! Try the demo center favorite Rossignol Delta skate skis, or some longtime favorite Fischer Superlite Crowns. Need some new classic boots! The new (for us) Salomon Equipe 9 classics have already developed a strong following for their comfort and performance. Free demos all day, everyday! And don’t miss some great Christmas shopping – lots of awesome sweaters, hats, socks, and more on sale!

Let it snow!

Hanson Hills: Trails are open, we have a 1/2 inch base in most areas, marginal in other areas, Trails were packed with tidd tech on Friday. NO Set Track. Lodge and Trails are open 9am-5pm today. $5 Trail passes.

Forbush Corner: We are so glad to have the snow back !!!  Larry and Todd finished clearing dead-fall and groomed the entire East Trail System yesterday (~15 km).  Coverage is thin, but very ski-able.  No classic tracks yet, only corduroy.  Rock skis recommended.

We picked up a dusting overnight and it is currently snowing with a couple of inches in the forecast for today.  We will be open from 9 to 5 today and tomorrow from 10 to sometime in the afternoon.

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