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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)

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.

Why US-made ski poles are the best
Why US-made ski poles are the best

Why US-made ski poles are the best

10/20/2015 - By Andy Liebner

Get the real reason why people buy U.S. made ski poles from the owner and innovator himself!

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Ski Hall of Fame needs your help
Ski Hall of Fame needs your help

Ski Hall of Fame needs your help

10/19/2015 - By Justin Koski

We are the largest ski history organization in the WORLD and without local support and patronage, we will not be able to keep the fire burning and Denver or Park City could gobble us up with their deep pockets and endless donation chains.

Michigan: warmer, drier this winter
Michigan: warmer, drier this winter

Michigan: warmer, drier this winter

10/18/2015 - By NOAA

Drier-than-average conditions most likely for areas near the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, with drought development likely in the northern Great Lakes region.

Kikkan Randall: Baby on Board!
Kikkan Randall: Baby on Board!

Kikkan Randall: Baby on Board!

10/18/2015 - By USSA

World Champion cross country ski racer Kikkan Randall is planning to take a break from competition this season. Randall and husband Jeff Ellis announced to her teammates this week that they are expecting their first child in April.

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$40 for 40th White Pine Stampede. $20 for WPS 1 skiers
$40 for 40th White Pine Stampede. $20 for WPS 1 skiers

$40 for 40th White Pine Stampede. $20 for WPS 1 skiers

10/13/2015 - By Jack Mckaig

The entry fee for the 20KM and 50KM White Pine Stampede races will be only $40.00 until 11/1/14 in honor of our 40th anniversary; If you skied in WPS 1, it's only $20.

Michigan Cup Committee finalizes 2016 season
Michigan Cup Committee finalizes 2016 season

Michigan Cup Committee finalizes 2016 season

10/12/2015 - By Mike Muha

Financial report reviewed, race schedule approved...what were the other big decisions and topics of discussion at the 33rd annual Michigan Cup Committee meeting?

2018 XC Ski World Masters goes to Minneapolis, MN
2018 XC Ski World Masters goes to Minneapolis, MN

2018 XC Ski World Masters goes to Minneapolis, MN

10/10/2015 - By Loppet Foundation of Minneapolis

In early 2018, the Loppet Foundation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA will host the Masters World Cup on the trails of Theodore Wirth Park Winter Recreation Area. The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association (WMA) awarded the bid at their annual meeting.

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Volunteers needed for 2016 U.S. Skiing Championships
Volunteers needed for 2016 U.S. Skiing Championships

Volunteers needed for 2016 U.S. Skiing Championships

10/7/2015 - By US Nationals

olunteer registration is open for the 2016 U.S. Skiing Championships hosted by Michigan Tech at its on-campus Nordic Training Center Jan. 3-9.

Will 83% ski pole rule save classic skiing?
Will 83% ski pole rule save classic skiing?

Will 83% ski pole rule save classic skiing?

10/5/2015 - By Mike Muha

The FIS created a new rule around the maximum pole length in classic technique to preserve the use of diagonal striding. What does this mean for the citizen racer?

A summer trip and two ski races in Australia and New Zealand
A summer trip and two ski races in Australia and New Zealand

A summer trip and two ski races in Australia and New Zealand

10/4/2015 - By Michael Bourassa

It all began a couple of years ago when I started skiing regularly at Forbush Corner. I was looking over the race jerseys peppering the walls of the shop and I asked Dave, “What is the Merino Muster?”

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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

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.

WED, DEC 13

Kensington Metropark: Kensington is grooming. I looked at the trails at 6 last evening but it was a blizzard there. We got about 10" on top of the previous 5"...the grooming was visible but had 10" fresh on top. The new trail from the farm center all the way to the west end near the entrance/HQ (new part) is beautiful. It is classic only...I will ski it later today and report back. With the Adam Haberkorn crew doing Kensington grooming it should be great.

Valley Spur: We continue to build up our base getting several inches of fresh snow each day. Dan sets fresh classic tracks each a.m. ,so some good skiing with Blue Extra. Over 80% of trails open with Dan finishing the big hills of G by the weekend and working on Worel's Woods. Snowshoe trail is fantastic.

Hanson Hills: Trails improving with each daily snowfall. Skating was good today. All trails were open. Still no classic tracks. Looking forward to skiing the new extension of the classic only Wilderness trail, now nearly 9 k long.

Vasa Trail: Jayne & I left Timber Ridge at 11:00 AM in blowing snow heading counter clockwise on Vasa & found a freshly rolled trail all the way toward the rock. Despite classic skiing without set tracks & facing strong winds, it was a beautiful ski on trails we enjoy. Lots of friendly skaters along the way, & a reminder of why we returned to TC 20 years ago.
Who's car pooling to Lakes of the North this weekend?

Vasa Trail: Jayne & I left Timber Ridge at 11:00 AM in blowing snow heading counter clockwise on Vasa & found a freshly rolled trail all the way toward the rock. Despite classic skiing without set tracks & facing strong winds, it was a beautiful ski on trails we enjoy. Lots of friendly skaters along the way, & a reminder of why we returned to TC 20 years ago.
Who's car pooling to Lakes of the North this weekend?

East Side Golf Course: Tried skating today. Classic was better yesterday. The ground was frozen when the snow came down, so it didn't melt at the beginning to form a thin ice layer once it got even colder, so skis on edge get all the way to the short grass/ground and grab. All good if you keep the skis pretty flat (i.e. stick to classic). Occasional drifts that have firmed up from wind packing, but hey - this is Ohio, any skiing before Christmas is good skiing.

Milham Park Golf Course: We moved the grooming equipment today and are all set to go. Current plan is to groom Thursday morning. Hoping we get more snow today. Things are still very thin but will run the roller around if we don't get more snow. Will report tomorrow after grooming with trail conditions.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Huron Meadows reports that tomorrow (Thursday) will be the officially opening day for skiing! They'll have a big job ahead of them packing and grooming today and tonight's forecasted snow. (You'll notice that some trails are already open - See Tony's trail report, and the Kids Class will be on groomed snow tonight...with a fast covering of new snow).

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Trails are machine groomed with 4" packed base. Tracks are set today and the trails are wide enough for good for skating. Snow is falling off and on today and we will groom trails as needed

Nubs Nob: The trails are open. The Upper trails were power-tilled this morning. The Lower Trails were repacked this morning.

Boyne Highlands: Boyne Highlands reports 33km of trail groomed for skate and classic, with a claimed compacted base of 6-11 inches.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skied last night. The south golf course trail was groomed. A couple places were wind-blown and pretty bare, and some other places were wind-blown and deep with snow, but overall better than expected. Don't know it the rest of the trails were grooomed or not. Skating only - no tracks.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Real Grooming Report: Groomers went out this morning with the Ginzu equipment and the skate lane is coming along nicely even with the thin cover. All trails inside 17k will be groomed or roll packed but use extreme caution on the steep down hills. And, remember, don’t snow plow. There is still too little snow for a credible classic track however. They did attempt to set track so you will see it in a few places.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: As someone that stokes a wood stove daily, I know my way to the wood shed. So, when told to go there I was surprised at the reception. It seems there is an active chapter of friends of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I didn’t even check the school closing list given yesterday morning’s (in my view) paltry dusting. However, that is not the way the school system or Our Lady of Guadalupe friends saw things. Granted, my drift on the Spruce Street driveway was 16” but that I always chalk that up to well deserved divine retribution. Anyway, my apologies to those lobbying for the Our Lady of Guadalupe snow storm. My failure in storm naming was not the only issue at the wood shed. It seems there is an active contingent of supporters of people that snow plow. Granted, I may have been a little harsh on them but, please, try to avoid pushing snow off the trails.

Today and tonight look to be snow events to classic tracks and steep hill skiing may be close at hand.
See you out there.

Hanson Hills: Trails are shaping up nicely, We are receiving some new snow right now. All trails have been packed the past few days. Groomer Tommy G. has freshly snowcombed the Yellow, Blue, and Green Trails this morning. Lodge and Trails Open 9am-4pm today.

Boyne Mountain: All trails have been rolled and all but Innsbruk have been tracked. Still a little thin on Innsbruk and Vojins but all beginner and intermediate trails are in good shape and if the wind stops blowing, should remain that way!

Enjoy this early blast of winter!

Crystal Mountain: Quite the adventure rolling the trails thru Tuesday's blizzard - had to stop a few times to figure out where the trail had gone. Everything is rolled except Eagle & Squirrel (better to pack those 2 zingers before taking a groomer up there).
Kathy is back at it today firming things up & rolling today's fresh.
Plenty of base for a track set and trails should be mid-winter prime by the weekend.

Groomer Tim

East Side Golf Course: Skating should be OK on the golf courses that got enough snow. I have not been near Highland (Chagrin & Green), but East of 271 we got more snow. Chapin doesn't have enough yet, no update on the hotline (Weds AM) - radar looks like GRR and Punderson may be getting more.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Conditions on the trails yesterday showed a big improvement, with more of the trail system in good condition for skating and classic. While we need a bit more snow to have great skiing on all the trails – and to set classic tracks – the skiing is still good for “B skis”. We are forecast to receive up to 5 inches of snow before the weekend, so we are very hopeful for great skiing by Saturday, and possibly by tomorrow!

Mackinaw Cut and Wild Turkey are in the best shape: 85% good, and 15% fair. Manitou has some nice skiing, with 65% good, 30% fair, and a couple thin spots. Rolling Hills is primarily in good condition, with a couple of fair spots. Tall Pines still needs more snow to have good skiing, and Adventure is closed for now as it is too wet. The practice area continues to have the best snow, ideal for hill training and technique, plus of course lessons and ski demos!

Stop in for lunch at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe! Today’s special 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… yes! We also have creamy ham and potato soup and classic chili, both served with a warm roll and real butter. Don’t forget the Bosco sticks!

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