Cross Country Ski Headquarters (XC Ski HQ) is a specialty cross country ski shop and premier Nordic skiing destination in Michigan and throughout the country. Named #2 Cross Country Ski Destination in North America by USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards in 2018, XC SKi HQ is most known for pristine ski trails, a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and an outstanding selection of cross country ski equipment and clothing with top notch service.

If you’re looking for an authentic, unforgettable winter experience, you have found the place. Make your way to Higgins Lake, Michigan, and immerse in the natural beauty of this “Nordic Skiing Mecca” (named by Outside Magazine Online). Ski your heart out on 18 kilometers of expertly groomed ski trails for both classic and skating technique, or snowshoe on the Aspen Wilderness snowshoe trail. Relax next to the roaring fireplace in the Stone Turtle Day Lodge, where a menu of delicious, consciously-crafted food and craft drinks awaits. Rent modern ski and snowshoe equipment from friendly staff, who will teach you the basics of cross country skiing at no charge. Take a lesson with a PSIA-certified ski instructor, or join in on the weekly free beginner ski lesson on Saturdays at 10:30am. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or pure novice, XC Ski HQ feels like home.

Join us for events every weekend throughout the winter, including ski clinics, live music, barbecues, Paella feasts and more. Plan your trip to Cross Country Ski Headquarters this winter, where you’ll find so much more than just skiing.

Located at:
9435 N. Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653

Our Story

In the winter of 1974, Bob and Lynne Frye opened a small cross country ski rental operation out of the shed of a Higgins Lake snowmobile repair shop. Forty-five years and multiple expansions later, new owners Mariah Frye Colie (Bob and Lynne’s daughter) and Stu Colie (son-in-law) are committed to the same goal with which they started: make cross country skiing fun and affordable for everyone.

From humble beginnings, XC Ski HQ has grown to a vast retail store, a sprawling, meticulously maintained trail network, a large rental and demo facility, and a full-service café and day lodge – all completely dedicated to cross country skiing and, more recently, snowshoeing.

What has grown the most, though, is the vast community of skiers that spend time at XC Ski HQ throughout the winter. We think it’s a really special place, but don’t take our word for it. Click here to view our Testimonials page, or here to view our Facebook reviews. Or, better yet, come and see for yourself! Cross Country Ski Headquarters is your gateway to an authentic, outdoor winter experience.


Your Best Source for Everything Cross Country

Cross Country Skiing is all we do. When the snow melts for good, we shut our doors and start planning for next winter. We eat, sleep, and breathe cross country skiing all spring, summer, fall, and winter, which is why we are truly the cross country skiing experts.

When you shop with us, you can count on unbeatable customer service, fiercely competitive prices, and extensive selection from top Nordic brands including Salomon, Fischer, Rossignol, Atomic, Madshus and Alpina. Explore a wide variety of cross-country-ski-specific clothing, including jackets, pants and more from Swix, Salomon, Sporthill, Louis Garneau, Craft, Bjorn Daehlie, Auclair, Toko, North Face, Patagonia, Columbia, and more.

Whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned skier, just getting back into it, or somewhere in between, the dedicated crew at Cross Country Ski Headquarters will help you get maximal enjoyment out of cross country skiing at the lowest price possible.