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These reports are maintained by readers like you. Let us know about the rollerski trail updates/conditions in your area via our Rollerski/Training Report form. And if you're lucky enough to have snow, please file a Ski Trail Report. If you'd like to send along some photos, please e-mail those as attachment and we'll plug them into your report.
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Reports: 7  

Minnesota Northeast


      Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • May 9 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Mother Nature blessed us with about 12 inches of snow in our little micro climate on Spirit Mountain so we took advantage of it and skied Magney! The snow on the grassy portions of the trail was double that what it was on the gravel/horse trail portion. If you get out there today or early tomorrow I'm thinking you will still have something to ski on! My Zero's worked great and my husband's junkers worked well too...no clumping amazingly enough. The road is closed so you have to walk in about a quarter mile.
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
    • May 1 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      I savored one final short skate ski of the season this May Day evening, on the very last short patch of snow at Snowflake, near the end of the Special K where the wind drifts snow the highest. From November to May makes for a fine season -- thanks to Snowflake's John G. and Jim!
      Photos:  
      (Lane Ellis)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula


      Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • May 10 - Keweenaw County backcountry (Delaware): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      36F at 8AM. 1-12" base of corn snow and ice on snowmobile trail 132, over 2 feet in spots on Gratiot Mountain. Semi-solid crust, breakable to 1". Nice to ski crust, albeit breakable, after skiing in sloppy snow yesterday. Could be the swan song for spring skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Ken Wikgren)
    • May 6 - Keweenaw County backcountry (Delaware): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      36F at 8AM. 0-14" base of corn snow and ice. Lots of washouts and brownouts to contend with. "Skiing on rocks is hard on the skis and tripping on trees is hard on the knees!". One of the last days for actual cross country skiing of the season. Bears are now out of hibernation and the deer are moving back into the high country as the snow pack dwindles in the Keweenaw..
      Photos:  
      (Ken Wikgren)
    • May 1 - Keweenaw County backcountry (Delaware): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      34F at 7:34AM, Moderate snow falling all morning. 1-3" fresh snow over 0-18" base of corn snow and ice, solid but semi-soft crust. Pretty legit May skiing in the Keweenaw. I skied a short, wet one today from Delaware to the summit of Gratiot Mtn. and back. This season's snowfall now over 350" up here but still short of the 390" record.
      Photos:  
      (Ken Wikgren)
    • Apr 28 - Keweenaw county backcountry (Lac La Belle): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      23 F at 7:30 AM, 4-18" of corn snow and ice, with lots of washouts and brownouts on exposed slopes. Skiing the "Double Triple" this weekend. I skied Buffalo Hills, Praiseville Hill, and Mt. Horace Greeley today, and Mt. Bohemia, Mt. Houghton, and Gratiot Mtn. yesterday. The six highest points in Keweenaw County in two days. Nice way to finish the crust skiing season.
      Photos:  
      (Ken Wikgren)

 

Canada


      Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • May 1 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Well, it's May 1st and the trail running conditions here are terrible. Thankfully, the skiing this morning was not too bad. As of 11am, still plenty of snow left after Monday's storm, which dumped close to a foot of heavy wet snow between Grand Portage and the south edge of Thunder Bay. I skied a good chunk of the trail system between 8 and 11, and snow conditions were actually quite good, with a really nice skier set track over quite a few kilometers of trail. Light snow falling again this morning and temps just above the freezing mark. There were of course the usual spring hazards--including some fallen branches, rocks, and slushy spots that had to be navigated--no surprises. Bonus, not a single wood tick. Happy trails.
      Photos:  
      (Dan Horihan)

 


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