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The dedicated classic-only trail system at Huron Meadows was in good shape on Sunday. The picture shows a section of the Beech Alley trail south of Hammel Road.

The dedicated classic-only trail system at Huron Meadows was in good shape on Sunday. The picture shows a section of the Beech Alley trail south of Hammel Road.

The World Cup returns to US after 19 years!
The World Cup returns to US after 19 years!

The World Cup returns to US after 19 years!

6/3/2019 - By Mike Muha

It's official! World Cup athletes compete on American snow for the first time since 2001. The Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup Sprint Finals will be held on American snow on Tuesday, March 17 at the Theodore Wirth Regional Park in Minneapolis.

Michigan Tech adds international skiers to team roster
Michigan Tech adds international skiers to team roster

Michigan Tech adds international skiers to team roster

6/3/2019 - By MNU

Michigan Tech's incoming class will add four women's skiers and three men's skiers to the team rosters for the 2019-20 season. The incoming class is represented with student-athletes from Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Idaho, Minnesota, Vermont, and Michig

Kästle re-enters Nordic racing market
Kästle re-enters Nordic racing market

Kästle re-enters Nordic racing market

5/30/2019 - By Mike Muha

Kästle is back on the Nordic scene with its own race division, three lines of cross-country skis and jump skis. Kästle has also signed a supplier agreement with the Austrian Ski Association.

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Twenty athletes nominated to 2019-20 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
Twenty athletes nominated to 2019-20 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team

Twenty athletes nominated to 2019-20 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team

5/6/2019 - By Tom Horrocks

Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) and Simi Hamilton (Aspen Colo.) will lead an experienced team of athletes heading into the 2019-20 season, which includes the return of FIS Cross Country World Cup to the U.S. for the first time in 19 years.

World Champion skier Kikkan Randall joins the MSU Gran Fondo!
World Champion skier Kikkan Randall joins the MSU Gran Fondo!

World Champion skier Kikkan Randall joins the MSU Gran Fondo!

4/29/2019 - By Dan Dubes

orld Champion & Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall joins the MSU Gran Fondo 7! Ride with gold medalist and cancer survivor on June 22.

Michigan Cup changes scoring for 2020 Vasa Race
Michigan Cup changes scoring for 2020 Vasa Race

Michigan Cup changes scoring for 2020 Vasa Race

4/23/2019 - By Mike Muha

The Michigan Cup Committee voted today to change the way the North American Vasa is scored as part of the Michigan Cup. Starting in 2020, the 27k event will receive maximum points while racers in the 50k race will get partial points.

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Liebner announces schedule of clinics, training, time trials
Liebner announces schedule of clinics, training, time trials

Liebner announces schedule of clinics, training, time trials

4/23/2019 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED 5/30/2019: Andy Liebner is holding a set of 16 different group technique, training, and time trial sessions this summer in southern Michigan.

The Michigan Cup Team final standings
The Michigan Cup Team final standings

The Michigan Cup Team final standings

4/17/2019 - By Mike Muha

With the end of the 2018-2019 season comes the final team standings. Although announced at the Michigan Cup Relays, we hadn't yet posted the actual points: they are now listed inside!

VIDEO: First leg of the Michigan Cup Relays
VIDEO: First leg of the Michigan Cup Relays

VIDEO: First leg of the Michigan Cup Relays

3/20/2019 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Jay Woodbeck - the only skier in the lead pack to kick - pulls away from the doublepolers by striding the first hill, then doublepoles away as the following racers recover from their doublepole climb.

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RESULTS: Michigan Cup Relays
RESULTS: Michigan Cup Relays

RESULTS: Michigan Cup Relays

3/14/2019 - By Mariah Frye Colie

The Michigan Cup Relays were as fun as ever this year, with some of the best ski conditions in recent memory.

RESULTS: Top 10 Percent and MI Cup age group winners
RESULTS: Top 10 Percent and MI Cup age group winners

RESULTS: Top 10 Percent and MI Cup age group winners

3/8/2019 - By Mike Muha

Congratulations to all the age group winners, the competitors who chased them all season, and the racers who finished in the top 10% of their age category!

Bear Chase and Michigan Cup Relays wax recommendations
Bear Chase and Michigan Cup Relays wax recommendations

Bear Chase and Michigan Cup Relays wax recommendations

3/7/2019 - By Mike Muha

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

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UPCOMING

SAT, JAN 25, 2020

Gitchi Gami Games, GLD JNQ - Freestyle Sprint
Birkie Trailhead, Cable, WI

Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Marquette, MI

Beat the Mountain! on Skis or Snowshoe!
Stokely Creek Lodge, Pickard Rd, Goulais River, ON P0S 1E0, Canada

Free Beginner Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

The Half Wits Live
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

Bavarian Ski Festival
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

SUN, JAN 26, 2020

WeSki All-Age Instruction
Tiber Ridge Lodge, Traverse City, MI

Gitchi Gami Games, GLD JNQ - Classic Individual Start
Birkie Trailhead, Cable, WI

Beat the Mountain! on Skis or Snowshoe!
Stokely Creek Lodge, Pickard Rd, Goulais River, ON P0S 1E0, Canada

UPDATE 2: Krazy Klassic / Michigan Senior Olympics 8k/12k
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Vasa Domingos family-friendly group ski
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

WED, JAN 29, 2020

Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

SAT, FEB 1, 2020

Super Bowl Weekend Hut to Hut
Stokely Creek Lodge, Pickard Rd, Goulais River, ON P0S 1E0, Canada

White Pine Stampede 10/20/50K
Mancelona High School, Mancelona, MI

Maple Syrup Stampede
St. Joseph Island, one hour east of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Free Beginner Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

Around the World Wine and Ski Tour
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, JAN 25

Vasa Trail: The dozen cars in the parking lot at my noon arrival indicated skier's confidence the Vasa was intact. Last groomed yesterday morning, so the top surface of the skate lane was a little irregular, but that didn't impact the generally slow conditions. A great day for the racer's to train using resistance training as your skate-ski would sink in about 1/4" accompanied by the crunching-snow sound of slowdown. Better conditions for no-sink classic if you find the right kick wax or have good no-wax skis.

Boyne Mountain: Trails are soft again due to the weather warm-up, but quite skiable.

We'll groom again late today in anticipation of the cooling temps tonight.

Huron Meadows Metropark: 1pm Saturday. Natural snow trails extremely thin with bare spots; snow is slushy and compresses to the grass.
Bucks Run has full coverage. No standing water, three small areas that are slushy but the rest is icy man made snow. Conditions were firm and fast. Connector to the club house is quite thin and there is standing water where the lap/finish normally is.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Just talked with groomer and Buck's Run is still firm and no standing water what he could see. The connector looks pretty thin so not sure we will be skiing from the building tomorrow for the make up Krazy Klassic

Crystal Mountain: Greg rolled the trails yesterday and groomed the flats today. I skied Otter this morning just to see how it turned out and was pleasantly surprised. I was striding and the trackset was good. This was at 9:30 this morning. It is supposed to warm up so if you were going to come out make it sooner than later.

Hanson Hills: Trails are a little wet and soft this morning. Still very skiable. We will not be running grooming equipment today. Cooler temps forecasted for this evening and possible snow.

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am

Forbush Corner: We had just enough ungroomed snow on the trails and the snow temps were just cold enough to allow for a full Pisten Bully groom this morning.

Fresh corduroy and classic tracks should make for a great day of skiing.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received mixed precipitation throughout the day yesterday, and due to the dampness of the snow we will not be grooming today. The great news is that the trails have full snow coverage and conditions, while a little slow, are still great. All trails were groomed yesterday, and classic tracks remain in good shape. There is 5 to 7 inches of snow packed on the trails, and 6 to 10 inches in the woods. Join us this weekend for a ton of fun events, including Bavarian Ski Festival today, and Live Music Sunday!

FRI, JAN 24

Huron Meadows Metropark: Yuck! Climate Change sucks! (Sorry, had to vent. I'm done)

Nubs Nob: Excellent skiing and grooming on all trails today. Enjoy!

-Ben Doornbos

Hanson Hills: We received another inch of snow overnight, Groomers Jason and Tommy G. have Blue, Brown, Yellow and Wilderness Trails groomed with fresh tracks this morning.

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received additional snow throughout the day yesterday and last night, and after Groomer Butch set tracks yesterday, conditions were absolutely excellent. Conditions are fantastic again today, and Groomer Mike is snowcombing the skating lanes and resetting tracks where needed on all trails across the street this morning. There is 6 to 8 inches of snow packed on the trails, and 8 to 12 inches in the woods. You'll have to pinch yourself while you're out there! Join us tomorrow for Bavarian Ski Festival, complete with games, prizes, amazing food, and awesome skiing. Fun for the whole family. See you at HQ!

Vasa Trail: Report: #17
Date: 01/24/20
Time: 5:10 am

Good Morning,

It is 32 degrees here at the trail head and there is about 1" of new snow. Rain is in the forecast after noon today with temps rising to around 36 degrees. I will be out this morning compacting the new snow on the skate lane portion of the trail. The classic tracks, which are still in good condition, will be left alone.
Peace,

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