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Start of the Hanson Hills Classic. Michael Davis (on right), Rebecca Davis and Theo Vonwallmenich wait their interval start. (Photo: Chloë Alyn Borton).

Start of the Hanson Hills Classic. Michael Davis (on right), Rebecca Davis and Theo Vonwallmenich wait their interval start. (Photo: Chloë Alyn Borton).

Andy Liebner on his win in the Noquemanon Ski Marathon 50k Freestyle
Andy Liebner on his win in the Noquemanon Ski Marathon 50k Freestyle

Andy Liebner on his win in the Noquemanon Ski Marathon 50k Freestyle

1/29/2018 - By Andy Liebner

Going into this 50K Freestyle at the Noquemanon, I had one main thread in mind: Prepare to reserve energy. The strategy I used in those days carried me well this weekend.

New Madshus Redline Intelligrip ski and MOVE binding system
New Madshus Redline Intelligrip ski and MOVE binding system

New Madshus Redline Intelligrip ski and MOVE binding system

1/29/2018 - By Madshus

With the Madshus Redline Intelligrip ski and MOVE binding system, the skier can adjust grip and glide on the skin ski by moving the binding backward and forward on the binding plate without taking the skis off.

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

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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.

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!

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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!

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.

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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.

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.

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UPCOMING

FRI, FEB 23, 2018

Kortelopet
OO Trailhead to Downtown Hayward, Wisconsin

SAT, FEB 24, 2018

American Birkebeiner
Cable to Hayward, Wisconson

Birkie Live Stream!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Mason Tract Ski Tour with the Michigan Backcountry Ski Series
Mason Tract Pathway, Roscommon Michigan, Chase Bridge Rd Trailhead

CANCELLED! Boyne Vistas 10K Freestyle
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI

Michigan Backcountry Ski Series: Mason Track Out'n'Back
Chase Bridge Road Trail Head

Taste of Gate's
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SUN, FEB 25, 2018

CANCELLED! 2018 Pennsylvania Nordic Championships (Rescheduled from Feb 4)
Wilderness Lodge, Wattsburg, PA

UPDATED: 25th Annual Junior Muffin Pursuit Races – Classic/Freestyle
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

TUE, FEB 27, 2018

Team NordicSkiRacer Tuesday Night Sprints
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

WED, FEB 28, 2018

Nubs Nob Nordic Ski Series - Classic

More events...

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

THU, FEB 22

Stokely Creek: This is what is happening at Stokely today Thursday Feb. 22, It is sunny with temps in the mid twenties. We have 3 days in the next 5 days with the forecast calling for snow. Our base is over a foot and our new Bombardie 400+ is doing the job that skiers are looking for. This two ton machine has a powerful tiller that makes a 15 foot trail which includes classic tracks and a 12 foot skating lane. Because of this new machine, 95% of our trails are both classic and skate. Want to end the winter on great snow, come on up.

Crystal Mountain: Kathy is out on the trails and scratching up the skate lanes which are in good shape with only a couple bare spots to detour around. There is a solid 4-6 inch base on 90% of the trails that should hold up through the weekend and hopefully longer. Hills recommended for advanced skiers as they may be icy in a few places.
Track set is non existent at this time and but the skate lanes are fast and smooth.
We will continue to groom daily as long as the temps get to freezing at night.
Trail debris continues to surface in the pine sections of the trail and rock skis are advised.

Boyne Mountain: Trails are open but quite firm and icy. Conditions should improve as the temperatures climb throughout the day.

Store-wide sale is still in effect, 30% off of everything. Come on in and stock up on gear before it is all gone!

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: Skied Pine Cone last night - very hard and icy in a number of spots. 100% coverage but be careful. The rest of the system is very spotty and icy.
This is the time of year that the King of the Hill trail comes in handy - 100% snowmaking and groomed every night - give it a try.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: It remained cold throughout the day yesterday and last night, which gave the remaining snow on the trails a chance to harden up. The John Deere Trail is still completely intact with full coverage, and the trail surface is 75% hard, crusty snow, with intermittent boiler plate ice. Groomer Mike will take the pre-seeder out there today to grind up the ice and add fresh snow from our stockpile where needed. Conditions will get softer and more skiable as the day goes on; we recommend waiting until this afternoon to try skating or classic skiing. It would be a good day to try some metal edged skis! We plan to have at least the 2.5km John Deere Loop open for skiing this weekend.

Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Wild Turkey Panini! Sliced turkey breast, basil pesto, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, and provolone cheese, grilled on Stone House 7-Grain bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle!

In the meantime, stop in for some shopping! We have great sales on skate and classic ski packages, plus winter clothing and accessories.

WED, FEB 21

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn

Nubs Nob: The crew at Nubs delivered yet again by laying down tilled corduroy on the skate lane and fresh classic tracks after 36 hours of ice/rain. Some of the fastest conditions of the season with full control.

Stokely Creek: Stokely got a drizzle of rain last night for a couple hours and then the temps dropped to the low 20s and our groomers were out again this morning. No rain today nor in the forecast. So our very good base is not diminished. Tour De Huts is about 10 days away and it is not to late to sign up for fun on the Stokely trails with lunch at Norm's and Walker lake huts.

Crystal Mountain: I had the last two days off and wasn't expecting to come back to any snow but OMG I could not believe how much base we have. I took the tidd tech out and tried scratching stuff up, it was doing a decent job but then I had mechanical issues. I got Loon's, lower Stag, Jacks and Willies done before the sled petered out on me. Greg is out there now seeing if he can do some more. There isn't a track set but the skating lanes should be fast on the above mentioned trails and any that Greg can get to. Hope fully we get the sled issues ironed out so we can do it again tomorrow. There is some ice and bare spots but nothing you can't ski around. Remember it's like spring skiing so don't expect perfect conditions-just be glad there's snow in the form of snow cone.

Boyne Mountain: Due to the rain and ice all trails are closed today.

The shop is open and we have everything at 30% off!

Hanson Hills: Unfortunately our trail system has not responded well to the rain and warmer temperatures. All Cross Country Trails are closed and un-skiable at this time.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: After considerable rain throughout the day yesterday, the temps finally cooled down last night. We received a dusting of snow overnight, and as of 7:00am it is 25F. Due to all the moisture on the trails, we will not be grooming today. In the best interest of preserving the snow, we ask that no one ski on the trails today while we let some of the water drain away. Only the practice area is open today for ski demos.

Today’s Stone Turtle Cafe lunch special is the Italian Stallion Panini! Ham, pepperoni, provolone, banana peppers, black olives, and marinara sauce on sliced Stone House Italian Bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle!

Join us this weekend for a whole bunch of events!

Saturday, February 24th: Birkie Live Stream and Taste of Gates!
Watch “the Greatest Show on Snow” – the North American Birkebiener, live in Cable, Wisconsin! This famous ski race draws just as many fans as participants – well over 10,000. Join in the excitement by watching the live stream in the HQ Day Lodge! Then for lunch, experience the fantastic flavors of Gate’s AuSable Lodge, right here at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Gate’s Lodge Head Chef, Matt Haley, will cook up a hearty winter feast you’ll never forget. Join us for this very special culinary experience, which showcases one of Northern Michigan’s best dining experiences. *Beverages not included.

Sunday, February 25th: The 25th Annual Junior Muffin Race!
Join us for the longest standing juniors race in Michigan! The Muffin Race celebrates the fun of youth skiing with a Junior Girls & Boys 8km Pursuit race. Skiers will classic ski the first half of the race then ski freestyle the second half of the race. Registration begins at 9am on Sunday, and we will shoot for a 10:30am start. This is a Michigan Cup Junior Race. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in the girls and boys races, and awards will also be given for best costumes! There will also be a “Mini Muffin” Race at approximately 11:30. ALL AGES of kids are welcome for the Mini Muffin Race, and entry is free. Each Mini Muffin racer receives a medal!

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