Check out the 2018-19 Event Calendar

WINTER 2018 – 2019

Join us for a winter of FUN at Cross Country Ski Headquarters, your home for cross country skiing in Michigan! Click here to view our lodging guide and “Ski and Stay” lodging specials. 

August 31st through September 3rd, 2018 
Labor Day Weekend Clearance Sale
The biggest clearance sale of the year features 30-50% OFF most of of last year’s winter jackets, fleeces, pants, kids clothing, boots and shoes, plus select hats, gloves and more. Shop clearance specials on The North Face, Columbia, Swix, Salomon, Patagonia, Merrell, Kari Traa, Bjorn Daehlie, Smartwool, Skhoop, and more. Plus our huge sale on cross country skis, boots and ski packages from Fischer, Salomon, Rossignol, Atomic, and Alpina. Includes deeply discounted rep samples and clearance skis, like these Salomon S-Lab Classics at over 50% off MSRP, PLUS all new skin skis, including the NEW recreational touring skin ski from Rossignol, the Evo R-Skin Evolution Package, on sale for 33% off MSRP!

PLUS, the Labor Day Weekend Sale is also your chance to score NEW winter clothing and ski gear that none of your friends have seen yet, including cold-weather lifestyle and activewear from The North Face, Patagonia and Columbia. You also get first crack at this year’s skis, boots, bindings and poles from Fischer, Rossignol, Salomon, Alpina and more. Best of all, our staff of friendly ski experts is ready to help you pick out all the right gear that is perfect for YOU.

September 3rd through October 26th, 2018
Pre-Season Sale! Open by Appointment and most weekdays
We are “loosely” open most weekdays throughout October as we prepare for our official season opening on Saturday, October 27th, but you should call 800-832-2663 to make sure we’re there when you want to come shop. Usually you can call the day of and we’ll be able to meet you. All of our skis and clothing are on sale, and you will get all the personal shopping help and ski sales assistance you need. We are available by phone every day, and you may shop online at www.CrossCountrySki.com.

Saturday, October 27th – Sunday, October 28th, 2018 
Season Opening Sale and Cider Press Party
Cross Country Ski Headquarters is open daily starting Saturday, October 27th, with hours from 9am-6pm Fri-Sat, 9am-5pm Sun, and 10am-5:30pm Mon-Thurs.

The largest selection of 2018-19 ski equipment and winter clothing of the year is on sale at the Season Opening Sale! This includes cross country skis, boots, bindings, poles and complete ski packages, ALL on sale from 10-40% OFF. Shop a vast selection from Fischer, Rossignol, Salomon, Atomic, Alpina, and Swix, and get your questions answered by our knowledgeable, friendly staff of Nordic experts. With complete ski packages starting at just $259, there is no excuse to miss this sale of the season!

Psst, you don’t have to be a skier to shop the sale! All shoppers will enjoy the bargains on winter clothing from The North Face, Columbia, Patagonia, Swix, Smartwool, Mountain Hardwear, Salomon, Sporthill, Kari Traa, Skhoop, Craft, Bjorn Daehlie, Woolrich and more. Shop the largest selection of XC ski clothing and active winter outerwear in Michigan, plus warm winter jackets and cozy, winter lifestyle clothing. From hitting the ski trails, to running everyday errands, to relaxing by the fire, your complete winter wardrobe is here and on sale at prices that can’t be beat.

Best of all, last year’s skis and clothing are on clearance for 30 to 60% off! Score sweet deals on winter jackets from Columbia and North Face, sweaters and fleece from Woolrich, Smartwool, Patagonia, and XC ski clothing from Salomon, Craft, Bjorn Daehlie and more. While supplies last! 

Join us for fresh cider and fall colors! Throughout the Season Opening Sale, help yourself to freshly pressed cider from our vintage cider press, plus sweet treats on the sun deck. Enjoy a peaceful walk amongst the beautiful fall colors on our ski trails, which are open and free to the public. Bring your dog or a friend, or stop in to demo a pair of the ever-popular Nordic Ski Walking Poles for free!

Friday, November 23rd – Monday, November 26th, 2018
Thanksgiving Weekend Sale: Bean Bomb Black Friday, Smartwool Small Business Saturday, Fashion Show Sunday, and Toko Cyber Monday

Bean Bomb Black Friday: Shop our Black Friday Sale, and enjoy Bob’s homemade Bean Bomb! This culinary triumph, tested and perfected over the decades, is a real part of XC Ski HQ culture and is not to be missed. Shop the crazy deals on skis and clothing, without the crazy Black Friday atmosphere.

Smartwool Small Business Saturday: Celebrate small business with Buy-2-Get-1-Free Smartwool Socks!*

Fashion Show Sunday: View this season’s most awesome clothing on living, breathing XC Ski HQ models! They will be dressed to impress in the latest and greatest outdoor winter apparel, and giving away a FREE pint glass to any shopper who purchases something a crew member model is wearing!

Toko Cyber Monday: Buy a ski package and get FREE Toko glide wax! Enjoy the full XC Ski HQ ski-fitting experience: Pick from over 40 custom made XC ski packages for recreational, racing, or back country skiing, with the help of a seasoned ski specialist. You’ll get fitted for the perfect boots, sized for the right length skis and poles, and then relax or browse the clothing department while we install your bindings and prep your ski bases – about 10 minutes. As always, we guarantee that you have to love your equipment, or you have to bring it back!

December 1st, 2018
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 1st, 2018 – March 24th, 2018
Headlight Night Skiing for $5
Some of the best cross country skiing in Michigan can be done at night. Experience the magic of winter at night with the help of an LED headlamp! Rental cost is $5 per night. 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 8th, 2018 – Saturday
Ski Clinic with Jordyn Ross, Wax Clinic, & Team Dinner
Join our annual season kick-off ski clinics! Northern Michigan Nordic Alum, Jordyn Ross, will lead this year’s clinic after hosting a truly awesome clinic last year. Jordyn has a keen eye for technique and a great coaching style, and brings fresh experience from one of the best training programs in the country: NMU. She also uses video feedback, which is highly useful in helping skiers improve technique.

Level 1-2 Classic Clinic: 9:30am – 10:45am
Level 1-2 Skate Clinic: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Level 2-3 Classic Clinic: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Level 2-3 Skate Clinic: 2:45pm – 4:00pm

The cost per clinic is $15, or two for $25. Space is limited, so sign up soon by calling 800-832-2663 or emailing info<at>crosscountryski.com. If there is not enough snow, we will reschedule the clinic to December 15th.

After the ski clinic is our annual wax clinic at approximately 4:30pm. After an Olympic year, you can be sure that there will be a lot of new waxing tips and techniques to learn! This clinic is appropriate for racers as well as recreational skiers, and will cover waxing technique for skating and classic. There is no charge for this clinic.

The XC SKI HQ Team dinner follows the wax clinic, beginning at 6:00pm. Come join the 2004, ’07, ’08, ‘09, ’10 ’13, ’14, and 2015 Michigan Cup Champions (also the ’10, ’11 and 2013 Brumbaugh Cup Champions) in our annual kick-off potluck dinner. We’ll introduce new team members, talk about what’s new in the Michigan Cup this season, and hone in our strategy to bring home the cups this year. Other topics will include team training dates, upcoming race info, and the new High School Skier Sponsor program.

This event always ends up being a lot of fun, so even if you think you might only do one race this season, you are invited to 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@omnisource.com, or Mariah Frye Colie at info@crosscountryski.com

December 15th, 2018 – Saturday 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

December 21st, 2018 – Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Full Moon Night Skiing
Experience the magic of winter under the moonlight, and the light of rustic torches! Enjoy night skiing along a torchlit trail to Trapper’s Cabin, where a bonfire and hot chocolate await you. The torches and bonfire are lit from 6pm to 8pm. Skiers or snowshoers who need to rent equipment must do so by 7pm. Join us for an enchanted evening amidst the beauty of the nighttime forest!

December 22nd, 2018 – Saturday 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

December 22nd2018 – Saturday 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Trapper Santa at the Cabin!
Ski or snowshoe to Trapper’s Cabin to find Trapper Santa! This rustic, jubilant Santa will be tending the bonfire, roasting chestnuts, and telling wintery tales to kids from 1 to 92. Join him for free hot cocoa and lots of Christmas spirit!

December 24th, 2018 – Monday, Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, we will be open until 3:00pm. Enjoy the holidays!

December 25th, 2018 – Tuesday, Christmas Day
Merry Christmas!
Cross Country Ski Headquarters Store is closed. Parking lot and trails are open during daylight hours, on the house.

December 29th, 2018 – Saturday 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

January 2nd – 31st, 2019
McDonald’s Discover Michigan Skiing Program
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 in Michigan. 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 XC SKI HQ facilities pass for the day. The price for this Discover Michigan Skiing program is $20 for adults and children 6 years 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 starts at 12:00pm 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 5th, 2019 – Saturday 10:30am to 3:30pm
GLWTC “Pure Michigan” Winter Trails Day 
Entering its 22nd year, Cross Country Ski Headquarters and the Great Lakes Winter Trails Council present the “Pure Michigan” Winter Trails Day! Adults and children receive a free Facilities Pass and cross country ski or snowshoe lesson, plus a complimentary hot cocoa and hot dog cookout on the ski trails. Equipment rentals are available for a special reduced rate. Bring your friends and family, and discover how fun winter in Northern Michigan can be!

Check-in is at 10:00am. Please make sure you are pre-registered. Check-in is followed by outfitting in rental snowshoes, or XC boots, skis and poles for a reduced rate of $9 per adult and $6 per child.

10:30am: X-C Ski & Snowshoe group lesson. Learn the basics of cross country skiing and snowshoeing, including going up and down hills, and how to fall down and get back up!

11:30pm: Ski out to Trappers Cabin for Hot Dogs, a 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 heading back to Cross Country Ski Headquarters.

5:30pm (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 anytime throughout the day.

Preregistration is required for this event. We have a limited number of skis and snowshoes. Please pre-register by emailing your name, address, age, shoe size, and choice of X-C skiing or snowshoeing to: info@crosscountryski.com or calling 800-832-2663.

January 5th, 2019 – Saturday 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

January 5th & 6th, 2019 – Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 3:00pm
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain!
Grill Cook Missy Jackson 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 Missy 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 7th – 11th, 2019 – Monday through Friday
Silver Streak Week
If you are age 60 or older, you are entitled to a complimentary XC SKI HQ Facilities Pass, plus a coffee or hot cocoa on the house, all week long! Enjoy our meticulously groomed trails, relax in our cozy Day Lodge with its huge fieldstone fire place, peruse the menu at the Stone Turtle Café, and try out a pair of new skis or boots for free at our demo center!

January 8th to February 12th, 2019 – Every Tuesday, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
4-H Junior Ski Program
Kids are invited to join our 4-H cross country ski program, which meets every Tuesday during this 6-week period. This annual program teaches kids from Kindergarten through 8th grade how to cross country ski and skate ski for a nominal fee. Kids must register through the Roscommon 4-H Extension Office. Program includes ski rentals and ski instruction, and parents are encouraged to ski with the kids! Parents who volunteer to ski with the kids will receive free ski rentals. This program culminates with the 4-H Olympics and Hot Dog Roast on Tuesday, February 12th!

January 12th, 2019 – Saturday, 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

January 12th & 13th, 2019 – Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 3:00pm
Gourmet Mac ‘n Cheese Bar
The kitchen crew will be raising the bar for comfort food at Cross Country Ski Headquarters this weekend. Using our special recipe for homemade mac ‘n cheese, we will be serving steaming bowls of this masterpiece, and skiers can choose from a variety of toppings to create their own mac-sterpiece. We’re talking bacon, ham, feta cheese, tomatoes, breadcrumbs, spinach, plus classics like peas and hot dogs. Get ready to indulge after a day on the trails with this favorite American culinary pastime!

January 18th, 2019 – Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Full Moon Night Skiing
Experience the magic of winter under the moonlight, and the light of rustic torches! Enjoy night skiing along a torchlit trail to Trapper’s Cabin, where a bonfire and hot chocolate await you. The torches and bonfire are lit from 6pm to 8pm. Skiers or snowshoers who need to rent equipment must do so by 7pm. Join us for an enchanted evening amidst the beauty of the nighttime forest!

January 19th, 2019 – Saturday 10:00am
Stretch and Slide: A Yoga-Ski Retreat!
Stretch and Slide begins at 10:00am with a yoga class at the Gerrish Township Municipal Building (1 mile south of XC Ski HQ), and continues with a full day ski/snowshoe rental and group lesson at 12:00pm (facilities pass included!). Also included after the lesson is a homemade chili lunch (classic or vegetarian) at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Café at Cross Country Ski Headquarters. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the serenity of the beautiful Michigan winter forests on the pristinely groomed Headquarters ski trails, or relaxing with a mug of hot cocoa by the Stone Turtle Day Lodge fireplace. All are invited to participate, including novices to yoga, skiing or both. Over a $65 value for $45 ($35 if you have your own equipment). There will be an opportunity to change from yoga clothes into ski clothes before the ski lesson, and XC Ski Headquarters has a great selection of ski clothing if you need to get outfitted before the lesson!  To pre-register (recommended but not required), email info@crosscountryski.com or call 800-832-2663.

January 19th 2019, Saturday 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

January 19th, 2019 – Saturday Noon to 3:00pm
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 20th, 2019 – Sunday 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Paella on the Sun Deck
A favorite XC Ski HQ tradition, Paella on the Sun Deck celebrates the world-renowned and absolutely delicious rice dish that originates in Spain, and offers skiers a hearty, flavorful (and entertaining!) feast. Bob and Lynne learned the method from Paella chef master Ayo while visiting Nerja, Spain, and 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 Saffron-spiced chicken, shrimp and vegetables, this dish will be presented in two seatings: 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Buen Provecho!

January 26th & 27th, 2019, Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 3:00pm
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain
Grill Cook Missy Jackson 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 Missy 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 26th, 2019 – Saturday 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 2nd, 2019 – Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Ski the Beer Trail with Paddle Hard Brewing and Michigan Search & Rescue!
Join us for a day of delicious craft beer on the ski trails! Paddle Hard Brewing of Grayling will bring their hops to the snow at Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers and snow-shoers can taste some of Michigan’s most excellent craft beer and wine, and also enjoy live music from the Whittington Boys Band! The Beer Trail Pass costs $25 and includes 4 beer tokens. Additional beer tokens may be purchased separately. A Facilities Pass is complimentary for all Beer Trail Pass holders, and a gourmet barbecue lunch will be available for purchase at Trapper’s Cabin. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available for a nominal fee on a first come, first served basis, and free mini ski lessons are available upon request.

Plus, stick around to meet the Michigan Search and Rescue team! Michigan Search and Rescue provides services for missing persons response, specifically canine search teams, at no cost. The team is composed of 50 volunteers and 30 dogs, and all the dogs have canine good citizen certification, so are people- and kid-friendly. There will also be dog demos, where the dogs will find missing people (someone hiding in the woods – Airscent Wilderness Dog), and/or find hidden bones (HRD Dog).  These demos will take place at 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm on the sun deck/practice area.

February 2nd, 2019  – Saturday 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 3rd, 2019 – Sunday, Noon – 3:00pm
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!

February 9th, 2019 – Saturday 
Taste of Gates Dinner & Great AuSable Getaway
Experience the fantastic flavors of Gate’s AuSable Lodge, right here at Cross Country Ski Headquarters! Join us for an evening of delicious food, great company, a festive atmosphere, and shopping specials. Gate’s renowned head chef, Matt Haley, will serve up a dinner feast to remember, while guests enjoy the romantic ambiance of our rustic day lodge and giant fieldstone fireplace. Plus, all dinner guests are invited to a pre-dinner VIP Happy Hour shopping spree! Enjoy a beverage while shopping our extensive retail selection, and receive an extra 10% off all clothing! Cost is $** per guest and includes all food (beverages sold separately). There is limited seating available for this event, so reserve early by calling 989-821-6661. Happy hour starts at 6:00pm, and dinner is served at 7:30pm.

Make a weekend out of it by enjoying excellent lodging at the AuSable Riverview Resort, offering a discounted rate of $175 per couple for a cabin, and $125 for a room in the lodge (regular rates are $250-270). Stay the whole weekend and choose from a variety of activities: cross country ski rentals and ski lessons at XC Ski HQ, yoga, massage, a guided fly fishing trip, fly tying class, plus other retail and dining specials at Gate’s AuSable Lodge, ARR and XC Ski HQ. Call AuSable Riverview Resort at (855) 687-9501 to book your room for this one-of-a-kind up north getaway!

February 9th, 2019 – Saturday, 12:00pm to 3:30pm
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain
Grill Cook Missy Jackson 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 Missy 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.

February 9th, 2019 – Saturday 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 10th, 2019 – Sunday 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Paella on the Sun Deck
A favorite XC Ski HQ tradition, Paella on the Sun Deck celebrates the world-renowned and absolutely delicious rice dish that originates in Spain, and offers skiers a hearty, flavorful feast. Bob and Lynne learned the method from Paella chef master Ayo while visiting Nerja, Spain, and 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 Saffron-spiced chicken, shrimp and vegetables, this dish will be presented in two seatings: 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Buen Provecho!

February 15th, 2019 – Friday 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Winter Fest Night Skiing
Experience the magic of winter under the light of rustic torches! Enjoy Winter Fest night skiing along a torchlit trail to Trapper’s Cabin, where a bonfire and hot chocolate await you. The torches and bonfire are lit from 6pm to 8pm. Skiers or snowshoers who need to rent equipment must do so by 7pm. Join us for an enchanted evening amidst the beauty of the nighttime forest!

February 16th, 2019 – Saturday 10:00am
Stretch and Slide: A Yoga-Ski Retreat!
Stretch and Slide begins at 10:00am with a yoga class at the Gerrish Township Municipal Building (1 mile south of XC Ski HQ), and continues with a full day ski/snowshoe rental and group lesson at 12:00pm (facilities pass included!). Also included after the lesson is a homemade chili lunch (classic or vegetarian) at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge Café at Cross Country Ski Headquarters. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the serenity of the beautiful Michigan winter forests on the pristinely groomed Headquarters ski trails, or relaxing with a mug of hot cocoa by the Stone Turtle Day Lodge fireplace. All are invited to participate, including novices to yoga, skiing or both. Over a $65 value for $45 ($35 if you have your own equipment). There will be an opportunity to change from yoga clothes into ski clothes before the ski lesson, and XC Ski Headquarters has a great selection of ski clothing if you need to get outfitted before the lesson!  To pre-register (recommended but not required), email info@crosscountryski.com or call 800-832-2663.

February 16th, 2019 – Saturday 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 16th, 17th & 18th, 2019 – Saturday, Sunday & Monday, Noon to 4:00pm
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 23rd, 2019 – Saturday 9:30am
Mason Tract Ski Tour with the Michigan Backcountry Ski Series
(Meets at the Mason Tract Pathway, Roscommon Michigan, Chase Bridge Rd Trail head.)
Come join the Michigan Backcountry Ski Series for some of the most beautiful single-track Michigan has to offer. The Mason Tract trail gently rolls alongside the South Branch of the Au Sable River, offering river views, wildlife spectating, and fabulous skiing. The after party will follow at Cross Country Ski Headquarters, where participants can share food, beverages, laughs, and shopping specials.** The after party begins at 2:30 pm. Meet at Chase Bridge Rd. 9:30am, skiing begins at 10:00am.  Full tour is a full out and back (approximately 16 miles); however, skiers can ski from Chase Bridge and return to Chase Bridge whenever they would like. Skiers should be self-supported, and keep in mind that due to the tightness of the trail and occasional hills, it is an intermediate-level ski trail. **Event is free; however, food and beverages are not.

February 23rd, 2019 – Saturday, 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

February 23rd, 2019 – Saturday, 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Get your Fill at the Grill – Fire on the Mountain

Grill Cook Missy Jackson 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 Missy 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.

February 24th, 2019 – Sunday
25th Annual Junior Muffin Team Sprint Relay Race – Freestyle
Join us for the longest standing juniors race in Michigan! The Muffin Race celebrates the fun of youth skiing with a Junior Girls & Boys 6km Sprint Relay race. Inspired by the Gold Medal victory by Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall in the 2018 Olympics, this freestyle relay race will feature two skiers per relay team. Each skier will ski a total of 3 laps around a 2km course, handing off to their teammate between each lap. Each team will ski a total of 6 laps, alternating skiers each lap. 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 division, boys division, and coed division, and awards will also be given for best costumes!

After the 6km Muffin Sprint Relay Race, we will hold three Mini 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 Muffin Racers 13 and older, and it includes a Pig Roast Lunch. There is no entry fee for the Mini 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 2nd, 2019 – Saturday 1:00pm
Ribs & Blues
A favorite tradition at Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Ribs & Blues features an afternoon of live music from the West Side Blues Band and other local musicians, plus some of the best barbeque in all the land: German Dave’s famous slow cooked barbequed ribs! It’s a perfect day to hit the trails, and then kick back by the outdoor fire pit and enjoy great music in a festive, outdoor atmosphere, while feasting on succulent ribs, scalloped potatoes, and cole slaw. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 8 and younger.

March 2nd, 2019 – Saturday, 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

March 3rd, 2019 – Sunday, Noon – 4:00pm
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 9th, 2019 – Saturday, 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

March 10th, 2019 – Sunday 9:30am
Michigan Cup Relays at Cross Country Ski Headquarters
Join us for one of the most exciting and entertaining ski races in Michigan! This grand finale race for the Michigan Cup Race Series features a relay race with 3 skiers per team: 2 legs freestyle, one leg classic; approximately 6km per leg. You do not have to be a Michigan Cup racer to participate! If you do not have a team but would still like to ski, we will try to find a team for you. Registration starts at 9:30am, and the race starts at 11:00am. The entry Fee is $20 per racer. All entrees score Team Points.

After the Relays, stick around for the awards ceremony on the sun deck, and enjoy a hearty post-race meal of house-pulled BBQ pork sandwiches, black bean veggie burgers, vanishing scalloped potatoes, and of course our famous home-baked cookies. This post-race meal is included in the race registration fee. Each racer will also receive an official 2019 Michigan Cup Relays Pint Glass!

March 16th, 2019 – Saturday, 10:30am
Free Cross Country Ski Lesson
Learn how to cross country ski at our Saturday free ski lesson! This beginner lesson teaches the basics of cross country skiing, including classic diagonal stride and/or skate skiing, hill climbing and descending, and turning. We even teach you how to get up after you fall down! Each lesson ends with a mini ski tour to Trapper’s Cabin, where skiers can purchase hot cocoa and relax by the bonfire. Adults and children are welcome. If you need to rent skis for a nominal charge, please sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15am. This lesson is free and lasts approximately 1 hour.

March 16th, 2019 – Saturday, Noon – 3:00pm
Spring Ski Fest: Hawaiian Barbeque!
Wear your Hawaiian shirt and feast on some of the best Hawaiian Barbeque this side of the Pacific! We will be barbequing locally raised pork hocks, along with island style veggies and of course fresh pineapple. Celebrate all that is great about spring: long, sunny days of great cross country skiing in Michigan!

March 23rd, 2019 – Saturday
Event TBD – snow dependent