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Skin Skis

Nine years into the skin ski revolution, both the interest from skiers and the selection of skin skis in the market continues to grow. But just because skin skis are growing in popularity, does that mean that they are right for you? Based on our experience as shop owners, and evidenced by our demo center and a multitude of user feedback, we think skiers […]

Cross Country Ski Headquarters One of 10 Best Cross Country Ski Destinations in North America!


Cross Country Ski Headquarters (XC Ski HQ) was voted a winner of the 2018 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award for Best Cross-Country Ski Resort. This 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest was launched on Monday, October 29th, and revealed the category’s 20 nominees. After 4 weeks of voting, the contest closed on the November 26th noon. Rules allowed the public the right to […]

“Bearing Down:” Olympic Wax Tech takes us Behind-the-Scenes in PyongCheng

Eli Brown and Kikkan Randall Gold Medal

Eli Brown, a Northern Michigander and former Division I collegiate Nordic coach for University of Utah, reflects on his experience as a Wax and Service team member at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyongCheng. His role as Test Pilot and Wax Tech gave him a firsthand experience of what it takes to win an Olympic gold medal. The answer? It’s all about the team. […]

2017 Recap: Local Skier Joe Kaczynski wins Gold in World Winter Games!

Congratulations to Midland native Joe Kaczynski, Gold Medal Winner in the 5K Freestyle Cross Country Skiing event at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria! We came to know Joe this past winter when he and his Dad came to XC Ski HQ to see about getting some skis to use for competition. Joe is an exceptional athlete and has been very […]

Skin Skis: Why this No-Wax Revolution is on the Rise

Much of the buzz in the nordic world these days is about skin skis. Why are they gaining popularity? What, if anything, makes them better than traditional no-wax skis? Which ones are right for you? Here’s some information to get you started! Skin Skis: What you Need to Know Ever since Atomic introduced their Skintec technology (teflon-infused synthetic mohair grip section) 5 years ago, […]

Bob Frye Inducted to Michigan Ski Hall of Fame!

We are honored to announce that Bob Frye, after 42 years in the cross country skiing industry, has been inducted to the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame! The induction took place on Monday, August 22nd, at the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association annual meeting and dinner. Bob, founder of Cross Country Ski Headquarters, was honored for his “major contributions in areas of organization, promotion, or development […]

Skin Skis: Your Guide to the No-Wax Revolution

You may have noticed an increase in the number of no-wax skis with synthetic “skins” on the bases (instead of engraved or extruded kick patterns) on no-wax skis lately. In case you haven’t, let us catch you up: THE SKIN-NY: A few years ago, Atomic made a bold move in no-wax ski technology by producing the Skintec, which uses Teflon-infused synthetic mohair in the kick zone of […]

Cross Country Ski Headquarters listed as “Nordic Skiing Mecca” by Outside Magazine

By: Stephanie Pearson Jan 23, 2015 Full article here Nordic skiing began about 8,000 years ago in Russia but it’s taken until now for the sport to start really catching on in the U.S. The proof is everywhere: Citizen races are booking out months in advance, alpine resorts are grooming new classical and skate-skiing trails (an offshoot of Nordic Skiing that developed in the ’70s), […]

Free Shipping on All Ski Packages!

Buy a cross country ski package, and we’ll ship it anywhere in the Lower 48 for free. It’s that simple. Did we mention that all of our ski packages are at least 15% off? Start shopping now!  

Price Match Guarantee

We pride ourselves on offering fiercely competitive low prices. That’s why we offer a Price Match Guarantee on all of our XC ski gear and apparel! That means if you can find an item that we carry cheaper anywhere else (in the size you want), we guarantee that we will match that price. Because we are not just a store, but also a dedicated […]

Marginal Conditions are a Breeze with Back Country Skis

Back Country Ski Cross Country Ski Headquarters

“The snow is always perfect if you have the right skis.” – Benjamin Franklin Okay, maybe not always (and maybe Ben Franklin didn’t really say that). But when the staff at Cross Country Ski Headquarters gets a rare day off, no matter what the ski conditions are, there is no question what we are going to do: go skiing.  While nothing beats a perfectly […]

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