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Practicing corners at Forbush Corner this past Saturday.

Practicing corners at Forbush Corner this past Saturday.

What wax to use when?
What wax to use when?

What wax to use when?

12/12/2019 - By Ian Harvey

Picking the right wax is more complicated than simply looking at a wax chart. Snow and air temperature, free moisture, and snow crystal type all play a role.

Waxing recommendations for this weekend's MI Cup and JNQ races
Waxing recommendations for this weekend's MI Cup and JNQ races

Waxing recommendations for this weekend's MI Cup and JNQ races

12/12/2019 - By Mike Muha

So far, only Toko has posted any recommendations, and the Swix recommendation site is gone! I'll update if other recommendations are released!

WADA bans Russia for 4 years
WADA bans Russia for 4 years

WADA bans Russia for 4 years

12/10/2019 - By Mike Muha

Russia has been banned from the Olympics and other competitions for 4 years because of drug testing data manipulations.

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Work bees for Noque Trail
Work bees for Noque Trail

Work bees for Noque Trail

12/5/2019 - By NTN Trails

There are four scheduled volunteer events planned starting Friday including two at Forestville and two at Big Bay to deal with all the downed trees across the trails.

ABR makes USA Today 10 Best list
ABR makes USA Today 10 Best list

ABR makes USA Today 10 Best list

12/2/2019 - By Mike Muha

ABR Trails made USA Today's 10 Best list, the only Michigan resort to do so. Stokely Creek Lodge also made the list.

Nordiq Canada bans medium and high fluoro waxes
Nordiq Canada bans medium and high fluoro waxes

Nordiq Canada bans medium and high fluoro waxes

11/27/2019 - By Mike Muha

Nordiq Canada has banned the use of medium and high fluoro waxes in all Tier 2 and some Tier 1 races

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Forbush Corner ribbon cutting and youth day, Dec 7
Forbush Corner ribbon cutting and youth day, Dec 7

Forbush Corner ribbon cutting and youth day, Dec 7

11/27/2019 - By Mike Muha

Forbush corner is hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their new snowmaking system plus a Youth Day for kids on Saturday December 7.

White Pine Stampede: New Race Director and Committee Members
White Pine Stampede: New Race Director and Committee Members

White Pine Stampede: New Race Director and Committee Members

11/25/2019 - By White Pine Stampede

The White Pine Stampede Committee announced a new director and committee members as they kick off official preparations for the 44th annual race to be held Feb. 1, 2020.

FIS bans fluorine waxes for the 2020/2021 season
FIS bans fluorine waxes for the 2020/2021 season

FIS bans fluorine waxes for the 2020/2021 season

11/24/2019 - By Mike Muha

The International Ski Federation's (FIS) Committee for Competition Equipment has banned the use of fluorinated ski waxes or all FIS disciplines starting with the 2020/2021 season.

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Reserve Fischer demo skis in West Yellowstone
Reserve Fischer demo skis in West Yellowstone

Reserve Fischer demo skis in West Yellowstone

11/13/2019 - By Fischer Skis

Reserve Fischer Demo equipment for on-trail testing at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival!

NENSA bans pure fluoros
NENSA bans pure fluoros

NENSA bans pure fluoros

11/5/2019 - By Mike Muha

NENSA has banned the use of pure fluoro ski wax topcoats and is limiting use of paraffin-based fluoro glide waxes for the 2019-2020 season over concerns of health risks.

Kikkan Randal to speak in Traverse City on Nov 14
Kikkan Randal to speak in Traverse City on Nov 14

Kikkan Randal to speak in Traverse City on Nov 14

11/4/2019 - By Vasa Ski Club

Olympic champion Kikkan Randall will present a talk and sign autographs on the Hagerty Campus, 141 Rivers Edge Drive, Traverse City on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

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UPCOMING

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

SUN, DEC 15, 2019

CXC Cup Opener JNQ - Classic Sprint
Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Spirit Mountain, Duluth, MN

Forbush Time Trial
Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

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

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

Hickory Hills Open House & Potluck
Hickory Hills, 2000 Randolph St, Traverse City, Michigan 49684

WED, DEC 18, 2019

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

More events...

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

THU, DEC 12

Vasa Trail: No new snow since yesterday on my late afternoon ski of the 10K loop, but a lot more fresh leaves. Otherwise same conditions as in yesterday's report with just a few thin spots. A fun skate today with Poleless Glen the lead groomer who like all of us has "had it" with the oak leaves, so he designed and will be welding together a tow-able 8' leaf rake. Snow was coming down in chunks on my evening drive home so maybe it will bury those darn leaves before the rain arrives tomorrow.

Lakes of the North: Superb skate conditions exist today. Zero bare spots. Shaping up to be a great race weekend. The Winterstart race starts at 11am on Sat from the Settings Restaurant at LofNorth. Free for all juniors. $15 adults with free luncheon following the race. 7.5km course.

Forbush Corner: Classic skied at Forbush for about 2.5 hours today. Deep classic tracks throughout the East system trails with only a few spots that still have debris in them, easily avoided. Since the forest is mostly white pine, there is no oak leaf problem.

Dunes Golf Club: Fabulous crust base with 3" new on top. Great classic and hardy skaters.
Skate track 3 fairways from the east. Park by shops.
4 mi east of empire on m 72.

Just good stuff.
Kevinski slowski

Forbush Corner: Skated skied all of the east side trails. Very nice conditions. Tracks also looked deep with only a few thin spots.

Forbush Corner: Good news at Forbush. Larry was able to set classic tracks on all the East Side Trails. A few thin spots but it is currently snowing so should fill in nicely. Skate lanes will be a little soft today but good coverage.

Hickory Hills: John K. groomed the Hickory Hills and Meadows trails with the Ginzu late afternoon yesterday. Big cheers to City mechanics for some important and timely repairs to the Ginzu groomer yesterday afternoon.

Meadows: The Ginzu pulled up some grass and dirt on uneven parts of the trail, mainly along the perimeter and drainage crossings. Good conditions were found on the interior of the upper (western, closest to parking meadows). Conditions should remain good today, especially on the interior of meadows, at least until temperatures rise.

Hickory Hills: Thin spots were reported, especially on uneven portions of trail. Use caution on descents as occasional dirt and leaves may have been turned up.

The Vasa Ski Club will host an Open House and Potluck at Hickory Hills Sunday, Dec. 15. 2-5 PM. Check out trails on the Hills and Meadows as well as the gorgeous new lodge.

Forbush Corner: Larry is headed out with the Pisten Bully this morning to groom all the East Side Trails. We will report back later on the condition of the skate lane and classic tracks but early indication is that is should turn out very nice.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: While temps have cooled dramatically, and we have received some additional snow since the wet weather early this week, the trails are not suitable for skiing just yet. We need more snow! We have been making snow the last two nights, and we will commence on creating a man-made loop once we see what the next snow system brings us. For the weekend, plan on a minimum of the practice area with full coverage for demos, the Saturday Free Ski Lesson at 10:30am, and the Jordyn Ross Clinics beginning at 2:00pm. There may be some decent skiing across the street, too, depending on the snowfall before then. Stay tuned!

THE JORDYN ROSS CLINICS THIS WEEKEND ARE FILLING UP FAST! There is still space for Proficient Beginner Classic and Skating Clinics on Saturday, and Advanced Classic on Sunday. Visit our website to register, or call 800-832-2663.

WED, DEC 11

Hickory Hills: Hickory Meadows was cold but nice to ski. Over an inch of new snow on top of yesterdays made for very good conditions. As I was leaving in the afternoon coach K was grooming with the ginzu, probably to make things good for the HS team that was showing up. Didn't ski the hills but I understand it is groomed or at least rolled. Waiting for a little more snow before attacking some of those hills.

Vasa Trail: Averaging about an inch of fresh snow around the 10K course since yesterday, skiing continues to improve. Start Green skate wax worked well with 11F temp at the 4K trail-split during my sunset cruise. Otherwise conditions about the same as yesterday's report with 3K, 5K, 10K and 25K loops including Special K rolled then.

Sleeping Bear Dunes: I know you are looking out your window and seeing fresh snow, BUT we didn't get much at Sleeping Bear Dunes!

We have only about 1" of fresh snow over an icy base on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Too little for grooming. Temperatures are supposed to warm up and possibly more snow in the coming days. We will keep you posted.

Palmer Woods is higher elevation and has 2" of fresh snow over an icy base. It has not been groomed.

Hanson Hills: We received another 1/2 inch of snow overnight, Groomer Tommy G. has been out this morning combing skate lanes and resetting tracks.


Join Us December 21st.
Our Staff and Volunteer Board would like to thank the generous community for supporting and funding the much needed renovation project. You are invited to join the celebration of the opening of our newly renovated Lodge at Hanson Hills Recreation Area.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 11:30pm
FREE HOT-DOGS 11:30pm—1:30pm
FREE Beginner XC Ski Lesson 12:00pm
Call for Lesson Information 989-348-9266
ENTER TO WIN— A PAIR OF SNOW SHOES

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