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Ski the Legend - The Minnesota Finlandia, Feb 27, 2016

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Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior

Located just 90 minutes north of Duluth along Lake Superior's Scenic North Shore, Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior continues a tradition of warm hospitality. Occupying the site of Swedish immigrant Charles Axel Nelson's homestead, the resort provides spectacular views of everchanging Lake Superior with a mountain playground in its backyard.

Reports: 100  
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Minnesota Northeast


      Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 21 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Scoped the trail conditions for tomorrow's race going through entire course. Very wet and soft 5-6" base throughout. Some slush on the bay but not as bad as lake Hayward though at the Birkie last year.
      Photos:  
      (Clayton Keim)
    • Jan 21 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]

      Snowflake is CLOSED today due to the warm temps, wet conditions, and fragility of the snow base. Our base is still solid, and we are preserving it for the post-thaw. We will be CLOSED again Sunday for the same reasons, but are optimistic about being open to MEMBERS by Tuesday. Will update as conditions change.
      (John Graham)
    • Jan 20 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Trails are wet and icy with scattered pine needles in the tracks. We have had 2 days of 41 degree temps, and it is raining now, so the conditions aren't ideal.
      (Al Ringer)
    • Jan 20 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Our 5K and 10K trails remain snow-covered, and the base is holding-up. Both trails were icy this morning, but have softened as the day goes on. Because we are unwilling to take the grooming equipment onto the soft, wet snow in above-freezing temps, the downhill turn sections are rutted and somewhat "dicey" this morning. In expectation of a return to winter conditions, and in order to preserve our base, we have decided to postpone grooming until night-time temps return to sub-freezing. We remain open today, but will be closed on Saturday, Jan 21st, due to the forecast wet weather. We will post our open/closed status for Sunday as we see what Saturday brings.
      (John Graham)
    • Jan 20 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Conditions at Gooseberry have held up surprisingly well with the above freezing temps. Skied trails above HWY 61 on the East and West side of the river. Conditions higher up away from the lake are in better shape. Tracks set a few days ago are in good shape - firm and no bare spots.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Steffes)
    • Jan 19 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Great classic and skate skiing today at Lester. Thank you City of Duluth for today's grooming! The tracks are beautiful and the skate deck is flat and fast, even though temps hit 38F. Many skiers were out enjoying the sunshine and the lights are on every night. Lester Amity Chalet is open tonight, Saturday and Sunday. Get out the enjoy the warmer temps!
      (MaryBeth Nevers)
    • Jan 18 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      33F to 37F. The skating was great, but by the time I finished two rounds of the outer loop, the temperature was affecting the snow, getting soft on the south facing slopes. The trail down into the Lester Amity arena probably won't be skiable after today -- the snow is melting too fast.
      Photos:  
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 18 - Marshall School Trails (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Marshall Ski trail Stadium ready for sprint races this weekend!
      Photos:  
      (Dave Johnson)
    • Jan 17 - Chester Bowl (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent headlamp ski tonight. Trail was freshly groomed for skating but no classic tracks. The deck was firm and flat. I would rate the conditions superb, but the inevitable foot traffic in the middle of the trail merit a deduction or two.
      (Fritz Anderson)
    • Jan 17 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      33F. Sunny, calm. The skate skiing was excellent. I skied the 10km loop and the campground loop. The tracks looked like new, solid and deep. The skate lane on the 10km trail was really nice, but still has broad washboard in a lot of areas. Everything was skiable, no bare spots, just uneven at times. Need more snow. Gorgeous conditions.
      Photos:  
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 17 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate deck holding up well today even in the open areas. Sun didn't come out until later in the afternoon so no melting today luckily. In preparation for the warmer weather, I spent much of the day shoveling most of the climbs on the 11 km loop to be proactive and ensure optimal conditions for Sunday's race. On average the skate deck has a 5-6" packed base.
      Photos:  
      (Clayton Keim)
    • Jan 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I did some classic skiing on the Jane 5K loop from mid to very late afternoon. The track is firm and about 80 to 90% of perfect. Lotsa fun skiing! The high temp there was about 32 degrees. The snow was holding up well. No evidence of melting, except maybe a little in the sun. Purple wax gave me good grip. I'll go back tomorrow in the morning and should have another good ski!
      (John Bogen)
    • Jan 17 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails are in excellent shape as of noon today - no real sun / temp damage. Skating was perfect, classic track looked very good with minimal glazing. Very nice!
      (John Cron)
    • Jan 16 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skated the south loops today from 3-5 pm doing three laps on the race course for Sunday. Really good conditions with snow temp cold still (no melting today). Trails were smooth and solid base underneath. Will take a shovel out to the little S climb near the road tomorrow to reinforce that which is the thinner spot on the course to brace for the warmer temps coming Friday and Saturday. We expect conditions to remain quite decent for Sunday's race due to the solid base we've accumulated. Snow depth off the side of the trail ranges mostly between 8-12".
      Photos:  
      (Clayton Keim)
    • Jan 16 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good coverage and grooming throughout. Classic tracks were good but did have quite a few leaves blown in. The skate deck looked great. A few spots of ice but easily avoidable. There was one rock poking through towards the end of the main loops (by the Spirit Mountain cutoff) - again easily avoidable but beware if skiing in the dark.
      (Nikki Norland)
    • Jan 16 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Looked and felt like new tracks on all Spirit trails. Except for leaf debris in some areas (and a few minor and inconsequential spots of ice in low areas) the trails were in beautiful shape! The skate deck also looked very nice and well-used!
      (Nikki Norland)
    • Jan 16 - Biskey Pond Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Wolf Run, White Pine, Birch Ridge, and Eagle Ridge are all re-groomed as of early today! Perfect skiing weather! Check out Biskey!
      Photos:  
      (Jason Miller)
    • Jan 16 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great day for skiing. Classic trails were in very good shape. Did Bardon Peak Loop and Main Loop Cutoff.
      (Eddie Fuhs)
    • Jan 16 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      How much better could the trails at Lester have been this morning for both skate and classic? None. None more better! A perfect sunny day in the north woods, with perfect conditions.
      (Tim Holst)
    • Jan 16 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent. Nice track and skate deck. The groomers were out this morning refreshing the trail and changing bulbs on the 3k lighted loop. Beautiful morning, bright sky, and not yet too warm.
      Photos:  
      (Tony Lockhart)
    • Jan 16 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Hard tracks, skied in, no icing in the tracks, don't see how it could be much better. Double pole derby for those in racing shape, some nice striding sections for us mortals. Hard right downhill is now fast.
      (Sara Zimmer)
    • Jan 15 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Fresh classic track played early this morning, looking good in most places, but with some areas of thin track littered with leaves. Stick to B skis because of those patchy spots.
      (Donavon Catton)
    • Jan 15 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fantastic day at Piedmont. If you're looking for a ski after work just as the sun is setting, there is no finer than Piedmont. And, the signs are back! I really missed them last year. Classic and skate trails were great.
      Photos:  
      (Ben Fornear)
    • Jan 15 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Gorgeous tracks, firm skate lane. 30F. Loads of skiers. Even the steep hill into and out of the Lester Amity Chalet was beautiful and easy to ski up and down.
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 15 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      1F air temp. Tracks still in excellent condition. There should be a race here, like in the 1970's. It would be epic!
      Photos:  
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 15 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent ski late morning to early afternoon. Earlier in the day the skating might have been a bit squirrely, but I hit it right in the Goldilocks zone as the temperature hit 20F. Well used mostly flat and firm skate lane, beautiful appearing classic track with rare washouts. Very little duff and the very rare patch of dirty snow. A touch up would be nice but I really had a great ski of the entire system that reminded me why I love this trail.
      (John Ipsen)
    • Jan 15 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Excellent. The trail was meticulously groomed with a deep and firm set of double classic tracks. Superb day with beautiful sunshine and bright blue sky. Skied the trails across the highway and the intermediate loop back along the Gooseberry River was especially fun. Lots of skiers today.
      Photos:  
      (Tony Lockhart)
    • Jan 14 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied with the kids. Trail is in good shape. It is a somewhat hilly trail and some downhills have some icy spots, but mostly in good shape. Worth doing.
      (Nickoel Anderson)
    • Jan 14 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent tracks. 20F. Groomed Thursday but hardly skied between then and Saturday. It doesn't get any better!
      Photos:  
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 14 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great skiing at Pine Valley in the late afternoon today. Good skier traffic since the skate lane and classic track were groomed yesterday and conditions are holding up well. Classic track has some early signs of wear on a few turns but the tracks are solid. Skate lane is firm and flat. A little bit of tree debris here and there but no problems.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Urbanski)
    • Jan 14 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great conditions at Korkki. Fast, fun and beautiful. Classic only trails with lots of hills on the 10k.
      (Angie Miller)
    • Jan 14 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skate deck was groomed recently. It was firm and even with snow blown over it wherever the trail was open to the wind. In sheltered areas it was still corduroy. Air temp was about 15 degrees at noon and the snow was a little cold, dry and slow. Tracks looked good throughout. Skied Blue Ox, Nine Pine and Bear Paw.
      Photos:  
      (Nic Bacigalupo)
    • Jan 14 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Amazing classic tracks - firm, deep, solid walls. Skied the 10K then onto the 5K and only left the tracks twice (the hard turns on "Tim's Turn" and onto "Special K". The skate lane had been groomed last night and was generally corduroy. Best day of skiing so far this season.
      (John Graham)
    • Jan 14 - Biskey Pond Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      White Pine, Birch Ridge, Eagle Ridge, and Wolf Run are all groomed as of today. I skied the trails this morning - great conditions out there! Temps are perfect at around 20 degrees, snow conditions are optimal for fast skiing, tracks are in great shape, sunny skies, etc! Definitely consider heading up to Biskey this weekend for some Birkie practice!
      Photos:  
      (Jason Miller)
    • Jan 14 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent classical skiiing, skating looked like it would be great as well from what I could tell. Tracks well set and solid. Occasional drifting from wind (including the cut-over to Spirit Mountain) affected the classic tracks only in very short segments and were no big deal. Wind also must have contributed to occasional sections with oak leaves in track, particularly on the way up to Ely Peak. Spirit Mountain trails have less oak leaves in tracks than Magney, skied them both.
      (Sara Zimmer)
    • Jan 14 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Why ski anywhere else? Midwinter resort quality skiing on the 10K. 3K was more skied-in. 10K was pristine...corduroy on skate lane and well set, solid tracks. Occasionally some oak leaves in the track but no big deal.
      (Sara Zimmer)
    • Jan 13 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions. Track solid, somewhat soft where just groomed and closer to the edge. Darin was there grooming as I was skiing. Duluth City groomers made a point to groom all the xc ski trails in anticipation of this three-day weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 13 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The City of Cloquet Parks crew groomed the trail system on Friday afternoon, a new classic track was set and the skate lane is flat and wide. Pine Valley received about six inches of snow earlier in the week and conditions are excellent.
      (Tom Urbanski)
    • Jan 13 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I classic skied most of the trails that are lighted (at night) during the early afternoon. Temperature was about 1 to 5 degrees. Tracks were in perfect condition and as expected a bit slow....but had a very enjoyable ski session. And once again with the perfect tracks, it made me feel like I really know how to ski.
      (John Bogen)
    • Jan 12 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Magney is in great shape. Skied over from the Spirit Mountain trails and wished I had spent the whole time in Magney! Classic tracks are deep and firm. Skate deck looks great. Looked like a total of four people had skied the trails since the latest grooming as of Thursday evening.
      (Matt Leibfried)
    • Jan 12 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails at Snowflake are in great condition. Skate lane is packed powder and very smooth. The track was set yesterday with a new track setter yielding even tracks at perfect depth. Kudos to John and Jim for the fine grooming this season.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Derauf)
    • Jan 11 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skied in perfectly set classic tracks just a few hours after the groomer got done. Thanks go to the City of Duluth grooming crew! They were able to use the Pisten Bully and it really turned out great. Skating deck looked perfect, but was a little soft due to not having enough time to set up yet.
      (Rhett Bonner)
    • Jan 11 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The several inches of new snow was certainly welcome. The groomer was leaving as we arrived. Skied all sections of the trail. Classic tracks were deep and clean. The new snow allowed us to ski the advanced loop. This loop has a very long and fast downhill, but we were able to bleed speed with the soft snow. Near perfect conditions despite single digit temperatures.
      (Tim Blais)
    • Jan 11 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Another great day of skiing at Snowflake. Jane's 5 K Loop was groomed this morning and the Classic tracks came out perfect and firm. Couldn't really ask for better snow/grooming. The snow wasn't fast but it wasn't slow either. I only wished I hadn't gotten so tired so I could have skied it a few more times. I'll be back tomorrow!
      (John Bogen)
    • Jan 11 - Lester Park Golf Course (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Lester Golf Course was fantastic today. Fresh groomed with deep classic tracks set. There's one part that looked chuncky with ice on the skate deck but otherwise that looked beautiful as well.
      Photos:  
      (Tammy Davis)
    • Jan 11 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The 3km and campground are groomed for skating and classic skiing. The 10km loop is rolled for skating and will be tracked tomorrow night. Skiing is great!
      Photos:  
      (Tone Coughlin)
    • Jan 11 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful day for a ski! The trails are in the best shape of the season with deep classic tracks and the skate deck is improving with each snowfall. There were a few spots where the right classic track drops down a few inches suddenly in downhills. Some soft spots on the black loops and on some right hand pole plants. Also be aware of some of the shrubs/trees near the classic track. I had to duck several times to avoid being whacked in the face. But other than that, tracks were in good shape. I didn't see any rocks but my poles might have found some judging by the sound they made. Could have been ice chunks too. I'm happy to see these trails finally starting to look better!!
      (Erin Blow)
    • Jan 11 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail was groomed and tracked today and is in great shape. Come on out; the sun is shining and the woods are beautiful.
      (Al Ringer)
      Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 21 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Classic skied the Pincushion Mountain Loop then zigzagged some of the lower snowman loop with some of the black, advanced trails. Went around 11am. Weather was upper 30s. The trail base was soft and at some points our skis sank. The trails were still skiable.
      (Michelle Eul)
    • Jan 19 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied from Onion River parking around Homestead and Hogback loops. Tracks were a bit icy but manageable. Enjoyable trip overall. Appreciated the deep set tracks throughout.
      (Michelle Eul)
    • Jan 18 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      18" of snow on the ground next to ski trail. Magnificent Nordic Skiing day at Central Gunflint Trail again. Temps high twenties to thirty two. Skied Ridge Run, among the towering white pines and beautiful vistas with perfect snow (and lots of it) blue clear sky's and sunshine! Also skied Red Pine, and many others. It was sooo great we skied all day! If you love to ski and you love great snow and grooming come on up! You will be glad you did.
      Photos:  
      (Robert W Nicholson III)
    • Jan 18 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Temp was 34 when I arrived at Bearskin Lodge around noon. The trails were in very good shape. It was nice and sunny. Had Start Racing Special.....36 - 27 F. Not "special" enough for me, or I didn't have enough on. Gobbed some Ski-Go HF, 41 to 30F. Had wonderful skiing then with no slipping. Enjoyed the Summer Home Road (saw lots of moose tracks), Ridge Run, and Lower Ridge Run, some Beaver Dam, Moose Pasture (that's Tree Heaven to me), and just one loop on the Campground trail, as usual so well set, and you can ski out on the lake from there. Sure wish my old dad would come north to ski!
      Photos:  
      (Kim Carlsted-Gillis)
    • Jan 17 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate skied from Tofte to Oberg via Bridge Run and Lower Homestead then back via Picnic loop. Firm deck with some debris that is no big deal. Classic tracks are holding up well. All trails are good with Oberg and Picnic loops being superb. I was rewarded today with incredible hoar frost at the higher elevations that fell to put a dusting of fresh "snow" on the trail. The warmer temps are making the trails ski faster, it's heaven on earth.
      Photos:  
      (Michael Kosloski)
    • Jan 16 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We skied the Banadad, Lace Lake and Poplar Creek (Central Gunflint System) trails. All were in very good shape with lots of snow.
      Photos:  
      (Quinn McCloughan, Bearskin Lodge)
    • Jan 16 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trail is in excellent condition. Grooming is recent enough that the track is in excellent shape. Plenty of snow with about 2 feet of soft snow off the trail. The connector to Tettegouche is groomed and the track is set. A wonderful ski today.
      (Glen Connell)
    • Jan 16 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Wonderful afternoon skiing on Gunflint Trail. The snow is deep, base perfect for the skate deck. The new snow on top was perfect corduroy from expert grooming. The snow covered pines surrounding us magnificent to be skiing among. What a great pleasure. Skied Old Logging Camp trail, Moose Ridge, Deer Mouse, and Red Pine. Saw a large moose near the trail. Bring your A skis and leave your B skis and Rock skis at home. This is snow country. If you love to ski, you need to be here.
      Photos:  
      (Robert W Nicholson III)
    • Jan 16 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A fun and beautiful ski on the western loops. Conditions very good, downhills nice and fast but controllable. Then I skied over to the base of Carlton Peak and did my first winter ascent of this iconic North Shore mountain! Sunny, not hardly a cloud in the sky, no wind, perfect as can be!
      (Dave Carlson)
    • Jan 15 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails on the central Gunflint trail system are awesome A+ condition. Classic tracks and skate deck all groomed within the last day. Pure heaven!
      Photos:  
      (Matt Sargent)
    • Jan 15 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions on the trails by Bearskin. A perfect afternoon for skiing. Skate deck was a little soft, but classic tracks were in great shape. So much snow!
      Photos:  
      (Thomas Gahr)
    • Jan 15 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate skied from Tofte around the Picnic loop to Oberg and back to Britton Peak via lower Homestead and Bridge Run. Firm deck throughout. Hopped in the deep classic tracks here and there. A little tree debris, easily avoided. All very good with the sections further away from trailheads being excellent. This is the best condition I've seen in the 5 years skiing here in mid January! Thanks Sugarbush groomers, well done!
      Photos:  
      (Michael Kosloski)
    • Jan 14 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful track for a starlight ski. Went around North Advanced and it was a bit soft because I was almost the first one to use it. Lovely conditions!
      (Tina Hegg)
    • Jan 14 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Very beautiful but trails are impacted by drifting snow and are loosing definition. Also, the northern-most loops (Bally Creek Loop / Moose Rub) had not been groomed.
      Photos:  
      (Ari Fuad)
    • Jan 14 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skated the Picnic Loop this morning. Skate deck was the best I've skied this season and the rising temps made it a great day. Only saw one person on the upper parts of the trail, but it was good to see some folks heading out as I made my way back to the parking lot. Cannot wait to get back up there and ski again!
      (Patrick Davison)
    • Jan 14 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Perfect day on a perfect system. Classic skied homestead loop. It doesn't get much better than this.
      (Bill Lane)
    • Jan 14 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Warmer weather and sunshine are combining with perfect snow conditions for a great weekend ski experience. All trails are tracked for classic skiing and the skate deck is in excellent shape. Come on out and enjoy our amazing trails.
      (Jim Shinners)
    • Jan 13 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Tracks were set on Wednesday and had drifted in on the north facing slopes. Skate deck was firm and skiing should be fabulous this weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Thomas Gahr)
    • Jan 13 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Banadad tracked yesterday- a cold and windy day. Skiing should be excellent except in a few open areas along the trail where drifting snow might have drifted over the trail. Lace Lake and Tall Pines trails tracked today. Snow on the ground- 23". Last Tracked- Thursday and Friday. Conditions - Good to Excellent.
      (Ted Young)
    • Jan 12 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Bally Creek Trails were just re-groomed the past two days and have a base of 28 to 30" of snow. All trails are groomed and open with one exception, the ski-thru to Cascade Park, because of the recent blowdown from an ice storm. Volunteer help is needed to remove debris from that storm. Call Bally Creek Cabins if you would like to help. The following trails are open and groomed with classic tracks: Big Cedar Loop, Sundling Loop, Wildlife Pond, Eagle Mtn. overlook, the skijoring trail. Also the road USFS 158 is groomed for classic and skating. The snowshoe trail that leads out of the public parking area (Superior Hiking Trail Spur) is also ready. Note: A private contractor was hired to widen the FS158 and the public lot, at great expense. A $5 parking fee is charged now at the public lot and there is a lock box to put your fee in. Unauthorized vehicles in the private Bally Creek cabin lot will be towed at the owner's expense.
      (Cathi Williams)
    • Jan 11 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We received approximately 5-6 inches of fresh snow from this last storm. The stadium, East and West Overlook, Snowmen, Lynn's Loop and Pincushion Mountain Trail have all been compacted and then combed for skating and classic tracks have been set. North Advanced and Canyon Curves have been rolled and partially groomed. We should have all of the trails fully groomed tomorrow. We have an excellent base and overall conditions are quite good. Enjoy your ski.
      (Jim Shinners)
      Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rain and warm temps the last few days but skate lane and track still very skiable. Fairly firm but collapses slightly under each ski with that grummppp sound. Will be treacherous when it freezes but skiable again later in the day when it softens up again. Avoid steep downhills and be prepared for changing conditions on the hillsides.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 19 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were superb for both skate and classic. Perfect conditions for skin-tec waxes skis. We skied Summit, Bronze, Wynne Creek, Laurentian, Oslo, and Nothern Lites. All trails were in great shape and freshly groomed.
      (Roland Ring-Jarvi)
    • Jan 18 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rain, drizzle, and 36 degrees will quickly turn the trails to mush. It may be necessary to stay off the trails until Wednesday January 25 to allow the base to refreeze (if that actually happens by then) so that they can be groomed again when cold weather returns.
      (Bob Conzemius)
    • Jan 18 - Stoney Ridge (Nashwauk): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Warm afternoon with sunshine and 40F degrees. Trail system appears to be in great shape, however only the beginner loop is tracked. A very small part of the intermediate loop is packed, but really only the first loop is skiable. Even with the warm temperatures the track was firm with only a couple of soft spots. Not sure what the plan is here.... the first loop is not much to ski for such an out of the way trail. Hope the rest of the trail gets groomed this year!
      Photos:  
      (Craig Holgate)
    • Jan 18 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Sunny but not too warm. Soft brown wax worked fine. Tracks a little beat up from skiers but still enjoyable. Beginners did Boomer-Blue. Others did outer loops.
      Photos:  
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 18 - Wabana Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails ski pretty well, lots of deer tracks out there. Cross cut trail is the only one I found that's not groomed. I believe the groomer was last here Jan 3rd. Beautiful day for a ski!
      (Keith Murphy)
    • Jan 17 - Big Ridge (Grand Rapids): 
      Secondhand 

      County groomer reported grooming and track setting. Warm temps today but trails still good in the woods.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 17 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Secondhand 

      Groomer reported grooming and set track. Should be great skiing until it starts to soften, freeze, and rain? UGH!
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 17 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Combed over Lake Loop, prelude and Judy's to Lower Jct, set track which is shallow in spots. Groomed and tracked the Tower Loop, which is soft as of today but is in great shape. All trails are groomed, combed and track set.
      (Ryan Gunderson)
    • Jan 16 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Tracks were deep and great. Trail was freshly groomed with 20+ inches of snow on the ground. It was 28 above and sunny. Great day to be out on the trails.
      Photos:  
      (David Kettula)
    • Jan 16 - Blackwater Environmental Area (Cohasset): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Recently groomed and great conditions. Trail rubs out in a few areas but obviously the trail is getting used. Thumbs up! Big thanks to Dave for responding so quickly to grooming request! Much appreciated!
      (Kim Gibeau)
    • Jan 15 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate lanes and tracks set with Pisten Bully over most of the course except a few of the Grant-in-Aid trails sections. They were not groomed and were really fun to fly downhills in the fluffy 3 inches of snow. Skate skiing up was a challenge. Expect those trails to be done as soon as snowmobile groomer is out of shop for repairs.
      Photos:  
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 14 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Great skiing north both sides of river from co. 65 trailhead. Also south, great track set. Thanks USFS.
      (Arden LaBonte)
    • Jan 14 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      All trails groomed Saturday, track and skate, very good condition. New trail partially groomed to logging road. Rajala Run open, except to take skis off to cross logging road. Lots of skiers out.
      (Greg Moritko)
    • Jan 14 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Three inches of new snow in hard set tracks was easy to ski in. Others had been out on parts of the trails. Set out -2F below at 10 am and finished at noon +20F above. Sunny, no wind. Doesn't get much better than this! Some wind blown leaves and sticks in tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 14 - Carey Lake (Hibbing): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Nearly excellent...a great time to get out to ski! Sunny and 12 degrees out, all trails are groomed and in great shape. Just a little debris in some of the tracks and quite a few deer tracks in some areas. No problem using your good skis.
      Photos:  
      (Craig Holgate)
    • Jan 13 - Big Ridge (Grand Rapids): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      County groomer reported Big Ridge was groomed this week but another 3 inches of fresh snow fell so skiers may need to ski in tracks.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 13 - Blackwater Environmental Area (Cohasset): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      City of Cohasset Dave O'Fallon reported grooming on both MN Power and Portage Park trails.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 13 - Wabana Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautifully groomed and classical track set. I was the first and only skier up until dark. Lots of deer sign. Blue wax/polar white combo worked fine. Very nice conditions. Temps around 0.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 13 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed and set a single track north of intersection 3 and north of County Road 65 to the shelter. Six inch base no rocks showing.
      (Mark Toot)
    • Jan 13 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We groomed and set a single track on the entire trail system Thursday. There may be some drifting in the open areas as the wind stayed up into the evening. Generally the tracks should be in good condition for the weekend. We must have at least an 8" base by now.
      (Mark Toot)
    • Jan 11 - Bird Lake Trail (Hoyt Lakes): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We groomed and track with a single track all of the Bird Lake trails except the Black Diamond Loop between junctions 1 and 2. Good base and good track.
      (Mark Toot)
    • Jan 11 - River Road Unit Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Three inches of fresh, fluffy snow had been packed in tracks by previous skier but still some fluff in tracks. Swix blue was too soft and slow for the new snow, but worked great on the second time around! Beautiful trail through magnificent Norway and white pines. Lots of deer tracks/trails. Temp about 5 above zero, but sun made it feel warmer.
      Photos:  
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 11 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Recent snow was wonderfully groomed with nice deep track. We skied the south end. Very scenic with mixed hardwood and large white and red pine.
      Photos:  
      (Peter Friedlieb)
    • Jan 11 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Tracked all trails today. Conditions are good.
      (Randy Zupan)
    • Jan 11 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Combed and tracked all trails. I made multiple passes with the groomer. The skate lane was starting to set up. It should be nice and firm. Nice deep, firm track as well.
      (Rick Mcdonald)
      Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 14 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Just about perfect. Nice single track winding through tall pines covered in snow. Lots of snow here.
      Photos:  
      (Tony Lockhart)
    • Jan 11 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      5 more inches of snow in the last couple days. Trails haven't been in this great condition mid-January in as long as we can remember. 20+ inches in the woods - 7-12" base. All the trails will be groomed and tracked today. Wolves caught on video a week ago on Lake Gegoka, come ski and howl with us!
      (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
      Other locations
    • Jan 19 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skated 23 KM today. The temperature was 37 above and sunny. The trail was in great condition with a lot of snow cover. The snow was fast in shade and a little slow in the sun on south facing hills.
      Photos:  
      (David Kettula)
    • Jan 16 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Set tracks and groomed all segments Monday in nice weather for a change. Everything is grand.
      (Burgess Eberhardt)
    • Jan 11 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      4" to 6" new snow yesterday rolled last night. Cold today - just above zero at 4 PM. Two groomers out today covered all trails for skate and classic. We did not run the groomer across the swamp because of drifting snow, but did pack several times with the sleds. It's passable for classic. The skate lanes may be a bit soft from all the new snow but should set up well in the next few days. Tracks look good.
      (Burgess Eberhardt)

 


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