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Coach Andy Liebner demonstrating V1 in his skate technique clinic at Forbush Corner this past Saturday.

Coach Andy Liebner demonstrating V1 in his skate technique clinic at Forbush Corner this past Saturday.

Waxing recommendations: Michigan Cup and latest Birkie suggestions
Waxing recommendations: Michigan Cup and latest Birkie suggestions

Waxing recommendations: Michigan Cup and latest Birkie suggestions

2/22/2019 - By Mike Muha

Waxing recommendations for Boyne Vistas, the Muffin Race and the latest round of Birkie suggestions.

Birkie wax recommendations
Birkie wax recommendations

Birkie wax recommendations

2/19/2019 - By Mike Muha

American Birkebeiner wax recommendations have started. See what people are recommending... Toko, FastWax, Swix, Rex, Start, Star, Vauhti...

Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup by 13 points
Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup by 13 points

Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup by 13 points

2/19/2019 - By Mike Muha

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead the Brumbaugh Cup competition as the most powerful team, with 960 point. But Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop is closing in, just 13 points behind.

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RESULTS: Kyle Hanson and Emily Blackmer win Hanson Hills Classic
RESULTS: Kyle Hanson and Emily Blackmer win Hanson Hills Classic

RESULTS: Kyle Hanson and Emily Blackmer win Hanson Hills Classic

2/18/2019 - By Mike Muha

Kyle Hanson and Emily Blackmer win Hanson Hills Classic after both winning the Forbush Freestyle the day before. UPDATED RESULTS FOR EVERYONE ELSE!!!

RESULTS: Emily Blackmer and Kyle Hanson will Forbush Freestyle
RESULTS: Emily Blackmer and Kyle Hanson will Forbush Freestyle

RESULTS: Emily Blackmer and Kyle Hanson will Forbush Freestyle

2/18/2019 - By Mike Muha

The Meijer State Games Of Michigan / Forbush 8K/17K Freestyle race was held this past Saturday on an excellently groomed trail, with cool temperatures and little wind. The course wound around most the Forbush Corner trail system.

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition
Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition

2/15/2019 - By Mike Muha and Chris Jones

Team NordicSkiRacer continues to lead Brumbaugh Cup competition for more powerful team with a narrow lead over Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop

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RESULTS: Vasa still in front. Leaders shuffle around a bit
RESULTS: Vasa still in front. Leaders shuffle around a bit

RESULTS: Vasa still in front. Leaders shuffle around a bit

2/15/2019 - By Mike Muha

With Vasa Fest over, Vasa Ski Club has increased it lead over the Cross Country Ski Headquarters remaining in second. Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team is still in third with only a narrow gap over Team NordicSkiRacer.

Wax recommendations: Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championships!
Wax recommendations: Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championships!

Wax recommendations: Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championships!

2/15/2019 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED WITH SOLDA! Wax recommendations for this weekend's Michigan Cup and Michigan HS Championship races!

RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Classic: Ethan Goss and Emily Blackmer win the 35k
RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Classic: Ethan Goss and Emily Blackmer win the 35k

RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Classic: Ethan Goss and Emily Blackmer win the 35k

2/11/2019 - By Mike Muha

Summary of the results, plus PDF by gender and race distance of the results.

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RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Freestyle: Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson carry the day
RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Freestyle: Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson carry the day

RESULTS: 2019 Vasa Freestyle: Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson carry the day

2/11/2019 - By Mike Muha

Summary of the results, plus PDF by gender and race distance of the results.

Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob starting up
Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob starting up

Nordic Nights at Nubs Nob starting up

2/8/2019 - By The Outfitter Harbor Springs

The Nordic Ski Series at Nubs Nob of years past has been revamped to better meet your needs. Drumroll please… Nordic Nights 2019! Nordic Nights are a great way to get out for a night ski, have fun meeting fellow skinny skiers, and improve your skills!

Vasa still leads; Rebecca Davis and Sam Holmes move to first
Vasa still leads; Rebecca Davis and Sam Holmes move to first

Vasa still leads; Rebecca Davis and Sam Holmes move to first

2/7/2019 - By Mike Muha

The Michigan Cup Team and Individual standings as of the White Pine Stampede are out, and there's been shift in both the team standings and the overall individual leads!

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UPCOMING

SAT, DEC 7, 2019

Forbush Youth Day
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

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

Snow Making Ribbon Cutting Day
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

Wax Clinic
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

WED, DEC 11, 2019

Cross-country ski instruction for kids in 1st-8th Grade
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

SAT, DEC 14, 2019

CXC Cup Opener JNQ - Freestyle Mass Start
Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Spirit Mountain, Duluth, MN

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

Lakes of the North Freestyle
Lakes of the North, 8151 Pineview Drive, Mancelona, MI

Skate and Classic Ski Clinics with Jordyn Ross
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

XC Ski HQ Team Dinner and Season Kick-Off Race Weekend
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

More events...

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

FRI, DEC 6

Lakes of the North: Skied Winter Sports Area trails. Freshly groomed for classic skiing. Nice narrow trails through the woods, up and down fun hills, with deep classic tracks and out of the wind. . Check these out. Trail map available on Lakes of the North website. Combine it with their golf course trail.

Forbush Corner: Larry regroomed the east side trail system and made his first pass on the west side trail system today with the PB 100. Tracks set on all trails. Reports were that the west side was soft but expect it to set up tonight. East side has good coverage, especially the snow making loop. Good for both easy skating and classic. Just a reminder, ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the snow making system tomorrow. Thoughts are we may be able to make snow on the valley segment in the morning for awhile if the temperature cooperates. Also enjoy free skiing and an assortment of soups and sweats. Tomorrow would be a good time to visit Forbush Corner Nordic and see what we are all about if you have been never been here before !

Huron Meadows Metropark: Here's the scoop
Starting Wednesday staff will begin spreading snow on the original loop of buck's run and focus on getting the loop in top shape by Friday afternoon. The connector trail and the extended section will come the following week if the forecasted temps stay. Staff will be working hard on the trail Wednesday through Friday from 7am to 3pm so please give them this time to set the fun in place.
Not 100% sure what the building hours and days will be for next week yet. I will post on Sunday

Hickory Hills: Groomers reported 1" new snow this morning. Both Hickory Hills and H. Meadows were groomed with the Ginzu. A shallow track was set on Hickory Meadows trails.

Vasa Trail: Best ski on Vasa so far on 1-3” fresh silky snow from Timber Ridge, which has been rolled, Special K & 10k. Coverage good enough for my first skin ski, yee-haw!

Vasa Trail: Activity is starting to pick up with a dozen cars in the lot at my late morning arrival, and chatted with several skiers finishing up their laps including Groomer Glen who quickly surveyed the 25K loop his usual skating method sans poles. Consensus was that conditions are surprisingly good considering we've received just slightly over a half foot since our current snow began six days ago. Last night's 1"+ freshened up the heavy duty base that averaged 1" to 2" as compacted with just a couple thin spots. To avoid a face-plant be alert for the liberal dusting of fresh oak leaves in a few areas that will "gotcha" if you step directly on the wrong leaf while placing a skate ski lacking forward inertia. The regulars are happily enjoying the conditions we have while waiting for more snow and less leaves.

Hanson Hills: Skied yellow and red trails. Snow 8-10” deep, midwinter -type snow. Excellent to ski on. The trails are packed and tracked. A little bit of dirt and grass showing in track once in awhile. Perfect for early December. Hope it lasts through March. Get out there while you can.

Hanson Hills: Trails are getting better and better with each groom. Amazing you can be running one day on trails. Then a week later. Skating along with a big grin on your face! Used good skis

Nubs Nob: All trails are packed and in early season condition. Three inches of light snow fell on the trails overnight and we will pack this into the base this morning.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Trail Head Building Will be Open this Weekend: We are going to have the Forestville building open limited hours this weekend. It will be staffed by our new intern Ryan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm. Please pardon our dust. During construction the space inside is very limited for warming so please plan accordingly but rentals will be available as are memberships. Skiers should remember, the building will close at 4PM so plan accordingly (ie, maybe leave your stuff in your car just incase you take an extra loop and return after 4PM).

Forestville: Light traffic on trails yesterday has left them in good shape. Andy will be leading an all day work bee in preparation for Bombi grooming tonight. Every open trail will be race ready for the weekend. Tomorrow looks to be epic skiing. Lets make it count by getting the trails cleared.

Saux Head: All trails were groomed and track set Thursday morning. The trail is in very good skiing condition.

Big Bay Pathway: Sven and crew are still working on clearing trails from the storms. See below for how you can help.

Fit Strip: Not groomed yet.

Michigan Tech Trails: With some light new snow upper and competition trails were groomed and tracked. Maple is showing a thin spot on the first downhill so please be mindful of that while skiing today. To avoid creating any additonal thin spots on upper or competition, tracks will not be re-set until several more inches of snow falls (likely the middle of next week) but skate lanes will be cleared and prepped. Lower trail skate lanes were groomed but tracks were not reset due to multiple thin spots showing. Tolkien was flat-groomed again last night and will be inspected later today for track setting. Have a wonderful weekend of skiing!

ABR Trails: Groomers are out again this morning and have been out on a daily basis keeping the trails freshly groomed and firm. We are skiing on 70 km of trails. Snowfall to date is 56 inches, we have been open since Nov 13th.

Forbush Corner: Received around 2 inches of new snow. Larry is grooming east side again this morning with a track.

Hanson Hills: Cross Country Trail Update:
1 inch of fresh snow overnight. All trails are groomed. Tracks are being set on Green, Blue, Yellow,Brown Wilderness and Easy Return. Make sure to stop in and purchase your daily trail pass, or save money by purchasing your season pass.

Lodge and Trails Open 9am-5pm.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The skiing is great, especially after the fresh snow Wednesday night! Skiers throughout the day yesterday were stoked with the smooth, firm skate lanes, and classic tracks are holding up well too. All trails except Adventure will be snow combed again this morning. Jump on these great conditions! The Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe is serving chili and cookies today, and we will plan to have the full menu available this weekend. We also have our free beginner ski lesson coming up tomorrow, Saturday, at 10:30, as well a wax clinic with Swix's Mike Wagner on Saturday at 3:00pm. Fun weekend ahead at XC Ski HQ, and we hope to see you!

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