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Marvin Stevenson (oldest skier at the Hanson Hills Classic at 80+) stands next to daughter Gwenn and teammate Rick Neier at the end of the race. Says Gwenn, Sunny races today with my dad at the finish line, it's the longest race he did this season. Rick, our valued team member, skied back out after his race was over to see that my dad was ok, and to ski the race in with him for several K's!

Marvin Stevenson (oldest skier at the Hanson Hills Classic at 80+) stands next to daughter Gwenn and teammate Rick Neier at the end of the race. Says Gwenn, Sunny races today with my dad at the finish line, it's the longest race he did this season. Rick, our valued team member, skied back out after his race was over to see that my dad was ok, and to ski the race in with him for several K's!

Fischer announces TURNAMIC soles and bindings for 2017-18
Fischer announces TURNAMIC soles and bindings for 2017-18

Fischer announces TURNAMIC soles and bindings for 2017-18

2/8/2017 - By Fischer Sports

VIDEO. Sliding the system forward provides more grip, while sliding it back will noticeably improve glide. From the novice to the World Cup skier - everyone benefits.

Identify and work on your weaknesses
Identify and work on your weaknesses

Identify and work on your weaknesses

2/8/2017 - By Ian Harvey

It does not yield much good to focus on strengthening our strengths (training what we are already good at), but rather trying to identify our weaknesses and then turning them into strengths.

Should I use stiff skis or soft skis in soft snow conditions? Yes!
Should I use stiff skis or soft skis in soft snow conditions? Yes!

Should I use stiff skis or soft skis in soft snow conditions? Yes!

2/7/2017 - By Toko

The snow is soft. Should you use stiff skis or soft skis? It depends on temperature and moisture content!

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King Vasa Speaks!
King Vasa Speaks!

King Vasa Speaks!

2/7/2017 - By Mike Haley

It is time for the current, definitive authority on all things Vasa - what it is and what it will be: KING VASA SPEAKS (KVS). Pretentious and grandiose, yes, but oh so informative...

PHOTOS: 2016 White Pine Stampede (blast from the past)
PHOTOS: 2016 White Pine Stampede (blast from the past)

PHOTOS: 2016 White Pine Stampede (blast from the past)

2/6/2017 - By White Pine Stampede

Never before seen photos recently uncovered from the deep archives of the White Pine Stampede of last year's 2016 White Pine Stampede!

PHOTOS: 2017 White Pine Stampede
PHOTOS: 2017 White Pine Stampede

PHOTOS: 2017 White Pine Stampede

2/5/2017 - By White Pine Stampede

250 photos by the crack White Pine photography team of Beth McKaig, Alyse Tarbutton, Melissa Kowalski, and Stacey Hicks.

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RESULTS: Woodbeck and Fry-Colie take White Pine Stampede
RESULTS: Woodbeck and Fry-Colie take White Pine Stampede

RESULTS: Woodbeck and Fry-Colie take White Pine Stampede

2/5/2017 - By Mike Muha

The 20km race course had some of the best grooming ever: Firm deep tracks, firm skate lane with a softer cover, fast but controllable downhills. The course couldn't have been any better.

Waxing Recommendations: White Pine Stampede and PA Nordic Championships
Waxing Recommendations: White Pine Stampede and PA Nordic Championships

Waxing Recommendations: White Pine Stampede and PA Nordic Championships

2/3/2017 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED WITH SOLDA! Latest waxing recommendations for the White Pine Stampede and PA Nordic Championships.

White Pine Stampede: Classic skiers go first!
White Pine Stampede: Classic skiers go first!

White Pine Stampede: Classic skiers go first!

2/2/2017 - By ‎Stacey Titus Hicks

We are anticipating a large field for the 20K race this weekend since we had to cancel the 50K event. To alleviate the congestion on the course, the committee has decided to stagger the start times for the 20K.

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Cross country skiers can gather each Wed at Nubs Nob!
Cross country skiers can gather each Wed at Nubs Nob!

Cross country skiers can gather each Wed at Nubs Nob!

1/31/2017 - By Jim Harrington

Cross country skiers can gather each week at Nub’s Nob for a new Nordic series created with fun, community, and skill building in mind. Happening every Wednesday night, this soon-to-be midweek staple offers a great reason to get out of the house.

White Pine Stampede shortens 50k to 20K
White Pine Stampede shortens 50k to 20K

White Pine Stampede shortens 50k to 20K

1/30/2017 - By Jack McKaig

Despite our recent snowfall, the 50K trail was still not good enough in spots to run the full 50. However, the 20K and 10K trails are in excellent shape, so those two races are on as scheduled. All racers registered for the 50K will now be in the 20K.

RESULTS: Lower Peninsula skiers top Junior Noque 5k
RESULTS: Lower Peninsula skiers top Junior Noque 5k

RESULTS: Lower Peninsula skiers top Junior Noque 5k

1/28/2017 - By Mike Muha

Lower peninsula skiers took the top spot in four of the six age classes in the 5K classic Junior Noquemanon today.

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UPCOMING

SUN, FEB 26, 2017

Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

WED, MAR 1, 2017

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

SAT, MAR 4, 2017

Black Mountain 31K Classic and 10km Tour
Bluffs on Black Lake, 10905 Doriva Beach Rd., Cheboygan, MI 4972

Ski the Beer Trail! – Sponsored by Paddle Hard Brewing
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

SUN, MAR 5, 2017

Black Mountain 10km Freestyle
Bluffs on Black Lake, 10905 Doriva Beach Rd., Cheboygan, MI 4972

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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TRAINING LOG

SUN, AUG 7: Road Bike, 4:40, Pace

SAT, AUG 6: Road Bike, 2:13, L1 LSD

TUE, AUG 2: Road Bike, 1:44, Race

SUN, JUL 31: Mountain Bike, 2:03, Mellow ride

SAT, JUL 30: SUP, :15, Race

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SUN, FEB 26

Vasa Trail: After a 24 hr drive home from CO & a wk of skiing at 9-11,000 ft in backcountry skis, skiing the VASA was almost too EZ! Thanks to the TART groomers for the great corduroy & deep classic tracks. I skied my favorite loop one more time from TR to the Special K, 10k to the 25k, Wall Bypass, Jackpine & back, a heavenly afternoon on my light touring EVO skis. The tracks are wearing thin in some spots, but the only dirt on the trail was at the bottom of the Middle Sister (next to the temp guage) in Jackpine. A short section of the 10k that I skied between the powerline & the 10/25k split was rough & dirty. There were many other skiers out enjoying the new snow after last wk's warmup. Hoping for one more of the same tomorrow morning!

Nubs Nob: Silky corduroy and a sweet track on the upper loops this morning at Nubs after 6" of fresh snow in the past couple of days. Should be a fantastic week of skiing out there.

Vasa Trail: We left from Timber Ridge and went toward the rock. It was really nice going that way, Jack Pine was nice. Once we got to the "wall bypass" things were a bit rough on the trail and the hills were icy & rough. We headed back on the 10K and there were some pretty rough, hard chunky icy spots. The Special K was decent. After last weeks weather it was nice to be out but the best part of the trail is out from Timber Ridge.

Valley Spur: Ginzu groomed the entire system this morning. A little fresh snow fell between 8 and 10am but nothing significant. Lots of Happy skiers out enjoying the beautiful winter day. Thanks to all the Berkie skiers that stopped by and skied with us this weekend!

Huron Meadows Metropark: We’re not pulling the plug on the ski season yet, but…We’re scheduling the Groomer Appreciation Party.
Sunday, March 26th at Huron Meadows Clubhouse. Noon. We’ll provide a base layer of food. Please bring a dish to pass or beverages to supplement our base. (No alcohol may be brought into the park)
We’re asking for a $5/person donation to offset the cost of gifts and food. Any extra goes into the groomer fund.
Yes, this has been a rocky year. But, because of the constant freeze/thaws, the folks at HMMP have actually worked harder than ever to bring us what skiing we have had.
Let’s make sure they know, and that the park knows, that this work is appreciated.
See you March 26th.
Ken & Amy.

Crystal Mountain: Amy and I skied everything that was opened and groomed. We started at 9 AM and followed the groomer. It was fun, scenic and superb ski conditions. It was like the thaw didn't happen. Thanks Crystal for keeping the trails open and accessible.

Crystal Mountain: Groomed everything again today including Eagles but not Otter. Turned out great. It's been snowing off and on since I started this morning so I will be out again tomorrow. As long as we keep getting snow and the temps get cold at night we should be able to hang in there a while longer, Hope to see you out here. Kathloon

Hanson Hills: Skied all the loops. Solid base with some fresh snow on top. Good skiing.

Forbush Corner: World class grooming and skiing going on right now at Forbush. All lanes are open!

Boyne Mountain: Some great skiing with the fresh snow the last couple of days! Most trails are open again with some thin spots to keep an eye out for. The classic track yesterday from Christmas to Lillehammer was fantastic! Skating today should be excellent too with the fresh grooming this morning! We have closed Innsbruck due to some very thin areas on downhills.

Swedetown: Cool and windy, 8 inches of fresh snow, the groomers were out, tracks were fast, but getting blown in at many spots. Lots of people on the trails, many rerouting from the Birkie.
Plenty of great skiing, still time to sign up for the Great Bear Chase. Rex blue and Blue extra kick was fantastic.

Forbush Corner: Great skiing yesterday. Around 3-4 inches of fresh snow. Regrooming this A.M. to freshen tracks and firm the skate lane. 40% off attire and other soft goods; 30% off equipment. Great sale!

Stokely Creek: The next 2 weeks are the busiest of the season at Stokely. There is new snow and groomers are out on the trails. Glad our base has helped us out this winter. Llooking for a few days of great skiing? Stokely is the place with continued good conditions.

Gaylen and Susan and Groomers Alex, Jonathan and Bob

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received snow throughout the whole day yesterday, which continues to help coat the hardpack on the trails with a skiable surface. The temps stayed well below freezing throughout the day, even staying in the teens last night, which is helping to reestablish a cold ground. Groomer James snow combed the Rolling Hills, Trappers Cabin, Mackinaw Cut, and Wild Turkey trails yesterday afternoon. While this grooming effort did help scrape up the hard pack and create decent conditions in many places on the trails, there is still quite a bit of ice out there, and skiers are advised to use caution. Tractor Bob is going to take the carbide-tip presider out on the practice area and Blizzard trail this morning to grind up the ice, which should yield great results.

After your trail adventure today, Get your Fill at the Grill from noon until 3:00pm! Get your choice of grass fed beef burger, black bean veggie burger, or salmon burger, grilled to perfection by Chef Erin and served with a variety of toppings. Ask to get your burger “Fire on the Mountain” style for a special, spicy treat of Franks Red Hot Sauce, jalepenos, and creamy buffalo blue cheese sauce!

Check out our February Sale! Up to 50% off all mens, womens and kids jackets, 20-40% off cross country skis and ski packages, up to 40% off race skis including Speedmax, Xiums, and more. It’s a great day to demo metal edged skis and snowshoes!

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Erin, Ryan, Matt, Michelle, George, Lexi, Dana, Gage, Grant, Heidi, Jim, James, Jose, and the Crew

SAT, FEB 25

Black Mountain: Got in a ski on Friday, snow was fresh and damp, I broke trail for a few yards, then picked up a trail from a couple of skiers, caught them after a while, Track and John were pre grooming, getting the sticks off the trail. A good ski, About 6 inches of snow, should make for a good trail this week.

Vasa Trail: Did a big loop today from Timber Ridge out to the Bridge, round the Nip, past the Rock and returned on Riley's. Good dry snow all the way but The only fresh groom was Riley's . Otherwise crusty and ridged beneath the powder. All pretty fast except the uphills, I don't do well climbing in 3-5 inches of powder. Once groomed should be great as little no as the temps hold. Only a few areas were icy and on Rileys here and there some dirt and debris showing.

Forbush Corner: Wonderful. Tremendous grooming. Deep tracks. Best skiing in a long time.

Crystal Mountain: Skied late afternoon. Trails were fabulous. That white cement "instabase" that fell Thursday night got topped by 3-4" of regular ol' snow through the day today.
I skated the flats & the hills on a nice firm deck with a couple inches of fresh on top that had fallen since Kathy groomed.
Most amazing were the perfect looking classic tracks that Kathy was able to lay down.
A miracle considering the sorry state the trails were in on Thursday.

Tim

Crystal Mountain: Made it up in all the hills except for Eagles. They turned out fabulous. I'll be re-grooming again tomorrow morning. So come on out before it's gone again. Kathloon

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: As of 3:45pm we have enough snow on top of the hard pack to start grooming! Groomer James will be taking the Ginzu around all trails except Tall Pines to snow comb the skating lanes. Skiers and snowshoers have been venturing out all day, and have been reporting that much of the trails have "better than expected" snow conditions. There are some icy spots and thin spots, but overall it's remarkably good. We've gotten on-and-off snow all day today, and are confident that the Ginzu will create a really nice surface for skating and classic for the rest of today and tomorrow.

Get your Fill at the Grill is the lunch special today and tomorrow. Local grass-fed beef burgers, salmon burgers, and black bean veggie burgers are on the menu. Ask for it "Fire on the Mountain" style if you can stand the heat!

We are having a big sale on race skis and boots as part of the February Sale! Speedmax skis for $499, Xium WCS skate skis for $429, and more. Give us a call or stop by and demo a pair for free!

Valley Spur: Groomed our entire trail system twice today due to heavy snowfall throughout the day. Trails are in great condition.

Black Mountain: Several inches of new snow has fallen at Black Mountain, so classic and skate skiing is available. Rolled grooming is tentatively scheduled for Sunday morning. Temperatures are currently below freezing with snow flurries, so conditions are currently favorable for good cross country skiing. Will continue to watch weather conditions this week and update as needed if there are any changes. Come out and enjoy the new snow at Black Mountain!

Crystal Mountain: Ye Ha! We're back in business. I took the tidd tech out and got a pretty good track set-best I got in a long time. The skating lanes are soft. It is still snowing so it's filling back in. Haven't been in any of the hills yet. Call the nordic center for the latest updates. Kathloon

Forbush Corner: The grooming went very well - so Groomer Larry decided to groom both East and West systems (Badlands, Rollercoaster, Green, West, Back 40). It's great today and should be great tomorrow too.

Forbush Corner: Our base has survived the melt down and is in good shape. We have light snow falling and may get 1 to 3 inches today. Larry is out trying to groom up some of the flatter sections. If he can groom the hills without tearing up the snow on the hills he will. Even ungroomed skiing will be good, skating will probably be best in the ungroomed section. Good skiing today, tomorrow will be even better. 40% off on all soft goods and 30% off all hard goods. Remember if you want to place a pre-order on skis please do so before March 11th.

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