School Trail Expansion
August 26, 2004
A full report from Dave Johnson on the summer trail expansion
at Marshall School in Duluth.
Report: After Hours Ski Trail
March 24, 2004
Dave Johnson travels across the border (Wisconsin, that is)
to check out the grooming efforts at After Hours Ski Trail.
of Valhalla Fundraiser
March 3, 2004
Friends of Valhalla, a new group formed to help further develop
Mount Valhalla Recreation Area as a top cross-country ski
destination, will hold a presentation and fundraiser this
Friday, March 5th.
Grooming Clinic Report
February 26, 2004
Randy Lorenzen, one of the groomers from William O'Brien State
Park, shares his experiences and opinions from the 2004 ABR
Grooming Clinic, held in mid-January. The Ride and Glide Ski
Club has been actively involved with the groomers at a number
of east metro trail systems.
of Birkie Trail Closed
January 7, 2004
The portion of the famed Birkie trail between the Telemark
start and McNaught Rd (start of the powerlines) is now closed
until race day.
Valley Ski Trails Undermined?
December 3, 2003
The Hidden Valley ski trails in Ely could be threatened if
possible plans for gravel mining materialize. The Ely Nordic
Ski Club is asking for skiers to voice
their opinions on this topic.
Ski Trail Opening this Winter
November 26, 2003
Greywalls, a new golf course being constructed in Marquette,
will also feature an 8K ski trail which thanks to the Noquemanon
Trails Network (NTN) will open this winter, well in advance
of the golf course opening. The article also outlines other
NTN expansion plans this winter.
Golf Course construction
Trail Network Armbands
November 20, 2003
The Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) will support the grooming
of 85km of trails in Marquette County through the sale of
skier armsbands this winter.
Wirth Winter Recreation Area Plans
November 19, 2003
John Munger from the City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation outlines
recent progress towards developing snowmaking and lighted
trails at Theodore Wirth and makes a request to voice your
opinions to the Mpls City Council this week.
Highlights Winter Trail Study
October 30, 2003
The Minnesota Nordic Ski Association is highlighting a recent
study in Cook County that examines the local impacts by and
perceptions of snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. You
may find a number of the results to be very surprising.
Survey Results paper
October 28, 2003
Backcountry Trail Patrol's Hans Erdman highlights Sand Dunes
State Forest, a quiet little trail system tucked away in the
woods not far from Lake Maria State Park. The trail system
has undergone a number of updates in preparation for this
October 17, 2003
The Sugarbush trail system on the Northshore is undergoing
some updates including new on-course trail maps and brushing
clearing later this month.
Big Changes at Three Rivers
October 16, 2003
Three Rivers Park District issued two press releases on changes
and updates for the upcoming cross-country ski season:
Rivers New Cross-Country Ski Pass - This season the
park district will require a new Three Rivers Park District
cross-country ski pass for skiing at any of the parks within
their system. The pass will also cover nordic skiing at Hyland
Hills. In addition, Three Rivers has announced that Crow-Hassan
Park will now be closed for cross-country skiing in order
to focus their resources elsewhere.
Creek Winter Recreation Area Update - The Elm Creek
Winter Recreation is nearing the completion of Phase I which
includes a 2.5K lighted snowmaking XC skiing loop and is expected
to open in late November or early December.
October 12, 2003
Finding your way to Hyland Park or Hyland Hills downhill area
may require some extra planning as Hwy 100 at the I-494 interchange
is closed until Summer 2004.
Cloud Biathlon Range
October 6, 2003
The Graystone Trails in St. Cloud now sports a brand-new 20
position biathlon range.
October 4, 2003
Dave Johnson takes us through a tour, complete with photos
and map, of the new ski trail practice loop behind Marshall
school in Duluth.
Rollerski Hill Workout
October 3, 2003
Gateway Trail is a typical rails-to-trails conversion -- a
flat-as-a-pancake trail cutting through beautiful countryside.
Steve Thatcher highlights a few detours that can add some
decent hillwork to this favorite metro rollerski location.
September 30, 2003
The Michigan DNR is wrapping up the sale of the Porcupine
Mountains downhill area to a private firm. One of the biggest
impacts of this change is the cancellation this season of
the Porcupine Mountain Ski Marathon. Organizers hope to revive
the event in 2005.
Hennepin Trail Reconstruction
September 2, 2003
The 6-mile Regional Trail Corridor between Coon Rapids Dam
Regional Park and Elm Creek Park Reserve is scheduled to close
for reconstruction beginning September 2nd. Work should be
completed by early November.
August 18, 2003
Three Rivers has posted an update on the trail improvements
at Elm Creek, including the resurfacing status, and news on
major updates and additions to their asphalt trail system,
roadways and parking lots.
Hollow Version 2.0
August 14, 2003
Not resting on their laurels, Trollhaugen
is busy this summer redesigning their cross-country trail
system. When completed this fall, it will offer more distance
with additional flat and wooded sections that will greatly
expanded on their already top-notch facility.
Rivers Seal Coating
July 22, 2003
Three Rivers Park District will be seal coating a number of
their asphalt trail systems over the next three weeks, including
the popular Hyland Lake and Elm Creek (north end) trails.
A number of skiers have voiced concerns over the seal coating
project. We've received more details on the project from Three
Coating Follow Up
If you have additional concerns or questions, you can contact
Three Rivers at 763-559-9000 or email@example.com
June 25, 2003
News on Elm Creek and Southwest LRT asphalt trails, along
with an update on Elm Creek snowmaking.
February 11, 2003
With possible deep budget cuts looming, one of the metro area's
favorite skiing venues, Murphy-Hanrehan, could be closed down.
North Shore OHV Damage
January 13, 2003
The Minnesota Nordic Ski Association (MNSA) is reporting OHV damage
on the popular North Shore ski trail, including much of the system
planned for use with the new North Shore Mountain Challenge XC ski
January 3, 2003
Andrew Gardner shares his experiences with the Wolverine Ski Trail
system and highlights the improvements done by the local ski club
in recent years.
January 2, 2003
It was a pretty bleak December for skiing. Mark Lahtinen breaks
down December snowfalls and attempts to draw some correlations to
December 31, 2002
The Crossroads Nordik Challenge, scheduled for Jan 5th, was cancelled
this year. The race organizers and volunteers had spent hundreds
of hours this past off-season making a number of improvements to
this eastern Wisconsin trail system.
Ski Trail Shuttle Available
December 30, 2002
Another perk of skiing on the Gunflint: They've recently added car
shuttle service for the Banadad Ski Trail system. Skiers can be
dropped off at one location and ski back to a trailhead where their
car will be waiting.
November 23, 2002
The ABR/CCSAA Midwest Grooming clinic is a combination clinic, seminar,
workshop, trade show and show and tell session. All levels of groomers
are invited. The event is scheduled for Jan 15-16 (midweek) -- register
Trail Survey Results
November 23, 2002
The Minnesota Nordic Ski Association (MNSA) has recently completed
a ski trail survey in cooperation with the Minnesota DNR.
November 23, 2002
Wider trails, a new return trail, and a couple of new long routes,
are just a sampling of the improvements made to the Rainbow Resort
trail system over the summer.
November 16, 2002
Maplelag has been busy this fall working on some new additions to
their ski trail network. Jay Richards presents the details on the
new updates, a recap of last season's new skating trail addition,
and a number of photos.
UP Trail Updates
November 5, 2002
Two more trail updates, this time featuring some trails in the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan: Al Quaal Recreation area adds 7.5K of new
trail and Mich Tech wraps up over $200K of big league trail improvements!
November 3, 2002
has added a new 2K trail called 'Fever', which is specifically designed
for early season/low-snow conditions. The trail runs close to a
number of snow-making locations, making it possible for them to
push snow onto the trail segments.
October 19, 2002
Eric Anderson, of ABR ski trails, has sent in an update on summer
and fall trail work at ABR. They've added a couple of new trail
segments, including a challenging classic route, as well as the
usual off-season fine-tuning to the existing trails.
October 16, 2002
The Elm Creek asphalt trails on the southern end are finally starting
a much needed overhaul. The project has been split into four phases,
with the first two scheduled to be completed by summer 2003.
October 13, 2002
Trollhaugen has been busy this summer making preparations for cross-country
skiing. The biggest story is the development of Troll Hollow, a
full-time, groomed and tracked nordic trail with, of course, guaranteed
October 10, 2002
Steve Petersen, Superintendent Brule River State Forest, which manages
the Afterhours Ski Trails has provided a short write up on the trail
expansion they have been working on this summer. The trail system
should be over 22K in length this winter. Also: The Brule River
State Forest Master Plan is still open for comment.
Expansion in Marquette
April 17, 2002
The Mining Journal (Marquette newspaper) had an article last week
on plans to develop 120-mile trail system encompassing 15 trailheads
with connectors and public facilities. Part of the proposal includes
a new lodge with locker rooms and a ski stadium for spectators.
Journal: More details
March 28, 2002
Pete Theismann of the Stearns County Park has sent an update on
trail development at Quarry Park in St. Cloud, MN. The Quarry Park
ski trail system has had serious problem with walkers, but new plans
for a separate walking trail are now in the works.
Theodore Wirth Development
March 26, 2002
The city of Minneapolis held an informal meeting at Theodore Wirth
on Monday night, March 25th, to discuss the future of cross-country
skiing and mountain biking in the Minneapolis Park system. The meeting
was well attended, and extremely positive.
At Soldier Hollow
January 22, 2002
Every wonder what it might be like to ski on the already famed Olympic
course at Soldier Hollow, Utah? Skinnyskier Lacy Belden has contributed
a nice piece recalling her experience at the venue last December.
December 11, 2001
ABR spent much of the summer and fall upgrading their trail system,
and adding a second rustic cabin. Eric Anderson sent us a photo
montage with commentary.
Mt. Itasca Venue Development
December 7, 2001
Piotr Bednarski has supplied a great background article on the development
of a new biathlon/nordic venue at Mt. Itasca, in Coleraine, MN.
December 3, 2001
Comments from Lee Borowski on proper timing when grooming, and one
of his favorite groomed trails in NE Wisconsin.
at Battle Creek
October 12, 2001
Battle Creek - Winthrop site, in St. Paul, MN, has once again undergone
some major improvements. Besides cleaning up a few of the hairy
corners on last year's addition, they carved out a new 4.5K section
of trail on the "ravine" side of Battle Creek. All this is in preparation
for the huge Ski Games at Battle
Creek event that kicks off this January.
George Hovland has been hard at work in the "off-season" improving
the facilities at Snowflake. There are a number of new additions,
including a biathlon range, soccer field, and speedskating track.
Article by Dave Johnson.
Elm Creek Expansion
Hennepin Parks has big plans for Elm Creek, including new tubing
hill, a limited downhill facility, and a new trailhead complex.
But one of the biggest gems for nordic skiing is the plan for snowmaking
Baker Park Rollerskiing
In mid-May, the Baker Park Reserve asphalt trails reopened after
the repaving project that was started last fall. The new trail features
a number of minor changes to the layout that improve on some tricky
intersections. Also note that poling is banned on the new Baker
trails when temperatures rise above 80F.
Elm Creek Expansion Plans
Baker Rollerskiing Feature
Under the Lights
A review of some of the lighted ski trails in the area.
Hyland Rollerskiing Feature
Elm Creek Rollerskiing
New Addition to Battle
Ramsey County has been working this summer to add an exciting new
loop to the already challenging Battle Creek, Winthrop Site trail