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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)

USADA launches high-risk supplement education app
USADA launches high-risk supplement education app

USADA launches high-risk supplement education app

11/17/2015 - By USADA

The USADA High-Risk List is now available via a mobile application launching today in both the Google Play and Apple App Store.

NBC to cover Nordic ski events
NBC to cover Nordic ski events

NBC to cover Nordic ski events

11/16/2015 - By Mike Muha

NBC Sports Group will televise a significant calendar of World Cup cross country, ski jumping, Nordic combined races this winter, as well as alpine, snowboard, and other winter races.

Strength and conditioning with minimal equipment
Strength and conditioning with minimal equipment

Strength and conditioning with minimal equipment

11/16/2015 - By Mike Muha

Mike Bond from the USSA Center of Excellence presents a great progression of strength and conditioning exercises well suited for traveling on the road or doing at home with little or no equipment. No need for a gym pass!

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Getting to know the Toko All Stars: Noah Hoffman 
Getting to know the Toko All Stars: Noah Hoffman 

Getting to know the Toko All Stars: Noah Hoffman 

11/16/2015 - By Toko

My skiing role model when I was a junior was U.S. Ski Team athlete Kris Freeman. Kris was the best distance skier in the U.S. and his success showed me that it was possible for an American...to be in the top-5 in the world.

Twenty races on Michigan Cup calendar for 2015-2016
Twenty races on Michigan Cup calendar for 2015-2016

Twenty races on Michigan Cup calendar for 2015-2016

11/14/2015 - By Mike Muha

Twenty races make up the Michigan Cup Cross Country Ski Racing Series for the 2015-2016 season. Races may be added, moved, or cancelled. Check the Michigan Cup Calendar periodically for the most recent updates.

Hard Goods Review for 2016 – Have More Fun with the Right Equipment!
Hard Goods Review for 2016 – Have More Fun with the Right Equipment!

Hard Goods Review for 2016 – Have More Fun with the Right Equipment!

11/13/2015 - By Mariah Frye Colie

After extensive research, gathering feedback from customers, and lots of on-snow testing, here are some of our top picks for hard goods this season. And whether you’re a racer or a novice, it’s all aimed at enabling you to have MORE FUN on the snow!

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First Look - Toko T18 Digital Wax Iron
First Look - Toko T18 Digital Wax Iron

First Look - Toko T18 Digital Wax Iron

11/12/2015 - By Mark Waechter

The new T-18 is a step up in performance and price from the Toko T-14 digital iron that has been very popular the past few years. The new T-18 is clearly a different design and fabrication entirely.

Windows 10? Kiss your expensive Polar heart rate monitor goodbye...
Windows 10? Kiss your expensive Polar heart rate monitor goodbye...

Windows 10? Kiss your expensive Polar heart rate monitor goodbye...

11/5/2015 - By Mike Muha

Polar will not provide a Windows 10 driver for the Polar USB IrDA Adapter. If your heart rate monitor uses it to communicate with your PC, that functionality will go away.

New Toko flagship waxing iron: The T18 Digital Waxing Iron
New Toko flagship waxing iron: The T18 Digital Waxing Iron

New Toko flagship waxing iron: The T18 Digital Waxing Iron

11/4/2015 - By Ian Harvey

Why is this iron exciting? Beside having a super nice form, soft hand grip, cord conveniently coming out of the side making it more manageable, thick graduated base plate, quality digital performance, it also goes much hotter than our other irons.

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Toko releases new Stars and Bars glove collection
Toko releases new Stars and Bars glove collection

Toko releases new Stars and Bars glove collection

11/2/2015 - By Ian Harvey

This video introduces the new Toko Stars and Strips cross country ski glove collection. Be patriotic!

Rent Norm's cabin!
Rent Norm's cabin!

Rent Norm's cabin!

11/2/2015 - By Algoma Highlands Conservancy

Looking for a warm and cozy stay overnight in the glory of Algoma’s backcountry? You are in luck. Norm’s Cabin is now open for reserved stays on a pay-as-you-play basis!

Preseason discount trail passes available for Yellowstone Ski Festival
Preseason discount trail passes available for Yellowstone Ski Festival

Preseason discount trail passes available for Yellowstone Ski Festival

10/24/2015 - By Wendy Swenson

Prepaid trail passes are now available for the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Passes are valid from November 1-30. Passes can be purchased through the mail or online.

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UPCOMING

SUN, DEC 10, 2017

Hill bounding (if no snow)
Gilbert Willis Park, Wixom, MI

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

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SUN, DEC 10

Vasa Trail: What a great day, skiing with my hero Dick Fultz and of course the lovely and talented Karen. We skied in almost perfect conditions and then ran into Karen Kirt and Amy Powell. Three beautiful women and a great guy. I was in Vasa heaven. Can't wait until what tomorrow will bring.

Muncie Lakes Pathway: The skied-in tracks were good for the 4 who classic skied Muncie today during the Grand Traverse Hiking Club's Annul Holiday Celebration, but no one skied past post #8 to the river. Since most were hiking, I did too, so I could socialize with friends. My group hiked to the lakes & post #8, then took the crossover for the return since it was slow hiking in the snow & we were meeting at Peegeo's for dinner at 4PM. I didn't notice any dirt or rocks on the trail, which was 4-6" deep in the woods. As soon as the trail receives more snow & the 3 downed trees can be sawed, the first volunteer groom will take place. If you'd like to contribute, there are donation envelopes at the trailhead kiosk.

Wildwood Pathway: Conditions were excellent today! It looked like there is over a foot of fluffy powder on the trail - a whole lot more snow than in the Traverse City area. There were skier-groomed tracks on the 4.1 mile loop from trail marker #1 to 2 to 5 to 6 to 9 and back. Nobody has yet tracked the other sections. There are some downed trees that will be cleared eventually, but for the time being, they are easy to step over. Our waxless skis worked well. Cross country skiing the way it used to be!

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Most of the trails have been rolled. Today Pine Cone and Winterbrook were groomed and trackset with the Tid Tech. Skiing is good. However downhill skiing is closing till next Friday when they open for the season. It is not clear if the trails will be groomed again till then.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We had a great turnout at the Jordyn Ross skate and classic ski clinics yesterday, which took place in great snow conditions on the XC Ski HQ practice area and practice hill. Groomer Bob snow combed all the trails except the Adventure and Tall Pines trails, with marginal to good results. Quite a few skiers used rock skis on these trails yesterday, with better than expected conditions! The best trails are the Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, and Rolling Hills trails, which are 30% good, 60% fair, and 10% marginal. At this time until we get more snow, classic skiing only is permitted on the trails. Rock skis are available for rent at a nominal cost.

We only need 3-4 more inches of snow until we feel confident in having good to great skiing on most of the trails. It has been snowing all morning here in Higgins Lake, and we are expecting to receive more snow throughout the week. We will also be continuing our snow making efforts throughout the week as well, as temps look to stay quite cold. Stay tuned as the weather plays out and the snow falls!

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is up and running! Today’s lunch specials are the Gourmet Hammy Sammy, with honey glazed thick 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! Top it off with a delicious chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookie – fresh baked!

We are open for cross country ski and boot demos! Try the demo center favorite Rossignol Delta skate skis, or some longtime favorite Fischer Superlite Crowns. Need some new classic boots! The new (for us) Salomon Equipe 9 classics have already developed a strong following for their comfort and performance. Free demos all day, everyday! And don’t miss some great Christmas shopping – lots of awesome sweaters, hats, socks, and more on sale!

Let it snow!

Hanson Hills: Trails are open, we have a 1/2 inch base in most areas, marginal in other areas, Trails were packed with tidd tech on Friday. NO Set Track. Lodge and Trails are open 9am-5pm today. $5 Trail passes.

Forbush Corner: We are so glad to have the snow back !!!  Larry and Todd finished clearing dead-fall and groomed the entire East Trail System yesterday (~15 km).  Coverage is thin, but very ski-able.  No classic tracks yet, only corduroy.  Rock skis recommended.

We picked up a dusting overnight and it is currently snowing with a couple of inches in the forecast for today.  We will be open from 9 to 5 today and tomorrow from 10 to sometime in the afternoon.

SAT, DEC 9

Kensington Metropark: Golf course was very skiable on rock skis, only caught grass a few times. About 2" of snow makes the fairways decent for skate, better for classic. If everyone skis it in or they roll it, we will have great conditions after Monday's predicted snow.

Vasa Trail: Started from Timber Ridge and skied the 27k loop with Karen. Even did Jack Pine but was a little bumpy. Started snowing in the afternoon when we got there and ended skiing on new virgin snow. Had the place to our self until some big fast guy came by (think it was Eli). Conditions were pretty darn good and should even be better this morning. This is why we moved up here.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Seven inches of new snow on top of the previous 1 1/2 inches made for some good skating. The trails were rolled several times with plans to Tidd-Tech on Sunday, should be good.

Vasa Trail: Great early season ski this morning. Old skis recommended, but a ton of fun. Cheers to Vasa groomers for a nice surface with snow we have.

Michigan Tech Trails: 18 inches of snow in Houghton today. All trails were groomed for skating and most trails had classic tracks. Skate lane was hardpacked and classic tracks looked great. No bare spots either. Lots of people out enjoying the snow.

Bay Meadows GC: Only doing this post to let everyone know that I used my new twin skins yesterday at Bay Meadows and even though it was a combination of cutting your own trail or skiing in someones tracks, I liked the feel of these new skis. Good glide and kick up the hills. Another ski in the tool box of fun.

Nubs Nob: Considering it was green and almost 60 on Monday insane opening weekend conditions on the upper red loop at Nubs. The entire loop was powertilled this morning after a foot and a half of snow in the Pleasant View Valley since Tuesday. A little soft in the middle of the skate lane on a couple of the hills, but overall it is amazing. No classic tracks yet. Sunshine, blue ski, and perfect temps only enhanced the experience. Huge props to Ben Doornbos, the new GM at Nubs, for continuing their commitment to the X-C scene.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: After making snow since Wednesday, and with some natural snow added in, our practice area and one of the hills has over 10 inches of great, dense snow. Groomer Bob has snowcombed the practice area and set tracks for today’s ski clinics with Jordyn Ross. The conditions are great out there if you just want to come play around, take the clinic, or come demo some skate or classic skis or boots for free!

Bob is also snow combing the Rolling Hills Trail and we are waiting to see what the results will be. All trails across the street are open for rock skiing, but we request that you classic ski only until we confirm the results of the snow combing efforts! It looks just beautiful out there.

Join us for a FREE Toko Wax Clinic with Nick Baic today at 4:30pm. Nick is the Junior Olympic Coach and Toko guru, and will be demonstrating tips, tricks and best practices. All Toko wax is an extra 10% OFF after the wax clinic!

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is OPEN! Feast on hot panini sandwiches like the Turkey Pesto Panini: oven roasted turkey breast, provolone cheese, basil pesto, tomatoes, spinach and banana peppers. Served with Great Lakes Potato Chips and a dill pickle spear! Finish it off with a giant chocolate chip cookie if you dare!!

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter!

Valley Spur: Weds. night brought 6-8" on top of bare ground. Thurs. night another 3" and then Lake Effect Snow on Friday added another 8-10"! We have been out rolling to get a base established. With all the rain this Fall and logging this summer we are having to deal with water spots we never had. We will set some track today. Forecast is good with more snow and temps down to the single digits to freeze over soft spots this coming week. Some good early season skiing this weekend.

Hanson Hills: All trails were rolled yesterday. We have about a 1/2 inch of base, we did receive another inch of lake effect fluff that is sitting on top of our base. We are not going to run equipment today. Local Ski Bum Bob Smith has reported that the base has set up nicely. Lodge and Trails open at 9am, Trail passes $5.

Forbush Corner: We received more snow through the day yesterday and last night. Larry will be grooming up our six km loop again this morning. Hoping to get more trails open today as well. Base is thin, but skiing is good and the trees are full of snow. I would still use Rock skis.

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