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The dedicated classic-only trail system at Huron Meadows was in good shape on Sunday. The picture shows a section of the Beech Alley trail south of Hammel Road.

The dedicated classic-only trail system at Huron Meadows was in good shape on Sunday. The picture shows a section of the Beech Alley trail south of Hammel Road.

Michigan Tech Hosts U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships
Michigan Tech Hosts U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships

Michigan Tech Hosts U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships

1/2/2020 - By Michigan Tech

The competition begins today, Thursday (Jan. 2) with the Freestyle Sprint. This marks the fifth time Michigan Tech has hosted a U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships event.

VIDEO: Improve your Alternate V2 (aka Two Skate)!
VIDEO: Improve your Alternate V2 (aka Two Skate)!

VIDEO: Improve your Alternate V2 (aka Two Skate)!

12/27/2019 - By Andy Liebner

UPDATED! NEW VIDEO! Andy Liebner gives tips to improve your V2 (or two skates for every pole plant).

VIDEO: Improve your V2 (aka One Skate)!
VIDEO: Improve your V2 (aka One Skate)!

VIDEO: Improve your V2 (aka One Skate)!

12/27/2019 - By Andy Liebner

UPDATED! NEW VIDEO! Andy Liebner gives tips to improve your V2 (or one skate for every pole plant)

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Learn to XC Ski in January
Learn to XC Ski in January

Learn to XC Ski in January

12/22/2019 - By Michigan Snowsports Industries Association

During January, ski areas across the state teamed up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer an affordable introduction to the sport of cross country skiing.

After two races, we have leaders in the Michigan Cup!
After two races, we have leaders in the Michigan Cup!

After two races, we have leaders in the Michigan Cup!

12/20/2019 - By Mike Muha

Mariah Frye Colie and Alex Vanias lead the senior standings with two wins each. Branden Morley and Clara Bennet lead the junior standings.

Fischer Reopens Grants Program for 2020
Fischer Reopens Grants Program for 2020

Fischer Reopens Grants Program for 2020

12/18/2019 - By Fischer Skis

The Fischer Grants program, an ongoing outreach program aimed at promoting access and engagement to skiing in the United States focus on youth and underserved ski populations, snowmaking efforts, education and outreach.

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Vanias and Colie win Forbush Time Trial
Vanias and Colie win Forbush Time Trial

Vanias and Colie win Forbush Time Trial

12/16/2019 - By Mike Muha

Well, what difference 24 hours and a change of venue makes! Warm temperatures and tricky trails at Saturday's Lakes of the North Freestyle gave way to a colder race (19F), a little new snow, and smooth as silk grooming for the Forbush Corner Freestyle.

Alex Vanias and Mariah Frye Colie win fast Lakes of the North Freestyle
Alex Vanias and Mariah Frye Colie win fast Lakes of the North Freestyle

Alex Vanias and Mariah Frye Colie win fast Lakes of the North Freestyle

12/16/2019 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED! Pity those racers with soft skis or poor balance at Saturday's Lakes of the North Freestyle! There was plenty of snow, and the trail was groomed so three skiers could skate side-by-side much of the 7.2km trail, but the snow surface surface...

Midwest Nordic Rendezvous: Ski and teach better!
Midwest Nordic Rendezvous: Ski and teach better!

Midwest Nordic Rendezvous: Ski and teach better!

12/15/2019 - By Amy Powell

Learn to ski better or learn to instruct other skiers how to ski better!

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What wax to use when?
What wax to use when?

What wax to use when?

12/12/2019 - By Ian Harvey

Picking the right wax is more complicated than simply looking at a wax chart. Snow and air temperature, free moisture, and snow crystal type all play a role.

Waxing recommendations for this weekend's MI Cup and JNQ races
Waxing recommendations for this weekend's MI Cup and JNQ races

Waxing recommendations for this weekend's MI Cup and JNQ races

12/12/2019 - By Mike Muha

So far, only Toko has posted any recommendations, and the Swix recommendation site is gone! I'll update if other recommendations are released!

WADA bans Russia for 4 years
WADA bans Russia for 4 years

WADA bans Russia for 4 years

12/10/2019 - By Mike Muha

Russia has been banned from the Olympics and other competitions for 4 years because of drug testing data manipulations.

More News...

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UPCOMING

SAT, JAN 25, 2020

Gitchi Gami Games, GLD JNQ - Freestyle Sprint
Birkie Trailhead, Cable, WI

Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Marquette, MI

Beat the Mountain! on Skis or Snowshoe!
Stokely Creek Lodge, Pickard Rd, Goulais River, ON P0S 1E0, Canada

Free Beginner Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

The Half Wits Live
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

Bavarian Ski Festival
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, JAN 26, 2020

WeSki All-Age Instruction
Tiber Ridge Lodge, Traverse City, MI

Gitchi Gami Games, GLD JNQ - Classic Individual Start
Birkie Trailhead, Cable, WI

Beat the Mountain! on Skis or Snowshoe!
Stokely Creek Lodge, Pickard Rd, Goulais River, ON P0S 1E0, Canada

UPDATE 2: Krazy Klassic / Michigan Senior Olympics 8k/12k
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Vasa Domingos family-friendly group ski
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

WED, JAN 29, 2020

Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

SAT, FEB 1, 2020

Super Bowl Weekend Hut to Hut
Stokely Creek Lodge, Pickard Rd, Goulais River, ON P0S 1E0, Canada

White Pine Stampede 10/20/50K
Mancelona High School, Mancelona, MI

Maple Syrup Stampede
St. Joseph Island, one hour east of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Free Beginner Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

Around the World Wine and Ski Tour
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

More events...

www.cross-country-ski.com

LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, JAN 25

Vasa Trail: The dozen cars in the parking lot at my noon arrival indicated skier's confidence the Vasa was intact. Last groomed yesterday morning, so the top surface of the skate lane was a little irregular, but that didn't impact the generally slow conditions. A great day for the racer's to train using resistance training as your skate-ski would sink in about 1/4" accompanied by the crunching-snow sound of slowdown. Better conditions for no-sink classic if you find the right kick wax or have good no-wax skis.

Boyne Mountain: Trails are soft again due to the weather warm-up, but quite skiable.

We'll groom again late today in anticipation of the cooling temps tonight.

Huron Meadows Metropark: 1pm Saturday. Natural snow trails extremely thin with bare spots; snow is slushy and compresses to the grass.
Bucks Run has full coverage. No standing water, three small areas that are slushy but the rest is icy man made snow. Conditions were firm and fast. Connector to the club house is quite thin and there is standing water where the lap/finish normally is.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Just talked with groomer and Buck's Run is still firm and no standing water what he could see. The connector looks pretty thin so not sure we will be skiing from the building tomorrow for the make up Krazy Klassic

Crystal Mountain: Greg rolled the trails yesterday and groomed the flats today. I skied Otter this morning just to see how it turned out and was pleasantly surprised. I was striding and the trackset was good. This was at 9:30 this morning. It is supposed to warm up so if you were going to come out make it sooner than later.

Hanson Hills: Trails are a little wet and soft this morning. Still very skiable. We will not be running grooming equipment today. Cooler temps forecasted for this evening and possible snow.

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am

Forbush Corner: We had just enough ungroomed snow on the trails and the snow temps were just cold enough to allow for a full Pisten Bully groom this morning.

Fresh corduroy and classic tracks should make for a great day of skiing.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received mixed precipitation throughout the day yesterday, and due to the dampness of the snow we will not be grooming today. The great news is that the trails have full snow coverage and conditions, while a little slow, are still great. All trails were groomed yesterday, and classic tracks remain in good shape. There is 5 to 7 inches of snow packed on the trails, and 6 to 10 inches in the woods. Join us this weekend for a ton of fun events, including Bavarian Ski Festival today, and Live Music Sunday!

FRI, JAN 24

Huron Meadows Metropark: Yuck! Climate Change sucks! (Sorry, had to vent. I'm done)

Nubs Nob: Excellent skiing and grooming on all trails today. Enjoy!

-Ben Doornbos

Hanson Hills: We received another inch of snow overnight, Groomers Jason and Tommy G. have Blue, Brown, Yellow and Wilderness Trails groomed with fresh tracks this morning.

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received additional snow throughout the day yesterday and last night, and after Groomer Butch set tracks yesterday, conditions were absolutely excellent. Conditions are fantastic again today, and Groomer Mike is snowcombing the skating lanes and resetting tracks where needed on all trails across the street this morning. There is 6 to 8 inches of snow packed on the trails, and 8 to 12 inches in the woods. You'll have to pinch yourself while you're out there! Join us tomorrow for Bavarian Ski Festival, complete with games, prizes, amazing food, and awesome skiing. Fun for the whole family. See you at HQ!

Vasa Trail: Report: #17
Date: 01/24/20
Time: 5:10 am

Good Morning,

It is 32 degrees here at the trail head and there is about 1" of new snow. Rain is in the forecast after noon today with temps rising to around 36 degrees. I will be out this morning compacting the new snow on the skate lane portion of the trail. The classic tracks, which are still in good condition, will be left alone.
Peace,

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