Cross Country Ski Report – Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Groomer Stu groomed up the trails beautifully yesterday. Groomer Dana will do the same early this morning.
The Rolling Hills, Manitou, Trapper’s Cabin, Tall Pines, Blizzard, Mackinac Cut, Adventure and Wild Turkey trails have excellent snowcombed skating and deep set tracks for excellent classical conditions.
Today: Mostly cloudy with some showers this afternoon. Some sleet or freezing rain possible after 4PM. High 38F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Tonight: Rain early… then remaining cloudy with showers overnight. Low 32F. Winds SSE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Monday: Rain and snow showers in the morning transitioning to snow showers for the afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precip 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Monday night: Windy with occasional snow showers. Low 19F. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Tuesday: Snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the upper teens.
New Snow: 0 inches
Snow Depth in Woods: 10 to 14 inches
Packed Snow Depth on Trails: 5 – 8 inches
Ice, Glaze, Barespots: All trails are groomed and snow covered.  No ice, No Glaze. No barespots.
Bean Bomb Nachos will be cooked up by Houghton Lake legendary Chef Stretch Terrian from noon to 3 this afternoon. Feast on layers of heavy tortilla chips loaded with Bob’s signature spicy Bean Bomb, melted sharp cheddar cheese, black olives, onions, tomatoes and sour cream. Of course, the regular menu in the Day Lodge will still be available.
It’s time to demo some new skis! We are a Fischer Hole Ski Demo and Race center, an Atomic Race Demo Center, a Salomon Race Demo center, an Alpina Demo center, and a Rossignol Touring center. Our selection of skis, boots, poles and bindings is very strong and diverse for racing and touring, and there is no charge to try any of them. There’s no better way to find the perfect ski package than to try them first! The “Let it Snow Sale ” continues!
Team XC Ski HQ had an awesome showing at yesterday’s VASA festival of races, including several top 10 finishes. Alex Vanias finished second overall in the 50km freestyle race, and Ryan Halstead finished 6th overall. For the women, Kaitlyn Patterson finished second overall in the 50km freestyle, and Mariah Frye took 6th and Catarina Gulledge took 10th for the 27km freestyle. Lee Ries took 8th overall for the 27km classic race. There were many other great finishes as well. Way to go, team!
Looks like a good day to ski in the morning and early afternoon!
Lynne, Bob, Fran, Stu, Mariah, Brian, Erin, Michelle, Sara, Matt Abby, Hope, Bob, Jimmy Mac, Garret, Gage, Jenny and the rest of the crew.