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  Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Hard, but not to hard to catch an edge. My shortened late afternoon lap was typical of the last few days. The cold has made the trail a bit hard, but there is still good skiing to be had. The Engineer and Shear Pin are on a grooming mission this evening, pulling the light over medium screens. This is not as heavy as the hard trail needs, but is as heavy as we dare work our fragile trail. The grooming, coupled with tomorrow's warming, should make for a decent Saturday ski. The paved trails near the parking lot should be skied only with caution. We will be sharing the trail with a few biathletes in the morning. Enjoy.
    (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
  • Feb 27 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All 5k manufactured snowmade trails are open; packed and tracked in good condition for both skating and classic. Natural snow trails are poor.
    Temps are slowly warming up! Come out and ski! We are missing you all.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Feb 26 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair - freshly groomed this morning.
    Freshly groomed trails with corduroy over the majority of the trail system. The small loop (2K) has tracks. Still a couple areas showing debris or dirt. Much better then expected.
    (Eric Spieler)
  • Feb 25 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Hard packed, good classic tracks.
    Strided for the first time in a month. I was happy to find good classic tracks on almost the entirety of the snowmaking loop. Only the tougher hills had some icy chunks in the tracks. The skate deck was too hard or icy, even on my squirrely classic skis.
    (Adrian Swanson)
  • Feb 25 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Snowmaking loop: Very good classic tracks, no corduroy--but still good in the skate lane.
    A good afternoon at Hyland today with great tracks, and some old fashioned double tracked areas along the trail. It feels strange to skate at Hyland without the huge crowds--almost deserted today!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Feb 25 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very nice skating, tracks good on the snowmaking loop.
    A light snow and very light usage along with a reasonable wind at 16 F made for a very nice skate this afternoon, somewhat slower at times despite the HF 5-15 degree wax. The tracks were much better and faster today without the wind blown snow in them.
    (Rich Swenson)
  • Feb 25 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate and classic excellent on the manmade as expected.
    A little rusty at this. The snow was firm and fast. Considered going out on the Thicket/Northern Lights (which was good for skate on Saturday) but decided not to as it was the hint of a dusting of snow on top of icy stuff. Don't need another fall this season.
    (Mark Lahtinen)
  • Feb 24 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skiable, but with bare patches.
    I skied the lighted loops. Bare patches in some places, including a huge one at the bottom of the hill near the park ranger's office. Much of it is okay, but just be aware that the conditions in some places are rather rough, with the occasional grassy patch. C-skis.
    (Torin Gustafson)
  • Feb 24 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Hard packed, borderline icy on snowmaking loop. Fast, no, maybe not fast, but offering little resistance. Still excellent, as expected at Wirth.
    Tonight's conditions seemed fast, but my lap time was down from normal, probably because I put the brakes on for most downhills. So the benefit of tonight's conditions was not in speed, but in being able to cover more distance with less effort. Exposed parts of the trail were scoured down to icy corduroy ridges, whereas protected parts maintained just enough loose snow to get an edge. It was a lesson in sedimentary geology, that will be erased with tomorrow's grooming. Warning: short spruce stems blown down on the trail along the long gradual uphill on the west side can result in a nose plant. If I had had a broom I could have swept them away. The pattern of where the trail was wind scoured down to.
    (Lois Braun)
  • Feb 24 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Not groomed.
    I skated for about an hour and a half ending about 3:45. I was worth it in the daylight. Had to dodge around but was fun doing it. Fairways were covered. Strong NW wind at times. Mostly spring skiing but some drifting on the east side of tees and sand traps. Found a golf ball (their range ball), kept it until I saw it was cracked in two places!
    (Stanley Sledz)
  • Feb 24 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pretty good for middle of November or March.
    The TRPD website lists Cleary as one of its few parks with trails even open, so I guess that provides new perspective on trail conditions. The trail is virtually unchanged from last Friday's report - hard as rock with no updated grooming. Base is OK except in the usual burnout spots. Still very skiable on rock skis.
    (Dan Steger)
  • Feb 24 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand 

    Almost perfect! I skied the outer loop at first light this morning. The combination of warm temps, no wind and a light dusting of new snow on top of a firm, level skate trail made for a fast and fun ski. This grooming was compliments of Ancient One and Babe, (we keep Babe in reserve for spring grooming and tree chopping) who pulled the medium screens around the outer loop on Sunday evening. The south blow last evening dropped some leaves and a few small sticks to flick. The north blow now will drop a few more of each today. It is good is to have some of our ski friends back at Woodlands. Enjoy!
    (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
  • Feb 24 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed for skating. 99.5% very good, 0.5% rocks or dirt due to thin snowcover. Recommend B skis or rock skis on causeway and last hill, everywhere else on the trail it is great!
    A great day to work out the remaining Birkie aches and pains. Skating was really enjoyable this morning at French. I was the only one on the trails except Doug the groomer. The only sad part of the day was when Doug told me he is transfering to Carver next year. French trails have been expertly groomed by Doug for years and it will be hard to replace him.
    (David Nelson, Skinnyski.com Race Team)
  • Feb 23 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh corduroy with really good conditions on natural snow for skating, no tracks for classic, but still fun.
    I had a great ski out at Woodland this afternoon. Somehow the groomers have managed to groom a decent natural snow trail even with our paltry amount of snow this season. I classic skied all the outer loops, and the snow coverage was very good. The beginner loop right by the parking lot had a couple small bare spots showing pavement. Woodland is such a great trail system, and the volunteer groomers are so dedicated and do a fantastic job!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Feb 22 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: C-Ski good enough.
    Got tired of driving to Hyland (also suffering from the guilt of not doing the Birkie this year) and decided to break out the C skis this afternoon. Drove by this morning and optimistically decided that it looked possible, and wasn't disappointed on the Lake Trail. Despite bottoming out on some rocks 3x's on the beginning straight section, the rest was not awful. Sure, there is exposed grass on the prairie section, but I would break down my two times around the Lake trail like this: 10% bad, 20% somewhat grassy and 70% better than driving all the way to Bloomington and back. An inch or two more and I would be irritated with the walker and biker tracks on the trail.
    (Brett Budzius)
  • Feb 22 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for skate ski/fair for traditional.
    The snow was groomed for skate ski but not for traditional. As a traditional skier I just followed alongside the skate ski trail or in some places made my own trail. Beautiful day out there --sunny and peaceful.
    (Janice Bisch)
  • Feb 22 - Afton State Park (Afton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ungroomed, backcountry skiing conditions.
    The trails are completely ungroomed and the few places where there were classic tracks were mostly trampled by winter hikers. The park ranger said there isn't enough snow to groom. However, since I made the trek I went out for a couple hours anyway. I didn't see any bare patches other than the occasional branch poking through the snow and skied on the snow that had been packed down by the hikers. I'd liken this to "backcountry skiing" rather than cross country skiing. I had a lot of fun, but if you are looking for groomed trails, you won't find them here.
    (Torin Gustafson)
  • Feb 22 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    The 3.3K snowmaking loop is in pristine condition. Perfect corduroy, clean and deep classic tracks, no icy sections, perfect edging throughout. The Twin Lakes/Par 3 loop is still skate skiable (natural snow), similar to its condition on the Pre-Loppet... and it is really quite enjoyable, although "B" skis are advised. The Judy Loop is a bit more precarious and requires rock skis and a good sense of humor... probably best avoided until we get more snow.
    (Bill Oyler)
  • Feb 21 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Nice skate deck, a little dirt but very nice.
    I skied the brown, green, yellow, and orange trails. Firm skate deck recently groomed. Shallow, skier made classic tracks in some places. Bring your B skis.
    (Bonnie Weiskopf)
  • Feb 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent for skating on the snowmaking loop Saturday evening. Hard and fast, but the hills weren't icy. Good edging most of the way except for the long gradual downhill to the Jan's Place warming house. But that was extremely fast for double poling. Classic tracks appeared to be excellent, too.
    (Craig Wiklund)
  • Feb 21 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good except a few spots where I hit some gravel under the snow. It was 16 degrees, sunny with a cold north wind. Trail had not been groomed since last snowfall of an 1 to 1 1/2 inch that was loose on top of the generally firm base. No classic track; soft in spots. Used Fast Wax Blue LF.
    Passed one skier as I left the trailhead, subsequently a family of four and a solitary skier - both doing classic - by the time I got a little ways beyondd RR underpass, and one skater who had turned around before the hill to the top of Woodland. Nobody after that except a walker pulling a pulk with his two dogs who I told that he should not be walking on the ski trails. At least he was walking on the side when I passed him the second time after he got ahead of me while I skied the Rolling Hills Savanna loop. Loose snow slowed me some as did a soft base on portions of the north side of Woodland and the return from Rolling Hills Savannna. But the downhill leading to the southern apex of the loop was great as was downhill when I returned to Woodland from the Prairie Overland loop and skied down past the RR tracks. It was beautiful day. Only downer was a back spasm that hit as started the climb to the top of Prairie Overlook. Had to take off my skis and walk for a while but I recovered and was able to ski the rest of the perimeter including Wedge Hill Savanna, which I initially thought I would have to skip when the back spasm hit. I skied the 6.9 miles in about an hour and 20 minutes.
    Photos:  
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Feb 21 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Real classic tracks.
    Jackson Meadow has the only natural snow classical track I have skied on in the metro this year. There was dirt and debris here and there, but it was a very enjoyable classic ski. I usually think of undulating terrain being best for skating, but I enjoyed the quick transitions on classic skis today. There is no classic track on the "main" loop, but most other trails had a nice deep classic track. Thanks to the groomers at Jackson Meadow.
    (Torry Kraftson)
  • Feb 21 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good, considering the amount of snow we have.
    Did the full loop classic at Cleary. No track, not even skier tracked to the side, but full coverage and recently groomed. 3 or 4 thin, south facing spots, but you can ski through it if you're careful. Did not see (or hear) any rocks. Beats hiking at Murphy, which is what we have been doing the rest of the winter.
    (Dave Gardner)
  • Feb 21 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: very good to excellent; roller powder, slow (cold) uphills/fast, wonderful down hills with plenty of snow in turns.
    Not many folk out there this morning. Newly roller trails, with loose powder. Only a few thin places, and they are very visible so, A-level skis ok. This place is a gem--get out and support it.
    (Tony Pellegrini)
  • Feb 21 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating good due to several factors.
    Three of us covered most of the trails from the chalet during the Noon to 3 pm period, as the (ideal) temps reached 22 F. Thanks to 1) recent 1" of snow, 2) very low usage since that snow (we were half the skaters in our time slot), and 3) mostly adequate coverage, base, and moderately low leaf/twig quotient, we were able to skate without too much concern on 90% of the trails. Grass poking through in a number of places, but grass is better than straight dirt or pebbles, one or two icy spots, and a narrow passage over the bridge on the Orange Loop. Yes, should have used my B skis, it turns out, but factors 1 and 2 made for an enjoyable outing.
    (Rich Swenson)
  • Feb 20 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Perfect. 1 to 1 1/2 inches of fluff on top of a firm base. No classic track. 24 degrees and overcast. I used Fastwax Blue LF.
    One of my best skis of the season. Finally got my wax right after hot stripping my 2nd pair of skis and rewaxing last night. Thought this was my fastest ski here this year. Turns out it wasn't but it was still great to ski nonstop the entire long, mostly downhill length from X2 to Pepper Hollow. Was really pleased to skate almost all downhill curves instead of my usual snowplow. Loose fluff probably helped and it was so dry it did not stick to the tops of my shovels. By the time I reached Scouring Rush Run and Wash Pond Flats I had to take several hang my head between my poles breathers but then the one other skier I met, Buckthorn Bob?, flew by me while I was resting one last time on top of the hill leading to the climb before North Mickey. Inspired me to take up the chase and complete my ski with not necessarily a strong but at least a non-stop finish of the rest of the trail. I skated 5.6 miles in about an hour. Kudos to all the volunteers who maintain this great trail system.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Feb 20 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Excellent. My late afternoon skate lap was forth track on a fresh new inch of snow. With the warm temps and quiet snow, it was a very pleasurable ride. There is good coverage everywhere except for a couple spots on the Prairie Loop. Eagle 17 just reported in the he and Ward (his son is nicknamed "the Beav") had just finished their grooming lap with the rollers. He said we can expect very good conditions for our Saturday ski. Enjoy!
    (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
  • Feb 20 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions. Packed but not tracked.
    Much better then expected. A few spots with dirt showing through but overall in good shape. Light dusting of snow from Friday morning made for some nice skiing.
    (Eric Spieler)
  • Feb 20 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Twin Lakes is skate-skiable!
    Skied Twin Lakes twice at 5:30 p.m. There are a few light patches but generally it was fabulous. It's great to be in the woods again!
    (Melanie Sorensen)
  • Feb 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Through noon, to 19 F, usual, near-excellent conditions aided by 1" new snow.
    Fresh snow made for better skating technique throughout the snow-making loop, tracks were good, trails relatively deserted. A stiff southerly wind made for near-wind tunnel effect coming down the hill on Boulder Ridge, and more work elsewhere. Swix LF5 (5 to 25 F) seemed to work OK.
    (Rich Swenson)
  • Feb 20 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trails rolled with corduroy this morning at wirth golf: twin lake trail, judy lutter loop, skyline trail(front nine). also rolled with corduroy - tornado trail, jd gardens, wirth lake, eloise butler trail, erickson and norm oakvik trails (bog), 394 trail, and brownie lake loop.
    conditions thin but mostly skiable except for tornado trail (very rough), wirth lake (windblown, frost heaves), and 394 crossing (ice chunks, dirt and debris from snowplows).
    (Joe Hines, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation)
  • Feb 20 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair skied-in tracks east of Pilot Knob.
    The new snow, cold temps and some new signage have helped keep walkers off and the trails skiable. Full coverage, but rock skis recommended.
    (John Kendrick)
  • Feb 20 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Front 9: just a bit better than rock ski conditions. Rolled, but no tracks.
    I was excited to finally do a lap around the front 9. It wasn't great, by any means, but passable. Just enough snow coverage to get through it. Grass was showing through in many spots, but it was manageable. It must have been rolled this morning, which surprsied me.
    (Paul Larson)
  • Feb 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent but a bit hard for skaters.
    Great afternoon/evening of skiing on snowmaking loop. Tracks were great, beautiful weather, no wind.
    (Bill Soderholm)
  • Feb 19 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Loose snow, kinda slow. Some leaf litter.
    Portion of outer loop skied today near sunset. Trail holding up well but next grooming should make it much smoother for those non-Birkie skiers. Seems so empty now that high school buses do not show up in afternoon.
    (Dean Kleinhans)
  • Feb 19 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ok- nice alternative to man made.
    Well not quite as good as I had hoped but with skiing with B skis. Yellow loop is ok. Orange loop is not good near the end by the bridge. Basically hard pack and bare dirt spots on places even on the yellow loop.
    (Jim Carlen)

 

Minnesota Northeast

  Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Fond du Lac State Forest (Cromwell): 
    Firsthand 

    There was a track set on the front loops on Presidents day. There is good snow cover and the skiing on the set portion should be good. The parking lot has been plowed.
    (Lon Gervais)
  • Feb 27 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh groomers...nice tracks. Clear sky, 16 degrees - bright moon.
    Great classic ski around the Boulder trails - tracks were mostly deep and well-set. A few shallower sections - but overall pretty sweet. Skating looked great! If you have Saturday off (unlike me), consider yourself lucky! It's going to be a great ski day! I'll make it up on Sunday though.
    (Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
  • Feb 27 - Biskey Pond Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Grooming 

    I made a single pass with the groomer tonight to cleanup some of the trail debris. The pass seemed to do a good job and the track should be well set by morning.
    (John Bergstrom)
  • Feb 27 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Fresh grooming Friday at Boulder! I left about 4:30 PM (after several hours of skiing) and I don't think there had been more than a dozen skiers on the new grooming. I parked in the East lot, right by Island Lake Inn, and skied everything over to the warming hut across the lake and back. Both skating and classic are great, I thought. Very isolated thin spots or debris, but overall great. Pics tell the story.
    Photos:  
    (Tim Holst)
  • Feb 27 - Two Harbors Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed today - skate lane and classic track.
    Skate lane is great, the classic track is very good for the most part - still shallow in spots and a little dirt here and there. The lights are on at dusk on the 3K loop.
    (John Cron)
  • Feb 27 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Parts groomed, parts need it.
    We took the connector over from Magney, details of that journey on the other report. Parts of Magney were groomed very nicely and fun to ski! Other parts were in need of grooming yet still pretty nice to ski. The classic track in the ungroomed sections was iffy and drifted in spots.
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Feb 27 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Was really hard cord, then they groomed.
    We started skating late morning and did the main loop, skipping the peaks. The cord had very little use since its last grooming and was the firmest stuff I've ever skied on! The classic tracks were firm also, but someone had a dog with very large paws out there and the dog did some bad damage to the tracks, it must have made it's trek prior to the firming. Someone also ran or walked the entire loop. The trail is still pretty narrow so there were many skate tracks on the classic track despite it's firmness. Magney was in the best shape I've seen it this year. We took the connector over which was not quite as well groomed and did have a couple of spots that could use a shovel. There is also a baseball sized rock stuck in the snow, we tried to move it and couldn't. It's on a downhill on the inside of the classic tracks so hopefully no one will hit it. When we were on our way back, the groomers had started on the trail. The classic track was the only portion that really needed it. The skate lane was soft after the groom and it had some bugary sections probably from going too fast, it was perfect cord prior to grooming...so perfect and firm that I actually got a bit of motion sickness watching the lines!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Feb 26 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to partly cloudy, some nice sections and then some not so nice.
    Classic skied Blue Ox, Nine Pine, and Lonesome Grouse Thursday. Plenty of debris due to the high winds earlier in the week, and the tracks were covered in a few places on Lonesome Grouse. Skate deck looked in reasonable shape, but again, debris where you'd expect it.
    (Ryan Bergstrom)
  • Feb 26 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very nice with crisp, firm track.
    Fair amount of debris (pine needles, leaves) scattered over lower 2/3 of trail but excellent skiing all the way around including outer loop. Only the track to the Big Hill and one of the lower hills taped off and ungroomed.
    (Bob King)
  • Feb 26 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Campground loop hard packed.
    We skated the campground loop after dark and it was hard packed with occasional ruts. There is a classic track on it. Should groom up nicely for the weekend events.
    (Eve Graves)
  • Feb 26 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good, groomed today.
    Some pine needles and twigs in the track from all of the wind we have been having but overall, not too bad considering the poor snow winter we've been having.
    (Al Ringer)
  • Feb 25 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed, firm trail.
    The 3k is freshly groomed for skating and classic skiing. The 11k is partially groomed bypassing the McDonald's hill and to the first cutoff that connects to the 3k. The campground is not groomed but will be on Friday along with the rest of the 11k. Trails are very firm should be great skiing.
    (Tone Coughlin)
  • Feb 25 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    The good news is, the grooming from yesterday has certainly held up. The left track is pristine, and the track is fast. The bad news is, perhaps 50% of the track has serious debris issues, sometimes stopping you quickly, since the uncluttered track is quite fast. I ended up striding down the middle between the tracks for a fair bit of my ski, which was nonetheless enjoyable on a gloriously sunny, if a little cool, Wednesday afternoon.
    (Tim Holst)
  • Feb 25 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed. Firm skating lane. Classic track is windblown and dirty.
    Lot of debris in the classic track in the pines. A lot of leaves in the track on the back 2k. Need snow. I would suggest that classic skiers avoid the pines.
    (Tim Blais)
  • Feb 24 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Hard packed skate lane, classic good.
    What a difference a few hours makes! Wow! When I was at Spirit in the am, the trails were nice, had some fluff on top. We skated after dark and went into part of the trail from the campground loop and it had gotten a lot of use! The trail was hard packed like concrete with a slight edge in some spots and more in others. The classic tracks were solid except for the turns.
    (Eve Graves)
  • Feb 24 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    The upper and lower loops were regroomed today (except the G loop). Overall, conditions are good. The track is a little thin in places. It's better on the upper loops. There's a fair amount of dirt right below the upper parking area (where heavy equipment left ruts last summer), but the rest of the trail is much better than that. The roaring wind this afternoon brought down a lot of debris.
    (Catherine Winter)
  • Feb 24 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh corduroy! Very good conditions.
    Skied the Nordic Spirit course from Spirit trailhead. Magney had just been groomed; looks like I was the second skater. Whoever was first brought their dog who left pretty deep footprints, mostly in skate lane but also in classic tracks. Grooming resulted in a few small dirty snow sections.
    (Anne Flueckiger, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Feb 24 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: very good skate.
    Skied over from Spirit to check out the Nordic Spirit course. I was happy to find all of my favorite rock gardens buried. There was about a cm of drifting powder over a nice base with rare thin patches between the Bardon Peak lookout and the main loop. There was a snowmobile that came in from Skyline on the Ely's Peak loop and went up to about Lindahl Road, a bit annoying but the base is so firm and the fresh snow fills in the tracks so it doesn't compromise the trail much. There is one depression to watch out for around 1K beyond Lindahl Road. There are some twigs and leaf duff to skate around. Overall a great ski.
    (John Ipsen, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Feb 24 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: very good skate.
    Skated the Nordic Spirit course today and was pleased to find a beautiful flat wide base at Spirit. About a cm of fresh snow on top of this with some drifting kept me a bit slower. Classic tracks were full of powder and a fair bit of duff. The Connector was in good shape.
    (John Ipsen, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Feb 24 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Campground ok, lots of drifting, will be interesting later.
    I skated the campground mid morning today. Those gale force winds were regrooming what had been done. When I was there, the trail was still skateable, there are sections I am thinking will be interestingly drifted if the wind keeps up. There is no point in even grooming until the wind dies down.
    (Eve Graves)
  • Feb 24 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: We regroomed today. The track is thin but mostly in good shape.
    Korkki is all open except for the Big Hill and the Lower Roller Coaster. They are just too dangerous! Please be careful! If you fall, it's going to hurt!
    (Marty Heimer)
  • Feb 24 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: From very good to dangerous!
    The lower trail system was groomed this morning at Lester / Amity. The upper system was not groomed. Even though the Chalet Loop was groomed today, do not ski this loop. The steep downhill to the Chalet has huge bare spots and is dangerous. I moved the orange cone to the start of Chalet Loop (please do not move the cone). Elsewhere the grooming made for a nice ski (classic or skate). As noted earlier the upper system was not groomed today, it would only be rated "good" with the classic tracks washing out.
    (Rich Hoeg, NorthStarNerd)
  • Feb 24 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent condition.
    Freshly groomed this morning by the city. What great conditions! The left side set of tracks was set better, and was near perfect. Thanks to the city groomers for getting out so early today and doing such a great job! They were already at Lester Park by 10, grooming there!
    (Bob Beresford)
  • Feb 23 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good, groomed today.
    Skate lane was groomed today and is in excellent condition. Classic track was not re-set and got lightly nicked in a few turns by the groomer but is still good. High winds have caused some tree debris to land in the usual places at the start and finish area, the outer 2k loop is clean. Very light skier traffic today.
    (Tom Urbanski)
  • Feb 23 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trails were in good shape. Kinda soft, but not too soft.
    I skied the 11K loop and it was good. Good skis can be used here now. No more icy spots. The wind was blowing some debris down on the trail, but not too much. Overall very nice for skate and classic.
    (Joe Gerard)
  • Feb 22 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh classic tracks.
    Stopped by Bagley to walk a short portion of the Superior Hiking Trail. The classic tracks looked great. I was also impressed with the efforts the groomer to accommodate the neighbors who walk on the trail. As you can see from the photos the track is offset to one side to leave one half of the trail for walkers. Having been the groomer at Bagley many years ago and knowing how much that area is used by walkers this accommodation makes a lot of sense.
    Photos:  
    (Dave Johnson)
  • Feb 22 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed adequately, though not very deeply.
    Rather frigid (-10F at noon) classic ski of Nine Pine, and the partially denuded Lonesome Grouse and Blue Ox (both of which should recover in 50 years or so) today, but little wind in the forest helped.
    (Greg Swenson)
  • Feb 22 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks pretty good, skate lane needs groom.
    We classic skied today and the classic tracks were pretty intact except for the corners. There was minimal debris in the tracks, just a leaf here and there. The tracks are still set out pretty far from the side creating a narrow skate lane. There was some new snow on top of the last grooming. There were also many foot prints on the skate lane and a snowmobile took a trip up the trail. The barricades were moved and not put back, luckily the cars have not taken a joy ride yet.
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Feb 21 - Biskey Pond Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Not freshly tracked Saturday, but still pretty good.
    A beautiful 13 above Saturday afternoon ski--not windy at all. There was a family using the classic tracks for sledding, which was disconcerting, but at least not like the atv at Big Aspen a few weeks ago.
    Photos:  
    (Greg Swenson)
  • Feb 21 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent; fluffy new snow was groomed yesterday.
    Inner and outer loop ski trails at Hartley were in excellent shape after yesterday's grooming. It was a quiet morning for skiing in Duluth due to the Birkie in Hayward.
    (Karen Stubenvoll)
  • Feb 21 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed yesterday, it seems. With an inch of new powder down.
    Classic skied late morning and just a few people had been out, all classic. Very good conditions.
    (Brent Gavin)
  • Feb 21 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: very good skate, good classic - skier tracked.
    There's been just enough snow to cover the yuck and hide the damage done to the trail last fall. Skating today was a pleasure. The classic track is getting a bit squirrely. All the side loops are great except for N (chalet) where there's been big equipment on the trail.
    (John Ipsen, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Feb 21 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: very good to excellent - fresh powder over firm base.
    The trail is in really nice shape, fine for good skis. The new powder made for a great tour of the Piedmont system. The right hand track is a bit close to the edge in some places and there is a little bit of brush you'll encounter on that side.
    (John Ipsen, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Feb 20 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Nice - thin layer of powder over firm base.
    The new 4 cm of snow most everywhere (more like 2 cm under the spruces) has freshened up the tracks and made for a fine ski at Hartley. I encouraged someone not to ski with their big black dog on the trail and noted lots of footprints on the trail near the nature center. Snow plowing was skimming powder off the big hill. Get it while it's good!
    (John Ipsen, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Feb 20 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Firm and fast with 2" of fluff. Groomed earlier today.
    Lester is skiing well right now. Good coverage - especially the higher you go. Be alert if you start or descend to the park... some trail debris and the cover is thin - but very skiable. It's easy to see the few thin spots... one more groom and it would really be sweet!
    (Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
  • Feb 20 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: About 2" of fluffy snow over recently groomed skate deck/classic tracks. Good!
    I skated and my friend classic skied. Trail was in good shape throughout and skiing was pretty fast considering fresh snow.
    (Anne Flueckiger, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Feb 20 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh snow. Recently groomed. Foot traffic, but still able to classic ski.
    Great conditions. Fresh snow. Classic tracks only. Can skate ski a little around the pond.
    (Chrissy Valento)
  • Feb 19 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Tracks are in excellent shape. Deep and firm almost everywhere.
    On the ~1k section of the trail groomed for skating as well as classic, the tracks are set quite close to the edge, and sometimes not enough packed snow to support the track (not to mention the outside pole plant). Need to widen and brush trail if it will continued to be groomed this way.
    (Anne Flueckiger, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Feb 18 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Tracks are in good shape.
    Walked at Bagley yesterday and noted recent grooming so I went back with my skis today.
    (Anne Flueckiger, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Groomed 3 days ago. Some debris in sheltered areas.
    Skied Maple Loop, Upland Loop and part of Sixmile Crossing this morning. Trails are in great shape for both skating and classic. Kudos to the groomers.
    (Larry Clark)
  • Feb 26 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Classic skied out of Golden Eagle Lodge. Trails they groomed were just excellent - firm with no side wall break out and with nice control on the down hills.
    (Robert Eliason)
  • Feb 22 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Grooming 

    Banadad Trails retracked. Skiing is excellent. A measure twenty-five inches of snow is on the ground.
    (Ted Young)
  • Feb 21 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Lots of snow in the woods.
    Skied from the Onion River Rd trailhead, trails freshly groomed. Be sure to check out the new ranger cabin warming hut at the parking lot.
    (Andrew Slade)
  • Feb 21 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent firm tracks, use your best skis.
    Great grooming, beautiful sun and trail. Lots of folks enjoying the deeryard loop, but tracks holding up well!
    (Veronica Weadock)
  • Feb 21 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent and frim.
    Skied out of Golden Eagle Lodge on freshly tracked trails. Classic tracks nice and firm. Great day with partial sunshine.
    (Robert Eliason)
  • Feb 20 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    New snow on Friday. A little thin still under some spruce trees, but plenty of snow overall. Has not been groomed recently, but there is good track from other skiers.
    (Alex Comb)
  • Feb 19 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, groomed for classic skiing.
    Gunflint trail has best skiing in the state right now. Tons of snow and perfectly groomed single track. Enjoy 27 kilometers of beautiful trail into the BWCA, a quiet wilderness ski.
    (Flannery Delaney)
  Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: West trails outstanding! Tracks set great for downhill flow and corners. Best I can ever remember!
    Late afternoon ski. Blue sky, calm and 18 degrees. Tracks deep except for the lower run from 7 to 13. The swamp trail was pretty! Needles down in the heavy pine cover. Some twigs sticking up in the lowest parts but worth the trip around it for the experience. Will go tomorrow to explore much more.
    (Ron Kutsi)
  • Feb 27 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
    Firsthand 

    Recently groomed and single tracked for classic skiing. Lots of Ks. Skis great.
    Photos:  
    (Matt Zak)
  • Feb 27 - Blackwater Environmental Area (Cohasset): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed for skate and classic today!
    Fast-moving, with some debris from the wind and just one small patch of dirt. Tracks are a bit shallow. Great waterfowl viewing along the river! Thank you groomers!
    Photos:  
    (Lindsay Sheridan)
  • Feb 27 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Just finished grooming. Skate lane combed and new track all around.
    (Rick Mcdonald)
  • Feb 27 - Wabana Trails (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Packed and tracked this week. Nice little trail system.
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 27 - Big Ridge (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed and tracked ready. Good snow cover over 4" base.
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 26 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail conditions are good. Decent base, no rocks showing. Single track on all the trails. With the light, new snow cover the track is a little shallow in a few spots but overall good condition.
    The Forest Service groomed and tracked all the trails today.
    (Mark Toot)
  • Feb 25 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Exquisitely groomed, hard flat corduroy and tracks.
    Perfect conditions for a brisk classic ski of the scenic outer loop. Laurentian, Wynne Creek, Summit, Biwabik Spur & Bronze trails were all groomed today hiding the inch or two of new snow of Tuesday. Some debris is evident as a result of two days of 30 mph winds. Trails are in the best condition of the season!
    Photos:  
    (Tim Salo)
  • Feb 25 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
    Firsthand 

    Snow drifted over some of the freshly groomed skate lane and tracks. Snow cold and slow but great fun skiing in the soft stuff!
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 25 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed and tracked all the way to Tower End and back.
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 25 - Bird Lake Trail (Hoyt Lakes): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail conditions are fair given the lack of snow this winter. Very few rocks left showing.
    The Forest Service groomed and tracked today. Covered all the trails except the black diamond loop.
    (Mark Toot)
  • Feb 24 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent conditions, recent grooming holding up well; I skied South Suomi only.
    (Pete Friedlieb)
  • Feb 24 - Trout Lake Recreation Area (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed and tracked Tuesday night all the way to north gate!
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 24 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good, only a few rocks left on the trail after the last snow. Some drifting in the open areas even with the grooming some tracks may drift in.
    The Forest Service groomed and tracked today. We tracked everything south of County Road 65, and north of 65 and east of the river.
    (Mark Toot)
  • Feb 24 - Thistledew (Togo): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed track with 2" new snow to ski over 6" base. Almost 2 ft of snow in woods along trail.
    Trail is gentle and winds through deep conifers so great place to ski out of the wind. Signage is confusing so take a map and compass. Several road crossings aid in identifying location and staying on course. Lots of wolf, deer and other wildlife tracks.
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 23 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming Shorty 

    Groomed skate lane and set a new track.
    (Greg Moritko)
  • Feb 22 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed skate and tracked since 2" fresh snow fell.
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 21 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed South Suomi to Orange Lake Road, not North Suomi yet. North Suomi has been ski tracked. All is good.
    (Randy Zupan)
  • Feb 21 - Amen Lake (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming Shorty 

    Groomed Saturday. All Good.
    (Randy Zupan)
  • Feb 21 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Four inches of powder Friday, Forest Service groomed and tracked all the trails today. Good conditions.
    No rocks, good base, should be great skiing.
    (Mark Toot)
  • Feb 20 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Soft snow, 1" covering skate lane and nice track to ski in made for a wonderful ski for MYSL families on Friday afternoon when temps were 20's.
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 20 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Partially groomed with lots of snow! 6"+.
    Skated the Silver, Summit, Gold, Cedar and Northern lights in a continuous snowfall in late afternoon. Silver,groomed earlier, had more than an inch of slick, fluffy snow on the solid cord. The PistenBully was attempting to stay ahead of the snowfall on the Summit Gold and Bronze trails. Powder on the Cedar allowed for a few kick turns on the steeps. All of the trails shoyuld be perfect if it ever stops snowing at Giants Ridge.
    Photos:  
    (Tim Salo)
  • Feb 20 - Golden Anniversary River Road (Grand Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mostly fast-moving with some debris.
    Recently tracked, then covered by a layer of light powdery snow. We packed it down, but more has fallen since!
    Photos:  
    (Lindsay Sheridan)
  • Feb 20 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, one inch new fluff in tracks.
    Skied all five loops this week, all tracked perfectly with an inch of quieting fluff. Compliment the USFS for a fine packing/tracking job, but regret losing the NE third of the system. Hope we can recover that total picturesque loop, especially by Hwy 73 NE. Three parking lots plowed very well.
    (Neil Gardner)
  Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 26 - Aurora Recreation Trails (Aurora): 
    Firsthand 

    Freshly groomed and single tracked for classic skiing. Excellent conditions.
    Photos:  
    (Matt Zak)
  • Feb 24 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trails groomed Saturday morning after 4" of fluffy snow. Great conditions with 8-10" base and 18-24" in the woods.
    A bit of fresh snow fell this morning.
    (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
  • Feb 22 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent classic ski trails. Groomed soft fresh snow.
    Freshly groomed good base. Double tracked on forest road.
    (Dave McRoberts)
  Other locations
  • Feb 26 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Sunny, cold. Temps in the low single digits. Saw not a soul, only the tracks of a pack of wolves....
    Groomed the Green, Orange, Yellow, and Red Trails today. Skate deck and classic tracks both groomed up well. Probably the best conditions of the year with the new snow that fell in the last week!
    (Teresa Stone)
  • Feb 24 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fresh snow. Windy. Blowing snow. Seemingly pleasant at 10 degrees, but wind chills pretty bite-y in the open areas.
    Lots of snow on the Tilson Trail today! Made the call to roll the new snow rather than groom with the ginzu--and it was a good one. Probably close to 8" new snow in some places with all of the wind drifts. Green, Orange, Yellow, and Red trails all rolled twice and ready for skating or no-track classic. The "swamp" was sno-mo packed, but looked pretty blown over already by the time I left. I will get back out to set track as soon as the weather warms enough to be safely outside.... it may be a few days, as NOAA reports have it pretty cold tomorrow and Thursday. Note: Tree down on the orange trail, on the hill just after the "Family Sno-Mo Loop" trail--it is mostly moved out of the way--will bring a saw when I set classic track and finish the job.
    (Teresa Stone)

 

Minnesota Northwest

  Bemidji area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 19 - Movil Maze Trail (Bemidji): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Wonderful, just groomed on Monday.
    Even with the cold weather was able to get out in the woods and enjoy the northern Minnesota mixed boreal forest.
    (Jeff Handsome)
  • Feb 19 - Hobson Forest Trail (Bemidji): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Conditions where marginal. Two Sets of classic. New marker signs are very nice.
    Was totally stoked to finally get out. Could use about another 6 inches of base but after the winter we had I guess I can't complain. Very peaceful trail, had it all to myself.
    (Jeff Handsome)
  Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Rainbow Resort Trails (Waubun): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 19*F above; clear skies; light sw breeze; 6K tour course & 10K race course now renovated, combed, and track set. Average base depth 3" firm packed powder base. Just few very short distance thin areas due to exposure and wind swept areas. The balance of trail system groomed last Wednesday. Ski conditions rated very good.
    I have completed grooming and marking the two courses for tomorrows Rainbow Rendezvous and things look great. Our 10K race will be a twice around on a 5K course including Eagles Run and Ridge Run; no rest for the wicked on this course. Ski conditions should be good considering the weather forecast for temps climbing to the mid 20's.
    Photos:  
    (Doug Schumann, Rainbow Resort)
  • Feb 26 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to excellent. 15km groomed skate, 54km classic. 5 degrees, brilliant sunshine, light winds.
    Nearly 100km of grooming this week has put the trails in great shape going in to the weekend. A late afternoon classic ski found firm, fast tracks. Few leaves from the high winds this week but all things considered, fantastic skiing.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Feb 25 - Rainbow Resort Trails (Waubun): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 2F above; clear skies; up to 2 inches fresh snow cover; average packed powder base 3"; Wolf Run, Bucks Run, Cougars Run, Rabbits trail, Hawks Trail, Hawks Run now combed, renovated, and track set; 3k classic trail renovated and then renovated and track set; Ski conditions rated as very good.
    This past week gave us some fresh snow along with some blow in accumulation from the gusty North winds yesterday. As I groomed today I found areas of up to 2" of fresh snow with an average 1" covering. I did do a complete groom on the west half of trail system and also did some course work for the upcoming Rainbow Rendezvous event on Saturday. With the exception of coming off the Top of Rainbow hill conditions are very good.
    Photos:  
    (Doug Schumann, Rainbow Resort)
  • Feb 24 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Dusting of new snow overnight on top of 4-5" compacted base. 15km groomed skate, 55 groomed classic. All double track trails fresh groomed today. Conditions rated very good to excellent.
    We had our trademark 3/4" of snowfall after a warm up preceding a cold front. All double track trails were groomed this morning, mixing the new in with the frozen granular mix while the temp was slowly falling to single digits. Later afternoon I skated the skate trails which had the fresh dusting on top of yesterday's groom. Firm, smooth base and the new snow glided nicely, fantastic skiing under brilliant late February sunshine. Ran into a few skiers out for a post Birkie ski. Skate trails on tap for grooming as well as the single track classic trails tomorrow and Thursday. Classic skiing is about as good as it gets. We have lodging openings for this weekend. Ask for skinnyski special.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Feb 22 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent. 15km groomed skate, 54km groomed classic.
    Despite cooler temps, a busy weekend on the trails with some great skiing, especially classic. The tracks are pretty much perfect, with fast, firm and deep cuts. The coverage is great and should be fantastic week of skiing. Grooming planned when needed.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Feb 19 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to excellent. Dusting of granular snow the past 24 hours, 3" of new snow the past five days and 5" of new snow the past seven days. 55km track set, 15km groomed skate. Machine groomed, packed powder on top of 3-5" compacted base.
    Despite the cooler temps this week, we have been grooming daily and folks have been skiing. Today we took out the Pisten Bully for the first time setting some test tracks on 2.5km of trail. We are ready to use the PB after the next snowfall over 2". We will be grooming the majority of the trail system Friday and Saturday morning. Another great weekend of classic skiing on tap!
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 21 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to very Good.
    11 miles of the trail was groomed and tracks set. Snow base is only a couple of inches but really no bare spots. Lots of needles in snow under the pine trees but trail is good for the 10" max snow we have on the ground. A small section of the trail on the far west end is not groomed because of a downed tree that needs to be removed.
    (Terry Vacek)
  • Feb 21 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed and tracked.
    Skied the eastern loops today as the groomer was finishing up. Conditions were good, especially considering the lack of snow this year.
    (Mike Laputka)
  • Feb 21 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed and tracked.
    I groomed and tracked the entire system today. Snow is thin in some open areas but overall the trails are pretty good.
    (Mike Laputka)
  • Feb 20 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good conditions for classic and skate skiers with a snow depth of 6", 1" new this week. All trails were groomed Friday, including a classic track throughout.
    As we were skiing in the afternoon, Jack was grooming the entire system, so should be mostly excellent conditions for the weekend. The base is still about 2" so there are a few spots on Lake with tufts of grass poking through. They have also groomed at other area trails, including Itasca SP.
    (Deane Johnson)

 

Minnesota Central

  Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 26 - Wolf Lake Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
    Grooming 

    Dusting to a 1/4 inch snowfall on Tuesday night. Not enough new snow to re-groom, but the trails are still skiable. Some classic tracks were set at last grooming where snow base was adequate.
    (Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Parks)
  • Feb 26 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
    Grooming 

    Dusting to 1/4 inch snowfall on Tuesday night. Not enough snow to re-groom, but the trails are still skiable from last weeks grooming.
    (Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Parks)
  • Feb 23 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trails rolled after a little bit of snow Friday.
    Still not enough snow depth to set tracks, but fair skating conditions. Scattered areas of thin base with sand and leaves but many areas have good coverage with a 2-3 inch base.
    (Owen Baird)
  • Feb 20 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
    Grooming 

    Received 3/4 inch of new snow. All trails re-groomed. Outer loop tracks were set. Inside loop segments limited tracks were set due to thin snow base.
    (Heather Becker)
  • Feb 20 - Wolf Lake Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
    Grooming 

    All trails re-groomed after 3/4 inch new snow. No tracks were set due to not enough snow base.
    (Heather Becker)
  St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: North Loop pretty good shape.
    The North Loop is very skiable. Several skiers out there today. Skate and rock skis only. Lots of twigs and pine cones on trail, but no serious bare spots.
    (Bruce Busta)
  • Feb 24 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: North Loop still in pretty good shape.
    North Loop is good for skating with rock skis. Some twigs and pine cones, but still fun.
    (Bruce Busta)
  • Feb 20 - Warner Lake Park (Saint Augusta): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skate ski conditions are fair.
    Not enough snow to set the classic trail. Skate ski is Fair but we recommend rock skis. Trails were worked this afternoon.
    (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
  • Feb 20 - Quarry Park and Nature Preserve (Waite Park): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skate ski trail is very good!
    There's not enough snow for the classic trails to be set up but the outer skate ski trail is very good and the inner loop is good. Both were worked on this morning.
    (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
  Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: One-half to an inch of new powder over firm base; good skating.
    Skied this afternoon. Trail coverage appeared pretty good, no rocks poking thru that I saw. Snow was still cold (in the shade) from the morning's sub-zero lows so a bit slow. Otherwise good skiing.
    (Keith Brugger)
  • Feb 20 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1" moderately firm corduroy over unknown base; good skating.
    When I arrived this afternoon there was about 2 inches of new moist powder, covering the trails which were ungroomed. Haven't been here for a week and half so I really didn't know what was underneath. After skiing about 5 k and getting back on the main loop grooming was in progress and thus better skating.
    (Keith Brugger)
  Other locations
  • Feb 26 - Wild River State Park (Center City): 
    Firsthand Observation 

    Conditions: Fair to good, but lots of sticks and leaves settling into the track.
    This week I've skied the Dry Creek and Pioneer trails, the Mitigwaki, Old Logging and River trails, and most recently the Trillium and Nevers Dam trails. The wind at the beginning of the week brought down some sticks and blew leaves into the tracks. Old Logging and Trillium trails were leafiest. River Trail, northwest corner of prairie loop, and portions of the Dry Creek Trail and Pioneer Loop were less leafy. I haven't been able to ski yet today, but did see the groomer out on the trail, so hopefully that will mitigate some of the leaves and sticks.
    (Kris Backlund)
  • Feb 22 - Wild River State Park (Center City): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good overall for classic. Good snow coverage and worth skiing.
    Skied Mitigwaki to Amiks Pond to River trail to Nevers Dam to Amador Prairie to trail center. Occasional leaves on Mitigwaki but not problematic. One spot of about 10 yards at southern end of River trail where you have to walk around dirt but after that only a few spots where a little grass can be seen right below snow in the track. Well worth the drive there.
    Photos:  
    (Wayne Nelson)
  • Feb 21 - Wild River State Park (Center City): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Most trails were really nice for classic skiing.
    I've skied every day this week except Monday and Wednesday. Trails tracked earlier in the week (Mitigwaki, Dry Creek) skied like silk with the fresh snow Friday. I skied part of the Advanced Loop, the Little Advanced Loop, the Pioneer Loop, Deer Creek Loop and Dry Creek Trail Saturday. New tracks on the Pioneer (south side) and Deer Creek Loop were very nice. The only fair to poor conditions were the sections of Deer Creek or Pioneer Loop (north side) that are out in the open. Some of the better skiing of the season during our low snow winter. Come out and ski while the snow is here--spring is just around the corner.
    Photos:  
    (Kris Backlund)

 

Minnesota Southern

  Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Essex Park Ski Trails (Rochester): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Perfect! Trails are groomed and tracks set.
    Skate lane is nice cordroy and the classic tracks are solid. I classiced the entire system. Totally enjoyable! Best skiing of the year.
    (Andrew Wood)
  • Feb 27 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
    Grooming 

    Packed powder on a solid base. Snow conditions are the best of the year, skate and classic skiing are good with no set track. With a bright blue ski this mornings ski was beautiful in spite of the cold.
    (Steve Williams)
  • Feb 26 - Eastwood Golf Course (Rochester): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good coverage, groomed today.
    I skied Eastwood Golf Course today, and it had been groomed and classic track set. Snow coverage was great, although a few area in the woods with twigs on the trail and pine cones.
    (Robert Ziller)
  • Feb 26 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Great, but a little cold, soft, and slow.
    Three inches of fluffy new snow were groomed with tracks set this morning. Everything is in great shape with the exception of the steep south-facing hill close to the shed/entry road, which is mostly bare at the top. I didn't ski, but someone else's skate tracks made while I was grooming suggested it is pretty slow so far. Hopefully it will speed up quickly in the sun.
    (Christopher Flood)
  • Feb 26 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trails were groomed today and track was set. Ski conditions are great!
    Perfect conditions for both classic and skate skiing.
    (Celeste Lewis)
  • Feb 26 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
    Grooming 

    Packed powder: We received about 3 inches of snow in the last storm. This has now been groomed into a nice layer of corduroy on top of the solid base. There is not a classic track but the packed powder should be good for both skating and classic.
    (Steve Williams)
  • Feb 21 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
    Grooming 

    Went over the trails this morning leaving a fresh rill on packed powder, skating should be very good classic should be good on the packed powder with no track set.
    (Steve Williams)
  • Feb 20 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good skate conditions with recent grooming.
    Chester Woods was groomed today. Track was set on about half the trail, though it didn't seemed to take too well. Skate conditions were great, with good coverage except in a few open areas.
    (Robert Ziller)
  • Feb 20 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Snow conditions were firm and icy.
    The Chester Woods Park cross country ski trails were groomed today and track was set.
    (Celeste Lewis)
  Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 26 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 2" new snow over solid base. No bare spots showing anywhere.
    I groomed all trails were Thursday afternoon. Classic tracks set everywhere including areas we haven't used this year. The conditions are mid-winter perfect. Trails facing south won't last when it warms up, so this weekend should be great skiing. Come the Saint Mary's for a great ski experience.
    (Bruce Johnson)
  • Feb 26 - Great River Bluffs State Park (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Sunny ten degrees with trails, firm and fast, freshly groomed after the previous day's 1 inch of snow. The only debris was an astounding number of pine cones on the trails running thru the pines.
    The campground road had wide flat excellent corduroy but no track. I pointed my skis and rode the hill with no dire consequences which is something that doesn't happen very often as the road often features weird big drifts.
    (Bob Cieslak)
  • Feb 23 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Main 5K loop groomed this afternoon.
    Overall trails are very good. The snow is holding up well but thin in some areas. Classic tracks are old but ok.
    (Bruce Johnson)
  • Feb 21 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed Saturday, very good.
    A bit of new snow Friday; all trails groomed Saturday morning. Occasional leaves, twigs or bits of dirt, but overall very good conditions.
    (Tom Stoa)
  • Feb 18 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed the 5K loop, meadow, river trail and the upper trail this morning. The trails should set up nicely. Some dirt showing in the usual spots but easily avoided.
    (Steve Horeck)
  Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park (Nerstrand): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Phenomenal. Just groomed, near perfectly tracked trail. No ice; no bare spots. Every bit of the trail as well as the adjacent woods was fresh, light snow that appears to have not gone through a freeze thaw cycle. It was sunny, 8 or 9 degrees at start with a slight wind. I used light green Rex.
    Can't believe I've been finding some of the best skiing of the season this late in the winter. I am very grateful for the trail reports that clued me into this place. I think I skied here years ago before there was any grooming and did not enjoy it. The expertly groomed trails today totally turned around my opinion. This was only the second time I've classiced this year. My ancient light green Rex gave just the right bite for a nice kick and glide. I walked the longer climbs on my skis but the kick and glide on the flats and run outs on the several, modest longer downhills were just really pleasant. I skied 5.2 miles in little more than an hour and 10 minutes.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Feb 26 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Upper Arboretum - Freshly groomed corduroy, best natural snow loop in the area. Lower Arb - Tried to set tracks for the first time with the new Ginzu, some area have a nice deep track, others not so much.
    We received 2-3 inches of fresh snow yesterday and trails have all been groomed. We have about 5km of trails for skating in the upper arb, and almost 10km of classic in the lower. Mostly skied in tracks.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Bisel)
  • Feb 21 - Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park (Nerstrand): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fully snow covered, tracked for classic.
    Very good conditions for classic skiing, considering the snow year it's been. Used my good skis, did not hit a rock or stick, beautiful park.
    (David Folland)
  • Feb 21 - Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park (Nerstrand): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Classic only.
    Snow coverage nearly perfect and fluffy fast. Tracks are shallow but functional. Minimal tree litter. B skis suggested only because of a couple erosion control logs are exposed. Not recommended for novices because of twisty narrow descents that should be one way trails but are not. Some folks have skiied the multipurpose trails south of the highway which are flatter but still gorgeous. Those trails are rolled but not tracked and still good for classic.
    (Mark Orlowski)
  • Feb 21 - River Bend Nature Center (Faribault): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied this morning. About an inch of new snow in a hard track. Great skiing.
    (Bob Koehler)
  • Feb 20 - St. Olaf College Natural Lands (Northfield): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent in some places, windblown dirt in others.
    Finished grooming just as it started to snow again tonight, but we need every inch! As usual, there are some places that are super thin to nonexistent because of the wind. More sheltered places have great, firm coverage. Some shallow tracks set in places where it felt like there was enough snow depth.
    (Tom Jorgenson)
  • Feb 18 - River Bend Nature Center (Faribault): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy wind means icy trails but long coasts.
    The wind has scoured many of the tracks to ice, especially to the north of the interpretive center, with a couple bare patches on the Raccoon trail and particularly the Prairie Loop, but still skiable. Makes for some great coasting. It's well worth hauling yourself to the overlook for the ride down, all they way to the Arbor trail without even poling. A little new snow and lower winds would make for ideal conditions.
    (Tess Dornfeld)
  Other locations
  • Feb 27 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
    Grooming 

    Trails at the Nature Center have been groomed and have tracks set on all the trails throughout the property after Wednesday's snow.
    (Larry Dolphin)

 

Wisconsin Northwest

  Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Some debris in the classic tracks.
    Started skiing at noon; a beautiful, sunny day. Trail is in excellent shape, although a little fresh snow would be appreciated. Base is good. Debris in the skate lanes is minimal and is only an annoyance (most of the time) in the classic tracks. Grooming is also good and recent; the groomer passed us as we were skiing.
    (Len Crowley)
  • Feb 27 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Recently set single track classic -- very good snow conditions, some debris in the trail from recent winds.
    If you're into the old fashioned, single track classic trails, this is the place to be. It's a truly great trail system with plenty of good hills with a nice flow, and some beautiful scenery. It's just so well designed, and the hills just keep on coming. Thanks to the groomers, they did a super job.
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Feb 26 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good. Lots of debris in the trail.
    The high winds dropped a considerable amount of pine cones and branches on the trail. Under the large white pines there is considerably more pine cones and twigs.
    The open hardwoods are clean and clear. Should make for some great skiing.
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 25 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good! Clean tracks that should set up nicely!
    Surprisingly there was very little debris in the tracks from the high winds earlier in the week. There has been quite a bit of activity around the Rock Lake Loop due to a few people walking along the edge of the groomed ski trail. Please use caution.
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 24 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    A, B, C loops groomed skate and classic on Tuesday. All in very good condition but wind picked up in afternoon and some debris was falling on trail.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Feb 24 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good snow with new tracks.
    Two inches of new snow were incorporated and new tracks were set today. Skiing should be great.
    (Jim Crandall)
  • Feb 23 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks were packed by skiers, not recently groomed. Little bit of debris from wind in the large pine tree areas.
    We skied in the afternoon when it had warmed up to 8, very windy out on the NCT loop. I would avoid that section if it's windy since it seems to have been clear cut. Our first time to ski there so we didn't know. No warming building here but they did have an outhouse. Trails were easy and well marked.
    (Laurie Fabrizius)
  • Feb 23 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: North end classic trail plenty of snow, good shape.
    Hasn't been groomed since last week but plenty of skiers have kept the tracks packed. It was -9F when we started out at 10:30 a.m. We started the fire in the warming building and by the time we got back it was comfortable in there. Nice trail with good variety of terrain. Skating lanes need grooming.
    (Laurie Fabrizius)
  • Feb 21 - Heartwood Ski Trails (Trego): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions.
    Weather cooperated on Saturday and trails were in quite good shape with a solid base and very little debris.
    (Jean Abraham)
  • Feb 20 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Wonderful backwoods and wilderness experience on single track.
    Nearing the Rock Lake loop I happened upon fresh cat tracks, large and freshly imprinted on the new snow. Turning left and looking up I saw a marvelous cougar with its head turned backward looking at me. I desperately hoped it had eaten and was sated. The cat turned off and ambled into the woods. Thrilled and grateful I continued. I will always celebrate this ski.
    (Duane Phinney)
  • Feb 19 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good! Good trail to ski for a little Pre-Birkie warm-up!
    Rock Lake Loop has dirty snow in some areas under the large conifers. Overall the snow was a little difficult to renovate for track setting. However, the track should set up nicely with the cold weather.
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 19 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good. Cleaned up skate lane and re-set classic track.
    There is a considerable amount of pine cones in the skate lane from the white pines. Please use caution in these areas. The classic track did not set very deep in some spots. Track conditions are good, just shallow.
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 18 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Well friends...the best single track xc ski trail in the world is in fine condition. Only had to jump out of the tracks due to debris once.
    (Johan Ragner)
  Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 21 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fluffy new powder over recently groomed trails.
    I was one of the first out on the trails this morning, skate skiing. It was easy to ski through the new snow and I had good glide on the firm skate deck below. As more skiers came out, the fresh snow became thicker and made skiing slower. But it was still great skiing!
    Photos:  
    (Molly Hoeg, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    I touched up the skate lanes this evening, including: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. The classic tracks still looked to be in good condition.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Feb 27 - Penokee Mountain Trail (Mellen): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. Probably the best the trail has looked all year!
    Looked as if the high winds didn't drop a single leaf in the trail!
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 26 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    With another sunny cool day, I groomed some of the classic only trails, trying to take care of some of the drifting from the windy days. Most of it came out well, but there are still a couple of places that didn't flatten down totally. I groomed: Raven, Deerpath, Black Bear, and Sugarbush Classic trails.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Feb 25 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The Valkyrie Trails were groomed and tracks reset. The high winds caused drifting on sections of Loops A and C even after the groomer went through. The base is approximately 6 to 8 inches. The groomer reported that the wind was blowing leaves, pine needles, and twigs on the trail. The trail is rated in good condition by the groomer.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 25 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    I groomed and tracked: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. It seemed to groom out nicely, should be good skiing. Only real issue was some debris (sticks mostly) in spots.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Feb 23 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Today we retracked: Raven, Deerpath, Black Bear, Oppedahl's, and the Jolly Connector. Groomed out nicely.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Feb 22 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Tracks were in good shape. Skate deck was firm. The Teuton trails seemed in better shape, no debris on that side of the road.
    Our first time to ski here. We waited until after lunch and it was still -4F when we started. We started a fire in the wood stove so when we finished up skiing the warming house was comfortable. We enjoyed the trails, it was slow today with the cold and wind. Snow was pretty squeaky. We will come back another time so we can try the rest of the loops, we did about 18 k.
    (Laurie Fabrizius)
  • Feb 21 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The groomer reported that both the Teuton and Valkyrie Trails were groomed and tracks reset. The conditions are excellent! The base is around 6 to 8 inches.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 21 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Today the crew regroomed and tracked Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. They tracked Sugarbush, Seagull Connector, Oppedahl's and Birch Hill.
    Photos:  
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Feb 20 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The groomer went out and starting grooming the Teuton Trails. The snow started coming down fast and heavy. Everything the groomer did was filled in. He will be going out tomorrow to do both sides again. He said the base is about 6-8 inches and the snow was still coming down.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 19 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Jeff and I groomed and tracked: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster, and Telford. We also retracked Sugarbush Classic. Looked to come out nicely.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Feb 18 - Penokee Mountain Trail (Mellen): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good. Set track on Tuesday.
    Trail is getting better. Cold temps should help it set up. Vehicles parking on Quarry Road are required to display proof of payment. Thank You!
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand 

    Firm packed powder conditions. Excellent skating, great edge control, surprisingly fast considering today's temps in the low teens; pretty good striding. The skate deck is firm and flat, many areas with fresh corduroy, other areas with a fast windblown hardpack. The classic track in some areas has scattered small debris from Tuesday's howling winds; trails with fresh track are easier to stride.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Paulsen, Blue Hills Trail Association)
  • Feb 23 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Grooming 

    All skating lanes were groomed Monday night. Classic tracks remain in good shape also.
    (Louis Muench, CASTA)
  • Feb 23 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Grooming 

    Great packed powder skiing. Excellent skating and very good striding, skate lane is firm, classic track is solid, mostly free of debris, and fairly deep.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Paulsen, Blue Hills Trail Association)
  • Feb 23 - Stower Seven Lakes State Trail (Balsam Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good. Groomed about a week or more ago? Classic tracks still mostly intact except on section between two lakes. Some foot traffic on the skate deck, but looked skiable. Good base.
    Trails had been groomed awhile ago, so there was some snow covering deck and tracks, but some skier traffic made tracks still good. Flat rail-trail so ski terrain was not terribly exciting, but having never been to Amery, I found it a scenic stop. Cute town, and nice woods, lakes, and marshes along the trail.
    (Sue Schroeder)
  • Feb 23 - Barron Area Nordic Trail Association (Barron): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good. Groomed maybe a week ago before a couple inches of snow, but still very skiable. Tracks (and deck) in woods still intact and visited by a few skiers. Grooming on two open loops somewhat drifted.
    Third stop on way home from Hayward. 6.5 kms of pretty trails, lovely loops in the woods. Two loops in open areas also scenic, but had some drifting.
    (Sue Schroeder)
  • Feb 21 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Great - all loops were in good condition with good coverage. They had gotten a small amount of snow since last grooming but trails were still in good condition for skating and classic.
    (James Lueth)
  • Feb 20 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand 

    2" fresh snow on a firm base, 15 degrees F and surprisingly fast conditions, like skating through a cloud this afternoon. Planning to groom tomorrow. These trails should be a great place to escape the crowds this weekend.
    (Tom Paulsen, Blue Hills Trail Association)
  • Feb 18 - Spooner City Trails (Spooner): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 1-2 inches of new snow, groomed for skating and a new classic track was set. Dry cold snow, shallow track, level and good coverage on the skate lane.
    Spooner City Park was groomed and tracked Wednesday. The snow is dry and cold without much glide, the trails have very good coverage and are level in most places. It was hard to get a deep classic track to reset but should ski in fine. Hopefully some warmer temps are on the way...good luck to all the skiers this weekend.
    (David Martin)
  • Feb 18 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good conditions. A dusting of fresh snow over a good base. My glide was on the slow side with the cold snow.
    We had an afternoon high of -4 today with a wind chill much lower than that. I skied the Engagement Loop - the only skier tracks on the trail today were my own.
    (Louis Muench, CASTA)
  Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for skating. Fair for striding.
    Very cold weather with a recently groomed skate lane made for hard and fast skating. Still able to get a good edge despite shallow snow depth. There are small patches of gravel showing on some of the hills so ski carefully to avoid. Could use more snow! Striding tracks look fair, but again are shallow, and there are patches with many leaves.
    (Dick Johnston)
  • Feb 22 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    The trails have not been groomed since the dusting of snow on Thursday. The skating deck is in good condition, but hard packed, skated-in and slow at these temps. The classic tracks, however, are excellent and might the best of the season. Firm with good glide. Oak leaves are in the tracks, but the east-west segments have fewer leaves than the north-south segments, due to the west winds, I presume. Now that the County groomers set continuous tracks through intersections and the oak leaves are too cold to stick to Swix Polar hard wax, classic skiing was quite enjoyable.
    (Mark Blaskey)
  • Feb 20 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent. About an inch of fresh snow on a firm deck.
    Didn't encounter any bare spots. Was skating, but noted there was enough fresh snow to coat debris on classic tracks. Nearly had the place to ourselves due to Birkie event this weekend :).
    (Robert Zich)
  • Feb 20 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Best of the year.
    These light snow falls add up to excellent conditions thanks to the groomers that lay down fresh corduroy. Classic track looked to be in good condition too. The whole system seemed to have been groomed.
    (Tim Shepardson)
  Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming Observation 

    Excellent conditions. After grooming the skate lanes yesterday, I skied the tracks today and found way too many leaves, etc., so I groomed/set new tracks today. Come ski before the leaves fill the tracks again. Also - Rib Lake trails being groomed today.
    (Scott Everson)
  • Feb 26 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming 

    I just groomed (and played pick-up-sticks on) the skate lanes on all of the loops; conditions will be Excellent if you like it firm and fast! The classic tracks are fine except where the oak leaves are abundant. Watch out for wood chips all over the trail on one of the downhill runs on Skidder; I raked it away today but the pileated woodpecker is probably out there adding more chips every day (thanks for the warning, John).
    (Scott Everson)
  • Feb 22 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming 

    Most of the loops were groomed Saturday morning and I am grooming the rest (Gaiter, Rib Lake Connector, Skidder, Jammer) this morning. The new snow is keeping the trails in excellent condition.
    (Scott Everson)
  • Feb 21 - Wintergreen Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, fresh powder has covered up the oak leaves/pine needles.
    Quite nice conditions today on B loop.
    (Liz Barr)
  Other locations
  • Feb 27 - Marshfield School Forest (Marshfield): 
    Grooming 

    Although we haven't received a lot of new snow lately the trails continue to be in very nice condition. The wind brought down some twigs but our grooming efforts seems to brush some of them off to the sides of the trails. We are currently grooming 2 - 3 times per week to keep things fresh.
    (Randy Lueth)
  • Feb 25 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair+, mostly good coverage but lots of debris and uneven surface.
    Decided to check out Willow River since it had been groomed. It was great scenery as usual and quite skiable, but hard to get much of a rhythm going due to the tree debris, boot prints, and uneven surface with the thin snow. I skied with B skis, but rock skis wouldn't be a bad idea as there was occasional gravel. The best skating was the trail that had been previously made on the lake. Great to finally get out to willow river, so thank you groomers.
    (Peter Aggen)
  • Feb 21 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Conditions are amazingly good! With the exception of the prairie areas of the Orange trail and the Red Prairie Loop, all trails have a good skate surface and generally solid track.
    A couple of the groomers headed out today to test out some new equipment. It turned out that the recent dustings of snow had accumulated to a point where we could actually groom. The entire trail system was groomed. Track was set everywhere except in some open prairie areas. The groomer did dig up some scattered bits of grass and dirt but these should be easily avoided.
    (David Thofern)
  • Feb 21 - Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve (Edgar): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed this morning on 1" or so of new snow. Tracks set well.
    (Bruce Kralcik)

 

Wisconsin Northeast

  Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent! The classic tracks were fabulous. Firm and fast.
    The best conditions we've seen on this trail system for many years.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Feb 27 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good condition with 7" base all trails groomed and tracked, picked up most debris from Tuesday wind storm.
    Should set well tonight with colder temps. should be a great weekend to ski. Enjoy!
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 27 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    We have just over 40km of groomed trail in great to excellent shape. Other trails have many debris patches, powder-filled tracks, and very firm skate decks. Striders should ski the fresh track and Wilderness Trails. Skating is still good to very good for experienced skiers.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 26 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor - not recently groomed, with hazardous drifts on some downhills.
    Looks like it hadn't been groomed since Monday's small snowfall. Wind made for some hazardous drifts on downhills. Looks like it could be a really fun trail if groomed. Wouldn't suggest for beginning skier. Hills were a hoot except for conditions.
    (Dick Wilder)
  • Feb 26 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good condition.
    Cut and tracked all took two passes but was happy with results. One porcupine headed up an oak to his hole(den?) in a big oak tree. Track firm and slow with cold temps.
    (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 26 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good with 7" base some debris from Tuesday's wind.
    Pat Say, Butternut, Roller Coaster and Tom's Hill all groomed and tracked to Anvil System.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 26 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 15km+ of the core trails were groomed overnight to very good condition. Other trails have many debris patches, powder-filled tracks, and very firm skate decks. The skating is still good to very good for experienced skiers. Striders should ski the fresh track or the Wilderness trails.
    Thursday night and Friday mornining, we'll groom the entire park. Weekend Skiathlon and Skijor race conditions should be very good to excellent. We'll ski ya soon!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 25 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good! just a few spots under pines with debris but because the golf course is pretty open, the debris is minimal. Great snow - holding powder.
    Don't get your golf clubs out yet! Groomed the skate deck and laid double tracks throughout system on Wednesday. Groomed up nicely after the howling winds.
    (Joe Panci)
  • Feb 25 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. Full depth, solid and consistent classic tracks. Smooth, solid and firm skate lanes. Trails have been groomed 57 times this season.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Feb 25 - Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Grooming 

    This morning the track was reset, and there was some wind blown debris on the trail. However, not enough debris to ruin one's skiing.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Feb 25 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Grooming 

    The classic tracks were reset this afternoon. With predicted warmer temperatures for the weekend, this can make for some nice skiing.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Feb 25 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Grooming 

    New classic tracks were set this afternoon. With the cold evening temperatures the tracks should firm up nicely. Moderate temperatures are forecasted for the weekend and this should provide for some nice skiing. There is some leafy debris from Tuesday's strong winds, but not enough to spoil skiing.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Feb 25 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Grooming 

    Skaters loop groomed. All other loops cut and tracked. Good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 25 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent with exception of a few pesky oak leaves. Single digit temps but don't forget the sunscreen!
    Groomed at noon today. Cut the drifts and smoothed over yesterday's inch of fresh snow.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Feb 25 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed to a 4 our of 5, but debris from Tuesday's wind storm is pushing the conditions a little lower. Wind-blown powder in tracks in the open areas, with firm to very firm skate lanes throughout the park. Tamarack Pond trail was groomed last night, and it should offer the cleanest track.
    Weekend grooming should be great for the Squirrel Hill Skiathlon, Winter Park Bark Skijor Race, and general public skiing. Our base is good, and the weather should be steady and pleasant through the weekend.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 24 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Solid skating base with an inch of new powder covering the trails. So much snow!
    Skied mostly on Bob's Trail and the skate conditions were phenomenal! Pete Moline and the "Snow Gods" provided 2 of my best ski days ever. Afterglow never disappoints! Exceptional skiing.
    (Bob Woelfl)
  • Feb 24 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
    Grooming Shorty 

    All loops cut and tracked. Good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 24 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
    Grooming 

    Cut and tracked all loops this morning - trail appears to be in very good condition.
    (Christopher Bartelt)
  • Feb 24 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Get back to your skiing roots on our single track Wilderness Trails amongst the pines and patchy snowfall. Big Pine, Cedar Creek and Side Kick were groomed this morning. All ski trails are in great shape with just a little dusting of snow.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 23 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. Near perfect conditions exist. Full depth and solid classic tracks. Smooth, solid and level skate lanes.
    Last nights low temp was -35F. The weather has been documented in this area for 115 years. The coldest winter before last winter, had 44 nights below zero. Last year we smashed that record with 78 nights below zero. This winter to date, we have had 47 nights below zero (beating the old record). There are many more nights predicted, in the near future, to be far below zero. I almost only groom at night and have been quite cold while grooming, the last two winters. Trails have been groomed 56 times this season.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Feb 23 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Big Pine has been beautifully groomed with a single track winding through the woods. Our Wilderness Trails have been a favorite the past few days. All 90km of ski trail are in great shape!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 22 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Grooming 

    New deep tracks were reset on Sat. This should provide for some nice skiing until the snow and wind comes on Tues.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Feb 22 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Groomers have cleaned up most of our interior trails and will be grooming the Wilderness Trails tonight. The PistenBully has groomed Lake Marie, C&D Express and Island Hop this morning.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 21 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good conditions at present on Escanaba. I cut and tracked all on Saturday morning and it has been very cold since.
    Due to cold weather I am confident this trail is in very good shape. I set track on Saturday morning after about 2 inches of fresh snow. The new and old snow were mixed together and set up firm.
    (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 21 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Grooming 

    All the trails were cleaned up on Saturday. New classic tracks were set along with brushing the skate deck.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Feb 21 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    All 90km of trail have been groomed with flat skate decks and crisp striding track. We have about 3" of fluffy snow still on the skied in tracks of our Wilderness Trails.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 21 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. Measured 2" new snow. All classic tracks reset. All skate lanes regroomed.
    Trails have been groomed 56 times this season. Full depth, solid, firm and consistent classic tracks. Firm, flat, smooth and level skate lane. Good luck to all the Birkie skiers who train here.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Feb 20 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good conditions and not much use this last week so I will plan to groom next Friday.
    Snowing now, should help with some of the debris.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 20 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good with 6" base all trails groomed and tracked. Should be set with colder temp.
    Snowing now, should make for a good ski tomorrow.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 20 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Over 23km of trail have been groomed by the PistenBully this morning. Variable winds continue today, so expect debris in the dense pine segments of trail.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 19 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. All classic tracks reset. All skate lanes regroomed to perfection.
    Deep, solid and consistent classic tracks. Smooth, flat and level skate lanes. Trails have been groomed 55 times this season. I Fat Biked the pink, yellow, orange, green and blue snowshoe trails tonight. When I finished it was -11F. So much fun.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Feb 19 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Tracks are solid, Skate decks are flat and firm, and everything has a wind-blown dusting of very fine, dry snow. Variable winds continue today, so expect debris in the dense pine segments of trail.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 18 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good considering the temperature.
    It was minus 11 when I started skiing and it had warmed up to minus 9 by the time I finished. I started out on the skate loop but only went about 300 meters before I concluded the effort was not worth it as I had the wrong wax. I gave that up and took to the classic trails. Grip was great but glide was almost non-existent. Still, it was a great tour overall. There was little to no wind from 8:00 - 10:00 when I skied.
    (Jim Gantz)
  • Feb 18 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skate decks are flat and firm, tracks are solid, and everything has a wind-blown dusting of very fine, dry snow.High winds all day, so expect debris in the young and dense pine forest segments of trail.
    We've seen steady, cold temps and few skiers since Monday afternoon, so the grooming is holding very nicely. The snow is aged nicely, and generally skis fast.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 26 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good on groomed trails.
    The Green and the Black loops were freshly groomed and in great shape for both skating and classic. Some of the others were not groomed and in average shape with pine cones and debris from the lack of snow. As you can see by the pictures in the Fields, the trails are in fine shape.
    Photos:  
    (Scott Frazier)
  • Feb 25 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Grooming Secondhand Scheduling 

    Conditions: Good for skate, fair for classic.
    Phil called me Wednesday evening to say he was feeling capricious and has changed the date for Greg Marr ski backwards to Saturday March 7th. Plan is still pot luck at 1pm.
    (Tracy Piontkowski)
  • Feb 24 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand Secondhand Scheduling 

    Conditions: Good for skate, fair for classic.
    Skate deck is hard packed but not boilerplate. Phil touched up trails with drag. Good skis are okay, use a stiff flex. Classic tracks are shallow and worn, fair amount of debris from the high winds. Phil says he plans on trying to reset track by weekend. This Saturday is ski backwards Greg Marr memorial. Start skiing anytime in the morning, pot luck lunch at 1pm.
    (Tracy Piontkowski)
  • Feb 21 - Gartzke Flowage (Antigo): 
    Firsthand Shorty 

    Great scenery, but disappointed there was no classic track set on any of the trails.
    (Bob Dall)
  • Feb 21 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair condition with some dirty snow on the northwest corner on the red loop.
    Trails have been groomed today and will be groomed Sunday morning.
    (Josh Nemec)
  Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pretty Good! Fast! Just finished helping set up course for the Stump Farm race tomorrow.
    County staff and volunteers shoveled snow to fix many of the thin spots. Groomer roughened and leveled the surface and cleaned up the trails a bit tonight. I had on my B skis - seemed OK. Forgot my headlamp so it was a beautiful, cool, moonlit ski! See you tomorrow at the Bay Nordic youth, 4k and 15k Stump Farm! I heard there will be great prizes!
    (Kevin Fermanich)
  • Feb 27 - High Cliff State Park (Sherwood): 
    Grooming 

    The volunteer groomer was out today and was able to pack all trails and track the traditional trails. He reports the skate ski trails are in great condition while the traditional trails are in good condition by have some leafy areas.
    (Linda Guelig)
  • Feb 22 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good coverage. Freshly groomed after Saturday nights dusting. The camp set tracks this weekend for the first time this year.
    The skate skiing was very good. Skied on fresh cuordoroy which is always a treat. The camp has done a good job with the limited amount of snow that they have had.
    (Gary Machlett)
  • Feb 21 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Fair to good for skating. No tracks set for classic.
    Red Pine loop was groomed for skating. Powder made it a bit soft but warm temps gave some good glide. Classic tracks were being skied in. East side classic only had skied in tracks. Guy said he attempted to set track but brought up too much debris. Thought it would be better skiing in old track.
    (Mike Casey)
  • Feb 21 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for skate skiing.
    The couple inches of fresh snow made for a very good conditions. Trails were freshly groomed this morning.
    (Sue Freundl)
  • Feb 21 - High Cliff State Park (Sherwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very nice tracks, groomed early morning, some debris.
    Thank you to our wonderful volunteer for spending his morning grooming. Remember to stop in the office and donate!
    (Kathleen Paton)
  • Feb 21 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 1" new snow, all south trails open, rolled, no classic tracks.
    South trails all rolled, did not detect any gravel areas. More snow and they would be perfect.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Feb 21 - High Cliff State Park (Sherwood): 
    Grooming 

    Volunteer groomer was out this morning at 6 AM and packed all the trails. He reports the skate ski trail is in very good condition and the he was able to track the traditional ski trail. Although he indicated there was some rocks and sticks periodically on the traditional ski trail, he rate it as in good condition for skiing.
    (Linda Guelig)
  Door County area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 21 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good. Firm, but not icy.
    Red, Green, Yellow, Orange trails all groomed this morning. Definitely skiable. A few bare spots, but easy to ski around. Overnight snow and blue skies made for a great day on the trails. Many thanks to the groomers.
    (Tom Kraack)
  • Feb 21 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for striding.
    Classic skied Peninsula off Hwy. A at Lot #5. 1. Air temperature 25 degrees at noon. 2. 4" fresh snow last night. 3. Bright sun. 4. Tracked this morning. The snow was a little thin in only a couple of spots. You do the math - It was great!
    (Bill Kirsch)
  Other locations
  • Feb 26 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 8-9 inch base, groomed and tracked.
    Groomed and tracked today, best conditions of the year.
    (Larry Vassar)
  • Feb 25 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz): 
    Grooming 

    The entire system was groomed today and trails are in very good condition. We continue to be plagued with windy days, so there is debris on the trail although it isn't too bad. Enjoy!
    (Sara Pearson, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 24 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good, some debris on the trails.
    All trails were groomed and tracked Tuesday. I skate skied some of the trails Tuesday night. The trails were fast! Good hard skate deck and firm tracks. We had some strong winds and there is debris in the pine plantations - I would avoid those areas.
    (Maggie Kailhofer, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 20 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good both track and skate lanes.
    All trails were groomed and tracked and then we got some new snow Friday night. Great conditions for the Candlelight Ski Saturday night! Enjoy the warm day and go skiing!
    (Maggie Kailhofer, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 20 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good- just groomed with a couple inches of fresh snow.
    Trails all regroomed and tracked this evening following a couple inches of fresh snow. New snow has covered up much of the debris left on the trail after last weekend's strong winds. Trails are in good shape.
    (Lucas Vold)
  • Feb 20 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Today we received a good inch of snow. I plan on grooming the entire trail system starting early tomorrow morning. It will not be completely done until noon as it takes 7 hours.
    (Lloyd Lundwall)
  • Feb 19 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Fair to good, 8 inch base.
    Not many skiers this week so I will hold off grooming until next week. A little warmer would help.
    (Larry Vassar)

 

Wisconsin Southwest

  La Crosse area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 21 - Perrot State Park (Trempealeau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Some thin spots but overall good.
    Bay Trail - Not officially open or groomed, but tracks are there. Campground road section (and therefore skating loop) very thin. Otherwise good. Wilbur Trail - A thin spot or two but otherwise very good.
    (Brian McCarty)
  • Feb 21 - Perrot State Park (Trempealeau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Bluff trails were groomed two weeks ago but are holding well.
    Limited snow has allowed for a little more leaf litter to show up in the track but still in great shape for as little snow as we have.
    (Justin Wershofen)

 

Wisconsin Southeast

  Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 26 - Evergreen/Maywood (Sheboygan): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Overall, conditions are good for skate skiing and fair to good in the classic tracks. There was a quarter inch of new snow last night.
    The trails south and east of the Pigeon River were groomed today and are very skiable. There is debris in some sections of the system. The classic tracks were reset on the west, north and east sections of Evergreen Park as fresh snow blew into the old tracks. So, classic skiing in 80% of Evergreen Park is good.
    (Steve Scharrer)
  • Feb 25 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very Good packed trails with tracks in place.
    I classic skied around 12:30 p.m. on portions of the red, green and purple trails. The snow was packed down but with just enough loose powder on top to make skiing fast and easy. There is some debris on the trail, so by weaving in and out of the tracks, I avoided having any leaves stick to the bottom of my waxable skis.
    (Mary Dekker)
  • Feb 24 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed the skating lanes on all loops today. Very hard 2" base. Did not do anything to the classic lanes. Some dirty spots and debris in places to contend with. Conditions are fair. It is currently snowing lightly. I will plan on grooming tomorrow if we get measureable snow. Still worthwhile to ski these trails.
    (Reagan Arndt, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 23 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1-2 hard packed, no recent grooming.
    I recommend only B/rock skis at this point. There are several areas of thin spots and a few rocky areas on the north yellow trail. The second downhill after the north overlook (not the first) and pass the 2 mile marker is downright dangerous down the middle with two huge rocks that could completely damage ski bases and cause a skier to have an accident. Go slow there or take off your skis on that downhill.
    (Matt Stanke)
  • Feb 23 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    1-2" bombproof hard packed. The purple, red and brown trails have been groomed for skating. At this point, only B skis or rock skis are advisable due to the low snow cover and many thin spots with some rocks here and there.
    (Matt Stanke)
  • Feb 23 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good conditions. A few thin spots on the green trail and a little dirty in the pine plantations.
    I skied all 5 loops skating. There was about an inch of new snow over the weekend which covered most of the dirty track. The classic tracks looked good except for a few leaves in the track and a little dirty in the plantations. Most of the skating trails were groomed this morning.
    (Jim Hertel)
  • Feb 22 - Evergreen/Maywood (Sheboygan): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Yesterday afternoon we had sunshine and temps in the high 20s, as a result there was a bit of melting in the south facing slope areas. Thing cooled down last night and we got a dusting of snow. All trails are still in pretty good condition. There are thin spots and some debris. A few areas are a bit icy. Use caution going down the hill near the Maywood building; it was icy and thin there today.
    We haven't had any significant snow for three weeks. The trails have held up pretty well despite this.
    (Jim Van Akkeren)
  • Feb 21 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied the purple, green and pink trails this afternoon. The trails were better than last weekend but they still have plenty of debris that keeps my "B skis" happy and my "A skis" at home in the basement. Gotta keep skiing!
    (Tom Hauch)
  • Feb 21 - Evergreen/Maywood (Sheboygan): 
    Grooming 

    Leo is grooming the skate deck this morning. We added 1/2" of snow yesterday. Still pretty good coverage. Watch out for a few thin spots and some debris. We have not reset the classic track due to the lack of sufficient fresh snow.
    (Jim Van Akkeren)
  • Feb 20 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for classic skiing.
    We went Friday night in the dark with our headlamps. There was about 1 1/2 " of new light snow, which covered most of the pine needles and debris. Skiing was effortless. A magical night at "Nordic Heaven", for sure!
    (Mary Dekker)
  • Feb 20 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Some snow, but winds have kicked it around.
    A dusting of snow Friday and possibly Friday night with high winds will prevent us from grooming until Monday. We'll be out to touch up skating lanes and while not a lot of snow is forecasted, if there's more to work with, we'll reset track.
    (Jason Quast, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 19 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: I groomed the skating lanes all loops this morning. The surface was very hard packed, only about a 2 inch base. Starting to have a noticeable amount of debris on the trails in places. A couple of dirty spots showing in places. Nothing done to the tracks.
    Skating lanes on the yellow, red and green are in fair to good condition. The tracks on these loops are in fair condition. The brown loop is fair for skating and classic.
    Conditions do not look to improve in the near future. Nothing but lack of snow to work with.
    (Reagan Arndt, Wisconsin DNR)
  Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 26 - Elver Park (Madison): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good on the West.
    Freshly groomed skate deck and new classical trails. No grooming on the East but the fresh snow makes it quite skiable.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Feb 26 - Pleasant View Golf Course (Middleton): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good, fresh snow last nite.
    Groomed and tracked today.
    (Tim Dahmen)
  • Feb 24 - Lodi Area Ski Trails (Lodi): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 4.5k open for skate, classic tracks are pretty blown over thanks to the wind and traces of snow we have been getting.
    Trail is thin but no bare spots.
    (Joe Bainbridge)
  • Feb 24 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good for skating, has not been groomed in a while.
    Thin base on Fern Dell and Turtleville with several brown spots and areas where pebbles are mixed with snow, so rock skis recommended. Lots of tree, leaf and needle debris due to wind. Did not ski other trails. Need more snow to improve conditions.
    (Dan Dudley)
  • Feb 24 - Elver Park (Madison): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good skating Westside.
    Hasn't been groomed since Friday. I hope this isn't the end. Very firm base was softening with the warming and a scant amount of loose snow. Eastside very hard and icy, the best hill is actually the double S down the face. Classical tracks are geting dirty and slick.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Feb 23 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Conditions: Trails south of Ferndale road are ok for rock skis. Very thin with lots of tree debris on them.
    The trail could really use some snow. No real bare spots but the groomer scalped a number of spots where coverage is thin.
    (Joe Bainbridge)
  • Feb 21 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, recently groomed.
    Thin base on Fern Dell, but I skate skied with my A skis and I thought the conditions were decent. The trail was recently groomed and considering the lack of snow I was surprised that the conditions were pretty good.
    (Paul Nichols)
  • Feb 20 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good skating on thin base.
    Skied fern dell and turtleville today. The freshly groomed trail had dirt showing in spots, but most can be easily avoided. The debris from earlier this week is pretty much covered by the dustings of snow we have had the last few days. I would still wear your B skis. Overall good skating, with the track still having some leaves.
    (Dave Statz)
  Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - McMiller (Eagle): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions at McMiller (S Kettle Moraine) were excellent today. Regroomed Thursday for skate and classic. The old classic track was taken out and new tracks set. Classic tracks formed up full depth and hard but are composite of old icy snow and a little dry fresh...hard for me to get hard wax to work well. Skate deck was firm with mix of old, icy and new, fresh but smooth cord everywhere...no chunks of ice of any size. Fast! As good as Falun, Sweden, maybe a little harder!
    (Jeff Lightcap)
  • Feb 27 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: very good at least - skating assessment.
    I skated all blue outside loop and the black diamond section. Started at noon, 12 degrees, snow a little slow at first in the shade in the pines but very nice in the sun. Better as it warmed up. All skate decks appeared to be groomed, not the classic track. An inch of snow on the firm classic tracks, so they are probably pretty good, clean, I used them a couple times on down hills.
    (Marty Dawson)
  • Feb 26 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great for skate, good for classic.
    I skied the UW-Parkside trail at about 5 p.m., striding. The tracks were good and not icy after the inch plus of snow and cold temps. The trail is slow, due to the fluffy cold snow. The skate lanes are perfect. Good grooming! Very little debris, except for a bit under the pines.
    (Anna Stadick)
  • Feb 26 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, Nordic heaven! Freshly groomed.
    Trails in primo condition. Groomed earlier today, clean, a couple inches of new snow last night helped, just a bit slower than the speedy conditions the last week and a half. Should be good for weekend, cold temps are helping.
    (Ed Edinger)
  • Feb 26 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent. Groomer had just finished working in 1.5 inches new snow over bomb proof base. Skied 2 blue loops and was first and second trace on fresh corduroy! Beautiful cold clear day for skiing. Used Birkie race skis which had Cera 7 over HSF-10 (not bad on Nordic's cold snow even with 81 K total) Groomers did a great job.
    (Theo Abrahamson)
  • Feb 26 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha): 
    Firsthand 

    Skated the main trail and a small section under the pines just at the snow was starting. For me the main trail was hard packed but OK, but under the pines was too debris covered. Depending on how much snow accumulated, a grooming could transform the trail to excellent conditions.
    (Matt Seiberlich)
  • Feb 25 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Delightful, skated blue loop. Enough loose snow on top of a very hard base made for good edging for the climbs and push offs for long glides. Used good skis and had good coverage except for a few spots that were easy to ski around. The debris on the trail was not a problem.
    It was groomed yesterday and was very good when I skied. With no grooming today, the trails were still good. After doing my 30th Birkie Saturday with the big hills and mush on the climbs, the Nordic conditions were almost effortless today.
    (Don Howell)
  • Feb 24 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The track is ice and the skating lane is hard packed.
    Skating is possible but getting an edge is difficult at times. Warmer weather or new snow may improve conditions greatly.
    (Steve Wikner)
  • Feb 24 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to excellent skating, classic tracks looked great.
    Trail conditions soften and improved by end of ski at 5:45pm. With cold overnight temps trails most likely will harden up by morning. If groomer hits the skating lane Wednesday morning like today look out. Tracks looked great, will try those tomorrow afternoon.
    (Mike Bettinger)
  • Feb 24 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good from a skate assessment.
    Skated outside blue loop, not the black diamond section. Groomer had been over it once in all places, twice in others. A narrow six foot groomed swath had a 1/4 inch of loose snow/ice. Hard pack other places. Lots of debris in pines, but fast and very skateable. Need snow obviously but the grooming is keeping it good for skaters with very little to work with. Nice job groomer.
    (Marty Dawson)
  • Feb 24 - McMiller (Eagle): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: McMiller Blue. Hard-pack and fast. Skied in the morning. A lot of debris on the trail through the pine plantations, but second half of trail is looking good.
    Trails are holding up well despite the lack of new snow. Grateful for the groomers.
    (George Desort)
  • Feb 22 - Minooka Park (Waukesha): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied Minooka on both Saturday and Sunday, it was groomed both mornings. Excellent conditions on Saturday, very good on Sunday for classic. The groomer had wiped out some of the classic track when grooming for skating. Skate track was nice.
    (Mary Labinski)
  • Feb 22 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1-4" bombproof base with a few thin dirty areas.
    You can used your race skis at Nordic if you are careful and move around the 8-10 dirty spots. I pulled off the few stubborn rocks on the hilly blue and also 100+ or so pine cones off the trail. Excellent grooming provided fast and firm conditions, despite the very cold temps. The full sun was an extra bonus. Another great day on an awesome trail system.
    (Matt Stanke)
  • Feb 22 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Perfect conditions once again.
    Where do we deliver the cookies or beer to the groomer/groomers? There is not a lot of snow yet conditions are holding due to the fantastic grooming.
    (George Desort)
  • Feb 21 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic trails were fair to good on the north loop. Icy in many spots; sticks and twigs on the trail.
    Classic trails were fair to good on the north loop. Icy in many spots, with better snow coverage in some open areas. Classic trails appear to not have been groomed or tracked in some time... tracks are pretty much dig from other skiers. A fair amount of debris on the trail in wooded areas, only one bare spot on the loop. Might consider "B" skis if you are concerned about sticks and twigs on the trail.
    (Mike Borst)
  • Feb 21 - McMiller (Eagle): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, considering lack of recent snow.
    Timbo and I skied McMiller Blue trail this morning and were extremely impressed with the grooming and how little debris was in the classical tracks. Well done grooming staff and much appreciated!
    (John Brengosz)
  • Feb 21 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions for both skating and striding today. Kudos to the grooming crew.
    Temps were perfect today.
    (Richard Homan)
  • Feb 20 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Great and only going to get better. The Wisconsin state parks employees have been out grooming all day Friday. All I can say is I hope the State Park budget cut backs don't affect the level of grooming the state provides the ski trails in Wisconsin.
    (Mike Bettinger)
  • Feb 18 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, hard and just a bit slick.
    Trails in good shape, a bit of glazing starting to show, but enough of loose snow on top for control. Should be excellent again after another grooming. Thanks to the DNR groomers, they have done a wonderful job keeping the trails in great shape, my Birkie training is that much better due to your efforts.
    (Ed Edinger)
  • Feb 18 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Hard packed, with full cover. Good edge in this snow.
    The pine area is dirty, but the rest of the trail is in good shape for skating. The classic track looked ok with the new bits of snow. The trail was touched up yesterday by the groomers.
    (Charlie Shahbazian)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula

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

    Conditions: All trails were Pisten Bully groomed today. Plans are to groom the skate lanes Saturday morning.
    Skiing conditions at its'best!
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Feb 23 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic, excellent.
    The classic track was in excellent condition except for a very few wind blown areas that were out in the open. Unbelievable snow depth here. The trail maps are getting lower and lower to look at. What a great problem to have!
    (Larry Dobberstein)
  • Feb 22 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate, perfect. Classic, perfect.
    The entire system was just P.B. groomed and was absolutely perfect. It got up to about -8F which probably kept some skiers away from these great conditions. Thanks to the groomer.
    (Larry Dobberstein)
  • Feb 21 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 6 inches of new fluffy snow fell in the past 24 hours. Groomers will be out early Sunday morning weather permitting, packing and tracking all trails. Warm chalet open from 8am-6pm.
    The YooperBeiner Snowshoe race was held at Wolverine today attracting many racers and snowshoe enthusiasts. Thank you skiers who yielded to the snowshoers and fluffy trail conditions!
    Photos:  
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Feb 20 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    3" of fresh snow fell after grooming Friday. We plan to Pisten Bully groom the Powderhorn Loop early Saturday morning and groom the remaining trails after the finish of the YooperBeiner Snowshoe Race which starts at 11am.
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Feb 18 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Two inches yesterday, we groomed 65 km and set fresh tracks, 3 inches last night and today we groomed another 50 km of trail this morning. The ski conditions are "winter wonderland" with snow hanging on the trees. We will be back out in the early morning regrooming. No ice or debris...just cold dry powder!
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Looks like a great weekend of skiing at Valley Spur again. Trails are in awesome shape with all the fresh snow and cold temps. Come on out and enjoy a little taste of Spring!
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Feb 24 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed our entire system this morning. We've gotten steady fresh snow lately and it's groomed daily. It looks like temps will moderate a bit for the coming weekend so come and enjoy this great system. It's truly a winter wonderland!
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Feb 22 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Rolled and groomed the entire system yesterday and groomed in another 1" that fell overnight so the system is in excellent shape. Due to all the high winds lately there is a bit of debris on the trail but barely noticeable. Come on out!
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Feb 20 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Despite all the frigid temps lately grooming has not slowed down. Our system is in great shape with fresh snow being groomed in daily so come on out and get your skiing in.
    (Dan Rabine)
  Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 25 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent conditions with deep set tracks and 30 inch base. Skied on Cedar and Tamarack Loops. Weekend skiing should be excellent with the extreme cold passing at last, bringing daytime temps in the twenties predicted.
    (Cynthia MacDonald)
  • Feb 24 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent mid winter conditions.
    Lots of base and beautifully groomed fresh snow. A couple inches of dense, fast snow fell last night and were tilled over the cold powder below. Highs in the 20s, how about that for a change!
    (Jeff Parker)
  • Feb 23 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed and perfect!
    Firm flat skate lane with fresh corduroy, and surprisingly good glide given Monday's cold temperatures. Tracks looked excellent, too. And to top it off, the second consecutive day of sunshine!
    (Larry Zurawski)
  • Feb 21 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent conditions. 30 inch base and 10 inches of new snow in recent days. Had a nice ski on Birch Loop. Trails are very beautiful in these cold conditions.
    Photos:  
    (Cynthia MacDonand)
  Other locations
  • Feb 27 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
    Firsthand 

    Groomed late yesterday. Skied this morning. -23 degrees last night made for great conditions today. Hard, deep, fast tracks. Excellent conditions.
    (Bob Turnquist)
  • Feb 24 - Ge-Che Trail (Iron River): 
    Grooming 

    The westernmost section of the trail (Loggers' Loop) was groomed and tracked Tuesday. The rest of the trail will be groomed and tracked before the weekend.
    (Dustin Johnson)
  • Feb 23 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed late Monday. Tracks were nice and deep. Should still be good even with the inch or so of snow this AM.
    (Bob Turnquist)
  • Feb 21 - Rapid River Ski Trail (Rapid River): 
    Firsthand 

    All classic and skating loops were groomed Saturday. Conditions are excellent..especially loop D. Come out and enjoy dedicated classic and skate trails.
    (Ted Schiltz)
  • Feb 21 - Watersmeet Ski Trails (Watersmeet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Deep classical tracks, Snow white conditions.
    Another great ski over the whole Sylvania Outfitters system. Bob groomed 2-3" of loose powder into a beautiful track. Always my favorite place.
    (Dan Hinch)

 

Michigan Lower Peninsula

  Other locations
  • Feb 22 - Love Creek County Park (Berrien Springs): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for striding, slow for skating.
    SW Michigan has been getting hammered by lake effect snow the last couple of weeks. Skied Love Creek today - striding tracks were well set on the 4 loops, while the skate lane was slow going with at least two inches of new snow during the day. Chicagoans who would normally go to the Kettles should come here as Berrien County has at least 3' of snow.
    (Stuart Kipnis)

 

Canada

  Other locations
  • Feb 23 - Stokely Creek Trails (Goulais River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Nearly perfect snow at Stokely Creek. There is at least 2 feet of snow in the wood and at least a foot of base covered with fresh snow. No sign of any melt downs here.
    The North Star Ski Club has over 40 skiers enjoying ideal ski conditions just north of Sault St Marie. Stokely has over 120 K of groomed trails over a wide variety of terrain. All are in great condition this week. Temps are a bit of a challenge, but highs are supposed to be above zero for the rest of the week. Sunny skies have also helped. This is a great place to ski for an extended trip.
    Photos:  
    (Chip Treen)
  • Feb 22 - Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (Thunder Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 60 km groomed and excellent condition.
    Loppet course preparation starts this week. Come up and ski the Giant.
    (Peter Crooks)

 

North Dakota

  Fargo area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 27 - Lindenwood Park Ski Trails (Fargo): 
    Firsthand 

    Trails re-groomed this morning with the snowmobile after a dusting of dry snow this week. Skating lane is packed to an inch or two firm base with exposed areas and areas under tree less with grass, dirt and leaves exposed. Classical tracks are defined with snow in the tracks except in exposed areas where the bottom of the track is hitting grass, leaves and dirt. Wind blown areas have dirty snow. Three, maybe four inches of snow on ground.
    (Gary Brekke)
  • Feb 20 - Lindenwood Park Ski Trails (Fargo): 
    Firsthand 

    An inch of dry snow overnight filled in the bottom of the classical tracks and covered much of the exposed grass, dirt, and leaves on the tracks. Skier tracked today. Skating lane still has thin sections in exposed areas where the lane blew thin. Six inches of new snow in the past week that has settled to three or four inches. Packed to an inch in the trails.
    (Gary Brekke)
  • Feb 18 - Lindenwood Park Ski Trails (Fargo): 
    Grooming 

    First grooming of the season today after a couple snowfalls of dry fluff adding up to five inches. Skating lane compacted to base an inch or two deep except for exposed windblown areas that packed out to grass or leaves. Classical track well formed in deeper snow - but due to the lack of snow many areas where the tracks bottomed out to dirt, grass, and leaves.
    (Gary Brekke)

 


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