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Start of the Hanson Hills Classic. Michael Davis (on right), Rebecca Davis and Theo Vonwallmenich wait their interval start. (Photo: Chloë Alyn Borton).

Start of the Hanson Hills Classic. Michael Davis (on right), Rebecca Davis and Theo Vonwallmenich wait their interval start. (Photo: Chloë Alyn Borton).

Don't forget to wax your skis for the summer!
Don't forget to wax your skis for the summer!

Don't forget to wax your skis for the summer!

3/25/2015 - By Ian Harvey

Red is our choice for storage waxing as Blue is so hard that it is more difficult to make sure that there is no air between the ski and base and Yellow is so soft that it gets "eaten away" quicker.

Bid on great items at CXC Season Finale Auction
Bid on great items at CXC Season Finale Auction

Bid on great items at CXC Season Finale Auction

3/24/2015 - By Yuriy Gusev

Start your bidding on unique and one of a kind gear – sure to round out your skiing and training needs. Winning bids and donations directly support CXC Skiing programming and events.

Lipp and Durand win Muffin Pursuit Race
Lipp and Durand win Muffin Pursuit Race

Lipp and Durand win Muffin Pursuit Race

3/24/2015 - By Mike Muha

The Pursuit Race consisted of skiers racing classic first, then switching to a freestyle leg. Erin Lipp and Ian Duran each had the fastest classic and freestyle legs in the race.

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Paintball Biathlon Recap
Paintball Biathlon Recap

Paintball Biathlon Recap

3/23/2015 - By Mariah Frye

Using what was left of the artificial snow made back in December, Bob, Stu and crew created a twisty, hilly, 200-yard loop course on the ski park, which was just long enough to get the skiers out of breath and make shooting the guns an exciting challenge.

RESULTS: Michigan Cup Relays
RESULTS: Michigan Cup Relays

RESULTS: Michigan Cup Relays

3/20/2015 - By Mike Muha

The Michigan Cup Relays consisted of teams of three racing an 8km loop. The first leg is classic; the second and third leg were freestyle. After the race was a huge party and awards ceremony.

Paintball Biathon race changes this weekend
Paintball Biathon race changes this weekend

Paintball Biathon race changes this weekend

3/18/2015 - By Mariah Frye

Because of the incredible snow depth on the Ski Park (and because we refuse to let winter die), we will host the Paintball Biathlon this Saturday, March 21st! This will be a one day event, held at Cross Country Ski Headquarters and NOT at Hanson Hills.

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Three US women in top 20 in Holmenkollen 30k
Three US women in top 20 in Holmenkollen 30k

Three US women in top 20 in Holmenkollen 30k

3/15/2015 - By USSA

A furious start to the 30k Holmenkollen event set the stage for aggressive racing and impressive performances from the U.S. women competing in the famed race to close the World Cup season. Liz Stephen finished ninth, tying her own USA-best-ever 30k.

Brian Gregg top US male with 35th in Holmenkollen 50k
Brian Gregg top US male with 35th in Holmenkollen 50k

Brian Gregg top US male with 35th in Holmenkollen 50k

3/15/2015 - By USSA

rian Gregg (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. men in 35th place at the venerable 50K race at Oslo’s Holmenkollen venue. The race, run under sunny skies and fast tracks, stayed together for much of its length.

Norway crushes everyone in Drammen classic sprint
Norway crushes everyone in Drammen classic sprint

Norway crushes everyone in Drammen classic sprint

3/15/2015 - By USSA

Norway made short work of the final World Cup sprint of the season, a classic race in their home country, by sweeping both the men’s and women’s podium and taking seven of the top ten places in both competitions.

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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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UPCOMING

MON, FEB 19, 2018

Gourmet Chili Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

TUE, FEB 20, 2018

Team NordicSkiRacer Tuesday Night Sprints
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

WED, FEB 21, 2018

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Skate

FRI, FEB 23, 2018

Kortelopet
OO Trailhead to Downtown Hayward, Wisconsin

SAT, FEB 24, 2018

American Birkebeiner
Cable to Hayward, Wisconson

Birkie Live Stream!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Mason Tract Ski Tour with the Michigan Backcountry Ski Series
Mason Tract Pathway, Roscommon Michigan, Chase Bridge Rd Trailhead

Boyne Vistas 10K Freestyle
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI

Michigan Backcountry Ski Series: Mason Track Out'n'Back
Chase Bridge Road Trail Head

Taste of Gate's
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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

SUN, FEB 25, 2018

2018 Pennsylvania Nordic Championships (Rescheduled from Feb 4)
Wilderness Lodge, Wattsburg, PA

25th Annual Junior Muffin Pursuit Races – Classic/Freestyle
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

MON, FEB 19

Birkebeiner Trail: The BIRKIE TRAIL CLOSED AT 11:59 pm TODAY. Snow has started falling and we will start working on the trail early Tuesday to get the new snow to firm up in time for the events. THERE WILL STILL BE LOCATIONS WHERE YOU CAN SKI this week. Here is where you CAN ski by day this week:

Tuesday: OO loops, Birkie Ridge, competition loops at the Birkie start area, Hatchery Creek loops

Wednesday: OO loops, Birkie Ridge, competition loops at the Birkie start area, Hatchery Creek loops

Thursday: Birkie Ridge, Hatchery Creek loops

Friday: Birkie Ridge

Saturday: Birkie Ridge

Sunday: Entire Birkie Trail will be OPEN

Vasa Trail: The Vasa trail is still holding up, but warm-up (40F @ 12:30) is starting to take its toll. Skied Special K & Nipple with Paula H Dreeszen, then 25k & JackPine back to Timber Ridge, where the trail is turning to gray ice. The last powerline was a puddle so took off my Twin Skins there. As usual, the best snow was on the 25k loop & JackPine. Need a rest after 56 ski days, but still hoping for more snow soon, or I'll head to Stokely, U.P, CO, or ??? to find some in March.

Valley Spur: Trail conditions continue to be excellent at Valley Spur. Classic tracks are firm and the skate decks are solid and get freshened daily.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: What a great weekend of skiing! Our trails held up beautifully, with some skate skiers even saying that conditions were the best they’ve been all season. Groomer Mike snow combed the trails early this morning, so the skiing this morning will be really nice on the Rolling Hills, Trappers Cabin, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, and Adventure trails. The Tall Pines, Blizzard and Manitou trails are closed due to ice and bare spots. The practice area are open with fair to very good conditions as well. Ski early today before the weather shifts!

Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Gourmet Chili Bar! Your choice of Classic or Veggie Chili, plus an assortment of delicious toppings. Try a homemade cornbread muffin and real butter with your chili and feel like a whole new person!

Get outside and enjoy the snow this morning!

SUN, FEB 18

: Classic skied the Duggins consevatory trails right across from old Camp Seagull. Excellent conditions. Also a firm crust would have been excellent skate skiing conditions. Rain the next few days will shut things down, but can't wait for fresh snow to head back out there. Used Toko yellow kicker. Hap wright

Vasa Trail: Great skiing on the Vasa, thanks to a dusting of fresh snow overnight & TART groom by Glen! I skied from Timber Ridge on the 10k to the Nipple, skipping Headwaters, the 25k to JackPine & back to TR today, approx 25 km in 3+ hrs.There were only 2 hills that were icy, one on the 25k to the N of the Timber Ridge exit between 2 trees, and one after the Nipple/10k junction on the 25k heading towards the powerline. In addition, the first 2 downhills in JackPine are getting thin at the base of the down/uphillls due to the warmth of the trees beside the trail. Timber Ridge had groomed corduroy, too, and all of the trails had a shallow, hardpacked classic track with lots of leaves, which is no problem with Twin Skins. While visiting with Mario Kennedy, I spotted a porcupine in the woods, which was a first for me. LET IT SNOW!!!

Crystal Mountain: We got about an half inch of snow last night which helped to make the trails not so icy. I re-groomed everything today and tried to set new tracks. Some turned out ok-some didn't. Come on out and ski while you can. We won't be grooming tomorrow.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Great day skiing on buck's run. Skate lane and classic were both fast and nicely done.
Thanks again everyone at Huron Meadows.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Same incredible conditions as yesterday, except the classic track was a little nicer and a little deeper. It was also beautiful weather today get out and enjoy it while we've got it. It will be excellent all day long.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks Run was freshly groomed early this morning and the skating conditions were excellent at about 7:45 am. Fast and controllable. The parking lot was starting to fill when I left about 9:00, so it should be a great day to ski again. Hope that the based on Bucks holds up during this week's warm-up....great job groomers!

Stokely Creek: Blue skies and great skiing. Skiing was perfect on Saturday and our skiers asked that we not groom today because conditions are still great and lets just keep it that way. It is always fun to hear new arrivals say, " wow, you really have snow". Somehow only seeing is believing. Up to six inches in the forecast for the next couple days.

Vasa Trail: Skied from Single Track parking lot to the Rock and back. Riley’s loop is an icy mess, but the Vasa was in good shape. Skate lane was groomed this morning. Somewhat icy base but there is enough corduroy on top to control your skis.

There are a few icy spots in the flats and some of the hills are getting icy as well.

Weather forecast is not encouraging - looks like rain is in the way. Today might be the last good day for awhile.

Boyne Mountain: Trail conditions are hard and fast--use caution. Everything is open. Vistas has an icy patch that we are evaluating this morning.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We were very stoked with how many skiers got out and enjoyed the trails yesterday! We received a fresh dusting of snow last night, which will help freshen up the skate lanes and classic tracks today. Conditions remain very skiable on the trails that are open, with decent to good conditions and the occasional icy/crusty spot. Classic tracks were set on Friday on parts of Trappers Cabin and Rolling Hills, and all of the other trails still have existing tracks from Tuesday. Conditions are fair to very good on the Rolling Hills, Trappers Cabin, Wild Turkey, Mackinaw Cut, and Adventure trails. Groomer Mike will snow comb all of the above trails this morning. Until we get more snow, the Tall Pines, Blizzard and Manitou trails are closed due to ice and bare spots. The practice area are open with fair to very good conditions as well.

Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Gourmet Chili Bar! Your choice of Classic or Veggie Chili, plus an assortment of delicious toppings. Try a homemade cornbread muffin and real butter with your chili and feel like a whole new person!

Get outside and enjoy the snow today!

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