Coming up this weekend, Jan 21-22: Stretch & Slide – a Yoga Ski Retreat, Fire Grilled Pizza, Free Ski Lesson, and Paella!

Saturday, Jan 21st:

Stretch & Slide: Stretch and Slide begins at 10:00am with a Hatha yoga class at the Gerrish Twp Municipal Building (1 mile south of XC Ski HQ), and continues with a full day ski/snowshoe rental, group lesson, Facilities Pass, and homemade chili lunch (classic or vegetarian) at Cross Country Ski Headquarters. Spend the afternoon enjoying the serenity of the beautiful Michigan winter forests on the pristinely groomed Headquarters ski trails, or relaxing with a mug of hot cocoa by the Stone Turtle Day Lodge fireplace! All are invited to participate, including novices to yoga, skiing or both. Over a $65 value for $45 ($35 if you have your own equipment). There will be an opportunity to change from yoga clothes into ski clothes before the ski lesson, and XC Ski Headquarters has a great selection of ski clothing if you need to get outfitted before the lesson!  To pre-register (recommended but not required), email or call 800-832-2663.

Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck from Noon to 3:00pm
Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia!

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson  at 4:00pm
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Paella on the Sun Deck – Sunday 1:00pm & 3:00pm
A favorite XC Ski HQ tradition, Paella on the Sun Deck celebrates the world-renowned and absolutely delicious rice dish that originates in Spain, and offers skiers a hearty, flavorful feast. Bob and Lynne learned the method from Paella chef master Ayo while visiting Nerja, Spain, and are excited to serve this traditional dish to hungry skiers at XC Ski HQ. Prepared in a massive cast iron pan over an outdoor fire pit, this lunch is almost as enjoyable to watch being cooked as it is to eat! Served piping hot with Saffron-spiced chicken, shrimp and vegetables, this dish will be presented in two seatings: 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Buen Provecho!