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Cross Country Ski Headquarters – Roscommon

Cross Country Ski HeadquartersLocated in Higgins Lake, Michigan. Cross Country Ski Headquarters is a Pure Michigan premier destination for cross country skiing in Michigan and the Midwest. It is the best source for cross country skis, equipment, clothing, cross country ski packages, and expertise. Located at 9435 N. Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: XC Ski Outfitters, Ski Area, Rentals and Day Lodge

Our Story

In the winter of 1974, Bob Frye opened a small cross country ski rental operation out of the shed of a Higgins Lake snowmobile repair shop. Thirty-eight years and multiple expansions later, Bob and his wife Lynne are still committed to the same goal with which they started: make cross country skiing fun and affordable for everyone.

The Cross Country Ski Headquarters is in the heart of Michigan’s cross country skiing mecca, with beautiful trails not just onsite, but all around us. This location, combined with Bob and Lynne’s decades of XC-ski knowledge and experience, makes the XC Ski HQ your premier resource for top-of-the-line service, equipment, clothing, and facilities. The business has grown from its humble beginnings to a vast retail store, a sprawling, meticulously maintained trail network, a large rental and demo facility, and a full-service café and day lodge – all completely dedicated to cross country skiing and, more recently, snowshoeing. We encourage our skiers to “try before you buy” when it comes to skis, boots, poles, and snowshoes, and we promise to help our customers create the best cross country skiing experience possible.

Come see why people from across Michigan and the Midwest return year after year to experience winter in a truly unique and memorable way. Our friendly and experienced staff, broad selection of equipment and apparel, and accommodating facilities make Cross Country Ski Headquarters a perfect getaway that is not only fun, but affordable.

So what are you waiting for? Come Ski With Us!

Your Best Source for Everything Cross Country

Cross Country Skiing is all we do. When the snow melts for good, we shut our doors and start planning for next winter. We eat, sleep, and breathe cross country skiing all spring, summer, fall, and winter, which is why we are truly the cross country skiing experts.

Skiers across the country and around the world have come to rely on our unbeatable customer service, excellent prices, and extensive selection from top brands including Salomon, Fischer, Rossignol, Atomic, Madshus and Alpina. We also offer a wide variety of carefully selected apparel, including items from North Face, Patagonia, Under Armour, Columbia, Sporthill, Brooks, Salomon, Swix, and more.

Whether you’re an elite racer, a novice, or somewhere in between, the expert crew at Cross Country Ski Headquarters will help you fulfill your XC skiing needs at the lowest price possible.

We are a…

  • Fischer Race Center
  • Fischer Speedmax Center
  • Fischer Carbonlite Demo Center
  • Salomon Race Center
  • Atomic Race Center
  • Alpina Race Boot Center

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Cross Country Ski Headquarters On Facebook

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Thursday September 3rd, 2020 - 10:16 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

The Labor Day Weekend Clearance Sale kicks off tomorrow, Friday at 9:00am! Come get your wardrobe and ski quiver ready for a winter outdoors!! #xcskiing

Store hours:
Friday 9-6
Sat-Mon 9-5

Don’t forget the Labor Day 5K Manitou Trail Run on Monday at 10am! Register on Active.com or before the race at 9am.
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The Labor Day Weekend Clearance Sale kicks off tomorrow, Friday at 9:00am! Come get your wardrobe and ski quiver ready for a winter outdoors!! #xcskiing 
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Friday 9-6
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Don’t forget the Labor Day 5K Manitou Trail Run on Monday at 10am! Register on Active.com or before the race at 9am.

Wednesday September 2nd, 2020 - 11:44 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

When shopping for cross country skis, there are many questions to consider: Where will you be skiing? What is your skill level? How often will you ski? Are you skiing for fitness, racing, or pure recreation? At Cross Country Ski Headquarters, we ask the right questions so that you end up with the right equipment. See what it’s like to get fitted by a pro this weekend at the Labor Day weekend sale! ... See MoreSee Less

When shopping for cross country skis, there are many questions to consider: Where will you be skiing? What is your skill level? How often will you ski? Are you skiing for fitness, racing, or pure recreation? At Cross Country Ski Headquarters, we ask the right questions so that you end up with the right equipment. See what it’s like to get fitted by a pro this weekend at the Labor Day weekend sale!

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I'll be there, need new classic equipment ❤

State leader in getting people involved in XC...for decades!

Such great people and a wonderful place!

Tuesday September 1st, 2020 - 4:09 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Come shopping this weekend and get 50% OFF select Smartwool apparel and accessories! Get stocked up for winter at the Labor Day Weekend Sale, starting this Friday at 9:00am!! #Smartwool #merinowool #halfoff ... See MoreSee Less

Monday August 31st, 2020 - 8:14 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Our crew has grown! Welcome to the world, Henry Kingfisher Colie. Born 8-21-20, just in time to celebrate his big sister’s birthday. Everyone is healthy and very very happy!! ... See MoreSee Less

Our crew has grown! Welcome to the world, Henry Kingfisher Colie. Born 8-21-20, just in time to celebrate his big sister’s birthday. Everyone is healthy and very very happy!!Image attachmentImage attachment

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How wonderful for your family. Congratulations 🎉. Another X-C Ski Buff is born😍

Congratulations to you and your family!

Mariah - he is so cute! I am so glad I got to get a little look at him today! Congratulations! <3

Congratulations Mariah and Stu! And Grandma and Grandpa, too! Can't wait to see him around the shop <3

Awe how beautiful congratulations 🎉 ❣️

Congratulations! Very happy for you guys!

Congratulations from Ohio 😉

Congrats! More to love!

Congratulations! Awesome!

Congratulations!

Yayyyy he’s here! Congrats!!

Congratulations!! 💕

Congratulations mom and dad and grandma and grandpa too! One of each. Oh boy!

Congratulations!

love these pictures! sending so much love! Welcome, Henry!

Congratulations!!!

Congrats to the whole family!!!

Welcome to the world little guy, wish we oldsters had it in better shape for you! You’ve joined an awesome family!!!

Beautiful! Congratulations! 🙌🏻

Congratulations !!

Congratulations!

Congrats, very nice 😊

Oh how wonderful!!!!! I just love his name!! What a happy addition to a beautiful family. Congratulations!!!

Congratulations.

Congratulations!

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Friday August 28th, 2020 - 1:43 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Kuhl is just so... cool. 😋 For real, some of the best fall and winter clothing comes from this brand, and lucky for YOU it’s all on sale at the Labor Day Weekend Sale, starting in one week!! Hours are Friday 9-6, and Saturday through Monday 9-5. @ Cross Country Ski Headquarters ... See MoreSee Less

Kuhl is just so... cool. 😋 For real, some of the best fall and winter clothing comes from this brand, and lucky for YOU it’s all on sale at the Labor Day Weekend Sale, starting in one week!! Hours are Friday 9-6, and Saturday through Monday 9-5.  @ Cross Country Ski HeadquartersImage attachmentImage attachment

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Cross Country Ski Headquarters – Photos From Instagram

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Hanson Hills – Cross Country Ski Trails

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Welcome to Hanson Hills Recreation Area located in Grayling, Michigan.

Hanson Hills offers over 35KM of wooded rolling terrain that is groomed daily 14’ wide with set track to accommodate both classical and skating styles.

Trail System opens Daily at 9:00am. Daily Trail Conditions

Featured Events

2018 Cote Dame Marie Loppet – January 20, 2018

The 2018 Cote Dame Marie Loppet is presented by The Grayling Recreation Authority.

This exciting Nordic Skiing Adventure will take you through the scenic hardwood trails of Hanson Hills Recreation Area, located in Grayling, Michigan.

Race Features:

Rolling Course with outstanding grooming

Professional Timing to ensure immediate and accurate results.

Michigan Cup Men’s Division-26km freestyle, and Women’s -13km freestyle Michigan Cup points events.

Free Saturday Afternoon Night Kids Race- 1-3km 1pm-2:00pm @ Northbound Outfitters.

Citizens Divisions-For those new to skiing, a 7.5 km course with both Skate and Classic categories. “Fun for All!!”

Custom Gift to the first 250 entrants.

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Hanson Hills Recreation Area
Grayling Recreation Authority
PO Box 361
Grayling, MI 49738
1-888-876-2196

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Thursday September 3rd, 2020 - 10:12 am

Hanson Hills

DELIVERED!! We are pleased to announce that we have added a Pisten Bully 100 to our Cross Country Trail grooming fleet!! 8 foot tiller and double track setters will help us continue to provide top notch grooming! Plus, our groomers will enjoy the heated cab and coffee cup holder. #bringonthesnow ... See MoreSee Less

DELIVERED!!  We are pleased to announce that we have added a Pisten Bully 100 to our Cross Country Trail grooming fleet!!  8 foot tiller and double track setters will help us continue to provide top notch grooming!  Plus, our groomers will enjoy the heated cab and coffee cup holder.  #bringonthesnowImage attachmentImage attachment

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Awesome! Congrats!!! HH always delivers with consistent top notch grooming. This will surely continue this tradition. I will happily buy a cup of coffee for your groomers for that cup holder.

How exciting! Congratulations Hanson Hills. Groomers and skiers will love it.

Beautiful piece of X-C ski equipment! Thank you, Hanson Hills!❄❤

Really nice guys. Hope I can get a ride.😎

Just image how many more tube lanes you can build......

Love it!!!!

Scott Stratton show mac! How awesome!

R.J. Bolzman

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Monday August 17th, 2020 - 1:13 pm

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Monday August 17th, 2020 - 12:50 pm

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Attention Flag Football Parents: The 2020 Fall Flag Football season will be canceled. We hope you understand and apologize for any disappointment this may cause. ... See MoreSee Less

Attention Flag Football Parents: The 2020 Fall Flag Football season will be canceled. We hope you understand and apologize for any disappointment this may cause.

Monday August 17th, 2020 - 11:29 am

Hanson Hills

Trail crew is out on the Mt. Bike trail today! ... See MoreSee Less

Trail crew is out on the Mt. Bike trail today!

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Always APPRECIATED!

Leave the logs !!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you 🤗

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ABR Trails – Ironwood, MI

ABR is full service ski touring center with 60km of trails located on over 1100 scenic acres of varied terrain along the Montreal River in Ironwood Michigan.

We offer skate/classic combination trails along with singletrack classic and even snowshoeing and multi-use/skijoring trails.

We work on the trails full-time in the off months and have done substantial trail work each and every year since we opened to the public in 1995. In 2005 we did a major redesign of the trail system, including adding new trails and many revisions. In 2008 we did another major redesign putting our total k’s up to 60 km. You will most likely need to review the new map which was created with a survey grade of GPS. Pay attention to directional signs, some of the trails are now being skied in a different direction and a different sequence.

This year we worked on a connector into downtown Ironwood that will be used for the SISU Ski Fest. Rudy’s Shoot was widened and regraded so it can be groomed with the Pisten Bully and will be skating and striding, it is also longer now and more accessable from the rental houses. We also did a considerable amount of work on fixing trouble spots in the exisiting trails that will make the trails ski better and groomer easier including regrading and banking the tricky Blueberry hill to make it more skiable.

Equipment Rental

We have a well stocked rental shop with modern, comfortable rental equipment. We have both SNS, pilot and NNN binding systems.

Facilities

Our facilities include a heated warming cabin with light concessions, and a full service ski shop, change rooms, indoor restrooms, and a large heated wax area with many wax benches. There is additional room in the race barn/wax room for tables and chairs available for teams or groups to use. NEW for this year is Hi-speed Internet WIFI in the warming cabin from 9-6 daily.

Services

Lessons: We have a group of instructors that are on schedule most weekends and weekdays. Some are PSIA certified. Private lessons are $25 for 1 hour. Group lessons are also available. Rates: 2 people -$35, 3-$45, 4 – $55. Large group lessons available. It is best to call ahead to schedule lessons 906-932-3502.

Wax services: We have 3 different wax services available from $8 to $35. Skis can be waxed while you wait (time permitting) or can be left overnight. “HOT BOX” service available and binding mounting services available.

Sauna/Showers: 2 saunas are available for rent: an authentic private wood-fired Finnish sauna with a change room and hot shower or a private electric sauna with hot shower in the wax room. Both are available for $6/person/$12 minimum, shower only (in the wax building) is $6. Towels are provided.

Warm up Shack: We have a small warm up shack located at the “All trails return here”  location in the Bowl. This heated shack is stocked with wood and can be heated quickly with the wood supplied if it is not already heated. This makes for a nice quiet location for a lunch or snack.

Ski Shop: We have a complete ski shop with the latest equipment and supplies.

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The Homestead – Cross Country Skiing

The Homestead ResortCross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Long-time cross-country skiers will find miles of trails filled with challenging ascents and thrilling descents.

Most of all, they’ll find a breathtaking view around every bend in the trail. If you’re new to the sport, you’ll find expert instruction, quality rental equipment, and a fun way to stay fit and enjoy the beauty of winter of Northern Michigan.

Anyone who loves the great outdoors is sure to love the snowshoe trails that winds through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

One of the trails, Bay View, is just steps from the resort’s Village. There are also several other snowshoe trails just a short drive away.

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Bay View Cross Country Ski Trail

The Bay View Cross Country Ski Trail is just steps from the resort’s Village.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Cross Country Ski Photo Albums

 

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More Sleeping Bear Dunes Skiing, Snowshoeing and Winter Fun

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