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Dan Yankus heading out for another lap at Krazy Klassic. Notice the smile on his face - first cross country ski race in several years, and he's really happy!

Dan Yankus heading out for another lap at Krazy Klassic. Notice the smile on his face - first cross country ski race in several years, and he's really happy!

Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup
Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup

Team NordicSkiRacer leads Brumbaugh Cup

1/18/2019 - By Mike Muha

With four races into the season, Team NordicSkiRacer leads the Brumbaugh Cup for strongest Michigan Cup Team.

UPDATED: Wax recommendations for Cote Dame Marie and Gitchi Gami Games
UPDATED: Wax recommendations for Cote Dame Marie and Gitchi Gami Games

UPDATED: Wax recommendations for Cote Dame Marie and Gitchi Gami Games

1/17/2019 - By Mike Muha

Added Solda recommendation... Wax recommendations for Cote Dame Marie (Michigan Cup) and Gitchi Gami Games (Junior National Qualifer)

Forbush Corner to install 2.5km of snowmaking over summer
Forbush Corner to install 2.5km of snowmaking over summer

Forbush Corner to install 2.5km of snowmaking over summer

1/15/2019 - By Forbush Corner

Forbush Corner Nordic cross-country ski center will be substantially extending their ski season by installing a state-of-the-art snow-making system which will initially encompass a 2.5-kilometer trail.

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RESULTS: Lars Hallstrom and Jordyn Ross win Krazy Klassic
RESULTS: Lars Hallstrom and Jordyn Ross win Krazy Klassic

RESULTS: Lars Hallstrom and Jordyn Ross win Krazy Klassic

1/14/2019 - By Mike Muha

Lars Hallstrom and Jordyn Ross won both the Krazy Klassic and the weekend award for lowest cumulative time over the Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic races.

RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Jordyn Ross win 10th anniversary Frosty Freestyle
RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Jordyn Ross win 10th anniversary Frosty Freestyle

RESULTS: Alex Vanias and Jordyn Ross win 10th anniversary Frosty Freestyle

1/12/2019 - By Mike Muha

Alex Vanias came in first in 30:29. For the women, Grand Rapids Nordic's Jordyn Ross was first in 36:06. Conditions were great for the 10th running of the Frosty Freestyle

The Gobles do well at US Nationals for Michigan Tech
The Gobles do well at US Nationals for Michigan Tech

The Gobles do well at US Nationals for Michigan Tech

1/11/2019 - By Michigan Tech

Former Michigan Cup skiers Reid and Sarah Goble had good finishes at US Nationals, with Reid in the top five in the Freestyle Sprint.

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UPDATED: Waxing recommendations for the Frosty Fest races and SISU
UPDATED: Waxing recommendations for the Frosty Fest races and SISU

UPDATED: Waxing recommendations for the Frosty Fest races and SISU

1/10/2019 - By Mike Muha

UPDATE: Added Solda recommendation. Wax recommendations for upcoming Michigan Cup races (the Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic plus SISU.

RESULTS: 6-Hour Michigan Cup Team Relay
RESULTS: 6-Hour Michigan Cup Team Relay

RESULTS: 6-Hour Michigan Cup Team Relay

1/8/2019 - By Mike Muha

Finally, it snowed! After a very un-snowy holiday season, Hanson Hills go dumped on in time for the 6-Hour Michigan Cup Team Relay.

Wax recommendations: Team Relay
Wax recommendations: Team Relay

Wax recommendations: Team Relay

1/4/2019 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for the 6-Hour Michigan Cup Team Relay at Hanson Hills in Grayling, MI.

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Five (!?!?) lead Michigan Cup Standings
Five (!?!?) lead Michigan Cup Standings

Five (!?!?) lead Michigan Cup Standings

12/26/2018 - By Mike Muha

Jordyn Ross, Kyle Hanson, Sam Holmes, Andrew Amato, and Annie Paulson lead the pack after two races.

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club is starting its second season
Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club is starting its second season

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club is starting its second season

12/18/2018 - By Ricardo Lung and Doug Heady

Our goal is to give young skiers an opportunity to cross country ski with their peers, advance their skiing skills and have FUN. Skiers of all abilities are welcome to join and learn a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime.

RESULTS: Jordyn Ross and Kyle Hanson take Forbush Time Trial
RESULTS: Jordyn Ross and Kyle Hanson take Forbush Time Trial

RESULTS: Jordyn Ross and Kyle Hanson take Forbush Time Trial

12/17/2018 - By Mike Muha and Michael Bourassa

It was Jordyn Ross (GRNST), Rebecca Davis, and Mariah Frye-Colie for the second time this weekend. Kyle Hanson (Team NordicSkiRacer) beat Vasa's Sam Holmes, with Kevin Tarras third in the men's race.

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UPCOMING

SAT, JAN 19, 2019

Gitchi Gami Games - Classic Sprint
Birkie Trailhead, Cable, WI

Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI

Stretch and Slide: A Yoga-Ski Retreat!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson (XCHQ)
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Gourmet Mac ‘n Cheese Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Northbound Outfitters Kids Race
Northbound Outfitters, corner of M-72 and Old Lake Rd., Grayling, MI

SUN, JAN 20, 2019

Gitchi Gami Games - Classic Mass Start
Birkie Trailhead, Cable, WI

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club skiing
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Gourmet Mac ‘n Cheese Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

MON, JAN 21, 2019

Gourmet Mac ‘n Cheese Bar
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

TUE, JAN 22, 2019

4-H Junior Ski Program
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

FRI, JAN 25, 2019

Junior Noque
Forestville Trailhead, Marquette, MI

SAT, JAN 26, 2019

Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Marquette, MI

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson (XCHQ)
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

SAT, JAN 19

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: After some fresh snow in the past couple days, plus tremendous snow spreading and doctoring efforts by Mike and Tony, conditions range from good to excellent on all trails except Tall Pines. Groomer Mike will snow comb the skating lanes this morning, and fresh tracks were set on the Trappers Cabin trail yesterday. The best conditions are on the Rolling Hills, Trappers Cabin, Wild Turkey and Manitou trails. The worst of the hard-packed spots have been patched up, so aside from bits of oak leaves, conditions are overall very good for skating and good for classic!

Today's Stone Turtle Cafe Lunch Special is the Gourmet Mac 'n Cheese bar!! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own mac-sterpiece. Plus, stop by and demo the brand new 2020 Fischer 3D Speedmax Skate skis, with gliding sidewalls! Good luck to all Cote Dame racers today!

FRI, JAN 18

Huron Meadows Metropark: Good conditions for both skate and classic today.
Just avoid the added back loop. Dirt in tracks and skate lane.

Vasa Trail: To answer Phil's question about the 10K loop, I skated it this afternoon and continue to be amazed at how well it is holding up with faster than average skate speeds and plenty of control thanks to the groomers breaking up and freshening the top layer whenever it starts to become a little too hard-packed. Just a couple of thins spots easily avoided. The worst of it is the first 1/2 K from the trailhead and improves after that. The leaves have been mulched up enough from grooming, or covered under the latest inch of snow so they aren't the face-plant problem they once were. A couple of the groomers will be at ABR Groomers College next week, so they will continue to provide state-of-the-art world class grooming

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Brad the Groomer spiffed up the skate-skiing on Pine Cone and Winter Brook. Both trails are in good condition for skaters and classic skiers. Snow is thin on Poet’s Loop, Moonlite Run and Meadow Run, while Mountain Creek is track-set, and “real fast, real good” with thin spots in the woods (skier Jamison). 6-8” snow, come enjoy the Up North winter.

Vasa Trail: I wanted to ski a LSD (Long, Slow Distance) today since mild temps & TCAPS had a 1/2 day, so no Nordic Rocks PE classes this afternoon at Blair. I invited several girlfriends, but only Kathy Cook-Dowd answered the call to join me. We started at Timber Ridge, skiing the entire 27km loop counterclockwise, including, of course, Jack Pine,The Nipple & Headwaters, since we both love downhills, yee-haw!!! Although Kathy is faster than me, we completed it in 3:15 hrs, so not so slow. We enjoyed the classic tracks, esp on the 25k loop, and the trail, which was in good condition, except for the oak leaves & tree debris, since didn't get turned under completely during this morning's groom of only 1-2" dusting of overnight snow. We used our skin skis since the tracks were a little crusty & too many leaves for kick wax. In addition, we enjoyed the sun peeking through the clouds, which feels warm when you stop to soak up a few rays! LET IT SNOW!!!

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Classic skied from the Forestville trailhead down to the Noque finish at the log yard this morning. A whole mix of conditions, but mostly poor overall. Tracks were soft and skate lane had a large rut in the middle from fatbikers. Downhills into the ponds were not an issue, no jagged ice. Conditions past the railroad tracks were the most problematic. This section of trail sees a lot of walkers and dogs. The snow depth is also a lot less, so the trail was very hardpacked and dirty with leaves and pine needles.

Vasa Trail: The Vasa continues to hold up well after an inch or two of new snow and a fresh groom earlier today.

I skated the back side (TR to the Rock) and, aside from the leaves, thought the trail was fine. Classic tracks are washed out in a few places but otherwise holding up.

Has anyone skied headwaters/5k/10k?

Hanson Hills: Dick Fultz, Steve Westphal, Jorden Wakeley and I all skied Hanson Hills today. Nothing but excellent conditions. Wide, flat, corduroy, and FAST! Steve and Dick say its some of the nicest skiing they have had all year. Great job to the groomers for keeping it up.

Cote Dame Marie Race tomorrow morning at 10am!

Cote Dame Kids ski festival 1-4pm at NB

Stop by Northbound for BIG SALES this weekend! and to see me, Biker Bob

Crystal Mountain: We did not groom yesterday and today so I went out and skied so I could give you a first hand report. Yesterday I parked by the art park and skied upper stag, does, squirrel, went down aspen climb and came back on loons. The hills were fast but manageable (read-I didn't fall). This morning I skied Jacks and Hawks along with everything I skied yesterday. We got a little dusting which made the hills more friendly. The tracks are better than I thought they would be (I'm a strider) on Loons and upper Stag. It was beautiful out there. Come on over and enjoy the sunshine before it gets cold.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Started my ski just before daylight and grooming began. Conditions were very good. With the warm temp the trail stayed soft enough for great control. Classic tracks were in good shape as well.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks Run will be groomed this morning, and should be ready for use by 9:00. We will be hauling some snow to the connector trail from the woods to the ski center. Please use caution if maintenance is present on this section of the trail. Otherwise enjoy!

Dunes Golf Club: Great fields of white! 4" + with 1" new powder. Classic tracks filled in but skiable and my skate track ( 3rd fairway east by the portapotty) has a firm and fast deck. Overall for natural backcountry cross-country skiing us can't beat it... Make your own fun!!!
Serving th empire, Glen arbor , maple city and northern benzie county areas.
Limited plowed parking
4 mi. East of empire on m-72. please avoid the greens
kevinski slowski

Forbush Corner: After yesterday’s fresh groom on the east side and good results for both the skate lane and classic tracks, Larry is headed out to groom the west side. About one inch of fresh snow that squeezed itself out of the clouds last night will also enhance the trail system. 15% off on hard and soft goods continues in the shop.

Stokely Creek: Over 4 inches of fresh snow in the last couple days. Guests are saying, "skiing on Stokely trails gets better every year!" Groomers going out again today. Beautiful morning with all the trees covered with snow. As I mentioned on Face Book today, our rooms for the month of February are almost totally booked. The next couple weeks have availability.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received about a half inch of snow last night, and the Headquarters trails are in really good shape! Trail doctors Mike and Tony did a lot of snow spreading and some targeted trail doctoring this past week, which yielded fantastic results. Groomer Mike will snow comb the skating lanes this morning, and set fresh tracks on the Trappers Cabin trail. The best conditions are on the Rolling Hills, Trappers Cabin, Wild Turkey and Manitou trails. Many of the hard-packed spots were re-covered by snow doctoring efforts yesterday, so aside from bits of oak leaves and a couple remaining hard-packed spots under the big trees, it's overall great skiing and should be enjoyed by many!

Today's Stone Turtle Day Lodge Lunch Special is a bowl of chili and a Bosco stick for $5! Join us this weekend for lots of great events, including Full Moon Night Skiing tonight from 6PM-8PM, a free ski lesson Saturday at 10:30, and a Gourmet Mac 'n Cheese Bar all weekend!

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