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Hanson Hills – Skiing and Snowboarding
We are one of Northern Michigan’s hidden gems. Enjoy a great Family Atmosphere at a very affordable price. Our Ski Area offers Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing, Snow Shoe Trails, and over 35km of Groomed Nordic Ski Trails. Ski and Snowboard Instruction Available: The Hanson Hills Snow Sports School offers a variety of instructional programs that will help you […] more…

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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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!

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 - 9:02 am

Hanson Hills

We want to wish our Grayling Middle School Ski Team, the best of luck today, as they visit Nub's Nob for thier first Ski meet of the year!!

Downhill and Tubing: Operations will resume Friday January 19th 3:30am-9pm $2 lift tickets, $9 Rentals, $5 (1hr) Tubing Sessions!! Also we have a great Friday Night learn to ski/snowboard special 2 for 1 $20 lesson!!! Call 989-348-9266 by Thursday to reserve your spots!

Cross Country Trail Report: Total accumulation of snow received yesterday 1/4- 1/2 inch. We will be out packing this light lake effect snow this morning, and re-assessing the trail system. Trails will remain closed today

Fat Bike Trail: Total accumulation of snow received yesterday 1/4- 1/2 inch.
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We want to wish our Grayling Middle School Ski Team, the best of luck today, as they visit Nubs Nob for thier first Ski meet of the year!!  

Downhill and Tubing: Operations will resume Friday January 19th 3:30am-9pm  $2 lift tickets, $9 Rentals, $5 (1hr) Tubing Sessions!!  Also we have a great Friday Night  learn to ski/snowboard special  2 for 1 $20 lesson!!!  Call 989-348-9266 by Thursday to reserve your spots!

Cross Country Trail Report:  Total accumulation of snow received yesterday 1/4- 1/2 inch. We will be out packing this light lake effect snow this morning, and re-assessing the trail system. Trails will remain closed today

Fat Bike Trail:  Total accumulation of snow received yesterday 1/4- 1/2 inch.

 

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Jessica N Scott Hartman.. sweet pictured Jake

Sunday January 14th, 2018 - 9:29 am

Hanson Hills

Downhill and Tubing: Operations will run from 11am-5pm today. $20 Lift tickets, $20 Rentals and $10 (1hr) Tubing Sessions.
Visit the snack bar and try one of our famous Hill Dogs (Hot Dog-2 strips of bacon-chili and cheese sauce)

Cross Country Trail Report: Trails are closed, due to lack of snow. There is still great XC Skiing to be had in the Grayling Area, Visit our neighbors at Forbush Corners (Frederic) 14km of groomed trail, or XC Ski HQ (Higgins Lake) 1.5km groomed.
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Downhill and Tubing: Operations will run from 11am-5pm today. $20 Lift tickets, $20 Rentals and $10 (1hr) Tubing Sessions.
Visit the snack bar and try one of our famous Hill Dogs (Hot Dog-2 strips of bacon-chili and cheese sauce)

Cross Country Trail Report:  Trails are closed, due to lack of snow.  There is still great XC Skiing to be had in the Grayling Area, Visit our neighbors at Forbush Corners  (Frederic) 14km of groomed trail, or XC Ski HQ (Higgins Lake) 1.5km groomed.

 

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What’s the age for tubing?

The vasa fat bike loop is amazing right now too!!

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!!

Saturday January 13th, 2018 - 3:22 pm

Hanson Hills

Another great day of skiing and tubing!! The fun continues until 8pm tonight!! Sunday hours are 11am-5pm. ... See MoreSee Less

Another great day of skiing and tubing!!  The fun continues until 8pm tonight!!  Sunday hours are 11am-5pm.Image attachmentImage attachment

Saturday January 13th, 2018 - 9:02 am

Hanson Hills

Downhill & Tubing: Operations will run from 11am-8pm today. $25 Lift Tickets, $20 Rentals, $10 (1hr) Tubing Sessions.
Snack Bar Specials:
Grilled Cheese & Chicken Noodle Soup combo $6.00
Mac & Cheese Wedges $3.50!!

Cross Country Trail Report: Groomer Tommy G. has been out this morning, trying to scrape together somewhat of a skiable trail, however what remains of our trail system is marginal and boiler plate, and unsafe for ski traffic. We will continue to keep the trail closed through the weekend. However there is still some great skiing to be had in the Grayling Area. Forbush Corners, has 14KM groomed, and XC Ski Headquarters has 1.5Km groomed.
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Downhill & Tubing: Operations will run from 11am-8pm today.  $25 Lift Tickets, $20 Rentals, $10 (1hr) Tubing Sessions. 
Snack Bar Specials:  
Grilled Cheese & Chicken Noodle Soup combo $6.00
Mac & Cheese Wedges $3.50!!

Cross Country Trail Report: Groomer Tommy G. has been out this morning, trying to scrape together somewhat of a skiable trail, however what remains of our trail system is marginal and boiler plate, and unsafe for ski traffic. We will continue to keep the trail closed through the weekend. However there is still some great skiing to be had in the Grayling Area. Forbush Corners, has 14KM groomed, and XC Ski Headquarters has 1.5Km groomed.

 

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If we don’t get snow will the race next weekend be canceled?

Look at our speed demons, Arica! 😍

Friday January 12th, 2018 - 6:09 pm

Hanson Hills

What a great way to spend a Friday Night!! Photo credit RJ Bolzman ... See MoreSee Less

What a great way to spend a Friday Night!!  Photo credit RJ Bolzman

 

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Love this place. I may be 3000 miles away but my heart is there!

Adelle Caroline Gibson

Friday January 12th, 2018 - 10:04 am

Hanson Hills

Downhill and Tubing: Operations will run from 3:30pm-9pm tonight!! Join us and Q100 from 3:30-5pm for a chance to win some cool prizes. $2 lift tickets, $9 Rentals, $5 Tubing (1hr) Sessions!

Cross Country Trail Report: Trail head is in rough shape, yesterday's rain and warm temperatures put the hurting on our trail system. We have a lot of grass showing, trail system will be closed today.
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Downhill and Tubing: Operations will run from 3:30pm-9pm tonight!!  Join us and Q100 from 3:30-5pm for a chance to win some cool prizes.  $2 lift tickets, $9 Rentals, $5 Tubing (1hr) Sessions!  

Cross Country Trail Report: Trail head is in rough shape, yesterdays rain and warm temperatures put the hurting on our trail system. We have a lot of grass showing, trail system will be closed today.

 

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Grayling Area Events via Facebook

Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet

Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet

Jan 20, 10:00am - Jan 20, 12:00pm

Hanson Hills
7601 Old Lake Rd
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

The Cote Dame Marie Loppet is presented by The Grayling Recreation Authority and the Grayling Rotary Club.

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

Online Registration Now Open:
www.SkiReg.com/cote-dame-marie-ski-loppet
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37 interested  ·  9 going
Guided snowshoe hikes in the old growth forest

Guided snowshoe hikes in the old growth forest

Jan 27, 10:00am - Jan 27, 3:00pm

10am & 1pm. Pre-Register by calling (989) 348-2537

19 interested  ·  1 going
Snowshow building workshop

Snowshow building workshop

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

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

7 interested
Guided snowshoe hikes in the old growth forest

Guided snowshoe hikes in the old growth forest

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

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

10am & 1pm. Pre-register by calling (989) 348-2537

919 interested  ·  9 going
Snowshoe Hike & Yoga Session

Snowshoe Hike & Yoga Session

Feb 17, 10:00am - Feb 17, 3:00pm

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

Meet at the visitor center. Pre-Registration required. Enjoy our winter wonderlandona guided hike through the old growth forest. Afterwards unwind with a relaxing yoga session from a certified instructor. Call (989) 348-2537 to register

654 interested  ·  26 going
Hanson Hills Classic

Hanson Hills Classic

Feb 18, 10:00am - Feb 18, 12:00pm

Hanson Hills
7601 Old Lake Rd
Grayling, MI  49738 Map

Hanson Hills Classic

FEE: $25

Point Races: Men & Women 14K

Location: Start and Finish at Hanson Hills
Recreation Area three (3) miles west of Grayling

Race Day Registration:
8:00am-9:30am

Race Time:
10:00 am Men and Women 15 second interval starts.

Course: Hilly terrain. Classical race with interval starts. Course
will have double set tracks.

Awards: Awards for first overall male and female finishers.
Medals to top three male and Female finishers in each
age group.

Online Registration: www.skireg.com/nordicevents
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40 interested  ·  7 going
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
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

6 interested  ·  1 going
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