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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 2017 Cote Dame Marie Loppet – January 21, 2017 The 2017 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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Monday February 20th, 2017 - 4:17 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Things that smart people do: eat cake when there's cake, ski when there's snow, and shop when there's a sale. #rulestoliveby ... See MoreSee Less

Things that smart people do: eat cake when theres cake, ski when theres snow, and shop when theres a sale. #rulestoliveby

Monday February 20th, 2017 - 9:15 am

Hanson Hills

Cross Country Trail Report: We are combing yellow and blue skate lanes this morning. Old tracks on all trails. Firm and fast this morning, will slow up as temperatures rise. Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.
Downhill and Tubing Operations will run from 11am-5pm today!!
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Cross Country Trail Report: We are combing yellow and blue skate lanes this morning. Old tracks on all trails. Firm and fast this morning, will slow up as temperatures rise. Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.
Downhill and Tubing Operations will run from 11am-5pm today!!

Sunday February 19th, 2017 - 2:11 pm

Hanson Hills

Great Race today!! Thanks to everyone who came out and participated in the Meijer State Games of Michigan - Hanson Hills Classic Race!! 79 Energetic Racers competed on a challenging 14KM Course!! Race Results can be found here: nebula.wsimg.com/c0f1a28501924ebd62e6d6bc8f800501?AccessKeyId=0B7430DA7F8D0E3FF713&disposition=0&... ... See MoreSee Less

Great Race today!!  Thanks to everyone who came out and participated in the Meijer State Games of Michigan - Hanson Hills Classic Race!!  79 Energetic Racers competed on a challenging 14KM Course!! Race Results can be found here: http://nebula.wsimg.com/c0f1a28501924ebd62e6d6bc8f800501?AccessKeyId=0B7430DA7F8D0E3FF713&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

Sunday February 19th, 2017 - 7:41 am

Hanson Hills

Cross Country Trail Report: Trails have firmed up nicely overnight. Set Tracks have held up really well, skate lanes are firm and fast. We will be hosting the Meijer State Games-Hanson Hills Classic Race today. Race Start is at 10am.

Downhill and Tubing Operations will run from 11am-5pm today. $10 Lift Tickets, $10 Rentals, $8 Tubing!!!
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Cross Country Trail Report:  Trails have firmed up nicely overnight.  Set Tracks have held up really well, skate lanes are firm and fast. We will be hosting the Meijer State Games-Hanson Hills Classic Race today.  Race Start is at 10am.  

Downhill and Tubing Operations will run from 11am-5pm today.  $10 Lift Tickets, $10 Rentals, $8 Tubing!!!

Saturday February 18th, 2017 - 7:34 am

Hanson Hills

Cross Country Trail Report: In an effort to preserve our Classic Course for tomorrow's Hanson Hills Classic Race, we will not be running our groomer today. Classic tracks are firm/glazed, skate lanes are firm and fast. Because of the warmer temperatures expected this afternoon our Trails will open from 9am-1pm today. Thank you for your patience as we try to accommodate our recreation skiers and our race community on this busy Holiday weekend.

Downhill and Tubing Operations will run from 11am-8pm today, Remember to bring your cardboard sled box for our Star War's themed event (11am-2pm).
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Thanks for the good work Hanson Hills Staff!

Thanks for putting on the Cardboard Classic. I know attendance wasn't huge, but those who participated really had fun. What a great day. Thanks again.

Friday February 17th, 2017 - 11:28 am

Hanson Hills

Dollar Night and Dog Day at Hanson Tonight!! $1 Lift Tickets, $9 Rentals, $5 Tubing, $1.50 Hot Dog, $2 Chili Dog, $2.50 Hill Dog(hotdog/bacon/chili & cheese sauce)!!! 3:30pm-9pm ... See MoreSee Less

Dollar Night and Dog Day at Hanson Tonight!!  $1 Lift Tickets, $9 Rentals, $5 Tubing, $1.50 Hot Dog, $2 Chili Dog, $2.50 Hill Dog(hotdog/bacon/chili & cheese sauce)!!! 3:30pm-9pm

Friday February 17th, 2017 - 11:25 am

Hanson Hills

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Friday February 17th, 2017 - 9:02 am

Hanson Hills

Downhill and Tubing Operations will resume from 3:30pm-9pm tonight! $1 Lift Tickets, $9 Rentals, $5 Tubing!!!

Cross Country Trail Report: Trails are looking good this morning, Groomer Jason has set fresh tracks on the Hanson Hills Classic Course. All Trails will be open at 9am. We are keeping a close eye on the temperature today, we may have to close trails this afternoon to preserve the trail.

Fat Bike Trail was groomed yesterday. Flat and fast.
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Grayling Area Events via Facebook

Guided snowshoe hikes in the old growth forest

Guided snowshoe hikes in the old growth forest

Feb 25, 10:00am - Feb 25, 3:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Approximatley 1 mile hike through the old growth forest. Pre-registration required. Call (989)348-2537. Suitable for all ages. Snowshoes available for loan free of charge

51 interested  ·  8 going
Mile Wieland Tribute Ski Race Fundraiser

Mile Wieland Tribute Ski Race Fundraiser

Mar 5, 1:00pm - Mar 5, 4:00pm

Hanson Hills
7601 Old Lake Rd
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Mike Wieland
Tribute Ski Race
Fundraiser

$35 Entry Fee for 19 Up
$10 Entry Fee for 18 Under

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at Hanson Hills
Lift Ticket and Pot Luck Banquet included
Hanson Hills opens at 11am, Races start at 2pm

Medals for Bracketed Age Divisions and Overall Fastest Age Division

Full moon snowshoe hike

Full moon snowshoe hike

Mar 10, 7:30pm - Mar 10, 9:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Join us for an approximatley 2 mile hike by moonlight through unbroken snow. Meet at the campground office (3612 State park drive) Snowshoes available for loan free of charge.

61 interested  ·  14 going
Guided snowshoe hikes in the old growth forest

Guided snowshoe hikes in the old growth forest

Mar 11, 10:00am - Mar 11, 3:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Approximatley 1 mile guided hike through the old growth forest. Suitable for all ages. Pre-registration required. Call (989) 348-2537. Snowshoes available for loan free of charge

17 interested  ·  3 going
Maple Syrup Day

Maple Syrup Day

Apr 1, 10:00am - Apr 1, 4:00pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

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

100 interested  ·  6 going
Campground open for season

Campground open for season

Apr 7, 3:00pm - Apr 7, 11:59pm

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Opening Day!

7 interested
Logging Museum opens for the season

Logging Museum opens for the season

May 1, 9:00am - May 2, 12:00am

Hartwick Pines State Park
3612 State Park Dr
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Opening for the summer season

13 interested
Militants Run Half Marathon/10K/5K

Militants Run Half Marathon/10K/5K

Jun 17, 9:00am - Jun 17, 1:00pm

Hanson Hills
7601 Old Lake Rd
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Part of the Michigan Half Marathon Series

Event: Militant's Run - Half Marathon
Event Location: Hanson Hills Recreation Area - 7601 Old Lake Rd, Grayling, MI 49738

Course is mostly on medium to difficult single track trails in the Hanson Hills Recreation Area. Beautiful and challenging course.
Event Date: Saturday June 17, 2017
Start Time: 9:00am EDT
End Time: 11:59pm EDT
Price: $35.00 Race Fee + $3.00 SignUp Fee
Registration: Price increases to $40.00 after June 2, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

Militant's Run - 10K

Course is mostly on medium to difficult single track trails in the Hanson Hills Recreation Area. Beautiful and challenging course. Course is a beautiful single loop. Limited water stations so please bring something you can carry water in for the half marathon.

Event Date: Saturday June 17, 2017
Start Time: 9:00am EDT
End Time: 11:59pm EDT
Price: $30.00 Race Fee + $2.50 SignUp Fee
Registration: Price increases to $35.00 after June 2, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

Militant's Run - 5K

Course is mostly on medium to difficult single track trails in the Hanson Hills Recreation Area. Beautiful and challenging course.

Event Date: Saturday June 17, 2017
Start Time: 9:00am EDT
End Time: 11:59pm EDT
Price: $25.00 Race Fee + $2.50 SignUp Fee
Registration: Price increases to $30.00 after June 2, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

Register Online: runsignup.com/Race/Events/MI/Shepherd/MichiganHalfMarathonRaceSeries#eventGroup-1862
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