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Minnesota Metro Area


      Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Skied witih some friends on the man-made snow for most likely the last ski of the season. I used my rock and B skis but it really didn't matter as the snow was icy and sharp. We had to take off our skis a couple times to avoid going downhill on ice and on skiing on bare ground. I am sure the conditions "softened" up in the afternoon. We saw a Three Rivers employee walking on the trail and he told us he wasn't going to bother checking our passes because the trail was closed anyway. Thanks to Three Rivers Staff for great conditions in a not-so-great ski season. See you Next year! Pray for snow!
      (Bjorn Cummings)
    • Mar 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      We tested some equipment this morning in the upper stadium at Wirth park. If you are looking for one last little ski, and I stress little, the upper stadium has been groomed. The snow is essentially ground up ice, but is fine to ski on. Uou could do some sprints or agility or lap around the 200 meter outside edge. There are no other place to ski at Wirth, everything else is pure ice or bare ground.
      (Craig Jarvinen)

 

Minnesota Northeast


      Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 27 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Wow! The season maintenance by the "3 J's" and the restrictions as needed really made a difference! This is the first year ever that I can think of where the skating was still this good, especially with having a low snow year, this time of year. In past years there were patches of grass and ice all over, today it is still 98% covered with snow, some ice but not the scary kind, and it is basically the same as it was last Wednesday when I posted! Amazing! It was a bit soft when I skied, but it was still awesome! I skied all but the special K because my dog won't go there.
      (Eve Graves)
    • Mar 25 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Thursday's rain dissolved much of the top-cover that we had created on top of the base. The base is thin, and icy, but still covering 95% of the groomed trails, We ran a groomer over the 5K/Special K this morning and would call it "Hero-Conditions": ski-able for a competent skate skier who just wants one more day of skiing. We are open until 8 tonight, and will be open tomorrow, 8 - 8. Non-members are not required to pay to ski at this point; if you want to make a donation to our operations after you ski, it will be appreciated.
      (John Graham)
    • Mar 24 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Passing through Duluth, stopped by Snowflake to enjoy the late season grooming and skiing on the 5km. Did a couple laps. Really no areas of issue that altered my skiing or experience, just one very very short bare spot that is easily identifiable. Great late season skiing on tilled soft corn snow on top of firm base.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Mar 23 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Groomed the 5K and northern sections of the 10K this morning. Still about 99% trail coverage, although the base is getting thinner with each pass of the knives. Conditions were enhanced by about 1/2 inch of snow (still falling), so we have corduroy skating lanes with a dusting of new snow on top. Very nice! 5K classic track is still defined and now snow topped, however there is debris/exposed ground in about 10% of the track, so Rock Skis for Classic, and stay alert. This afternoon's forecast is not nice, so enjoy the skiing this morning, if you can.
      (John Graham)
    • Mar 22 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Mostly great conditions with occasional burnouts. The 6-7K of trail was definitely worth a ski. Very firm base this evening with enough snow on the top to get a good edge. The trail was still safe and the snow was pebbled making for a fast ski. The occasional burnouts were easy to step around with the exception of one on a south facing downhill. There were also 2 "Ice Lava flows" where you need to be cautious. One is on the Special K and one just before the Special K. I would guess it's now up to mother nature on whether there is more skiing at Snowflake this year. Thanks goes out to John and the other Groomers for all their hard work this season!
      Photos:  
      (Nic Bacigalupo)
    • Mar 22 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Huge thank you to John squared for their hard work in creating what was called "dreamy" conditions again today! Fast 5k, not icy fast, sugar snow fast with the usual Bee Hollow bare spot on the downhill and partially on the opposite uphill along with one big ice patch at the bottom of Takeitez and a couple of thinner uphills... the rest was impeccable! Wow! I couldn't stop going around and around! I skied all of the 10k that was groomed multiple times along with the 5k! Give the John's a big hug if you see them! Thanks for the deliciously wonderful trails!
      (Eve Graves)
    • Mar 22 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Thanks, John! You were right, the skating was memorable. I side-stepped down Bee Hollow, electing not to try the narrow path John had shoveled, and I snowplowed Takitez, and at that speed I could easily avoid the ice at the bottom by stepping out to the right. Otherwise for all the 5 K, including special K, and the north half of the 10 K, the trail was very fast, smooth, no bumps at all, and had sufficient grooming that even a 66-year old with two artificial hips felt very comfortable. Wow, what a birthday present!
      (Tim Holst)
    • Mar 21 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Tuesday night, almost midnight, and just finished grooming the skate lanes on the 5K/SpecialK/10K(-). Set the knives a little deeper and all of the trails (helped by this nice, cold temperature) groomed-up better than they were this morning. Classic track on the 5K remains well formed, but icy hard; I can't improve it with the snow available. The only major deterioration is the previously reported hill into Bee Hollow: that bare ground is now about 25 feet and you'll have to cross it. The 10K groomed trails are better than the 5K. We're open 8 - 8 on Wednesday and Thursday. I think the skating tomorrow will be memorable.
      (John Graham)
    • Mar 21 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      10:00 a.m. and just completed grooming the 5K/SpecialK/Northern Sections of 10K. All trails have a hard, icy, rather thin base, however the shallow-set Ginzu knives did a nice job scraping off the makings of a nice corduroy top-layer. Very pretty (see photo)! The 5K/SpK are 99% covered; only exposed ground is a 15' section prior to Bee Hollow, which must be walked. Ice ponds at the bottom or Takitez and the big turn on Special K. 5K Classic track is still formed and very solid, but it is icy. The Northern 10K sections have more cover/thicker base than the 5K and I ran the groomer over them 7 times. Only exposed ground is on Geno's Jump. I groomed the return trail all the way up Geno's Jump, under the Tree Bridge, to Fisketti Junction. No Classic track on the 10K, but fine, fast skating. I recommend entering the 10K by skiing out and in from the trailhead, all the way to Fisketti; Geno's Jump is safe for climbing, but unsafe to ski down. Map in the chalet is updated. B Skis should be fine if you look ahead as you ski. The direct sun will take a toll on the newly ground "snow", so get it while we have it. Open 8 - 8 today and tomorrow.
      Photos:  
      (John Graham)
    • Mar 19 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Our 5K and the northern section of the 10K offered decent skiing through the weekend, however warm temps and lots of sunlight are taking a toll on the base. The forecast is for no sub-freezing temps until Monday night, then we expect 3 -4 days of good cold. With that in mind, Snowflake will be closed Monday. We will re-groom early on Tuesday, and be open at 8:00 a.m. Morning skiing will be the best, but we will remain open all day for those who can't ski before work. The map in the chalet will be updated to show the "safe and groomed" trails. This is likely the final week of skiing here, until next season, so we will give you the best trails that we can.
      Photos:  
      (John Graham)
      Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 24 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skated Onion River Road trail - soggy and slow after the snowfalls of last night and the day before - while my friend did classic on no wax skis and was very happy with the skied in track. Not groomed since those two snowfalls and there's a lot of snow on the trail that should provide good skiing for awhile. Without grooming, classic is the way to go.
      (Russ Ludeke)
    • Mar 22 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Classic skied Homestead and Hogback loops. The tracks were icy and worn but manageable with fish scale skis. Very few bare spots. The skate deck was firm, coverage excellent and recently groomed.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Steffes)
    • Mar 22 - Upper Gunflint Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Overall, we have good spring ski conditions, with no major bare spots. However, there are some ice patches and a few rocks on the trails. The snow we got a few days ago has given good traction to most areas.
      Photos:  
      (John Silliman)
    • Mar 19 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skied from Oberg around Picnic, Hogback and Homestead loops. Fresh grooming after Friday's 3 inches of wet snow on top of a icy base made for a great ski. Temps just below freezing kept snow from transforming but it was still slow. Coverage was excellent over 95% of the trail. A few water bars and one bare patch were the only problem areas. Groomers did a great job as they have all season with a excellent base but multiple thaws and rain events. It was a great year on the North Shore and it should last a while longer.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Mar 18 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fantastic spring nordic skiing! If you love to ski, come on up, it is still terrific! New snow - perfectly groomed! We skied all afternoon it was great! We finished up on bear cub world cup. If you have not skied this trail - you have not really skied Minnesota.
      Photos:  
      (Robert W Nicholson III)
    • Mar 18 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      What a great way to end the season, the same way it began back in November: Breaking trail. I skied the Deeryard loop including Fire Tower and the Short Loop today after Friday's snow of a few inches. No grooming had been done but skiing was great. No debris, temps just below freezing. New snow was not sticky. Good skis fine. Great year on the north shore. Very thankful for all the grooming efforts and the great year we have had up on the north shore. There is plenty of snow left as can be seen in the photo.
      Photos:  
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Mar 18 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Only the Snowman and Pincushion loops had been groomed after the Friday snow of a few inches. No classic tracks. Skating was great, a bit slow as temps were around freezing, but wonderful to be out this time of year. Thanks to all the groomers whose efforts made for a great year.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Mar 18 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Great (almost) spring day on the trail. Fabulous views and sounds of the East Branch of the Beaver River as you ski along. The snow from yesterday is melting fast but you can still enjoy yourself, especially if you are very careful on the downhills. There is no grooming/track so I broke trail for the most part. Also, had to go around, over, and under several windfall trees. Fun!
      (Peggy Stone)
    • Mar 18 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The skiing is still going strong on the norwegian riviera. They had just groomed the picnic loop. It looks like there is about a foot of base snow depth still. The skate deck was firm and fast with 2 inches of new course granular snow. No wax classic skis or klister is a good bet this time of the year for classic skiing.
      (Gene Karwoski)
      Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 19 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      We had over 30 Km combed out for the weekend, and the skiing was great with a solid 2-6" base with some soft snow on top. With warm weather Monday and a hard freeze at night it might be a little sketchy Tuesday but we will do one more groom Monday night and that will likely be it for the season. It was great to see the LNR group up here last weekend and thanks to all of our skiers for the 2016-17 season!
      (John Filander, Giants Ridge)
      Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 18 - Hidden Valley Ski Trails (Ely): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Amazing conditions mid March. After a few inches new snow last few days over hard base, Wayne has done a fabulous job grooming. Great long skate ski, classic tracks too are well set, some ice under it so put a good binder on and hardwax cover and good to go! Odd icy spot under a few trees etc, but nothing to worry about! Used my best skis and it was fabulous. Come on up and ski HV!
      (Margaret Waechter)
      Other locations
    • Mar 18 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      3 to 4" of very wet snow fell Friday. Temp's cooled down overnight to about 27 at 3 pm today. I rolled the skate lanes on all segments once, some twice. Skating looks perfect - Spring skiing at its finest. Almost all rocks are covered now, but sun will expose those on south slopes. You could certainly use good skis if watchful.
      Photos:  
      (Burgess Eberhardt)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula


      Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 24 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skate lanes remain in good shape with solid pole plants and good edge. Groomer will Ginzu skate lanes in a.m., after temps getting into 20's overnight. Some drizzle last night, but little effect on trails as we have a 6-8" base. Mostly advanced skiers out today from out of town looking for the last snow. Tomorrow morning skating should be very good. I was able to reset classic tracks on A, B, D/W. Skin and no-wax classic working. Come on out for some great Spring skiing tomorrow, weatherman promises full sun and drier air.
      (John Gierke)
    • Mar 21 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Good snow coverage with some wind debris on trails. Groomer did a great job of scratching top layer so skis could get a good edge. Only a few other skiers out including groomers from other ski areas (finally getting a chance to ski after the end of their season). Skating far better than classic where tracks looked icy.
      Photos:  
      (Sandy Schreyer)
    • Mar 19 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We arrived 9:30 am to find fresh snow, all trials freshly groomed, and Dan the grooming man was opening the ski lodge. Dan fired up the wood stove and gave us a first hand report on the trials he had just groomed. The two loops we skied were as promised, perfect! This little slice of heaven in the UP has changed my perception of winter. It has always been our favorite destination to ski and when there is homemade soup available it is icing on the cake! Thanks for a great year!
      (Dan LaFond)
    • Mar 19 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Dan the groomer did another fantastic job of grooming the trails. Still a 20" base with new snow worked in. All trails groomed for freestyle and tracks set for classical. Excellent ski conditions for an almost spring day.
      (Philip Chaudoir)
    • Mar 19 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed our entire trail system this morning. 3 inches of heavy wet snow yesterday morning prevented any grooming but temps fell below freezing last night so we groomed it in this morning. Trails are excellent. Still have a very deep base that should hold up well into next weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Mar 19 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      9 a.m.: Dan just finished grooming the entire system, so we are 100% open. Skate and classic are both very good.
      (John Gierke)
    • Mar 18 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      2-3" of wet snow and temps above 32F prevented any grooming this morning. However a lot of skiers still showed up and skied in all the classic tracks. So one of the better crowds we have had in some time. Dan, our main groomer is coming in early to get as much done before temps warm up tomorrow. Come out early, as skating should be very good and classic should continue to be great. Light snow is falling around 6:30 pm.
      (John Gierke)
    • Mar 18 - Al Quaal Recreation Area (Ishpeming): 
      Firsthand Shorty 
      [ B skis ]

      Still good skiing at Al Quaal.
      Photos:  
      (Sten Fjeldheim)
      Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 26 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      It was nice to ski on over a foot of snow. We skied most trails. It was 8:00 AM and 32 degrees when we started,and finished at 10:30. Hard base with 1 inch corn on the surface great edging and fast. They were grooming when we arrived and were using a drag which was doing a very good job. We planted our poles off trail to check the snow dept in the woods and wow! Over two feet.
      (Larry Heathman)
    • Mar 25 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Absolutely amazing conditions today. Trails were tilled and tracked last night and they were superb today. Skate deck was level and rocket fast and tracks were rock solid. Can't believe how good the trails are holding up with all of the warm weather we've had this year. Thanks to the groomers for their amazing work!
      (Samuel Kilpela)
    • Mar 23 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Very good conditions for skate skiing at Swedetown today. All trails packed and freshly dragged this morning, with the exception of part of one trail (Powderhouse) near the chalet. Very firm deck, but still easy to edge. Classic tracks were set full depth throughout, but looked glazed/icy in most places. A bit of tree debris in spots, but overall great snow.
      Photos:  
      (Ted Lystig)
    • Mar 22 - Mount Bohemia (Lac La Belle): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      10F at 9AM, 28F at 3PM. 8-24" base, 260" snowfall this season. I used skating skis to ski tour around Lac La Belle today, including the Mt. Bohemia, Mt. Houghton, and Gratiot Mtn. "triple nipple". Mostly solid crust off trail getting a little punchy by the time I got to Gratiot Mtn. in the afternoon sun. I skied a mixed bag of ski trails, snowmobile trails, logging roads and tree skiing, with a few icy snowmachine and skier ruts to negotiate.
      Photos:  
      (Ken Wikgren)
    • Mar 21 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Recent new snow tilled in with old icy snow for "hero snow" skating. All trails tilled and tracked with some drifting in the TR.
      (Michael Howe)
    • Mar 19 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Some new snow freshly tilled and tracked made for creamy corderoy for the skaters. Tracks were full depth which meant they were down to the icy-ish layers sometimes. Consequently any hard wax either slipped or grabbed so skin skis were the choice and worked well. By mid-afternoon things had softened up and, since there is a wax bench conveniently located, I broke out the klister skis. I picked up some pine tree schmutz but to no noticeable I'll effect.
      (Michael Howe)
    • Mar 18 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      The inch or two of yesterday's - fresh snow was tilled into the existing base for a perfect skate deck. A thin coating of fresh snow on top made for "velvety" skating. Classic tracks were also reset with a little fresh snow in them for good hard-wax striding. Felt like mid-winter.
      (Michael Howe)

 

Canada


      Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 22 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      15km newly tilled skate lanes. Pisten Bully repaired and back at work! Some classic tracks hopefully tomorrow.
      (Peter Crooks)
    • Mar 19 - Lappe Nordic Ski Centre (Thunder Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      It still looks like winter just north of Thunder Bay. Snow-laden trees, full coverage, excellent grooming (of course). Temps were just above freezing and we had decent kick with our warm wax.
      Photos:  
      (Anne Flueckiger)

 

United States


  • Mar 25 - Meissner (Bend, OR): 
    Firsthand 
    [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

    Sunday was the last day the trails at Meissner were open. Saturday was glorious. Sunny, low 30s, nice grooming. There were a few places where our skis slowed down quickly due to the wet snow (more structure called for, I would guess), but most of the trails were quite fast. The rest of the groomed trail season will have to be at Mt. Bachelor, or Teacup on Mt. Hood (open until the middle of April).
    (Kenneth Salzberg, WAMXC)
  • Mar 24 - Buck Prairie Winter Recreation Area (Mount Ashland, OR): 
    Firsthand 
    [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

    A future saint groomed Buck Prairie Nordic for diagonal and freestyle skiing yesterday, more specifically Natasha's Web and Table Mt. loops. Conditions were primo by "late season" standards, and not only. Right after we skied there, the area got socked with another 9 inches plus, so here we go all over again.
    Photos:  
    (Matt Zak)

 

International


  • Mar 21 - Vasaloppet Trail (Mora, Sweden): 
    Firsthand 
    [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

    The trail from Salen to Mora was in excellent shape for the Mora Vasaloppet. Deep tracks, fresh snow and perfect conditions greeted skiers. Aside from the headwind, a perfect day, and long flat 90Km ski was enjoyed.
    (Ray Johnston)

 


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