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CrossCountry Skiing & Snowshoeing at Cross Country Ski Headquarters in the Heart of Michigan

9435 North Cut Road, Roscommon, MI 48653

Cross Country Ski Headquarters ( 800-832-2663; is a leading XC ski outfitter and ski area in Michigan since 1974 and a premier destination for XC skiing in Midwest. The Higgins Lake location is in the heart of Michigan, with 19 km of trails on site meticulously groomed for classic and skate skiing for skiers of all abilities and there are also miles of trails all around the region. XC Ski HQ is known for its friendly and experienced staff.

A day trail pass is $7 for adults and $4 for kids aged 16 and under. There are 2 km of lighted trails and the Stone Turtle Cafe food service on the premises at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge. The lighted trail section leads to Trapper's Cabin, a favorite stopping place. The extensive retail ski shop has one of the broadest selections of XC ski equipment, clothing, packages, and expertise. The Try Before You Buy policy offer free demos for XC ski products, fat bikes, snowshoes when available to demo.

XC ski and snowshoe equipment are available to rent and you get the trail pass included in the price of the rental equipment. A classic XC ski package is $11 for 1 hour, $13 for 3 hours and $18 for the day. Junior packages for kids under 100 lbs. are $9 for an hour, $11 for 3 hours, and $13 for the day. Skate skis are $15 for an hour, $17 for 3 hours, and $24 for the day. Snowshoes are $7 for an hour, $12 for 3 hours and $15 for the day. Pulks are available to rent so you can bring the little ones, too. Fat bikes are available to use for $15 an hour, $25 for a half day, and $40 for a day.

XC ski school has 4 certified XC ski instructors offering classic and skate ski lessons. 1-hour private lessons at $40 for one person, $50 for two people, $60 for 3 people and $17.50 for 4-8 people. Thereare free beginner group lessons at 4:00 PM on Saturdays and skate skiing lessons are available, too.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters schedules many programs for luncheon specials and music during the winter so check the website for details. This is also the home of Ski Bones, a popular accessory manufactured that are used as ski ties. While XC Ski HQ has so much right on the site, there is also more nearby including Hanson Hills, which is only 20 minutes away and has 35 km of groomed rolling trails. If ungroomed natural beauty is preferred, the nearby Mason Tract along the famous AuSable River is always sure to please the eyes. Many more other ungroomed trails surround XC Ski HQ in the township and state parks. Multiple lodgings in the area feature XC Ski & Stay deals with discounts, special prices, and include trail passes to XC Ski HQ. Just mention "XC Ski & Stay" when making a lodging reservation. CCSAA member

Nearby Accommodations:

Chateau Rockmoor - 3 minutes from XC Ski HQ. A beautiful, well-furnished, stone house on Higgins Lake with large fireplace, four bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Sleeps 11 people. Free firewood. Available for weekly or weekend rentals. Call 800-832-2663 to reserve XC Ski & Stay Deal.

Odder's Den Bed & Breakfast – located on XC Ski HQ trail system. A bed and breakfast right on the ski trails! Perfect for your cross country ski holiday. Open weekends only. Reserve early. Call 989-821-7588 or email

Songer's Log Cabins – 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ. Eight two-bedroom cabins. Rustic but completely modern, with showers, refrigerator, gas stoves, cable TV's, microwave, coffee makers and plenty of pots, pans, dishes and utensils. Very clean and nicely furnished. 989-366-5540. XC Ski & Stay Deal: Pay for 2 nights and get 3rd night 50% off Or pay 3 nights and get 4th night FREE.

Driftwood Resort - 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ. Four cottages on the north shore of Houghton Lake. In-room fireplaces! 989-422-5229. XC Ski & Stay Deal: 10% off regular nightly rate.

Shields' Houses – 5 minutes from XC Ski HQ. Three lakefront houses for rent on Higgins Lake.

Springbrook Inn – 15 minutes from XC Ski HQ. A luxury bed and breakfast. Wonderful ambiance, clean and onsite tiki bar and restaurant. Located in Prudenville. 989-366-6347. XC Ski & Stay Deal: is a 2-night stay (Sunday through Thursday) for $269. Includes hot breakfast served in your room.

Grayling Super 8 Motel – 15 minutes from XC Ski HQ. A clean, affordable motel between Higgins Lake and Grayling. Convenient I-75 access. 989-348-8888. XC Ski & Stay Deal:10% off regular nightly rate.

Beachfront Hotel – 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ. New owners. Very clean, indoor heated pool and spa, complimentary continental breakfast, fitness room, in-room coffee maker and hairdryer, game room, free wifi. Located in Houghton Lake. 989-202-4700.

Comfort Suites - 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ. Clean and modern hotel on Houghton Lake. On-site 9,000 sq. ft. indoor water park with slide, lazy river, and hot tub. Restaurant. 989-422-4000. XC Ski & Stay Deal: 10% off regular nightly rate.

Fay's Motel – 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ. Located in Grayling. 800-257-3010. XC Ski & Stay Deal: 10% off regular nightly rate.

Houghton Lake Super 8 Motel – 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ. Clean and affordable. Indoor pool. 989-422-3119. XC Ski & Stay Deal: 10% off regular nightly rate.

Borcher's AuSable River B & B – 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ. Quaint B & B right on the beautiful AuSable River. Located in Grayling. 800-762-8756. XC Ski & Stay Deal: 10% off regular nightly rate.