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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
Blackjack Resort
Boyne Highlands
Boyne Mountain
Caberfae Peaks
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

Below are the latest postings from the Cross Country Ski Headquarters Page On Facebook.


Wednesday July 19th, 2017 - 11:09 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Killer weather at this year's staff party. So worth the sunburn. #xcskihq #staffparty #ausableriver ... See MoreSee Less

Killer weather at this years staff party. So worth the sunburn. #xcskihq #staffparty #ausableriver

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Looks beautiful.

Wednesday July 19th, 2017 - 11:03 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Post-lunch at Canoe Harbor. We may just have to put this on the Christmas card this year. #staffparty #ausableriver #butwheresdonnie ... See MoreSee Less

Post-lunch at Canoe Harbor. We may just have to put this on the Christmas card this year. #staffparty #ausableriver #butwheresdonnie

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Carl Whittington has NO legs!!!!

Wednesday July 19th, 2017 - 10:52 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Beautiful day with awesome people at this year's XC Ski HQ staff party. We have the best dang crew in the world! Thanks to @campbellscanoelivery for the boats and excellent service! ... See MoreSee Less

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Friday July 14th, 2017 - 1:32 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

"Virtual" Fundraiser Sale of Michael Seaman's ski equipment. All proceeds go to the Michael Seamen Memorial Scholarship Fund. Check out the link to the list of gear, and call us at 800-832-2663 to purchase or for more info. Let's honor this unforgettable guy by putting his skis to good use, and donating to this awesome cause!

Ski Sale Fundraiser - Michael Seamen Memorial Scholarship FundJul 14, 2:00pmCross Country Ski HeadquartersWith the sudden and unexpected passing of Mike Seaman on June 27th, the Michigan cross country skiing community lost a dear friend who will be greatly missed. For anyone who knew Mike, they know that he was an avid sportsman, gear-head, and educator. He took a lot of pride in his 27 years teaching at Montcalm Community College, a rural CC in the central Michigan area. Mike’s father, Jim, is in the process of creating the “Michael Seaman Memorial Scholarship Fund” to help provide assistance to students in financial need. To help fund the Scholarship, nearly all of Mike’s sports gear is being offered for purchase/donation. Mike’s older and more used equipment is being donated directly to youth programs.

Having ski raced for years, Mike left behind several high-end sets of skis, boots, bindings and poles. We are hopeful that many skiers will be able to put this equipment to use via a purchase/donation to the Scholarship Fund. For those who remember Mike fondly, you will also be able to ‘have a little piece of Mike' in your ski quiver.

This is a great opportunity to make a difference in honor of someone who meant a lot to the cross country skiing community.

Please click the "Find Tickets" link to view the gear.

***NOTE: We are only open "by appointment" throughout the summer, and are not keeping regular store hours. If you are interested in a purchasing some of Mike's equipment, or if you have any questions, please call 1.800.832.2663 or email us at infocrosscountryski.com.***

Any purchased equipment can be held at XC Ski HQ for pickup, or be shipped to you for a nominal fee. All the gear listed is in Good to Excellent Condition (Mike treated his gear with care!). All purchases/donations will be made to “Friends of Mike Seaman” until the Scholarship Fund is legally created in the very near future.

For anyone simply wishing to make a donation, please make checks payable to “Friends of Mike Seaman” and mail to: Isabella Community Credit Union, 2400 S. Isabella Rd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858.
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