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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

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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!!

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

Friday September 23rd, 2022 - 4:19 pm

Hanson Hills

Great Night for College Cross Country!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Great Night for College Cross Country!!!

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

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