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National Forest Lodge

Historic lodge located in the heart of the Superior National Forest. Rustic cabins and a modern log home on Lake Gegoka, surrounded by tall red and white pine. Ski weekends include all lodging and meals. Cross country ski over 30k of groomed classic trails - in and out. Also 8K marked snowshoe trails and one of the few outdoor hot tubs around.

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  Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, hard, and fast.
    Managed to get out for a long ski before the rain started. The skate deck was very hard but not icy, making for a fun, fast ski. It was fun to finally fly on the long downhill and still get a decent edge for the turn at the bottom. A great weekend to ski.
    (Adrian Swanson)
  • Dec 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pretty wet mid-day making it a little slow but edging was ok for the most part. Trails had a decent number of people but not super packed.
    At 10:15 it was light rain and then turned to slushy snow around noon. Good day for using a shield if you have one verse goggles. Base is pretty thick but a couple patches where it's dirty but avoidable. Good place for 35 km ski this morning and nice to have the 5 km loop open again.
    (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
  • Dec 21 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed and tracked overnight. Good skiing.
    I expected the trail to be trashed after the combination of a big high school race Saturday, warm temps and rain turning to sloppy snow on the drive. Surprise. The trail was groomed to a nice corduroy overnight. The classic track was deep and well cut. Waxing for skate mostly irrelevant, wet structure best bet. Toko orange klister would have been okay with a strong skier on board. I would have liked a bit of silver mixed in. The tracks were slow and a bit abrasive. Good job TW.
    (Steve Casey, WAMXC)
  • Dec 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great morning for a ski.
    Looks like I beat the weather today. Kudos to the groomers at Hyland. Skate deck looked great. Classic track was well set. Watch out on the classic track coming down the big hill off boulder loop. It was washed out.
    (Scott Greymont)
  • Dec 20 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    After reading the report this morning I headed to Elm Creek at 4PM with some trepidation, but I had no choice. I found quite good conditions; I classical skied and the track was fine. The skate lane had some sugar on the uphills but nothing too bad. It was worse Friday afternoon. Maybe they regroomed, but the course is in good shape and worth the trip.
    (Ralph Schwartz)
  • Dec 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: For all the traffic it was in great shape.
    I did a tour of the Twin Cities today. Starting the day at Elm Creek for the Gear West race then meeting friends at Hyland after. Of the two places Hyland was far superior. I got there about 11:30 and as expected it was packed. I'd say 80% of the course is fast and the rest, being the hills are the usual sugar texture. The great thing about that course is that it is long enough where you get nice breaks from the sugar snow and can have a great ski. Overall the deck was fast and showed some uneven spots from the meltdown but it is in great shape. Headed back there tomorrow!
    (Vince Rosetta, ONE WAY Sport USA)
  • Dec 20 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Don't waste your time.
    Did the 10k race this morning. Warm ups were already a little soft. After one lap, most of the course was trashed. It was skiing in sugar sand. Tracks also destroyed by racers. Not a good day for skiing at EC.
    (Andrea Ochmann)
  • Dec 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All 5k manufactured snowmade trails are open; packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic.
    Natural snow trails are closed. Lights are on until 10 pm. Rentals available until 9 pm.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trail is firm and packed with just a few icy spots on the classic track.
    As previously mentioned, the trails is in good shape and the full 5k man-made loop is open.
    (Chuck Barden)
  • Dec 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Overall pretty good.
    Skate deck looked great but I decided to classic ski this morning. Overall the track was very good. There are definitely areas that are thin and areas where it is glazed ice for the trail.
    (Scott Greymont)
  • Dec 19 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Lots of made snow - 250 meter loop is open.
    We made snow for two days and replaced a lot of what we lost, however we were only able to connect one 250m loop groomed for skate. We have another 250m in the woods that was not lost in the melt, but it is not yet connected to a loop.
    (Craig Jarvinen)
  • Dec 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions for both skate and classic.
    It's very impressive how the Three Rivers employees got the loop back in great shape so quickly. Even more impressive was the mountain of snow they had made and the way they were filling dump truck after dump truck to repair the course. Thanks to all of them for saving our winter! I'm sure Santa will be very good to them.
    (Michael Gotzsche)
  • Dec 19 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1.25 km open as of 3:00 today. Fast and soft up hills. Deep base though and good edging and one classic track throughout.
    Park at the par 3 lot. Course not open by the tubing hill. No snow guns going but saw them moving some snow around with a PistenBully for part of the time when I was there. Looks like they could open up a little extension after they smooth it out some more.
    Photos:  
    (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
  • Dec 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Star and Willow Creek are packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic.
    Star Loop (.8K) and Willow Creek (1K) are Open. All other manufactured snow trails are closed but will re-open this Saturday. Natural snow trails are closed.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for skate and classic on shortened trail.
    Back to normal after weekend meltdown (some sections still closed). Lot packed at 9 pm.
    Photos:  
    (Kevin Wendland)
  • Dec 18 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Lots of people out at Wirth tonight enjoying the newly-expanded 1.3K loop. Par 3 parking lot was full! The uphills were very sugary, but otherwise the loop is in good shape.
    (Bill Oyler)
  • Dec 18 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Overall pretty good conditions for classic, hardly any ice, good kick with a hard wax, skating looked decent, too. The trails starting to become well used with high school kids coming for a meet.
    I had an enjoyable ski this afternoon at Elm. I got out there a little late, and the high school teams began arriving from all over the metro. I couldn't believe all the young people into nordic racing. It's great to see how the sport has grown over the years.
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Dec 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Star Loop (.8K) and Willow Creek (1K) are now open. Star and Willow Creek are packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic.
    All other manufactured snow and natural snow trails are closed. Snow guns blowing snow.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 18 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skied starting at 10 a.m. Light snow falling at the time. Varied conditions for classic skiing. Overall quite good and fast. I found Swix Blue extra worked well.
    More than the usual number of weekday morning skiers were out but not crowded.
    (Mark Basiletti)
  • Dec 18 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Varied but good overall.
    Skied classic and skate starting at about 10am. Classic tracks were shallow in places (it looked like the track setting equipment was not able to dig a full-depth track into the hard man made snow in several places). Tracks seemed a bit soft here, hard there. I slipped a lot with Swix Blue (-3C to -8C) and switched to Skintec waxless rather than seach for a waxing solution. Another skier reported having good kick with a mix of VR30 and VR45. By mid-day, there was intermittent sunshine and the skate deck was getting grabby where the sun was shining on it, a bit hard in the shade, and a bit of sugary/ mashed potatoes on the uphills. All in all, good skiing though.
    (Leif Irgens)
  • Dec 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Star Loop (.8K) will open at 3 pm today. Star should be packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic.
    All other manufactured snow and natural snow trails are closed. Snow guns are blowing snow. Lights are on for Star Loop.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: All ski trails, including the snowmaking trails, are closed until further notice.
    Snowguns are blowing snow to rebuild the base. Natural snow trails are closed and lights are off.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 17 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: OK on 1 km snowmaking loop near lower stadium.
    1 km snowmaking loop has been groomed. Snow is sugary on the climbs and corners. There is some dirty snow but no major debris.
    (Sue Schroeder)
  • Dec 16 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1k loop packed hard with a thin layer of natural snow. 1 big sugary uphill, a few patches of ice and grass. A lot better than nothing!
    It was good to be able to get out and ski. The Loppet Fast Kids seemed to be enjoying it a lot!
    (Carleton Perry)
  • Dec 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Varied...snow guns on.
    Skated at Elm at 2:30. Snow guns were blowing new snow onto the trails in three locations, creating three soft deposits of new snow (and three local micro-blizzards) and some blowing snow elsewhere on the trail. Skate deck was a touch firm/icy in a few places but the man made snow was getting around and covering up most of the old snow. Overall, the loop was in very good shape. A high school meet was getting started at around 3:30 pm so there was an enormous amount of traffic starting around 3:00 pm.
    (Leif Irgens)
  • Dec 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Good to poor on artificial snow loop. New snow helped a lot. Hopefully, star loop will be open soon.
    Photos:  
    (Kevin Wendland)
  • Dec 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good and getting better with each lap.
    Skied at noon. Multiple cannons are blowing snow on the manmade snow loop and it looks like they will keep the snow coming for as long as conditions allow. Aside from getting the cannon snow blast, skate conditions are delightful with about 1-2 inches of fluff to cover any icy spots. Classic tracks are nonexistent where the cannons are blowing, very good in other spots. Definitely worth the journey-thanks Elm Creek!
    (Sandy Schreyer)
  • Dec 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Grooming 

    Elm Creek ski trails remained open during the warm rainy weather. We are resuming our snow making to cover sections of trails that needed additional snow. Our approach of making snow on our trails 3' deep has paid off. Elm Creek is able to stay open during these warm spells. [ Note: Please expect some trail interruptions and possible bypasses, as groomers try to generate additional snow while keeping the trail open -- Ed. ]
    (Wayne Iseri, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Elm Creek groomers nailed it!
    The Elm Creek team timed their grooming run perfectly this morning / last night. The man-made trails this morning were perfect corduroy before dawn. No icy spots at all. Snow guns were running to bank more snow, mostly on the downhill area. Tracks were drifted over in a couple spots from the new snow.
    (Adam Himes)
  • Dec 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: All manufactured snow trails will be closing at 4:30 PM today. Trails have not been regroomed and are in poor condition.
    Boulder Ridge is closed. Snowguns blowing snow this morning. Natural snow trails are closed. Lights are off. Visitor Center is open 9:00-5:00 PM. Rentals are not available.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 16 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Woodlands remains closed due to lack of snow.
    After a 75% melt down over the weekend and 1" snowfall Monday night there is not sufficient snow cover to ski or groom. Woodlands will remain closed for skiing until we get more snow.
    (Dave Kallemeyn)
  • Dec 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: No overnight grooming apparent. 25% glare ice, 75% light snow on top of ice, which actually helps quite a bit.
    Pretty decent double poling in classic track. If you venture out before tonight's shutdown, I recommend sticking to the Frog Town loop.
    (Bill Oyler)
  • Dec 15 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming 

    Natural snow ski trails: Due to the weather over the last few days we have lost all of our natural snow pack. All trails including the golf courses are closed until adequate snow has fallen to groom and maintain them.
    Snow making loop: We currently have just over 1 kilometer of the manmade ski trails available to ski. Due to the warm weather we have lost a small portion of this snow but are mostly in good shape. We will have to add some snow back into a few small sections of what is currently open due to thin snow conditions. This will set us back a few days but we will continue making snow as long as the weather stays cold. The next week looks to be moderate for making snow with lows in the 20ís and high teens to highs in the mid 20ís to low 30ís.
    (Troy Tschida, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation)
  • Dec 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Trails are packed, tracked and in poor condition. Unable to regroom due to warm temps.
    Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, and Scenic Foothill manufactured snowmade trails are open. Boulder Ridge is closed. Natural snow trails are not open. Lights are on for snowmade trails until 10:00 PM.
    Hyland Ski Trails will be closing Tuesday night until further notice to restart the manufactured snowmaking process. We are unable to estimate how long this process will take. We will reopen loops as we can. The air temp and amount of humidity is the challenging factors determining whether manufactured snow can be made, the amount of snow that can be produced and amount of time it will take. Wednesday will be closed. Day to day decisions after that.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Surprisingly good!
    Do not despair, xc skiers! I went out to Hyland Lake Park Reserve this morning at 6:30 and the snowmaking loop was in amazingly good shape, despite the recent unseasonably warm temperatures. I classic skied on my old no-wax skis and the classic track was in great shape and not too icy.
    (Steve Share)
  • Dec 14 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy, ungroomed.
    Myself and three other skiers out. Classic skied at 4:30 pm and was glad I wasn't skating since the skate lanes were sheets of ice - too warm to groom. Kind of creepy when it got dark because there were waves of fog rolling off the snow. Classic tracks were shallow but okay to ski in. Donut loop downhill a little scary with the ice.
    (Kathleen Miller)
  • Dec 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks excellent for the temperature. Just a little soil to make things interesting.
    Classic-skied 3 x 3 km loop midday. The classic tracks were in excellent condition, really holding up extremely well. Dirty in small sections but generally amazing for 50 degrees. Used (30+ years) old Swix "Wallco" purple klister which worked perfectly.
    (Leonard Bernstein)
  • Dec 14 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Hard packed, lumpy and dirty.
    But very skiable. I was expecting to have to put my shoes on and go running instead of skiing when I stopped by at 4:30 tonight. But there were other people out skiing and when I joined them it was actually in decent shape. It was more icy than slushy. The place was nearly deserted the whole time I was there.
    Photos:  
    (Ben Mullin)
  • Dec 14 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Melting - rain might take out the remaining snow.
    The melt has reduced our 1 km loop to islands of snow on the fields and two disconnected stretches of snow in the woods and behind the bunker. These 350 meters of trail are not worth skiing right now. We will start making snow again on Tuesday.
    (Craig Jarvinen)
  • Dec 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Getting dirty in spots.
    Skied at dusk. Overall still in great shape. Firm skate deck with no ice and no wet spots. Tree debris showing up in places. Track is hard. Caution: on the return on the gradual descent to the lower overfill lot there are some small sharp pebbles scattered on the skate deck. Classic track was clean.
    (Zach Handler)
  • Dec 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mostly icy. Skiable. Fair.
    Getting dirty, but holding up.
    Photos:  
    (Kevin Wendland)
  • Dec 14 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Closed indefinitely. Even with the Woodlands ability to hold snow, we could not survive this epic meltdown. The ski trials will be closed until we get significant snow. Sorry.
    (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
  • Dec 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Way better than you'd expect. Ya, the snow isn't so white but no bare spots or rocks and its fast. So put away those running shoes and go skiing.
    (Jim Mullin)
  • Dec 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Warm and well warm.
    I wasn't sure what to expect this morning when I got to Hyland. I was preparing for the worst but was pretty surprised how good the snow actually was. There were a few spots of dirt coming up but overall it was a good surface. As I was leaving the HS meet was getting ready to start so I'm sure it got a lot of use in the 40+ temps. Use tomorrow as a recovery day and I'm starting my snow dance tonight.
    (Vince Rosetta, ONE WAY Sport USA)
  • Dec 13 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Low expectations are the key to happiness. Skied the yellow and green loop spur that goes out to the lake multiple times. It was a mix of nice stretches and then debris and really thin spots. It reminded me of spring skiing. I classic skied and skated. I used a gamish of grass, twigs, dirt, purple, universal, and OV klisters for kick. Very enjoyable. By 10AM there was noticeable melting.
    (Ray Johnston)
  • Dec 13 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed classic and skate!
    The man made loop was groomed this morning and conditions will most likely be soft with the forecasted temps today. We will not be grooming Sunday morning with overnight temps in the mid 40's and drizzle forecasted. We want to preserve the snow pack as much as possible for later in the season. Conditions may be icy on Sunday. We will reevaluate for Monday. Thanks!
    (Troy Tschida, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation)
  • Dec 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks and skating deck were in good condition this afternoon.
    The no wax skis worked great today at Hyland. The 5K course is really well laid out and fun to ski. We ran into Roy Carlsted, and he's still going strong with his skiing at 91! Wow--he's quite an inspiration!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Dec 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Still excellent for skate and classic.
    I klister skied in the morning. Fast glazed tracks. Swix universal klister iced a bit on the steep climb out of the tracks by the downhill area. Might want to cover with hard wax or a silver or tar klister. Skate lane looked great with no wet or soft spots. Most of the course appears to have 2 to 3 feet of densely packed granular base. There is no damage being done to the trails. Any ruts should be groomed out in the evening and should be fresh corduroy in the morning and a fresh classic track set. This is exactly why the man made snow loop was built - to allow skiing when nature does not cooperate. With the base so deep there is no need to use rock skis at this point. Ski bases get dirty in manmade snow, but they don't get scratched unless there are rocks in the trail.
    (Zach Handler)
  • Dec 12 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Decent for classic and skate on Valley.
    I classic and skate skied on Valley starting around 4pm today. The tracks were in decent shape except in the inside corners which were trampled. One spot is actually starting to look thin on the south end by the little yellow house. The skate deck was varied, firm in some places, others with a 1-2" coating of mashed-potatoes, likely due to the high traffic of a dozen or so school teams on-site for practice on a warm day. Still, it was a great day for skiing.
    (Brad Johnson)
  • Dec 12 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions, plenty of snow.
    Skied around noon time. Temps were in the upper 30s, but felt a little cool and damp. Skating lane was fairly firm and wasn't as slow as I thought it might be. Not sure I would have liked classic skiing, but the skating was enjoyable, especially given the temps.
    (Bruce Adelsman)
  • Dec 12 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic skiied the valley trail and northern lights this morning. Tracks were fast on the Valley. snow was soft in the skating lane. Northern Lights was rolled only. Snow was soft enough to ski without a set track. It was possible to avoid dirty snow but rock skis may be advisable.
    Waxless skis worked well. Had a great ski.
    (Mark Basiletti)
  • Dec 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Warm and the snow is showing the effect of the weather.
    Got there really early this morning to beat the thaw but it was a loosing battle. The snow was really wet and soft. I was doing more damage than good so I decided to call it a day. Hopefully common sense will prevail this weekend because the weather isn't being nice. Make it a recovery weekend. It isn't worth skiing and wrecking the trails for everyone else. [ Generally the man-made snow is more impervious to long-term damage from the warm weather, especially when groomed before temps cool down -- Ed. ]
    (Vince Rosetta, ONE WAY Sport USA)
  • Dec 11 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Manmade snow loop: Very good for classic with no ice, and used a hard wax with no problems.
    It felt good to get out skiing again! I just got back from six weeks in Florida, and the transition back to MN weather hasn't been easy. Elm got me back in a positive groove!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Dec 11 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The Yellow trail is worn from use and no classic track. Its a total mixed bag of everything from 2-3 inches of snow to ice. I skied classic rock skis.
    There must have been an event for the trail to show as much wear as it has. The obvious start line is near the Nordic Center. Its challenging skiing on classics since every little bump is still there with the thin cover and no track. On downhills the skate marks grabbed the skis a little in deeper snow. Other places the down hills are polished but not boilerplate. More than once there was an outside edge down. Ankles rolled side to side. I really enjoy skiing this type of condition because it is not perfect. Classic skier will have some challenges if the trail holds up. Skate skiers should be good to go on the rock skis. I met one other skier on classic skis. Thank You Washington County Parks for the huge effort it took to get snow on one loop!
    (Jeff Bolte)
  • Dec 11 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for skate and classic on all trails.
    Getting soft and a little beat up, but that's a good problem.
    (Kevin Wendland)
  • Dec 11 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks still there, stake deck solid.
    I skied an hour each of classic and skate this morning. The classic tracks were dying a slow death. They were in good shape when I started at 9:00 am but each lap I did was slower than the previous (HR's were steady so the change in the tracks seemed to be the reason for the slowdown). The tracks were getting soft and starting to wash out in the corner by the time I switched to skate. Had great kick though with my Mohair waxless skis. Different story on the skate deck. The skate deck had a reasonably firm base with a top layer of grainy mush here and there. Easy to hold an edge and, unlike my classic ski, each lap skating was faster than the previous as glide steadily improved with the traffic. I turned in some of my fastest laps this season today skating.
    (Leif Irgens)
  • Dec 11 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Grooming 

    Yellow loop on east side is skiable due to snow being put on the trail. All other trails in rough shape. Regular park hours - no lights.
    (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
  • Dec 11 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Woodland Trails ski and winter walking trails will be closed starting at noon Friday, December 12th and will remain closed until at least Monday morning. This is being done in an effort to preserve the trail base. I hope there is some left on Monday. Thanks.
    (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)

 

Minnesota Northeast

  Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 20 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Snow is thin on the bottom. There's a fluffy inch or snow up at the top. And intermittently throughout are wet/frozen spots. Need snow.
    Photos:  
    (Bryan French)
  • Dec 20 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed yet again by trucks.
    We classic skied Magney and the connector today and the trucks that created the damage before returned to create more extensive damage. In my last report, I said they drove up Bardon's peak, I was mistaken, it was Ely's Peak. They did attempt Bardon's however a fallen tree stopped them. The truck got onto the snowmobile trails this time and the Spirit Mountain Connector which sustained some pretty intense damage. The portions untouched by the vehicle, were very pleasant and peaceful as we were the only ones on virgin snow except for my tracks from last time!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 19 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Many icy spots, ice chunks, very well used.
    Spirit took a hit with the last thaw and now has quite a few ice patches and random ice chunks that can surprise you while skiing. It is snowing lightly, however, the flakes are not making friends fast enough to cover the ice. The parts I was on appear to be fully frozen again which could be chewed up by the city groomer. We skated the campground, part of the 3k and part of the 5k/11k. The 5k/11k is ungroomed yet people have skated and classic skied on it. If you want a challenge and keep your eyes open wide, then ski here, otherwise I'd wait until the ice is chewed up or we get more snow!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 17 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair, 2-3 inches of new snow over a very hard base.
    Ungroomed but skied in tracks. Some areas are good while others are poor. Use rock skis with very sharp carbide pole tips.
    (John Jereczek)
  • Dec 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied both the 5 K and 10 K on Wednesday just after noon. Skating was good. A few icy spots and a few thin spots, but remarkably good. I used rock skis but could have been on "B" skis for sure. There was a classic track on the 5 K, not on the 10 K. Yes, that is my shadow on the picture, we did see the sun for a few hours today!
    Photos:  
    (Tim Holst)
  • Dec 17 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed only by a 4 wheel truck or two.
    I was headed out to ski Skyline West midday today when I noticed tire tracks from a vehicle going into the otherwise untouched Magney trails, so I followed them. The multiple sets of tires set upon the trails yesterday or the day before, pre freeze, yet post most of the snow, began at the trail head and continued up through Bardon's Peak parting ways with the ski trail at the far end of Skyline West, where the road is supposed to be blocked off to traffic for the year. The damage the multiple vehicle passes created is extensive as the trails were wet and vulnerable. The trail portions untouched remain full of 4-6 inches sparkling sugar like powder, with a couple of slush areas underneath.
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 17 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
    Firsthand 

    The trail is ungroomed but lots of ski traffic has made for a fairly fast trail. There are some bare spots and "rotten" spots from too much water under the snow. The back half of the trail is in very good condition.
    (Kari Hedin)
  • Dec 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Grooming 

    While other areas were rained out we lost very little and made it all back with over 4 inches of new snow monday evening along another couple inches Tuesday evening. All trails groomed and skiing is ideal.
    (George Hovland, Snowflake Nordic Center)
  • Dec 13 - Enger Golf Course (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Slow and mushy clumping when stopped.
    We classic skied at Enger to avoid rutting the groomed trails today. It was mid 30's, foggy, and patchy snow with 85% coverage on the course. If we skied back over our tracks too many times we pulled grass up.
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 12 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: styrofoam consistency with many human footprints!
    We skated today and I did most of the trails since there were no real classic tracks. We encountered another person walking a dog on the trail and she was totally unaware it had been groomed because of all the footprints. Maybe a gigantic red sign would help people realize it is a groomed ski trail? The small loop is firmer than the outer loop. The snow in the larger loop was getting slower and more like styrofoam the more I skied. Temps were rising and snow was also getting more "sinky" so I'd strongly suggest staying off of the groomed trails until temps are below freezing!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 11 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great trail conditions.
    I skied Snowflake after work Thursday evening. The trails were in amazing shape and should hold up with the warmer weather. If you ski after dark do bring a headlamp for the dark areas, but it is well worth it.
    (Mark Knutson)
  • Dec 11 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Campground loop good for skate, classic fair.
    We skated the campground loop after dark tonight and it was fast and fun without any ice or bare ground! The classic tracks have taken a beating in spots.
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 11 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Rolled with new snow, no tracks and footprints.
    We skated the smaller loop today late morning and could have skated all the trails because there are no real tracks. The skied in tracks are disconnected, nothing distinct and continued. We were greeted by a woman walking right up the middle of the skate lane looking for her dog who she had been walking on it off leash. We reminded her that there is no walking or dogs on groomed ski trails and were met with great resistance. The skating was actually good despite the many large divots from human feet!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 20 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Just about perfect.
    Freshly groomed - so beautiful. I skied out to Moose Yard and around the pines and back on the skijorring trail. The ski through to Cascade was not groomed. If you go throw a couple bucks in the container at the parking lot to help with the plowing.
    (Barb LaVigne)
  • Dec 19 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Sixteen Kilometers tracked on Banadad's Eastern Trails.
    Condition excellent.
    (Ted Young)
  • Dec 17 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Not groomed, but about 6"+ of fresh fluff.
    Skied the trail out to the base of Carlton Peak and hiked up. Found a couple of rocks with the skis, but somewhat okay coverage otherwise. On the way back, there was grass and some slush in my tracks. An overall great day to be out skiing in the sun!
    (Deb Salzer)
  • Dec 12 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: First Tracks on Banadad - 9.4 km tracked including Banadad to Meads Lake Portage and Lace Lake Trails.
    Skiing good to excellent! Some center stubble poking through the snow.
    (Ted Young)
  Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 20 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good! A few accumulated inches, during the last few days, got us back in the woods.
    The ME/VA/E-G Nordic Team visited the Gold, Cedar, Summit, and Bronze trails mid morning today. Skating was the name of our game, and it all happened, on a perfectly groomed, velvety-white deck. Thank you groomers (and mother nature)!
    Photos:  
    (Cheri Johnson)
  • Dec 17 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. The base held up to rain and warm very well through weekend, and an inch or two of natural snow whitened things up beautifully. Groomed impeccably for the biathlon races, in outstanding condition today. 2k+ in great condition.
    Big HS race on Thursday but open for citizen skiing through the coming weekend and beyond.
    (Jon Arntson)
  • Dec 17 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good- Fresh snow & fresh grooming in last 24 hours!
    Significant melt during the warm temps and rain last weekend, but fortunately the rain turned to snow as temps dropped yesterday. 2-3" fresh snow, with much of the nordic system already groomed by end of today. I skated the golf course, Cedar, Summit, Gold and Bronze trails. Classic tracks are again shallow from the looks of it. The golf course was a little sketchy, so better to leave and return via the Bronze trail. The good early season base was not totally lost, and is feeling quite solid under the fresh snow. Not the Most of trails back to reasonable shape. Definitely quality skiing, but rock skis recommended and keep an eye out!
    Photos:  
    (Shawn Callahan, Green Gate Guest House)

 

Minnesota Northwest

  Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 16 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Dusting of fluff snow on top of frozen ground/scattered ice patches. 9 degrees, off and on flurries.
    The Midwest mid December meltdown was not kind to the trails at Maplelag. We lost the majority of our base before cooling down and getting a dusting of snow last night. The 4km loop on Skaters Waltz we farmed and shoveled snow on has the most scattered icy patches below the dusting but we need 4-6" of snow before we can have good skiing. The trails are open for hiking, running, and the twin lakes singletrack remains open for fat biking as it will all winter.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Dec 11 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: 26 degrees, frosty. Good early season/rock skiing conditions.
    With cooler temps forecasted today and tomorrow, we will have the trails open today and Friday. Based on forecast, we will close on Saturday and Sunday and hope to reopen again on Monday. Skaters waltz is in best condition for skating (could use B skis if careful) and classic skiing best on Sukkerbusk and Twin Lakes. North Loup has been mostly good for skating as well, just a few rough areas to watch out for. Get out today and tomorrow!
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)

 

Minnesota Central

  St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 17 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, for rock skiing.
    The north loop is 95% covered with an inch of snow over an icy base. Pretty good if you keep your head up and avoid bad spots. Some low areas are flooded and iced over, but are passable. 3 k of trail is skiable and connected without taking skis off. There is not too much dirt or grass showing. The south side trails, Hilltop and Orchard, are very thin.
    Photos:  
    (Bob Baldwin)
  • Dec 15 - Quarry Park and Nature Preserve (Waite Park): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Conditions deteriorating quickly.
    Poor to no snow; Ski trail lights have been turned off. Need a 6" snow fall before grooming again.
    (Julie Nistler)
  • Dec 15 - Warner Lake Park (Saint Augusta): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Conditions deteriorating quickly.
    Trail changing from poor to no snow. Need a 6" snow fall before grooming again.
    (Julie Nistler)
  • Dec 15 - Mississippi River County Park (Sartell): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Conditions deteriorating quickly.
    Saturday was Fair; today is poor to no snow. Need a 6" snow fall before grooming again.
    (Julie Nistler)
  • Dec 15 - Kraemer Lake-Wildwood County Park (Saint Joseph): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Conditions deteriorating quickly.
    Saturday was Fair; today is poor to no snow. Need a 6" snow fall before grooming again.
    (Julie Nistler)
  • Dec 12 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Overcast, low to mid 30's. First trail I've seen this season with a good classic track - I skated. Some seed litter but generally excellent coverage. Used FastWax Yellow LF.
    Business brought me up to St. Cloud so I stopped by Graystone before my my return to the Cities since the trail reports looked good. Little difficult to find the entrance since the trailhead is on prison property among several storage buildings. But I did locate it and found some nicely groomed trails. No surprise, it was slow but the downhills and flats were okay. I did Orchard and the warm up loop in about an hour.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Dec 11 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skate lane groomed this morning on Orchard, Warm-up, and Hilltop.
    Still full coverage, some areas of leafy debris, shallow classic tracks still in place.
    (Dan Fark)
  Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 12 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mixed; fair to pretty good skating.
    With warming temperatures, trail conditions were very variable owing to different water contents. Some stretches were somewhat wet, but not too slow, while others were similar to, but not quite as fast as yesterday. More hoar frost was falling in some places and this too made for some good skiing. All of this was as of 3:00-4:15 today. Actually quite fun overall.
    (Keith Brugger)
  • Dec 11 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Half inch or so of sugar over very firm base; good to very good to excellent skating!
    Wow! Trails were recently groomed, and the tilling combined with a substantial accumulation of hoar frost skiing was a pleasure this morning (9:30-11:30). There is actually corduroy in some sections. It was easy, as my friend George says, "to ski easy" and relaxed - and still go fast. I skied all trails (except the short Chuck Wagon cutoff). With the frost accumulation the trails are "whiter" but there remain some dirty, debris-strewn stretches and an occasional icy patch. These are, however no problem. Hey, so far we're not only surviving but thriving out here!
    (Keith Brugger)
  Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]

 

Minnesota Southern

  Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 15 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Very green looking grass with some nice brown leaves on top.
    No snow, no skiing - we are considering mowing the grass one last time.
    (Henry Walker)

 

Wisconsin Northwest

  Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 20 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good. Firm, thin in spots.
    Skied from OO south about 3k and then north to the high point. Coverage is thin but very skiable. Better north. B skis are a good idea. Trails are worth the drive. Only one way to get Birkle hills into your legs... climbing Birkle hills. No classic track set. Seeley trails are in very good shape.. Last k or so to the high point is ungroomed but very nice powder.
    (Dale Vaillancourt)
  • Dec 20 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Variable. Too thin at the south half, fine on the north half.
    Checked out the Fish Hatchery/Birkie Trail on Saturday. There is snow and an icy base but it is very thin and kinda dangerous. For sure drive up to Hwy OO as that is actually pretty good. The south loops at OO and north to high point is good skating.
    (Joel Harrison, New Moon Ski Shop)
  • Dec 19 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed trails from OO to Boedecker very good. Non-groomed areas fair to good.
    Groomed areas north of OO were very good. A few thin areas but we still used our good skis and they were fine. Also skied past Boedecker on the skate trail and after a couple minutes the conditions were fair to good--the new snow felt wonderful! Good skis had no mishaps on the the non-groomed porttion all the way to the high point and back. Was definitely worth the trip from the Twin Cities!
    Photos:  
    (Heather Norton-Bower)
  • Dec 19 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Scheduled grooming today was not done due to thin snow cover. Tracks have not been reset since before the meltdown/rain and are shallow. Some flurries today put a little snow in the tracks which may help.
    Using your best skis not advised. Trail will be evaluated daily but we need snow.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Dec 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: New 2" powder over icy base. Some really thin areas.
    Decent skating, no classic track. We lost a lot of snow on Monday but held onto a base at OO. Certainly good training but not the mid-winter conditions we've had for the last month. Bring your B skis.
    (Joel Harrison, New Moon Ski Shop)
  • Dec 17 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Poor to mediocre, with no tracks set.
    The Drummond Ski Trails received from 3-5 inches of new, fluffy, dry snow on Tuesday-Wednesday. After the meltdown of last week, followed by a day of rain, there still isn't enough accumulation to roll, let alone set track. Sorry, but that's the situation.
    (Jim Crandall)
  • Dec 12 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Firsthand 

    Pretty junky. Snow machine tracks from earlier in the week. "Rustic" conditions at best, which is too bad for one of the few flat places to ski near Cable.
    (Josh Miner)
  • Dec 12 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied the Birkie trail from Power Lines to Boedecker including Birkie Ridge. Came back on the Birkie classic trail. Also recently groomed (Thursday?) but classic track not reset. Not "race day" smooth just yet but getting close.
    (Andy Schwartz)
  • Dec 12 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Fantastic for skate and classic. North End trails were groomed today with a fresh full depth classic track. Hasn't snowed recently so they're beginning to accumulate some tree litter but really great skiing overall.
    (Andy Schwartz)
  • Dec 11 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Compacted with no new snow.
    All of the loops have been compacted. They have all been run over one snowmobile track wide, most have been run 1 1/2 wide or about 30 inches. That compaction alone will improve skiing. All of the downed trees on the Boulevard and the other loops have been cut and taken off the trails. There are still a lot of twigs and leaves on the surface in places. The base is probably about 3", but untracked. We will not do anything more until we get significant new snow.
    (Jim Crandall)
  Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 17 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair to good. Some icy spots.
    Trail was combed Wednesday and track was set on the entry system. Some portions of the track did not set well due to a thin layer of snow over ice and slush.
    (Dan Kephart, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 17 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating - good; classic- tracked only up to Trailhead Junction.
    Winter Wonderland! The groomer was out the whole time we skied and groomed for skating only for most of the system. Beautiful skate deck, with some wet/icy sections scattered. Classic track on first section (up to Trail Head) had about 2-3% thin icy track from wet base, but rest was good. I was classic skiing.
    Photos:  
    (Dave Arvold)
  • Dec 15 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Poor. Numerous wet/icy spots.
    After several days of above freezing temperatures and rain, the trail is in poor condition with numerous wet spots. Snow and cooler temps are in the forecast for Tuesday and grooming will resume when conditions allow.
    (Dan Kephart, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 11 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Firsthand 

    Got to After Hours early since temps already mid 20s by 8 AM. It was 28 when I left about 1:00 PM. They had several inches of snow in the Sunday night/Monday morning event. Perfectly groomed, trees beautiful. I skied all trails, including classic only, and it was about perfect. Fast glide, good kick with gold old Swix Blue. Skating great too. The pictures tell the story, including the one of the Brule River, reminding us why we go to these trails even when there is plenty of snow everywhere.
    Photos:  
    (Tim Holst)
  Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 20 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent! Firm skate, great classic tracks.
    Area has gotten very nice snow and trails are in excellent shape. Firm base for skate and great tracks cut for classic. Well worth the trip if you have a drive to get here!
    (Richard Geisen)
  • Dec 19 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Friday the crew touched up the skate lanes of Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, and Telford, and groomed and tracked Rollercoaster. The skiing should be very good, so get out and enjoy.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Dec 18 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails are in good condition. The Teuton Trail tracks were reset. The base is about 8 inches. The Valkyrie Trail had tracks set today. Skiers were informing the groomer that the snow is very sticky and wet. Both trails are in good condition.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 17 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Today, thanks to Bob and Steve, we were able to get Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster, Telford groomed and tracked. Then on the classic trails, Sugarbush, Black Bear, Birch Hill were tracked, Oppedahl's was packed.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Dec 17 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails 10 to 12 inches of new snow. The Teuton Trail was rolled and groomed with tracks. Base is 8-10 inches and bumpy. Conditions are good. The Valkyrie Trail was rolled with a base of around 8 inches. Both parking lots have been plowed this afternoon. Please remember there are no dogs are snowshoeing allowed on groomed trails. Grooming plans: The Valkyrie trail should be groomed and tracks set tomorrow morning.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 16 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Today I rolled and tracked Sugarbush Classic, and rolled: Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. There was about 4-6 inches of new snow. There was about 5" of packed base on Telford, and 6" of packed base on Anchor and Seagull. There were a couple of wet spots on Sugarbush. Hopefully we will be able to finish groom most of the core trails tomorrow.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Dec 15 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The Valkyrie and Teuton trails bases have gone from 6 to 7 inches down to 2 to 4 inches. The tracks are still in place and visible. Due to rain and warm temperatures, grooming was not done today. More snow and colder temperatures are needed. The parking lots are very icy.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 12 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Today we regroomed the skate lanes of Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster, and Telford.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Dec 12 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The Teuton and Valkyrie Trails were rolled on Wednesday. The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails have a base of about 6 inches in places. Base depths vary along the trail. The groomer is reporting thin snow coverage on the sections of the trail that go through red pine stands on the Valkyrie Trails. The groomer set track on both trail systems today in anticipation for the predicted warm temperatures with drizzle or rain this weekend. The trail's conditions vary in condition in places from good to excellent. Please remember that snowshoeing and dogs are prohibited on the groomed trails. Please see the posted instructions at the trail entrances, chalet, warming room, and fee stations. The annual Forest user pass or daily user fee is required for use of trails and associated facilities.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 15 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Closed/unskiable.
    We've lost most of our snow and what's left of the base will become a sheet of ice when it freezes.
    (Louis Muench)
  • Dec 12 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good coverage, good classic track. Half inch of new snow on top of a firm skate deck even with temps above freezing.
    Classic skied the outer loop at the end of the day. Used skintecs which were excellent as the softness of the snow was variable. Best classic ski of the season so far. Good tracks good coverage, Well worth the trip from the twins.
    (Timothy Nelson)
  Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 14 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Finished for the time being.
    The snow is gone. Do your snow dance!
    Photos:  
    (Bob Schwartz)
  • Dec 14 - Lowes Creek County Park (Eau Claire): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Finished for the time being.
    The snow is gone. Do your snow dance!
    Photos:  
    (Bob Schwartz)
  Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 15 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Ski trails closed until further notice (after we get a good amount of new snow); it was great while it lasted!
    (Scott Everson)
  • Dec 11 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Conditions: Good snow cover in most places. I would still use my second line skis, but actually I never picked up dirt or rocks. Groomed a couple days ago. I did both skating and striding (with my no wax skis).
    This a great near north location for anyone in central Wisconsin. The snow is getting old and the classic tracks more slick, but still worth a trip. The groomers are skiers and making the most of it. The only problems I encountered were near the road and on a few humps in the trail, and with a few more inches of snow the vision of Isaiah 40:4 will be a full reality at Forest Springs.
    (Jim Mohr)

 

Wisconsin Northeast

  Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 21 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: I did a classic ski this morning on Hair Raiser and Lions Pride. Tracks were thin in places, very good in others. With a little stepping out of the tracks here and there it was, given last weekend's big meltdown, pretty good skiing.
    It's snowing as we speak, looks like great conditions for Christmas week.
    (Will Maines)
  • Dec 21 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Skating is still nice and fast today! Striding conditions are still at a 2 however, there's still some good skied-in tracks on Nepco's, Wolf Tracks, and other trails. We have closed Island Hope due to the ice.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 20 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent. Firm, flat, level, smooth and bump free skate lane. Solid, full depth classic tracks.
    Shoveled extensively tonight. I filled in the bad spots going out to trail #5 (the out and back, the skaters favorite.) Trail #5 should be open by Monday. Also covered the thin spot on #7 & 8 expert loop. Trails have been groomed 20 times this season.
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Dec 20 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good skating and decent tracks.
    Perfect temp, 26F. Great skiing day.
    (John Camacho)
  • Dec 20 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    There is snow at afterglow! Skate lanes were beautiful with a few bare spots on top of trails 7 and 8.
    (Wendy Reese)
  • Dec 20 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to very good for skate. Classic tracks minimal to non existent.
    I skied Silver Strider, Sleigh Ride, XC Xpress, Yukon, C&D Express, the open segments of Lake Marie and Nepcos Cruise. Probably 95% or more of those trails are very good for skate. Smooth, flat, great control and actually pretty fast. There are thin spots you have to go through carefully and the occasional exposed rock. I would suggest using rock skis or being very careful. That being said I did not hit anything skiing today, it was really nice.
    (Kirby Schuller)
  • Dec 20 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Skiing conditions are about a 4, so bring your good skis. We are cautioning skiers on the occasional thin spot and a few visible rocks.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 19 - Northwood Golf Course (Rhinelander): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good skate, good classic. Tracks set everywhere. Judys Vista not yet open.
    Tilled and reset skate deck and tracks Friday afternoon. Skate deck should be firm and fast, but certainly thin in some spots. Dirt got pulled up in low-lying areas of the Return Loop and Outback Trail in particular. No rock exposure that I noticed, but expect a bumpy ride with a hard deck over not a lot of base.
    Classic tracks set up surprisingly well. Depth is variable (as you'd expect), but mostly clean and should be fast but not icy. Good time to work on transitions and kick turns where the tracks are particularly shallow, mostly on the western edge of the main loop. Tracks get better in the woods, Cooks Run may be the best.
    (Joel Knutson)
  • Dec 19 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Glorious! One thin spot in the tracks just north of the bridge and a few soft spots in the skate lane but the snow was about as fast as it ever gets.
    Although new snow would be good, the current conditions are a real hoot to ski!
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Dec 19 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Grooming 

    Attempted to groom the skaters loop. There are some areas where there is no snow base and I was hitting ground. Only the thin layer of fresh snow covering the ground. Fair to poor condition.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 19 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    The groomers were a busy bunch last night rolling almost all of our trails. We do caution skiers to watch out for the flags that mark rocks on Nekoosa trail. XC Express has a few thin spots but still a great ski.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 18 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, skate and classic.
    You could never tell that a warm spell with rain hit Afterglow. Skate deck was perfect on all open trails. Classic tracks the same. Use your best skis with confidence.
    (Kirby Schuller)
  • Dec 18 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Firsthand 

    Skate skied this morning. Trails were in great shape and survived the "meltdown". The new snow groomed in nicely and the trails were way better than I thought they would be. " A" skis as long as your careful. The classic tracks have also been reset and in good shape. We then hit the fat bike trails this afternoon and had a blast.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Oestreich)
  • Dec 18 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating: excellent. Striding: very good.
    This trail not only survived the thaw, but is thriving! The skate deck had excellent coverage, no ice, even the usual thin spots under the pines was very good, and just a little soft in a few spots. The track was good, but was thin in spots and fair amount of glazed areas in the bottom of the tracks which made them super fast! Kudos to Tom for an awesome grooming job! This trail is ready to rock n roll. Temp was 24 degrees and sunny - a great day on the trail.
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Dec 18 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Grooming 

    The trails were groomed this morning, and ready for skate skiers. With only about a 3 inch base we still cannot set the classic track. The deck is rough in spots and rock skis would certainly be in order.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Dec 17 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Trail groomed Wednesday. Bring "B" skis as there are a few semi-exposed spots between lakes and by Lake Tomahawk. Groomed for skating only until next snowfall!
    (Andrew Teichmiller)
  • Dec 17 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ski trail was groomed and tracks reset this afternoon. Trails are in good shape.
    I skate skied the trails tonight and they were surprisingly good after losing so much snow the last few days. The base held up well and is very firm - pole plants were solid. There are a few weeds poking through in sections that missed getting mowed this fall - but it's really just aesthetics - and there's a section after the snowmobile trail crossing that's bumpy but it's easy to pick a line through it.
    (Robert Polic)
  • Dec 17 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Striding: Good, shallow skied in track.
    We made our contributions to the skied in track. The track is pretty darn good, good coverage - did not hit anything, and awesome winter wonderland with all the new snow. Another 1-2 inches overnight and today. Even the usually thin areas under the big pines on the way back from the shelter were good. Temp was 22F.
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Dec 17 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Surprisingly good for skate, minimal classic track.
    Trails had not been groomed after the 2-4 inch snowfall that occurred as temps returned to normal after the big meltdown. I skated Silver Strider, XC Xpress, Sleigh Ride and Nepcos Cruise. There were very few places where the base was lost, mostly on the west end of XC Xpress. Just about everywhere else I went the skiing was quite nice. Used rock skis today but only hit ground in those previously mentioned thin areas. Should be easier to spot once groomed.
    (Kirby Schuller)
  • Dec 17 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Tracks and skate lane both have full coverage. Some surface debris in a few stretches.
    Entire trail was groomed this morning.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Dec 17 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Poor conditions after warm weather, need more snow before grooming.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 17 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good. Smooth skate lane. Deep classic tracks. 4" new. We will reopen at noon on Thursday Dec 18.
    Closing our trail system when the snow was soft is one of the reasons why we survived the melt so well. Pushing a leaf blower twice (left and right side) through our entire trail system keeps the trail surface dry, and results in less water soaking through to the trail surface. Reason #2 also makes my legs strong. Trails have been groomed twice now (last night until 2am, and again this morning, since the melt). Classic tracks have been reset with only a spot or two of grass showing through. Skate lanes are amazingly smooth and even. Trails have been groomed 17 times this season.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Dec 17 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: The bases survived the rain! Most trails are skiing very nicely. Some good snow overnight, but it wasn't cold enough to groom. The high school racers skied-in some nice skate decks on Base Loop and Tornado Alley. Rock skis are in vogue again, just to be safe. Look out for icy patches on Creek Trail and XC Express.
    If our trail inspectors find good skiing, we'll wait until Thursday night to groom again.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 16 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Conditions: Skiable. Almost an inch of new, dry snow on top of a variable crust. Tracks are present but poorly defined due to the recent warm temps and rain. Blue Extra provided good kick and super glide.
    Grooming plans: Some remedial grooming will be attempted tomorrow.
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Dec 16 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating: fair, striding: fair, shallow skied in track.
    The trail survived the big thaw. There was 1-2 inches of snow upon a frozen deck. The trail was very bumpy and uneven with stretches of good coverage, thin areas north and east side of the lake, and one big wet area on the west side of the lake. The trail is skiable, but rock skis for sure. The temp was 24 degrees.
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Dec 16 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    The warmer weather we have had over the last few days has greatly impacted the snow base on the trails. To prevent damage to our equipment we will be suspending grooming until conditions improve. New reports will be sent out as grooming occurs.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 16 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    The warmer weather we have had over the last few days has greatly impacted the snow base on the trails. To prevent damage to our equipment we will be suspending grooming until conditions improve. New reports will be sent out as grooming occurs.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 16 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    The warmer weather we have had over the last few days has greatly impacted the snow base on the trails. To prevent damage to our equipment we will be suspending grooming until conditions improve. New reports will be sent out as grooming occurs.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 16 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    The warmer weather we have had over the last few days has greatly impacted the snow base on the trails. To prevent damage to our equipment we will be suspending grooming until conditions improve. New reports will be sent out as grooming occurs.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 16 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Most of the base held 1"-4" with 1"+ fresh snow.
    Not all trails have been evaluated, so ski at your own risk.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 15 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Like everyone else the meltdown has hit us hard. Grooming is suspended until we get sufficient new snow. When the freeze hits tomorrow expect ice rink like conditions on the trails.
    I last skied Saturday when conditions were still fairly good though beginning to deteriorate. Tracks are still present as of today, but if it were me I'd stay off the trails until things get better.
    (Will Maines)
  • Dec 15 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    All trails will be closed for Monday, December 15. We are preserving our 2"-5" base for a high school race on Tuesday and public skiing once the temps drop back below freezing. Think snow!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 14 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Firm crusts atop mush, easily punchable if you don't ski with a light touch. Still lots of decent stretches of trail, but also debris areas and isolated ice and dirt spots.
    We encourage striding until we get colder temps and more snow.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 13 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating: Fair, soft, slow deck. Striding: Good spring conditions.
    Arrived at Winter Park at 8:45 and temp was already 34 degrees. We attempted to skate but the deck was already painfully slow, sticky, with lots of suctions (I had high fluoro rex purple with 5 mm rill too). We quit after 4 km and decided to tour Lake Marie with our no wax classical skis. The striding track was good, a little slow too, organic debris here and there. The skating deck had mostly good coverage with thin spots here and there. The parking lot was full, chalet was packed, but we saw only 2 other skiers on our Lake Marie ski. Left at 12:30 with temp 39F and skating deck was getting soft.
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Dec 13 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good considering the warm temperatures.
    I began skiing around 8:30am with temperature around 34 degrees. The trail was fairly firm but quite slow. Be careful on the downhill stretches as there are spots that will bring you to a stop abruptly. My no-wax skis worked perfectly for the conditions.
    (Jim Gantz)
  • Dec 13 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Trails are above average this morning with isolated thin spots and dirt. Good skis are still OK, but bring your B skis just in case. The old-school single track Wilderness Trails will be closed this weekend to preserve the snow base.
    Happy Demo Day! Atomic, Salomon, & Fischer will be here with their skis and boots all day. The Wisconsin Trailblazers will teach Skijoring, too!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 12 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Excellent. Skate and Classic.
    Grooming plans: I will groom the trails tonight and see what the weatherman brings us for the weekend. Made the mistake of believing the forecast and announced the trails will be closed Saturday through Monday. It was much cooler than predicted today and now they have dropped the predicted high for tomorrow to 37F. From now on I will not close the trails that far in advance. We will be open till at least noon tomorrow. We are still planning to be closed Sunday and Monday. But stay tuned because the weatherman may change his tune again.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Dec 12 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail is in very good shape. Watch as warmer weather could expose thin spots in some areas. Lighted skaters loop is looking great!
    All trails groomed for skating. Classic tracks set. Lights come on our lighted loop at dusk until 9:30 pm. Please donate to the trail fund.
    (Andrew Teichmiller)
  • Dec 12 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Still have "A" skis conditions, but "B" skis are suggested for trails rated 3 and lower. We'll groom very, very early each morning. Come Ski us today, and join us tomorrow for Demo Day!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 11 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Well tilled, aged snow, with some organic debris.
    The skate deck was firm at 23F, with tracks hard packed and PB massaged into Germanic precision. A ripping good time for both techniques, and while not everything is open, well worth a trip if in the neighborhood. Weekend Thaw seems manageable with lots of overcast and some moisture abounding to make the Demo a solid "Go". Stay tuned for the Post Weekend outcome, but it looks favorable at this time.
    (Ken Schoville)
  • Dec 11 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, skate and classic.
    Most open segments had been given a fresh set of courderoy and were super fast this morning. Just a whole lot of fun.
    (Kirby Schuller)
  • Dec 11 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair with 4" base needs more snow and I need to rake to level areas.
    Butternut, roller coaster, tom's hill and pat shay all groomed and most tracked. Some bumps expect it should set well with low temps tonight.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 13 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Slow melting conditions.
    Got to trails at 10:00 AM 38 degree. Slow skating with areas of exposed dirt and grass. They were closing the trails when I left. Hopefully we do not get the rain tomorrow.
    (Diane Gustin)
  • Dec 11 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand 

    Trails were in good condition Thursday afternoon. Green loop has complete coverage of skate deck and is in great shape. Blue loop had some thin spots on climbs and downhills. You may want to use your 'B' skis for the first lap to check out the coverage. Beautiful blue wax day!
    (Randy Lueth)
  Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 17 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Poor -- due to recent high temps and rain, trails are not packed or groomed.
    Recent temperatures in the 40's and rain have washed away the ski trails. New snow will be required to start the trails over again.
    (Tim Ewing)
  • Dec 13 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Warm, a little sticky, no tracks set, skate lanes were soft and uneven but skiable (b skis).
    Arrived at 8:00 AM to find 21 cars in the parking lot. Good to see the real experts (UWGB) and the high school kids out early. Left around 10:00 to find a very full parking lot with probably over 100 Middle School kids. Use your B skis, go early or late. Maples is thin in spots.
    (Al Zinzindorf)
  • Dec 13 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Slow, sticky snow in 35 degrees temps, 7 am.
    Coverage held up this morning for a better than expected skate outing. Great to see the UWGB Nordic Team taking time away from final exams for a little exercise.
    Photos:  
    (Bob Warpinski)
  • Dec 11 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions, very skateable, full coverage, very little debris (except on far reaches of Maples).
    Skated Maples and Birches late in the afternoon, 28 degrees. Very enjoyable. Let's hope the projected warm weather never materializes.
    Photos:  
    (Bob Warpinski)
  Other locations
  • Dec 18 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair to good, 3-4 inch base.
    Groomed and tracked. Lauterman and Porky loops fair to good, Chipmunk run poor to fair.
    (Larry Vassar)
  • Dec 17 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 1" fresh snow over boilerplate and significant bare areas.
    Poor to fair. I wouldn't travel far to ski Lakewood until we get a little more snow.
    (Fred Axelrod)
  • Dec 17 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions were good after grooming last Thursday until the warmer weather came. Grooming plans: Larry is going to attempt grooming tomorrow.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 13 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Packed base, good early season skating.
    Skated from old 32 parking lot to North end. Trail is well covered and the base was firm early getting a little soft later in the morning. No tracks are set. Lets hope it can withstand this warm up...
    (Jim Beno)
  • Dec 12 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions.
    Skied the Chipmunk and Little Porky Loop and it was great. A little thin near the Pine River where the springs come out of the ridge but a little snow will take care of that.
    (Dan Hinch)

 

Wisconsin Southeast

  Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 18 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Fresh groomed after rain/meltdown. New snow whales forming beside manmade loops. Skiing was remarkably good considering last weeks weather. Some dirt/sticks and stones were churned into snow in some areas so we used rock/C skis (but didn't hit anything!) Bullet fast with great control except in two spots where snow making blew onto trail (careful, cause you go from screaming fast to air breaks in an instant!) Best XC skiing within 3 hours drive! Thanks again to groomers and snowmakers (buy a XC Tree Ornament and support effort!).
    Photos:  
    (Theo Abrahamson)
  • Dec 17 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Wednesday night - Snowmaking Loops -- Ground-up ice, suitable for skating, very fast. Nice where it had a chance to set-up, but rutted otherwise from skiing too soon after the grooming.
    The manmade snow from November survived the recent warm weather and rain, and has been tilled and re-distributed to provide full coverage on the entire snowmaking loop. Still a bit chunky, and no track set yet. A snowgun was just starting to make new snow as I left.
    (John McCarthy)
  • Dec 15 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    The skaters seemed to be doing ok, but striding I skied two miles and gave up. It was too rough, patchy, dirty and icy. At least there is cold weather ahead for snowmaking! Thank you Lapham for providing somewhere to ski in this snowless landscape.
    (Cheri Carr)
  • Dec 14 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied this morning 8:30-9:30. Trails were icy and rutted with a fair amount of dirt and pine needles on it. Hard to get an edge in the snow. It's better than no skiing, but I'd take the rock skis.
    (Mike Bentley)
  • Dec 12 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The 12" base groomed 1.1k man-made ski was very fast for skating with good edging even at 35 degrees at 12:30pm under cloudy skis. The tracks appeared to be good for those who were striding.
    It forecast to get down to 29 degrees tonight and still should be ok at 10am for the high school races which is forecast to be 37 degrees and still cloudy.
    Photos:  
    (Don Howell)
  • Dec 11 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Man-made on top snow loop was groomed yesterday. We skated from 9 to 11 am and there was enough loose snow for excellent control as well as a hard deep base that was bullet fast. Pretzel double loop = 2km. Great for skaters! Didn't see any striders that early, but there were tracks, most good but some areas were getting a bit thin and a little icy. Thanks to snow makers and snow groomers. Help support lapham peak snow making!
    (Theo Abrahamson)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula

  Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 20 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Overall conditions are outstanding. The new snow post thaw has done wonders. I skated in the morning and classic skied in the afternoon. There are a few icy spotst on the trails that can be easily avoided. As usual the grooming is excellent!
    Without question the classic only trails are some of the prettiest in the area. My favorites are White Pine and Wolf Track.
    (Ron Fabrizius)
  • Dec 19 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Best skiing conditions ever. Even after 8" of fresh snow the day before, on Thursday the skating had amazing glide and edging and the tracks were super fast. There were about as many striders as skaters. It was even better on Friday with the pleasant 20 degree temp. The scenery was awesome with the snow-laden evergreens. Their chalet is always nice to rest and converse with other skiers.
    By Friday noon, the parking lot was almost full and a greyhound bus had arrived. The warm spell and rain had hurt most other skiing destinations we checked out.
    Photos:  
    (Don Howell)
  • Dec 19 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fantastic! Recent snow provided good coverage over the old base after the melt down.
    Skied ABR the last three days. Lots of classic and skate kilometers in mid-winter condition. Well worth the trip.
    (Randy Davis)
  • Dec 18 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Trails today had super reviews, firm cold dry powder, flat and smooth. We have 5-6 groomers out pretty steady since the 10 inches of new snow getting the trails back in tip top shape. Much of today was spent patching the Highlands up from the thaw and flooding of the Montreal River. The groomers spent some serious calories patching and regrooming today. We hope to have the Highlands added into the mix for Friday or at the latest Saturday. We are skiing 40k of excellent trail conditions.
    Photos:  
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 18 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for skating, great for striding.
    Lots of snow; 8-10" over the last few days. Well groomed, but still a little soft in places. I skated all the trails early afternoon. Great woodland trails and great to be out. Perfect conditions for classic skiers.
    (Duane Johnson)
  • Dec 18 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Conditions: All trails freshly groomed and track set today. A bit soft after 10" of fresh light snow finished falling last night. Volunteer groomers will groom again Friday.
    Novice trail had a few uneven tracks. Every tree was fully draped with fluffy snow and was like a postcard.
    Photos:  
    (Deborah Leonard-Polich, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Dec 17 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    We are back to excellent skiing with the cold temps and the 8-10 inches of new snow! We are grooming 55k and skiing about 40k today. We hope to be skiing all 70k by the weekend. The warm temps put a lot of water in the Montreal River that is our western boundary. When the river floods it makes slush in a few areas such as Sulos Loop, the Highlands entrance and a 4 foot stretch of Jack Pine. The Highlands entrance is freezing tonight, we packed the Highlands today and it is is great shape other than the entrance. The Sulos section and Jack pine should be frozen by Friday. We are skiing on 40k today that is in excellent shape and can be skied with your best race skis (12 inches of base). He hope to have another 30k open for the weekend!
    Photos:  
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 16 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great ski conditions still available.
    Despite the melt down and rain, there are good ski conditions in Ironwood. With ~100 inches of snow before the warm up, and new snow falling, there is still a deep base so you can safely use good skis. Today, trails had been regroomed early and there was already several inches of new snow on the deck, with snow falling. The melt and rain has lead to flooding in low areas so Sulo's loop and the outer loops accessed by it have not been re groomed.
    Photos:  
    (Sue Schreoeder)
  • Dec 16 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Second shift groomers are just coming in and the trail is looking pristine. We are now grooming and skiing 30 k of trails and we will continue grooming and freezing the other 40 k of lower loops by the river Wednesday. The base is very thick, just a few wet areas and we can get all 70 k open again.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 16 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good.
    Trails are back in good shape and getting better as Eric was starting to groom when I left at 4:45 pm. Skating was quite good but slow due to 2-3 inches of new stuff on top of the deck, the same stuff that made the setting gorgeous. I used race skis with no issues. River is very high, so Sulo's trail is closed as well as other trails over marshy area.
    (Charlie Dee)
  • Dec 16 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great, normal Ironwood snowstorm skiing.
    Classic skied Cliffs, Powderhorn, Three sisters, and back on Wolverine loops. New snow and minor drifting. Was great to get out after seeing the rain yesterday. 100% powder over firm deck.
    (Phil Strong)
  • Dec 16 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Trails are open again on Tuesday at 9 AM. It is 24 degrees and we have received 2-3 inches of snow so far as it continues to snow lightly. The groomers are out. So far we have 18 k groomed for skating and 24 km trackset. The trails groomed and open have a 8-12 inch base and no bare spots. We will groom more as the wet areas freeze up and the river level goes down.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 14 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    We are closing Monday for the day to let the temps cool down and will resume grooming and skiing Tuesday at 9 AM. We still have plenty of snow but are going to close for Monday since the skiing will not be the safe and top notch conditions we are used to here at ABR.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 13 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: The trails are holding up fine and skating was staying firm with today's warm up. We still have over a foot of snow pack on the trails. We will groom in the early morning hours and be open at 9 AM Sunday for skiing.
    Demo Days and wax clinics Sunday 10-3. Demo skis and boots from the major equipment companies: Fischer, Salomon, Atomic Alpina, Swix, Toko Fastwax and Yoko on Sunday at ABR. 11:00 Toko wax clinic and 1:00 Fast Wax Clinic.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 20 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: All trails were groomed to perfection with the exception of the trails over the ponds which were too slushy to groom.
    Love being a skier. I can eat a few Christmas cookies and not feel guilty!
    (Laurie Weesen)
  • Dec 20 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Conditions today were excellent. Classic tracks are firm and fast. A mix of new snow and transitional for the tracks but able to set your wax to get a kick about 75% of the time. Not klister time but would be great for skintecs. Skate lanes on most loops were amazingly good. Firm but soft enough to be really enjoyable.
    Valley Spur is lookin good!
    (Kurt Aschim)
  • Dec 19 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All trails are now open. Good skating on B, D and Z. Classic tracks are good throughout the system. Dan ginzued skate W and Y yesterday in the afternoon. A minimum 8" base throughout the system.
    We plan to have Lodge open 10a-4p through Jan 4.
    (John Gierke)
  • Dec 19 - McKeever Hills (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Groomed Wednesday. 2 inches of powder on top of springlike snow. Track is hard and fast. There is some minor debris on the trail from the thaw. Check out the new loop.
    (Larry Treul)
  • Dec 18 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The new snow groomed very well. All trails in superb condition.
    The skiing was magical with perfect conditions, sunshine and no wind. Everyone was in a very merry mood.
    Photos:  
    (Laurie Weesen)
  • Dec 18 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent trail conditions!
    I classic skied from Forestville trailhead to 18k point. The post thaw 7 inch snowfall has been groomed out and the skiing is fantastic! It's going to be a great weekend of skiing! We've had the best December skiing in Marquette in the last 25 years!
    (Kirby Juntila)
  • Dec 18 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skiers will find fresh grooming on Animoosh, Chiwagi (hill by-pass), Mukwa and the Noque' all the way to Co. Rd. 510 including the pine plantation loop.
    Many sections were groomed with at least 3 passes with the Ginzu. Some of the wide section received 4 passes. The goal of multiple passes is to push out the air and add width. The classic tracks set up very nicely and the corduroy did lay out very well as the snow had just the right moisture content. The Ginzu rarely yields the mesmerizing perfection of Bombi grooming but it was very good last night.
    (Nikki Dewald, Noquemanon Ski Marathon)
  • Dec 16 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Grooming 

    Forestville: Groomers are out this morning grooming all the way to Co Rd 510 plus Animoosh and Chiwagi via the bypass.
    (Nikki Dewald, Noquemanon Ski Marathon)
  • Dec 13 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for skating and classic.
    Keeps getting better. Yesterday skied between 510 and Forestville. Today both Wagi(s)and Noque..Awesome skiing!
    (Gail Staisil)
  • Dec 12 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent trail conditions!
    Yesterday I skied from Forestville to the 510 trailhead. The trail was freshly groomed and I had "First tracks". Sunny and no wind! Great ski! Today I skied up to 17k thru Bawagji and Chiwaji again first tracks! It was a Magic Carpet of corderoy! Great job groomers!
    (Kirby Juntila)
  • Dec 12 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Grooming 

    Forestville: Last night groomers were out on Animoosh, Noque' to pine plantation and Mukwa. This morning before first milking, groomers ran down to the Tourist Park and the Wagis.
    (Nikki Dewald, Noquemanon Ski Marathon)
  • Dec 12 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Our entire trail system is now opened and groomed. 75% of the system is in excellent shape with the classic track being in excellent shape over the entire system. Skate lanes on G and W, Y are good but still a work in progress. A bit more snow and another grooming should find them in excellent shape as well.
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Dec 11 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 12" minimum base, entire system now open.
    Worked on the G loop and I this morning and the skate lane is fair but the classic tracks are very very good. The entire system is now open and groomed and overall the skiing is excellent! Get out and Enjoy! before it gets warm.
    (John Gierke)
  Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 18 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent conditions. About 10 inches of new snow this week. All trails tilled and tracked. Weekend skiing should be very good.
    Photos:  
    (Cynthia MacDonald)
  • Dec 11 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic = excellent, skate = excellent.
    It was overcast all day here. I think today's high was 27F. Everything here is in excellent condition. It was foggy off and on the whole day with very light snow at times. The skate lane was re-groomed last night. The tracks are in wonderful condition everywhere. The snowshoe trail here is also very nice and well marked. If you have never skied here add this place to your ski wish list. It's a great place.
    (Larry Dobberstein)
  Other locations
  • Dec 20 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent conditions--freshly groomed, fast, tracked for classic skiing.
    (Will Buergey)
  • Dec 19 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Deep firm tracks and great poling on the west side trails. East side trail has mostly full depth tracks but are shallower in a few places. There is a fair amount of pine needle litter on the most easterly section of the east side trails.
    We survived the mid-December thaw and retained a few inches of base. Coupled with the 4+ inches of snow we got after that thaw, conditions are great.
    (Bob Turnquist)
  • Dec 18 - Iron Mountain City Park (Iron Mountain): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, trails had been recently groomed for both skate and classic.
    All the loops are open and in good shape. Lights came on at 4:30. Lots of deer on the trails!
    (Bill Brown)

 

Canada

  Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 19 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 12 km track set, 26km skate, smooth and flat.
    Only 14cm snow on ground but base is 5cm. Use your good boards.
    (Peter Crooks)

 

United States

  • Dec 15 - Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center (Granby, CO): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail conditions are very good, trending toward excellent.
    We did get around 9 inches of new snow over last weekend, and our groomers have been out rolling and then setting tracks in the new snow.The trails should set-up nicely with the colder night-time temps we have been experiencing(around zero).
    Photos:  
    (Stephen Lee)

 

International

  • Dec 12 - Livigno Ski Venue (Livigno, Italy): 
    Firsthand 

    Beautiful day -10 C in the morning +2 C in the afternoon. Took a trip to Livigno, Italy. Lots of mountain passes and tunnels and car ride on train through 18 km tunnel to Italy. Skied in Livigno for 1.5 hours.
    Photos:  
    (Ahvo Taipale)

 


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