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Saturday May 13th, 2017 - 11:16 am

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Zoo-de-Mackinac, Inc.
Zoo-de-Mack 2017! Check out what you have to look forward to on the 28th Annual 51 Mile Bike Bash! Saturday May 20, 2017. Details & Registration at www.Zoo-De-Mack.com See you there!
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We have rooms at Metivier Inn and Harts

Looks like a blast!

Saturday May 13th, 2017 - 11:07 am

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Cross Country Ski Headquarters
So, Lynne and Bob are currently at the Neveplast headquarters in Italy, testing out their synthetic cross country ski surface. The report is: better than expected! Looks like pretty decent glide to us!!
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Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 - 11:53 am

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Over the last 17 years Mont Ripley has made significant improvements every year in our quest to offer the best product possible. Here is our latest improvement, to be delivered in November. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday May 1st, 2017 - 11:21 am

Ski Michigan

As the calendar hits May 1st, you can see we have a few snow piles that are still hanging in there.

Note that we have snow on the slopes 7 out of the 12 calendar months, so enjoy the non-snow months while they last! Our 2017.2018 season passes go on sale August 1st.
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Friday April 28th, 2017 - 11:11 am

Ski Michigan

WE ARE FAMILY. The 2017/18 Family Pass is back at $999 for four people! That's less than $250 per person for an unrestricted season pass to Boyne Highlands Resort. Plus, add on up to two more people for $75 each.

What is considered family? However you define it! This sale is only good through April 30. BUY NOW: bit.ly/2p7Did3
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Friday April 28th, 2017 - 2:29 am

Ski Michigan

Dreaming of the ski bum lifestyle? Don't quit your day job - add 5-9 to your 9-5.

The Under the Lights Pass grants you access to night skiing, 5-9pm, all season long for only $149 - so you can become a part-time ski bum for less than $3 per night.

Sale ends April 30: bit.ly/UnderTheLights1718
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Thursday April 27th, 2017 - 6:56 pm

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So far at Headquarters. Much more in the high country. Far cry from last Saturday's 70 degrees! #midnr #miparks #puremichigan ... See MoreSee Less

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White Gold Card – Michigan Snowsports Industries Association makes it possible to ski at 35 areas for just $269

The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) has produced a card that allows the holder to ski at 35 different Michigan ski areas this winter for just $269.  Called the MSIA White Gold Card, it entitles the purchaser to ski one time at each of the participating ski areas during the 2016/2017 ski season. In addition to the 35 lift tickets, White Gold Card purchasers also receive one complimentary ski or snowboard tune-up, 3 hot was sessions and a coupon for $20 off a purchase of $100 at participating retailers.  The retail value is over $1,500!

The cards are now available at participating retail stores throughout the state and we will have a limited number to sell from this website soon. You save the $8 shipping fee (per order not per card) by purchasing at your local ski shop. We only have 400 to sell and they sold out fast last year!  See the list below for a retailer near you.

The card looks like a credit card, divided into squares.  Each ski area is assigned to a square and one square is designated for the ski tune-up.  The purchaser takes the White Gold Card to the ski area’s lift ticket window, where the square corresponding to that ski area is punched out.  White Gold Card skiers are allowed to ski one time at each ski area, midweek or weekend.  The card is valid for the entire ski season, except for December 24, 2016 through January 2, 2017.  The cards are non-refundable and non-transferable.  To get the tune-up and hot wax services, White Gold Card purchasers take their skis or boards to one of the over 47 participating ski shops.

MSIA developed the White Gold Card as a fundraising endeavor and limits its production to 400 cards.  “We’ve found from past years’ sales that they go quickly,” says Steve Kershner, MSIA Chairman and Director of Snowsports at Shanty Creek Resorts.  He suggests that anyone interested in purchasing a card should do so as soon as possible.

You may order them online here —>>>

or purchase them at participating retailers (listed below)

Participating ski areas:

Alpine Valley
Apple Mountain
Big Powderhorn
Bittersweet
Blackjack Resort
Boyne Highlands
Boyne Mountain
Caberfae Peaks
Cannonsburg
Crystal Mountain
Cross-Country Ski Hdqts.
Bay Mtn. at The Homestead
Hanson Hillls
Porcupine Mountain
Indianhead Mountain
Marquette Mountain
Mont Ripley
Mt. Bohemia
Mt. Bohemia
Mt. Brighton
Mt. Holiday
Mt. Holly
Mt. Zion
Mulligan’s Hollow
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Norway Mountain
Nubs Nob
Pine Knob
Pine Mountain
Shanty Creek
Ski Brule
Snow Snake
Swiss Valley
Timber Ridge
Treetops Resort

These retailers are selling White Gold Cards:  (Note – Some ski shops will accept only cash or check)

Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus – Grand Rapids – (616) 458-1684
Boyne Country Sports – Bloomfield Hills (248) 338-0803, Novi (248) 549-6006, Traverse City (231) 941-1999
Don Orr Ski Haus – Traverse City (231) 946-8810
Don Thomas Sporthaus – Birmingham (248) 626-9503
Lee’s Adventure Sports – Kalamazoo (269) 381-7701
Nichol’s Ski & Snowboard – Dearborn (313) 565-0044, Waterford (248) 674-5200
Schummer’s Ski Shop – Grosse Ponte Woods (313) 881-4363
Shumaker’s Ski & Board – Flint (810) 239-6931
Skier’s Peak – Bloomfield Hills (248) 594-6200
The Stable of Saginaw – Saginaw (989) 799-0601
Sun & Snow Sports – Ann Arbor (734) 663-9515, Plymouth (734) 927-0007
Summit Sports – Brighton (810) 227-6877, East Lansing (517) 332-4000, Bloomfield Hills (248) 738-4444
Swiss Valley Ski Shop – Jones (269) 244-5635 

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Cross Country Ski Headquarters – Bob Frye Inducted to Michigan Ski Hall of Fame!

Bob FryeWe are honored to announce that Bob Frye, after 42 years in the cross country skiing industry, has been inducted to the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame!

The induction took place on Monday, August 22nd, at the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association annual meeting and dinner. Bob, founder of Cross Country Ski Headquarters, was honored for his “major contributions in areas of organization, promotion, or development of the skiing industry in Michigan.”

During his acceptance speech, Bob thanked all the people who have believed in the mission of Cross Country Ski Headquarters: help people have fun on the snow. He made a special thanks to his wife, Lynne, who joined him early on in the business, and without whom XC Ski HQ would not be what it is today. The ceremony was attended by many members of the Michigan and Midwest ski industry, as well as Lynne, his children, and other family members. If you’d like to read Bob’s story that was featured in the ceremony program, click here:

Bob Frye Hall of Fame program

Let’s Celebrate!

Come say hello to Bob and the crew at the Labor Day Weekend Sale, Friday, September 2nd through Monday, September 5th! Sale hours are Friday and Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Monday 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Also, stay tuned for a special reception to be planned for later in the season, so that we can celebrate when there’s snow on the ground.

Thanks to everyone for your support, and here’s to a great upcoming ski season!

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Cross Country Ski Headquarters On Facebook

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Monday May 15th, 2017 - 1:39 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Looking to give your boring car a sweet upgrade? Try the all new #XCSKIHQ sticker. Then rockstar-hand-gesture off into the sunset. ... See MoreSee Less

Looking to give your boring car a sweet upgrade? Try the all new #XCSKIHQ sticker. Then rockstar-hand-gesture off into the sunset.

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You around on weekends? I'm up this coming and would love to stop by and buy one.

Not this weekend, but Memorial Weekend Saturday we will be open from 10-2! After that we're available to meet you fairly easily on-demand.

Can they be mailed if bought over the phone?

Sunday May 14th, 2017 - 9:11 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Ever wonder what your XC ski buddies look like with a tan and no winter hat? Now's your chance to find out!

Spring Training Day & Barbecue!May 27, 10:00amCross Country Ski HeadquartersGrab your XC ski buddies and join us for some group spring ski training at Cross Country Ski Headquarters. We are offering several options for anyone who wants to improve their cross country ski technique and/or learn to practice skiing without snow. Cap it all off with a BBQ lunch on the sundeck with the funnest people around: Michigan XC skiers!

Schedule:

10:00am - 12:00pm: Roller Ski Clinic with Andy Liebner (clinic will run approx 90 minutes) - Cost is $25, roller skis available to borrow if needed. Beginners welcome. BYO ski boots, bike helmet and gloves.

10:00 - 11:00am: Pole Walking / Hill Bounding Group Workout on XC Ski HQ ski trails - no charge. Bring poles that are just over waist height, or we will have some available to borrow.

11:15 - 12:00pm: Yoga For Skiers clinic with Mariah - no charge.

12:30 - BBQ Lunch provided by XC Ski HQ - no charge.

Not into "training", but D. T. S. (Down To Shop)? We like your style. Your fave shopping destination for cross country skis, clothing, and good vibes will be open from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, May 27th. Yes, that is a whopping 4 hours of open-ness for your Mem Weekend enjoyment. Shop the clearance sale, get your skis storage-waxed, or bring your skis in for stone grinding.*

See you at HQ!

*We have special stone grinding rates with the top stone grinding service providers in the country, so if your ski bases are scratched up, or you'd like to dedicate a pair as a "warm" or "cold" ski, bring 'em in!
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Sunday May 14th, 2017 - 9:09 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Grab your XC ski buddies and join us for some group spring ski training at Cross Country Ski Headquarters. We are offering several options for anyone who wants to improve their cross country ski technique and/or learn to practice skiing without snow. Cap it all off with a BBQ lunch on the sundeck with the funnest people around: Michigan XC skiers!

Schedule:

10:00am - 12:00pm: Roller Ski Clinic with Andy Liebner (clinic will run approx 90 minutes) - Cost is $25, roller skis available to borrow if needed. Beginners welcome. BYO ski boots, bike helmet and gloves.

10:00 - 11:00am: Pole Walking / Hill Bounding Group Workout on XC Ski HQ ski trails - no charge. Bring poles that are just over waist height, or we will have some available to borrow.

11:15 - 12:00pm: Yoga For Skiers clinic with Mariah - no charge.

12:30 - BBQ Lunch provided by XC Ski HQ - no charge.

Not into "training", but D. T. S. (Down To Shop)? We like your style. Your fave shopping destination for cross country skis, clothing, and good vibes will be open from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, May 27th. Yes, that is a whopping 4 hours of open-ness for your Mem Weekend enjoyment. Shop the clearance sale, get your skis storage-waxed, or bring your skis in for stone grinding.*

See you at HQ!

*We have special stone grinding rates with the top stone grinding service providers in the country, so if your ski bases are scratched up, or you'd like to dedicate a pair as a "warm" or "cold" ski, bring 'em in!

Spring Training Day & Barbecue!May 27, 10:00amCross Country Ski HeadquartersGrab your XC ski buddies and join us for some group spring ski training at Cross Country Ski Headquarters. We are offering several options for anyone who wants to improve their cross country ski technique and/or learn to practice skiing without snow. Cap it all off with a BBQ lunch on the sundeck with the funnest people around: Michigan XC skiers!

Schedule:

10:00am - 12:00pm: Roller Ski Clinic with Andy Liebner (clinic will run approx 90 minutes) - Cost is $25, roller skis available to borrow if needed. Beginners welcome. BYO ski boots, bike helmet and gloves.

10:00 - 11:00am: Pole Walking / Hill Bounding Group Workout on XC Ski HQ ski trails - no charge. Bring poles that are just over waist height, or we will have some available to borrow.

11:15 - 12:00pm: Yoga For Skiers clinic with Mariah - no charge.

12:30 - BBQ Lunch provided by XC Ski HQ - no charge.

Not into "training", but D. T. S. (Down To Shop)? We like your style. Your fave shopping destination for cross country skis, clothing, and good vibes will be open from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, May 27th. Yes, that is a whopping 4 hours of open-ness for your Mem Weekend enjoyment. Shop the clearance sale, get your skis storage-waxed, or bring your skis in for stone grinding.*

See you at HQ!

*We have special stone grinding rates with the top stone grinding service providers in the country, so if your ski bases are scratched up, or you'd like to dedicate a pair as a "warm" or "cold" ski, bring 'em in!
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Spring Training Day & Barbecue!

Saturday May 13th, 2017 - 10:39 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

So, Lynne and Trump Bob Frye are currently at the Neveplast headquarters in Italy, testing out their synthetic cross country ski surface. The report is: better than expected! Looks like pretty decent glide to us!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Sounds loud. Do you wear hearing protection while skiing?

Awesome! I've wanted to try this for a while. Huntly nordic in Scotland have a trail & carpet made from snowflex, no tracks. This works surprisingly well after skiing through a sloppy pile of wax, but twigs, grass & moss don't glide too well, so it does need to be taken care of.

Year round skiing. Yeah!

For uphill that does look great

if nothing else, its a good excuse to go to Italy!

Bringing it to Northern Michigan?

Yea!!!

We need this !!!

I want one in my backyard

Very cool !

Cool!

OK, if you could install this just out to Trapper's Cabin we could have craft beer events all summer!

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