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Pepsi Challenge Ski Race, March 4, 2017

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Reports: 79  

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      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)

 


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