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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 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

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Tuesday November 14th, 2017 - 3:03 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Weekend Sale! Check out these awesome specials for each day of Thanksgiving Weekend:

*Bean Bomb Black Friday*

Our Black Friday Sale is undoubtedly the best Black Friday experience around. No headaches, pushiness or shove-iness, just really cool cross country ski and winter gear on sale. Shop our massive selection of cross country skis and ski packages from Fischer, Salomon, Rossignol, Atomic and Alpina, plus XC ski and winter clothing, on sale from 10 to 50% off. Check out our winter jackets, fleeces, sweaters and more from North Face, Columbia, Patagonia, Salomon, Woolrich, Sporthill, Swix, Kari Traa and Skhoop. Plus, our highly trained staff members will not only help outfit you in the best gear possible, but they will also be participating in an in-store fashion show, where they show off the best of of this year’s XC ski and winter clothing.

As if this wasn’t enough, we will be serving Bob's famous Bean Bomb all weekend until it’s gone. Beware: Bean Bomb contains bacon, garlic and cheese, which means it’s even more addicting than that cornbread stuffing with the walnuts in it.

*Smartwool Small Business Saturday*

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with us on Saturday, November 25th and get Buy 2 Get 1 Free Smartwool socks, plus a free pair of Smartwool socks with purchase of any of this season’s sweaters (while supplies last)! We’ll also have great deals on ski equipment and clothing, so don’t miss this great chance to shop local and save big. Just in case there is any Bean Bomb left, please come ready to eat your heart out.

*What about Sunday?*

The Thanksgiving Weekend Sale lasts till the end of the day Sunday, so you can enjoy the same great sales and specials all Sunday long! Throughout the weekend, help yourself to our beautifully maintained ski trails; if we don't have snow, they will be open for hiking, biking and dog walking. Please remember it’s firearm deer season, so BYO orange if you plan to hike, or borrow one of our very flattering orange hunting vests. Amp up your trail hike by demoing a pair of Nordic Ski Walking Poles, free of charge!

*Last but not least: From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, purchase a new cross country ski package and get a FREE Swix F4 glide rub-on wax, OR a commerorative XC Ski HQ Pint Glass!

See you at the Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!!

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Kim, Kelsey, Alex, Dodge, Matt, Erin, Dana, and the rest of the crew

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!Nov 24, 9:00amCross Country Ski HeadquartersJoin us for our annual Thanksgiving Weekend Sale! Check out these awesome specials for each day of Thanksgiving Weekend:

*Bean Bomb Black Friday*

Our Black Friday Sale is undoubtedly the best Black Friday experience around. No headaches, pushiness or shove-iness, just really cool cross country ski and winter gear on sale. Shop our massive selection of cross country skis and ski packages from Fischer, Salomon, Rossignol, Atomic and Alpina, plus XC ski and winter clothing, on sale from 10 to 50% off. Check out our winter jackets, fleeces, sweaters and more from North Face, Columbia, Patagonia, Salomon, Woolrich, Sporthill, Swix, Kari Traa and Skhoop. Plus, our highly trained staff members will not only help outfit you in the best gear possible, but they will also be participating in an in-store fashion show, where they show off the best of of this year’s XC ski and winter clothing.

As if this wasn’t enough, we will be serving Bob's famous Bean Bomb all weekend until it’s gone. Beware: Bean Bomb contains bacon, garlic and cheese, which means it’s even more addicting than that cornbread stuffing with the walnuts in it.

*Smartwool Small Business Saturday*

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with us on Saturday, November 25th and get Buy 2 Get 1 Free Smartwool socks, plus a free pair of Smartwool socks with purchase of any of this season’s sweaters (while supplies last)! We’ll also have great deals on ski equipment and clothing, so don’t miss this great chance to shop local and save big. Just in case there is any Bean Bomb left, please come ready to eat your heart out.

*What about Sunday?*

The Thanksgiving Weekend Sale lasts till the end of the day Sunday, so you can enjoy the same great sales and specials all Sunday long! Throughout the weekend, help yourself to our beautifully maintained ski trails; if we don't have snow, they will be open for hiking, biking and dog walking. Please remember it’s firearm deer season, so BYO orange if you plan to hike, or borrow one of our very flattering orange hunting vests. Amp up your trail hike by demoing a pair of Nordic Ski Walking Poles, free of charge!

*Last but not least: From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, purchase a new cross country ski package and get a FREE Swix F4 glide rub-on wax, OR a commerorative XC Ski HQ Pint Glass!

See you at the Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!!

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran, Kim, Kelsey, Alex, Dodge, Matt, Erin, Dana, and the rest of the crew
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Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!

Friday November 10th, 2017 - 8:44 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Wow! Get out on some white stuff at Forbush this weekend!Here is a picture from Larry. He ran the piston Bully around the east trail system. We will be open this weekend for skiing. Rock skis recommended, the base is thin. ... See MoreSee Less

Wow! Get out on some white stuff at Forbush this weekend!

 

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Robert Mayer

Ted Bondie😻😻😻😻😻

Wow!!!!

Awesome

That is a beautiful sight!

Woof!

Yes!

Looks beautiful!

Dang

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Friday November 10th, 2017 - 6:02 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Kim shoveled snow like a boss this morning. Gotta love that first shovel session of the season! ... See MoreSee Less

Kim shoveled snow like a boss this morning. Gotta love that first shovel session of the season!

 

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Are those tracks I see in the snow behind her?!?!?!

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Friday November 10th, 2017 - 12:34 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

What a sight for sore eyes! It’s even somewhat skiable if you can tolerate some grass! ... See MoreSee Less

What a sight for sore eyes! It’s even somewhat skiable if you can tolerate some grass!

Thursday November 9th, 2017 - 3:26 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

It's a tease, but it's still darn pretty! ... See MoreSee Less

Its a tease, but its still darn pretty!

Thursday November 9th, 2017 - 9:09 am

Hanson Hills

Nordic Updates from Hanson Hills.

We are pleased to announce a few exciting changes to our Nordic Operations for the 2017-18 Season.
1.CLASSIC ONLY- We have added 5 kilometers to our Wilderness Trail making it a looped classic only adventure trail. With fun section names including Wanderlust, PB&J, Sunset Ridge and the soon to be famous Buck Snort!!
2. SHORTCUT – We have opened a Service trail that could serve as a shortcut between the Red and the Green Trail to help our groomer/ski patrollers easily navigate trails without having to ride the whole system.
3. IN MEMORY OF -There will be a newer waxing bench added to our main lodge, the bench was donated from Michael Seaman’s Trust, this was his personal bench, that he prepped many ski’s on! We are honored to have this in memory of Mike and we hope you remember his athletic spirit as you prep your skis! We will also have envelopes for Mike’s Scholarship fund available in the lodge for all those who wish to donate!
4. GROOMER LOVE- We are adding an additional Bear Cat Groomer Special to our grooming fleet!!
5. GOING THE DISTANCE- You will notice on our redesigned maps, point to point distances between colors!! Look for a new Trail Head (Coming Soon) signboard as well!
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Nordic Updates from Hanson Hills.

We are pleased to announce a few exciting changes to our Nordic Operations for the 2017-18 Season.  
1.CLASSIC ONLY-  We have added 5 kilometers to our Wilderness Trail making it a looped classic only adventure trail.  With fun section names including Wanderlust, PB&J, Sunset Ridge and the soon to be famous Buck Snort!! 
2. SHORTCUT – We have opened a Service trail that could serve as a shortcut between the Red and the Green Trail to help our groomer/ski patrollers easily navigate trails without having to ride the whole system.   
3. IN MEMORY OF -There will be a newer waxing bench added to our main lodge, the bench was donated from Michael Seaman’s Trust, this was his personal bench, that he prepped many ski’s on!  We are honored to have this in memory of Mike and we hope you remember his athletic spirit as you prep your skis!  We will also have envelopes for Mike’s Scholarship fund available in the lodge for all those who wish to donate! 
4. GROOMER LOVE- We are adding an additional Bear Cat Groomer Special to our grooming fleet!! 
5.  GOING THE DISTANCE- You will notice on our redesigned maps, point to point distances between colors!! Look for a new Trail Head (Coming Soon) signboard as well!

 

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Let it snow!! Will you be grooming a trail for fat biking again this winter? Either way, looking forward to getting up there this winter and enjoying the trails!

To bad I won’t be there to tear up the new classic loop it looks rad!

Wednesday November 8th, 2017 - 1:44 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Top picture: Rolling Hills is graded, roto-tilled, pre-seeded and ready for snow! Bottom picture: SNOW COMING TOMORROW. So many fist pumps!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Top picture: Rolling Hills is graded, roto-tilled, pre-seeded and ready for snow! Bottom picture: SNOW COMING TOMORROW. So many fist pumps!!!

 

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Pre seeded? You can plant snow? ;,-)

I'm glad someone else asked that question. On a serious note, if we actually get 3-5", does this mean we can dig out rock skis and play? Even if it's just behind the lodge?

Monday November 6th, 2017 - 7:18 pm

Hanson Hills

K-12, College... Bring your student ID or Report Card and you are eligible for our Student passes!! Great low price $95!!!

nebula.wsimg.com/95eefb25c2d11fa80c6b72933e3a087c?AccessKeyId=0B7430DA7F8D0E3FF713&disposition=0&...
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K-12, College... Bring your student ID or Report Card and you are eligible for our Student passes!!  Great low price $95!!! 

http://nebula.wsimg.com/95eefb25c2d11fa80c6b72933e3a087c?AccessKeyId=0B7430DA7F8D0E3FF713&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

 

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Student passes are $95.00? What about report card discount?

Student Passes will be replacing the Good Grades Discount. This is a Steal of a Deal, save $45 on an individual pass... Ski 4 times and your pass is paid for!! (versus regular lift ticket prices). Ski Season is HERE, these make great christmas gifts!!

Just to be clear passes are 95.00 for students, in place of good grade discounts?

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Grayling Area Events via Facebook

Snowshoe Building Workshop

Snowshoe Building Workshop

Dec 2, 9:00am - Dec 3, 12:00pm

Reserve your spot and learn how to lace your own pair of Bear PAw style snowshoes. Classes fill up fast, get your registration form in today. this two day program costs $185/pair of snowshoes. Contact the Visitor Center at (989) 348-2537

5 interested
Warren Millers: Line of Descent - Movie Premier

Warren Miller's: Line of Descent - Movie Premier

Dec 9, 3:00pm - Dec 9, 6:00pm

Fundraiser for Hanson Hills Snowsports School.
Premier Local Sponsor: AuSable Family Dental
MOVIE TICKET GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE
BUCKET RAFFLE PRIZES
SKI VENDORS
SOCIAL HOUR
GREAT START TO WINTER!!

Tickets: $20 (Each Movie Ticket is entered into a Grand Prize Drawing)

Tickets Available at:
Hanson Hills Recreation Area: Cash, Credit, Check Accepted. (989)348-9266.

Flowers By Josie (Downtown Grayling) Cash, Check Accepted.

MOVIE TRAILER: youtu.be/t5J1cJwXlO0

Warren Millers; Line of Descent:
This year, don’t miss Warren Miller’s Line of Descent, presented by Volkswagen. Travel the globe, by land, air, and sea, exploring the ties that bind us. Visit skiing icons who have made the mountains their home and raised the next generation of winter adventurers. Go from New Zealand, home to some of the Southern Hemisphere’s deepest lines, to the French Alps, where native son Jean Claude Killy’s legacy fills Val-D’Isere hearts with pride. In Norway, a Canadian ski patroller enjoys the company of his Norwegian brethren, and in British Columbia, the Provo brothers discover the powsurfing stashes of Mustang Powder Lodge. Cruise through the Northern Rockies with Kalen Thorien by motorcycle and rip the rugged terrain of Jackson Hole with legends like Tommy Moe and Jess McMillan. For 68 years, ski families have cheered on the official kickoff to winter with the ski film company that started it all and this year is no different. As the family grows, the traditions grow richer in Volkswagen presents Warren Miller’s Line of Descent. Deeper and fresher than ever.
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9 interested  ·  4 going
Full Moon Snowshoe Hike

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike

Dec 29, 7:30pm - Mar 2, 9:30pm

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

Meet at the contact station. We have several pairs of snowshoes for you to borrow if you dont have your own. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Snowshoe fitting begins at 7:30pm. Hike begins at 8pm, approxiamtley 2mi hike through unbroken snow.

154 interested  ·  4 going
Snowshoe Building Workshop

Snowshoe Building Workshop

Jan 6, 9:00am - Jan 7, 12:00pm

Reserve you spot and lace your own pair of Bear Paw 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.

4 interested
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

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

365 interested  ·  4 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

184 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.

1 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

3 interested
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