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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 May 27th, 2020 - 10:06 am

Hanson Hills

I am very sorry but No MMBA CPS race at Hanson Hills this weekend. If you would like a refund PLEASE let me know... as in the past I have issued refunds & will do as soon as I can IF requested.

These are very hard times with many events & months worth of prep work put on hold or just canceled outright. Some of our Cyclocross races annual dates are now being used/taken by misplaced spring events that will force Some additional cancellations in our fall program. But I feel we will still have a Cross season!

Like most small business the challenge of even monthy expences, keeping some cash flow just to maintain bills is always a challenge but never like in todays world.
I wanted to share a email I got over the weekend with a refreshing viewpoint that offered me reassurance in the cycling community. Thank you KS
"Good afternoon Brent.
Please do not refund my registration for the ILRA race 2020.
I primarily wanted to register as a sign of support in these unknown times.

Overall I know the amount is not very much, but I wanted to do something to show how your events have been meaningful to me since my first Fun Promotions race in 2003."

Ok my rant is over, I pray everyone is well and maintaining life...here to hoping July will bring some life back to all of us!

Brent Walk - Fun Promotions llc.
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Wednesday May 20th, 2020 - 1:37 pm

Hanson Hills

Trail crew was out clearing debris this morning. There are a few big trees still down, we are hopefully to have them removed in the next day or two. Beware of Ticks! ... See MoreSee Less

Trail crew was out clearing debris this morning. There are a few big trees still down, we are hopefully to have them removed in the next day or two. Beware of Ticks!

Comment on Facebook

Ticks are terrible everywhere!πŸ•·πŸ˜³

No motorized vehicles!!!!

Thank you.

Tuesday May 19th, 2020 - 8:05 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Mount Snow is nearly finished! This photo was taken May 19th. Stay tuned for the official melt date, and subsequent contest winners, undoubtedly coming very soon. ... See MoreSee Less

Mount Snow is nearly finished! This photo was taken May 19th. Stay tuned for the official melt date, and subsequent contest winners, undoubtedly coming very soon.

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Hard to believe it is still there after all the rain yesterday😊😊

My guess is May 20th

Sunday May 10th, 2020 - 10:14 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Happy Mother’s Day from the crew at #xcskihq! Mother Nature gifted us with a thick blanket of snow this morning... a surprising but beautiful sight (also the perfect consistency for making a snowman!). Cheers to all you moms out there - you truly make the world go round, and you are so, so loved!! @ Cross Country Ski Headquarters ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Mother’s Day from the crew at #xcskihq! Mother Nature gifted us with a thick blanket of snow this morning... a surprising but beautiful sight (also the perfect consistency for making a snowman!). Cheers to all you moms out there - you truly make the world go round, and you are so, so loved!!  @ Cross Country Ski HeadquartersImage attachmentImage attachment

Comment on Facebook

Forty some years ago an old timer in the UP swore he’d once skied on the 4th of July. Who can say it can’t happen again!

Unbelievable! Looks awesome! 😍

Oh my You going to ski today? 😍

Do you need me back at work?? πŸ˜‚

Wow...

Ryan Hobbs

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Friday May 8th, 2020 - 9:25 am

Hanson Hills

We kindly ask that visitors do not deposit their household garbage in our trash receptacles. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less

We kindly ask that visitors do not deposit their household garbage in our trash receptacles. Thank you.

Comment on Facebook

Mamma bear is emptying your garbage I see.

It would be nice to have a recycling bin out there--look at all those plastic bottles! πŸ™

This is ridiculous! Be kind and respectful people!

Awful. Hopefully there is an address in that mess then you can give it back to them

How terrible!

Any paperwork with names in it?!?!??

Bears ?

Wild animals

Omg...ridiculous!!

Wow people πŸ˜₯

😑😑😑

Ppl r dumb

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Friday April 24th, 2020 - 10:06 am

Hanson Hills

RECREATION(noun)
activity done for enjoyment when one is not working.

Just remember to follow social distancing guidelines.
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RECREATION(noun)
activity done for enjoyment when one is not working.  

Just remember to follow social distancing guidelines.

Comment on Facebook

Still hoping we can bring a mountain bike event or two at the end of May. HH50 May 23rd and Hanson Hills MMBA CPS Sunday May 31st. Only time will tell.

Looks so different without snow! β˜ƒ

Are there commited hiking trails too? I don't want to hike on the bike trails if not ok.

Monday April 13th, 2020 - 1:49 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

It’s time for the Mount Snow Challenge!! ❄️ This pile of man made snow (Mt. Snow) is still going strong as of April 13th.... but on what date will it finally melt? Comment when your guess! Winner gets a #xcskihq travel mug 😊 @ Cross Country Ski Headquarters ... See MoreSee Less

It’s time for the Mount Snow Challenge!! ❄️ This pile of man made snow (Mt. Snow) is still going strong as of April 13th.... but on what date will it finally melt? Comment when your guess! Winner gets a #xcskihq travel mug 😊 @ Cross Country Ski HeadquartersImage attachment

Comment on Facebook

May 13, only one more real snowfall in the next week

I’m going to go crazy and say June 3rd

Tom Schwartz April 23, 2020 call me πŸ™πŸ˜‰πŸΊ

April 30th-our anniversary!

May 18th my son's birthday πŸ™‚

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Monday April 13th, 2020 - 11:32 am

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