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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)

Wax recommendations for the this weekend's Muffin Race
Wax recommendations for the this weekend's Muffin Race

Wax recommendations for the this weekend's Muffin Race

3/12/2015 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations (Fast Wax and Toko so far....) for this weekend's Muffin Pursuit race.

Bjornsen sibs top US skiers in 10/15K Classic race
Bjornsen sibs top US skiers in 10/15K Classic race

Bjornsen sibs top US skiers in 10/15K Classic race

3/12/2015 - By USSA

Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. in the Lahti 10k classic race with a 14th place, while her brother Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. men in 38th place.

Kaitlyn Patterson 2nd, Alex Vanias 4th in Great Bear Chase Skiathon
Kaitlyn Patterson 2nd, Alex Vanias 4th in Great Bear Chase Skiathon

Kaitlyn Patterson 2nd, Alex Vanias 4th in Great Bear Chase Skiathon

3/7/2015 - By Mike Muha

In a photo finish, the Lower Peninsula's Kaitlyn Patterson was just edged out of first place in the Great Bear Chase 50K Skiathon by just four-tenths of a second.

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KiKkan's back on the podium!
KiKkan's back on the podium!

KiKkan's back on the podium!

3/7/2015 - By USSA

Kikkan Randal returned to the World Cup podium with a third place finish in the Lahti Freestyle Sprint. Jessie Diggins finished just behind Kikkan in fourth.

Wax recommendations for the this weekend's races
Wax recommendations for the this weekend's races

Wax recommendations for the this weekend's races

3/6/2015 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for this weekend's Great Bear Chase and the Michigan Cup Relays.

The Brighton B2B (or Stan's Great Adventure)
The Brighton B2B (or Stan's Great Adventure)

The Brighton B2B (or Stan's Great Adventure)

3/5/2015 - By Stan Dinkel

Twenty-four skiers and one fat biker showed up to perfect temperatures, and precisely dusted, not groomed, trail. The trails skied are the hiking trails, Penosha and Kachin, nearing a distance of 6 miles and a challenging 500 feet elevation gain per lap.

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HH/CCSS wins Brumbaugh Cup for second year in a row
HH/CCSS wins Brumbaugh Cup for second year in a row

HH/CCSS wins Brumbaugh Cup for second year in a row

3/4/2015 - By Mike Muha

Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop led from the beginning and never looked back, and are officially the Brumbaugh Cup winners of the 2014-2015 Michigan Cup season.

Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: March 3
Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: March 3

Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: March 3

3/4/2015 - By Mark Esper

Results from the Vasa Ski Club Tuesday Night 4k Classic Sprints on March 3, 2015, 2015 at the Vasa Headwaters.

Finding Motivation: Why We Do What We Do
Finding Motivation: Why We Do What We Do

Finding Motivation: Why We Do What We Do

3/3/2015 - By Ian Harvey

The "why" is difficult to explain except to note that we skier types all seem to have this inexplicable yearning for outdoor adventure in common.

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RESULTS: Woodbeck and Davis win Black Mountain Freestyle
RESULTS: Woodbeck and Davis win Black Mountain Freestyle

RESULTS: Woodbeck and Davis win Black Mountain Freestyle

3/1/2015 - By John Gravlin

Sunny skies and temps of low 20’s greeted the racers as they took on the challenge of the Black Mountain 10km skate loop (nicknamed “The Beast”).

Hoffman again top US male in snowy 50k
Hoffman again top US male in snowy 50k

Hoffman again top US male in snowy 50k

3/1/2015 - By USSA

Noah Hoffman skied to a 31st place in a difficult 50k classic race. Despite early attempts from race favorites, breakaway efforts were absorbed by the heavy, slow snow.

Stephens hangs on for 11th in 30k classic
Stephens hangs on for 11th in 30k classic

Stephens hangs on for 11th in 30k classic

3/1/2015 - By USSA

Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) hung on for an 11th place result in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 30k classic mass start, a race defined by Norway’s Therese Johaug who broke away with a sharp pace early and held on for an impressive win.

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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

SAT, DEC 23, 2017

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

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, DEC 16

Valley Spur: A significant improvement in our trails over the last few days. Everyday this past week we had some lake effect snow. Our newly added 8' drag has flattened skate lanes and cold temps have firmed everything up. Our last trail to open was packed today, Worel's Woods. That should be ready to go in a day or two. Classic tracks were very good today.

Pigeon Creek: First time out on snow this year and I welcomed the chance to shake the cobwebs off and get the ski legs used to the snow again. The conditions were also much better than I expected for this old school strider. While the base is still thin, there was more than enough there with no issues with dirty snow or sticks and fairly fast. For the first time out, I elected to take the easy route and use waxless, but it gave me a chance to maximize my on snow time. With the warmup happening early next week, best to get out there asap while the snow is still plentiful. I know I will be back tomorrow.

Vasa Trail: A perfect day to do a LSD (Long Slow Distance) 27km ski in classic tracks, up & down the VASA hills, Headwaters, 25k loop & Jack Pine! What a pleasure to glide & double-pole in the tracks! The trail was in race-ready condition, thanks to Glen & Jim D, TART groomers.

Pigeon Creek: Excellent skating conditions this morning, track was packed and groomed.. Much better than expected..

Unlisted trail: Avalanche Preserve, Boyne City. They are grooming both the hiking trails and the mountain bike trails here. The mountain bike trails are groomed pretty narrow with fat tire bikes in mind but they are a hoot to ski. Highly recommended if you like narrow, curvy, rolling trails with a few good hills. What a great addition to our groomed ski options in Boyne City.

Hill Nature Preserve, The: Freshly groomed this morning. Perfect conditions on this sunny Saturday. Come enjoy some great classic skiing just outside of Boyne City

Milham Park Golf Course: Grooming intern Violet and I groomed Milham this morning. Skiers should find a wide skating lane and a thin classic track. It has warmed up beyond the forecast but hopefully the trail will hold up until it refreezes tonight. Conditions should be ok sunday am before the next big warm up starting tomorrow afternoon.

Boyne Mountain: Some light snow after yesterday's grooming added to the great base we already had built up. 25 km of trails are freshly tracked and combed, ready for skiing.

Kensington Metropark: Dropped by Kensington after my ski to see what kind of shape it was in. Although the man at the desk said it had been groomed for skate and classic that morning, one look down the trail said it had not been groomed today. You could see a narrow skate lane under new snow, and the classic tracks were skied in over snowed-over grooming. Lot's of skiers having fun. Would be nice if the staff working the ski center were better informed.

Vasa Trail: Early birds this morning enjoyed freshly groomed trails (skate & classic), crisp temps, and generally glorious mid-winter conditions a week before Christmas. Excellent run on the 10K amid trees still draped in some of the 23 inches of snow that has fallen the past 10 days in Traverse City.

Huron Meadows Metropark: It's noon and after a great ski, I'm reviewing my review. The skating and classic skiing is awesome on the golf course and Buck's Run! The golf course is now groomed with a firm, deep double track and and wide skate lane. The skate lane is mostly firm with a nice soft topping, making control easy. Doesn't get much better than this!

Looks like the trail around the lake is partially double tracked, partially untracked. I don't know what south of Hammel Road is like.

Get out and ski!

Maybury State Park: Very poor. Their equipment broke, so nothing is groomed. Most of the skied in stuff is in really poor shape also due to reasons too long to bother writing down. Some of the seldom used trails in the woods are skied in and ok.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Light fresh powder on top of yesterday's grooming. Double track and skate lane on the golf course. The loop around the lake looks skied in but not groomed. beautiful day!

Hanson Hills: Could someone direct the snow towards Grayling?? We received another inch of snowfall yesterday. Groomers Tommy G, and Jason have All the main trails groomed perfect for skating. We have old tracks on Green/Blue and Easy Return, Tommy G. is out this morning Setting additional Tracks on Yellow, Brown and Wilderness!! No tracks on Red or M-93 (not enough snow). Lodge and Trails Open 9am-5pm today. $12 Trail Passes

Forbush Corner: Copious amounts of powertilling were required to process the 8 - 10" that fell yesterday afternoon and evening.  The entire East Trail System (~15 km) has been groomed for skating and tracked for classic skiing.  Classic skiing should be wonderful today.  We are working on the West Trail System and hope to have it groomed and ready to go tomorrow.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received another 2 inches of snow throughout yesterday morning, which was enough to enable Groomer Mike to snowcomb. It also filled in the classic tracks perfectly, and has given us great conditions for classic and skating on the premier trails: Rolling Hills, Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, and Manitou. Tall Pines is still in fair to good condition, and Adventure is ungroomed and open for “back country” skiing and snowshoeing. As long time skier John Buiteweg said yesterday, “you went from rock skiing to perfect skiing in one week!”

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! Classic and Veggie Chili are available, and are served with a multigrain roll and butter.

Come one, come all to visit the jolliest outdoorsman in the North Woods, Trapper Santa! Today 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! Sweaters, gloves, hats, socks, snowshoes, skis, you name it – we have it and it’s on sale. It’s a great weekend to be skiing!

Crystal Mountain: Heading out to groom the trails again today. Groomed and trackset everything yesterday but it snowed while I was doing it. Hopefully I don't get stuck or roll it today-done that twice already. Reminder for us classic skiers while you are over this way skiing our trails hop on over to the Betsie pathway. We roll /pack the upper trail system. It's not trackset but nice and firm. I think it's about a 6 mile loop if you do the outer loop. Ski ya later and don't forget to buy a pass-it costs a lot of money and time to groom. Thanks, Kathloon

FRI, DEC 15

Huron Meadows Metropark: Anders and I skated the North and South golf course loops. North was in better shape than South and coyote run was the best area. About 2 inches of fluffy new snow made the trails a bit soft and slow but not bad. Buck's run was a little firmer. 30 cars in the parking lot and a friendly staff that now includes Randy Kessler who was waxing skis like a mad man. Great to get out on the real stuff for a change.

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!

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