Join our Race Team for more fun this winter!
About Team XC Ski HQ:
The Cross Country Ski Headquarters Team is not only a force to be reckoned with in the Michigan Cup Race Series, but is also composed of the most fun-loving, friendly and passionate XC skiers you could imagine. Our team is made up of men and women of all ages, from junior skiers to racers who are still going strong into their 80’s. With over 150 team members from not just Michigan, but Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, our team is just as diverse as it is welcoming. We greet new racers with open arms, and are a tight-knit, supportive group. There are no pre-qualifiers for joining Team XC Ski HQ, though we tend to attract fun people who love to ski, compete, and who enjoy a team environment.
Beginning in December, Michigan Cup races take place every weekend throughout the state, offering a variety of classic and freestyle races of various distances. The race atmosphere is fun and friendly, and with racers ranging from casual to competitive, skiers of ALL levels are welcome. We are not only the 2014 Michigan Cup Champions, but we have won the Michigan Cup 7 out of the past 10 years, and the Brumbaugh Cup in 2010, 2011, and 2013. Every team member who participates in even one race contributes to our total points tally, so the more skiers, the better! We are also big on “team bonding”, so expect an invite to team dinners, wax clinics, ski clinics, and off-season training days. For more information, contact Mariah or Stu at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters, or Team Captain Frank Rynalski at FRynalski<at>aol.com.
We also have a high school/junior race club! If you know of any youth skiers grade 7-12 who are interested in joining this super fun, co-ed, winter sports club, email info<at>crosscountryski.com.
A selection of team apparel is available for racers and non-racers alike. Team jerseys made by Louis Garneau, along with embroidered fleeces, hats, headbands, and other accessories are available at the XC Ski HQ, or by calling 1.800.832.2663. We also offer custom team logo embroidery! Just leave us the article of clothing you’d like embroidered, and we will have the team logo put on at a very low cost (usually $5). Lots of people like to get their favorite racing jacket or hat embroidered to match the team.
2016-17 Michigan Cup Race Schedule:
10 Forbush Time Trial – Forbush Corner in Frederic
17 Lakes of the North – Mancelona – Freestyle
18 Wintersonnewende – Michawye in Gaylord – Freestyle
7 Six Hour Relay (3 person teams) – Hanson Hills in Grayling – Laps for 6 hours – Freestyle
14 Frosty Freestyle – Huron Meadows in Brighton – 7.5-15K Freestyle
15 Krazy Klassic – Huron Meadows in Brighton – 10K Classic
21 Cote Dame Marie Loppet – Hanson Hills in Grayling – 13K for Women/26K for Men – Freestyle
28 Noquemanon Ski Marathon- Marquette – 25K & 50K Classic or Freestyle
4 White Pine Stampede – Mancelona High School to Shanty Creek – 20K & 50K – Classic or Freestyle
11 North American Vasa Freestyle – Timber Ridge in Traverse City – 28K & 48K Freestyle
12 North American Vasa Classic – Timber Ridge in Traverse City – 15K & 34K Classic
18 Forbush Corner Freestyle – Forbush Corner in Frederic – 17K Freestyle
19 Hanson Hills Classic – Hanson Hills in Grayling – 11K Classic
25 Boyne Mountain Grinder- Boyne Mountain – 12K Freestyle
4 Black Mountain Classic – Black Mountain in Cheboygan – 34K Classic
5 Black Mountain Freestyle – Black Mountain in Cheboygan – 10K Freestyle
12 Mi Cup Relays (3 skiers per team) – Cross Country Ski HQ in Higgins Lake – 8K laps (1 Classic, 2 Freestyle)
19 Muffin Race – Cross Country Ski HQ in Higgins Lake – 8K pursuit race (4K Classic + 4K Freestyle)