Practice area XC Ski HQ

Cross Country Ski Report – Friday, January 20th

We received about 2 inches of dense snow from the system that moved through yesterday. We are forecast to receive a little snow each day for the next couple of days. The trails are open for skiing, although ungroomed until we get more snow. “B” skis or rental skis are recommended, since there will be some thin spots out there. The Pond Loop and practice area will be groomed this morning, and conditions there are excellent for skating and classic skiing. Join us this weekend for some awesome events, including a Free Beginner Ski Lesson, Bavarian Ski Festival, and Fischer Helium Demo Days! The Stone Turtle Cafe is serving up delicious lunch and drinks everyday. Plus, shop the Mid-Winter Sale, with 30% off all Marmot clothing, plus other steals and deals on fleece, sweaters, and insulated jackets!

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, Jan 21st: Bavarian Ski Festival!
Dust off your Lederhosen and join us for a taste of the Alps! Enjoy skiing  on the HQ trail system, then test your strength at Masskrugstemmen, with stein-holding contests for men and women starting at 2:00pm. Make a team of three, and ski in unison atop our giant pair of “Team Skis” in the Team Ski Time Trials, beginning at 3:00pm. Of course, we encourage all guests to dress in their best German attire for a costume contest at 4:00pm. Special guest German Dave will be serving delicious Bavarian fare, including soft pretzels, sausages, sauerkraut, and of course, German beer. Don’t miss this celebration of heritage and winter fun!

Saturday, Jan 21st – 10:30am: Free Beginner Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our FREE beginner ski lesson! You will learn the basics of traditional (classic style) XC ski technique, plus hill climbing, descending, and turning. You will even learn how to get up when you fall down! Free lessons are limited to 25 people. Ski rentals are available at the rental desk on a first-come, first-served basis (we do not take rental reservations). The free lesson lasts 1 hour.

Sunday, January 29th: Paella on the Sun Deck
A favorite XC Ski HQ tradition, Paella on the Sun Deck celebrates a world-renowned, Spanish rice dish, and offers skiers a hearty, flavorful (and entertaining!) feast. Prepared in a massive cast iron pan over an outdoor fire pit, this lunch comes from an authentic Spanish recipe from Paella master Ayo from Nerja, Spain, and is served piping hot with Saffron-spiced chicken, shrimp, mussels and vegetables, this dish will be presented in two seatings: 1:00pm and 3:00pm.

Thursday, February 2nd: Winter Feast Gourmet Dinner
Indulge in a gourmet feast in the rustic Stone Turtle Day lodge at Cross Country Ski Headquarters. This five-course meal will feature creative and exquisite dishes to satiate your soul on a cold winter’s night! Bring a date or some friends and enjoy this delicious meal in a beautiful setting, complete with a crackling fire. Fine wine, craft cocktails and beer are also available. Reservations required: call 800-832-2663. *Please note that due to table size, small parties may be seated with other guests. Click here to reserve your spot!

Month of January: Discover Michigan Cross Country Ski Month!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters has teamed up with Michigan Ski Industries Association to offer a very affordable introduction to the sport of cross country skiing! Discover Michigan is designed to introduce this healthy, fun, outdoor activity to anyone with an interest in outdoor winter recreation. The program includes a beginner group ski lesson, full day ski equipment rental, and XC SKI HQ facilities pass for the day. The price is $40. Call 800-832-2663 to book your Discover Michigan Day!
Make the most of this snow!
All the best,

-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, George, Erin, Missy, Gill, Drew, Alex, Mitch, Krista, Will, Josie, Branden and the crew