Michigan: Northern Lower Peninsula

North of West Branch; includes Traverse City, Grayling, Gaylord, Tawas

Thu, Jan 21: Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn (Bellaire)

From Brad the groomer: entire trail system rolled on January 19th.
All trails Tidd-tech and track-set (except for in the woods because it's too thin) January 20th. Pinecone loop is double track set.
No accumulation overnight and too warm to groom today, Thursday, January 21.
Will groom Friday if we receive more snow and cooler temps.

- Lee. Maynard

Thu, Jan 21: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

Conditions remain excellent, and we received more snow yesterday. We have a great base, full coverage, and excellent conditions for skating and classic skiing on all trails. Skate are freshly snow combed this morning, and classic tracks are in very good shape. We have 8-13 inches of snow in the woods, and 3-6 inches packed on the trails. Temps will be mild today and then stay cold, and we are forecast to receive snow tonight. This weekend will be fantastic, with a Free Ski Lesson, Live Music, and more!

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Gill, Missy, Krista, Alex, Bradley, George, Will, Donnie, Josh, Josie, Annie, Butch, Mike, Joel, Paige, Lissa, Brian and the crew

Thu, Jan 21: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

Seniors (55+) $9 Trail Passes today. Trails are absolutely beautiful! Machine groomed, wide skate lanes and deep tracks.

Meijer State Games- Forbush Freestyle and Hanson Hills Classic registrations open for ONLINE Registration only. Wave Starts (Pick your own, no Male/Female division for starting order).
https://www.skireg.com/nordicevents

- Justin Andre

Thu, Jan 21: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Thursday- January 21, 2021
Open today through Monday 9-5. We received 4-5 inches of fluffy lake effect snow on Tuesday. We will be grooming up the trails today. More snow expected tonight through Friday.

- Ann Wagar

Wed, Jan 20: Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls)

Skated beginner and intermediate trails from 12-2. A couple of inches of dry snow. Skate deck was rolled. Glide was very good. Tracks were set and had good glide. Hap Wright

- Hap Wright

Wed, Jan 20: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)

Delightful conditions on the skate lane today that provided a smooth, mellow, almost buttery under-ski feel that was slightly faster than yesterday's velvety feel. All thanks to three days with snow and as many groomings. The only thin spot of concern on the 10K loop was under the pines just past the bridge. Also freshly set classic tracks for the striders.

- Jim Datsko

Wed, Jan 20: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)

Trailhead still a little thin but skiable. I was skating but the tracks were iffy at the start but all were beautiful after the beginning. Mostly classic skiers out today but skating seamless. I just did the 20K section

- Linda Weeks Kaleita

Wed, Jan 20: Big M (Cadillac)

We have had about 2-3 inches of new snow last night. We have temperatures in the 20's. We were able to groom all the trails! Conditions are good!

- Loren Bach

Wed, Jan 20: Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn (Bellaire)

Good amount of fresh beautiful snow at Schuss today. The groomer was finishing up around 10AM when I set off to skate. Conditions were soft, particularly Poets Loop, which is rolled but no tracks (I don't recommend skiing it yet). Pine Cone was slow but excellent coverage.

- Ceri i Faas

Wed, Jan 20: Michaywe (Gaylord)

Rolled and snow combed entire trail system. Set track on the golf course loops and where conditions allowed elsewhere.

- Mike and Jamie

Wed, Jan 20: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Meijer State Games- Forbush Freestyle and Hanson Hills Classic is open for ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY: https://www.skireg.com/nordicevents

- Justin Andre

Wed, Jan 20: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

Trails are absolutely beautiful! Machine groomed yesterday, wide skate lanes and deep tracks set with a light dusting of new snow on top.

- Justin Andre

Wed, Jan 20: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

We have a strong base, full coverage, and excellent conditions for skating and classic skiing on all trails. Skate lanes will be snow combed this morning, and classic tracks are in great shape. We have 8-13 inches of snow in the woods, and 3-6 inches packed on the trails. Temps are forecast to stay cold, and snow is supposed to keep falling for the next few days. Come enjoy this great snow!

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Gill, Missy, Krista, Alex, Bradley, George, Will, Donnie, Josh, Josie, Annie, Butch, Mike, Joel, Paige, Lissa, Brian and the crew

Tue, Jan 19: Ogemaw Hills Pathway (West Branch)

It was a beautiful day of skiing. 24 deg with light snow falling. About 6-8” on the ground, with a firm groomed base. One day old groom (single track) with 1-2” of fresh powder on top. Clean and fast. Note: The Black loop is best skied clockwise.

- Mike

Tue, Jan 19: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Gorgeous!
Classic tracks in great shape everywhere...deep set and firm on the main trails, where everything was freshly groomed for classic and skating. Wilderness trail (classic only) tracks were slightly less deep, but still very enjoyable. Among the best conditions I’ve ever skied at Hanson Hills; they are doing a fabulous job, and skiers appreciate it.

- Klisterfool’s Best Girl

Tue, Jan 19: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)

Skied everything but headwaters today and the trail is in good shape for both classic and skate. Thank you groomers. Very few bare/thin spots. You can use good to better ski's.

- Steve Westphal

Tue, Jan 19: Michaywe (Gaylord)

Rolled and snow combed entire trail system this morning. Additional snow made a huge difference. Couple more inches and we will start setting some classic track.

- Mike and Jamie

Tue, Jan 19: Dunes Golf Club (Empire)

Good snow for classic. Plenty of snow for fun do sure.
Why hike the park trails when you can ski.
Elevation and mother nature keeps this place going!
Off road parking by the entrance.
No fees
Just good ole skiing.

- Kevin Kelly

Tue, Jan 19: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

We received an inch of new snow overnight.
Machine grooming and setting fresh tracks on the entire trail system today.

Tuesday Trail passes $9 today.

- Justin Andre

Tue, Jan 19: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

We received more snow throughout the day yesterday, and conditions are just fabulous. Groomer Mike will snow comb the skating lanes and reset tracks where possible this morning. We have 8-13 inches of snow in the woods, and 3-6 inches packed on the trails. It's absolutely stunning out there!

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Gill, Missy, Krista, Alex, Bradley, George, Will, Donnie, Josh, Josie, Annie, Butch, Mike, Joel, Paige, Lissa, Brian and the crew

Mon, Jan 18: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Gaylord has 8-10 inches of snow but break through crust. Hidden Valley does not appear to be grooming cross country trails this year. Ended up at Hanson Hills. Excellent tracks, very good skate deck, and no walkers. Hats off to the HH folks for excellence in cross country! Stopped at Forbush Corners. Thank you Ann Wagar for helping with a NNN toe
piece issue. Drove back to boyne in some nice snow Flurries. Also, stopped at Gobblers Restaurant for an excellent turkey dinner. They are doing take out orders. That's my fav Gaylord restaurant. Glad to help them out: tough going right now for restaurants. Hap Wright

- Hap Wright

Mon, Jan 18: 45 North Recreational/Vineyard Trail (Lake Leelanau)

The new snow in Lake Leelanau is welcomed. 45 was great tonight! Thank you Brian for the groom. There are some thin spots, but overall the skiing was delightful. We love you Winter Snow. The big loop is 5k, but there are multiple loops in the vineyard to add more kilometers.

- Karen Kirt

Mon, Jan 18: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

I had wanted to get back for another singletrack ski at Hanson Hills, and Tommy G had groomed it yesterday, so off for another drive in the winter wonderland. Although CCSH ran out of rental skis yesterday & had to send skiers to HH, there was no holiday crowd this afternoon, probably only a dozen xc skiers & the alpine hill wasn't open, so the parking lot was almost empty. I only saw 2 friends, canoe racer Tim Triebold & ski racer Lloyd Anderson. I skied the Wilderness trail, Section 1, Wanderlust, PB&J & Sunset Ridge to The Shack at post #7, then E on Yellow to #5, W on Brown back to the Shack, Buck Snort singletrack up to the M-93 overlook & down Gravity Hill. When it started snowing, the skate lane was silky, oh-la-la! I measured 6" of snow in the woods, and all trails & tracks were completely covered, no dirt. I bought another season pass, my 6th since skiing so many other trails while we wait for more snow on the Vasa trail. Maybe winter has arrived finally since it appears we're in for some snow this week in the TC area & U.P., too! LET IT SNOW!

- Sara Cockrell

Mon, Jan 18: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Some fresh snow out there today, trails were groomed well, tracks pretty deep, with a few dirty spots here and there. We didn't go too far, but it was fine, use some VR55N for kick.

- Allen Sorgenfrei

Mon, Jan 18: Black Mountain (Onaway)

Skied most of the east side trail today, the tracks were pretty decent, but pretty shallow in spots, with some footprints in the tracks. There was almost a half inch of fresh snow, it was better to follow than break trail. Decent grip with Blue Extra. My partner in crime did the west side later, he had to bail out on a couple of downhills where the snow was thinner than the rocks sticking out, but landed without injury.

- Allen Sorgenfrei

Mon, Jan 18: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Grooming east and west side trail system this morning. Colder temperatures should offer more winter like skiing conditions. Still some thin spots in the tracks and skate deck but easily avoided. Jan 18th.

- Michael Bourassa

Mon, Jan 18: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Lodge and trails open at 9am.

Trails are looking beautiful this morning. Tommy G. has combed skate lanes this morning, and reports that set tracks are looking good with a light dusting of new snow in them.

- Justin Andre

Mon, Jan 18: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

We received more fresh snow throughout the day yesterday, adding to the accumulation from earlier in the weekend. It should groom up really nicely today. Groomer Mike will snow comb the skating lanes and reset tracks where needed this morning. Skate lanes are fast and fun! We have 8-13 inches of snow in the woods, and 3-6 inches packed on the trails. The recent snow is still clinging magnificently to the trees, making one feel like she or he is skiing through a painting!

The Jordyn Ross Clinics on Jan 30-31 are filling up fast. There is still room in the Advanced clinics and Junior clinic on Sunday, just call the shop to book: 989-821-6661.

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Gill, Missy, Krista, Alex, Bradley, George, Will, Donnie, Josh, Josie, Annie, Butch, Mike, Joel, Paige, Lissa, Brian and the crew

Sun, Jan 17: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Fabulous grooming & trail conditions at Forbush again today! There is some avoidable dirt in the skate lane & tracks but limited base still. The tracks are fast, deep & hardpack, but easy to step out onto the skate corduroy, or snowplow with one ski. I love hills, so skied my favorites, the snowmaking loop, Ridge, Badlands & 2 laps of Roller Coaster, yee-haw! It was so fun to see so many friends gathering at the Badlands/Roller Coaster intersection between loops. Since I strained my back earlier this week, I needed to take it easy to pace myself for my 3rd week in Marquette. But, tomorrow looks like another great opportunity to ski the Wilderness singletrack at Hanson Hills since Tommy G groomed it today. Afterwards, I picked up a Paddle Hard Brewery pizza for my drive back to TC, and stopped by for the drive-by 90th birthday celebration for George Lombard! He has done so much for our Vasa trail, and is such an amazing athlete at 90 still. If we could all enjoy good health into our later years like he has! Counting my blessings each & every day, esp while out enjoying the trails on my skis with friends!

- Sara Cockrell

Sun, Jan 17: Vasa Trail (Traverse City)

Was surprised to see so many cars in the parking lot given the recent conditions. Turned out the skiing was worth the drive. Though barely an inch by the TH, there were a couple of inches heavy wet fresh snow farther out, may even have seen a few areas of 3" on top of the tired surviving base. Good glide if overlaying someone else's track, otherwise slower when compressing the snow as you went. Should be decent skiing tomorrow after tonight's below 32F and probable rolling of the lane by the groomers. Basically bare wood on the bridge, and nearly bare at the usual thin spot just past the bridge, otherwise good coverage except for a few thin spots under trees. Big parade this afternoon just south of the course complete with fire engines and police car lights as the long line of us in our drive-by celebrated the big 9-0 B-day of the builder of the Vasa .

- Jim Datsko

Sun, Jan 17: Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn (Bellaire)

Good afternoon from the SCR Nordic Center. The snow is thin, patchy and wet on our trails, and we recommend rock skis...it is a good day for a hike, my friends...wake up Ullr and Lumi and send us some snow!!

- Shawn

Sun, Jan 17: Sleeping Bear Dunes (Empire)

We received only a dusting of snow on the Heritage Trail over the past couple of days. Ski conditions are terrible. Bare spots in many places and essentially no base.

Even Palmer Woods only got about 1/2" of fresh snow.

Conditions are the same on backcountry hiking trails. Backcountry skiing on our hiking trails is not recommended.

If you are hiking on rustic trails in the park (like Empire Bluff or Pyramid Point), your best bet is walking with good tread shoes with micro-spikes or Yak Tracks. You might also want to use trekking poles. As these trails get more use, they will become slippery and icy, so enhanced traction with spikes will be helpful.

The latest ski report information is updated regularly on our website.

Ski Conditions

Empire to Dune Climb - NOT GROOMED - thin snow covering - some areas with no snow.
Dune Climb to Glen Haven - NOT GROOMED - thin snow covering and some areas with no snow.
Glen Haven to Glen Arbor - NOT GROOMED - thin snow covering and some areas with no snow.
Crystal View Trailhead to Port Oneida Road - NOT GROOMED - thin snow covering.
Port Oneida Road to Bohemian Road - NOT GROOMED - thin snow covering.
Backcountry Park hiking trails - NOT GROOMED - thin snow covering.
Palmer Woods - NOT GROOMED - thin snow covering.

- Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sun, Jan 17: Michaywe (Gaylord)

Base has firmed up some and water has leached out of the heavy wet snow. One lap of the entire trail system was snow combed this morning. Herringbone is still thin, the rest of the system is pretty good. A few more inches of snow would go a long way!

- Mike Normand

Sun, Jan 17: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Lodge and Trails open at 9am.
Another beautiful day to be outside!
Light snow this morning. Groomer Tommy G. is combing all skate lanes this morning, and then will reset tracks on Wilderness.

- Justin Andre

Sun, Jan 17: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Light snow falling and grooming underway on the Snowmaking Loop and all the East side trails - Ridge, Badlands, Pancake, and Rollercoaster. Fresh corduroy on the skate deck and new classic tracks. West side trails were groomed yesterday and the tracks remain in very good condition.

Open 9 - 5 today and tomorrow.

- Forbush Gang

Sun, Jan 17: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

The snow from Friday night groomed up beautifully, making for spectacular conditions yesterday. Groomer Butch will groom again this morning, and will set fresh tracks and snow comb the skating lanes. Conditions are excellent. We have 8-13 inches of snow in the woods, and 3-6 inches packed on the trails. It's a winter wonderland out there!

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Gill, Missy, Krista, Alex, Bradley, George, Will, Donnie, Josh, Josie, Annie H., Annie B., Lissa, Brian and the crew

Sat, Jan 16: Lost Lakes Pathway (Interlochen)

Interlochen received 1" fresh wet snow by 10 am, 2" by 12 noon. Under forest trees, it was generally 1/4" to 1" fresh snow over a thin, soft base. Where the base had melted (short sections at low, bog-level elevation), we had to walk our skis over bare ground. Bare ground was mainly on the third or farthest loop, the first loop has a good base. Large roots are exposed in places. Hikers and fat-bikers were also out, packing new snow into the base.

The pathway was marginally skiable and the forest was beautiful in white. We used our 60mm wide Evo "rock" skis.

- Paula Dreeszen

Sat, Jan 16: Dunes Golf Club (Empire)

Snow gnomes busy reconstructing snow levels of the entire area! Most of the base survived and new accumulations and colder temps will bring the area back up to life. 1" + new, base is in recovery mode and is a great place for all virtual races or just plain skiing fun in the reality mode.
Ski it to believe it!

- Kevin Kelly

Sat, Jan 16: Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn (Bellaire)

Good snowy morning from Schuss Nordic Center! We have one whole inch of new, wet snow covering what is left of our base. Brad the Groomer rolled Pinecone this morning, and says, “It is a great day for a hike.”
Stay tuned for tomorrow morning’s Brad the Groomer update, and hopefully Nature will dump another inch on us!

- Shawn

Sat, Jan 16: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

We received about two inches of heavy, dense snow last night. Prior to the snow was quite a bit of wintery mix, so grooming may be a project this morning! Groomer Mike will attempt to snow comb the skating lanes and set fresh tracks on all trails this morning. It may take him longer than usual due to the density of the snow. Conditions will likely be a little wet, but overall great for classic and skating! Trails have full coverage and the snow clinging to the branches is breathtaking. We have 8-13 inches of snow in the woods, and 3-6 inches packed on the trails. Gourmet Mac-N-Cheese lunch special today!

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Gill, Missy, Krista, Alex, Bradley, George, Will, Donnie, Josh, Josie, Annie H., Annie B., Lissa, Brian and the crew

Sat, Jan 16: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Saturday-January 16, 2021
We received about an inch of new snow. We will be grooming up the trails this morning and skiing should be quite nice. There will still be some thin and dirty spots to avoid. 20% off apparel and 10% off gloves this weekend Open 9-5.

- Ann Wagar

Sat, Jan 16: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Lodge and Trails open at 9am

We received 1 inch of new snow overnight. Groomers Tommy G. and Jason are out combing Cote Dame Race Course this morning.

Cote Dame Update: Bib Pick up at our Tubing Check in Shack 8am-9:30am.

- Justin Andre

Fri, Jan 15: Ogemaw Hills Pathway (West Branch)

Early PM. Mix of drizzle/snow, 32-33. Three-quarters inch of new wet snow. 100% humidity. Ample base of wet compact snow with no bare or thinning spots, > 3 inches. Classical was slow-going but breaking trail over old set tracks was easy enough.

- Sean Cross

Fri, Jan 15: Hanson Hills (Grayling)

Despite warm weather we still have decent snow coverage of entire trail system. Groomer Tommy G. is out with a snow shovel, laying white patch on thin spots.

Cote Dame Marie Online Registration: https://www.skireg.com/cote-dame-marie-ski-loppet
Registration ends at NOON today.

- Justin Andre

Fri, Jan 15: Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Higgins Lake)

With temps currently hovering around freezing, and snow in the forecast for this morning, we have decided to postpone grooming until tomorrow. This will let the snow accumulate, set up, and dry out before we run a machine on it. Trails are open; however, if the snow this morning turns out to be very wet, we will likely close the trails for the rest of today so that we can have the best possible conditions for the weekend. Feel free to call the shop for an update later this morning. Let it snow!

- Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Erin, Gill, Missy, Krista, Alex, Bradley, George, Will, Donnie, Josh, Josie, Annie H., Annie B., Lissa, Brian and the crew

Fri, Jan 15: Forbush Corner (Frederic)

Friday- January 15, 2021- Good news and bad news, it’s too warm to groom, but because it’s warm the trails are not icy. All the trails are skiable with good coverage and a classic track, but expect spring like conditions. Snow possible throughout the day and night. Hoping winter shows up soon

- Ann Wagar