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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)

Petoskey asking for donations to build community trail
Petoskey asking for donations to build community trail

Petoskey asking for donations to build community trail

6/8/2015 - By Petoskey Community Trail

The Petoskey Community Trail will offer residents, visitors and students a winding, rolling venue to walk, run and cross country ski. We need the community's support to help fund the trail design & construction to make it a place for everyone to enjoy!

Fischer's Carbonlite Rollerski headlines six rollerski models
Fischer's Carbonlite Rollerski headlines six rollerski models

Fischer's Carbonlite Rollerski headlines six rollerski models

6/2/2015 - By Mike Muha

Fischer's six rollerski models are headlined by the new Carbonlite Skate and Carbonlite Classic models. The two Carbonlite roller skis share an

The Top 10 Percent: The best of the Michigan Cup
The Top 10 Percent: The best of the Michigan Cup

The Top 10 Percent: The best of the Michigan Cup

5/31/2015 - By Ernie Brumbaugh and Mike Muha

The top 10% of the Michigan Cup Race Series in each age class is awarded a pin to mark them as the best skiers in the skiers. Congratulations!

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2015 Michigan Cup Individual Standings
2015 Michigan Cup Individual Standings

2015 Michigan Cup Individual Standings

5/31/2015 - By Ernie Brumbaugh and Mike Muha

We finally pulled together the final results for the illustrious 2014-2015 Michigan Cup Race Series Season...

2015-16 US Ski Team Team Nominations
2015-16 US Ski Team Team Nominations

2015-16 US Ski Team Team Nominations

5/21/2015 - By USSA

USSA Nordic has announced its nominations for the 2015-16 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.

Five women join MNU Wildcat roster for 2015-16
Five women join MNU Wildcat roster for 2015-16

Five women join MNU Wildcat roster for 2015-16

5/21/2015 - By NMU

Northern Michigan University head Nordic skiing coach Sten Fjeldheim announced the addition of five student-athletes including four additions to the Wildcat's women's roster.

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Randall Named to the Alaska XC Ski Hall of Fame
Randall Named to the Alaska XC Ski Hall of Fame

Randall Named to the Alaska XC Ski Hall of Fame

4/24/2015 - By USSA

Kikkan Randall one of 13 to be inducted into the Alaska Cross Country Ski Hall of Fame.

Secure Rottefella Xcelerator Roller Ski bindings with extra screw
Secure Rottefella Xcelerator Roller Ski bindings with extra screw

Secure Rottefella Xcelerator Roller Ski bindings with extra screw

4/22/2015 - By Mike Muha

Rottefella received reports that some rollerski bindings have fallen off the rollerski under extreme conditions. Rottefella recommends that all purchasers of the Xcelerator Roller Ski bindings fasten the bindings with an extra security screw.

Groomer Appreciation Party and Ski Swap at Huron Meadows, April 11
Groomer Appreciation Party and Ski Swap at Huron Meadows, April 11

Groomer Appreciation Party and Ski Swap at Huron Meadows, April 11

4/5/2015 - By Ken Roth

There’s no better way to transition into spring activities than to join folks at the Meadow’s clubhouse on April 11th, for our annual end of season groomer appreciation, ski swap, pass out money party.

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L.L.Bean and CRAFT partner with USSA Nordic Team
L.L.Bean and CRAFT partner with USSA Nordic Team

L.L.Bean and CRAFT partner with USSA Nordic Team

4/2/2015 - By 4/2/2015

L.L.Bean and CRAFT Sportswear North America announced a multi-year partnership with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team.

Gregg and Hoffman claim national distance championship titles
Gregg and Hoffman claim national distance championship titles

Gregg and Hoffman claim national distance championship titles

3/27/2015 - By USSA

Caitlin Gregg gets her second 30k title in as many years, while Noah Hoffman comes back from his early season injury to win the men's 50k title at the Distance National Championships.

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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

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

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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