Good morning! All trails are open for skiing today. There are about 2 inches of dense snow covering the trail surface, which is just enough to get out there and have a ball! “B” skis or rental skis are recommended, since there will be some thin spots out there. The best conditions are on the Trapper’s Cabin, Rolling Hills, Mackinaw Cut, and Wild Turkey trails. The Pond Loop and practice area have up to 18″ of man-made snow and will be groomed this morning. Conditions there are excellent for skating and classic skiing, demos, lessons, and practice. Join us TODAY for Bavarian Ski Festival, a FREE Ski Lesson at 10:30am, and free Fischer Helium Skate Ski Demos! The Stone Turtle Cafe is serving up delicious lunch today, including German style sausages, kraut, Spaetzle, giant soft pretzels, and German Beer! More details below.
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 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!
-Mariah, Stu, Bob, Lynne, George, Erin, Missy, Gill, Drew, Alex, Mitch, Krista, Will, Josie, Branden and the crew