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These reports are maintained by readers like you. Let us know about the rollerski trail updates/conditions in your area via our Rollerski/Training Report form. And if you're lucky enough to have snow, please file a Ski Trail Report. If you'd like to send along some photos, please e-mail those as attachment and we'll plug them into your report.
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Reports: 24  

Minnesota Metro Area


      Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 25 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Started out roller skiing at Hyland after what I thought was my last ski of the year Monday. As I went past the 5k man made loop I noticed 3-4 feet of crusty snow. Put on the snow skis. It is still doable. It would have been great had they not run the piston bully tracks on the last day that they cut a few trees. It is very uneven and dirty, but better than roller skiing. A quick snowmobile and sled run might give us a few more weeks. It was still firm in the afternoon sun.
      Photos:  
      (Scott Engstrom)
    • Apr 22 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Took a chance. Only one other person was there and she was leaving but satisfied that she had a (last) chance to ski. The "glacier" and the top of the green leading to it and the section leading to the glacier was skiable though the footing was tricky in spots because you'd sink about 4 inches deeper than the tracks. The section in front of the parking lot was melted to grass. I really enjoyed the challenge but this is probably my last try! There's golf there too!
      (Stanley Sledz)
    • Apr 22 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Another beautiful day of spring skiing. Thanks to the Loppet for grooming one last time. Groomer came through around 8 o'clock and turned icy course in to great skiing. Conditions were getting soft and slow by 10:30. Super fun skiing one last time with many friends.
      Photos:  
      (Matt Liebsch, Pioneer Midwest Ski Shop)

 

Minnesota Northeast


      Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • May 1 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Thanks to Snowflake Nordic Ski Center and head groomer John Graham for a stellar season. Today I enjoyed a 65F May 1st ski on the last stretches of snow for my 139th consecutive day skiing and 144th of an eight-month season that began on October 27. Cheers, fellow skiers, and see you next season!
      Photos:  
      (Lane Ellis)
    • Apr 23 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      I was pleasantly surprised to see how much snow there still is at Snowflake! My spring ski terms are connected snow and covered. There is about 85 to 90 percent of the trail still covered with a mix of fun corn snow, old non scary ice type surface, grass and some water. The snow that is there is 97% connected with the usual early out spots grassy. The tracks are miraculously still there too for classic! Special K is by far the best of the 5k, I did not venture out onto the 10k at all. All the hard work the groomers put in this season has paid off again! Thank you!
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)

 

Wisconsin Northwest


      Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 29 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Last ski of the year. We have said that many times this season, but today must have been it. We (Josie, David, Karl, Kajsa, Per, Margie, George and Ingrid Nelson) came out to celebrate my daughter Kajsa's 6th birthday by skiing on April 29th. I broke a ski, but I have broken the same one many times before so it must have been a bad repair job. We skied on bare grass and leaves to get to the stretch of snow shaded on the north facing hill south of OO. We all enjoyed skiing down the hill and then across a large puddle. There was less than 30% of the trail that was snow covered, but we all thoroughly enjoyed the celebration on skis!
      Photos:  
      (David Nelson)
    • Apr 28 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Put in at Camp 38 crossing on the Classic Trail. Skied (south) up and over High Pt. to the overlook/plateau. Then back tracked and picked up the Skate Trail. Some very good skiing, a "10". And some bad skiing, a "0" or hiking. About a 80/20 split snow vs. dirt. Maybe one more day? Thanks ABSF crew for a great season!
      Photos:  
      (Jeff Tumbleson)
    • Apr 24 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Still skiing on the loops at OO. Wet corn snow. Might have to run on skis a bit, and cross some puddles and streams. 6-12 inches of snow in places. First time on rock skis since November.
      Photos:  
      (Thomas Meyer)
    • Apr 22 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Classic skied from OO north to Fire Tower Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Very wet, transformed snow, with about 4-6 bare spots total that require a 10 ft walk each. Caution needed! Classic tracks heavily melted but skiable and 1 foot base remains on much of the trail, owing to the consistent grooming this spring (Thanks groomers!). Fish-scale skis performed excellent. Shorts and t-shirt skiing with the scenes of mid winter and the sun and air of high spring - immaculate!
      Photos:  
      (Paul Cigan)
      Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 26 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
      Firsthand 

      We heard there was a lot of snow left at Pattison according to the groomer so we decided to head out and check it out! Driving to Superior, we saw the first explosion that looked like a candlestick with a lot of black smoke. The snow was no where to be seen until we got well into the park, then there was a lot of snow! We just skied the smaller loop and it was about 65% covered with many skiable sections, but sadly I think the ski season at Pattison is over. Huge thank you to the groomers!
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)

 

Wisconsin Northeast


      Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 25 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      I put in 15km this morning on still a solid ice base with some crust and snow mix on top. Found a nice 3/4km loop on Green with only one bare spot to ski. Other areas had wide variety of no cover to good solid stretches. The loop was good skating with just a few icy spots. Overall, a great ski considering its April 25th! Was softening up when I left at 9am.
      (Dan Dudley)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula


      Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • May 1 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Considerable snow has been lost since Sunday, and Wolverine was barely skiable tonight with plenty of ground. In places, grass skiing was involved. By the skin of our teeth, we managed 8 months in a row of skiing at Wolverine.
      (Jonathon Rulseh, SISU Ski Fest)
    • Apr 29 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skiing at Wolverine continues. The conditions today were better than they've been in a while. Two days of cold weather had firmed up the base, and halted major melting. The few thin areas are easily avoided, and the main hill by the Chalet will probably melt out in the coming days. It was great to see other skiers enjoying a beautiful spring day. How much longer will it last? I've included a picture of our first ski at Wolverine this season, over 6 months ago on Oct 28th.
      Photos:  
      (Jonathon Rulseh, SISU Ski Fest)
    • Apr 25 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Wolverine is still in good shape. The base is shrinking, but quite firm with only a couple small areas down to the ice base. The poles punch through at times near the edge. Classic was great in the afternoon, especially on the second lap. Hard to say how long it will last. The melt is on, and the end is near. The season started at Wolverine 26 weeks ago. Skiing for half of the 52 weeks is not a bad season.
      Photos:  
      (Jonathon Rulseh, SISU Ski Fest)
      Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 26 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails are open; most are getting groomed for skating daily. Very fast, yet still plenty of control. Wore my World Cup skis this morning with no worries. There is very little debris on the snow. I skated from 8am until 9:30am and it was still good when I left. It would be great to see some new faces at Valleys Spur this weekend, we die-hards don't even bother saying 'Hi' anymore...we just go past with big smiles on our faces. I guarantee you will not be disappointed no matter how far you have to drive to get here. I do recommend getting on the snow early. Classic won't be bad after temps soften snow because there are still tracks out there as of this morning.
      (Greg Roll)
      Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • May 4 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Still a lot of snow on large sections of trail. Warm overnight, so classic skiing was rather slow this morning. There are some short breaks in the snow, which is why rock skis are preferable, but I used good skis with no problems. Stayed on Valley and the long arm of Greenstone. First day of my seventh month of skiing this season.
      Photos:  
      (Peter Vorhes)
    • May 2 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 

      We skied the upper and lower trails today. We walked about as much as we skied. There were lots of bare spots and the snow was very dirty. If you're up for an adventure, don't mind hiking, and are able to jump little streams. It's still very worth getting out there.
      Photos:  
      (Bonnie Weiskopf)
    • May 2 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Snow was soft and dirty but very good for May 2. There are some bare spots but maybe 96% coverage. Very skiable for both classic and skate.
      Photos:  
      (Bonnie Weiskopf)
    • May 2 - Mandan to Mt. Houghton (Copper Harbor): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      34F at 7AM, 1-2 foot base, good for solid skating on main snowmobile trail and slower going on the less traveled trails, too soft and bottomless to attempt skiing off trail. This is what 302" of snowfall this season is all about, but it's going to wash out very soon now.
      Photos:  
      (Ken Wikgren)
    • May 1 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Still skiing in May at the Tech trails. 62 degrees this morning! Thanks to the groomers for a great season.
      Photos:  
      (Kate Schaaf)
    • Apr 28 - Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (Ontonagon): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      South Boundary Road is snow covered, starting at the Presque Isle Bridge on the West Side. We skied up 13k finding deeper and deeper snow as we went. The entire road would be about 80km round trip including the Summit Peak Tag. Skating was OK in the morning, but the hard crust and slightly uneven surface made balance tricky. As the sun warmed the surface, the skiing became much easier. Classic skiing in the middle of the day would be great. This is a snowmobile trail all winter, and there are significant moguls in some areas. Hiking along the Presque Isle is good too. Can't complain about 6 months of skiing here in the Western U.P.
      Photos:  
      (Jonathon Rulseh, SISU Ski Fest)
    • Apr 28 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Beautiful grooming of over 13k of trails for great skiing this morning. Thanks, Pat and Tom, for excellent grooming all season and for one more good day this morning. Skate surface was clean and fast, and the track was deep, clean, and fast, too. Many skiers were out to enjoy one of the last good days of skiing in a six-month season.
      Photos:  
      (Peter Vorhes)
    • Apr 27 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Grooming plans: we will be tilling and tracking approximately 15-20K of trails Saturday. Pine, Powderhouse, Papa Bear, Flamingo Hill and the Multipurpose Loops are closed. This will be the last weekend for grooming at Swedetown. Thanks for a great season everyone and we'll see you soon!
      (Tom Wright)
    • Apr 22 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      All open trails tilled and tracked (Pine, Powderhouse, Flamingo Hill, and the Multipurpose Loops closed). Very good conditions prevail throughout the system. We are loathe to admit it, but it seems like the warming trend will continue. Grooming will consequently be suspended throughout the week, but we will try to get out for one last hurrah next weekend. Grooming completed at 7:30 am.
      (Tom Wright)

 


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