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Gatineau Loppet, Feb 16-18, 2018

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Bearskin Lodge

Bearskin Lodge is located 26 miles up the Gunflint Trail on the edge of East Bearskin Lake amongst the pristine wilderness of the Minnesota's Northwoods. Cabins and lodge suites available, with direct access to the Central Gunflint trail system.

Reports: 564  

Minnesota Metro Area


      Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Cleary is rolled and in fair to good condition for skating, very skiable. No classic track set. Some twigs stick up.
      (John Elling)
    • Jan 16 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails open, main trails tracked and groomed. The three loops were rolled in the early afternoon but the groomer (Thanks Taylor!) was working hard to get all the rest done right. We skied classic but the skate track looked great. All in all the best day of skiing so far this year!
      Photos:  
      (Jeff Perkins)
    • Jan 16 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      We have classic tracks! I skied the full outer loop late this afternoon. Everything was groomed with tracks set. The tracks were firm and full depth. Skiing was wonderful. There is very little room between the bottom of the tracks and the ground, so "B" skis are recommended. If you don't have B skis, you can always step in the skate lane to avoid the occasional rough stretches. The worst conditions (from yesterdays wind) were on the top of the prairie toward the end of the loop before the last hill (suicide) down to the chalet. The skate lane was mostly beautiful, but still soft. I came across a highly regarded local high school team (not wearing red) out enjoying the best conditions this park has had in two years.
      (Paul Schaaf)
    • Jan 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      From other comments I expected somewhat better conditions. Hit gravel/rocks 5-7 times (cringe) doing only a few short loops. Base very soft and quite a few footprints (hikers and tree-workers) degrading trail. Skied from Pilot Knob - perhaps better on other portions. Needs more snow!
      (Janet Folina)
    • Jan 16 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Really surprised how good the snow coverage is on the trail today! The skate deck was really soft though and may need some time to setup solid. Beautiful day!
      Photos:  
      (Charlie Puttonen)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Took a break from the manmade loops and skied the front nine, tornado alley, and JD gardens. The classic tracks ranged from full depth to smooth with the skate deck. There were some thin and grassy spots in the tracks, but the skate deck was well covered pretty much throughout. Some plow debris on both sides of the Hwy 55 underpass, but snowed in under the bridge.
      (Sue Schroeder)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Beautiful sunny blue sky no wind afternoon for classical skiing on the snow-making loops. Very good conditions throughout, Twin Lakes was especially nice and fun! Only caution is that on my first descent down the big hill, the inside classical tracks were surprisingly put in right in the middle of the last curve... so keep to the left outside of that curve or you could catch your ski on the track (like I did). Happy to be able to take a weekday off as not a lot of skiers out. The new Trailhead building looks particularly spacious from the trail above the back part of it, can't wait to see it completed.
      (Dave Carlson)
    • Jan 16 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Conditions were very good. The tracks were set and pretty firm. There were occasional spots that were bare, but overall a very good ski.
      Photos:  
      (Dave Puskala)
    • Jan 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails were tracked! Not sure if they did that yesterday or this morning. Very few spots where grass or dirt showed through. We did a loop from Visitor Center to Jensen Lake and then the hill loop to the East of visitor center. Only place we had to get out of the track to avoid dirt was in the Schulze lake beach area. Bought my $20 annual pass and had a good 5.5 mile classic ski.
      (Wes Gerber)
    • Jan 16 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      I went from Wirth down to Cedar and back. Brownie Lake is in excellent condition. Cedar is ok, but a few spots down to bare ice and some very soft areas, probably from all the drifting. No snow whatsoever under the bridge between - be prepared to shuffle on glare ice.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Ibler)
    • Jan 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Classic skied the man-made snow loop which was really good. Great kick with green kick wax.
      Also classic skied the Lake and Hill loop. These trails have been rolled with a shallow track set in some locations. 85% fair/good snow coverage. 15% poor coverage with leaves, sticks, dirt and even some gravel on the trail. Do not use your A skis out on Lake/Hill trails.
      (Mark Skinner)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Eloise Butler, JD Rivers, and Wirth Lake are in great mid-winter condition. The quaking bog side of Wirth Parkway seemed to have a bit more debris and bumps, but still pretty good. Classic track was set, and looked to be in good condition in places, but shallow or grassy in other places.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Ibler)
    • Jan 16 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Ski trails on both sides of the park were packed and tracked. Grooming staff said that it is a little thin in some areas due to blowing snow. Overall the trails are in good condition.
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 16 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Phalen is in the best shape it has been in all year. The trails are newly groomed and classic tracks set. There are still a few icy spots on the skate deck (very few). There are also places in the classic track that get down to grass but they are easily seen and avoided. A huge thank you to our groomers who have done an amazing job in a low snow year.
      (Greg Loper)
    • Jan 16 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The 5 K Silver Trail was groomed for both skate and classic this morning. The Gold and World Cup Trails have been groomed for skating with no classic track laid down. The Ski Games trails have been rolled. There is plenty of coverage and the skate lane is in very good condition. The classic track has debris in spots and requires some nimbleness to get around those areas, but there are some really good sections of track, especially in the woods. Once one gets past the start area which is wind blown in places, A skate skis could be used for sure. I would stick with B classic skis for now.
      (Doug Schumacher)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      What a gorgeous morning at Theo! Skied loops with Amy and Marc until he ditched us for Brian. I had great kick with my Skintecs in beautiful deep tracks. Snow on the firm corduroy skate deck was considerably slower.
      (Patti Bohaty)
    • Jan 16 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      From a quick look out the car window this morning, it appears that the trails at Phalen have been groomed and classic tracks set.
      (Greg Loper)
    • Jan 15 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Good coverage on Ski Games trail. Rolled, with skier-only made tracks. Nice to be on the fresh snow, with sunshine.
      (Scott Stanley)
    • Jan 15 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Much better snow cover than I expected. Trails were rolled niclely. Just a couple thin areas where the wind blew off the snow. Still recommend rock skis.
      (Rick Budde)
    • Jan 15 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Lower loop open, groomed in the loop, just a couple icy patches, no bare pavement or major issues of grass/rocks. Beautiful sunshine on snow. Thanks to Como.
      (Beth Mercer-Taylor)
    • Jan 15 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All trails were groomed and classic tracks set tonight. Classic tracks are thin in some open areas, especially Central Meadow. Otherwise coverage is good and skiing should be excellent this week!! Only reason for the B ski recommendation is because of a couple thin spots (I'll be using my good skis).
      Reminder that we are re-working and re-printing our trail maps, so if you are unfamiliar with the trails print the map or snap a photo of it.
      (Andy Powell)
    • Jan 15 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The skate deck was rolled early in the morning. By the time I skied (skating), the snow was more or less powdered sugar and pretty slow (mostly due to 1 degree temperature). No tracks set but I am told they will be set Tuesday. They are doing the best they can, but it gets overused just like the few other places with decent snow.
      (Gary Follett)
    • Jan 15 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Great snow fell on Sunday but unfortunately got some blowing overnight. Rolled wide paths for skate skiing (on the right) plus one path for walking/snow shoeing (on the left). Did not drop classic tracks. Long stretches of great snow interrupted periodically with short stretches of grass poking out of the snow.
      (Mike Guild)
    • Jan 15 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Groomed the trails this afternoon. Thin coverage, but it seemed to be setting up Ok. Obviously not enough snow to lay dow a classic track. I have re-routed the course this year into two loops instead of three. Lengthened them both and tried to connect low areas that hold snow better and avoid tree work and some of the hills that always seem to be bare and windblown.
      (Mitch Hoffman)
    • Jan 15 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Three Rivers website had the trails reported as poor, so went in with low expectations. Was pleasantly surprised and would loosely classify as fair. Have been stubbornly avoiding man made for the last few days and Carver was better than Hyland natural Saturday. Skied Sugar Bush, half of Lake (trail turns to gravel at lookout point), Sky. Spoke with Classic skier who hit Grimm and he said it was soft and no tracks but he did the whole loop. B skis for the brave, Rock skis for the cautious!
      Photos:  
      (Todd Huotari)
    • Jan 15 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I skied the outermost loop this morning as that was the only natural snow trail rolled for skating other than northern lights. The snow was soft but very delightful and it was fun to get out off the regular loop! The man made tracks were very slow due to the nasty winds blowing snow around, but I stayed in the woods and the wind wasn't a problem. Overall, very good conditions and a nice time to get out and enjoy the new snow!
      (Diane Thompson)
    • Jan 15 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails were packed this morning. The groomer returned and was able to set tracks in the afternoon. Conditions are fair, with poor conditions in a few places where the base is thin (and down to the ground with bare patches).
      Photos:  
      (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
    • Jan 15 - Afton State Park (Afton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed and tracked and great. Enjoyed the hills. Classic skiing, did 8 miles with conditions great throughout.
      (Joan Asmus)
    • Jan 15 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skied the skijor trail at Baker. It was in much better shape than I expected. Yesterday's new snow did wonders. There were a few icy spots on the south bound side of the loop but they were easy to avoid. The northbound side was almost perfect.
      (Sue Logan)
    • Jan 15 - Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Trails were all packed this morning. Conditions are mostly fair with mostly full coverage. Poor conditions with bare patches in a few places.
      (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
    • Jan 15 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I skied Lebanon Hills from 11:30 this morning until 1:30 this afternoon and the skiing was good. Groomer had just been out packing the trails but had not tracked them yet. Most trails had skiers out before me so plenty of skier tracks to follow. I did break trail on two routes. Skied from visitor center and covered all Eastern trails (pleased to see even trails through pines by Marsh lake snow covered) then went West along Southern route to marker 7 by Jensen Lake and back to visitor center along Norther route. Pleased to find all trails packed and snow covered. Shortly after I finished, Dakota County Parks announced groomer was out laying tracks. Great day for a ski.
      (John Gamlin)
    • Jan 15 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Classic skied the outer trails early afternoon today. No tracks set on Eagle, Nature Center or Creek trails. Snowshoe tracks on the Nature Center trails.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Skinner)
    • Jan 15 - Irondale Trails (New Brighton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Packed powder surface, and only a few twigs and leaves poking through. The trails have been rolled but not tracked. The deck was a little too soft for skate, but wonderful for classic skiing.
      This is a wonderful little trail system. Like a miniature version of the Silver Trail at Giants Ridge, it's just a nice flow of hills and turns to keep you working. As has been mentioned before, the 2km section in the woods is terrific on a windy day like today. Many thanks to the coaches from Irondale for keeping these trails up and running.
      Photos:  
      (Thomas Gahr)
    • Jan 15 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The recent snow has really helped the trails at Phalen. No grooming had taken palace as of the time I skied and no formal classic tracks were set. The skate deck was discernible and covered with new snow and homemade classic tracks were available on at least part of the course. I am confident that, as soon as it is groomed, we will see the best conditions we have seen so far this year at Phalen.
      Photos:  
      (Greg Loper)
    • Jan 15 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The trail was being packed as I was skiing around 10 am. Classic tracks had not been set. The snow is beautiful, soft and powdery though not much depth.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Montgomery)
    • Jan 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      The folks grooming the trails must have had the day off! There's plenty of snow, of course, but it doesn't look like the trails have been groomed since Sunday morning. Nevertheless, enjoy the snow, everyone.
      (Laura Hermer)
    • Jan 15 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      The golf course has been rolled, but not tracked. Patches of bare grass, ice, and snow drifts due to the wind. Skiable.
      (Jonathan Sage-Martinson)
    • Jan 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I skied the southern loop at Hyland this morning. While most of the trail is well covered - there are sections that are potentially damaging to your skis. The worst was at the intersection of Hill and Lake trails with gravel sticking through the snow. I think after a couple more grooming episodes and some firming up - the outer trails will be in really good shape. The Hill and Lake trails were partially groomed for classic - but lots of leaves and ground showing through.
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 15 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Not yet tracked but fun to be out. Lots of fresh snow making it easier to glide over some of the icy patches underneath. Due to high winds, would expect more icy patches if not tracked soon.
      (Barbara Mikk)
    • Jan 15 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Three new inches rolled and ready to ski. Ancient One and The Blooming Onion headed out with the rollers last evening after the football celebration at the Grooming Cave ended. Expect good conditions on all trails. Most skiers have switched over to their number ones.
      Grooming plans: We will be out with the screens Tuesday evening, so with warming temps, Wednesday and Thursday may even earn the rare "plenty-good" rating. It is so good to have some snow to work with! Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson)
    • Jan 15 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      I got up early this morning and rolled the whole course at Columbia before going to work. The new snow has much improved conditions, and drifting snow was not too much of a problem. Some grass is poking through in sections, and the paved cart paths are still a hazard. Columbia is groomed by volunteers from the Loppet Foundation, and we have a hard time staying on course also, so the trail might be a little different every week.
      (Erik Pieh)
    • Jan 14 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied while the snow was falling yesterday. Tracks were set and overall decent condition with a few exposed spots. Looking forward to going again after last nights snow is regroomed.
      (Mark Benson)
    • Jan 14 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skied as the snow was falling. Conditions were pretty good. Classic tracks were not set, but in most places classic skiers had created a decent classic track.
      (Wanda Davies)
    • Jan 14 - Sunfish Lake Park (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      My husband and I skate skied Sunfish Lake Park yesterday. It was actually really nice! The coverage was surprisingly good, there were only a few leaves and sticks to avoid. The fresh layer of powder on top of the groomed snow was really fast too. The only negative was that some of the spots going uphill were a little too narrow for a full skate stride, but it was well worth the trip out.
      (Beth Hedlund)
    • Jan 14 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The Hornet Hiihto was rolled Sunday night and should firm up well with the cold weather. There are a couple of spots to be careful: one on Anne's trail near Nine Mile Creek where the recent creek repair did substantial damage to the trail and one on the downhill from Creek Valley School where sledders built a jump. No classic track yet but hopefully this week. The snow making loop is in great shape and the new snow helped the rest of the trails. Be cautious but enjoy.
      (Andy Turnbull, Hoigaard's)
    • Jan 14 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      All the lake sections were rolled tonight - Cedar, Isles and, in preparation for the Loppet, Calhoun. A few land sections on Cedar left to get after volunteers add snow at the landings in order to make for a better experience for groomers and skiers alike. Also need to get snow in the Brownie Tunnel and under bridges - but getting there!
      (John Munger, Loppet Foundation)
    • Jan 14 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails in North Wirth were rolled after the snow.
      Grooming plans: Grooming Monday morning. Outside of the snowmaking, should be the best day of skiing on natural snow trails in North Wirth in a few years! Oh, and some additional grooming in preparation for the World Masters. Judy Loop has a little extra, and Skyline has some extensions onto the bike paths from the overflow parking lot, through Tornado Alley and all the way to Wirth Parkway along Highway 55.
      (John Munger, Loppet Foundation)
    • Jan 14 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Enjoyed the new fallen snow at Woodlands, which accumulated to a strong 3 inches. Had the place to myself this afternoon around 3:30, weird. Used B skis.
      (Mark Rathbun)
    • Jan 14 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      My wife and I parked at Wirth Lake and skied a direct route to the man made loop. She was classic skiing while I was skating. On the way out the natural snow trails were thin and a bit icy as todays snow was just starting to come down. The man made trails were in great shape. A portion of the loop was closed for an event but we did get to see some sled dogs pulling sleds around on the loop, that looked like good fun and the dogs really seemed to enjoy the pulling. Because of the closed portion we skied the Meadow and Twin Lake loops quite a bit. The snow was coming down fast and furious and the trees quickly filled up to winter wonderland status. We had a blast. On the return trip to the car the natural snow trails had filled in to a nice extent, it is amazing what a few inches of snow can do.
      Photos:  
      (Nathaniel Tollefson)
    • Jan 14 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Waited until this afternoon to ski, hoping the fresh snow might bring the natural snow trails to conditions that worked for me. After an hour on the man made loop, I took a left at the top of the keyhole hill and ventured about 100 yards down the trail. I found it to be snow covered but unstable, uneven and unpredictable. I turned around just short of the first intersection and went back to the hamster wheel. I saw several others either going out the Northern Lights trail at the bottom of the Keyhole or coming back in at the top so others seemed to make it around but I'll need them to be groomed and evened out before I try again. The skate deck on the man made loop was hard packed, a little slippery and reasonably fast before the snow started to build up. My fasted laps were my first two with lap times slowing by 1-2 minutes as the snow fell. Slow snow aside, it was great to be out in a winter wonderland again.
      (Leif Irgens)
    • Jan 14 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Skate and classic at Pine Point. As of this year skating is officially allowed at Pine Point. The west side trails have been widened for a skate lane and classic. No classic set yet. Firm packed lanes with dirt and small ruts and bumps but skiable with rock skis. A fairly decent ski. The east side (multi-use/Fat Bike) trails had more snow and skating was better. Firm enough to fat bike as well. The east side of Norel are the new fat bike trails. The woodland trails on the east side had lots of debris and would be sketchy for anything but fat bikes.
      (Steve Thatcher, Ride and Glide Bike & Ski Club)
    • Jan 14 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      I skied from the Beach house to the Chalet and aside from a few blacktop patches it was soft fluffy snow. The groomed stuff is packed but slightly icy so I actually preferred the natural stuff! Beautiful huge snowflakes!
      (Sara Zanussi)
    • Jan 14 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skated a few laps around the wetland loop. A few thin spots and some debris, but I used my best skis with no worries. Good firm deck overall with a few soft spots, but I could feel my poles hitting hard ground. A little more snow could do wonders, and the flurries were starting by the time I wrapped it up. There was a shallow classic track made my other skiers.
      (Bryan Lueth)
    • Jan 14 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skate skied the whole trail system this morning, and it was even better than when I submitted my last report 2 weeks ago. B-Skis to be sure. I was impressed at the consistently hard base and the flatness across the entire width of the trail. Big shout out to the groomers, who have done amazing things with little to work with...even a decent effort at setting classical tracks. For natural snow trails, this is the best game in town.
      (William Sikorski)
    • Jan 14 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      I skied the 5k skijor loop a few times today with my dog. The cover is slightly better today, than yesterday, due to the dusting of snow we're getting right now, but care needs to be taken to avoid face-planting from abrupt stopping on the exposed dirt. I was able to mostly navigate the trail except for 10 foot section on the path north of the dog park. I was able to double pole off the side of the trail and went around it. There are still some icy spots as well, especially south of the dog park near the railroad tracks where the snow is packed on top of the summer walking path. I just took it slow on this section and was fine. Hopefully we get some decent snow today and the ice is covered for the rest of the week. Overall, a day skiing is better than not skiing, just don't use the race skis and be careful of ice and exposed dirt on downhills.
      (Ryan Kraft)
    • Jan 14 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Skied Columbia golf course today for the first time. I was really not impressed. There were ice spots and grass poking through all over. It seemed like the grooming crew was in too much of a hurry to roll and groom the trails that with the warm weather we had a couple of weeks back, the over packed snow melted into a good layer of pure ice. And now they probably can't break up that ice layer because it is so thin. I know some places looked wind swept but other gold courses in the area don't have the same problem. Also, I couldn't tell where the trails were at all. The trailhead was difficult to find, there were no maps and hardly any directional arrows.
      (John Reese)
    • Jan 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The man made loop was in great shape. Looks like they must have tilled up the top layer a bit. Classic tracks are back around the whole loop. I skied down the lake trail and took the turn back towards the man made loop. Definitely b skis on the natural snow trail.
      Photos:  
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 13 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skied the Theo man made loop this afternoon. The trails had a nice layer of loose snow on top of a firm base. Had a great ski on great trails in cold temps. There is a short section closed near the upper stadium, it looks like there is some construction going on for the World Masters Cup. I also spoke with a groomer who was preparing to move more snow around for the last bit of man made loop on the Judy Loop. He said that they hope to get that open just before the World Masters Cup practice starts. Great job at Theo this year!
      (Nathaniel Tollefson)
    • Jan 13 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I took a set of A classic skins carefully around the Green trail only. There is no track. The base was becoming well mashed down by mid afternoon. Skaters rule! I found unbroken snow along the left side of the trail. It provided enough side support for the skis to track reasonably straight. The softer rock skis might have been a better choice. Of course, the down hills were run on the main area of the deck. The hairpin was fine. The big up hill on the prairie has a bare spot. Most anything else on the trail was organic matter or grass stick ups. If you were struggling a bit on your classic skis in this condition today, you should be. Add 20 degrees and your classics will bite in and run straighter.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 13 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
      Observation 

      Stopped by Vadnais Lake to see if the trails had been rolled, or groomed. They had not been touched since the last snow fall and show signs of a lot of foot traffic. Ended up going to Phalen instead.
      (Thomas Gahr)
    • Jan 13 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Nature and the groomers have worked worked a small amount of snow to make a decent skate ski surface. The snow depth is insufficient for the course to be completely flat. Classical tracks have not been set -- the snow is not deep enough. Still, with the bright sunshine today, it was a beautiful ski.
      (Greg Filice)
    • Jan 13 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful grooming at Pine Point Park in Stillwater. Heard they groomed these trails but had never seen them freshly rolled. Just happened to be driving by and saw sections that looked like they'd been recently rolled, so hopped on! Was not disappointed! There are obviously some sections in the thick, wooded areas that are peppered with pine cones, twigs, or where the trail is at a deep slant and hard to roll, etc. But can easily side step that stuff.
      I parked at the beginning of the trail (off Norell) walked across Norell Ave. to hit the small loop to the East/North (?) of the parking lot (all groomed for skate, no classic) around the lake, and then walked back over to hit the other loops along the main trail (the main bike trail not groomed) but all the outside loops are beautiful corduroy.
      Although the distance back on these trails isn't that great (maybe 30-45 min. tops if you're skating all the loops) but the scenery is incredible. Very wooded and quiet, as it's kind of on the "outskirts" of town if you pick up the trail at that entrance. Nice job, groomers! (There were some sections where people had clearly been traipsing through with dogs, which we've done too) but right down the middle of the beautiful skate deck?!?! I don't get that. Or maybe they think they're rolled for walkers:)) Either way, minor complaint. Still incredible skiing and the footprints you could skate right over without issue. Enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Elizabeth Westerhaus)
    • Jan 13 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Recently groomed with double classic tracks through most trails. Unfortunately recent snowfall was not enough for full coverage on some corners and hills. Frequent thin patches on south and east side. Section of dirt just past bottom of last hill on outer loop could be hazardous. Conditions are pretty good on the practice loop near the nature center.
      (Mark Oswood)
    • Jan 13 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      From the parking lot it looks pretty bleak. But go about 200 yards down the trail and it improves greatly. Good snow cover, with a little caution could use good skis. All trails--including beginner's on ballfield and Ski Games across the road--resurfaced Saturday morning.
      (Bill Kosfeld)
    • Jan 13 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I was out by 10:30 and was surprised how good the trail was given how little snow we've had. Some ice crystallization made the track pretty fast in places. There are some small intermittent bare areas to watch for in the southeast section of the Green Loop but otherwise the conditions were good. May not be so great as sun exposure continues through the day.
      (Helen Pohlig)
    • Jan 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails with manufactured snow are packed, tracked and in good condition: Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge loops. Trails with natural snow are packed only and in poor Condition: Lake, Hill, Oak Knob, North, and Nature Center loops.
      Note: High school meets next week on January 16, 17, and 18, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM; and Friday evening beginning at 6pm. Sign up today for the Rennet Races, Sat. Jan. 20. All trails will be closed on Sat. Jan. 20 from 5am-10pm.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Looks like they have rolled the non-man made trails. Took a short detour on them but they were very soft (to be expected) The man made loop was hard packed with very little loose snow on top - snow was very slow for me. The classic tracks were missing from much of the 2nd half of loop.
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 12 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Tracks not set. Skate lane has been rolled. Quite a few exposed sections where grass or ice are unavoidable.
      (Felicia Abler)
    • Jan 12 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Eagle Point varied from good to poor. It was packed and groomed for skating; no classic track. It was soft with ice on every little rise. A couple of uphills (going counter-clockwise) had lots of dirt or stones. Except for flats on the south and southeast side of the lake where snow was firmer, it was very slow for me with my skis waxed with FastWax Teal LF buffed with fluoro paste.
      While it worked to go without my balaclava - so my glasses didn't fog, my attempts to keep my hands warm using my best downhilll gloves with chemical warmers failed. The chemical warmers were apparently too old to work and thus I had to stop three or four times to warm my fingers by balling them into fists within the palm of the gloves until they thawed. As bad was my gloved hands barely fit within my pole straps. Hopefully we will finally have some decent temps and thus decent skiing by Sunday or Monday.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Jan 12 - Eagle Valley Golf Course (Woodbury): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      With the recent snowfall the trails are now in much better condition. All sections in the main area are groomed and skiiable. The groom is very nice, and there is full coverage for almost all of the course. Expect powdery, deep snow in places that are ungroomed. There are a few spots where sections of grass show through scantly, so just be wary. You'll probably be fine with A skis, but if you want to be extra careful use B skis due to some spots of grass. Other than that, the skiing was really good for today.
      (Ethan Storm)
    • Jan 12 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Must have been there just after trails were groomed, didn't see any other ski tracks. Fresh grooves that are a little soft and down to ice and a little dirt in some areas. Overall the sections I skied have good coverage.
      (Elliott Krizek)
    • Jan 12 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic tracks have been set. Skiing was good but a little icy where the wind had blown some of the new snow away.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Montgomery)
    • Jan 12 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      We have a 1.4km loop in the lighted area that is in decent shape. There are icy spots to be sure. We will keep this section open through Wednesday, January 17 if conditions allow.
      Beginning on Thursday, January 18 we will begin felling 150+ mature trees around the course and the cross country trail will be closed to all activity for your safety. Please do not even attempt a ski as there will be significant debris, ruts, and other hazards that may be hidden under the snow. This work needs to happen this winter and will take three week depending on weather. If conditions allow for the trail to reopen after the work is complete an update will be posted here. We apologize for the inconvenience.
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Jan 12 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails are groomed for skating but no classic tracks set. The course was in good shape but did have some substantial icy spots. The groomers did a nice job of shortening the course to eliminate some of the more troubled spots. All in all, not bad.
      (Greg Loper)
    • Jan 12 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trail was rolled today and is in decent shape. There are areas of bare ice and thin spots that can be avoided if you pay attention. The rest of the trail is pretty soft, but it beats driving out of town and paying to go in circles with everyone else. No tracks set.
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Jan 12 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      The full trails was groomed today, but is very icy. Please look at the attached photos before heading out there and be careful while on trail. We may be able to scratch the ice a little on the next pass but there isn't much too work with. Conditions will not improve much until we have more snow.
      Photos:  
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Jan 12 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All cross-country trails packed today. No track set. A few icy spots, and pretty good coverage throughout. Skiers reporting trails in great condition.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 12 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All trails at Pine Point packed today. No track set. Pretty good coverage, some icy spots, snow thin in the pines.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 12 - St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All Lake Elmo trails packed today. No tracks have been set. Pretty good coverage - just a few icy spots.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 12 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Bunker Park and the Skijor Loop were groomed for skating today. No track was set. Conditions at Bunker Park are decent - a few patches of grass here and there but otherwise very skiable. The Skijor Loop is in rougher shape. There are several wind blown areas with little snow and some patches of dirt, but overall OK.
      (Jake Haugen)
    • Jan 12 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Park staff packed Pike Island cross country ski trails (~3 miles). We'll continue to pack until we reach a 6" base and then we'll start setting tracks.
      (Krista Jensen)
    • Jan 12 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Groomed all of the trails except Ski Games side and skate deck looks quite good for skate. Classic is good also but not deep enough to set track. The first 200 meters from parking lot are quite bad thus the B skis. (Some patches of ice showing) but quite good snow especially in woods. Be careful skating up hills as some ice under new snow.
      Photos:  
      (David Gorringe)
    • Jan 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Arrived at Hyland at 6:45 am Friday to find an almost empty parking lot, 10 below meh. Joined a quintet of intrepid Edina skiers and coaches for some level 3 intervals. Skate deck was freshly combed and the classic tracks were bomb proof courtesy of the warm weather. Skin skis were the ticket, able to kick up anything and good on the downhills. They caught a bit on the few areas where there was a bit of blown in new snow in the tracks but over all a great ski. Beautiful morning with the sun coming up and a quarter moon still in the sky. Toes got a little cold after an hour! No bad weather just bad clothes.
      Thanks as always to the Hyland staff for great grooming.
      (Andy Turnbull, Hoigaard's)
    • Jan 12 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Snowmaking Trails: We have all of the 6k of snowmaking trails open and groomed for classic and skate. Yesterday as the snow fell we spent a lot of time tilling in the new snow and mixing it with the icy layer that had formed from the rain the day before. This worked well as conditions today are quite good. These trails include LaSquadra, Ridgeline, Trail 18, Green Meadow Loop and Twin Lake Trail.
      North Wirth Natural Snow Trails: We packed the fresh 2 inches of snow yesterday as it fell and are out this morning grooming the 10.6k of natural snow trails for skate. We will assess the depth this morning to see if the new snow is deep enough to set classic tracks. Most of the trails have good snow coverage but there are still a few wind blown areas where the fresh snow didn't stick they are a bit icy. The trails we are grooming this morning are: Judy, Bridge Trail, Skyline, Tornado Alley JD Rivers and the Wirth Lake sections.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Jan 11 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      2" fresh powder over a thin, icy base. Staff was rolling the trails as we skied (late afternoon) and the snow was tapering off. Rocks and debris still present, but hidden underneath thin layer of snow - use B skis or rock skis. Brown and orange trails are in worse shape, especially the south-facing downhill on the brown. Green and yellow are both in pretty good shape (green finger was in fantastic shape for the amount of snow).
      (Seth Cattanach)
    • Jan 11 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Skate deck groomed this evening. Open areas are windblown, sheltered areas are OK. Cart paths are dangerous as there may be exposed pavement. Drifting snow obscures some of the trail despite grooming. No classic track.
      (Erik Pieh)
    • Jan 11 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Hiawatha groomers rolled the course in the afternoon and again after dark. The open areas are windblown and variable between ice and grass. However, I was able to groom a 1k loop that has pretty much full coverage that starts at the top of the hill at the trailhead, goes down towards the creek, east along the fence and then a cutoff north towards the driving range and back up at the normal finish. This 1k loop was groomed and should be B-ski conditions. The remainder of Hiawatha is not advised. Enjoy!
      (John Saunders)
    • Jan 11 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Lake Elmo Ski trails are being rolled on the east side of the park. Grooming staff says that we have gotten a couple inches at least and that coverage is good. There some rough/bare/thin patches on hills where the wind is blowing the snow.
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 11 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Overall, conditions were very good, considering the high school race last night and the prior warm temps. I saw the Piston Bullies out but I didn't benefit from their fresh tilling. I lost my footing on one of the hills near the Catwalk (?) hill due to a hidden ice layer. I bet conditions have improved since I left at 8am.
      (Paul Larson)
    • Jan 11 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Freshly tilled. Smooth and fast for skating. No new tracks set as of 7:30am but grooming still underway.
      (Paul Earl Torniainen)
    • Jan 10 - Eagle Valley Golf Course (Woodbury): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      The snow was barely skiable, there were multiple sections where huge patches of grass were showing. Slushy snow all over the place. Almost no snow at all on the hills. Being on a golf course, only grass is present, so you won't run the risk of damaging your skis, but I'd still advise strongly against skiing here.
      (Ethan Storm)
    • Jan 10 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      I've skied here for the last two days and the conditions are very good especially considering the warm weather. The red loop around the lake only has one completely bare spot - otherwise the remainder of the trail is holding up. As for the other trails, the brown/green loops are open with only one section of the brown loop requiring skiers to walk down a small hill that has suffered due to sun exposure. Both brown/green loops have small patches of tree debris in the woods. The yellow loop is in good shape, however the orange loop is deteriorating rapidly. All trails have a sufficiently good base.
      (Aubrey Davis)
    • Jan 10 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails with manufactured snow are Packed, Tracked and in Good condition: Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge loops. Trails with natural snow are now Closed: Lake, Hill, Oak Knob, North, and Nature Center loops. Note: High school meets this week Wed., Thurs., 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 10 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skate skied around 10:30 this morning, temps in the low 40s. Trail was holding up fine, just looking a little dirty. Glide was good, almost hard pack in some places but most of it skied just fine. Watch for large snow blocks as the trees drop their snowmaking excess in the warm weather. Lots of groups out for lessons.
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 9 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Got out on the made-snow loop around 2:45. The trail was a bit icy in the shade, and a little slushy in the sun. I was waxed with blue, and it seemed to work the balance relatively well, though wasn't perfect for either. As the sun started setting, the trail got a little icier, but was still very easy to manage. None of the turns were icy from snow-plowers. The snowmaking team built such a deep deck that I have confidence in it holding up. Thanks for waiting to open the trails until they were truly ready to go!
      (Dan Boody)
    • Jan 9 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Fair skiing although the afternoon sun softening things up a bit in spots. Rewarded with sighting of swans at the end of Trail.
      (Linda Tally)
    • Jan 9 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Lake Elmo trails were better than expected tonight. I skied classic on no wax rock skis. I did bring the waxable A set along and hit the kick wax right. Those were for after the lesson trip. There is no track. There was enough loose snow on top to make classic workable for all abilities. Bare spots were obvious even at night. After the lesson session, there was a short victory sprint on the racers for nailing the kick wax at 34 degrees; Terva Yellow Tar.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 9 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Perfection at Wirth this morning on the snowmaking trail. I was happy to see the trail extended again all the way to Twin Lake! The tracks and the skate deck were in excellent shape with fresh grooming. There were some leaves in the tracks in the oak tree areas. I've been skiing at Wirth for over 40 years, and I really think it's one of the premier ski areas in the metro!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Jan 9 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      The trails look to be holding up in the warm weather. The portions of the trails that I observed today appeared to be no different than yesterday (snow covered and well packed.) I assume the same bare spots that were present before are still present.
      (Greg Loper)
    • Jan 9 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails with manufactured snow are packed and tracked, in good condition: Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge loops. Trails with natural snow are packed only and in poor condition: Lake, Hill, Oak Knob, North, and Nature Center loops. Note: High school meets this week Tues, Wed., Thurs., 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM. Sign up today for the Rennet Races, Sat. Jan. 20. All trails will be closed 5am-10pm on Sat. Jan. 20.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 9 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      World-class conditions on the man-made loop this morning, for both skate and classic, with temps just a few degrees below freezing. Wirth already has the largest man-made snow loop in the Twin Cities, and based on the snow piles everywhere I expect it to be getting even bigger in the near future...
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Jan 8 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Overall there is good snow cover on the skate deck. There are some treacherous bare spots on the course particularly at the crown of hills. Most of those are easy to see and avoid. The classic tracks are good in the south (lighted) section and fade in and out around the rest of the course. I am sure that melting in the next few days will degrade the conditions but, as of now, they are quite good all things considered.
      (Greg Loper)
    • Jan 8 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      It was above freezing, not bad coverage but definitely have to ski a flat ski on those trails with asphalt under the snow. Cannot push hard either. But that is alright. The local animals all like having everyone come out to ski. I think still a B ski rating, especially on the grass trails such as Terminal Moraine and Scouring Rush Run, North Mickey. If you have trouble keeping skis flat, bring your rock skis.
      Photos:  
      (Dean Kleinhans)
    • Jan 8 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Eastside report for the evening skiers. Looking out my office window this afternoon, I was expected to find nothing but soft and slow conditions at Lake Elmo this afternoon but I was surprised and delighted to find a hard packed and fast trail, and mostly good coverage. Expect it to be a bit bumpy, and there is some debris and some dirt showing through in spots. There is an inconspicuous rock poking out at the sharp left heading south toward Brown's pond, and as you continue on the brown trail you will come to a downhill with some exposed dirt and gravel at the base of the trail. You will know you are at this sketchy section when you see some telltale snowplow marks in the trail. The campground section is showing some wear as well, but any dirt and gravel you encounter there can be easily avoided. I had on the same wax (whatever it is) that was on my bases this past Saturday and noticed no significant performance difference. I don't know what conclusions can be drawn from that, but I am noticing that the leaves seem grabbier than in past ski seasons.
      (Michael Jorgensen)
    • Jan 8 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Complete coverage but thin in the usual trouble spots. I skied all the trails except the 3 black diamond loops. The classic tracks were non-existent and there was evidence of moderate foot traffic. All in all it was an enjoyable outing and a nice to be on natural snow.
      (Bob Bickford)
    • Jan 8 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Classic skied the snowmaking loops around late morning. Old Powergrip Purple actually worked pretty well as temperatures were right around freezing. Grooming was great, in many places two sets of classical tracks and still plenty of room for skating. So enjoyable with warmer weather. With their cooling tower, the Loppet was still running their snowmaking guns out on the north end of the golf course. Groomers were out working over the big piles of snow on the tubing hill.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 8 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Perfect conditions on the 5K manmade loop. Everything about this place is outstanding. Trail flows so well. With the temps above freezing the skate deck was holding up well. Set tracks were nice and firm.
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Jan 8 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The skate deck has a few bare spots but is in good shape in spite of the warm weather. The classic tracks are shallow and appear to be improvised for good parts of the course. It also appears that the course has been shorted to eliminate areas where coverage was deteriorating on the south end. The groomers have done a great job with what they have to work with. I would expect the warm weather in the next few days to make skiing more challenging but, today, it is pretty good.
      (Greg Loper)
    • Jan 8 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skied all of the loops including the trails across Battle Creek Road. Most of the trails had excellent coverage, and the warm weather softened up the snow a little bit, providing a great edge!
      Photos:  
      (Erin Moening)
    • Jan 8 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Ideal conditions on the 5K man-made snow loop this morning - fastest conditions of the season, best I can tell! And of course the sunrise was spectacular from Boulder Ridge.
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Jan 7 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The made-snow course was great! It felt pretty fast, and the Boulder Ridge downhill was the easiest it has ever been. It looked like very few people were snow-plowing, and even where they had it was not icy. I skied from about 8:45 to 11:15, and the conditions stayed great the whole time. The uphills were still solid despite the increased traffic. The cold weather really helped put down a solid base, because the temps were getting warm toward the end of my ski with no effect on the snow. We'll see how everything holds up this week. Thanks to the snowmakers and groomers!
      (Dan Boody)
    • Jan 7 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skated Eagle Point trail (west side of park) mid-afternoon Sunday and skiing was surprisingly good. A couple of rocks but easily avoided. Too bad so many people were walking on the trail -- there were lots of signs saying "Skiers only." Classic tracks were spotty.
      (Karen Weium, WAMXC)
    • Jan 7 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The groomer went over the skate track Sunday morning before 10 am. I am a classic skier, but spent most of my time on the skate deck because the previous classic tracks were mostly filled in with snow, washed out or covered by the skate deck grooming. The skate deck was thin in a few spots where blades of grass were exposed and there were also pine needles next to some evergreens, but the course is mostly wide open with adequate snow. The deck was a also little soft in a couple spots. I don't know if a classic track was going to be set on Sunday as I didn't see any work on that.
      (Tom Benson)
    • Jan 7 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The trails with snowmaking remain in excellent shape. The deck is wide, firm and even throughout. The boulder ridge hill is nicely groomed with good snow cover. The classic tracks remain firm throughout the 5K course. On my skin skis they were more slippery than earlier in the month but the surface was clean. The cold weather has really set the trail and though there were a lot of skiers out it is holding up well. Excellent man-made conditions.
      Photos:  
      (George Wawro)
    • Jan 7 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Observation Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      I stopped by Columbia and spoke with one skier. The trails are challenging to discern on the course for skate and no classic tracks are set. There is adequate snow but the conditions were, in his words "challenging".
      (Greg Loper)
    • Jan 7 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Pretty good rock ski conditions. Trail is a bit bumpy in spots, but there's a nice hardpack base and the coverage is pretty good overall. Only a handful of dirt spots are now showing that are easy to avoid. I skied here a few times in the last couple weeks, and today definitely had much better glide than that styro-foam snow during the deep freeze. Always a pleasure to ski one of my favorite trails in the area!
      (Dan Inderieden)
    • Jan 7 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Such incredible coverage and good skiing on all trails. There is caution necessary on those trails that have asphalt under them, but easy to avoid the few scrapped spots. Really nice outing in afternoon with friends. Great for skating, no diagonal tracks yet.
      Photos:  
      (Dean Kleinhans)
    • Jan 7 - Lake Minnewashta Regional Park (Chanhassen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Bad, but not terrible. Have skied here in the past 7 years since I started skiing at Minnetonka Middle School West. Patrons of the park have no respect for cross country skiing and constantly use the trails for hiking. The trails have some good parts but even at that they are not groomed. Some parts are scattered with dirt and rocks and grass. You are better off taking the trail to ski on the lake or just making the drive to Carver county regional park or Baylor park.
      (Amy Nelson)
    • Jan 7 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      I skied Highland today and the skate deck definitely took a turn for the worse over the week (no ill will towards the groomers, there just hasn't been anything to work with). There are now probably half a dozen sections that require some care to navigate through (two that are bad enough you've got to leave the packed trail and ski on the sides), though 75 - 80% of the trail would still rate as "fair". It's definitely skiable, and it was GREAT to get out without all the layers we've needed the last few weeks, just be wary of the dirt/grass patches.
      (Shawn Dodds)
    • Jan 7 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails in better than expected condition! Skied dragonfly and deer with very few bare areas. Worth the effort!
      (Heather Logelin)
    • Jan 7 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Groomed a wide skating track all around the golf course, including a cutoff for a short loop (just before the big willow) and a medium loop (to cut back to the driving range area). Small amount of grass or dirt exposed in a few areas, but generally good snow.
      (Mike Guild)
    • Jan 7 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We opened the remaining portion of our 6k snowmaking Loop today. We continue to make snow on part of the Judy trail and the sledding hill in order to push our total to 7.5k for Masters World Cup.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Jan 7 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      I love watching the sun come up while skiing. This morning didn't disappoint. Trail conditions on the man made loop were excellent. Warm weather is causing some of the build up on the trees to drop. Most notable was at the bottom of the hill heading out to Boulder ridge.
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 6 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails remain open with some bare spots under trees. Classic track is shallow but usable. With caution you should not have issues with skis getting damaged. Have fun.
      (Greg Loper)
    • Jan 6 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      First time here so I was not sure which trails I was on. It was not the Lake Trail like I told some people... I arrived early afternoon to find the series of green and blue diamond trails with polished classic track. It was busy but not jammed. With some concern about skier traffic, I chose a fast set of A skis, Atomic Sport Pro skins. They ran fast and faster. Temps were single digits. I turned at the Boulder Cutoff. Classic traffic was generally well spread out or an easy pass on the deck. The deck was solid but still holding loose snow. This trip was more about getting the in track skills working rather than covering distance. By the second trip around, a light dusting of snow had coated the track from use. The skins bit in better than on the first lap. Even at mid afternoon the track was still well formed and rock solid. The deck was holding up well with a lot of traffic. The skis tracked well on the deck downhill. Fun stuff, thanks Hyland grooming team, great work!
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 6 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      The man-made trail with some new additions makes for a great ski. I was also surprised by quite a few double tracks which makes us classic skiers happy. The tracks were in very good shape this afternoon. Kudos to the groomers and the Loppet Foundation for extending the snow making loops at Theo -- much appreciated!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Jan 6 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Wish I had chosen a different trail system today. There is decent coverage but it is very hard packed and rutted. V1 on uphills was fine but I couldn't get any rhythm on flats and much control on downhills so it wasn't very fun. Golf course trails in St. Paul were much better this week.
      (Peter Aggen)
    • Jan 6 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Phalen continues to hold up with both the classic tracks and skate lane in fair to good condition. The course is skiable throughout except for the usual spots atop hills and under trees which one can easily navigate around. I classic skied and found that 85-90% of the tracks were good, although oak leaves were a hindrance in some areas. Some areas were wind blown with very little track intact, but this was the exception. The skate deck was 90-95% good with skiers reporting enough loose snow for getting an edge. It was definitely not hard packed. Fun to be out on the course again. Kudos to the groomers!
      (Doug Schumacher)
    • Jan 6 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      The snow is pretty thin but you can ski around most of the bad patches: Prairie trail had the best coverage. Don't worry about the crowds - there were only two cars in the parking lot.
      Photos:  
      (Chuck Barden)
    • Jan 6 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Although the snow surface was bumpy and uneven, I was surprised to find good coverage and some fast conditions for the majority of the entire ski course. Some type of tractor left deep tread marks in the trail which mostly affected the Hardwoods, Savanna, and Prairie overlook trails; this was unfortunate because, otherwise, they would have been pretty decent. Although there was decent coverage on all of the fast descents, these tread marks made them a bit treacherous in spots so I would advise staying off these sections if you are lacking downhill proficiency. I encountered some debris and dirt, but it was always avoidable. I was happy to see the park staff had put up some signs and the trail entrance to keep walkers off, but I still had to point this out to a couple hoofing it on boots with their dog. Overall, I was happy to ski the entire course - something I didn't expect to accomplish on this cold and low snow day.
      (Michael Jorgensen)
    • Jan 6 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      I cannot give enough kudos to the team grooming hyland. The man made loops are in excellent condition. Lots of people out today hitting the trails. I could feel the weather change while I was skiing with the wind coming in from the south. The skate deck is firm and the classic tracks well set.
      (Thank you for the people who posted about actually skiing the outer loops - saving me from myself.)
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 6 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails with manufactured snow are packed and tracked in good condition: Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge loops.
      Trails with natural snow are packed in Poor condition: Lake, Hill, Oak Knob, North, and Nature Center loops.
      Note: High school meets this next week Tues, Wed., Thurs., 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM. Sign up today for the Rennet Races, Sat. Jan. 20. All trails will be closed 5am- 10pm on Sat. Jan. 20.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
      Other locations
    • Jan 7 - White Bear Lake (White Bear Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After watching Jessie tough it out on a 28% climb this morning I thought I would test myself on the 0% grade of White Bear Lake. A light breeze and plenty of sunshine resulted in fantastic lake skiing today! The marginal snow conditions are just perfect as you can ski any style you choose, and go anywhere you wish, but what worked best for me was to lock into a snowmobile path and just double pole. I can't recall ever double poling that fast before, and so effortlessly.
      (Michael Jorgensen)

 

Minnesota Northeast


      Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      First time out this season at Lester Park ski trails. Sunny skies, 12F and classic trails groomed to perfection this morning. Best snow conditions in my 30 years skiing these trails; no ice covered sections! Solid pole plant, nice corduroy in the skating lane. Thanks to the groomer for making this an exceptional ski afternoon!
      (Johan Bakken)
    • Jan 16 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Freshly groomed. I didn't ski to the pavilion (started at the first bridge on 7 Bridges Road), so I can't vouch for that bit of trail, but the rest of the system has good coverage throughout. Skate lane still a bit soft.
      (Catherine Winter)
    • Jan 16 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Snowflake just after noon today, not a cloud in the sky, just a bit of wind. Groomers were out while I was there, they were setting track on the 10 K, the skate lanes on the 10 had been groomed already. The 5 K had perfect skate lanes and classic track. The 2 inches of snow in the last 2 days was still a little slow and soft at 5 F, but quite a bit faster than last week's wind-blown stuff at 10 below. I saw nothing to prevent the use of best skis. Fast Wax teal paste gave decent glide and a very old hunk of Swix special green gave plenty of kick.
      Photos:  
      (Tim Holst)
    • Jan 16 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Solid and consistent track! Classic only as usual. Should have some nice glide! I saw a big snowy owl in the middle of the trail this morning, she was munching on a vole. Maybe take a ski at dusk and be on the watch!
      (Max Lemp)
    • Jan 15 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The trails at Magney got groomed a few days ago. Since then, the trails have received 3 inches of new snow. So the tracks were skied in alright, but there was still a lot of powder out there today. Most of the dirt spots got covered with the new powder. I think you should still take the B skis, because the few dirt spots and rocks that were exposed a few days ago are barely covered now. But only a handful of small spots.
      (Joe Gerard)
    • Jan 15 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Classic tracks set and groomed today about 1 pm. Nine Pine in good condition with some grass and small sticks in places. Skate lane in better condition. Lonesome Grouse real nice. A great day to be outside!
      (Wendy Johnson)
    • Jan 15 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied after recent snow. Trails recently groomed. Groomed for classic and skate. Good condition and nice.
      (Jim Brych)
    • Jan 15 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      I always hate turning in reports on Korkki. The place is so awesome I'd like to keep it a secret. The new snow was not groomed but the skied in track was just fine even with narrow race skis. No debris in the trail which was impressive given the wind. Also , the 2 "hard" bypasses were closed. A sign posted says they are closed for a race Tuesday. Skip out of work early on Wednesday and go for a ski!
      Photos:  
      (Ben Fornear)
    • Jan 14 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails south of the Swinging Bridge had good cover, but were not groomed. The snow was crust with some drifting by the Leimer Road gate.
      Photos:  
      (Tyler Henkels)
    • Jan 14 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Well set, fast classic tracks through the forest. Couldn't ask for better conditions. Skied the 7K loop and found the single track an absolute delight of short down and up on an undulating course through the backcountry.
      (Patrick Bryan)
    • Jan 14 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful trail groomed nicely and fresh snow. Can't get any better! Skied the Eastern Hills and stopped at the shelter briefly. Wonderful view of the hills to the north. My ski tracks were already filled in on the way back. This trail is a gem!
      Photos:  
      (Peggy Stone)
    • Jan 13 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Best terrain in Duluth. Classic tracks excellent. Go get your long ski in at Spirit and Magney. Hard track set up nice.
      (Peder Morse)
    • Jan 13 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Sweet classic track Tar 5. Get your long ski in out there! Connect to Magney open and again sweet tracks.
      (Peder Morse)
    • Jan 13 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
      Firsthand Secondhand Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The Marshall Nordic Team had practice at Korkki today. Mark had groomed the biathlon loop and the classic trail out to the 6k cutoff and back, The skiing was very good thanks to all of the shoveling that Mark did before the snow on Saturday. There are a couple of thin spots but overall it is great. After skiing, the team enjoyed two different crockpots of chili, one of beef stew and on of beet soup. It was the perfect way to end a great practice. Also Mark would like the skiing world to know that the course will be open on Sunday and Monday. He will groom for the high school race Monday evening, so that the skiers will have the best course possible on Tuesday.
      (Dave Johnson)
    • Jan 13 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Conditions much improved secondary to 4" new snow. No bare spots or debris. Course is soft and with the cold the course skied slow. Classic tracks set but propensity for classic skiers to ski in middle of skate trails created numerous ruts in the soft base which makes skating the course challenging at times as the skate course is narrow in many areas and impedes gliding.
      (Tom Berscheid)
    • Jan 13 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ B skis ]

      Second course update: After scoping the course earlier today we headed out for some productive shoveling. Added quite a bit to the thin areas which were mostly on the first 2km, and the S curve of Nine Pine. This will make the course much better with basically a handful of spots to watch for instead now. Groomer heading out tonight to do some light grooming. Expecting pretty decent conditions for the race at 11:00 tomorrow.
      Photos:  
      (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
    • Jan 13 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The entire Lester system is open and groomed. It was in great shape, with just two notable thin spots, one on the uphill leading out of the park at the bottom and one on in the tracks on the downhill near the bottom. Both are easily avoided. There was plenty of snow on the rest of the trails and the grooming was done well, with good tracks and corduroy.
      (Adam Schwartz-Lowe)
    • Jan 13 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skied 1/2 of Blue Ox before calling it quits. Clearcutting has created wind blown spots on trail. Didn't notice any rocks. Bare spots easy to avoid.
      (Steven Pitschka)
    • Jan 13 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Course update for Boulder Lake Ski Races: Skied the 11km race loop, and counted about 2 dozen thin spots. Most are in first 2 km. Some of the pics are showing the bad ones. Heading out to shovel today and groomer will do light grooming tonight. Some snow forecasted to start at 10:00 am tomorrow. With the bad spots, you could probably avoid them if paying attention, but to be safe we suggest B skis unless we get an inch of new snow before race start. Measured about 8" in the woods. No classic track set.
      Photos:  
      (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
    • Jan 12 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the lighted loop after dark. First time on these trails so I cautiously used my b skis, but could have easily gone good skis. Awesome trails and good grooming. Fairly close to the freeway too if you are looking for a quick pit stop on your way north.
      (John Leaf)
    • Jan 12 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Bagley was in great condition Friday. The tracks were set in the morning and had only been skied on a couple times by evening (when I got on them). There were no bare spots and the tracks were immaculately cut. The practice loop itself wasn't groomed yet, but there are 1.7 miles total in good shape.
      (Adam Schwartz-Lowe)
    • Jan 12 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails were great. We started skiing at 4:15 pm. The sunset was pretty on the trees and we could see Hartley Knob. There was one part where there were some pine needles and dirt in the snow. We started from the Hartley Rd. trailhead. The tracks were good, too.
      (Ava Schapman)
    • Jan 12 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      I am relieved to say we are a go for the High School race and better yet we are now open. Please get the word out that we now have 6 KM tracked and Dorothy's loop and the Biathlon skate loop are groomed as well. I have opened the trail to the public for the weekend. However, it will be closed Monday / Tuesday for preparations and for race day. I should have the back 3 KM open by the following weekend. I used the new light track setter....money well spent. The parking lots are plowed, two Biffie's have arrived, and I have three volunteers to help park buses. There is a chance for moderate snow on Sunday. If that happens it will only make things better.
      (Mark Helmer)
    • Jan 12 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails freshly groomed. It was nice to finally have intact classic tracks. Trails were soft, but as excepted. I suspect that overnight the trails will set nicely. Some portions of the skate deck are uneven, but generally well covered. Unfortunately, fat bikes had been on the ski trails and left some ruts in the skate deck.
      Photos:  
      (Tera Hasbargen)
    • Jan 12 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails groomed for skating, and classic track set. This will be a busy weekend, with us hosting the Winter Trails ski demo on Saturday, a Biathlon meet on Sunday morning, and Kidski in the afternoon, but the trails are nice, and once you get away from the trailheads there is plenty of room. Bundle-up and enjoy the new snow.
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 12 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail is in mostly good condition, with the exception of a few areas where there is some grass and debris sticking up. We only have about 7" of snow on the ground, less under the heavier tree cover. Trail is groomed.
      Photos:  
      (Al Ringer)
    • Jan 12 - Chester Bowl (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Chester groomed, no tracks set. All trails are in good shape. Use caution as some areas have an icy layer under this new snow.
      (Andy Holak)
    • Jan 12 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Magney groomed, tracks set. All trails are in good shape. Use caution as some areas have an icy layer under this new snow.
      (Andy Holak)
    • Jan 12 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Lester groomed, tracks set. All trails are in good shape. Use caution as some areas have an icy layer under this new snow. Five lights are out at Lester. We are working to get them fixed. In the meantime there may be a few dark spots.
      (Andy Holak)
    • Jan 12 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Piedmont groomed, tracks set. All trails are in good shape. Use caution as some areas have an icy layer under this new snow.
      (Andy Holak)
    • Jan 12 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      The trails are freshly groomed after the recent snowfall - trails appear to be in great shape. All trails groomed for skating and classic. The lights are not working, hoping to have them fixed soon.
      (John Cron)
    • Jan 12 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Secondhand 

      The City rolled/tracked Lester early this morning!
      (Annalisa Peterson)
    • Jan 12 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      It's looking good out there today folks! Both loops groomed this morning have solid classic track laid, with thin spots popping up in a couple places. The tracks should be set up nicely with the low temps, so get out and enjoy them!
      (Donavon Catton)
    • Jan 11 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      Groomer out on ski course with the Sherpa pulling the compaction drag and Tidd-Tech behind. Getting ready for the race on Sunday. 1/2" of new snow as of 8:00 am with several more inches forecast to fall today. Registration closes online Saturday evening with morning of registration also an option at a higher price.
      Photos:  
      (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
    • Jan 10 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied 5k lighted loop (A, -E + down through lowest loop). Bare spots periodically, especially the steep climb out of the park. Trail is packed and a bit slick... hoping for fresh snow today before cold returns!
      (Aaron Miatke)
    • Jan 9 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied the trails for Sunday's skate race picking sticks off and shoveling the usual problem areas. Not groomed yet, but talking to the groomer this morning he's waiting for the snow to fall before heading out to groom, so stay tuned for grooming updates. Measured 6" on the trails and the lake crossing. Bear Paw was skated in, and the Blue Ox and Nine Pine had a track skied in.
      Photos:  
      (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
    • Jan 8 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Fast skate deck today. Stayed on the 5k loop which has 99.9% full coverage. Don't hesitate to pull out the fast skis!
      (Paul Haberle)
    • Jan 7 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      As usual, the campground loop is in great shape, no rocks, solid classic track. Once you venture out further expect to find very twiggy and bumpy trails with an occasional rock popping through. I skied the 3k and most of the 10k, and the 3k was generally much more even with less obstacles poking through. I would say most of the trail system is on the edge of B skis and rock skis. Unless you want to do endless loops of the campground, I would venture elsewhere.
      (Erik Haaversen)
    • Jan 7 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails were very nice. A lot of people were out. The weather was nice and warm. The tracks were pretty good, but you could tell a lot of people had been using them. The signs they have are fun to read.
      (Ava Schapman)
    • Jan 7 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      We skied the ccc loops and enjoyed a decent track for most of the trail. A few spots under the pines with a tiny amount of dirt or a root poking through. Very avoidable and shouldn't keep you away.
      Photos:  
      (Ben Fornear)
    • Jan 6 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Cold crisp morning with trails to myself. Base is good throughout. Lots of debris on trail near start but better as you get out on the trails. A few thin spots easily avoided. No tracks.
      (John Jereczek)
      Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful classic skiing today! 8" of new snow was groomed with the PB and conditions are excellent - best classic ski of the year so far! All trails are open and groomed for skate and classic. Should be great skiing this week with warming temps.
      (Timothy Lederle)
    • Jan 16 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Base 6-10 inches, new snow 6-8 inches. Full-system groom done Monday night with PB compacting and combing. New track set after right-edge snomo-compact to correct for soft pole-plants reported last week. NW winds today may cause drifting in exposed areas. Conditions are very good.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Nesheim, Pincushion Trails Inn)
    • Jan 15 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Winter wonderland in the fresh snow. Last grooming probably Friday or Saturday (after the previous snowfall), but two other skiers had been out before me. On the trails they had been on, the tracks were excellent. On the other trails, the new powder over the old base and track was beautiful and made for a bit more work (but still excellent). Back at the trail head, at least two more vehicles, so things should be quite nice. Also, the Bean Lake trail was groomed as part of the most recent grooming. The trail is much improved although one will encounter a few bumps and trail stubble (worth it for the view).
      (Erik Larson)
    • Jan 15 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the length of the onion river road along with part of the picnic loop from l to m. Lots of fresh powder that had already been groomed at some point during the snow fall. Easily good skis on all the trails we skied and likely all others after the new snow. More snow was beginning to fall as we drove back down the shore. Worth the trip.
      Photos:  
      (John Leaf)
    • Jan 15 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skied from Oberg lot out Picnic trail, but followed the fresh rolled powder on the connector from N to P, then return to the full Onion River back. Groomer was out rolling the ~3" of powder that fell yesterday (thanks sir!). The deck was soft, slow, and smoother than velvet! So much nicer than over near Britton Peak area. I'll be back, should set up super well tomorrow.
      Photos:  
      (Michael Kosloski)
    • Jan 14 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skied from Britton Peak to Oberg via Picnic and back on connector and lower Homestead. Picnic and connector (L to J) were good corduroy and just a bit of debris and stubble. Hogback, lower Homestead, and the trails near Britton had an inch or two of powder and were quite bumpy/unlevel with some annoying stubble. It was difficult to skate naturally on those sections. Snow was very slow everywhere. Recommend starting at Oberg lot for best trail conditions.
      (Michael Kosloski)
    • Jan 14 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We had a beautiful ski on this terrific trail just minutes from Silver Bay. The narrow classic only track was nicely set, and it was snowing, which made it just lovely. We skied the outside loop up the big hill. The downside is that the trail managers have chosen not to adequately sign this trail. Be sure to pick up a map before you start at the trail start and be attentive. Even as a local who skis this trail often, it can be confusing.
      (Alice Tibbetts)
    • Jan 14 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied beaver dam and summer road. Snow starting to fill in tracks at around 2pm but beautiful scenery and great control on the downhills.
      Photos:  
      (Matt Sargent)
    • Jan 14 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Skied from cascade to the solbakken trails, looped the hall loop and back. Cascade connected had not been groomed in since the last snow, hall loop had. Generally good coverage, but plenty of thin spots to navigate. The snow currently falling and a fresh groom will likely solve most of the coverage issues. In terms of scenery, these trails are fantastic. Awesome to be skiing through the spruce and cedar stands.
      (John Leaf)
    • Jan 14 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Snow on the Ground: 19", Compacted Base on the Trail: 15", New Snow Past 24 Hours: 4", New Snow Past 7 Days: 8". Tracked Trail: 29.2 kilometers- Banadad Tracked east end to mid trail; Lace Lake, Tall Pines and Knapp trail tracked.
      (Ted Young, Poplar Creek B&B, Cabins and Yurts)
    • Jan 13 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The full connector trail from Northwoods to Tettegouche is groomed for classic. The snow and grooming on the connector is very good, but it had not been well mowed prior to the snow.
      (Brad Anderson)
    • Jan 13 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great conditions on the trails near Bearskin! Skied Summer Home Rd and Poplar Ck. Tracks deep and firm. Great kick with rex green.
      Photos:  
      (Matt Sargent)
    • Jan 13 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Received 5 inches of new snow on the 11th of January. Everything was re-groomed the following day (70km of trails open). Ski trails are in excellent shape. Trail base is averaging 5 to 8 inches in depth. Awesome conditions and skiing.
      (Zach Baumann)
    • Jan 12 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Base 6-7 inches, new snow 3 inches. Cap'n Charlie braved the bitter Friday night with the PB, all trails compacted and combed and new classic track set. Classic and skating deck set-up nicely in the cold with thin areas improved. Conditions are good, with more new snow anticipated on Sunday.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Nesheim, Pincushion Trails Inn)
    • Jan 9 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skied most of the trails in the eastern two thirds of the system. Overall, conditions were great. Good coverage throughout the system. There were some segments in which the classic track was groomed a bit far to the outside, leading to segments with soft outer (right) pole plants and a few really short segments with the right track lower than the left track.
      (Erik Larson)
    • Jan 8 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the entire system and coverage was excellent, skate deck was a little soft from drifting that recent high winds caused last night. Only problem was fat bike ruts on the Pincushion loop which made the skate lane difficult to skate smoothly. I sure wish these bikers would stay off the ski trails and use their own trails in the Pincushion system. This is the second day in row and the second trail system on the north shore where a portion of my ski has been made more difficult by fat bike tracks down the middle of the skate lane.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Jan 8 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skied from Oberg trailhead. Onion River Road and all of the western part of Oberg loop other than the hill from M to X had been freshly groomed. Other trails that had not been re-groomed were still nice--a light coating of snow on top of the well-groomed base. The classic tracks are in great shape with the except of a few short segments with some dirt poking through, which are easy enough to stride around. The skate lane looked great. I did notice that the gate at X for the eastern part of the Oberg loop was closed.
      (Erik Larson)
    • Jan 7 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      The trail system is groomed for classic only and the tracks are well defined. Only a few short segments where the snow is thin, but there's typically enough base to ski around. The 1.4 km segment to Bean Lake doesn't look to have been machine groomed, but skiers have tracked the trail down to the lake. The tracks on the Bean Lake trail were well defined, although the snow was a bit uneven. All other parts of the system had a nice base--and was fortunate enough to have an owl fly overhead as I was coasting down one of the scenic hills.
      Photos:  
      (Erik Larson)
    • Jan 7 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Base: 6 inches, new snow 2-4 inches -- less on Pincushion Mountain, higher amounts on North Advanced and Lynn's Loop. Stadium area is windblown and scoured with minimal snow. All trails in the system were Pisten Bully and then Ginzu groomed by sunrise today, compacted and with new classic tracks. Trail conditions overall are very good, although not enough snow for more serious conditioning by grading and tilling. Some new snow came later today. Reports from both recreational and in-training skiers were favorable through mid-afternoon.
      (Bob Nesheim, Pincushion Trails Inn)
    • Jan 7 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skied from Oberg trailhead up the road, over to the Picnic ridge and back on Hogback, Homestead, and the connector. New snow from Saturday night of 1.5 to 2" blanketed the trail and made for smooth skating. Only one other skater was out made it to the high point and turned around so I had virgin snow for the second half of the picnic trail. It was sweet. No dirt, no scary undulations, no stubble on the ridge. Hogback was a bit rolly and the downhill was exciting. Homestead was a bit torn up by a fat bike or two which was quite disappointing to see as this is supposed to be ski only trail and is signed that way. But coverage was good and the trail was smoother than I expected. The connector new snow was less and there was stubble and debris but no dirt. When I got back to Oberg there was evidence that the groomer was out working his magic.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Jan 7 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful conditions at Pincushion today! Kudos to the groomers! Comfy temps. Skied Ole's, Hilfiker, Outer Advanced Loop.
      Photos:  
      (Tully Hall)
    • Jan 6 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Warmed up to zero and above, great conditions on the trails near Bearskin Lodge. We did Bearcup Loop, Red pine, a few others.
      (Tully Hall)
    • Jan 6 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied from the east end (Ollie) trailhead to the west end (Upper Gunflint). The entire trail is groomed and tracked for classic. It has not been seeing much (human) use: since the last grooming (about a week ago?), there were few signs of any skier activity after the first 3km. There were, however, ample animal tracks (and the moose seemed to enjoy walking along the trail to find a tree for rubbing). Over the distance of the trail, I saw only one rock visible in the trail--on the west side of Beaver Dam Gully if I have the bearings correct. (Easily avoided for those travelling west, as it was on an uphill. Perhaps a bit more of a problem for eastbound traffic.) The only other real difficulty was an icy section after Dawkins Creek--again, for those heading west, it was perhaps less of an issue (as it was on an uphill). Those who are cautious could get by with their best skis.
      Tracks were well-formed and easy to follow. In more open areas, there was some drifting from the wind.
      (Erik Larson)
    • Jan 6 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied the Deeryard loop including Fire Tower and Short Loop. Tall raspberry stems that weren't mowed this fall continue to be a hindrance on the lakeside of the loop and are really bad on the Short loop. The tracks are on the shallow side, but are quite functional with a dusty of new snow this afternoon. Fire tower was in the best condition as was rest of the loop away from the lake. The Short loop was bumpy and full of tall stubble that made the downhills a bit scary. I would avoid it unless you are skilled downhiller and can hang in the tracks to go over and thru the stubble. Snowplowing would not work! Was an exciting run!
      (Tim Nelson)
      Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The trails were freshly groomed and still soft. It will probably be perfect tomorrow. Classic tracks looked to be ready to go.
      (Tara Makinen)
    • Jan 16 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Just groomed! Great shape. A rare spot with dirt brought up due to trail unevenness so maybe still B skis.
      (Philip Imholte)
    • Jan 16 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Just finished grooming. Combed skate lane and set a new track all around. Conditions look great. There are two or three spots where the groomer pulled up a little debris but those spots should be easily avoided.
      (Rick Mcdonald)
    • Jan 16 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Packed and combed skate lane on all trails, set new classic track on Thunders, East loop and most of Rajala trails. Classic tracks in remaining portion of system in pretty good shape from last grooming.
      (Tony Carter)
    • Jan 15 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails are in great shape after 8" new snow during the past week and two rounds of grooming, the most recent of which was January 14. Users are requested to pay the daily fee of $6 or a season fee of $60 to support early season snowmaking and Pistenbully grooming on the biathlon portion of the trails. The rest are Grant-in-Aid trails, which require a Minnesota ski pass.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Conzemius)
    • Jan 13 - River Road Unit Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Again disappointing that parking lot not plowed and no grooming done by DNR on this scenic trail just south of GR. No skiers had broken trail although many were out on the other non-groomed trails at Cowhorn on this sunny above zero afternoon.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 13 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful snow, but not groomed. Parking lot not plowed. Nevertheless, skiers were skiing in tracks and enjoying the above zero (barely) temps mid-afternoon.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 13 - Amen Lake (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      What a gem! Trails were freshly groomed and snow was hanging from all the trees. Cold and slower glide, but ran all the trails at Amen Lake system and connected into the lower portion of Suomi system, which was also spectacular.
      (Steve Kramer)
    • Jan 13 - Trout Lake Recreation Area (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail packed yesterday and track set today. The trail is in good shape and should set up great tonight for excellent skiing.
      (Greg Moritko)
    • Jan 12 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Packed, groomed and set classic track on Lake Loop, Tower and prelude trails, they are in good shape! All trails open, A skis will be fine.
      Photos:  
      (Ryan Gunderson)
    • Jan 12 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Rolled, groomed and tracked on Friday. Covered from intersections 1 thru 22. Good base from earlier snows (4") and now 6 to 8" of new snow. Grooming plans: Intersections 22 thru 28 not groomed, but plan to week of Jan. 16th.
      (Mark Toot)
    • Jan 12 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Packed and tracked all trails except for Long Lake and Snag loops. We will hit those tomorrow afternoon when the temps rise a little.
      (Tony Carter)
    • Jan 12 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All groomed and set track this morning. The track looks great. There were a few spots where I pulled a little debris up with the cutters. Nothing so much as to jeopardize your good skis.
      (Rick McDonald)
    • Jan 12 - Bird Lake Trail (Hoyt Lakes): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All of Bird Lake has been packed except the black diamond loop. No tracks were set. Most areas have a good base. There are still a few places where grass/brush are poking through the snow.
      (Ashley May-Klick)
    • Jan 11 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed Thursday. Good shape, all dirt and rocks covered. The snow is white and the sky is blue.
      (Randy Zupan)
    • Jan 11 - Amen Lake (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed Thursday. Good shape, all dirt and rocks covered. The snow is white and the sky is blue.
      (Randy Zupan)
    • Jan 11 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      6" new snow Wednesday night and Thursday. Groomed both the biathlon course and the Grant-In-Aid trails and set tracks. Trails should now be in excellent shape! A good 10" on the ground and 4-5" trail base now.
      (Bob Conzemius)
    • Jan 11 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Grooming plans: Groomer Tracy Foix plans to groom Saturday morning both Boomer Blue and Cowhorn loops. Reminder: No dogs or snowshoeing on Cowhorn single track ski loop.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 11 - River Road Unit Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Grooming plans: Groomer Tracy Foix plans to groom Saturday morning so trails may be good for skiing Saturday afternoon. 6" new snow.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 11 - Big Ridge (Grand Rapids): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Grooming plans: County groomers will not pack and track until next week, Jan. 15 or so.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 11 - Wabana Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Groomer Micah Kral and Park System Manager Roger Clark plan to pack and track Friday morning so the 6" of new snow is perfect for weekend skiing!
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 11 - Blackwater Environmental Area (Cohasset): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Groomer Dave O'Fallon plans to pack and set track on Friday so the 6" of new snow is perfect for weekend skiing. Lighted trails and warm trail head building.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 11 - Forest History Center (Grand Rapids): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Groomer Jeff Johns reported Sylvan Point Trail and Forest History Center trails are packed and tracked now that we have had 6" of new snow!
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 11 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Packed and combed all loops. It was still snowing when I finished. Did not set track. The trail looked great otherwise. It should set up well and will be groomed later today or tomorrow.
      (Rick Mcdonald)
    • Jan 8 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      There is about 100 feet of the Snag loop that is flooded. Ice from the adjacent creek must have dammed up and the creek overflowed. Would recommend not skiing Snag loop until we get more snow. The rest of the trail system is ok.
      (Tony Carter)
    • Jan 7 - Scenic State Park (Bigfork): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Thanks to the numerous volunteer hours by EOWSKI! (Edge of Wilderness Ski! pronounced Yeow-ski!) supporters this past year, ski trails are now officially re-opened at Scenic State Park! Classic track grooming has finally been re-established! Currently approx 5K+. Both the Lodge Campground newly created beginner ski trail area, and Fire Tower trail were rockin' today at the first official EOWSKI! youth/community ski lessons/meetup of the season.
      (Sarah Stone)
    • Jan 7 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Groomed and set track. The snow cover is light. The track is a bit thin in places. There are a few spots that some debris got pulled up through the trail. It is skiable but I wouldn't use your best skis.
      (Rick Mcdonald)
    • Jan 7 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      +21F, no wind. East Loop and Rajala good while thunder and finnish were uneven with many leaves/twigs. Snow was packed with a light covering of powder, excellent glide, just watch where you put your ski.
      (Dave Rourk)
      Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 14 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All the trails are cleared except 13 to 21. Groomed on Thursday and Friday. Good conditions. Snowing now.
      (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
    • Jan 7 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      All the trails are cleared except 13 to 21. The lack of additional snow in the past week+ of cold temps means the tracks have deteriorated and many on the west side are packed but not tracked. Our sled is back in action and now we need a few inches to go out and groom again.
      (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
      Other locations
    • Jan 16 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Another cold and sunny day. We groomed all trails, skate and tracks. The snow had set up so that today grooming was nice.
      We did bump a couple of rocks on the Red Trail but they are easily avoidable.
      Photos:  
      (Burgess Eberhardt)
    • Jan 15 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Cold and sunny and windy on Tilson Monday. Too much new snow even after dragging and rolling on Thursday last week to use either Ginzu or Tidd.... We packed and rolled all trails twice. Should be able to set tracks today. Looks like a break in the weather is finally coming!
      Photos:  
      (Burgess Eberhardt)
    • Jan 14 - Manka Trail (International Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail has been rolled for skate skiing and tracked for classical skiing. Hang a left at disc golf basket #8 to make your way to Rainy River Community College. Students interested in hopping on the Manka Trail will see a manmade ski trail across the field from RRCC Door 8. Temps and wind conditions will be perfect mid week for the start of Ice Box Days.
      (Tammy Marie Riley)
    • Jan 7 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We groomed all trails last night. Plenty of new snow over the past few days made for good tracks and skate lane refreshing. Finally nice to be able to work in moderate temperatures! There were very few round rocks still showing in the tracks when I skied on Saturday so I would be watchful.
      Photos:  
      (Burgess Eberhardt)

 

Minnesota Northwest


      Bemidji area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 13 - Three Island Park (Bemidji): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Skied from the North end by Three Island Lake. No classic tracks have been set as of yet, but skate deck was rolled on parts of the green and blue. Entire red trail was packed, but not tracked yet. Skate deck was somewhat soft. New snow filled in dips and once the tracks are set and the skate deck firms up should be awesome skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Elias Anoszko)
    • Jan 8 - Movil Maze Trail (Bemidji): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Maze has been freshly groomed today. There is plenty of snow although the track is shallow in spots - not that I'm complaining! The snow is dry and granular, which at 28 degrees makes for very fast skiing. The skate lane is in excellent shape. I skied on Swix LF 6 for glide and grip tape applied by waxing guru Doug Schumacher.
      (Michael Schumacher)
    • Jan 7 - Three Island Park (Bemidji): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails were in variable shape. The blue was terrific with really good coverage and nice looking classic tracks and a firm skate deck. Other trail segments had a few thin spots and there was quite a bit of debris under the pines in places. Tracks are set but are definitely shallow and classic skiers will need to watch for bare/thin spots. Skate deck is mostly in great shape. Appears most of the trails were groomed in the last day or two making for some fast and enjoyable skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Elias Anoszko)
    • Jan 7 - Buena Vista Ski Trail (Bemidji): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      West Side was groomed this week. Base is thin in spots and the recent high winds have added some new debris. Could use good skis with caution. No classic tracks yet.
      Photos:  
      (Elias Anoszko)
    • Jan 6 - Movil Maze Trail (Bemidji): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      About 1/2" of powder on top of a thin groomed base. Classic tracks are shallow, well skied in and somewhat washed out, but other than some debris blowdown by today's high winds the trails are in great shape considering the light snow pack. Coverage is good enough to use good skis, but may degrade if we see some warmer weather before we get some new snow. Nice to finally have some glide again after a brutal week of below 0 days.
      (Elias Anoszko)
      Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 15 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      70km of grooming the past 24 hours. We were back out grooming this morning, cleaning up the inner trails and also went north and reset double track on North Loup. We will leave North Loup double tracked this week than put the skate lane back in for next weekend. Skied late morning on Mother North Star under a beautiful sun dog. Tracks were a bit slower from fine grained snow and a little wind blown but still a great ski. We will be back out in the morning touching up select trails. This week we also plan on grooming the bootleg extension of Bullhead Lake trail. Currently this trail has a skier made track and reports have been excellent, a nice option from the groomed trails that enter deep into a balsam pine stand.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Jan 14 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Pristine! Sukkerbusk, Twin Lakes, Island Lake, and Wavy Gravy were awash in fresh snow. Picture-perfect classic tracks were freshly groomed again late yesterday afternoon, courtesy of Maplelag's master groomer. Be there!
      (Glenn Gifford)
    • Jan 14 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Another great day of skiing! Warmed up to 15 degrees and light fluffy snow falling all day made for a fantastic powder day on the trails. Total new snow around 4". We groomed all the skate trails in the morning and reset track on 15km of trail in addition. After the snow stopped in the late afternoon we groomed and set new double track on 30 km of trail and groomed 7km of skate trail. Little bit of wind skirting some snow back in the tracks. Photo of members of the North Star Ski Club that have been coming for over 40 consecutive years dating back to when Norm Oakvik was leading the charge on promoting Nordic skiing back in the 70's.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Jan 13 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A perfect day on the trails - the proverbial winter wonderland! With no wind and plenty of sunshine, the dry cold was not a major factor. Smooth and fast tracks on the fresh snow, fast and fun with my classic wooden skis. I did Twin Lakes, Island Lake, and Wavy Gravy in the morning, then North Loop and Roy's Run (my favorite) in the afternoon + Sukkerbusk and Mother North Star in the middle, total of 35K. Can't wait to be back before very long!
      (Istvan Gombocz)
    • Jan 13 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fantastic day of skiing after grooming on entire 70km trail system the past few days including the fat bike trail. Morning lows have been -30 but with no wind, brilliant sunshine and temp near 0 by noon making for best classical skiing conditions of the year. Went out for a early lunch ski with Jake and found the best skiing on Roy's Run and North Loup than I can remember in recent years. If you ski Roy's Run, be sure to look for the wolf tracks on the adjacent pond on the far north end. Touch up grooming on a few inner classic trails and skate trails planned in the morning.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Jan 11 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      3" of new snow. No issues with warm weather earlier in the week. The base is seasoned and firm. 10-18" of snow depth.
      Groomed all day, working in the new snow but didn't do final due to wind blowing. Once the temp warms up to -20 air temp, will be back out doing final touch up on entire trail system. Note: North Loup will remained double track through the MLK weekend. Skating on Skaters Waltz, the two extension loops across the road, Suicide Hill and Single Green which is the long hill used in Section course. All other trails will be single or double tracked.
      10km Twin Lakes Singletrack Fat Bike loop scheduled for grooming Friday afternoon/early evening. For best conditions, ride Saturday.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Jan 8 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Left the snow-starved West Central Minnesota region this morning with Kayo Aslagson and drove the 2+ hrs to Maplelag. Well worth the drive! Skating was excellent; firm, fast trails and a beautiful day. These were near perfect conditions - the "near" referring solely to my lack of fitness, otherwise it would have been absolutely perfect!
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 8 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails have been holding up well to high volume of skier traffic and warmer temps making for nice skiing. We will be hosting the DL Invite race on Tuesday January 9th. Varsity classic will be using the second half of Rootin Tootin trail for the start, the full regular loop of North Loup and than returning on the east side of Sukkerbusk. These trails closed during the races from 10am-1230pm. JV and JR High will be a skate race on Skaters Waltz. These trails will be closed from 12pm-2pm. All other trails open for skiing all day. We will be grooming on the courses today and ask skiers stay off the fresh groomed until the afternoon. North Loup will be double tracked from today, eliminating the skate lane, until next grooming planned on Thursday than will be groomed for skate and classic again.
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Jan 7 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      My wife and I classic skied on Sukkerbusk and Twin Lakes this afternoon. Like usual the trails were groomed to perfection. The snow was skiing cold, so blue wax worked well. My wife was using skin skis for the first time and also had excellent kick and glide. With little wind and temps in the upper 20s it doesn't get much better than today.
      (Tom Dooher)
    • Jan 6 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Awesome skiing at maplelag. I've never been there before and if you haven't, you need to. Reminds me a lot of skiing in Hayward as a kid. Compliments to the trail crew. Trails were in excellent condition.
      (Mark Voigtschild)
      Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 15 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Another 2" to 3" of new snow from last night was groomed today. Trail is in great shape, with over a foot of snow on the ground now. A few oak leaves blow in the tracks in a few spots, along with some pine needles under the dense pines, but the trail is the best condition it has been in for the last few years. Come and enjoy a winter wonder land.
      (Terry Vacek)
    • Jan 15 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed this morning after the 2 or 3 inches of fluffy new snow yesterday. Just a few scattered Oak leaves otherwise the track is pretty clean. Not enough new snow to set a really good deep track but still very good skiing. It was a little slow this afternoon with the cold temps and fresh snow blowing into the track in places. Get out and enjoy the skiing before the next melt comes along.
      (Paul Klinger)
    • Jan 14 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful afternoon for skiing at Hiram with the snow falling, very quiet and peaceful. Around 2 or 3 inches of new snow today so all the leaves, grass, twigs, bark and dirt were covered up. Conditions are getting better with the little 2 or 3 inch snow falls adding up.
      (Paul Klinger)
    • Jan 14 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Excellent conditions on an amazing day. All trails groomed Friday for skating (all) and classic (all except troll). Base is 3" and we had 4" new snow last week and 2" and snowing today.
      Photos:  
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Jan 12 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I groomed the whole trail yesterday, we had about 4" of new snow. I groomed again today to set tracks since the tracksetter wasn't working right yesterday. Deck is very firm now and track is good to very good. Some places the track is not fully deep. Base is 3" to 4". Coverage is very good, a few places has leaves or needles but they are no bare ground areas. Good skis are safe to use, but you might pick up some leaves or debris. Enjoy!
      (Terry Vacek)
    • Jan 12 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I groomed and set track on the entire trail system this afternoon. We only had around 2 or 3 inches of new snow to work with so there are still areas with leaves, needles, bark and twigs sticking thru the snow. The track is not as good as I would like it but it is still worth getting out for a ski.
      (Paul Klinger)
    • Jan 12 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I groomed the whole trail yesterday, we had about 4" of new snow.. I groomed again today to set tracks since the tracksetter wasn't working right yesterday.. Deck is very firm now and track is good to very good. Some places the track is not fully deep. Base is 3" to 4". Coverage is very good, a few places has leaves or needles but they are no bare ground areas. Good skis are safe to use, but you might pick up some leaves or debris. Enjoy!
      (Terry Vacek)
    • Jan 7 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All trails are open and in good condition for today's open house. Tracks were groomed today on Lillie's, Lake, and Eagle trails, not Troll. All trails are packed for skating. Surface is mostly clean, with a few twiggy or grassy spots in classic and skate lanes.
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Jan 6 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Groomed today. We have 5" to 8" of snow so trails are marginal. Sections are fine and sections with lots of grass and stubble. We need 3" of more snow. Tracks are set but some sections trail was rough so tracks are not very good.
      (Terry Vacek)
      Other locations
    • Jan 13 - Viking Ship/Davy Park Trail (Moorhead): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      No track is set for classic since the last wind storm. The sides of the trail are a bit squishy so it's hard to get decent kick. You're pretty much snow shoeing on the sides. I also keep seeing tire marks on the trail. I figured it was the city doing that horse drawn wagon thing but there aren't any hoof marks that I see; so I'm thinking someone thinks it's a pretty sweet shortcut or a great way to get into nature.... either way it's ruining the trail this year.
      (Mark Voigtschild)

 

Minnesota Central


      Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 15 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails packed and tracked Monday after 3 inches on Sunday. Snow depth on trails about 5 inches with the upper half packed powder and the bottom half very hardpacked and slightly transformed snow. About 7 inches in the woods. A very few areas with dirty snow, the only real bad area is by the two lone trees at the southwest edge of the start field. Classic track often set down into the hardpack/transformed base with more dirt areas than the skate deck.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 15 - Wolf Lake Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Awesome morning at Wolf Lake! Two inches of new fluff over the tracks. Cold wind around the north side of Old Pine. Otherwise sunny and spectacular!
      (Ann Schley)
    • Jan 15 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Reported by the Alexandria Nordic ski club: The ski trail is in good condition to excel. A little slow due to the new light snow. No open dirt spots.
      (DeAnn Caddy)
    • Jan 13 - Wolf Lake Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I "Skied in" tracks on all trail segments today. The 2 inch snow from Thursday has not been groomed (yet), but following the previously set tracks wasn't a problem. Saw only 3 skiers today (in -1 heat), so a great place to get some solitude. Snow has covered up the sticks and grass, so "B" skis are a good choice.
      Photos:  
      (Bryan Pike)
    • Jan 12 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      2.5 inches of new snow fell, then blew around on Thursday. Groomed all skating lanes today and set track on the trails. 10 degrees forecast for Sunday, so ski all day here till 3 pm, then watch the big game!
      Photos:  
      (Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Parks)
    • Jan 12 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed today. Tracks set. Shallow in some areas. New snow this week is getting better as it settles. Skate lanes will be done again on Sunday.
      (Vicki Foss)
    • Jan 11 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Four inches of new snow. All Arboretum trails have been rolled. No set classical tracks yet. West side of facility and open areas are experiencing blowing snow.
      (Vicki Foss)
    • Jan 7 - French Rapids Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Trails had been rolled once several days ago giving a firm but thin surface. Bumpy and some grooming ruts. A rouge snowmobile had run on some trails, mainly near the river, and tore up some areas. Some exposed rocks on some steep uphills, and areas of grass stubble or leaf debris. Outer Einers the best trail. Inner Einers had only one grooming pass so it's a bit narrow and rough, plus a tree is down across the trail.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 7 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails hard-packed (but a little softer today with the warmer temps) with some thin areas. Northstar trails general less good than the closer trails. From the Arb trailhead to the field is the worst for hard surface. Still not enough for tracks yet.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 6 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The drive up to Larson Lakes from the Twin Cities was definitely worth it. Snow coverage, while thin, was very good. On both the skate deck and the classic tracks there were scattered dirty spots, but nearly all easily avoidable. There were some uneven areas, and a little grass poking through here and there, but there was also a lot of really nice skiing - and good classic tracks. I used my best skate skis without regret. I also ran into the groomer who was out skiing the trails and had a chance to pass along my appreciation!
      Photos:  
      (Dick Stardig)
      St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 15 - Saint John's Abbey Arboretum (Collegeville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The Old Entrance road trail, Stone Gate trail, and Pine Knob trail are all being groomed again today. As of yesterday, there was decent skiing on those trails. ~10k of groomed trails so far this year. Classic tracks on the Old entrance road. Langlauf Ski Race is canceled due to insufficient snow on parts of the race route.
      (Kyle Rauch)
    • Jan 7 - St. John's Lake Sagatagon (Collegeville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      ALL of the lake is frozen, to at least a foot along the shoreline (according to the lake fisherman), and the lake is completely blanketed with about two inches. Although not crust skiing, the snow is medium slow with today's warmer weather. There is minimal drifting in a few areas, and there is almost no debris. There were a few classical tracks skied in a few areas.
      (Charlie Maternus)
      Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 14 - Spidahl Ski Gaard (Fergus Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Spent one day of our annual MLK weekend ski camp at Spidahl. Snow was coming down pretty hard which made things a little slow and soft, but generally great conditions. Dave and Cindy were wonderful hosts as always! They've cut a new skate trail that branches off of Speedy adding an extra 2.5k of dips and curves in the woods. All of the trails were in great condition, so great time to get out despite the cold! We skated Emma's, Speedy (2X including the new Loop), and Chick's Bop!
      (Bill McKinney)
      Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 15 - Spirit River Nature Area (Cambridge): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails groomed this morning and all are 6.5k are open. Trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing. We still need more snow as there are a few thin spots but 90% of trail in good shape. If careful A skis are fine.
      (David Larson)
    • Jan 12 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Actively grooming for Saturday race on a designated course, good skate deck but a little uneven with intermittent classic tracks and ruts. Older courderay definitely firmer and faster, but the newly groomed swath should set up well with the cold night ahead.
      (Bryan Lueth)
    • Jan 10 - Spirit River Nature Area (Cambridge): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails are settling some from two warm days above freezing. A few sections have mud or grass patches showing up but with cooldown and chance of new snow tomorrow should be able to be skied and perhaps even will get some grooming to flatten sections out more. Most of the system is still fully covered and nice to ski. Classic track is holding up well but have to step around a few spots.
      Photos:  
      (Dean Kleinhans)
    • Jan 9 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora): 
      Firsthand Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      A southern trip today to experience the hospitality of the Vasaloppet folks. Hadn't been to Mora since lasts year's incredible race! There's some really good skiing at the center - nice long flat and smooth trails. I was also guided, by several of the regulars, to the northeastern trails. There are constant efforts underway to cover all the trails with snow using several "snow spreaders" being pulled by very large farm tractors. I got to witness the spreading firsthand. I think the complex is just days away from being fully groomed. They also mentioned that the ABC relays are scheduled there for Saturday so with 650 skiers coming you may want to avoid that day.
      (Paul Haberle)
    • Jan 6 - Banning State Park (Sandstone): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Plenty of snow in Banning. No grooming here, skier made track partially. Lots of walkers on trail so track is best on
      Cartway trail. Also skied Quarry, High Bluff and Wolf Creek. Quiet and scenic woods and Kettle River.
      (Wayne Nelson)
      Other locations
    • Jan 14 - Nordic Ridge Recreation Area (Crosslake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic tracks groomed under 2" of powder. Lovely to re-break trail in perfect snow. No official grooming since snow so probably difficult to skate but exceptionally scenic classic skiing. Only did shortest loop (kids happily broke trail, too, but it wore them out). Could see ghosts of classic tracks heading farther out, so I assume it's all groomed.
      (Adam Arvidson)
    • Jan 12 - Wild River State Park (Center City): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      I skied the portions of the Mitigwaki Loop with the paved base, and down the boat landing hill to the St. Croix River. The short section I skied south of the boat landing was not tracked. Even with new snow, that area was icy in places due to wind and sun exposure. The upper sections had a nicely set single track, but the base of the track was somewhat icy. I was using my waxless skis, so skiers able to wax for the conditions will have a better experience. Conditions ranged from fair to poor, but it's always nice to be out, and nice to have some new snow after the thawing that occurred earlier in the week.
      Photos:  
      (Kris Backlund)
    • Jan 12 - Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails (Outing): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed both the north and south segments of Washburn this afternoon. I think we had another 4" or so, so I think the base is pretty good now. Got stuck going up a steeper slope that had a big drift in it along a section of the south loop that parallel's the power line. After backing down and getting a run twice I finally got through, but it dug it up pretty well right there.
      (Paul VanderWaal)
    • Jan 9 - Black's Grove Park (Wadena): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      I had some fair skiing today. Sunset, Ridge and Black's were the best. Alpine should be closed as some serious rock damage could occur on the open hill and a tree blocks a portion in the woods. Bare spots remain a problem especially along the creek where spruce have sheltered the trails. Even a little snow will go a long way toward improving the trails.
      (John King)
    • Jan 6 - Wild River State Park (Center City): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Wonderful day out in the woods! The trails that were groomed had great coverage, I think I would have been comfortable on good skis as long as I kept an eye out for issues, I saw one or two patches of pavement, but otherwise any thin spots were easily avoidable. Easily good enough for good B skis. A few of the trails were ungroomed, but had been packed down plenty by snowshoes so they were passable. The groomed trails almost always had a surprisingly deep track, and a firm deck off to the side.
      Photos:  
      (Tyler Gilbert)

 

Minnesota Southern


      Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      With a little more snow and grooming and a little less wind, conditions are improving. This afternoons sunset ski was great with Toko extra cold powder providing good glide in the 0 degree snow. Tomorrow's warm up should speed things up a lot. I have actually started using my best skis.
      (Steve Williams)
    • Jan 15 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Yesterdays snow and blow has been groomed into the trails resulting in 75% perfect corduroy, 15% blown in, and 10% blown away. The classic skiing was very good on the packed powder. Skate skiing would also be very good.
      (Steve Williams)
    • Jan 15 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Cross Country Ski trails were groomed today Monday. Trail base is between 1-3 inches with some bare spots. Skating lane should be in good conditions with some minor drifting. A classical ski trail was set where conditions allowed, however with wind conditions the track will fill in with blowing snow in the open areas.
      (Tom Eckdahl)
    • Jan 13 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I put on a pair of insulated coveralls and went out for a ski. I would rate the trails at 60% great, 20% fair, 20% not so great. Most of the not so great is avoidable. With a bright blue sky and no wind it was a beautiful day for a ski. The only negative was the slow snow which should speed up with tomorrow's warmer temps.
      (Steve Williams)
    • Jan 13 - Eastwood Golf Course (Rochester): 
      Observation 

      Drove by Eastwood today, was groomed, looks great.
      (Jim Bennett)
    • Jan 13 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Had a great classic ski at Chester, on groomed, but not tracked trails. Skating trail is great to marginal - in wind blown areas. Avoid gravel road section by going left from parking lot. While going around again I saw a groomer on the lake. Dave and Mike, RASC groomers extraordinaire, groomed and set a several K track on the lake. Classic skiing was excellent there.
      (Jim Bennett)
    • Jan 12 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skied Quarry Hill Friday, mostly very good, safer for good skis than Chesterwoods.
      (Jim Bennett)
    • Jan 12 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails were rolled and groomed at Chester Woods Park today. Trail conditions vary from wind blown areas, to icy sections, to good skiing in protected areas.
      (Josh Drilling, Olmsted County Parks)
    • Jan 12 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      The trails have been groomed where it was possible. There are some very nice stretches of groomed snow on the sheltered sections of the trail. Unfortunately trail sections in the open are now windblown ice.
      (Steve Williams)
    • Jan 9 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]

      Trails are closed for now due to temps above freezing. Hopefully we will pick up some more snow Thursday.
      (Steve Williams)
    • Jan 8 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      This morning's skiing was the best so far this year, 25 degrees with a bright blue sky. The snow continues to get faster. Yes there are thin areas especially around the parking area but most of the trails have coverage that is very good.
      (Steve Williams)
    • Jan 7 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The trails are 25% fair and 75% very good for skating. If you factor in the minimal amount of snow we have received they would rate much higher. The warm temperatures have sped things up considerably. No classic tracks are set, but classic skiing would be OK on the packed powder.
      (Steve Williams)
      Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed 100% of the trail system today. All trails are firming up nicely. The skate deck is very good to excellent over most of the course. Rattlesnake Trail is open and well covered but the base is only 3". We set some classic track with good to marginal success. The lighted loop classic track is good; outside that loop the track is very shallow.
      (Bruce Johnson)
    • Jan 15 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We received approx 4+" of very light snow overnight. This morning we packed all trails. Conditions are very soft. The most firm areas are on the lighted loop. We will continue to pack and groom all trails as the snow firms up with cold temps. At this time we are not able to set classic tracks on any section of the course. Overall, ski conditions are very good and will continue to improve as the base firms up. Be patient!
      (Bruce Johnson)
    • Jan 12 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      We received 3+inches of light snow on Thursday. Friday morning we packed all trails in the system. The lighted loop with man made snow is excellent. The remainder of the system has a thin base in many areas. Although many people are skiing outside the lighted loop, rock skis and caution are recommended. There is no classic track set at this time. As the cold temp firms up the base, it will help, but please use caution were the skate deck base is thin.
      (Bruce Johnson)
    • Jan 8 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      The manmade Loop at St. Mary's continues to be very good for skating, a little thin crossing the dike and a few thin spots easily avoided.Reset the classic track today after the permafrost of the last couple of weeks.We're hoping for some measurable snow later in the week, fingers crossed!
      (Steve Horeck)
      Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Cannon Valley Trail (Cannon Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Cannon Valley Trail is groomed for skate skiing. Skate skiing conditions are fair to good. No classic track has been set since there is not enough snow. The open areas are a bit windblown.
      (Scott Roepke)
    • Jan 15 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the Lower Arb starting at the West Gym parking lot. Was just rolled. Skier-set classic tracks are pretty good still. Saw maybe 1 rock the whole time, otherwise great snow depth and nice grooming. Perfect!
      Photos:  
      (Will Schroeer)
    • Jan 14 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Really nice night out there today. The trails were groomed last Friday, and that set up pretty well (although I hit a lot of rocks then), today there was probably another 3+ inches on top of that base, and I hit far fewer rocks. Should set up into a really nice base once that is groomed in.
      (Nate Porath)
    • Jan 13 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied approximately five miles in the Lower Arb this afternoon. Trails have been rolled, but still too little snow for classical tracks to have been set. Quite a few footprints from runners/walkers and base is thin, but overall coverage is good and no bare patches where I skied. Just a few leaves and branches here and there.
      (Robert Coleman)
    • Jan 12 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Trails are rolled and skiable, mostly o.k., but there are short sections with gravel coming through. I was careful in those spots and did not get any scratches on my skis, but I would not use my good skis.
      (David Folland)
    • Jan 12 - Cannon Valley Trail (Cannon Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Cannon Valley Trail groomers rolled the trail. No classic track has been set. The open areas are windblown. Conditions are fair.
      (Scott Roepke)
      Other locations
    • Jan 16 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      What little snow that was left after last week's melt froze into an icy base; and our recent light, blowing snow didn't give us much to work with, leaving many bare spots, especially out in the open. Trails have been packed where possible. Rocks and grass are showing through or just below the surface. Not enough snow to set tracks.
      (Maria Anderson)
    • Jan 11 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      We didn't get enough snow to groom today. Very little snow cover on the trails after the last few days of melting; plenty of grass poking through.
      (Maria Anderson)
    • Jan 9 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      What little snow cover we had on the trails is melting and mushy. Looks like conditions will continue in that direction today and tomorrow.
      (Maria Anderson)

 

Wisconsin Northwest


      Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 15 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We received 2+ inches of snow last night and all the skate lanes were groomed today. We promptly received another 2+ inches after the grooming and it is still snowing. I classic skied a combination of the regular NE trails and the classic only trail during the snowfall and the tracks are well skied in but are getting shallow due to the accumulating snow.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Jan 14 - Voyager Village Golf Course (Webb Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The trails are really starting to shape up. There were good tracks on Saturday with only a few thin and icy spots. The snow was adding up quickly on Sunday, so that should help make the trails even better.
      (Aris Apostolou)
    • Jan 14 - Heartwood Ski Trails (Trego): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Great skiing at Heartwood. A few oak leaves in the classic track but otherwise nice clean snow and good coverage. All trails groomed Friday except Ridge and Hill trails. A couple inches of fresh snow fell on top today.
      (Mark Bushinski)
    • Jan 14 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We received another inch of snow today and for those skiers making it a long weekend, we will groom and track the loops at OO tonight. Birkie Tour was yesterday so the Skate and Classic trails north of OO were heavily skied today and will have a little powder on top for skiing tomorrow....likely very good skiing as well. Enjoy!
      (Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
    • Jan 14 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good for skating. On my way out of town I took the opportunity to ski the South end of the trail for the first time this season starting at Mosquito Brook and going to Hwy 77 and back. The skate deck is very firm and well skied in. Classic tracks to the extent that I used them were full depth and solid. The trail is definitely a little thinner south than on the North end but still excellent skiing.
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Jan 13 - Hayward Hospital Trails (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Really nice classic skiing on the hospital trails right now. Tracks are pretty firm, considering how dry the snow is. Skied from the hospital road parking lot to the hilly loop up by the hospital via the clearcut loop and return twice. Great fun.
      (Dave Eckstrom)
    • Jan 13 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fantastic for skate and classic. Minus 10 when me and Skervald started so glide was just a rumor but the trails were freshly groomed, level and firm. After last night's deep freeze, the classic tracks are like rails. We skied from the Power Lines to the Fire Tower water stop to watch the Seeley Classic leaders come through then back on classic trail. Trails were beautiful everywhere we went. There were fires going in the two warming buildings we passed so there were places along the way to get warm if need be. Pretty tough to beat even with the cold.
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Jan 12 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Today new tracks were set on all of the Drummond Ski Trails. Conditions are quite good despite the thin base. In some places the tracks are excellent, in others not so much. Trash, or as some call it, shrapnel surfaced when the 3 inches of new snow was incorporated. The best skiing is out the Boulevard beyond Jackrabbit. What we really need is a good six inch snowfall to cover it all up.
      (Jim Crandall)
    • Jan 12 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All of the loops at Mukwonago are now open. The area received 3-4 inches of new snow this week. The trail was groomed and tracks set up nicely, today. Conditions are excellent!
      (Katie LeMoine)
    • Jan 12 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I am excited to report that all loops at Rock Lake ski trail system have been cleared and groomed. The area received 3-4 inches of new snow this week. The snow base is 6-8 inches. The cold temperature set up the tracks nicely, and the conditions are excellent.
      (Katie LeMoine)
    • Jan 12 - Flambeau Hills Ski Trail (Winter): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All trails were groomed and tracked today. The northern section of the trail is in excellent condition! The southern section of the trail is in great condition for the most part, but there are still a few small rough patches here and there on the eastern portions. One more decent snowfall should take care of those.
      (Natalie Brown)
    • Jan 12 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We received a little over 2 inches of snow overnight and groomed starting at 8. All trails were groomed and tracks set. The snow was dry so the tracks did not set up well before skiers arrived. The new snow covered most of the debris that had been accumulating on the trails and all trails are in very good condition.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Jan 12 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After the 2-3" of new snow we received last night, we groomed the skate deck and laid tracks from American Birkebeiner TH (start area) down to Hatchery Creek TH. This includes the Birkie Ridge connector, the loops at OO, and the loops at Hatchery Creek. Conditions are excellent today! Enjoy!
      (Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
    • Jan 10 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Nice morning ski from Hatcher Creek Trail Head. Trail still really firm, but at least the warmer temps are making the snow faster way more fun to glide! Some leaves and pine needles down from the winds last few days but great skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Ben Popp, American Birkebeiner)
    • Jan 9 - Hayward Recreational Forest (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Hayward Rec Trails are in fabulous condition for skating, mostly fresh corduroy. An enjoyable ski with my wife and pooch.
      Photos:  
      (Jeff Tumbleson)
    • Jan 9 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the "B" loop this morning. Conditions are very good, skate deck had been recently groomed, classic tracks were not newly set, but were still in great shape. Some leaf and pine debris.
      (Kristin Dahl)
    • Jan 7 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent for skate and classic. Skied from power lines to the fire tower water stop on the Birkie trail. Back to Timber Trail on the classic trail then back towards the start area on what used to be the Korte return to Telemark. Nicely groomed, firm and flat skate lanes at full race width. A single classic track on the Birkie trail but a freshly set double track on the Classc trail. Not much recent snow so there's starting to be some tree litter accumulating in areas with overhanging trees. But that's quibbling. It was another day that reminded me of what a bargain my trail pass is.
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Jan 7 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Parked at Boedecker Road rest cabin. Skied the classic trail 5km north and south from there. Perfect classic ski conditions. The most beautiful pair of classic tracks I have seen in a long time. Finally a beautiful sunny warm winter day. I can't think of many trail segments better than this section of the Birkie classic trail and to be able to enjoy it in this good of condition was a rare treat! Kudos to the groomer.
      (John Fitzgerald)
    • Jan 7 - Totogatic Ski Trail (Minong): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Trail in decent condition. Needs more snow to be great. Some dirt patches here and there, but overall a great ski experience.
      (Tim Nesley)
    • Jan 7 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      First time skiing this trail, a nice old school type trail. Grooming was average at best, but to be fair it look like quite a bit of damage and trail recovery is happening from the heavy snow from a few weeks ago. Our first trip here, it certainly won't be the last. The long loop is not tracked/dragged, apparently due to several large trees across the trail prohibiting groomers to get in.
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Jan 6 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied OO to Lake Hayward, all in fantastic shape except from 77 to the lake (no track set in that segment). Nice to see so many people out enjoying the miracles of the Birkie culture.
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Jan 6 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Really good skate deck up north on the classic and skate trails. Nice and flat. Skied from Boedecker to start and back had good corduroy the whole way. Classic tracks looked a little rough in some spots but avoidable. The grooming has been so good this year.
      (Gunnar Fontaine)
    • Jan 6 - Douglas County Ski Trails (Solon Springs): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Only a small fraction of the trails have good grooming. Most I could not find a groomed trail, but the course is beautiful. I will return after more snow, and hopefully groomed.
      (Tim Nesley)
    • Jan 6 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Rock Lake was fun and slightly scary today. Mostly crisp tracks and lovely winter scenery. A snowmobile has taken out the tracks on the first easy loop, but all was good through the rest of the groomed sections. Some of the downhills get the adrenaline going. Love this classic single track system!
      Photos:  
      (Jean Garbarini)
    • Jan 6 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      As planned, we were able to groom skate deck and lay track from American Birkebeiner TH (start area) to Hatchery Creek. The Birkie Classic trail north of OO to American Birkebeiner TH is double-tracked. Loops at OO, Hatchery Creek, and Birkie Ridge connector were all groomed and tracked as well. Continually grooming the same thin base can take it's toll on the trail and snow. Some new snow would be great for the trail but current conditions are still very good. Best conditions are north where the most snow has fallen. Enjoy!
      (Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
      Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Over the last few days we got 10+ inches of new, dry, fluffy snow here in Brule. All the trails have been groomed and track set. There is about a 4-5 inch base with 20 or more inches of snow on the ground in the woods. The trees are loaded with snow, the skies are clear and brilliant blue, and the skiing conditions are excellent!
      Photos:  
      (Diane Gobin)
    • Jan 15 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Once again, fresh grooming at SMF. Groomers were in the process of getting to all the trails while I was there this morning. I really appreciate their attention to continuous grooming and allowing us consistent conditions. The yellow was not done yet though (bummer as it's the best trail). The blue and back of purple was still closed. Coverage was excellent with only a few avoidable thin areas but 99.9% covered. Cold new snow = slow conditions, but a great resistance work out. Classic tracks set on red and green and looked good. Thanks again SMF crew, you do your trails well.
      (Tom Heinitz, Duluth XC Ski Club)
    • Jan 13 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I was able to set classic tracks for the first time this winter, thanks to 4" of fresh snow. There is no debris and good skis can be used. Skiing conditions are very good.
      (Kevin Feind, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 12 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails were groomed today and track is now set on the red and green trails. Grooming plans: The yellow should be done tomorrow. We hope to have the blue trail tracked by the end of the weekend.
      (Angie Harker, Superior City Parks)
    • Jan 12 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      With 4 inches of new snow yesterday, the groomers were out yesterday afternoon rolling all the trails. They are out again this morning rolling and setting track. Conditions are excellent, trails have a 4 inch base and there is about 12 inches of snow in the woods.
      (Diane Gobin)
    • Jan 7 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      A group of us skated and classic skied the flat side of the yellow trail today around eleven and were thrilled to have virgin cord! They need more snow to make classic tracks, but someone could easily ski them in along the sides of the trail. The 7 day a week excellent grooming on these amazing trails despite low snowfall, makes it worth driving over the bridge any day knowing that conditions will be prime! The Stride, Ride, Glide Tri in March will raise money to allow the groomers to purchase better equipment to assist in their hard work while grooming! There are a few tufts sticking up here and there, but nothing you can't easily go around. Good skis are possible if your eyes are open.
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 6 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      First time over to SMF this year and, as usual, the fresh grooming did not disappoint. The skate deck was mostly flat (with some rolling uneven areas due to lower snow in places) and surprisingly fast for the cold temps (Fastwax teal with cold powder). No classic tracks yet. Skied all the trails except the blue and back portion of purple, which are closed (yellow was very good and the connector is very skiable). Great coverage with only some grass in the marsh area and some scattered but avoidable roots and trail debris. I had the trail to myself. Get over there and enjoy this hidden ski gem of the Twin Ports.
      (Tom Heinitz, Duluth XC Ski Club)
      Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      With 4-6 inches of new snow, we packed, groomed and tracked the core trails today, including: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Seagull Connector, Rollercoaster, Telford, Sugarbush Classic, and the Sugarbush Dog Trail. I also packed Birch Hill, but didn't get to grooming it. The trails are probably a bit soft with all the new snow this week, but should setup pretty well tonight.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Jan 16 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were completely groomed Monday evening after our little snow storm of the week. Track was reset so classical should be solid. Deck with the new snow should be a little soft with a solid deck under. Conditions are excellent and the temps couldn't be better. We are having a night ski tonight (Tuesday) at 6:00 from the Chalet. Everyone is welcome, and we usually go out for a sandwich and a libation afterwards. See you on the trails.
      (Gary Mears)
    • Jan 15 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      With about 1.5-2 inches of new snow, we regroomed and tracked: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Seagull Connector, Rollercoaster, Telford, and the Sugarbush Dog Trail. Probably a little soft, but looked nice otherwise! Get out and enjoy the nice temps today, 20 degrees when I left the hill.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Jan 14 - Uller Trail (Pence): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Epic. This remote trail groomed for classic only kicked our ass. Steep descents with sharp turns will challenge anyone. USFS made some upgrades and added two loops to a what was developed as a one way ski trail back in the 1970s. Worth seeking out next time you are at ABR. About 20 minutes east of Ironwood on Wis Hwy 77.
      Photos:  
      (Mike Ivey)
    • Jan 12 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Today we were able to get all of the trails groomed and tracked. This afternoon things were a little soft, but after setting up overnight the skiing should be very good tomorrow, if you don't mind the temps right around zero.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Jan 12 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Teuton Trails were rolled and tracked on Friday. The base is reported to be around 10 inches and conditions are excellent.
      (Aaron Fahlstrom)
    • Jan 12 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We just finished grooming the trail for the Holiday weekend. The new snow was just enough to get the trail in excellent condition. Deck looks level and firm, and the track should firm up great with the cold temps. Dress warm, stay out of the wind, and get out and enjoy the Great Outdoors.
      Photos:  
      (Gary Mears)
    • Jan 11 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Since hitting 37F on Wednesday, which started to transform the snow a little, we got 3-4 inches of new snow on top. This evening we were able to get out and pack all of the trails, except for Oppedahl's and Birch Hill. Tomorrow am a crew is planning on going out and grooming up most of the trails. Should be back to very good to excellent conditions after the grooming and a little time for things to set up.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Jan 9 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Sugarbush and Deer Path trails. Trails were in good condition. Thanks to the groomers for a wonderful ski.
      (Dennis Weibel)
    • Jan 9 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Complete trail was groomed Tuesday afternoon. The track is great and the deck is firm and level. Best shape we have been able to get it in this year. There is a little bit of litter from the wind but not much. Come enjoy.
      (Gary Mears)
    • Jan 7 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Tonight we regroomed and tracked the Sugarbush Dog Trail. Yesterday the other skate lanes were touched up. Was a good day of skiing with moderate temps, good snow, and lots of skiers.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Jan 7 - Uller Trail (Pence): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      It appears that Iron County has invested a lot in this trail during the off-season. Bridges have been built, wet areas detoured, and new loops added. Grooming appears to be more frequent as well. We started at the Weber Lake Trailhead, and the trail was hit hard by snowshoers for the first km, but then turned into nice skiing in a track covered with 2-3 inches of snow. Snow is deep, and no evidence of the ground is seen. A few sticks poke through the groomed surface here and there. With continued grooming, this trail should be a great ski for the rest of the season.
      Photos:  
      (Jonathon Rulseh, SISU Ski Fest)
    • Jan 6 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I classic skied Valkyrie C loop. Nicely groomed, beautiful scenery with snow covered trees. I stepped off the side of the trails to check powder depth, and it's up to my knees! Thanks to the groomers for grooming the C loop this year. I love that loop.
      Photos:  
      (Aistis Tumas)
    • Jan 6 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We combed the trail again Saturday evening to clean it up for Sunday. Without more snow it is difficult to get a clean track set, so pray for more snow and we will get out there to make the skiing excellent again.
      (Gary Mears)
    • Jan 6 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied the Anchor, Seagull and parts of Sugarbush trails for a couple of hours when it warmed up to 8F Saturday afternoon. Trails are groomed and in excellent condition; there is plenty of snow.
      (Len Crowley)
      Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Set new track and skate this afternoon. Conditions almost perfect, however we did hit a couple of rocks on the outside loop.
      (Greg Hoelscher)
    • Jan 16 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After about 3 inches of new snow, most of the trails were packed and tracked on Monday night. The ridge run, corkscrew, and alternative trail are planned to be finished on Tuesday. Conditions are looking good!
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 15 - Coon Lake Trail (Frederic): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Finally got another 2+ inches of dry snow on Sunday. Rolled and combed the trail east of Coon Lake. No tracks yet, need a couple more inches. Skate deck is flattening out nicely. 97% good base and coverage. Two spots with a little lakeshore grass peeking out.
      (William Johnson)
    • Jan 15 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      4 PM 3" of new powder but trails have not been rolled/groomed. Skating was still no problem unless you got into wind-swept drifts on the side in open areas. No classic tracks set but classic skiers have made tracks on side. Occasional branches from the windy weather we've had.
      (Jim Kelley)
    • Jan 14 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We skied the outer loop on the east side. There was a track most of the way. The sleet from Friday mixed with the new snow made the tracks fast. Also skied the west side. Found it fantastic, firm skate deck and good solid tracks. Light snow was falling.
      (Karen Possley)
    • Jan 13 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Volunteer groomer, Kevin Myers, reports in that the west side trails have been tracked and look very good at the Beaverbrook Wildlife Area. The maps and signs are up as well...bundle and have fun!
      Photos:  
      (David Martin)
    • Jan 11 - Spooner City Trails (Spooner): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Vicki Larson reports in that the seven kilometers of the College Street Trails were groomed and tracked Thursday after the area received about three inches of new snow. The trails are level and have very good coverage. In addition, the city park ballfield loop was also groomed as there is a kid's race and ski instruction clinic scheduled for this Saturday (weather permitting). The lights are on until 9, bundle up and have fun!
      (David Martin)
    • Jan 11 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Outer Loop, Engagment Loop, Cervenka's Curl, and Cut Across Trail were packed and tracked Thursday night. Conditions are good. The Lighted Trail was also packed and tracked, and conditions are also good there except for a little dirt coming through due to the logging.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 7 - Trade River Trail (Frederic): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied late morning as it warmed up. Skate deck was good considering the limited snowfall so far. Just a few spots with a little grass showing, no dirt or anything that would damage skis. Tracks had been set, appeared to have been used successfully, but were shallow.
      (William Johnson)
    • Jan 7 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Only skied the West system: The classic tracks and the skating deck were solid, and there was enough snow except for snowplowing on the hills. There was a little bit of leaf and needle litter, as expected from the lack of recent snow. These obstacles were easily avoided, but impacted the skating deck more than the tracks. Other skiers said that grooming of the West system was fresher than the East, and the more heavier used East was not in as good condition as the West.
      (Dave Henning)
    • Jan 7 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Good grooming as always. A few rocks, debris, and thin areas with exposed dirt on the outer loop, but easy to avoid. Lots of people out to enjoy the nice weather, always cool to see the swans staying in the open water west of the parking area.
      (Bryan Lueth)
    • Jan 7 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great track and well groomed skate deck. Skied the west side and it was great. The weather was beautiful and toko red worked well, used rex blue glide and it was good.
      (Dick Gladitsch)
      Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Lowes Creek County Park (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      No grooming as of this morning which is unfortunate in light of the proximity to the city and the obvious demand written in the numerous tracks in the snow. Should be good coverage once groomed.
      (Kevin Potter)
    • Jan 15 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The 3" of new snow we received last night has not been groomed. Deep, slow skating. The classic tracks are deep from use and are in good shape. The parking lot was not plowed, either.
      (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
    • Jan 15 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Groomed all trails today for skate and classical after the 3 inches we received yesterday. The skate deck is in great shape and should set up well over night. Good skis should be fine for the majority of the skate course. The only thin spot is the steep section into the parking lot from the south east under the pines (intersection 20 to parking lot - see map for Hoffman Hills). The classic tracks are in good shape for the most part. There are very few sections that present with leaves/dirt and should be easily navigable. Enjoy!
      (Brant Wesolek)
    • Jan 15 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All trails rolled today. Track was set on South Loop. Crew will work on setting track on the rest of the system tomorrow. Skating should get close to fantastic. There is little chance of damage to skis. I skied all trails yesterday and never touched debris, but I did need to avoid a handful of dirt clumps. There are no sections to avoid anymore.
      (Mike Dahlby)
    • Jan 14 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good except for the few stretches of ice. Surprisingly, the frequently ungroomed stretch from Irvington to Downsville was in better shape, the skate deck being wider and smoother with only one classic track. The skate deck from Menomonie to Irvington with classic tracks on both sides was nice corduroy on the east side of the skate deck but the west side the of the skate deck was a little chewed up (by the snowmobile of the groomer? or walkers? (I only saw a few footprints)). Things slowed on my return as as more snow fell. I used previously waxed skis with FastWax Teal LF that I rebrushed with brass, white nylon and horsehair brushes in hopes of getting some glide. Either that and/or the higher temps did in fact improve relative to my Friday ski on softer Eagle Point trail at Lake ELmo.
      Finally, got a warm enough window to ski without freezing my fingers. At approximately 7 degrees it was slow but not terrible. While the ice curtain was the reason for the major stretch of ice, it's still gorgeous scenery.
      Photos:  
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Jan 14 - Coon Fork Park (Augusta): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      The Evergreen and Coon Fork trail systems at Coon Fork County Park have not been groomed this season, but the County has signs indicating the 2018 fees, so they must plan to groom them sometime. There was some logging along the southern stretch of Evergreen with debris on the ski trail. Good snowshoeing on the 3-6" base.
      (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
    • Jan 14 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied the north/south loop. To quote the legend Zimmerman "a little sawdust on the dance floor" today I think sped up the colder snow a bit. Nice little new half K near the Tram loop was to my surprise. Anway, the good was there was very little debris. For whatever reason I was expecting more. Also for this familiar with the logging work being done, the boulders near the 6-7k-ish area actually had plenty of coverage. The only bummer was it had that early season waves throughout the entire trail, making it harder to keep balance, but only Mother Nature can help that cause. This is the only reason actually why I'm suggesting B skis. I've actually broken the back of my ski before on wavy snow. If you only have one set of skis and they're nice, I think you'd be fine. Really don't have to worry about scratching the bases. One more note, watch out for a really big bump on a downhill at the 9K sign.
      Photos:  
      (Brady Zwiefelhofer)
    • Jan 13 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Classic tracks are firm throughout and fast in stretches. No tracks set from the chalet to point #25 along the ridge. No tracks set on any of the hills. No grooming at all from points 120 to 122 on the far east end due to damage on the steep hill from sledders. Skating deck is mostly firm but needs to set up for some speed. Overall very good skiing.
      (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
    • Jan 13 - Irvine Park (Chippewa Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      This non-expert classic skier changed it up today for a stride through the park. Track was set after the recent snowfall. It wasn't very deep in all places. Was actually fairly quick for the cold temps, and I have fish scales so I don't think the best conditions to try and get kick from those. Very skiable. However if you have multiple pairs of skis, there are about 3-4 spots with a bunch of debris on the tracks. B's might be ok but stretches you'd need to jump out of the tracks to avoid any damage.
      (Brady Zwiefelhofer)
    • Jan 13 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skate deck has firmed up and has good coverage over the entire trail system. Classic tracks haven't been set yet on some of the trails that usually have them and require some care when they have been. Some leaf and stick debris in tracks and areas with grass or dirt poking up, particularly on the "I" Loop. Occasional glazed spots in the tracks but not icy enough to prevent kick.
      (Alex Popp)
    • Jan 13 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rolled yesterday and groomed this morning. Groomed all except roller coaster with at least one pass, about half have two passes, set a track. Good skis if you are careful, and, avoid the first 1/8th mile or so of trails around main parking lot (just not much snow there to work with). A few spots have debris that was churned up especially around erosion control "bumps", easy to avoid. Track has debris in spots and is shallow. Overall should be really decent!
      (David Challe)
    • Jan 13 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Rolled the Red Cedar from Menomonie to about 9 mile mark. Groomed and set track from Menomonie to Downsville. Skate lane looked very good and track varies. We have a lot of ice on the trail this year especially from the ice wall to Irvington but it is passible.
      (Bill Kryshak)
    • Jan 12 - Lake Wissota State Park (Chippewa Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The trails were groomed Friday morning. Most areas are fully covered with snow but there are some brown spots showing under the pines. It is about the best we could do with what we got.
      (Steve Thon)
    • Jan 12 - Brunet Island State Park (Cornell): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Both the Nordic Trail and the candlelight ski loop were rolled today-the first work we've been able to do on them. There still isn't enough snow to set tracks, but they can be skied. Recommend 'B'or rock skis, and be alert for some debris if you go. The Nordic Trail can accomodate both classical skiing and snowshoeing. Pets are not allowed there, but they are allowed on the candlelight loop.
      (Mike Rivers)
    • Jan 12 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All trails rolled last night and dragged today. No track yet, but good coverage and increased flatness thanks to Thursday's snow of about 2.5 inches. Both parking lots plowed.
      (Mike Dahlby)
    • Jan 12 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Grooming of our 3-4" of new snow has been completed on most of the trails as of 2:00 p.m. and the groomer was still working. Only the far east loop was not groomed at all. The skating deck is smooth but a bit soft in places. Wherever the groomer went he set tracks--the first of the season. The track setter in many places went down to the underlying icy snow left over from the meltdown, so the tracks are mostly fast with occasional soft spots. On the lower loop there are many places were the remnants of brush and grass are poking up into the tracks. Overall very good conditions for both classic and skating.
      (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
    • Jan 8 - Brunet Island State Park (Cornell): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Although there has not been enough snow for machine grooming, the trail has been skier tracked and is in fair to good condition. That could change if predicted warmup comes. Somewhat surprisingly, woody and leafy debris was not a factor. I did use my A skis without problems. The shorter southern loop was cordoned off with yellow tape, although it appeared there had been some skiers on it.
      (Dave Henning)
    • Jan 6 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Hard packed skating deck. Has not been groomed in over a week. Snow is getting thin in places. No classic tracks.
      (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
    • Jan 6 - Lowes Creek County Park (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      The base is thin with tufts of grass and dirt. People are skiing here though and much of the trail has good coverage.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Schwartz)
      Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Newman Springs Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Loops A and E were groomed and tracked today. Trails were groomed for classic skiing only. Loop B is maintained for snowshoeing and will not be groomed/tracked. Due to the wetland crossings on C and D neither trail will be groomed until there is sufficient snow. Base on the trails is 4-5" and conditions are good.
      Photos:  
      (Brady Howe, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 14 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro): 
      Firsthand Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Mostly excellent conditions except under the hemlocks on a few trails; not able to set tracks in several short stretches of trail where the snow cover is still thin. (As the trail groomer) I'll be out of town a couple of days and won't be around to groom again until Wednesday. Trails will be closed on Friday as we prepare for the Hinderbinder Race on Saturday. You can still register for the 12k or 24 k race on Saturday morning!
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 13 - Rib Lake Ski Trails (Rib Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Gorgeous day. I skied the southernmost trails. Tracks were fast and firm. Lots of branches hanging over the trail.
      (Karen Possley)
    • Jan 12 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      I was so lucky to be there just as the groomer was done with some trails. He added on everything I skied on and by. Great bluebird day.
      Photos:  
      (Karen Possley)
    • Jan 12 - Wintergreen Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      We received 3" of new snow at Wintergreen from yesterday's storm. With the new snow all trails were groomed and tracked. Loops A, B, C and Shortcut are all groomed wide enough for skate skiing. There is a little ice poking through on C Loop by the beaver ponds where the trail gets a little narrow, and one thin spot on B Loop shortly after the second intersection with A. Otherwise things are looking fantastic. Base on the trails are 2-4" and base in the woods is 7-8." Monday, January 15 is a Fee Free Day at USFS Day Use facilities, such as ski trails, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
      Photos:  
      (Brady Howe, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 12 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      We received about 5" snow on Thursday; wet and heavy stuff that packs well. I rolled the trails last night and am grooming trails today. It is just what we needed to go from "fair" to "very good" conditions. Lots of low-hanging tree branches and brush leaning over/into the trail edges so you have to be ready to duck under or dodge around them until they spring back up. It makes for challenging grooming on the Sherpa! I expect we'll have very good conditions for the Hinderbinder race on January 20.
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 7 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Finally some warmer temps and great glide on the skate skis! I used my good (my only) skate skis and was able to avoid small bits of leaf debris and dirt in areas where the snow cover is still thin. Classic tracks are okay but need more snow and another grooming to be considered something better than "fair to good".
      (Scott Everson)
      Other locations
    • Jan 15 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Dave and Rita had the grooming gear rolling when I arrived. Classic track was being cut full depth due to more than the predicted snowfall. I ran an A set of classic skins on the deck mostly. Newly cut classic track is fragile, especially after dry snow like we got Sunday. It takes some time for track to set up. Plus, the full depth cut was occasionally exposing material beneath in enough places to not run A skis in track. Having said that, there was a short stretch of track that was firm enough and clean. It ran fast. The trip was the Purple, the Green through the campground, up the hill on the Yellow and across the road to the Brown. It sure was slow on the deck on a fast set of skis. I skied track on the Brown through the group camp up to the high point. Skiing down the series of hills the Brown offers cooled off any overheating concerns. Out of track I almost flew the S turn. At the double drop I carried the third little roller also. Overall, I would say the Brown ran about medium speed on the deck. Classic track skiers, stick with the B set. If you are solid on your out of track skills, you could run the A set. Be careful on road crossings. Skaters can run the A set and you might have to dodge organic stuff like pine cones and needles. With the wind, drifting is filling in groomed work.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 14 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The trails are looking very good considering we haven't had much snow. Huge thanks to the hardworking (volunteer!) grooming crew! As a classic skier, I'm looking forward to tracks as right now there are none, but I skied from the 200 loop to the falls and back and had a great time. Probably saw a couple dozen other skiers out there. SKOL Vikings!
      (David Ritter)
    • Jan 14 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      It was late night rolling on a few trails so there is something skiable Monday morning. There is something for everyone; Brown, Blue, Green, and Purple main and River stems. The short Yellow link from the 300 camp entry road to near the group camp is in also, which gives a loop option. There is no track set. I found two inches to perhaps three plus of base using the sharp stick test as I made random stops. Those tests were on packed base that was rolled any time from minutes earlier to a couple of hours ago. Snow was still falling at 11:00pm. I doubt that a full depth track will be possibe. Some areas may be skipped altogether. The trick will be to get the machine to cut a consistant partial depth track on uneven trail. If we level the trail, we scalp it down to dirt or worse. Two of us will be out to continue the work on Monday morning. The trails seemed to be flattening out somewhat with the new snow and skier traffic. Lots of skiers out today including this reporter.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 13 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Brrrski! It was a short trip on the classic rock skis from the boat launch to the Blue return and back. The base is firm enough that skied in track will not occur in any useful depth. Skaters have it great today. The base is lumpy, which is typical of early packing runs. The base is not deep enough to put teeth to it via drag or Ginzu in order to level and flatten the trail. I took the no wax rock skis today. The B set would be fine. I saw a mix of dirt/sand and snow as I skied down the Blue hill out of the campground. Glide varied a lot. Sheltered areas had the best glide. Looking ahead, I am speculating that a shallow track can be set selectively if we get the upper amount of the predicted snowfall on Sunday. For example, the base on the Blue hill out of the 300 camp will still be too shallow for track, as will the flats below until the trail turns away from the lake bed. The campground loop could be double tracked but not full depth. Again, trail width has increased, so it will take the grooming team longer to complete their work after the next snowfall.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 12 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Awesome snow cover for 4th ski of season. I was the Second person to Skate the inner loop of Prairie at 4:30. Decently rolled. Relatively slow compared to early weeks, so a wax is very much suggested. No classic tracks set yet. Goggles help to keep face warm, and fingers begin to warm up after about 20min.
      Get on out! It's not too cold.
      (Catherine Olson)
    • Jan 12 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      All the ski trails have been rolled as of noonish today. I cut the treetop off the Orange trail today so that trail is full width. Trail conditions vary widely. Check it before you commit to that big down hill. The Yellow hills are messy. Best conditions on the south side would be the Green in the woods, Purple, and Blue. Worst is the ice on the Orange on the south facing prairie. Our other groomer Jeff rolled the Silver so I have not seen it. He also rolled the north side training loop.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 11 - Marshfield School Forest (Marshfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      We lost some snow from the rain Thursday but it was replaced with new denser snow in the afternoon. Trail conditions are very similar to last weekend. All skate lanes will be groomed Friday afternoon and are in good condition with a few twigs and rock showing. We only have about 2" of base so we are not able to set any more classic track. The tracks that were set last week have filled with new snow and are in fair to good condition.
      (Randy Lueth)
    • Jan 11 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Heads up on the big hills on the Yellow. These hills can ski quite fast but lack enough snow coverage to fill in the bumps and washouts. In my opinion, walk them. I rolled the trails south of the river tonignt which inclded the Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, and Brown. Time got late so the Brown hill got only one pass. The morning groomer has that message. Everything else got multiple passes. It was a learning experience so you will see some blunders along the 200 camp on the mentioned Yellow trail. The snow packed a base as deep as two inches, to almost nothing. The Orange on the prairie has splotches of ice and a 1/4 inch base. Wooded trails were much better. These depths were determined via the sharp stick poke test. Start on the rock skis and choose if you go to the B set. No classic track will be set. Trails are rolled wide where possible. Hundreds of volunteer hours have gone into trailside brush removal over the past year. We did not get it all, but enough to improve the skiing experience in some areas. Lets see how it works. There is a down tree on the Orange in plain sight. People had been out classic skiing before the rolling so there is no need to wait. Be aware that the Silver Trail (two way) on the north side carries a black diamond difficulty level in the middle section hills. Its easy going rollers for a mile or so below the Falls.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 8 - Big Rock Creek Farm (Saint Croix Falls): 
      Secondhand Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Property was sold and trails are closed until further notice.
      (Aaron Voreis)
    • Jan 7 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Skied Green and Blue Trails today down to falls for a few laps. Trails are good in some areas and poor in others. Definitely do not bring any skis you don't want scratched up. Twigs, leaves, pine debris are quite common on all trails but overall the conditions are as good as can be expected with the small amount of snow. It would be better if the people hiking and walking their dogs could read and follow the signs saying "Skiers only" as there wasn't a single stretch I encountered without boot marks all over the place. Theres barely enough snow to ski on as it is and I saw many deep heel marks exposing the ground on the trail.
      (Ben Harris)

 

Wisconsin Northeast


      Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 8 - North Lakeland Discovery Center (Manitowish Waters): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      There seems to be a little more snow the further north you go. These classical trails provide a very casual easy ski. The scenery along the river is spectacular. Trail conditions were fair to good except where the trail is shared with the snowshoe track. There the track was completely wiped out by the snowshoes which made it difficult for skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Jim Gantz)
      Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Happy to report, the snow is in Conover! This trail system, which has nearly infinite potential, is throroughly covered in fluffy powder, 8 inches worth, with a hard base. Bring your best wax job, and get ready to marathon, on these gentle, but technical, loops. Heated, flush toilets, and proximity to US 45, are both additional incentives.
      (Bob Nussbaum)
    • Jan 16 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Perfect day of skiing. Pete groomed for three hours this morning but at least an inch of snow fell as the day progressed. Plenty of snow here, great grooming, could not ask for more. No debris, solid deck and deep set tracks for classic.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Woelfl)
    • Jan 16 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All loops today have been tracked and groomed. With the exception of only a couple thinner spots, the trails are in great condition. The base is almost level now. The lower spots are filling in nicely for an even surface. With a few more inches of snow, the trails will be in excellent condition.
      (Joe Kraetke)
    • Jan 16 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Tracked all loops this morning. All loops in good condition thanks to the new snowfall! Happy skiing!
      (Brock Davis)
    • Jan 15 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All loops have been tracked. Groomed later right after the snow with the tracks setting up overnight. Good conditions.
      (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 15 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All major trails open, one short connector trail was not. Otherwise, beautiful conditions on this extensive trail system with snow falling most of the day and sun often shining through the cloud deck. Pisten Bully groomed, tracks laid throughout system. Great place for family outings, not only does it have a great tubing hill with tow rope, MWP has the best food and drinks of any xc ski area in Wisconsin. Plus a nice fireplace and comfy cushioned chairs. Oh, and a full service ski shop.
      (Mark Plane)
    • Jan 15 - Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      As of this morning the trail got approximately an inch of snow. A portion of the tracks especially on the North loop were icy as of Sunday. Once the new snow is skied into the tracks they should improve.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Jan 15 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Just groomed this evening - Excited because I could set tracks for the first time! Double set of tracks on most sections along with a skate lane. Fresh, wonderful, soft powder. Tracks deep and should set up firm. Come and ski!
      (Joe Panci)
    • Jan 15 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Received a few inches of new snow this morning and afternoon. The tracks were reset this afternoon and should firm up nicely overnight. Get out there before the deer mess them up.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Jan 15 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent 2" new snow. All skate lanes groomed Monday morning. About half the classic track was reset. Deep set classic exist. Smooth, level, even and firm skate lanes. Mid season conditions. Trails have been groomed 19 times this season. Fat Bike Trails groomed also.
      Grooming plans: All skate lanes and all classic tracks will be reset and groomed Tuesday morning.
      Photos:  
      (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
    • Jan 15 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After receiving a paltry 1 inch on Monday morning we cleaned up the skate deck, but didn't touch the classic tracks. We want the new snow to be skied over, so as to cover some ice that was making up the tracks in spots.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Jan 15 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed a bit more than one inch of new, dry snow. Skate lane may be a bit soft. Classic tracks shaped up well. Several snow laden, low hanging branches were trimmed back but there are a few remaining. Great conditions, overall.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
    • Jan 15 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Good conditions. I was able to cut with knives and mix old and new snow for a less bumpy trail. Very scenic following rain then snow. 12 inches of snow in the woods with some light snow falling now so conditions should move to very good soon.
      (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 14 - Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The Cassian Trail was near perfect this afternoon. I skied the northern two thirds of the trail (six of its nine miles length) from the North End Parking Lot down to Timber Lake Road and then back. This stretch has been very lightly skied (myself and one other skier--no other tracks). The tracks were virtually fresh but had a very slight hoar frost cover which made them very slightly icy crisp and fast. My skies both kicked well and had good glide. There were several (3 or four) places in the entire length of six miles where the track setter had bit down to dirt or (possibly) a rock. Avoid these and you can easily use your very best skis. This is only moderately rolling and generally easy trail and is very pleasant to ski. Enjoy it. I say three other skiers on the south end of this segment between Timber Lake Road and the Sheep Ranch Road road crossing.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Nienstaedt)
    • Jan 14 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Went out with the Alpine again today and finished all skate and classic loops. Here and there you'll find a bit of stubble, but not much. Good skis are safe. Tracks and skate deck are both in very good shape. Will continue to groom this old-fashioned way until our big groomer is fixed. Hopefully by the weekend.
      (Will Maines)
    • Jan 14 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Pete regroomed the skate deck Saturday evening and it was just about perfect. The classic tracks are solid and set with the cold weather. As always Afterglow is a winter paradise. I also biked all the fat bike trails and they are well set and a blast to ride.
      (Daniel O'Loughlin)
    • Jan 13 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Our main groomer is still down, but we got Plan B going this afternoon. Put a 68-year-old ancient groomer driver, a 30-year-old Ski-Doo Alpine and a 30--year-old beat up Tidd Tech together and the result is some pretty good conditions. Short Cut, Doug's Folly, Pine Hollow and Hair Raiser are groomed and tracked on the classic side with mostly very good tracks. Ridge Trail, Will's Crossing, Roller Coaster and Mary's Frolic are groomed on the skate side and are very good also. Grooming plan: Will see if these old bones can stand another four hours on the Alpine tomorrow to finish both classic and skate loops.
      (Will Maines)
    • Jan 13 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Once again beautifully groomed trails at Afterglow! The best grooming we've had this year. Tracks well set for classic. Snow depth was great. Great coverage for skating. Also went out on fat bike trails this lafternoon. Trails were well packed!
      Photos:  
      (Becky Halvorson)
    • Jan 13 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Had a fabulous sunny afternoon on the well groomed multi-use trails. From ski, to snowshoeing, skijoring to fat biking, it was all amazing. The fat biking was super fun! All trails doable for all levels. The 0° temp was not an issue. Chalet is very welcoming.
      Photos:  
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 13 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good conditions. Slick on the downhills, plenty of grip with a universal klister base covered with v30. There are few churned up dirt spots in the slow zones (flats and up hills) that can easily be avoided. Washburn never disappoints, hats of to the trail builders and groomers.
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Jan 13 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Good Morning Nordic Skiers, George C Jr Here with the grooming report. Trail was groomed Friday evening and is super firm this morning. Tracks are not set yet so don't worry about running them over. Skiing is in great condition. There is very little tree trash on the trail, and with the last snowfall staring to flatten out. Have fun out there. The lights are on at 4:45 so put some money in the donation box and the friends of schlock lake will do the rest. Enjoy Winter.
      Photos:  
      (George Callos Jr)
    • Jan 12 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      There was 5 inches of snow on Thursday. Conditions are excellent. Trails like Maria were rolled early and a little soft. The others are great.
      (Pam Sprecher)
    • Jan 12 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The grooming is pristine. Pete's meticulous work makes these trails among Wisconsin's best. Be sure to do the Phelps Trail. You will not regret it.
      (Andy Heidt)
    • Jan 12 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Three inches of snow fell here yesterday. The tracks were reset this afternoon. With the cold temperatures the tracks will be solid, and will allow for some fine skiing conditions.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Jan 12 - Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We received 3 inches of snow yesterday. The tracks were reset this afternoon. With the cold temperatures, the tracks will be solid, and primed for good skiing conditions.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Jan 12 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent! 5+" new snow. Snow started falling very wet and then 2-3" cold powder on top. Lots of water seeped to bottom to create a very solid base. Corduroy skate lane was smooth, flat and bump free throughout. Classic track was also firm and smooth throughout. Cold snow and temps +1F made glide slow, but kick faultless. Two poles plants went through to base on #5 out of 1000+, that is superb. All hills, both climbs and drops are now fear-free because of solid snowdeck. Thanks to the groomer!... and the snow gods.
      (Abbott Wright)
    • Jan 12 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We picked up close to 6" of snow yesterday and groomed all the ski, snowshoe and fat bike trails today. Everything should be in great shape for the weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Jan 12 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The Moccasin Ski Trail was groomed and tracked on Friday and is in good skiing condition.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
    • Jan 12 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The 4-5 inches of new snow Thursday night were good for the trails. We skied today and everything was ship-shape. The groomers spent the night accomplishing as much as they could, with all trails rolled for skate and they are in the process of setting track for classic. Some of the outlying trails (Lake Marie) could stand another pass for skating, but that is their plan. You can safely ski your first string skis here, and things should be complete by Saturday.
      (Mike Jamison)
    • Jan 12 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fabulous conditions for both skate and classical. Tracks are full and firm with just a bit of granular ice mixed in to the base for super glide. Green kicker was the ticket at 5 °F. Skate lane was crisp corduroy. Saw one skate skier enjoying the day and by the look of his tracks the surface was quite firm.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
    • Jan 12 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Bad news. Our groomer breakdown has proven to be much more serious than we thought. After work was done on it we thought we were good to go, but this afternoon as I went to take it out I didn't get away from the building before it blew something big--not sure what just yet. Our backup is a 1986 Ski-Doo single ski machine, and once I get a new battery for it tomorrow morning I hope to be out and grooming shortly thereafter. Crossing my fingers something doesn't go wrong with it. Very sorry we can't have things groomed with all the new snow we got Thursday, but we are trying our best to get things going tomorrow morning.
      (Will Maines)
    • Jan 12 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      It was a great crisp morning at 2 degrees in the 7:30 am rise of the sun. We had a little bit of rain that turned to snow yesterday but the trail tracked perfectly. All loops are tracked. No bare ground and good snow coverage. With the cool temps this weekend we should stay in good shape.
      (Beth Feind)
    • Jan 12 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Good for skate skiing 3-4" base still not enough to set track in some sections. Dave set a good skate deck that should be ready for fast skiing.
      (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 12 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Good condition with 4" base all groomed and tracked with some debris due to freezing rain on Thursday but got most of it picked up. Enjoy!! and stay warm...
      Photos:  
      (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 12 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All loops have been tracked. Only felt the groomer hitting ground once on the hemlock hill on the Red loop. Overall good conditions.
      (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 12 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Overall, with the recent snow, the trails are in good condition. There are a few spot where the trail is still a little thin in the heavy pine areas. All loops have been tracked and groomed. The trails might be a little soft yet from yesterdays warm temps. There was a lot of moisture in the snow. Should tighten up very nicely for the weekend.
      (Joe Kraetke)
    • Jan 12 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      We received about 2-3 inches that was groomed this morning. The deck looks good with no bare spots. The classic tracks were reset and there are a half dozen areas with dirt showing. Otherwise, would have rated trails for good skis. Beautiful morning to be in the woods with the new snow.
      (Brian Hegge)
    • Jan 12 - Northwood Golf Course (Rhinelander): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Northwood Trail was in excellent, freshly groomed condition this morning under sunny skis. The trail received 3-4 inches of fresh snow over Wednesday/Thursday night and was freshly groomed late yesterday afternoon. Classic tracks were perfect this morning and the freshly rilled skate deck was flat, fresh, and ready for your best skis. Enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Mark Nienstaedt)
    • Jan 12 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent 5" new snow. All trails have been groomed twice -- Once Thursday night, once Friday morning. Deep set classic exist. Smooth, level, even and firm skate lanes. Mid season conditions. Trails have been groomed 17 times this season. Fat Bike Trails groomed also.
      Photos:  
      (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
    • Jan 9 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Great skiing, solid base, plenty of snow, definitely the place to come if you are chasing snow in Wisconsin!
      (Bob Woelfl)
    • Jan 9 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I skied the Red and Blue loops in the early afternoon. The tracks have had heavy use and the downhills have been matted down pretty good so it is a fast trip down. There is not enough snow to level out the trail very well so it's also a wild ride down. Overall, I would classify trail conditions as fair.
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 8 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied each day this weekend and Monday at Winter Park. Skated Base Loop, Nose Dive, Yukon, and out to Lake Marie and back via Beaver Pond on Monday... classical skied out to Nekoosa and Wolf Tracks on Sunday... a bit of each on Saturday on many of the trails. They were all in good shape, well-groomed and fun with only occasional thin spots. River Run was reported to be a bit thinner than the rest. Always a great time at this wonderful trail system!
      (Dave Carlson)
    • Jan 8 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      There has been recent logging starting just beyond the parking lot up to where the blue and green trails depart the red trail. There was no recent logging beyond that point. This trail always delivers on excitement. There are lots of ups and downs. Trail conditions were good overall. Temperature at the start was around 27 which was much warmer that's a few days earlier. If you like exciting classical skiing, this is the trail for you. At 14k for the red loop, this is a nice long loop.
      Photos:  
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 8 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All trails combed and a track set. Trails are in good condition with pine needle and leaf debris visible. Get out and enjoy the weather!
      (Don Merten)
    • Jan 8 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All loops have been tracked and/or groomed. The skater's loop and classic loops do have a fair amount of thin spots with some dirt/rocks peaking through. Most of the trails are in fair to good condition. Overall the trails are in fair to good condition.
      Photos:  
      (Joe Kraetke)
    • Jan 7 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The harsh cold has been good to freeze down the existing base. With 1 inch of new snow Sunday morning I skate skied the 10k. Exceeded my expectation, keep up the good grooming techniques. WinMan, was a win-win! Classical tracks were covered with fresh snow blown into them, the should turn out great likewise.
      Photos:  
      (Dane Parker)
    • Jan 7 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Despite the bitter cold temperatures, we had a great time skiing the trails this weekend. Great snow coverage and grooming!
      (Maggie Kailhofer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 7 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skate conditions were good one the red loop out to the shelter. However, skate conditions on the red loop beyond the shelter were marginal at best. The deck was uneven and a bit soft. More snow is needed to improve skate conditions. Classical conditions were a little better although tracks were generally shallow so more snow is needed overall. The tracks from the shelter to the parking lot had a lot of debris. Again, more snow is needed to improve coditions.
      Photos:  
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 7 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Very good conditions. All classic tracks reset for the 4th time. All skate lanes groomed. Trails have been groomed 15 times this season.
      Photos:  
      (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
    • Jan 7 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skate lane was smoothed and freshly combed at noon today. Classic tracks are solid and fast so they did not get reset. Some occasional patches of leaf and pine needle debris but, overall, very good conditions.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
    • Jan 6 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      River Run is one of the best trails around. I skated it today. Snow was a little sparse along the river but other than that conditions were very good. Glide was reasonable considering the colder temps. At least contrail is very good at those cold temps. I also classic skied the Wilderness Pine Trail which was very nice. Again, control was better then it might have been at warmer temps. MWP just done an outstanding job of grooming. Kudos to the groomers!
      Photos:  
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 6 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Conditions were on the slow side today from the cold temperatures, but the trails are in good shape. I skied all the trails and only noticed three rocks poking through. All are easily avoidable. One more good snowfall would help even out the skate deck, but in general it's firm and evenly covered.
      (Oliver Pentinmaki)
      Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Observation 

      Got to 9 mile at about 10 minutes after nine. Chalet locked and the trail closed sign was in the window.
      (John Westberg)
    • Jan 15 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Nine Mile will be open beginning Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. Trails have been packed and tracks have been set on the lighted loop. Skate lanes open for much of the course. Some debris (mostly pine needles) are in the tracks so proceed with caution.
      (Andrew Sims, Marathon County Parks)
    • Jan 13 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand Secondhand Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skied the blue and green loops. Both were in very good condition considering the small amount of snow. No problems with using B skis. Worth the drive up from the Milwaukee area. Be aware - I think they have high school races on Sunday, Jan 14, starting late morning.
      (Ross Lemke)
    • Jan 13 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Overall - rough going. Not groomed. Someone drove a truck on the trail and created deep ruts, making some of the trails treacherous. Several trails were smooth and even, making part of the experience delightful. Warming house is great.
      (Bill Sotis)
    • Jan 13 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I was amazed at how great the trails were considering how warm it was this week. They had enough new snow following the thaw that it was really nice skiing. Phil and his crew of helpers were out today shoveling snow on any thin spots and blowing all the tree debris off the trail. I wouldn't use your best skis but 'B' skis should be fine.
      (Paul Weber)
    • Jan 12 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Pleasant surprise skiing at Iola today. Trail base held up well after light rain most of Thursday, followed by light snow, maybe an inch. Trail was well covered and a little icy between layers but only when strong push off. Used b-skis no problem. Freestyle skied green, blue and black, old tracks still apparent on green and blue trails. All trails were being dragged/corduroy when I left.
      Photos:  
      (Mike Mcgibbon)
    • Jan 8 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Early December conditions. 8-10" of loose snow in woods. Trail is well packed. Tracks are a little shallow and there is a fair amount of debris in sections but there are few, if any, bare spots. Considering the lack of snow it is quite skiable.
      Photos:  
      (George Cleveland)
    • Jan 7 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All trails open and packed/snowmobile ginzu groomed with tracks set on green and blue one week ago. 1" of new fluff Saturday eve skied in all day Sunday, full parking lot, youth program had 40+ skiers. Tracks holding up and skating has been progressively getting faster the last number of days. Watching weather for coming week, yet hoping for more snow, we have made the best of shallow base, conditions almost look like midwinter, a real credit to the ski grooming and members who help prep ski trails this fall!
      Photos:  
      (Mike Mcgibbon)
    • Jan 7 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Had an inch of snow overnight and trails were rolled. Still thin, a bit of dirt showing in a few spots, and Red Pine Run and Teddy Bear are not open. Only the 0.7k man-made snow loop has been tracked but there are skiers training on it.
      (Mindy Borchardt)
      Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Classic skied The Oaks and the Lighted Trail. Full coverage, shallow set tracks cut on top of a solid base with the 3-4 inches of dry snow we received yesterday. Some washout on the turns, but the groomers have done a terrific job of maximizing our skiing with the minimal snows (so far!) this season. Just beautiful in the woods. Carpe Skiem.
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 16 - Neshota Park (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      My first lap of the advanced loop started around noon and the skate lane had not yet been groomed today. By the time I finished the trail was groomed so I went around again. Fluffy snow. Not perfect but pretty darn good.
      Photos:  
      (Ken Braband)
    • Jan 16 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      12 inches of lake effect fluff yesterday and last night. The Ridges Trail (7.5 miles) groomed for traditional skiing is in very good condition. The Red Pine Trail (3.5 miles) is groomed for skate and traditional skiing and is being packed and groomed now. Expect somewhat soft conditions until it sets up.
      Photos:  
      (Guy Willman)
    • Jan 16 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Fresh snow yesterday. Volunteer groomer is out packing and setting tracks on all trails. About 3 inches of new snow on old base. Trails open to classic and skate skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Tim Ewing)
    • Jan 15 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Ski trails remain partially covered. 1.5" new snow. If it continues to snow, will send new report. The Fat Tire bike trail is open.
      (Greg Hollub)
    • Jan 14 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Fast and furious skating in 6 degree temps! Super fun skating The Oaks Trail which is normally reserved for the striders. Thinly groomed snow over an atomic ice base. No classic tracks on the entire system. Hopefully snow tonight! (There was a large snow bike event taking place earlier today -- great to everyone embracing a WI Winter!). Carpe Skiem!
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 12 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      Trails are open, however after the warm temps and rain that are a bit thin. 1/2" of snow on top of frozen / ice base underneath. No tracks, except for previous users. Use your old skis, not your best skis.
      (Tim Ewing)
    • Jan 8 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Skate skiing is open, with caution for gravel. Fat Tire trail just opened from drifting. All biking open on north and south sides of motel. No classic trails.
      (Greg Hollub)
    • Jan 7 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Many happy faces today! Great skating throughout the park, classic tracks holding up in where double tracked. Great pole plant, fast and flat conditions in 25 degrees. The parking lot had the most cars and trucks in it I have ever seen! Great to see people enjoying winter. Carpe Skiem.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 7 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fantastic conditions today with a trace of new snow groomed into the base with perfection! Definitely worth the drive up from Milwaukee.
      (John Peterson)
    • Jan 7 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      Snow cover is good in areas, gravel in intersections, light snow falling. All trails will be open. Trails will be rolled if snow accumulation is adequate. No classic tracks. Fat tire trails open.
      (Greg Hollub)
    • Jan 6 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I was out this morning, all three loops were open, but some bare areas and lots of pine needles/tree debris on the trail. I did hit some gravel once or twice and I moved off the groomed trail from time to time. The east side was in better shape then the west side. It was a decent trip, but I'm planning on heading further north tomorrow.
      (Justin Meyer)
      Door County area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      WOW! For those who don't live in Northern Door County, we had an amazing snowfall with lake effect squalls. Overnight Sunday, Whitefish Dunes got about 10" of light, dry snow with another 2" Monday night. Icy base, but was able to pack it with the roller Monday afternoon, and put down deep tracks on all the trails on Tuesday, including the green trail through the old growth hemlocks. The trails are pristine and, and the low sun on the snow covered conifers is heavenly. Come out this week to enjoy it.
      Photos:  
      (John Swanson)
    • Jan 8 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail conditions - fair to good, excellent in some areas. 2" of new snow was groomed today, and with the help of considerable shoveling, most thin areas have been fortified making for many areas that have full depth tracks with occasional thin spots in the usual areas like the first kilometer heading out on the Red trail from the Nature Center. We continue to be plagued by hikers, snowshoers, and dogs. So skiers are encouraged to politely inform non-skiers you encounter that groomed ski trails are for skiers only and that winter hiking and snowshoe trails are located in other areas of the park.
      Photos:  
      (Rich Dirks)
    • Jan 7 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails had been groomed several days ago but were still in good condition for classic skiing. Most of the 9 miles of trails that we skied had a good track and were able to get a good kick and glide. The only area that was not in good shape was a short section under the thick pines near Clark Lake but still were decent. We were very happy to have made the 2 hour drive from Sheboygan for great classic skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Don Schaning)
      Other locations
    • Jan 16 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Groomers were out today and groomed and tracked the road, Aspen Ridge and the Bid Oak Loop. Conditions are improving with the new snow but it is still bumpy and there is still some vegetation sticking through the snow in spots. Fair to good.
      (Maggie Kailhofer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 12 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      I re-groomed the road and Aspen Ridge trail. The road is flatter and skiable, but still need more snow to cover the 2-ruts. I was able to put a shallow track on the Aspen Ridge. The Big Oak Loop was not groomed, we need more snow to cover the tractor marks on the hills. Conditions are poor to good.
      (Maggie Kailhofer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 12 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Poor conditions with 2-3" base. Grooming plans: Will try to groom next Tuesday this last snowfall should give us the opportunity to groom next week.
      (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 12 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We had a lot of rain and then a couple of inches of new snow. Trails held up fairly well. I re-groomed and set new track on the middle trails. The big loop track is still holding up, all it needs is someone to ski it in. Skate lanes are hard and fast. Conditions are fair to good.
      (Maggie Kailhofer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 7 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Started at the Old 32 parking lot and skied Northeast. Firm but undulating skate deck. Occasional stubble, occasional pole plants that punch through the upper crust. Pretty decent skate conditions, no classic track set.
      (Jim Beno)

 

Wisconsin Southwest


      La Crosse area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skied classic - No track set by groomer, some area was "skied in" ok. Fair conditions at best - but better than having no snow! After the initial grooming there is coverage, but thin in some spots. Skate skiers look like they have been hitting it hard with the snow we have.
      (Jason Melby)
    • Jan 15 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Five inches of very light snow fell Monday. The trails were packed to establish a base and there is a lot of debris, grass, stones, and dirt. It may be better to break your own trail if you try to ski.
      (Steve Beezley)
    • Jan 15 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      We have snow! Very good conditions on the golf course. The trails were also good but I would stay off the road until we get a little more. Still hitting gravel because the snow is powder. Nothing groomed as of 7 am.
      (Ted Skemp)
      Other locations
    • Jan 16 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Levis received a bit more snow, but one could still skate pretty well and have plenty of control on the downhills. Once this new snow is groomed the course should be excellent.
      (Jim Mohr)
    • Jan 15 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Sooo nice to have snow. Levis, as usual, groomed up nice early in the day for both classic and skate. There was maybe an additional 1"+ over the grooming and no one else had been out which made it a little slow but very nice. I did Bad Bear, Mound Bounder, Flat Lander, Trow Trail & back in. On the way back I hit some trail that others had skied on & it was fun and fast. This should set up nice.
      (Jason Melby)
    • Jan 12 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Our area received 1-2 inches of snow yesterday and the ski trails were rolled this morning, although no classical tracks were reset. In spite of that fact I used my skin skis with the diagonal stride and it worked okay. The trail is firm and the coverage is virtually complete with only an occasional section of dirt protruding through the snow. The beautiful sunshine on this 10 degree day helped to give me a very pleasurable experience ---- and it is wonderful having the newly completed chalet available.
      (Jim Mohr)

 

Wisconsin Southeast


      Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Got about 4 inches of light fluffy snow yesterday. Packed and groomed all loops. No track was set due to thin snow coverage. 1 to 2 inch base. Expect debris and a few bare spots. The yellow loop has rock issues on the hills and ridges to be aware of. Overall conditions are poor. Green loop is the best.
      (Reagan Arndt, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 16 - Sheboygan Jaycee Trails (Sheboygan): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Sheboygan Jaycee Trails received approx. 9" of light fluffy snow Monday thru this morning. The initial 6-7" were packed last night system-and wide, with a 2" base measured after grooming. Currently, their are a couple more inches of lighter snow on the top. No set classic track yet. The Sheboygan Parks Dept. will be blowing snow from the road in Evergreen Park onto the adjacent trail. The trails will be re-groomed between this afternoon and Wednesday morning. There are thin spots under heavy Evergreen cover (on the NE corner of Evergreen Park, along the river and in the cathedral (going toward Maywood).
      (Steve Scharrer)
    • Jan 15 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 

      Before the snow, the trails had a light dusting of snow that immediately disappeared under the skis. Tried the black but truly not skiable. However, I wanted to warn anyone heading over there today or tomorrow, the area near the shelter is covered in black ice. It is under the fluffy snow, and extremely dangerous. I went down very hard, and so did two others. It was not pretty. You can't see it, and it's unexpected under an area that is usually gravel and grass. Please use extreme caution near the shelter, it starts just inside the fence from the parking area. Hopefully the trails are going to set up for at least a few weeks of good skiing now!
      (Erin Wichtoski)
    • Jan 8 - Sheboygan Jaycee Trails (Sheboygan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      I skied Trails 8 and 9 this morning. A dusting of new snow on he trails helped. By the end of the morning some of the bare spots were getting larger. It felt like a March ski today. It is hard to say how skiable the trails will be later today but Trail 9 may still be OK. The hill on Trail 8 is thin and bare in spots and it will only get worse as the day goes along.
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Jan 8 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      One very thin spot at top back-end of purple. Other than that, really nice conditions. Skied just about everything between today and yesterday.
      (Linda Adams)
    • Jan 7 - Sheboygan Jaycee Trails (Sheboygan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      The base is still holding on Trails 8 and 9 at Maywood (the trails north of the river). I did a few loops on them today. There are some bare/thin spots but it is pretty much the same as when I skied on Tuesday. More debris on the trail than the other day and a bit more ice on the trail near the river. Overall still worth skate skiing. I attempted to groom a bit on Friday but we have some mechanical problems with the snowmobile. It will be looked at next week.
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Jan 6 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      A beauty of a blue-sky day at Greenbush.The half-inch we received a few days ago was rolled yesterday morning on inner loops and Brown Trail. Base is thin, but hanging in there. Lots of debris in pines. No classic track.
      Photos:  
      (Clark Reinke)
      Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Odana Hills Golf Course (Madison): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      We skied the outer loop this afternoon after having received about 7 inches of light fluffy snow. The track was groomed but not tracked for classic. We strode without any problem.
      (Steve Hoffenberg)
    • Jan 9 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Manmade loop at Elver is saving the season here in Madison. Great turnout for MadNorski races and lessons Tuesday evening. Should survive the warm-up and predicted rain.
      Photos:  
      (Mike Ivey)
    • Jan 7 - Blackhawk Ski Club Trails (Middleton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Blackhawk has an amazing base. They've pushed snow out around the flat area so you even have choices about which loops you ski. I skated on a beautiful hard deck with great edging. I saw a classic skier getting around without apparent issues. Given the base the trails will likely be great through the thaw and into the return of skiing temps this weekend, as long as it gets regroomed.
      (Dave Minden)
      Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Groomer made one pass and also a tracked pass. The light fluffy snow packed down to about 1.5" - skatable for sure but caution to be used as the trail follows the paved cart path. Edges and pole tips will go right to the asphalt. Great job by the park staff to get out there right away! With more snow, it will be much better.
      (David Anderson)
    • Jan 16 - McMiller (Eagle): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Thin skate deck. No classic tracks. Skied green loop. Thanks to groomer for doing best possible job with 3" of snow.
      Photos:  
      (Mike Bilbeau)
    • Jan 16 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Parkside received about 6 inches of light snow. Classical skiing is still available, but your skis will still hit the ground and debris etc. There is no grooming for either skate or classical as there is no snowmobile to pull the Tidd tech. There are no plans in place without funds to provide for insurance, maintaince, storage etc. to make the trail groomed. If anybody wants to be involved now or in the future please see XC Ski Parkside Trail on Facebook.
      (Charlie Shahbazian)
    • Jan 16 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Skied Nordic at noon today and it was rolled. Obviously soft and not great conditions, but there is finally snow and you can ski and get a workout. The flatter loops without many rocks are best. Didn't even try the blue loop with all the rocks on that portion. Bring your crappy skis for sure.
      (Eric Cutshall)
    • Jan 16 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      CLCF Nordic (Formerly Fox Hill Nordic) Groomed this morning, the snow compressed to minimal conditions. The fields are ok, but without much bonding and a base, the woods are poor. B skis.
      (Jerry Gensch)
    • Jan 15 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The manmade snow loops are in primo condition. Skate lanes have a layer of natural snow today. Stride tracks are are little less defined due to the new snow, but provide a more traditional experience on natural snow. Additional manmade snow created on Friday has been spread and groomed, improving the Nordic Playground, the high point at Summerstage Hill, and the up and back on Magic Carpet.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 15 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Best ski conditions of season. 3" new fluffy on the hard 3' base made for good edging with no icy spots. It was ungroomed but the skiers packed it so the glide was very good. 24 degrees made for pleasent skiing. The climb up to the cutoff was open and made wider and the ski down on magic carpet was smooth and fast on the soft fresh snow. More snow was falling as we left.
      (Don Howell)
    • Jan 15 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      CLCF Nordic (Fox Hill ) the field trails were groomed this afternoon with very thin conditions and very poor bonding. We received about three inches of light fluffy snow with very little moisture content.
      (Jerry Gensch)
    • Jan 14 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      What a difference a day makes. Good skiing conditions for skate and stride on the manmade snow loops - but - totally different from Saturday. Most of the trail has a several inch layer of corn snow, with a few spots where it has been scraped off to an icy base. Striding tracks looked good. Many skiers were, once again, taking advantage of the only skiable snow this season in southeast Wisconsin, funded by your donations. Thank You!
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 14 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Parking lot full at 2pm and had to wait. 80% had plenty of sugar tilled from the tiller and provided good edging. Had to be careful at a few bare stops. It was fast and enjoyable. for.
      (Don Howell)
    • Jan 13 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fresh groomed trails under a beautiful blue sky - what more could you ask for? The snowmaking loops have been tilled and groomed for skate and stride. Great conditions. The pics tell the story.
      Photos:  
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 11 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Gritted out 4 miles today on part of the man made. It was super soft in spots, pitted, and dirty. Understandable given the warmth. Only option was do do the magic carpet over and over. The loop is unskiable. Guy at gate said they will be grooming all night but won't be able to make snow till this weekend.
      (Todd Brennan)
    • Jan 9 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Started 10:30am at 32F degrees and skate lanes had nice glide and good edging. The sharp right climb was icy due to the scraping at the turn but not a problem. At 2pm and it was 37F degrees with good skiing and only slight slower in the sunny areas. So much fun I did over 25k.
      The longest loop up to the cutoff and back on the magic carpet is 1.5 k by gps. The lower main loop is 1.0 k.
      (Don Howell)
    • Jan 9 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great conditions on the snowmaking loops this morning. Fresh corduroy, firm and smooth across the whole trail, made for effortless skating. No signs of ice underneath. Double striding track set on Sunday night is still in place - firm, but looking a little glazed. Best skiing is in the morning. Pics are from before the crowd arrived. Very busy when I left at 9:30.
      Photos:  
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 8 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The snowmaking loops were groomed overnight, leaving a firm, smooth corduroy surface that skied very nicely. Two new sets of classic tracks were also set.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 8 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Groomed the fields this morning. They still look to be in good skating condition with a solid base, enough fluff for control, but a few thin spots. Use B skis. Note:The Fox Hill Nordic name will change to CLCF Nordic in the near future. CLCF is Cedar Lakes Conservation Foundation.
      (Jerry Gensch)
    • Jan 7 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The snowmaking loops at the Peak brought out most every skier in southeast Wisconsin and who know how far beyond for great skiing conditions on pretty much the only game in town. The warmer temps softened things up a bit on top and provided great skating conditions. The double tracked striding trails held up well to what was likely the heaviest one day use ever. The wider Trails and clean snow helped enhance the skier experience, from beginner to expert. For the record - solid base with a covering of loose snow, groomed for skate and stride. One small patch of slightly icy conditions.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 6 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Best skiing conditions in two weeks, sunny and no wind. Despite 10F degrees the glide was good and enough loose snow for edging. The climb up to the cutoff was a little icy. There appears to be a 3 foot base on the whole 1.6k manmade loop. Parking lot was about half full at 1pm.
      (Don Howell)
    • Jan 6 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Conditions Saturday were good. Trails will be re-groomed tomorrow morning about 9 a.m. The Fox Hill name will be changed to CLCF Nordic in the near future.
      (Jerry Gensch)
    • Jan 6 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Very nice skiing again today. Met Jerry the groomer on his way out to do his thing. Great times!
      Photos:  
      (David Anderson)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula


      Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 14 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Outstanding day of classical skiing at ABR. Perfectly groomed as usual. Skied mainly the classic only trails. The new Tamarack two track trail gives a good direct route to access Otter Slide and Wolf Tracks. I also did a Ridge Runner which was groomed this week for classic only skiing. If you get a chance do this trail, it is a lot of fun because of its roller coaster terrain. The skating trails appeared to be in excellent shape, but I did not ski any of them.
      Photos:  
      (Ron Fabrizius)
    • Jan 14 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great skiing this weekend at ARB! Trails were immaculately groomed. Tons of snow. Trees were beautifully snow covered. I highly recommend skiing at ABR. Definitely worth a weekend trip from Milwaukee.
      (Michelle Eul)
    • Jan 14 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied the outside loop (Powderhorn and Wolverine trails) plus Cliffhanger yesterday and today on freshly groomed trails and tracks (yes, Wolverine Nordic Trails groomed again this morning). Skijored Wolverine, Cliff and Beginner Loop in the afternoon. Awesome conditions and great ski! Wolverine never disappoints!
      Photos:  
      (Christian Franken)
    • Jan 12 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Pisten Bully out this morning along with the other machines grooming about 10 inches of fresh dry snow. Sun was pushing thru for the afternoon with light lake effect flurries. Striding and skate lanes in excellent condition. Perfect temps at noon, 7 °F.
      Photos:  
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 11 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skiing today was super; We picked up another 5 inches of snow today, and the temps dropped to the teens. We plan to regroom with a full crew in the morning. We are at 91 inches of snowfall for this season, ahead of last year! 75 km are being groomed just about daily. The new Tamarack 2 Track is getting great reviews -- the new 12k double tracked classic trail.
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • Jan 9 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were groomed yesterday and are in excellent condition. Tracks well set and skate lane solid. Night ski tonight at 6pm. Meet at the chalet.
      Photos:  
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 7 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great post SISU ski at Wolverine. What a phenomenal trail system; always skiing here. Awesome snow conditions.
      (John Leaf)
    • Jan 7 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Wonderful conditions at ABR this afternoon. Plenty of snow, the usual excellent grooming, and beautiful weather. It always impresses me how well defined the snow belt is here; 20 miles east of Ashland, and suddenly highway 2 gets snowy, drifts start appearing, and by the time I arrive in Ironwood, the snow is deep and the drifts are big.
      (Len Crowley)
    • Jan 6 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Wow. Just perfect. The ABR and Sisufest crew outdid themselves for the best Sisufest ever. They groomed all the fresh snow to make firm solid tracks and a firm skate deck. With sunshine and frosted trees, and the cheerleaders at the finish line, you couldn't have asked for nicer conditions.
      (Sue Schroeder)
      Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 14 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We ventured out on this bright, sunny and crisp day and decided to do Z trail. It was full of suprises and challenges and the scenery was gorgeous with all the snow on the big pines and Hemlocks. The trail conditions were near perfect.
      (Mary Kramer Rabine)
    • Jan 13 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were in excellent shape. Several inches of lake effect snow overnight with more during the day. Groomers were out early going over the entire system twice.
      (John Gierke)
    • Jan 13 - Big Bay Pathway (Big Bay): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      The Big Bay Pathway was groomed today. Classic tracks have been set on Meditation and Hidden Grin trails. Bear Mountain remains ungroomed at this time.
      (Sven Gonstead)
    • Jan 11 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The great base we had going into this warm-up has held up well. 40 and rain this afternoon but cold temps coming tonight with some fresh snow so we will be out grooming in the morning. Our trails should get back to great shape for the weekend.
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Jan 10 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      It's been in the mid 30s the past 12 hours so the trails were a bit slow. This warm up will hopefully be quick and help pack the trails even more. They groomed and tracked up to 510 and I made it to 19k. The skate lane was very firm and the always problematic hills just after 17k were much smoother than this time last year. Trail is really shaping up for the race in a couple of weeks!
      (Ethan Kennedy)
      Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All of Maasto and Churning was repacked with the roller, then tracks reset this morning. Couldn't get any nicer! Trails are all in top-notch shape. Light snow is falling so you may not see the corduroy if you ski later in the day.
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Jan 16 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      More lake effect snow! Who could ask for anything better! All trails are tilled and tracked. The Multipurpose Loops should be packed and rolled by 2 p.m. Grooming completed at 11:30 a.m.
      (Tom Wright)
    • Jan 14 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails in Maasto and Churning were re-tracked this morning. Excellent conditions continue. Bundle up, and enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Jan 14 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Another gorgeous day in the Keweenaw; all trails tilled and tracked. Come on out for Trails Day at Swedetown with free trail passes all day and free rentals from noon until 5 p.m.!
      (Tom Wright)
    • Jan 13 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent skiing on cold, firm, freshly groomed powdery snow. Trails are in perfect shape. This afternoon we found also that back country skiing also is excellent now, as the recent warm temps followed by cold and snow firmed up the under base but the top is powdery.
      (Sandy Aronson)
    • Jan 13 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      This morning all trails were dragged with the snow we received overnight, then tracks reset. For our phat biking members, doing this will stiffen the surface up very nicely for you. It's above and beyond, excellent conditions out there.
      Photos:  
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Jan 13 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails are freshly tilled and tracked, and the Multipurpose (Dog) Loops are packed and rolled. Not just excellent conditions throughout the system, but beautiful as well, with the magic of snow-covered boughs on the trees. Reminder: tomorrow is Trails Day at Swedetown from noon until 5 PM. Free skiing and free rentals (first-come first-served). Bring a friend, check out new gear and have fun!
      (Tom Wright)
    • Jan 12 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The warm temps and freezing rain we had earlier this week caused no problems for getting our system back to excellent this morning. The snow we rolled in last night and this morning did the trick. Tracks of course were reset throughout Maasto and Churning Rapids. Photos say it all.
      Photos:  
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Jan 9 - Chassell Trail (Chassell): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      It doesn't get much better if you're a fan of old style single track classical skiing. Jim T. and gang have done an outstanding job of grooming and setting the "Best Line Everyday" on a little used trail just south of Houghton. If you get a chance, put this trail on your bucket list. Watch out for the "snow bombs" and the last downhill curve, always a bit tricky, but worth the thrill.
      (Ken Schoville)
    • Jan 9 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      High winds pushed an accumulation of tree snow and debris onto the trails, but all trails have been tilled and tracked. Enjoy a balmy bluebird day on the trails at Swedetown! Grooming completed at 11 a.m.
      (Tom Wright)
    • Jan 8 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      So much snow, such beautiful trails. Excellent conditions, great grooming. Only challenge was winds were strong, blowing snow and twigs from the conifers. Trails in the hardwoods were barely effected. The south end of Greenstone had a tree blow down across the trail. Wish you Yoopers would share your snow with the rest of us, but at least you share your trails.
      (Charlie Dee)
    • Jan 6 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails were great on Saturday. The base is deep, and the trails have been groomed often, so they are flat and smooth, with nice firm tracks. The icing on the cake for Saturday was that it stopped snowing long enough for the sun to come out.
      Photos:  
      (Scott Lindenberg)
    • Jan 6 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We were treated not only perfectly groomed trails but also blue skies, a mild 5F degree day with only a light breeze. Tracks and trail surface both incredible!
      (Sandy Aronson)
    • Jan 6 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Everything was rolled or dragged level, then fresh tracks made early this morning. Of course, everything remains in excellent condition.
      Photos:  
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Jan 6 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Blue bird days have once again returned to the trails at Swedetown! Temperatures, however, still remain in the single digits, so there is only thing to do: ski fast & stay warm! All trails are tilled and tracked, with excellent conditions throughout the system. Grooming completed at 11:30 am.
      (Tom Wright)
      Other locations
    • Jan 16 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      With the few inches of snow in the last couple of days we are approaching mid-winter conditions. Groomed this evening and conditions look like they will be very good to excellent. Tracks are well formed and with temperatures below zero tonight they should firm up nicely. Tomorrow should be a great day to be out.
      (Bob Turnquist)
    • Jan 16 - Rapid River Ski Trail (Rapid River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      With a nice dump of Lake Michigan powder and great grooming by the volunteers, the trail was in excellent condition today. Great tracks on loops A, B, and C. Skating loops S1 and S2 look fantastic. The hills were as smooth as silk. Crew will finish up loop D tomorrow, so the whole system will be groomed and should be in excellent condition. Please feed to donation tube to support quality grooming by volunteers, as Forest Service funding is severely reduced.
      (Ted Schiltz)
    • Jan 13 - Iron River Cross Country Ski Center (Iron River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The George Young Recreation Complex Trails are now open 7 days a week and have expanded to the original 8.8 km system. Good variety of trails. Single track grooming with nice tracks and excellent skate surface today. I skied the whole system and enjoyed being there after an absence of over 10 years.
      Photos:  
      (Dan Hinch)
    • Jan 12 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Leveled trails this morning and groomed this afternoon after 4+ inches of snow yesterday. Nice well formed tracks. After tonight's cold temps the tracks should be hard. Conditions will be very good or better. Thin spots appear to be largely gone. The only visible exception I noted is one spot on the trail leading to the "big hill".
      (Bob Turnquist)
    • Jan 9 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Tracks set last night firmed up nicely with 0 degree temps last night. Skied the West Side trails. Conditions are very good. In a few places the tracks are not perfect and there still a handful of thin spots in the tracks, all just a few inches long so they are easy to avoid. If you are careful it would be fine to use your best skis, otherwise use good but not your best skis.
      (Bob Turnquist)
    • Jan 8 - Ge-Che Trail (Iron River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Entire trail was groomed and tracked on Monday. Snow still thin, with some sticks snowing through.
      (Dustin Johnson)
    • Jan 8 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      With the few inches of snow we have gotten lately and with favorable weather conditions I was able to groom the trails tonight. Since it is difficult to see the results at night, I would rate the conditions as very good. In the areas where the trail is double tracked I was able to see the first pass and the tracks looked great. I will check out the areas that were a little thin tomorrow and report. I think good skis should be fine, but to be safe I specified B skis.
      (Bob Turnquist)

 

Iowa


      Other locations
    • Jan 6 - Pilot Knob State Park (Forest City): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The 1.5 km loop on the lake was groomed this morning for both skate and classic style skiing. Snow was again pulled in from the sides to build up the depth a little more and to help us survive a bit of a warm up this week. The classic tracks were in very good shape. The skate lane was good but there were some small chunks in the old snow that will hopefully come out in the next grooming. With the sun shining and other skiers out, it was a great day to ski the knob!
      Photos:  
      (Jeff Hovinga)

 

Canada


      Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Perfect mid-winter conditions. Cloudy skies gave way to cool temps and sunshine this morning, and after receiving a foot or more of snow on Monday, the entire trail system been Pisten Bully groomed. It's as good as it gets out there.
      Photos:  
      (Dan Horihan)
    • Jan 8 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Beautiful skiing today after another round of fresh snow and warmer temperatures. Fantastic grooming as always, with just a couple trouble spots and/or trail closures due to ice flows in the low spots. Overall conditions are excellent for skate and classic.
      Photos:  
      (Dan Horihan)

 

Illinois


      Other locations
    • Jan 7 - Woodruff Golf Course (Joliet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      X-C ski race held today - acceptable conditions - warmer weather (15F) winds picked up - some sleet fell later in the day.
      Photos:  
      (John Wrycza)
    • Jan 6 - Wildlife Prairie Park (Peoria): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Great conditions for what we are used to in Central Illinois. Classical trails were groomed on the east side of the park where the mountain bike trails are. Many fat bikes have been out there as well.
      (Carrie Kerr)

 

North Dakota


      Fargo area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Lindenwood Park Ski Trails (Fargo): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Trails re-groomed after one inch of wind-blown fine dry snow over the weekend. Open areas blew clear to previous base. Skating lane re-combed with a one to three inch firm packed base. Good edging. Classical tracks re-set with one half to two inch base in the track. Several areas where the tracks cut to grass.
      (Gary Brekke)
    • Jan 13 - Edgewood Golf Course Ski Trail (Fargo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The classic trail was good skiing for the most part. There are areas where the grass is coming through. We need more snow, but it's skiing. Nothing is perfect. Be careful on the trail in the woods. I saw a chunk of bark in the trail too late and it dumped me. Other than that the trail was pretty fast. Waaay better than the conditions at hjemkomst from earlier in the day.
      (Mark Voigtschild)
    • Jan 12 - Lindenwood Park Ski Trails (Fargo): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      One inch of new wind-blown snow on top of the three inches existing snow. Skating lane re-combed with one half inch to two inch packed firm base. Good edging. Classical tracks re-set on all sections. Deep firm tracks with a half inch to two inch base in tracks. A few sections of grass in wind-blown areas or under some trees in the open areas.
      (Gary Brekke)
    • Jan 8 - Edgewood Golf Course Ski Trail (Fargo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      The skate deck is firm, but there are hundreds of small pillows on the trail from the wind event on Saturday. They are pretty firm though, and not more than a few inches deep, so in most places I skied over them rather than breaking through them. They didn't try and grab the skis too badly. There are some areas of the trail with a lot of small sticks and other tree debris from the wind. Also, the deck is wind-exposed down to grass on some of the little hilltops (I know. I'm using the term "hill" loosely. It is Fargo.) Anyway, you can avoid the grass and most of the sticks, so that is why I say it is ok for your best skis. There were some 2-6 inch ridges and step-offs from the groomer on the side-hills and other areas, so we need more snow, but what can I say? It was skiing. I did not ski the southern-most loop toward the course entrance. As a bonus, the horse-drawn sleigh hasn't been out yet to destroy the trail! Yippee. No classic track set that I could see.
      (Greg Haugen)

 

United States


  • Jan 14 - Snow Mountain Ranch (Granby, CO): 
    Grooming 
    [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

    Snowy patterns have returned to the Central Rockies. 14" in the last four days have improved conditions on all trails from very good to excellent. Cord, tracks, blue skies and awesome skiing to be had on over 65K of trails. Challenge yourself with skiing to almost 11K'! It does not get better than the West!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Pierce, Snow Mountain Ranch)

 


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