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Reports: 14   Report Age Region Reporting
Minnesota Northeast
  Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 17 - Spirit Mountain downhill area (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The tubing hill is still full of snow, the rest is mostly grass.
    We classic skied while temps were in the 70's today. That pack at the tubing hill is really holding up well! With falling temps it may stick around until next weekend. If you want to get another ski or go sledding, its' pretty fun!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Apr 14 - Spirit Mountain downhill area (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very disconnected snow except for tubing hill.
    I classic skied the tubing hill as sunny temps were rising from 60 to what felt like 70 today! The rest of Spirit is mostly grass, you could run from patch of snow to patch of snow, but it's past the point of being pleasurable. The tubing hill however, is perfect! There continues to be a nice base with no ice. I did see evidence of a potentially large crack forming...should be good skiing til the weekend at least!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Apr 12 - Spirit Mountain downhill area (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: significantly disconnected snow.
    We started out skating from the top around the main lodge and the snow had some major melting from yesterday's warm temps. It was over 60F and sunny with a big wind when we were out today in the am. We decided to keep the skate boots on and put the classic skis on. The best snow is the tubing hill. We skied there and it is fully covered with a 3-5 foot base existing because the crew at Spirit pushed a big hill of snow down onto it. We also found lots of change and some clear glasses!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Apr 11 - Spirit Mountain downhill area (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Still lots of snow!
    The bottom of Spirit took a beating in the sun today and yesterday, there is a mix of grass, water, and snow. The upper portion of Spirit has quite a bit more good snow.
    (Eve Graves)
  • Apr 10 - Spirit Mountain downhill area (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Still plenty of snow!
    We classic skied today while temps were in the 50'with a slight wind and full sun. The snow has not changed much since last weekend due to the cold temps! There are some grass patches, some icier stuff and lots of fun, fast corn snow! The guys were hard at work creating one heck of a course today while we were out there! If you are chicken to ski it as I am, come watch, it will be beautiful weather and exciting skiing!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 13 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Despite a less-than-inviting view from the trailhead, and a questionable-at-best opening mile (read: duathlon), there's skiing on the farther reaches of Onion River Road trail, more commonly known as the birthplace of the word 'epic'. Conditions rate as excellent compared to most regional ski trails at the moment. With a little luck, hopefully this should hold up another 2 months. The shuttle service to the skiable snow is out of commission, so prepare for adventure.
    Photos:  
    (Matt Zak)
  • Apr 12 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Still eight to ten inches of mostly continuous snow along the Banadad Ski Trail. It looks last week's skier will be the last for this season. The temperature today is 62 degrees!
    Photos:  
    (Ted Young)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula

  Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 15 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good spring conditions the last two days. Lots of base left on entire trail. Some tree debris in pine areas but mostly clean snow. Forecast looks great with lows in 30's each night to allow for several hours of Goldilocks skiing until early afternoon.
    Photos:  
    (Gail Staisil)
  • Apr 11 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Spring. Still over a foot of base.
    Swany set some track this morning. The Goldilocks hour was 7-11 am before things slowed up. Still plenty of base. A decent group of skiers enjoyed the full sun.
    (John Gierke)
  • Apr 11 - Blueberry Ridge Trail (Sands): 
    Firsthand 

    NMU skiers enjoying some spring skiing in Marquette today -- our first ski was back on November 11, that's the UP for ya! And still grooming.
    Photos:  
    (Sten Fjeldheim)
  Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 15 - Mount Bohemia Ski Trails (Lac La Belle): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 32F at 7AM, 52F at 11AM. Crisp air and frozen crust at the start, warmer and a bit punchy at the higher elevations. Continuous snow cover with 8-30" base, some crevasses, sun cupping, and a few areas getting ready to wash out.
    I skied a nice 4 hour loop this morning including the summits of Mt. Bohemia and Mt. Houghton, Mt. Bohemia Nordic ski trails, and a few stretches on snowmobile trails.
    Photos:  
    (Ken Wikgren)
  • Apr 13 - Mount Bohemia Ski Trails (Lac La Belle): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 40F and raining at 10:30AM, 45F with bright sunshine at noon. 12-30" base on Nordic trails and backside of alpine area. Fairly solid and fast on packed trail, bottomless soft off trail. 100% snow cover and very clean snow with only a couple areas of pine debris.
    I skied the entire 12km Nordic trail system with a side trip up the backside to the summit. I used skating skis as the tracks are pretty much gone now. I started out in the rain sans sunglasses and was nearly snow blinded once the sun came out. The rain helped to solidify the snow pack, but washouts are now only a day or two away with all the rain and melting snow.
    Photos:  
    (Ken Wikgren)
  • Apr 9 - Keweenaw County backcountry (Lac La Belle): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 34F. Fog, drizzle, and light rain. 12" base on snowmobile trail, 20-30" of solid snow cover off trail at higher elevations.
    I skated the snowmobile trail from Lac La Belle to Delaware, down almost to Eagle Harbor with a side trip to the summit of Gratiot Mountain. The 2" of new snow from yesterday melted into the base and helped smooth out the icy trail and crust. I skied 116 hours in the past 33 days since the Great Bear Chase, with lots of great backcountry skiing. Heavy snow in the forecast for tonight which could be winter's last hurrah before glacial ablation commences.
    Photos:  
    (Ken Wikgren)

 

Canada

  Other locations
  • Apr 12 - Porcupine Ski Runners Trails (Timmins): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Spring skiing has arrived.
    Excellent spring conditions. Trails groomed, firm tracks, lots of snow still.
    Photos:  
    (Dan Horihan)

 


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