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Hickory Ridge Trail
Bloomer, WI
Trail Length: 27km  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 866-723-0331    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   This trail winds through quiet and scenic oak and aspen forests. All loops are challenging to the skier with rolling to steep grades. All loops are signed with either a snowflake blazer or a blazer depicting a skier, complete with kilometer markings. Ski trail rest shelters are located at the North and South loops. The entire system is groomed for both traditional and skate skiing. No dogs permitted.

Trail Reports:   2017-2018 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018  posted: 1/17/2018 2:25:57 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Entire system now includes a skate lane and tracks! Groomer (non-skier) rates the track and skate lane as 8 and 7, respectively, on a 10 pt scale. There may be a few isolated dirt clumps or rocks in the track on the west side of the north loop, but other than that no ski risks are reported. There are plans to freshen up the grooming on Friday night. Anyone who heads out is encouraged to leave a report for fellow skiers if they would be so kind.
(Mike Dahlby)
Monday, January 15, 2018  posted: 1/15/2018 7:36:38 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  All trails rolled today. Track was set on South Loop. Crew will work on setting track on the rest of the system tomorrow. Skating should get close to fantastic. There is little chance of damage to skis. I skied all trails yesterday and never touched debris, but I did need to avoid a handful of dirt clumps. There are no sections to avoid anymore.
(Mike Dahlby)
Sunday, January 14, 2018  posted: 1/14/2018 5:57:46 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Skied the north/south loop. To quote the legend Zimmerman "a little sawdust on the dance floor" today I think sped up the colder snow a bit. Nice little new half K near the Tram loop was to my surprise. Anway, the good was there was very little debris. For whatever reason I was expecting more. Also for this familiar with the logging work being done, the boulders near the 6-7k-ish area actually had plenty of coverage. The only bummer was it had that early season waves throughout the entire trail, making it harder to keep balance, but only Mother Nature can help that cause. This is the only reason actually why I'm suggesting B skis. I've actually broken the back of my ski before on wavy snow. If you only have one set of skis and they're nice, I think you'd be fine. Really don't have to worry about scratching the bases. One more note, watch out for a really big bump on a downhill at the 9K sign.
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(Brady Zwiefelhofer)
Friday, January 12, 2018  posted: 1/12/2018 4:59:03 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  All trails rolled last night and dragged today. No track yet, but good coverage and increased flatness thanks to Thursday's snow of about 2.5 inches. Both parking lots plowed.
(Mike Dahlby)
Friday, January 05, 2018  posted: 1/5/2018 6:37:29 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
  All trails, except the west side of the north loop, were rolled and combed today. Just a few dirty spots and little debris. A section of trail approximately 1Km south of the Dog-Island trails is improving, but is still thin and potentially hazardous on the slopes. Improvements will continue tomorrow. The Dog-Island Trails are in the really good condition given the low snow - the warming house is open. No track is set anywhere. To compensate for the isolated poor conditions listed above, a skate lane has been groomed on Burnt Wagon and Highland Lakes. Access Burnt Wagon from the southeast side of the South Loop, wet off Landgraf Rock. Access the Highland Lake on the West side, between the lakes. There is a possibility of adding a loop on Horseshoe Lake on Saturday. There is not much more than 3" of dry snow in the woods, gotta give the Friends of Hickory Ridge a lot of credit for producing a skiable product with this low snow!
(Mike Dahlby)

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