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XC Ski Headquarters Cross Country Ski Report – 01/12

After the warm temps and rain yesterday, the snowpack on the ski trails experienced a considerable thaw. Thankfully the temps have returned to the mid-teens, and look to stay there for the foreseeable future. Trail doctors Bob, Stu and Mike will be working with the new Snow Spreader today to distribute manmade snow atop the layer of ice that now covers most of the trail surface. With any luck, we will have 1 or 2 trails that are fully skiable for the weekend. In the meantime, the Practice Area is open for ski demos and lessons, as the deep base of manmade snow out there is still holding up well. As for the rest of the trails, they are open for snowshoeing only today as we work to rebuild the base for skiing.

Forecast:

Today: Snow showers this morning. Becoming partly cloudy later. High around 15F. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

Tonight: Cloudy. Low 3F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 13F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Despite the recent weather, there is still plenty of fun to be had this weekend in the Heart of Pure Michigan! Shop our sale on XC ski layering tops, including merino wool from Smartwool, Terramar, and a new favorite for women: Kari Traa! We will also have free equipment demos on the practice area all weekend, so don’t miss this opportunity to test out a new ski package. Snowshoeing is permitted on all trails, and is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors even when ski conditions are marginal. Demo or rent snowshoes right here at XC Ski HQ! We will also have a mighty tasty lunch special all weekend… Gourmet Mac n’ Cheese! This Saturday through Monday, we’re serving up homemade cheesy mac featuring do-it-yourself toppings like bacon, feta, tomatoes, breadcrumbs, spinach, plus classics like peas and hot dogs.

A little further north of us in Frederic, Forbush Corner did hold on to more of their base, and will be open and grooming for cross country skiing this weekend. Rest assured that there is skiing and snowshoeing up north this weekend, and a winter adventure awaits you!

All the best,

– Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Matt, Kelsey, Alex, Dodge, Kim, Missy, Annie J., Annie B., Denny, Erin, Mike, Dana, Butch, Brian and the crew

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Thursday January 18th, 2018 - 11:29 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Nice classic tracks on the John Deere loop, newly extended and great for skating and classic! ... See MoreSee Less

Nice classic tracks on the John Deere loop, newly extended and great for skating and classic!

 

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Penny Stickler

Great trails for such little help from mother nature

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 - 10:00 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Join us Saturday for too much fun!!

Stretch & Slide: Yoga Ski Retreat!Jan 20, 10:00amCross Country Ski HeadquartersStretch and Slide combines two fabulous activities: yoga and cross country skiing!

Stretch & Slide begins with a yoga class at 10:00am (meets at the Gerrish Township Municipal Building, 1 mile south of XC Ski HQ), and continues with an awesome day on the snow! After yoga, head to XC Ski HQ to get your ski or snowshoe rental and facilities pass, and join in a private group lesson with a PISA certified ski instructor (at approx 11:45am). After the lesson, refuel with a delicious chili lunch (classic or vegetarian) at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Café at Cross Country Ski Headquarters. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the serenity of the beautiful Michigan winter forests on the pristinely groomed Headquarters ski trails, or relaxing with a mug of hot cocoa by the Stone Turtle Day Lodge fireplace!

All are invited to participate, including novices to yoga, skiing or both. Over a $65 value for $45 ($35 if you have your own equipment). There will be an opportunity to change from yoga clothes into ski clothes before the ski lesson, and XC Ski Headquarters has a great selection of ski clothing if you need to get outfitted before the lesson! To pre-register (recommended but not required), email info@crosscountryski.com or call 800-832-2663.
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Stretch & Slide: Yoga Ski Retreat!

Sunday January 14th, 2018 - 6:41 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

We had more snowshoers than ever before on the #xcskihq trail system yesterday! So inspiring to see the relentless enthusiasm for winter, regardless of ski conditions! #getoutthere #noexcuses #thinksnow ... See MoreSee Less

We had more snowshoers than ever before on the #xcskihq trail system yesterday! So inspiring to see the relentless enthusiasm for winter, regardless of ski conditions! #getoutthere #noexcuses #thinksnow

 

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Keep up the good campaign! Love ya!!

Wednesday January 10th, 2018 - 1:25 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Yesterday’s beauty on the #xcskihq trail system. Can anyone name the trail? ... See MoreSee Less

Yesterday’s beauty on the #xcskihq trail system. Can anyone name the trail?

 

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ooo I love this game!

Manitou

Fingers crossed that it looks like this on Saturday?

Looks like the end of rolling hills to me.

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