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Michigan "Trail Skiing": a growing scene!

The downstate Michigan "trail skiing" scene seems to be taking off this season!

Our "Lansing Ski Party" group has a new quality level of energy. (Now 80 members, when it was 20 last year.)

We've had a few MI BC Series events cooking along in recent years. But this year Stan Dinkel is combining his efforts in with ours…

Latest Articles

The Miracle of Skiing: Freshly New Each Season

Every year when I do my first ski outing I'm impressed and surprised all over again by the miracle of skiing. The rollerskiing that I do to get ready for snow really just isn't anything like the real thing…

Cyclocross: Backwards Fun Lets Autumn Shine

Cyclocross is so backwards that it keeps surprising me. Today was a rainy, slushy day. Yesterday it was cold and decent for skiing. Then it warmed to 45F and light rain overnight…

Review: Woody's Dutch Oven -- light, compact

Dutch ovens are huge, heavy, cumbersome cooking tools that people love and have in their families for generations. How do they fit in with canoeing and backpacking? …

The Joy of Running with a Bike

(BUMPED FROM 2013) Cyclocross is a good way to get in a little running for those who can't run as much as they'd like to anymore, but who still like to go fast or put in a couple miles…

Latest Products (under construction)

Momentum: Chasing the Olympic Dream

by Pete Vordenberg, US Team Head XC Coach Reg. list price $18. Paperback, with photos. 191 pages. What's So Special About This Ski Book? Momentum is "the best XC ski read ever," says Bob Gregg, editor of Master Skier magazine. ...

Pot Shots from a Grosse Ile Kitchen by Lucy & Sidney Corbett

Pot Shots from a Grosse Ile Kitchen by Lucy & Sidney Corbett ...

POTLUCK, a Florida smuggling thriller, Jack Rudloe, new

A modern-day small-town smuggling thriller written by an inside expert in the region, and published by OutYourBackdoor, here's a candid and realistic thriller about the interactions of small-town coastal fishermen, the special interests who ruined th...

Primitive Technology: Ancestral Skills, V.2, ed. by D. Wescott

Primitive Technology: Ancestral Skills, V.2, ed. by D. Wescott ...