Cross Country Skiing

Cross-country ski report - March 21

Mar 21, 2019

Yes, it's March 21st. And yes, we're still skiing. But this will be the last ski report of the year since the season is winding down. The warm temperatures during the day and the cold temperatures during the night mean a lot of trails are icy. So be careful on the sharp turns and downhills.


Winter weather led to record-breaking ski season

Mar 14, 2019
The view from atop Crystal Mountain
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Northern Michigan ski resorts say they had one of their best years yet. Many report more people have hit the slopes this year because of heavy snowfall and colder temperatures. 

Crystal Mountain Spokesperson Brian Lawson says the resort saw a 10 percent increase in attendance from last year. He says an especially frigid winter had people coming to the slopes.

"It keeps skiing and snowboarding front of mind," Lawson says. "I think that’s definitely been the case this season."

Cross-country ski report - March 14

Mar 14, 2019

Today's rain means we'll have to stay off the trails until tomorrow. But don't worry, it looks like colder temperatures and fresh snow will have us back on the skis for the weekend.


Cross-country ski report - March 7

Mar 7, 2019

If you were skiing earlier this week, you might still be warming up! The conditions were frosty and slow... But the good news is that you can break out the warmer glide wax and peel off a few layers because this week's warmer weather will make conditions fast all over northern Michigan.

Cross-country ski report - February 28

Feb 28, 2019

Last week's blizzard conditions have created some of the best ski conditions of the year. The heavy amounts of freezing rain of early winter have left behind a firm base. With the snowfall on top of that icy base, we might have quality skiing for weeks to come.


TC skier finds healing on the trails

Feb 8, 2019
Roger Hagerman

Many of the best cross-country skiers in Michigan will line up in Traverse City this weekend for the 43rd annual North American Vasa ski races.

One of those skiers is local resident Anders Gillis, who won the 34-kilometer classic race last year. 

Anders was not always in shape for a ski marathon. After a personal tragedy, the lifelong athlete fell into depression and put on significant weight. 


Cross-country ski report - January 17

Jan 17, 2019
Randy Smith of the Vasa Ski Club in Traverse City.
Dan Wanschura

Last week we had very good Nordic ski conditions; waxing was easy and skating was fast. Here are a few highlights of the slip-sliding and ski-gliding possibilities this weekend.


American cross-country skier Jessie Diggins (left) won Team USA's first-ever Olympic gold medal in South Korea on Wednesday.
Noah Hoffman

For the first time ever, the United States cross-country ski team has won an Olympic gold medal. 

Eli Brown, a ski technician from Traverse City, did his part to help make it happen.


Eli Brown stares down one of his skis in his wax trailer, just off the VASA Trail in Traverse City. Brown will head to South Korea to serve as ski support for Team USA cross-country skiers during the 2018 Winter Olympics.
David Cassleman

Eli Brown spent years training for the Winter Olympics, and now he’s finally going. But Brown isn’t competing as an athlete. Instead, he’s making sure the U.S. cross-country ski team has the fastest skis possible.

White Pine Stampede

Officials are making last-minute changes to the popular White Pine Stampede cross-country ski race in Antrim County.

For the second year in a row, organizers are canceling the 50-kilometer race because there’s not enough snow on the course from Mancelona to Bellaire. The 10 and 20-kilometer races will be held at Shanty Creek Resorts on Saturday.