Karrie is responsible for outfitting our customers in the proper winter attire.  Karrie will tell you that it’s imperative to be warm while enjoying winter, but that it is equally important to look good while doing so!  Plus, the animals appreciate it.  A former Hillsdale college basketball player and marathon runner, Karrie now enjoys both skating and classic skiing, walking the dogs at the beautiful Mason Tract Pathway or snowshoeing at Wakeley Lake.  Karrie is married to Gabe and has two daughters Mara (8) and Reese (6).





Jorden Wakeley

We welcomed Jorden to our staff in Fall 2017, but have known him since we opened our store.  Jorden is well known for his mountain biking and fatbiking around the state and country, but he has also recently taken up nordic ski racing and finishing amongst the top of the crowd. 

Jorden isn't foreign to the waterways either.  He has competed in multiple AuSable River Canoe Marathons and other local canoe races.  Endurance mud races and local running races hand out a plenty of awards to this endurance addicted star.  In the bicycle world, Jorden has too many championships to list. . .he was the 2015 Arrowhead 135 miler champion--the youngest ever.  He's won the Peak to Peak, Ore to Shore, X100, Lutsen 99er, Yankee Springs TT.  We could go on and on, but why? He's just damn good on a bicycle.

Jorden lives in Grayling with his super cute puppy, Sedona.  He enjoys starbucks and slippers by morning and Paddle Hard beer by night.


Biker Bob

Raised in Grand Haven, MI Bob migrated north in 1994 and has been with the Cross Country Ski Shop ever since.  Over the years Bob has developed many loyal customers all over the country.  When they call the shop, they want to speak with Bob.  It does not take long in speaking with him that you understand his passion for skiing.  Whether he's talking with a customer about a high-end race package or a beginner about a recreational touring ski, he digs both.

What does Bob do for fun? A better question is what doesn't he do?   He is an Iron Paddler recipient for 10 successful completions of the Ausable River Canoe Marathon, an 8-time American Birkebeiner competitor, and has competed in every Noquemanon 50k ski race in Marquette.  Bob is an adventure racer,  a paddler, a runner,  a biker..............you get the point.  If it's outdoors, he does it.  So why does he go by "Biker" Bob? Hmmm.....good question. 

Bob is married to Chris and has two boys, Asher (12) and Colm (9)


Heather is our shop word-smith.   At any time you may find her dazzling customers with phrases like “amaze-balls”, “geez-o-peteys”, or  “that makes me gag”.  When she is not inserting her own –isms into the English language, she can be found wearing many hats…accounting, purchasing, facebooking, updating website info, special orders, merchandising, and mostly chatting with customers.  A former Boston Marathoner and Ausable River Canoe Marathoner, Heather also has enjoyed adventure racing, biking, Nordic and Alpine skiing in addition to many other activities.  Heather is the proud mama of Cal (8) and Mac (7).