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I do not know what kind of winter we will have, but I like THIS forecast better than most!

I do not know what kind of winter we will have, but I like THIS forecast better than most!

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.

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.

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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.

Leaders of the Michigan Cup
Leaders of the Michigan Cup

Leaders of the Michigan Cup

1/10/2017 - By Mike Muha

Juniors Clay Meyers and Dana Pflugheoft have each won a race and lead the Juniors; Jordyn Ross and Alex Vanias have each won two races and lead the seniors.

Add rollerski swing weights for a more ski-like rollerski
Add rollerski swing weights for a more ski-like rollerski

Add rollerski swing weights for a more ski-like rollerski

1/10/2017 - By Clayton Keim

Higher the swing weight the longer the rollerski feels. Build more leg strength on shorter workouts with a feeling similar to a snow ski with slush stuck to the top.

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Vasa Ski Club leads Brumbaugh Cup
Vasa Ski Club leads Brumbaugh Cup

Vasa Ski Club leads Brumbaugh Cup

1/9/2017 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: The Vasa Ski Club leads the Brumbaugh Cup as the top senior team in the Michigan Cup series. Grand Rapids Nordic and Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop follow in second and third.

Winter has arrived in Calumet, MI!
Winter has arrived in Calumet, MI!

Winter has arrived in Calumet, MI!

1/9/2017 - By Great Bear Chase

We have 118 inches so far this season. That's almost TEN FEET! All that snow is perfect for the UP Health System Portage Great Bear Chase which will take place on Saturday, March 11th.

Hanson Hills Team Time Trial: great trail, cold temps, pickled herring
Hanson Hills Team Time Trial: great trail, cold temps, pickled herring

Hanson Hills Team Time Trial: great trail, cold temps, pickled herring

1/8/2017 - By Mike Muha

It may have been a little on the cold side, but it didn't keep almost a 100 skiers from racing and eating at the Hanson Hills Team Time Trial.

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VIDEO: Diggins wins three 5k's in a row
VIDEO: Diggins wins three 5k's in a row

VIDEO: Diggins wins three 5k's in a row

1/6/2017 - By Mike Muha

Jessie Diggins has now won three interval start, freestyle 5k races in a row in the World Cup, a feat only shared with one other skier, Elena Valbe of Russia.

Kautzer to Represent USA at the Youth World Championships
Kautzer to Represent USA at the Youth World Championships

Kautzer to Represent USA at the Youth World Championships

1/5/2017 - By Michigan Tech University

JERICHO, Vt. – Amanda Kautzer of the Michigan Tech Nordic Ski team will represent the United States at the Youth World Championships. Kautzer recently competed at the youth biathlon trials conducted by the United States Biathlon Association.

HeartMISnow Virtual 5K to benefit Michigan state parks
HeartMISnow Virtual 5K to benefit Michigan state parks

HeartMISnow Virtual 5K to benefit Michigan state parks

1/3/2017 - By DNR

Run, walk, hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski 5k in a Michigan state park, forest, trail or public land, show your GPS tracker, and get a cool medal!

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SUN, NOV 18

Kensington Metropark: Thanks for the Kensington report. Inspired to try closer golf course like Leslie Park. Mike Muha, what are "Super Skis"? Just your rock skis or some special tough skis for us SE Michiganders?

Hiawatha Highlands: Two trails with 6 km of groomed skating and classic are open.

Nubs Nob: All 21k of trails are open and will be packed out this morning. Expect early season conditions.

Forbush Corner: Coverage is decent - rock skis for sure, but great to get out.

Kensington Metropark: Fairways are still skiable....no grab

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Forestville Real Grooming Report: Yesterday noon we roll packed the Noque’ to 19k as well as Animoosh, Zing and Boozhoo. Skating yesterday afternoon was very good. Classic was also good but there are no classic tracks set as of yet.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: First, please know, I am wearing my hair shirt for failing to get a report out yesterday. We had technical difficulties. Our carrier pigeon broke a wing and had to walk all the way to spruce street.

On a lighter note, I got new skis yesterday! Now, some of you know that the name
Sondo translates to “user of old sporting equipment”. So, when Wally and Carrie drove by the shop they had to stop the car to see if it was really me walking out with nice new skis. They ask me who I was and what I did with Sondo. After I reminded them I broke my (11 year old) race skis last spring they forgave me for acting out of character.

So, I then sprinted back to my waxing den and then to the trail head. Failing to bring blaze orange, I asked a skier if I could borrow his. I’m sure he had some second thoughts but relented. I expect he was calculating if I were to be hit by a stray bullet we get an improved grooming report writer.

See you out there.

Sondo
PS: Skiers are reminded to wear orange and to respect hunters. And, hunters are reminded not to shoot skiers with orange hats. No grooming can take place during the day until December 1st to keep the woods quiet during fire arm deer season. For extra credit, what year did we get the blaze orange Noque’ hats?

SAT, NOV 17

Lakes of the North: Arrived at LON a little after one. The place was deserted, yet the 7k trail had been groomed nicely with an inch of new snow on top. Good skating and excellent classic conditions. Used skin skis.
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Hanson Hills: Hanson Hills Recreation Authority is a No Hunting park, so it's a safe place to ski on opening weekend of firearm deer hunting season. Although not groomed yet, it was a great ski, breaking trail through the woods & around the alpine ski hill. There was approx 3" heavy snow, along with many red oak leaves.

Bay Meadows GC: Snow squalls all day long resulted in a couple inches of new snow on an already good skied in track. Conditions for some might have been a little slow but it was snowing and it was a winter wonderland. Karen loves it when she has such great control. The trail is so skied in one might think it was rolled. Skiing is awesome and will be even better tomorrow morning when the temperature drops overnight. Would love to get over to Forebush to support those great folks but this is so close to my condo I could walk there. Love this place and all the great people.

Bay Meadows GC: Snow squalls all day long resulted in a couple inches of new snow on an already good skied in track. Conditions for some might have been a little slow but it was snowing and it was a winter wonderland. Karen loves it when she has such great control. The trail is so skied in one might think it was rolled. Skiing is awesome and will be even better tomorrow morning when the temperature drops overnight. Would love to get over to Forebush to support those great folks but this is so close to my condo I could walk there. Love this place and all the great people.

Blueberry Ridge: 2-3 more inches of snow on the trails. Trails still pretty uneven and squirrely, but snow is relatively fast and hard packed. Hoping for more this week!

Forbush Corner: First skate of the year. Groomed up pretty nice. Good coverage, thin in the normal places but easily navigated. Looking forward to tomorrow. Rock skis for sure, but no new dings that I know of :)

Kensington Metropark: 10:40am just finished skiing. The snow is wetter and softer, so less good. It is supposed to freeze overnight, so early morning skiing might be OK!

Kensington Metropark: Out on the golf course fairways as I write 8:55am). Not bad! Transformed damp snow. I'm on my classic Super Skis (they can ski over gravel and sticks without care). Tony is skating the good areas and doublepoling between fairways. Rock skis only!

Forbush Corner: Larry’s says it is grooming out well enough to ski. We will be open today. Expect early season conditions.

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