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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)

Get Waxing! Wax recommendations for the weekend's racing
Get Waxing! Wax recommendations for the weekend's racing

Get Waxing! Wax recommendations for the weekend's racing

2/11/2016 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski races: Michigan High School Championships, North American Vasa, and Gran Travers.

Superiorland Ski Club and MSHS High School host 2016 Championships
Superiorland Ski Club and MSHS High School host 2016 Championships

Superiorland Ski Club and MSHS High School host 2016 Championships

2/10/2016 - By Dan Wiitala

The Superiorland Ski Club and its affiliated Marquette Senior High School Nordic Ski Team will play host to the State’s High School Nordic Ski Championships on Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13 on Ishpeming’s Al Quaal trails.

Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis leads Michigan Cup; XCHQ top team
Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis leads Michigan Cup; XCHQ top team

Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis leads Michigan Cup; XCHQ top team

2/10/2016 - By Mike Muha

The Cross Country Ski Headquarters narrowly leads the Vasa Ski Club in the Michigan Cup Team standings, Issac Coulter, Mary Lyon are currently the top juniors. Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis top the senior standings.

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Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 2/9/2016
Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 2/9/2016

Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 2/9/2016

2/10/2016 - By Mark Esper

Vasa Ski Club freestyle sprints results from Timber Ridge on February 9, 2016.

O'Hearn and Patterson smoke all comers at White Pine Stampede
O'Hearn and Patterson smoke all comers at White Pine Stampede

O'Hearn and Patterson smoke all comers at White Pine Stampede

2/7/2016 - By Mike Muha

Says Jay Woodbeck: "John O'Hearn took the lead 3k in and never looked back. He gained a sizeable gap and held it to the end, soloing the 45k. Quite impressive. Felt like I needed slush skis because he scorched the trail."

Get waxing! White Pine Stampede wax recommendations
Get waxing! White Pine Stampede wax recommendations

Get waxing! White Pine Stampede wax recommendations

2/4/2016 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski races: The White Pine Stampede 50k and 20k.

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The right way to apply a Toko Tribloc HF Blue and XCold Powder mix
The right way to apply a Toko Tribloc HF Blue and XCold Powder mix

The right way to apply a Toko Tribloc HF Blue and XCold Powder mix

2/2/2016 - By Ian Harvey

The XCold Powder makes your skis have better breakaway speed - they accelerate better in cold snow...but only if you apply it correctly!

PHOTOS: 2016 Fobush Freestyle by Blair Zordell
PHOTOS: 2016 Fobush Freestyle by Blair Zordell

PHOTOS: 2016 Fobush Freestyle by Blair Zordell

2/2/2016 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Blair Zordell took over hundred photos of the 2016 Forbush Freestyle!

RESULTS: Michael Davis and Rebecca Davis win Hanson Hills Classic
RESULTS: Michael Davis and Rebecca Davis win Hanson Hills Classic

RESULTS: Michael Davis and Rebecca Davis win Hanson Hills Classic

1/31/2016 - By Mike Muha

It was in the mid-30's with a bit of sun at the Hanson Hills 12km Classic. Part of the Meijer State Games of Michigan, the forecast had been for rain, but the downpour waited until all the racers were in.

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RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Ellen Witala win Forbush Freestyle
RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Ellen Witala win Forbush Freestyle

RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Ellen Witala win Forbush Freestyle

1/31/2016 - By Mike Muha

It was a two lap course for the 17km Forbush Freestyle, part of the Meijer State Games of Michigan. The temperature at the start was around 29. Conditions softened up by the second lap.

Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 1/26/2016
Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 1/26/2016

Vasa Ski Club sprint results: 1/26/2016

1/28/2016 - By Mark Esper

Vasa Ski Clud sprint results: Freestyle Sprints at Hickory Hills on January 26, 2016.

Get waxing! Michigan Cup and GLD  waxing recommendations
Get waxing! Michigan Cup and GLD  waxing recommendations

Get waxing! Michigan Cup and GLD waxing recommendations

1/28/2016 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup and GLD cross country ski races.

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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

WED, DEC 20, 2017

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

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

WED, DEC 13

Milham Park Golf Course: We moved the grooming equipment today and are all set to go. Current plan is to groom Thursday morning. Hoping we get more snow today. Things are still very thin but will run the roller around if we don't get more snow. Will report tomorrow after grooming with trail conditions.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Huron Meadows reports that tomorrow (Thursday) will be the officially opening day for skiing! They'll have a big job ahead of them packing and grooming today and tonight's forecasted snow. (You'll notice that some trails are already open - See Tony's trail report, and the Kids Class will be on groomed snow tonight...with a fast covering of new snow).

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Trails are machine groomed with 4" packed base. Tracks are set today and the trails are wide enough for good for skating. Snow is falling off and on today and we will groom trails as needed

Nubs Nob: The trails are open. The Upper trails were power-tilled this morning. The Lower Trails were repacked this morning.

Boyne Highlands: Boyne Highlands reports 33km of trail groomed for skate and classic, with a claimed compacted base of 6-11 inches.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skied last night. The south golf course trail was groomed. A couple places were wind-blown and pretty bare, and some other places were wind-blown and deep with snow, but overall better than expected. Don't know it the rest of the trails were grooomed or not. Skating only - no tracks.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Real Grooming Report: Groomers went out this morning with the Ginzu equipment and the skate lane is coming along nicely even with the thin cover. All trails inside 17k will be groomed or roll packed but use extreme caution on the steep down hills. And, remember, don’t snow plow. There is still too little snow for a credible classic track however. They did attempt to set track so you will see it in a few places.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: As someone that stokes a wood stove daily, I know my way to the wood shed. So, when told to go there I was surprised at the reception. It seems there is an active chapter of friends of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I didn’t even check the school closing list given yesterday morning’s (in my view) paltry dusting. However, that is not the way the school system or Our Lady of Guadalupe friends saw things. Granted, my drift on the Spruce Street driveway was 16” but that I always chalk that up to well deserved divine retribution. Anyway, my apologies to those lobbying for the Our Lady of Guadalupe snow storm. My failure in storm naming was not the only issue at the wood shed. It seems there is an active contingent of supporters of people that snow plow. Granted, I may have been a little harsh on them but, please, try to avoid pushing snow off the trails.

Today and tonight look to be snow events to classic tracks and steep hill skiing may be close at hand.
See you out there.

Hanson Hills: Trails are shaping up nicely, We are receiving some new snow right now. All trails have been packed the past few days. Groomer Tommy G. has freshly snowcombed the Yellow, Blue, and Green Trails this morning. Lodge and Trails Open 9am-4pm today.

Boyne Mountain: All trails have been rolled and all but Innsbruk have been tracked. Still a little thin on Innsbruk and Vojins but all beginner and intermediate trails are in good shape and if the wind stops blowing, should remain that way!

Enjoy this early blast of winter!

Crystal Mountain: Quite the adventure rolling the trails thru Tuesday's blizzard - had to stop a few times to figure out where the trail had gone. Everything is rolled except Eagle & Squirrel (better to pack those 2 zingers before taking a groomer up there).
Kathy is back at it today firming things up & rolling today's fresh.
Plenty of base for a track set and trails should be mid-winter prime by the weekend.

Groomer Tim

East Side Golf Course: Skating should be OK on the golf courses that got enough snow. I have not been near Highland (Chagrin & Green), but East of 271 we got more snow. Chapin doesn't have enough yet, no update on the hotline (Weds AM) - radar looks like GRR and Punderson may be getting more.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Conditions on the trails yesterday showed a big improvement, with more of the trail system in good condition for skating and classic. While we need a bit more snow to have great skiing on all the trails – and to set classic tracks – the skiing is still good for “B skis”. We are forecast to receive up to 5 inches of snow before the weekend, so we are very hopeful for great skiing by Saturday, and possibly by tomorrow!

Mackinaw Cut and Wild Turkey are in the best shape: 85% good, and 15% fair. Manitou has some nice skiing, with 65% good, 30% fair, and a couple thin spots. Rolling Hills is primarily in good condition, with a couple of fair spots. Tall Pines still needs more snow to have good skiing, and Adventure is closed for now as it is too wet. The practice area continues to have the best snow, ideal for hill training and technique, plus of course lessons and ski demos!

Stop in for lunch at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe! Today’s special is the Cubano Panini! Honey glazed ham, oven roasted turkey, swiss cheese, dill pickle slices, mayo and Dijon mustard come together on a crusty ciabatta bun. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle… yes! We also have creamy ham and potato soup and classic chili, both served with a warm roll and real butter. Don’t forget the Bosco sticks!

TUE, DEC 12

East Side Golf Course: No wax classic on ungroomed golf course. After dark, 20F. Could have used blue kick I think. The ground surface is frozen so no icing/clumping. Some drifting, but not too deep, would have been easier to avoid in daylight. Fairways were good with great glide in spots, rough was not grabby and about what should be expected with 3-4" of fairly light snow.

Vasa Trail: I was supposed to ski in the morning with Glenn, Cliff and Tom but the weather looked bad at 6:30am so I did what many retires do, went back to bed. Later in afternoon skied the entire Vasa loop including Jack Pine and Headwaters. Nice to see that Jack Pine skiing clockwise was very good and excellent snow coverage. Headwaters was fast and wind blown, so it might be a little slick for the novice or intermediate skier. I used my good skis but be careful crossing the snowmobile tracks and roads. The wall by-pass has a few dirt spots still but overall the course is awesome. Thanks to the Vasa groomers for doing such a great job. Gets better every day.

Unlisted trail: 45 North Winery in Lake Leelanau approximately 2 miles from the village of Lake Leelanau is a hidden gem in Leelanau County. Grooming commenced today and Brian Grossnickle did a great job of adding alternate routes and widening the trail this year. It’s 5 km plus with ample elevation since it’s a winery??. Use rock skis since the wind blown areas have thin spots. Dress for windy conditions! Finally it is a multi-use trail with fat tire bikes commonly imuisng the trail too. Skating is best, since there aren’t any classic tracks. I love skiing here! Thanks 45 North!!

Hudson Mills Metropark: Beautiful snow!

Maybury State Park: 4" fresh dense snow. No grooming but skied in track. Use rock skis. Swix universal blue. A good ski.

Valley Spur: Several inches of snow last night and flurries continue. Dan has rolled and set track on A, B, C, D, Y and W. Very Good classic tracks. We have enough base for some light Ginzu work, so skate lanes will be flattened and Z(Birkie Training Loop) should be open by the weekend.

Hanson Hills: We received another 2 inches of snow last night, Groomers Jason and Tommy G. are packing and rolling all trails again today. We are now up to about 1 1/2 of decent base. We still do not have enough snow to set tracks, but predictions are showing another 1-3inches to be received today!! Lodge and Trail will be open from 9am-4pm today, trail passes are $5.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received between 1 and 2 inches of snow yesterday, which improved the conditions of the trails greatly. Groomer Bob snow combed all the trails late yesterday afternoon with good results. With our top trails in mostly good condition, we have upgraded our recommendation for skiing on “rock skis” to skiing on “B skis”. Skating and classic should see full coverage and fair to good conditions most everywhere on the trail network, though not quite enough snow to set classic tracks yet.

Best trails: Mackinaw Cut and Wild Turkey are in the best shape: 85% good, and 15% fair. Manitou has some nice skiing, with 65% good, 30% fair, and one or two thin spots. Rolling Hills is about a 50/50 split between good and fair. Of course, the practice area has a ton of excellent snow. Great for technique training, lessons, and ski demos!

Join us for lunch at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe! Today’s specials are the Gourmet Hammy Sammy, with honey glazed 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. Fresh baked cookies and hot cocoa make a great dessert!

Things are really starting to look good around here, and more snow is in the forecast later this week!

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