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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! Cote Dame Marie wax recommendations
Get waxing! Cote Dame Marie wax recommendations

Get waxing! Cote Dame Marie wax recommendations

1/14/2016 - By Mike Muha

Fast Wax, Toko, and Swix recommendations. I'll add Solda if a recommendation is forthcoming. Get waxing for a great race!

RESULTS: Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis blow through the Krazy Klassic
RESULTS: Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis blow through the Krazy Klassic

RESULTS: Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis blow through the Krazy Klassic

1/12/2016 - By Mike Muha

Milan Baic and Rebecca Davis skied faster than the wind during the Krazy Klassic to take first in the 10km classic ski race.

RESULTS: John O'Hearn and Jordyn Ross win Frosty Freestyle
RESULTS: John O'Hearn and Jordyn Ross win Frosty Freestyle

RESULTS: John O'Hearn and Jordyn Ross win Frosty Freestyle

1/9/2016 - By Mike Muha

John O'Hearn and Jordyn Ross skied fast in fast conditions in the 2016 Frosty Freestyle 15km race today, becoming the leaders in the Michigan Cup Series.

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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

1/8/2016 - 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.

Jessica Diggins wins Stage 6 of Tour de Ski
Jessica Diggins wins Stage 6 of Tour de Ski

Jessica Diggins wins Stage 6 of Tour de Ski

1/8/2016 - By Mike Muha

Jessica Diggins, who won silver in the 2015 World Championshipa - has won her first individual World Cup. Diggins beat out 4 Norwegians to take the victory in the ladies' 5 km free technique competitions in Toblach, Italy.

Get Waxing! Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic wax tips!
Get Waxing! Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic wax tips!

Get Waxing! Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic wax tips!

1/8/2016 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski races: The REI Frosty Freestyle and the NordicSkiRacer.com Krazy Klassic.

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Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic kick off Michigan Cup race series
Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic kick off Michigan Cup race series

Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic kick off Michigan Cup race series

1/7/2016 - By Mike Muha

It's Frosty Weekend Time! The Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic race will be held on man-made snow at Huron Meadows Metropark this Saturday and Sunday. We've been making snow furiously using our four snow guns.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters off to early lead in the Michigan Cup
Cross Country Ski Headquarters off to early lead in the Michigan Cup

Cross Country Ski Headquarters off to early lead in the Michigan Cup

1/6/2016 - By Ernie Burmbaugh

Results from the 6 Hour Michigan Cup Relay at Hanson Hills and the current Michigan Cup team standings.

Vasa Ski Club Sprint results: 1/5/2016
Vasa Ski Club Sprint results: 1/5/2016

Vasa Ski Club Sprint results: 1/5/2016

1/6/2016 - By Mark Esper

These are the results for the first of our Vasa Ski Club sprints at Timber Ridge for the season.

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Sophie Caldwell wins! Tour de Ski Classic Sprint
Sophie Caldwell wins! Tour de Ski Classic Sprint

Sophie Caldwell wins! Tour de Ski Classic Sprint

1/5/2016 - By USSA

VIDEO: Sophie Caldwell races to a landmark victory for the United States in the 2016 Tour de Ski Sprint competition in Oberstdorf, Germany. Caldwell is only the second US women to win an individual World Cup race.

Cheese and Crackers anyone? Six-Hour Michigan Cup Relay Race
Cheese and Crackers anyone? Six-Hour Michigan Cup Relay Race

Cheese and Crackers anyone? Six-Hour Michigan Cup Relay Race

1/3/2016 - By Mike Muha

It's 11:30am. I'm targeting any skier who looks like they might be getting ready for another leg of skiing. Every one of them sees right through me. It's all fun and games at the Six-Hour Michigan Cup Relay Race.

VIDEO: Tour de Ski Stage 1, Women's final sprint
VIDEO: Tour de Ski Stage 1, Women's final sprint

VIDEO: Tour de Ski Stage 1, Women's final sprint

1/3/2016 - By USSA Sports Network

The US Ski Team's Sophie Caldwell finishes 4th in the freestyle sprint, Stage 1 of the 2016 Tour de Ski.

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UPCOMING

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

THU, DEC 14

Chapin Forest: They rolled the entire trail system and it packed down to about 2". I skied all the main trails twice except the fit trail and didn't see or feel a rock except with my poles. It might scrape off tomorrow, but even the hairpin was rock free at 6:30 PM. Surface is soft and a little rutted, no classic tracks. The hill down to the 306 side had no rocks but had scraped off a bit and there were some lumpy frozen spots on the parkway near the run out.

It was firming up and if they can go over it again tomorrow without bringing up any rocks or gravel it will be really nice. What a difference it makes when the snow falls on frozen ground!

Midland City Forest: Winter has arrived in Midland! There is about 7" of very dry, powdery snow on the ground. I have groomed the main trails flat, hopefully they will set up somewhat firmer overnight. Tomorrow afternoon I plan to groom the minor trails and set tracks.

While there's reasonable snow depth for this time of year, I'd caution against using good skis yet, as you will sink through to ground (roots, etc) in places. No reason to stay home though, get out the B skis or rock skis, come out and enjoy!

Black Mountain: The outer system has been flat groomed entirely for good skate skiing this weekend, minus a few lingering fall oak leaves. All new tree fall was recently cut away from the trail, and the trails were groomed Thursday, December 14. Classic ski track setting was done on the south Cheboygan side of the system as well, from marker 13 on up the marker numbers, so the only area not track set was markers 1-12 on the north side (County Road 489 lot). The County Line parking lot is a good starting point for groomed track set classic skiers, going toward Twin Lakes or south to 15-14-13-17 loops.



The bridge is still unstable between 1-5 for a groomer, so the trail bypasses that link. This weekend temperatures are predicted highs in the 20s so good ski conditions will remain. Come out and take a holiday break and get those ski legs under way. Good early season skiing at Black Mountain!

Independance Oaks: Ski operations have begun at Independence Oaks. We received 8 inches of snow yesterday from the storm. Staff focused on opening roads and parking lots through the afternoon today. We were able take out the roller out late afternoon to pack the light fluffy snow we received.

Lakeshore Loop was able to be rolled 3 times and we ended up with about a 3 inch base. All other trails we were able to run the roller over atleast once, except for the Ted Gray Trail. Ski rental operations will be open this weekend from 9 am - 5 pm. Enjoy the early season skiing and hopefully we can get some additional snow to allow us to take out the groomer. Happy Skiing!

Respectfully Submitted,
DJ
Park Supervisor

Michaywe: Skied Classic all the trails were rolled several times then today the corduroy nice skating lane by the weekend maybe a track!! I used B skis could use better.

Muncie Lakes Pathway: Thanks to Mike Schaeffer & Debby Page and Steve & Betsy Duede, for clearing downed trees on the Muncie Lakes Pathway this week so that Steve could do the first groom today. Since Mark retired from the DNR recently, 3 Grand Traverse Hiking Club members, Mike, Steve & John Gerty, have volunteered to take over the weekly groom, with the support of Muncie Grooming donors. When the GTHC was hiking Muncie last Sunday, Mike GPSd 3 trees that needed to be cleared, and one was 18" in diameter, which took 4 cuts. But, we didn't have time to hike between posts #8-10, so Steve & Betsy took care of 5 more trees on the way to the river & back. Congrats to Steve on his first ever groom, the tracks were purr-fect! When you see the volunteer Muncie groomers on the trail, make sure you thank them for their generous time & efforts.

Crystal Mountain: We took the drag out today and dragged all the trails trying to get the air out of the snow and level it out. We then took the tidd tech out to make sure it is working properly. Greg is out right now grooming skating lanes. I will be out first thing tomorrow morning to groom again and lay a track. I'll let you know how it turns out. Ski ya later, Kathloon

Kensington Metropark: Whoever groomed the trail did a poor job. In fact, it was the worst I've seen in a while. So we were 0 for 2 after the Huron Meddows equipment failure. Also, be aware that only place to park to ski today was Meadow area. The golf course area is closed. Snow was excellent (if you could follow the poorly groomed trails.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Classic grooming equipment was broken. Drove all the way out there to find no classic trails other than Bucks run. Went to Kensington instead.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Decided to ski the classic trail south of Hammel Road because (1) it's a bright, sunny, windless day that's perfect for a classic ski in the woods, (2) there'd be lots of touring skiers who would make me feel fast, and (3) all my fellow racers who would prove that I'm slow would be on the skate trails.

Beautiful skiing. The trail had been tracked before yesterday's snow, but the tourers had skied in a nice track. I expect the Meadows will be putting the groomed track back in soon. Toko Red had great kick in temps around 18F.

I'm sure the skaters are having a blast north of Hammel... My next time out!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Buck's Run was groomed for skate and classic this morning. Beautiful day!

Boyne Mountain: Rolled and tracked 25km of trail. Conditions on Vista are perfect. Skiing is good. We have 6-12" base. Innsbruck was rolled but not recommended. Come join us at Boyne Mountain and enjoy great early season snow.

Vasa Trail: I left from Timber Ridge (this wasn't groomed and had lots of fresh snow). The VASA was groomed this morning and beautiful! About 2" of fresh fluff had fallen since the groom, and with 15 degree temperatures there wasn't much glide for skating. No complaints tho, It is absolutely gorgeous out there with plenty of white stuff all over the place.

Maybury State Park: Had a gorgeous "backcountry style" ski at Maybury this morning. Nothing groomed yet (see comments below), but there were a few of us out there breaking trails in the deep, fluffy, and very sparkly snow! Snow is well over ankle deep, so when breaking trail, skis and boots not visible. There are now some nicely skied-in tracks out there. Also a great opportunity to ski some of the tighter trails in the woods, which often don't ski so nicely in lesser snow conditions.

My old Rossi Evo skis (a.k.a. my all-terrain vehicles) were worth their weight in gold today - a little bit wider and shorter than other skis, so they did a great job of plowing through the deep snow. On a few of the more highly travelled trails, snow-shoers had been through, which packed the snow just enough to allow for a little speed.

RE: GROOMING PLAN - Per my e-mail communication with the Park Supervisor, they will groom this Saturday (12/16) at the earliest. In the meantime, plenty of great skiing to be found at Maybury.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received roughly 2 inches of snow yesterday, and the trails are in the best shape yet. Ginzu Dana snowcombed all the trails yesterday afternoon during the snowfall, and Groomer Butch started snowcombing this morning around 8:00am. He will also be attempting to roll in classic tracks. More snow is in the forecast for tomorrow, which should put us in great shape for the weekend!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe 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! Don’t forget to shop the Christmas sale!

Milham Park Golf Course: Milham has been groomed for both skating and classic. Did not have time to ski this morning but things looked pretty good. Classic tracks are a little thin but have full coverage. Looks like we will have nice skiing for this weekend.

Hanson Hills: Dress Warm!! Groomers Jason and Tommy G are facing the cold head on this morning. Jason is snow combing all trails, while Tommy G is strategically placing new trail maps and intersection markers. Also, Tommy G is testing out the track setter as well, no promises but we are hopeful for some tracks down wilderness today... I will report back later!! Lodge and Trails Open 9am-4pm today.

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