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Cross Country Ski Headquarters – Roscommon

Cross Country Ski HeadquartersLocated 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 Outfitters, Ski Area, Rentals and Day Lodge

Our Story

In the winter of 1974, Bob Frye opened a small cross country ski rental operation out of the shed of a Higgins Lake snowmobile repair shop. Thirty-eight years and multiple expansions later, Bob and his wife Lynne are still committed to the same goal with which they started: make cross country skiing fun and affordable for everyone.

The Cross Country Ski Headquarters is in the heart of Michigan’s cross country skiing mecca, with beautiful trails not just onsite, but all around us. This location, combined with Bob and Lynne’s decades of XC-ski knowledge and experience, makes the XC Ski HQ your premier resource for top-of-the-line service, equipment, clothing, and facilities. The business has grown from its humble beginnings to a vast retail store, a sprawling, meticulously maintained trail network, a large rental and demo facility, and a full-service café and day lodge – all completely dedicated to cross country skiing and, more recently, snowshoeing. We encourage our skiers to “try before you buy” when it comes to skis, boots, poles, and snowshoes, and we promise to help our customers create the best cross country skiing experience possible.

Come see why people from across Michigan and the Midwest return year after year to experience winter in a truly unique and memorable way. Our friendly and experienced staff, broad selection of equipment and apparel, and accommodating facilities make Cross Country Ski Headquarters a perfect getaway that is not only fun, but affordable.

So what are you waiting for? Come Ski With Us!

Your Best Source for Everything Cross Country

Cross Country Skiing is all we do. When the snow melts for good, we shut our doors and start planning for next winter. We eat, sleep, and breathe cross country skiing all spring, summer, fall, and winter, which is why we are truly the cross country skiing experts.

Skiers across the country and around the world have come to rely on our unbeatable customer service, excellent prices, and extensive selection from top brands including Salomon, Fischer, Rossignol, Atomic, Madshus and Alpina. We also offer a wide variety of carefully selected apparel, including items from North Face, Patagonia, Under Armour, Columbia, Sporthill, Brooks, Salomon, Swix, and more.

Whether you’re an elite racer, a novice, or somewhere in between, the expert crew at Cross Country Ski Headquarters will help you fulfill your XC skiing needs at the lowest price possible.

We are a…

  • Fischer Race Center
  • Fischer Speedmax Center
  • Fischer Carbonlite Demo Center
  • Salomon Race Center
  • Atomic Race Center
  • Alpina Race Boot Center

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Cross Country Ski Headquarters On Facebook

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Tuesday October 4th, 2022 - 11:11 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

A little splash of red for you! The #xcskihq trail system is mowed and ready for your fall hiking, biking, dog walking, and color tour enjoyment! Get out there and take it in!! ... See MoreSee Less

A little splash of red for you! The #xcskihq trail system is mowed and ready for your fall hiking, biking, dog walking, and color tour enjoyment! Get out there and take it in!!

Wednesday September 21st, 2022 - 12:09 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Ruff life for this shop dog. 😂 🐾

Come shopping for your winter wardrobe, and #donnie will make it his mission to show off his tricks and (more importantly) his treat bowl.
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Ruff life for this shop dog. 😂 🐾 

Come shopping for your winter wardrobe, and #donnie will make it his mission to show off his tricks and (more importantly) his treat bowl.

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Love that Donnie - and what a life💓🐾

This guy🙄😂✨🥰

Tuesday September 20th, 2022 - 11:14 am

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Logo fleece is in, and ohhh so perfect for these chilly mornings. Ladies colors shown here, mens available in forest green and burnt orange as well! We’re currently open M-F 10-4, open on weekends by appt. Season opening sale is October 29! @columbia1938 ... See MoreSee Less

Logo fleece is in, and ohhh so perfect for these chilly mornings. Ladies colors shown here, mens available in forest green and burnt orange as well! We’re currently open M-F 10-4, open on weekends by appt. Season opening sale is October 29! @columbia1938Image attachmentImage attachment

Tuesday September 13th, 2022 - 5:51 pm

Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Oh ya know, just chillin with some of the best in the game😴💤

What a great time at Fischer University! Our ski experts Gill, George, and Missy got the opportunity to learn more about the Fischer and One Way Brands. ✨ There’s so much new juicy technologies and initiatives being introduced by Fischer in the Nordic industry— we are so stoked to share all the new information we learned with our customers when we head back home to Michigan!

A big thank you to Rick Halling and the entire Fischer team for hosting us and putting on the event in Minneapolis!💚
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Oh ya know, just chillin with some of the best in the game😴💤

What a great time at Fischer University! Our ski experts Gill, George, and Missy got the opportunity to learn more about the Fischer and One Way Brands. ✨ There’s so much new juicy technologies and initiatives being introduced by Fischer in the Nordic industry— we are so stoked to share all the new information we learned with our customers when we head back home to Michigan!

A big thank you to Rick Halling and the entire Fischer team for hosting us and putting on the event in Minneapolis!💚Image attachmentImage attachment

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Cross Country Ski Headquarters – Photos From Instagram

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Hanson Hills – Cross Country Ski Trails

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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 Loppet is presented by The Grayling Recreation Authority.

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

Race Features:

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.

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Hanson Hills Recreation Area
Grayling Recreation Authority
PO Box 361
Grayling, MI 49738
1-888-876-2196

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Tuesday October 4th, 2022 - 8:40 am

Hanson Hills

We are sad to announce that a team member has passed away over the weekend. William “BILL” Bonkowski passed away from a brief battle with cancer. Bill envisioned and developed the Hanson Hills Snowsports School and served as the Director for the past 11 years. Bill shared his passion for Skiing, Rock n Roll, and hunting to all that came in contact with him. Bill was a great mentor and helped many young skiers and adults to fall in love with the sport of skiing. We kindly ask for you to keep Bill’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
Rest in Peace my friend and enjoy your Endless Winter!
(Bill Bonkowski is pictured here with his faithful companion Gunner)
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We are sad to announce that a team member has passed away over the weekend.  William “BILL” Bonkowski passed away from a brief battle with cancer.   Bill envisioned and developed the Hanson Hills Snowsports School and served as the Director for the past 11 years.  Bill shared his passion for Skiing, Rock n Roll, and hunting to all that came in contact with him.  Bill was a great mentor and helped many young skiers and adults to fall in love with the sport of skiing.  We kindly ask for you to keep Bill’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.      
Rest in Peace my friend and enjoy your Endless Winter! 
(Bill Bonkowski is pictured here with his faithful companion Gunner)

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RIP Bill. I’m so thankful the the time I was able to spend as coworkers inside the rental shop. I’ll cherish those moments forever 🤘❤️

This news is heartbreaking. Thank you for everything Bill Bonkowski.

I’ve known Bill for decades. I followed his physical battles and thought he was on the upswing. I’m so sorry to hear this. What a stand up guy. Only the good die young and that is certainly the case here. I know there is only powder in heaven so enjoy Bill.

So sad. Was such a nice man. Condolences to his family

Sorry to hear this. Bill worked diligently with my son thru the school. Adam respected him. R.I.P.

I'm in shock. He had been through so much with his health and the deaths of his parents. RIP Bill 💔

So sad to hear this. He gave me my first job at 15 years old and helped improve my skiing immensely. 😢

I'm lso sorry to hear this. He was a force for good at Hanson Hills. A lot of people are going to miss him greatly.

what a loss this is for our community

Oh how heartbreaking! Prayers to his family and friends!

RIP Thank you for all you have done for my family.

Sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

So heartbreaking, prayers to the family.

This is so sad!!! Thoughts and prayers go out to his family

So sad to hear this😔

Prayers 🙏

Sincere Sympathy to all who loved and knew Bill. After the darkness comes the promise of a new day, Beyond life’s cares is the sureness of peace.

Very sad

RIP🙏🙏

R.I.P. My deepest condolences to the family an friends .

🙏🙏🙏❤️🕊

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Saturday October 1st, 2022 - 8:11 am

Hanson Hills

Come out and meet the superhero’s!! 5K 10am, Kids Race 9:45am. All proceeds help the Childrens Assessment Centers. ... See MoreSee Less

Come out and meet the superhero’s!!  5K 10am, Kids Race 9:45am. All proceeds help the Childrens Assessment Centers.

Wednesday September 28th, 2022 - 2:06 pm

Hanson Hills

Pics from last nights Flag Football. Bronco's beat the Chippewas- Spartans beat the Wolverines. 🏈🏈🏈🏈 ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday September 27th, 2022 - 10:46 am

Hanson Hills

Flag Football game tonight at 6:00pm. High of 52 degrees, dress kiddo's accordingly. Remember water bottle and it might be a good idea to bring a towel for them to dry off after the game.🏈🏈 ... See MoreSee Less

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Hanson Hills – Photos From Instagram

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ABR Trails – Ironwood, MI

ABR is full service ski touring center with 60km of trails located on over 1100 scenic acres of varied terrain along the Montreal River in Ironwood Michigan.

We offer skate/classic combination trails along with singletrack classic and even snowshoeing and multi-use/skijoring trails.

We work on the trails full-time in the off months and have done substantial trail work each and every year since we opened to the public in 1995. In 2005 we did a major redesign of the trail system, including adding new trails and many revisions. In 2008 we did another major redesign putting our total k’s up to 60 km. You will most likely need to review the new map which was created with a survey grade of GPS. Pay attention to directional signs, some of the trails are now being skied in a different direction and a different sequence.

This year we worked on a connector into downtown Ironwood that will be used for the SISU Ski Fest. Rudy’s Shoot was widened and regraded so it can be groomed with the Pisten Bully and will be skating and striding, it is also longer now and more accessable from the rental houses. We also did a considerable amount of work on fixing trouble spots in the exisiting trails that will make the trails ski better and groomer easier including regrading and banking the tricky Blueberry hill to make it more skiable.

Equipment Rental

We have a well stocked rental shop with modern, comfortable rental equipment. We have both SNS, pilot and NNN binding systems.

Facilities

Our facilities include a heated warming cabin with light concessions, and a full service ski shop, change rooms, indoor restrooms, and a large heated wax area with many wax benches. There is additional room in the race barn/wax room for tables and chairs available for teams or groups to use. NEW for this year is Hi-speed Internet WIFI in the warming cabin from 9-6 daily.

Services

Lessons: We have a group of instructors that are on schedule most weekends and weekdays. Some are PSIA certified. Private lessons are $25 for 1 hour. Group lessons are also available. Rates: 2 people -$35, 3-$45, 4 – $55. Large group lessons available. It is best to call ahead to schedule lessons 906-932-3502.

Wax services: We have 3 different wax services available from $8 to $35. Skis can be waxed while you wait (time permitting) or can be left overnight. “HOT BOX” service available and binding mounting services available.

Sauna/Showers: 2 saunas are available for rent: an authentic private wood-fired Finnish sauna with a change room and hot shower or a private electric sauna with hot shower in the wax room. Both are available for $6/person/$12 minimum, shower only (in the wax building) is $6. Towels are provided.

Warm up Shack: We have a small warm up shack located at the “All trails return here”  location in the Bowl. This heated shack is stocked with wood and can be heated quickly with the wood supplied if it is not already heated. This makes for a nice quiet location for a lunch or snack.

Ski Shop: We have a complete ski shop with the latest equipment and supplies.

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The Homestead – Cross Country Skiing

The Homestead ResortCross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Long-time cross-country skiers will find miles of trails filled with challenging ascents and thrilling descents.

Most of all, they’ll find a breathtaking view around every bend in the trail. If you’re new to the sport, you’ll find expert instruction, quality rental equipment, and a fun way to stay fit and enjoy the beauty of winter of Northern Michigan.

Anyone who loves the great outdoors is sure to love the snowshoe trails that winds through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

One of the trails, Bay View, is just steps from the resort’s Village. There are also several other snowshoe trails just a short drive away.

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Bay View Cross Country Ski Trail

The Bay View Cross Country Ski Trail is just steps from the resort’s Village.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Cross Country Ski Photo Albums

 

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More Sleeping Bear Dunes Skiing, Snowshoeing and Winter Fun

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