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Bob Frye Inducted To Michigan Ski Hall Of Fame

Bob Frye Inducted To Michigan Ski Hall Of Fame

Bob Frye with his Hall of Fame plaque. (Michigan Ski Hall of Fame)

Bob Frye, founder of Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Higgins Lake, Mich. has been inducted by the board of the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association to the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame. He entered the Hall of Fame as a "Snow Sports Builder," someone who has made major contributions in areas of organization, promotion, or development of the skiing industry in Michigan.


 

Says Frye, "We started with a simple mission, and that mission lives on today: get people outside and having fun on the snow. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us in that mission, and especially my wife, Lynne, for her tremendous support, and without whom none of this would have been possible."

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Since starting Cross Country Ski Headquarters in 1974, Bob and Lynne, and later their daughter and son-in-law, Mariah and Stu Colie, have grown the business to achieve national recognition, not to mention a large statewide following. Named by Outside Magazine as a "Nordic Skiing Mecca," Cross Country Ski Headquarters has become one of the most distinguished cross country ski destinations in the country for its groomed trails, large retail selection and expertise, and warm, welcoming staff.


"Bob and his shop and ski area have attracted more people to the sport of cross country skiing than any other entity in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. They have always been a beacon to those wanting to begin an adventure into snow sports and cross country skiing in particular," said Ernie Brumbaugh, President, Michigan Cup Race Committee.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters is located in Higgins Lake, in the heart of Michigan. It is open from October 29th through March 31st, and also for its annual Labor Day Weekend Sale. Featuring a vast ski equipment and clothing selection, product expertise, groomed ski trails, a café and day lodge, ski rentals and lessons, Cross Country Ski Headquarters and Bob Frye invites one and all to "Come ski with us!"



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Cross Country Skiing To Save The World; 'Winter Fortress'

Winter FortressHad Nazi Germany won the competition to build the first atomic bomb in the early 1940s, the world today could be a very different place. The book entitled The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb is the true accounting of the race to build the atom bomb during World War II. Cross-country skiing played an important role.

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Tahoe Donner Land Purchase To Open More Nordic Terrain

Tahoe Donner NordicThe sale of 640 acres near Donner Pass will allow Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area to reopen terrain that has been roped off to Nordic enthusiasts.

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XC Areas With Snowmaking Had A Pretty Good Winter

Rickert XCWest Coast ski resorts had seen a lack of snow for a few years and in the winter of 2015-16, it was the east and central regions’ turn. Alpine ski areas have been making snow for decades but it is relatively new for cross country ski areas.

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Ski Resorts Start To Embrace Snowshoe Programs

Snowshoes at Smuggs

Not everyone who visits a ski resort wants to or is able to ski or snowboard, so resorts offer other activities. Among those options, guests can explore and enjoy the outdoors on snowshoes.

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Trail Grooming Provides Better Nordic Skiing Experiences

Groomer at Jackson XCThe biggest disparity between going cross country (XC) skiing on your own through the woods and XC skiing at a commercial XC ski area is trail conditions. Trail grooming at commercial XC ski areas (that charge a trail fee) refers to using a vehicle with attachments to rework the snow to provide consistent ski and trail conditions.

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Want to Become a Nordic Ski Patroller?

National Ski PatrolNordic Patrollers are educated with a comprehensive manual and Nordic ski enhancement seminars offered by National Ski Patrol (NSP) regional divisions. These are effective tools to build strong confidence and proficiency on the trails. 

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Glide Your Way to Romance With XC Valentine’s Day Getaways

XC Valentines Fischer SkisCross country (XC) skiing and snowshoeing are some of the most romantic forms of recreation and Valentine’s Day is coming. So get away with your loved one to a winter wonderland of memories for some outdoor recreation and pampering that you deserve.

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Nation's Largest Kids Nordic Festival In N.H. March 5-6

Bill Koch League Kids FestivalThe largest kids' Nordic ski festival in the United States, The New England Bill Koch League Festival (BKL Festival) will be hosted by Great Glen Trails Outdoor center March 5-6.

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Great Glen Trails Hosts Coed Clinics For Adults

Great Glen TrailsGreat Glen Trails Outdoor Center will offer a 3-week program of coed on-snow clinics for adult skiers, intermediate level and above. The ski clinics will be open to ages 16 and up and will emphasize instruction in a fun, supportive atmosphere.

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