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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)

Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Feb 3
Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Feb 3

Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Feb 3

2/3/2015 - By Mark Esper

Results from the Vasa Ski Club Tuesday Night 4k Freestyle Sprints on February 3, 2015 at Timber Ridge Resort.

The Ted Tour: 12km tour on Vasa Weekend
The Ted Tour: 12km tour on Vasa Weekend

The Ted Tour: 12km tour on Vasa Weekend

2/3/2015 - By Pete LaPlaca

To honor their race co-founder, Ted Okerstrom, the 39th annual North American Vasa invites area skiers to participate in a 12 kilometer tour. The event will be at Timber Ridge Resort on Saturday February 14th as part of the Vasa weekend of xc skiing.

Course conditions for White Pine Stampede
Course conditions for White Pine Stampede

Course conditions for White Pine Stampede

2/3/2015 - By Jack Mckaig

With the cold weather predicted I expect the trail to again be excellent. I do however strongly recommend everyone leave the new skis in the car.

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New planning approach needed for Vasa Trail
New planning approach needed for Vasa Trail

New planning approach needed for Vasa Trail

2/3/2015 - By Andrew White

Important decisions still need to be made about what our winter trails in the Vasa area will be. Do we want all non-motorized trails to be multi-use trails shared during the winter by skiers, cyclists, runners, and snowshoers?

Huron Meadows looking for part-time help
Huron Meadows looking for part-time help

Huron Meadows looking for part-time help

2/3/2015 - By Ken Roth

Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton, MI will be opening the clubhouse for skiers 7 days a week. However, the park is in need of people who can work two 4-8 hour shifts for the remainder of the ski season.

RESULTS: Woodbeck and O'Hearn take hilly Forbush Freestyle
RESULTS: Woodbeck and O'Hearn take hilly Forbush Freestyle

RESULTS: Woodbeck and O'Hearn take hilly Forbush Freestyle

2/2/2015 - By Mike Muha

After several close finishes over the past few week, Team NordicSkiRacer's Jay Woodbeck pulled off the win at the hilly Forbush 17k Freestyle

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RESULTS: Davis and Baic take Hanson Hills 12k Classic

2/1/2015 - By Mike Muha

Rebecca Davis was the top women in today's Hanson Hills 12k Classic, winnning in 56:13. The men's division was won by Milan Baic in 43:43, nipping Michigan Cup newcomer Jay Woodbeck by a mere three seconds.

GLD 1km JNQ freestyle sprint results
GLD 1km JNQ freestyle sprint results

GLD 1km JNQ freestyle sprint results

2/1/2015 - By Mike Muha

Results from the Great Lakes District Junior National Qualifier freestyle sprint at Boyne Mountain on February 1, 2015.

GLD 4.5/8km freestyle race results
GLD 4.5/8km freestyle race results

GLD 4.5/8km freestyle race results

2/1/2015 - By Mike Muha

Results from the Great Lakes District Junior National Qualifer distance freestyle race.

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UPDATED: Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup races
UPDATED: Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup races

UPDATED: Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup races

1/29/2015 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations (Fast Wax, Toko, Solda so far...) for this weekend's Michigan Cup cross country ski races at Forbush Corner, Hanson Hills, and Boyne Mountain.

Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Jan 27
Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Jan 27

Vasa Tuesday Sprint results: Jan 27

1/29/2015 - By Mark Esper

Results from the Vasa Ski Club Tuesday Night 4k Freestyle Sprints on January 27, 2015 at Hickory Ridge.

XC Ski Headquarters an Outside Magazine
XC Ski Headquarters an Outside Magazine

XC Ski Headquarters an Outside Magazine "Nordic Mecca"

1/27/2015 - By Mike Muha

Outside Magazine named six cross country ski destinations, including Michigan's own Cross Country Ski Headquarters, as "America's Nordic Skiing Meccas".

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UPCOMING

WED, DEC 13, 2017

Cross-Country Ski lessons at Huron Meadows
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

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

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

TUE, DEC 12

Hudson Mills Metropark: Beautiful snow!

Maybury State Park: 4" fresh dense snow. No grooming but skied in track. Use rock skis. Swix universal blue. A good ski.

Valley Spur: Several inches of snow last night and flurries continue. Dan has rolled and set track on A, B, C, D, Y and W. Very Good classic tracks. We have enough base for some light Ginzu work, so skate lanes will be flattened and Z(Birkie Training Loop) should be open by the weekend.

Hanson Hills: We received another 2 inches of snow last night, Groomers Jason and Tommy G. are packing and rolling all trails again today. We are now up to about 1 1/2 of decent base. We still do not have enough snow to set tracks, but predictions are showing another 1-3inches to be received today!! Lodge and Trail will be open from 9am-4pm today, trail passes are $5.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received between 1 and 2 inches of snow yesterday, which improved the conditions of the trails greatly. Groomer Bob snow combed all the trails late yesterday afternoon with good results. With our top trails in mostly good condition, we have upgraded our recommendation for skiing on “rock skis” to skiing on “B skis”. Skating and classic should see full coverage and fair to good conditions most everywhere on the trail network, though not quite enough snow to set classic tracks yet.

Best trails: 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 one or two thin spots. Rolling Hills is about a 50/50 split between good and fair. Of course, the practice area has a ton of excellent snow. Great for technique training, lessons, and ski demos!

Join us for lunch at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe! Today’s specials are the Gourmet Hammy Sammy, with honey glazed sliced spiral ham, swiss cheese, tomato and spicy brown mustard, served on a warm ciabatta bun. We also have creamy ham and potato soup, served with a warm roll and real butter. Fresh baked cookies and hot cocoa make a great dessert!

Things are really starting to look good around here, and more snow is in the forecast later this week!

MON, DEC 11

Vasa Trail: Best of the season for skate skiing. We did use rock skis today but........ maybe race skis could have been used. Just to say it was wonderful today. All trails groomed (no classic yet) and who knows with the winter forecast. Just got to say Lakes of the North has groomed today for the race/tour next Sat. with over 12 inches on the ground. It is winter here in NW Michigan and has been for the last 5 days. Regards, Curt Peterson

Crystal Mountain: A big thank you to devoted groomers Kathloon & Tim & Nordic director Greg for daily rolling & packing the stunning 40k of new & improved XC ski trails at Crystal !! Good coverage overall, firmed up & ideal for working early season technique!! V2 drills are just plain Fun on V2 Alley (Stride Rite & Aspen flats) ! More snow on the way so tomorrow will be even more magical, come on out!

Vasa Trail: What a wonderful start to the ski season and in December no less! Vasa was beautiful, lightly covered but totally covered nonetheless. Gary Kaleita and I went out to the 5 K and it was just lovely. No sticking, just a beautiful trail. Used rock skis but could have gone a step or two up as I encountered no bare spots. No clue what I was waxed with, did not care as just practicing how to ski again and give the muscles a shock to the system.

Vasa Trail: Celebrated Kathy's 60th birthday on our favorite section of the Vasa Pathway, Timber Ridge to Special K, 25k to The Rock to Jack Pine & back to TR (approx 20 km). No classic tracks, but SILKY FAST GLIDE & another 2-4" of snow after TART rolled the trail. Kathy joined me for the Jack Pine hills since I enjoy more challenge between The Rock & TR, and there were lots of yee-haws!!! Just beware of the speed bumps (actually, gravel erosion bars) until there's more snow depth. Afterwards, we enjoyed Centre St Cafe's Swamp soup & I delivered 35 pairs of Nordic Rocks skis to Blair Elementary, so they're ready to get on-snow ASAP. PS - No "rock" skis were necessary since the trail could have been race ready!

Hanson Hills: Sill early season conditions. all trails are open, rock skis are recommended as we only have 1/2 inch of base in most areas. No tracks are set at this time. Lodge and Trails Open 9am-4pm today.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It was a fun day of early season skiing yesterday, especially with steady snowfall throughout the day! Many folks had enjoyed demoing skis on the practice area, which still has excellent conditions after our snowmaking efforts last week. Conditions across the street are improving with each snowfall. After yesterday, we are very close to being able to groom the trail network across the street for good skis (classic and skate). We still need just a couple more inches of snow, and with any luck we will get it today as forecasted.

The best trails are the Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, and Rolling Hills trails, which are 30% good, 60% fair, and 10% marginal. At this time until we get more snow, classic skiing only is permitted on the trails. Rock skis are available for rent at a nominal cost.

The Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is up and running! Today’s lunch specials are the Gourmet Hammy Sammy, with honey glazed thick sliced spiral ham, swiss cheese, tomato and spicy brown mustard, served on a warm ciabatta bun. We also have creamy ham and potato soup, served with a warm roll and real butter! And don’t forget to try a delicious, home-baked banana walnut muffin.

Keep on thinking snow – and stay tuned to tomorrow’s ski report, where we’ll report any snowfall we receive today and tonight.

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