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Minnesota Metro Area


      Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 22 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Took a chance. Only one other person was there and she was leaving but satisfied that she had a (last) chance to ski. The "glacier" and the top of the green leading to it and the section leading to the glacier was skiable though the footing was tricky in spots because you'd sink about 4 inches deeper than the tracks. The section in front of the parking lot was melted to grass. I really enjoyed the challenge but this is probably my last try! There's golf there too!
      (Stanley Sledz)
    • Apr 22 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Another beautiful day of spring skiing. Thanks to the Loppet for grooming one last time. Groomer came through around 8 o'clock and turned icy course in to great skiing. Conditions were getting soft and slow by 10:30. Super fun skiing one last time with many friends.
      Photos:  
      (Matt Liebsch, Pioneer Midwest Ski Shop)
    • Apr 21 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Good surface from the flats off the parking lot up and to the west end of the "glacier" to the edge. No snow on the hills. Didn't go/walk to the north side (seemed to have enough snow) but maybe tomorrow. Would have to walk up the hill on grass. Rare steps that sunk a few inches instead of gliding on the surface. Skied from 1:30-2:45 - very glad I did it.
      (Stanley Sledz)
    • Apr 21 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      April 21, 2 months until the summer solstice and we still have good skiing! Hard to believe that last weekend we were in the middle of a snow storm and now we have a high temperature near 60. I'll be back again tomorrow morning.
      (Dave Bridges)
    • Apr 21 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Hats off to groomers today for giving us an incredible morning of spring skiing today. Classic tracks varied from excellent to fair and the base was quite fast in places even when I finished 2 hours skiing at 10:45. Almost a party atmosphere with lots of people enjoying it.
      (Dan Zenk)
    • Apr 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      I never thought I'd post a ski report so late in April but here it is. Biking through highland needed to cross the man made trail. Looks like there is still plenty of snow for some spring skiing. No tracks set, but the trail looked pretty flat.
      Photos:  
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Apr 21 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      I skied a half loop this morning but conditions were not too good. It was rather icy, there are multiple bare patches to hop over, and lots of walking foot holes. I would not recommend skiing unless you are are up for an adventure ski.
      (David Nelson, Skinnyski.com Race Team)
    • Apr 20 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Just wanted to say that 7 deer crossed up ahead of me Friday skiing the Twin Lakes loop. Very good skiing for this late. What fun!
      (Karen Peters)
    • Apr 20 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Amazing to be skiing on 4/20 even if it doesn't shatter the May 1st record at wirth! Spring was in the air as grass and weed and buds (soon to be flowers) were try to shake free of the crystals and nuggets of snow. I used just a dab of wax under foot which let me rip on the downhills. I stopped at the high point and then blazed a zig zag course through the trees. Once the morning sun hit it burned through the clouds of mist that hung in the shady bowls, baking the sharp crunchy snow until it was blunt and sticky. Overall the snow is clean but my sticky klister picked up lots of little red hairs. Thank you Wirth for the extended season!
      (Zach Handler)
    • Apr 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      After skiing Wirth this morning (very nice; groomed; icy but softening up), I headed to Hyland to give it a try. Skied the Lake trail his morning, not so great today. You definitely needed rock skis as the beginning of the trail has a 25 yard section of soft wood chips . The trail also twice crosses a paved bike trail. Skied (skate) the Frogtown loop which was not groomed and had crusty snow. It certainly made me appreciate the efforts of the groomers. There is a deep base on the ungroomed man-made trails and that snow should be around for awhile; just saying.
      (Geir Johansen)
    • Apr 20 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      TRP website showed fresh grooming today so I stopped by before lunch and was glad I did. Snow was well compacted from grooming but getting softer as the temp went above 45F. I skied all the trails without much problem but there's about a 100 ft section of the Meadow trail near the road that requires some fancy footwork to stay on snow. There's a couple other much smaller areas to watch out for but nothing you can't prepare for in advance, the worst being the first downhill from the visitor center and the last Challenge hill downhill. Snow depth overall is amazing for April 20 considering there was no snowmaking base. Back in the woods on the Skyline trail it looked like mid January.
      (Dan Zenk)
    • Apr 20 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Classic skied from 8:30 until 10. Track had been reground and reset. Have to give it a very good especially for April 20th. Skaters were cruising good on the deck and reported nice skiing. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful ski venue in the twin cities. Happy Trails!
      Photos:  
      (Ross Jacobsen)
    • Apr 20 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Fantastic crust skiing on Como Golf Course this morning. I was there from 8:40-9am and conditions were perfect. It looks like tomorrow might be a repeat if it gets cold enough. The forecast is calling for a low of 32F, so there's a decent chance. Just watch out for the occasional branch left from the ash removal.
      (Sarah Hobbie)
    • Apr 20 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Skied from 9 am to 10 am, felt I hit the conditions just right. Very fast, a little icy when I first started and getting just a little slow in spots when I left. Surprisingly good coverage throughout the groomed loop, I could have used my good skis. Lots of people out stretching the end of the season.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Apr 20 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Pretty good crust skiing. Very firm clean snow with enough give to get a good skating edge at 830AM. It'll likely still be good tomorrow morning if it freezes overnight though with a few less connections than today. A little pock-marked - not perfectly glass like Hyland Lake earlier this year. One other classic skier out here smiling in addition to a large eagle scouting out potential trees all over the golf course.
      Photos:  
      (John Holtan)
    • Apr 20 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Freshly groomed and fast! A few patches have nearly burned out, but I skied the entire skate loop and it was wonderful. It will slow down soon, and melt out close after that so get out there this morning if you can!
      Photos:  
      (David Nelson, Skinnyski.com Race Team)
    • Apr 20 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Fresh grooming wrapped up around 7am, trail has been nicely de-iced and most dirty spots covered up. Still good for B skis!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Apr 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Skate skied the Lake trail Thursday morning and was amazed at the very good conditions! Aside from a couple bare spots, the trail had great snow coverage and was very skiable. Ended up doing five loops on the 3.3 k trail from 930 am to 1145 am. However, by afternoon conditions were changing and the snow softened considerably. Still, with beautiful blue sky and the warm sun (high of 53 F), an amazing spring skiing experience today. Who would have thought this possible on April 19th?! Probably a much different experience by late Thursday afternoon into Friday. Thanks to Sonja Bercich, the groomers, and the rest of her terrific staff for an outstanding xc ski season at Hyland Lake Park Reserve. This truly is a first class operation!
      (Paul Spika)
    • Apr 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Pulled into the parking lot at 7:15 am and not a car was in sight. So I was pretty worried about trail conditions, but the lake trail was surprisingly skiable! Icy in spots, and one pretty bad spot that I had to snow plow to and then carefully go around the edge. Other than that I had a great ski. Crust skiing was amazing as well!
      (Anita Burg)
    • Apr 19 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      I enjoyed fairway crust skiing at sunrise this morning, and it was wonderful! The crust is thick and held my weight, you barely make a mark on the snow unless you make an edge. It is such unusual skiing!
      Photos:  
      (Charlie Casserly)
    • Apr 19 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Groomer out working his magic on the trail when I arrived at 8:30. Tracks were deep, hard and glazed. I classic skied 5 loops with skin skis and they worked amazing! Skate deck looked great. Another good ski on a beautiful morning!
      Photos:  
      (Ross Jacobsen)
    • Apr 19 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Reset classic tracks and flattened the skate deck but due to heavy foot traffic it is some what lumpy. Classic tracks are good and crown base was skiing well. Did not set tracks on the watertower hill it was too soft to get the sled up with the tracksetter down. Crust cruising will be awesome early in the day so even though I could hear the Rolling Stones singing 'this could be the last time, babee the last time oh yeah' it ain't over yet. Again if lots of K's are on the schedule Wirth is the way but for a quick April 19th ski try the Hiihto.
      (Andy Turnbull, Hoigaard's)
    • Apr 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Lake Trail is packed not tracked and in good-fair Condition. Lights off. No Rentals. No pass needed. Visitor Center open 9am-5pm.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Apr 19 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Groomer was out at about 8am this morning. Before being groomed the trail was icy and difficult to get a edge skating, but after being groomed the trail was perfection- no ice, fast, clean snow. You could get by using A skis if you wanted to, but there are a few avoidable dirty spots starting to show, so B skis are probably a better bet.
      Photos:  
      (Melissa Berman)
    • Apr 19 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Observation 

      Not groomed as of 6:30 AM. Was told by another skier that it was very icy. Did not venture out. Observed an elite appearing skier crust skiing.
      (Wiliam Hamilton)
    • Apr 18 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Some members of the Medicine Lake Run Group went for a ski on the groomed trails after our Wednesday night run on the plowed trails in French Park. (A good double work-out) Icy conditions earlier in the day had softened. Skiing was faster and easier than it had been Tuesday night when I was sinking into deep and sticky snow. Some areas were close to breaking through.
      (Brad Anderson)
    • Apr 18 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Soft conditions. April 18th and skis still not bottoming out. Lots of red wing black birds singing to cheer us on. Owls out hooting when we left. So fun!
      Photos:  
      (Karla Anderson)
    • Apr 18 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      The Highland 9 continues to be skiable. There are deep, firm tracks that work well in the afternoon and some shallower tracks that work better in the morning. The tracks still follow the old grooming with some necessary adjustments to avoid bare ground. I've been using fishscales.
      (John Kendrick)
    • Apr 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      We are currently planning to continue grooming the 3k manmade loop for classic and skate through Sunday April 22nd if the current weather forecast is accurate. The forecast says we will have bellow freezing mornings through Sunday, so this will allow for proper grooming. This could be the last weekend of skiing! Cheers to a great season!
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Apr 18 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      The Hiihto was not groomed Wednesday morning so is crusty with soft snow underneath, certainly still skiable but do so cautiously. The sun has done in some of the exposed classic tracks and there is some dirt showing. We will try to groom Thursday morning, likely skate only but Wednesday Wirth may be a better bet if you are looking for K's.
      (Andy Turnbull, Hoigaard's)
    • Apr 18 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Went out at 9:30 today after a great morning ski yesterday and found the trails full of frozen ski track ruts and not groomed at all. I struggled all the way out to Skyline to make sure grooming wasn't in progress since when I spoke with the groomer yesterday he said they were going to groom today. After running off the trail on the first downhill starting out because there was no smooth or soft snow to be found I decided to walk the downhill on my way back. The first time I've ever feared for my safety when I skied down a groomed xc ski run. Dangerous, not marked closed on TRP website but I feel it should be.
      (Dan Zenk)
    • Apr 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Fresh corduroy for skate and fresh classic tracks this early morning! A few spots getting dirty but easy to avoid. Fast, firm, fun skiing!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Apr 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The 2018 Spring Loop was groomed last night and the skate deck is nice and firm and fast. Watch out for the corner coming down into the meadow it is already starting to ice up at 7:30 this morning. The classic track looks nice as well.
      (Luke Malm)
    • Apr 17 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      Ran the Fort Snelling river trail system (Pike Island & Snelling Lake) Tuesday evening and took note of a nice skier set track throughout. It is definitely spring skiing, there are some thin spots, a bit of dirt showing, and the snow is settling fast. Saw 3 happy skiers on the Pike Island loop. Get after it while we have it!
      (John Horns)
    • Apr 17 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Skied (sort of) Eagle Point. 43 degrees and really sunny. Skier-set track washed out due to melt or snow shoe-ers on western and southern portions. Several bare spots on north side to that you could ski around on the snow on the sides of the trail and one stream to ford at far western end that required going about 150 feet west of trail to cross it (with skis on) at its narrowest point. Slush was on the straight away leading to the climb to the Quonset hut. Made the mistake of not going all the way around and soaked my socks. I used Swix Red Extra. Snow did not clump and got some bite but it was slow. With multiple stops to try and get thru to my wife to make excuses as to why I was going to be late, it took me 1 1/2 hours to get around the trail. It was a beautiful day outdoors but not great skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Apr 17 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Classic skied the outer loop in skier made tracks. Snow is soft and tracks are deep so if they freeze overnight they could be hazardous. Some parts of the tracks are almost down to the dirt and a few spots the bare ground must be skied around. It was a beautiful day and although ski was a slow one it was great to be out so late in the season in such a great ski venue.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Apr 17 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Plenty of groomed track still intact by early afternoon. North side of parking lot. Didn't leave until about 2:30 and things were slow and slushy by then. Well worth it tho, and a beautiful day there. First time I've ever skied on my birthday (all 60 of them). Thanks for grooming!!
      (Carli Yocum)
    • Apr 17 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the ridge line and related segments from the main building this morning. Surreal experience to have in Minneapolis in mid-April. Groomer was out. One dirty patch SE of the big road intersection (Rockford and NW Bvld) otherwise flawlessly snowy trail. Deck was pretty soft but changing rapidly as snow packs down and melts. No pass needed. Beautiful tomorrow, probably, and Wednesday assuming the new snow helps cover that one bump (which, by the way, they should flatten so the groomer doesn't rip through the base in that spot?!). Pretty awesome conditions, all in all. Eat your heart out, Anchorage.
      (Chris McLaren)
    • Apr 17 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      It was super skiing again at 9:00 this morning at Wirth with a nice wide skate lane and great classic tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Apr 17 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      Classic, skier-made trails throughout the course, however, my heart breaks that they are not grooming Hiawatha with all this wonderful snow. Hiawatha is best in the sub-freezing morning light, before the high sun makes things too sloppy.
      Photos:  
      (Charlie Casserly)
    • Apr 17 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Classic skied the 3.3 loop with skins on this morning. Piston Bully just finishing up when we arrived at 9. Yet another day of stellar skiing. 10 o clock is the game changer for the snow today. Standing ovation for the groomers! 27 degrees at 9 - 43 degrees at 10:30. Have fun!
      (Ross Jacobsen)
    • Apr 17 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      One of the best skis of the year. Skated several laps of the 3.33k loop after the fresh corduroy had set up. Snow still a little soft, so you'll get a good workout. Unlike yesterday, skate deck is now full wide the and there is still a single, very solid looking, classic track on the side. A perfect day, though it was starting to get warm as I left. I think I saw every known skier in the metro there, including Matt Liebsch.
      (Andor Langski)
    • Apr 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Skated before lunch. Conditions were just as good as Wirth. Only the lake and a section of trail going towards the grooming shed is open, for about 4km of relatively flat skate deck. Not much of classic track. Should be okay tonight under the lights after dark, and excellent tomorrow morning (assuming they groom).
      (Andor Langski)
    • Apr 17 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails were lumpy snowmobile tracks, as I got out ahead of the groomer about 6:30 am. I was about to give up, then saw the groomer had been out so I followed the freshly groomed trail for a while. Will be nice after more grooming, but difficult skiing now.
      (Verdeen Langland)
    • Apr 17 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Packed and groomed, no classic tracks. The groomer was working while I was there at 9am. The trail is not as wide as normal but plenty wide for skating. Conditions were somewhat bumpy in places that hadn't been regroomed, but very nice after the fresh grooming. Overall, wonderful conditions!
      (David Nelson, Skinnyski.com Race Team)
    • Apr 17 - Sunfish Lake Park (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      About 2/3 of the trails were groomed with track set. There were some boot marks and a few places where the tracks had collapsed, but definitely worth the drive from St. Paul.
      Photos:  
      (Brandon Goldstein)
    • Apr 17 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Pristine conditions. Grooming right now again. They added more trail to the water tower. 4K maybe 5? Bit soft On the new stuff. Bring big baskets. Classic being reset at 8:30.
      Photos:  
      (John Holtan)
    • Apr 17 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Tons of snow, skiers, smiles, and sunshine at Wirth in the morning! The course has been reset to a skate deck. Awesome April skiing continues.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Apr 17 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The groomer was leaving the station at 6:30 this morning. The skate deck that was being set was pretty soft and I was postholing a lot. Off to the left where they didn't groom it was too hard... and I feel like the Bears with the porridge.
      (Luke Malm)
    • Apr 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skier-made tracks, but nice width in my opinion - more like the distance in a groomed trail, and the tracks were packed and solid today so smooth skiing. Yes, there are snowshoers, but they seemed to be making their own 'tracks'. I'm betting the East trails get more traffic than the West trails (from the Jensen Lake trailhead), which were a bit soft on Sunday. Though if you have some Fischer Country Crowns (fairly wide) or true back country skis, the West trails would be fine.
      (Robert Sullivan)
    • Apr 16 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Raced to the trailhead of County Rd. F after work and got on the skier-tracked trail a little after 6:00 pm. Initially skied well but deteriorated once I took the less heavily skied trail across the channel to the east side Sucker Lake. Track kept collapsing as I kicked with my right leg and every time I lifted my skis snow would stick or clump on my ski. There was no track after you reached the bench at the opening next to the residential subdivision across the street. Once I got back to the west side, I skied pretty well again. I used Rex Red, which was the right wax. It performed well as long as you stayed in the track and did not lift you ski.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Apr 16 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      I decided to go up to William O'Brien and see if the snow was skiable and enjoy a beautiful post snowstorm afternoon at the State Park. I was pleasantly surprised. Someone had tracked the entire perimeter trail (not the periphery loops - did not see any ski tracks or snowshoe tracks on those trails) until I reached the turn-off to the Wedge Hill Savannah trail. I made new ski tracks next to some snowshoe tracks on the Savannah trail. I was happy that snow shoers made their own tracks parallel to the ski tracks so the skiing was pretty good for April 16th. Had a great ski and welcome those of you who might want to ski tomorrow morning to go for it before the snow goes bad and the ski tracks get too beat up. Cheers!
      (Harlan Jones)
    • Apr 16 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I decided to go out to Lake Elmo Park Reserve this evening due to all the brand new snow that we have received. There have been lots and lots of people out there skiing on their own made classic track. It would be so nice if Lake Elmo Park Reserve would roll and pack the trail system and set the classic tracks.
      Photos:  
      (John Dewall)
    • Apr 16 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The Hornet Hiihto classic tracks are holding up very nicely. The edges are soft so bring powder baskets if you have them. No skate deck. A few footprints. Overall - fantastic! Thanks go to Andy and Paul for keeping the Edina Nordic dream alive!
      (John Horns)
    • Apr 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Amazing! Got to Wirth around 9:00 as the impromptu classic race was finishing up. The groomer had set best line double classic tracks over the entire loop. It was such fun classic skiing on best line tracks! I never had to get out of the tracks around the corners. The tracks were great on the downhills. Snow conditions were great for anytime during the winter but to have conditions like this on April 16 - so awesome! A huge thank you to the Loppet for continuing to groom Wirth! It is so appreciated. I have lived in the Twin Cities for over 40 years (and been a skier all those years) but have never had the opportunity to ski mint condition groomed trails this late in the season in the Twin Cities. Double kudos to the Loppet!
      (Kathleen Miller)
    • Apr 16 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      French's snowmobile grooming was not adequate for the snowapocalypse. Trail was very lumpy and uneven to the point of being unskiable. I tried skating for 20 min and had to quit. Classic was no better as there is no track. I'd stay away from French until they are able to groom again.
      (Erik Hendrickson)
    • Apr 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Rolled around the lake. Not real even so they must have rolled it once over deep snow. But it's mid-April -later than I've ever seen any grooming in these parts - so I'm skiing and not complaining!
      (Pete Thurmes)
    • Apr 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Solid! No tracks but good solid rolled trail around the lake. A skis would be fine for now. I'm going back out to skate, which should work a little better. Snow is nicely packed and not at all slushy anywhere except one small low spot that's easy to get around.
      (Pete Thurmes)
    • Apr 16 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Secondhand 

      Three Rivers is reporting that they have groomed French. Ski pass is not required for this late season grooming. Trail lights on until 10 pm.
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Apr 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The trails are awesome at Wirth. Just a heads up though, I was there at noon and the trails are groomed with two sets of classic tracks which doesn't leave much room for skating. I skated and it was a mix of short glides and double poling with only a few sections where I could skate normally.
      (Nick Raisanen)
    • Apr 16 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fresh classic tracks at Hornet Hiihto today. Not groomed for skate. Thanks for grooming... Great April fun!
      Photos:  
      (Sue Schroeder)
    • Apr 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Lake Trail is open; packed and in good condition for skating. Lights on until 10 pm. XC Ski Pass not needed. No rentals. Visitor Center Hours 9am - 5pm.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Apr 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Classic skied the 3k loop in the 10 -12 am frame. Stellar snow, stellar tracks and a stellar 27 degree morning. Snow still good at noon. Way fun! Good crowd of skiers. Keep er coming!
      (Ross Jacobsen)
    • Apr 16 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Lots of snow, deep skied in classic tracks on the Silver Loop. Hard to tell what wax to use, snow seems to be different at different depths. Should last for a while!
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Apr 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Beautiful classic skiing on Wirth's 3K double set of classic tracks this morning 8:30-10 am. Small 10K race there same time but they just went around us non-racers. Trail got a little slow towards 10 am but nothing bad. Thank you groomers!
      (Donna Fields)
    • Apr 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Theo was mostly double track groomed this morning because of the classic race this morning. There really wasn't a skating lane on most of the course. The tracks were in great shape, and it was nice to have the double track going down almost all of the hills. This season just keeps on going with these record April snowfalls, and the good grooming by Theo!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Apr 16 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Trails were not groomed, but light and fluffy snow allowed for me to easily follow footsteps. Made for a pretty darn good april ski.
      Photos:  
      (Tara Peter)
    • Apr 16 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Regroomed the Hiihto this morning. Classic tracks reset nicely although the pole plant is still pretty soft. Classic track is also soft but where it had been skied on it was great. Packed powder in April! Sun is warm so it may not last long, take a long lunch and get some k's in. The Twin skin worked well, good grip on the up hills even in soft snow. Thanks to everyone who has skied the Hiihto this week.
      (Andy Turnbull, Hoigaard's)
    • Apr 15 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      I skied the perimeter portions of brown, green, and orange. There is no more grooming but were some tracks, now there are tracks all the way around. There were a few places where wind had blown the trail bare on the brown, but otherwise there was plenty of snow.
      (Becky Shipman)
    • Apr 15 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Incredible backcountry ski conditions. Skied every trail in the park at least once including hiking trails most of which were untouched by humans. Plenty of snow on 90% of the trails. Some open areas were windblown but had at least an icy covering over grass so no chance of ski damage.
      (Dan Zenk)
    • Apr 15 - Streets of Saint Paul (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Excellent skijor from the Hamline University area to Dunn Bros on Grand Ave. I did not notice my skis touching something else than snow. Plows and cars did a great job creating an almost perfect skating surface, firm, but with a nice edge. Plenty of people digging out their cars to cheer you on!
      Photos:  
      (Christian Franken)
    • Apr 15 - Streets of West Medicine Lake (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      13" Base. Ungroomed. Break your own trail. Skin Skis - no problem. The birds were chirping like crazy and a pair of big white trumpeter swans flew over as we skied our way to dinner. April 15th - AWESOME!
      Photos:  
      (Karla Anderson)
    • Apr 15 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Got to the Hiihto about 3 hours after Paul finished grooming. Tracks in the open were already snow covered but easy to follow skiing by feel. Half a dozen other skiers out enjoying the April gift what a treat. We will regroom the classic tracks Monday morning. Get out and enjoy while it lasts!
      (Andy Turnbull, Hoigaard's)
    • Apr 15 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Paul Gage groomed our entire ski trail system at Creek Valley and Edina High School. Thank's Paul! All trails are open. Classic is double tracked.
      Photos:  
      (Craig Jarvinen)
    • Apr 15 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Best classic conditions of the season. A bit soft for skating. All trails packed and tracked but the snow is still coming down so tracks might be blown in soon. Best place to park is at the skating rink lot near Creek Valley Elementary.
      Photos:  
      (Paul Gage)
    • Apr 15 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I classic skied the Quaking Bog this afternoon. I expected to be breaking trail, but at least a half dozen skiers had already set a trail. If you're thinking about getting out one last time, the Quaking Bog is a good option.
      (Fritz Cleveland)
    • Apr 15 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Nice skier track around the entire outer loop. Very nice ski. Soft and slow but very pretty in the woods.
      (David Baumgardner)
    • Apr 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Can you believe skiing April 15th in the metro! What a great end of the season run. Good classic tracks and skate deck this morning with fresh snow on top of recent grooming. There were lots of skiers out enjoying the good snow this morning.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Apr 15 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We timed our urban ski perfectly. Paul Gage out grooming. Planning to set classic tracks after packing down the snow. Come and enjoy the skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Marian Delaney)
    • Apr 15 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Beautiful. Entered from the west parking lot. As of 9 am, one skier had broken trail, and a hiker had decided to help (sic) in breaking through the powder. But their route went elsewhere and after the first turnoff (from the west parking lot which is plowed), I enjoyed breaking trail. Watch out for the tree that is down towards the bottom of the first hill. You can climb over it with skis on but can't ski around it.
      (Julie Anderson)
    • Apr 15 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      There were a few groups of skiers helping break trail heading SE from the Vadnais parking lot. Breaking trail was easy thanks to the snowmobile who made a pass last night. Great easy ski sheltered from the wind.
      Photos:  
      (Kara MacSwain)
    • Apr 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      With over a foot of new snow, a winter wonderland at Wirth. Classic tracks are in good shape, skating deck has a few inches of new snow after the recent grooming, really fun conditions for April 15!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Apr 15 - Streets of South Minneapolis (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 

      The south Minneapolis streets are in great shape for some street skiing. Did a loop around my neighborhood. A couple intersections had spots down to the bare street, but most streets had a layer of ice under the fresh snow and appear to not have plowed since late last night. Enjoy the Blizzard 2018!
      Photos:  
      (William Stenross)
    • Apr 15 - Streets of Minnetonka (Orono): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Orono DOT has done a great job on the Mtka Beach Loop, Casco Point Loop and Spring Park trails. 1/2 of fresh snow over a rock hard base. Some gravel, but solid conditions for mid April. A few cars driving on the trail, but what are you going to do.
      Photos:  
      (Dallas Johnson)
    • Apr 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Soft and a little slow, as expected. Trail was groomed as promised and parking lot plowed at 6:30 am. Thanks to Wirth groomers and their management for continuing to make the most out of a great situation.
      (Paul Meybaum)
    • Apr 14 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Was fortunate to be in the Cities Saturday during the historic blizzard and stopped by French for the first time. I had both skate skis and touring skis with metal edge and fish scales along. When I pulled into the park and saw the sledding hill there was no question what skis to use. Skied up and down the sledding hill for 30-40 minutes than ventured around the park breaking first tracks. With no one else around it was hard to believe I was in the metro. Great ski, snow wasn't sticky and woods provided protection from the wind.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Apr 14 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied the eastern 2/3 of BC East Saturday night at twilight. Lots of blowing snow so track are probably filled in but the hard work is done. The paved trails had some afternoon traffic yesterday. Dig out the back country skis and give it a go.
      (Joshua Stamper)
    • Apr 14 - Streets of Minnetonka (Minnetonka): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Epic conditions on city streets. Rare chance to ski even major roads if necessary to make a loop. Ice base covered with almost a foot of non sticky snow. Did a 10 mile around Greys Bay using 101, LRT, and 494 trails.
      (Dan Zenk)
    • Apr 14 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied with 4-5 new inches of snow over icy base. Great conditions, will need grooming after additional snowfall. Some trails around chalet had snow plowed around into piles.
      (Tom Berscheid)
    • Apr 14 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      We plan to groom 3k for skate and classic early Sunday morning. We will groom Monday, Tuesday and possibly longer if conditions allow. The groomed area will start in the lower stadium going out the Green Meadow Loop, Twin Lake and then the Catwalk up to Coaches corner and back down to the lower stadium. Park in new parking lots near new Trailhead building to access these trails.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)

 

Minnesota Northeast


      Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 23 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      I was pleasantly surprised to see how much snow there still is at Snowflake! My spring ski terms are connected snow and covered. There is about 85 to 90 percent of the trail still covered with a mix of fun corn snow, old non scary ice type surface, grass and some water. The snow that is there is 97% connected with the usual early out spots grassy. The tracks are miraculously still there too for classic! Special K is by far the best of the 5k, I did not venture out onto the 10k at all. All the hard work the groomers put in this season has paid off again! Thank you!
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
    • Apr 20 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Skied 5K and ski-able parts of 10K late afternoon/early evening. Removed skis about 4X to cross burned out hills. A slow, gentle ski, but very enjoyable to be in the woods in short sleeves and sunshine, beginning to smell the trees waking up. By far most of the trail is still snow-covered and ski-able, and in most of the woods, away from open areas, it still looks like winter. Clearly this is the beginning of the end, but if it gets cool enough to form corn at night, we could have some good days yet.
      (Gordon Mesedahl)
    • Apr 20 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Piemont has about 98% of it's snow left with only two short spots of unconnectedness! Gotta love the mature snow, which is what the consistency was today! Lots of footprints for the first part and still some after that. We ran into someone in the parking lot setting out for a walk on the trail with his two dogs who told us he called the City and they said it was 55F and they could walk on it...grrrr.
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
    • Apr 19 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Wow, who would have thought we would have amazing Spring conditions on April 19th. After a wonderful week of skiing at Snowflake, I have kept coming back for "one last ski". Snowflake just keeps giving. There is nearly 99% coverage yet--just a few places where you may need to ski to the side or in the middle. Probably by tomorrow there will be a couple of completely bare spots and will be a bit soft. I skiied on a few of the trails that were not groomed prior to 11 a.m. and was pretty darn good as well. Feeling fortunate to get out today in 50 degree weather skiing in the sun and a t-shirt! Thank you Snowflake!
      (Jena Ogston)
    • Apr 19 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      All good things must eventually end, and today we did our final grooming of the 2017/18 season. The 5K, SpecialK, and open segments of the 10K were scraped and groomed for skating. Early skiing was rough on the frozen skate tracks, but post-grooming the deck was smooth and fast; returning skiers reported excellent skating at mid-morning. It will slow down as the day warms, but classic skiing on the 5K should improve as the ice thaws. We are parking the Ginzus, but the chalet will remain open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. for those wanting to ski. No charge for day-pass skiers. Please do sign-in. It was a great, if challenging season! Thanks for skiing Snowflake - we'll see you in November!
      Photos:  
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Apr 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The 5K/SpecialK Skate decks were regroomed this morning and are firming-up nicely. The 5K classic Track looks great and benefited from being skied-in yesterday. This morning we compacted and groomed a skate deck on the previously groomed segments of the 10K: there is 100% coverage on the groomed route; the deck remains soft. Skiers can enter from the 10K outbound cut-thru at the 5K trailhead, or the cut-thru at Mole Hill or the Power Line turn. No restrictions on member-owned dogs, however use common-sense and consideration as the temperatures rise and the trail becomes vulnerable. We will continue to groom as long as the trail remains viable.
      Photos:  
      (John Graham)
    • Apr 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Beautiful sunshine, mid 20s temps, perfect mid-winter conditions, with sunshine like August 26 (!) on the 5 K at Snowflake this morning. Just over a foot of new snow, perfectly groomed (and grooming was happening on the 10 K as we skied). Best grooming ever this year at Snowflake! Thanks!
      Photos:  
      (Tim Holst)
    • Apr 16 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I skied from the trail head at about 12pm and completed Bardon's Peak Loop. There had probably been 1-2 skiers before me for Bardon's Peak; the east half of loop had 2 tracks, and the west was untouched. There was one set of tracks going out on the bigger loop that looked like one skier. There were fallen branches buried under the snow in places, however, most were visible and I moved a majority out of the way. Breaking trail was a hoot, enjoy the snow while it lasts! I used my waxless skis and they worked like a charm.
      (Sam Toso)
    • Apr 16 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      John and Jim worked magic again after the 10-12 inches of new snow! Fresh corduroy and new classic track made for fantastic skiing! I ski'd the classic track which was fantastic. Can't say enough about the great grooming at Snowflake this year. Thanks again fellas.
      (Joe Medlin)
    • Apr 16 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skied the 5K just after dark Monday night. Conditions were perfect, grooming superb. 5K and extra K were groomed, 10K was not. Don't think it would be an exaggeration to call it the best skiing of the season on the 5K. Thanks, John and Dave, for grooming.
      (Gordon Mesedahl)
    • Apr 16 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I knew I could rely on my fellow Duluthian skiers to pack down a track in Hartley today. Sure enough! Full coverage with a decent skied-in track. I used my waxless skis which were on the border of being a bit sticky with the warm, soft snow. Regardless, a beautiful ski in "town" yet in the woods!
      (Jena Ogston)
    • Apr 16 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Classic skied the 5.5K loop 4 times this afternoon. The first couple loops the track was a little soft, but by the last two loops the track was firm with great kick. Plenty of snow and not even close to washed out anywhere. I disagree with John in that I think for at least the for next couple days you can use good skis. The grooming crew there does a great job and are too modest. Great conditions.
      Photos:  
      (Steve Hagedorn)
    • Apr 16 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      12" of new fluff! The 5K and SpecialK have been groomed for both skate and classic skiing. We have done 10 runs with the sleds and groomers to compact the deep snow, but it is still soft and spongy. For that reason, dogs are not permitted on the trails for the rest of today. They will punch right through the deck, and ruin 7 hours of labor. Once we transform and get some use, the trails should be ok for members' dogs. We're open til 8 tonight.
      Photos:  
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Apr 14 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Scraped and groomed the Skate deck of the 5K, SpK, and 10K(-) this morning. Corduroy over a hard and icy base. 5K Classic Track is worn and a bit beat-up by the thaw, but skiable. Only fully exposed areas are the entry to Bee Hollow and Geno's Jump: walk them. The winds have put a lot of debris on the trails: Rock skis recommended, but the trails are nice.
      Photos:  
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
      Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 17 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Thank you to whomever groomed the Onion river road after this gloomy 4" spring snow. It was good to get one last ski in. Trail was very soft and slow on the skate deck. Was worth it to me, but it was a fight. No danger of hitting earth. Classic skiing is probably better.
      (Brandon Swanson)
    • Apr 17 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      It ain't over yet- Best Spring Skiing of the Year. 10 inches plus of fresh snow. Banadad eastend trails: Lace Lake, Tall Pines and Banadad to Knopp Trails tracked. Skiing is excellent!
      (Ted Young, Poplar Creek B&B, Cabins and Yurts)
      Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 16 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The 5K loop was groomed this morning. There were a couple areas uncovered before this morning's 4-5", but otherwise, conditions are great!
      (Bob Conzemius)
      Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 15 - Hidden Valley Ski Trails (Ely): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Believe it or not we are still skiing at Hidden Valley. We are still grooming and trails are in surprisingly good shape. The back half of Bambas is closed, but skiers can still do a Pine Valley to Bambas loop. Birch Highlands, Powerline and Sommers are doing fine. If we get fresh snow we will set track.
      (Hans Olsen)

 

Minnesota Northwest


      Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 20 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Cooled down bit faster than expected early evening so snuck out for one more groom last night on 9km of skate trail. Got out around 8am this morning for a skate ski with Peder. Froze down hard last night and hit the sweet spot from icy to silky smooth corn snow corduroy. Skied most of the time on North Loup which still had 98% good coverage. Finished up with a few laps around the lake. Incredible spring skiing. Even though long segments of snow exist for skiing, we are "officially" closing the trails this evening for safety reasons. Thanks everyone who came to Maplelag this season making it a great year!
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Apr 18 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Sunshine and temps in the 50's definitely taking its toll on the snow pack with a few areas opening up but we are still enjoying some awesome spring skiing. The crust skiing has been fantastic on the lakes, sloughs and fields using the trails to link everything together. Early evening we groomed around 9km of trail. 4km of Skaters Waltz and the entire loop of North Loup, refreshing the skate lane and setting new texture. This will be the last grooming of the season. The trails will remain open tomorrow and Friday. With even warmer temps forecasted the next few days, the window of transition skiing will be much smaller and earlier.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Apr 16 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Fantastic spring skiing! Went out for a early evening classic ski on a couple trails after grooming 10km of skate trail late afternoon. Textbook corn snow skiing. Glide was great, a bit soft but the skin skis worked great. Will freeze down nicely tonight. Crust skiing will be the ticket in the early morning than transition to the groomed later morning. Get out and enjoy, could be the last good week of spring skiing!
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Apr 15 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Excellent spring skiing conditions. No new snow. Bit cooler weather over the weekend delayed the time of "sweet spot" skiing and kept the trails a bit faster over the weekend. Went out for a skate ski late afternoon on all the recently groomed skate trails and found near perfect transition skiing. The crust skiing off the trail was excellent as well. Still tons of snow in the woods, especially on the north loup. The trails will remain open this week and we will most likely groom the skate trails at least one or two more times refreshing the structure. No tracksetting planned but the tracks recently set holding good definition and should be good this week mid morning.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)

 

Minnesota Central


      St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 17 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      North loop (3k) groomed classic and skate this morning. 95% good coverage. All other trails closed for the season.
      (Dan Fark)
      Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 16 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Groomed yesterday afternoon and again this afternoon, no tracks set. Nice, fresh snow! I also skate skied most of the groomed trails. The snow is pretty heavy and wet and there are some slushy spots but it's April!
      Photos:  
      (Dave Kroll)
    • Apr 16 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      At noon today I think I had the trail system to myself with about 2-3 inches of powder covering the grooming that had been done (maybe early morning?) but obviously before the snow stopped. There was one skier-made classic track. The powder on the skate deck turned my skis into submarines so I did a little double poling and slip n' slide striding on my skaters. Lots of snow and grooming would be welcome.
      (Russ Ludeke)
    • Apr 15 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      Nordic Center trails were groomed Saturday afternoon and skiers were out on the trails despite continued snow and strong winds all day. Trails will again be groomed Monday morning. Grab your skis and get out early this week.
      (Wade Weber, Vasaloppet USA)

 

Minnesota Southern


      Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 19 - Essex Park Ski Trails (Rochester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The Essex trails were in fantastic shape this morning (rolled and combed Wednesday night). The 6+ inches of newly groomed snow made for medium soft skating Thursday morning. No telling what the 40+ F sunny weather will do to it, but will likely roll again late Thursday night to renovate before it all refreezes.
      Photos:  
      (Mike Trantow)
      Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 16 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Nothing is groomed, but all trails have 3-4". Good conditions for mid April... enjoy it while it lasts!
      (Matthew Ohs)
      Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 15 - Cannon Valley Trail (Cannon Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      We classic skied from Welch to mile 7 and back. The trail has good snow coverage and the skis did not hit any pavement. The groomers are done for the year so it will be skier set classic tracks while it lasts.
      Photos:  
      (Dan Forsythe)
      Other locations
    • Apr 18 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Grooming equipment and rental ski gear have been put away for the season, but trails are covered with about six inches of heavy, wet snow (plus more falling), so skiers with their own gear are welcome to blaze their own trails!
      (Maria Anderson)

 

Wisconsin Northwest


      Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 22 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Classic skied from OO north to Fire Tower Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Very wet, transformed snow, with about 4-6 bare spots total that require a 10 ft walk each. Caution needed! Classic tracks heavily melted but skiable and 1 foot base remains on much of the trail, owing to the consistent grooming this spring (Thanks groomers!). Fish-scale skis performed excellent. Shorts and t-shirt skiing with the scenes of mid winter and the sun and air of high spring - immaculate!
      Photos:  
      (Paul Cigan)
    • Apr 21 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Thanks to the groomers for one last fabulous weekend. I skied from OO to start and back and also hit the N end trails and the OO loops on both Friday and Saturday. Friday was slow since I started at 10:15 but Saturday I started at 6:30am in 21F degrees and enjoyed the thrilling rides. Was great to ski the Birkie in shorts and tank top.
      Check out the photos of the new planned terrain park at the Birkie start. Rumor has it they will make it span the entire width of start next year (just kidding). Also neat to see they are getting ready to crack ground at OO for new chalet.
      Photos:  
      (Kevin Ousdigian)
    • Apr 20 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Skated Boedecker to the start area and back, early morning. Fantastic grooming, conditions same as noted previously. Fun to see big smiles on the trail. One downer: two snowmobiles got on the trail several K north of Boedecker, ran south and turned up the classic trail at Boedecker. If it freezes tonight, you'll want to be careful in the early morning, though there is room to ski around the trashing. Thanks ABSF and groomers for great conditions all year and gifting us with great end of season grooming!
      Photos:  
      (Kevin Smith)
    • Apr 20 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Great skiing early. Crust was spectacular, groomer came through early too. Got slow after 10am. We skied crust on WC trails and then Birkie skate trail from start to OO.
      Photos:  
      (Matt Liebsch, Pioneer Midwest Ski Shop)
    • Apr 20 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Just finished up grooming and tracking on the Birkie Skate trail from OO to the American Birkebeiner TH. This was likely our last grooming activity of this season so we wanted to get our equipment to the American Birkebeiner TH for when we start making snow 7 months from now. Enjoy the last few days of great skiing....it's been a great season! Enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
    • Apr 18 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skied north from Boedekker to Firetower. We went North on the Classic and South on the skate trail. Conditions were fast on the Classic with good corduroy. Going south on the Skate trail it was rutted up pretty deep from a couple of skiers who were on the trail when it was freshly groomed and still soft. The downhills were dicey as you had to watch out for the ski cuts. There is plenty of snow but the trail is vulnerable to being skied on when it is too warm, things get cut up and then when it freezes at night the trail could get pretty nasty from the track scars. [ Note: As with any Spring skiing, when the trails are icy skiers should wait for fresh grooming or plan their skiing to coincide with warmer temperatures that will help reduce icy conditions -- Ed. ]
      (Dan Murphy)
    • Apr 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Today we groomed and tracked from OO to Fire Tower on both the Birkie Skate and Classic trails. Enjoy!
      (Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
    • Apr 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Excellent yesterday and even better today after another grooming with the new inch of snow. Firm deep tracks and firm skate deck. Beyond best mid winter conditions! Thanks ABSF groomers! Skied OO loops, but north of OO was being groomed today also.
      Photos:  
      (Carolyn Senty)
    • Apr 16 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Cable received 15" plus of new snow. Grooming crew had finished rolling and were starting to set tracks and comb skate lanes while we were on-site. Conditions will be wonderful once this new snow sets-up. Wonderful April skiing!
      (Randy Lueth)
    • Apr 16 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      We just finished up grooming and tracking the loops at OO. The additional snowfall kept us from grooming any farther. At some point tomorrow, we will groom and track from OO heading north. Check back for more updates. Enjoy!
      (Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
    • Apr 14 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The Birkie Trail was amazing crust skiing on Friday and Saturday. Skied from 00 to high point and back on Friday and then 00 to Mosquito Brook road on Saturday! Headed home to the Twin Cities and saw 60 cars in the ditch on the way home!
      Photos:  
      (Kim Rudd)
      Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 21 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Pattison is holding it's snow well! They still have at least 18 inches in the woods and the trail was 99% covered with only a couple of unconnected small spots! The tracks were still visible and the snow was matures so it was one heck of a pleasant ski! The trail should be in skiable shape for a while. Right now, it's worth the drive from anywhere if you want a peaceful classic ski! Hugs to the groomers for all their hard work!
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
    • Apr 18 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Pattison is impeccable and well worth the drive from anywhere if you have yet to venture out here! Grooming is the best I've seen it this year and there is quite a bit more snow out there than in Duluth. Someone skied in the small loop tracks and the bigger loop was our job so it's done and will be much faster than what we experienced. Complete coverage and at least 24 inches if not more in the woods. The views are amazing, the rivers are opening up, and it should be good at least through the weekend with all this snow! I rescued a confused caterpillar from the tracks too.
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
    • Apr 17 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I was the first person to get out on the trail after it was groomed. Big kudos to the rangers for grooming (in mid-April). The tracks were super soft, sinking with every stride. I did six laps around the inner (Overlook) trail, but I wasn't able to firm it up much. I also wasn't able to get much glide with my skin skis. These conditions may call for fish-scale skis. My guess is that from now until it's truly over, the trail conditions will be best in the morning. Again, I have to thank the rangers for doing such a great job this year, and now for extending the season to near late-April.
      (David Allen)
    • Apr 17 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trail system has been groomed today except for classic trail. Tracks have been set everywhere except white pine trail. The skate lanes range from smooth to a bit choppy and the tracks are full depth to broken up in the sunny sections of trail. There are no bare ground sections today but they are likely to appear eventually.
      (Matthew Leischer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Apr 17 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Pattison State Park received 15 inches of snow over the weekend. The trails were rolled on Monday and groomed with track set on Tuesday morning. There is about 9 inches of ski base with about 24 inches of snow in the woods. The trails are in excellent condition for some late winter classic skiing. The forecast has warm temperatures towards the end of the week, so be aware of changing ski conditions. Tracks will get softer later in the day. It is beautiful out in the woods, so take advantage of it! To ski, a trail pass is not required but a vehicle admission sticker is.
      Photos:  
      (Gervase Thompson)
    • Apr 16 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The City of Superior continues to have its priorities in the correct order! After ceasing grooming weeks ago due to vanishing snow, they chose to take advantage of the fresh stuff and give us "Superior" grooming so my addiction to fresh cord can continue! This is the first time I've seen a City pull out the grooming stuff after they have declared ski season to be over...way to go! There is some awesome cord on the red and green and the groomers are hoping to put tracks in tomorrow. They also went out to the flat side of the yellow to pack and groom! Take advantage of this late season gift they have given us! I used my new skins and they worked great!
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
    • Apr 16 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      We may have a bonus week of skiing thanks to Mother Nature. After the weekend blizzard, we were able to pack both the red and green trails this morning and are currently grooming them.
      (Angie Harker)
      Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 16 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Steve and I track packed, flat drug and groomed and tracked: Anchor, Rollercoaster, Sugarbush Dog Trail, and Sugarbush Classic. Probably still a bit soft out there, but I'm sure it will ski better than the ungroomed trails.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Apr 15 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Even though the trails weren't groomed, it was fantastic back country skiing! People had skied before me, so it was pretty easy going. With the wind we had, I'm sure the tracks have drifted in so you'll have to break trail. For mid April it's an adventure!
      (Monica Mears)
    • Apr 15 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]

      With the blizzard taking effect right now MECCA has decided to finish its season and close the cabin until next fall. Thank you everyone who enjoyed our trails this year and we hope to see you again next year. Hopefully we will have some improvements to show off next year so please come back and have a wonderful summer.
      (Gary Mears)
      Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 18 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      No grooming, but the trails never close. We have an amazing amount of snow on the around. People are still skiing and snowshoeing the trails.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Apr 15 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      We are in the midst of the largest snowfall of the winter. However, we have decided to discontinue grooming for this season. The warming house will remain open for at least a few more days. You may ski or snowshoe on the trails as long as the snow lasts, which could be awhile, but it will be ungroomed.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Apr 14 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      It's possible to have a decent ski at Balsam Branch. Nothing is tracked, but -- this is key -- no one has walked the trails with their dogs. With the copious snow that's fallen Saturday afternoon, an April ski should be lovely tomorrow.
      (Sue Leaf)
      Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 18 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All the trails are groomed and tracks are set most everywhere. As of 11 am the skating deck was hard and rutted, but there were some stretches where the fringes of the trail were nicely skateable, but you have to be nimble on your skis. With the air temp around 37 the snow was softening a little. The tracks are hard with some icy stretches, but clear of oak leaves and debris, and good for double poling.
      (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
    • Apr 16 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      It had firmed up a bit and was fast enough. The surface is not real uniform but who is going to complain with this great opportunity of mid-April skiing. There were about 10 cars in the parking lot when I left at 6:15 pm.
      (Jim Hoeppner)
    • Apr 16 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The County groomed yesterday and again this morning. As of 10:00 this morning he was still grooming. About 1/3 of the trails have been groomed for skating and they are surprisingly firm. Only occasionally did the skis plow in. The snow is moderately fast. No tracks have been set. The poles go in a long way so if you can switch to big baskets before you skate it will be helpful. Get out there.
      (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
      Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 17 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      Sorry to say, but we are not grooming the ski trails any more this season. The snowmobile has a minor repair issue and its just too much work for the small number of days left for good skiing. Snowshoeing the trails is a good second choice. Looking forward to some good crust skiing after this snow develops a solid crust!
      (Scott Everson)
      Other locations
    • Apr 17 - Marshfield School Forest (Marshfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The School Forest Trails received about 20" from this weekend's storm. Stevie C. and I decided we shouldn't let it go to waste so we groomed the 'A' Trail on Tuesday. Classic tracks and smooth skate lane look real nice. Should be some great conditions for a few more days. Enjoy!
      (Randy Lueth)

 

Wisconsin Northeast


      Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 21 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Wow! This is officially the latest I've ever skied into the spring! There's still some great snow to play on here and there's even some trails with good looking tracks set. The warm temps and sunshine are doing some work on the trails but I went out before 9 and it was pretty good. By late morning the skate lanes had definitely softened up! Winter Park is opening the gate at 8am this weekend for skiers to take advantage of the colder snow. The last grooming was done early Saturday morning (the 21st).
      Photos:  
      (Erin Blow)
    • Apr 19 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Started skiing around 10 am and found tracks to be in good shape. Due to rising temps, shade and sun, we experienced firm to soft tracks. Skate deck was OK, and we found striding on it better than the tracks. But, for mid April, we were glad we were still there. Great blue sky ski day!
      Photos:  
      (Dan Leider)
    • Apr 18 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Trails were groomed(rolled?) this morning. Skate skiing was slow, but enjoyable. Classic skiers seemed to be zipping along quite nicely. Hitting all groomed trails yielded around 20 k.
      Photos:  
      (Brian Ciske)
    • Apr 18 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Great skiing this morning, classic tracks are holding up great and skate lanes were re-groomed this morning. They plan to be open through the weekend with grooming as snow and conditions allow. Ski shop and chalet open 10-5 through Sunday.
      Photos:  
      (Pam Fashingbauer)
    • Apr 17 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      I raced up north after this latest snowfall event (blizzard). I was able to ski Monday afternoon and specifically this Tuesday morn. Enough of the trails were groomed to offer plenty of variety, but the 1-2" of snow Monday night made the skate track a bit of a tough sled. The classic tracks were still firm enough however and were in spectacular mid-winter form. There was very little detritus on the trail even with the high winds. They expect skiing through this weekend. Do yourself a favor and get in the best late season skiing you will ever find. Epic.
      (Matt Hood)
    • Apr 17 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The WinMan Trails got about a foot of snow over this past weekend. According to Trail groomer Justin Polic, this was rolled yesterday. 3" of fresh snow fell over this rolled snow last night and fresh grooming (rilled skate deck and classic track) was in progress as I skied. I skied nearly all of the yellow and green trails with my best classic race quality skis and a good part of the red trail on skier set classic tracks. The woods are beautiful. The air is fresh and crisp and a forest breeze is invigorating. Don't miss this late season opportunity. I skied about 13 kilometer of trail with very little repeating.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Nienstaedt)
    • Apr 16 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Around 13 k groomed. A little soft but doable for skating, understandable with yesterday's snow storm. Classic tracks we're good.
      Photos:  
      (Brian Ciske)
    • Apr 16 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Picked up over a foot of snow. Trails have been rolled a couple times and the 2.5, 6 and 3.3k Out-N-Back trail have been groomed but not trackset. The plan is to trackset those trails and possibly groom the 10k loop on Tuesday.
      (Justin Polic)
    • Apr 16 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      As always, the trail is open but grooming for this season has ended. The recent dump of more than 18" of wind blown powder would be a grooming challenge beyond what we can justify given the short time it would last. Still, the good old fashioned backwoods adventure beckons. Wider skis and big pole baskets are recommended for setting your own skied-in tracks.
      (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
    • Apr 14 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trail is in good to very good skiing condition. The base is still present and firm. Tracks are also still present. We received about 2 inches of snow last night. With the forecast of warmer weather coming next week, the trail will not be groomed any more this season. The trail is never closed and the base may still be present for a couple more weeks for skiing. It is time to be thinking of spring and summer activities. Michelle's Lodge will remain open.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
      Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 21 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Started skiing at 7:30 Phil was just coming in from taking the pb around the entire trail system. It was perfect conditions for 1 1/2. There were a few water hazards that can easily be avoided, there was one area in the field that was starting to burn through, with temps and sun I'm sure that will be bigger by tomorrow. Thanks again Phil for all you do to make Iola a destination place and exceptional grooming when so few others would with this last snowfall. Till next season, my skis have officially been put away for the third and final time. If temps get cold again tonight Iola should be skiable Sunday.
      (Tracy Piontkowski)
    • Apr 20 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I am so fortunate to live 15 minutes from this great trail system that is so well cared for. Arrived at 7:45 am to find that Phil had completed grooming the skate deck of the green and blue trails. He was finishing up on the black. Skate conditions were very good with firm pole plants and firm snow underfoot. Fairly level skate deck so balance was easy to maintain. By 8:45 the snow was already softening in the sun drenched areas. Classic tracks had been set and appeared in good condition. Full coverage, no dirty spots yet. When I left at 9:15, the portion of the parking lot that had been plowed was full.
      (Tim Corcoran)
    • Apr 17 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied tracks were great. Spoke with skaters said it was a little soft. Plenty of base. Even with warm temps skiing should last through weekend. Best to get out early for window on coming warm days.
      Photos:  
      (Tracy Piontkowski)
    • Apr 16 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      Received an email from Wausau Nordic ski club today. The county will not be doing any additional grooming this season. It went on to say people are welcome to backcountry ski or snowshoe but its on your own.
      (Tracy Piontkowski)
    • Apr 16 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      Iola received 28 inches this past weekend according to WBAY. I had communication with Phil, he took out PB Sunday afternoon and did green and blue skate deck. He has plans to set track and do the black today. Parking lot had yet to be plowed so he was looking for some help with that.
      (Tracy Piontkowski)
      Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 17 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Shout out to Brown County and Scott Putman for late season grooming. Skated the camp tonight and was impresssd with how good it was. Only risk to skis is some sticks which can be avoided or better yet picked up by skiers passing by.
      (Scott Adler)

 

Wisconsin Southeast


      Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 20 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Great crust skiing on the ungroomed trails after 7 pm. Much better than earlier in the week as the snow/ice has compacted. 100% coverage with just a few bare spots. About 2-3" of very high dense snow left. My latest ski outing ever anywhere. What a great sunset, and I skied under the moon and stars until 9:30. Beyond epic for April 20th!
      (Matt Stanke)
    • Apr 19 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Best classic ski conditions of the year at Greenbush today. Arrived at Greenbush at 6:50 am. to find 2 inches of fresh snow. Temp was 20 degrees. No grooming but I was able to follow a skied in trail with two inches of fresh snow on top. My skins worked fine but were starting to ice up a little when I finished skiing at 9:30 am. Take your classic skis as skating looked soft.
      (Dick Roeber)
    • Apr 17 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Not groomed, very good skier made tracks on Purple and Black. Campground has been plowed which wiped out some of the Brown trail. Red and Pink were slower due to few previous skiers. Great kick and glide on a solid base, 3" of heavy fluff where not skied in. Lots of downed branches, a handful of trees, and pine needles in the usual spots. Probably the best classic skiing of my season. Big smiles on the few other skiers I encountered. Get it before it's gone!
      (Steve Gee)
    • Apr 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Ungroomed, maybe 8 inches of wet snow. I followed a good skied in classic track on Purple. There were a few downed trees. Good coverage and great to be skiing on April 16!
      (John Dawson)
      Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 15 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Ungroomed, but amazing. It is April 15 and this was best skiing within an hours drive of Madison all season. 4+ inches of fresh thick snow made for great striding (too deep and heavy for skating). I used rock skis, but easily could have used my A skis. 100% coverage on all trails, no bare spots. Go get it if you can!
      Photos:  
      (Ken Walz)
      Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 20 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Best crust ever. I skied at around 8 and it was the best coverage ever and certainly for this date.
      Photos:  
      (David Anderson)
    • Apr 18 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good crust skiing this morning over all parts of the golf course. The freeze last night was just enough to make the difference.
      (David Anderson)
    • Apr 15 - Nashotah Park (Nashotah): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Classical skied on April 15! Set own track. Conditions were good.
      (Dan Klug)
    • Apr 15 - Whitnall Park (Hales Corners): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied at Whitnall Park on roughly 3" of thick, wet snow. Set our own classic tracks. The snow was beautiful. I don't remember the last time that I skied in April!
      (Michelle Eul)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula


      Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 17 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were rolled last night and trails will be groomed this morning. 16" of snow since Friday and lake effect falling which should diminish around noon today. The Chalet is closed for the season. Thanks to all those who supported Wolverine this year. We still have a very deep base in the 20 plus inch range and no bare spots even in the high exposure, low snow sections. The hill area behind the hospital was icy so the saw horses were put up. Ski that area at your own risk. The rest of the trail system is excellent.
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
    • Apr 14 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent, Hero snow for skating, classic tracks were there, but looked a bit rough. Skate lanes were groomed throughout over a trail with 20 or more inches of base. It was a cold and windy day. No fresh snow made the skiing fast. The area behind the hospital is getting icy, and is rutted in places. If we get fresh snow tonight/tomorrow, rumor has it that it will be groomed. Thanks to all the groomers for their dedication to a long season!
      (Jonathon Rulseh, SISU Ski Fest)
      Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 18 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All the trails are open and most of them are groomed for classic and skate. With 14" of fresh snow Sunday and Monday, Dan was out grooming Tuesday and today. Tracks are deep and solid. Awesome day with great kick and glide. Classic skied hard for 1 hour and a half, switched to skating and did the same. Deck was still a bit soft but well groomed. By the time I left at 12:30 it had softened enough to know that tomorrow will be blazing fast without being icy. Dan is still grooming and I can not wait for tonight's cold temps. This is truly Nordic heaven with bright blue sky, temps rising into upper 30s then falling below freezing at night making every morning an adventure in speed skiing. Hoping for a good crowd this weekend...Who knows, maybe a Snow Flea Hoppet tour.
      Photos:  
      (Gregory Roll)
    • Apr 17 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Valley Spur has gotten a ton of snow over the past 3 days that has been groomed in daily with the lions share of it being last nights 8 inches of fluff. Groomed A,B,C,D,X,W and the first loop on G this morning. Will work on getting all other loops open Wednesday. Things are looking very good weather wise through the weekend so if your into some great late Spring skiing come here. We have snow!
      (Dan Rabine)
      Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 22 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      All open trails tilled and tracked (Pine, Powderhouse, Flamingo Hill, and the Multipurpose Loops closed). Very good conditions prevail throughout the system. We are loathe to admit it, but it seems like the warming trend will continue. Grooming will consequently be suspended throughout the week, but we will try to get out for one last hurrah next weekend. Grooming completed at 7:30 am.
      (Tom Wright)
    • Apr 21 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Get 'em while you can, because supplies are going fast! Snow that is...Trails were tilled and tracked this morning, but the snowpack is starting to warm up quickly every day, resulting in soft conditions fairly early in the day. Nonetheless, conditions are still good/very good/excellent! Grooming completed at 9:30 am.
      (Tom Wright)
    • Apr 18 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Early this morning, we dragged all trails and reset tracks which made everything excellent again. Our phat bike members should find the snow much stiffer now. Yesterday after rolling the new snow in, we decided that rolling hadn't compacted it enough, so today's dragging will help make your skiing or riding much improved. Looking at our forecast, this may be the end of grooming. Trails are always open!
      Photos:  
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Apr 18 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Fresh grooming this morning. Best spring skiing in awhile. Attached photo was taken on Birch Loop this morning. Conditions get soft as it warms up but great in early morning.
      Photos:  
      (Liz Siivola)
    • Apr 17 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Still excellent but may be the last grooming for this year. We rolled early today, and I followed to made new tracks. We had hoped to drag but there was just too much snow with the 15" we received over the past 48 hours. We did a normal pattern and double tracks trails where we usually do. Looking at our forecast, this might be the last for the year. Skiing will hold up for a while though, so be sure to get out!
      Photos:  
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Apr 16 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      April 16th and excellent! Early this morning we rolled this new snow in and we made new tracks. Here its the middle of April and trails are again excellent again! Our Phat riding members will find it rather soft, until we get can drag them. As of now, we plan on dragging them Tuesday morning and redo everything again. Photos say it all.
      Photos:  
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Apr 15 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Yes folks, everyone knows we've got more snow moving in and skiing in the gorge and other locations was quite good today. Skiing on and off-trail was equally great today, with crust under new powdery, dense, flour-like snow. Colin was rolling the system when this report was posted. On Monday morning we'll roll again and make new tracks. Hope you get out there and enjoy the spring snow.
      Photos:  
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Apr 15 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      All trails are tilled and tracked, with the exception of Pine, Powderhouse, and Flamingo Hill. Be advised that snow accumulation from the recent Nor'easter vortex are leading to soft skate lanes and filled classic tracks in some areas. Conditions are very good to excellent. Grooming completed at 1 p.m.
      (Tom Wright)
    • Apr 14 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      After almost five months of use, the trails are showing a little bit of wear and tear with an accumulation of debris and sun damage. The trails at Swedetown are still in good/very good condition, and all open trails were dragged this morning. There will be no more grooming on Pine, Powderhouse, and Flamingo Hill this season. Grooming completed at 10:30 am.
      (Tom Wright)
      Other locations
    • Apr 21 - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Beaver Basin Backcountry skiing: Plenty of snow, good skiing on ungroomed Beaver Lake Rd. (packed by aging snowmo tracks). Snow is not quite full corn-- that may happen in the next days. I was striding on fat wax less skis. Off the snowmo packed track skiing was good in the morning, sinking in 3" in the afternoon. Marquette NOAA lists Munising snow depth as 34" as of this morning. Time it right and it could be excellent.
      (Eric Hansen)

 


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