We received a dusting of snow throughout the day yesterday, which will freshen up the trails nicely today. All trails are open for skiing. Groomer Mike has been spreading man-made snow onto the main trail system, and will continue throughout this week. There are about 2 inches of dense snow covering most of the trail surface, however “B” skis or rental skis are recommended, since there are places where grass is poking through the snow. The Manitou trail is in decent shape, as are Trapper’s Cabin and Mackinaw Cut trails. The Pond Loop and practice area have a strong base of man-made snow and will be groomed this morning. Conditions there are excellent for skating and classic skiing, demos, lessons, and practice. The Stone Turtle Cafe is serving up lunch today – try an XC Chicken Sandwich, with rotisserie chicken, spinach, onions, aioli, and dijon mustard on a soft bun! Served with Great Lakes Chips and a pickle.
PLUS: Shop the Mid-Winter Sale, with 30% off all Marmot clothing, plus other steals and deals on fleece, sweaters, and insulated jackets!
Saturday, Jan 28th – 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!
-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, George, Erin, Missy, Gill, Drew, Alex, Mitch, Krista, Will, Josie, Branden and the crew