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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!

Noquemanon Ski Marathon waxing recommendations
Noquemanon Ski Marathon waxing recommendations

Noquemanon Ski Marathon waxing recommendations

1/25/2018 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for upcoming races: Noquemanon Ski Marathon

Clark skiing 36th Great Bear Chase this year
Clark skiing 36th Great Bear Chase this year

Clark skiing 36th Great Bear Chase this year

1/24/2018 - By Angela Luskin

The first Great Bear Chase took place in 1981 and Richard Clark was there. This year marks the 36th annual ski marathon and Richard Clark plans to be there, just as he has for every Great Bear Chase.

Swix to sell Finite Ski Tools
Swix to sell Finite Ski Tools

Swix to sell Finite Ski Tools

1/23/2018 - By Swix

Called the black box secret at World Cup and Olympic Nordic Ski races for over a decade, Finite creates precise ski structure tools with unmatched accuracy and versatility.

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RESULTS: Vanias and Darnton win relocated Cote Dame Marie Loppet
RESULTS: Vanias and Darnton win relocated Cote Dame Marie Loppet

RESULTS: Vanias and Darnton win relocated Cote Dame Marie Loppet

1/20/2018 - By Mike Muha

Alex Vanias (Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop) holding off Sam Holmes (Vasa Ski Club) to finish first for the senior men. Cheryl Darnton takes the women's victory!

Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop leads Brumbaugh Cup
Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop leads Brumbaugh Cup

Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop leads Brumbaugh Cup

1/19/2018 - By Mike Muha

There have been many changes to the Brumbaugh Cup standings since the end of 2017, with the Vasa Ski Club sinking from first place to fourth, and Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop taking over first place.

Cote Dame Marie waxing recommendations!
Cote Dame Marie waxing recommendations!

Cote Dame Marie waxing recommendations!

1/18/2018 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED! (added Toko). Just what you need to figure out how to wax for warming weather and a relocated race!

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Brenda Carlson and Glenn Goodman lead Michigan Cup after 5 races
Brenda Carlson and Glenn Goodman lead Michigan Cup after 5 races

Brenda Carlson and Glenn Goodman lead Michigan Cup after 5 races

1/18/2018 - By Mike Muha

It's official: The five Michigan Cup races that award individual points are over! Ken Dawson has provided updated Michigan Cup Standings to date.

Cote Dame Marie relocates to Forbush Corner
Cote Dame Marie relocates to Forbush Corner

Cote Dame Marie relocates to Forbush Corner

1/17/2018 - By Justin Andre

Forbush Corner has volunteered to serve as temporary course host for this year’s race, since poor snow conditions at Hanson Hills preclude using the normal course.

UPDATED: Rundle Sport FLEX Skate Roller Skis tame rough roads
UPDATED: Rundle Sport FLEX Skate Roller Skis tame rough roads

UPDATED: Rundle Sport FLEX Skate Roller Skis tame rough roads

1/17/2018 - By Mike Muha, Tony Percha, Ricarado Lung

Tame that chip and seal with Rundle's new FLEX rollerski. Create a customized ride, based on your weight, a get a snow-like feel.

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RESULTS: Krazy Klassic sees repeat winners
RESULTS: Krazy Klassic sees repeat winners

RESULTS: Krazy Klassic sees repeat winners

1/16/2018 - By Mike Muha

Many if not most of the skiers double-poled the entire course, eschewing kick wax for better glide and faster times.

RESULTS: Frosty Freestyle a close contest
RESULTS: Frosty Freestyle a close contest

RESULTS: Frosty Freestyle a close contest

1/15/2018 - By Mike Muha

The men's 15k race was close - very close, with a sprint to the finish by the top three men.

Thirty-four kids do the Frosty!
Thirty-four kids do the Frosty!

Thirty-four kids do the Frosty!

1/15/2018 - By Mike Muha

We had an awesome Frosty Kid's race this year! Most of the thirty-four kids raced the entire 2.5k course. he Frosty Kid's race is part of the Brighton Schools recreation program and hosted by Team NordicSkiRacer.

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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

Valley Spur: Excellent conditions both skate and classic . Another 3-4" of fresh snow Friday. Dan and Dave worked that snow in and are back out this Sat. a.m. Classic is as good as it gets with the deep track setter and fresh snow.

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
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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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