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ABR Trails Sunday night 7:30 PM

We had a great Season Closer, groomed up 55 km today with the PB’s and had great spring skiing. It was fun to have a beer and brat with our friends and pass holders and say “see you next season…Thank you for a great Season!”

The ski trails, ski shop and wax room are closed for the season.

03 / 25
Boyne Highlands

12 / 09
Boyne Mountain

OPEN - 30 km

TRACKSET - 20 km




New Snow: 0
km of trails open: 30


With more than 35 beautifully-groomed kilometers of cross country delight weaving through the woods and wilds of Boyne Mountain, you'll find plenty of room for exploration. Pack up the kids or rally your friends to sample everything we have to offer - from gentle trails through pine forests to technical terrain designed to test even the most dedicated Nordic skiers. Whatever your preference or your ability level, our trails are ready for your tracks.

01 / 18
Corsair Ski Trails After a light snowfall, there were some nice skied-in tracks at Silver Valley today. Dan Godwin is grooming the trails tonight and should have them ready at daybreak. (the temperature at 3AM will be zero degrees and Dan will be bundled up and driving an unheated Yamaha Grizzly ATV)

Be sure to purchase a Corsair Trail button to financially support the groomed ski trails!

01 / 03
Crystal Mountain 0" 8" Closed for the season! Get your golf clubs waxed and ready. Call the Kinlochen Pro Shop at ext. 4000 for details. 03 / 19
Drummond Island Our cross country ski trails are groomed and ready!

Pick up a map at our front desk. Resort Guests enjoy free use of skis and snow shoes.

Rental sets for $25/day. If snow shoeing, please stay off groomed areas, walk on side of ski trails.

Call for information 906-493-1029 - 8a-4p, M-F
12 / 20
Forbush Corner The plan for grooming on Sunday morning at Forbush - powertill and groom the skating lane & classic tracks on Flatlands and the 1st half of Roller Coaster. This will give the early birds something to ski on before the rest of the trail system starts to soften up a bit.

Spring skiing was great today. The crust cruising was best before 11 AM. The rest of the trails skied good until sometime between 1 and 2 PM when it started to slow down with the rapidly warming temps and full sun load.

We will be open tomorrow @ 9 AM.

04 / 21
Gaylord Area Convention and Tourism Bureau 11 / 11
Hanson Hills Cross Country Trail Report: Unfortunately our trail system has not responded well to the rain and warmer temperatures. All Cross Country Trails are closed and un-skiable at this time.

Just a quick update on our current conditions:
Downhill and Tubing: Snow coverage is looking good as of right now. We do have some standing water at the bottom of the Bunny and Bear Hills. If this water freezes we will be able refresh with snow and groom. We will keep everyone updated as we still plan for Friday Night Operations.

02 / 21
Mackinac Island Picked up 8-10 inches of snow overnight.


04 / 04
Noquemanon Trail Network Real Grooming Report Forestville: Six inches of new cold dry snow fell yesterday and the Gator is out on the Noque and Animoosh to 17k this morning and setting fresh classic tracks. Then they will go back out on the other trails inside 17k but may run out of time before they all get classic tracks. Yesterday we roll packed all the way to the Dome.

Saux Head: All trails were groomed and track set Friday. Saux Head is groomed as needed but at least once per week.

Fit Strip Trails: The Fit Strip was groomed Wednesday night after the second day of heavy snow. Drew was skiing last night and said it was a winter wonderland. The Fit Strip in Marquette is now open for skiers. Grooming is performed as needed but at least once per week. Skiers should be advised that some people do also walk on the groomed trails so expect some foot prints.

Big Bay Trails: All trails except Ridge Line are groomed and open for classic skiing. Big Bay trails well be groomed as needed but at least once per week. Classic skiing on trails with no skate lanes are way more fun than being on the side of a skate lane. See our website for details on the Big Bay trails.

Snow Bike Trails: Snow bike enthusiast are encouraged to visit the Face Book page dedicated to snow bike trails. Conditions vary from day to day and grooming is not a daily event. Each day bikers will comment on conditions and post pictures.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: Wow, another day of 6”+ snow event. What a great thing. We can use the additional base but the groomer’s (and the report writer’s) dream is to receive about 2” of new snow every day. This embarrassment of riches creates several days of clean up grooming. Skiers will likely find a soft skate track today and it will take several days to set all trail’s classic tracks. Smart skiers pull out their classic skis after a major snow event because of the soft skate lanes.

Classic skiers will appreciate the use of the Gator for classic track grooming because of the firm outside pole plant provided. When at the trail head you may want to study the various pieces of equipment. The Gator is the enclosed side by side unit with four sets of tread tracks. The tracks are placed at the outer edge rather than in the middle as on a snowmobile. I am interested to know if any of todayÂ’s classic skiers notice todayÂ’s pole plant. Of course, all the trails and pole plants will be soft so today may be a poor day to run such a test. In any case, the pictures sure look good.

Trail Host Volunteers Needed: I expect you have enjoyed the company and service of our trail head hosts over the years. You too can be a host volunteer. It is fun and warm work. You get to play with fire, meet interesting people and perform a valuable service to the community. The ideal volunteer provides services for a 3 hour shift once a week M-F. Our trail head coordinator is JJ Farrington. Please stop and say hi. If you would like to help out, call JJ Farrington for details. 248-242-2723.

For more information on the NTN visit


01 / 12
Shanty Creek Resorts The Nordic Trails are being tilled and track set today. We are still skiing 100% of SCR's trail system and they are in great shape.

The sun is shining. It's a beautiful day.
03 / 18
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Thursday, March 8, 2018

Fresh snow the past couple of days gave us one last opportunity to groom the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. The entire trail from Empire to Glen Arbor and on to Port Oneida Road was groomed today. We were also able to groom Palmer Woods.

This is probably the last grooming of the SBHT for this season!

The snow cover was very light in open areas near Glen Haven, the Dune Climb, and just north of the Bar Lake Trailhead in Empire. Snow cover in the wooded areas was much better.

We created 2 sets of classic tracks from Glen Arbor to Glen Haven.

The trail from Empire to the Dune Climb has only 1 set of classic tracks - an attempt to provide the skate skiers with a wider skating surface.

Best ski conditions are: Park at the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and ski either north or south. One set of classic tracks and relatively good base. The area near the Homestead is also very good.

Glen Arbor to Glen Haven
2 sets of classic tracks, relatively good base.
Glen Haven to Dune Climb
No classic tracks - snow around Glen Haven and Dune Climb is pretty thin.
Dune Climb to Empire
From Empire to the driveways before you get to the Dune Climb the snow is good and one set of classic tracks was created.
Glen Arbor to Port Oneida Road
Good conditions - 1 set of classic tracks most of the way.
Port Oneida Road to CR-669
Ungroomed - backcountry ski and snowshoe tracks.

Palmer Woods
BEST CONDITIONS - good base and soft snow. Two sets of classic tracks where the trail is wide enough.

The parking lot for Palmer Woods trail is on Wheeler Road.

03 / 08
Swedetown Trails Another awesome morning of skiing with fresh grooming. Photo taken on Birch Loop this morning. Great conditions for spring skiing, but get out early before it warms up.


April 17

Grooming in April? Yep. Spring grooming in effect with 15K or more of trails dragged and spiffed up as needed, depending on conditions. We are still seeing skiers out enjoying the trails. Thanks all who are supporting the extended season with cash in the pay pipes. Most years spring thaw ends the ski season. For this nice long snowy winter, grooming will end the weekend of April 28th.


04 / 18
Treetops Resort Closed for the season. Look for Treetops in 2014-15 as we embark on another fantastic Nordic Season. We'll be hosting additional Skiable Feasts in 2015, so stay tuned! 04 / 06
Valley Spur Trail System Hooray Hooray the 1st of May. We'll be skiing today. There will be a white board outside for you to sign your name to say you skied on the 1st of May. Please add your selfie pictures to this post. Happy skiing.


May 1st is only 2 days away. If you plan on skiing on May 1st just to say you skied on May 1st how about you dress for the day. The weather forecast says we are suppose to hit 70 degrees.

Sounds like swim wear will be appropriate for some. If you do ski on the 1st of May please take a selfie or a group photo and post it on our facebook page. We want proof you did it.

Thanks everyone for the great season at the Valley.

05 / 01
Vasa Trail From our new roving reporter, Phil Bert: “Skated freshly groomed snow from TR to Rileys Bench and back. Fast with plenty of control. No bare or thin spots.

Didn’t look like classic tracks we’re groomed but they seemed fine the few time I popped in them.

Jack Pine has not been groomed but the classic tracks are evident.”

Get out and ski, y’all!

03 / 14
XC Ski Headquarters Today is an historic day in XC Ski HQ history! Never before in our 44 years of business have we been open for skiing this late in the season. Groomer Bob Ginzu snowcombed the skating lanes this morning, and the classic tracks are still holding up from earlier in the week. While the trails took a hit in the sunshine and warm temps yesterday afternoon, much of the system is still quite skiable. There are some thin spots opening up in the usual places, with the largest being at the top of the first hill on Manitou (portaging required). Barring another snow event, today is our last day of grooming for the 2017-18 ski season.

Join us today for a History-Making Spring Ski Party!

Let’s celebrate the latest day of skiing in XC Ski HQ history!

When: Today, Saturday, April 21st
Who: Skiers, trail sponsors, customers, family, friends, YOU!
Shop opens: 10:00am (skiers are welcome to hit the trails earlier – the best skiing will be in the morning!)
History-Making BBQ Party on the sundeck: 1:00pm
HQ will provide brats and sauerkraut. Bring a dish and/or a beverage to pass, if you like! Looks like a beautiful, sunny afternoon, so come ski and share in some good food and great company with Bob, Lynne, Donnie, and your fellow XC skiers.

This will be the final ski report for the season. Thanks to all for another great year of cross country skiing in Michigan! Going forward, the shop will be open by appointment by calling 800-832-2663, or of course stop in whenever you see the Open flag out. Have a fabulous spring and summer, and keep in touch!

All the best,

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, Fran & crew

04 / 21

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