Event Calendar

August 29th though September 1st, 2014, Friday – Monday, 10:00am-5:00pm

Labor Day Weekend Sale, Roller Ski Clinic, Yoga for Skiers, and more

This is the Sale of the Year! Find 50% off Mens, Womens and Kids Columbia parkas from 2013-14, and up to 40% off select jackets, pants and tops from The North Face, Under Armour, Patagonia, Columbia, Brooks, Salomon, and more. Shop for this season’s clothing and outerwear as well, including high performance, sweat wicking jackets, tops and pants from Patagonia, The North Face, Craft, Columbia, Brooks, Rab, Bjorn Daehlie, Woolrich, and Under Armour, all on sale!

Shop huge discounts on skis, boots, poles and bindings, including a killer deal on Salomon Equipe 10 Classic Waxable race skis, marked over 50% off at just $239.95 (List $550)!

Get your first look at what’s new in ski equipment for 2014-15, including over 30 cross country ski packages, ranging from recreational touring, to racing, to metal-edged back country, all up to 40% off! Stop by and check out the highly anticipated Atomic Skin Tec Sport, a high performance no-wax ski with a Teflon-infused mohair grip pattern.

Make the most of your visit by participating in one of our ski clinics:

Yoga for Skiers – Saturday, 10:00am Certified Yoga Instructor and avid cross country skier, Mariah Frye Colie, will lead a “Yoga for Skiers” class. Open to the public and free of charge, the class will cover the best stretches and strengthening exercises for cross country skiers to prevent injury and improve performance. The class will last approximately 45 minutes.

Andy Liebner Roller Ski Clinic – Monday, September 1st, 10:00am-1:00pm Renowned cross country skier and coach, Andy Liebner, will lead a roller skiing clinic at XC Ski HQ. This is a fantastic opportunity for all levels of roller skiers to brush up on fundamentals and advance technique under the guidance of a great athlete and coach. Andy was the Peruvian national ski team coach at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, as well as the overall winner of the 2011 US Ski Marathon Series, and a multi-time college All-American skier. He is also a very passionate, energetic, and friendly person with a trained eye for technique. He will cover Skate and Classic roller skiing, plus nordic walking technique. Open to all levels, cost is $30 for the 3 hour clinic.

Nordic Pole Walking Demos, Mountain Biking, Hiking on the Ski Trails – All Weekend   Try a whole new way to walk and work out! Nordic walking burns up to 40% more calories than regular walking, and is great for XC ski training and overall fitness. Try a pair for free on our trails anytime during store hours over the weekend! The trails have been meticulously maintained and mowed all summer, and they are yours to explore, free of charge!!

 

September 2nd – October 31st, 2014
Open by Appointment, and when Yellow Sign is out

As we ramp up for ski season, don’t hesitate to come shopping! Stop in if you see the yellow sign out by the road (we are here most weekdays), or call 1-800-832-2663 and we’ll meet you at the shop. Click here or hit the “SHOP” button on the menu bar to shop online for ski packages and clothing. Stop by for great deals on cool weather, outdoor performance clothing, including pants, tops, jackets, and accessories, plus XC ski equipment. Trails are open, mowed and free to the public for walking, running, biking and pole walking. Stop in to demo some Nordic Ski Walking poles for free!

 

Saturday, November 1st – Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
Season Opening Sale and Cider Press Party

Cross Country Ski Headquarters is open daily starting Saturday, November 1st, with hours from 9am-6pm Fri-Sat, 9am-5pm Sun, and 10am-5:30pm Mon-Thurs. We’re welcoming in the 2014-15 season with the largest selection of ski equipment and winter clothing that you’ll see all year… and almost ALL of it is 20-50% off!

Come see us and find fantastic savings on closeouts from Fischer, Rossignol, Salomon, Atomic, Alpina, and Swix. All these items are at least 40% OFF! Closeout Salomon Equipe 10 Classic Skis 60% OFF!

Stock up on outdoor clothing from your favorite brands, including The North Face, Columbia, Under Armour, Patagonia, Brooks, and more, close-out items are up to 50% off. Also check out our huge selection of this year’s clothing from all of those brands, plus Salomon, Woolrich, Rab, Craft, Bjorn Daehlie, Neve, Dale of Norway, and more.

We’ll also host a cider press party throughout the weekend! Make homemade cider with our vintage cider press and eat fresh baked goodies on the sun deck all Saturday and Sunday. The ski trails are open and free to the public. Try out the all-terrain C.A.T. Skis, a great way to XC ski without snow. Or, try a pair of the ever-popular Nordic Ski Walking Poles and take your trail walking to a new level. Free demos until the snow flies.

 

Friday, November 28 – Monday, December 1, 2014
Thanksgiving Weekend Sale, Bean Bomb Bash, and Fashion Show

Skip the Black Friday headache and head over to XC Ski HQ for a whole weekend of sales and fun! Demo our Nordic Walking poles or C.A.T. skis for free, munch on some of Bob’s famous Bean Bomb, check out the latest styles from our Ski HQ crew during the ongoing fashion show, and cash in on some major deals on all of your favorite brands.

Come see us Thanksgiving weekend, and find fantastic selection and prices on new cross country skis, boots, poles, and ski packages, plus cross country ski apparel and winter wear for 2014-15 season. Plus 40-50% off 2014-15 Rep samples and closeouts from Fischer, Rossignol, Salomon, Alpina, Yoko and Swix!

Also, don’t miss out on last season’s clearance items, including X-C jackets & pants, winter boots, base layer, downhill jackets and pants, kids’ winter jackets and pants, plus carry-over skis and boots. Half off on many items!

 

December 1, Monday, 2014
Rolling Hills, Trapper’s Cabin, Mackinac Cut and Wild Turkey Trails Open

If we have received enough snow by December 1st, we will groom Rolling Hills, Trapper’s Cabin, Mackinac Cut and Wild Turkey Trails. All 18 kilometers of trail will be groomed for cross country skiing and snowshoeing by December 3rd, snow permitting! Take advantage of this great opportunity to demo some great skis that are still on sale at Pre-Season package prices!

 

December 1, 2014 – March 15, 2015
Headlight Night Skiing for $5

Experience the magic of winter at night with the help of an LED headlamp! For only $5 per night, rent a Princeton Tech headlamp and enjoy the trails in a new way. Please pick up headlamps during store hours – before 6pm Friday and Saturday and before 5pm Sunday through Thursday – and return them between 10AM and noon the following day.

 

December 6th, 2014 – Saturday 
Ski Clinic, Fast Wax Clinic, & Team Dinner

Our annual season kick off ski clinic takes place from 10:00am – 12:00pm (skate), and 1:00pm – 3:00pm (classic). If there is no snow, we will run a dryland clinic, so either way, snow or not, be sure to attend and receive undoubtedly some of the best technique training available. Instructor is TBD. The cost of the clinic is $25/session or both for $40. Pre-register by emailing info@crosscountryski.com

After the ski clinic is our annual wax clinic at 4PM. This year, Fast Wax founder Dan Meyer will be giving the clinic, which will be highly informative and of interest to both racers and recreational skiers. He will go over waxing technique for skating and classic, and will also highlight some key products from increasingly popular, USA-based wax company. There is no charge for this clinic.

The XC SKI HQ Team dinner follows the wax clinic, beginning at 6pm. Come join the 2004, ’07, ’08, ‘09, ’10 ’13, and 2014 Michigan Cup Champions (also the ’10, ’11 and 2013 Brumbaugh Cup Champions) in our annual kick-off potluck dinner, where we’ll introduce new team members, review last year’s performance, and  strategize on how to bring home the MI and Brumbaugh Cups in 2015. Other topics will include technique, team training dates, and upcoming race info, and we will also unveil our new team uniforms!

This event always ends up being a lot of fun, so even if you think you might only do one race this season, come and enjoy this annual gathering of the most fun-loving skiers in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Don’t forget, we are very welcoming to new team members! Our team spans a wide range of age and ability, and members are always willing to help out fellow skiers. To find out more, join us on Team Night, or call or email Devan Thielfoldt at 248-740-8825 or dthielfoldt@omniurce.com, or Mariah Frye at mariah@crosscountryski.com.

 

December 6th, 2014 – Saturday 6pm-8pm
Full Moon Night Skiing

Experience the magic of winter in a whole new light! Every full moon during the ski season, we will light the Trapper’s Cabin trail with torches, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience. We will also have a bonfire and serve hot chocolate at Trapper’s Cabin from 6:00-8:00PM. Skiers who need to rent skis must do so before 7PM.  Join us for an evening you’ll never forget!

 

December 13, 2014 – Saturday 4pm
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

December 13, 2014 – March 15, 2015
Bring a Friend Skiing and Win

Bring a Friend Skiing and Win a Ski Vacation! This winter, if you bring a friend cross country skiing at Cross Country Ski Headquarters, you and your friend can enter to win a trip for two to one of three ski destinations:  Park City (Utah), Sun Valley (Idaho), or Smugglers’ Notch (Vermont).  All destinations include 5 nights stay in premier lodging, 4 days’ rental equipment, plus trail passes.  The Rockies’ trips include airfare from any major airport. You will also be awarded a FREE cup of hot cocoa or Starbucks coffee at XC Ski HQ! Here’s how it works: Bring a friend or family member who is new to cross country skiing to XC Ski HQ.  Have him or her take a ski lesson from one of our instructors (this includes our FREE one-hour group lesson every Saturday at 4pm, or our “basics-only” lesson included with any equipment rental, or a private lesson).  Just mention “Bring a Friend” and we will give you a coupon for two free hot cocoas or coffees, and a lesson receipt.  Then just go www.bringafriend.org and enter to win your destination ski vacation for two (you will need the lesson receipt).  Bring as many friends as you can, because there is no entry limit!  Prizes will be awarded March 17, 2015.  Vacations will be for the 2015-16 ski season.  Contestants must be at least 21 years old.

 

December 20, 2014 – Saturday 9am-6pm
Yoga Ski Retreat

Kick off your holidays with a blissful day of yoga, skiing/snowshoeing, and food! The day begins at 9am with a gentle yoga class to get you breathing and moving. Then head to Cross Country Ski Headquarters for a group ski/snowshoe lesson, full day equipment rental, trail pass, plus a delicious lunch at the Stone Turtle Café. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the serenity of Michigan’s beautiful winter forests, or relaxing by the huge fieldstone fireplace! All are invited to participate, including novices to yoga, skiing or both! Over a $65 value for only $35 ($25 if you have your own equipment). To pre-register, email info@crosscountryski.com or call 800-832-2663.

 

December 20, 2014 – Saturday 4pm
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

December 21, 2014 – Sunday 12pm
Ski Clinic with Kip Brady & Toko Wax Clinic with Nick Baic

College racer and exceptional coach, Kip Brady, will run a clinic for both classic and skate skiing at XC Ski HQ. Kip is excellent at coaching a wide array of abilities, has a keen eye for form, and a lot of methods and drills to get you skiing faster and more efficiently. Skate clinic ($25) will be 12:00pm-2:00pm. Classic clinic ($25) will be 2:00pm-4:00pm. If you want to attend both clinics, cost is $40. Maximum 25 skiers for both morning and afternoon, so sign up soon by calling 800-832-2663 or emailing info@crosscountryski.com.

Our annual Toko Wax Clinic, presented by Toko guru and coach for the Great Lakes Junior Olympics team, Nick Baic, will start at 4:00pm. Nick will talk you through the latest and greatest from Toko, as well as review time tested wax techniques in an understandable and informative way. Come get any and all wax questions answered by one of the best sources of XC knowledge out there. There is no charge for this wax clinic.

 

December 25, 2014, Thursday, Christmas Day 
Merry Christmas!

Cross Country Ski Headquarters Store is closed. Parking lot and trails are open during daylight hours, on the house.

 

December 27, 2014 – Saturday 4PM
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

January 1 – 31, 2015
McDonald’s Discover Michigan Skiing Month

Cross Country Ski Headquarters has teamed up with Michigan’s McDonalds restaurants to offer an exciting and very affordable introduction to the sport of Cross Country Skiing. The program is designed to introduce a healthy outdoor winter activity to anyone with an interest in outdoor winter recreation.

The program includes a group lesson, ski equipment rental, and a XC SKI HQ facilities pass for the day. The price for this Discover Michigan Skiing program is $20 for adults and children 6 years old and older. The lesson covers basic maneuvering on skis, including classic technique, turning, controlling speed going downhill, and getting up from a fall. At the end of the program, participants receive a $20-off coupon valid at participating Michigan Ski Industries Association ski shops.

The Discover Michigan group lesson usually starts at 10am on Saturdays throughout the month of January, but if you have a group of 4 or more you may schedule a “private” group lesson most any day or time. In either case, sign in at the rental desk at least 15 minutes prior to the lesson time to get fitted for ski equipment. Please pre-register by calling 800.832.2663.

 

January 3 & 4, 2015, Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 3PM
Jimmy Mac’s Favorite Panini Lunch Special

We like to think that we offer relatively healthy lunch options, but every now and then we just have to put bacon on the menu. The Jimmy Mac Panini is named after Bob and Lynne’s youngest son, who first created this mouthwatering concoction of sliced grilled chicken breast, Canadian bacon, chopped spinach, sliced tomato, jalapenos, provolone cheese and pesto in a flatbread sandwich, all grilled to cheesy, bacony perfection. It is truly a culinary triumph.

 

January 3, 2015, Saturday 4:00PM
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

January 3, 2015 – Saturday 6:00PM-8:00PM
Full Moon Night Skiing

Experience the magic of winter in a whole new light! Every full moon during the ski season, we will light the Trapper’s Cabin trail with torches, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience. We will also have a bonfire and serve hot chocolate at Trapper’s Cabin from 6-8:00PM. Skiers who need to rent skis must do so before 7PM.  Join us for an evening you’ll never forget!

 

January 10, 2015 – Saturday 10AM to 3:30PM
Pure Michigan Family Winter Trails Day, Sponsored by Priority Health

Entering its 19th year, the Pure Michigan Winter Trails Day offers children and adults who are NEW to snow-shoeing and cross country skiing, the chance to try both activities for FREE. Come join us and discover how fun winter fitness can be, and enjoy the social aspects that accompany these easy-to-learn winter sports.

Check-in is at 10am. Please make sure to pre-register, and remember, this program is aimed at XC ski and snowshoe NOVICES only. Check-in is followed by free outfitting in snowshoes, boots, skis and poles.

10:30: X-C Ski & Snowshoe clinic. Learn how to get the skis and snowshoes on, how to hold the poles, and how to start cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Also learn the important skills of how to fall down and how to get up!

11:10: Go on a tour to Trappers Cabin for Hot Dogs, bonfire and Hot Cocoa, all on the house. After lunch at the Cabin, skiers and snowshoers will have the choice of exploring more trails, or be guided back to Cross Country Ski Headquarters.

3 PM (or earlier): Skiers return from their tours and return snowshoes, boots, skis & poles. They are invited to relax in front of the Fireplace in the Stone Turtle Day Lodge.

We ran completely out of equipment last year, so we insist upon pre-registering! We have a limited number of skis and snowshoes. If we are fully booked we will reschedule you to a Saturday later into January. Please pre register by emailing your name, address, age, shoe size, and choice of X-C Skiing or Snowshoeing to: bob@crosscountryski.com We will respond to your registration and we will confirm your reservation for participation and equipment (based on availability of equipment) with a return email confirmation.

 

January 10, 2015 – Saturday 4PM
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

January 10 & 11, 2015 – Saturday & Sunday – Noon to 3pm
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain

Grill Cook Kerrigan Fitzpatrick will make a special appearance on the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Sun Deck to Fire Grill your choice of Salmon Burgers, Lean Beef Burgers or Black Bean Veggie Burgers. Choose your entree and Hope will grill it to perfection. If you dare, ask that your entree be cooked “Fire on the Mountain Style” – Grilled with sizzling hot sauce and topped with Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and a creamy Buffalo Blue Cheese dressing.

 

January 12 – 16, 2015 – Monday through Friday
Silver Streak Week

This week, Cross Country Ski Headquarters would like to welcome all “seasoned” outdoors people, age 60 and older, to a complimentary X-C SKI HQ Facilities Pass, plus a coffee or hot cocoa on the house. They are also urged to demo any of the latest and greatest 2014-15 skis, boots or snowshoes at no charge to help make their on snow experience even more fun.

 

January 17, 2015 – Saturday
Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet at Hanson Hills

This exciting Nordic Skiing Adventure, sponsored by XC Ski HQ, will take you through the scenic hardwood trails of Hanson Hills Recreation Area, located in Grayling, Michigan. There is a course option for every kind of skier, including 8km Citizens Races (classic and freestyle) for those new to racing, an 8km Juniors race, plus a 15km and 30km Michigan Cup race. This is a really fun event for racers and non-racers alike, and it is followed by an awards ceremony. Visit www.graylingnordic.com for more information.

 

January 17, 2015 – Saturday Noon to 3PM
Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck

Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia!

 

January 17, 2015, Saturday 4PM
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

January 18, 2015, Sunday 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Paella Fiesta

A very popular XC Ski HQ tradition, Paella Fiesta celebrates the world-renowned and absolutely delicious rice dish that originates in Spain, and offers skiers a hearty, flavorful feast. After learning the method from Paella chef master Ayo in Nerja, Spain, Bob and Lynne are excited to serve this traditional dish to hungry skiers at XC Ski HQ. Prepared in a massive cast iron pan over an outdoor fire pit, this lunch is almost as enjoyable to watch being cooked as it is to eat! Served piping hot with vegetables and Saffron-infused chicken and shrimp. This dish will be served in two seatings: 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Buen Provecho!

 

January 24 & 25, 2015, Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 3PM
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain

Grill Cook Kerrigan Fitzpatrick will make a special appearance on the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Sun Deck to Fire Grill your choice of Salmon Burgers, Lean Beef Burgers or Black Bean Veggie Burgers. Choose your entree and Hope will grill it to perfection. If you dare, ask that your entree be cooked “Fire on the Mountain Style” – Grilled with sizzling hot sauce and topped with Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and creamy Buffalo Blue Cheese dressing

 

January 24, 2015, Saturday 4PM
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

January 31, 2015 – Saturday 4PM
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

January 31 & February 1, 2015– Saturday and Sunday, Noon – 3pm
Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck

Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia!

 

January 31, 2015 – Saturday 6:00PM-8:00PM
Full Moon Night Skiing

Experience the magic of winter in a whole new light! Every full moon during the ski season, we will light the Trapper’s Cabin trail with torches, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience. We will also have a bonfire and serve hot chocolate at Trapper’s Cabin from 6-8:00PM. Skiers who need to rent skis must do so before 7PM.  Join us for an evening you’ll never forget!

 

February 7 & 8, 2015 – Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5pm
Gourmet Chili Bar

Build your own gourmet Chili Lunch! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili. then head to the Chili Bar and add such toppings as fresh jalapenos, fresh poblano peppers, white onion, red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, feta cheese, sour cream, or strange but delicious favorites like cucumber yogurt or black olives. Have your chili in a bread bowl, or help yourself to some fresh baked cornbread and real butter!  You might never be the same!

 

February 7, 2015 – Saturday 4pm
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

February 14, 2015 Saturday Noon to 3pm
Valentine’s Lunch Date: Greg Merwin Live Music & Jimmy Mac’s Favorite Panini

We like to think that we offer relatively healthy lunch options, but because it’s Valentine’s Day, we had to put bacon on the menu. The Jimmy Mac Panini is named after Bob and Lynne’s youngest son, who first created this mouthwatering concoction of sliced grilled chicken breast, Canadian bacon, chopped spinach, sliced tomato, jalapenos, provolone cheese and pesto in a flatbread sandwich, all grilled to cheesy, bacony perfection. It is truly a culinary triumph. While you’re at it, enjoy the live music of acoustic guitar player and singer Greg Merwin this afternoon in the Stone Turtle Day Lodge!

 

February 14, 2015 – Saturday 4pm
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour

 

February 14, 2015 – Saturday 6pm-8pm
Winter Fest Full Moon Night Skiing

Experience the magic of winter in a whole new light! Every full moon during the ski season, we will light the Trapper’s Cabin trail with torches, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience. We will also have a bonfire and serve hot chocolate at Trapper’s Cabin from 6:00-8:00PM. Skiers who need to rent skis must do so before 7PM.  Join us for an evening you’ll never forget!

 

 February 15, 2015 – Sunday Noon to 3pm
Paella Fiesta

A very popular XC Ski HQ tradition, Paella Fiesta celebrates the world-renowned and absolutely delicious rice dish that originates in Spain, and offers skiers a hearty, flavorful feast. After learning the method from Paella chef master Ayo in Nerja, Spain, Bob and Lynne are excited to serve this traditional dish to hungry skiers at XC Ski HQ. Prepared in a massive cast iron pan over an outdoor fire pit, this lunch is almost as enjoyable to watch being cooked as it is to eat! Served piping hot with vegetables and Saffron-infused chicken and shrimp. This dish will be served in two seatings: 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Buen Provecho!

 

February 21 & 22, 2015 – Saturday & Sunday
40 Year Anniversary Party “Retro Weekend” + Famous Pulled-Pork Barbeque on the Sun Deck

Join us as we celebrate 40 years in the cross country ski business! Wear your best retro ski garb and dust off your vintage ski equipment for this weekend-long theme party. Prizes will be awarded to those with the best outfits. And what would a party like this be without a famous pulled pork barbeque? Legend has it that the only barbequed pulled pork better than ours exists on the Combs Pig Farm in northern Las Vegas. Decide for yourself and come feast on what is surely some of the best barbeque East of the Mississippi River, served on a warm sourdough roll with a big pickle spear and veggies, all for just $7. Adult patrons may bring special beverages. Don’t forget your nickers!

 

February 21, 2015, Saturday 4pm
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

February 28, 2015, Saturday, Noon to 3pm
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain

Grill Cook Kerrigan Fitzpatrick will make a final appearance on the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Sun Deck to Fire Grill your choice of  Salmon burgers, Lean Beef Burgers or Black Bean Veggie Burgers. Choose your entree and Hope will grill it to perfection. If you dare, ask that your entree be cooked “Fire on the Mountain Style” – Grilled with sizzling hot sauce and topped with Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and a creamy Buffalo Blue Cheese dressing.

 

February 28, 2015, Saturday 4pm
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

March 1, 2015, Sunday 2pm
Ribs and Blues

A well-celebrated tradition at Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Ribs and Blues brings together live music from local artists and our famous Sweet Baby Ray’s slow cooked barbequed ribs, cooked over open flame by renowned chef German Dave. Kick back to the tunes of some truly talented blues musicians while feasting on succulent ribs, scalloped potatoes, and cole slaw. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 8 and younger. Reservations will get first seating. Some adult patrons choose to bring their own beverages. Email info@crosscountryski.com to reserve a table.

 

March 7, 2015, Saturday Noon to 3pm
Fire Grilled Pizzas on the Sun Deck

Build your own gourmet flatbread pizza and have it grilled to perfection on our wood-fired Sun Deck barbeque pit! Choose from a variety of toppings to create your own pizza masterpiece, and enjoy the satisfying flavors of delicious fire cooked crust, savory sauce, bubbling cheese and fresh toppings. Mama Mia!

 

March 7, 2015 – Saturday 4pm
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

March 8, 2015, Sunday 9:30am
Michigan Cup Relays at Cross Country Ski Headquarters

A Michigan Cup Relay Race with 3 skiers per team: 2 legs freestyle, one leg classic; approximately 8km per leg for freestyle and classic. Registration starts at 9:30am. Relays start at 11am. Entry Fee is $20 per racer. All entrees score Team Points. If you do not have a team but would still like to ski, we will try to find a team for you.  Registration fee includes refreshments (some teams bring special refreshments), Pulled Pork sandwiches served on a sourdough bun, grilled hot dogs, and fresh baked chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies for dessert. Each racer will also receive an official 2014 Michigan Cup Pint Glass!

 

March 14, 2015, Saturday Noon to 5pm
Gourmet Chili Bar

Build your own gourmet Chili Lunch! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili. then head to the Chili Bar and add such toppings as fresh jalapenos, fresh poblano peppers, white onion, red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, feta cheese, sour cream, or strange but delicious favorites like cucumber yogurt or black olives. Have your chili in a bread bowl, or help yourself to some fresh baked cornbread and real butter!  You might never be the same!

 

March 14, 2015 – Saturday 4pm
Learn to Ski for Free

Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing? Maybe you’ve tried it before, but are interested in some technique coaching? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how to use your poles more effectively, or get more glide? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to a free ski lesson at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Each Saturday throughout the winter at 4pm (snow permitting), learn the basics of Cross Country Classic Skiing or Skate Skiing at no charge. This is a beginner class, adults and kids welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 3:45pm. This class is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

 

March 15, 2015 – Sunday 9am
22nd Annual Junior Muffin Pursuit Races – Classic/Freestyle

The longest standing juniors race in Michigan, the Muffin Race will be held at Cross Country Ski Headquarters on Sunday, March 15th. The race is a Junior Girls & Boys 8km Pursuit race. Skiers will classic ski the first half of the race then ski freestyle the second half of the race. Registration begins at 9am on Sunday, and we will shoot for a 10:30am start. This is a Michigan Cup Junior Race. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in the girls and boys races.

After the 8km Senior Muffin Division Pursuit race, we will hold three Junior Muffin freestyle races: Ages 6 years and under, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12. All racers 12 and under will be awarded a medal!

There is a $10 entry fee for the Senior Racers (13 and older) and it includes a Pig Roast Lunch. There is no entry fee for the Junior Muffin Racers.

The Pig Roast is $5 for anyone else who might be hungry too. All racers and family members who partake in the Pig Roast will also receive a complimentary 1-day XC SKI HQ facilities pass.

 

March 21, 2015, Saturday Noon to 5pm
Gourmet Chili Bar

Build your own gourmet Chili Lunch! Start with our famous Classic Chili or Veggie Chili. then head to the Chili Bar and add such toppings as fresh jalapenos, fresh poblano peppers, white onion, red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, feta cheese, sour cream, or strange but delicious favorites like cucumber yogurt or black olives. Have your chili in a bread bowl, or help yourself to some fresh baked cornbread and real butter!  You might never be the same!

 

March 21 & 22, 2015, Saturday and Sunday
Hanson Hills and XC Ski HQ Paintball Biathlon

The third annual Hanson Hills/XC Ski HQ Paintball Biathlon Series welcomes men, women, and kids to compete in this 2-day event, combining cross country skiing with paintball target shooting. There will be a Citizens Race and an Open Race each day. Paintball guns will be provided. Saturday’s races are at Hanson Hills at 7601 Old Lake Rd in Grayling, MI. Sunday’s races are at Cross Country Ski Headquarters at 9435 N. Cut Rd. in Roscommon, MI.

Divisions:

Citizens Race:

Kids (8th grade and under): 2 x .75km loops + 2 paintball stations

Adults (9th grade and up): 2 x .75km loops + 2 paintball stations

Open Race:

Adults: 5 x 0.75km loops + 5 paintball stations

 

Schedule:

9:30am – Registration starts

10:15am – Paintball range opens for practice

10:30am – Citizens Race Starts

11:15am – Open Race Starts

12:00pm – Awards (Chili lunch on Sunday)

Entry Fee: $15 one day or $25 both days

To pre-register, contact Justin Andre at 989-348-9266 or email hansonhills@hotmail.com

For more info or to rent skis, contact either Justin Andre or Mariah Frye at 800-832-2663 or info@crosscountryski.com

For each target hit, we deduct 10 seconds from the skiers’ finish time. Can’t come for both days? Don’t worry, there will be prizes for single-day winners too! Paintball guns provided.