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Minnesota Metro Area
  Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Mar 28 - Valleywood Golf Course (Apple Valley): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fantastic early morning crust skiing. Excellent coverage throughout most of the golf course, just a few easily avoidable open areas.
    Valleywood GC was one of the lucky places to pick up a bit more snow than everyone else in the most recent southern MN storm. After a few days of seasoning and a hard freeze last night, conditions were perfect early this morning for an incredibly fun crust cruise. Didn't see anyone else out there but could tell from tracks folks were out enjoying the snow at various times the past few days. Freezing back down early this evening but looks to warm early morning with rain probably putting an end to the crust.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Mar 23 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Slow and messy but snow. No grooming, no tracking. Real snow.
    Officially closed but I was not the first one out. Skied the lake and other areas in reverse - bonus!
    (Chris Walgren)
  • Mar 23 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 5+ inches heavy snow, not too wet, waxless ski conditions.
    Plenty of snow, only hit grass and a few dirt spots on hard turns. Did 3 laps. Downhills were pretty fast and fun. Great scenery. Well worth but get out there ASAP before it's gone.
    (Dan Zenk)

 

Minnesota Northeast

  Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Mar 23 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trail system grooming was limited to just a few areas and when I started skiing this AM and it was crunchy icy in the skate lane while classic tracks were hard packed and icy.
    I drove up to Bearskin Lodge to check out the Central Gunflint System after one good report came in on Sunday. It was 19 at the start of my ski. The owner warned me that some of the trails had last been groomed on Saturday, so were icy fast. But, since I wanted to give it a try he pointed out two sections that would be less challenging, so out I went. My grip tape was basically stripped off after the first 10 K ski. But, I did it again double poliing most of the way and had a great time. If you go, wait until later in the day for that sweet spot, and call ahead for conditions. I was the only skier out when I started at 9:45 AM. Fun to be here again.
    Photos:  
    (Doug Schumacher)
  • Mar 21 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pretty darn good.
    Plenty of snow cover. Weekend temps stayed well below freezing, so the freshly tilled trails were rocket fast but very skiable. Pure blue skies, warm sunshine, and fantastic scenery made for a wonderful weekend of skiing!
    (Colleen Corcoran)
  • Mar 21 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pretty Good. Recent grooming has made the trails very skiable.
    Classic skied today at Bearskin. Looks like some of the trails were groomed this morning, and these trails were great. Still plenty of snow coverage. Blue klister worked great for kick, as temps were around 10 degrees, and warming into the low twenties by the time I was finished. Planning on coming back tomorrow!!
    (Timothy Lederle)
  • Mar 21 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Grooming 

    Good spring skiing on the Gunflint's Banadad Ski Trail. In the morning the trails are icy and fast but as it warms up in the afternoon they soften up. Banadad, Lace Lake, and Tall Pines - 41 km tracked and holding up well. Track 1-2" deep. Snow is melting a bit each day but no bare spots showing through on the trails.
    (Ted Young)

 

Minnesota Southern

  Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Mar 26 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
    Firsthand 

    Crust skiing heaven! After receiving 10+ inches of heavy wet and unskiable snow snow a few days ago it finally got cold enough to create a firm layer of crust. With a little luck we might get in another one or two mornings of crust skiing.
    (Steve Williams)
  Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Mar 28 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Slushy wet snow.
    The skiing was surprisingly good in shaded areas with a few bare spots in the sunny area. The warm weather and the soft snow made for excellent spring skiing conditions. Good way to end the ski season. Thanks to the ski club for all that you do.
    (Anders Braaten)
  • Mar 26 - Great River Bluffs State Park (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Cloudy 30 degrees transitioned snow.
    I tried the north side trails but they were too deep and soft. Crossing to the south side I found icy hard fast conditions. Good skiing. I had to pick and choose and let the snow decide where I was going.
    (Bob Cieslak)
  • Mar 26 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Still skiable for die-hards.
    Some bare spots in areas exposed to the sun, but overall the coverage is surprisingly intact, especially in the wooded and shady areas. Late spring conditions, i.e., highly variable depending on exposure and time of day. But still skiable for the die-hards.
    (Tom Stoa)
  • Mar 24 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 8 inches ungroomed natural snow.
    Good end of year snow dump made for good end of March back country skiing on trails. Thanks to the groomers for another good year of skiing.
    (Anders Braaten)
  • Mar 24 - Great River Bluffs State Park (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mostly sunny mid-twenties at 9 am. Deep untracked snow that setup well as temps probably dropped below twenty last night.
    I broke trail out King's Bluff. Waxless skis worked well and I'm glad I wore gaiters. Stickies showing up around 11 am.
    (Bob Cieslak)
  • Mar 23 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Deep new snow, skier-made tracks.
    Seven inches of somewhat heavy new snow. We made a track on the main loop and a few other trails. Fun conditions for classic skiers who appreciate ungroomed natural skiing.
    (Tom Stoa)

 

Wisconsin Northeast

  Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Mar 26 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Striding: Good spring conditions.
    Winter is back! We got 4 inches of dry powder snow yesterday. At 2:00 the temp was 25 degrees, we broke trail with our nowax classical skis. We skied the skating loop to the shelter, backwards from the shelter on the blue loop, skied the green loop and yellow loop. Coverage was good, no rocks, and left a shallow skied in track. Was great to be back on skis again.
    (Greg Dahl)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula

  Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Mar 27 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Striding: awesome tracks, skating: excellent deck.
    Overnight low was 6 degrees, arrived at Wolverine at 10:30 am with temp of 16 degrees. the trails were freshly groomed-we strided first and the track was awesome full, deep, with a few mosaic ice chunks in the bottom of track. Blue V40 grace amazing kick. Dogs are allowed on the trails so our beagle got a good workout in the morning. After lunch we skating all the trails - pretty much fresh corduroy everywhere we went. It was a bluebird day and the sun did soften the south facing hills a little. An excellent spring skiing day. Thanks to the groomers, the trails were awesome. We left at 2:30 and temp was only 26 degrees.
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Mar 27 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Trails were groomed this morning with a great skate lane and solid tracks. Plans are to groom Saturday and Sunday. Chalet open 8am - 6pm.
    A big welcome to a group of folks for their first time on skis! A perfect day to be out on the trails striding and skating. Sunny and temps in the low 20's. The new snow made everything white and clean looking again. No bare spots. Don't put the skis away yet!
    Photos:  
    (Deborah Leonard-Polich, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Mar 26 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Received 5" of new snow. Groomers were out cutting new tracks and new skate lanes and finished by 10 am. Snow still coming down into the early afternoon.
    Great skiing, winter back for today with temps in the 20's.
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Mar 25 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good conditions continue at Wolverine.
    Ironwood received abouyt an inch of fresh snow this morning, and snow continued lightly as we skied this morning. The groomer was finishing up as we started skiing. Very nice conditions throughout the system. Base is still great. No thin spots that I saw... Race skis still could be used. Small loop by pond on Powderhorn loop closed.
    (Sue Schroeder)
  • Mar 24 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Sweet spring skiing.
    Trails are in magnificent condition. Solid 12-18inch base. Tuesday the tracks were excellent. The skate deck was also very good. Still plenty of good skiing to be had.
    Photos:  
    (Andre Watt)
  • Mar 22 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Superb skate skiing on the nicely groomed trails. Classic tracks firm from the temperature swings from Friday to Saturday. There is still about a 2 foot snow base and no bare spots. Great 4 days of skiing with the North Star Ski Touring Club.
    Photos:  
    (Stephanie Croteau)
  • Mar 22 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    We had a great season of skiing 128 days of good to excellent skiing Nov 13th to March 22 and daily grooming. As I groomed the last few k of trails this morning it was a bittersweet. We had good spring skiing this weekend. We have to close when we can not provide fun and safe skiing every day. With the thin base on downhills and south faces, strong spring sun, and the Montreal River rising with the warm temps, we are closed for the season. As a corporation we have to answer to our insurance company, accountants and board of directors. We charge a trail fee and expect that we can provide you with a good to excellent skiing experience. We want to thank you for your business this season and hope that you have a safe and healthy summer.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Mar 22 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Epic spring conditions yesterday and today.
    What a glorious way to finish the season. It's really amazing to see Eric working his magic on the trails that were still fully covered; about 30K or so. This morning was the best ever. Frozen cord with enough edge for effortless skiing and not too nerve wrecking downhills. Fun, fun, fun!
    Photos:  
    (Jenneke Oosterhoff)
  • Mar 21 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Granular snow, freshly groomed.
    After spending most of day downhill skiing, we broke out the skinny skis and ventured out onto Wolverine just before dark and got a quick loop in. Pleasantly surprised with conditions and the amount of traffic. Both the skiers and dogs enjoyed our time out. Skiing should last into April with all the snow here.
    (Dave Johnson)
  • Mar 21 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    We had a super day of skiing today... we saw many skiers we had not seen all season. The trails tilled up well with the dusting of new snow. I will be grooming for the last time Sunday morning for some good spring skiing again on Sunday. We will be closed in the ski shop and for skiing Sunday at 5 PM.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Mar 21 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: With temps in the teens overnight, all trails were groomed this morning, except Cliff Hanger, with track set. The thick wide ribbon of trail still has almost a 2' base in most places. No bare spots.
    If you can imagine, today was the best skate day all year because of a good temp, sunny skies and crisp trails. Striding was a close second.
    Photos:  
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Mar 20 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    We had a good day of skiing today...not crowded today because the forecast said it would rain. We had great spring skiing till 4:30 pm when the rain started. It appears that the rain stopped and temps are dropping. We plan to regroom the trails early in the morning, as the temps should continue to drop, with the Pisten Bully. Forecasts call for for 1-3 inches of snow overnight. We plan on grooming and skiing thru Sunday. Monday we will be closed.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Mar 20 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Spring skiing is great.
    Skied almost everyday the last ten days and loving it. Yesterday had to take a day off to rest the dogs. I wish! Some days the groomer teams take out the big iron, some days the little reptile. Seems the team is getting it right every day. Watch the national weather report. When the T just rises to 32 you have two hours of skating and then switch to classic. Nice...
    (Greyson Bruce Morrow)
  • Mar 19 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    We groomed about 30 km of trails tonight including Hemlock, Jack Pine, White Pine, only two bare spots on Hemlock on the return (easy to avoid using the River Trail for 100 yards along the River). The wide trails Pisten Bully groomed trails are holding snow very well. The trails are covered with a few thin areas on the south slopes but very nice skiing. We will head out to the Highlands in the early morning to see if we can get them in shape for the weekend. We plan to be open through the weekend closing at 5 PM Sunday.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Mar 19 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good on trails still accessible.
    The river has over run Sulo's loop (limiting access to outer loops) and sun and warmth have taken a toll on some south facing hills, but the trails that were open were great. Hero skier conditions early with fast, transformed snow with good edging on freshly groomed skate deck. Conditions slowed as the day warmed, hastening a switch to fish scale classic skis. Tracks still deep and good on freshly tracked trails, and still decent on older tracks on Jack Pine and White Pine once we crossed one grassy spot.
    (Sue Schroeder)
  Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Mar 27 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Trails were just groomed. I classical skied. The track was excellent.
    I would say the trails were typical spring condition for Valley Spur. I skied out of the valley to Y & W. The track was super fast with good grip. My 4.5 hours on snow seemed more like one. I'd get out early tomorrow.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Lane)
  • Mar 27 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Fresh grooming after a light snow overnight has our system in great shape. We don't have anything even remotely resembling a thin spot. Still a great base that should hold up for a couple more weeks.
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Mar 26 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Fresh snow has allowed us to groom and track the entire system. It looks like an awesome weekend of skiing at Valley Spur yet again!
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Mar 24 - Saux Head Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ok. Groomed a couple days ago, but deep boot tracks on most of the trails.
    First visit to these trails. Nice terrain... some good views of the Saux Head Lake and Lake Superior. Sadly, some folks had walked over much of the trail system and the deep boot tracks had frozen up quite firmly making for challenging conditions and some downright scary downhills. Happy to come away unscathed.
    (Sue Schroeder)
  • Mar 23 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Deep base. Freshly groomed.
    All trails except Z and G were groomed today or yesterday. Great conditions. Fast with good edging thanks to a bit of snow a couple days ago. No problem with best skis. We were skating. Classic tracks not reset but still looked good most places.
    Photos:  
    (Sue Schroeder)
  • Mar 23 - Blueberry Ridge Trail (Sands): 
    Firsthand 

    Cold nights and sunny 30F +- day temps have given us lucky UPers some awesome good spring skiing, still a foot of snow in the woods!
    Photos:  
    (Sten Fjeldheim)
  • Mar 22 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very nice. Plenty of snow, nicely groomed.
    Conditions at Valley Spir are still very good with a deep base.
    Photos:  
    (John McCarthy)
  • Mar 21 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Substantial base, full coverage. Skate was great, but most others were striding - can't speak for them, but all seemed happy. Only problem was the lack of skiers out enjoying this wonderful day.
    It may be the first full day of spring, but it seemed like mid-January. Temps in the teens, a bit of wind, and fast , firm conditions on the skate lanes. New snow mixed with crushed ice from yesterday's warm temps resulted in a fast, firm, and flat (no ruts) surface throughout.
    Photos:  
    (John McCarthy)
  • Mar 21 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    The fresh snow overnight mixed in well on the skate lanes and brought the classic tracks back. Flurries are continuing throughout the day.
    (John Gierke)
  Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Mar 27 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Beautiful conditions for classic skiing today. Pisten Bully groomed, track set, for the second day in a row after several inches of fresh snow on Wednesday into Thursday. Skating looked good, too.
    Swix Blue Extra provided good kick. A little over 20 km of trails were groomed.
    Photos:  
    (Peter Vorhes)
  • Mar 27 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed and perfect.
    We classic skied from the chalet to and around the Bear Chase loops. The tracks weren't icy, no melting despite strong spring sun. The skate lane was corduroy. Some loops not groomed but plenty to work with.
    (Jan Axelson)
  • Mar 26 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, freshly groomed.
    Several inches of new snow on a deep base, fresh grooming, few skiers out, delightful. Worth the trip.
    (Jan axelson)
  • Mar 22 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good base. Freshly groomed. Very, very fast and firm conditions.
    The bulletproof base made edging a bit challenging, but no complaints... The skating was wicked fast. Skied pretty much all the skate loops, and the base is still great. There are a very few icy sections where very wet snow has frozen solid. Things softened on a few south facing hills by mid afternoon, but not much.
    Photos:  
    (Sue Schroeder)
  • Mar 21 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good. Blazing fast on a very firm deck after light rain last night and a solid freeze with colder temps today.
    Most trails at Swedetown were groomed yesterday. After some rain and a solid freeze last night, the skate deck was very firm and fast. Some ruts were present from skiing that was done during the warm weather yesterday, which made balance and edging more challenging in places. Powderhouse and Tamarack, which not been groomed yesterday, were also in good shape, except one downhill on Powderhouse which had dirt blown over the deck. The base is holding well at Swedetown, and we used good skis no problem.
    (Sue Schroeder)
  • Mar 20 - Copper Harbor Pathway (Copper Harbor): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair. Not as much base as other parts of the Keweenaw... Melt down left a fair number of bare spots.
    Despite a number of bare spots, skiing was ok on tracks set several weeks back. Trails here are pretty flat but offer interesting sightseeing in Fort Wilkins State Park. Views of Lake Fanny Hooe, Lake Superior, and historic Fort Wilkins.
    Photos:  
    (Sue Schroeder)
  • Mar 19 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 28F at 9:30AM, 38F at 1:00PM. All main trails recently groomed and track set. Very good conditions.
    I skied two laps today, fast and a tad icy early, getting softer just after I finished skiing.
    (Ken Wikgren)
  Other locations
  • Mar 20 - Mount Bohemia Ski Trails (Lac La Belle): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good despite warm temps and not being groomed recently. Deep base.
    First time visiting these beautiful classic-only trails. Accessed from behind the yurts at the Mount Bohemia ski area. Trails had not been groomed since before the warmup, but tracks were still fairly intact once we departed the initial start area. Wow, these trails have neat terrain... Would love to visit when they had fresh tracks.
    Photos:  
    (Sue Schroeder)

 

Canada

  Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Mar 25 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Power tilled and some tracksetting on 60 percent of trails.
    Will keep grooming till it's gone!
    (Peter Crooks)
  Other locations
  • Mar 25 - Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (Thunder Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good base with PB grooming on 50km. Icy in morning.
    50km skate lane with 20km trackset. Still grooming!
    (Peter Crooks)

 

United States

  • Mar 27 - Falcon Trails (Falcon Lake, MB): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Variable. Spring to fresh snow, to mid winter.
    Jonell and I spent three days checking out the Falcon Trails on the shores of Falcon Lake Manitoba this week. All three days were different. The first day was true spring conditions, skiing on skiable sections of corn snow in between bare spots. Doug, one of the owners, was even out grooming these sections! The second day it stormed nicely and snowed 3-4". Doug was back out dragging the wet damp snow and later Ginzu groomed the trail system. ( Thank you Doug for the special grooming!) The morning was spent enjoying the fresh snow on the small alpine area intertwined into the Nordic trails complete with a fun little terrain park. The JibSkates were perfect. In the afternoon, Jonell and I skied to the High Lake enjoying the winter wonderland conditions. Overnight, the temp dropped down to the lower teens setting up the grooming perfectly. The skied cleared and the morning was absolutely beautiful. It was hard to get off the trail and go home! Generally mid winter conditions with a few rocks and thin areas to keep heads up but overall incredible skiing. With a biathlon course, a terrain park ideal for Nordic, alpine slopes for telemark and the cross country trail system, this is truly a Nordic Nirvana run by some fantastic people with a great vibe and atmosphere. I highly recommend checking out this area. I can't wait to go back....
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Mar 21 - Sugarloaf Nordic (Carrabassett Valley, ME): 
    Firsthand 

    Fantastic powder conditions in Maine, still two feet of snowpack on the trails and not much transformation. Beautiful spring sun, too. Probably the best skiing in the country.
    Photos:  
    (Ari Ofsevit)

 

International

  • Mar 20 - Seljalandsdalur (Isafjordur, Iceland): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great mid-season ski conditions!
    The conditions here in Iceland are amazing. Im always checking in on how skiing is back in MN and it makes me sad to see that the snow is almost all gone there. We will be skiing until July with the way this winter has been going. At times it is a little too windy to ski, but the nice days make up for it. The Fossavatn Ski Marathon here is a little over a month away. Come visit if you want to keep skiing.
    Photos:  
    (Steven Gromatka)

 


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