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MI - Question about XC ski areas in northern Michigan

Postby LewLasher » Sat Dec 19, 2015 1:43 pm

About a month from now I'm going to upper lower Michigan, to attend the Ski For Light festival at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire. But I'll have a few extra hours, when driving up from Flint to Bellaire, and I was wondering whether there were any other good cross-country ski areas on the way that might be worth trying out.

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Re: MI - Question about XC ski areas in northern Michigan

Postby JeffOYB » Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:46 am

Hanson Hills in Grayling is really nice with a good northwoods feel. Maybe about an hour or so north of Flint.

Forbush Corners is a famous area just 10 mins north of Grayling.

I think those both are exactly on your way!
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Re: MI - Question about XC ski areas in northern Michigan

Postby LewLasher » Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:55 am

JeffOYB wrote:Hanson Hills in Grayling ...
Forbush Corners ...

Yes, both these areas are right along the way that I will be traveling, and very easy to find. The road system in Michigan seems simpler than in northern New England.

Looking at their Web sites, my first impression is that Forbush Corners is a little better organized. Their trail map shows difficulty ratings, whereas the Hanson Hills map just indicated trail lengths. And Forbush Corners updated the trail conditions on Sunday, whereas the Hanson Hills site just said they closed due to rain on Saturday. It could also just be that some ski areas devote more time to their Web sites than others.

Thanks very much for the recommendations.

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Re: MI - Question about XC ski areas in northern Michigan

Postby JeffOYB » Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:13 am

my impression is hanson has bigger hills

hanson puts a lot of care into grooming -- but forbush has this rep as well (or used to)

an old #1 racer is the head groomer at hanson -- butch stockton -- he won all the canoe and ski races for about 5 years solid -- he loves his grooming
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