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Grayling Area Cross Country Ski Trails

Cross Country Ski Headquarters – Roscommon
Located 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 [...]

Hanson Hills – Cross Country Ski Trails
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 [...]

Forbush Corner Cross Country Skiing
Forbush Corner, a unique cross country experience. Enjoy miles of rolling, wooded trails that are carefully designed for all levels of ability and immaculately groomed by the largest fleet of nordic only grooming equipment in the midwest. Combine that with the Frederic micro climate of early and frequent snowfalls, and it adds up to FUN! [...]

North Higgins Lake State Park Ski Trails
North Higgins Lake State Park has 11 miles of cross-country ski trails. The trails wind through the mixed hardwoods that make up the mature wooded area. They cross over moderate hills and flatlands. North Higgins Lake State Park Trail Map (pdf) More Grayling Area Cross Country Ski Trails Cross Country Ski Headquarters

The Mason Tract Pathway Ski Trail
The Mason Tract Pathway Ski Trail is a 11.5 mile ungroomed skiing (and hiking) trail that follows the famous South Branch of the AuSable River. It is a point-to-point trail, located southeast of Grayling. The Mason Trace Pathway can be accessed at the Canoe Harbor State Forest Campground, just off of M-72 east of Grayling. The southern access [...]

Lost Twin Lakes Ski Trail
This trail is located 7 miles south of Houghton Lake on Reserve Rd (County Road 400). This 3 mile loop trail winds through an old growth pine forest. Designed for hiking and cross-country skiing this trail has several bridges, including a covered bridge. The trail contains scenic overviews of pristine wetlands areas. Great Getaways: Snowshoeing @ Lost Twin Lakes [...]

Ogemaw Hills Pathway Ski Trails
The Ogemaw Hills Pathway cross-country ski trails wind through approximately 15 miles of the AuSable State Forest providing groomed cross country trails for all skill levels. The Ogemaw Hills Pathway is located at the corner of Clear Lake Road and Fairview Road. Take Exit 212 (West Branch Exit) following Business Loop 75 to Fairview Road [...]

Grayling Area Skiing On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Grayling Area On Facebook.

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Wednesday February 21st, 2018 - 4:02 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Get stoked for this year's Muffin Race!! There is a race division for every kid from ages 3 to 19, plus all kids under age 13 race for free and get a medal!

26th Annual Junior Muffin Race!Feb 25, 10:30amCross Country Ski HeadquartersJoin 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!

After the 8km Muffin Pursuit Race, we will hold three Mini Muffin freestyle races: Ages 6 years and under, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12. All racers 12 and under will be awarded a medal!

There is a $10 entry fee for Muffin Racers 13 and older, and it includes a Pig Roast Lunch. There is no entry fee for the Mini Muffin Racers.

The Pig Roast is $5 for anyone else who might be hungry too. All racers and family members who partake in the Pig Roast will also receive a complimentary 1-day XC SKI HQ facilities pass.
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26th Annual Junior Muffin Race!

Wednesday February 21st, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

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!

After the 8km Muffin Pursuit Race, we will hold three Mini Muffin freestyle races: Ages 6 years and under, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12. All racers 12 and under will be awarded a medal!

There is a $10 entry fee for Muffin Racers 13 and older, and it includes a Pig Roast Lunch. There is no entry fee for the Mini Muffin Racers.

The Pig Roast is $5 for anyone else who might be hungry too. All racers and family members who partake in the Pig Roast will also receive a complimentary 1-day XC SKI HQ facilities pass.

26th Annual Junior Muffin Race!Feb 25, 10:30amCross Country Ski HeadquartersJoin 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!

After the 8km Muffin Pursuit Race, we will hold three Mini Muffin freestyle races: Ages 6 years and under, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12. All racers 12 and under will be awarded a medal!

There is a $10 entry fee for Muffin Racers 13 and older, and it includes a Pig Roast Lunch. There is no entry fee for the Mini Muffin Racers.

The Pig Roast is $5 for anyone else who might be hungry too. All racers and family members who partake in the Pig Roast will also receive a complimentary 1-day XC SKI HQ facilities pass.
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26th Annual Junior Muffin Race!

Wednesday February 21st, 2018 - 8:33 am

Hanson Hills

Just a quick update on our current conditions:
Downhill and Tubing: Snow coverage is looking good as of right now. We do have some standing water at the bottom of the Bunny and Bear Hills. If this water freezes we will be able refresh with snow and groom. We will keep everyone updated as we still plan for Friday Night Operations.

Cross Country Trail Report: 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.
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Wednesday February 21st, 2018 - 7:13 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Experience the fantastic flavors of Gate’s Au Sable 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.

Taste of Gates!Feb 24, 12:00pmCross Country Ski HeadquartersExperience the fantastic flavors of Gate’s Au Sable 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.
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Taste of Gates!

Monday February 19th, 2018 - 1:44 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Conditions are mighty, mighty fine on the majority of our trails as of this morning!! Ski while the skiing is good. ... See MoreSee Less

Conditions are mighty, mighty fine on the majority of our trails as of this morning!! Ski while the skiing is good.

 

Comment on Facebook

Was there yesterday. It was so awesome.

Planning on coming up this weekend...Think you'll have any snow left????

Can’t wait to get back out there!

Monday February 19th, 2018 - 9:00 am

Hanson Hills

Had help grooming this morning!! Join us from 11am-5pm today! $20 lift tickets, $9 rentals, $10 (1hr) Tubing sessions.

Cross Country Trail Report: Skate lanes are firm and fast. Please avoid M-93 Hills. Classic tracks are icy.
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Had help grooming this morning!! Join us from 11am-5pm today! $20 lift tickets, $9 rentals, $10 (1hr) Tubing sessions. 

Cross Country Trail Report: Skate lanes are firm and fast. Please avoid M-93 Hills. Classic tracks are icy.
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Grayling Area Events via Facebook

Snowshoe Building Workshop

Snowshoe Building Workshop

Mar 3, 9:00am - Mar 4, 12:00pm

Reserve your spot and lace your very own pair of Ojibiwa style snowshoes. This highly popular program fills up fast so reserve your spot today. This two day program costs $185/pair of snowshoes. Call (989) 348-2537 to register.

6 interested
Mike Wieland Tribute Ski Race Fundraiser

Mike Wieland Tribute Ski Race Fundraiser

Mar 4, 1:00pm - Mar 4, 4:00pm

Hanson Hills
7601 Old Lake Rd
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Mike Wieland
Tribute Ski Race
Fundraiser

Please join us for a great day of ski racing at the 7th Annual Mike Wieland Tribute Race. Mike coached Grayling High Schools Varsity team for over 40 years and is a member of Michigan’s Ski Racing Hall of Fame. His record includes individual State and Regional Championships, Team Regional Championships, and numerous team and individual State Qualifiers. All while calling Hanson Hills home.

Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at Hanson Hills
Lift Ticket and Pot Luck Banquet included
Races start at 1:30pm

$30 Entry Fee for 19 Up
$10 Entry Fee for 18 Under

Medals for Bracketed Age Divisions and Overall Fastest Age Division
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16 interested  ·  15 going
Maple Syrup Day

Maple Syrup Day

Apr 7, 10:00am - Apr 7, 4:00pm

Tree tapping demonstrations, information on how to start your own sugarbush, kids activities

12 interested  ·  2 going
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