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Reports: 333  

Minnesota Metro Area


      Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Excellent conditions at Hyland this morning! The snow was very fast. You just need to look out for random sticks, roots, and wild turkeys on the trail.
      (Geir Johansen)
    • Feb 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Saw the positive report yesterday on Hyland and decided to give it a go this morning, and I'm really glad I did. Apparently others got the word too because there were about a dozen cars in the lot at 5:30 a. m. And a big group of LNR youth racers showed up around 6. Track was a little soft and slow in patches but generally quite good and fast in a few shady spots. Classic track was pretty good in most sections and just a little thin and icy in some sunnier parts. Boulder ridge was good, just a little soft at the bottom. With the colder temps coming things should be great for the weekend, especially if we get some snow. Have to say my ski mojo has been a little depressed over the Birkie situation, but the Hyland crew gave it a lift this morning! Thanks!
      (Bill McKinney)
    • Feb 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Silly fast on the 5k loop this early morn! The slight glaze on the trail made my B skis as fast as race skis! Parking lot getting full, lots of folks out enjoying this magical trail that seems to be cooling itself from the bottom up!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Feb 21 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      I attempted to ski the manmade course just before dawn. It may have been the most treacherous conditions I have ever encountered on a groomed trail. The Snirt was frozen rock hard, so hard and icy that edging was impossible. However there is also so much dirt frozen into the ice that it was impossible to glide on the bases at all. I enjoyed the absurdity of it all for about 10 minutes and then went back home. Try again when it is warmer... or better yet go for a roller ski.
      (Zach Handler)
    • Feb 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Manufactured Snow Trails which include Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge are Packed, Tracked, and in GOOD condition for both skate and classic. Natural Snow Trails are CLOSED. Visitor Center is OPEN Monday - Friday 9 AM - 9 PM; and Saturday - Sunday 8 AM - 9 PM. Rentals are available. Trail Lights are on from 5 AM - 10 PM. Grooming is planned to continue overnight as long as possible. The groomers moved snow to some thinner areas last night.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Feb 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Super firm and quite lovely. New classic tracks and firm skate deck. Amazing how nice. Only 3 cars in lot. Boulder ridge is fine and a little debris. Come on out before it gets too warm. Three Rivers pushed snow around to help coverage.
      Photos:  
      (Peter Leugers)
    • Feb 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Pretty darn good, considering yesterday's rain! Thanks to great overnight grooming, minimal to no slush or ice. Boulder Ridge descent is still in good shape and the whole 5K loop is very firm. However, the snow is very dirty and there are patches of tree debris, so I advise B or rock skis.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Feb 20 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      After the continued warm temps and day of rain, we will stop grooming the Hap manmade loop until the weather changes. There is standing water in low areas and dirty snow most everywhere else.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Feb 20 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      After the continued warm temps and day of rain, we will stop grooming the Hap manmade loop until the weather changes. There is standing water in low areas and dirty snow most everywhere else.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Feb 20 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Observation 

      Stopped by as I was driving through to take a pic. Observed very dirty snow with the snow going down fast in the hard rain at 12:45.
      Photos:  
      (Clayton Keim)
    • Feb 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Considering the overnight low was around 50 degrees, the skiing was actually very good. Most of the trail was either small ice pellets or thin layer of slush. The Boulder Ridge downhill was ice; it was navigable but I avoided it after first lap. I stopped skiing when the rain came.
      (Geir Johansen)
    • Feb 20 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied at 7:45. Snow was quite dirty in places, icy in a few, and sticky in others. Not too bad before the Bottineau House, and even better around the donut, but probably my last day skiing until we get more snow.
      Photos:  
      (Andor Langski)
    • Feb 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      There is still man-made snow at Hyland--fast if you go early. On the downhill from Scenic Foothills the snow is melting fast however. The worst spot is the downhill by the race start area. Since it is snow over a rock road, and rocks are starting to come up--I put a few bad gouges in my skis. Your choices are walk that area, use rock skis, or go down the up staircase (my choice). I was feeling pretty good until an elite Birke front row type skier went by me like I was standing still. He was doing a different sport than me. I decided to wait at the Scenic Foothills uphill to see how he would do V1 since my V1 has needed work. He flew by my as I watched and did V2 all the way up like a rocket. I finally concluded it had to be the skis or wax.
      (Scott Engstrom)
    • Feb 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The warm weather has finally beaten down of the previous strong hold of Hyland. The tracks were down to ice in many spots and (while being no expert) I wonder if they can continue to stay open with the continued warmth and possible rain coming today. For the first time ever today I wished I had brought my B skis to Hyland (even though I don't own B skis). Skate deck looked marginally better than tracks (not saying much).
      (Matt Sargent)
    • Feb 20 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 

      What a difference 24 hours can make. Yesterday's good conditions for the JNQ left me with the with some hope that I could get one more ski out of Theo today. It was not to be. Snow is extremely dirty with no glide; not productive skiing. I made it one time up the 'A' climb and called it quits.
      (Erik Hendrickson)
    • Feb 19 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Already soft and turning to mashed potatoes at 9:30 a.m. Thought I would have had a bit more time to get some laps in without slipping through the soft stuff. The skate lane was not very fast, and it was hard not to overdress in the warmth. The classic tracks were soft sided and soft ice base. Still an incredible base.
      (Dean Kleinhans)
    • Feb 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Immaculate grooming at 6:15 this morning as the moon was out and the sun was just beginning to rise. Zero ice, zero slush, zero sugar, and fastest conditions of the week, despite yesterday's 63 degree afternoon high! By 8:15am it was starting to get a bit soft, but still quite enjoyable. Hyland keeps getting better and better -- thanks, groomers!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Feb 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Fun morning ski - I was surprised at the morning temp and figured it may be the last chance to ski before the Birkie. The Trail was what you could expect. It was nicely groomed for what there is to work with. You can see the snow is getting dirty. Some areas were nice small grain particle ice - other areas were much more like marbles. But with the hard pack it made for a fast ski.
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Feb 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      When winter is melting away fast it is hard to believe trails this awesome exist! Snow was fast + fun tonight. Beautiful evening skiing here.
      Photos:  
      (Marie Torkelson)
    • Feb 17 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Some of the best conditions of the year at 7:15 this morning. Fast and firm, but not icy. Just enough skiers before be to break up the corduroy a little.
      (Andor Langski)
    • Feb 17 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The track was pretty good but deteriorating in the sun. The skating was also kind of mushy in the sunny areas. Low 50s when I skied in shorts and a T-shirt.
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Feb 17 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Enjoyed an early morning hour looping a few laps through Wirth. Was groomed over night, mostly new cord. Dirty and icy spots still relatively easy to avoid.
      Photos:  
      (Walter Ebertz)
    • Feb 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Fastest snow of the week. I don't know how it works, but the warmer the afternoon, the faster the morning at Hyland has been this week! Perfect conditions on the 5k loop. The Boulder Ridge descent was in fantastic shape. Any time I can average 2:54 per KM for 20K when the forecast calls for 60 degrees is a good day in my book.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Feb 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Manufactured Snow Trails which include Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge are Packed, Tracked, and in GOOD condition for both skate and classic. Natural Snow Trails are CLOSED. Visitor Center is open Monday - Friday 9 AM - 9 PM and Saturday - Sunday 8 AM - 9 PM. Rentals are available. Trail Lights are on from 5 AM - 10 PM. Grooming is planned to continue overnights as long as possible. Hyland Groomers are amazing!
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Feb 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Nice morning at Hyland for classic. Track is in good shape: a tad icy in spots but nothing to complain about, and starting to get wiped out at a few of the usual short, steeper uphill spots. Skate deck looked a little sugary by about 9:00 AM, but seemed pretty on par with conditions over the last couple of weeks.
      (Brian Anderson)
    • Feb 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Joined the 5:30am club this morning to beat the heat. Trail had been freshly groomed and overall made for a great ski, but even this early the skate deck and the hills were starting to get soft/sugary. Only skied Boulder Ridge a few times, and at the time it was fine, but it will probably get more blown out as the temps rise.
      Photos:  
      (Melissa Berman)
    • Feb 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Hap loop was groomed and tracked overnight. It is firm and in good shape this morning. The upper stadium and Trail 18 are closed today as we prepare for the Mayor's Challenge this weekend.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Feb 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      At 6:30 this morning, the man-made loop was already soft, with deep sugar starting to form as more skiers churned the snow. The Ridge climb will be familiar to anyone who experienced the 2014 Birkie - deep and soft. With temps climbing, think this may have been my last round on the hampster wheel for this season. Thanks, Hyland crew - once again, you've salvaged winter for a lot of us, and we're grateful.
      (Tom Kunau)
    • Feb 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied the full 5K made-snow loop a couple times, then skipped Boulder Ridge for the rest of the loops. There was actually less sugar than many other outings, but a lot of the uphills were crusty ice underneath the sugar, so skis slipped sometimes. Overall, the conditions were very enjoyable. Faster than most of the other times I've been out this year, but the surface was still not icy. It is clear that the base is thin and extremely hard packed after refreezing. My skis slipped on the Boulder Ridge uphill when they pushed through the sugar. The BR downhill was hair-raising, and required many tiny steps. A classic skier with skins was flying up the hills in the tracks. He said they were working great, and reported that the tracks were soft, but present in most places.
      (Dan Boody)
    • Feb 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied the man-made loop. Conditions were firm with many ice patches. The classic tracks were good in some parts but shallow in other areas. On the positive it wasn't very crowded.
      (Mark Bushinski)
    • Feb 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skied from 1 to 3 today, with temperatures starting at 31 and going up to 35. That seems to be the sweet spot for people like me who are wimps on the down-hills. I was a tad hesitant at the start, due to a few icy patches, but gained confidence as it softened up. Sugar and slush on the up-hills didn't bog me down. Glad I went! The only real problem spots were at the top of the small uphill on the south end of catwalk, where you could not avoid going through quite brown snow (though at least it was snow) and the next small up-hill where the snow had been scraped down to ice. Two young men were shoveling snow over another icy area just beyond the loop return junction by the lower stadium, so hopefully they will also do the two spots I just mentioned. Let's cross our fingers that tall the new snow just made for the Mayor's challenge this weekend holds up!
      (Lois Braun)
    • Feb 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The weather is starting to beat down on the man-made track. Definitely seeing some dirt showing through - nothing that you can't avoid necessitating B skis. Enjoy the skiing while we can. Thanks Hyland / Three rivers crew.
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Feb 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Skied at 9:30 AM. Don't like to contradict a previous report but classic tracks were in excellent shape and not icy. I used a mix of Rode Blue skare and Rex violet klister covered with Rex 1814 and it kicked very well.
      (Ralph Schwartz)
    • Feb 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Snowmaking loop holding up pretty well. Some sugar happening at lunch, but mostly hard with enough give to edge. Guns were running and a couple of guys shoveling new snow onto the icy patches. Thanks to them and for Mpls for squeezing out as much skiing has you have.
      (Walter Ebertz)
    • Feb 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Did 3 early morning loops this morning and conditions at Hyland were fast! There was a big crowd out given it was 5:30 in the morning...parking lot was almost full again. Skate deck was firm and fast with loose snow on just a few of the steeper climbs. Classic tracks were shallow and icy but there were a few people giving it a go regardless. Got to see the sun come up this morning which was beautiful. Would encourage anyone looking for some good skiing to get up early and come join the early morning crew...manmade trail is in great shape, it's not very crowded (except in the parking lot), and it's a great way to start your day.
      (Bill McKinney)
    • Feb 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Great trails early this morning. So impressed with the grooming. We are very fortunate to be able to ski at Hyland during these warm days.
      (Mary McGrory-Usset)
    • Feb 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Carbon copy of yesterday morning: firm, fast, fun frolicking with fantastic sunrise! One of the fastest skis of the season, thanks to expert grooming! Just some sugar on uphill Boulder Ridge, but no ice anywhere. Mornings at Hyland are impossible to beat!
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Feb 14 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Most of the man-made loop is open with some dirty/icy spots. The upper stadium and trail 18 will be closing at some point midday today. Twin lakes unfortunately is closed now due to ice.
      (Jonah Parady)
    • Feb 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions at 5am at 31 degrees outside. Nice ribbon of corduroy to ski on. You can tell there isn't much snow on top of the ice - but the folks at Three Rivers have done an great job giving us a playground in this snowless winter. Classic tracks were set - but were shallow and fast. Boulder Ridge is open and no issues.
      Photos:  
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Feb 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      'Ol reliable still kicking. Plenty of deep base, but getting very dirty in a handful of spots. With the traffic and afternoon full sun the track was in rough shape. Deep sugar slush on the ups and an inch or two of slush on the flats. The few spots in the shade were frozen over still and washed out. Plenty good for A skis, but a sloppy afternoon deck.
      (Joel LaFrance)
    • Feb 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Only thing open is the man made loop - unlike the morning skiers - the trail was soft and wet. You could get into some of the shady areas and it was hard and fast but those were few and far between.
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Feb 13 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The classic track was pretty good for the most part except from the chalet to the practice area as there was a school group learning how to ski. The upper donut also got a lot of learning use. Warming fast and breaking down. Skins were working pretty good. Skate lane looked soft.
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Feb 13 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Due to the warm temperatures, ski trails are closed. This park will be closed beginning March 1, 2017 for park improvements.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Feb 13 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Due to the warm temps, the ski trails are closed at Lake Elmo Park. The lights are off and the park closes 1/2 hour after sunset.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Feb 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Big crowd out early this morning at Hyland...a dozen cars in the parking lot at 5:30 a.m. and lot nearest the building completely full an hour later! Folks either getting in one of their last skis or prepping for the Birkie I guess. Track was hard and super fast this morning. Laps were 4-6' faster than Saturday. Good conditions all the way around the manmade loop! Thanks for the continued great job grooming!
      (Bill McKinney)
    • Feb 12 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Poor conditions reported when I called this morning and still poor when I skated/skittered from 2 to 3 PM. Icy classic tracks were good for double poling but it appeared that no effort was made to scratch up the surface of the icy skate deck. Two skiers warned me that they had lost control on the downhills so I didn't venture far.
      (Russ Ludeke)
    • Feb 12 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Use caution if you decide to ski the Twin Lakes Loop. Otherwise good. Still some icy sections at midday. Uphills are sugary.
      (Matthew Waite)
    • Feb 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Setup exremely hard this morning - my first experience with ice corduroy. Don't commit too hard to your glide..... The tracks are rocket ships downhill. Ended up down the snow bank upside down after the chalet hill. 12 to 3 pm ought to be optimal after sun continues to loosen things up a bit. Man-made only snow. No sugar yet. Tracks are very solid and deep.
      (John Hilton)
    • Feb 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skated the man made 5k this morning. Really great coverage everywhere and very little dirt or even dirty spots. May not want to use your best skis as some of the frozen corduroy is downright scary but wow am I glad to have such a great place to ski given the weather this winter. Trails should soften up nicely as the morning progresses.
      (Joe Dolan)

 

Minnesota Northeast


      Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 21 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Snowflake is closed today and tomorrow, due to the fragile condition of the base. That said, our trails still have about 90% of base coverage, 2"-3", and came through the rain better than hoped for. Once temperatures return to sub-freezing we will commence restoring the trails to skiable status, beginning with the 5K trail, which suffered the least. We will need fresh snow to restore the Classic track, but will get on it as soon as the snow comes. The long range forecast continues to support our optimism about good March skiing. Good Luck to our Birkie, Korte, Barnie, and Junior Birkie participants; this will be a year we don't soon forget!
      (John Graham)
    • Feb 20 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      It was so nice! A near perfect mid-April, spring skiing day. Overcast, temp about 42F. In the 70 minutes I was there the snow softened from nicely firm enough to soft and beginning to grab. At 11:10 am, the rain started. It's still raining hard in Duluth.
      (Louise Levy)
    • Feb 20 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Going going... Not quite gone yet. Just skied outer loop at noonish and probably 92.5% covered and there are a few areas of brown snow/sorta ice but not too bad... 1/2 thru my ski it started raining and I am soaked but the trail was decent. I would say it would be worth trying tonight if we don't get too much of a downpour.
      (Greg Sumner)
    • Feb 19 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Magney had several small bare spots and a few exposed rocks. Otherwise coverage was good, and the trail could have been in much better shape (minus footprints, plus grooming). The access trail and Bardon's Peak loop had two prominent sets of human footprints throughout. There was also a faint bike track on most of the trail. When I was leaving I saw a car drive in with skiers and a dog, so now there are probably dog footprints too (it was getting soft by then). I was glad to be skiing, at least, and have high hopes that winter will return before spring arrives for real.
      Photos:  
      (Anne Flueckiger)
    • Feb 19 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rolling Pin and Ridge runner are soft. Tracks are in good shape on much of trail. Lots of pine needles on track in spots.
      (Nick Lansing)
    • Feb 19 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Surprisingly good conditions. Maybe 5% of the trail is very wet but still passable. Classic tracks appeared OK. Slowing down as the temp warms up.
      (John Jereczek)
    • Feb 19 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Snowflake has been on "Spring Hours", 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., this weekend and the trails have held up well. The Ginzu was used to clean-up and loosen the skate lanes on both trails early this morning, and skaters reported good skiing. I skied the 5 and 10 K classic tracks; the 5K is in good condition, the 10K tracks were more worn and have lost some shape due to not being skied in, but my wife enjoyed a decent track skiing behind me. Everything got grippy as noon approached. In consideration of the latest forecasts, Snowflake will be open again tomorrow morning, from 7 -11 a.m. Member Dog Owners may bring their dogs on to the trails, and we thank you for your cooperation this weekend. Rain forecast Monday afternoon, so we will close at 11 a.m. and remain closed on Tuesday due to the wet, and forecast temps in the 50s. Wednesday looks shakey, but by Thursday we will begin restoring the trails. The forecast into mid-March looks excellent for a return to winter and more good nordic skiing. We will do our very best to provide the ski trails.
      (John Graham)
    • Feb 19 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Really fun this morning at Piedmont. Still lots of snow despite this string of warm temps. Tracks were a little glazed when we went started around 9:30 (temp was about 36) and softening up quite a bit by the time we finished an hour or so later.
      Photos:  
      (Nicole Ottjes)
    • Feb 18 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Tracks holding up well, good coverage throughout (skied all loops). I went mid-morning and seemed to hit the right temps (some glazed sections, but not too icy) and used hard wax. Snow was grabby when out of tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Anne Flueckiger)
    • Feb 17 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Piedmont had excellent skiing. I finished skiing at 11:30. The trails were getting a bit soft. The tracks were great. There was a beautiful overlook of Lake Superior. I had a lot of fun.
      Photos:  
      (Ava Schapman)
    • Feb 17 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Still good conditions at noon. As I skied I wasn't cutting deep into the snow. The last 5 minutes on the campground loop I started leaving impressions. So, that meant it was time to be done. The 10k was recently groomed. I can honestly say the skate deck was soft and very slow yet firm. There was still a hard icy layer under the top layer that was acting as a refrigerant keeping the skate deck together. I'm guessing with more sunshine and warm weather the conditions will deteriorate. Skied the 10k, minus the 1.5 k most difficult loops, the 3k and campground loop. The downhills we sticky slow. I would recommend skiing in the morning and late afternoon/early evening.
      Photos:  
      (Nic Bacigalupo)
    • Feb 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      11 A.M. And 40 degrees. Just classic skied the 5 and 10 k trails. The 5k track is very good, still well-formed, and fast. Some debris skied into the track. The 10k track is more worn, but was about 90% intact and still nice to ski in. Some debris, particularly on the final 4k. Skate lane on the 5k newly groomed, but soft and getting sticky as the day heats up. 10K skate lane rated "good" by returning skate skiers. Due to current and forecast temperatures snowflake will operate on spring hours this weekend. The trails will be open from 7:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M. Trails will be closed from 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M. We will then be open from 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. We are closing the trails to dogs from this time, through the weekend. Members are welcome to run their dogs on the oval. We expect to be closed on Monday, due to forecast rain. The extended forecast is for a return of winter temps, and snow late next week, so we are doing all that we can to give birkie/kortie skiers some final training, while preserving the trail for march skiing.
      (John Graham)
    • Feb 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Inspired by those great high school skiers skiing their hearts out at State Meet yesterday (champions every one!) I got out for an early morning ski at Snowflake. Skate lanes a tad chunky here and there, but no ice at all, great glide and plenty of edge. Classic tracks deep and solid, but debris starting to be an issues here and there. All in all, nearly perfect conditions, and a beautiful ski in the north woods. Just reaching freezing when I left about 9:45 AM. Let's all please follow John's instructions about when to stay off the trail through the next few days. Predictions are for back to below freezing next Thursday and possible snow Friday!
      (Tim Holst)
    • Feb 16 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great skiing today! We are re-grooming the Skate lanes on the trails tonight, and expect to offer very good ski conditions on Friday morning. We have a good base, and winter temps will return. With that in mind, we'll go into this warm-up trying to preserve the trails. Hours this weekend will probably be limited to avoid afternoon high temps. Anticipate our being closed on Monday if it rains. Anticipate restrictions on Dog activity when the trails soften. We will provide updates on our answering machine and via Skinnyski posts as conditions change. Think Snow!
      (John Graham)
    • Feb 16 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skiing was great. In some places it was a little icy. One particular hill coming up from the park was really icy. It was better than I thought and there were nice tracks set. The sunset was very beautiful with the trees.
      Photos:  
      (Ava Schapman)
    • Feb 16 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skiing at Lester is excellent and freshly groomed. I went expecting rock hard and ice but I found a great skate deck and perfect tracks. This is some of the nicest skiing of the season and there is still lots of snow. The Lester Chalet is now open Monday-Friday 5-8, Sat and Sun 11-4. Lights are on every night.
      Photos:  
      (MaryBeth Nevers)
    • Feb 16 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skated 5k, wary because of recent warm temps but pleasantly surprised by good conditions. Groomed last night, there are no ice patches or open areas. Enjoyed a peaceful hour in the woods. Thanks, Snowflake!
      (Andrea Watson)
    • Feb 15 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Remarkably great! The track is in very good condition, even powdery in some places and fast. Classic track is deep, solid and fast. I thought it would have been icy from the warm up and then freeze but it is not. It should be very good again today.
      (Kara Salmela)
    • Feb 15 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied the lit loop at Lester Wednesday night after dark with good skis. Icy, but not scary icy. Surprisingly fun. Pretty decent coverage, let's hope the weather predictions are wrong. Minus a kid to put to bed and a report of a dog throwing up in the living room we would have stayed to ski longer.
      (Kristin Riker-Coleman)
    • Feb 15 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Lots of tree debris on the trail, icy underneath. The skate deck seemed better as far as ice, some thin snow on top to work with. Skiable for some, but watch out for oak leaves.
      (Annette Hofslund)
    • Feb 15 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Both trails open, groomed classic and skate. Skate lanes were groomed Wednesday night: the snow is very hard, ginzu knives would not cut deep, so we have a thin layer of corduroy over a hard fast base; 5k classic track set on Monday is hard, glazed and fast. Some washouts on the turns and climbs, but otherwise good. The 10k classic track, set on Feb 7th, is also hard, glazed and fast. Based upon the crash marks I saw tonight, the 10k is skiing very fast and best for intermediate/advanced skiers. Please keep member dogs off the 10k. We'll be open 8:00 to 8:00 today and Friday.
      (John Graham)
    • Feb 14 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Tracks were deep and intact, but icy by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Quite a bit of debris as well. Still skiable, though deteriorating quickly.
      (Dylan Chernov)
    • Feb 14 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The 10K and 5K Skate lanes were groomed again this morning. They are firm, fast, and a bit icy. The 5K Classic track, set yesterday, has really hardened-up and was fast when I skied it this afternoon. A bit icy in some areas. The 10K Classic track is somewhat worn, but has hardened-up and was also fast today. Due to the firm conditions, Member dog-owners may take their dogs out onto the 5K trail again. We're open until 7 tonight and will be open from 8-7 tomorrow and Thursday. We'll see what Friday brings.
      (John Graham)
    • Feb 14 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Magney groomed today but not finished due to warm weather. Bardon's and Ely Loop are done. Main loop and connector will be finished tomorrow. Trail is holding together fairly well at this point.
      (Cheryl Skafte)
    • Feb 14 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Temps for today were warmer than forecasted. Groomers had to come off earlier than anticipated. We didn't get to all the trails we wanted to today. Lester was groomed today. Trail is holding together fairly well at this point. There is one wet area on the D Loop.
      (Cheryl Skafte)
    • Feb 14 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beth and I followed the groomers around the 5 K this morning about 10 AM. They had already done the 10 K. Perfect skating, good edge, fast conditions. They left the solid classic tracks alone, and the tracks are deep and beautiful. I hopped into the tracks at numerous times to double pole, and they are fast, glazed in a few places where direct sun hits, but I think you could use hard wax and have good kick nearly all the time. Snowflake came through yesterdays low 40s in perfect condition!
      (Tim Holst)
    • Feb 13 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Despite the crunchy top layer of snow on the trails prior to grooming tonight, the classic tracks that were set look great. There are a few icy spots where the track is thin so be careful crossing those areas. Two sets of classic track were also layed on Rock Pond. Everything should be set up nicely by the morning!
      (Donavon Catton)
    • Feb 13 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied around 8:00 pm. Tracks were very fast. A skater we ran into reported excellent conditions. Might be a different story during the day before the sun sets.
      (Ben Fornear)
    • Feb 13 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail conditions were surprisingly good at 44F. Occasional needle and leaf debris created somewhat slow skiing, but overall a very enjoyable outing skiing the 6K loop.
      (Al Decker)
    • Feb 13 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Started skiing the 5K Classic before noon and it was so fantastic that I couldn't stop until I'd done 4 circuits! Jim Wood set an amazing track last night. It got slow as the temps pushed 43 degrees, but was still a joy to ski. The 5K skate lane was also groomed and there is still corduroy at this hour. Skaters told me it was great, but getting grabby as it warmed. Skied out on the 10K: the classic track is very skied-in, the skate deck is showing some use but not bad. All trails were soft due to the warm temps. Snowflake will groom the 10K trail tomorrow as temps promise to be more favorable. Members are requested to keep their dogs off the trails until the trails firm-up: when the 5K is durable enough for dogs we will update the phone message, post on Skinnyski, and remove the signs.
      (John Graham)
    • Feb 13 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fantastic skate ski around the 5k this morning. Looked like I was the third person out. Freshly groomed cord... great job as always at Snowflake!
      Photos:  
      (Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
    • Feb 12 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Snowflake came through the weekend warm-up with good, if soft, snow cover. Windy Sunday helped to dry-out the moist snow. We groomed the 5K trail late Sunday night, cut deep and set a new classic track. Cold pre-dawn temps should set the new track. 5K skate deck is corduroy. The 10K trail, while used, did not demand grooming and skied well on Sunday afternoon. Due to soft conditions and expected warm temps Monday, we are restricting Members' dogs to the Oval, in order to preserve the trails. Best skiing will be morning - early afternoon. Tuesday-Friday conditions look to be good!
      (John Graham)
    • Feb 12 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      First time at Mother Bear. Our family loved the trail system. Very picturesque winding through the jack pines and black spruce. Big thanks to Al Ringer for re-grooming after someone trashed the track. We will definitely be back.
      (Dan Disch)
    • Feb 12 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A bit of debris in the tracks from all the wind. But, tracks were in great shape. Debris was worst on the playground loop, but nothing to be afraid of.
      Photos:  
      (Ben Fornear)
    • Feb 12 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      It was great getting back to Magney today. We haven't skied it for a few years. It's really a scenic ski trail with a couple beautiful overlooks. The classic track was well formed and good. The only problem was a super wind that blew a lot of leaves in the tracks, and with the warm temps it got a little icy. The skaters who were flying by said it was super!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Feb 12 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Sheer perfection at Jay Cooke State Park today. Deep track, sun, great kick,great glide. Amazing.
      Photos:  
      (Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
    • Feb 12 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic trails were great! Some debris. Conditions this morning were ideal and looked great for skating as well. Thanks City of Duluth groomers.
      Photos:  
      (Angie Miller)
    • Feb 12 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied here for the first time (from Brainerd) visiting our daughter. Skate skied 5k loop, the 10k loop and 5k again. Very well skied in trails and great conditions. Windy today, but that seemed to keep the moisture off the surface of the trails for very good skiing. 10 k loop certainly more challenging. No wonder Duluth East consistently goes to state competition. Snowflake is a great training ground for the fee we paid to ski there.
      (Bryan Pike)
    • Feb 12 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Both 5k and 10k trails are well covered and groomed for both classic and skate skiing. The skate deck is softening in the warm temps, but still nice. Classic track on the 10k is very good shape; 5k seeing more use and in fair shape. We will be grooming tonight and setting a new classic track on the 5k, so member dog owners may bring their dogs onto the 5k trail or the oval for the rest of the day. No dogs on the 10k, as we are trying to preserve that classic track.
      (John Graham)
    • Feb 12 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Portions of the trail were re-groomed this morning after reports of trail damage. Trail is in great shape.
      (Al Ringer)
      Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 19 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied from the snowmobile parking lot on Hwy 61 up the Ridge Run trail, over to Deeryard, around the loop including fire tower and short loop trails and back down the Pioneer trail. Lots of debris, but plenty of snow. Deck remained firm, Rex Universal Grip tape was wonderful, great kick and no debris. Glide, not so much but fun day but classic tracks are fine.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Feb 19 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Classiced the Picnic Loop today from the Sawmill Trail parking lot. Classic track in good condition as did the skate lane. Some debris in the track, but not a big deal. Our klister did a nice job picking up a lot of it. :) Don't know when it was last groomed, but it didn't look like it had been skied much. A lot of snow up there still. The track was occasionally settling slightly under our weight, but not collapsing. Overall well worth the trip!
      Photos:  
      (Matthew Daly)
    • Feb 19 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Shallow tracks. Skied Homestead loop from Onion River Road. Lots of tree debris by Onion River trailhead. From the pine and cedars. Icy in the morning wet and slow in afternoon. Skate lane looked good morning. Started packing in afternoon.
      Photos:  
      (Craig Schulz)
    • Feb 18 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We enjoyed great spring skiing conditions at Deeryard Saturday. The trails were groomed great and our hairy skis worked very well for the conditions. Snow depth is excellent, but there is some debris in the tracks so we recommend using your best hairy or other waxless skis. FYI - we also found out the Murmur Creek Rd is not plowed all the way through!
      Photos:  
      (Karen Chandler)
    • Feb 18 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skied the Moose Fence Loops and then the connector to Picnic Loop back to Britton Peak. Temp on car thermometer was 55 degrees at 4pm when I finished. In spite of warm temps, the skate deck was firm and my grip tape in the track gave me good kick but glide was minimal. Classic tracks were firm as was the skate deck. No pole punch throughs. Great day in this early northland spring.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Feb 18 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Lovely sunny day at Bearskin/Golden Eagle trail system. Wish I would have gone in the morning before the sun was up so high and the temps too. The sun did cause a variation of slow/fast sections, as I was classic skiing. It got to 45 degrees while I was there, but I was amazed at how most trails were holding up. I did some depth checking with my ski pole, seems about 20 inches average snow depth to the side of the set tracks. I used my old waxless skis, after trying two attempts at skis I had waxed. It was delightful to ski out on the lake a bit on the set tracks at Bearskin.
      (Kim Carlsted-Gillis)
    • Feb 18 - Upper Gunflint Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We still have great snow conditions on the Gunflint Trail. Due to the warmer temperatures, the snow was a little softer today, but we have a great base which will withstand some melting. When I went out this morning, the trails were still firm, and not too sticky. Many of the trails were groomed early today, and the rest were groomed last Monday.
      (John Silliman)
    • Feb 18 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      From Moose Fence trailhead. Grooming was outstanding--clearly formed classical tracks and nice skate lane. Things are holding up despite the warm temps. As we the sun and temperatures got higher, there was a bit more combination snow (some shaded firm/icy track, some sugar, a bit of mashed potato). In some areas, a fair amount of tree debris but nothing to impede a great morning ski. Temps were low 40s at the start, nearing 50 at the end.
      (Erik Larson)
    • Feb 17 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skated Onion River daily from Tuesday to Friday, and found excellent snow cover and depth with fresh grooming on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The groomers created a surface ranging from firm to somewhat soft, depending on sun and temperature. I tip my hat to them - coming out this often in mid-week demonstrates a real commitment to this excellent trail and it's greatly appreciated.
      (Russ Ludeke)
    • Feb 17 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skied from Cascade Lodge up to Deeryard and back. Beautiful scenery and fresh grooming. Trails were perfect in the morning. By mid day the spots in the sun were getting soft and grabby, making my skis slow down rapidly whenever I hit them.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Ibler)
    • Feb 15 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Absolutely fantastic-the most effortless 35k we have ever skied! Hats off to the groomers, all trails were perfect. Best conditions we have ever had at Sugarbush!
      (Ron Svatos-Ely)
    • Feb 15 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I drove up this morning and skated the 25k picnic loop this afternoon, and conditions were basically perfect. Beautiful, fresh grooming, and tons of snow. Quite a difference from the dismal conditions in the Twin Cities so far this year.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Ibler)
    • Feb 15 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      We skied the Wood Duck loop this morning. Trails were perfect (we skied the classic track), and had just been groomed. Great snow base and excellent conditions!
      (Anne Mickelson)
    • Feb 15 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skied classic this morning from the Oberg trailhead and found perfect packed powder conditions. All trails were groomed last night. Tracks were solid and full-depth and skate lane had a nice corduroy and that was solid too. We have a base of 8-12"+ and I measured 24" of snow in the woods yesterday. Come up to ski!
      Photos:  
      (Greg Fangel)
    • Feb 14 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We always have a good time skiing Golden Eagle and Bearskin. The trails were well groomed, but we had a ton of wind and warmer temps. So, the classic tracks had debris and glazing with icy spots off and on. We had to use all of our downhill skills to make it through some of the icy downhills. We still had fun and enjoyed the great Boundary Waters type scenery!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Feb 14 - Upper Gunflint Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Almost all the trails were groomed yesterday, with the exception of Short Cut and our two backcountry trails (Magnetic Rock and South Rim). Total Snowfall for the Year: 60.2 Inches. Total Snowfall for February: 19.2 Inches (with more falling now). Base Depth of Trails: 8 - 14 Inches. All trails except our two backcountry multi-use trails (South Rim and Magnetic Rock) are currently being groomed.
      (John Silliman)
    • Feb 13 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      It's been a challenging year at Bally Creek. Based on the prior report, we optimistically went out. However wind and 1-2 inches of fresh snow had deteriorated the tracks plus many sections are still not being groomed. We couldn't get to the north side because the forest road trails were wiped out by snowmobile tracks and without a track, depth and stickiness of snow (it was ~37F) made breaking a trail impossible.
      (Ari Fuad)
    • Feb 13 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skated trails around golden eagle lodge today. Lots of snow, freshly groomed. Excellent except for the very few soft spots on downhills. Tracks looked great too.
      (Tony Pellegrini)
    • Feb 13 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We just had our best ski of the year at Pincushion this morning. It was perfection for both the classic tracks and the skate deck! The Pin has some of the best trails in the state for hills and scenery---and plenty of snow! Hats off to the grooming crew for regrooming all the trails so soon after their race day yesterday. Excellent grooming!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
      Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 21 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Surprisingly nice conditions. All trails are skiable. Come up and enjoy the trails!
      Photos:  
      (Vladimir Cervenka)
    • Feb 19 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      At least 6" and mostly 8-12" firm base throughout the trail system. After three consecutive days of high temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees, the base is holding up remarkably well, aided by temperatures dropping below freezing at night. I skied it this afternoon, and the Pistenbully-groomed trails are quite firm (but suction cup snow on top). The Grant-In-Aid side is a little softer but also holding up well. The biggest test will come over the next 24 hours with rain and wind, but I'm hoping for enough clearing at night to allow the snow to cool off.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Conzemius)
    • Feb 18 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Cedar, part of Gold, Biwabik Spur, part of Oslo and Bronze. Good coverage. Great spring skiing!
      Photos:  
      (Gary Anderson)
    • Feb 17 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      As temps topped off near 70 degrees, trails were soft and skiing was slow, but what better resistance training for the Birke? Actually classic in the tracks was ok and settled the track down a little. No bare ground but lots of pine cones and leaves. Saw 8 deer.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Feb 16 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed and single track on the trail SE of Forest Road 256 and from intersection 6 to 7 to 8 and back to parking lot. Got rid of most of the debris from the high winds Tuesday and set a decent track.
      (Mark Toot)
    • Feb 15 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomer had recently combed but warm temps the day before resulted in fairly fast icy conditions. Still nicely skiable, better than the more high traffic trails. Might be better to come back in the afternoon when it warms up just a tish.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Feb 14 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Silver, Northern Lights, Wynne Creek, Summit, Gold and Cedar Trails on this beautiful 29 degree day in the late afternoon. The trails are meticulously groomed to absolute perfection on a base of at least 10-12 inches after all of the new snow last week. However, a bit of organic matter was being released from the forest by 20+ MPH winds. Skiing is about as good as it gets here.
      Photos:  
      (Tim Salo)
    • Feb 14 - Wabana Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After today's wind, there definitely are pine needles, sticks and branches fallen on a fairly fast track, but still quite nice.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Feb 14 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Most trails were skiable but with some pretty rough frozen icy, rutted stretches. Fast and icy on downhills but doable for experienced skiers. Tracks are still set and are fast. This is the time of year that conditions change by the hour especially depending on exposure to the sun on the west and south slopes. Definitely plenty of snow but tough conditions if frozen.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Feb 14 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Combed. Looks great! Get out and ski before warm-weather ruins the trails. Lots of branches down on trail to pick up.
      (Philip Imholte)
    • Feb 13 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Monday from 10 am to 1 pm and had perfect conditions on the gold and cedar trails (freshly groomed and mostly untouched). Lots of snow and the grooming was great. Be sure to use the complimentary chair lift ride up to the upper trail head either right away or midway through your ski. The views are great.
      (Miles Kraines)
    • Feb 13 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Plenty of snow still up at the Ridge. Photos from Deb Maki.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
      Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 22 - Hidden Valley Ski Trails (Ely): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]

      All Hidden Valley trails are closed. Below freezing temps and 6-8" snow is in forecast. We most likely will re-open for the weekend.
      (Wayne Pasmick)
    • Feb 19 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      There was a window of about two hours of very good skiing. Temps went below freezing at night. We skied from about 9- 11. There was a glaze on the track to start and this made for amazing glide. On the summer home road by the bridges we double poled and glided for about a quarter mile! Still 12" on the ground. The Eastern bridge only had 3-4" of snow on it but otherwise the everything was fully covered.
      (Dan Murphy)
    • Feb 16 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied 12K from National Forest Lodge to Flathorn Lake and back. A little pine needle litter. Blue wax. Great kick and glide. Most beautiful classic trails in the state!
      Photos:  
      (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
    • Feb 15 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails groomed Wednesday. A little pine needle litter. Going to be mushy and icy this week. Great base 10-15" Still the best skiing around!
      (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
    • Feb 12 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Flathorn and Gegoka trails were sublime this weekend. They were groomed exquisitely, single-track mostly, for classic only, with great care and creativity. The area of Superior National Forest has received over a foot of clean white snow on top of a solid base this past week creating superb conditions throughout the 30K system. The trails wend through old growth pine, birch stands, bogs and lakeshore. All is quiet and peaceful and clean and you feel like you have the forest trails to yourself. With the deep snow and balmy temps the experience is amazing and thankfully, though warm, it is not as warm as southern portions of the state. Snow should remain protected by woods and cooler temps.
      Photos:  
      (George Wawro)
      Other locations
    • Feb 17 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We will close the trails when snow is too soft. Please be careful not to make deep ruts. Ski in the morning only.
      (Burgess Eberhardt)
    • Feb 15 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail was groomed and fast. I skied 30 KM with the temperature around 20 above. The tracks were deep and firm. They were not glazed or ice. There are some leaves and sticks from the wind. There is still close to 24 inches of snow on the ground.
      Photos:  
      (David Kettula)
    • Feb 14 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We groomed all but the cut overs on Monday, trying to finish before the snow got too warm. We were able to get great tracks set on all but a K of trails (wet snow prevented deep tracks at the end). The corduroy looked super. I skated all trails Tuesday. Tracks are fine if you like them super hard. Skate surface is icy in most places, a bit softer in some. Edging was east though, making for fast and fun skating. The base is deep and very firm so that trails should come through the warm weather ahead without any problems.
      (Burgess Eberhardt)

 

Minnesota Northwest


      Bemidji area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 19 - Movil Maze Trail (Bemidji): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Classic skied late this morning. Conditions far exceeded my expectations. Skate deck was smooth and the classic track was mostly good. We waited till things warmed up a bit and so it was getting soft but not yet slushy. Used my old A skis but there were quite a bit of pine needles and "dirtiness" to the snow so you may feel more comfortable on B skis. 100% snow cover. With more expected warm temps, unsure how long these conditions will last. 10 cars in the parking lot when we left!
      (Elspeth Ronnander)
    • Feb 15 - Buena Vista Ski Trail (Bemidji): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      24 degrees, clear skies, gorgeous. Checked out the course for the Minnesota Finlandia today. We started out trying to ski west side yet it had not been groomed after the last snowfall and was a bit more of a crust crush and we were avoiding ruts from skis that went through in warm weather then a refreeze. We opted to head over to the East side - there was some grooming and we were able to make our way around the whole east side as fresh snow was not too deep. We knew there was a chance trails were being preserved before the race groom and it was all good, we were pleasantly surprised with the great snow cover for Saturday! Great base, plenty of snow to work with and hopefully the forecast for Friday is off a bit so we can fun the full course!
      (Anne Ellefson)
    • Feb 14 - Hobson Forest Trail (Bemidji): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      These forested trails are double tracked and holding up superbly. The trails are snow covered with just a few icy spots. All six xc ski trail systems in Bemidji are in great shape.
      (Monica Hansmeyer)
    • Feb 14 - Buena Vista Ski Trail (Bemidji): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      I went out ski ski-recon the east side trails and look for any trouble spots. Saturday was cloudy and 20s, Sunday got just below freezing with sunshine, wind. At the moment the entire 25k is in good condition with just a few thin bits on the open fields. Surprisingly we still have a foot of dry snow out in the woods, and a well bonded base thatís been flattened and smoothed in preparation of final grooming and tracksetting Wednesday or Thursday night. Will post additional updates as the week progresses.
      (Mark Morrissey)
      Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 21 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      We froze down hard last night which was a welcome sight after the rain and melting yesterday. We groomed skaters waltz in the morning and also the start area working up the ice and setting up some structure. Once it warmed up mid morning, the trails were busy with skiers enjoying the transition "sweet spot". Didn't get as warm as forecasted so skiing was good (all things considered) most of the day. Late afternoon cut a new track on Sukkerbusk and Sap Run. Was still a bit warm to groom the skate deck so went skiing on the fresh cut track and had a nice ski. After supper groomed skaters waltz and suicide hill as it was glazing over again. There are some thin areas and bare spots on the trail system but still some great skiing to be had with caution. Should be spring like conditions again tomorrow with best conditions expected 10-3. Grooming planned tomorrow afternoon on North Loup and trails groomed today.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Feb 20 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The trails are hanging on despite warm temps overnight and over a half inch of rain today. I skied trails this morning and afternoon and the coverage held out surprisingly well after today's rain. Handful of exposed areas wearing thin and icy tracks in sections. Few low areas with water but in whole scheme of things on 64km, pretty minor. Folks were out skiing despite the wet weather. Outer trails were a bit soft but the main trails mostly firm and glide was good. I was using good skis but recommend using B skis if you have more than one pair of skis to choose from as the snow is getting dirty and a few thin areas exist. Ski conditions rated poor to good. Trails will be open tomorrow. Cooling down to 32 so could be very fast in the morning before softening up again. Base is holding too much water in areas to groom. Will need at least 24 hours of subfreezing temps.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Feb 19 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After getting the Groomer's son's firsthand trail report (thanks, Jake!), we spent the afternoon (3-5pm) on Twin Lakes trail, and also skied Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trails. The classic tracks remained good on Twin Lakes, and the trail was solid. Mac's Mess is showing some effects of the sun and warm temps but still very skiable. Island Lake and Wavy Gravy trails continue to have very good coverage. Skiing was very fine and great fun.
      (Glenn Gifford)
    • Feb 19 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      10 K enjoyable skating in the morning- then another 10 K of classic - better and faster than expected. Given the amount of snow and the masterful grooming, the trails should survive a few mild days. Thank you, and I hope to be back at least one more time this year.
      (Istvan Gombocz)
    • Feb 19 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Despite another day near 50F, the snow and trails held out well. Few exposed areas wearing thin but overall the coverage is good. Common reports from the skiers today were "better than expected" and "great spring skiing". It glazed over just enough last night for faster skiing in the morning. Skating was reported as very good before noon. Around 4pm I got out with Jake to check a few classic trails. The conditions were much better than I expected as well. The trails that have been groomed at the transition time in the evening which compressed the snow, set up concrete hard and helped keep defined tracks, were skiing very nice. Fast and fun corn snow. I had universal klister on and it worked super. Jake was using Twin Skins and had good results. Looks to stay warm tonight, so no grooming planned. Tomorrow rain is forecasted but the trails will remain open since temps look to stay warm. The rain sometimes can help tighten up the corn snow making for fun skating. Fat bikers were able to enjoy nice riding before 10am before twin lakes singletrack closed. The Twin Lakes singletrack will be closed for fat biking until cooler weather returns. The ski trails will remain open.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Feb 18 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Maplelag was in great shape on Saturday, and the trails have held up incredibly well in these unseasonably warm temps. No hat or jacket needed. The classic skiing was not icy or too fast, and there was good kick and very decent glide during the time we were on the trails between 11 and 3. Waxless worked well in today's ideal spring-like conditions. If what you seek is snow, Maplelag's still the place to go.
      (Glenn Gifford)
    • Feb 18 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Minimal to no snow loss so far. Fast skating in the morning, 22 K. Afternoon - classic on Sukkerbusk, Twin Lakes, Island Lake, and Wavy Gravy 18 K - a bit slower, but still very good recreation. Lots of happy skiers all over the trails. I have decided to stay for another half day on Sunday. Thank you!
      (Istvan Gombocz)
    • Feb 17 - Mountain View Recreation Area (Detroit Lakes): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The snow coverage has held very well in the woods in the warmer weather. The trail stayed soft and was slower in the late afternoon sun, but started to get slippery again as the sun dropped. The skiing remains surprisingly good, given all of the melting going on in town. Waxless skis worked well.
      (Glenn Gifford)
    • Feb 17 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Despite temps rising above 50, we had a beautiful day of spring like skiing. The transition period or "sweet spot" was limited today but before 11am some really nice skiing. A check of the trails mid afternoon found lots of happy skiers enjoying the mild temps and corn snow. Best skiing reported on Sap Run, Sukkerbusk and Twin Lakes. The fat biking was fantastic this am. The fat bike course on Twin Lakes singletrack will be open 6am-10am Saturday and Sunday mornings provided it freezes down.We will be grooming select ski trails this evening. Mostly on the inner system/ main trails. The ski trails will remain open all day through the weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Feb 16 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A great day of spring skiing. Was slow to warm up making for fast skiing all morning but jumped quickly to 40 after lunch, softening the snow nicely and making for very nice skiing. At dusk we cut new track on about 20 km of trail than this evening we renovated and groomed the skate trails. Trails are freezing down now and setting up the fresh groomed well. Ideal skiing should be in the 10-2 time frame tomorrow. We will plan on grooming again in the evening Friday.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Feb 15 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Drove five hours from Sioux Falls, SD to ski at Maplelag and it was well worth the trip. Trails were in excellent condition and there is plenty of snow. Skating trails and Classical trails were fast and in great conditon. Skied on Tuesday and Wednesday, temperatures were never above 31 degrees.
      Photos:  
      (Jason Sage)
    • Feb 14 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Temps a little bit cooler than forecasted today and temps actually dropped by late afternoon to the mid teens. Combined with a stiff wind, the windchill was single digits. No grooming today, went out skiing to check conditions. Skate skiing about as good as it gets, bit more firm and fast across the road. Tracks varied from firm/hardpacked to icy. The Twin Skins have been incredible skis for current conditions and making for some really fun skiing. With temps to hold steady until Thursday, grooming on hold until Thursday afternoon during anticipated transition period from softer snow to glazing/hardening.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Feb 13 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After Friday's warm up, we've cooled down with lows in the lower teens at night and highs 31-36 during the day. We've transitioned to frozen granulated snow and enjoying textbook spring conditions. (Hard/fast in morning, softening up early afternoon than glazing over again at dusk) Grooming has occurred on select trails refreshing tracks as needed on a tracksetting rotation basis. Typical double track will have a renovated, softer and slower track and opposite track will by icy hard and fast. Perfect for Twin Skins/hairies etc.! The skate deck on Skaters Waltz is pretty much perfect for spring skiing. The 8-12" compacted base on trail is holding strong. Today's temps really only softened the southern exposed sections. Temps looks to cool down the next couple days ensuring good skiing this week. The fat bike trail on TwinLakes singletrack is in mint condition. Thursday's night groom is holding strong. Best riding is before noon. Most of the loop faces the north and the base is deep keeping the snow cold.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Feb 12 - Pickerel Lake Ski Trails (Detroit Lakes): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The classic tracks were set by previous skiers, not groomed. We skied the logging trail. The snow was plentiful. There was a crust on top with soft snow underneath. Some of the tracks were hard and fast so use caution on downhills.
      (Glenn Gifford)
      Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 16 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The trails at Soaring Eagle have good coverage. The track was softer due to the warm temps, and the skiing was good in the late afternoon. I used waxless skis and they worked well.
      (Glenn Gifford)
    • Feb 16 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails are surprisingly in good shape for spring skiing this week. There are spots that are fairly heavily laden with wind-blown debris; this is especially true of the southwest corner of Eagle Trail which is also a bit icy. Other areas are fairly good and if you catch the temperature as it's going up to the mid 30s it should be somewhere between icy and mushy and you should have a good time.
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Feb 15 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I regroomed the eastern 7km of the trail today. The wind yesterday just blow too much trash into the trail and I mixed it in. Track depth is good except under the tree cover where it is thin but are no bare sports.
      (Terry Vacek)
    • Feb 14 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Conditions at Hiram this afternoon were getting rough. The track is getting pretty shallow in most areas and is icy which is to be expected with the thawing and freezing going on every day. The real problem is all the forest litter brought down by the strong winds today. There are many leaves, needles, sticks, bark and cones on much of the trail. For those of us who use wax it is klister conditions which would work great except for all the forest litter which gets stuck in the klister wax. We need more snow now to cover up the junk or try to run the groomer over it enough to try and mix the forest litter up in the snow and reset the track to maybe make it a little better.
      (Paul Klinger)
    • Feb 14 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Jon and I groomed the trail today. It's in good to very good at noon. All of the east side side was knifed twice and track reset. Its in very good shape except for a very few areas where track is thin. West side was knifed once and track reset. Its mostly in very good shape and again a few areas are thin track. Unfortunately the temp forecasts said 30 F and its reached 34F so I expect more icing tonight when temps drop.
      (Terry Vacek)
    • Feb 14 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Surprisingly excellent conditions (90%) to icy and wind blown debris (10%) after today's grooming. Classic tracks were set, still klister conditions there. You know the times are a'Changin' when a cold front with a 30mph NW wind brings the highs down to the lower 30s. Lots of needles, cones and branches in spots.
      Photos:  
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Feb 14 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Out skiing close behind groomer this morning. They were reconditioning and tracking the icy trail. A good track got set and even though it was fresh, was fairly fast. A beautiful day and a good track, with some debris mixed in. A new groomer was being trained and he set a very good track and line. Thanks guys!
      Photos:  
      (Don Hoppe)
    • Feb 13 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      With warmer weather this past weekend, track is shallow and less defined, but still good. Out before it warmed up this morning and a little icy, and very fast. Beautiful day and a great ski. Oak leaves are beginning to gather in tracks!
      (Don Hoppe)
    • Feb 12 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After two warm days and a spritz of freezing mist last night, it's a little scratchy out there. Trails were groomed and tracks set last week, and it still looks good, had a good crowd for today's open house. There is still about 10" snow depth and 6" packed base to work with, and there is plenty of snow in sheltered areas. There is an icy glaze, especially noticeable on sunny hills. Looks like this will be a week of spring conditions, best mid-day when things soften up. Don't leave your brakes behind if you are planning on taking the hills. Still, today was a beautiful day to ski -- faster and funner than ever and with a nearly full snow moon tonight.
      Photos:  
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Feb 12 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skiing was good again today at Hiram. Although the track is getting shallow there is still enough in most areas to keep locked into. There was a granular icy coating in the track from last nights little bit of sleet and rain which made for a fun fast ski. Klister wax worked well today, plenty of grip for the kick and lots of glide.
      (Paul Klinger)

 

Minnesota Central


      Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 17 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      As of 2:00 pm, still 99% coverage on all striding tracks and skate deck. Slow and tacky, but definitely skiable.
      Photos:  
      (Linda Mealey-Lohmann)
    • Feb 13 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Snow is holding up well at the Arb. Skate lanes have been getting daily grooming in the morning and that should continue as temperatures allow. Fast skating today on the transformed snow. Short patch at the high point of Big Ben has no snow for about 10 meters. One bend on Potlatch is ice/slush. South Acorn on the paved bike trail will have bare spots with one more warm/sunny day, but the rest of the trails are in great shape with just a few small isolated slush/ice patches. Classic track was set several days ago and isn't too icy, yet.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Feb 12 - French Rapids Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Hard pack with high icy content due to refreeze. I went out just as temps were thawing in the sun. Enough traffic on the downhills to have a few ruts and bumps making the fast, fast downhills very exciting. First time to this park, it is beautiful with many twists and turns and steep uphills and downhills. Definitely not beginner trails. Going to be hard to keep an edge if the trails don't get groomed sometime soon with the thawing/refreezing.
      (Dean Kleinhans)

 

Minnesota Southern


      Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 14 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      The trails are closed. We made an attempt to groom but there was to much ice and water.
      (Steve Williams)
    • Feb 14 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      The skiing this morning was great but conditions slogged out about noon. We plan to groom again this evening if there is enough base left. The hope is to get in another morning of skiing.
      (Steve Williams)
    • Feb 13 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Still skiable as of tonight. Skating only. There are sections with some puddles with ice sheets, like skiing on water, not for the purists, but still plenty skiable. Obviously this will not last, so take advantage of it while you still can!
      (Ian Chang)
    • Feb 13 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      In hope of sneaking in one or two more days of skiing before this weekends big meltdown, we took the bobcat with chains to the perimeter loop. The results look good for skating on 90% of the loop. The biggest concern is the northeast corner where there is about 60 feet with water on the surface. It would be best to park on the asphalt part of the drive.
      (Steve Williams)
      Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 15 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Groomed up a 2.5 K figure 8 loop, using the inside loop of Orchard and the Lighted loop, this morning. One bad icy spot at the top of cow path that can be negotiated slowly. The only access is from Yon's field. All other trails are closed.
      (Steve Horeck)
    • Feb 13 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The trails are wet, icy, very soft and in some areas not skiable. We will access the trail conditions to determine if it's appropriate to continue to groom. Upper Trail is closed due to very icy hills. The trails will be frozen in the morning, transition to soft conditions before turning to mush later in the day. The "Lighted Loop" is probably the best skiing; Yon's Valley is ok but many areas have ice. Please ski with great caution.
      (Bruce Johnson)
    • Feb 12 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skiing was very fast as I expected. The skating lane was easier to classic ski in. If it warms up, it will be more pleasant to ski. Just too darn fast for me!
      Photos:  
      (Pamela Peterson)
    • Feb 12 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Most trails were lightly groomed this morning around 7:30 to 9 AM. Warm temps overnight softened the snow but colder temperature after 9 AM has created some ice/crust on the snow. Downhills are fast but the sun later today will soften the snow and the skiing will be fair to good in most areas. With the warming and cooling, icy areas should be expected so ski with caution. Classic track is fair with obvious ice in the track.
      (Bruce Johnson)

 

Wisconsin Northwest


      Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 19 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Snow was good for both classic and skate skiing. Starting to see some debris (leaves, sticks), but still good conditions.
      (Brian Westrich)
    • Feb 19 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Still some pretty good skiing to be had on Sunday morning. The 'C' loop is getting icy and thin. The old Korte loop from Timber Trail heading North is in the best condition. Firm and icy fast with some corduroy. Things were already starting to soften up when we walked off the trail at 9:30. I reflexively used my good skis because that's what I've been on all week. And it was not a problem. However, if you plan on getting out Monday, I might suggest you use your 'B' skis just to be on the safe side.
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Feb 18 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      We skated out about 5km taking the A cutoff and then down to the south end.. The trail was closed just past Timber Trail Rd so we turned around and went back. The snow was slow but well groomed considering the heat. Some dirt and dead leaves were scattered about on the trail so rock skis would be best.
      Photos:  
      (Jill Adrian)
    • Feb 18 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The trails are scheduled to be groomed again tomorrow early morning. It is not anticipated new track will be set and the old track is getting shallow and icy in places. This is the last scheduled grooming until we get colder temperatures/new snow. Thanks to the many skiers that were out today and respected the closed trail sections.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Feb 18 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Birkie Ridge trail only: Rock hard trail in the morning. Groomer was not out so rutted from Friday skiers. Please ski out North Trail and come in on South Trail - thus all uphills and downhills will be in same direction. Currently South Trail downhills are almost impossible because folks were climbing on Friday and thus extremely rutted.
      (George Larson)
    • Feb 17 - Seeley Ski Trails (Seeley): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      I skated the 7.5km loop late afternoon and the snow was really slow. Looked like the trail hadn't been groomed in a few days. I saw more dog tracks and footprints than ski tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Jill Adrian)
    • Feb 17 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      Rock Lake Trails are open! The trail has not been groomed due to the warm temperatures. The snow is soft, but skiers are reporting decent skiing. There is debris (sticks and leaves) on the trails. The classic tracks are in good condition, but soft. With the warm temperatures predicted for the weekend, the conditions will most likely be very soft snow and possibly icy in the early mornings if temps get down that low. The trail will not be groomed again until more snow and cooler temperatures are received. Rock Lake loop is not being maintained this year. Use caution in the parking lot, as it is slippery and icy in places. There is a five dollar parking fee, but Monday, February 20, 2017, is a free fee day for President's Day.
      (Katie LeMoine)
    • Feb 17 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Mukwonago Trails are open! The trail has not been groomed due to the warm temperatures. The snow is soft, but skiers are reporting decent skiing. There is debris (sticks and leaves) on the trails. The classic tracks are in good condition, but soft. With the warm temperatures predicted for the weekend, the conditions will most likely be very soft snow and possibly icy in the early mornings if temps get down that low. The trail will not be groomed again until more snow and cooler temperatures are received. Use caution in the parking lot, as it is slippery and icy in places. There is a five dollar parking fee, but Monday, February 20, 2017, is a free fee day for President's Day.
      (Katie LeMoine)
    • Feb 17 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The plan is to groom Saturday and Sunday mornings if the temperatures allow. Decisions on grooming will be on a daily basis as the thaw continues. Trails closed to skiing are marked, please respect the closures - and ski early!
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Feb 17 - Birkie Ridge Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Perfect piston bully grooming. No ice or bare spots. Deck was firm. Tracks looked perfect. Just starting to get sticky in the sun as we left at 10:30.
      Photos:  
      (Fred Scheer)
    • Feb 17 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      This morning, the trails were again in fantastic condition. The skate deck is firm with a nice layer of soft snow worked up to facilitate control. There are a couple of segments of the World Cup/Tony Wise trails that aren't normally groomed but are groomed now to add some kilometers. Specifically, where the old Korte trail turned back towards Telemark. Because they don't often see a groomer, those segments are pretty soft yet. With all the closures due to the desire to keep people off of segments that share the Birkie and Classic trails it's a little bit of a labyrinth but still loads of fun. Allow me to express my appreciation to the North End Ski Club for their dedication to keeping these trails open and well groomed. In low snow years like this, the North End trails are often the best skiing in the area and that was the case again this week.
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Feb 16 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The North End Trails are open on a limited basis. The Birkie folks have requested that we not groom or ski on the sections of trail we share with them. That means all skate trails will have to be accessed via the A Cutoff and return to the cabin the same way. The closed sections will be marked. Please respect the closures on the Birkie and Birkie Classic and please limit skiing on the North End to the morning hours.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Feb 16 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Still great skiing to be found at the North End. Temps got into the middle 30's today and the trails did not deteriorate at all. The skate deck is still firm with some loose snow on top. I'm remiss in learning the names of the loops but the section that used to be the Korte trail from the Timber Trail turn around and heading North again, gets a lot of traffic so it's markedly harder than the rest of the system. Ron was heading out to re-groom as I was coming in this afternoon so Friday morning should be fantastic. If you're in the area, I highly recommend that you hit these trails before the warm-up.
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Feb 15 - Seeley Ski Trails (Seeley): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skate lane of the Seeley Hills Trails was groomed tonite, and in good condition. The classic track was left alone and will not be re-groomed until we receive more snow. The Seeley Hills Trails will remain open for skiing throughout the warm weather this weekend and will get re-groomed next week when the temps cool down again.
      (Terry Penman, Seeley Lions Club)
    • Feb 15 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      New tracks were set on the NE Classic trail this morning and are full depth and firm. Consideration is being given to a partial or full closing of the trails during the upcoming thaw. Will update here as decsisions are reached.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Feb 15 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good for skating. Firm, semi icy skate deck. Fresh grooming throughout. I'm still in town so I availed myself of the opportunity to join the Wednesday morning 'Geezer Collective' workout group for a ski at the North End trails. The grooming crew at the North End have done an exemplary job of keeping these trails skiable through the recent freeze, thaw cycles. I skied all the skate trails except the World Cup/Tony Wise trials and they're in very good condition. Hard and fast with enough corduroy for good control. I didn't ski the single track classic trails but they looked fantastic as well.
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Feb 15 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Secondhand Scheduling 

      The Birkie organizers will be closing the trail this Thursday evening for the foreseeable future as they attempt to preserve the best conditions for the races next weekend.
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Feb 14 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Main loops at North End were combed out and new track set this afternoon. The tracks are mostly full depth with a few shallow places. Skate lane is smooth with some debriis especially under the pines. Grooming of the NE Classic is scheduled for tomorrow.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Feb 14 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The crew member scheduled for yesterday evening was not able to get out. Hoping to get someone out this morning. Trails remain same as yesterday's report.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Feb 13 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied from Gravel Pit to Fish Hatchery Sunday afternoon on crackly fast corduroy. And one of us skied on to Wheeler Rd, but as reported it was not regroomed after Pre-Birkie and was pretty terrifying boilerplate or frozen bumpy snow. I walked down the last two hills for safety! Today we skied between OO and Mosquito Brook between noon and 3pm. Skate deck is still firm, not icy, and not compressing much despite the sun and 42 degrees except in the open sunny areas and a few south facing hills. Track is surprisingly intact and varies from soft to glazed. Some leaves and pine needles on the trail due to the winds. Skin skis worked well. Beware of grabby slow snow in the sunny areas - good balance practice! Photos are 1-2km north of Mosquito Brook.
      Photos:  
      (Carolyn Senty)
    • Feb 13 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good skiing generally. It got warm on Sunday and then froze hard overnight so it can be hard and icy. But there is still corduroy to be found from Saturday evenings grooming so I would still call it good skiing. This is another situation where better skiers are going to think conditions are good and beginning skiers will need to exercise a little caution. The spouse is in Korte recon mode at this point so we tried to ski the southern part of the trail. It was groomed after the Pre-Birkie as far south as Fish Hatchery but not past. So the section between Fish Hatchery and Hwy 77 is dicey. If you're going that same thing as us, that is, previewing sections of the trail prior to race day, I might suggest waiting until closer to mid day when the surface softens up somewhat.
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Feb 13 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The NE Trail was gone over once after the race and groomers will be out this afternoon/evening to complete the job. There is a track remaining but it is not consistant, sometimes good, sometimes gone. The skate lane has classic tracks in it occassionally that did not get wiped out after the race. Should be better tomorrow.
      (Irv Berlin)
      Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 21 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Due to the record warm temps and rain on Monday, skiing is not advised on the Afterhours Trail. Bare ground, ice, and standing water exist over a good portion of the trail. It is yet to be determined whether or not grooming will resume this season.
      (Dan Kephart, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Feb 17 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The skate deck was skiable but getting very thin in areas and may not last long. Had to take my skis off a couple times. There were grass blowouts in the normal locations under pine trees and etc. Made it from 28th Street to Browns PT(yellow) via green and Blue trails. Also went on Red trails for a little while. Billings Dr to Browns PT was challenging because of ATV tracks. Thanks groomers. It looks like they attempted to groom but it must have to thin and warm to keep going.
      (Nic Bacigalupo)
    • Feb 15 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skate lanes were groomed on Monday. There is a 4-5 inch base and conditions are very good. With warm temperatures yesterday and colder temperatures overnight and today, the trails may be a bit icy.
      (Diane Gobin)
    • Feb 14 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      With the exception of a few thin spots, the whole trail groomed up beautifully. 99% of the trail is in excellent condition. A reminder to our hiking visitors, the ski trail shall not be hiked upon when it is groomed for skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Kevin Feind, Wisconsin DNR)
      Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 20 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Our trail are remaining open in anticipation of a snowfall on Friday. As can be expected the conditions are not ideal, but they are skiable. Look out for ice in the mornings and on the down hills. As always we will get out and groom when the conditions warrant. The chalet will continue to be opened daily until we decide to close the trail to skiing for the season. Thanks for your understanding.
      (Gary Mears)
    • Feb 17 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful skiing this morning. 1.5 feet of natural snow. VR 50 worked great. VR 55 an hour later. Should be good skiing for the next week... unless nature has its disastrous imprint. Early morning skiing is recommended. The Valkyrie trail is a magnificent... a wonderful wilderness ride. The tracks are firm so you can really ride the downhills with abandon. A real April treat in February.
      Photos:  
      (David Paulson)
    • Feb 17 - Chequamegon Bay (Ashland): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skied out onto Chequamegon Bay to test the snow for the Book Across the Bay race for tomorrow night. Today there is adequate snow. Make certain to have sharp ski pole tips, as there is some exposed ice. The race should be very fast, if the lake doesn't turn to slush today or tomorrow. I am wearing a snorkel just in case. This race is always a wonderful celebration with great food, good organization, great beer, and good dancing. There are about 3,000 participants scheduled so it will be a good party.
      Photos:  
      (David Paulson)
    • Feb 15 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      There was a brief window of opportunity to get out and groom Wednesday. On the Teuton Trail system, the groomer was able to break up the icy trail conditions and groom and reset the tracks. The higher winds have been blowing leaves, pine needles and branches onto the trail tread, so be aware. On the Valkyrie Trail system, the snow has melted down to the ground in various spots. The groomer was able to get snow into the trail to cover some of these bare spots, but there are still pine needles and leaves poking through. Due to the weather conditions, the groomer was not able to groom Loop C (Sunbowl Loop). Just like on the Teuton Trail system, there are pine needles, leaves and branches being blown on the trails.
      (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
    • Feb 15 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail was groomed Wednesday in preparation for the warm spell that is coming. The base is in great shape but the warm weather will make it deteriorate fast if it doesn't freeze during the night. Watch for ice forming as freeze thaw cycles happen. We will not be able to groom again until we have cold temps to dry out the snow. I guess you just have to think spring.
      (Gary Mears)
    • Feb 14 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The groomers regroomed all the ski trails Tuesday night. There is still plenty of base, and the trails groomed up to very good conditions. Tracks didn't set as well in the places exposed to lots of sun.
      Photos:  
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Feb 12 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied all the Voss Lake side and even with the high winds the skiing was just under excellent. There is a little liter but not enough to worry about. One guy skated by and he didn't look like there was anything holding him back. We will jump on the grooming midweek when the temps drop and prepare for the next heat wave, but we have plenty of base so I expect the conditions to stay excellent.
      (Gary Mears)
    • Feb 12 - Ashland Ski Trail (Ashland): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Poor conditions after the freezing rain event last night. I tried to skate but the only thing I really could do was double pole in the track set. I will wait for new snow or bring ice skates next time.
      (Bill Burke)
      Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 22 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      The heat and rain totally destroyed our base, so our trails are not skiable at this time. A return to winter appears likely, so watch for updates. Please be patient with any grooming as we will be starting over from scratch.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Feb 19 - Spooner City Trails (Spooner): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Conditions were perfect for skating Friday morning, but not today. Skate deck was getting icy, with just enough snow in spots to get an edge. Even in the woods there are bare spots. The powerline was the best shape, and the hill going to the high school.
      Photos:  
      (Dan Campion)
    • Feb 17 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Friday's grooming again provided great skate skiing early this morning, some of the best skiing of the winter. 1/2" of well ground sugar snow on a solid base. Fast controllable skating. The classic track was set two weeks and in places has accumulated quite a bit of litter. If above freezing, waxless striding should be OK. If classic skiing when temps are below freezing, the glazed somewhat littered tracks may call for using klister kick wax. The base is getting thinner every day, infrequent dirt spots were easily avoided this morning, and you could still use your good skis ("A" skis).
      Photos:  
      (Tom Paulsen, Blue Hills Trail Association)
    • Feb 17 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Perfect conditions this early morning. Was being groomed as I skied. This was one of the best trail days I've had all season. Go early, by 10:30 the south facing hills were softening,.
      (William Barry)
    • Feb 15 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      5 PM skate. Not much has changed from my trail report from yesterday although there was more tree debris due to windy conditions. I only skied the loops closest to the trailhead that have lighting. We didn't get above freezing on Wednesday so there were no new bare patches but more rocks are being exposed. I was able to get slightly more grip on my edges in the afternoon compared to the previous night. I spent the first 3 loops flicking tons of branches off the trail and was actually able to get in a good workout in despite the conditions. If you are not confident skiing in icy conditions I would not recommend skiing at Balsam but if you can cope with these conditions it is worth the trip if you want to get some pre Birkie workouts in before the big thaw.
      (Jim Kelley)
    • Feb 15 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Today the conditions were icy with some improvement in the afternoon. Okay for experienced skiers using caution. Some crust skiing is available on the ungroomed logging trails also. The vast majority of the trails have a good base, but more bare and thin spots have appeared, mainly at the usual trouble spots on the far north end of the trail system. More branches and debris have fallen on the trails also. Enjoy what we have but no guarantees as we enter another warm spell. I needed a long training ski and put in 42 km today, so I can confirm that the trails are definitely skiable.
      Photos:  
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Feb 14 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      7 PM Skate. Freezing temps had already set in before we skied and the trail was back to boilerplate. Lots of tree debris from the high winds we had earlier in the day. Bare spots are starting to show in the areas exposed to direct sun but they are easily avoided without stopping. Not sure how much things softened up during the day, but if you are not confident on icy trails with little/no grip on your edges and are not comfortable at speed on downhills then I wouldn't advise skiing Balsam in the evening. Some folks have been walking on the groomed ski trails instead of the snowshoe trails the past few days and their footprints have kicked up chunks of ice that freeze on top of the trail. Also, a few of the lamps of the lighting system have gone out and some sections are a little dark but skiable so if you have a headlamp it may be worth bringing. Sorry for the negative report due to the weather, but if things soften up during the upcoming warm temps there should be some decent spring skiing left as long as the coverage isn't obliterated. Remember to pick up your trail maintenance donation envelope at the trailhead.
      (Jim Kelley)
    • Feb 13 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The trails were all icy glazed Monday morning - but grooming of the Eastside skate lane made for controllable fast fun skating. As temps rose, the snow started to get sticky about 11 a.m. If you arrive at the trailhead and everything looks icy but you know the groomer is working, ski north past the pit toilets and you should quickly find the fresh corduroy. If classic skiing, the glazed somewhat littered tracks may call for using klister kick wax. The base is thin but dirt spots are rare. You can still use your good skis ("A" skis). To enjoy the predicted freeze/thaw cycles, try to time your skiing to catch the morning thaw as temps and sunshine soften the overnight crust.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Paulsen, Blue Hills Trail Association)
    • Feb 13 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails are currently very icy - conditions will change with the temperature "spring-like" this week. Think Snow.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
      Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 18 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The ice has softened so that shouldn't be a problem given the current forecast. Lots of standing water and Lake Andresen is forming at the main intersection next to the parking area. There is a very hard base that provides good skiing through much of the trail system. Bare ground is starting to poke through and I would treat any hill where you can't see the bottom from the top with caution.
      (Bob Schwartz)
    • Feb 17 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Skied from about 11am-12:30. It was actually pretty nice. When I first got the the shaded parts of the trail were still crusted over but the parts in the sun were of course soft. Later during my ski it did get a bit softer. I was waxed with Toko yellow and still was able to cruze pretty good. Did Tram and North loop. There are a bare spots as expected but those were rather small. One this that surprised me was some debris on top of the trail that must have fallen in the wind a couple nights ago which is really the only reason I suggest rock skis. I think B skis would be just fine or even good skis for tomorrow I still think it would be skiable but put on your ultra warm weather wax and get out in the morning. I don't think it's a guarantee though. Seems like the north loop has a bit less snow than the south and even tram. 50/50 shot. But was really happy to get out there today.
      (Brady Zwiefelhofer)
    • Feb 16 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Grooming was called off due to not enough material to work with. The conditions are icy and there are bare spots (not only associated with logged areas!). In the early mornings there may be opportunity for crust skiing off the trail.
      (Mike Dahlby)
    • Feb 16 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The trail is either very hard packed or solid ice. I stayed away from the steeper hills because they are very icy and dangerous. I was able to get a good work out and probably my last time out before the Birkie. Let's hope we get some snow!
      (Keith Hammerbeck)
    • Feb 15 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Ice skating on most corners, and technique mattered everywhere else. Classic tracks for double poling only. The only game in town!
      (Dave Minden)
    • Feb 12 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Very hard and glazed skating surface that softened only a little by noon. Classic tracks are absolute luge tracks and very fast--especially downwind--but no control.
      (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
    • Feb 12 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Groomed 90% of the skate lanes this morning. Did not reset classic tracks. Corduroy turned out very nice. Still full coverage with only a few thin spots. Hopefully we'll have a few more days of good skiing. Avoid the Roller Coaster segment (leads left after going down the hill from the tower - stay to the right) the groomer got stuck on it and I was not able to finish that segment resulting in ruts and dirt. Check out the snowman someone built just after the prairie enters the woods!
      (David Challe)
      Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 21 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      I walked some of the trails on snowshoes to see what trail conditions were; there were some areas that had long stretches of good snow but also some bare ground with rocks and dirt poking through. So trails are closed to skiing for now. We plan to have some of the trails groomed and open starting on Saturday.
      (Scott Everson)
    • Feb 18 - Wintergreen Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied B loop, trails had a decent base as of Saturday morning. Due to the warm up the tracks were pretty much gone, but I was using a touring ski so I didn't have any issues. There was some small debris on the trail from the wind (pine needles and twigs) but nothing major.
      (Brady Howe, US Forest Service)
    • Feb 16 - Rib Lake Ski Trails (Rib Lake): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails tilled with 6 to 10" of base, great conditions. The trail system will be closed Friday for final preparations for the 35th annual HinderBinder.
      (Scot Bromann)
    • Feb 16 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails that are part of the HinderBinder Race course were all groomed this morning, including setting new classic tracks, which turned out quite well after putting the Ginzu groomer knives down and making two passes. We still have a good packed snow base. Race conditions on Saturday morning - should be fast and excellent at race start time, then warming up and becoming slower over time. Picking the right kick wax could be tough; waxless skis (or skating) may be the way to go. The Rib Lake trails will be groomed tonight or early Friday morning. The trails will be closed to skiers and snowshoers on Friday.
      (Scott Everson)
    • Feb 13 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Plenty of snow base still but it is like spring skiing; icy in the morning and evening, soft in the afternoon. And now there is a problem with the grooming snowmobile that will delay any more grooming for several days. The Rib Lake HinderBinder race next Saturday is still a "go" and the race course will be groomed with the Rib Lake Ski Club's new equipment so it should be fine.
      (Scott Everson)
      Other locations
    • Feb 17 - Marshfield School Forest (Marshfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      We will be closing our trail system today to preserve our base. We will re-open when temps stay below freezing. We will post a report when we re-open.
      (Randy Lueth)
    • Feb 16 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Skate skiers, here is a ski and walk route that may work for you. Bring solid intermediate or better skills. The trails are too hard today for skis. Park at the Group Camp. Ski the Brown till you see the big ice puddle. Walk that last up hill and out on the Red. Walk up the first hill. Clip in and ski most of the main loop. You should be able to double pole past the discolored snow. Skiing ends at the cut bank. You might glide to a stop before the ice. Walk from there or simply turn around and ski. For this to work, the trail needs to be border line squishy soft. The B skis would work. Hiker traffic will be light Friday. I would not suggest this for Saturday. Classic skiers with bomb-proof out of track skills would probably be okay.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Feb 15 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Willow's ski trails were opened to hiking today. Consider all trails to be multiple use at this time until further notice. Reports shared among the groomers indicate skiable snow still exists in scattered areas, but it is essentially not worth the effort or risk. I had a brushing crew on the paved nature trail yesterday. We saw asphalt to ice and evrything in between. I was not skiing at Kinni SP today and its about the same; ice, puddles, grass, dirt, and scattered snow. The grooming gear remains ready at both parks.
      (Jeff Bolte)

 

Wisconsin Northeast


      Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 19 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      It was below freezing this morning. Pete had regroomed the skate lanes and reset the classic tracks. Excellent conditions. Probably the fastest trails I have ever skied but could still get a great edge.
      Photos:  
      (John Letellier)
    • Feb 19 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were glazed over and pretty icy this morning. Tilled up the skate lanes and that really transformed the trails, creating some of the best skating yet this year - for about 3 hours. Trails started softening up around noon. Could not set new track and what's there is starting to get a little shallow. We still have a good base, will look at grooming again Tuesday morning.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Feb 19 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Conditions on Escanaba ski trail vary today. I was able to cut ice and lay fresh track on the yellow loop or shortest loop of 2.5 miles. Conditions on this loop are fairly good. Most of the track was fully formed but large granule type snow after 50 plus degrees. The other loops are still icy and although not closed may have a few bare spots. The conditions on the loops other than the yellow are fair with an and icy bottom on the tracks. The road in will put a little dirt on your vehicle but if I was looking for a little quiet trail to ski Monday, I would try the yellow loop at Escanaba.
      (Dan Jacoby)
    • Feb 17 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied all the trails Tuesday through today. Excellent conditions for both classic and skating. Impeccable grooming. Nice deep classic tracks. Fun hills too!
      Photos:  
      (Libby Stupak)
    • Feb 17 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Classic skied today with toko yellow klister. Great kick in the morning then by noon lost it with the 48 degree temp. Overall trails are in good shape you just need to get off the trail before it gets to warm. Winter park is going to open at 8:00 Sat. And Sun. Which is an hour earlier than normal.
      (Dennis Blow)
    • Feb 17 - Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Cassian Cross Country Ski trails are anticipated to be in good condition through the weekend. We will groom early mornings if the weather doesn't get too warm. However, we expect conditions to degrade fairly quickly by early next week and ask that everyone respect the trails and not use the trails if you leave deep tracks or impressions. We can save the deck by not destroying it by skiing on it when its too soft. We only have a 4-10 inch deck on all of the trails, which is not much to work with. We will post closures when we think the trails are not skiable. Otherwise, ski very early in the day before the snow softens up and get off the trail immediately if your sinking into to deck. Winter isn't over and we'll get more snow.
      (Brian Hegge)
    • Feb 17 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Nose Lake Cross Country Ski trails are anticipated to be in good condition through the weekend. We will groom early mornings if the weather doesn't get too warm. However, we expect conditions to degrade fairly quickly by early next week and ask that everyone respect the trails and not use the trails if you leave deep tracks or impressions. We can save the deck by not destroying it by skiing on it when its too soft. We only have a 4-10 inch deck on all of the trails, which is not much to work with. We will post closures when we think the trails are not skiable. Otherwise, ski very early in the day before the snow softens up and get off the trail immediately if your sinking into to deck. Winter isn't over and we'll get more snow.
      (Brian Hegge)
    • Feb 17 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Washburn Silent Sports Ski trails are anticipated to be in good condition through the weekend. We will groom early mornings if the weather doesn't get too warm. However, we expect conditions to degrade fairly quickly by early next week and ask that everyone respect the trails and not use the trails if you leave deep tracks or impressions. We can save the deck by not destroying it by skiing on it when its too soft. We only have a 4-10 inch deck on all of the trails, which is not much to work with. We will post closures when we think the trails are not skiable. Otherwise, ski very early in the day before the snow softens up and get off the trail immediately if your sinking into to deck. Winter isn't over and we'll get more snow.
      (Brian Hegge)
    • Feb 16 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skate deck was reset today. We will attempt to groom as weather allows during the upcoming warm spell. When we groom, it will be in the early morning. Try to ski in the morning or late in the day as to avoid gouging the deck during those warmest parts of the day.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Feb 16 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Made another trip north to find snow-this time Winter Park in Minocqua. All groomed trails were awesome-best skiing of the year for me. Solid base with perfectly groomed corduroy and perfect temp 20F.
      (Dan Dudley)
    • Feb 16 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied wolf tracks, Red pine and Steeplechase today. All the wind blown debris from several days ago have been tilled in. Classic tracks were very nice with just a few icy spots. Skate decks looked solid and clean. Oak leaves are blowing on to the trail but didn't pose any problems. Used VR55 today and had good kick all afternoon.
      (Dennis Blow)
    • Feb 16 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Erased icy track and a lot of debris, still a lot of leaves but most loops turned out good. Some not fully formed track but most full. Expect fast in the morning and slow in the afternoon due to warm predicted temperatures. Can not run machines if too warm out.
      (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Feb 16 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Recent winds had left much leafy debris on the trail. All loops have been cut twice and tracked turning most of the leaves into the base. Good to very good conditions.
      (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Feb 16 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Recent winds have left much leafy debris on the trails. I cut up the Blue and Green loops twice to turn in the leaves then tracked with good results. I had to let the snowmobile cool down a couple times with the warmer temps.
      (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Feb 16 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Yesterday's grooming made a huge improvement for both the classic tracks and the skate lane. Still some debris in a few stretches of dense conifers but mostly the corduroy is crisp and firm and the tracks are solid and fast. Special violet provided confident kick and glorious glide. Early morning will probably be the best time to ski for this next warm spell.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
    • Feb 16 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Good condition with 7" base all groomed with debris under hemlocks due to wind storms last week. Early mornings will be best with the warmer weather coming in. Butternut, roller coaster, toms hill, pat shay and narrow gage.
      (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
    • Feb 16 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good condition with 6" base all groomed and tracked some debris under hemlocks due to wind storms last week. Early mornings will be best with the warmer weather coming in.
      (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
    • Feb 16 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Moccasin Ski Trail is in good to very good condition. There are some branches on the trail from recent high winds. With the warm weather coming conditions will change daily.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
    • Feb 15 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Been picking up a little snow over the last few days and it was time to whip things back into shape - all snowshoe and ski trail were groomed today. Had a chance to skate ski all the trails tonight and they are in phenomenal shape. The tracks are a little hit-n-miss with some sections that are really good and some sections that are a little shallow.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Feb 15 - Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The old tracks were ripped up today. The groomer was able to lay down a new set of deep tracks. They should firm up nicely tonight. Get out while you can on this trail. Warm temps. are knocking on the door, and they won't be nice to the tracks.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Feb 15 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Regroomed Wednesday morning - packed and tracked the entire system. Skate deck looks good. Tracks are shallow in spots but otherwise in good shape. Pine cones are scattered on the course from the white pine trees dropping them.
      (Joe Panci)
    • Feb 14 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We skied on a warm February day, but Pete had groomed as usual and the trails were in very good condition. We always enjoy skiing and snow shoeing there, since we can depend on his grooming to keep things safe and fun. And we like being able to use the lunchroom for breaks and eating lunch or a snack. The property is beautiful.
      (Minna Smith)
    • Feb 14 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Excellant as always. The snow has been tilled up and there is no hint that temperature was in the 40's recently. There is some oak leaf and fir needle litter in the tracks near the lake, but few twigs. The trails away from the lake are quite clean. The skating deck is solid, but there is enough snow to aid control down the hills.
      (David Henning)
    • Feb 14 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      9 AM temp 30 degree. We had heard the grooming and trails were some of the best so we decided to take a road trip. Being only an hour south of our location I can not believe we have not skied there. The trails were groomed to perfection and that is an understatement; they were sweet. Just the right mix of rolling hills with nice climbs and those cruising flats mixed in. Pete and Gail were most accommodating and personable. Great place its worth the drive.
      (Larry Heathman)
    • Feb 13 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      High winds left a lot of debris on trail. The grooming took care of most of it. All loops were groomed and tracked this afternoon.
      (Julie Brooks)
    • Feb 13 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Striding conditions are fair, at best due to long stretches of wind blown debris in the tracks. The skate lane is relatively clean but would be best in the morning or late evening when temps are cooler. Despite less than ideal snow conditions everyone, including Alvin, the dog, appeared to be enjoying the spring skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
    • Feb 13 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail would be excellent, except the high winds of yesterday have put so much leaf/needle/wood debris in the tracks that they are virtually unskiable. Will need some thorough grooming/new snow to cover it all back up.
      (Scott Joswiak)
    • Feb 13 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Groomed and tracked all appropriate loops this morning. All loops appear to be in good condition, though there is quite a bit of debris after yesterday's wind.
      (Chris Bartelt)
    • Feb 12 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Saturday and Sunday, almost forgot what good skiing feels like. Lots of snow, good grooming and great hosts! A must destination.
      (Marian Rozina)
    • Feb 12 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Had a great day skiing. Some leaves and sticks from high winds, but not too bad, grooming was super. Thanks again Pete, you're great!
      (Dave Williams)
    • Feb 12 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Perfect/excellent 10 out of 10 conditions. All classic tracks reset. All skate lanes groomed Sunday evening. Firm, flat, smooth and even skate lanes. Full depth, solid and consistent classic tracks. No rain here, only snow. Fat Bike single tracks were also groomed. Ski trails groomed 42 times and Fat Bike trails groomed 24 times this season.
      Photos:  
      (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
    • Feb 12 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Most loops are crisp corduroy and slightly glazed tracks. Uphill kick was best on the corduroy. Tracks were quite zippy on the downhills. Today's 30mph wind gusts dropped some debris. We flicked several hundred sticks off of the trail so there are only a few thousand left for the entertainment of others. Overall, this trail system obviously benefits from consistent, skilled grooming.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
    • Feb 12 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Excellent conditions with a dusting of fresh snow. Firm base and pole plant area. Some leaf debris but that is normal this time of year. Windy today but cloudy last few days so trails not deteriorating from warm temperatures. Birds are active at the shelter building. If you have not, now is the time to ski Escanaba Trail classic loops, conditions do not get much better than this.
      (Dan Jaocby, Wisconsin DNR)
      Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 19 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Drove up to Wausau to find snow. Was suprised Nine Mile had full coverage still. Solid ice base with crust on top. 8am 32f a bit icy hard to get good edge, 9am 42f fast with great control, 10 am 50f soft slow. Never had such rapid changing conditions. Last ski before the Birkie if it takes place.
      (Dan Dudley)
    • Feb 19 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skating deck was groomed yesterday morning. Expect stretches of ice and puddles and organic debris, but also some very nice, clean segments -especially the inside loops east of Tower Road. Downhill runs are great, and they plan on continuing to groom the short (1k?) nordic loop around the lodge and the top of the downhill run as long as the manmade snow allows. Closed: Red Pine Run, the lodge loop along the road. Classic tracks are pretty much gone.
      (Mindy Borchardt)
    • Feb 17 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Most trails were maintenance groomed in the skate lanes early this morning. The alps and the 20K have not been groomed. Today will likely be the last grooming until there is additional snowfall.
      (Andrew Sims)
    • Feb 16 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Phil was just coming in from grooming with PB, skating was excellent, fast as expected. Tracks are shallow but defined and skiable. Talked with Phil regarding weekend plans. He said they had a board meeting and it was decided to keep the trails open for as long as possible and not worry about trying to save them. This could be last hurrah. He couldn't say definitively what he was going to do for grooming Friday night or Saturday morning till he sees what temps do today. Today should be very good based on our last ski. Saturday we plan to get there early. I would expect it to be busy, the youth program ski's Saturday mornings and they are having a party for the kids after.
      (Tracy Piontkowski)
    • Feb 16 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      There was a lot of debris on the trails and icy in some spots. We avoided the trail by the lake. The trails definitely need some fresh snow.
      (Vicky Calawerts)
    • Feb 15 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomers did an excellent job of pulverizing the crust and debris on most of the trail, 20 km, and Alps not done. Very good classic and skate conditions considering the weather and lack of recent snow. Not sure how long it will last, and there won't be any grooming again until the weekend to preserve the snow.
      (Gary Zimbric)
    • Feb 15 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Made my first trip to Standing Rocks and was happy with the conditions. Skied blue and most of red. The early section through the pines on the blue is pretty icy and not for the faint of heart. There is a way to avoid it. The rest of the blue was very nice conditions. The groomer made numerous passes while we were out there. Great job! Pretty fast and fun skiing. There is also one very bad section at the very end close to the road. You can avoid it and turn left and go back the way the trail starts.
      (Todd Hanke)
    • Feb 15 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Very good skiing still at Iola. Crusty in a few spots, but Phil was tilling up with the Piston Bully, so the trail was fast with excellent control. Thursday could be the last excellent day.
      (Charlie Dee)
    • Feb 15 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      What a pleasant surprise! Good snow yet at nine mile. Just strided today but good new tracks thanks to Groomer Greg! A little debris but not bad. Very fast track, great double pull workout. My hard kick wax scraped off immediately so no kick. Super appreciation to skilled grooming!
      (Audun Mikkelson)
    • Feb 14 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The tracks are holding up and the base is solid. The snow was a little slow with icy speed at dusk. A lot of leaves and sticks in the tracks, so wax carefully (and often). Switched to waxless with much better result.
      (Richard Miller)
    • Feb 14 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I drove up to Nine Mile early morning Tuesday. Trail had full coverage but were not groomed. Still a solid based but crusty with a few icy spots and a bare spot or two on the 20k loop. Just enough crust to get a decent edge but a fresh groom would have made it even better.
      Base getting a bit thin and lots of pine needles and twigs on the trail to dodge otherwise a great ski at 30F.
      (Dan Dudley)
    • Feb 13 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Fantastic morning! Just myself and the groomer. I followed the 3 foot swath until he looped around. Temps at 0930 were 27 degrees. Very fast on the scratched up surface. Made it interested on the downhills having to stay in the loose stuff or hit packed ice. By noon the snow was turning soft and squishy. Complete coverage, some debris but it could be skied around or over. B skis.
      (Mike Conway)
    • Feb 13 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      37 degrees and sunny as we started at 11am with a freshly corduroy groomed trail that was wonderful. Best skiing conditions with the sunny warm weather. Even at 43 degrees it was fun but a little slower. We will be there tomorrow at 9am as the trails should be groomed earlier.
      Still good base depth and coverage. New tracks groomed today were enjoyed by classic skiers.
      Photos:  
      (Donald Howell)
    • Feb 13 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skating lanes were groomed today and are in good condition. The track rack was set on Saturday morning and is icy with debris.
      (Rex Runke)
    • Feb 12 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate conditions good: icy throughout but mostly edgeable. Got mushier as the day went on, but when I left at 2pm most of the trail was still hard. Classic would be fair based on very debris-filled, though no ground showing through. Of course new snow is needed!
      (Dave Minden)
    • Feb 12 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Blue and Red Trails both with complete coverage--no bare spots. A modest amount of generally avoidable debris--much better than might be expected given the gusts to 40mph today--with a few brief stretches of pine needles (thus, possibly avoid best skis if with immaculate bottoms). Firm and crisp skate deck, though in most places with enough grooming to allow adequate edging. Overall Standing Rocks has survived the thaw and rain in very good shape and is probably the best skiing closest to Madison.
      (Gene Musser)
    • Feb 12 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We skied Saturday and Sunday (skate). Overall trails were in very good to excellent condition, which is surprising given the warm weather, recent rain, and lack of snowfall lately. Trails had old transformed snow, but kudos to the groomer(s) for really making the skate lanes fast and good. We had excellent edge and speed on all trails (20 and 10 km loops and the alps). There is leaf debris but easy to maneuver around. Used our "A" Carbonlite skis and a Black Wolf 8 wax, which was perfect for the conditions. Hoping things hold up a bit longer. Thanks again to the groomers for making great trails out of far-less-than-perfect conditions.
      (Luke Fortney)
    • Feb 12 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Excellent grooming on the northern 2/3 of trail system. Heavy debris from wind in areas with tall pines and oaks, but most other areas good to pristine. Skate deck was hard and fast in the late morning but not slippery. Overall great skating. Classic skiing reportedly tougher going with debris in track and glazed/wet track. Bushwhacker loop was a skating rink; would not recommend it until it gets groomed.
      (Andrew Leaf)
      Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 22 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
      Observation Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Ski and snowshoe season has come to a close that is unless new snow is on the way. Trails are melting in the 50 degree temps and recent rains. Time to get your hiking boots out.
      (Tim Ewing)
    • Feb 17 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      Trails are melting fast due to the 50 degree temps. Ski trails are packed and you can still see ski tracks. Oak leaves and twigs are on the trails due to the winds. Likely today and Saturday are the last days the trails will be open to skiing, unless new snow arrives.
      (Tim Ewing)
    • Feb 15 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Boilerplate, flat and fast skate lane. Hard to get an edge but could still do so in most areas, some icy spots. Skied the lighted trails only, may be better in the woods where there has been less ski traffic. No classic tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Jim Beno)
    • Feb 14 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Currently all trails are open and snow covered, however with warm weather conditions may change fast. Trails were hard / icy this morning, a bit softer under the sun this afternoon. Lots of oak leaves and twigs down due the wind.
      (Tim Ewing)
    • Feb 13 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      42 degrees and partly sunny. Can't believe it is February 13th. Debris on most trails. Trails are somewhat icy but you can still get a firm grip. Seems like the Camp is in another world with all this snow.
      (Tim Birr)
      Door County area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 16 - Snowkraft Nordic (Sturgeon Bay): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails are groomed, in excellent condition, and ready for Saturday's race. Closed Friday to preserve course in warm weather.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Parsons)
    • Feb 12 - Snowkraft Nordic (Sturgeon Bay): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails groomed well yesterday, Saturday morning. This morning we have about 1/2 inch new, not groomed. It is already warm, so not great skiing, but good. Trails are quite smooth. The next few days (Mon-Thur) will be really good, with cold nights and nice temps. We have our first annual Eirawen20 race next Saturdayt, Feb 18. It will be warm, but think with extra good grooming there will be good conditions.
      (Tom Parsons)
      Other locations
    • Feb 20 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Trail conditions are poor, but remain open to skiing. Our trails have had substantial melting and will continue to degrade through this warm week. The trails have sections of good snow pack with expanding sections of exposed bare ground. The trails have moderate to heavy leaf and stick litter and we will not be grooming until we receive substantial new snow.
      (Matthew Leischer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Feb 17 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails are in good shape considering the snow condition. As you can see from the pictures, there is some debris on the skate lane. The classic track didn't fare so well. In some areas you might want to convince yourself that all those leaves have glide wax on them. Only skied the first 10K. There is a tree across the trail at about 9-1/2 K. If you're looking for good ski conditions, don't go. If you just want to have fun in the warm sun and get a work out, there is still plenty of snow.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Meyer)
    • Feb 16 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were re-groomed today. Skate lanes are in good condition and the tracks are in fair condition. There is debris (pine needles) on the trail in the plantations and oak leaves in the track in many areas. We should have enough snow here to keep good skiing through the weekend.
      (Maggie Kailhofer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Feb 15 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good condition with 4" base all groomed and tracked some debris due to wind storms last week. Early mornings will be best with the warmer weather coming in.
      (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)

 

Wisconsin Southwest


      La Crosse area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 13 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Skated the crust out in the hay fields this morning as temperatures rose, and I hit the sweet spot at about 10AM. The classic trails were icy and crusty and hikers have been walking on them. The crust was good, no break through, but is limited, you have to pick your way through the corns fields to get there.
      (Steve Beezley)
      Other locations
    • Feb 13 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      It's spring skiing at Levis, but the snow is still there and better than grass or dirt. I did the full loop in classical style and found some sections to be quite fast while others were slow because of debris or melting snow.
      (Jim Mohr)

 

Wisconsin Southeast


      Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 21 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      There is still lots of ice and icy snow on many portions of the Greenbush trails, but it is unskiable. A few good sections (10%), but not worth it to get to. The most important thing is keeping the most of the frost in the ground, and the icy base and hope for more snow. Winter isn't over yet and today is the last day of the "false spring of 2017.".
      (Matt Stanke)
    • Feb 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The brown and the red trail were groomed today and in very good condition. The green trail is skiable but a little icy. The purple is rather dirty and doesn't appear to have been groomed this week, not very skiable. The trails look like they will hold up for at least a few more days.
      (Jim Hertel)
    • Feb 15 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Greenbush trails are fast but very skiable, just watch out for the downhill's and skip the Pines. Terry did a great job grooming, thanks man. Tracks are icy.
      (Michael McFadzen)
    • Feb 15 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Started at 10:30AM, the recently groomed trails were in excellent condition; fast and controllable. The purple/green section, after the split from the red, had not been groomed and was in poor shape. The back section of the purple was groomed and in excellent condition.
      (Jeff Panosian)
    • Feb 15 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The brown, red, and pink trails were groomed today for fast skating and will be kept groomed until the warm up sometime Friday. Areas in the pines remain weak an somewhat dirty. Classic tracks are shallow and icy.
      (Terry Knier)
    • Feb 14 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Jeff Welsch did an outstanding job grooming up the Brown and Red trails for the NKMN Storm Middle School/High School team practice. Coverage was adequate over 99% of the trail, with only a couple of areas on the hill tops of the Red requiring extra caution to avoid large dirty, gray spots. Good control on the downhills and good glide going up. Brown was in better condition yet. I used backup skis and left the good ones in the bag - there were exposed areas of dirt and sticks on some areas, and lots of pine needles and cones in others. All things considered, it was much better than I expected! Thanks again Jeff and the Greenbush Grooming Team!
      (Matt Meyer)
      Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 20 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      The man made loop is open, so get out there before its gone! Amazingly, it was tracked after Winterfest concluded Sunday night, and the skate deck held up overnight. Conditions are deteriorating, and it's a mix of slush, ice, and dirty snow. Still beats running.
      Photos:  
      (Will DeBoer)
    • Feb 14 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Secondhand 

      Ice Age Challenge organizers are working up a 1K loop for man-made snow for the weekend races.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
      Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 17 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Nice conditions again this morning on the manmade loops. Similar to yesterday, though temps were a bit warmer. Dirt still not coming out. Began to slow a bit around 9:30. May be worth another look early Saturday morning.
      Photos:  
      (John McCarthy)
    • Feb 16 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Conditions on the manmade snow loops are mixed, from fair to good. The rock solid base is still a foot or more deep in most sections, but there are some icy spots. Very nice skiing around the main loop this morning -- mostly a couple of inches of ground-up ice on the base, with some stretches that have to be double poled. Dirty, but the dirty doesn't come out until it gets several degrees above freezing. A shallow track is evident in some sections. Should be good early on Friday morning.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Feb 14 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Better than I expected, great glide and edging at 9:30 when I started but it got slower fast. Some ice on the summer stage climb. Staying to the left avoided the ice down magic carpet but the bottom of magic carpet and most of the east side was icy and dirty. Conditions on the trail across the middle was quite good.
      (Mike Wiegel)
    • Feb 14 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Skied 20K on the man made loop early this morning before things warmed up. Freshly groomed however, there are some places where there was glare ice from puddles that have refrozen and some thin spots but they are well marked and manageable. Kudos to the groomers all things considered! Not certain what things will look like after today but am keeping my fingers crossed for at least one more outing later this week.
      (John Peterson)
    • Feb 13 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Trails are still snow covered and white but very soft. The parking lot is closed. Please stay off the trails--perhaps if we get lucky the weather will let us back on the trail. Until then, skiing on soft snow creates ruts that are very difficult to groom out.
      (Russ Sobotta)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula


      Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 20 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      We are going to close the ski trails Feb 21-22, Tuesday and Wednesday, due to the rain and "unsafe" and variable conditions. This is very unusual for ABR to close the trails during the main season. We make this announcement early in the evening so that traveling skiers can amend their ski plans for the next two days. We hope to reopen for Thursday, stay tuned. We still have the trails snow covered and the forecast is favorable.
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • Feb 20 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails freshly, fully groomed today, tracks set. Conditions are soft. Please refrain from running your dogs on the trail system until the weather becomes colder. Many skiers and snowshoers out over the weekend enjoying the great conditions.
      Photos:  
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
    • Feb 19 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Grooming Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We had another day of spring skiing today. Skiers reported that skiing was super fun and fast on the ground up corn snow from 9-12. Skiers also enjoyed the warm skiing at 45 degrees, on a firm base from 12 - close. We groomed all 73 km of trails last night and this morning including power-tilling all of the wide trails with the Pisten Bully and power-tilling the narrow trails with the Alpina  dual track and Alpina small tiller and track-setting with the "Ginzu" Groomer and Bearcat. We will continue to groom for the next several warm days with lighter equipment and limit our open trails to the more gentle terrain so that the more expert trails keep their snow. (It is difficult for the groomers to climb hills in the softer conditions and it is easy for the beginner skiers to snow plow the soft snow off the trail). So we will be skiing on River Trail, Popple, Pit, Memory, Bachelors, Sulos Cherry, Blue Berry to the shortcut, Meadow and Tamarack and Hemlock and Jack Pine/WP, Rascals and Spank's. That is 20 km of skating and 31 km of classic.
      We do have one small cabin open for next weekend and the Hantala House. Pre Season Season Pass Green Banana sale is on along with the ski shop sale!
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • Feb 19 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Awesome spring skiing at ABR. Skied both classical, and skate. It got pretty mushy after noon, but it felt so good skiing in shirt sleeves.
      (Thomas Gahr)
    • Feb 18 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails froze hard overnight. Conditions were icy in the early morning with fast downhills. After 10am the snow started to soften as temps rose. A good morning to practice double poling. Groomers on deck waiting for the right temps.
      Photos:  
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
    • Feb 17 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful conditions, we started at 9 am, it was about 28, grooming was great as usual for ABR. We used waxless skis and conditions were fast. Sun was out and warmed up pretty rapidly. When we finished at noon it was 50 and getting slower. To bad the warm stretch is so many days. They have a good base and Eric know how to work his magic with the snow. Spring skiing conditions for now.
      (Laurie Fabrizius)
    • Feb 17 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      PistenBully groomed overnight with all trails newly track set and skate lane superb. Excellent conditions. Perfect sunny weather to head out on the trails for the long weekend. Groomers will be grooming throughout the weekend depending on temperature conditions.
      Photos:  
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
    • Feb 16 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fully groomed today with new tracks set and the skate lane is primo. Base is very solid. Excellent trail conditions for skating and striding.
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Feb 15 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All the tracks were reset this morning and skate lane groomed. Cold night temps are helping preserve the base. Excellent conditions. Light snow off and on today.
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
    • Feb 14 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Valentines Day groomers were out this morning grooming all trails with fresh skate lanes and tracks. The base is still hard even in the warmer temps. Excellent conditions.
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
    • Feb 12 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomers were out early morning and groomed the skate lanes on all trails. Tracks are in great shape. Skating lane hardened up overnight which made for a fast ski. Temps in mid 20's and sunshine. High winds blew debris on trails and wind finally died down. Groomers will be out in the morning. Excellent conditions.
      Photos:  
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
      Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 21 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I was able to classic ski early down on B/H with grip tape for kick. It had not froze overnight, so tracks were not icy. Full sun by 11am and everything became soft up on top(Y and W.) Plenty of base, so Dan can work his magic for the weekend.
      (John Gierke)
    • Feb 20 - Big Bay Pathway (Big Bay): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Given the current weather warm weather conditions, the Big Bay Pathway is in fair condition. We have a snowmobile damage issue in one brief portion of Meditation loop, some tracks are a bit shallow in some sunny areas from melting (still plenty of snow though), and finally a couple wet drainage crossings on the lower end of Bear Mountain that are still passable.
      Our plan this week is to refrain from grooming until after the warm weather. We plan on reworking our base on Wednesday and Thursday.
      (Sven Gonstead)
    • Feb 18 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skating was very good in the morning and started to slow with the warm temps. However still solid pole plants at 2pm going up Heaven. Classic tracks fast in the morning, then softened in the afternoon. SkinTec seemed to be working good. Temps near 50F, however 16"+ base, was barely touched. Dan will be out early Sunday morning, so skaters show up early.
      (John Gierke)
    • Feb 18 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed skate lanes on all loops this morning. Classic tracks are holding up well with glazing in the bottoms. Zeros or Klister would be the best choice.
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Feb 17 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skated early this morning in great conditions. Dan used deep track setter, so classic tracks will hold all weekend. There is a minimum of a 16" base on all trails here, so ignore conditions where you are. Ski in the morning and snowshoe in the afternoon if you are looking for a full day.
      (John Gierke)
    • Feb 17 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skated up D (stairway to heaven) to Y and W then finished up with an easy ski around the B loop and the trails were awesome this morning. We got out there before it warmed up.
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Feb 16 - Big Bay Pathway (Big Bay): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All Trails were groomed today except the Ridgeline. We had a snowmobile tear up the back of Hidden Grin this week. It is groomed out -- with a little more work to do to get it completely smooth again. All other parts of the trail are very good condition.
      (Sven Gonstead)
    • Feb 16 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Another 4" of fresh snow fell on our trails overnight. Rolled and set track on the entire system and skiing is very good today. Some of the best skiing of the season is yet to come. Warm days and cold nights make for magical skiing. Get on out there!
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Feb 14 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A bit of a warm spell and then a cooldown followed by another warm spell for the weekend will not have a negative effect on our trails. We have an awesome base that we just measured today at 16 inches minimum. We groom everyday so no matter the weather you will find great skiing at Valley Spur. On expected warm days best skiing is from sun-up till noon. Come on out!
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Feb 13 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Temps in the low 20's in the morning, so Rode Blue Multigrade had great kick. Cold temps overnight, so skate lanes had firmed up. Full sun in the morning so a great day to be out. The base is still above 10".
      (John Gierke)
      Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 22 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We plan to resume grooming Thursday morning, plenty of base to work with and new snow on the way. Look forward to excellent conditions for weekend skiing.
      (Patrick Szubielak)
    • Feb 16 - Nara Nature Park (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were all regroomed today. Skating and classic tracks were fast. We skied after lunch and it had warmed up to the mid 20's.
      Very nice trails just outside of Houghton. These were some of our favorites in the area. Super nice warming building.
      (Laurie Fabrizius)
    • Feb 16 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Our first time to ski here, parked at the nice Chalet. It was 16 degrees when we started, the trails are classic only. Quite a big hill to go down to start the River trail loop. It was pretty icy but we made it down and enjoyed the trail along the creek. The trails were clear of debris and in most spots were double tracked. We thought they were well marked. We wish we would have taken the short cut and not done the mud lake loop as it was very windy and cold out there,must be a clear cut area. We enjoyed skiing there, it looks like you could avoid the big downhill near the parking lot if you take the green loop but I really like the trail. Chalet is warm, has places to sit and wax skis. Indoor plumbing.
      (Laurie Fabrizius)
    • Feb 16 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions today at Swedetown, skate lanes and tracks were in perfect condition. Trails should hold up great through the weekend warm up.
      (Patrick Szubielak)
    • Feb 15 - Nara Nature Park (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very nice trails, classic and skating. It was lightly snowing so we had a little fresh snow to help as the base was a little icy from the previous 2 days of warm weather. Very nice warming building with indoor plumbing, fireplace and plenty of seating. We skied most of the trails, it was intermediate with nice up and downhills. They do connect with Michigan Tech trails if you want to continue on to them.
      (Laurie Fabrizius)
    • Feb 14 - Copper Harbor Pathway (Copper Harbor): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic only, trails were single track through woods and some of the Fort Wilkins campground areas. Pretty trails but only groomed by snowmobile so we're a little soft with the warm temps and sunny weather. Only about 9 K. Flat. No hills. Some pretty areas along Lake Fanny Hooe. We parked in the lot across from the fort and started at the fort area.
      (Laurie Fabrizius)
    • Feb 14 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Our first time to ski here. Grooming was excellent. Lots of snow. The trails were very enjoyable to ski. Temps were a little warm at 37 but nice skiing. Good mix of intermediate to beginner trails. They Had a nice warming building to go in with a place to bring a lunch and indoor plumbing.
      (Laurie Fabrizius)
    • Feb 13 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Excellent skiing today with fresh tilled and tracked trails. With over two feet of packed base and sunny day.
      (Patrick Szubielak)
      Other locations
    • Feb 15 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Tracked all trails this afternoon. Tracks look very good. There is a little bit of tree litter from the wind on Sunday, but the grooming took care of most of it.
      (Bob Turnquist)

 

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      Other locations
    • Feb 22 - Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (Thunder Bay): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      We have survived the meltdown at the Giant! Full course for Loppet with grooming commencing Friday once things cool down. 50 km open this Saturday morning for skate with classic tracks to come once tilling complete.
      (Peter Crooks)

 


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