Free XC Ski Lesson – Learn how to cross country ski at our FREE beginner ski lesson! You will learn the basics of traditional (classic style) XC ski technique, plus hill climbing, descending, and turning. You will even learn how to get up when you fall down! Free lessons are limited to 25 people. Ski rentals are available at the rental desk on a first-come, first-served basis (we do not
take rental reservations).
Cross Country Ski Headquarters (XC Ski HQ) is a specialty cross country ski shop and premier Nordic skiing destination in Michigan and throughout the country. Named #2 Cross Country Ski Destination in North America by USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards in 2018, XC SKi HQ is most known for pristine ski trails, a warm and welcoming lodge atmosphere, and an outstanding selection of cross country ski equipment and clothing with top notch service.
If you’re looking for an authentic, unforgettable winter experience, you will find it at Cross Country Ski Headquarters. Make your way to Higgins Lake, Michigan, and immerse in the natural beauty of this “Nordic Skiing Mecca” (named by Outside Magazine Online). Ski your heart out on 18 kilometers of expertly groomed ski trails for both classic and skating technique, or snowshoe on the Aspen Wilderness snowshoe trail. Relax next to the roaring fireplace in the Stone Turtle Day Lodge, where a menu of delicious, consciously-crafted food and drink awaits. Rent modern ski and snowshoe equipment from friendly staff, who will teach you the basics of cross country skiing at no charge. You can also book a private lesson with a PSIA-certified ski instructor, or join the weekly free beginner ski lesson on Saturdays at 10:30am. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or just getting started, XC Ski HQ feels like home.
Join us for events every weekend throughout the winter, including ski clinics, live music, barbecues, Paella, and more. Close enough for a day trip for most of Michigan, you can also stay the night with one of our lodging partners. Start planning your trip to Cross Country Ski Headquarters, where you’ll find so much more than just skiing.