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Minnesota Metro Area


      Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 20 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Trail is down to a 2 mile loop. Still a foot or more of base but starting to get dirty. I didn't see any ice. It was good conditions for my little one.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Bushinski)
    • Mar 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Well let's just say it was pretty good spring skiing in the classic tracks this afternoon at Hyland at 47 degrees! The tracks had a little slush and ice, but I still got a decent glide and kick with the nowax skis. The skate deck was very soft by the time I started skiing. The Boulder Ridge hill going down was rutted and icy. Otherwise all the other hills were still good in the tracks. I experienced a lot of solitude this afternoon--an unusual feeling at Hyland! Thanks to the Hyland groomers!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Mar 20 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      As announced, yesterday Wirth shortened the available skiing, but left a roughly 4K course still open. Today I found an unannounced closure of all points past Coaches Corner. Some people were skiing backwards over the Bridge to access the Upper Stadium and Trail 18, but it was ungroomed. There wasn't much trail left; I was disappointed.
      (John Kendrick)
    • Mar 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Amazingly fast and firm skating this early morning! Can't believe how good it continues to be despite the warm overnight temps.
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Mar 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Hyland groomers pulled it off again. Great deck and tracks this morning. Snow got quite soft after 10 am. Lots of good glide before 10. We used Fisher waxless and Atomic skin skis. Both worked great. Get your skiing done early. Fun spring skiing!
      (Ross Jacobsen)
    • Mar 19 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      I couldn't make it out in the morning, so by the time I got to Theo it had transformed quite a bit at 42 degrees! The trail had also seen a lot of activity! I enjoyed skiing the different routing of the trails. The season continues, but probably not much longer ...
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Mar 19 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Skied the Valley and Northern Lights. Some earlier skiers had gone crust cruising which they said was good if you had larger baskets on your poles. I started about 10:30 or so and things had already warmed up and it was slow. Yesterday the break point was about 11:00 when I was classic skiing (skins worked great). Looks like the next couple of days it will warm up early. Plenty of snow still out there...just timing to get some good spring skiing.
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Mar 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Hyland snowmaking loop was great this morning. Skating was great and I was getting decent kick with my skins. How long can we go?
      (Matt Sargent)
    • Mar 19 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      What a great morning of crust skiing at the U of M golf course! There was plenty of transformed snow and many areas to navigate throughout the course. I started just before sunrise and was rewarded with starting a sunny day on skis. Get out early, it won't last for long.
      (Doug Schumacher)
    • Mar 19 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Kudos to the grooming crew for a perfect skate deck this morning, along with great classic tracks! The snow is in great shape and the trail is very clean. The newly reconfigured loop is a fun change of pace. Wirth is a Super fun place to be in the early morning!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Mar 19 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The groomers did a great job reconfiguring the course to allow for some great late season skiing while getting off the golf course. The new loop is fun with some good hills. Classic tracks shallower than yesterday and from 6:00-7:00 things were icy. Still plenty of snow, some debris in the tracks but nothing too bad.
      (Sam Knuth)
    • Mar 18 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Came out expecting bad but got good instead. Lake, Sky and Sugar Bush were very skiable. Thin layer of wet snow on a hard base. 3 or 4 wet spots but they were short. Where the trail crosses the bike trail is getting thin and you will probably have to take your skis off to cross soon. Enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Kevin Wendland)
    • Mar 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Hyland was still good in the afternoon! I thought it would be slow skiing, but I got a fairly good glide with the no wax skis. The skate deck and tracks were both well groomed and in good condition. There was a little slush and ice in the tracks, but still very good spring skiing. Thanks to Three Rivers for keeping it going!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Mar 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Wow! A bluebird morning at Highland today! Blue skies, around freezing and stellar tracks and deck. The groomers were working there magic on the trails this morning. Track were tight, deep and fast. Skied in the 9:30-11:30 window. Things did soften up by 11:30. Used skin skis and they did a super job. Had a very enjoyable spring ski. You groomers certainly have your game on. Nice job!
      (Ross Jacobsen)
    • Mar 18 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      I skied Elm Creek this morning around 6:30 am and the conditions were excellent! I was able to ski the entire 5.8k loop. Temps were just below freezing and everything had a nice crust on it. It seems like they are only grooming the manmade 2.5k loop, now, but Lake and Northern Lights were still very skiable and in good condition. The outer loop was closed and did not seem like it was in great condition.
      (Jared VanderHook)
    • Mar 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied the man-made loop this morning. Fast deck with decent layer of loose snow from the groomer. Deck was soft enough for good edges. Highly recommend getting out before it gets too warm!
      (James Ross)
    • Mar 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      5K Manufactured Snow Trails (Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge) are packed, tracked and in good condition. Natural Snow Trails (Lake, Hill, Oak Knob, North, and Nature Center) are closed.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Mar 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful fast morning on the man made loop. Great work restoring the trail after the race yesterday. It was crisp and a bit icy in the classic tracks (Great double polling but I had a hard time getting any kick with my skin skis). Tracks were deep, doubled up and generously spaced. Exhilaratingly fast and super fun.
      (Sam Knuth)
    • Mar 17 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Disappointed grooming has stopped, there is ample base on the eastern loops. Having said that a small river has bisected western end of western loop. East loops though were firm and glide was decent, few grabby spots at 2-3:30 PM.
      Photos:  
      (Walter Ebertz)
    • Mar 17 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Great corn on the snowmaking loop in the morning. Wet and slow in the afternoon. Skate lane still fairly firm. Classic tracks wet ice.
      (Zachary Handler)
    • Mar 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trail conditions today at Hyland were absolutely phenomenal. The skate deck was firm to start and softened at the end. The classic tracks were fast. Kick was great with Swix Universal Klister. For spring skiing this was the best it gets. The groomers have done a phenomenal job of reconstituting the trails -- there is a ton of base left. Beautiful clean crystal clear corduroy snow, can't be beat at the end of March.
      Photos:  
      (John Dewall)
    • Mar 17 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      With low expectations and rock skis, you will be pleasantly surprised. Coverage was 90% fair/good, 9% poor and 1% caution. Watch the low areas for ice. Snow may hang on for a few more days but getting quite thin in the sunny areas.
      (Spencer Davis)
    • Mar 17 - Irondale Trails (New Brighton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Beautiful ski this afternoon, 36F degrees and partly cloudy. The trail had 100% firm coverage, even across the walking path. Some oak leaves and sticks, but we did our best to move them off the trail on our way around. Good glide and grip on no-wax skis. No set tracks but no ruts either, just a firm flat base.
      (David Knight)
    • Mar 17 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      I skied Elm Creek around noon to 1 pm today. The website said that the only trail open was the Valley 2.5K loop, but it was wrong. I skied Lake and Northern Lights. Lake was not groomed, snow was a bit dirty, and there are some rough patches, but overall still decent. Tried to cut over to Creek, but there was a low area that seemed impassable, so I turned around. Northern Lights was groomed and in awesome condition. Fantastic skiing. Great glide and grip with my new skin skis.
      Photos:  
      (Jean Storlie)
    • Mar 17 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      I was pleasantly surprised at the conditions at Elm this afternoon. I skied the outside loop on the natural snow, and it was in pretty good shape. There were decent classic tracks most of the way, double tracks on Eagle. The last parts of the Creek Trail and the Lake Trail were not in as good a shape, but still very skiable. The Creek was really running fast today with all the warm weather! By the time I finished, it was almost 40F, so it was a little slow coming back.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Mar 17 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The window for great skating was closing when I started at 11:45. One of the skiers coming off the trail at that time said it was phenomenal and there was nobody there. Grooming and marking or closing of hazardous sections was great. Kudos to the crew. Sun had just come out and was softening exposed sections and slowing things accordingly. Nevertheless, I was able to ski all downhills safely with no sudden deaccelerations and despite walking many hills was able to skate Hill, Timber and Prairie at a good-for-me 5.8 mph pace.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Mar 17 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Great skating around the outer loop this morning. Very smooth grooming, only two icy spots easily seen and to get around. About 11 cars in the parking lot.
      (Charles Griffiths)
    • Mar 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      5K Manufactured Snow Trails (Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge) are packed, tracked and in good condition. Closed: Lake, Hill, Oak Knob, North, and Nature Center trails.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Mar 16 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Very few trails open and nothing has been groomed. Large parts of trail flooded. Had to go in by the service center and enter on the Meadow Trail. Once I got over to Skyline/Challenge area, it was decent but a bit rough. I think that skiing at French is over for 2018-19. But it was nice to get out!
      (Jean Storlie)
    • Mar 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rain is for sure good for one thing: Sublime crust skiing. I was on the outer loop groomed trails and found them hard and fast with little pooling. But then I found open prairie and chose my own adventure. Lots of wildlife and beautiful vistas. The crust was firm and consistent until about noon, when the sun had softened it enough. Crust skiing should be great on any open space you can find this week.
      (Daniel Luoma)
    • Mar 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Valley trail was amazing! The classic tracks were fast but not icy. The skate deck was fabulous. I am not sure what alchemy our groomers are using but given the weather this past week, it is clear that they are magicians. The trail was as good as I have seen it all year.
      Photos:  
      (Greg Loper)
    • Mar 16 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Plenty of snow still available. Shaded hills with runoff frozen and dangerous, but easy to ski around. Some standing water but easy to ski around. The railroad underpass near the trail center is flooded and unpassable. Some walkers and dogs ignoring signage but they have not ruined anything yet.
      (Linda Christianson)
    • Mar 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Spectacular skiing on the man-made loop before temps got above freezing this morning. A little sugar but overall very firm. Spring skiing doesn't get much better than this.
      (Jaclyne Jandro)
    • Mar 16 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Great skate skiing on all outer loops(8k). Should be good a few more days. Sad to see an empty parking lot.
      (Scott Engstrom)
    • Mar 16 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]

      Took a chance that there might be some tolerable skiing at Eagle Point. A 10 foot wide melt water stream running across the far western end of the trail put an end to that delusion. I had already detoured around one stretch of frozen puddles by that point. Turned out it probably was not necessary if you don't mind skiing across ice. My right inside ankle was burning by that point of my return so maybe my body was also telling me the season was done.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Mar 16 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Groom-ski-repeat! There were plenty of hot laps on our little loop today, so we will do it again in the morning. Grooming plan: The woodchoppers will be heading out at 8 am, so grooming will be done by then. Use caution on your first lap. Enjoy the speed after that.
      (Dave Anderson)
    • Mar 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      I purposefully waited until temperatures were above freezing to start skiing, and am glad I did: I'd rather ski on slush than ice. As expected, at 2:30 pm both up and downhills were sugary slop, but surprisingly, it did not drag. The ponds/rivers notes by previous reports seem to have been drained, because I didn't notice them. Perhaps that's what the ditches across the trail were about. The one across the low spot in the S curve on the North Finger, which was about 10 inches wide and 10 inches deep, made me nervous, but I learned that it was not a problem to ski over as long as you keep your skis parallel. Reputedly there was a similar one on Drevils Drop, though I don't know for sure because I bypassed that hill. Overall, I had a good ski, though I decided to quit at 4:30 when some of the slushy ruts were starting to firm up again, because frozen ruts mess with my confidence. Funny how quickly refreeze seems to happen in the shadows, even when air temperatures are still climbing.
      (Lois Braun)
    • Mar 16 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Wonderful spring skate skiing. I was out at 2 pm and the snow had softened enough to grip an edge but had not turned to mush. A little icier in the shade and skiing over a few frozen puddles. Was mostly pretty fast. Expect the same tomorrow late morning to mid afternoon. One place for a short distance someone had walked through the softened snow with boots and the bootprints froze into holes and mounds. I wish they kept it skiing only til the snow base is gone.
      (Jim Lasch)
    • Mar 16 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Firsthand Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      This just maybe the best 3.5k loop in the area. I have it on good authority that there is a grooming run scheduled for tomorrow morning before 8:00am. So if you have the time put on the green tights and enjoy a couple laps on St. Patty's Day.
      (Robert Bullis)
    • Mar 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Just the Valley loop open - firm, fast, fastidiously groomed and fun. Classic skiing on Rex universal klister could not be beat. If you hate klister all you need is a day like this to bring you around, fast skis and bomber kick. Lots of kids and families out today as well having fun in the sun.
      (Jim Smith)
    • Mar 16 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      The groomed loop is very good. Fast and icy, but able to get an edge. Just shy of 4k as per my watch. A little bit of everything, uphills, downhills, and flats. Get out there before it gets too warm, you won't regret it! As posted earlier, stay on the groomed trail. There are lots of puddles on other segments, and on my reconnaissance mission yesterday to see what we could groom, I put my skis in the middle of one that snuck up on me. Needless to say, wet feet in the cold is no fun.
      (Zach Varty)
    • Mar 16 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Neither bitter cold, nor deep snow or in today's case, a moat around the Grooming Cave, shall keep the trail crew from their appointed rounds. I stopped out to help Ancient One and Taxi start their grooming run. They used a tow strap to pull the screens to higher ground and off they went. They pulled the Godzilla screens around the Scouring Rush-North Mickey-Prairie Loop three times to scratch up a little traction on our 3k loop. B skis recommended so you don't tatter the edges of your good skis. Early skiers should expect lickety-split conditions which should improve (slow) as the day warms. Stay on the groomed trail. Ski with caution appropriate to the conditions.
      Photos:  
      (Dave Anderson)
    • Mar 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      As of 8AM trails were in perfect condition with reformulated virgin white ice/snow. Super fast corduroy. Rock solid tracks. Optimal skiing window would be later with the sun to soften things up further- estimating between 10-noon so get out there! No sugar, ice, or ruts anywhere on the man-made loop.
      (John Holtan)
    • Mar 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Today is Free Snow Day! Free Rentals! Free Passes! Free S'mores! 5 K Manufactured Snow Trails (Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge trails) are packed, tracked, and in good condition. Natural Snow Trails (Lake, Hill, Oak Knob, North, and Nature Center trails) are closed.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Mar 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      By the time of my 5:05 pm start at 35 degrees, I am sorry but despite the best efforts of the groomers with the recent rains, the conditions were awful for skating. Except for sections with a slight downhill slope where frozen corduroy was still intact, the soft snow was very rutted making skating very tiring and the downhills scary. I only went as far as the bottom of the climb on Boulder Ridge as I was not willing to risk the downhill. The downhill from Scenic was okay because I was able to find some unrutted snow on the left edge. Even the long, moderate downhill run from the top of Frog Town to the shack had me snowplowing some for fear I'd get caught in a rut. Definitely go earlier in the day around the time the temps have softened the snow up some but not a lot, unlike me.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Mar 15 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Only for thrill seekers and daredevils! I started out just after sundown, lights were on. Temperature was 34 degrees. Slushy snow was hardening, someone had skated a few laps before me and had been sinking in an inch or so. For me, it was hard and very fast, but soft enough to get a strong edge. I felt like Superman. Snow was good on the upper lighted trail, but the few soggy bottoms were icing over by the time I wrapped up. Downhills were sketchy, so bring a strong hockey stop. I had more fun tonight than I did Monday night. Hit it at the right time in the morning and you should get a few good kilometers in. Thanks to the grooming crew for a great (if short) season at BC!
      (Gary Roach)
    • Mar 15 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      We sent out Biathlon Girl and the New Coach on a scouting ski this afternoon. The only portion of the outer loop east of the grade, not interrupted by water, is Scouring Rush. The west side trails (flatter trails) are all ok. Grooming plans: Taxi and AO will be out with the Godzilla screens to groom a few km. They will groom A-D-E-N-M-U-V-Y-K-J-H-I-A, about 3km. Skiing for the very desperate? Ski with caution on your first little lap.
      (Dave Anderson)
    • Mar 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The snowmaking loop was freshly groomed this morning and perfect. No ice. No dirt. Just perfect spring corn.
      (Zachary Handler)
    • Mar 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The snowmaking loops were all open and in excellent condition. Hats off to the groomers, who must have been working in the middle of the night. Grooming was perfect on 99.9% of these trails. Skate ski conditions were icy and very fast between 10:00 am and noon. The only rough spot was in the top half of the uphill side of Boulder Ridge. With care, this section was climbed by herringbone, and later, when the sun softened the chunks, even skate strides. Around noon, the portions of the trail that were in direct sun with no shade or breeze were starting to soften up a little bit, but still in excellent shape. The natural snow loops were barely skiable and had several spots had water flowing across them or sheets of ice where water had been flowing across them. I found out later they had been closed.
      Photos:  
      (Craig Wiklund)
    • Mar 15 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Classic skied the Valley trail about 10 a.m. The tracks were hard and fast. Waxless skis worked okay but I had to herringbone on steeper sections. It was difficult to get an edge for control so care was needed to avoid a crash. By 11 a.m. with the high sun, it was beginning to soften to control and kick was improving. It may be better in the coming days to ski starting late morning if you want softer snow.
      (Mark Basiletti)
    • Mar 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The snowmaking loop was in great shape for skating this morning with fresh grooming; it looks like they were getting ready to set track when I left at 9. There were 3 places where water was running over the trail; none of them were a problem yet this morning. One was on Devil's Drop, one on the way out to the Meadow and one on the hill down from the Meadow towards the Stadium.
      (John Kendrick)
    • Mar 15 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Here's the quick summary: The natural snow trails are closed, but the Valley Trail is groomed and open.
      Here's the details: I talked to the park supervisor and the head groomer, who continue to assess conditions. They said that grooming the natural snow trails is not possible right now because there is standing water at the bottom of some of the hills, including Cowabunga. From what I could see from the Valley Trail, the Lake Trail and Northern lights are an icy mess. They intend to groom at least the Valley loop for the free skiing event tomorrow. This morning, the skate deck on Valley was crusty enough to allow skating with some control, but it's really fast, and not for the faint of heart. The classic tracks are, literally solid ice - white and hard. Skins gave reasonable kick, and another skier was doing ok with scales. Pushing off down the hill from the chalet, you can glide all the way to the lesson area without poling. So the tracks are also very fast, and not for the faint of heart.
      (Ken Tobacnan)
    • Mar 15 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      The good news is that we have plenty of snow left on the trails. The bad news is that the trail crew, who had always hoped to move the Grooming Cave to nearby waterfront property, now find themselves surrounded by a small lake with a few inches of water inside the cave. The city is out with pumps lowering the lake to the point where things aren't floating inside. The park is open, but the ski trails will remain closed for now. We are expecting to find many little lakes in the low areas on the trails, which if there, will make both skiing and grooming on the outer loop impossible. We will be out exploring this afternoon and will attempt to bring back any continuous skiing that we can. Stay tuned.
      (Dave Anderson)
    • Mar 15 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      All grooming has been suspended for the season due to the warm temperatures and rain. Trails are no longer designated ski trails. Thanks to everyone who provided comments and photos during the ski season.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Mar 15 - St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      All grooming has been suspended for the season due to the warm temperatures and rain. Trails are no longer designated ski trails. Thanks to everyone who provided comments and photos during the ski season.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Mar 15 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      All grooming has been suspended for the season due to the warm temperatures and rain. Trails are no longer designated ski trails. Thanks to everyone who provided comments and photos during the ski season.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Mar 15 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      All grooming has been suspended for the season due to the warm temperatures and rain. The lights have been turned off. Trails are no longer designated ski trails. Thanks to everyone who provided comments and photos during the ski season.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Mar 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The 5K manufactured snow trails (Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge Trails) are packed, tracked and in good condition. All natural snow trails are closed (Lake, Hill, Oak Knob, North, and Nature Center Trails). On Saturday, March 16, Free Snow Day -- free rentals for 2 hours, free day pass and free s'mores.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Mar 14 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Man-made loops were still in great condition late Thursday night as the rain was stopping and transitioning into a full (brief) snowstorm. The track was surprisingly firm albeit packed with moisture. There were four spots where very small streams were starting to develop crossing the trails, but they hadn't eroded much and were starting to freeze back over. The most dicey was the 180 turn on the far north end, but none of them deep enough to get you too wet. Still a lot of fantastic skiing yet!
      (Joel LaFrance)
    • Mar 14 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      The 6.5 km snowmaking loop has held up very well. The skating was fast and effortless despite the drizzle and the increasing amount of tree debris. There are no dirt or rocks but rather some leaves and bark here and there. Did not affect the skiing at all. A few damp areas have formed but none were big enough to to dampen my boots. Classic tracks have not been reset since the rain started and they have all but disappeared.
      (Zachary Handler)
    • Mar 14 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Lake trail is still skiable. However in the east side it's so soft that the poles sink down about a foot. In the woods is nice but getting dirty. Classic is gone.
      Photos:  
      (Kevin Wendland)
    • Mar 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The natural snow was really good -- some water to dodge, but that's it. Zero skis were amazingly good. If you didn't ski today and you could have, you missed a really good day. Saw about 3 people out there.
      (Gray Kimbrell)
    • Mar 13 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Every place that is on a base of manmade snow was holding up very well this morning. The deck is still well above ground so there are no puddles or saturated areas. Skins were working very well.
      (Zachary Handler)
    • Mar 13 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]

      With the current rain and forecast highs in the 40s or 50s for the next ten days, we are suspending our grooming of cross country trails for the season. There is a lot of snow still out there, but it is already getting thin in spots and portions of the golf course will start to thaw very quickly. It will also be very hard on our equipment to try and grind up any slush that refreezes into ice. Even if we get a significant snowfall in the coming weeks we do not intend to groom again this season. In the coming days we will put away all of our equipment for the season and start preparing for golf at all of our courses.
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Mar 13 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]

      With the current rain and forecast highs in the 40s or 50s for the next ten days, we are suspending our grooming of cross country trails for the season. There is a lot of snow still out there, but it is already getting thin in spots and portions of the golf course will start to thaw very quickly. It will also be very hard on our equipment to try and grind up any slush that refreezes into ice. Even if we get a significant snowfall in the coming weeks we do not intend to groom again this season. In the coming days we will put away all of our equipment for the season and start preparing for golf at all of our courses.
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Mar 13 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]

      With the current rain and forecast highs in the 40s or 50s for the next ten days, we are suspending our grooming of cross country trails for the season. There is a lot of snow still out there, but it is already getting thin in spots and portions of the golf course will start to thaw very quickly. It will also be very hard on our equipment to try and grind up any slush that refreezes into ice. Even if we get a significant snowfall in the coming weeks we do not intend to groom again this season. In the coming days we will put away all of our equipment for the season and start preparing for golf at all of our courses.
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Mar 13 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I had such amazing ski outings on Tuesday and Monday I thought I might end the season there. But, I couldn't resist trying today looking at all that snow. When I started around 9:15 (classical) it was soft and slow on the Wirth North natural trails (JD rivers, tornado alley, bridge trail). The man-made loop was not much better, though a bit less soft enabling more glide. Throughout there were a few icy spots, which were actually nice to be able to get some momentum going. Debris isn't too bad, but a few places are covered with twigs and leaves. I just encountered a couple of larger pieces of bark. The bridge over Theo Wirth Parkway was particularly twig filled, and the underpass going under the railroad tracks to the skyline trail is very thin/dirty. On the way back around 10:15-30 it was even softer, and felt like someone turned up the resistance dial, or like somebody was pulling the emergency break just when you'd expect to hit a nice glide. The good news is that there is still plenty of snow everywhere (though it's getting quite thin under highway 55).
      (Sam Knuth)
    • Mar 13 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Lake trail holding up well after rain. It was groomed yesterday. A few sticks and leaves.
      Photos:  
      (Kevin Wendland)
    • Mar 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      5K loop was exceptional with a firm base despite the rain, and soft corduroy for excellent skating. Good glide despite the above freezing temperature. As is typical in March this trail has exceptional resiliency! Only a few cars in the lot - get out and enjoy it if you can!
      (Duane Jacobson)
    • Mar 12 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Theo North was excellent this morning. Recently groomed. Early in the morning the track was grippy but then became glazed with the drizzle, and be the time I left it was true klister conditions.
      (Zachary Handler)
    • Mar 12 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Woodland Trails Park, along with the ski and winter walking trails are closed, temporarily, we hope. I also want to give a little shout out to the Woodlands Trail Crew. I could not be prouder of their effort, not only for the nearly nonstop grooming the last several weeks, but for their efforts all year long. This all volunteer effort started 31 years ago when a small group of ski coaches, ski parents and skiers set out to build ski trails in cooperation with the City of Elk River and the Elk River Golf Course. While the members of the trail crew look like ordinary men and women, they are very extraordinary when it comes to the year-round commitment to winter grooming, trail building, tree cutting, mowing, trail edge nipping and stick picking. There are three of the original group still on the job and they have been joined by a host of others, many with more than 25 years, and others who joined us just when we needed help with the February snow. We have had 20 different groomers out in the past six weeks, grooming both day and night in temps down to minus 25, wind chills close to minus 50 and winds gusts over 40 mph, never complaining (except for Babe who is naturally grumpy) and always completing their appointed rounds. Thanks for what you do.
      (Dave Anderson)
    • Mar 12 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful morning to ski at Woodlands. One of the best days off the year for sure, if you were there before lunch. Fresh grooming, 20's, and pretty fast with tons of snow. Currently starting to rain in Elk River, which makes you realize how much conditions can change in a few hours. Hopefully we have a few more good skis here.
      (Zach Varty)
    • Mar 12 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate lane looked perfect. Well formed classic tracks, variable soft and glazed. Oak leaves have diminished for today anyway. Lots of ski friends out today as we squeezed out another precious ski and thanks to the great grooming! Guess the rain must come so we can bike, hike, etc. Love the seasons!
      (Caroline Kostroski)
    • Mar 12 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skate skied the first hour at EC, covering the Valley Trail, the outer loop and the 1.5 K section of the Northern Lights trail. Valley was in great condition, but outer loop skate lane and classic tracks not regroomed yet, but still very skiable. Switched to classic skis for final hour and a half covering the outer loop plus Eagle Trail (groomed and in excellent shape) plus portions of the Monarch and the Creek Trail. Sections here varied from newly groomed to no connector groomed on sections of Monarch. Groomers were grooming skate lanes on outer loop as I skied with my classic skis. All in all, a wonderful ski. Get out for a ski while you can!
      Photos:  
      (Doug Schumacher)
    • Mar 12 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied two laps in the tracks this morning. There are some icy areas. The outside pole plants in some spots went pretty deep. The skate deck looks good. Overall not bad. Can't complain for mid March.
      (Peter Hindman)
    • Mar 12 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I think Baker is grooming their trails hourly. I've had corduroy at all times of the day recently. No place in town is grooming better than these folk right now. (Note: Photo from yesterday when it was sunny).
      Photos:  
      (Dallas Johnson)
    • Mar 12 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Firm classic tracks, more than a bit icy. Fast! Finished at 11:30am heading into a wind with wet mist.
      (Dee Hein)
    • Mar 12 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Tracks in most areas were icy this morning. Not much grip. Some areas that were shaded still have some softer snow in the tracks. Some leaves but not bad. Plenty of snow cover.
      (James Ross)
    • Mar 12 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Great conditions at Lake Elmo - the Lake Elmo Trail was in great condition, the Northern Lights a bit icy in spots but very good. This was before the mist started at about 10 AM.
      Photos:  
      (Don Brunnquell)
    • Mar 12 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Trails haven't been groomed since the storm on Saturday. With the exception of Pike Island (which was ok) the trails are generally in rough shape due to debris, ice, and foot+hoof+snowmobile traffic.
      (Alan Chapman)
    • Mar 12 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Nicely groomed for both skate and classic. I skated the course once. Excellent conditions. Snow fast. Nice glide.
      (David Musielewicz)
    • Mar 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails (Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, Boulder Ridge, Lake, Hill, Oak Knob, North) are packed, tracked, and in good conditions. Nature Center trail is in fair conditions. Trail lights are on 8.3K. Rentals half price after 6:00 PM.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Mar 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Stunning conditions throughout Hyland this morning. Man-made loop is perfect (firm, fast), and the natural snow loops are the firmest and best I've seen this season. There are 3 or 4 patches of brown/orange, but easy to avoid so no issue using good skis. Classic tracks look good throughout as well.
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Mar 12 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails are in excellent condition. Groomers out at 7 am. Firm skate trail and the entire trail system is tracked.
      (Eric Spieler)
    • Mar 12 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Groomer was out while I skied some loops this morning. Skate deck is in great shape and the newly laid classic track looked deep.
      (Jeff Blodgett)
    • Mar 11 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      One last ski! Pretty decent classic conditions. Of course somewhat icy in places, but mostly OK for grip tape. Big descents had loose snow for snowplowing (a little too icy for bombing on classic gear). Very nice evening ski, including a gorgeous magenta sunset over the Ski Games trail).
      Photos:  
      (Pete Thurmes)
    • Mar 11 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied all south wirth trails Monday night. Great shape for march. The worst ice was on the Erickson trail.
      (Mark Bushinski)
    • Mar 11 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomers have not been out since the snow fall this weekend. I started at 2:30 pm. Skier made tracks and actually they were pretty good! Base is still firm. One set of tracks until the bridge then mostly two sets. Back in the woods walkers decided to walk in ski track. Regardless the snow still provided decent glide. From the parking lot walk past the club house and over the make shift road before putting your skis on. No skate deck. I hope groomers come out. There is plenty of snow to lay in!
      (Karen DeWitt)
    • Mar 11 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Eagle Point was in very good condition. Recently groomed; minimal rutting where prior skaters broke thru. 30 degrees at 7:15 start, a little after sunset under a nice crescent moon. I had the skis and boots but no appropriate clothing - I nevertheless raced out here after getting out of work at 6:30 figuring the sweats and hockey jersey and t shirt that I had with to play hockey later in the evening could work. It did just fine. Literally one of my best, fastest skates in a couple months. I used FastWax Salmon LF.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Mar 11 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
      Observation 

      Didn't ski, but saw that the groomers were out this morning, and later in the day observed freshly set classic tracks. Plan to get out there Tuesday early.
      (Dee Hein)
    • Mar 11 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Always nice to drive by Phalen and see new grooming. Classic tracks and wide skate deck set. Snow is lumpy in spots but still very nice to skate on. Classic tracks were variable, smooth and deep and then rough in other places. Looks like they were dealing with wet snow. Nice loop to ski!
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Mar 11 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Theo Wirth North remains nearly perfectly groomed with a wide solid skate deck and well-defined tracks.
      Photos:  
      (George Wawro)
    • Mar 11 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Beautiful day to ski. Was surprised to find that the classic tracks had been groomed, and were in very good shape. Skate skiers said the skating was good too. Tracks a little icy in spots, but mostly good fast track. Skied with my skin skis, and universal Toko liquid ski wax on tips. Worked well. All in all, a great day to be out in this beautiful park.
      Photos:  
      (Ellie Peden)
    • Mar 11 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Last call for fresh, cold snow? My late afternoon half lap skate was exquisite. Trail conditions were quite good. There were a couple of exposed areas that the sun had crusted up a bit, but the screening left plenty of grip where I needed it. In an effort to use up every last flake, Ancient One and Captain Ken just finished their evening run with the medium screens. If you can call in late for work and ski Woodlands before it warms on Tuesday, we think you will be glad you did. Enjoy. The trails will likely close(temporarily?) sometime late tomorrow afternoon.
      (Dave Anderson)
    • Mar 11 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      I stopped by at dusk to see that Highland was groomed and tracked. I did not ski but the skate deck and tracks looked great.
      (John Kendrick)
    • Mar 11 - Irondale Trails (New Brighton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Enjoying the change to daylight savings time, getting out to ski at 6 pm with sun up still! Saw six other skiers out, a record for Irondale trail system. Great conditions, the skate deck was fast but not hardpacked and only a few hills had just a little glazing from the sun. Such a fantastic little trail system in the north metro, and great to see people out using it!
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Mar 11 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful day, fresh snow, some fresh grooming. It was disappointing that the two of the most fun areas were not groomed: Oak Savanna and the Top of the World. The trails that were groomed were soft and icy but very fun. Good workout tracking the big hills. What a gift in March!
      (Kristina Vaughan)
    • Mar 11 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good trail conditions for both classic and skating. Nice deep tracks and firm skate deck. Nice to be able to ski until 7:30. Brown Pond trail was the best but Northern Lights and Burr Oak trails a close second. Hats off to the crew at Lake Elmo for keeping the trails in such nice shape.
      Photos:  
      (Scott Ford)
    • Mar 11 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Today was one of those "If I don't ski I will hate myself" kind of days. Carver Park is always serene and peaceful, today no exception with brilliant sunshine, not a cloud in the sky and a SW breeze at 6MPH, high of 30F. Classic skied King (ungroomed), Grimm, Lake, sky loops on the Crown classics with Fast Wax Tan/Salmon. Not great tracks, but not bad, and as the day progressed the tracks became a little icy from the high water content of the last snow with steeper climbs out of the track on the deck. Heard and saw My first cardinals of the season!
      Photos:  
      (Barry Pultz)
    • Mar 11 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The classic trail and skate deck were groomed today. Conditions are very good. Enjoy skiing in the City of Anoka.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Mar 11 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The multi-use trail was groomed today. Conditions are very good. Enjoy skiing.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Mar 11 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Lake, Creek, Northern Light and Valley trails. Lake and Creek must have been groomed Sunday before the winds kicked in because the classic tracks were drifted in open areas. Northern Lights and Valley must have been groomed this morning since they were incredibly perfectly groomed.
      (Earl Stabenow)
    • Mar 11 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I have skied the Ravine for 40 years. We have held many high school races there. The Washington Cty Park System has completely revamped the entire trail system. Quite honestly, this is without question the finest Nordic ski trail system in the metro. Today's conditions were so good, it would rival traveling out west to ski. PistonBully groomed - fresh tracks and immaculate wide skating lanes - It doesn't get any better. Nobody knows about this park, better get there soon. I'd fly to ski these conditions!
      Photos:  
      (John Dewall)
    • Mar 11 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skied Eloise Butler and Quaking Bog sections this afternoon, and trails are in very good condition. South facing hills are getting to be a bit sun affected, but otherwise it generally seemed like nice mid winter snow. Much nicer than yesterday afternoon when it got super soft when it warmed up.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Ibler)
    • Mar 11 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Continued perfection on the man-made snow loop (Green Meadow, Twin Lake, Ridgeline, North Finger, La Squadra, Trail 18), both for skating and classic striding. The Judy Loop is a bit soft, but incredibly fun and excellent coverage. The Bridge Trail is in great shape so you can get across Wirth Parkway without taking off your skis. The Skyline Trail is in great shape and flows really well with the new direction this year. Tornado Alley is a bit soft, but there is good snow coverage under the Highway 55 bridge so no need to remove skis! Classic tracks present everywhere on the North Wirth trails. Lots of vitamin D from the sun as well!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Mar 11 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The conditions were excellent for classic and skate this morning on the man made, Meadow, Twin, and Judy loops. Thanks to the groomers for doing a great job. It was an awesome day to be on the trails.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Mar 11 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Mint conditions this sunny Monday morning at South Wirth! The overnight grooming set up perfectly south of Glenwood Avenue (Picnic Pavilion Loop, Anwatin Loop, Wedding Hill, Erickson Loop, Quaking Bog Trail, Norm Oakvik Trail, 394 Connector, Brownie Lake) and all of these loops were the cleanest and best overall conditions of the season for skating. (No classic tracks as of this morning, however.) Also, the trail sections next to Wirth Parkway are nice and clean, so you can use your best skis, no problem. Even the 394 overpass was suitable for good skis. The trails north of Glenwood (Jar Hill, Wirth Lake, JD Rivers) are much softer and contain classic tracks. Unbelievably amazing skiing in the woods at South Wirth - thanks to the groomers who have spent so many hours keeping these trails in mint condition.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Mar 11 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied all the trails north of Glenwood Avenue mid-day on such a beautiful day and it was all very fun. The snowmaking trails were all impeccable! Good glide and control. The natural trails were mostly good but somewhat variable, some were soft and there were a few hard packed and icy spots. A few minor slushy areas are appearing on Wirth Lake, so might be problematic with warmup. A decent number of skiers out especially on the natural snow trails including several skijourers.
      Photos:  
      (Dave Carlson)
    • Mar 11 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A beautiful day at Whitetail Woods today. I arrived around noon to freshly groomed and tracked trails. Sides were a little soft in spots, but better than I expected given they had just been set. There are a couple of fine and easy to avoid bare spots, but overall the trail is excellent today.
      (Jonathan Poppele)
    • Mar 11 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Ski trails have been packed and tracked. Trails are in good condition. There is debris on the trails.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Mar 11 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All ski trails have been packed and tracked today. The skate decks are in very good shape. Tracks are okay. There is some debris on the trails.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Mar 11 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All ski trails have been packed and tracked today. The skate decks are in very good shape. Tracks are okay. There is some debris on the trails.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Mar 11 - Irondale Trails (New Brighton): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail groomed to perfection today by the Retired Guy! Even set classic track. Get out an enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Chris Torvi)
    • Mar 11 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      What a beauty. The groomer reported good trail conditions grooming in the colder temps today (vs grooming yesterday). Tracks are hard and set up well.
      Photos:  
      (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
    • Mar 11 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trailed was groomed. No debris found on the outer loop deck. A little soft, but worth the extra effort on such a beautiful day.
      (Kari Boudreaux)
    • Mar 11 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Pristine. Probably the best combination of conditions and visual conditions. Groomers did a great job. I just noticed the additional trails on the north end of the park toward Golden Valley Rd. Also forgot how hard those hills are. Probably have only been able to ski that northern section a couple times in the last decade. Get out there and enjoy it while it lasts!
      (Paul Larson)
    • Mar 11 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Not great conditions. This skate deck is pretty drifted over. The classic tracks are damaged in most places and non-existent in many places. On the bright side, the trail was not icy anywhere, as I thought that it might be. (The snow was surprisingly dry.) And there were no bare spots and very little debris beyond the odd oakleaf. Overall, worth it for me to get outside in the sun, despite pretty poor trail conditions.
      (Mark Wagner)
    • Mar 11 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Como was rolled Sunday evening. Result is a skiable but incredibly variable course - a constantly changing mix of undulating / icy / drifted / firm / slow / fast .... Enjoyable as long as you're light on your feet. No classic track yet, but a wide skate lane.
      (Alec Steward)

 

Minnesota Northeast


      Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 20 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
      Observation 

      Stopped on my way up the shore to see how things looked. Looks as though there's still enough snow, but tracks were very old and didn't look particularly skiable. I took a pass but a highly motivated person may still be able to ski.
      (Mitchell Campbell)
    • Mar 20 - Grand Avenue Nordic Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Snow is still grooming out quite well today, a lot of moisture in the snow but a little cooler temps and cloudy skies are keeping things from breaking down too much. Skate deck and tracks are moderately firm, but with some give that's expected from spring snow. We are only grooming the snowmade loop at this point in time, the upper loops are deteriorating quick and some large ice/slush floes are continuing to grow across large sections of trail. We do have the upper loop signed as closed, as there are multiple areas that are becoming quite hazardous. The snowmade loop still has plenty of coverage and is still looking quite nice, but snow is starting to get a little dirtier and the winds from last night and this morning have sprinkled some spruce needles in sections.
      (Erik Blow)
    • Mar 18 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      5K, Special K, and the "new" 10K were all groomed for skating this morning. The photo is Anders' Alley before our 2nd pass. Beautiful decks, and the 5K classic track remains solid, nicely skied-in. From now on, we are removing the 10K sections that were bulldozed, behind the school, from our trail system: they will be developed by the school this summer, so what we are grooming now may be considered "All Trails". We started to set a 10K classic track this morning, but the track-setter broke, so the 10K remains groomed for skating but open to pioneers wishing to ski-in a track on the right side. Best skiing will be during the morning session. Spring hours: 7-11 and 5-8.
      Photos:  
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Mar 18 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails were in pretty good shape. A few minor ruts from people skating yesterday afternoon, but overall pretty solid. Skiing before noon is highly recommended. Also skiing early will help preserve the trails farther into spring.
      (Jake Dalberg)
    • Mar 18 - Grand Avenue Nordic Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Temps and sun have been favorable for us and conditions on the snowmaking loop are great! Skate deck and tracks are bothe refreshed and a little soft, but are holding together nicely. Tracks in the stadium are pretty shallow due to some ice that is building up under the snow layer, but through the rest of the loop they are deep and beautiful! This looks like a great week for some t shirt skiing out there!
      Photos:  
      (Erik Blow)
    • Mar 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      5K and Special K groomed for both skate and classic, 10K for skate only with detour around the "river runs through it" section. Very enjoyable with great skiing on both loops. Seems like the base should hold up for a while, even with the warmer temps, especially if spring hours are observed. Thanks for the grooming!
      (Gordon Mesedahl)
    • Mar 17 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails were hard and glazed around 10 am but started to soften up closer to midday. A little rutted in the skate tracks, but no rocks that I saw. Only part of trail with significant debris is the hill coming up from the playground. Great spring skiing, and the tracks are rocket fast!
      (Nathan Knapp)
    • Mar 17 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Was in town for the weekend and desperate for a positive trail report so I could try my new skin skis. Thanks to Sara's trail report I headed over to Hartley around 3:00. I wasn't disappointed. The trails were but fast, and the skins provided great kick and glide. Tracks were burning up in the sun and may not last too long. Thanks to the City of Duluth for the grooming.
      Photos:  
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Mar 17 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      4pm start. 35F. The skate lane was glazed in areas and soft in areas, overall fantastic. The classic track was perfect. There's no subsurface water flow yet, so all parts of the trail were fully covered and skiable. In my ideal ski fantasy world, the skate lane would be groomed again tonight after the temperature dips below freezing.
      (Louise Levy)
    • Mar 17 - Biskey Ponds Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After our negative experience at Boulder, we were treated to fresh grooming at Biskey! If that groomer was around he would definitely have gotten a few hugs! Wolf Run and the new easy trail were the only areas groomed, and we took full advantage of the deep new tracks! Make sure you put some money in the donation box if you head over there!
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
    • Mar 17 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We were really disappointed when we arrived at Boulder to find it untouched and in really bad shape. It looked like it had not been groomed in quite awhile. A fat bike had used the trail and that is probably what it would be best for right now. The skate lane was rutted and hard packed and the classic track was pretty much non existent. We thought with the warmer temps it would be skiable. Hopefully they can get out and groom it again!
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
    • Mar 17 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Magney was groomed earlier this morning. At 11am and 28F, it was absolutely spectacular for skating--pretty much the best I've ever seen it. I noted some leaf litter in the classic tracks here and there, but I'd still think classic skiers could do worse in the latter half of March. Note: Skyline Drive as you approach the trailhead is in terrible shape. Navigate carefully--I'd advise getting in and out early before the road thaws, as parts are clearly super-soft.
      (Erik Riker-Coleman)
    • Mar 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      5K, Special K, and the "new 10K" were all groomed for skating this morning. Pretty smooth and fast. The 5K classic track is firm and intact, was icy at 7 a.m. but should improve as the day warms. The 10K does not have a set classic track. The Pulse/Dave's Doom section of the 10K was skate groomed; with the trail closures behind the school, this fun loop can be entered from the Perimeter loop cut-thru, or from a cut-thru that I opened on the 10K outbound (you'll see it). We go to Spring Hours on Monday. Trails will be open from 7:00-11:00 am and 5:00-8:00 pm. The trails will be closed from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Only exception is tomorrow, as the Nordic NorthStars have their final practice beginning at 4:00 p.m.
      Photos:  
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Mar 17 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Freshly groomed, deep tracks! Saw lots of folks out there already between 8 and 9AM. I was lazy and used waxless skis, but the snow looked like it was pretty transformed and was ready to eat off a wax job that wasn't done properly. Pine areas and leaves are not a problem at this time.
      (Sara Zimmer)
    • Mar 16 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      A fine day of Spring skiing today, and great to have the trails re-openned. This morning we re-groomed the skate decks on all trails, improved the "deout" on the 10K, and moved/packed snow on the 30' damaged section past Wiggles. The 5K classic track set-up hard overnight. All the skiers we met coming in seemed very happy. Open Sunday 8:30-8p.m. Spring hours start Monday.
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Mar 16 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Lester was tilled this morning and it was great. The skate surface was perfectly smooth and wide. The snow got a lot of rain, but it was not especially corn-grained yet. There is a lot more skiing to be enjoyed!
      (Bruce Bauer)
    • Mar 16 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails are perfect this morning! Looks like it was just groomed. Not icy like yesterday but still faster than any other time this winter. Only part without great snow is the hill coming up from the playground, the rest is in excellent shape.
      (Nathan Knapp)
    • Mar 16 - Grand Avenue Nordic Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Well, we have mostly survived the rain and thaw of the past week with our snowmade loop keeping its coverage and the upper, natural snow loops taking most of the hit. There is still snow coverage up there, but significant ice floes and slush ponds have surfaced in many sections. They can still be skied around for now, but travel up there is not recommended and we have not brought grooming equipment there due to possible damage to the trail. The snowmade loop has been groomed with new tracks, but snow conditions have made the tracks variable in depth and condition. Its a little icy out there, but should soften up when the sun comes out.
      (Erik Blow)
    • Mar 15 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Lester trails have great spring skiing right now. Sure, the trails are a little glazed, but not so icy that you can't get an edge. I didn't see a single rock anywhere, and the skiing was faster than it has been all winter.
      (Nathaniel Knapp)
    • Mar 15 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed before the rain and warmth, and needs another grooming. The tracks were poorly set with the light equipment and are usable but not very good. In many places the track was set directly on the old tracks and there are three or four grooves. The base is over 2 feet so there is no reason not to groom again, so let's hope that happens a few more times!
      (Bruce Bauer)
    • Mar 15 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      Snowflake's trails remain closed through tonight, but will be open at 8:30 on Saturday morning. Today we cleared debris and made multiple runs to compact the trails. Simply put, the rain and meltwater have percolated down through the base and softened the structure; it's especially noticable in low areas, where the moisture seeped to and accumulated. After multiple passes we groomed the 5K and Special K skate decks, and set a classic track. Tonights cold temps should set them up for Saturday skiing. The 10K will be skiable for skaters, but does not have a classic track yet: the problem there is that on Thursday a D-5 Cat (bulldozer) drove through the 10K sections behind Northstar school, wiping out that section for the season, and damaging a 30' section of the 10K Outbound, just beyond "Wiggles". We can't get a Ginzu through that small section yet, but it can be trsversed on skis. We have re-routed the 10K to avoid the trails behind the school: just follow the grooming. Lastly, the Oval is closed for the season, after one of our Ginzus went through the ice today (photos). We were able to recover it. We are open 8:30 am-8 pm this weekend and will go to Spring hours ( 7:30-11:00, then 5:00-8:00 pm) beginning Monday.
      Photos:  
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Mar 15 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The Lester trails are not quite rock hard as waxless skis worked in the tracks. Pretty treacherous on the downhills, though. The good news is there's still plenty of snow to groom. The bad news is the trail is not groomed. If today's trail conditions get a grade, it would be a D. Go fat biking instead.
      Photos:  
      (John Bankson)
    • Mar 14 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      We classic skied Hartley today and the tracks are kinda still there, they are filled with lots of tree debris so B skis are a better choice. Tracks were pretty firm, but the pole plants in the area between the tracks went all the way to the ground with my smaller basket poles -- my husband had older poles and his were fine. The pole plants on the outside of both sets of tracks were just fine. The snow is in between that nice corn snow and something else...not sticky, not icy, just normal.
      (Eve Graves)
    • Mar 12 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      Snowflake's trails are closed until further notice, due to the snow condition, temperatures, and rain which began this evening. The forecast sees temps remaining above freezing and rain through Friday morning. We have more than a foot of compacted base, under the recent soft snow; when the wet stops we need to give the trails time to drain and dry, firm-up, and then we will get to work repairing and grooming. Best case is reopen sometime Saturday. For now, our trails are closed to all activity. (Photos from Monday)
      Photos:  
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Mar 11 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Monday morning and no grooming had occurred. Enough people had skied that there was a little bit of a trail. It wasn't great but it was OK. Only did the short intermediate loop that included the Overlook.
      (Kathy Heltzer)
    • Mar 11 - Biskey Ponds Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Wolf Run, White Pine Alley, Birch Ridge, Eagle Ridge, and Black Spruce. Trails were groomed on Sunday. Good skiing today.
      Photos:  
      (Mike Miller)
    • Mar 11 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      21 F at 11:45 AM, blue sky, fresh grooming, great tracks. Fast wax blue (HSP-20) paste gave great glide, and an old, old Swix Blue gave perfect kick. My spouse scored some old kick wax at a garage sale last summer. How old? The brand new Blue had a price tag of $2.85 on it! On days like this, Hartley is mighty sweet, not sure it could get any better. I love the old white pines (pic).
      Photos:  
      (Tim Holst)
    • Mar 11 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The good news is they finally groomed Magney! Other positives are the tracks are almost completely clear of tree debris! I saw the groomer leaving early afternoon, temps were already at least 30 by then. The trail is very soft and skaters left deep grooves throughout. The classic track is impeccable from the grooming, unfortunately some skaters went right over it and since it was so soft it collapsed in throughout much of the start and the Bardon's loop leaving a pile of snow in the left track, which is all I did due to the conditions. Timing will be key as those ruts are deep and will freeze!
      (Eve Graves)
    • Mar 11 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Beautiful! Looks like it was groomed on Sunday, or possibly this morning. As of this afternoon its starting to get a little soft but otherwise a wonderful ski on a perfect sunny afternoon.
      (Megan Peterson)
    • Mar 11 - Grand Avenue Nordic Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Spring skiing has arrived! We recorded 4 moderately wet inches of snow yesterday and it has incorporated well into the existing snow pack. Trails are looking beautiful with temps getting towards freezing today, and should hold up well throughout the day. Today's the day to enjoy the sun and snow!
      Photos:  
      (Erik Blow)
      Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 20 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied most of the system this morning. Beautiful skiing on the North Shore. Bit slow and soft, but still plenty of base material. Trail is starting to get a little messy: mostly leaf and pine litter that's pretty easily avoidable. Groomers were out in the last couple days. With a freeze overnight it'll be in great shape, but will be slow going until that happens.
      (Mitchell Campbell)
    • Mar 18 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The entire Banadad and all of our local trails (Tall Pines, Lace Lake, Tim Knopp) were all groomed Monday and are in really good shape.
      Photos:  
      (Curry Thompson)
    • Mar 16 - Upper Gunflint Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skiing conditions are still great on the Upper Gunflint Trail. Even after the warm spell and rain, we still have a 12 - 17 inch trail base, and snow depths off trail going up to 24 inches. Yesterday, we got an additional inch of snow, making our seasonal total 87 1/2 inches. When I skied around the Little Pine Trail today, I did not see any bare spots.
      Photos:  
      (John Silliman)
    • Mar 16 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Base 20 in inches. Most trails were groomed this morning for classic and skate skiing. Spring conditions are setting in with firm and fast conditions early in the day and transitioning to soft and slower as temperatures warm. There is some debris around the system from previous windstorms that surfaces as the snow melts. Ski with caution as there may be some soft spots as well.
      (Chas Curry)
    • Mar 16 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skied Hogback loop this morning and found it in good shape. Thanks to the groomers for getting out yesterday to make my trip down from Canada worthwhile the past 3 days. I used Klister after the rain Thursday (Homestead), stuck with the groomed section at Onion River Friday and used Klister again today (Universal with blue base) to get super grip on all three days despite the challenging conditions. Track has hardened up nicely, with fast conditions slowed slightly by light dusting of fresh powder. Can't wait to come back next year!
      (Derek Maher)
    • Mar 15 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skied Onion River loop late Friday, finishing using headlamp. Fun to get out after all the rains this week. Groomers did a great job so the track was fair to good. Tree debris but not enough to really slow me down. Temp about 30. Skied up the hill to end of road and trail was consistent all the way. Very skiable.
      Photos:  
      (Wayne Nelson)
    • Mar 13 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Above freezing nighttime temperatures and intermittent rain forecasted for Wednesday and Thursday will produce soft and sticky surface conditions. Colder weather will return later in the week and we will be out grooming again after the snow refreezes. Ski with caution.
      (Chas Curry)
    • Mar 12 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Today I groomed the west end of the Banadad and all of our short loops on the east end: Lace Lake, Tall Pines, Tim Knopp and the first mile of the Banadad. It was a beautiful day to be out on the trails no matter what you were doing. Planning on grooming the entire east end of the Banadad tommorow.
      Photos:  
      (Curry Thompson)
    • Mar 12 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A joy to ski the beautiful Sugarbush late morning/early afternoon today, especially with the forecast. The parking lot was nearly full. There had been recent grooming (earlier today) that left those trails with a softer skate deck and tracks. Not all trails were re-groomed. so the skate deck and tracks were firm. I used waxless Atomics which worked perfect.
      Photos:  
      (Liz Wagner)
    • Mar 12 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      From Britain Peak trailhead skied to and around Picnic loop, Oberg loop, the connector to and around Homestead and Hogback loops. All but the Picnic loop had immaculate grooming with solid tracks. Picnic loop is still skier tracked and still has significant drifting in spots but was enjoyable. Used Fischer Crowns to deal with the variable snow conditions and they worked perfectly. Others I met were complaining about the stickiness of the snow and my pole baskets constantly iced up but would free up with a tree smack. Bluebird skies for most of the day with temps hovering around freezing. Great last ski before the rain comes and does who knows what the snow.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Mar 11 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Base 24+ inches. 3-4 inches of new snow on Sunday. All trails were groomed for classic and skate skiing on Monday morning. Spring skiing conditions have arrived. Expect the trails to be fast and firm in the morning, but slower and softer later in the day as the temperature climbs above freezing.
      (Chas Curry)
    • Mar 11 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      From Britain Peak trailhead, classic skied up Hogback, around the Picnic loop and back on the connector. Grooming was completed on the Britain Peak loops and Hogback. Picnic loop was skier tracked and the connector and bridge loop had once pass to set the classic track but the skate lane was half packed, forcing the few skaters to ski over the classic track But they did not really break down too much. My Swix VR45 kick wax was icing in the skier tracked Picnic loop but worked fine on the groomed track that was slicker. I think I will try waxless skis tomorrow, as the forecast is for slightly warmer temps. A beautiful sunny day today with temps just below freezing.
      (Tim Nelson)
      Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 17 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      A fresh inch of snow provided some control, though the classic tracks weren't well defined due to the rain and melting we've had. Was a little tricky, especially where an outside ski edge wanted to slide sideways down a crusty mini-slope. Still, it was better than the treadmill for getting a little exercise.
      (Brad Bensen)
    • Mar 12 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Ten skiers floundered around on the ungroomed trail with 4 inches of wet sticky snow. Skate skiing was pretty awful except downhill in the track. Did all the loops and the snowball fight afterwards was great!
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Mar 12 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were groomed Monday morning before the warm up and they were really nice this morning while still cool.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Mar 12 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Expanded the ski today for the entire East outer loop including the blue #6 loop. It was 23F at 10 am. Tracks were in great shape and decent for glide. The # 6 loop I have never seen the tracks as well as the sides just look like glitter was spilled all over. Just magical. And by the time we finished at noon it was 38F and getting sticky. Most everyone on the trails were coming out at the same time. I sure hope this isn't the last good ski of the season!
      Photos:  
      (Ron Kutsi)
    • Mar 11 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All North Suomi trails groomed and track set after fresh snow. Again very heavy drifting on ridge above Doctor Lake and along Spruce Island Lake. Use caution near Spruce island lake. This is a very difficult area to get through with the groomer and the trail is very rough.
      Photos:  
      (Dale Juntunen)
    • Mar 11 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Packed and set a shallow classic track for all but the old race trail. Classic should be ok, skating not so good. We received about 5" Saturday night and the wind on Sunday created a lot of drifting. With the warm forecast this week, we will not groom again until Saturday.
      (Tony Carter)
    • Mar 11 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      2 PM Sunny and 28 degrees. I was told grooming was in process at noon by a friend. What a wonderful job of grooming! I did the east side part of the trail where the shade allowed for great glide. I tried the sunny parts and it was starting to stick in the kick zone (wrong kick wax).
      Photos:  
      (Ron Kutsi)
      Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 20 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Last groomed Monday March 11th. Plenty of base, but tracks will be either soft or icy depending on the temps. Got out on the fatbike trails yesterday morning and they were set up hard and very rideable. Last night we didn't get below freezing, so no fatbiking today. We will continue to groom the trails as long as the weather cooperates and update conditions here.
      (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
    • Mar 18 - Howard Wagoner Trail (Tower): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Groomer was not able to get out to trails yet since last week's thaw - trails too hard for our light groomer. So last grooming was Feb 27th. However, according to groomer, trails look okay still - they will have typical spring conditions, both soft and icy depending on shade. Take 'er easy and you can still enjoy the lovely woods on skis!
      (Mary Lawler Shedd)
    • Mar 17 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Some ice in a few spots but mostly great conditions. Sunshine, 20 degrees by 11am, and no crowds made for a really fun ski. Plus, two thumbs up for Andy and National Forest Lodge. Definitely going back next season.
      (Pat Schmitt)
    • Mar 16 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Slight 1/2" dusting late Friday not enough to groom effectively, but should be nicer to ski on than the thawed and frozen track-set. The fatbike segments were awesome! The thaw and freeze this week got them to set up hard and it was like riding flat bare ground (except when I put my foot into a couple feet of snow off the path turning around). Last grooming was Monday March 11th. Still substantial base and we'll continue to keep things updated and groom if possible.
      Photos:  
      (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
    • Mar 16 - Howard Wagoner Trail (Tower): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails are skiable in this morning's cold temps, but...they aren't in great shape. Tracks have mostly subsided/melted into very shallow tracks. Last night's dusting of snow is adequately covering iciness and I was able to enjoy a slow ski. Snowplowing downhill will be very difficult due to animal tracks and skiers' tracks in yesterday's warm weather that have punched through crust creating holes. If temps are sustained warm, skiers should avoid using trails since you would punch through and do more damage. Our light groomer cannot handle these conditions - but we will try grooming Sunday after it has warmed up a bit.
      Photos:  
      (Mary Lawler Shedd)
    • Mar 15 - Hidden Valley Ski Trails (Ely): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Hidden Valley trails survived the thaw and rain. Temps are back below freezing. Our deep base along with a half inch of fresh dry snow have created superb conditions. Leave your klister at home, hard wax conditions forecasted for this weekend.
      (Wayne Pasmick)
    • Mar 13 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Last groomed Monday. Hit mid 40s yesterday, so a little icy this morning. About 33F at 9am with not quite enough kick from mistakenly using Violet Special. Argh!
      (Lura Wilson)
    • Mar 11 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good conditions. Couple of messy spots where groomer got stuck in drifts (Flathorn). We will continue to groom the trails as long as the weather cooperates and update conditions here.
      Photos:  
      (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
    • Mar 11 - Howard Wagoner Trail (Tower): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails have not been groomed since Feb 27th and now have a couple of inches of light snow on top that fell this past weekend. With the warming temps (mid 30s) the untracked soft new snow was frustratingly sticky under my waxless skis, especially in sunny spots. But much of the trail has been user-tracked on top of set trails and was better.
      Photos:  
      (Mary Lawler Shedd)
      Other locations
    • Mar 18 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Started to ski at 10:30 when it was 27 degrees. The trail was fast for the first 18 KM. By noon the trail was getting soft in the sun and slow. When I finished at 12:30 it was 37 and sunny. Enjoy the trail.
      (David Kettula)
    • Mar 18 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Although we pulled our grooming equipment this morning, the skiing is fabulous! The trails are rock hard with just enough loose snow to provide a good edge for skating. Tracks the same - sometimes rocket fast. The sun softens up the skate lane by 1 pm or so - skiing is better for you and better for the trail in the morning. Fat tires have left barely a trace when used in the morning. The base is deep and hard and only one small bare spot on a south-facing hill on the Red Trail (always the first to go.).
      Photos:  
      (Burgess Eberhardt)
    • Mar 15 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rain on Thursday... Snow overnight, temps in the high 20's today made for a fine skate. We groomed everything on Monday and the skate deck is still just fine, hard and not rutted. The tracks were snow-filled but looked OK. It was not speedy today with an inch of fine new snow. Probably wont groom again until the skate lane deteriorates or gets rutted.
      (Burgess Eberhardt)

 

Minnesota Northwest


      Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 15 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Around 1" of new snow the past 24 hours. Morning low checked in at 16, freezing down the base pretty good after a day of warm temps and a afternoon of rain Wednesday that saw .6" of precipitation. Thursday temp was steady at 32 with light snow. Grooming this morning on 22km of trail. We renovated Skaters Waltz, pulling up sugary snow and mixing it with the new snow for 5km of groomed skate only. Same process on classic only trails, Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, JibFly and Twin Lakes for 13k groomed classic only. Twin Lakes and JibFly groomed up very nice and should be excellent spring skiing the rest of the day and tomorrow. Mother North Star (4km) was combed for fat biking. Ben plans to groom the Twin Lakes singletrack (10km) tonight for fat biking. There are no areas of standing water. The deep base absorbed all the rain. The above trails will be open the remainder of the day today and Saturday until 5pm. The trails will be Closed on Sunday (The Maplelag driveway is in rough shape and temps and sun above 30 will make it nearly impassable). The crust skiing looks to be phenomenal this year. The ponds and sloughs are now seasoned nicely after the rain and if it freezes hard at night, be sure to explore! Total snowfall this season is now at 92". The snow depth in the woods remains at 2-4 feet. We will continue grooming on select trails and have open off and on until the snow is melted off completely. We will update here when they are opened and closed. There are no services in the lodge or lodging available. Just ski and enjoy the spring conditions!
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
      Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 18 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Soaring Eagle will not be groomed again this season. Warming house is locked and porta potty removed. The road leading to the trail is muddy with parts under water. Spring has arrived. See you next season.
      (Candace Malm)
    • Mar 11 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trail are groomed and tracked after the heavy snow over the weekend. Trails are in great condition for both classic and skating.
      Photos:  
      (Candy Malm)
    • Mar 11 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed and set new track at Hiram this morning after a few inches of new snow on Saturday. The track formed up well and most all the leaves are covered up for now. With the mild temps and clear sky the snow was warming up and getting tacky when I skied later. The track and deck are fairly soft this afternoon so we will see how well it holds up to ski traffic today. It should firm up overnight and be fairly good skiing in the morning before it warms up in the afternoon. It was a beautiful day to be in the woods skiing today.
      (Paul Klinger)
    • Mar 11 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Groomed the East side of the Goose lake trail system, to include the outer loops and cut throughs. The trail is in excellent shape. The west side loops of the Goose lake trail system are no longer being groomed this season.
      (Jon Kohagen)
      Other locations
    • Mar 11 - Viking Ship/Davy Park Trail (Moorhead): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good conditions today, considering the big snow a few days ago. Skate deck is overall good with a reasonably firm base. I was able to push off pretty hard and not break through which I think is impressive given the recent snow. (BTW: the same can not be said for Edgewood today). Also, the classic tracks looked decent, but I did not ski them. Kudos to whoever is grooming! It's the best game in FM right now.
      (Greg Haugen)

 

Minnesota Central


      Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 18 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate lanes have been groomed and are fast! No set tracks as the snow is too crumbly. Will ski as long as we can into the week! Get out here soon!
      (Vicki Foss)
    • Mar 15 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The temp has dropped enough for our groomers to get out. They are chipping up the ice, then rolling and setting. There are some soft spots, a few patches of bare ground in places that got a lot of rain, and some icy areas. The good news... it's still skiing!
      (Vicki Foss)
    • Mar 14 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      An inch of rain yesterday/today. Trails are 100% saturated and with the 20 degree low tonight will make for extremely icy and treacherous conditions. If snow does fall later, there may be a chance of grooming, but it does not look good for that. I hope you enjoyed the grooming the last 10 years...I will retire this summer! I'll keep skiing in my retirement!
      (Bryan Pike)
    • Mar 14 - Wolf Lake Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      An inch of rain yesterday/today. Trails are 100% saturated and with the 20 degree low tonight will make for extremely icy and treacherous conditions. If snow does fall later, there may be a chance of grooming, but it does not look good for that. I hope you enjoyed the grooming the last 10 years...I will retire this summer! I'll keep skiing in my retirement!
      (Bryan Pike)
    • Mar 11 - Wolf Lake Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      5 inches of new snow. Groomed all trails today and set track when temp was under 20 degrees. Excellent conditions.
      Photos:  
      (Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Parks)
    • Mar 11 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We are officially shutting the lights off on the trails today! Daylight Savings time has come and we just don't need them on anymore! We are out grooming right now after this weekend's fresh 6 inches of snow. Groomers are rolling and setting track and should be done by 1 pm. Gorgeous weather. Expect heavy use for the next few days.
      (Vicki Foss)
    • Mar 11 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Six inches of new snow. Groomed all skate lanes before 10 am and set track on right (3 passes with 84" groomer on outer loop). Groomed the middle cut-across trail (two passes) and set track. Did not groom the interior classic only trails due to drifting and forecast. Excellent conditions where I groomed.
      Photos:  
      (Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Parks)
      St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 19 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      North Loop is freshly groomed as of Tuesday morning. The report from the groomer did not say if a classic track is set. So unclear about classic, but skate lane should be in good shape.
      (Bruce Busta)
    • Mar 16 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      The groomer just called and said the North Loop is groomed for skating (not classic) and is in good shape. There is some detours, but overall pretty good.
      (Bruce Busta)
    • Mar 15 - Kraemer Lake-Wildwood County Park (Saint Joseph): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      The rain and the warm temperatures are obviously affecting the conditions. The conditions are fair today.
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Mar 15 - Mississippi River County Park (Sartell): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      The rain and the warm temperatures are obviously affecting the conditions. The conditions are fair today.
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Mar 15 - Warner Lake Park (Saint Augusta): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The groomers attempted grooming but felt they trails would be better left alone. The rain and the warm temperatures are obviously affecting the conditions. The conditions are fair today.
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Mar 15 - Quarry Park and Nature Preserve (Waite Park): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The groomers attempted grooming the outside loop of Quarry Park with one classic and skate ski. The skate ski is in poor condition. The single track is considered to be in Good condition but there are some slushy spots. The inside loop was not groomed. Those tracks are in fair condition. The rain and the warm temperatures are obviously affecting the conditions.
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Mar 12 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      North Loop freshly groomed for both classic and skate. Hopefully it will survive the forecast.
      (Bruce Busta)
    • Mar 11 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Hilltop, Orchard, and warm up are not groomed. Grooming plan: North Loop should be groomed later today if it doesn't get too warm.
      (Bruce Busta)
    • Mar 11 - Riverside Park (Saint Cloud): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Riverside Park is freshly groomed for both skate and classic. A little soft but beautiful.
      (Bruce Busta)
    • Mar 11 - Kraemer Lake-Wildwood County Park (Saint Joseph): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After receiving an additional 6 -8 inches of new snow, the groomers are out. The grooming should be complete this afternoon. No reason to believe they would be anything less than excellent!
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Mar 11 - Warner Lake Park (Saint Augusta): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After receiving an additional 6 -8 inches of new snow, the groomers are out. The grooming should be complete this afternoon. No reason to believe they would be anything less than excellent!
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Mar 11 - Mississippi River County Park (Sartell): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After receiving an additional 6 -8 inches of new snow, the groomers were out this morning. Conditions are excellent!
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Mar 11 - Quarry Park and Nature Preserve (Waite Park): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After receiving another 6 -8 inches of new snowfall over the weekend, the groomers went out this morning. Conditions are excellent!
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
      Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 16 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Most of the trails were groomed, but the skate lane was still a bit rough and icy in spots this morning. Definitely skiable though. Classical tracks are in good shape, and when doing some double poling seemed fast. Finished up around noon and temperatures were coming up, so parts of sun-exposed sections were getting moist.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Mar 15 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Checked out the trails after the rain and melt down. No standing water or iced sections and at least a foot of base everywhere. The groomer was heading out as I left today. Should be great skiing this weekend.
      (Kayo Aslagson)
    • Mar 11 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Short cuts, Deep Woods, and some of Whispering Pines are open. The short cuts are tracked. The classic track has set up nicely and skied great. The skate lane was still soft on the edges. some work had been done on the sections that still needed to be groomed.
      (Kayo Aslagson)
      Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 16 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      The Nordic Center trails were groomed with the Yellowstone groomer Friday night and will be groomed again Saturday night when temperatures are below freezing.
      (Terry Salmela)
      Other locations
    • Mar 17 - Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails (Outing): 
      Firsthand Grooming Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      After some discussion Sarturday between a few of us groomers, we decided that with such a tremendous snow base we'd try to keep it going as long as we can. I waited until mid-afternoon for it to warm up, and was able to use the cutters well enough to get through the crust and set a pretty good track over most of the course. A skier went through immediately afterwards and reported excellent conditions for most of the trail. I skied this morning after the lightest dusting of snow overnight and concur. Well over 95% is excellent track. Some of the drifted areas along the lake are so uneven that I raised the track-setter for some of it to avoid cracking the fiberglass rod (which occurred a couple weeks back though we really don't know what did it). We'll see what the future holds with the warm-up for how long we continue. At this time there are no plans to continue grooming the south trails. With the conditions as they are it is very time intensive and we just don't have the availability to do it.
      (Paul VanderWaal)
    • Mar 16 - Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails (Outing): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Just finished skiing the north trail, fresh groomed, it was great. I had repaired the groomer to 100% this morning, finishing rewiring the knife motor, and replacing the fractured tracker spring. The three of us met another skier on the trail, and another vehicle was in the lot.
      (John Elliott)
    • Mar 15 - Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails (Outing): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      With the rain and now the freeze, the snow is very crusty. Unfortunately, the part of the groomer that can cut this up is not currenly working, so we are unable to groom. There is a slight chance of repair, but I cannot reach the person that would be making the repair to get a current status. The forecast had originally predicted snow for last night, but since we didn't receive any, we can only groom if we can cut up the surface. Next week and into the foreseeable future, daily highs in the's will not allow for much more trail use anyway. We may be done for the season. If that changes, we will post here again.
      (Paul VanderWaal)
    • Mar 11 - Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center (Spicer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The trails were in great shape. Very firm deck, no punch through with my poles. Used my race skis with no worries. A few areas where the track was not full depth. One trail section is closed because of big drifting that the groomers were unable to overcome. 90 percent of the trails are open and great!
      (Margie Rock)

 

Minnesota Southern


      Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 12 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The ski trails were groomed this morning. Areas of frozen slush, but 80% of the trail consisted of powdery snow. Cloud cover help in this, but snow was getting squeeky when I left at noon. Downhill areas in general had more frozen slush than the prairie. Track looked to be reset this morning.
      (Robert Ziller)
    • Mar 11 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails had not been regroomed as of 1:00 pm. Skate deck was beaten up over much of the course and some was drifted over, with just a few sections of relatively smooth corduroy. Snow varied widely in speed depending on the sun exposure but was typical for March skiing. Only one short stretch with some frozen run-off that could be easily avoided. Overall, conditions were fair.
      I stopped at Soldiers Field and Eastwood first and was disappointed to see neither had been groomed in some time. It seems difficult to find grooming information in Rochester. Let's make a resolution for next ski season, post more trail reports!
      (Mark Orlowski)
      Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 13 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      We have received a soaking rain which has turned our trails from slush to ice in many areas. We will not be grooming again this season. The trails aren't "officially" closed but extreme caution to anyone venturing out.
      (Bruce Johnson)
    • Mar 11 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Been spoiled by excellent grooming - but enough folks skied yesterday to set some tracks. Still pretty amazing in that great beauty and sun. Should be good again in the morning Tuesday.
      (Randy Schenkat)
      Other locations
    • Mar 11 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      The trails are a bit rough from the rain and wind over the weekend. With the forecast of rain over the next 3 days, trails will not be groomed today. Today will be our last day for ski rental. See you next winter!
      (Andie Harveaux)

 

Wisconsin Northwest


      Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 19 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
      Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Drummond Ski Trails are still in good shape and skiable. You will probably want to use klister or no-wax skis due to the 40+ degree afternoon temperatures. The tracks are there and then not there, with lots of needles and twigs down among the pines. We won't be doing any more grooming this year due to the melting conditions. It's more about getting stuck with the snowmobile and groomer, than the ability to set new tracks. The base is still fairly firm, except if you step off the trail without your skis.
      Today was the final day for the Drummond Nordic Kids to ski this year. They did games on the first part of the Boulevard and several skied the race track. Then there were hot dogs and s'mores in the parking lot. About 20 youthful skiers had fun, along with about a dozen parents.
      (Jim Crandall)
    • Mar 19 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied OO to High Point on the Classic, back on the Skate. Relatively slow going with the melt, but the base is still in exceptional shape. Decent number of patches with leaf litter, twigs, and cones, but most are very easy to avoid as they've melted themselves down into the snow. Get out there and enjoy it while it lasts!
      Photos:  
      (Mitchell Campbell)
    • Mar 18 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      At 9 this morning, the Birkie trail was very fast. Downhills were somewhere between thrilling and terrifying. As it got closer to 32 degrees, the conditions were much more comfortable. I think skiing will be good for a while if we hit the window when temps are close to freezing. Spring skiing! So much fun.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Detzner)
    • Mar 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great skiing again today on the Birkie trail. Fresh corduroy and classic track running north from OO to the Firetower water stop. Skied north on the classic trail and returned on the skate trail. The warm weather has started to uncover some of the tree debris and pine cones that got buried 12 inches of snow ago. Particularly on the classic trail. But there is still a lot of great skiing to be had.
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Mar 16 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Half-inch of crusty snow over fairly even intact hard-packed base. Good edge, really fast. Minimal debris. Nice for skating. Classic tracks mostly filled with snow or absent.
      (Bill Tremaine)
    • Mar 16 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Really great conditions yet on the Birkie trail south of OO. Plenty of base left and fresh grooming as of last night. It started to soften up as the day went on particularly the sections in full sun. Would have been a smart move to get out an hour or so earlier (mid-morning).
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Mar 15 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied the loops at OO. Dusting of snow over frozen snow made for fast skiing. The groomer was heading south. Some debris on trail, but easy to go around.
      (Deb Murphy)
    • Mar 15 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      This afternoon I checked out a short loop using both the skate and classic trails between OO and Boedecker. No one had skied while it was soft and slushy so there were no ruts. The skiing is good if you are comfortable with hardpack; ski poles did not punch through any soft spots yet there was enough new snow for control. I give it an FF rating; fast and fun. Spring skiing is the best!
      (Tom Detzner)
    • Mar 12 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      This afternoon I skied South from the start area. Both the skate and classic trails are freshly groomed. There is a full depth double classic track on the skate trail as far south as Timber Trail and a similar single classic track on the classic trail. The snow is still super cold and there was no melting visible when I left even though the temps were in the upper 30's.
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Mar 12 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The lighted loops south of OO were groomed last night for skate and classic and conditions were excellent this morning, you bet. I didn't ski the Birkie trails, so I'm not sure of conditions, but the groomers' report says the northbound classic trail was groomed yesterday.
      (Donald Quick)
    • Mar 11 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The NE received 4+ inches of new snow on Sunday. The main loops were groomed for skate and classic today and are in very good condition. The NE Classic trail and Tony Wise have not been groomed since the new snow but are still open. Portions of the NE Classic were skied in today by a few skiers.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Mar 11 - Hayward Hospital Trails (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails packed, groomed, and tracked. There are sections of the trail with scattered oak leaves. Conditions may be soft until tracks have a chance to set up.
      (Joe Timmerman)
      Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 20 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skied the purple trail, it was in good shape considering how warm it's been. It was slow but didn't sink much. There was one bad spot, I took my skis off to cross the creek.
      Photos:  
      (Debra Bergstrom)
    • Mar 19 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The main trail system has been tracked today. The tracks range from thin and crumbly to full depth. The skate lanes still have some equipment ruts in them but are flat and nice in other areas. Sally's Classic trail is still tracked from last week. Grooming plans: Until the temperatures cool or we receive any new workable snow we will be suspending our grooming efforts. The warm days and cold night cycles have made it increasing difficult to maintain a high quality ski experience. Thanks.
      (Matthew Leischer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Mar 18 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The main trail system was groomed this morning in an attempt to smooth the ruts from the skate deck. Most of the ruts filled, but with loose clumpy snow. Grooming plans: We will re-work the skate lanes Tuesday morning and attempt to set track on the main trail system. Sally's Classic trail is still set from last week and appears to be in good condition from weekend use. Warm temperatures this week may limit our ability to lay fresh track on Sally's Classic. There are no bare spots in the trail system, but some light debris in pine/spruce dominant areas.
      (Matthew Leischer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Mar 18 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      We were able to do some grooming today north of 42nd Street. The trails south of 42nd will have very limited grooming for the rest of the season due to water on trails. Grooming north of 42nd will be intermittent and weather dependent the rest of the season as well. The UTV Groomer is going in for service work today so the grooming schedule for the remainder of the week will be uncertain.
      (Angie Harker)
    • Mar 18 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Overlook Trail was groomed and tracked this morning. Warm temperatures and rain have prevented the other trails from being groomed and tracked at this time. There is half depth track throughout the trail system.
      Photos:  
      (Gervase Thompson)
    • Mar 16 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Huge thank you again to Bob for creating a great surface to glide on! We skied the red and green today. This was the most crowded I have ever seen the trail there! Many new people going the wrong way on the trails too, keep your eyes open on the hills! The snow was really fun in both the tracks and on the skate deck! Only one hill on the green was a bit too slick for my comfort level so we side stepped...it wasn't icy, but with the sun/shade thing going on and the steepness, I preferred to take it safe. Bob said he did the flat side of the yellow too. Grooming starts again Monday morning. If you see the groomers there, thank them...they work extra hard with the equipment they have!
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
    • Mar 16 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Flat "beginner" trail systems near the main parking lot/trail head had been very recently groomed with classic tracks as well as skate lane. Intermediate/advanced trail systems were only recently groomed in certain areas. However, with sun and temps above freezing for a few hours, even the ungroomed areas were pretty good for skating, all things considered. Double poled in the shade, skated in the sun where you could easily get an edge. Sure the snow was a bit slow due to the temperatures, but faster than expected - it was pretty transformed. Ski with caution in those outer areas - the bottom of at least one hill is now a swamp.
      (Sara Zimmer)
    • Mar 15 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Huge thank you to Bob the groomer for putting some TLC into the trails! We were treated to fresh grooming on the red today and we ventured off to part of the green too! Our first lap was fast, but not icy, the next couple had softened up a bit but it was still great glide! He said he plans to groom Saturday but not Sunday. Well worth the drive over! Make sure you get your ski pass before you head out.
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
    • Mar 15 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Our trails received about 3-4 inches of wet snow this morning. We were able to groom the entire trail system, but only able to track Sally's Classic Trail. There will be groomer track ruts in some areas of the skate lanes and some uneven track depth and quality on Sally's Classic. If temperatures cool enough tonight the trails may set up and be decent for Saturday morning.
      (Matthew Leischer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Mar 15 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails north of 42nd Street have been groomed this morning with some touch up of the track. The purple and yellow trails have some draining crossings with water flowing, so skiers should use caution on these trails.
      (Angie Harker)
    • Mar 14 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails were groomed and tracked last on Tuesday. Rain and warm temperatures will limit our grooming efforts. Conditions will be wet and very soft. We will check the trails Friday morning for possible grooming. While we have a lot of snow base left, conditions will not be ideal for skiing.
      (Matthew Leischer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Mar 12 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fearing the impending rain may ruin our skiing for the season I drove through the fog and mist to hit up Sup-town. I thought I may find mush and come right back home. But it was great! Groomed impeccably as usual. A bit sticky. But I had the right ski and wax for the situation. So glad I went! Let's hope the trails survive the rain.
      Photos:  
      (Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
    • Mar 12 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails were groomed today and are looking good so far, but getting softer. We will not be grooming this Wednesday or Thursday and this Saturday will be the final day of "weekend" grooming for the season. We will then resume Monday - Friday grooming as long as the weather permits.
      (Angie Harker)
    • Mar 12 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Ski trails were rolled, groomed, and tracked this morning and are in excellent condition. We have 20+ inches of ski base and 30+ inches of snow on the ground.
      Photos:  
      (Gervase Thompson)
    • Mar 11 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We have rolled and corduroy groomed the main trail system. The classic trail has been rolled only. Warm afternoon temperatures limited our grooming ability today. Grooming plans: The trails will be tracked and skate lanes reworked Tuesday morning. Conditions should still be good for skate skiing. We are planning to groom on Friday, conditions permitting.
      (Matthew Leischer, Wisconsin DNR)
      Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 17 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Made due with packed surface not groomed recently. Great scenery. Maybe someone else will benefit from my tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Brian Ciske)
    • Mar 16 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Trails were tracked over the weekend to extend the spring skiing as much as possible. The warm weather and melting will result in deteriorating conditions and debris on the trail. We will not be grooming anymore this season due to the warm temperatures. Thanks to all our volunteers for all their hard work on the trails, it was a great season and we look forward to seeing you on the trails hiking and biking this summer!
      (Jennifer Maziasz)
    • Mar 16 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Between Steve, Blaise, Dennis and myself, we got Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster, Sugarbush Dog Trail, Summit Trail, Sugarbush Classic, and Oppedahl's groomed and tracked. In a few places it was still soft underneath, so the gators left some ruts. Otherwise it looks pretty good, I'm going to try it after some lunch.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Mar 15 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails and cabin will be opened this morning. We'll need to have the base firm before we can groom.
      (Mike Shouldice)
    • Mar 14 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      Trails are temporarily closed due to the warm weather. There is lots of base, so we should have a few more weeks of skiing when it cools down. Stay tuned.
      (Mike Shouldice)
    • Mar 11 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails were freshly groomed. I skate skied the entire trail system first, other than the classic only Homestead and Spruce Hills classic only trails. I was the first skater on the freshly groomed skate deck. I found the skate deck to be medium in firmness. The skate deck was of medium speed. The only problem I encountered was drifts along the connecting link to the Turtle lot. It was a perfect day for skiing with clear skies and temperatures in the high twenties. I changed into my classic skis and skied the purple and orange loops out to the Homestead trail. I then connected with Spruce Hills to complete a loop back to the cabin. The track was firm but again, speed was about medium. It was the groomer's report from Sunday that prompted me to come and ski Mecca today. I appreciate the reports. Please keep them coming.
      Photos:  
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Mar 11 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied the A Loop and planned on starting the B Loop when one of our friends went down on the A Loop steep down, dislocated her knee and tore multiple ligaments. We had to help her limp out in a serious amount of pain. So several of us walked out and broke trail for the two supporting her. Apologies for the very messed up trail on A Loop out to the parking lot. We had no choice. And many thanks to the two skiers passing by that helped us get everyone's gear out. We raced to Ashland ER immediately after getting to the parking lot. And very sorry again for the messed up trail!
      (Maureen Haggblom)
      Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 19 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The base is still there but getting soft and the tracks are now icy in most places. Some leaves and pine needles too, but mostly free of debris but probably best to use waxless skis now. With rising temps and it not dropping below freezing at night the season is almost over here. A big thanks to those who groom, track, and otherwise maintain this wonderful trail! I'll be sending a contribution your way soon.
      (David Wilford)
    • Mar 19 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The Blue Hills Association continues with is commitment to quality cross country skiing. I skied most of the East Side trails and found them to be in excellent spring skiing condition. A groomer was just coming in from some touch up when I took off at 10:40. Sugar snow with a faint corduroy provided ample edging and control. South facing trails were a little slow but not mushy. It is always worth the drive and daily fee (if your not a member).
      Photos:  
      (Tim Shepardson)
    • Mar 18 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Still a firm base with no pools of melt water anywhere yet, inner loop in decent condition with some foot prints in places but nothing I couldn't go over easily. Some ice in open areas but tracks in woods is o.k. Nice to get out for a few more days, hopefully.
      Photos:  
      (David Wilford)
    • Mar 18 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A coating of new powder over a firm base made for a good ski this morning. The skate deck is mostly good. The remnant classic tracks are shallow, but they are being used. The snow base is deep, and conditions will vary depending on freeze/ thaw cycles.
      Photos:  
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Mar 16 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skied the inner B loop at noon. Icy. People have walked on trail and someone skied classic down the middle of the skate deck. Twigs and leaves on the trail.
      (Mark Carey)
    • Mar 13 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good spring conditions. So far the trails are holding up good and the snow base is deep. I had sticky glide, but it was firm enough for a good ski. Of course that's subject to change depending on what the weather does.
      Photos:  
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Mar 11 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails have been groomed, except the Corkscrew Trail. Conditions are currently very good, get out there and enjoy it while it lasts. Conditions will be subject to change with the weather forecast, but we currently have a deep snow base.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
      Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 18 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      There is a good base still. Oak leaves in the tracks, which make the tracks uneven in spots, but tracks are holding fairly well. The trails have not been groomed. I did not skate ski today, but skate deck looked to be good if you time it right.
      (Colleen Duffy)
    • Mar 17 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trail was combed recently for skating. There were two other skiers that went before I did on Sunday. Used Toko yellow HF on my stiffer Rossis and glide was great. Warmer moist snow with those skis work out well for me; I find it to be faster so hope others can find the same. No fluff on the trails, though I would like to note I only skied the 12k north loop today. The Tram loop did not look to be groomed rather recently but there are skate tracks so probably skiable. The base is still very firm so it might be possible to hit the trail with the right timing this week. Less debris on the trail as compared to 2-3 weeks ago. I think good skis are fine as most debris is easily avoidable. Still a lot of snow. No classic tracks were set. There are areas of the trail wildlife made holes on the deck so just be careful when you hit these short stretches. One more note: at the south trailhead the snow doesn't look groomed and there are some ruts; just over the hump the trail is fine.
      (Brady Zwiefelhofer)
    • Mar 15 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Attempted to groom HH but no go! The snow is just too wet and mushy. The gator made deep tracks and the groomer couldn't handle trying to smooth them out. See pics. It wouldn't be very fun skiing its the way it is. I tried only a very small portion of one trail.
      Photos:  
      (David Challe)
    • Mar 12 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      These are the kinds of trail conditions we wait all winter for. New, firm, fast corduroy with total edge control. All trails have been groomed to their full width. Tracks set on most trails (except "I" and Meander) and they are firm and fast with solid pole plants.
      (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
    • Mar 11 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      For some reason the trail was neither groomed or tracked after Saturday's snow. Fortunately, I was skiing classic and people had created a rough classic track. Great day for a ski. If you ski classic go today, it was beautiful out.
      (Keith Sorge)
    • Mar 11 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      The grooming equipment must still be inoperative. Went out Monday and after Saturdays snow it had not been tracked or groomed. Tried to break a classic trail, but it was too crusty. Too bad, a beautiful day for a ski.
      (Keith Sorge)
    • Mar 11 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Some trails had a cursory pass of the groomer which resulted in a sometimes firm, sometimes soft skating track one skater wide. Many trails were not groomed at all. The only set tracks I saw were 150 meters on the ironically named "Link" trail: those tracks weren't linked to any other tracks.
      (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
      Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 18 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I groomed the trails early morning, just the skate lanes, then skied most of the 16k. For spring skiing I switched over to the dark side and skate skiing. Excellent conditions; plenty of snow base, great glide easy control. Just have to ski in the morning, before it gets too warm.
      Photos:  
      (Scott Everson)
    • Mar 15 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The ski trails are still snow-covered but not groomable. I will not be grooming them for this weekend and don't know yet about next week. It may be done; now we wait for good crust skiing conditions!
      (Scott Everson)
    • Mar 11 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails were groomed this morning. 3" of the kind of snow a groomer loves! Excellent conditions but now it's getting soft. It's beautiful out there!
      (Scott Everson)
      Other locations
    • Mar 15 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      You really don't want to ski at Willow! There are many places where there is anywhere from a few inches to a foot of water lurking under the snowpack, waiting for you to punch through. If that isn't enough to discourage you, many of the trails were driven on today by the park's ATV leaving deep, slushy ruts. If you're really determined to get in some final skiing, your best bet is to try the Silver, Nelson Farm, trail. Beware the slush. Beware the ice if skiing early in the day.
      (David Thofern)
    • Mar 14 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Secondhand Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Park staff and grooming team leaders agreed that the ski season and grooming is over for the 2018-2019 season. Of course, if there is a snowfall that would set up good skiing, the groomers will prep the "Closed" trails. So you skied Willow and don't like dodging the overhanging brush. Do something about it and volunteer for brushing work. Work will start up when the snow is gone.
      (Jeff Bolte)

 

Wisconsin Northeast


      Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 20 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Grooming operations have currently stopped due to conditions. Trails will be icy and bottoms of hills will be soft with the warmer temperatures. Have a good weekend.
      (Beth Feind)
    • Mar 18 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We groomed for the last time this season today. Despite the amount of snow on the trails, we were grooming more ice than anything else. The deck was cleaned up this morning, but the classic tracks were left alone. Those tracks are marginal at best. Weather for the week was not looking promising and that helped with our decision to call it a season.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Mar 18 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails where in rough shape after the last grooming and the weekend activity - lots of rutting from the gator, snow rubble dropped by the groomer and frozen in tracks from the skiers. This morning we tried cleaning up the trails by dropping the groomer knives all the way down and tilling up the entire base and it actually came out pretty decent and is much smoother. Because of how hard-packed and dry the snow was this morning, tracks where not set.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Mar 17 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Fantastic late season skiing at MWP today, vast majority of the trails were pisten bully groomed with a firm and fast skate deck and classic tracks. Some areas under the pines had a lot of needles and the snow was slow/dirty but 90% was in fantastic shape. Skated, and would recommend scales or skins for striders as the snow was very variable with some crusty/icy sections, slush and pine debris. I would imagine it would be difficult to find a klister that would work everywhere and also avoid picking up the pine needles.
      (Elias Anoszko)
    • Mar 16 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Plenty good with lots of vitamin D to compliment an easy ski. Mostly inner loops groomed, but that was PB perfect. Love it when aged, transitioned snow gets tilled, flattened, and those classic impressions pressed in. Spring skiing is best, even with a little sun sucky here and there contrasting with shadows accelerants giving the surge and slow feel to the ski. Approaching a personal 100 days of skiing in the Northwoods. Quite a season.
      (Ken Schoville)
    • Mar 16 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The inner PistenBully groomed trails were fast and fun. Tracks seemed very good also. The longer trails that weren't regroomed were almost as nice due to the 1/2 inch of new snow. I encountered substantial debris on ungroomed trails wherever there were pine trees. Best to stay on newly groomed trails.
      Photos:  
      (Brian Ciske)
    • Mar 16 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Trails have not been groomed since Monday. Classic loops still have track. Lots of debris and ice. Light snow this morning will help cover the ice but use caution. Poor conditions overall.
      (Joe Kraetke)
    • Mar 15 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Made an afternoon visit in an attempt to squeeze out a causal 75-90 minute session. Found the trails in the wooded sections in good shape-no rutting except for animal tracks, level and firm trail base. A light layer of fresh snow covered much of the wooded trails which continue to hold a deep base. Pine needles and small branches can litter the trail in spots. It appears the grooming implements should be able to till a layer of looser snow. Enjoy being outdoors.
      (Bill Kircher)
    • Mar 15 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      After all of the rain we received trails are in late season conditions low spots will be retaining water. The base will be too soft to groom before the weekend and trails were last groomed on Monday.
      (Beth Feind)
    • Mar 15 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Trail conditions were decimated with the recent warm temps and rain. Lots of debris working its way to the top as the snow melts. Last grooming was Monday. Unless we get more snow, grooming operations will no longer continue. Conditions are very poor.
      (Joe Kraetke)
    • Mar 15 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
      Observation Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Conditions are poor. Trail is open but skiing not recommended. High 40's and rain made mush of base then someone ruined existing tracks by hiking and taking a dog, both of which are not allowed. There are now frozen punch through holes from dog and owner with frozen crust and soft underneath. The road in is in bad shape also. Unfortunately I can not recommend this trail at this time. It may be possible to rip up next week if weather allows. Check reports for Raven Madeline and McNaughton as those trails may be in better shape.
      (Dan Jacoby)
    • Mar 14 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
      Firsthand Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      I groomed and skied on Monday and skied again Tuesday and early this morning. Classic tracks held up well for me on Hair Raiser through Tuesday, but are pretty splayed out now. I classic skied without tracks on skate loops Ridge Trail, Roller Coaster and Will's Crossing. Will's Crossing skate deck is very soft. Ridge and Roller are firmer, but of course today were softening up. As far as grooming goes, although there is still plenty of snow in the woods, unless something special happens with the weather I will not be grooming any more this winter. The trails will be open for skiing on whatever the base turns out to be in coming days for anyone who is still looking to get out on the trails. The above mentioned loops were the only ones groomed after our last four-inch snowfall.
      (Will Maines)
    • Mar 12 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I was impressed to find all of the grooming done overnight. All of the long trails and many others were great. Sunshine and good glide until temps rose above freezing.
      Photos:  
      (Brian Ciske)
    • Mar 11 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The entire system was groomed this morning and set up well with the cold morning temperatures. Tracks will stay skiable as long as skiers avoid the soft afternoon snow. Try to ski in the early morning or late afternoon. We will continue to groom until the 31st, or when conditions no longer allow us to take out the equipment. The base is pretty solid, and with cold evening temperatures we can continue to work with the snow.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Mar 11 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were rolled on Sunday and groomed this morning. In the cold morning air, they set up very nicely. Keep in mind in the coming days as day time temperatures rise, the trails will become soft. Try to avoid skiing during those times, and ski early or late. This will help us maintain the integrity of the snow. We will continue to groom until the 31st, or when conditions become such that we cannot take the equipment out. There is still a good base, and as long as it gets cold in the evening, we can still do something with it.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Mar 11 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We picked up another 5-6" of snow this weekend and groomed the snowshoe and ski trails this morning. With full sun and the fresh snow, conditions are currently pretty soft. With forecast, keeping the trails in shape for skiing much longer may become a challenge.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Mar 11 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The weekend winds left a large amount of debris in the trail. Even with the fresh few inches of snow, it didn't cover the debris. Tracks and deck are firm but will change as temperatures fluctuate. The skater's loop is in good condition. Still only open to the warming shelter. Overall good conditions.
      (Joe Kraetke)
    • Mar 11 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All loops have been tracked. Very good conditions.
      (Tony Martinez)
      Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 17 - Bill Cross Wildlife Area (Merrill): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Crust skiing. 2 ft of snow in the woods. Excellent conditions with little standing/frozen water. Used waxless, steel edged back country skis but anything would have worked. Snow stayed firm until early afternoon.
      Photos:  
      (George Cleveland)
    • Mar 17 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skating conditions were very good again today. After skiing on B skis yesterday, I used my good skis today. No worries. The Green Loop is very skiable (minus the one hill) with one little water spot to get through. Today I also skied a Blue-Black hybrid loop that included the Lower Glen, the Old Black to the cut-off to the Field. The big hill in the field was not recently groomed, but the little cut-off before it was, so you knew not to try the hill. All in all, excellent spring skiing at Iola--which of course means get out early and off by the time the temps get up to freezing.
      (Bill Fehrenbach)
    • Mar 17 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      We still have a base of 6-10 inches. Granular surface was regroomed on Leo's, lit loop, 6 k and 10k loops today. Track was reset on John Howard trail and Y so classic loops are possible.
      (Barb Maguire)
    • Mar 16 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      Got a text from one of Iola board members, Phil groomed Saturday morning, green plus some of the field and old black are skiable. There are a few small water hazards marked with cones to navigate. No new tracks. The person said it skied real well till noon. Phil plans to groom early Sunday morning. Go early.
      Photos:  
      (Tracy Piontkowski)
    • Mar 12 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails are in great shape, well groomed. However, there are a lot of pine needles and twigs on parts. I got rained out as the sun set. Hopefully there is enough base to last.
      (Andrew Geffert)
      Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 16 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Observation Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Reforestation camp trails are closed due to the thaw.
      (Rich Cooley)
    • Mar 15 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Conditions at Red Pine Ski Trail are great, considering all the recent rain, melting, and so on and snow forth. 37F, good base, no bare spots, just one main dirty segment to deal with in a dense Eastern Hemlock stand, otherwise is fine. The surface is pretty firm both on the ski trail and the intersecting Ige Age Trail, which serves up great running and snowshoeing.
      Photos:  
      (Matt Zak)
    • Mar 15 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
      Observation Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Recent rains and melt has caused the end of the ski / snowshoe season. Trails are snow covered, however flooded in areas. The nature center will be closed on Saturday through next Tuesday, as rapid spring melt and rains is causing problems with our entrance and parking lot.
      (Tim Ewing)
    • Mar 12 - Reid Golf Course (Appleton): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      What was left of the trails was damaged by ice removal operations on the greens. Skiers will have to make their own tracks. Thank you for your support and donations.
      (Jim Pedersen)
    • Mar 12 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails all had been regroomed this morning and are fast and furious. Base is deep and hoping it last for a while. Enjoy.
      (Paul Hollub)
    • Mar 11 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Trails were groomed last weekend. People have been classic skiing. The freshie left over on the skate deck has glazed over due to thaw/re-freeze cycles. Where snowshoe traffic is most prevalent, however, the trail actually appears to be quite skateable. For me, at present Navarino is more of a destination for snowshoe-running, for which there is an awesome system of singletrack hike trails, until skiing conditions improve with the next snowstorm ... fingers crossed.
      Photos:  
      (Matt Zak)
    • Mar 11 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The 3" we received early Sunday was Tidd Tech groomed this morning offering just fabulous late season skiing for both classic and skate technique. On behalf of all of the Nordic skiers who have enjoyed the RFC this season, I offer many, many thank you's to the groomer team! Thank You making the RFC a special winter wonderland this season! Enjoy, but don't delay...
      Photos:  
      (Bob Warpinski)
      Other locations
    • Mar 19 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied between 9:30, 27 degrees and 1:00, 45 degrees. I classical skied and was amazed at the conditions. Track to the south was excellent. To the north very good. Also surprised with the amount of skiers.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Lane)
    • Mar 18 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Good snow pack and no bare spots. Firm base with just a few pine needles starting to show up under the pines. Snow is also softer in afternoon so you will ski under control downhill. Skied aspen and big oak and they were both great. The road in from Hwy W is breaking up but don't let that stop you. Tracks are present but I would say they are shallow, if you want to go classical.
      Photos:  
      (Doug Morrison)
    • Mar 17 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The trail is perfect for classic and skate if you go in the morning before it gets too warm. Good classic tracks (perfect for skins). I did 17 K today.
      (Eric Larson)

 

Wisconsin Southwest


      Other locations
    • Mar 11 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Made it out as the sun dipped low. The soft skate deck was glazed and fast as the shadows grew. Good deep tracks too. Just a beautiful trail, with a nice heated chalet to boot.
      (Daniel Luoma)

 

Wisconsin Southeast


      Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 18 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      I was desperate to see what Greenbush was like and desperate to get one last ski in. I skied the back side of the purple, part of the green and the brown trails. Pretty much the bottom and descent of any hill is ice. I did not ski the big downhills on the green or purple because of the ice. There were some great flat sections that were fast. The power line is completely melted on the red and purple trails. There are bare sections near the marsh on the purple. The brown trail in the woods was quite good, some ice at the bottom of the hills. The road section of the brown trail is mainly ice. I skied as the temperatures were transitioning from freezing to thaw. There was nice corn snow. The sandhill cranes, redwing blackbirds, and geese were making all sorts of noise near the marsh, I guess it is their turn and skiing is just about done. If you give it a try make sure you are an experienced skier and you go when the trail is starting to soften up.
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Mar 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      If you gotta get out, you can make it around the purple loop. About 60% ice, also slow over the pine needles. Lots of polling. Not for novice skiers. Almost impossible to turn on downhills. Great to be out in the sunshine, however, looking forward to next season.
      Photos:  
      (John Sileno)
    • Mar 15 - Sheboygan Jaycee Trails (Sheboygan): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Don't use your A skis, B skis, C skis, or rock skis; but bring your water skis (see photo)! Major flooding along the trails as they do go through the flood plain of the Pigeon River.
      Photos:  
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Mar 12 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Still in good skiable condition this morning. Even though green and purple trail were not groomed after last rain/snow they have been skied in. So has the classic track.
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Mar 11 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Terry groomed the skate deck late Monday afternoon. Brown and Red trails only made for a great workout. Will be good till it warms up Tuesday.
      (Leo Dreikosen)
    • Mar 11 - Sheboygan Jaycee Trails (Sheboygan): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I went out to groom this morning but I couldn't get the grooming shelter doors to open due to ice build-up on the bottom of the doors. I didn't have the tools to chop-up the ice. I took a walk on the edge of the trail in Evergreen and the trail is completely snow covered. It is hard and crunchy but not solid ice. A fair amount of debris on the trail. The classic track took a hit in the last rain/snow.
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Mar 11 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I groomed all of the skating lanes on all loops this morning. Overall still good conditions at the moment. This may have been the last grooming of the season, looking at the forecast.
      (Reagan Arndt, Wisconsin DNR)
      Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 18 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      CXC and Madison Nordic Ski Club will continue to groom the manmade loop through the week. Thanks to Yuriy Gusev and crew for a great season.
      (Mike Ivey)
    • Mar 16 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Manmade snow is hard, fast, a little bumpy, and one navigable crevasse. Ultimately 1km+ of skiable trail for diehards.
      (Nathan Brown)
    • Mar 11 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed in the morning and in very good condition, amazing for the rain and wet snow. There should be a tip jar for the groomers. I skied all trails which were covered, some soft spots at the bottom of the East hills and some tracks on the West. It was beginning to ice up at 6PM when I left. Skating was lightning fast.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Abendroth)
      Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 12 - McMiller (Eagle): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Snow was somewhat soft but most areas were still snow covered. A few icy spots with puddles. A lot of the hills have large icy spots in the middle. Suprisingly still some crusty areas even at 45F degrees.
      (John Dawson)
    • Mar 11 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Very good conditions this morning once they groomed the trail. It started to be very soft around 11 AM and then the whole man made loop was melting...
      (Raphael Delhaye)
    • Mar 11 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The upper and lower prairies and the first loop in the woods were groomed for skating. They look to be in very good condition.
      (Jerry Gensch)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula


      Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 18 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We have been grooming daily and resetting tracks most days. We reset all the single tracks 25 km today with the Bearcats and Ginzu Groomers and drag. We groomed another 25 km with the Pisten Bullies. We have a 3 foot snow base and we will be grooming daily until we close this Sunday, March 24th at 5 PM. Make sure you check in the chalet to see what is groomed. We are not grooming all 75 km daily. Discounted Season Passes for next season are on sale until April. We are open at 9 AM daily and close for skiing at 6 PM, the Ski Shop closes at 4 PM.
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • Mar 17 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Awesome spring skiing- sunny, 36 degrees, excellent classical track everywhere we skied. We drove up to ABR because we knew what to expect in regards to the grooming - best tracks available. They got 8 inches of snow since the two day melt down and tracks were groomed to perfection.
      Photos:  
      (Greg Dahl)
    • Mar 12 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied waxless skis on the classic-only Hemlock, Jack Pine, and White Pine Trails this morning. Perfect conditions after a cold night on recently groomed trails that were in excellent shape with little to no leaf/needle debris. Angela and Eric have a great facility here and do a fantastic job grooming, with excellent customer service to boot! Thanks guys!
      Photos:  
      (Jeff Nesta)
    • Mar 12 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent skate conditions. Plenty of snow and meticulous grooming resulted in a perfect deck for skating. Classic tracks look to be holding up fine as well. For now, spring skiing heaven.
      (Sandy Schreyer)
    • Mar 11 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied waxless skis from 1:00 to 4:45. Trails had been freshly groomed in the morning. Fresh track set throughout, and had been hardly skied yet. Very good conditions with good kick and pretty good glide, though glide should improve after tonight's cold temperatures. Got a bit soft in sunny spots by later in the day, but overall a very good classic ski day on Tamarack 2 Track, Tamarack 2 Way, Otter, and Sunset. Skate deck looked great, too, when crossed by the classic trails with nary a skier on most of it.
      (Jeff Nesta)
    • Mar 11 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate lane was quite soft, particularly around the Powderhorn loop, and narrow in spots. Otherwise, good spring skiing conditions! Tracks looked good.
      (Hannah Panci)
      Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 19 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Dan went over the skate lanes on the core trails this morning. Skied up Heaven and around Y and W. Some good Spring skiing left as base is 3 feet plus. Come early morning or late.
      (John Gierke)
      Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 16 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great conditions. All trails groomed. Solid base, great classical tracks. The skate skiers I talked to said the conditions for them were near perfect.
      (Doug Raubal)
    • Mar 15 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Grooming will resume on Saturday, when the snow is firmer and can be safely groomed without damage to the trails. The snow bike trail is still closed, but should open this weekend as well if colder temperatures prevail.
      (Tom Wright)
    • Mar 13 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Grooming is suspended for today: a quick pass showed the trails to be in excellent condition, but very soft due to warm temperatures. Expect some debris in the wooded areas, and please exercise caution when skiing in the wooded trails as the snow bombs will be falling today. The snow bike trails are closed until conditions improve. Grooming completed at 7:00 am.
      (Tom Wright)
    • Mar 12 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails are tilled and tracked, the Dog Loops dragged as well. Warm temperatures will mean softening rail surfaces later in the day, so get out and get 'em while it's good! Grooming completed at 11 a.m.
      (Tom Wright)
    • Mar 11 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Another 6+ inches of new snow tilled and tracked, and the Dog Loops have been packed and dragged. However, added accumulation is building up quickly, so expect to find soft conditions throughout the system. We now have a 48" base--visit our website for a view of current trail conditions, including our snow gauge. Grooming completed at 1:00 pm.
      (Tom Wright)
      Other locations
    • Mar 17 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      I went out with the groomer this morning but won't go so far to say that we have groomed trails. Our rudimentary grooming equipment can't handle the refrozen snow. So the good is that the humps and bumps from the snow clumps falling off the trees in the warm-up are smoothed out and the trail surface is quite flat. The bad is that I was not able to cut deep tracks, in fact they are very shallow. The best way to look at it is to admit winter conditions are gone and we are into spring conditions. There is a lot of snow on the trail but don't look for nice tracks. There is also a fair amount of tree litter, especially in the few areas with hemlocks. There will be no more grooming done this year. Enjoy the spring skiing.
      (Bob Turnquist)

 

North Dakota


      Grand Forks area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 20 - Lincoln Drive Park (Grand Forks): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Conditions far better with a frozen base. Still not much debris, I would suggest skiing when it is cold for best conditions.
      (John Geissinger)
    • Mar 19 - Lincoln Drive Park (Grand Forks): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Felt like skiing through sand. When the snow starts to melt it is pretty hard to move. Other than that the trails are still in good shape with limited debris.
      (John Geissinger)
      Fargo area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 11 - Edgewood Golf Course Ski Trail (Fargo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Kudos to Fargo parks for trying, but with all the recent snow, just the top inch is compacted, and you break through with every push on the skis. Poles sink deeply. I turned around after 100 yards. Hopefully it will firm up. No classic tracks set.
      (Greg Haugen)

 


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