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Brrrrr! Junior start of the Cote Dame Marie at Hanson Hills.

Brrrrr! Junior start of the Cote Dame Marie at Hanson Hills.

Liebner and Gephardt win Black Mountain Freestyle
Liebner and Gephardt win Black Mountain Freestyle

Liebner and Gephardt win Black Mountain Freestyle

3/5/2018 - By John Gravlin

Andy Liebner won the overall in a blistering time of 55:18. In the women’s race, Daniela Gephardt skied the 2 laps in 35:15 to take the overall victory.

Black Mountain wax recommendations
Black Mountain wax recommendations

Black Mountain wax recommendations

3/2/2018 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations for Black Mountain!

PHOTOS: 2018 White Pine Stampede
PHOTOS: 2018 White Pine Stampede

PHOTOS: 2018 White Pine Stampede

2/23/2018 - By Mike Muha

The crack White Pine Stampede photographers have taken 1844 photos of the race! Right click to download!

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Latest waxing recommendations
Latest waxing recommendations

Latest waxing recommendations

2/22/2018 - By Mike Muha

Boyne Vistas and Pennsylvania Championships are cancelled, but Korteloper, Birkie and Muffin race are still on! Birkie updates!

A bit of a shift in the Brumbaugh Cup standings....
A bit of a shift in the Brumbaugh Cup standings....

A bit of a shift in the Brumbaugh Cup standings....

2/20/2018 - By Mike Muha

Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop still leads the Brumbaugh Cup but the rest of the standings have changed now that we have results through this past weekend's Hanson Hills Classic.

Preliminary Korelopet and Birkebeiner wax recommendations
Preliminary Korelopet and Birkebeiner wax recommendations

Preliminary Korelopet and Birkebeiner wax recommendations

2/19/2018 - By Mike Muha

Preliminary Korelopet and Birkebeiner wax recommendations are in! These will be updated as reports change.

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Toko Birkie Wax Tip
Toko Birkie Wax Tip

Toko Birkie Wax Tip

2/19/2018 - By Ian Harvey

Currently, conditions are very icy. Skins are not working well at all compared to klister. This might change if it snows enough Thursday night. There is also a whole lot of debris (needles, pine cones, twigs) in the tracks.

Brumbaugh Cup: Latest standings
Brumbaugh Cup: Latest standings

Brumbaugh Cup: Latest standings

2/19/2018 - By Mike Muha

The order of the Brumbaugh Cup standings have not since the last time we posted them: Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop leads!

RESULTS: Holmes and Davis win Hanson Hills Classic
RESULTS: Holmes and Davis win Hanson Hills Classic

RESULTS: Holmes and Davis win Hanson Hills Classic

2/18/2018 - By Mike Muha

Sam Holmes and Rebecca Davis had a twofer weekend, each winning yesterday's Forbush Corner Freestyle and today's Hanson Hills Classic!

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Michigan Cup Honors Coach John Kostrzewa
Michigan Cup Honors Coach John Kostrzewa

Michigan Cup Honors Coach John Kostrzewa

2/18/2018 - By Ernie Brumbaugh

John Kostrzewa announced his retirement as Head Coach of the Traverse City High School Cross Country Ski Racing Team last Fall after 17 years in the job. It has been a remarkable run of service to the racing community.

RESULTS: Forbush Corner Freestyle
RESULTS: Forbush Corner Freestyle

RESULTS: Forbush Corner Freestyle

2/18/2018 - By Mike Muha

Conditions were so fast that everyone felt like a super hero! The snow was hard packed and fast.

Wax recommendations for this weekend's racing!
Wax recommendations for this weekend's racing!

Wax recommendations for this weekend's racing!

2/15/2018 - By Mike Muha

UPDATED: Swix just added the Michigan Cup races.... Lot's are racing, starting Friday for the juniors!

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UPCOMING

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

SUN, JAN 27, 2019

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

Retro Ski
Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids trail system, Hancock, MI

TUE, JAN 29, 2019

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

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

WED, JAN 23

Lake Ann Pathway: After Nordic Rocks PE this morning, lunch with Tim Dowd & a change into dry ski clothes, I couldn’t resist skiing the hills at Lake Ann Pathway. I never do when hardpack or icy, but controllable in deep, virgin snow. I met a skier from Marquette in the parking lot heading out alone, so broke trail for her in my BC65s. By the time we got to the river, a runner passed us, packing the snow for our track. It was the purr-fect 1.5 hr afternoon ski close to home!!!

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Five inches of moist snow on top of very cold base of two to three inches made for good skating on a well packed base. A skis can be used.

Unlisted trail: Avalanche Preserve, Boyne City. The mtn bike trails are groomed and are blast to ski with the fresh powder on top. Did a loop this morning and a second loop this afternoon in the opposite direction. Great kick and glide....lots of curves and up and downs. Narrow singletrack trail but plenty of room for classic skiing.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Skate skied on down to the railroad tracks and back up to the trailhead. This section is in much better condition from a week ago and in the best condition I've seen in years just before the race. Both ponds were completely covered with snow, no ice showing and groomers did a nice job to even out most ruts.

Crystal Mountain: Just what the doctor ordered. We got about 4" of wet snow so I was able to get a great trackset everywhere. Come and get it while you can cuz you never know what tomorrow might bring.

Vasa Trail: We left Timber Ridge at 9:15 this AM going Classic. It snowed most of the previous night3/5” & continued all morning. No tracks were groomed but 4 of us skied in (what we could see of remaking classic tracks) almost out to Jack Pine hopinnto find the groomer. But no luck so we returned in the same tracks.
Maybe the trailhead had less snow??
Ray

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Brad the Groomer just checked in with good news: he has fired up the Big Cat! Pine Cone, WinterBrook, and Mt. Creek from P.C. to the ski hill has been groomed, and Poet’s Loop is next! Snow is falling thick and fluffy, and I’ve shoveled 2X since 10:30 this morning...Schuss Nordic trails are looking pretty good...

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: 3” of new snow has fallen, with plenty more in the forecast. Brad the Groomer has been out on Pine Cone, WinterBrook and Mt. Creek (Pine Cone to the Ski Hill) with the Tidd. At the rate this snow is falling, he may take the groomer out for a spin...
Glen was out making morning tracks and said the trail was great. Stay tuned for the afternoon report, folks!

Hanson Hills: Groomers Tommy G. and Jason have groomed the Green, Blue, Yellow and brown trails this morning. Trails received 3 inches of snow and is still falling, with an expected 3-4 more inches. Soft skiing today. Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.

Stokely Creek: Ok Wetting is completely the wrong word. :0)
But the groomed trails are "setting" on top of a firm base.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: We received just shy of 3 inches of snow last night, and it will continue to snow throughout the day today. Groomer Mike has been rolling all the trails since early this morning to pack the fresh snow, and will continue with Ginzu snow coming the skating lanes and setting tracks as the day progresses. We expect excellent conditions once grooming is complete, which will likely be late morning or early afternoon. All trails are open, and we will be keeping up with the snowfall as it accumulates. Hooray for snow!

Today's Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Classic Hammy Sammy! Baked ham, Swiss cheese, sliced tomatoes, and stone ground mustard on a delicious Swiss roll. Served melty and hot with chips and a pickle. The snowy white woods is the place to be! Come ski with us!

Stokely Creek: Lots of new snow. With over 6 inches yesterday with hopefully 6 more today Alex and Jonathan are out on the trails. There is only one small section they will not get to. There is 100km of groomed skate and classic trails wetting on a great firm base. Warmer weather today and tomorrow so you can wax or use no wax.
Super Bowl Weekend (Saturday Feb 3rd) join the adventure in the wilderness with a guided tour by Bob Yankus. You will ski-snowshoe-ski. Have lunch at the Stokely Lake Hut. You must pre-register and be a person who loves nature and a day of fun exercise.
Call 866-stokely

TUE, JAN 22

Hanson Hills: Skied the blue trail this afternoon. Things were a bit soft in spots and there were places with grass and leaves coming through. Great skiing, tracks were fast, A skis okay with a big of care.
It even skied well after a week at Swedetown.

Vasa Trail: The groomers only had 1" of fresh snow over the past two days to work with for this morning's grooming, but it was enough to install nice fresh corduroy. The result was the best under-the-ski feel in a week, much softer and nicer than the recent hardpack. Not real fast until the cold snowflakes lose some of their sharp edges making that growling noise as they resist the motion of your waxed base. Only a couple of thin spots, and another fresh but smaller batch of oak leaves to dodge.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Shallow classic tracks on Buck's Run today. But still very usable. Great ski on the skins.

Skate lane looks great too.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: All trails inside 17k groomed, but very soft because it just doesn't stop snowing here. Conditions were considerably faster because temps broke the 20 degree mark. Nice, warm day! Blue extra was alright, slipping a bit in the new snow.

Valley Spur: Lake effect snow through the weekend which Dan has all groomed in. Some light snow overnight, so great classic skiing with anything Blue. Skate lanes are in Excellent shape with a flat deck and solid pole plants.

Hanson Hills: All Trails are groomed with set tracks. Groomer Tommy G. snow combed Green, Brown, and Blue trails yesterday afternoon. Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: Conditions remain in very good shape on the majority of the trails. Groomer Mike is snow combing the skating lanes this morning. Tracks remain on all trails, with the best tracks found on the Trappers Cabin trail. The best conditions are on the Rolling Hills, Trappers Cabin, Wild Turkey and Manitou trails. There is a lot of snow in the forecast for tonight (3-5 inches) and tomorrow (3-5 inches), which will cover up the oak leaves completely and put us in great shape for the coming weekend!

Today's Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Classic Hammy Sammy! Baked ham, Swiss cheese, sliced tomatoes, and stone ground mustard on a delicious Swiss roll. Served melty and hot with chips and a pickle! Plus, it's a great time to demo the Fischer Speedmax Skate skis! Incredibly lightweight, these skis offer whole new level of speed. Find some snow and enjoy this beautiful day!

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