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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)

Evan Pengelly new Rosignol Nordic Racing Manager
Evan Pengelly new Rosignol Nordic Racing Manager

Evan Pengelly new Rosignol Nordic Racing Manager

8/11/2015 - By Ryan Green

van will be responsible for overseeing the Nordic Race Department which includes elite program management, technical support for athletes and coaches, and supporting our retail partners.

Borah Teamwear offers Pole & Wax team incentive
Borah Teamwear offers Pole & Wax team incentive

Borah Teamwear offers Pole & Wax team incentive

8/10/2015 - By Ben Wizner

Borah Teamwear has aligned with BrikoMaplus Ski Wax and Exel Poles to offer an additional incentive for teams and clubs ordering custom nordic or alpine apparel this season.

Robert Lazzaroni named USSA Nordic Director
Robert Lazzaroni named USSA Nordic Director

Robert Lazzaroni named USSA Nordic Director

8/10/2015 - By USSA

Lazzaroni will administer domestic programs in partnership with USSA nordic clubs, including membership, club development, competition management, rankings, judges/officials education, etc., in cross country, ski jumping and nordic combined.

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Vasa and TART trails a mess after storms
Vasa and TART trails a mess after storms

Vasa and TART trails a mess after storms

8/4/2015 - By TART

Heavy storm damage occurred yesterday across our local trail systems. Hundreds of trees are down blocking the trails causing them to be impassable.

NMU gets Shane MacDowell as new assistant Nordic coach
NMU gets Shane MacDowell as new assistant Nordic coach

NMU gets Shane MacDowell as new assistant Nordic coach

8/4/2015 - By NMU

MacDowell joins NMU after being an assistant coach at Green Mountain Valley School for the past year where he helped design and write training plans along with running wax and ski testing and managing overall athlete performance.

It's off to Beijing for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games
It's off to Beijing for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

It's off to Beijing for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

7/31/2015 - By USSA

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has selected Beijing, China as the host city for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The venues for skiing and snowboarding are in an existing winter sports region, but have yet to be constructed.

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Champ joins US Ski Team
Champ joins US Ski Team

Champ joins US Ski Team

7/9/2015 - By USSA

Champ will prepare for the PyeongChang Olympics in the upcoming seasons, watching and learning each sport. This summer, he’ll start by running behind roller skiing cross country skiers, biking behind the alpine athletes...

Hart Montague Trail improvements this month
Hart Montague Trail improvements this month

Hart Montague Trail improvements this month

7/6/2015 - By MDNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that segments of the 22.6 mile William Field Memorial Hart Montague Trail will be closed starting this month due to widening, resurfacing and improving bridge structures.

Ski Tour Canada added to 2016 World Cup
Ski Tour Canada added to 2016 World Cup

Ski Tour Canada added to 2016 World Cup

6/30/2015 - By Mike

First there was the Tour de Ski, now there's Ski Tour Canada, 8 races in 5 locations, over 12 days. These FIS Cross-Country World Cup races will run from March 1st through March 12, 2016.

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It's official: Nordic Junior Worlds coming to Utah in 2017
It's official: Nordic Junior Worlds coming to Utah in 2017

It's official: Nordic Junior Worlds coming to Utah in 2017

6/25/2015 - By US Ski Team

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has awarded the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships to Utah’s Olympic venues in Park City and Midway.

JOB OPENING: CXC Sport Development and Performance Director
JOB OPENING: CXC Sport Development and Performance Director

JOB OPENING: CXC Sport Development and Performance Director

6/23/2015 - By Yuriy Gusev

CXC Sport Development and Performance Director position will provide service and support through education, communication and leadership to coaches and clubs, while facilitating the success of CXC clubs as businesses and organizations.

Cross Country Ski Team names season goals
Cross Country Ski Team names season goals

Cross Country Ski Team names season goals

6/12/2015 - By US Ski Team

The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team took over the Craft Sportswear Instagram account and shared their goals for the upcoming season with the hashtag #myracestartshere. Read through to see a few of the athletes’ objectives.

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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

FRI, DEC 15

Unlisted trail: Jordan Valley Pathway-North Country Trail- skied from fish hatchery (heated restrooms) south on snowmobile trail about 1/2 mile to pathway crossing (marker 12). Turned left and skied up to Deadman Hill (marker 1) and back. Round trip about 7.5 miles. Lots of fresh snow, nice hills, great views.

Crystal Mountain: Gorgeous, silky skiing today on Crystal upper trails! Did them all and legs are trashed now- what a deeply satisfying workout!! Pristine grooming on Doe's Delight, Screaming Eagle (ouch, that hurts!), Hawks Ridge, Flying Squirrel (truly death defying but survivable), Aspen Climb (the mother of all climbs) and Nepsa (it's cruel twin sister). Thanks to Kathy & Greg!
The base is firm and deep due to daily snowing and daily rolling, packing, and now corduroy grooming and track setting. Should be an epic weekend out there, hope to see many of you Nordic fanatics on our lovely home hill! - Swixgirl

Big M: Friday, December 15: All trails at Big M have been groomed yesterday and today. This is our first grooming for the season so we are setting the base. We have had about 12 inches of snow but very light and fluffy so grooming it to compact it. Weather might be warming on Sunday and Monday to compact the trails, hopefully the warmer weather won't last long enough to set us back.

Lakes of the North: GPlenn, Gussie, and I skied the 7.3km race course today. It is in the best shape that we have ever seen. There is lots of snow and it IS a bit soft and it was snowing again today. But the crew at Lakes of the North have done a tremendous job and have kept up with the snow. Poles DO NOT punch through. The snow had some moisture in it but tonight is supposed to be cold. Should be lots of fun for the 11am race tomorrow. See you there.
Curt Peterson

Kensington Metropark: Beautiful classic track set. I skied from Ridge Rd all the way to the pavement west and back through possum hollow, awesome conditions. Grooming was good, used B skis and some old was left on from last year! Track to farm center was good too. It's all swix blue extra on this cold powder.

Vasa Trail: Went out Thursday evening and hit the 5k loop with classic skis. As mentioned already, not much glide and the classic tracks were nonexistent or real soft at other times. No bare spots to speak of. This weekends little warm up should help get it packed down. Great to be back on the skis.

Lake Ann Pathway: The DNR cleared 3 downed trees on the outer, west loop at Lake Ann Pathway today, and boy, were they tired after hiking in 10" deep snow, up & down the hills for 3.5 miles, carrying a chain saw. Thanks to Bryce for reporting that there were some downed trees there earlier this week.
Whenever possible on the State Forest Pathways (Lake Ann, Lost Lakes, Muncie Lakes & Sand Lakes), GPS their location or note between which posts, and take a photo, so easier to get them cleared.

Lost Lakes Pathway: Wow, 6-9" deep snow in parking lot & along skied-in tracks at Lost Lakes Pathway today. What gorgeous Winter Wonderland scenery, in the woods & along Lake Dubonnet. The campground loop had been skied this morning by several before me, so good track. The 2nd loop had only been skied by one other, so slow going, and the back loop was untracked, so skipped it since too much effort alone. The parking lots are being plowed by a DNR contractor, who had not gotten to Lake Ann or Lost Lake Pathways yet today. The car stuck at Lake Ann needed a shovel & tow to get out of the entry to the parking lot, so best to be prepared & look before you leap!

Love Creek: All white, no rock skis needed. Good groomed base and shallow classic track with half an inch of fresh lake effect fluff on top. Thanks, Kip.

Boyne Mountain: ~5 inches of fresh powder over the last 24 hours. 25km of trails are tracked and combed. Innsbruck is still being packed and isn't recommended. Other than that the skiing should be great!

Huron Meadows Metropark: Golf course North trail was a good ski today. Soft conditions due to the type of snow we got Wednesday - soft fluffy and non-packing. Skate and classic trail set today. Equipment failure has the crew hamstrung until parts and maintenance can be done. Be understanding -those guys do much more than most xc areas!!! South side of Hammel groomed by skiers not the machine.

Forbush Corner: Larry reported back that the trails are grooming up wonderful today - "The skating lane is beautiful and the classic tracks look great !!!"

He is finishing up the East Trail System ~15 km right now.

The plan is to try and open up the entire trail system for the weekend.

Open today through Monday.

Vasa Trail: Went out Thursday evening and hit the 5k loop with classic skis. As mentioned already, not much glide and the classic tracks were nonexistent or real soft at other times. No bare spots to speak of. This weekends little warm up should help get it packed down. Great to be back on the skis.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received another inch of snow throughout the day yesterday and last night, which will make for especially good skating and in-track classic skiing today. Groomer Butch did a great job snow combing and rolling in tracks on the premier trails yesterday - Rolling Hills, Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, and Manitou - which are in good to great condition and suitable for "A skis" - just keep an eye out for a couple fair spots still left. Tall Pines and Adventure have improved quite a bit, and have fair to good conditions with a couple marginal spots. We are waiting to receive one more inch of snow before grooming today, which we are forecast to receive. It's looking like a great weekend in the works for XC skiing!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is the Rocky Mountain Chipotle Panini! Your choice of oven roasted turkey or homemade hummus and double provolone cheese, plus bell peppers, banana peppers, black olives, spinach, onion, tomato, and chipotle mayo on grilled Stone House 7-grain bread. Served with Great Lakes Potato Chips and a dill pickle!

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 16th: Come one, come all to visit the jolliest outdoorsman in the North Woods, Trapper Santa! From Noon until 3:00pm, children of all ages (including adults) are invited to ski or snowshoe to Trapper’s Cabin, where this rustic Santa will be tending the bonfire, serving up free hot cocoa and s’mores, and telling wintery tales. Bring your own skis or snowshoes, or rent for a nominal cost.

The Christmas sale is in full swing! Free demos every day, including on race equipment. Come ski with us!

THU, DEC 14

Sand Lakes Quiet Area: There is far more snow at Sand Lakes than there is closer to Grand Traverse Bay. On Thursday afternoon, there was about two feet of powder on the ground, with nice skier tracks, all the way around the entire system. Truly magical!

Pigeon Creek: Great conditions last night. The trails have been rolled. Skating was a little soft but the glide made up for that. No Track set but the skied in track was good with great glide. still no track set as of Friday.

Unlisted trail: The Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor was just gorgeous yesterday.

Unlisted trail: Ungroomed Trails around Horseshoe Lake, Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Area received about 6 inches/15cm of snow. Trails are well covered with only a few tree roots sticking through. No skating as trails are narrow and technical in places. Good for 1 to 11/2 hours of nearby skiing. Don't use good skis on these trails as there are always rocks lurking.

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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