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Marvin Stevenson (oldest skier at the Hanson Hills Classic at 80+) stands next to daughter Gwenn and teammate Rick Neier at the end of the race. Says Gwenn, Sunny races today with my dad at the finish line, it's the longest race he did this season. Rick, our valued team member, skied back out after his race was over to see that my dad was ok, and to ski the race in with him for several K's!

Marvin Stevenson (oldest skier at the Hanson Hills Classic at 80+) stands next to daughter Gwenn and teammate Rick Neier at the end of the race. Says Gwenn, Sunny races today with my dad at the finish line, it's the longest race he did this season. Rick, our valued team member, skied back out after his race was over to see that my dad was ok, and to ski the race in with him for several K's!

Holmes and Frye-Colie win warm Forbush Freestyle
Holmes and Frye-Colie win warm Forbush Freestyle

Holmes and Frye-Colie win warm Forbush Freestyle

2/19/2017 - By Mike Muha

It was record-high temperatures for the 2017 Forbush Freestyle. It was bright and sunny and 40F degrees at the start. Grooming was great with no dirty spots.

Michigan HS XC Skiing State Champs Preview
Michigan HS XC Skiing State Champs Preview

Michigan HS XC Skiing State Champs Preview

2/17/2017 - By Dan Wiitala

The course is set, the organizers and racers are ready and the Michigan championships are about to begin on a forecasted warm weekend. The field looks strong with all of last years individual champions returning to defend their titles.

Waxing recommendations for Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Champion races
Waxing recommendations for Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Champion races

Waxing recommendations for Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Champion races

2/17/2017 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED WITH SOLDA: It's looking a little balmy this weekend! make sure you don't have slow skis by following these waxing recommendations. (Swix will be added when available.)

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Is an out-and-back Birkie possible this year?
Is an out-and-back Birkie possible this year?

Is an out-and-back Birkie possible this year?

2/16/2017 - By Mike Muha

It's warm. It's getting warmer. With over a week left before the start of the American Birkebeiner and several days in the 40's to near 50, the weather is on everyone's mind?

Pre-Prep race skis for the 2017 American Birkebeiner
Pre-Prep race skis for the 2017 American Birkebeiner

Pre-Prep race skis for the 2017 American Birkebeiner

2/16/2017 - By Chris Hall

With the 2017 Birkie less than 2 weeks away, it is not too early to start getting race skis ready for their final layer of race wax before the big day.

Self-Talk
Self-Talk

Self-Talk

2/14/2017 - By Cody Brown, Head SBX Coach SSWSC

One of the most important yet often overlooked aspects of mental game and success in athletics is,

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RESULTS: Tricky waxing played havoc in Vasa Classic
RESULTS: Tricky waxing played havoc in Vasa Classic

RESULTS: Tricky waxing played havoc in Vasa Classic

2/12/2017 - By Mike Muha

Eli Brown and Elizabeth Embick were the overall winners in today's inaugural 34km North American Vasa Classic, with Sam Holmes and Rebecca Davis king an queen of the 16km in tricky waxing conditions.

RESULTS: North American Vasa put Woodbeck and Frye Colie on top
RESULTS: North American Vasa put Woodbeck and Frye Colie on top

RESULTS: North American Vasa put Woodbeck and Frye Colie on top

2/11/2017 - By Mike Muha

Full results for the 48k, 28k, 11k, and 6k distances at the 2017 North American Vasa. Besides Woodbeck and Frye Colie winning at 48k, Kevin Tarras and Rebecca Davis topped the 28k standings, and Maize 'n Blue took the 11K.

BREAKING NEWS: Frye Colie top women at North American Vasa!
BREAKING NEWS: Frye Colie top women at North American Vasa!

BREAKING NEWS: Frye Colie top women at North American Vasa!

2/11/2017 - By Mike Muha

Mariah Frye Colie has won her second major event in two weeks by winning the 48k North American Vasa. Frye Colie won last week's White Pine Stampede.

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BREAKING NEWS: Woodbeck wins North American Vasa
BREAKING NEWS: Woodbeck wins North American Vasa

BREAKING NEWS: Woodbeck wins North American Vasa

2/11/2017 - By Mike Muha

The North Americna Vasa 48k Men's Freestyle Podium is in: (1) Jay Woodbeck, (2) Sam Holmes, (3) Ben Lannin. Congratulations!

Wax recommendations for the Vasa!
Wax recommendations for the Vasa!

Wax recommendations for the Vasa!

2/10/2017 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for upcoming Vasa races!

Last year for Wabos Loppet!
Last year for Wabos Loppet!

Last year for Wabos Loppet!

2/10/2017 - By Susan Byker

Stokely Creek is announcing that this is the last year for the Wabos Loppet. If you have never done the Loppet or want to do it one last time this is the last year to do it.

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UPCOMING

SUN, FEB 26, 2017

Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

WED, MAR 1, 2017

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

SAT, MAR 4, 2017

Black Mountain 31K Classic and 10km Tour
Bluffs on Black Lake, 10905 Doriva Beach Rd., Cheboygan, MI 4972

Ski the Beer Trail! – Sponsored by Paddle Hard Brewing
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

SUN, MAR 5, 2017

Black Mountain 10km Freestyle
Bluffs on Black Lake, 10905 Doriva Beach Rd., Cheboygan, MI 4972

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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TRAINING LOG

SUN, AUG 7: Road Bike, 4:40, Pace

SAT, AUG 6: Road Bike, 2:13, L1 LSD

TUE, AUG 2: Road Bike, 1:44, Race

SUN, JUL 31: Mountain Bike, 2:03, Mellow ride

SAT, JUL 30: SUP, :15, Race

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SUN, FEB 26

Vasa Trail: After a 24 hr drive home from CO & a wk of skiing at 9-11,000 ft in backcountry skis, skiing the VASA was almost too EZ! Thanks to the TART groomers for the great corduroy & deep classic tracks. I skied my favorite loop one more time from TR to the Special K, 10k to the 25k, Wall Bypass, Jackpine & back, a heavenly afternoon on my light touring EVO skis. The tracks are wearing thin in some spots, but the only dirt on the trail was at the bottom of the Middle Sister (next to the temp guage) in Jackpine. A short section of the 10k that I skied between the powerline & the 10/25k split was rough & dirty. There were many other skiers out enjoying the new snow after last wk's warmup. Hoping for one more of the same tomorrow morning!

Nubs Nob: Silky corduroy and a sweet track on the upper loops this morning at Nubs after 6" of fresh snow in the past couple of days. Should be a fantastic week of skiing out there.

Vasa Trail: We left from Timber Ridge and went toward the rock. It was really nice going that way, Jack Pine was nice. Once we got to the "wall bypass" things were a bit rough on the trail and the hills were icy & rough. We headed back on the 10K and there were some pretty rough, hard chunky icy spots. The Special K was decent. After last weeks weather it was nice to be out but the best part of the trail is out from Timber Ridge.

Valley Spur: Ginzu groomed the entire system this morning. A little fresh snow fell between 8 and 10am but nothing significant. Lots of Happy skiers out enjoying the beautiful winter day. Thanks to all the Berkie skiers that stopped by and skied with us this weekend!

Huron Meadows Metropark: We’re not pulling the plug on the ski season yet, but…We’re scheduling the Groomer Appreciation Party.
Sunday, March 26th at Huron Meadows Clubhouse. Noon. We’ll provide a base layer of food. Please bring a dish to pass or beverages to supplement our base. (No alcohol may be brought into the park)
We’re asking for a $5/person donation to offset the cost of gifts and food. Any extra goes into the groomer fund.
Yes, this has been a rocky year. But, because of the constant freeze/thaws, the folks at HMMP have actually worked harder than ever to bring us what skiing we have had.
Let’s make sure they know, and that the park knows, that this work is appreciated.
See you March 26th.
Ken & Amy.

Crystal Mountain: Amy and I skied everything that was opened and groomed. We started at 9 AM and followed the groomer. It was fun, scenic and superb ski conditions. It was like the thaw didn't happen. Thanks Crystal for keeping the trails open and accessible.

Crystal Mountain: Groomed everything again today including Eagles but not Otter. Turned out great. It's been snowing off and on since I started this morning so I will be out again tomorrow. As long as we keep getting snow and the temps get cold at night we should be able to hang in there a while longer, Hope to see you out here. Kathloon

Hanson Hills: Skied all the loops. Solid base with some fresh snow on top. Good skiing.

Forbush Corner: World class grooming and skiing going on right now at Forbush. All lanes are open!

Boyne Mountain: Some great skiing with the fresh snow the last couple of days! Most trails are open again with some thin spots to keep an eye out for. The classic track yesterday from Christmas to Lillehammer was fantastic! Skating today should be excellent too with the fresh grooming this morning! We have closed Innsbruck due to some very thin areas on downhills.

Swedetown: Cool and windy, 8 inches of fresh snow, the groomers were out, tracks were fast, but getting blown in at many spots. Lots of people on the trails, many rerouting from the Birkie.
Plenty of great skiing, still time to sign up for the Great Bear Chase. Rex blue and Blue extra kick was fantastic.

Forbush Corner: Great skiing yesterday. Around 3-4 inches of fresh snow. Regrooming this A.M. to freshen tracks and firm the skate lane. 40% off attire and other soft goods; 30% off equipment. Great sale!

Stokely Creek: The next 2 weeks are the busiest of the season at Stokely. There is new snow and groomers are out on the trails. Glad our base has helped us out this winter. Llooking for a few days of great skiing? Stokely is the place with continued good conditions.

Gaylen and Susan and Groomers Alex, Jonathan and Bob

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received snow throughout the whole day yesterday, which continues to help coat the hardpack on the trails with a skiable surface. The temps stayed well below freezing throughout the day, even staying in the teens last night, which is helping to reestablish a cold ground. Groomer James snow combed the Rolling Hills, Trappers Cabin, Mackinaw Cut, and Wild Turkey trails yesterday afternoon. While this grooming effort did help scrape up the hard pack and create decent conditions in many places on the trails, there is still quite a bit of ice out there, and skiers are advised to use caution. Tractor Bob is going to take the carbide-tip presider out on the practice area and Blizzard trail this morning to grind up the ice, which should yield great results.

After your trail adventure today, Get your Fill at the Grill from noon until 3:00pm! Get your choice of grass fed beef burger, black bean veggie burger, or salmon burger, grilled to perfection by Chef Erin and served with a variety of toppings. Ask to get your burger “Fire on the Mountain” style for a special, spicy treat of Franks Red Hot Sauce, jalepenos, and creamy buffalo blue cheese sauce!

Check out our February Sale! Up to 50% off all mens, womens and kids jackets, 20-40% off cross country skis and ski packages, up to 40% off race skis including Speedmax, Xiums, and more. It’s a great day to demo metal edged skis and snowshoes!

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Erin, Ryan, Matt, Michelle, George, Lexi, Dana, Gage, Grant, Heidi, Jim, James, Jose, and the Crew

SAT, FEB 25

Black Mountain: Got in a ski on Friday, snow was fresh and damp, I broke trail for a few yards, then picked up a trail from a couple of skiers, caught them after a while, Track and John were pre grooming, getting the sticks off the trail. A good ski, About 6 inches of snow, should make for a good trail this week.

Vasa Trail: Did a big loop today from Timber Ridge out to the Bridge, round the Nip, past the Rock and returned on Riley's. Good dry snow all the way but The only fresh groom was Riley's . Otherwise crusty and ridged beneath the powder. All pretty fast except the uphills, I don't do well climbing in 3-5 inches of powder. Once groomed should be great as little no as the temps hold. Only a few areas were icy and on Rileys here and there some dirt and debris showing.

Forbush Corner: Wonderful. Tremendous grooming. Deep tracks. Best skiing in a long time.

Crystal Mountain: Skied late afternoon. Trails were fabulous. That white cement "instabase" that fell Thursday night got topped by 3-4" of regular ol' snow through the day today.
I skated the flats & the hills on a nice firm deck with a couple inches of fresh on top that had fallen since Kathy groomed.
Most amazing were the perfect looking classic tracks that Kathy was able to lay down.
A miracle considering the sorry state the trails were in on Thursday.

Tim

Crystal Mountain: Made it up in all the hills except for Eagles. They turned out fabulous. I'll be re-grooming again tomorrow morning. So come on out before it's gone again. Kathloon

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: As of 3:45pm we have enough snow on top of the hard pack to start grooming! Groomer James will be taking the Ginzu around all trails except Tall Pines to snow comb the skating lanes. Skiers and snowshoers have been venturing out all day, and have been reporting that much of the trails have "better than expected" snow conditions. There are some icy spots and thin spots, but overall it's remarkably good. We've gotten on-and-off snow all day today, and are confident that the Ginzu will create a really nice surface for skating and classic for the rest of today and tomorrow.

Get your Fill at the Grill is the lunch special today and tomorrow. Local grass-fed beef burgers, salmon burgers, and black bean veggie burgers are on the menu. Ask for it "Fire on the Mountain" style if you can stand the heat!

We are having a big sale on race skis and boots as part of the February Sale! Speedmax skis for $499, Xium WCS skate skis for $429, and more. Give us a call or stop by and demo a pair for free!

Valley Spur: Groomed our entire trail system twice today due to heavy snowfall throughout the day. Trails are in great condition.

Black Mountain: Several inches of new snow has fallen at Black Mountain, so classic and skate skiing is available. Rolled grooming is tentatively scheduled for Sunday morning. Temperatures are currently below freezing with snow flurries, so conditions are currently favorable for good cross country skiing. Will continue to watch weather conditions this week and update as needed if there are any changes. Come out and enjoy the new snow at Black Mountain!

Crystal Mountain: Ye Ha! We're back in business. I took the tidd tech out and got a pretty good track set-best I got in a long time. The skating lanes are soft. It is still snowing so it's filling back in. Haven't been in any of the hills yet. Call the nordic center for the latest updates. Kathloon

Forbush Corner: The grooming went very well - so Groomer Larry decided to groom both East and West systems (Badlands, Rollercoaster, Green, West, Back 40). It's great today and should be great tomorrow too.

Forbush Corner: Our base has survived the melt down and is in good shape. We have light snow falling and may get 1 to 3 inches today. Larry is out trying to groom up some of the flatter sections. If he can groom the hills without tearing up the snow on the hills he will. Even ungroomed skiing will be good, skating will probably be best in the ungroomed section. Good skiing today, tomorrow will be even better. 40% off on all soft goods and 30% off all hard goods. Remember if you want to place a pre-order on skis please do so before March 11th.

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