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The Night Rollerskiers / Nightervals
11/19/2013 - Good fun when six show up to do rollerski intervals in the dark.

Oh, how to wax
12/30/2012 - Wax too warm, ice in the fluff. Wax too cold, no kick in the track.

Back on snow - Finally!
12/15/2012 - Wintersonnewende shows just what kind of shape I'm in...

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Rollerski length and weight affects technique

Thu, Dec 24, 2015 - By Mike Muha

Rollerski are touted as the most specific training available next to being on snow. But are your rollerskis actually hurting your technique?

Yellowstone Ski Festival pre-season discounted passes on sale now

Fri, Oct 16, 2015 - By Moira Dow

Yellowstone Ski Festival pre-season discounted passes on sale now Prepaid trail passes are now available for the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Passes are valid from November 1-30. Passes can be purchased through the mail or online.

Train hard, gain a second. Train easy, gain 15 seconds

Wed, Jun 24, 2015 - By Mike Muha

Train hard, gain a second. Train easy, gain 15 seconds Hammer all you want. You'll get faster and stronger. But if you spend some time practicing your downhill technique, you may get faster sooner.

Ski Fest a warm 62 degrees

Thu, Oct 30, 2014 - By Curt Peterson

Ski Fest a warm 62 degrees Skiers enjoyed a 62 deg sunny day to race. Overall winners were Steve Smigiel Jr. and Heidi Schwab. Particularly noteworthy was the performance of Ryan Durand, age 12 who finished 3rd overall besting the times of many seasoned Michigan Cup racers.

Vasa Trail committee submits Fat Bike plan to DNR

Tue, Oct 28, 2014 - By Mark Esper

Vasa Trail committee submits Fat Bike plan to DNR A proposal to create a groomed fat bike trail system was submitted to the DNR on September 16, 2014. The DNR has "conceptually approved" this work and is fast-tracking the process. It is our hope that actual approval will be granted very soon.

Skier Ken Roth named Citizen of the Year

Wed, Oct 22, 2014 - By Mike Muha

Skier Ken Roth named Citizen of the Year Ken Roth, member of Team NordicSkiRacer, 12-year member of the Northville Schools Board of Education, business man, and one of the people who has made the Frosty Freestyle cross country ski race successful, was named "John Genitti Citzen of the Year".

Make your own rollerski fenders

Sun, Oct 19, 2014 - By Randy Kessler

Make your own rollerski fenders I love everything about my rollerskis except...water from the rear wheel during wet conditions comes onto the back of my leg and fills my boots up very quickly. Here's how I made my own rollerski fenders to keep the water out...

Scavenger hunt kills Kikkan Randall's Olympic dreams

Sat, Oct 18, 2014 - By Mike Muha

Scavenger hunt kills Kikkan Randall's Olympic dreams The Wall Street Journal explains how a scavenger hunt ruined Kikkan Randall's chance at an medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Randall, who was the favorite to win the Freestyle Sprint race, failed to even make it out of the quarterfinals.

Borah Teamwear offers exclusive Birchleggings Club Nordic Apparel

Wed, Oct 15, 2014 - By Ben Wizner

Borah Teamwear offers exclusive Birchleggings Club Nordic Apparel Borah Teamwear, a long-time supporter and recent sponsor of the American Birkebeiner, has collaborated with the renowned Birchleggings Club, providing an exclusive custom Nordic apparel collection available to the 1300 plus members.

VASA Economic Report at Michigan Trails Advisory Council

Wed, Oct 15, 2014 - By Mike Muha

VASA Economic Report at Michigan Trails Advisory Council Julie Clark (Executive Director of TART Trails) and Sherwood Smith (Avenue ISR, a marketing advisor) will provide a VASA Economic Report to the Michigan Trails Advisory Council on Oct 28.

Northug gets jail time, pays big fine, loses license for drunk driving

Mon, Oct 13, 2014 - By Mike Muha

Norwegian cross country skiing superstar Peter Northug pleaded guilty to several charges related to his drinking-related crash of his Audi back on May 3. He was sentenced to 50 days in jail, fined about $30,000, and banned from driving.

Nordic Ski Fest on Oct 25

Wed, Oct 8, 2014 - By Curt Peterson

Nordic Ski Fest on Oct 25 Once again, the Vasa Ski Club presents the USA's first Nordic ski race of the season and first Michigan Cup race of the season.

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